The Abhyanga or oil bath/massage ritual has been intrinsic to the Indian tradition of physical well-being. Find out more about this natural, inexpensive and highly effective ritual that is especially beneficial for our hectic modern lifestyles.
Newsletter No. 19 (Oct 16 – 22).
Blogger Ruchira Khanna shares some simple wisdom for restoring the connection between body and mind to enable us to deal with the stresses of life.
LWP Newsletter No. 18. (2nd – 15th October)
What if you could hear nature speak? If you are sufficiently silent, you just may be able to tune-in to nature’s radio. But how often do we attempt to experience such a communion?
Here are some gorgeous photos shared by LWP writer and blogger Rahul Sharma showcasing nature’s art gallery. Captions added by Shruti Bakshi are a light-hearted guess at what nature may be trying to say in these photos.
Feel free to share your own captions in the comments section, referencing the photo number!
What’s in a neem? Here’s 5 great things that have been known since Vedic times and that justify neem’s reputation in India as “sarva roga nivarini” or one cure for all ailments and ills.
How does ahimsa apply to conflict situations? Shruti Bakshi explains how it’s only as we recognise our larger identity with the unity of life, that we can carry out even the most violent action if required of us, without a feeling of malice or intention of causing suffering to others.
Does Gautam Buddha’s personality reflect the influence of the planet Budha and Ved Vyas’ that of Brihaspati? Ganesh Varadharajan explores the influence of planets on human characteristics and personalities.
A final call to support the Rally for Rivers campaign before the policy recommendation is submitted on 2 October 2017. Includes the weekly round-up of LWP’s articles (18 – 24 September 2017).
Supriya Tandon shares her experience of a trip to the Yosemite National Park in California. The park is a treasure trove of the wonders of Mother Nature and Supriya even spots a rare ‘rainbow in water’! Amidst the awesome natural beauty, one finds a deep contentment.
Ganesh Varadharajan explores what makes a work an ‘epic’. Using as examples, Tolkien’s ‘Legendarium’ and Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’, Ganesh brings out the different textures of the fantasy worlds created by the novelists. Referencing back to the great epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Savitri’ as well as the Greek epics and the works of Shakespeare, gives an insight into the world of legend, myth and fantasy.
The weekly round-up of LWP’s articles (11 – 17 September 2017).
Shruti Bakshi speaks to bestselling author Amish Tripathi about a wide range of topics from his books to his writing process, to atheism in ancient India and current issues in India relating to religion, society and politics. As someone with vast knowledge about India’s past and ancient wisdom and who refuses to be pigeonholed as ‘left’ or ‘right’, Amish’s views are refreshing, insightful and enlightening.
“The earth beneath my feet moved. I was going down and could not see any soil beneath my feet. It was white ice all around. I pressed my trekking shoes against the ice as hard as I could and managed to regain my balance. I took a moment to catch my breath and then went to the edge of the cliff to see what was going on…”
Read more of the final part of the Everest Series in which Rohit Kumar finds that the awesome beauty of Mother Nature is enough to energise and lift one’s spirits in the toughest moments.
The final part in this four-part series in which Ganesh Varadharajan contrasts Eastern and Western thought with a focus on pop-culture portrayals of the evolution and future of humanity. In this part, Ganesh explains The Mother’s vision of the future of humanity and the role of the Supramental towards achieving it – something that appears to have inspired many Hollywood movie makers in recent times.