Hats-off to you! You have reached the fourth week of the detoxification routine. Are you enjoying this cleanse? We would love to get your feedback! Do let us know the bodily and mental changes you are experiencing. By now you must be a pro at the morning ablutions, introspections and Surya-Namaskaar. This week, for the body cleanse we will need Bermuda or Durva (Cynodon dactylon) grass, Wood Apple or Bilva/Bel (Aegle marmelos) leaves, Lemon/Nimbu (Citrus limon) juice and Cumin/Jeera (Cuminum cyminum) seeds.
Also for the Mind cleansing, from Day 25th we will start dealing with the third type of complex – Realization complex – caused due to the fear of manifestation of one’s expectation .
What you will need:
• Mind: Chanting ‘Aum’ and do some breathing/stretching exercise under the Sun. Contemplate and Observe yourself for overcoming the expectation manifestation complex – “Realization complex”. Document and observe how you tend to fear your own anticipations.
• Internal Cleanse: Wood Apple/ Bilva/Bel leaves(Aegle marmelos), Cumin/Jeera seeds (Cuminum cyminum), Bermuda/Durva grass(Cynodon dactylon) and Lemon juice/Nimbu saar(Citrus limon).
❖ Durva grass: The Sanskrit name is Durva grass, it is also called Dhoob and in English known as Bermuda grass. Its scientific name is Cynodon dactylon. Hindus believe that while Tulsi/Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) is sacred to Lord Krishna, Durva is sacred to Lord Ganesha – who is considered as the remover of obstacles – a symbolism of the Atman(soul). Durva is the second most sacred herb in Sanatana Dharma. Consuming it has many health benefits. It is rich in calcium, potassium, protein. It has the capability to control blood sugar levels,enhances immune system as well as good for overall women’s health ,it purifies blood .It is also considered among top 7 foods to control cholesterol.
❖ Lemon Juice is one of the most common juices taken in India during fasting, best taken on an empty stomach every morning. It is an efficient detox and also hydrates your body. It’s rich in Vitamin C which boosts immunity. It aids in digestion, weight loss and also brings a glow to the skin. One tea-spoon of lemon-juice, mixed with a spoon of honey in a cup of warm water on an empty stomach, helps control weight and eliminates toxins from body resulting in good skin, hair and cleaning of the internal organs. It prevents kidney stones too. As a natural cleanser due to its acidic nature, it disinfects fungus and certain molds on surfaces when wiped or sprayed. It symbolizes human heart, enhances feelings of healing and helps in accepting changes in life, thus ensuring calmness and well-being of an individual.
❖“Aum” is a Maha Mantra (chants with great benedictions). It is believed as per the Vedic scriptures to be the Manifestation of Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Protector) and Maheshwar (Destroyer) or the Holy Trinity. It is variously in other customs seen as Amen in Christianity and Ameen in Islam. The sound vibrations of Aum have a fine connect with Nature and a finer connect with our inner-selves. In Vedic literature, it precedes all the mantras and is used in the beginning of any Puja (ceremony) or other Mantra. It is so powerful that when uttered from the navel region, it can destroy the ‘Bija’ or impressions left from earlier incidents and help us to get rid of these conditionings from our sub-conscious mind. It is thus helpful in making spiritual progress, removes the seeds of misery and eliminates the obstacles in our path. In this technique, we stress on the ‘Ma’ syllable in ‘Aum’. ‘Mm’ is chanted twice as long as the ‘Au’ in the example, ‘Aummmm’.
Breathing right has a lot of spiritual and physical significance. It is a source of energy to the body. All metabolism and energy exchange is enabled by the breath. It connects the Body, Mind, Prana(life-force) and Spirit(consciousness). With each incoming and outgoing breath you can completely cleanse your body with mindfulness and checked consciousness. When you breathe in, you do so with positive contemplation(sad-bhava), inhale positivity like feelings of health, peace and love. When you breathe out, you exhale your negativities like ill-health, stress and anger, experiencing they are expelled out of your body & mind.
❖The Sun, is regarded as the Sun God according to several religions and belief systems. Surya/Aditi in the Sanatana Dharma, Ra or Horus by Egyptians, Helios by the Greeks, etc. is the life-giver on earth, primary source of energy for nature – wind, waves, tides, monsoons, plant-life, animal-life, biological-cycle, water-cycle, carbon-cycle, etc. Thus it is seen as the symbol of higher Consciousness. It is the source of all light and energy that sustains the ecological cycles on Earth and can be seen as both, a creator and a destroyer. With utmost devotion, we bow down to the Guru, a.k.a. the dispeller of darkness – Vivasvan, the Sun God. A simplified version of the Surya Namaskaar is presented here – easy for all to practice.
* Surya Namaskaar or Sun Salutations are of utmost importance and help in cleansing the body from deep within and is a part of Yoga. It helps get adequate vitamin-D for skeletal growth, causes skin and hair to stay healthy with the right amount of exposure. The Surya Namaskaar, through stretching, not only tones our muscles but also regulates the breath, enhances proper functioning of our glands & organs and improves immunity. A lot of ailments can be cured with the help of Sun Salutations. The Surya Namaskar given here is different from the traditional method and can be done very easily.
❖ Bilva/Bel or Wood Apple tree is considered to be very dear to Lord Shiva in Sanatana Dharma. In Hindu mythology it is a manifestation (Swaroop) of Parvati Devi, the consort of Lord Shiva. Scientifically it is known to have chemicals that enhance mood, act on the liver and have a tendency to liven and stimulate people with negative energies. Bilva has astringent, oedema lessening, anti-diarrhea, laxative and appetizer properties hence, can be used to cure both internal and external diseases. The sacred tree has many medicinal usages and is advantageous in curing many human ailments including bleeding gums and joint aches. Along with its medicinal properties, it can bring about changes to the Energy Body. It can cleanse the Ajna Chakra and bring about Spiritual Wisdom. It also helps in relief from respiratory discomforts and is a helpful medicinal herb.
❖ Cumin or Jeera, scientifically known as Cuminum cyminum, is famous among both Indians and Egyptians alike for its spiritual abilities and has been used in various practices. It is well documented in the ancient herbal & spiritual books for its immune boosting & magical healing abilities. It enhances digestion, purifies the blood, can eliminate toxins, is carminative and is a bowel stimulator. It can raise positive vibrations of the body in a spiritual context.
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