Twenty years ago, my spiritual teacher, Guru Nitya, handed me a letter and said: I am sending you to my friend to learn Ayurveda. I do not know if there is a better place for you to learn. After long trip I arrived at the clinic of Sudhir Vaidya and his brother.
An evergreen like tree with a round crown, pretty leaves, and oily buds grows in the front of almost every home. It is called Nimba or Neem. In traditional families it is planted along with another sacred tree the Ashvatha.
Amalaki (Emblica officinalis, sometimes also called Emblic myrobalan), is a tree bearing small leaves and juicy fruits of green colour about the same size as a cherry. In Sanskrit it means the fruit in which dwells the goddess of prosperity.
In 1998, Czech parents of a sixteen year old boy met me to consult about their son. They were worried and wanted to know if their son was eating properly. Their son was the junior world champion in cycling, and a vegetarian.
I have tried to introduce and explain guidelines to an Ayurvedic diet. However, I do not advocate any drastic changes in your nutrition habits. Any such change one wishes to implement should be well deliberated and incorporated with caution.
The first seeds of Ayurvedic wisdom were planted in me by my grandmother. Besides being an excellent cook, she was an outstanding story teller. For any situation, she had a story. One day she told me an ancient story of the royal court physician.
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