Wonder Cure by GuruJi
A Remedy for Headache
Whenever you are tired, just protrude your tongue a bit through your lips, press the index fingers with the respective thumbs in such a way as they make a zero each and rest awhile in this position. This practice helps nourish the neurons and alleviates fatigue. Similarly, one suffering from a severe headache should protrude his tongue out through the teeth and make the form of a zero with the index fingers and thumbs of each hand in the above manner. This should be practised for two minutes at a time and thrice a day. It has helped cure numerous types of headaches so far. Once there was a Shastriji Maharaj. He narrated stories from the „Bhagavata Purana‟. But he would suffer from headache just after a few minutes of starting the discourse. He tried all types of therapies but without success. Once he happened to tell Ghatwale Baba, “Babaji! Despite all medical treatments I have failed to find relief from this headache.” Then Ghatwale Baba advised him to practise the above technique for a few days regularly, which he did and got cured. „As numerous leaves remain hidden within every sprouting leaf of banana; The words of saints carry within them so many hidden messages benign.‟ Ghatwale Baba had told just a simple thing, but that went on to relieve Shastriji of his headache forever. A mere passing reference from a saint did prove to be a veritable boon for Shastriji.
“O excellent sages! On having listened to this account, engage your mind in the exercise
Excerpts from Rishi Prasad – Issue 179 Nov, 2007
Causes of hypertension:
1. The principal cause of hypertension among young people is physical and mental stress. Pressure on the
mind and body experienced in everyday life is called stress. In today”s medical jargon. Stress especially affects
the emotional people and those with a weak mind. Stress causes abnormal tension on the blood vessels that
leads to hypertension. In the long run, hypertension affects the kidneys, heart and brain adversely, which may
cause brain haemorrhage, paralysis, kidney disorders, heart attack etc.
2. Overeating, and an unhealthy diet particularly the excessive consumption of salty, sour, spicy, fried, hot,
pungent and oily foods is an open invitation to hypertension. Therefore avoid such foods. Studies have revealed
that obese persons are highly vulnerable to high blood pressure. Shodhan Kalpa, an Ayurvedic product of the
Ashram can be obtained for a mere Rs. 20 to control obesity, thus avoiding unnecessary expenses.
3. Salt has the natural tendency to increase blood pressure. The salt that is present naturally in fruits and
vegetables is enough for our body”s daily salt requirement. Therefore salt should be used sparingly while
4. The stimulation caused due to the consumption of intoxicants like tobacco, alcohol and narcotics also
increases blood pressure.
5. Kidneys are impaired by prolonged use of painkillers like aspirin etc, antibiotics, sulpha drugs,
etc. and consequently they become inefficient in excreting the accumulated toxins. These accumulated toxins
and impurities can lead to an increase in blood pressure.
6. According to Ayurveda, aggravated Pitta increases blood pressure. All the above causes aggravate pitta.
Signs and Symptoms:
Headache, giddiness, perplexity, uneasiness, palpitation, difficulty in breathing even with a small amount
of exertion, insomnia, weakness of the sense organs are some of the chief symptoms of hypertension.
Modern medicines, for controlling and regulating High blood pressure, fail to eradicate the ailment
completely. Instead, they cause adverse side-effects to the kidneys and other parts of the body and can lead to
dreadful diseases like renal failure in the long run. In view of the limitations of allopathic medicines, even
western physicians today are attracted to the remedies prescribed by the Indian Rishis and sages in
ayurveda and Yoga-Shastra.
Hypertension can be very easily controlled through meditation, Yogasanas, pranayama and japa of
mantras. Hypertension is not found among spiritual aspirants practising meditation and pranayama regularly.
Therefore, take recourse to pranayama and home remedies, which are completely side-effect free and have by
and large been successful.
One attains mental peace through meditation. Meditation and Asanas,
(Shavasana is particularly helpful to relax physical and mental tensions and thereby
control blood pressure) are helpful in dilation of the blood vessels. The blood
circulates in the body through Prana. When the life-giving Prana is weak, the blood circulation also slows down.
Pranayama strengthens the Prana and thereby blood circulation is improved. The blood, blood vessels and the
mind become purified. Pranayama is also helpful in reversing atherosclerosis. The blood-vessels become soft
and elastic and blood pressure is kept under control. Japa of mantras promotes the Sattvic tendencies of the
mind, which in turn purifies the thoughts and behaviour, and thereby strengthens will power. Japa of the mantra,
“” Shanti” also helps in controlling blood pressure.
1.Mix equal quantities of saptamrita lauha, swarnamakshik powder and praval pishti. 500 mgs of this
mixture taken twice a day with ghee helps pacify aggravated pitta.
2. Make a concentrate by soaking 15 to 20 grams of black raisins for 5 to 6 hours in 200 ml (a glass) of
water. Boil the black raisins in the same water till it is reduced to about 50 ml. Take this concentrate along with
3 to 5 grams of Triphala churna before going to bed at night. Triphala is a soothing, mild, and excellent
purgative. It is also a good rasayana. A regular user of Triphala is saved from hypertension.
3. Mix equal quantities of Sarpagandha, Shankhapushpi and Jatamasi. 3 grams of the mixture taken 2 to 3
times a day helps control blood pressure quickly.
4.The Blood pressure controlling Raisin treatment:
Soak one raisin in Gulab jal (extract from rose) overnight. Eat it, chewing well in the morning. The next day
eat two raisins in like manner. In this way keep increasing the number of raisins by one daily, until it reaches 21
on the 21st day. From the 22nd day onwards start decreasing the number of raisins by one daily (20, 19, 18 and
so on) until you reach one. Repeat this process with an interval of a few days. High Blood pressure is effectively
controlled on repeating this process thrice. Strict observance of dietary restrictions is necessary during this
course and after.
5. Blood pressure can also be controlled by wearing a mala of genuine Rudraksha beads around the neck.
Amla, cow”s milk and ghee are highly beneficial in controlling high blood pressure. Regular consumption of
Amla murabba also helps in controlling blood pressure. Moong ginger, lemon, pomegranate, apple, and grapes
are also beneficial in this ailment.
Tea, coffee, oily, hot and spicy foods, curds, tomatoes, potatoes, cottage cheese, sweetmeats, meat, fast
foods, foods heavy to digest, cold and stale foods are to be avoided, as they are harmful. They increase blood
To be avoided:
Sleeping in the daytime, staying awake late at night, over exertion, moving out in the sun are harmful to a
patient of hypertension.
Marks of Good Health:
One who is natural, simple, equanimous and fearless in mind, speech and action is known to be mentally
healthy. Such a person is cheerful, self-assured, contented and disciplined in all circumstances, and is ever
One who has good digestive power, a strong nervous system, natural hunger, easily gets a sound and
undisturbed sleep, has a radiant face and bright eyes, is known to be physically fit.
One who lives according to the etymological meaning of the word swastha (healthy) (swa = Self or the
Atman, Stha = established, i.e. one established in the Self) is said to be spiritually healthy.
“One who is established in his True Self “the all-pervading Supreme Being is known to be Swastha.”
Thus supreme health is experienced only by the “Brahmavettas” who are established in the Supreme Self.
APPENDICITIS: NO NEED OF SURGERY
Even when appendicitis is causing severe pain and the only treatment recommended by doctors is surgery, do not go for surgery. The following measure gives complete relief in just 7 days. Take a diet of only cow’s milk for 7 days. At night take 5 grams Trifala powder with lukewarm water. There should be a gap of 2 hrs between the consumption of milk and Trifala. Practise padapaschimottanasana daily.
This is a tried and tested measure. Many people have had complete relief through this measure. Other than in summer season, and if it does not give rise to any heat in the body, take 25 -30 grams of Gaujharan ark mixed with a little water on an empty stomach provides relief from appendicitis.
Health Care according to Seasons
Season From To
Dewy(Shishir) 22 Dec’07 18 Feb’08
Spring(Vasant) 19 Feb’08 18 April’08
Summer (Grishma) 19 April’08 19 June’08
Rainy(Varsha) 20 June’08 21 Aug’08
Autumn (Sharad) 22 Aug’08 22 Oct’08
Winter (Hemant) 23 Oct’08 20 Dec’08
Dewy (Shishir) 21 Dec’08 18 Feb’09
Health Care in the Winter (Hemant) & Dewy (Shishir) Season
Recommended Diet:One should take sour, salty and sweet foods. Heavy diet, nutritious and rich in calories, made from ghee and oil, should be consumed more. Seasonal fruits and vegetables, milk, ghee, butter, jaggery, dates, sesame, dried coconut, dry fruits. One should take rich invigorating and nutritious preparations like Uradpaak, Salampaak, Saunthpaak, Chyawanpraash, etc.
Insalubrious diet: One should avoid foods that are dry, bitter, astringent, stale and light.
Health Care After Uttarayana: The Sun starts moving northwards after the day of Makar Sankranti. The sunrays become more intense. This causes the Kapha accumulated in the body to melt. The aggravated Kapha slowly weakens the strong appetite experienced during the winter months. Therefore, it becomes necessary to modify your diet according to the seasonal changes.
One should discontinue the heavy nourishing diet recommended for the winter months and start taking simple and easily digestible food. According to Ayurveda, consumption of heavy, oily, sweet and sour foods, and sleeping during daytime should be avoided in this season. Now the diet should comprise of easily digestible foods -sharp, bitter or astringent in taste like Lai, grams, ginger, dried ginger, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, barley, old wheat, moong, horse grams, sahjan (saragva), papaya and sesame or mustard oil.
It is advisable to fast once a week or fortnight. This pacifies the Kapha and helps increase the appetite. Abstain from Kapha-aggravating foods like yogurt, sweet and sour fruits (especially banana, guava and custard-apple) and sweets. A regular dose of Madhvarishta, Draksharishta, or Dashmoolarishta, etc. after meals is considered beneficial for people with low appetite. Breathe out (bahya kumbhak) and contract your stomach inwards then move it to and fro in quick succession in the same kumbhak state while chanting rum , the Beeja Mantra of the Element of fire. This has a wonderful stimulating effect on the digestive fire. His Divine Holiness Bapuji makes the participants of Dhyana Yoga Shibirs practise this technique very often.
People with a Kapha-dominated constitution, are especially prone to Kapha-disorders during this period. Even if you do happen to suffer an attack of cough, cold, fever, tonsillitis or such illnesses, there is no need to consume allopathic medicines which dry up the Kapha. The toxic chemical contents of these medicines and the dried Kapha later give rise to terminal diseases like cancer. Fast for a day or so when suffering from such disorders. Drink only water boiled with dried ginger while fasting. The next day, take water boiled with moong or horse gram. Gradually, return to your regular diet. Follow the health rules meticulously and the afflictions will disappear.
Things to be remembered during the change of season:
Take 3 gms of harad powder mixed with honey in the morning
Drink fresh cow urine or Gojharan Ark prepared by the ashram.
Rather than using commercial cough syrups, use Tulsi Ark prepared by the ashram to combat cough- related disorders. Make it a routine to chew 5 to 7 Tulsi leaves every morning. This will improve your immunity. (One should not pluck Tulsi-leaves on Sunday, Full Moon Day, New Moon day or the 12th lunar day.)
Do Suryabhedi pranayam. Procedure : Take a deep breath through the right nostril. Hold it within as long as you can, preferably for 45 to 60 seconds. Release the breath slowly through the left nostril. This activates the Suryanaadi that helps pacify the kapha.
Perform Gajakarani, an ayurvedic method of body purification. Procedure: It is practised early in the morning on an empty stomach. Add 20gms of salt (rock salt is preferable) to two litres of lukewarm water. Then sit on your heels and take as much of this drink as possible. When you cannot drink any more and the water inside your body seems would come out any moment, put the two big fingers of your right hand into the cavity of the throat and vomit the water out completely. When the stomach feels empty and relaxed, take rest for about five minutes.
Take semiliquid khichri after an hour of doing Gajakarani. Do not drink water, sleep or take a bath with cold water upto three hours of taking your meal. At first take some luke warm water after three hours of your meal. Gajakarani protects one from many afflictions.
If the Kapha related problems still persist, one may take recourse to the following specific remedies.
For Cough and Cold
Take Sant Kripa Churna with honey twice daily.
Take 5 gms each of camphor, nutmeg and mace, 10 gms cloves, 15 gms Cobra’s Saffron, 20 gms black pepper, 25 gms peeper and 30 gms dried ginger. Grind all these into a powder. Take one or two gms of this mixture along with honey in the morning and evening.
Take 15 to 20 Aldusa leaves with an equal number of tulsi leaves and half a tablespoon of ajwain and boil them into a concoction. Take 30 to 40 ml of this mixture with honey in the morning and evening. Even inhaling the steam of this concoction provides relief from Kapha.
Cough Problems in Small Children.
Boil a ladies finger in one glass of water till half the water evaporates. Add a pinch each of clove and ajwain powder to this and administer it to the child. The Kapha will be cleared out either through vomiting or stool.
Take dried ginger, black pepper, peeper one part each along with 8 parts of turmeric and grind them into a mixture. Take 1 to 2 gms of this mixture 2 to 3 times a day with honey.
Take Triphala Guggal tablets (500mgs) three times with lukewarm water.
Take Yashtimadhu, ghanavati or khadiradivati by letting them dissolve in the mouth.
Tie a scarf around your neck.
People suffering from asthma should consult an expert vaid and go through a special Ayurvedic vomiting course under his guidance during vasant ritu. This keeps one free from asthma-related problems throughout the year.
Alternatively, pick up the fallen leaves of the holy fig tree and let them dry well. Then incinerate them and filter the resultant ash. Take 6 gms of this filtered ash with honey twice daily. This annihilates asthma in due course of time. People, who are unable to get any lasting relief even after spending lakhs of rupees on medicines, have attained tremendous benefits from this technique which takes only a months time to cure asthma completely… Forever.
Health Care in the Spring (Vasant) Season
Recommended Diet: Seasoned barley, wheat, green grams, sesame oil, Trichosanthes Dioica, amorphophallus, horse radish, fennel, fenugreek, eggplant (aubergine), fresh and tender radish, ginger are good in this season.
Insalubrious diet: One should avoid foods that are difficult to digest, cold, sour, unctuous and sweet substances like jaggery, curd, tomato, spinach, great pumpkin, cucumber, musk-melon, water melon, banana, plums, dates, coconut, jackfruit, figs, Bael (Bengal vaince), sugarcane juice, almond, cashewnuts and other dry fruits, sweets, milk products (like kheer, sweets, ice-cream, milk-shakes etc.).
Note: Spring is the transitional season between winter and summer.It is commonly observed that days, nights and the seasons have their respective influence on everything in this world including the physical structure and strength of human beings. The main reason behind this influence is the subtle movements of the sun and the moon vis-a-vis the earth and the consequent changes in the wind.
When the sun moves north of the equator, the period is referred to as Uttarayana. This period takes away the soft and smooth qualities of the earth and the strength of animals, that is why it is also known as Adaan Kal. The scorching sun and the dry winds remove moisture from the body. As a result physical weakness ensues. Immediately after winter, the body is robust but by the middle of it, that is during spring, strength slowly diminishes and towards the end, that is summer, strength is depleted.
During spring, the strong sunrays melt the kapha, that reduces the digestive fire. This gives rise to many illnesses in this season. This aggravated kapha and reduced appetite are the main causes of illnesses in this season.At this time, the appetite becomes poor and the physical strength is average. As the sun rays become more intense kapha accumulated during winter becomes aggravated thus weakening the appetite. That is why one should consume foods that are dry, easy to digest and neither too cold nor too hot.
But people, unaware of this fact become scared of minor illnesses and take expensive and harmful medicines, which are rather more detrimental than beneficial to health. We can easily take care of our health by adhering to the health tips recommended for different seasons and by using the safe herbal medicines.
Method to suppress kapha and improve digestion:
Grind together 200 gm tulsi leaves, 200 gm ginger and 200 gm fresh turmeric. Mix it with 100 gm each of powdered Amla and Harad. Add honey to taste and make small pea-sized tablets. Chew 5 to 7 of these tablets two to three times a day. This household medicine will protect you from innumerable kapha-inflicted diseases and thus one need not take chemical expectorants.
This tested try-out also helps control blood pressure and blood sugar levels. It purifies the blood and increases haemoglobin. It removes toxins accumulated in the body and makes the body energetic, strong and full of vigour.
Here are some beneficial health tips recommended for the spring season:
Take honey or water mixed with honey in the morning, and Drakshasava or Panchakolasava (Ayurvedic medicines) after meals to increase appetite. It stimulates the digestive system and prevents fevers and a number of kapha related sicknesses like asthma etc.
Rice that has been stored for 1 year, and cooked after thoroughly cleaning with water, is light to digest and does not increase kapha.
In the Spring, exercise (walking, jogging, Suryanamaskar etc.), applying sandal wood and aloe wood paste and instilling two drops of sesame oil into the nose every morning help eliminate kapha.
Sleeping during the day in the spring is extremely harmful to one’s health.
Drinking 30 to 40 ml. of fresh cow urine or 10 to 30 ml of gau-jharan ark (available in the ashram) mixed with the required amount of water on an empty stomach in the morning protects one from illnesses caused by excessive kapha.
Consume 10 ml of tulsi (basil) extract mixed with an equal proportion each of ginger extract and honey to get quick relief from cough, cold and fever arising from kapha (influenza). This also helps clear the respiratory tract.
Harad powder, taken with honey early in the morning on an empty stomach, removes kapha.
Kapha is also alleviated by drinking water boiled with Nagarmoth (cyperus) or sonth (dried ginger).
The Neem (Margosa) tree is laden with fresh tender leaves in Chaitra (Mid February to Mid March). Thoroughly chew 15 to 20 tender neem leaves with 2 to 3 pieces of black pepper. This practice, when continued for 15 to 20 days, prevents skin diseases, blood related disorders and general fever for the whole year.
Consume 30 to 40 ml juice of the bitter Neem flowers for 7 to 15 days to protect yourself against skin diseases and even diseases like malaria.
Taking a salt free diet throughout the month of Chaitra tones-up the immune system. One is protected against diseases of the skin, heart and kidneys.
Health Care in the Summer (Grishma) Season
Recommended Diet: The recommended diet during this season comprises khir made from milk and rice, fresh fruit juice, shikanji, lemon sherbet, thandai and other fluids that are unctuous and sweet. These provide strength along with a pleasing satisfaction. Sherbet made with roasted mango tamarind or wild mangosteen along with jaggery and cumin seeds protects one against physical disorders common to this season. Shrikhand, though normally insalubrious, can be consumed during these days.
Consumption of old sathi rice, wheat, milk, butter and cow ghee is recommended during summers to keep the body cool, strong and agile. Amongst vegetables, gourds, pumpkins, nenua, pointed gourd, bitter gourd, flower of banana, chaulayi, green cucumber, green coriander, mint and amongst fruits, watermelon, muskmelon, coconut, sweetlemon, mango, apple, pomegranate and grapes are considered beneficial.
Insalubrious diet: Salty, dry, stale, hot, spicy, fried, sharp, sour, pungent, bitter foods like amchur, pickles and tamarind, etc. should be avoided. Never consume cold drinks, ice cream, ice fruit and canned fruit juices to alleviate the effects of heat. They induce acidity and therefore increases internal heat. They give rise to hemorrhagic disorders, itching, skin diseases and irritability.
Note: With the onset of summer, the pleasant atmosphere of spring disappears and the hot winds hold sway. Just as water reservoirs and lakes run dry on account of the scorching Sun rays, living beings also suffer from dehydration and become prone to diseases resulting from the dry and hot weather of the season. To protect the body against the harmful effects of this changing environment, it is very necessary to adopt certain changes in food habits as well as in the mode of living.
If you make it a habit to drink a glass of water before going out in the Sun, you substantially reduce the risk of suffering a heat stroke. Morning hydrotherapy is considered to be extremely beneficial during these days.
Staying awake at night should be totally avoided during the summer. It increases pitta. If, for some reason one has to stay awake, one should drink a glass of water every hour.
It is not good for health to drink water or wash one’s hands, feet and head with cold water immediately after coming in from the hot weather outside. Take rest for a while and drink water only after the sweat is completely evaporated and the body has cooled down.
Your life-force is adversely affected when you move about in the sun bare-headed. So do make it a point to put on a cap or a piece of cloth on your head before going out in the Sun. During the summer months, getting up early in the morning before the sunrise and taking a morning stroll cheers up the mind and invigorates the body.
To prevent weakness and restlessness, that are natural consequences of the summer season, try any of these healthful drinks :
1. Coriander Drink: Powder equal amounts of coriander seeds, cumin seeds and aniseeds. Then take black grapes and candied sugar twice the amount of the above mixture and intermix them thoroughly.
Usage: Soak one teaspoonful of the above mixture in 200 ml of water. After 2 hours, squeeze it thoroughly with your hands and drink the sieved liquid. This helps reduce internal body heat, burning in the palms and soles, burning sensation in the eyes and urinary tract, acidity, headache caused by aggravated pitta, etc.
Use of Gulkand also alleviates the problems of burning sensation in the eyes, disorders of pitta and ill effects of excessive heat.
2. Thandai: Two spoonfuls each of cumin seeds and aniseeds, four spoonfuls of poppy seeds, four spoonfuls of watermelon seeds, 15 to 20 pieces of black pepper and 20 to25 number of almonds should be soaked overnight. Remove the outer skin of the almonds in the morning and grind all the ingredients together. Add 1 kg of sugar or candied sugar to 4 litres of water and bring it to a boil. Add a little milk and skim the liquid. Now add the above-pulverised mixture, one bowl of rose petals and the powder of 10 to 15 cardamoms to the syrup and let it simmer over a low flame. Let the syrup become thick enough (tested by taking one spoon of syrup from the container. If while removing the spoon three strands of liquid connect the liquid in the spoon to the container, the syrup is ready). Then sieve the syrup, let it cool and store it in a glass jar.
Usage: One can take this syrup during daytime or at least two hours before going to bed by adding it to cold milk or water. Apart from being aromatic, it is nourishing as well. It removes the accumulated heat from the body, soothes the brain and induces sound sleep at night.
3. Mango Pana: Boil raw mangoes in water. After cooling, crush the pulp of the mango in cold water and make a syrup. One may add jaggery, cumin seeds, mint and salt for taste. A glass of Pana is especially recommended in the afternoon. This is a traditional recipe of our country to maintain good health during the summer. This protects one from sunstroke as well.
4. Rose sherbet: A sherbet concentrate made by mixing one and a half kilogram of sugar with 100 grams of desi roses (not the red ones) is definitely more effective than the sherbets sold in the market. Saccharine, colours and advertisements add to the cost of the sherbets sold in the market. It is much better to prepare such sherbet at home. It gives relief in burning sensation of the eyes and feet. It is a soothing cold drink. If possible, boil a piece of wood from the Pipal (Bunyan) tree in the sherbet. Its cooling effect would be beneficial.
Soft drinks available in the market, such as Pepsi, Coca-cola, etc. are made from impious substances and contain a number of harmful chemicals. They may provide temporary relief but actually increase the internal heat immensely. They are but colourful poisons in attractive bottles. Therefore beware of such drinks.
Health Care in the Rainy (Varsha) Season
Recommended Diet: Those desirous of safeguarding their digestive system in this season should use old barley, wheat and rice. Saragwa, suran, parval and white gourd among vegetables along with a weekly intake of bitter gourd and vishkhapra (saati) are also recommended. Kulthi and moong among pulses sesame seeds oil among edible oils can be consumed in this season.
Insalubrious diet: Potatoes, cauliflower, cluster beans, ladies’ finger among vegetables, pigeon pea, kidney beans, urad and sprouted grains should not be consumed. One should not consume milk and green leafy vegetables in shravana, while avoiding buttermilk and white gourd in bhadrapada.
Note: Rainy season marked by a rampant spread of diseases. The ailments that crop up during this period flare up in autumn. The reasons for such wide-spread proliferation of diseases during this time of the year are as follows:
In this season, the sky is predominantly overcast, whereupon the flow of vital energy from the Sun to the earth is diminished and harmful pathogens are not destroyed. thus diseases proliferate. It also takes more time to recover from an ailment in this season due to the deficiency of vital energy.
Stagnant water accumulated in pits and low-lying areas is a breeding place for mosquitoes that spread Malaria, etc.
The low vital energy impairs digestion and even a little over-indulgence in eating leads to diseases like indigestion, gastric disorders, cholera and typhoid. When such patients defecate in open places, flies swarm the excreta and carry the harmful bacteria on to the food items that they then sit on, thus causing rapid spread of diseases.
According to Naturopathy and Ayurveda, we should enhance our vital energy to safeguard ourselves from such diseases.
Measures for boosting the vital energy:
In rainy season digestion is generally weak. Therefore one should eat less. It is essential to fast once in a week or fortnight.
In rainy season fruits and vegetables like jamun, and apples (of the Kashmiri variety) are available in abundance and one should consume them judiciously.
It is highly beneficial to walk barefoot on green grass. This allows a kind of give-and-take between the grass and the nerves at the soles of our feet, which is extremely good for health.
In rainy season organs of the excretory system, viz. the intestines, kidneys and lungs become overloaded. Therefore one should take deep breaths during a morning walk and at the time of taking a bath in the morning as well as in the evening. It is highly beneficial to have a bath twice in rainy season. One should take a bath using normal tap water. In this season one should go to bed around 10:00 P.M.
Health Care in the Autumn (Sharad) Season
Recommended Diet: Foods that are cold in potency, easily digestible, astringent, bitter and sweet . Butter, candied sugar, sathi, wheat, barley, moong, Trichosanthes Dioica, Parval, great pumpkin, sweet (white) gourd (petha), Ribbel Luffa (Torai), Amaranthus (Chaulai), petha i.e.white gourd-melon (Benincasa Cerifera), Lauki, spinach, carrots, amla, figs, ripe bananas, rose apple, sweet lemon, apple, sugarcane, cumin, coriander and aniseeds are salubrious foods.
Cow’s milk, ghee, kheer, raisins and black grapes are especially recommended foods in this season.
Insalubrious diet: Fried, spicy, sour (yoghurt, buttermilk, etc.), salty, foods hot in potency, and heavy to digest, asafoetida, red-chillies, sesame seed-oil and mustard oil, millet, corn, ginger, garlic, onion, tamarind, mint leaves, cucumber, fenugreek seeds, ladies fingers, brinjals, urad dal, groundnuts are insalubrious foods in this season.
One can have fresh buttermilk mixed with cumin, coriander, aniseeds and candied sugar.
Over eating, sleeping during daytime, ice, oil and fried stuff, are especially prohibited.
Note: Sharad Ritu is considered to be the breeding period for all diseases. The digestive system becomes weak and there is a natural aggravation of pitta and decrease of vata.
रात्रि में सिद्ध उष्णोदक पान
अग्नि पर उबाल कर औटाये हुए जल को सिद्ध उष्णोदक कहते हैं। रात्रि में औटाया हुआ गर्म जल पीने से कफ, आमवात (गठिया) व मेदारोग (मोटापा) नष्ट होता है। इससे खाँसी, श्वास (दमा) व बुखार में भी राहत मिलती है। सिद्ध उष्णोदक पान से मूत्राशय की शुद्धि होती है व जठराग्नि प्रदीप्त रहती है। यथाः
श्लेष्मामवातमेदोघ्नं बस्तिशोधन दीपनम्।
कासश्वासज्वरहरं पीतमुष्णोदकं निशि।।
(शार्ङ्गधर संहिता, मध्यम खंडः 2.181)
चार भाग जल में से 1 भाग जल औटाकर शेष 3 भाग जल वायुनाशक होता है। 2 भाग औटाकर आधा जल पित्तनाशक होता है व 3 भाग औटाकर चतुर्थांश शेष जल कफनाशक होता है।
दिन में पेयपान विधिः
निशान्ते पिबेत् वारि दिनान्ते पयः पिबेत्।
भोजनान्ते पिबेत् तक्रं वैद्यस्य किं प्रयोजनम्?
तात्पर्य-रात्रि के अंत में अर्थात उषाकाल में जलपान करें। रात को रखा हुआ पानी प्रातः पीने से शरीर का आभ्यंतर शुद्धि हो जाती है।
दिन के अंत में अर्थात सूर्यास्त के बाद दुग्धपान करें…। इससे शुक्रधातु की वृद्धि व नेत्रों का तर्पण होता है। दिन भर में सेवन किये गये खट्टे-तीखे पदार्थों से उत्पन्न दाह का शमन हो जाता है।
मध्याह्ण में भोजन के बाद तक्रपान करें। ताजे दही में पानी मिलाकर खूब मथकर बनायी गयी छाछ पीने से भोजन का सम्यक पाचन हो जाता है व मन तृप्त होता है।
अगर इस प्रकार अन्न-जल का विधिवत सेवन किया जाय तो फिर वैद्य, हकीम, डॉक्टर की आवश्यकता ही क्या?
जिस औषधी प्रयोग से शरीर में नयी कोशिकाएँ उत्पन्न होकर निरामय दीर्घायुष्य की प्राप्ति होती है, उस प्रयोग को कायाकल्प कहते हैं। आयुर्वेद में कायाकल्प के अनेक प्रकार के प्रयोगों का वर्णन मिलता है।
आँवला, भांगरा, तिल व पुरान गुड़ के विधिवत सेवन से शरीर का कायाकल्प हो जाता है। यह कायाकल्प शरीर को नवजीवन प्रदान करता है।
कायाकल्प विधिः 100 ग्राम आँवला चूर्ण, 200 ग्राम भांगरा चूर्ण, 200 ग्राम पिसे हुए काले तिल व 1 वर्ष पुराना गुड़ अथवा शक्कर 400 ग्राम- इन सबको मिला लें।
प्रतिदिन प्रातः 11 ग्राम मिश्रण पानी के साथ लें। उसके बाद 2 घण्टे तक कुछ भी न लें। फिर दूध पियें। भोजन में दूध व चावल लें। इस प्रयोग के दौरान केवल दूध अथवा दूध-चावल का ही सेवन करना आवश्यक है। दूध देसी गाय का हो व साठी के चावल हों तो उत्तम।
लाभः कल्प शुरू करने के 1 माह बाद लाभ दिखायी देने लगते हैं। 1 महीने में सभी प्रकार के पेट के विकार ठीक हो जाते हैं। तीन महीने सेवन करने से वाणी अत्यन्त मधुर हो जाती है। स्मरणशक्ति बढ़ने लगती है। शारीरिक पीड़ा, जोड़ों का दर्द, अनिद्रा और चिड़चिड़ापन मिट जाता है।
अगर 1 वर्ष तक इसका विधिवत सेवन किया जाये तो सफेद बाल काले हो जाते हैं। दाँत मृत्युपर्यन्त दृढ़ रहते हैं। त्वचा झुर्रियों से रहित हो जाती है। श्रवणशक्ति व नेत्रज्योति तीव्र हो जाती है। बल, वीर्य, बुद्धि व स्मृति में वृद्धि होकर चिरयौवन व दीर्घ आयुष्य की प्राप्ति होती है। ईश्वर-उपासना, दानशीलता, सदाचार, परोपकार, व ब्रह्मचर्य का पूर्ण पालन करने से इस कल्प के संपूर्ण लाभ प्राप्त होते हैं।
आप इसे स्वयं बना सकते हैं अथवा आश्रमों या समितियों के सेवाकेन्द्रों से प्राप्त कर सकते हैं।
स्रोतः ऋषि प्रसाद, फरवरी 2008, पृष्ठ 30.
निर्मोल व समूल रोगनाशक दैवी चिकित्सा
रोगों का नाश करने वाली चिकित्सा तीन प्रकार की होती हैः-
इसमें आहार-विहार व निर्दोष औषधि-द्रव्यों का युक्तिपूर्वक प्रयोग किया जाता है।
इसमें शस्त्रकर्म द्वारा शारीरिक अवयवों का छेदन-भेदन कर अथवा प्राणियों की हत्या कर उनसे निर्मित औषधियों से चिकित्सा की जाती है।
इसमें मंत्र, होम-हवन, उपवास, शुभकर्म, प्रायश्चित, तीर्थाटन, ईश्वर व गुरुदेव की आराधना से रोग दूर किये जाते हैं।
इन चिकित्सा पद्धतियों में राक्षसी चिकित्सा हीन व दैवी चिकित्सा सर्वश्रेष्ठ है। दुःसाध्य व्याधियों में जहाँ बहुमूल्य औषधियों व शस्त्रकर्म भी हार जाते है वहाँ दैवी चिकित्सा अपना अदभुत प्रभाव दिखाती है। यह तन के साथ मन की भी शुद्धि व आत्मोन्नति कराने वाली है। आयुर्वेद के श्रेष्ठ आचार्यों ने भी दैवी चिकित्सा का अनुमोदन किया है।
‘चरक संहिता’ के चिकित्सास्थान में ज्वर की चिकित्सा का विस्तृत वर्णन करने के बाद अंत में श्री चरकाचार्य जी ने कहा हैः
विष्णु रं स्तुवन्नामसहस्त्रेण ज्वरान् सर्वनपोहति।
भगवान विष्णु की सहस्रनाम से स्तुति करने से अर्थात विष्णुसहस्रनाम का पाठ करने से सब प्रकार के ज्वर नष्ट हो जाते हैं। पाट रुग्ण स्वयं अथवा उसके कुटुंबी करें।
वाग्भटाचार्यजी ने कुष्ठ रोगों पर अनेक औषधि प्रयोग बताने के पश्चात कहा है कि ‘व्रत, गुरुसेवा तथा शिवजी, कार्तिकेय स्वामी व सूर्य भगवान की आराधना से कुष्ठ रोग दूर हो जाते हैं। अन्य चिकित्सा पद्धतियाँ भी धीरे-धीरे इस दैवी चिकित्सा की ओर आकर्षित होने लगी हैं। अमेरिका में एलोपैथी के विशेषज्ञ डॉ. हर्बट बेन्सन ने एलौपैथी को छोड़कर निर्दोष दैवी चिकित्सा की ओर विदेशीयों का ध्यान आकर्षित किया है जिसका मूल आधार भारतीय मंत्र विज्ञान है।
दैवी चिकित्सा में मंत्र चिकित्सा को अग्रिम स्थान दिया गया है। मंत्र अनादि हैं। इन्हें ऋषियों ने ध्यान की गहराइयों में खोजा है। प्रत्येक मंत्र का शरीर के भिन्न-भिन्न अंगों पर भिन्न प्रभाव पड़ता है। जैसेः-
1. ‘ऐं’ बीजमंत्र मस्तिषक को प्रभावित करता है। इससे बुद्धि, धारणाशक्ति व स्मृति का आश्चार्यकारक विकास होता है। इसके विधिवत जप से कोमा में गये हुए रुग्ण भी होश में आ जाते हैं। अनेक रुग्णों ने इसका प्रत्यक्ष अनुभव किया है।
2. ‘खं’ बीजमंत्र लीवर, हृदय व मस्तिषक को शक्ति प्रदान करता है। लीवर के रोगों में इस मंत्र की माला करने से अवश्य लाभ मिलता है। ‘हिपेटायटिस-बी’ जैसे असाध्य माने गये रोग भी इस मंत्र के प्रभाव से ठीक होते देखे गये हैं ब्रोन्कायटिस में भी ‘खं’ मंत्र बहुत लाभ पहुँचाता है।
3. ‘थं’ मंत्र मासिक धर्म को सुनिश्चित करता है। इससे अनियमित तथा अधिक मासिक स्राव में राहत मिलती है। महिलाएँ इन तकलीफों से छुटकारा पाने के लिए हारमोन्स की जो गोलियाँ लेती हैं, वे होने वाली संतान में विकृति तथा गर्भाशय के अनेक विकार उत्पन्न करती हैं। उनके लिए भगवान का प्रसाद है यह ‘थं’ बीजमंत्र।
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इस ऋतु में भारी, चिकनाईवाले, खट्टे और मीठे पदार्थ का सेवन बंद कर के पचने में हल्के, रूखे, कड़वे, कसैले, तीखे पदार्थ जैसे लाई, भूने हुए चने, जौ, मूँग, मेथी, करेले, मूली, सहजन, सूरन, ताजी हल्दी, अदरक, काली मिर्च, सोंठ आदि का सेवन करना चाहिए।
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