Om Sai Ram


Sanathana Sai Sanjeevini......healing fragrances
A spiritual healing system to awaken the body's own healing power


GUIDELINES ON DIET & LIFESTYLE
FOR
HEALTH AND HARMONY

Introduction
Present day response to disease
How should we respond to disease?
Understanding disease
Food Habits and Instinct
How do we remove disease and return to vibrant health?
Pathway To harmony - I - Diet
Pathway to harmony - II - Lifestyle
Gems from Baba



INTRODUCTION

There is much suffering in the world today. The "standard of living" is rising everywhere, but the "standard of health" is at its lowest! Pay a casual visit to any hospital anywhere in the world and you will see what man's "standards" have come to.

Natural calamities apart, most of today's suffering is man-made.

The poor suffer from diseases of "deprivation". These include malnutrition (including beri beri, scurvy and extreme situations like marasmus, as in Ethiopia), blindness, and diseases caused by unsanitary living conditions like dysentry, cholera, typhoid, malaria and jaundice.

The rich, on the other hand, suffer from diseases of "plenty" or "excess". These include diabetes, rheumatism and arthritis, high blood pressure, heart trouble (cholestrol), kidney failure, asthma, osteoporosis, depression, skin problems, Parkinsons disease, prostate problems, cancer, acidity and ulcers, colitis, spondylitis, thyroid problems, migraine, obesity and its associated problems, multiple sclerosis, haemmerhoids (piles), sinusitis, septicaemia - the list is endless.

There used to be a system, we believe, in ancient China, where the family doctor was paid at the end of the month - but only if no one in the family had fallen ill during the month. If someone fell ill, it was the doctor's duty to get him well AND the doctor was NOT paid for that month. Why? Because he had not done his job properly! It was the doctor's job to practise "preventive" health care - to guide the family's food and living habits in a manner conducive to maintaining good physical and mental health. In other words, the doctor had a vested interest in your NOT FALLING SICK.

Today, we have reversed the process. We go to the doctor and PAY him when we are SICK. Let us be honest - the medical profession is not responsible for this - WE are, and only WE can change this.

When the words "health care" are used, we are programmed to think of vaccinations, innoculations, medical check ups, pap smear tests, biopsies, prostate tests, urine tests, blood tests, CT scans, Ultra sound scans, MRI's etc. - in fact the list is endless and the more it costs us to get these tests done, the more we feel satisfied that a "lot" is being done by us for our health! Not withstanding all this, nations are getting more sick by the day.

While all governments all over the world have "health" ministries, "health" services, "health" insurance - health is quite conspicuous by its absence! What we have in fact are "disease" ministries, "disease" services, "disease" insurance and so on. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on "health care" annually, most conspicuously by countries who are at the forefront of medical technology. Yet - ill-health, not health, is the order of the day.

Why?

Because, dear brothers and sisters, health cannot be "bought" in a pharmacy. It doesn't "cost" money - it only demands an uncompromising quest for wellness. The pathway of peaceful and harmonious co-existence with Mother Nature and all her creatures is the ONLY way to wellness.

Is it not ironical - we first spend money to acquire ill-health (through indiscriminate overindulgence) and then we spend more money and vast amounts of national and personal resources trying to regain our health?

Mind you, while we are visiting doctors and hospitals we continue to guzzle vast quantities of wrong foods and live lifestyles of indulgence and indolence, all of which only adds to our woes.

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PRESENT DAY RESPONSE TO DISEASE

Disease has overtaken us completely and we are all looking for quick-fix solutions.

Let us take an example - I have a headache. What is my response? I pop a pain-killer into my mouth. The pain goes away - for the moment. A few hours, a few days, a few weeks later it returns. I pop some more pills into my mouth. At each recurrence, the pain gets worse, the frequency is greater and the duration is longer. Soon I have to increase the number of pills I take because the pain is no longer "responding".

This goes on getting worse until I am a full blown case of "migraine" operating at an efficiency level which is only a fraction of what God intended for me. Worse still, I will develop hyperacidity (which is a side effect of pain killers) and maybe a full blown ulcer. For this I will in turn start taking antacids which over a period of time will destroy my liver. The kidneys will be next in line - all quick-fix "solutions" have a domino effect until all our vital functions are destroyed.

Meanwhile, I will go on stuffing myself with some or all of the following disease producing "foods".

1. Undigestible foods which act as slow poisons for our body e.g.. milk, refined oils etc.

2. Foods of himsa or violence (non-veg.foods), which convert our bodies into putrefying burial grounds.

3. Carcinogenic (cancer causing), nerve-destroying additives like artificial colours, preservatives, flavours, MSG., all found in most packaged foods and drinks.

4. Caustic soda, formaline, urea, Oxytocin - (a female hormone) all in milk.

5. Irradiated foods, Microwaved foods - the disastrous effects of which are only now being understood.

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HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO DISEASE?

Let us go back to the example of a headache given above. Pain is NOT a disease. It is the body's way of telling me that a problem AT A DEEPER LEVEL exists.

What does the body expect me to do?

The body expects me to respond in a more intelligent and responsible manner. The easiest and the best thing to do under the circumstances would be to abstain from normal food - just stay with diluted fresh fruit juice or fruit or a clear soup or best of all, just fast with lemon water and honey. Responding in this way opens up a communication channel between me and my body. Within a few hours I will know what the problem is. Most likely it is constipation or a sluggish liver.

Digesting what we eat takes up more "energy" than any other activity. When there is a headache, refraining from eating or eating only fruits (which digest themselves), is the kindest thing I can do for my body. Elimination of waste matter from the body is vastly more important than eating. This function too needs "energy" The body would be most grateful if it could use its available resources of energy to get rid of the "garbage", which, to put it mildly, is raising a "stink" inside me. That stink is the "headache".

Let us say the headache was not due to constipation but was in fact due to clogged up sinuses (there are nine sinuses behind and around each eye). My response of "fasting" would still be the best response - clogged sinuses are "garbage dumps". When there is excessive mucous being produced by the body (milk and milk products are the main culprits), the body pours the mucous into the sinuses to get it out of the way, so that normal body functions can carry on. Sinuses are empty air pockets - the body's built-in garbage bags - and the body intelligence uses them as such. When they are close to filling up, the resulting build-up of pressure in the forehead area results in the headache.

When I respond by fasting, the body takes advantage of the energy bonus to throw out the mucous. I might get severe cold symptoms with a heavy discharge from the nose. The headache backs off immediately. Being aware that it is better to have the garbage outside me than inside me - I am happy with my "cold". I continue to either fast with lemon water and honey, or I eat only fruits to boost my immune system and if possible take a day off from heavy routine.

Once the garbage has been eliminated, I will be "in tune" with ME, with my inner Shakthi, and my instincts will begin to tell me what to eat.

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UNDERSTANDING DISEASE

Negative emotions like resentment, jealousy and anger set off chemical reactions within us which cause us to self destruct. There are latent tendencies in all of us towards certain diseases, handed down through heredity. Our negative emotions trigger off storms within us which wake up these latent tendencies and cause disease.

What is disease but dis-ease?

Our desires are like a fire - the more we feed them the more brightly they burn. Since desires cannot always be fulfilled, frustration, anger and resentment set in.

Disease is Mother Nature's response to our indulgence and our unmitigated efforts to self-destruct through over-indulgence. Disease is Nature's way of slowing us down. In Her compassion she warns us first with minor ailments that we are headed towards a precipice. When we stubbornly refuse to listen She limits us with severe illnesses.

Health, on the other hand, is a joyous journey back to harmony. Desires, material possessions, sense gratification are viewed in their proper perspective. Love, faith, compassion, sharing and caring take the place of the negative emotions. This puts us in touch with our Inner Guide. If we are listening, if we tune in, the Inner Guide never fails to guide us.

In the Sanathana (timeless - natural) way of healing (in this we include Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Reflexology, Homoeopathy, Radionics, Vibro-healing, Spiritual healing and all systems where the patient is treated holistically i.e. he is looked upon as being made up of body, mind and spirit and treatment is at all three levels), we awaken the body's own healing power - THAT Cosmic Energy which when balanced, sets right all disorders at all levels of existence. This healing power is known by various names - in Yoga we call it Prana; in Acupuncture it is known as Chi; in Homoeopathy and other natural systems it is known as the Vital Force.

Therefore, in Sanathana health care we would work towards keeping THAT healing power ALIVE, AWAKE AND ACTIVE.

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FOOD HABITS AND INSTINCT

Our food habits are guided by:

1. Our sense of taste

2. Conditioning through advertisements (remember, a lot of the knowledge that is acquired by the medical profession is also through advertising. This could be directly from the television or worse, in an indirect but more insidious way by vested interests who periodically come up with "studies" which are aimed at showing that "their product" is good for health). The medical profession becomes an unwitting pawn in the hands of commercial interests.

3. Conditioning through social interaction. This also includes the conditioning we receive throughout our childhood.

Many eastern nations are known for their hospitality. In India we have a saying - "atithi devo bhava". (The unexpected visitor is God). We go all out to treat the visitor like "God". We lay out the delicacies before Him which, when chemically translated, are disease causing indigestible toxins. (Please refer to the relevant section on different "foods" to understand this).

There is a general lack of awareness about the harmful effects of such foods - but what is most disturbing and unfortunate is that even those who are aware continue to serve these indigestible foods. The excuse is that it is the done thing, that the visitor would take offence if he was not given a bottled drink to quench his thirst and sugared sweets made from milk to please his palate.

It is precisely this kind of conditioning and peer pressure that we have to rise above.

Our sense of taste was provided by God to be used as a tool to verify that only wholesome, balanced food is ingested by us. But due to our senses having taken control of us, all balance has been lost. We are now slaves to our 5 senses and our tongue has lost the discrimination - that instinct - to eat only what is good for us.

In the wild, animals don't have doctors - their instinct tells them how to revert to a state of health when disease strikes. We too have the same instinct, hidden in the sense of taste, to revert to good health. Given half a chance, the body will know how to heal itself.

When we are not in harmony with nature, when we are violating God's bounty at every step, when our planet, mother earth, the animals, the underprivileged, are all crying out at the abuse heaped on them by us for our own selfish ends - our instincts become numbed and slowly die.

We will have to rise above the conditioning we are constantly being bombarded with, through the media and through social and peer pressure. We will have to return to nature and to harmony - harmony with our surroundings and with ourselves. Slowly but surely, our instincts will begin to re-awaken and guide us to a state of vibrant health.

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HOW DO WE REMOVE DISEASE AND RETURN TO VIBRANT HEALTH?

We can regain our health and vitality by following the Pathway to Harmony.

The only lasting way to return to good health (it is possible!), is through acute awareness of what is causing dis-ease in our lives. An honest self-examination is called for and with courage and determination we must embark on a programme of change. What do we change?

1. Remove all that is wrong and dis-ease promoting from our Diet and Lifestyle.

2. Add all that is good and health promoting to our Diet and Lifestyle.

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"A strong will is the best tonic. The will becomes strong when you know that you are a child of Immortality or a person who has earned the Grace of the Lord. Medicine and hospitalisation are for those who doubt and hesitate and argue about this doctor being more efficient than the other and this drug being more powerful than the rest. For those who rely on the Supreme Doctor, His Name is the drug that cures."

- BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA


FRUITS - THE WONDER FOOD
And - how we harm ourselves by eating them wrongly

There are many arguments about whether man is herbivore (vegetarian), carnivore (meat-eater) or omnivore (one who can eat and digest both). In actual fact, there is mounting evidence to suggest that man was a fruitivore! It is possible to live only on a combination of fruits and nuts and never suffer any malnutrition - in fact we would probably live in the "pink" of health.

However, fruits as they are eaten at present by most of the world, can be positively harmful.

Most people eat fruits :

(a) after food,
(b) combined with milk for dessert,
(c) cooked or stewed or baked.

This is not right.

Fruit must be eaten on an empty stomach.
Fruit must never be combined with milk or grains.
Fruit must be had uncooked.

Why? This becomes clear when we understand how fruit is digested in the body.

After being chewed well in the mouth, fruit enters the stomach for a short period (15 to 20 minutes for most fruits, 1/2 hour for bananas,) and then proceeds to the intestines where it digests itself with its own enzymes. If it is eaten after a meal it sits on top of the food and ferments because it does not get a clear passage to go down to the intestines. Not only is the fruit rendered completely useless -it can become a cause of acidity, indigestion, gas, colic, constipation and other diseases.

For this same reason it must not be combined with any other foods. The other foods need to sit in the stomach for several hours for digestion.

Cooking the fruit destroys its self-digesting enzymes and it becomes a burden for the body.

In fact acidity, colic, indigestion, constipation can all be helped substantially by eating fruits atleast 1/2 hour before food. Chronic sufferers of these problems should abstain from having any cereal, bread, roti or paratha for breakfast - they should try only fresh fruits and observethe difference for yourself.

When "dying" of hunger, fruits are your best bet. They provide energy very quickly and efficiently without using up valuable energy reserves of the body (other foods use massive amounts of energy in the process of digestion).


"You sit in Meditation for ten minutes after the evening Bhajan session; so far so good. But, let me ask, when you rise after the ten minutes and move about, do you see everyone in a clearer light as endowed with Divinity? If not, Meditation is a waste of time. Do you love more, do you talk less, do you serve others more earnestly? These are the signs of success in Meditation. Your progress must be authenticated by your character and behaviour. Meditation must transmute your attitude towards beings and things, else it is a hoax. Even a boulder will, through the action of sun and rain, heat and cold, disintegrate into mud and become food for a tree. Even the hardest heart can be softened so that the Divine can sprout therein."

- BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA

"Worship is not a uniform to be put on and off at stated hours of the day. Render every thought into a flower, worthy to be held in His Fingers; Render every deed into a fruit, full of the sweet juice of Love, fit to be placed in His Hand; render every tear holy and pure, fit to wash His Feet."

- BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA



RECIPES

Sai Protein Food
Flu Rasam
Cooking without Tomatoes
Non-dairy milks, Iced-smoothies and Kulfi (Indian Ice-cream)
Gems from Baba


SAI PROTEIN FOOD

This is highly nutritious food at a very low cost. It contains a good amount of protein, calcium, iron and other nutrients. Can be used where famine strikes and whenever there is a problem of anaemia or under-nourishment- whether at home or in the slums.

Ingredients :

Whole wheat 400 gms
Mung lentils. 300 gms
Ground nuts (peanuts) 100 gms
White til (sesame seeds) 100 gms
Gur (jaggery) 200 gms
Cardamom (elaichi) few pods
Dried ginger
Optional - Pure ghee (clarified butter) for roasting wheat

Preparation :

Dry roast whole wheat (or add ghee which increases the nutritive value considerably) adding cardamon. Roast mung, ground nuts (peanuts), til (sesame) and dried ginger - separately.

Dry grind all roasted ingredients when cool. Add jaggery. Makes 12 to 15 servings of very nutritious food. This can be eaten dry or made into a porridge by adding to boiling water.

Alternatives for home use - do not add cardamom and gur (jaggery) to the mixture. Make the ground mixture into a soup adding a seasonal vegetable, sea salt and pepper to taste. Gur to be eaten after the soup as dessert!

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FLU RASAM

This is a soup which tastes so good you don't have to wait to get flu to have it. During flu however it makes the patient feel really refreshed. It is easy to digest and removes kapha (mucous) from the body.

a. Ingredients for the Rasam powder :

Equal quantities (say 1 tablespoon) of each of the following :

Whole black pepper balls,
Whole coriander seeds,
Cummin seeds
Toor daal (arhar)

Preparation of the rasam powder:

Dry roast separately the above ingredients. Dry grind to a slightly rough textured powder. Store in a jar. Will keep for weeks.

b. Ingredients for the rasam (soup)

(To serve 4)

Ball of tamarind the size of a big lemon
1 tablespoon rasam powder (see recipe above)
1/2 tsp. turmeric
Salt to taste
2 pinches of asafoetida
1 tsp. mustasrd seeds
1 tsp. cummin seeds
Small bunch coriander leaves
Few curry leaves
1" piece ginger finely chopped
6 cups of water
1 1/2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)

Preparation of the rasam (soup)

Soak tamarind in 1 cup of water. Extract the juice. Add this juice to the remaining water and keep to heat. Meanwhile add to this, rasam powder, a pinch of asafoetida, turmeric, ginger, salt and half the curry leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to cook for 20 - 30 minutes , until the raw smell of the rasam powder disappears.

In a small vessel heat the ghee. Add mustard seeds. When they stop spluttering add cummin, 1 pinch asafoetida and remaining curry leaves. Turn off the heat, give the spices 10 seconds to cook in the ghee; then add to the soup. Garnish liberally with fresh green coriander leaves. (Coriander leaves are a good way to pacify Pitta dosha -in this case fever).


May be had as an appetizer or soup or eaten with softly cooked rice. Top the soup/rice mixture with 1/2 tsp ghee (good to remove the heat from the body if there is fever).

Variation when eating for taste :

Add green chillies and 1/2 cup boiled tur (arhar) dal to the the ready soup just before adding the ghee/mustardseed garnishing.

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COOKING WITHOUT TOMATOES

The generation that grew up in the 50's and 60's cannot imagine cooking without tomatoes. Why must we cook without tomatoes? Tomatoes, when cooked, are very acidic. Besides, including tomatoes in the cooked food has done away with the abundantly sensible practice of using tamarind and lemon in our foods.

A lot of the water supply all over India (new regions are being discovered every few months) has too much flouride. Apart from causing the local population to have "blackened" teeth it causes the disease called flourosis which means their bodies and limbs are all twisted out of shape.

Tamarind has the unique quality of binding the excess flouride and removing it from the body. With large-scale conversion of villages from tamarind to tomatoes, flourosis has become a great menace. Tomatoes are not Indian - they were brought to India only 400 years ago by the Portuguese in Goa and other visitors from the North west.

In North Indian cooking, tamarind juice can replace tomatoes in almost all lentils and vegetables. Just add the juice during the cooking process. The juice can be thick and concentrated when cooking vegetables (to prevent over-cooking), so that 1 or 2 tablespoons are adequate to add a touch of sourness. In lentils and beans (including rajma (red kidney beans) and lobiya (black eyed beans/cow peas) the usage can be liberal and diluted. You will know with experience just how much is "tasty" for your family and how much is "too much". Vegetables can be varied by adding lemon juice after the cooking is over.

Note : Tamarind and Lemon juice are ANTACIDS. Tomatoes are Acidic.

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NON-DAIRY MILKS

A variety of milks and milk shakes can be made from nuts, seeds and wheat which are nutritious, rich in calcium and protein and - delicious.

Coconut milk - Grate a coconut; add 5 cups of water (this can vary depending on the size of the coconut). Leave for 30 minutes. Blend in a blender. Strain. Add some more water to the pulp; blend again; strain. Add honey to sweeten or a seasonal fruit like mangoes, papaya, chikoos, or even pitted dates (add the fruit after straining, blend again but don't strain). If you are using dried dates, please soak over night and remove the seed before blending.

This milk can be varied by adding sprouted almonds (12 hours soaking time and 24 hours sprouting time), sprouted sesame (til) seeds (same as almonds), sweet melon seeds (with shells on), sprouted or unsprouted sunflower seeds.

You can use any of these seeds together in any combination - not necessarily with coconut milk.

Wheat milk - Wash and soak 1 cup whole wheat for 12 hours. Drain off water - allow to sprout in a closed container for 24 to 36 hours. Add 4 cups water; blend thoroughly. Strain. Sweeten with honey or dates. Vary as for coconut milk but DO NOT ADD FRUITS. (Fruits and grains do not combine well together for digestion - see separate note on "Fruits - the wonder food").

If the person for whom it is intended, has a Vata disorder, please heat the milk lightly adding cardommon and/or saffron.

Note : do not discard the strained out pulp. You can use it as a base to make a very nutritious soup adding vegetables which have been sauteed in a ghee, cummin and ginger base. If you tire of this, use the pulp as a natural fertilizer - add it back to the soil. (Even if you do not have a garden of your own, enrich the Municipality soil - Mother Earth will be most grateful!)

Soya milk - Soak 1 cup soya beans overnight. (If you allow the beans to sprout for another 10 hours, the nutritive value is greatly enhanced. But this is optional). When the beans are ready, put 6 cups of water in a large stainless steel pot to boil and another 2 1/2 cups in a smaller steel vessel to boil. Blend the soaked/sprouted soya beans with 3 cups of cold water. You may have to do this in two rounds if your blender is small.

Add this liquefied mass to the large pot of boiling water. When it comes to the boil again and begins to rise, turn off the heat. Strain through a clean cloth. Add this pulp to the smaller vessel of boiling water and repeat the process of straining. Put both the strained "milks" into one pot and bring to the boil again. Turn the heat to "low" and allow it to boil for 5 - 7 minutes.
It is essential to follow this procedure for soya beans other wise the milk is very difficult to digest.

Note : do not throw away the pulp. Use it as a filling for parathas (add onions and suitable spices to taste).
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Add to the pulp 1/2 cup Rejuvelac (see recipe in Wheatgrass section) and/or lemon, sea salt, pepper, (if you do not have Rejuvelac ready add 1/2 cup water with lemon juice added). Blend again. Cover and keep to ferment for 24 hours. You have a reasonable cheese spread to which you can add cucumber pieces or green coriander -mint chutney and sprouts to make delicious sandwiches with whole wheat bread Iced smoothies

Use seasonal fruits like melons, mangoes, chikoos, bananas, apples, pears, oranges/ orange juice, pineapple/pineapple juice, fresh figs, papaya, peaches, grapes in any combination.

Blend together and chill for smoothies and freeze for iced lollies - healthful iced lollies! Add honey if the fruit is not sweet enough (before chilling or freezing).

Kulfi (Indian Ice-cream)

Yes it's possible to make kulfi the healthful way!

Make 2 - 3 cups milk from seeds (of melon, sunflower etc.), almonds, wheat. See method given above. Strain. To the strained milk, you can add roasted peanuts, pistachio nuts, cashew nuts (whichever flavour you fancy!). In a small vessel boil 1 cup of water adding to it crushed cardammom (elaichi) and saffron (kesar). Allow the water to boil down to 1/2 cup. Let cool. Add to above mixture. To this add one cup bread crumbs made from fresh brown bread. Add honey to taste. (If it is a once in a blue-moon indulgence you can use sugar). Blend this whole mixture. Taste it to see that sweet and elaichi flavour are adequate.

Freeze in kulfi cups. (You can use an ice tray too). Once frozen, remove from the container and cut into slices. Splash on rose water or kewra water. Garnish with crushed almonds or pistachios. Delicious!

Note :If you are using seed or nut milk (not wheat milk) - you can combine seasonal fruits to make flavoured ice-cream. In that case, leave out the cardammon, saffron and bread crumbs.

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"Let the petty wishes for which you now approach God be realised or not, let the plans for promotion and progress which you place before God, be fulfilled or not; they are not so important after all. The primary aim should be to become Masters of yourselves, to hold intimate and constant communion with the Divine that is in you as well as in the Universe of which you are a part. Welcome disappointments, for they toughen you and test your fortitude."

- BHAGAWAN SRI SATHYA SAI BABA

 


WHEAT GRASS & REJUVELAC

Wheat Grass
Rejuvelac
Gems from Baba

"In this fast-paced world it is too frequently the case that people accept what society, family members and the authorities, whom no body ever seems to question, believe regarding how to live their lives. And yet, the happiest people I know have been those who have accepted the primary responsibility for their own spiritual and physical well-being - those who have inner strength, courage, determination, common sense, and faith in the process of creating more balanced and satisfying lives for themselves."

- Ann Wigmore



WHEAT GRASS

"Be Your own Doctor" by Ann Wigmore is a comprehensive book on the health-giving properties and value of Wheat Grass and we recommend it to all those who are interested in "healing themselves". (See Recommended Reading).

Wheat grass and / or its juice is a specific food which can assist in fighting a whole range of chronic ailments - from simple anaemia to leukamia; from a simple skin rash to skin cancer, from worms to ulcers. It can be chewed slowly or drunk as a juice.

How to grow wheat-grass

1. Soak adequate quantity of unpolished wheat-grain overnight in water in any container (after cleaning and washing it thoroughly).

2. Keep a few pots (preferably 7 to 9 pots- one to be sown each day of the week) ready with ordinary soil. Do not add any chemicals or fertilizers. Cow-dung or goat-dung may be added as manure if needed.

3. Spread the soaked wheat on the surface of the soil so that the grains are touching one another.

4. Sprinkle a thin layer of soil on the wheat grains .

5. Cover the pot with a newspaper to provide darkness which helps the sprouting and also to prevent the birds from eating the wheat.

6. Keep the pot in a balcony or a windowsill or a covered verandah.

7. Next day uncover the pot and spray on some water and again cover it with the newspaper.

8. Repeat step 7 everyday until you see green leaves sprouting through the soil. Stop covering the pot as soon as the green leaves appear.

9. Everyday water the pot lightly but adequately depending upon the season and also depending upon the pots used - whether they have holes or not. Beautiful green blades of grass keep growing in height everyday.

10. As soon as the grass is about 8 inches tall ( which usually happens around the 7th to the 9th day from the date of sowing) harvest the grass by cutting with a clean pair of scissors about 1/2" above the surface of the soil.

11. The harvested wheat grass is now ready to be chewed or juiced or stored.

12. A second round of wheat grass will again grow in about 6 to 7 days with daily watering as before.

13. After the second harvest from the same pot, remove all the soil in the pot onto a newspaper- breakup all the roots and mix them with the soil. Add a bit of cowdung to this to rejuvenate the soil.

14. The soil is now ready for reuse for a fresh sowing of wheat.

Choice of pots

Clay pots with or without holes can be used. However we find plastic basins of about 6 to 8 inches diameter and about 3 inches deep ideal. These can be filled upto 2 1/2 inches with soil. Also trays made from wood or plastic or steel may be used.

How much wheat to sow everday?

For a family of 4 healthy persons, about 100 grams can be sown every day in a new pot or basin so that a continous supply is available. 7 to 9 pots would ensure a fresh harvest every day of the week.

For a person who is sick the amount of wheat required to be sown everyday is about 50 to 100 grams. Again 7 to 9 pots growing at any given time would ensure one pot maturing for cutting everyday (since it takes about 7 to 9 days to get the harvest).

How to store wheat grass

The wheat grass can be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic container or a good quality cellophane bag for about 3 days. but the juice must be drunk as soon as juiced orwithin1/2 hour of juicing.

How to juice wheat grass

Please do not use electric blenders for juicing as the rapid blade movement causes oxidation of the chlorophyll and renders it useless.

A manual mince maker maybe used or you can use any stone crushing method available in the home for making chutneys.

Add a little water while grinding or pounding- strain the juice through a clean cloth into a cup or a glass. Grind again adding water - repeat this process until the remaining grass is almost white. Do not throw the leftover grass. Put it in your plants as manure.

How to use wheat grass

1. For a healthy person - a good mouthful (fairly well stuffed) and more if you wish, should be taken early morning and chewed until the remaining cud in the mouth is almost white. This can be eaten or thrown out. (Constipated people are advised to eat the cud as it provides roughage for a better bowel movement).

If being taken in juice form, a healthy person can take 1/4 to 1/3 of a glass everyday. but remember that the juice must be drunk immediately on juicing.

2. For a sick person - 1/4 to 1/2 glass of wheat grass juice is required to start with. If possible this should be spread over 2 to 3 times during the day - the important thing of course being to drink the juice soon after juicing.

The quantity should be gradually increased to about 8 ounces a day (approx one glass full).

1. Wheat can be crushed thoroughly and applied externally on Cancers and Ulcers as a poultice.

2. Wheat grass juice can be used as a rectal implant for cleansing and rejuvenating. Use an enema syringe to implant the juice in the rectum. Try and retain it for 20 minutes.

3. Wheat grass juice is also effective as an eye-bath (using an eye-cup).

How does wheat grass help our system:

Wheat Grass is almost like a blood transfusion. It is a wonderful cleanser and rejuvenator which means it helps your body to throw out toxins that have built up over the years and helps it replace old dead cells with new cells. These are the two essential factors that cause disease in our bodies and which wheat grass sets right.

In chronic ailments including cancer, there may be an attempt by the body to throw out accumulated toxins which could result in diarrhoea or vomiting. Both these conditions are to be WELCOMED. If this does happen, cut down on the quantity of wheat grass juice being consumed to half and use it diluted. Gradually begin to increase the quantity as the body begins to handle the removal of toxins in a more gentle way.

As with every other food, please stay in tune with the prompts from within your body to observe and feel how wheat grass suits your individual constitution (prakriti) and adopt its usage accordingly.

Wheat grass seva can become an important part of all our lives. Let us grow wheat grass in abundance and make it available to chronically sick patients especially those suffering from cancer, AIDS., asthma and kidney failure.

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