The other day my wife offered me a cup of tea early in the morning. It tasted peculiar. It was served as a hors d’oeuvre. She didn’t tell the ingredient till I decoded it after many days of probing. It was the tea mixed with cabbage boiled water! Wahl! Nothing happened to my gut. It is a cocktail. We can make it from boiled bitter guard water as well. She even told she can prepare about 500 varieties of tea and coffee and soups! She showed even the palm leaves extracts of Sri Sri Gurunjaana Thirunjaana vEdaantha Thanthri, a yogi who lived for 200 years in the Himalayas. He was living on herbal leaves and tree barks! As a new trend, we can also add all the medicinal properties on the earth in the recipe.
This is Yoga Year and people will taste anything to get well.
Eastern, western, southern northern, north eastern, central, Mughalaai and the list goes endlessly covering oriental and occidental cuisines. Daily I am seeing a list of items displayed in the Chennai Times. Now the Tibetans have entered leaving their high altitude terrains to feed the palates of the shore, which is Chennai. For the varieties of tea that we are having before us, we must first thank our dear PM.
The way the medicinal properties are explained will leave one guessing that instead of paying the doctor and medicines and for the abattoir, I mean surgery, spend the money on these foods and soups and desserts for an eternal life span. Now these so called exotic foods and ‘new brew’ drinks come with a caution. Consult physician before consumption and check for the health related problems if you are a first time user. It is like holding the carrot before the donkey.
I now remember a story of a physician and a patient.
The physician prescribed and gave some herbal powder and told the patient that it has all the properties of the cow’s milk and instructed him to add these in the hot cow’s milk and drink. At the same time he gave a word of caution. Never think of monkey before drinking. Poor patient got stuck. Each time he lifted the glass of medicine with milk the picture of monkey appeared before him. He could not drink that medicine throughout his life!
I was suffering from constipation. The doctor plugged my back hole with two bullet like capsules and asked me to take deep breath so that the capsule will seal the exit for a while and create irritation, the sensation for a purge. After four hours the capsules came out nonchalantly without even losing their sheen. Then I consumed an ayurvedic powder in hot water and slept and by early morning the intestine got cleaned out like a car wash.
योगेन चित्तस्य पदेन वाचां ।
मलं शरीरस्य च वैद्यकेन ॥
योऽपाकरोत्तमं प्रवरं मुनीनां ।
पतञ्जलिं प्राञ्जलिरानतोऽस्मि ॥ This is from Pathanjali Yoga.
By Sundareswaran Date: 7th July 2016.