Nangali ~ Devotional Poem to an Indigenous Australian Ancient Mountain

Nangali mountain

Nangali Mountain Legend

Nangali, aka McGraths Hump / Old Man Dreaming is a mountain used for "men's business" and that shows the profile of a warrior’s face lying down.

Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr legend tells that it was Ngali’s job to protect women who came to give birth in Bellinger Valley. But Ngali fell asleep, and his punishment and mutual agreement to balance the karmic event was that he turned to stone for all eternity.

Perhaps you can see the face in the photo.
Interestingly, the flora and energy that occurs at each stage of the "face" on the mountain symbolise that facial feature.

Poem to Nangali

Your eye brows powerfully portray your presence. A presence that can hold stable space for anyone who is respectful and receptive to your being.
Your eye brows make me feel safe. Your familiar eye brows are so comforting and I can hear them ground my nervous system to the raw earth.

Your eye lashes are so lush, sensually soft, long and ancient.
Of course there’s diversity in your eye lashes. You know that.
Other parts pop out of your wet and rich root follicles with such smooth dynamism that is pleasantly beautiful.
Sweet smells come from your eye lashes. I love to gently stick my nose in some parts and allow the lashes to caress my face.

And those rocky eyes of yours.
Those light green eyes delicately balance on your hard grey iris’s.
A solid and firm gaze. Slippery but slow and stable.
O what delicate, wide and beautifully soft eyes. Your vision is top notch. It appears your optometry health will be everlasting, for now.

O that nose of yours. That tall, bumpy, slightly vicious nose. It’s so noticeable, you can see it from miles away. It’s fun to play with and important to do so to balance all the striving ambitions in life.
Some parts of your nose are thin. And I kind of like that because I feel I can get more intimidate with you, and share your supremacy, then I feel like I’m on top of the world.

O and your moustache. Your curly messy moustache. I bet bugs and other animals would get caught in that jungle of hairs.
I mean, I try to avoid touching it, hell especially kissing it, but from the the times I have touched your curly messy moustache, I know it can be wildly interesting, and even painful.

Your smooth and small lips. They contain optimal moisture content. Excuse my perverted honesty, but those who really get to plant their bottoms on and in your lips, I bet, no I know, their whole body will get so juicy, and feel so rooted in your love.

And your beard. Well, your moustache was wild and messy, but your beard is like entering into another dimension.
I can get lost just looking at your beard. Hairs of all different shapes and sizes, some the tallest facial hairs I’ve ever seen. Some hairs are dead and uprooted and just lying there. Some hairs are getting mouldy, and some, are so finely positioned they seem to be maintaining the power of your whole face. These finely positioned hairs are dispersed all throughout your beard. They seem to supporting not only all the hairs on your face, but supporting all the organisms that live on your face.  Offering guidance and ancient wisdom to all those who interact with you, even to crazy humans who explore touching, caressing, kissing or tickling your face.
Your beard does bring me immense peace. It emanates a magical and mysterious ambience that I still don’t fully understand.

Well Nangali, your one interesting being. I have enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to more so that i can continue to joyfully commune with your ancient wisdom.

Thank you.

Realted Reading: Ultimate Freedom ~ Poem Inspired by Śankara

Kakamachi (Solanum Nigrum / Black Nightshade) Uses + Jam Recipe

Botanical name: Solanum nigrum
Sanskrit name: Kakamachi
English name: Black nightshade.

Plant Description: This nightshade grows abundantly along the eastern fringe of Australia. It grows like a weed. It also grows in India, Americas and South Africa. It is native to Eurasia.

Pant Identification: The berries grow in clusters. If a plant has only single berries, it may be the poisonous Atropa belladonna (Deadly Nightshade), which rarely is found in Australia so don't worry

Parts Used

Berries - The berries are ripe thus safe to eat when they are dark purple/black colour. As with most nightshades, when the fruit is not ripe (in this case, green colour), it can be poisonous.

Leaves - According to Ayurveda, the leaves of Kakamachi is one of the best leafy green vegetables one can eat for health. Fry in ghee to purify

Whole plant - Root, ripe berries, seeds, leaves and stem are used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Health Benefit of Kakamachi

Skin Health - The whole plant is great for the skin(1) although it is slightly heating (usna virya). 

Liver Health - Whole plant is useful for the liver.

Lungs - Lung and respiratory health are one of Kakamachis main uses. The seeds are most useful for lung health.

Voice - Good for voice (singers eat those ripe tucker berries). Check out other methods to improve your voice.

Balances All 3 Doshas - Kakamachi alleviates all three doshas when vitiated(1) and is essential for kapha.

Aphrodisiac and Rejuvenator - The sweet taste (madhura rasa) supports this.(1)

Digestion - Causes easy movement of faeces and other waste products. 

Anti-Oxidant Rich - A group of phytochemicals known as anthocyanins are responsible for the dark blue colour as well as the flavonoids is what makes dark purple coloured fruits and berries high anti-oxidant thus prevent cell damage.

Caution: Only use fresh.

“[Kakamachi] when used fresh is a rejuvenator but used after some days it is poison.”
~ Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, (ch. 7, 243)

This means when you cook the leaves or berries, eat that fresh, don't keep it overtime and eat is later.

Kakamachi Jam Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 500g of fresh ripe kakamachi berries
  2. 400g of quality raw sugar
  3. 1 tbsp of lemon juice

Ideally, harvest your own kakamachi from a bush area that you know is organic and spray free.

Ensure the berries are fully ripe (dark purple/black colour). Don't harvest unripe (green or light purple colour) as that is poisonous.

It is rare to buy the berries commercially. Solanum nigrum is prohibited for trade as a food in Australiaby the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Plus it is more fun and rewarding when you input "more completely" in your creation process.

Method

  1. Remove the berries from the stems with your hands or isolate the berries while you forage them. Remove any bits of leaf and stalk.
  2. Gently wash the berries with fresh water. Careful because these berries are porous.
  3. Place the berries in a heavy-based pan and gently crush with a potato masher or squeeze with your hand, just enough to release some of the juices. Turn the pan on.
  4. Add the sugar and lemon juice to the pan and leave to simmer on low heat. Allow for 5 minutes of bubbles. Keep stirring to prevent the jam sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4.  Cook down for around 20 minutes. Allow about 5 minutes of bubbles to come while simmering

5.  Put the jam into clean jars. The jam will keep in a cool dark place for 1 year. Once opened keep in the fridge.

References:

(1) Caraka Samhita, Sutra sthana, chapter 27.