If you expect stories which starts: Once upon a time, there was a princess... stop reading. Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi of the Travancore Royal Family will introduce us very modern and open minded view on today's Kerala society and ayurveda.
The ego is very big! People say: my way is the only way! I do not think so. I think, there are many ways. Maybe it all leads to the same point, but the ways are many, methods are many, the methodologies are many.
Ayurveda god Dhavantari is a male form, but in Kerala we had matriarchal system in which the woman had lot of power. So things like treatment was in the hands of the woman. Woman decided which way the family would go.
Happiness is a state of mind, which we all would like to achieve. But it is not that easy, when you try to put it in the practice. The power of art is your strength of mind. Everything is in some form of art. It is the inner treasure, which you have to look for and find it.
In the older days we believed, that the kitchen can be your pharmacy, you had the market right in your garden. We used to cook even with banana skins. Yes, the peel which you discard. But today’s perception of the food is totally different!
There are things, which we really do not understand - what is up there, what is out there. People, who do research in astronomy, they find something new every day. All these things definitely have an influence on human body.
Lord with the lotus in the naval, our lives have been fulfilled by doing service at your feet. We are fulfilled. Our lives are complete...This has been the motto of the Travancore family for generations and I hope it will continue so as long as family is in the existence.
Dharma is a very difficult word for which there is no translation. It is a concept. Our own family motto is Dharmo smat kuladev atam. The British translated is Charity is our household divinity. Dharma is not Charity! There is much more to it!
In the older days, what we did not do, was to explain things to people. You would say: Do this, it should be done this way! The why and where, nobody bother to explain. But today, you can explain or open the inner eye in anyone, in any age and in any stage of life.
One of the Kani tribe chiefs told me: We never had anything white! We drunk no milk, we ate no salt, we ate no sugar, we did not consumed processed flour. We had the millets, the grains, spices and herbs in the forests. I call it a white diet.
If you ask me, what is Kerala’s biggest problem today, I would say, it is the garbage! As the Malayali is very conscious of his physical cleanness and wellbeing and he will take his garbage and put it on the street. So that is very, very serious problem as I see it.
I am basically restless person. I like to walk and explore places on foot. I think, that discovering the city, a village, an area on foot and interacting with local people, that give the very special dimension to your travels.
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