vedic

"All spiritual teachings are only meant to make us retrace our steps to our Original Source. We need not acquire anything new, only give up false ideas and useless accretions. Instead of doing this, we try to grasp something strange and mysterious because we believe happiness lies elsewhere. This is a mistake."

 

— Ramana Maharshi

Ten Vedic Restraints - YAMA

  • Yama 1 - Noninjury, Ahimsa

Practice noninjury, not harming others by thought, word or deed, even in your dreams. Live a kindly life, revering all beings as expressions of the One Divine energy. Let goof fear and insecurity, the sources of abuse. Knowing that harm caused to others unfailingly returns to oneself, live peacefully with God’s creation. Never be a source of dread, pain or injury. Follow a vegetarian diet.

  • Yama 2 - Truthfulness, Satya

Adhere to truthfulness, refraining from lying and betraying promises. Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary. Knowing that deception creates distance, don’t keep secrets from family or loved ones. Be fair, accurate and frank in discussions, a stranger to deceit. Admit your failings. Do not engage in slander, gossip or backbiting. Do not bear false witness against another.

  • Yama 3 - Nonstealing, Asteya

Uphold the virtue of nonstealing, neither thieving, coveting nor failing to repay debt.Control your desires and live within your means. Do not use borrowed resources for unintended purposes or keep them past due. Do not gamble or defraud others. Do not renege on promises. Do not use others’ names, words, resources or rights without permission and acknowledgement.

  • Yama 4 - Divine Conduct, Brahmacharya

Practice divine conduct, controlling lust by remaining celibate when single and faithful in marriage. Before marriage, use vital energies in study, and after marriage in creating family success. Don’t waste the sacred force by promiscuity in thought, word or deed. Be restrained with the opposite sex. Seek holy company. Dress and speak modestly. Shun pornography, sexual humor and violence.

  • Yama 5 - Patience, Kshama

Exercise patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances. Be agreeable. Let others behave according to their nature, without adjusting to you. Don’t argue, dominate conversations or interrupt others. Don’t be in a hurry. Be patient with children and the elderly. Minimize stress by keeping worries at bay. Remain poised in good times and bad.

  • Yama 6 - Steadfastness, Dhriti

Foster steadfastness, overcoming nonperseverance, fear, indecision and changeableness. Achieve your goals with a prayer, purpose, plan, persistence and push. Be firm in your decisions. Avoid sloth and procrastination. Develop willpower, courage and industriousness.Overcome obstacles. Never carp or complain. Do not let opposition or fear of failure result in changing strategies.

  • Yama 7 - Compassion, Daya

Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings. See God everywhere. Be kind to people, animals,plants and the Earth itself. Forgive those who apologize and show true remorse. Foster sympathy for others’ needs and suffering. Honor and assist those who are weak, impoverished, aged or in pain. Oppose family abuse and other cruelties.

  • Yama 8 - Honesty, Arjava

Maintain honesty, renouncing deception and wrongdoing. Act honorably even in hard times. Obey the laws of your nation and locale. Pay your taxes. Be straightforward in business. Do an honest day’s work. Do not bribe or accept bribes. Do not cheat, deceive or circumvent to achieve an end. Be frank with yourself. Face and accept your faults without blaming them on others.

  • Yama 9 - Moderate Appetite, Mitahara

Be moderate in appetite, neither eating too much nor consuming meat, fish, shellfish or fowl. Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body. Avoid junk food. Drink non-alcoholic beverages. Eat at regular times, only when hungry, at a moderate pace, never between meals, in a disturbed atmosphere or when upset. Follow a simple diet, avoiding rich or fancy fare.

  • Yama 10 - Purity, Saucha

Uphold the ethic of purity, avoiding impurity in mind, body and speech. Maintain a clean, healthy body. Keep a pure, uncluttered home and workplace. Act virtuously. Keep good company, never mixing with adulterers, thieves or other impure people. Keep away from pornography and violence. Never use harsh, angered or indecent language. Worship devoutly. Meditate daily.

Ahimsa - non violence compassion for all living things #ahimsa #nonviolence #love #peace #affirmation #spiritual #spirituality #spiritualwisdom #spiritualhealing #spiritualawakening #spiritualawareness #spiritualaffirmation #sanskrit #buddhism #hinduism #vedic #yoga #yamas #patanjali #namaste

A Vedic Morning

This Vedic routine is a beautiful way to start each morning, adding to the benefits of meditation and making you feel fresh, connected and full of creativity for the day. Do what you can fit into your current schedule, starting piece by piece till it becomes a habit. Radical change can cause more stress then good, so integrate this routine part by part. It might look like a lot but trust me, it doesn’t take long. And damn do you feel good when you do it.

RISE WITH THE SUN (Vata time is 2am - 6am)

Waking just before the sun rises allows you to take the light, fresh and creative energy of the VATA dosha with you throughout the day. It is an hour of stillness and purity. Rest a few moments before you arise thinking positive and happy thoughts for the day.

CLEAN YOUR TONGUE

Scraping your tongue each morning removes toxins that have accumulated in the body over night from undigested food or experiences. Try it out and see what you scrape off… you’ll never not scrape again. Tongue scrapers can be bought here.

CLEANSE WITH A DRINK

Drink a full glass of warm water with lemon (ginger optional), wait 5-10mins then go to the bathroom to cleanse the insides of your body. The more you do this routine, the easier a morning evacuation will become.

SELF MASSAGE

Daily Abhyanga massage is a powerful self-healing Ayurvedic modality. It connects you to your body, facilitates in the removal of toxins, enlivens your senses and creates flow and movement. If you don’t have time for a whole body massage (usually takes about 10-20min) simply focus on your belly for 5 minutes. Massage is such a great way to become aware of your own body and how you’re feeling so that during the day you make more self-aware decisions that are really going to be of benefit rather than living solely from your mind. Belly massage video here and more videos on the incredible Damian Hagglund’s website here.

SHOWER

Water purification is a daily ritual in India, and although you might not be able to dip into the Holy Ganges each day, having a morning shower will do the trick. Feeling cleansed and purified you are fresh and ready to start your morning meditation program.

YOGA ASANA (10-30min)

Starting the day with some simple yoga asanas is highly beneficial. You don’t have to attend a yoga class, or push out a 90min hot yoga session to be ‘doing yoga’ and gaining its benefits. It’s actually more beneficial if you are calm, relaxed and doing yoga as if you were ‘swimming in a warm ocean watching the sun rise with a smile on your face.’ Start with a few repetitions of the Sun Salutation (facing the sun), or any other gentle yoga asana sequence you have been taught. It’s the morning and the body may be slightly stiff, so take it easy, be kind and caring to yourself and allow the energy in your body to flow.

PRANAYAMA BREATHING (2-5min)

Pranayama breathing techniques help in purifying the subtle bodies and bring coherence to your brain. There are a wide variety of breathing techniques; ask your yoga or meditation teacher to suggest a technique that will benefit you in calming the body and mind before you dive into meditation.

MEDITATION 

Doing yoga asana and pranayama prepares your body and mind to transcend in meditation. When we meditate we have no expectations, no preferences for a certain experience and no preconceived ideas of what is going to happen. We let go, surrender to the moment and go with the flow of natures intelligence. It’s all about easy and effortless repetition of the mantra and a nonchalant attitude to thoughts. If you need any help with your practice get in contact with your teacher or email me here.

BREAKFAST

Nourish your cleansed body with a beautiful meal. Eat a medium sized breakfast (lunch should be your biggest meal) or if you’re not that hungry have a blended drink. Eat with the seasons, with your body type and with what FEELS good. Trust your intuition and listen to what your body wants - that’s why we do this morning routine and why we meditate! It’s all about connecting to your innate sense of wisdom. Eat something that tastes amazing, that pleases all your senses and will give you energy for the day.

WASH HANDS AND BRUSH TEETH

Hygiene is important. You’ve cleansed your body in the shower, mind in meditation, and now we clean our hands and teeth after a delicious breakfast.

DRESS WITH CARE

Dress yourself and allow your style to be an expression of your truest self. Colour is a powerful tool in reflecting and altering your mood so pay attention to how you clothe yourself. Be comfortable and confident and allow fashion to be a tool of self expression.

DIGESTIVE WALK (20min)

Walk briskly for about 20 minutes or so after you’ve had breakfast to aid in digestion and stimulate the release of good endorphins throughout the body. In Ayurveda, when you are exercising your heart rate should increase but not to the point that you wouldn’t be able to have a conversation with the person next to you. Be easy, be calm and allow your senses to absorb the incredible world around you as you briskly walk around your suburb, to the train station or wherever you need to be next.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Read on for A VEDIC DAY // PART 2 // MIDDAY


Our ancient ancestors did not have the exact appearance that we have now. Prior to the cosmic catastrophe that engulfed our planet with radiation, our ancestors had black skin that shined fluorescent green. Our melanin that we have now is one magnesium away from being the exact same molecule that chlorophyll is. Prior to the catastrophe we had this molecule and were able to perform photosynthesis

through the derms of our skin. Our blood was also filled with gold derivatives instead of iron as it is today. 

When the Bible, Quran and other texts speak of the fall of man, they are speak of our devolution from our once advanced genetic state. In the fall season, natural green leaves turn brown, red and golden.

If you look at us Melanated Moors today we are these same variety of colors. Some of us are dark brown, ores are light skinned and brown-yellow, while those in the middle are medium and reddish brown.

If one looks at some of the ancient deities of various cultures around the world, one would find that they appear green. This is because our most ancient ancestors were green and were phototrophic as we are today. The Vedic literature calls these beings Saktapana which can translate to man plant.
-Admin Ptah