AMAR SHAHID (POEM)

Today on Poetic Friday, sharing with you a very old poem, written on 15th August, at the time of my school days.
Salute to the soldiers, salute to the Nation and today Salute to our Glory Girls…….Dipa, Sakshi, Sindhu (Rio Olympics 2016).
JAI HIND !!

अमर शहीद

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जंग के मैदान में,
सैनिक के उठे हाथ।
मरूँगा या मारूॅगा मैं,
खुदा इतना दो साथ ।।

घिरा जब वह घेरे में,
लक्ष्य था सिफ॔ यही साथ ।
मौत को लूंगा आलिंगन में ,
दुश्मन को करके मात ।।

आत्मविश्वास था अड़िग जिसका ,
भय ना रोक सका उसे किसीका ।
खुदा का कफन सर पे जिसका ,
मोह माया से परे निष्ठा था उसका ।।

एक एक गोली पे मुस्कराता वो ,
सब शुल वह सहता रहा ।
मौत को गले लगाता वो ,
अपनों से बिछड़ता रहा ।।

मोहक मुस्कान चेहरे पर ,
कर दुश्मन का सफाया ।
खुन से था लथपथ सर ,
धरती की गोद में था वह सोया ।।

आंसू न बहाओ उसके लिए ,
हमारी शान हैं वह ।
खुद को मिटाकर दुसरों के लिए ,
अमर शहीद बन गया है वह ।।

जो जीने और मरने के बीच की रेखा को,
मिटा देते हैं ,पुरे करते हुए दुसरों के अरमानों को ।
शत शत नमन है उन जावांज शहीदों को ,
शत शत नमन है उन जावांज शहीदों को ।।

BRONCHIAL MUDRA AND ASTHMA MUDRA

We have come a long way with this Mudra journey, still lots to share. Today on Yogi Thursday as we all are celebrating Rakhi, coming up with a set of raksha kavach , specially for Asthma patients.

These Mudras helps in dilatation of the bronchial tubes thereby naturally combating an attack of asthma. During an acute attack of asthma, before nebulization, with deriphyline and dexamethasone, one can perform this Mudra’s.

Let us start with Bronchial Mudra…..

1. BRONCHIAL MUDRA

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FORMATION :
Place little finger at base of thumb, ring finger on the upper thumb joint,  middle finger on the tip of thumb.
Index finger should be extended.

DURATION :
10 minutes 5 times a day.

2. ASTHMA MUDRA
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FORMATION:
Press finger nails of middle finger.
Other fingers will remain extended.

DURATION :
5 minutes 5 times a day.

BENEFITS:

1. Very useful in acute attacks of bronchial asthma.
2. They relaxes and soothes the muscles around the respiratory track.
3. They opens the bronchial tubes and hence relieves the congestion.
4. They relieves from negative feelings and moods.
5. They regulates oxygen intake.
6. They are also a long term treatment for avoiding the recurrence of acute attacks of asthma.

A MUST DO LIST:

1. Asthma patients should do pranayam on a daily basis.
2. Stress should be avoided.
3. Smoking should be banned.
4. During cold weather, should never breathe through mouth because the bronchial tubes becomes inflamed and congested.

And say this prayer while performing the Mudras……
“I am already healed, my lungs are healthy, my lungs are oxygenating my body. I am blessed.”

Mudra’s are like literal remote control switches bringing quick and effective changes, so use these switches and let me know how you are healing yourself…….

HERBAL INDEPENDENCE

Free India enters 70 today, as it broke the shackles of colonial rule on Aug 15, 1947.
Let’s celebrate the rich legacy left behind by those martyrs who made us realize our freedom. Let our vibrant and young India, celebrate its plurality and diversity. And let us also celebrate the rich herbal legacy, which due to short of time and advanced technology, is losing its importance. Let us be free from diseases and problems with help of herbs.

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Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary,  medicinal, cosmetics, sacred and spiritual.We had used herbs to treat all our ailments, when medical science was not that developed, but today, determining whether the herbs would be helpful or not, seems challenging to many of us. We are supposed to check the traditional and proven uses, its potential benefits, possible adverse effects and interaction with other herbs or medicines.

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I feel there is no harm if we give herbs their due credits, at least at the initial stage of the ailments, as the earliest written records came from ancient Egyptian,  Chinese and Indian cultures. The Ebers Papyrus that dates from 1550 b.c.e describes some eight hundred different medicinal remedies and numerous medicinal procedures. They used spices and herbs in medicine, as cosmetics and perfumes, to kill and repel pests, for embalming and in cooking.

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Let us check certain ailments with some easy and instant herbal cure……….

AILMENT                                           HERB

1. Acne                             Calendula, Aloe,
                                           Tea tree

2. Allergy                         Chamomile

3. Anxiety and stress     Kava, Passion
                                            Flower,
                                             Chamomile,
                                            Lavender

4. Arthritis                        Capsicum,Ginger,
                                             Turmeric, Cat’s
                                              claw

5. Asthma                         Coffee, Ephedra,
                                             Tea, Cinnamon

6. Atlete’s Foot                 Tropical tea tree
                                             oil

7. Boils                              Tropical garlic,
                                              Echinacea,
                                              Tea tree oil

8. Cold and
    Cough                            Ginger, Nutmeg,
                                               Cinnamon,
                                               Honey,
                                               Eucalyptus

9. Constipation                 Apple, Psyllium,
                                               Seena,Flaxseed

10. Diabetes(type 2)        Garlic, Beans,
                                                Cinnamon, 
                                                 Flaxseed,
                                                 Green tea,
                                                 Fenugreek

11. Eczema                       Evening
                                                 primrose oil,
                                                 Chamomile,
                                                 Borage seed oil

12. Fatigue                        Cocoa(dark
                                                 chocolate )
                                                  coffee,
                                                  Rhodiola tea

13. High BP                       Garlic, Beans,
                                                 Cocoa, Ginger,
                                                 Hawthorn,
                                                 Hibiscus,
                                                 Cinnamon

14. High cholesterol         Flaxseed,
                                                Cinnamon,
                                                   Evening
                                                    Primrose oil,
                                                    Green tea,
                                                    Apple, Cocoa

15. Indigestion                  Ginger, Pepper-
                                                  Mint, Ajwain,
                                                  Chamomile

16. Insomnia                     Kava, Lemon,
                                                 Evening
                                                  primrose,
                                                  Valerian

17. Migraine                      Feverfew,
                                                   Butter bur

18. Memory                       Thyme, Passion
                                                 flower, Catnip,
                                                 Kava kava

19. Muscle pain                Capsicum,
                                               Wintergreen

20. Nausea                        Ginger, Lemon,
                                             Peppermint

21. Sore throat                 Lemon, Honey,
                                           Salt, Peppermint

22. Toothache                  Willow, Clove oil
                                  
(Source: Dr. Dukes Essential Herbs)

Try and love our herbs, because self- care is the key to better health, and self-education is key to self-care……

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JAMUN MET LITCHI MOCKTAIL

Let Foodie Saturday today witness reunion of some good friends…. Jamun, Litchi, lemon with oldie club soda and lots of refreshing ice cubes…

We all know that Jamun (Black Plum) promotes healthy heart, cures ulcer, increases haemoglobin, takes care of oral health, cures diarrhoea, cough and asthma, lowers blood sugar and so on……..

Litchi strengthens immunity, protects from free radicals, it’s skins best friend, lowers blood pressure, aids digestion and bowel movements, promotes weight loss and fluid balances, increase metabolism and what not……

Lemon juice is one of the main source of Vitamin C, cleans your bowel, has powerful antibacterial properties, strengthens the blood vessels and many more……

If we want to transform ourselves, the first thing to do is to attend to the mind. It is the state and health of mind that determines the flavour and flow of life. Well, I remember we are talking about mocktail, not dealing with life’s funda…..so here we are…..to transform all these ingredients into a delicious mocktail, we have to feel the flavour and flow of the drink while consuming it…..😊

JAMUN MET LITCHI MOCKTAIL

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INGREDIENTS :

Jamun juice 1/2 cup
Litchi juice  1/2 cup
Lemon juice 2 tsp
Club soda 1/4 cup
Ice cubes

METHOD:

Mix Litchi juice, Lemon juice , club soda and ice cubes well. Slowly pour the Jamun juice and don’t stir it. It gives an attractive look and while sipping you can feel the difference……

They are fun, sometimes fizzy but always refreshing…….

Let me know how you like the taste. Comment and share your feelings…..

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HUM DONO (POEM)

Today on Poetic Friday, sharing with you my love for coffee. I don’t know whether it is nectar of the Gods or poison , will it kill you or make you alive, who enjoyed the first cup of java, but for me coffee is more than just a drink, it’s a passion, nectar to rejuvenate,  to be alive.
Let it be espresso, cappuccino, latte, freshly ground or even instant, a whole little world all of its own seems to have been created around the cup of coffee.
Hope you will feel the same after reading this poem….

हम दोंनो 💑

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दोंनो हाथों से थाम कर ,
तुम्हारे उष्ण से एहसास को ।
न जाने कितने ही ख्याव बुन डालें मैंने ,
श्वासों की मोती को माला में पिरो डाला मैंने ।।

मोम का वाष्प सा उड़ने की कल्पना की तरह ,
बफ॔ के चट्टान को आग सा धहकने की तरह ।
तुम्हें छुकर उन्मुक्त हो जाता है मेरा शेशव ,
ख्यालों में खिलखिलाने लगता है वक्त बेवक्त ।।

तुम्हें होठों से छुकर ,
घुट घुट तुम्हें अपने अन्दर समाकर ।
अपना लिया है तुम्हारे हर नजाकत  को ,
समा लिया है अपने पहचान में तुमको ।।

वक्त की पाबदिंया हो या उड़ते पतंग की डोर ,
बेझिझक खिंचती चली आई मैं तुम्हारी ओर ।
शायद तुम हो निर्जीव, सिर्फ एक तरल पदार्थ ,
पर मेरे लिए तुम हो मेरे प्राणशक्ति, मेरे साथ॔।।

न जाने कितने ही किस्से तुम्हारे संग बांटे हैं,
यादों को तुम्हें थमा कर, जज्बातों को सहजे है ।
अभिलाषाओं के पिंजर को मैंने तुम्हारे लिए खोले है,
गम॔ रेत की तपन की तरह मैंने तुम्हे महसूस किया है ।।

मेरे सुकून, मेरे चाहत हो,
मेरे अजीज, मेरी ख्वाहिश हो ।
तुम प्याली में समाए हुए मेरे गम॔ कॉफी हो,
तुम प्याली में समाए हुए मेरे गम॔ कॉफी हो ।।

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MAHASIR MUDRA

Today in Yogi Thursday, introducing this simple, gentle Mudra, which has the power of relieving tension, headaches or even migraine. It clears away the pain, pressure and more. Before you pop in a pain killer, try Mahasir Mudra.
Basically Headache are of four types—-
1.Sinus— Pain is usually behind the forehead or cheekbones.
2. Cluster— Pain is in or around one eye.
3. Tension pain— Pain is like a band squeezing the head.
4. Migraine— Pain is at one side of head followed by nausea and visual changes.
These all pains are relieved by Mahasir Mudra.

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FORMATION:

Tip of the thumb is joined with the tip of index and middle finger. Ring finger is into the fold of thumb and strech the little finger out.

BENEFITS:

1. It quiets the senses and calms the emotions.
2. It is good for migraine, headache and releases tension.
3. It cures all sorts of stress.
4. It eliminates mucous congestion in the frontal sinuses.
5. It relieves eye strain and back pain.
6. It improves concentration and meditation.

DURATION :

15 minutes thrice a day or as an when required.

Before any Japa, Meditation or Worship, Mudras are practised because Mudra remove the impurities of the mind like fickleness and lethargy. Mudras activate blood circulation and transmission of energy through the nerves. They balance the five elements, five Pranas and three Doshas by replacing one element with another and increasing or decreasing the proportion of an element within the human body.
Mudras are universal in application. They will benefit all who practice them. So try it and let me know how it works for you……

AND THE FAITH ECHOED (STORY)

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Basic goal for Suniti was to reduce 5kg weight. She took it as a challenge. Health conscious Suniti made a walking plan of 4km, which would be 2km walk from her home to Shiva temple and back home. Rule was simple. If tired, halt at temple. Perfect plan to start with, smiled Suniti.

Next day, as a non-walker, she got tired and as per plan took a halt at Shiva temple. Suniti believed in the Divine power, but was not that going-to-temple-daily-type, or praying-regularly-type. She believed more in hard work and labor.

Inside the temple she saw a huge shivling, a continuous playing peaceful audio chant of ‘Om Namah Shivay’. The ambience was soothing. She also sat there like rest of the people sitting, meditating and praying.

Suniti saw, on the right side of her, a lady sitting. Her hair was totally white. She was wearing a white saree but surprisingly her face was wrinkle free and had a perfect glow. Suniti thought that if she sees this lady again tomorrow, she will surely ask her the secret of such a glowing skin.

Back home, at dinner table, Suniti told about her walking plan to her husband and son. Their son, Amol, was in class 8th, a very bright and intelligent student.

Next day, in the temple the lady was there. Suniti went and sat next to her waving a hello. She smiled back and said ‘Om Namah Shivay’. After few basic chit-chat, Suniti couldn’t control her urge to ask her secret of wrinkle free skin. That old lady smiled and said,”Not a secret at all, it’s faith in God, believe in self and satisfaction with what you got, makes your skin glow. And of course wash your face many times with fresh water.”

Suniti was disappointed,” What are the beauty products for, if it is that simple, this lady doesn’t want to share her secret, so is telling anything abstractly.”

That old lady guessed her thoughts and said,” Wait, one day you will also believe in the power of God, you will decode the secret of self. Till then try chanting ‘Om Namah Shivay’.”

Days passed, Suniti started shedding weight, got use to, infact got friendly with the old lady. Something charming was there in her personality, that appealed Suniti.

One day she was about to leave the temple when her husband called and asked her to reach Fortis hospital immediately as their son had met with an accident.

Suniti felt her body clench up, and something cold rippled up her spine. An unbearable pain started spreading all over her body. Her only son, her life, her Amol was in hospital. She somehow dragged her body to the hospital.

In front of ICU, she realised her son was sinking. She could feel the words of doctors, her husband, friends and of relatives, floating above her. She felt paralysed.

Two days passed, two major operations, but no response, life seemed to play hide and seek with Amol. Her tears had lost control and were flowing nonstop. The team of best doctors were helpless.

Suniti suddenly remembered the old lady’s words and challenged God,” If you are really there, give me a proof, I will chant your name nonstop, show me your existence.”

Suniti sat in front of ICU and started chanting,’ Om Namah Shivay’. Day to dusk, nothing could move her, no food, no rest, she went on chanting. Doctors told her to stop all this as her son was already in coma. His chances of survival were nearly nil. Her husband also pleaded to stop, but all the efforts went in vain. They forcibly inserted the IV fluid in her. Meanwhile the old lady and other devotees started chanting Mahamrityanjay chant for Amol, in the temple.

Two nights past, Suniti could feel a strange light around her. She exclaimed, “Is it you God? Are you here to save my Amol?”

No response came but she could see that divine light entering the ICU, Suniti dragged herself with the IV fluid to the room. She could see Amol covered with a blue light all over.

“I can feel you, I can feel your presence, ” screamed Suniti. “You are there, oh you are there God,” Suniti started wailing like a mad women.

Next day this miraculous news that how Amol was saved by doctors, how he got back his life by the new advanced technology, and his mother’s faith in God, was in newspapers.

But Suniti knew, infact every one knew that God is still the supreme power. Suniti rushed to the temple, hugged the old lady and instead of saying anything, went on uttering ‘ Om Namah Shivay’. Her faith in God cemented deep in her heart.

It was a new life for Amol, so after the puja in temple, they had a party in the home. All the ladies were surprised to see the glow on Suniti’s face. They asked the secret and Suniti repeated instantly,” Not a secret at all, its faith in God, believe in self and satisfaction with what you got, makes your skin glow. And ofcourse wash your face many times with fresh water.”

Some puzzled, some surprised and some confused looks made Suniti, recall everything.

Faith doesn’t make sense, that’s why it makes miracles. Feed your faith and doubts will starve to death.
OM NAMAH SHIVAY !!

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