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Ayurveda - gaining ground in the face of synthetic medicine

Ayurveda: using herbs for life

Ayurveda's legacy is legendary. Only that clinical evaluation is bringing Ayurveda to the masses. Turmeric's potency to heal wounds was authenticated by reserach at the Mississippi Medical Centre in the year 1995.

Take the issue of patenting a process for stabilising azadirachtin (neem extract), thus giving this natural insecticide a longer shelf-life. This is not theft of traditional knowledge but an improvement on it. Other inventors can further improve on it, rendering W.R. Grace's patent obsolete. This invention too is based on Ayurveda.

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Sanskrit - Renewed interest...

The Metroploitan Opera, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues registers a new interest...

The Metropolitan Opera Fills House with Sanskrit Lovers:More...

Girija Devi - Thumri Queen - Classical Indian Music

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Girija Devi is a revered icon in Indian music. She belongs to the Benaras gharana and is known as the Thumri Queen. Her repertoire includes, Khayal, Thumri, Chaiti, Kajari, Jhoola, and Hori among others.

Malini Awasthi, a disciple of Girijia Devi in conversation with AnandWay…

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mainu teri diwani ve Ranjhna...

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Sufi Qawwali is a genre of music developed trans cultures. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sings a song from the famous folk collection of Heer-Ranjha songs, originally written by Sufi saint Waris Shah. Here are the lyrics to 'Mainu teri diwaani ve, Raanjhanaa, duniyaa kehndi e...' It is difficult to draw lines in love, be it sensual or spiritual. Waris Shah eulogises a sensual love story from rural Punjab, dedicating it to his love - God. More...

Creativity as therapy

Creativity as therapy

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than a cruelly delicate organism with the overpowering neccessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out a creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.": Pearl Buck More...

Gliding into Assam - Delhi-Rajdhani Express

Sunset over river Brahmaputra, Guwahati, Assam

The sun sets early here, I was told, before I boarded the train to 'beautiful Assam'. It did. I looked hard for signs of Shariagathi bridge over the tame looking vast spread of water -- the Brahmaputra. Light bulbs reflected off the water to let me know of its presence there. And that is my first meeting with Brahmaputra. Meeting? not really. Not yet.

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Mantra for life

Mantras have long been used for multifarious purposes. They work on the subtle energies and create a positive consciousness. Like all good things, there is potential for abuse here as well. If used in tantra, especially the kind practiced in Bengal, there are also mantras to remove an enemy or attract a person, etc. Scary, but reports of efficacy are as varied as there are people who have been given these so called 'powerful mantras' to direct their lives as per their will. Understandably, it is the easiest way to exhort money or following from desparate people, who don't know any better.

Used in the positive sense, Mantras help us immensely. This is experiential wisdom :-) 

Mantras are like seeds. A seed holds the entire tree within it in potential form. If you sow the seed, it sprouts and matures into a full-grown tree on its own accord in due course. The seed and the tree are one and the same -- they exist as one packet of energy. 
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