Guru Purnima (The Brightest Moon of the Year)

Guru Purnima, Full Moon
When the pleasantly cooling and Ojas-increasing moon (Soma सोम / Chandra चन्द्र) is closer to the Earth and at its fullest (pūrṇimā पूर्णिमा) and brightest, hence, effectively removing darkness (guru गुरु) on many levels.
This full moon falls this year on July 23rd. Guru Purnima next year will fall on the 13th of July and for 2023 on the 3rd of July.
This full moon day and night is when “Guru consciousness” is at its strongest. Thus, a day to honor everyone and everything in your life that removes darkness (ignorance), and awakens wisdom in you which causes your inner light to radiate.
Although it’s in the northern hemisphere where the moon reflects the most amount of sun, on Guru Purnima the whole earth experiences this huge amount of “light energy” at its fullest.
Those who reside under the brightest moon of the year (Purnima) are imbued with increased sweet vitality and radiant creative energy. 
The word guru in Sanskrit means “heavy”. The Guru acts like a heavyweight.
Chandra Deva (Moon Deity)
Chandra / Soma Deva
The Guru is so experienced, knowledgeable and established in Being that they can provide wise guidance to the pupil/worthy receptor (śiṣya शिष्य ) in Any aspect of life. I say Any because Guru (seems to) always have an answer.
If Guru doesn’t have much of an answer, Guru will spontaneously answer in a highly relevant, appropriate and impressive way that supports the need of the time and the śiṣya’s (pupil’s) journey.
As the śiṣya evolves on their spiritual path, they connect more with “spirit”. They become more subtle and less gross, more air and space element and less earth element, more light and less dense.
The Guru’s role here is to stabilise. Maintain an anchor as the śiṣya undergoes purification, cosmic illumination, kundalini (energetic) magnification and all sorts of abnormal body sensations and mind alterations.
You don’t have to have a personal “Guru” to honor, worship, or thank this Guru Purnima.

On Guru Purnima you can honor anyone or anything that has taught you something that you value, or has removed some ignorance from your life. You can even have a guru and have never met them before!

Guru is he/she who connects you to cosmic intelligence, and also Guru is that supreme cosmic intelligence itself.

This is the time of year in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) to honor Guru consciousness that is personifying through individuals or things.
The moon is completely unobstructed by the earth - so the moon can express himself completely, in fullness, heightening emotions on earth and allowing hearts to open easier.

Auspicious Activities to engage with on Guru Purnima

You can honor in gratitude; directly or indirectly. Some things you can do on Guru Purnima are: sharing of music, love and friendships, meditation, japa (chant), being extroverted, expressing yourself, watching the moon and bathing in its nectar. 
A Puja (पूजा) ceremony, to celebrate and honor your Gurus and their lineage, is also very auspicious and in alignment with this blessed date. 
In doing so, you’ll reciprocally receive blessings, boons and energy for you to pleasantly and elegantly radiate like the full moon. 

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Guru Purnima

“Guru Purnima is the day of infinite correlation. It is a day of supreme knowledge; it is a day of Brahman; it is the day of Guru; Guru Purnima, the fullness of Guru Dev, the fullness of the element of Guru, the fullness of pure knowledge. Guru is the expression of enlightenment, pure knowledge, the field of all possibilities, the field of infinite correlation. In that supreme awakening, in that supreme awareness, in the state of supreme knowledge we have wholeness of life, absolute value of being, pure infinity, pure eternity, pure immortality.

Guru Purnima day is structured in pure knowledge. It comes year after year to bring the awakening of the totality of life. It unfolds the full potential of knowledge and brings to fulfillment the master-disciple relationship. It is the master-disciple relationship, and that expresses itself in its totality: Full potential of all possibilities. It is a very special day. It’s a very special day for us.” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


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Karmic Relationships, Why Am I Single? & Past Lives with Jyotish: Vedic Astrology + Top 3 Episodes of 2020 | Blaine Watson #049

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Is your relationship with your partner supported by nature and karmically suitable?

Gaining insight into the Vedic Astrology (a.k.a. Jyotish) of you and whom ever you relate with can illuminate and improve that relationship.

Why am I still single? I feel a relationship would significantly enhance my evolution.

Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology, utilises measures of sacred time to organise human life according to celestial forces and natural law.

It helps understand human existence in a deeper perspective so that we can not only flow through life effortlessly with nature's support, but also attune with cosmic intelligence and the eternal organiser.

About Our Guest: Blaine Watson

Blaine has studied astrology since childhood and became interested in Vedic Astrology on a trip to India in 1980 and began studying in earnest at that time. After several years of self study in India, USA, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland, he was personally certified as expert in Jyotish by the Dean of the Department of Sanskrit at Benares Hindu University in Varanasi, India in 1989.

Blaine has been a professional astrologer for over 30 years and has more than 30,000 clients in over 30 countries. People find Blaine via word of mouth as the Vedic tradition with which he is associated does not permit me to advertise.

Blaine has travelled to consult and teach in South America, the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and India. 

Blaine also been trained in and is considered to be expert in Ayurveda and the Vedic system of temple architecture known as Vastu Vidya or Sthapatya Veda. Blaine learnt to meditate in high school, and has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for 45 years and has taught over 4,000 people on 4 continents how to meditate.  


The First Podcast Episode with Blaine (Wise to Listen to this one firsrt)

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In this Episode we Discuss:

Dharma: The Most Evolutionary Thing You Can Be Doing Now

Trends, themes and patterns that present in clinics and consultations due to the cosmic weather.

Vedic nerds - a global phenomena that is influenced with past lives and a purpose to unit with India.

Past Life Relationships with Jyotish, Karma and Choosing When You Are Born

Istha Kal - personal time. Your time of birth is chosen and dictated to you according to the karma you are working off.

Born with adversities, challenges and blessings.

The Bhagavad Gita states:

  1. If you are on the path to enlightenment - you will be born into the families of the rich.
  2. If you are far on the path to enlightenment as a yogi in the last life time, you will be born into a family of yogis.

Clearing Karmic Connections

The Epidemic of Infertility

The relationship between infertility and glyphosate.

Cultivating A Relationship with the Planets

  • Each planet has a portfolio.
  • They have specific relationships with each other. E.g. Sun is Saturns father. Moon is Mercurys father.
  • Each planet is an incarnation of Visnu.

Surya

  • Sun is known as Krooya = “cruel”.
  • He is hot, dry, represents power, the kind, government, the father, independence
  • Represents ego on superficial and a more subtle level represents the soul.
  • Sun represents bones.

Jyotish expressing itself in the physiology

  • Shani - mamsa dhatu - also asthi and majja dhatu.
  • Shukra - sukra dhatu
  • Mangal - rakta dhatu
  • Chandra - rasa dhatu
  • Buddh - tvak.

For information on the dhatus (tissues), refer to Vital Veda and Dr Harsha Rajus online course on Dhatus.

Each Planet is An Incarnation of Visnu

  1. Rama - Surya
  2. Krsna - Chandra
  3. Narasimha(Lion head demon eater) - Mangal
  4. Buddha - Buddh
  5. Vaamana (dwarf) - Guru
  6. Parasu Rama (warrior) - Sukra
  7. Koorma (turtle) - Shani
  8. Varaha (bore) - Rahu
  9. Matsya (fish) - Ketu.

You can see the evolution of human kind in these incarnations (from acqautic animal to the most refined human).

Why is each planet is dominantly masculine?

Please comment below your thoughts.

The Dashas - Planetary Cycles You are Going Through

  • A system of cycles set in motion from the moment you are born.
  • MahaDasha (primary cycle) and AntaraDasha (secondary cycle) and beyond.

Marriages in Jyotish

  • "Love Marriage" and Arranged Marriage.
  • Using Jyotish for successful marriage and to optimise the “alliance” in a marriage.

Why Am I Single?

  • Single People and Bachelors Wanting or Refusing a Relationship
  • Old souls.
  • Bearing children.
  • Approaching the end of child-bearing years while being single.

  • Banana Treatment to Make the Reproductive Organs More Youthful

Yagya (Ancient Vedic Technology) to Find a Suitable Marriage Partner and Have Children

Yagyas for world peace and anything in the world.

David O’Reilly, who organises Yagyas - oreilly@vip.net
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Rahu and Ketu

  • They are “Chaya graha.”
  • Chaya = “shadow.”
  • Griha = “grip”. A planet has a grip.
  • Each planet has a shadow planet, and Rahu and Ketu are the shadow planets for the sun and the moon.
  • Mostly causing difficulties in life.
  • They are responsible for eclipses.

Rahu

    • The head of the serpent.
    • Weird and unconventional. Psychic rather than spiritual. A world knowingness.
    • Obsessive.
    • Dream like quality.
    • When Rahu gets what he wants, it is like waking up from a dream.
    • A snake can hypnotise their victims to a vast like state.
    • There for the ride. Go with the flow.
    • We can’t trust the thought we have.
    • He is tricky but he can be tricked.
    • If you buy a house in the Rahu cycle, paint the bathroom or bought a door knocker.
    • What Rahu gives, Rahu takes away.
    • If you buy something in a Rahu cycle, change it up a little so it is not what you bought.
    • You can get married in a Rahu cycle - Take vows - these change the laws of nature dramatically. The legal or religious system gets involved. It restructures the relationship. The change you are looking for with Rahu.

Ketu

    • Intuition.
    • Tail of the snake. Part of us that is sensitive to vibration.
    • Moksha karaka - a significator of moksha.
    • Gnyana (spiritual knowledge) karaka.
    • Feeling level. The wuiet voice inside.
    • Produces bursts of good fortune.
    • Disinterested in the world - not interested in money or status. He is interested in the subtle fields of life.
    • Represents loss - Loss because we are not interested (in money for example). People don’t want to do work.
    • Represents periods of times of awakening.

Jyotish Chart of Specific Countries

Current Astrological Update of Covid-19

  • Blaine says it will last another 2.5 years.
  • Blaine believes Shani (Saturn) is responsible.
  • Is Rahu involved in C-19?

Viewing the Birth Charts of Twins

  • Using the Navamsha chart. The chart of the inner or hidden personality.
  • A lot of karma in twinning charts. They chose to be born together. They could have been marriage partners in a past lifetime.
  • They usually love each other on a very deep level.
  • Twinning can be seen in the chart. Can be because Mercury and Gemini may be in the house of children.

Resources

Contact Blaine for a Jyotish consultation - find his address in this episode.

Check out other Jyotishis and Pundits (to perform Yagyas) we recommend here

The First Podcast Episode with Blaine

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Jyotish: Celestial Organisation of Life with Vedic Astrology | Blaine Watson #041

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Vedic Astrology, or Jyotisha, utilises measures of sacred time to organise human life according to celestial forces and natural law.

It helps understand human existence in a deeper perspective so that we can not only flow through effortlessly with nature's support, but also attune with cosmic intelligence and the eternal organiser.

About Blaine Watson

Blaine has studied astrology since childhood and became interested in Vedic Astrology on a trip to India in 1980 and began studying in earnest at that time. After several years of self study in India, USA, Spain, Netherlands and Switzerland, he was personally certified as expert in Jyotish by the Dean of the Department of Sanskrit at Benares Hindu University in Varanasi, India in 1989.

Blaine has been a professional astrologer for over 30 years and has more than 30,000 clients in over 30 countries. People find Blaine via word of mouth as the Vedic tradition with which he is associated does not permit me to advertise.

Blaine has travelled to consult and teach in South America, the USA, Canada, Europe, Africa and India. 

Blaine also been trained in and is considered to be expert in Ayurveda and the Vedic system of temple architecture known as Vastu Vidya or Sthapatya Veda. Blaine learnt to meditate in high school, and has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for 45 years and has taught over 4,000 people on 4 continents how to meditate.  


In this Episode we Discuss:

What it takes for Blaine as a vedic astrologer to do a reading

Tapping into the subtle. Becoming the clients chart.

Proper Intellectual Discrimination to detach from the chart of the client.

The Valuable Usage of Jyotish:

"Heyam Dukham Anagatam" (Avert the danger which has not yet come).
Patanjali

Heyam - the future.

Dukha - dangers and potential misery. Opposite of sukha (happiness).

Anagatam - to be avoided and averted.

That which you feel is not good potential, you have the capacity to change it, avoid it.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

How long did it take for him to gain enlightenment?

What knowledge did he study?

Universal Vedic People

Correlations Between the Vedic people, the Sámi people (indigenous Finno-Ugric people around Finland), Indigenous culture from Peru and Aboriginal Australians.

Indian or Aboriginal?

Actions to Take For Those Wanting to Study Jyotish

Differences between Vedic Astrology & Western Astrology

Rectifying Birth Charts

For those who don’t know their birth time.

Prashna (Questioning)

What Determines the Time of Birth?

3 views that are debated:

  1. Time of breath - when the prana enters the body.
  2. Time head comes out.
  3. Time whole body comes out.

The Current C-19 Jyotish Situation & Cosmic Weather

September 12/13 will be another huge shift in the collective.

Why the world is more enlightened and evolved now than a few decades ago.

The Year of 2020 is Going to Produce a Whole Generation of World Leaders - Babies being born during the C19 pandemic have a very significant horoscope - accomplish something of lasting significance in their lifetime.

Blaine's prediction for the upcoming US Election.

The benefits of knowing your chart

Solutions and Remedies to Support One’s Chart

Yagya: Vedic Technology

Using primordial sound vibrations and precious substances to restructure the DNA and burn off karma.

Blaines personal meditation practice

How Gem Stones Work for Astrology

Parts of the earth resonate with different parts of the planet and light therapy.

Check out our favourite Gem Stones here

Brahmins and The Caste System

Important for dharma.

The Magi Brahmins who travelled to the west to treat an incarnation of Visnu (Jesus Christ).

Resources

Contact Blaine for a Jyotish consultation - blainepw@gmail.com

Check out other Jyotishis and Pundits (to perform Yagyas) we recommend here

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Amplified Healing Capabilities & Ayurvedic Counselling | Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar {Podcast #037}

Purify and divinely develop yourself by doing the inner work. This cultivates inner healing capabilities.
Then use that energy (shakti / siddhi) to profoundly influence and heal others.

This episode of The Vital Veda Podcast explores encyclopaedic Vedic wisdom that is the seed of Ayurvedic medicine" "The Science of Healing & Higher Consciousness."

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu. India)

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University.

A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished clinician, he adds tremendous value to his clients and students. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counsellor.

He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years.

During these years he and his wife Dr. Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and helping design new Ayurvedic formulations.

He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield IA.

He is a motivational speaker, presenting Ayurvedic Wisdom and sharing stage with Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Dr. Oz and many other leaders in the field.

He currently leads an Ayurvedic Clinic offering PanchaKarma, Diet & Lifestyle consults, Vedic Astrology, Vedic Counselling, Medical dietology & herbal medicine. He currently teaches the “Ayurvedic Wellness Counsellor” & “Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner” programs to over 200 students, at different locations in United States.

  • One of the most academically accomplished Ayurvedic Physicians in the United States.
  • A clinician who has treated more than 15000 clients successfully
  • Lead faculty at several Ayurvedic institutions, worldwide
  • Lead Formulator of Zrii & NutriiVeda
  • Ayurvedic Consultant, Faculty: Chopra Center for Well being
  • Research Consultant for numerous Ayurvedic Nutraceuticals
  • One of the only Ayurvedic Physician’s practicing Medical Astrology in USA
  • Featured presenter at NAMA, ACVA and several other organisations

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Rk Vedic Bramhin Tradition: The Seed of all the other Vedas

  • Body of vedic knowledge that is encyclopaedic.
  • The source/seed of all the vedic tradition and knowledge vedas. The oldest veda.
  • It beholds the totality of all vedas. Holistic (dynamic/silence)
  • Human physiology expressing the Veda: Rk Veda constitutes the holistic aspect of Natural Law. It therefore covers all aspects of the physiology.
  • Mantra purusha value: the vibrational primordial sound of mantra functions perfectly and orderly.
  • The most subjective of all the Vedas. The other Vedas get more and more objective.

Upaveda: Dhanurveda* (various views)

Why Ayurveda was created before humanity and as old age nature

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar’s time with his holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

  • He gathered and cultivated a large movement of Vaidyas and spread Ayurveda, Jyotish, meditation, and other aspects of the Veda to the west. Re-enlivened it.
  • He brought the vedic tradition in to modern science laboratories.
  • Through enlivening Veda in the west with modern science, he re-inspired Vedic knowledge in India.

Practicing Ayurveda in the West

  • Not having an “arsenal” of Ayurvedic resources when consulting outside of India.
  • The importance of diet and lifestyle and kitchen spices.

Yukti

Using what you have available to you, increase your flexibility to be able to treat others.

Combing psycho emotional response and stress and Vedic Astrology (Jyotish).

Being aware of the cosmic weather (jyotishi) everyday and how that may influence the clients you see.

Qualities of a Vaidya (Ayurvedic physician)

  1. Daksha - Able, eligible, disciplened.
  2. Shastras - all shastras needs to be learned. Having detailed knowledge about diseases and treatments.
  3. Drsta Karma - practical experience of treatments. Practically seeing (drsta) the action.
  4. Suchi - cleanliness. actually means purity - kaya (physical cleanliness), vacha (pure speech - have to feel the patient as your child. Have to see the God in the patient),

2/3 of Ayurvedic Cikitsa (treatment) is related to the union of Veda and human mind

  1. Hand of Destiny, grand scheme of things.
  2. Sattva - boost ones moral stand, will power and discipline.
  3. Yukti - herbs, diet, lifestyles, panchakarma.
“Health is a biproduct of enlightenment…The purpose of any Ayurvedic session is to enlighten them [the patient] to the best of their ability and put them onto a spiritual evolutionary path.”
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There we can manage the mind, the indriya (sensory organs), motor organs.

The Art & Science of Vedic Counselling

A guiding role that has taken many forms such as the guru, pundit (priest), acharya (sage), or vaidya, or those with such a role.

Such as could be found in each village or community, who provide guidance in all aspects of life, including recommending healing practices, rituals, Yoga, mantra and meditation to help us overcome our difficulties in life and to promote overall well-being.

Mental health starts at the embryological level.

The Alarming Mental Health Epidemics

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in USA.

Perfection of a Healer

  • The patients make you capable of you helping them.
  • The importance of Sadhana (rituals and routine) for counselling. - To charge you up and make you vital.

The importance of Suchi (purity) of a physician or counsellor.

How it provides the physician with power and divine capabilities to heal (siddhis) and take the medicine to a complete different level.

Suchi Chikitsa - the purity of the treatment.

Siddha Mantra & Siddha Vaidya (Divine Capabilities of Physicians)

Siddha Vaidya is like a mantrica (mantra) - you may say the same thing, but the way you say it would register in the person so deeply that it works as a mantra.

Chita Hasta (Healing power of touch)

Whatever you touch has the ability to heal. Whether it is in the form of pulse, treatments, or preparing medicines.
~ From Rk Veda.

Business and work life is taking away your happiness.

The impact of circadian rhythms.

“Janapada Dhwamsa” = Epidemics according to Ayurveda.

“If you don’t have time for anything else you will find time to get sick.”
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar

Covid-19 and Nature's Divine Plan

  • A way of nature trying to slow us down.
  • Manifested due to adharma.
  • Extreme weather patterns is the first way nature changes.
  • The relationship with jyotishi (vedic astrology).

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar believes the collective consciousness related to pandemics were exacerbated since the introduction of smart phones.

Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar’s time with the Raju family

“For a fast acting relief, try slowing down.”
Dr. Suhas G. Kshirsagar

Passion that you infuse into your self.

  1. Dharma (your evolutionary role in things),
  2. Kama (pleasure),
  3. Artha (wealth),
  4. Moksa (enlightenment)

Traya Upa Sthambha: 3 Pillar of Health According to Ayurveda

  1. Ahara (Food)
  2. Nidra (Sleep)
  3. BrahmaCarya (Regimen of Creation)

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Visha Kanyas – Venomous Virgins

Even a kiss can kill. The Visha Kanyas were poisonous young women who served as executioners in ancient India. Any contact with these toxic ladies would mean death. 

These venomous assassins are not only instrumental for the destruction operator in nature, but they also exemplify a fundamental Ayurvedic concept on obtaining immunity, “Oka Satmya” or adapting to habits to create suitable compatibility.

Raising Poisonous Maidens

Visha Kanya literally means “poison maiden.”

From the second day of birth, ancient Indian Kings would feed one tiny drop of snake venom to the baby girl. Gradual feeding of different types of poison continued throughout the girls early age to make them immune to the lethal effects. By the time they reached puberty, these girls were not only beginning to awaken arousal, but were thoroughly toxic and ready to be used as deadly human weapons.

The king could then use these seductive assassins against his most powerful enemies.

Sexual intercourse, a kiss, contact with her sweat or even just sharing a glass of wine with her would be fatal for the victim.

These star-crossed girls were chosen by kings if their horoscope (jyotish) promised widowhood. Even a specific cast was established for them.

The Poison Damsel in Medieval European Medical and Religious Lore

The Pseudo-Aristotle treatise, Secretum Secretorum (“The Secrets of Secrets”) conveys Aristotle warning his pupil Alexander the Great to be careful of lavish gifts from Indian kings.

In one Hebrew version of this treatise, which is likely to be earlier than most, Aristotle says that he fears the clever political strategists of India.

One french version tells a story that Socrates and Aristotle told two slaves to kiss the girl and they both fell down dead instantly. Other versions have her kill by bite, sexual intercourse, or even just an icy glare.

13th century Spanish author Guillem de Cervera declares that Aristotle saved Alexanders life by using the same astrological techniques (Jyotish) to determine a poison maiden and avert the attack.

Incidentally, the german word for poison is “gift.”

Toxicology Branch of Ayurvedic Texts Warning About Visha Kanyas

“A girl who has been exposed to poison from brith, and who has thus been made poisonous herself. She kills a lover just be her touch or her breath. Flowers and blossoms wilt when they come into contact with her head. The bugs in her bed, the lice in her clothes, and anyone who washes in the same water as her, all die. With this in mind, you should keep far away from her as possible.”
Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, 1.8.87-89.

Dalhanas commentary on Susrutas verse is even more graphic:

“If she touches you, her sweat can kill. If you make love to her, your penis drops off like a ripe fruit from its stalk.”
Dalhana on Susruta Samhita, 5.1.4-6

Immunity Alteration: Habituation and Suitable Compatibility (“Oka Satmya”)

Satmya is a reason why a diet that works for one culture may not work for another.

When one is introduced to something unwholesome from a young age and becomes habituated to taking it, they can adapt and withstand the negative effects, but not completely.

If one's family have been taking an unwholesome substance or performing an unwholesome habitual action for generations (e.g. working late at night), they further become immune and compatible with that substance or action, but not completely. 

If the unwholesome substance is indigenous to the land and climate that the person resides in, that again increases harmonious compatibility, but not completely.

Harmonious health is not completely maintained because it will can them inflict them later in life. When their immune system becomes weak or they approach vata age (60+).

For example:

There is a story of a king in India named Mahmud Shah, who lived in Gujarat in 1500 AD. He raised his son on tiny doses of poison to avoid threats of poisoning by his enemies. He was also said to chew different poisonous leaves and spit on whomever he wanted to kill. He was said to have 3000-4000 wives, and whenever he slept with one, she was found dead in the morning.

 

Modern food examples:

In Ayurveda, potatoes are considered the worst amongst the vegetable kingdom (C.S.). However, Russians who have primarily been eating potatoes nearly everyday of their lives for generations can digest and gain nourishment from potatoes.

South Indians on the other hand, who have hardly been eating this root vegetable historically, can easily get bloating and gas from potatoes, causing a host of diseases.

The Russians however may get inflicted by this vata increasing vegetable later in their life when their body becomes weak and/or around vata age (60+ years old) .

Dairy and banana mixed together is a classical incompatible food combination (Viruddhanna) in Ayurveda that produces ama (undigested food material), the cause of most disease.

This is one of the biggest flaws in the western diet (think banana smoothies, banana porridges, cereals etc.). Banana and dairy are eaten together in the west only semi-regularly, so it can take a few months up to a few years for the ama to build up enough to manifest into symptoms.

There is however, a town in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, whose natives have been eating banana and yoghurt for generations and don’t experience symptoms. It may however very well manifest into disease when they reach vata age.

Similarly, not bringing a child up on cows milk will cause them to be intolerant to that. Impacting digestion, weakening immunity and depriving them of ojas.

Mithridatism: Vaccinating Against Poison

More recently in the 20th century, American Herpetologist (zoology) Bill Haast injected himself with snake venom for over half of his 101-year life. He credited this to his longevity and to surviving 172 venomous bites (which he turned into a tourist attraction in Miami and was validated by the Guinness Book of World Records).

Haast also offered transfusions of his blood in place of antivenin to numerous people who had been bitten by snakes for whose poison no antivenin was available.

This supports the notion that snake venom was also used as medicine in Ayurveda. As long as it wasn’t mixed with blood, taken internally along with rain water (akasha jala) it could cure many diseases.

A painting in Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra.

What is your Satmya and do you respect it? Do you know any of the traditional foods your ancestors consumed?

Credits:

  • Penzer NM. Poison damsels and other essays in folklore and anthropology. Compates tales of the poison damsel from ancient Greece, India and Europe. London: C.J. Swayer; 1952.
  • Phillip Wexler. History of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Toxicology in Antiquity II.
  • feature photo: Pintrest.
  • second photo: Chandra Nandni, Vishkanya TV series.
  • Bill Haast photo: UK Telegraph
  • Cave painting: Indischer Maler des 6. Jahrhunderts, The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202.