Two Simple Ayurvedic Practices That Helped Me In 2020

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.” – Shubhra Krishan

I have always loved healing my body naturally, without any side effects. Though I was taking allopathy medicines for my cold/cough etc I realized over time it was just working on the symptoms and not the root cause. That is where I was blown away after getting a deeper understanding of Ayurveda. To this date, Ayurveda has helped me increasing my body’s immunity & reducing my intake of allopathy medicine by 75%.

In 2020, one of my biggest health challenges was Mouth Ulcers. I had no idea why was it occurring every other week. This was causing me a lot of issues even while chewing food.

I would like to share how just by implementing 2 simple things Ayurveda helped me immensely in eradicating the issue. I have not had even a single instance of mouth ulcer since the time I implemented these two Ayurvedic practices.

  1. Oil Pulling: Oil pulling is done by swishing oil around the mouth for a few minutes and then spitting the oil out. This is one practice I have been doing for many months. Oil pulling comes with numerous benefits i.e. it refreshes the breath, pulls out bacteria, debris, and other toxins from the mouth, mitigates mouth ulcers, etc.
  2. Tongue Scrapping: Tongue scrapping has several benefits that help improve oral health. Another practice that I do before brushing my teeth is I use a tongue scraper to clean my tongue. I used to think, the toothbrush does the same thing, but after doing some research, I found tongue scraper is much more efficient. Research also says how tongue scrapping is effective to eradicate bad breath, getting rid of toxins, improving digestive health, etc.

These are the two Ayurvedic tricks I did in 2020 that have helped me tremendously and wanted to share them with you guys. I plan to continue this for the rest of my life.

Also sharing another article that talks about simple Ayurvedic tricks. Do give it a read, maybe if not all, practice one and see what advantages it is giving you.

Health for all. Everyone, everywhere, every day

Extras: Photo by Katherine Hanlon on Unsplash

Resetting Yourself… But how?

What do you do when your smartphone is working very slow when your applications are either not getting opened or are slower than a sloth? What do you do? You reset your phone and the moment you reset your phone, your smartphone starts working back to normal.


Similarly, in our lives we have situations that break us down, slows us down or maybe we felt pathetic after saying a silly thing in a work meeting or you have done some past mistakes and you need to start things fresh. But what do we do? We keep blaming ourselves, we keep regretting our decisions, we shout at life and cry over that thing.

Just like you can reset your smartphone, you can reset your life. Yes, it is possible. How? When you are in control of yourself when you are in control of your mind. Again, not controlling life, but controlling your emotions, your state of mind, your feelings. You cant control life because it is unpredictable, however, what you do with that unpredictability is something you can control.

When you are in control of yourself and mind, you gain the ability and awareness to reset your actions, reset your habits, reset your life.

But how to reset yourself? How to control yourself? Through your Breath. Your breath contains immense power to control and manage your mind. So many researches have happened/are happening which all say how through breath this is possible. Breathing techniques help you to get rid of that stress that we carry in our mind which doesn’t let us reset ourselves.


It is very common to use our breath to reset ourselves. As an example, you might have heard someone getting angry and someone saying, “Take a few deep breaths in and out.” And as a result what happens? It helps you reset your life at that moment.


In my life, I have learned this technique where using my breath I can reset any component or moment in my life. For me learning and practicing Sudarshan Kriya has been a big big big game-changer. How easily I get an ability to change the state of my mind, how easily I get the ability to change my sadness into happiness, how easily I can change a negative feeling or thought, into a positive one.

We all need that button in life to reset our life. We all carry that button in our life, but we do not know how to use it. Sudarshan Kriya is something that enables you to do that.


I am teaching one of those programs called Happiness Program where you learn this powerful breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya in November 2020. You can come and join to learn this technique to enable yourself to reset your life whenever you want to.

Happiness Program November 2020: https://www.artofliving.org/ca-en/program/6224

Series: Wake Up – Fear of Failing

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Our life is a race. Sometimes we have the freedom of choosing which race to be a part of and sometimes a race is forced upon us. Either way, we want to succeed. We want to be in the first position, not second, not third, and definitely not less than a third. Be it grades in the school, an interview, or even an actual running race, we want to succeed. We do not want to fail.

It is true, winning is important but we have forgotten how we won. We won with failures, not without it. Lets see how we started winning.

  • You won when you scored a goal in a football match. But before you scored, you failed so many times to even hit the ball with your foot.
  • You won when you drew your first painting. But before you drew your first painting, you failed so many times to even draw a single line.
  • You won when you came first in a 100 meters race. But you failed miserably to be able to walk for several years.

This thought of always winning and never failing has created fear in us that, we will be miserable if we fail.

Due to the fear of failing, many around the world do not do things they love to do. People do not sing because of the fear people might make fun of their voice, have stage fear because they might not make sense to the audience, do play any sport because of the fear that what if they could not hit a goal.

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With the fear of failing you are giving up your freedom. Is giving up your freedom worth it? Our fear of failing is just taking away the potential from us.

Sri Sri says

“When you look back at your failures, you will see that you have learnt something from them, and they have been stepping stones for you to move ahead.”

So what if you were not able to get good grades, so what if you were not able to clear an interview, so what if you failed losing weight. SO WHAT! It is okay. Do not mind the failure, it is an important ingredient to the most delicious recipe.

Make mistakes, fail but rise stronger. #ItIsOkayIfYouFail

Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

Mat Kar Maya Ka Ahankar – Guitar Cover

It is said Lucky are the ones who attain human birth. Luckier are those who get a glimpse of truth. Luckiest are the ones who have a Guru in their life.

I am fortunate to have all three. 10 years back wisdom was something that sounds nice but had no meaning to the reality. Or maybe my mind was crowded with so many thoughts that I could not think outside of my small little desires. But then I met my Guru. Now, all make sense.

A few days back on my birthday, I was contemplating about this life. In a few minutes, I started humming a song. A song with the meaning such profound. I heard this bhajan/song “Mat kar Maya ka Ahankar” from Vikram Hazra many many years ago but never had the right mindset to record it. But on my birthday, I took my guitar and started singing which turned out recording a video.

From the school days, I knew Sant Kabir was famous for his Dohas, but never knew those couplets had such profound knowledge of this life hidden in his works. #EverGrateful

A Yogi during Pandemic

When the world shakes, it creates distress and fear in the minds of the people. This is what we have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The world is shaking during this pandemic and it has created distress in some percentage of the population. As a result, we have seen the mindless hoarding of goods and medical supplies from the stores.

But a Yogi (Someone calm, serene and centered.) sees this situation as fleeting not something permanent. He knows that this shall pass too. (Yogi is not someone who has long hair or beard, a yogi is someone who is happy and content.)

I heard this from a friend of mine many years back and it makes sense during this pandemic.

This too shall pass. It may pass like a kidney stone, but it will pass.

One of the learnings I had from Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is that nothing in this world is permanent. Everything is changing. For me, these are not mere words but a shelter of hope during these tough times.

Just knowing, this too shall pass, brings such relaxation, and hope deep inside you. Worries disappear.

This is not the first time Earth is going through a pandemic. There have been many in the past. But after each pandemic life came back to normalcy. Same as how the dark clouds disappears from a stormy day.

Just like we studied mathematics, science, etc. in school and we had to give a test. This is the time where life threw a surprise test and we have no option than sitting in the exam.

Do you know what are we tested on in this surprise test?

Our Faith

Our Compassion

Our Love

A yogi has all these during the toughest of the tough times. A Yogi knows that dark clouds are momentary, they may have the power to block the sun, but can not stay forever.

3 Reasons to Meditate Now

World is now realizing the need for “Mental Health”. Do you know why there is a need ? It is because of the growing stress in our lives. Fortunately, the world is now adopting the ancient way of getting rid of stress i.e. Meditation. One of the fact that I loved while researching more is that the people meditating in the USA tripled from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017. (Source https://www.nccih.nih.gov/). Isn’t that incredible ?

Apart from reducing the stress and boosting your mental health, below are 3 reasons why you should meditate right now:

  • Satisfaction: When we were studying in school/college, we were instilled with the idea that earning money will make us satisfied. But even the people with millions of dollars suffer from dissatisfaction in their lives. Where money, relationships, partying does not give us satisfaction, Meditation comes with promising results of inner satisfaction in life.

“Satisfaction comes from deep rest, by reposing deep within oneself. When you get established within your Self, then there is contentment. The satisfaction you think that comes by doing some work is very temporary and lasts only for a short while.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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  • Meaningful Relationships: Ups and downs happen in every relationship. Arguments on the smallest things to the biggest thing happens often in a relationship. Guess what, most arguments start because of our inability to listen(mindfully). After every resolution, we say “I will understand you in a better way.” When you promise that you will understand what you are trying to say is I will listen to what you are saying in a better way. Meditation makes your mind empty of unwanted thoughts. Less the thoughts in the mind, better you listen, lesser the arguments and your relationship blooms.

“The key to a happy relationship is based on how we handle our mind. We must learn how to calm our minds and relax, for a few moments every day.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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  • Freedom: With the luggage of stress that we carry around our whole lives, we tend to lose our freedom. How can one be free if his/her mind is each moment occupied with thoughts which he/she does not even want? Meditation takes away your stress. It brings back your naturalness. And when you are natural, you are free.

“Meditation, indeed, is an amazing path to experiencing freedom. Meditation offers a “freedom from” and “freedom to” in both business and personal life.” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

So, if you are not meditating, start from today, rather sit back now and meditate using the below link.

If you are already meditating, awesome, share your joy with others.

How to be Happy ? Part-1

In my previous post, Are You Happy?, I shared why you should be Happy this moment. If you have not read it, do give it a read.

There are days when most of the time goes in complaining, stuck in arguments and getting stuck with our heavy emotional garbage. But amidst all these negative experiences, there are moments when we are happy. Its just that we ignore our happiness.

Why ?

One of the habits of our minds is that it tends to focus on the negatives a lot more than on the positives. In certain cases, it just ignores the positives and focuses on the negatives. This is because when we grew up nobody taught us how to be positive when the negatives take over. Due to which we developed this habit of ignoring positives. So, question is how do we come out of this habit?

H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says,

“Santosha. Develop the habit of being happy. You have to do it. Nothing else can give you that. Nobody else can do it. If anybody else or anything else does it, it will only be very temporary. You take a step!”

This is not just a quote, its a technique to be happy. Just like you work out in the gym, you know its hard but you push yourself and you complete the set which was difficult to start with. But with practice you become fit, develop strength, six pack abs, etc.

The same way, if we take the step to be happy, it might be tough in the beginning but with time, you ca become so rock solid from inside that nothing can shake your happiness. As a result, you develop six pack abs for your mental well being.

So, tell yourself, come what may, I will be Happy. Let this be your mantra.

Are you Happy ?

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In our day to day life, we run like head-less chickens to earn, to stay comfortable, for fame, for reputation and for so many other reasons…

Amidst all this, we are worried, stressed, often get depressed and carry emotional burden  for our whole lives.

Did you ever asked yourself this question…. Why are we running for all those things?

Any Guesses ?

The answer is, we are doing whatever we are doing to BE HAPPY.

Think about it, after you first got the ability to think, you thought, “I will be happy if I get good grades”, after sometime, “I will be happy if I get that boy/girl as my partner”, after sometime, “I will be happy if I get a job and start saving money”, and then, “I will be happy when I buy a house”, and then, “I will be happy when I am married and have kids”, and then may be promotion, further have my kids in a good school. And so on you just keep postponing your happiness always.

But have you asked yourself, after having all that you wanted, ARE YOU HAPPY ?

We spend years and years achieving things we want, we do get them, but amidst that we forget the purpose why we started what we started and  are we HAPPY.

Not after a month, or an year or sometime in future, NOW, ask yourself, ARE YOU HAPPY ? If not, then BE HAPPY.

I heard H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar once say,

“You postpone your happiness until some perfect future date, but it never arrives.”

Before deciding to write this blog, I asked myself “Am I Happy ?”. I ask this question many times to myself, because if I am not happy now, I would never be happy.

So close your eyes, take a deep breath in and say yourself, I AM HAPPY !

Conversation with a Buddhist Monk

After reading ‘My Journey Home’ by Swami Radhanath, an American Swami, I was very keen to know more about the hidden yet profound wisdom witnessed by many great people on their spiritual journey. My perception towards such people has immensely changed from being sympathetic to the one who carries pearls of wisdom.

I was traveling from Texas to Philadelphia where I was stopped at the security checkin. (Their scanners always get confused when they see a harmonica case). After 15 minutes when I started walking towards my gate, I saw a guy wearing orange robes with a strong presence. I was very curious to speak to him and wished he was in my flight. Though not completely, but my wish was half fulfilled. His gate number was 50 and mine was 49 since he was traveling to Washington DC. After introducing myself to him (Master Lim), I asked if we can sit together and contemplate. To that he nodded with approval.

When we sat he saw my Yoga mat(I usually carry it with me when I am traveling) and asked me “Do you meditate ?”. To which I nodded with a broad smile. He told me he had been meditating since 40 years and is a follower of Buddha. He spoke about his spiritual journey with great enthusiasm. Though he was old in age but his undying smile and simplicity touched my heart.

The discussion moved on to Buddha to which I mentioned about one of his teachings – Nothingness. With great excitement and love in his eyes he started describing about Nothingness. He said “Nothingness means everything in this world is impermanent. The cloth, the carpet, this body, even this cell phone, everything in this world is impermanent”. I felt aligned with his words. He continued “Though everything is impermanent but it does not mean that you should not have a desire to have it. If you desire something, work towards it but do not run behind it. When you madly run behind something, you go far away from nothingness”.

After that I introspected my life in a series of events. I could actually relate each event to what he mentioned. I could see how I have been running behind things with hunger and madness.

He asked me about my Master and I showed him Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s picture on my phone. Out of curiosity he almost snatched my phone and told me “You are in safe hands. Congratulations, you have found your Master”. I nodded in agreement with gratefulness. We heard an announcement calling for Gate 49 which meant I had to leave. But before that I asked him for a picture and he happily agreed.

Before boarding the flight I just looked at him and he was sitting there being Nothing.