5th Year Celebration of whatsapp group

It is a long journey from where this group of parents started 5 years ago, with 6 parents. Today, as we stand, this group of like-minded people committed to nourish their kids and live a holistic life with ancient wisdom gifted to us by our ancestors, has grown strong with 6500+ parents and continues to grow on a daily basis.

After the past Sathuragiri retreat, the community’s energy was so high and determined to meet each other and celebrate this 5th year. Happy to see parents in our community took ownership of this event, felt like a family get together. Some highlights of our WhatsApp post.

Out Station Parents

The plan was to start, at 5PM on Friday, the unpredictable weather took over, many parents were stuck in traffic. So we had to delay, all kids found their ways to keep them busy. We started to introduce all the parents and their journey of how they ended up in our group. It was finally good to put a name to face. Gratitude to @Ananth who took a day off on Friday to make sure out station parents reach the venue safer. In parallel he took care of posters, banners, etc. @Ananth @Rajasaker @Mani made sure all the banners were fixed on time. Really glad to see @Nikitha Jain flew all the way from Delhi for this event, @Yoga Jothy from Hyd, @Saranya from Chennai, @Vijaya from AP.

At the resort, we made a solid demand to replace 5 whites. Due to operations and financial issues, they could not do it. So from @Greenhands projects, we estimated the use of 2 poisons, white sugar, and white salt and replaced with jaggery powder and pink salt. In the last min, we came to know from Greenhands team that jaggery powder was not available, @Ananth took charge and arranged 25kgs to the event. To make the check-in smooth, @Divya and @Priya planned meticulously to allot rooms in such a way that parents have their own space. Unfortunately, the resort management wanted to fill block by block not random rooms at different rooms. It was the time when most of the parents are stuck in traffic. Then we took help of the resort management and tried to rearrange the rooms. The SoAW was kind enough to offer to upgrade the rooms to accommodate for kids too. So all kids were given same coats, some even had extra beds.

We made a history by planting Birth Star Trees

In parallel, we had plenty of issues to source 27 birth star trees, we had to refer back our blog to get alternative trees. @SriNandhini did multiple follow ups with them to make sure we have all the plants. Finally when the plants arrived, none of the plants had a name tag. We had no idea which plant was referring to which star. @Divya and @Srinandhini spent nearly 3 hours to figure out while the session was happening. Luckily Dr. Shankar was of handy help, he was able to help us spot some plants.
@Srinandhi also make sure all were given a small tulsi as a return gift.
@Priya also sourced seed balls from chennai as an additional return gift.

@Srinandhi @Divya – did an amazing work on getting those toys, stationery. They and other parents made countless shopping time for this events.

Parent Monika celebrated her daughter Ishitha’s First Birthday at the event.

The first birthday is always very important and special to parents than kids. We are honored to see when parents decided to celebrate with like-minded parents and seek blessings. @Sarayna our Nala group active member (and Admin) took charge and experimented with Ragi and millets to make a healthy cake. In spite of her daughter’s health issues, She personally baked and delivered the cake as a surprise. As the principles of reciprocity continue, @Monica arranged healthy sweets for all parents.

Shloka Time


Within 10 mins, @Roopa took charge of all the kids and made them practice shloka. Along with her, kids did a decent job of chanting.

Maran Ji – the showstopper among all speakers

Though all experts share their in depth wisdom, It was this humble healer, who stole the show! Though he is not fluent in other language than Tamil. His true intention, sincerely reflected in his voice and attitude. All our parents were breathless with his sense of humor and able to make his strong point in everyone’s mind. This is one of the reasons I wanted him to be the first speaker. (but have to make a switch in plan due to logistical reasons) @Gayathri did an amazing job to catch up with Maran ji’s high velocity speak into English. But many parents was able to make sense from his talk. His simple and effective solutions was an eye opener. After his talk…Few parents immediately made a commitment that they would translate his recipe book into multiple language book.

Laughter Therapy

On request of Maran ji. He handed over a small book about laughter therapy, he wanted some parents to quickly learn and do a session, @Vaijayanthi jumped into action and did a session (I really missed it, have to see the video to comment, heard it was good)

Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Though we know about the birthday we planned it well. But one of our parent @Divya was celebrating their anniversary, came to us as a surprise. In the mid of chaos at events, handling guest, kids, other running issues, the core parents really hacked a plan to at least arrange a flower bouquet. All parents showered flowers over the couple with their blessings. @Greenhands Mani later gifted Darbai grass meditation mat. Yes @Divya it was a small gift from our community.

Darbai Grass Meditation Mat

We wanted to give something ancient but spiritual for the guest. One side we have a negative budget to work on and another side, time was limited. At this junction, @Mani suggested this idea. But I strongly suggested standard size would not be really useful if you are really a meditation and seek to benefits from the grass. So he had to work his way to find a lengthy grass from Haridwar to make this custom size, I demanded. The extra mat was sold to few parents at the end of the event. (Yes, Greenhands will launch this mat on demand)

A Parent almost skipped a Wedding function to attend our event


@Priya known as a please use reply button admins, really skipped her cousin’s wedding reception to hand hold our event, late in evening, @Saranya took charge of her to reach the wedding at night and @Priya ran back to the event after the early morning wedding.

First Preview of Sathuragiri Footage

It was nice to see the energy of parents clapping and making notice like a movie experience. The first draft copy of the footage of our recent Sathuragiri retreat. Personally, the video has some elements like swp talk, and my long thank you note etc.. I felt this is not in context with the motive, so we will edit it and add some more footage of parents and publish it in few weeks.

Some notable gestures
  • Bhooma Balaji supported us in conducting the amazing Yoga session in the morning, since our Yoga expert could not make it at the last moment.
  • Roopa engaged the kids in one of the session by interesting Origami. Along with Vaijayanthi Roopa performed the role of time keeper
  • Pottery session was enjoyed by both kids and adults.
  • Nadiyan Divya’s hubby, took the initiative to take a child to the hospital due to unexpected emergency.
  • Shilpa’s mother was so thoughtful by sharing her homemade Marmalade pickle to our parents (Sunday lunch table had that).
  • Efforts of Raja by running multiple times for all the physical work.
  • Mani and Raja at the second day, gave their rooms to the camera crew and adjusted in a hall.
  • Healer Sangeetha Shah, only member outside the group who listened to her intuition and took part of our celebration.

Awards

We identified nearly 40 parents from the 1000s of parents who did the little things that mattered to the community. Parents who made it to the event received their awards. For parents who did not make it to the event, once we have enough budget, we will post it to your house soon. A detailed post is on the way about this tomorrow.

There are many untold stories to share about this landmark event of our WhatsApp group. I tried to bring that I could recollect quickly. I might have skipped some, this does not mean their work is unnoticed, it is just my memory (RAM space is limited).

Moving forward, As core group is restructuring, we decided to be more of quality focused and removed parents who do not follow group disciplines. The idea is reduce the group size and keep only like minded people who are serious about holistic living.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Sathuragiri – Season1 – Random Clicks.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Herbal Tea

Anyone can try this simple recipe for Herbal tea. This is a very good substitute for Coffee and tea

Ingredients:

  1. Coriander seeds
  2. Dry ginger Powder
  3. Palm sugar

Method:

👉🏻 Take 2 hand full of coriander seeds, slightly pan fry it
👉🏻 Immediately pour 2 glass of water and dry ginger powder without skin, boil it and wait until reduce it to 3/4th
👉🏻 Now switch off. Add palm sugar to the extract.
👉🏻After mixing it, filter it and drink.

Ancient people will drink this as a tonic for brain development. This is the basic version.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Pure Pink Salt for All

An act of gratitude to bring health into our food. A Greenhands initiative to Donate Pure Pink Salt and not to Vend anymore……

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from www.greenhands.in

Four years ago, this group started accidentally to remind parents about next Pushya day to administer Swarnaprashana. We never knew it would turn into a holistic group that would expand into various traditional medicinal and lifestyle practices. Very soon it became a community effort, many parents stepped into the show by taking up projects on their shoulders and few made home remedies based products.

On the same lines, when we introduced greenhands project, hoping to share knowledge and not as a sales point. We set a strong standard to protect this platform from any commercial drive rather each shift needs to be People driven and wisdom centric. Over a period of time, awareness of ancient traditional products among our parent community transformed Greenhands project of Mani into a community shopping. Now, many parents work together to get those indigenous food ingredients to each of us every month, one side we work on quality and on other side, we take lot of time and efforts into refinement that is happening in parallel. In spite of all these changing dynamics, we all moved together with high spirits. Above all, every month, we kept pushing ourselves to next level in introducing a new rare indigenous variety and remedy. Its really amazing how a simple whatsapp group has turned into a social enterprise.

When we turn back and ask ourselves ,what kind of positive changes we really made in terms of food in our community. One prominent issue that has surfaced that has been staple in many of our lives are 5 Whites. We at the group, kept on talking about, avoiding 5 type of white food. We want to revive the practices from ancient days, at least do our part of removing one white in every house of our parent group and outside people without any bias or condition.

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By Rainer Z Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Salt was one thing, that came to mind. Today, table salt being the main culprit for many health problems. Mani put in lot of efforts to make Pink Salt more affordable. On this Mahalaya amavasya, I proposed Mani about donating Salt for anyone and everyone without any condition, if nature blesses us, we will continue this Salt for all without money or any catch.

All the religious and ancient text talks high of Salt and it has to be donated. Some References are.

“He is the one who has set free the two kinds of water, one sweet and palatable, and the other salty and bitter. And He has made between them a barrier and a forbidding partition.” (Quran, 25:53)

Some mystics have deeply interpreted these verses as referring to the invisible barrier between man’s spiritual perceptions on one side and his worldly desires on the other side

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Salt is blessed and used with water for baptism
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Exorcism – Japanese Sumo wrestles throw blessed salt in the ring before wrestling to drive away the evil spirit.
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A very famous expression ‘being worth one’s salt’ has been consistently associated with ‘salt’ and ‘precious’.
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‘Salt’ – as a catalyst to India’s freedom struggle – The Dandi March was propelled by salt.
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The offering of ‘saltless meal’ to departed souls according to hindu traditions signifying salt as an earthly ligature with respect to the cosmos.
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Garuda Purana Preta Khanda chapter 29 Verse 30­33 states
“Salt is on par with everything divine. It yields everything the person
wishes for himself. No dish is tasteful without salt. Hence, salt is the favourite
with the Pitrs (ancestors).

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As per the ancient text, Salt is considered to be one of the 10 greatest donations.

Thank you Aicha Imtiaz, Roopa, Sri Nandhini and Yamini for sharing references.

When I shared this proposal, Mani willingly said “Yes, Velu, Let’s do it, at least, I am happy, I am part of removing table salt once and for all, this will bring lot of health benefits especially for parents who never got a chance to taste pure salt.”

That said, our group with Greenhands project will NOT PROVIDE SALT ANY MORE rather, we will Donate 1/2 Kg Pure Pink Salt for any one and everyone. Irrespective of whether you are part of our group or part of core parenting team or take swp from dr. Lakshmi or buy home remedies from other parents or greenhands, any one can book one pack salt / family. You do not have to pay for the salt. (We expect you to cover the DTDC charges of Rs.30 apx). Every month, Greenhands will buy a limited quantity and donate. Hope to cover all of us in our group soon.

For any one, who gets Greenhands Subscription you do not have to book it, the team will automatically, add a salt pack for you.

Many has expressed their willingness to donate in any charity project. In case if you would like to gift or donate salt, do join us for your contribution. To make it transparent, we will open a google doc to track … How many made this healthy shift and what kind of changes we are bringing in lives of people and our society.

Kindly notice, I have not used FREE as i do not believe in Free concept rather I see this as an act of gratitude and responsibility.

On this great day of Mahalaya Amavasya, We share this yet another milestone of our group. Gratitude to all. Let us fight to remove the table salt out of life atleast now!!

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Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

War Against White Food

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Thanks for amazing response about the reviving food we eat. Now, we are aware of the fact that, we just need 20% of food (including water) twice a day to stay healthy. Let us explore further…

Today, we are bombarded with plenty of artificial and chemically processed food. It is a great myth that, healthy food is not in market or expensive, such as organic or natural farming food. With this false assumption, people consume processed food or fall victim to marketing campaign. They hardly know a fact that, they are opening doors towards non-communicable disease such as, diabetes, heart attack, cancer and so on.

Now, Rather than getting to the various food that is good to eat, let us explore the food, that we should completely avoid. The reason is, it does not makes sense to eat the good food, and we also consume the food that is harming us. It is like taking pure milk and a drop of poison.

Many  parents in our whatsapp group constantly ask, what are the remedies to regain or live a healthy lifestyle. The answer is not found in those rare or expensive food, but rather avoiding certain food, does the magic. You will be surprised to see there are plenty of food options that is econimical and healthy.

To lead a holistic healthy lifestyle, we need to avoid 5 white food ingredients. They are: 

  1. Refined Sugar – Replace with Palm Jaggery, Brown Sugar
  2. Table Salt – Replace with Rock salt and Pink Salt
  3. Milk – Sukku Malli Water or coconut milk. 
  4. Polished Rice / – Unpolished, traditional Rice. Say no to hybrid rice.  
  5. Maida – There is no replacement for this, you can use Millets powder to some extent.

Just by switching these simple five elements, you will notice  tremendous health benefits in short time. It is very important, to adopt these lifestyle changes ASAP, to our children.  It is a big topic to discuss on each “White” items which I will blog later…

We got this wisdom from members in our group who has dedicated his life to revive ancient food of India. In case if you like to switch to a healthy lifestyle, do check here and encourage them.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Celebrating Benefits Breastfeeding week, Aug, 1st – 7th.

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Breastfeeding is a divine mothering tool.It’s a natural facet of motherhood that ensures optimal nutrition to cocooning the newborn with emotional connectivity.

This can be achieved by providing proper information, guidance and support by families, health professionals, employers and the social community.

To bring this awareness to light, we are celebrating BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS WEEK from August 1- 7th through our whatsapp community and Facebook media. This is a call for expectant and new mothers and their families to join hands to receive and share as well their stories and experiences supporting each other. We will be also be joined by doctors and healers sharing their knowledge to support the cause.

What are you waiting for join here!

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Remedies for Cough with simple herbs.

Learn the ancient ways to cure and prevent cough.

Root of Athimathuram, by KoS – Own work, Public Domain,

There are various way to cure Cough. At our whatsapp group, we have plenty of parents sharing their age old home remedies to each other. We have made an attempt to collect all those and share it for anyone. Apart from the information we share from our group, We have gone little deeper into ancient siddha, ayurveda and unai script and shared few remedies.

When you try these do share your feedback and or if you have any more tips so share it at comments.

Continue reading “Remedies for Cough with simple herbs.”

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

5 Simple home remedies to arrest Vomiting

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By SriniG – Photograph taken by SriniG, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1026082

There are various way to arrest vomiting. At our whatsapp group, we have plenty of parents sharing their age old home remedies to each other. We have made an attempt to collect all those and share it for anyone. Apart from the information we share from our group, We have gone little deeper into ancient siddha script and shared few remedies.

When you try these do share your feedback and or if you have any more tips so share it at our comments.

Continue reading “5 Simple home remedies to arrest Vomiting”

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Vaccha bracelet

Learn the age old practice from our ancestors to protect infants from various illness.

IMG_20160620_204026Today was an unusual day. At whatsapp, I shared Vaccha Bracelet to let parents know about this life saving herb for just born kids. In short time, say less than 6 hours, the parenting community jumped in and we ended up launching a product.

Vaccha, or popularly known as Vasambu in Tamil or sweet flag (English name) is one of the nine sacred herbs along with  honey and gold ash that was administered to children in ancient times. In Siddha text, they call it as, “Pillai marunthu” means Pediatric medicine.

In olden days, after 11th to 16th day naming ceremony, they tie this bracelet in babies both hands. Along with this, they also, tie a special rope around neck and hip, which we will blog later. In olden days, a gold string was beaten with vaccha. Daily mother would rub this vaccha gold stick on a sandalwood base and take the paste and apply a mark on babies top of the head, palm, and feet. Those are the osmotic areas. Our body absorbs the properties of the paste. This is  practiced in some parts of Kerala even now.

IMG_20160624_150000They tie this bracelet as a natural insecticide. When kids lick it, a small amount of medicine is taken into the body to protect it. This is an amazing herb that is known for its preventive and curative actions.

There is no age limit to use it, usually it can be used till the age of 5 and more. As kids at this age won’t lick their fingers.

This is also one  form of swarnaprashana called as Swarnavaccha, popularly sold in many ayurvedic shops. In case, if you are following swarnaprashana, Vaccha is already in the suvarnaprashan that your doctor has provided. In that case, you do not have to follow Swarnavaccha.

In olden days, they even used to make kajal out of it to apply on forehead, top of palm, foot of the child to protect from evil eyes. Since these areas are osmotic areas, it helps them from filtering impurities to get into the body. (imagine like the water filter using carbon to filter water) It is just not about the evil eyes, it has medical and spiritual reasons too. This improves their sleep and keep the mind calm for epilepsy kids.   

Siddha and Ayurveda texts provides list of various benefits. To mention a few:

  • Epilepsy – Vasambu powder + honey. With only mother milk as main diet, this is effective
  • Indigestion or gas or diarrhoea – powder of Ink Nut + Long pepper + pepper + dry ginger + Vaccha + Asafoetida + Indian Atees
  • Cold or fever or pain in abdomen – Vaccha + Liquorice

Its root has even higher benefits. To mention few:

  • Strong Nervous system – Vaccha root is taken in less quantity.
  • Gas – root of vaccha is burnt and its ash is mixed with coconut oil and applied below the navel.
  • Vaccha in general helps in proper brain development, speech ability, eyesight. It also acts as neutralizer to toxins in the body.  
It is very easy to make one by yourself.
  1. Start on a Pushya, Anuradha, Kettai Nakshatra day. Soak the vaccha up to 8 hours
  2. Clean the skin
  3. Cut it into small beads
  4. With long needle use cotton thread and make it like a bracelet

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Some make with gold and precious stones. It is not a must. But if you can, nothing wrong as long as the stones, gold are pure and craftsmanship is good, so that it does not cut or prick the skin of the baby, then it is good. There is a parent in our group, who is a retail jeweller. In case if you like to touch base with him. Do ping him in our whatsapp group directly. Below is the sample he uses it for kids.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com

Ancient Ways to Cleanse Colon Safely With Castor Oil

Learn the art natural way to detox your stomach, bowel & colon to rejuvenate the digestive system.

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There is always a heated discussion among our parents at our whatsapp group on what best to eat, but seldom discuss about how to remove the waste that we eat detail about this. At our recent webinar, we discussed in great detail.

It is often an assumption that what we eat is absorbed by the body and the waste is disposed in form for urine and stool. Ideally that works for a healthy body. But most of the undigested food, now known as toxins are always stored inside digestive system.  The path from mouth to the anus is approx. 33ft. Yes, it is a long journey indeed.

Then these toxins take a permanent position in our body, it disturbs our physical health, but mental and spiritual health as well. More the toxins, More the health problem. Many health problem can be easily avoided by basic detoxing done by our ancestors. Our ancient text has given lot of ways to remove this toxins regularly. It is an important duty to clean bowel, often!

There is a song from Thirumoolar, that says, yearly at least twice we have clean our stomach. Given that thriumoolar advised this at lest 1000 years ago. Today, with junk and processed food, All most the siddha Dr advises to clean the stomach at least once in  4 months.

There are plenty of way to do this. Here is a simple ancient technique.

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Ingredientes
  1. 3 to 4 Teaspoon of Castor Oil (15ml – 20ml)
  2. 3 Teaspoon of Ginger juice (without skin) (15ml)
  3. 3 Teaspoon of Honey (15ml)
  4. 50 ML of warm water
A day before

Take light food at the night.

On the day

Make sure, you do not have any outdoor-activities on this day, as you might have to visit rest room very frequently.

This process has to performed in an empty stomach and early morning is a better time. Mix castor oil, ginger juice, honey and water as per the proportion mentioned above. Depending on your body type, in next few mins or an hour, you might have to visit the restroom more than 3 to 6 times. Diet only on warm water.

The right time to stop this process is, to notice when the urine quantity is more than the stool, and the stool is in the color of pain water. Your body will tell you to stop it, then you can either take, some buttermilk or lime juice to stop to the loose motion.

It is necessary not to eat or drink anything except warm water.

Once you stop it, give some to give rest, at noon, have liquid diet, with rasam or kanji. Later at dinner, semisolid. Next day, you can follow normal diet.

The quantity of Castor oil, dry ginger, honey and so on, might not work for all, all the time. You can increase and decrease as per your needs.

This simple process, will detox the body and prevent from non-communicable disease such as cancer and so on.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

Velu Jayaprakash is a social entrepreneur, product manager, techy, photographer, meditator, father of an angel, ancient wisdom seeker and holistic adviser. You can reach him at velu.jayaprakash AT gmail DOT com