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Om Namo Shivaia
Lord Shiva Tandav (Dance & Meditation)
Nataraja is the name given to the Hindu god, Shiva, in his role as the cosmic dancer and god of dramatic arts. Derived from Sanskrit, nata means "dance" and raja means "king." Hence, nataraja means "king of dance." The popular belief that Shiva is the creator, preserver and destroyer is symbolized in the form of Nataraja. He is typically depicted encircled by an arch of fire, symbolizing samsara (circle of death and rebirth) and the cosmic fire that consumes all and creates all.
Indian Heena Decorating
Mehndi is a form of body art originating from the Indian subcontinent, in which decorative designs are created on a person's body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Dating back to ancient India, mehndi is still a popular form of body art among the women of the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Middle East.
Mehndi is derived from the Sanskrit word mendhikā. The use of mehndi and turmeric is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books. It was originally used for only women's palms and sometimes for men, but as time progressed, it was more common for men to wear it. Haldi (staining oneself with turmeric paste), as well as mehndi, are Vedic customs, intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centered on the idea of "awakening the inner light". Traditional Indian designs are representations of the sun on the palm, which, in this context, is intended to represent the hands and feet. Mehendi has a great significance in performing classical dance like Bharatnatyam.
Ayurveda Yogic Food & Spices
Indian cuisine. It’s colorful, flavorful, and the spices are not only tasty—they come with a plethora of health benefits. These spices can be used in either sweet or savory dishes and they will leave your taste buds asking for more. Take a look at our list below for some common Indian spices and the medicinal benefits that each one provides.
Sacred Vedic Art of India – With Rome
“Yantra” Scared Vedic Art of India Yantra & Mantra has lock and key relationship to energies in our personal consciousness.
India land of Seers - Sages and Spirituality. Ancient seers or ‘Rishi’ “saw” these Diety energies both as light bodies and as geometric patterns called “Yantra”. They “herd” them as inner sound which they then articulated as “mantra”. Out of their experiences came practices that let us touch these energies emotionally, mentally and even spiritually. On personal psychological level, Deity meditation gives us access to a power that works on a deeper level than is available through conventional psychology. “Immerse in the Deity power and emerge with source code” Meditating with a Deity can help you integrate and work with some of your elemental qualities. Deity meditation has powerful psychological benefits. It is unshakable psychological knots for instance issues with power of love. As a spiritual practice it opens up transparent forces within your mind and heart. It can become powerful forces for devotional feelings, put you in touch with protective energies, and subtly clear inner vision so that you see the world in a softer more loving way. The Deity become the focus of your meditation and act as an inner guide, protector and as the one addressed in petitioner prayers.
When you invoke deities though meditation visualization, inner dialogues and mantras you bring their light and energy into you own body and Deity practice helps us embody the subtle powers of the universe. It affects us psychologically, spiritually and also physically. It can protect us, empower us, touch us unconditional love and inner enlighten us.
Ayurveda Satvik Cooking Workshop
The concept that contrasts with and is opposed to sattva is Tamas. A sattvic diet is thus meant to include food and eating habit that is "pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-giving, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise"
A sattvic diet is meant to include foods and eating habits that are "pure, essential, natural, vital, energy-containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise". A sattvic diet can also exemplify the religious principle Ahimsa, the doctrine of non-violence, or not causing harm to other living things, which is one reason why yogis often follow a vegetarian diet.
A sattvic diet is a regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods, fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and non-meat based proteins. Some sattvic diet suggestions, such as its relative emphasis on dairy products, is controversial.
A sattvic diet is sometimes referred to as yogic diet or yoga diet in modern literature. In ancient and medieval era Yoga literature, the concept discussed is Mitahara, which literally means "moderation in eating"
Indian Saree / Dhoti Wrapping
Our saree is a gift of pure Hindu tradition. Saree always has a pallu (Free end of a saree, normally worn over the shoulder and head). Women never let it fall from their head, and if it does fall, it remains draped around the shoulder. Women fasten the pallu to the waist and get involved in their work. How can one describe the greatness of the pallu ? The infant in the cradle longs to be taken in the mother’s pallu. Hence, for an infant, the mother’s pallu is like Parameshwar (Supreme God). When the child grows up, it holds its mother’s pallu and learns to walk. The child uses its mother’s pallu to wipe its mouth. After the daughter’s marriage, the father requests the bridegroom’s parents – ‘Accept my daughter in your pallu’. Hence, the saree and the pallu are a symbol of our Hindu culture.
Dhotī is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, usually around 4-5 metres long, wrapped around the waist and the legs and knotted at the waist. It is made from a continuous thread of cotton. Natural thread has sāttviktā and Chaitanya. Since the thread used in a dhotī is continuous, its sāttviktā and Chaitanya also remains in the dhotī in a continuous state and gives similar benefit to the individual who wears it. Upon wearing a dhotī, due to its pleats and fold at the back, Chaitanya is created around the body. Hence, the individual is protected from the Raja-Tama-predominant environment and distressing energy emanating from the Pātāl (Hell region), resulting in reduction in distressing energy covering around the body.
The Dhothi is a loin cloth comprised mainly of cotton and silk. Over the years, many parts of India have been observed to have Dhothi as their main attire. There are many ways of wearing a Dhothi and it has it’s significance.
The Dhothi was the main attire of the sages | gurus | babas who were regarded as gyatas (knower) of all vedas and shastras. It was their principle to wear fresh / clean clothes for their worship and that point in time, the Dhothi was the purest form of cloth as it could be easily washed, dried and readied for the next day.
Dhothi in sanskrit means cloth that is easily washable (Dho in hindi/ sanskrit means to wash). So as a regular practice in the yesteryear of India, Dhothi was worn and even to this day has its significance in our daily lives.
But a modern take on the topic would be that it is simple to wear, easy to manage, it allows for managing the heat (in hot and humid weather) and it is a traditional attire that is still considered very religious and holy.