Another wonderful read from one of our favourite teachers Dr Kausthub Deskichar. Well worth the read, especially during these times when Mother Earth needs our love & support more than ever. Namaste
Greetings from the Viniyoga® family worldwide.
Namaste my dear friends.
Consider this situation for a moment. Imagine you have a boil in your belly region. You attend to it and try to pacify it, by applying some cooling oil or cream. A few weeks later imagine a skin rash erupting on your arms. You start using some anti-itch creams and take some anti-histamines. Another fortnight later appears some ulcers in your mouth, which you try to counter with antacids recommended by the local pharmacy. Some days later you experience a burning sensation in the eyes and it turns red. You visit your local eye doctor, who recommends you to use some eye drops. And life goes on and on like that, eventually resulting in a heart attack.
None of these are isolated events that are meant to be viewed as mutually exclusive. Rather they are all connected and a traditional Ayurvedic doctor would say that there is a systemic aggravation of Pitta. The doctor would strongly recommend that we reconsider the way we live our life, and change our diet and lifestyle.
In the same vein, Mother earth is going through this crisis now. Be it the fires in Australia, the virus in China, the hurricane in the Philippines or any other global event that has occurred in the recent past, or is occurring now, or will occur in the future, are all interconnected. Mother earth is giving us a warning that she is pissed off with our way of life and that we need to start making dramatic changes. Not just some of us, but all of us. As we are all connected not only to each other, but also to Earth.
So rather than watch the news and get shocked and think we have nothing to do, we need to wake up and start doing something. Not just something mild, but something dramatic.
So please reconsider your diet and start consuming more plant-based foods. Even with plant-based foods consume what is naturally grown. Try and consume as much local food as possible. Even better grow your own vegetables.
Change your lifestyle. Walk to places nearby rather than drive. Buy fewer products, especially those that don’t disintegrate ecologically into nature. Try buying used goods and reuse them. Drastically reduce the use of plastic and if possible avoid using it. Share food, share rides to work and share time with family and friends without digital interferences. Consume less. Because what we need for healthy living is actually way less than what we desire. We need to step away from the gluttonous consumption patterns and relook at what is needed.
Please consider these and anything else that will reduce the agitation of mother earth. We have looted her enough of her resources. It is now time to give back to her with care and affection. This is even greater Yoga than to just practice some Asana or Pranayama without care or concern for this world.
Namaste. May we all be blessed infinitely by our creators, teachers and wellwishers.
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation – KHYF
The Viniyoga® Tradition