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Abhijita Kulshrestha (Contributor) Director, Astrologer & Gem Advisor , Gemstoneuniverse
We live in difficult times. Never before have we been bombarded with so much information. Processing the barrage of information from several sources is a challenge in itself, more so when one is struggling to put the jigsaw of life together — to make sense of daily challenges, to experience joy amidst the chaos. Imagine a person trying to run in several directions, all at once! There is a gripping feeling of anxiety, as though one is caught in a chakravyuha; attack is imminent.
In such times, ancient wisdom can serve as an incredible centring device — touching base with inner resourcefulness, planning and moving purposefully in a direction that promises maximum returns. The Vedas have been a tremendous repository of knowledge and wisdom. A treatise on cosmogenesis, these precious compilations can serve as an operating manual even today. The wisdom inherent in the Vedas flows with amazing perspicuity and can be used by human beings across time, age, religions or countries.
Listen to the mantra
Listening to or reciting a Vedic hymn that one can resonate with on a daily basis is a healthy way to create a secure and empowering emotional sanctuary. Take your pick from any of the shanti mantras. Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love describes part of her journey through India where she finds tremendous peace and comfort to calm her tumultuous mind through chanting of the Guru Gita (part of Skanda Purana) in an ashram. Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is also known to chant the Gayatri mantra everyday.
One can start by increasing the amount of water consumed progressively, week by week. Likewise, practising yoga and incorporating a daily regimen of Prana Vayu to nourish the body above the navel and Apana Vayu for the areas below the navel can work wonders. Bollywood actor and yoga enthusiast Shilpa Shetty is known to sip warm water throughout the day. The list of famous yoga practitioners also includes Hollywood celebrities like Robert Downey Jr, Adam Levine, Gavin Rossdale and Colin Farrell.
One can use the wisdom of Jyotisha to do an analysis of one’s tendencies — to enhance the ones that serve your purpose and to keep those that create hurdles in check. One can also use astrological insights to figure out which gemstones can really aid in one’s progress. Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan wears a blue sapphire, while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley adorns a red coral. From corporate honchos to politicians and Bollywood celebrities, there are numerous people who can be spotted wearing these precious stones that are believed to help one attain prosperity and success.
The belief is that there is enough in the world for everyone. So when you work in cooperation rather than being at cross purposes, there is more grandeur to be achieved.It also helps to do away with destructive thoughts and narrow thinking. Industry specific consortiums and associations are able to leverage more and command more power than a single company. Likewise, organisations with proactive corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are able to create healthy, mutually beneficial ecosystems.
Human beings are a composite of not only the physical body but also the emotional and spiritual body. Nourishing the physical body with food and material comforts, while ignoring the other two components can lead to an undernourished and therefore, skewed emotional and spiritual quotient. Each new day brings challenges at the level of physical effort, ethical dilemma and emotionally demanding situations. So, it’s vital to incorporate simple healthy habits that nourish the emotional and spiritual body as well as bring a wholesome experience of life, wherein a state of joyfulness, optimism and hope come effortlessly.
(The author is a vedic astrologer and planetary gem advisor)