Your efforts are commendable. You are just one week away from completion. You can also learn about our 49-minute meditation practice on our web-site. Interested participants can visit our Facebook, Twitter and instagram pages for motivational living suggestions. In this final week of detox, the ingredients chosen are: Indian Beech/Karanja or Dithouri (Millettia pinnata/Pongamia glabra) leaves, Drumstick/Sajjan ki phalli/Munaga or Mullakaya (Moringa oleifera) leaves, Turmeric/Haldi (Curcuma longa) powdered-root and Tender Coconut/Nariyal (Cocos nucifera) water.
As for the Mind cleansing, we will start introspection on the fourth type of complex, a fear of manifestation of reality, also known as the Eventuality Complex. You would have read about this complex last week. This week introspect your thoughts, words, actions and choices with mindfulness – impacted due to the fear of reality manifestation. Are you able to accept reality as it is?
What you will need:
• Mind: Chanting ‘Aum’ and do some breathing/stretching exercise under the Sun. Instrospect for 15 minutes every day and make a deliberate effort to not be influenced, so as to overcome the fear of acceptance of Reality – “Eventuality complex”. Examine your life and evaluate do you tend to fear the manifestation of Reality? Are you playing with events and outcomes because they are not favorable to your individual expectations? Resist the urge to be in denial.
• External Body: Yoga Postures – Surya-Namaskaar & breathing exercises
• Internal Cleanse: Indian Beech/Karanja or Dithouri (Millettia pinnata/Pongamia glabra), Drumstick/Sajjan ki phalli (Moringa oleifera) leaves, Turmeric/Haldi (Curcuma longa) powdered-root and Tender Coconut/Nariyal (Cocos nucifera) water.
• Soul: 21 minutes of Sushumna Kriya Yoga and Mindfulness.
Keep doing the Surya Namaskaar or Sun Salutations in the early hours around sunrise. Boil the first three ingredients below to make a tea and consume the decoction. Coconut water can be consumed as such during this week.
Pongamia/Karanja tree (Millettia pinnata/Pongamia glabra) is found in India and south-east Asia. Its oil has a bitter, pungent, astringent taste, is easy to digest and has potency qualities. The fruits, leaves, stem bark, root bark, seeds and twigs are used in medicinal preparation. The leaves are used to treat herpes and skin pigmentation. The leaves and fruit have an oil with anti- oxidant properties. It is very useful in treating skin diseases. It has properties which can detoxify the vagina and treat uterine disorders. It is also used in treating piles and hemorrhoids. It can relieve bloating, flatulence, stomach ailments, worm infestation and aids quick wound healing. The leaves of Karanja are mildly toxic due to the chemical constituents and can relieve inflammation, diarrhea and constipation. The fruits of Karanja is used to treat diabetes. The fruits are also used to treat psoriasis and skin infections. The oil of Karanja is used as a bio-fuel and is comparable to bio-diesel. It helps to reduce boils, abscess and eczema. It relives pain and inflammation caused due to open wounds and burns. Traditionally it is used to treat scorpion bites, fever and poisoning. It can be used to treat gout and syphilis. Apart from these medicinal uses, Karanja is used in therapeutic use called as ‘Blood letting therapy’ to cure skin diseases. In conditions where the skin lesions turn numb and there is no pain or itching, they are rubbed with Karanja stem to initiate bleeding. This lets off the impure blood to cure the skin lesions. It also helps in relief from intestinal discomforts like flatulence and bloating. It also enhances creativity when used in moderation. Excessive consumption can have a hallucinatory effect. Drumstick/Sajjan ki phalli/Munaga or Mullakaya (Moringa oleifera) leaves soothe the inflammation in the stomach and reduce burning. It is a superfood rich in many nutrients. It is a rich source of fibre, iron and magnesium. It reduces fat and bad cholesterol, hence is an excellent regulator of weight. It increases the metabolic rate and helps to absorb nutrients from food. It is a miracle low calorie diet for diabetics. South Indians use the fruit and leaves in a variety of dishes. It protects the heart and keeps you healthy. The juice of the leaves is used as a topical antiseptic. Consumed internally it can treat anxiety and eye diseases. Due to its iron content the leaves are a good food supplement for pregnant women, which increases red blood cell count and prevents anemia. Ancient references almost 4000 years ago show it was used to cure 300 different medical conditions. Greeks used it in perfumery as it calms personality, brings clarity to the mind, regulates energy and helps spiritual practices.
- “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.
Turmeric/Haldi: Curcuma longa is the scientific name of this popular herb. Its root is ground into a pungent and bright yellow powder, that is used for worship and as a flavouring agent in most Indian cuisines. Turmeric is considered to be ‘Shubh’ or the auspicious golden root. In Indian culture it is equated with purity, brings prosperity and every meal or household is incomplete without Turmeric. Scientifically it is a very effective anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Hence it is used to heal wounds, cuts, abrasions, topical skin toner and germicidal creams. Its active ingredient “Curcumin” is so powerful, that it is known to even cure cancer and is a popular food-supplement. Internally it helps regulate intestinal flora and is very effective to reduce or control IBD – thus helps patients of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s to keep inflammation in control. It contains good amount of dietary fibre, calcium, Vitamin B6, fights aging and promotes liver health. A spiritually purifying agent, it cleanses the ‘Doshas’ in the body, cleans toxins in our blood, positively impacts the sacral Chakra & Nadis and allows the life force or ‘Prana’ to flow in the body freely. It is also a natural anti-pyretic agent and supports general wellbeing.
Coconut water/Nariyal paani comes from the tender green fruit of the coconut tree, scientifically called Cocos nucifera. It is a natural super-drink and tops the list of liquid superfoods as it has all the nutrients necessary for survival. With a high content of potassium and other minerals it maintains the fluid/electrolyte balance in the body and is a favorite hydrating agent for sportspersons. Being low in calories it has amino acids and natural soothers, that act as stress busters. It fights cancer, has anti-aging properties and is detoxifying. Spiritually speaking, it has great benefits, and it can remove the strongly imprinted ‘Bijas’ and negative impressions which are deeply embedded in the Manipura Chakra. It hydrates and lowers blood sugar and pressure. It improves brain function. Lastly it cleanses the liver and provides a complete detoxification.
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