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My Ashram Life- An Experience to Treasure

 

By Vishakha Moghe

 

Just when I was beginning to feel stagnated in life and definitely needed to learn and upgrade my knowledge to be a better practitioner, I met a divinely humble personality about 8 months ago. Lovingly called Joshi Kaka because if there’s something he has to offer to the ones who have an encounter with him, it’s an abundance of love, affection and alacrity. After my first meeting with him, I knew I’d found my next motive in life. It was to visit his ashram and expose myself to an aspect of life some of us can only dream of experiencing.

My journey to “Om Swami Samarth Sadhana Kendra” began in July 2016. Situated about 20 minutes before Shrivardhan in the Konkan region, this ashram is located in the middle of a dense jungle.

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A beautiful view of the ashram at sunrise

The ashram premises have plants, shrubs and trees of medicinal importance spread across many acres. Overlooking the Sahyadri Hills, every corner of the ashram has an interesting story to narrate.

The beauty that this place is during rains
The beauty that this place is during rains

No wonder I felt an immediate sense of belonging and calmness take over my mind after setting foot in the ashram. The aura and vibes of the place are something else.

The ashram was founded over fifteen years ago by Param Pujya Kakaji. It is a powerful sanctum of peace, meditation and serenity. The trees and plants that grow here are no ordinary trees. They are yogis in disguise; they’ve been grown using techniques like Cosmic Healing and Mantra Shashtra (Science of Sacred Sounds). How else can you think of having rare trees being able to sustain themselves in a climate that is a complete opposite of what they actually require to survive?

Nakshatra Garden- Trees with powerful healing aura
Nakshatra Garden- Trees with powerful healing aura

That’s the power of Mantra Shashtra. Trees are powerhouses of energy, not only because they provide oxygen to living creatures for their survival, but because they are the ones holding the planet together. If we understand sooner that THEY aren’t here because of US, WE are here because of THEM; we really can save our planet and some of its resources for our future generations!

The varieties of Ayurvedic medicinal plants here left me in awe. After getting to know the number, it was nothing less than surprising. A whopping 4000 medicinal plants including their varieties and everything being taken care of single-handedly during initial years! Some of the herbs and trees that I’ve been studying about are Pippali (Piper longum), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) , Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Rudraksha (Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica) and many more.

Pippali (Piper longum) A herb having anti-cough, digestive and anti-asthmatic properties.
Pippali (Piper longum) A herb having anti-cough, digestive and anti-asthmatic properties.

What amazes me is just how effective these herbs are; even a mild dose is capable of giving you your desired results! What else can a doctor ask for?

We’ve all heard that trees have feelings too, but really, that’s not it! I don’t think any of us take measures to live this fact. There is a wide range of scientific evidence showing time spent near trees and woods can benefit humans by reducing hypertension, stress and anxiety. Every tree has its own characteristics and nature, just like humans do. Some of us are short-tempered, impatient while others are calm, composed and always in a balanced state of mind. Trees possess such traits too. It is not very easy to befriend a tree and especially a tree that has been grown with Mantra Shastra because then, the tree too is highly educated, it has been taught to behave in a particular way and it exactly knows what’s happening around it. Another fascinating fact is that every tree has its own aura. An aura is an actual energy field that exists around things. There are special instruments that measure and display the aura of an object or a human. These trees very well determine the aura of a person from a distance and that decides if they want you to get near them or not! If it doesn’t like you, it’ll make sure you don’t get near it.

There have been several tests on aura analysis. Sitting under the trees to meditate or simply sitting down silently for about 20 minutes to half an hour has led to a healthy drop in the blood pressure of individuals with elevated blood pressure. A before and after has been done to determine this aspect. Also, the aura of a lot of individuals has been found to have changed from red (negative) to green (positive).

Cosmic Healing sessions in progress
Cosmic Healing sessions in progress

 

 

 

Cosmic Healing Session II
Cosmic Healing Session II

 

More Sessions
More Sessions

Several people have benefitted from Cosmic Healing and the auras of people before, during and after the process show drastic differences. It is so alarming that so many of us are in a negative mental state and desperately need healing! I personally experienced a feeling of calmness and light-headedness after meditating under the mango tree, the aura of which I happen to share. I could feel a connection being established after spending an hour under the tree for over 7-8 days regularly and the feeling is utterly indescribable!

Pujya Kakaji has groomed these trees right since they were saplings, Mantra chikitsa was then performed and then they were planted. He has also performed Cosmic Healing on the trees during their growing phase. Imagine the kind of bonding he has with the trees! The trees literally whisper into his ears when he is around them. They communicate and convey to him their problems, if any.

Pujya Kakaji doing what he loves best
Pujya Kakaji doing what he loves best

Today, after eight months of constant learning and observation, the way I look at trees and the entire cosmos has completely changed. The amount of affection I showered on these plants and trees got doubled while I was getting it back from them. I found real friends in their form and my emotional needs were met with. It is difficult to put in words what I feel for these trees.

Red Jamuns
Red Jamuns

 

I planted some kisses and this is what I got in return :)
I planted some kisses and this is what I got in return 🙂

It’s time we realized that it is not some superpower that’ll save us from miseries, it is these elements of nature! Can we vow to plant at least one tree and take care of it till it grows and is capable of sustaining itself? I don’t think it is an unachievable task for as far as we are headstrong about our intentions, everything just falls in place.

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
Chris Maser, Forest Primeval: The Natural History of an Ancient Forest

 

 

About The Author

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Vishakha is an Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga counselor and a passionate traveler. She lays emphasis on living a healthy life by nourishing the body and mind with wholesome and natural food, meditation and yogic techniques. An Indian at heart, she aims at propagating the goodness of the Indian culture across the seven seas and stimulating thoughts by creating a hunger for knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are a Gem(stone)!

Rekha of magentamood.de
Magenta Mood founder Rekha

In the last few years India has become somewhat of a second home to me. What began as a trip to satisfy my initial curiosity about the culture and an interest in the birthplace of the yoga I had been practicing for most of my life, turned into journey of immense richness, which has transformed many aspects of my personal and professional life.

On one of my first visits to India, I stayed in Pondycherry – a city in the south that has left a lasting impression on me. I vividly recollect the intense volume of a wild cacophony of sounds, the sweltering 45° heat in an overall chaos in the streets and on sidewalks, rendering a vibrant collage of impressions that was strange and overwhelming. This was a totally different world that was to be discovered in all its wonder only with a wide open heart and mind.

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Hessonite smoky garnet silver Bracelet

One of my most significant experiences early on, was a visit to the Auroville Ashram, the famous human unity township experiment founded by Mirra Alfassa in 1968. It was here that I bought my first comprehensive treatise on Ayurveda. The word Ayurveda is a combination of the two Sanskrit words ayuh (lifespan) and veda (knowledge). It is the science of long life. The most interesting aspect of the book was the realization that Ayurveda, vedic astrology and yoga are actually integral components of a larger holistic system for achieving spiritual and physical health. As someone merely focused on teaching yoga, it meant that I had to broaden my approach, and I started studying these three disciplines in depth with my teachers in India and Berlin, eventually also counseling my students on proper lifestyle, diet and integration of body and mind for more harmonious living.

In the course of this, a deeper area of study became the Bhagavad Gita. A passage in this epic struck me as particularly profound. In typically blunt fashion, and so unlike western new age texts, it states that the struggle for survival is like finding ourselves in the middle of a battlefield where we must constantly defend ourselves against the assaults on our body, mind and psyche. It became clear to me that only a holistic defense which integrates Yoga, Ayurveda and astrology provides the protection we need and allows us to pursue a healthy life of wisdom and contentment.

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Amethyst Bracelet

There is a lesser known, beautiful part of vedic astrology that very much appealed to me as a woman, because it includes something all of us girls can relate to: gemstones.

Vedic astrology holds that many physical and psychological illnesses have their roots in planetary influences. Like yantras and mantras, precious and semi-precious gemstones can be used to therapeutically mitigate these influences. You see where this is going, right? A spiritual girl’s dream come true!

Our main planetary influences are determined by our birthdates. And the planets are associated with stones as follows:

  • Sun – Ruby
  • Moon – Natural Pearl
  • Mars – Red Coral
  • Jupiter – Yellow Sapphire
  • Saturn – Blue Sapphire
  • Venus – Diamond
  • Mercury – Emerald
  • Rahu – Hessonite Garnet
  • Ketu – Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye

 

This is the classical vedic correspondence between the major gemstones and the planets. Gem therapy follows the same logic as color therapy, but its effects are more pronounced. In order for the therapeutic effects to take hold, the stones must be worn on the body – jewelry is ideal for that, letting us heal while looking fabulous, so to speak. Best of all, It should also be noted that stones which do not have a therapeutic purpose for an individual, will not have a negative effects.

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Hessonite smoky garnet silver Bracelet

At www.magentamood.de we have selected some choice handcrafted pieces from artisans in Delhi, Chennai, Jaipur, Udaipur and Kolkata, which are as beautiful as they are powerful.

Gemstone therapy is also part of my work as a vedic coach (www.rekha.de). If you are curious, I can advise you on which stones are especially suitable for you, your constitution and your particularly planetary influences.

 

rekha-full-smallAbout Rekha
Rekha works as a vedic coach in Berlin. Using the tools of Ayurveda, yoga and vedic teachings, she is dedicated to helping her clients master tough situations in life and achieve sustainable positive change towards leading a fulfilling life. She is a mother of three, and a student of Tripureswari Nanda Tirtha in Kolkata.
http://magentamood.de/