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

Newsletter July, 2016

The parenting community with roots in holistic living has witnessed organic shaping into a versatile multifaceted platform with all the wonderful and priceless contribution and participation of passionate parents. We are extremely delighted to share our growth with each of you. This newsletter is a sneak peek into our journey. Looking forward for many such self sustained milestones!!

Surekha Kumbhar (India)

Small acts when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world – Howard Zinn

Swarnaprashana is a collective of parents with a dynamic platform for holistic living and approaches. The group’s aspirations are central to authentic holistic practices and revival of ancient wisdom to this time of living. It calls for an efficient integration of these principles into daily lives across the country.

It is amazing to see how a simple parenting community, connected virtually, can contribute so much in their free time.

This season has been amazing and alive with new learnings , Webinars , Meetups , launch of new Indigenous spin offs, growing into new groups and many more parents joining the Whatsapp community and into core team sharing their knowledge and expertise and the ripple effect continues…

SPOTLIGHTS

  • Swarnaprashana Sangam
  • Swarnaprashana logo on Packaging kit
  • Subhashithas by Roopa
  • Touch Therapy by Anandji
  • Webinars : Immunity redefined (Uploaded YouTube version )
  • Dinacharya by Velu Jayaprakash
  • Specialised yoga with Yogacharya by Sri.B.Shankaranarayana Shastri
  • Stargazing with Shiva
  • Ancient Indigenous produce by Greenhands 
  • Homepreneurs time-honored remedies
  • Sanjeevani holistic group ( a dedicated blessings platform )

First Parenting – MEETUPS

Bangalore meet upSwarnaprashana SANGAM witnessed coming together of parents and whole team of swarnaprashana together for the first time for two interesting talks on ancient wisdom and how this group evolved from inception to the present stage by Velu Jayaprakash. He exuberantly unlocked the science behind the ancient practices and traditional home remedies while Manikandan from Greenhands gave a wise talk on Ancient food and passionate revival of the rice and millet varieties. Watch Video

Stargazing

swp-web-star-banner-v2Shiva, a passionate life coach, helped many embark on an ancient practice of Stargazing, Tree Hugging, Gamification of ancient lifestyle. He gave a glimpse on healing trees as per your birth nakshatra. Read more about this here.

A must read: Cosmic healing with birth stars and trees.

Swarnapashana kit gets an upgrade.

When community joined hands, various parents from the whatsapp group stepped outside the virtual world and explored various ways to upgrade the packing. From July, the swp is now shipped in the form of storage vials that is leak proof. Tamper Proof Packaging with branding is worth mentioning.

WEBINARS

Immunity Redefined

First webinar by our parenting community where knowledge sharing desk was decked by healer and acupuncture expert Healer Anand , Ayurveda specialist Dr.lakshmy , Homeopath Dr. sheetal and holistic advisor Mr.Velu Jayaprakash. The same has been uploaded on YouTube. Watch the video here.

Dinacharya

A webinar by Velu jayaprakash. A streamlined smooth transition from Bramhamuhurtham to Rathricharya where the best daily practices and procedures that is advocated by Ayurveda and siddhas which can be followed by one and all were revealed. Video will be uploaded later.

Specialized Yoga with Yogacharya Sri. B. Shankaranarayana Shastri

It was indeed a great privilege to air the latest webinar featuring Yogacharya Sri.B.Shankaranarayana Shastri. It is a humbling experience to have Yoga specialist among us with over 50 years of experience. Special thanks to Roopa of Subhashita fame, a parent from our core team for roping in such an eminent personality.

Ancient Indigenous Food of India

Manikandan of Greehands.in provides the best from natures basket with ancient rice, millet varieties, and various organic supplies along with coldpressed oils, pure desi ghee and other ancient products. The new entrees are Kichali Samba (replacement for regular rice), and Purest world-famous Udankudi palmsugar and palm jaggery.

Parents contribution has scaled up by providing the best and rare HONEY varieties like Jamun honey, Chestnut honey, Himalayan honey by Velu, who collects honey from various sources as a hobby.

ParentPreneurs Krithika, Srinandhini and Ojas home-made remedies are on the shelf with raving reviews. And lot more parents are in the line to share their age old home remedies that are learnt from their grandmothers and other elders. We never knew this will be a platform for sharing the home remedy supplies made by parents with love to others.

A moment of pride was when Vaccha Band was launched literally in a span of few hours. A parent shares how Vaccha band is a life saviour for kids, a few share their experiences and a parent comes forward to provide it to all of our parent community. Within few hours, everything is conceptualized and implemented…rest is history.

Subhashitha

YouTube is blessed with Subhashithas by Roopa, a parent from our core team who offers her knowledge selflessly with a melodious voice narrating the fables and explaining the Subhashithas. They are epigrammatic poems and their message is an aphorism, maxim, advice, fact, truth, riddle. Long-lived practices came to life again in lives of our kids.

Indian Classical Acupuncture popularly known as Touch Therapy

We are blessed to have Anandhji in our group who has come up to offer his free time to conduct a weekly webcast on “Mind-Body Wisdom, Path to Well-being”  Watch the video here.

Events

Touch Therapy Session for Bangalore parents.

Anandhji practices Indian Classical Acupuncture popularly known as Touch Therapy every 1st and 3rd Saturdays at Indira Nagar, Bangalore. You can reach him with prior appointment.

Satkriya Foundation

Satkriya foundation has organised a fundraising event, Satswara by Sri Shivaranjivi, for and by  a group of Visually challenged people. Few parents partially contributed to this event. We were happy to take part in this initiative. Do follow their page for participation in future activities.

In Media

NEWSBYTES –  It was a day filled with pride as newsbytes has covered Swarnaprashana helping Greenhands.in. Agricultural sector with a share of 10% in nation’s export can be a fertile field for innovative startups.

newsbites media cover WhatsApp-Image-20160721While all these are rolling, the whatsapp community has grown big and two new groups namely Chandan group and Amla group are revived to join our Bramhi Holistic group and Aloevera Holistic group. Each group is named after a herb. To maintain the objective of the group and yet sail through the ebb and flow of the lives of our parents, Sanjeevani group is created as a dedicated group for blessings and prayers. With interesting posts and discussions on spirituality and enlightment.

Whatsapp – Important Discussions

  • Naming with sounds not with letters
  • Stem cell and ancient umbilical cord preservation
  • How we can sync with nature
  • Ekadesi significance
  • Chaturmas..seasonal foods
  • Thirumaloor’s Thirumandhiram.
  • Storing ghee for years for medicinal usage
  • Real truth about cholesterol, gluten sensitivities and myths
  • Chandranamaskar
  • Various Goshala products and importance of Ghee
  • Panchagavya treatment
  • Ancient practices on Vibudhi and its significance
  • Ecofriendly products and practices, terrace gardening
  • Alternate therapies n treatments
  • Schools and holistic education
  • Parenting

The beauty of this parent community is felt when many parents respond in wee hours, pray n follow up too. What better way to use this platform.

Screening through these talks n concerns, many blogs have been added in areas of Health¸Healing, long lived traditional remedies and recipes, Parenting.

In case, if you are not part of this amazing group. Do join us here.

Recent Blogs

  • Ashtavarga Chywanprash
  • Ancient way to test the Mother’s milk
  • Dos and Donts during Summer, Grishmaritu
  • Garbhinicharya paricharya – The ancient art of Conceiving, pregnancy and Post delivery
  • liquid food madness
  • Tharpanam/ Tilodakam
  • Reviving the food we eat
  • Black rice idli
  • Ancient ways to cleanse colon safely
  • Vaccha bracelet
  • Art of Parenting
  • Parenting workshops
  • Specialized yoga with Yogacharya Sri.B.Shankaranarayana Shastri
  • 5 simple home remedies to arrest Vomiting
  • Remedies for cough with simple herbs
  • Indian classical Acupuncture (TOUCH THERAPY)
  • Subhashitas
  • Cosmic healing with Birth stars and trees
  • 7 amazing benefits of clapping

Wrapping up this season here, we venture into more learnings and growing together as a parenting community. We the swarnaprashana team, sincerely thank each and every member who are part of this new momentum of HOLISTIC LIVING.

Miles to go before we sleep…the journey continues…

Author: yamini

I am Yamini, a Science and Education graduate, currently a work from home Mom as Subject Matter Expert - SME at e- learning solutions. Being a learner at heart in a voyage of self discovery for me, Motherhood is a calling and Parenting my passion. Belief in sharing and giving is my faith. Exercising the same faith, would blog on topics of interest like Parenting and education to learn, reflect and grow together. You can teach me at yamini2523 AT gmail DOT com.

Subhashita #7 – Kayana Vaacha

कायेन वाचा मनसेन्द्रियैर्वा
बुद्ध्यात्मना वा प्रकृतेः स्वभावात् ।
करोमि यद्यत्सकलं परस्मै
गुरुवरायेति समर्पयामि ॥

Kaayena Vaacaa Manase[a-I]ndriyairvaa
Buddhy[i]-Aatmanaa Vaa Prakrteh Svabhaavaat |
Karomi Yad-Yat-Sakalam Parasmai
Guru-Varaayeti Samarpayaami ||

Meaning:
1: (Whatever I do) with my Body, Speech, Mind or Sense Organs,
2: (Whatever I do) using my Intellect, Feelings of Heart or (unconsciously) through the natural tendencies of my Mind,
3: Whatever I do, I do all for others (i.e. without the sense of attachment to the results),
4: (And) I Surrender them all at the Lotus Feet of the Supreme Guru.

 

Author: Roopa

By Roopa Prasanna I am a homemaker with two kids a son and a daughter aged 9 and 6 yrs respectively. I love telling stories to my kids. It has helped them to grow up better and they are more relaxed at the end of the day. My other hobbies are listening to music and reading. I have always believed our ancient wisdom holds the key to many of our questions. You can reach me at roopa.hebbar AT gmail.com

Indriya Nigraha – A journey towards spiritual path.

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We have ears, tongue and eyes among gnanendriyas, the most powerful knowledge providers, at the same time, we do not know how to use it, then we are opening doors for internal disturbances.

We should not listen through “EARS”, which is not related to us or for which we are neither responsible nor answerable. Unnecessary inflow of information from this indriya generates unwarranted garbage in our astral body. This should therefore be controlled.

Next gnanendriya is “TONGUE”. Through this we become slave to taste and take unnecessary food. This in one way results in indigestion and also other diseases like diabetics. So we should have control on tongue.

Next powerful and dangerous gnanendriya is “EYES”. No doubt through this indriya we see world around us, but we also see unwanted items and create unwarranted desires. So friends eyes, tongue and ear are most dangerous gnanendriyas which require control.

Now there is another karmendriya which is also equally dangerous. It is speech generated through tongue. Through “TALK” we either to good deeds or bad deeds. So we should be careful with this karmendriya also.

We have a commander-in-chief of indriyas. He is “MIND” . If one can control this, he can even become Almighty. Entire spiritual practices are basically aimed at controlling mind. People generally think that “indriya nigraha” (control of indriyas) is important sadhana. But it is not so. What is required is realisation oriented attitude towards subject matter of indriyas.

In Bhagavad Geeta in second chapter, Lord emphasized that any interest on subject matter of five elements (sound, touch, form, taste and smell are subject matters) converts interest as desire. If desire is fulfilled then thought for repetition is generated. If desire is not fulfilled angry will raise. With angry, person looses senses and losses control on himself. So realization oriented knowledge referred above should help us in removing interest on subject matter of five elements. To do this, we should divert our interest on some better aspects. Like doing “NAMA SMARANA ” or uttering “MANTRA” or doing meditation. Let our sadhana start on any of these points.
Pranamams.

Author: Lakshmi Bharadwaj

Lakshmi Bharadwaj, known as OJAS in whatsapp group, is a home-maker and mother of three lovely kids. She comes with a rich tradition that follows home-remedies, which makes her a passionate towards ancient knowledge in Ayurveda naturopathy and herbs. She is one of the sincere and senior member of swarnaprashana watsapp parenting community. She has been constantly guiding new parents and with her continuous selfless efforts on various social and educative platforms. She is a small startup entrepreneur made it a step ahead in collaborating O&S HERBALS with BALAMRIT and MILKMASLA which stood to her expectations with her efforts. In 2015, She was the Parent of the month for her exceptional guidance in home-remedies to many parents in our whatsapp community.

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

Reviving the food we eat.

Understand your body well, and take the food accordingly. A deep insight of “Food” we intake is actually, not just eating though mouth, but to balance between air, water and wholesome food.  

Food is medicine – An old siddha saying.

Learn right food, we intake, quantity and quality to lead a healthy life! In our house, kitchen is our lab. We prepare medicine for hunger. In the ancient days, we lived a life what was in balance with nature.

As Nammalvar says, “Food should be local, seasonal, cost effective, chemical free and should posses micro and macro nutritious.” Today We have a huge list of food products that is chemically processed, it is now known fact that, these food only harms, but kills the person over time. If we switch to organic, it is costly. But if we dig deeper, we do not need expensive food ingredients to to lead a healthy lifestyle. With simple easy to find local food, we can lead a far better healthy life. Let us find out.

Before we explore the need to find a better intake. We need to under how much our body actually needs? The Food we eat, is *NOT* the only source for sustaining our life, rather it is one of the smallest contributor. Our ancients text have give a huge wisdom of what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat and so on.

 

For healthy life, We need the following

  1. 50% Air
  2. 30% Water
  3. 20% Food

Compared this with our present life style, which is, 40% food alone. Thus leads to imbalance in other two elements, Air and Water. So technically, we eat though, Nose (air), Skin (water) and Mouth (food).

Air – 50%

The we breath contributes a lot, Spiritual Scientist, thirumoolar says, we breath 21000 times. We need to breath in a rhyming pattern, easy,slow, longer and deeper!  We need to do at least, pranayama exercise (alternative nostril breathing) at least 21 times, morning and evening, More the better. There are tons technique to practice here. We can cover this in a later blog.

Water – 30%

The water mentioned here does not refer the water we consume, but rather, it is the moisture we absorb from atmosphere. Our body, absorb moisture from the root of hairs all over the body. That is why many ancient yogis do not cut hair. Waxing or removal of body hair, will block the pores at the skin and will stop us from taking water from atmosphere.

Food – 20%

It is the 20% that we eat, that includes water we drink! To know how much to eat, we need a benchmark to assess that quantity. So stomach is our tank to store this 20%. In 20% intake, that we consume thought mouth, 

  1. ¼ is the food – This is what we actually eat!
  2. ¼ is water we drink
  3. ½ is air (or empty)

To balance the 20% intake, our ancestors always said to fast, so when we do not intake, 20% of food, then the 50% air and 30% water will increase in body. Fasting itself is a big topic by itself, again there is a lot confusing in the name of fasting, Many over kill their body with fasting, We will do a detailed blog about this in coming days.

There is another confusing about food and water intake, on whether should take water immediately after food or give 30 mins to drink water.

If you chow the food nicely and mix it saliva, then we do not need to take water. There is saying Tamil to chow every bit of the food up to 16 times. Today, with busy lifestyle, many gulp the food without grinding the food properly, in that case, you need to drink water immediately. Any Naturopathy or Traditional healers would say, drink the food, eat the water. The food we swallow, should be drinkable, until then keep on chewing, because, the digestion start right at the mouth to all way till end of anus, that is a 30m journey.

When we actually drink the food, that is processed at our mouth, you will realize a fact that, we should have eaten less, but you get a sense of filling with smaller quantity. Thus, this will lead to weight reduction easily. Try this for one week, Just 7 day, and see for it for yourself!

In coming blogs, we will share the what to eat, not to eat, should we buy expensive imported food? And so.

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

Tharpanam/ Tilodakam

Discovery the spiritual science behind the new moon day and our ancestors.

Tharpanam means “That offering which satisfies”. But what we mean by the word Tharpanam is the offering of water mixed with black Sesame seeds to the manes-(dead ancestors). Though we have several ancestors, this offering is addressed to three generations of father, grandfather and great grandfather along with their wives (Sapatnikaan if the wife is dead). Only those whose father is dead are eligible to do Tharpanam.

Amavasya is the name of new moon night in ancient Indian way of life ((during and after the vedic times). It is the first night of the first quarter of the lunar month. Since the moon is invisible on the day, Amavasya is also referred as no moon night. Amavasi holds great importance in Bharatha Boomi till date. Many Indians choose this day to make offering (tharpanam) to the dead ancestors especially the Thrimathastha.

All the manes are supposed by our ancient Indians to live in the Pithru loka for some time and either be reborn as any being or go to lokas like deva loka, Vaikunta or even attain salvation. The pithru loka is populated by three group of pithru devas viz, Vasu(father), Rudra(Grandfather) and Adhithya(Great Grand Father)

“VasurudraAadithya swaroopanam asmath Pitru Pitamaha Prappitamaha aavahayami”.

These devas receive our oblations and make it reach to our manes wherever they are and in whichever form they are. The pithru loka is supposed to be on the unseen side of the moon. This portion gets exposed to sun on the new moon days. It is according to our concept lunch time for the people populating the pithru loka. These pithrus, since they have left the world are solely dependent on only their progeny to feed them. This feeding is done through Tharpanam. It is believed that if Tharpanam is not performed then the Pithru devas will curse us so that we may not have male descendants to offer tharpanam to us.

The regular tharpanam which is supposed to be done on all amavasyas. Four Month beginnings mesha, karkataka, thula, and makara and also during eclipses. Our books have asked us to perform tharpanam on 96 days in a year but this is not being done nowadays.

Mahalaya Amavasya is the highly auspicious time for performing Pithru Puja to pacify the departed souls of the anscestors. The period starting from the Pirathamai Thithi (Tamil) or Pratipad Thithi (Hindi) (that is) the day next to Full Moon day (Pournami) in the tamil month of Purattasi (Sept 15th – Oct 15th) and ending on the Amavasya Thithi (New Moon day) is the most auspicious time for performing this Pithru Puja.It is good if the Pithru Puja is done on daily basis (15 days). For Pitru 365 days is equal to 1 day, As per the our ancient Indian calender (Panchagam) we have 1 amavasya and 1 Pournami so for 1 year we have 12 Amavasya. This 12 Amavasya is equal to 12 hrs of the day for our Pitru. Hence when the monthly Tharpanam is given to the Pitru it is done with Darbe, Black Sesame seeds and water(The Argyam) and for the yearly we offer the prathyabdhika shraadha which is with black Sesame seeds and rice(Pinda Tarpanam)

Why Black Seasme Seeds?

The Seasme seeds are considered to be sacred and it satisfies the hunger and the thirst of your ancestors. When the seasme seeds are offered to the dead ancestors along with the water, it slowly reduces the binding relationship between the dead ancestors and their erstwhile members of the family. When the bond between the dead ancestors and their family members are broken, then the departed soul would be ready to make another journey for a re-birth in another family. Thus the Seasme seeds acts as a catalyst to break the bond between the living family members and the dead ancestors.

Things that needs to be followed while doing Pithru Tharpanam:
  1. Never do this Pithru Tharpanam without taking head bath and your body & mind should be clean and calm
  2. Must do this Pithru Tharpanam on empty stomach (no coffee/water too)
  3. Never eat Non Vegetarian foods on the day that you do this ritual
  4. It is highly sinful to offer Non Vegetarian foods/alochol to the departed souls
  5. It is highly damaging to mix seasme seeds with any non vegetarian foods
  6. Should not take bath (for the whole day) after completing Pithru Tharpanam or Pujas
  7. It is always good to offer foods to those who are in really need of it
  8. Never do Pithru Tharpanam on your Jenma Nakshatras
  9. It is good to visit temples after completing the Pithru Tharpanam.

Ancient way to test the mother’s milk

By Ken Hammond ([1]) – USDA
It is amazing to see, how our ancestors were able to measure the quality of mothers milk with simple tools and balance their vata, pitta and kapha. In the olden days, the other would simple do the following test to product a healthy milk for their infants.

Few drops of milk is poured into a vessel containing water. Depending on the consistence of the milk, like the way it floats, settles, froths, striates and colours, the nature of the imbalance is understood.

Vata Dosha

The milk floats in water and froths. It may cause diarrhea.

Pitta Dosha

The Milk striates and displays yellow colour. It may cause neurological problems.

Kapha Dosha

The Milk feels heavy, slimy and settles at the bottom of the vessel. It may cause cough, respiratory problems, including indigestion and worms.

Balanced Dosha

Normally mixed well with water.

Therefore, it was well understood, the infants health is completely depends on the mothers feed. Hence mother have take proper balanced diet.

Useful Tips
  • Morning the mother can have a pinch of Pepper, long pepper and dried ginger (without skin) it is commonly called as Thrukadugu chroonam with little honey.
  • Evening the mother can have a pinch of Todikai, Amla and kadukkai, it is commonly known as Triphala.
  • If your shows a pitta or kapha doshas, then regular intake of 3 to 4 cups of pomegranate juice will help. people with Vata imbalance should avoid it.
  • Shatavari helps a lot to maintaining quality and quantity of milk.

Author: Velu Jayaprakash

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Ashtavarga Chyvanprash

Learn ancient recipe of Ashtavarga chyvanprash to bring back the youth.

There is a beautiful story behind Chyavanrprash. Once King Sharyati and his beautiful daughter Sukanya were in a forest hunting. The princess accidentally woke up ChyavanMaharishi who was in deep meditation.The angry maharishi rose  to curse the king and his daughter. The king begged for forgiveness and offered his daughter in marriage. The sage accepted his offer and was married to princess sukanya. But he was concerned that his old and weakened body will be a problem in his marital life. The divine physicians celestial twins Aswini Kumaras came to his rescue, they gave him a rasayana a medicine that gave back his youth. The Maharishi was happily married to princess and  live happily thereafter.

The rasayana in the story is chywanprash. This was made with all potent divine herbs most of them found in Himalayas. Rasayanas are unique formulations through which a person acquires intelligence, memory, radiance of body, freedom from disease, longevity, strength of the senses, increase in sexual vigour, great increase in the strength of the digestive fire, improvement of the complexion, and the restoration of vata to its normal course.

The name Ashtavarga chyvanprash is attributed to the  group of very rare eight potent herbs – Ashtvarga

  1. Ridhi
  2. Vridhi
  3. Medha
  4. Mahamedha
  5. Jeevak
  6. Rishabh
  7. Kakoli
  8. Ksheerkakoli

They are some of the magic rare divine herbs available in Himalayas. The ancient acharyas understanding their unavailability to common people also have mentioned substitutes to herbs unable to find. Over the period of time various formulas for Chywanpransna have been developed from the ancient ingredients. Every manufacturer differ from each other in the number of ingredients. However in all cases Amla will be the prime ingredient                                            

The preparation of chywanprash is  a very complex process. 500 Amlas are tied in a big cloth andboiled in mixture of herbs and water. The amla will be cooked till the decoction of herbs is reduced to 1/4rth. The amla is deseeded, the pulp is ground and fried with ghee and til oil, the decoction prepared and sugar syrup  are added to the amla mixture and heated till ghee seperates and semisolid state is attained. Upon self cooling powdered herbs and other additives are added, Honey is added last when the mixture cools down.The final product will be dark shiny brown in colour with jam like consistency.

Uses of chywanprash

The creator of Chywanprash the celestial twin have chosen the formula so that it acts as detoxifier, rejuvenator as well as immunomodulator  at the same time. The actionof herbs are in such a way that it improves all aspects of health. It repairs, streamlines and ensures the proper functioning all most all systems of body-Digestive system, Respiratory system, cardiac system, reproductive system endocrine system, immune system. Several ingredients Several of chywanprash possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

According to the Charaka Samhita, Chyawanprash is the foremost of all rasayanas, whoever uses Chyawanprash as a rasayana  will get all the benefits of kayakalpa (Restoration of youth) – reversal of ageing, reclaiming beauty, strength, youthful skin, so on.

Who can use Chwanprash

Chyawanprash can be used by all age group young, old weak, healthy people, it nourishes the weak, the wounded, the old, and children.

How often we can use it

It can  be used  daily but avoid during cold cough fever any illness,you still continue chyavanprash under doctors instructions in certain conditions.

How to select a chyavanprash?

Chyvanprash should be of course without added preservatives. Not too much watery, sticky or thick semi solid in consistency. It should sink in when dropped in water. The sour taste of amla should be more predominant more than its sweetness.

Dosage of Chwanprash
  • There is no particular dosage fixed for chywanprash. It depends on the agni of the person, adults should not exceed 20gm
  • Children below 3-5 years 1/4-1/2  teaspoon with milk in the morning or as per doctors advise.
  • Children above 5 years 1 teaspoon with milk in morning or as per doctors advise

Chyavanprash can be taken as long as needed under doctors advise.