The Ayurveda Way with Covid

There is a big discussion going on now about the application of Ayurveda in Covid. Whilst Ayurveda clearly recognises COVID as a critical medical issue there are potentially many treatments for it. Ayurveda is an individualised science and does not, in general,...

‘ Be Good, Do Good’

This is the motto of Swami Shivananda, a great saint who was based in Rishikesh. We have so-called spiritual organisations and charitable organisations. Can u tell me one where there is no political conflict? If we are really working for the greater good, the...

Psycho-emotional Health During Lockdown

I heard that the UK is being afflicted with more psycho-emotional conditions during COVID. This could be the same in India but because of the social taboos, they don’t get recorded. I can’t comment on other countries. According to Ayurveda, social health is integral...

Charity From The Heart

Does the charity have to be given from the heart? In the Vedic scriptures, we were told to donate a percentage of our income to charity whether we liked it or not. It was also said that we are not to make a show of our charity, that it was wise to do it anonymously. I...

Prayer in Practicality

Prayer is not the only way to freedom from suffering. Many people, both new age and traditional are praying for the welfare of the planet. Prayer has its place say the sages but so does practical action. The latter is also prayer and meditation though I personally...

Action Over Guilt: The COVID Crisis

Sitting here in my middle-class surroundings with air conditioner and food in abundance, I feel for those who are less fortunate more than ever before. Now it’s in my face, the starvation, the suffering and the medical COVID situation. Stree Team Distributing...

Mother India: My Love

At 16, I went to India for a visit with my parents and sisters. I was a rebel, wanted to dye my hair purple, wore tight jeans and had no idea about Hinduism, or the desire to find out. As soon as I got off the plane I felt at home. I was happy that I would not...

Wellness with Yoga and Ayurveda in Modern Life

There are over 300 yoga centres and 100 Ayurveda centres in Rishikesh which has become the Yoga Capital of India. Yoga became popular here under the auspices of Swami Shivananda Saraswati who settled in Rishikesh in 1924 and practised and taught authentic spiritual...

STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Dietary Advice Drink warm water throughout the day in small sips. 1 litre of hot water can be infused with 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds or a 3 cm stick of mulethi (liquorice bark) and sipped throughout the day,Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya...