Sunday 27 September 2015


2015-39  Healing by Homeopathy: Nux-vomica, a Polychrest


No household should be without its little homeopathic medicine chest for common ailments. And no homeopathic medicine chest should be without Nux-vomica
Nux-vomica is pre-eminent among Dr Hahnemann's polychrests - medicines of many uses.
Hahnemann tells us that Nux is most frequently needed by persons of an anxious, zealous, fiery, hot temperament. Hypersensitiveness to light, to noise, to odours, to touch. Easily offended, mental workers or people having sedentary occupations. Persons addicted to stimulants, narcotics, debauches, etc. 

Nux-vomica acts best when given at night, during repose of mind and body. [Sulphur in the morning]. 

Dr M.L.Tyler writes "Nux-vom is a great medicine for drunkards. An aunt of ours, seeing the misery of a poor family where the father drank, sent some Nux-vom; with the result, a happy family and no drink!" 

Hahnemann says that serious ailments from catching cold are often removed by Nux-vom which has chilliness on the slightest exposure to open air

Nux-vom is good for colds with a blocked nose at night and a runny nose during the day; flu with fever and stiff, shivering, aching muscles; and coughs with retching or dry, tickling coughs with pain in larynx.

In women, Nux-vom is given for early, heavy or irregular menstruation, and where there is faintness before menstruation. It is also used to treat cystitis, frequent urination, cramps, and morning sickness in pregnancy, and labour pain. 

The Nux-vom constipation is caused by irregular peristaltic action of the intestines, hence the frequent, ineffectual desire for stool. [With Bryonia, there is no desire, and the stools are dry and hard, as if burnt!"]

Nux Vomica

Useful for:Key Symptoms:
MENTALIrritable, impatient
Oversensitive to noise light, touch, odors
For bad effects of over-indulgence in work or play,
"workaholics," sedentary life style
HEADACHE"Hangover headache," from over-indulgence in rich food or drink
Splitting pain in back of head or over eyes,as if nail driven in
Frontal pain, desire to press head against something
Scalp sore to touch
Headache in sunshine
Associated with stomach problems
Sour vomiting
Nausea of pregnancy
Feels there would be relief from vomiting, but can't bring it about
INDIGESTIONBelching, sour & bitter
Bloating of abdomen few hours after eating
Overindulgence in rich food, coffee, liquor
Frequent, ineffective urging to stool
"Something left behind"
To help relieve the laxative habit
Relieved by cool bathing
COLDSEarly stages
Attacks of sneezing
Nose runs during day
Nose stopped at night
Sniffles of infants
Sore throat
ASTHMAAttack often follows stomach upset with much belching
Oppressed breathing with shallow respiration
COUGHSDry, tickling cough with sore throat and chest
Sensation that cough tears something loose in chest
Coughing spells end in retching
Cough brings on bursting headache
Tight, hacking, dry cough
INFLUENZACannot get warm
Chilly from least movement under covers
Shivering, especially after drinking
Cramping pains causing urge to stool
Ineffectual urge to vomit
INSOMNIAAfter mental strain
Cannot sleep for thoughts of day's work
Cannot sleep after 3:00a.m. until morning; wakes feeling miserable
Better from:Evening, Strong pressure, Eating, Warmth,
Touch, Rest, Spices
Worse from:Mental exertion, Anger, Dry weather
Stimulants: coffee, liquor, narcotics, thunderstorms

YouTube Video: Nux-vomica: Homeo Medicine -- Tips for Beginners:
[Click Here] 8m

YouTube Video: Homeopathic Medicine Explained: [Click Here] 14m

Sunday 20 September 2015


2015-38  Jadav Molai Payeng who planted a forest single-handed!

Almost three decades ago, a teenager, after noticing the deaths of a large number of reptiles due to a lack of a tree cover, started planting Bamboo in an area that had been washed away by floods. Today, that same land hosts 1,360 acres of Jungle called Molai Forest, named after Jadav “Molai” Payeng, the man who made this possible single-handed! 

That forest is now home to Bengal tigers, Indian rhinoceros, over 100 deer and rabbits besides apes and several varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures. There are several thousand trees. Bamboo covers an area of over 300 hectares. A herd of around 100 elephants regularly visits the forest every year and generally stays for around six months. 
“The education system should be like this, every kid should be asked to plant two trees,” Payeng says.
He was 16 when the flood hit Assam, and Payeng observed that the flow of migratory birds was gradually declining to the forest areas and wetlands near his home and snakes were disappearing in large numbers. This disturbed him.
“I asked my elders, what would they do if all of us die one day, like these snakes. They just laughed and smirked but I knew I had to make the planet greener,” he says.
His village elders told him that with decline in forest cover and deforestation, animals lost their homes. The solution was to build new homes or forests for the animals, they said. 
He alerted the forest department but they asked him to plant trees himself (which he actually did). He located a riverine island, on the banks of River Brahmaputra, and began to plant the saplings. Payeng visited the island and planted a few saplings every day for three decades.
Watering the growing area of plants posed a problem. He could not draw water from the river and water all the growing plants, as the area proved to be vast for one man.
He built a bamboo platform on the top of each sapling and placed earthen pots with small holes in them. The water would gradually drip on the plants below and water them through the week until the pots were drained of water. 

Next year, in 1980, he started working with the social forestry division of Golaghat district when they launched a scheme of tree plantation on 200 hectares at Aruna Chapori situated at a distance of 5 km from Kokilamukh in Jorhat district.
Payeng was one of the labourers who worked in that 5-year-long project. He chose to stay back after the completion of the project even after other workers left. He looked after the plants and continued to plant more trees on his own, in an effort to transform the area into a forest.

Payeng belongs to a tribe called “Mishing” in Assam, India. He lives in a small hut in the forest with his wife, and his 3 children. He has cattle and buffalo on his farm and sells the milk for his livelihood, which is his only source of income.

“My friends have become engineers and are living in the city. I have sacrificed everything and this Jungle is my home now. The recognition and awards that I have received is my wealth and that makes me the happiest man in the world,” Payeng says.

Isn’t it amazing to see the willpower of this man who fought alone and won the battle single-handed? Where we don’t hesitate to cut trees for our luxuries, he has sacrificed all the worldly pleasures to save the environment and the eco-system.

The country needs more such superheroes who are trying to make the Earth a better place to live for one and all.

Sunday 13 September 2015


2015-37  Inspiring Lives: Salumarada Thimmakka
who planted a Banyan Boulevard


Thimmakka, is a native of Hulikal village of Bangalore Rural district in Karnataka. From an early age she worked as a laborer in a quarry near her home. She was married off to Chikkaiah, a cattle herder. The couple wanted children but were unable to get any even after 25 years of their married life.
One day the husband-wife duo decided to plant trees to overcome the sadness and empty feeling of their lives. That was around 50 years ago. From there started a journey of untiring love and selfless service of an ordinary couple towards an extra ordinary mission: a mission to raise as many trees as possible with love and care and as their own children.

They started grafting saplings from Ficus (banyan) trees as there were plenty of Ficus trees near their village. They grafted ten saplings in the first year and planted them along a stretch of 4 kilometers on the road that led to Kudur, the next village. They increased the number to 15 in the next year. They continued with their efforts and increased the number of saplings with each passing year.

They not only planted but also tended to the young saplings. Each morning they started from their home with four pots filled with water and watered the saplings. They also protected the saplings from the grazing cattle by fencing them with thorny shrubs. Their tireless efforts began to bear fruit when the saplings grew into large and strong trees.
The couple planted the saplings mostly in the monsoon season so that the plants would get the rain water for their growth. The couple planted around 300 trees in total and today the asset value of the trees stands at more than 1.5 million rupees. Thimmakka’s husband passed away in 1991 but she continued with her mission alone and undaunted. The Government of Karnataka has taken over the management of the trees now.
Thimmakka was referred to as Saalumarada Timmakka after her work got popular among the people. Salumarada means the row of trees in Kannada language. She was given the name to honor her dedication towards planting the saplings and preserving the environment despite the numerous hardships that she and her husband had to face along the way.
Salumarada Timmakka did not stop at only planting trees. She got involved in various social activities like construction of a tank to store rain water for the annual fair of her village. She has plans of building a hospital in her village and has set up a trust for the purpose.
She is an active crusader for spreading the message of afforestation. Her simple philosophy of life is that every person on this earth must leave behind some asset for humanity.


A short mobile documentary on the world's biggest tree canopy. The documentary was released by
Jananpith award winner Dr. Chandrashekhara Kambara on March 8, 2014.


Sunday 6 September 2015


2015-36  Yama [Social Ethics] and Niyama [Personal Ehics] Pala:
 Benefits of Ethical Practice

In the second chapter Sadana Pada of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, slokas 2.35 through 2.45 list the benefits of practising Yama and Niyama.

2.35 When one is firmly established in Ahimsa [non-violence], then all living creatures will cease to feel enmity in one's presence.

2.36 When one is steadfast in Satya [truthfulness], one gets the power of obtaining the fruits of good deeds without performing them.

2.37 When one is estabilished in Asteya [non-stealing], all wealth comes to one. A lack of desire for material benefits, attracts those benefits.

2.38 When one becomes steadfast in Brahmacharya [celibacy], one acquires spiritual energy.

2.39 When one is steadfast in Aparigraha [non-greed], one gains knowledge of the past, present and future.

2.40-41 Saucha [Internal and external cleanliness] being established, arises purification of the heart, cheerfulness of the mind, concentration, conquest of the organs, and fitness for the realisation of the Self. 

2.42  From Santosha [contentment] comes superlative happiness. 

2.43 As a result of Thapas [austerity], impurities are removed. Then special powers come to the body and the sense organs.

2.44  As result of Svadyaya [self-study] which includes study of scriptures as also japam, that is, repeating the name of  one's personal deity, one obtains the vision of the chosen deity. 

2.45  By Isvara pranidhana [sacrificing all to Isvara or God], comes Samadhi. 


The Study and Practice of Yoga Vol II Chapter 72:
Yama and Niyama - Swami Krishnananda:
[Click Here]

Yamas and Niyamas - Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice - Deborah Adele:
 [Click Here]


Yama and Niyama - Foundation of Spiritual Practice - Chandra Om:
[Click Here]


The ten living principles - Yama and Niyama - Donna Farhi:
[Click Here]