Archive for January, 2010

  • #9 – New Year, New You

    #9 – New Year, New You

    New Year, New You Good health is a life-long process.  Ayurveda offers us the inspiration and gift of a lifetsyle that can be sustained for an entire lifetime.  This year, commit to moving slower and giving every task and person your full attention.  Relish and savor your interactions and activities. Be present to yourself. Consider […]

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  • #8 – Ayurveda and Spices

    #8 – Ayurveda and Spices

    Spices and Cooking the Ayurvedic Way Spices are revered in Ayurveda for their concentrated form of intelligence.  Spices help with digestion, asssimilation, cleansing and healing.  Spices are always cooked in oil or ghee and added to the grain or vegetable.  Spices can be used in preparing teas or in the morning in stewed apples or […]

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  • Daily pujas

    Daily pujas

    Since most of our priests come from the Shankar Mutt, they perform their daily pujas in the way that was originally proscribed by Adi Shankara. They do abishekam for Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, the Navagraha, all of which you can see on the puja plate in this image. There is one extra murti for Annapurni, […]

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  • Chanting the Vedas

    Chanting the Vedas

    During the time of the 10 day yagyas, ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​our priests spend two hours every morning chanting the Vedas. We started with the Rig Veda, then Sama Veda, then Yajur Veda. So far we have made one complete cycle through all three. ​

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  • Parvati


    The Ekambeshwara temple​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ is whereParvati sat under a mango tree and did long tapas/meditations in order to attract the attention of Shiva. Shiva decided to test her and sent a big river rushing towards her​​​​​​. but Parvati just clung to the Shivalingam. This painting is found near the main entrance to the temple. That’s my […]

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  • Temple


    Generally one thinks of Kanchipuram and the temples that come to mind are Kamakshi for the goddess and Ekambeshwara for Shiva. But there are so many fantastic Vishnu temples scattered around the city. This one is for Vishnu’s incarnation as Vamana and the murti inside is huge! Fantastic and inspiring place ​

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  • Ghee lamp in a temple

    Ghee lamp in a temple

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  • Shiva Lingam in Bangkok

    Shiva Lingam in Bangkok

    I found this lingam in one of the main Buddhist temples in Bangkok. It was obviously cared for with a garland on top and food offerings on the side. It is an inspiring example of the inclusive and tolerant attitude that I found everywhere I went in Thailand.

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  • #7 – Ayurveda and Cooking

    #7 – Ayurveda and Cooking

    The Why’s and How’s of Vedic Cooking We eat to sustain the body and to create balance in the physical, mental and spiritual states. Ayurvedically speaking, food purifies the body and prepares us for spiritual awakening. Vedic food is medicinal in nature while being delicious and pleasing to the senses. In general, saatvik food supports […]

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