Superstition and the Limitedness of a Fearful Mind

The good old Rishi-Munis were faced with the task of the incorporation of healthy habits and a sattvik lifestyle into the lives of common folk. Though everyone was spiritual in the times of Satyuga, the Rishis had the foresight that in times to come, especially during Kalyuga, almost no one would be spiritual enough. If good / healthy habits were not given down the ages as a traditional package which was easy to remember and follow, they would die out and the entirety of future generations would succumb to consumption, doing no justice at all to their much earned Yonis as human beings.

  As a solution to this task, the Rishis packaged healthy habits and a sattvik lifestyle into customs and minor rituals, which they coupled to festivals and changes of season, mostly as per the lunar calendar. A prime example are the Navratras, the festive 9 days which occur twice a year at the change of the seasons from warm to cool (October) and cool to warm (March-April). The required lifestyle as per the norms laid down during Navratras to maintain health and not fall sick is nothing but a page out of hoary Ayurveda and the (Panchakarma) regimen followed by Ayurveda at the junction of the seasons to expel excess Doshas from the body, maintaining a balance of Doshas in the body and thus health.

  In today’s India, Navratras have become a splurge-season for many. It has become a superstition to commence any task or make any purchase during the Navratras. The youth doesn’t really know much about the fasting and rest to one’s bodily system as advised by the Rishis during the Navratras. On the contrary, the youth looks forward to the late night cultural festivities organized on each of the nine nights in many Indian states. Not switching the body on and off with the Sun (approximately) leads to ill-health. Most people today who hold partially to the norms laid down for the Navratras follow these lightly, without knowing their full significance, a state of affairs envisioned by the Rishis, for which purpose this custom was designed in the first place, i.e. to keep virtue alive despite the level of ignorance in Kalyuga.  Among those who actually “slow down” and give their body rest so as to allow the body to get accustomed to the change of weather, there is a high percentage of people who demarcate for themselves one meal in the day, and then go all out during this meal, taking it at night, and then sleeping right away! Ayurvedically speaking, not healthy at all. And then, when the Navratras are over, some of these folk splurge at all meals for a while, putting on a few extra kilos overall in the bargain. The “Pointe” is the feeling of being blessed by the Gods for having “held” the Navratras with partial fasts and regimens like not shaving and not eating meat (!!!) or consuming alcohol, any positive effects of which are more than drained by the binges afterwards. There also exists fear that transgression during the Navratras would yield extra sin and punishment, which is more of a reformer than the incentive of following virtue and reaping rewards in solid health. This develops further into the false belief that outside the Navratras, transgression is allowed, yielding lesser sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. Transgression is paid for by ill-health, Navratras or no Navratras.

  Similar to the Navratras is the all-year round custom which is prevalent in many parts of North India, of fasting on Tuesdays, partially if not fully, and laying off non-vegetarian food and alcohol on the part of those who indulge. I have seen many men holding this Tuesday fast and then binging on non-vegetarian food and alcohol during the rest of the week. [At the same time I must add that many pious women follow this custom too, and their customary visit to the temple brings upon them a certain holiness and a shine on the forehead, since these women are devotees of Lord Hanuman, one of the few true celibates in the history of mankind.]

  Another laid down custom by the Rishis is the period of the “Shradhas”, or the fifteen days during which one pays homage to one’s ancestors. Here, all fifteen Tithis of a lunar Paksha are demarcated for homage to one’s ancestors, depending upon the Tithi on which the ancestor passed away, be it Shukla or Krishna Paksha. The power of the penance performed during Shradha by the  descendants reaches out to the ancestors’ spirits, and those spirits which are refusing to move on are instilled with positive vibrations and urged to move on to other pastures and to forsake attachment to their families still in the body. In the real-life scenario, day to day transactions almost come to a standstill, with the superstition prevailing, that any new activity begun / performed or any big purchase made during Shradha is inauspicious. Of course the Rishis were fully aware that detachment between spirit and substance is the key to allow the spirit to move away, and that an enlightened mind would not require the crutch of the Shradhas to help a deceased relative move on. At the same time, the Rishis rightly felt that in Kalyuga, attachment levels would be high, causing spirits to linger on. Thus the Shradhas were devised, during which the Rishis themselves undergo penance that empowers the rituals performed by the common individual  to bring rest to the souls of deceased ancestors. Unfortunately, the common individual passes the Shradhas with the fear that something inauspicious or uncalled for might happen at any step.

  In the course of one’s Sadhana, one develops the power to rise above superstition. The mind breaks the shackles of fear and evolves more and more. Light starts emerging from within, and one’s aura starts expanding, purifying and healing everything and everyone within its diameter. The crutch of customs and rituals is not required anymore, with body and mind purification happening 24 / 7. Any spirit in the vicinity is spiritualized and receives energy to move on automatically, Shradhas or no Shradhas. Day to day actions gain in auspiciousness due to the bubbling / overflowing spiritual energy, Navratras or no Navratras. Unwanted guests stay away, so as not to jeopardize the next session of meditation. During the course of meditation, one exchanges energy with Cosmic Consciousness, recharging one’s batteries with the vast reservoirs of spiritual energy abundant in the Cosmos. Hence the need for physical food declines. One even needs less sleep for regeneration, because regeneration during deep meditation is 1.5 times during the first hour and about 6 times during the second hour of meditaion when compared to the regeneration during good sleep. This list is endless…….. . All it takes for the mind to move beyond superstition is the identification of a spiritual routine and the discipline to stick to the routine, day in and day out. The outlined results follow automatically.

  In other words, the  essence of this article is an appeal to the Grihastha Ashram individual (the “common individual” of the days of yore) to take perhaps an hour off per day, split the hour into two, and to practice the chosen spiritual routine in these two sessions daily (each ranging at least half an hour), morning and evening, day in, day out. Let me not limit the reach of this article to Grihastha Ashram individuals only. Spiritual evolution is the ultimate goal of all humans anyway. Actually, it is one’s birthright.

Siddhis or Supernatural Powers


Being able to see auras is a gift one gets on the path of meditation. It is one of the many super-natural powers the path of meditation is paved with. Some seekers get their gifts early on their path. These gifts are meant to assure the seeker to continue. They are beacons of the right track, but at the same time they are also massive tests for the seeker. If the seeker is greedy, he/she gets entangled in the Siddhi and does not move forward. If the seeker is staunch, Siddhis are not really required to keep him/her lured onto the path. The ultimate goal is way beyond and much above these Siddhis, so one should not be dazzled by the bright lights of the Siddhis.


                                                                                                                                    Panipat, the 25th of September, 2003

Recently, I had the good fortune of meeting Swami Sambodhananda, an ascetic who performs penance in a remote village in the Himalayas and comes down to the plains once a year to teach Yoga, philosophy, astrology etc. He taught me that Siddhis are blockages in the path of the rising Kundalini. The manifestation of a Siddhi is a weakness in the system coming in the way of God-realization. If any of the Chakras has blockages due to entanglement so as to not allow the Kundalini to advance upwards, the Kundalini stays put at the Chakra, giving the native supernatural powers pertaining to the Chakra concerned. If the native still has greed and lust patterns lurking within him, new behavorial patterns due to the Siddhi can cause the native to accumulate loads of evil Karma by misusing the Siddhi, which could be difficult to negate in the forthcoming lifetimes, and because the Kundalini has stopped advancing and has stayed put well before its goal, there can be no question of the attainment of Moksha in the current lifetime. Of course, if the blockage is cleared by the Guru in time and the Kundalini allowed to advance upwards, and also the evil Karma accumulated is negated or annihilated, then one can still have Moksha in visier. Therefore, the practice of Sadhana for x number of years without the development of a Siddhi is a sign that there are no blockages in the upward rise of the Kundalini, a very positive sign indeed. (Progress on the path of Sadhana can be measured by other indicators, for example the level of detachment, dependency on physical food, number of breaths per minute in everyday life, ability or non-ability to switch the system off at will, resistance to mental and physical pain, appearance of youthfulness on face, lustre of skin, immunity against disease………………………..). Thank you Swami Sambodhananda, for this enlightenment.

Special Lassi

Ailment: When one suffers from excessive Vata, especially after meals.

Quantity: 1 Glass

Ingredients: Ginger, Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Cumin, Curd, Water, Honey.

Procedure: Put 100 ml Curd and 100 ml water in the mixer and add 4 drops of ginger juice, 3 drops of lemon juice, a pinch of black pepper, half a pinch of cumin seeds and 2 teaspoons of honey. If in a hot country, add 1 cube of ice. Mix for 30 seconds. Don’t strain, but pour into glass and drink after a meal.

Note 1: Make sure no lemon seed gets into the mixer. (These spoil the effects of lemon).

Note 2: Don’t make the drink too cold, because that nullifies the effect of the digestive juices. Drinking more than one glass after a meal would dilute the digestive juices too much.

Note 3: Digestive Lassi seems to suit almost everyone. It enhances the proper outflow of excessive Vata through the proper channels. Those who have acute problems with milk products should lay off though.

Note 4: Don’t feel sheepish about letting off Vata after a meal. Vata held inwards is extremely bad for health, because then Vata seeks improper channels to flow into, thereby poisoning the whole system.

Adjustment: Quantities of the ingredients can be adjusted depending upon the intensity of the Lassi required.


Trifala Eye Care

Ailment: Eye pain and strain, especially from computer-work.

Quantity: 100 ml

Ingredients: Trifla and water

Procedure: Mix half a tea-spoon of Trifla powder into 100 ml of water. I use Dabur and Khadi Trifla. In summers, strain with cloth after 1 hour. In winters, strain after 6 hours. Wash the eyes with the strained Trifla-water.

Note 1: It will sting in the eyes!

Note 2: The Trifla should be genuine.

Note 3: During the spread of eye-flu, one can wash the eyes with strained Trifla water upto 4 times a day, but one should use half the above recommended concentration of the Trifla solution. Trifla is a great preventive against eye-flu, and you won’t have to use the allopathic antibiotic preventives recommended by the doctors.

Note 4: No particles should be left in the Trifala after the straining, because these can be harmful for the eyes.

Dosage: For computer or TV buffs, once every evening. After one week, one can reduce this to every alternate day, slowly coming down to twice a week.



The Karmic Ills of Non-Vegetarianism

The average human being must eat to survive, but it should be clear to us that each morsel has been previously earned by the soul. No backup earning means no food, and there are plenty starving this very instant. Plants feel pain, but animals feel much more pain because their central nervous system is developed.  The human being feels the most pain because of the highest development of the central nervous system on Earth. The average plant consumes a few buckets of food and water in its lifetime. The average animal consumes thousands of kilograms of food and water in its lifetime. This consumption is lowest for white-meat animals and highest for red-meat animals. The good Karma bank account of the consumer of a portion of meat is lowered by the food and water consumed by that portion of the aminal for its till-date existence. This account depletion is about a thousand times higher than the account depletion per meal from a vegetarian’s account. Furthermore, in the bad karma bank account of the non-vegetarian, the pain of the animal is registered. In the vegetarian’s bad Karma bank account, the pain of the plant is registered. Again a factor of approximately a thousand looms here, because the animal suffers much more during the killing. The consumers will have to account for this bad Karma by either experiencing proportionate pain with compound interest on their own bodies and/or minds, or they will have to do proportionate good to negate the pain caused. It has generally been seen that the vegetarian individual, because of the Sattwik nature of most plants, is aided by the Cosmic Force to perform Sattwik activities, i.e. those activities which uplift mankind spiritually. Because of these virtuous deeds, such an individual soon negates the pain caused during preparation of his/her food, and moves on to accumulate compounded amounts of good Karma which ensures future healthy human bodies born in a spiritual environment, so as to resume the spiritual path from where the individual left off during the former incarnation. The non-vegetarian individual is full of Tamas after the consumpton of meat. This Tamas attracts its cousins which are also full of Tamas, i.e. alcohol, nicotine and other stale/dirty stuff. The Tamasik individual then attracts to him/herself other Tamasik individuals, and together they perform Tamasik activities, i.e. what mankind considers sins and what earns bad karma. The bad Karma account of such an individual is rising exponentially, coupled with the simultaneous exponential depletion of the individual’s good Karma bank account. The body earned in the next life by such a human might not necessarily be human, because it might not suffice to wipe off even a small percentage of the bad karma account. For example, woe is such a life when one is born as a buffalo which toes heavy goods for 10 years at a stretch under whiplashing, and then drops dead from exhaustion. One sees many such entities on the roads of India, their eyes revealing their suffering, their thick skin split from the loads and the whips. Is this suffering a coincidence? Most definitely not. It is a wiping off of karmic debt, and if you’ve understood this text, you now know one of the basic activities with which karmic debt can be accumulated, i.e. non-vegetarianism, and also a basic regimen with which karmic credit can be earned, i.e. vegetarianism.


The Language of the Heart

Between mid-January and mid-July, 2004, I had been working very intensely in field of Ayurveda, both on a theoretical and a practical level. Most of my studies were at home, and the last six weeks were spent gaining practical knowledge in the USA. The intensity of the work was cushioned by the comforts of the home, though I did notice once or twice a mildly painful air trying to find a house in the region of the heart. During a period of rest, I would feel this air recede. In the USA, the shield of the  home was gone and I was exposed fully to the strain, without family and comfort to fall back upon. To add to my woes, the difference in the structure of society as compared to India made me feel home-sick. During these six weeks, the “bad air” found housing in the region of the heart, and upon my return to India, I found that the mild pain in the heart was there more often, along with tension, and wouldn’t recede during times of rest. My lungs were congested too, and breathing was becoming a slight strain. I had put on lots of weight. It was my last chance to take permanent action.

    My Ayurvedic analysis of the situation was as follows. Due to the strain (long hours of work, personal deadlines, abnormally long air-transits) and the many hours of sitting cross-legged, Apana Vayu had gotten blocked, and was now flowing partly upwards and not fully downwards. It had found an abnormal route of flow towards the heart in its effort to do Sthana Samashraya at the appropriate Kha Vaigunya. Why had the overflowing Vata Dosha identified the heart as Kha Vaigunya? The negative emotions absorbed by the heart are worry, sadness, anxiety and rejection. Yes, these emotions had been abounding since January, had been absorbed by the heart and the heart had become a Kha Vaigunya for an overflowing Dosha to do Sthana Samashraya in. But why the tension in the region of the heart and the difficult breathing? Well, the home-sickness had caused me to binge on cheese, cream, chocolate, chips and chilled beer for the six weeks in the USA, in a subconscious effort to increase Kapha intake to lessen the pangs of the home-sickness. Kapha Dosha had become  aggravated and was overflowing into the lungs (difficulty in breathing). It was also being pushed into the heart region by the overflowing Vata Dosha (hence the tension due to clogging in the heart and the pushing of Vata).

    Luckily, once awake from my slumber and upon realizing my health-follies, I was in a position to deal with the situation on a purely Ayurvedic level. Here is the strategy I devised to combat the situation, taking my large frame and constitution into consideration:

1). Arjunarishtha, 3 tablespoons taken with same quantity of water after lunch.

2). Dashamularishtha, 3 tablespoons taken with same quantity of water after breakfast and dinner.

3). Trikatu, one big pinch before each meal.

4). Masala Chai with ginger, Tulsi, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, Trikatu, Vasa and Honey, two cups upon awaking in the mornings.

5). Trifala, three-fourths of a teaspoon boiled in  water (1 cup), cooled to room temperature and drunk before sleeping.

6). Eyes washed with Trifala eye-wash daily for 2 weeks at a stretch. Here, 1 teaspoon of Trifala is boiled in water (1 cup), cooled to room temperature, sieved thoroughly, and the eyes are washed with this decoction, preferably in the morning.

7). Thorough increase in Pranayama and meditation, both of which had come to a standstill in the USA.

8). Lessening of work-load to 20% of prior exertion.

    The reasoning for this strategy was quite simple. Arjuna is good for any problem of the heart. For Vata Dosha becoming lodged in the heart, Dashamula is recommended. I decided to have Dashamula twice a day till Vata receded sufficiently, after which I would phase it out and stick to Arjuna once a day for a couple of weeks. The Arishta (medicated wine) was the Anupana, made by adding yeast to the fresh juice of the herbs in question. Trikatu would increase Agni, get rid of Ama, and would also tackle the congestion in the lungs and the heart. After dealing with the heart, I thought to myself, I would discontinue the heart herbs and possibly continue with Talisadi Churna (decongestant) and Sitopaladi Churna (expectorant), if the heaviness in the lungs persisted. Meanwhile, I had strongly reduced my intake of fats. An added bonus was that Dashamularishtha would cause a mild distaste in the system towards alcohol, lessening the craving for chilled beer. The Trifala would give good motion in the mornings, regulating the normal flow of Apana Vayu and the proper absorption of Prana in the colon. The Trifala eye-wash would strengthen the eyes which were suffering from severe computer-strain, and would seep into the sinuses, spreading its anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects there. Then, meditation would increase Ojas, thereby giving the body immunity. Pranayama would burn Ama and speed up decongestion, adding to the effects of Trikatu. The lessened work load would give the system rest and allow it to settle.

    Within three weeks of returning to India and commencing upon the above regimen, I had already lost three kilograms (6.6 pounds). Vata was flowing out of the heart towards the colon. Congestion was less. The tension in the heart was gone, and breathing was easier. Then I had a dream, in which a well-known heart-surgeon performed an operation upon me, during the course of which my heart was taken out and allowed to rest. Meanwhile, somehow I was kept alive. When the doctor was satisfied that the heart had rested sufficiently, and that its clogging had receded, he installed the heart back and said that I was free to go this time, but would not escape so easily from the effects of future binges. The message was pretty clear, and I understood.

I decided to continue with the above regimen for another two weeks and then to phase it out slowly, but would carry on with the Pranayama and the meditation as regularly as possible. 

Turmeric Milk for Resistance and against mild Throat Infection

AilmentMild throat infection.

Quantity: 100 – 125 ml.

IngredientsMilk, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, honey, black pepper.

Procedure: Pour the milk into a pan and heat over a medium flame. Add 2 pinches of turmeric, 1 split cardamom, a small piece of cinnamon, 1 clove and a pinch of black pepper. Bring to a boil over a low flame. Let it simmer for a minute and then strain. After letting cool for two minutes, add 1 or two teaspoons of honey and mix.

Note 1: Great against  mild infection. Turmeric kills bacteria.

Note 2: Drinking at night is not a problem. In fact during infection, it proves soothing. Doesn’t aggravate phlegm. The pepper, cardamom, clove and cinnamon are all expectorant.

Note 3: During cough and cold, don’t have more than this quantity of milk. In such a condition, have milk only prepared like this, otherwise milk will aggravate the phlegm.

Dosage: For building up the immune system, one could have this milk once a day for a stretch of 2-3 weeks before change of season or in the really cold months.


Trifala – The Wonder Compound of Ayurveda

Trifala – The Wonder Compound of Ayurveda

[I am writing  this article for the benefit of mankind. Some information in this article is based upon lectures by Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, USA. Coupled to this is my personal experience. The wonder that is Trifala must be recognized & used by the entire world.]

    Of all compounds prescribed and used in Ayurveda, it is Trifala that enjoys universal cult status. Because Trifala possesses such nutrients as does a nursing mother, it is said of Trifala, which is considered a Rasayana in itself, that it serves as a mother for those who don’t have a mother!

    Trifala is made by grinding and mixing the herbs Haritaki, Bibhitaki and Amalaki, the ratios of which can be varied as pertaining to the problem being treated, though normally one purchases the 1:1:1 mixture of these herbs as Trifala from the market. Many households in India still make their own Trifala. Amalaki contains five of the six tastes (not salty), and is particularly Pitta pacifying. It is a good hair conditioner. It has tremendous Vitamin C content, and its main taste is sour. Medicinal jams are prepared with Amalaki as one of their basic substances. Haritaki has five tastes and lacks in the salty taste too. It is particularly Vata pacifying and Ama-scraping. Its main taste is astringent. Bibhitaki is particularly Kapha pacifying, laxative when unripe, and its main taste is astringent also.

   Trifala balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Overall, it is heating in Virya (potency), though its overall Vipaka (post-digestive taste) is sweet. A very good cellular tonic, Trifala removes Ama. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Taken after dinner, Trifala will remove Vata. Taken early in the morning, Trifala removes Kapha [it is a little diuretic, so Kaphas are advised to take it early in the morning. If they take it at night, they could be disturbed by the repeated urge to urinate in the night]. Taken at bedtime, it will remove excess Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Taken on a daily basis, Trifala extracts gases from various pockets of the body. In the colon, Trifala causes tonification, detoxification and the optimal absorption of Prana from food-materials. This leads to a minimization of the production of poisonous gases, automatically minimizing the risk of developing diseases linked to the absorption of toxic gases by the higher / deeper Dhatus (like arthritis, nervous disorders and other debilitating diseases). All Virechana (purgative) substances except Trifala have the side-effect of post-Virechana constipation. Its recommended dose of consumption by mouth is half to one teaspoon daily (depending upon constitution, weight, height and condition), taken in water. Its maximum dosage in emergencies / difficult situations is 2 teaspoons in water in one day. Additionally, it can simultaneously  be used by a person for example as an eye-wash.

   The temperature of the water in which Trifala is taken can be regulated, depending upon the situation. When the semi-dissolved suspension of Trifala in water at room temperature is drunk, about 20 minutes before going to bed, the Virechana effect of Trifala is felt in the morning normally, though initial constipation can refuse to clear with this basic methodology. The same purgative effect can be felt in a shorter time when a decoction of Trifala is allowed to cool to room temperature and is then stirred and taken. The time-frame reduces further drastically, when the decoction of Trifala is drunk warm to hot, after stirring. I would recommend that the hot decoction is taken in case of constipation during common-cold or other ailments, and not on a regular basis. Such a hot decoction stimulates, cleanses and revitalizes body organs, and one can feel a stir being caused for example in the area of the pancreas. Its effects could be too penetrating, if consumed on a regular basis. Therefore, in everyday situations, take the decoction which has been cooled to room temperature. Take the warm decoction where a slightly enhanced purgative and anti-Ama effect is desired, and the hot decoction where a penetrating and immediate effect is required. Another methodology of taking Trifala (as suggested to me by Sonia Masocco) in a strong dose (weaker than hot decoction and stronger than cold decoction, simultaneously showing purgative effects in the morning) is to prepare hot Trifala decoction in water, to let cool to room temperature and to let the sediment sit, to drink the clear water above the sediment before going to bed and to add new room-temperature water to the sediment in the morning, stirring and drinking this early in the morning.

   Central to the effectivity of Trifala is taste. One must go through swallowing the bitter solution of Trifala and letting the tongue taste the varied taste content, for here is when the herbs start their work. Swallowing capsules containing Trifala is not half as effective, because the tongue has not tasted the substance and has not signaled to the rest of the body to take appropriate preliminary action to prepare for the inflow of the substance. Here, even though companies like Organic India prepare natural and organic capsule covers for their Trifala, their product is half as effective, and only gains full effectivity if one takes it out of the capsules and then uses it. Also, be advised, that the Haritaki contained in Trifala is a yellow dye. After swallowing Trifala with water, one should brush the teeth, or the teeth will become yellow in the long run.

    As a Rasayana (rejuvenative substance), mix together and lick ¼ teaspoon Trifala, 1 teaspoon Ghee and 1 teaspoon honey, early in the morning (equal weights of honey and Ghee cause a problem, not equal volumes). Involvement of the tongue is most important (licking), since action of the herb begins with taste. For an eye-wash with Trifala, boil ½ teaspoon Trifala in water, sieve through a  filter so that not a single solid particle seeps through, let cool to room temperature and then wash the eyes with this decoction, preferably in the morning. Trifala Guggulu is quite effective in case of Giardia and haemorrhoids, and specifically against Ama and related low Agni. Trifala combined with rock salt is good against gases. Together with Pippali, Trifala is good against asthma. With sugar-cane juice it is good during jaundice. Added to Ghee in small quantities, it works against the binding quality of Ghee (Ghee binds the stool), avoiding constipation in the process.

    Don’t combine Trifala and milk. Milk is sweet and Amalaki is sour. If one is used to taking milk at night, Trifala can be taken after dinner and warm (spiced) milk can be taken before bedtime, with a gap two or more hours between the two. This will not cause curdling of the milk. If other medication is to be taken at night, it could be taken after dinner and Trifala could be taken at bedtime, or vice-versa. Also, don’t mix Trifala and Isabgol (Psyllium husk). The former is a purgative and latter a laxative providing bulk. Both these actions, when mixed, can have negative effects. During pregnancy, Trifala makes the foetus hyper, and should not be taken.

   Firms like Dabur, Zandu and Khadi produce good quality Trifala. I find that Zandu’s Trifala is very fine and has deeper penetrating and quicker and better effects. I find Dabur’s Trifala a little coarse, but nevertheless quite effective. Even the product by Khadi is worth recommending. What is not really clear about the products of these three and most other Indian companies is how far the ingredients have been tested for the contents of heavy-metals like Arsenic, Lead and the like. The pricing is very reasonable in India though, with a 100 – 125 gram bottle costing between Rs. 20 and Rs. 25 (US$ 0.45 to 0.55).  Organic India prepares an organically grown Trifala, fully tested for the presence of heavy metals. This is priced at Rs. 98 a bottle (US$ 2.15 roughly). In the USA, the cheapest price I could find was US$ 15 for roughly the same quantity of Trifala powder, with other quotations going up to US$ 19. This pricing disparity between the Orient and the Occident is huge, and should be dealt with severely, so that Trifala is made available to the world-citizen at a very reasonable price and simultaneously devoid of heavy metals and like toxicity.

    No prescription is complete without Trifala, and one often hears the advice that one should never leave one’s home without Trifala, or that one should never go to bed without ½ teaspoon of Trifala, and that one should take Trifala whenever in doubt. The Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) of the good old days used to possess about 20 basic herbs in their clinics, and Trifala. They used to treat all patients by preparing permutations and combinations of these herbs, and Trifala used to be a part of every preparation, to enhance the all-round Ayurvedic qualities of the compound being prescribed and to cause purgation, clean bowels being the absolute prequisite of any treatment in Ayurveda.



More about Mantras

1). Practice Mantra under expert spiritual guidance.

2). Please get the pronunciation and the rhythm right. Your Guru will tell you about both.

3). Same time + same place + regularity adds to the potency of the Mantra.

4). Stick to one Mantra. More than one Mantra practiced could have adverse effects on health, but this is not a must. The Guru knows which Mantras can be combined, and which should not be combined.

5). Don’t disclose your Mantra and its effects on your life to anybody. Only discuss these things with your Guru. Maintain spiritual secrecy with everybody except the Guru.

6). If you haven’t found your Guru yet, attract him/her through Meditation.

7). If you are unsure about the quantity of practice, 1 cycle of 108 Japas or chants is the safest bet for Mantra.

8). Gayatri and Mahamrityunjaya are very potent. 108 Japas of these might cause you pain initially. Try starting out with 9 Japas or multiples of 9. Increase only when your body, mind and soul are at equilibrium with the current number being practiced.

9). Aum Namaha Shivaye and Aum Namo Bhagvate Vasudevaye are less potent, though Aum Namaha Shivaye is potent enough. Here, 108 Japas should be OK. Still you could try multiples of 9 initially.

10). The Mantra you have chosen can be carried into the day and chanted silently in a difficult situation or during strain or tension. The energy and the protection of the Mantra will see you through the difficult situation. Decide the nature and quantity of silent practice by observing your body, mind and soul symptoms.

What is Mantra?


Swami Rama : ” Mantras are sounds. Sounds are known, not by their meaning, but by their vibrations, for they are not words. ………”    From Walking with a Himalayan Master Swami Rama by Justin O’ Brien.


A Mantra is a series of sounds coupled together into a Sanskrit string equivalent to a mini-hymn to the Gods. If pronounced properly, Mantra can heal pain without side-effect. There are different Mantras for different problems or situations caused by the various planets. It goes without saying, that is mispronounced, Mantra can have devastating side-effects. How does Mantra work? The spoken sounds of the Mantra resonate with their appropriate Chakras in the astral body, causing them to unwind towards their position of origin. The pain we feel in any problematic situation is due to the entanglement of the Chakras away from their position of origin due to our hap-hazard lifestyles. Since resonance is involved, Mantra gains in power when practiced regularly at the same time and same place everyday. Each Mantra has its own “critical mass”, i.e. the number of chants required to activate it to a meaningful level.