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Wine facials in Jaipur

Wine spas, including Ayurvedic ones have been around for some time. In India, wine facials are now becoming popular in Jaipur. Says a Jaipur beautician, Sunita Padwa that, wines are a blessing for the skin as they come loaded with essential vitamins and anti-oxidants that deep cleanse, tone the skin, improve the texture and also help lift up tan while removing the dead cells. They smell good too.

This is why indigenous wines, made from saunf (fennel seeds), kesar (saffron), strawberry, cardamom, rose and orange are fast finding their way into beauty salons.

Beauty expert Sabeljeet Singh says that, wine facials using a purely herbal base give a glow to the skin and cure infections. They bring out clear, unblemished skin that has a pink tinge to it. Singh mixes almond for dry skin and aloe vera for oily and acne prone skin while giving the massage. This enhances the skin softening properties of the wine multifold.


Silence - a spiritual tool

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature, trees flowers, grass grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~ Mother Teresa

Where speech will not succeed, It is better to be silent.~ Guru Granth Sahib

The material and spiritual

One of the most frustrating aspects of spirituality is the “business” or “money” aspect, feels Keith Johnson:

There are tons of people out there trying to use spirituality to become multi-millionaires. I disagree with this totally. The entire purpose of spirituality is solidarity, oneness, sharing, collaboration, and bringing people together where we all can learn to work together as a unit. Using spiritual truth to become a millionaire is really quite outlandish, and is a direct offense against the entire purpose of the dharma.

Any money made through books, speaking, or service to the dharma should necessary be funneled directly back to an ends that can be shared by all. This means putting money into a temple, shrine, or holy place that people can visit, as well as using the money to help people in a community who are suffering materially. More...

Bubbles in a sea of consciousness

Nuerosurgeon Deepak Ranade, speaks out about innate spirituality:

All creation is analogous to bubbles in the vast expanse of consciousness. Realisation involves loss of this separateness from the surrounding water, a sense of just merging into the water. It is dissolution of that membrane of separateness called the ego. If this dissolution occurs during the journey of life, it would be similar to the bubble losing the differentiating membrane on the way travelling from the bottom of the sea to the top. When the mind-body organism ends (death) it would be the equivalent of the bubble reaching the surface and then just popping. This bubble has a plethora of forms and shapes. But still just a transient identification of being separate.

The separateness that desires this enlightenment is the ego, the identification with the mind-body organism. The consciousness that animates this mind-body form is the true Self.

Religious orientation and beliefs are not congenital. They are a product of conditioning. More...

Ayurvedic spa and panchkarma

‘Detox’ is a big buzz word in spas today as people look for a quick fix to combat excess pounds and an unhealthy lifestyle. Ayurvedic detox is easier than most because you don’t have to go hungry.

This 3,000-year-old philosophy addresses the question of how to live in harmony with yourself and with nature, using nutrition, yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and scents to preserve health and treat illness naturally.

At the heart of Ayurveda is panchakarma, carried out using a mix of massage, plant medicines and the application of steam, oils and purgatives to cleanse the system of toxic 'ama'. Clearing out this old matter, it’s claimed, removes the cause of illness and will improve anyone’s general sense of wellbeing. More...

Nature, the divine connection

Surendra Pal shares his observation on the spiritual connection we have with nature:

Divine nature

Human beings have been drawing spiritual inspiration from nature. This has been going on for ages. According to Buddhist philosopher and photographer Daisaku Ikeda, the response to nature's beauty is not merely aesthetic but reflects also the ability to discern a deeper meaning and interconnectedness in things.

By observing an ordinary flower and pondering over its beauty, one could feel inspired to try and unravel the mystery of creation. For hasn't Keats said that "Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

To feel love and compassion for all, observe nature with totality of mind without getting affected by previously constructed images, opinions or past knowledge. Look around to observe things as if you are seeing them for the first time. Become one with the object of observation.More...

Ayurveda for anti-aging

Age is just a number, if we understand the concept Ayurvedically. Bharat Savur, co-author of the book ‘Fitness for Life’ explains:

‘Ageing is an unnatural process, declares Ayurveda.’

‘The evidence is compelling: protons, neutrons, electrons, our DNA, electricity — all the things that constitute and run our body — do not age. Therefore, the body cannot age.’

Makes sense alright, but then we do age, and the symptoms are very real…

‘Explains Ayurveda, all these symptoms are due to pragya aparadh — erroneous thinking.’

‘As the Buddha warned, ‘The mind is everything; what you think, you become.’ Sad, fearful, angry thoughts sink into the smriti (memory) of the cell and damage its natural, healing intelligence and skills. Peaceful, cheerful, contented thoughts preserve and stimulate the cells’ memory of wholeness and enable it to take timely corrective measures.’ More...

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