Sage Durvasas performed austere penance to bring wealth and auspiciousness to all and received a garland as a gift. He was instructed to hand over the garland to Indra king in the heavens. It contains the very essence of auspiciousness (shri) and prosperity.
Guard it well! Indra leans down and takes the garland. He offers a respect and offers an absentminded salutation to the sage. Then, without waiting until he is out of sight, he drops the garland around his elephant’s neck.
Durvasas stands for a moment, shocked at Indra’s carelessness with what, after all, was a divine gift. Then he utters a curse. “Just as you dishonored auspiciousness, auspiciousness will abandon you,” he says.
The moment Durvasas speaks, every flower in Indra’s kingdom wilts. Every tree droops. The garland, you see, was the form of Lakshmi herself, the goddess of abundance, auspiciousness, and all-around goodness. Her flowering form represented the flowering of the natural world, and the sage had offered it freely to Indra. When the king of the gods dropped the garland so carelessly around his elephant’s neck, Lakshmi simply disappeared from the three worlds.
With her went beauty, fertility, and the luster of every realm and every being. It wasn’t just that the crops stopped growing. Every form and expression of goodness dried up like an abandoned lake. Prayers and sacrifices stopped; the sages no longer had the will to perform them. People stopped giving gifts, or offering food in charity, or helping their neighbors. No one cleaned the roads. Parents became indifferent to their children, and couples quarreled bitterly with each other. Rulers forgot to consider their people and raised taxes mercilessly. But because no crops grew, the taxes went unpaid. Even the sun and moon dimmed, and a dull cloud lay over the earth. That’s how it goes when the power of auspiciousness leaves the land.
The moment Indra, in his pride, insulted the goddess Lakshmi, he realizes what happened. Lakshmi is not a goddess to roar, or to complain, or to draw a sword. But she does not stay where there is pride or harshness. When she is displeased, she simply leaves, and with her goes everything that makes life sweet.
Lakshmi will always be associated with Kumkum , Turmeric is the important ingredient in it. Turmeric and lime together makes Kumkum. Turmeric is very beneficial. It has phenomenal benefits. It creates a certain vibrance around you, which changes the nature of the aura and it creates a certain glow. Turmeric not only works on the physiology, but also has a big impact on your energy system. It purifies the blood, body and energy system.
Kushmanda, the fourth manifestation of Goddess Durga, is worshipped on the Navratri Chaturthi. She is considered to be the creator of the universe. Her name comprises of “Ku-shm-anda” meaning “the cosmic egg.” The fourth day of Navratri also marks the beginning of worshipping MahaLaxmi. Legend says that Lord Vishnu was able to start the creation of the universe when Devi Kushmanda smiled and moved away. She created the whole universe when there was no existence of any creation and there was eternal darkness in every direction.
She is offered Malpua (sweetened Pancake) as Bhog. She will improve the intellect and decision-making ability.
The fifth manifestation of the goddess Durga worshipped on Navratri panchmi is ‘Skanda Mata’, the mother of Skanda Kumar or Lord Kartikeya Lord Kartikeya was chosen by devtas as their commander in chief in the war against the demons. She usually holds Lord Skanda in his infant form and a lotus in her right hand which is slightly raised upwards and called as Padamasani.
Banana is offered to the Goddess. Offering Banana to the goddess keeps your physique healthy.
According to a legend, there was a sage named Kat. His son “Katyayana” observed a hard penance and long austerities to receive the grace of the Goddess Durga. Kata was very famous and renowned in the ancestry of saints. The Goddess was pleased with the hard penance of Maharishi Katyayana and took birth on the earth in the form of the daughter of Sage Katyayana. Sage Katyayana had the first privilege to worship her, so she was also named Katyayani after him.
Offer honey on 6th day. It is symbol of health and sweetness.
On Tuesday, October 13th, many in India give a sigh of relief for divine intervention. It is the time of the year when the pressure valve comes off the tank and new freedom is in sight. In fact, an emotional release of pent up feelings, concerns and worries can be felt by anyone who taps into the energy of Navaratri, the 9 Nights of the Goddess.
What’s really happening? The mythological, abbreviated version of the story is that there was a bad person who was causing a lot of trouble on Earth. No man could defeat him – it was a troubling time. However, there was one being who could destroy him – a divine female warrior named Durga– an energy so ferociously protective and out of love, She would do anything to shield Her children. The Goddess, over 9 Nights fought the bad man and finally killed him.
Many believe the story took place and honor the female warrior twice a year. Each day there is a different transformative energy available. If ever you were in the right place at the right time…with the right Herb this is it!
The Siddhas believe that transformation comes when the timing is right and the meditation is right and the herb is right. Hi–Health Formula is the right herb. Turmeric is around all Goddess deities in India and the saints from long ago must have known that this herb will call the positive feminine energy like no other. In fact they actually build their statues in Turmeric – that’s how divine this beautiful orange –gold root is!
The first three nights of Navaratri honor the goddess forms of Durga in order to destroy all of our impurities and vices.
Day 1. Shailputri is first among the nine embodiments of Goddess Durga and is worshiped during the first day of Navratri. Her glory is incredible. She is the goddess of purity. With her veneration, Navratri is given an auspicious start. She is also a form of Mother Nature.
Hi-Health Formula and purity! Turmeric is a powerful purifier of the Physical Body. Phonemes (sounds) strengthen and clear our Energy Body from unhealthy energies we pick up from other and our environment. Purifying your energy body returns power to your purpose and destiny. Reset yourself with the herb for Mother Nature on the night that the goddess of Mother Nature is celebrated.
Day 2. Brahmacharini is celebrated on the second day and signifies love, affection, and loyalty.
High-Health Formula gives you faith in yourself and others. Formulated for the 3rd Chakra of the Navel, the herb if used correctly will fight feelings of inadequacy and remove barriers to bring forth new confidence in loving those around you.
Day 3. Chandraghanta symbolizes beauty and bravery.
Hi-Health Formula brings bravery to your body mind. Turmeric's powerful ingredient curcumin fights bloating and inflammation, which when un-treated, throws the body mind into a compromised state and can breed feelings of giving up.
Join us in celebration of Navaratri! Tradition says that worship of the Goddess Durga "Will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life" (About Religion).
Everyone has super hectic schedules- it’s hard to stop and remember that we are the main character. If we could control our energy- we could accomplish more and still have energy after 7 P.M too! The answer is simple, understand chakras and diagnose your unique energy needs. Find out how they work, how they can be activated, and how they can be used in your every-day life.
Chakras are defined as, "energy points along the central meridian of the body," (WhisperingTree). The term, "Chakra" has a simple meaning of 'wheel' or 'circle'. It is used when referring to the 7 rotating energy points that provide a flow of invisible but nutritive energy through the center of the physical and subtle body. Resembling cones connected at each end, they emanate energy about a foot in front and behind the body. Each one has a different spiritual meaning and provides different forms of healing.
Chakras are energy centers that spin in a clockwise rotation. If their pattern is interrupted or blocked, we might experience disease, emotional imbalance, or engage in unhealthy habits. Each Chakra moves at different frequencies and speeds which allow them to influence the body in different ways. These frequencies influence our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. The lower in the body a Chakra is located, the slower it vibrates. The higher in the body, the faster the Chakra vibrates. When Chakras vibrate, they send powerful information-hosting energy waves to the outside of the body through the skin. They are also able to accept information from outside of the body. This information comes in the form of physical and subtle energy. Physical energy is tangible, like the food we eat and the environment we live in. Subtle energy is intangible, such as our thoughts, emotions and the energy transferred between people.
All physical objects have energy, but the energy itself cannot be seen. Our brains are not trained to perceive oscillations or frequencies as high as those that the Chakras regulate. Our brain waves oscillate between 0 and 100 cycles per second (or Hz). Chakras, on the other hand, oscillate between 100 and 1,600 cycles per second (Dale, 246).
While Chakras are present in everyone, we can conclude that Chakras influence every person in a different way. For instance, the "Fourth Chakra" is said to be located at the heart. This Chakra poses different meanings for both males and females. The masculine Chakra is about unconditional love for others, and the feminine Chakra is about unconditional love for self (Whisperingtree). The first through 6th chakras tend to “pulsate” between masculine and feminine energy. The odd chakras – 1st, 3rd and 5th – are “masculine” (penetrative/contractive) by nature. They generally represent grounding/stability (1st), action/power (3rd) and purpose/expression (5th). The even chakras – 2nd, 4th and 6th – are “feminine” (receptive/expansive) by nature. They generally represent intimacy (2nd), love/compassion (4th), insight/intuition (6th). As a result, men are generally more grounded, and power-oriented, and also more purposeful in their communication, and women are more comfortable with intimacy, compassion and intuition (Chakra Boosters).
Over the next few weeks, we will be delivering a thorough description of each of the 7 Chakras. We will explain how they can be diagnosed and used to help us achieve more, reduce stress, be physically healthy, and make intelligent decisions day to day.
If you are interested in learning more about these powerful Chakras please subscribe to our blog below.
Chakra Boosters. Do Men and Women Experience Their Chakras Differently? Web. 13 Aug. 2015
Dale, Cindy. The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy. Sounds True. 2009
Whispering Tree. What Is Chakra. Web. 11 Aug. 2015
Dr. Baskaran Pillai founded Nambu Botanicals in 2014 - an innovative herbal company, with natural products aimed at improving all areas of life, even in areas beyond physical health.
Our products positively influence and transform how we think and create - money, relationships, spirituality and yes, of course, physical health too. You will even manage your time better. The company’s products catalyze physical and energy body change by creating products with special herbs and sound frequencies. We all manifest what we think and Nambu changes the pathways of our mind to think from our higher minds.
Dr. Pillai is a Spiritual Scientist, Academic Scholar, Philanthropist, International Speaker and World Thought Leader who is deeply committed to helping people across the globe to realize their full human potential.
He is emerging as the most progressive and innovative source of self-advancement knowledge, tools and practices, living on our planet today. He has been featured in the Time Magazine for having millions of views of his free teaching videos on YouTube and was voted as the "YouTube Guru" in 2008. Tens of thousands of people have already experienced massive shifts in their lives as a result of practicing his Siddha Sound Technologies.
Dr. Pillai has been a speaker for the United Nations Conference of World Religions and the World Knowledge Forum, and has hosted forums on Religion and Science.
Dr. Pillai knows that the Wisdom of the Siddhas and Modern Science do not provide a complete understanding on their own. So his teachings are geared to bring both streams of knowledge together, to form a more comprehensive understanding of the nature of reality. He often quotes Einstein: "Science without Religion is lame, Religion without Science is blind."
His scholarly background includes a Masters Degrees in English Literature and Comparative Literature from Madurai University, and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where he was both a teaching fellow in the Department of Religious Studies, and Coordinator of Indian Studies program for the Department of International Studies.
Dr. Pillai is an Enlightened Master from the South Indian Siddha tradition, an unbroken ancient lineage of spiritual scientists who have reached the pinnacle of human evolution.
What is a Siddha?
To understand who Dr Pillai is, it might be necessary to understand who or what is a Siddha? “Siddha” in the Tamil language means "one who is accomplished” and is a term used for referring to perfected masters who have achieved the ultimate physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. Some consider Siddhas to be the Guardians of Mankind.
The word “Siddha” is also used to refer to one who has attained a "siddhi" or paranormal ability. In its pure form, siddhi means "the attainment of flawless identity with reality or perfection of spirit."
A Siddha has an evolved consciousness that is able to transcend the limits of time and space and travel multi dimensionally. What is defined as a "miracle" in the Earth plane is the usual order of things in the higher dimensions. Miracles become possible every day in your life through the Mind Science Techniques of the siddhas. In many traditions this is seen as "On Earth as it is in Heaven".
Siddhas have become perfected beings by attaining physical immortality. This is usually accomplished only by persistent meditation practices. A Siddha may sometimes not have a body but resides as a soul in a different plane of consciousness. A Siddha can however, take a physical form and be present on the Earth plane either for an entire human lifespan, or temporarily to give divine information or guidance to humans.
A Siddha Guru can initiate disciples into Mind Science techniques with "Shaktipat" or transmission of spiritual energy. This type of spiritual initiation can result in instantaneous transformation. During an Initiation the Master/Guru is giving you his energy as a Seed. The Seed energy or power of the Master is given to you for an intended result.
Previously, initiation from a true Siddha Master was very hard to come by, with seekers often spending decades performing difficult austerities to get just one little gem! Needless to say, Siddha Techniques have been taught only to a few exclusive individuals. However, once we crossed the threshold of entering into the Golden Age, Dr. Pillai is bringing this once very secretive science to the general public.
Dr. Pillai brings forth from His Lineage of the Siddhas, Sound Technologies and Meditation Techniques that are effective, practical and easy to use. Hundreds of thousands of people are benefitting from his unique blend of Science and Spirituality incorporating cutting edge scientific findings with wisdom from esoteric traditions from across the world. Dr. Pillai is creating a Meditation Movement like no other and One Minute Guide to Prosperity and Enlightenment.
Dr. Wayne Dyer lovingly dedicated his breakthrough book "Manifest Your Destiny" to Dr. Pillai, a.k.a. Guruji, for giving to Dr. Dyer the now famous "Ah" Meditation.
Dr Pillai created and continues to develop The Pillai Center (http://www.pillaicenter.com), an educational organization with the goal of enhancing human intelligence and positively transforming every aspect of life. Courses are offered on self-development in health, prosperity, relationships and spirituality.
Dr. Pillai is the founder of AstroVed (http://www.astroved.com), an organization which focuses on the propagation of the Vedic sciences, and offers spiritual technologies to bring about positive transformation in the areas of prosperity, health, relationships, career and inner growth.
As founder of the non-profit organization Tripura Foundation (http://www.tripurafoundation.org), Dr. Pillai is committed to abolishing extreme poverty. For over 20 years, Tripura's programs have been designed to eradicate hunger, educate children, and empower women & girls. Tripura's current "HoPE Centers" provide science-based, transformational tools based on the use of phonemes, through educational programs to its 80 plus centers serving underprivileged children.
Tripura has built sustainable, environmentally friendly housing for the poorest of the poor, replacing slum dwellings with beautiful homes. Tripura Foundation also sponsors Boystown residential facility for impoverished boys, delivers feeding programs, and offers other relief programs around the world.
Dr Pillai has revealed that Eclipta alba is a gift from the merciful Lord Siva and that the Southern Indian Saint/Siddha Swami Ramalingam used this amazing herb initially as part of his practice to turn his body into Light.
Eclipta alba is an extraordinary herb. In Ayurveda, Eclipta alba is highly regarded as a herb for treating the body, mind and even the subtle energy system within the body. It can be described as a “Master Ayurvedic Herb” as it is traditionally used to treat a wide array of conditions associated with the liver, brain, nervous system, eyes, hair and skin.
It is commonly known as the false daisy and has a number of vernacular name such as bhringraj, markara, pitripriya, sunilaka, keshrangana, balari, bhangra, bhringraj, bhengra, mochkand, bhangro, dadhal, kalobhangro, ajagara, garagadasoppu, kadigga-garaga, bhangra, maka and yerba de tago.
Eclipta alba belongs to the Asteraceae family. It grows commonly in warm, moist habitats and can be found widely throughout India, China, Thailand and Brazil.
Chief constituents of Eclipta alba and their pharmacological activities are:
|Chemical constituents||Pharmacological activities|
|Wedelolactone||Anti-hepatotoxic (protects the liver), Anti-bacterial, Trypsin Inhibitor, Anti-venom (antidote for treating snake bite)|
|Eclalbosaponins||hair revitalizing, Anti-proliferative (inhibits abnormal cell proliferation / cancer), Anti-giardial (fights giardia parasites)|
|Demethylwedelolactone||Anti-hepatotoxic (protects the liver), Anti-haemorrhage (arrests bleeding), Anti-venom (antidote for treating snake bite), Dye (cosmetic)|
|Dasyscyphin C||Anti-viral, Anti-cancer|
|Ecliptalbine, verazine||Lipid lowering, Analgesic|
Source: Mithun NM, Shashidhara S, “Eclipta alba (L.): A review on its phytochemical and pharmacological profile” Pharmatutor.
For thousands of years traditional healers have used Eclipta alba for treating diseases such as liver cirrhosis, jaundice, gallbladder problems, hepatitis, chest infections, short-sightedness and even memory problems, stress, anxiety and insomnia to name a few. The most amazing thing about Eclipta alba is its seemingly endless list of uses in Ayurveda and folk medicine.
Many of these therapeutic uses have now been confirmed by scientific studies. Preliminary studies show that Eclipta alba is linked to neuro protection, memory and cognitive enhancement, liver protection, reduction of anxiety and stress, pain relief, anti-diabetic activity and stimulation of hair growth.
She is the Goddess of herbs and healing. She is a miracle healer who heals people through her mantras, herbs and blessings.
She is Nambunayaki.
Dr.Pillai recounts one of his first memories of the Goddess from his childhood: “...I remember going to my family temple on my mother’s side. We had to really walk a long distance, because it was a jungle at that time, and then pass through a pool of water, like a lake......sometimes the water would be up to the chest and sometimes up to the neck. I remember all that, and that was my mother’s temple.”
Dr Pillai then goes on to explain “This Goddess came to this earth plane several billions of years ago. To make a long story short, when my mother was born, she almost died. My grandfather who was the village officer took my mother (who was then a baby) and my grandmother and left them both at this Nambunayaki temple for a month. He told the Goddess “Now this baby is not going to survive. It is up to you to see whether to keep the baby alive or not, I have surrendered. If the baby survives, she will be called Nambu!” Suffice to say, the baby was healed.
Years later when Dr. Pillai decided to create a herbal company with a difference, he decided to name it Nambu Botanicals, in honour of the Goddess.
Beth Desmaris, who is an American student of Dr. Pillai, is the co-founder of Nambu Botanicals. Beth has been fortunate to form a close relationship with the Goddess Nambunayaki, and has nurtured and developed her own healing abilities through empowerments, diligent spiritual practice and direct transmissions from the Goddess. Very aptly, Beth’s spiritual name is also “Nambunayaki”!
Dr. Pillai’ has also revealed a story passed down orally through the generations about his family temple -- it goes like this: The land surrounding the temple had several springs that were known to have medicinal value. Long time ago two sages gained many powers during their practices of purification at the temple and started to provide healing to people who came to them for help. It is said that they remain there to this day in their ethereal bodies, serving those who need help.
It is also said that a king became ill and made the long trek to the temple hearing of the Goddess and her power to grant miracle healings. His brothers mocked him but he did not lose faith in the Goddess. He came in search of the Goddess and experienced a miraculous healing but strangely his brothers then fell ill. There is a saying “Nambunayaki Vananginal Vambikai” which means “No problem to those who trust in Nambunayaki.”
Similarly you won’t be disappointed when you place your trust in Nambu Botanicals for healing body, mind and soul.