A few years after the Teacher Training Course in the TM Technique, the ‘shift’ soon gained its impetus in the spiritual quest, thirsting for more knowledge in the realms of Consciousness and related subjects.
In the late 80s an early 1990s, one of the sought after interests was in the field of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian system of medicine. This branch of medicine was founded in the year 7 or 8 BC and is also known as ‘the science of life’. One aspect of this ayurvedic disciplines is Indian herbal medicine, a philosophy and healing system developed over thousands of years in India, that employs botanical preparations, usually combinations of a number of herbs.
I soon got myself involved in the business of marketing herbal products, and this book, The Yoga of Herbs by Dr. David Frawley landed on my lap. My colleagues and I used to meet very regularly for home parties, sipping over a range of herbs such as chamomile, comfrey, St. John’s Wort, goldenseal, gotu kola, licorice, myrrh and a host of many other herbs which are mentioned in the ‘ The Yoga of Herbs” explaining the methods of preparation and the respective efficacy of each herb.
That was some 20 over years ago, unfortunately the book met the usual destiny, just like any other book, it disappeared from my library shelves, purportedly been borrowed by friends and never returned to the shelves.
During this period, my colleagues and I were also involved in the rudimentary study of Panchakarma, pulse diagnosis, and jyotish. According to Ayurveda, every human being is an unique phenomenon of cosmic consciousness, manifested through the five basic elements, Ether, air, fire, water and earth. Vata, a combination of ether and air, Pitta, a combination of fire and water, and Kapha, a combination of water and earth are called the tridosha.
The Yoga of Herbs
by Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr. David Frawley
Yoga of HerbsFor the first time, here is a detailed explanation and classification of herbs, using the ancient system of Ayurveda. The Yoga of Herbs lists more than 270 herbs, with 108 herbs explained in detail. Included are many of the most commonly used western herbs with a profound Ayurvedic perspective. Important Chinese and special Ayurvedic herbs are introduced. Beautiful diagrams and charts, as well as detailed glossaries, appendices and index are included.
This book, “ Astrology and the Seers” also caught my interest, especially on the aspects of astrology, or in the vedic terminology, jyotish. Translated in sanskrit, jyotish is the “science of light,” It is a profound and mathematically sophisticated form of astrology that originated in the ancient Vedic tradition of India. It describes how planetary patterns at the time of our birth give valuable clues in helping us understand our life’s journey. Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish Astrology can help us realistically evaluate our strengths and weaknesses in order to optimize our full potential.
On every weekend, we would converge and attend the jyotish lessons, listening to the lectures and tapes, learning how to calculate and cast the Birth Charts – Janma Kundali etc.
Astrology of the Seers
by Dr. David Frawley
Astrology of the Seers Vedic Astrology, also called Jyotish, is the traditional astrology of India and its profound spiritual culture. It possesses a precise predictive value as well as a deep interpretation of the movement of life, unfolding the secrets of karma and destiny. Astrology of the Seers, first published in 1990, is regarded as one of the classic modern books on Vedic astrology, covering all the main aspects of its philosophy, background and practice. The present edition has been thoroughly revised and updated.
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