Friday, February 17, 2017

Mix herbs and vegetables in the flower garden

Spinach mixed with Balsam flowers growing against a  boundary wall in author's home
An earlier post had described that if one had space indoors and light through windows then it is a lovely idea to grow herbs and other things indoors in pots. However, if the season is right and you have some space to garden outdoors then mixing in leafy vegetables like spinach, celery, goosefoot, lettuce etc. is a wonderful idea in flower beds. They look wonderful as shown in the picture from my garden. It shows spinach growing in with balsam flowers in a small strip against a boundary wall. Then one can go on to add small fruit trees and berry bushes in the garden too. Just a bit of a lemon tree is visible on the right of the picture. One may also include herbal bushes like basil, sage and curry leaf in the garden. I have several in mine.

When there are edible things growing around the garden, then one can make any meal delightful by adding some fresh organic green things picked right from home. Do not forget to pick up some edible flowers too if you are inviting people over. They are just great to decorate the desert after the meal... Leaves and flowers of many of these plants can be dried and stored for use later and some such as sage make an excellent cup of tea. A tea of balsam flowers, fresh or dried will help newly married couples to start a family sooner as described in detail in an older post ( Older posts can be searched by using search tool in left side bar)

"A pretty garden is nice, one producing edibles is even nicer; the first heals the soul, the second the body as well"

Monday, February 13, 2017

The contented shall be given more

The sun is barely up

We have one here who is ready to begin a new day. Just now though there is a little time to sit down over a cup of coffee, to worry about so many things humans have to worry about every day of their lives, to deal with their fears and to make plans to escape them, plans against so many different problems that can arise in a life. Soon he must dress up and rush to work. The work shall be weary, that daily grind, but it will serve to distract from worries, fears and insecurities for a while.

But today he is greeted by Babaji,

“Son you are worrying about so many things but you are forgetting the most important one. Soon these weary days shall become to an end, suddenly, unexpectedly. While your flesh and bones returns to the Earth from whence it arose, your soul shall escape. It shall look down at your body and say,

“Look at this pitiable body that lies here in the ground, soon it shall rot and the stench shall be unbearable, or the maggots will get to it. Its days were spent in worries, fears and insecurities while it walked the land. A sorry end to a sorry life indeed! Then the soul shall rise up and escape to a place from whence it came.”

“But tell me son, do you have enough bread for the day.”
“I do’”
”Do you have a clean dress for the day to wear.”
“Yes, I do.”
“And a roof over your head for the night!?”
 “Yes, Sir. I sure do.”
 “Is the air fresh enough to breathe and the sun warm enough to touch your soul?”
“It sure is Babaji.”
“Then pray tell me, is there a pain in your behind?”
“No, not in the least Babaji.”

“Then be happy and immerse yourself in the magic of a new day. If there is a concern or two to handle today, then go ahead and deal with that, why are you adding those of tomorrow to it? When tomorrow comes it will take care of itself. Let your day be a celebration of life not a distraction from your worries. Soon the body shall be in the grave. Make the most of it while it still dwells upon the earth in a spirit of gratitude. Be contented with what you have for,

“The contented shall be given more and whatever they presently have shall be taken away from those who lack gratitude.”

Is this not the story of so many of us dear readers?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Karma is a Sweet Rose

Karma is a pain

We have one here whose life is nothing but pain and suffering. People he could have counted on - spouse, siblings even children and friends provide no solace but add to his woes. There is pain in the body and there is pain in the pocket as financial worries trouble. He tosses and turns in his bed at night as anguish, trauma and memories of injustices torment his soul. There is neither good food to eat nor a good place to live. He has lost all hope in this world. He looks upward and beyond, is there a god up there who might help? He learns of the value of truth as from his suffering compassion and wisdom. His troubles may be steep but he finds solace in lending a helping hand to a fellow human, in little deeds of kindness.

The Unseen Eye watches all. Time and forgiveness wipes out his anguish and tears. His traumas are lost in the mists of time and history. People around him become sweet again and there is good money and profits that have begun to pour in even as the pain and tiredness in his body disappears.

Karma is a sweet Rose

Life is full of happiness; there is enough for good food, a nice place to live and more. There is a spring in his step and laughter in his moments. World is full of so many wonderful things to enjoy he says as he rests on his comfortable bed at night and drops of to sleep. The day’s entertainment has been tiring. He shall wake up to another day of celebration. Who is watching if he cheats a bit? It is so much sweeter to increase one’s gain and profits. Look at those poor vermin and bums on the streets he says. He must talk to the mayor to declare such eyesores illegal on the streets. Look, that guy is talking of God! Has anyone ever seen Him? This talk of ethics and morality, just made up stuff to keep the gullible controlled and in their place. You can’t call anyone a thief if no one is watching or knows!

The Unseen Eye watches all. With time and deeds good karma has come to an end, but there is a lot of another other kind to take care of now, for an education of the soul through practical experience of how it feels to be on the other side

Karma is a pain,


Friday, February 10, 2017

Joy of Indoor Plants

If you have windows in your home through which sunlight comes in for a part of the day and if there is some space beside it to spare, then indoor potted plants are a wonderful addition, especially in places where the winter is freezing and there is snow outdoors for a part of the season. Such plants do not spread dirt inside as long as there are trays beneath the pots to catch water that drains out.

The plants can be those with decorative foliage, flowers, herbs or even young trees that you rear indoor for planting outdoors in spring and summer. Such pots can be moved outdoors or indoors according to the season.

If you grow herbs like celery there shall always be fresh green leaves on your dinner plate whenever you wish. The leaves are the healthiest parts and this is what is eaten in Arab countries where the plant originates and not the stalk, roots, oil or salt as in West because that can lead to severe allergies for some. Even the leaves might cause allergy for a few but the chance is much reduced and there is hardly a food out there that does not cause allergy to someone or the other.

Many young trees are extremely beautiful when young and in pots indoors in cold winters. One can develop these from seed too. When they grow too tall for the pot and it a season to picnic outside in the countryside, carry the potted trees with you and some gardening implements to plant it outdoors. Return to picnic around the same spot a few times during the season and water these if necessary. Mother Earth has become desperately short of her green cover over the last century or so and in doing so, you shall not only contribute to improving the environment of the planet but give something back to Mother Earth that gives us  food from a vast selection every day of our life and every breath we breathe.

If you find a nice wild flower or fern sapling nearby when you go to plant the trees,  you can dig it out to fill up the pot again to take home. It shall be a gift of gratitude of the forest to you, a rare plant that is not found in plant nurseries. In the entire process of planting do take care that roots are disturbed or damaged as little as possible and water the area around the planting to start the plants off. 
“One who gives to the world shall be returned more from the Universe but all shall be taken away from the one who only takes when the time for it comes and pray it is not a time when it hurts most.”

NOTE:  Babaji Ashok has been a Professional Engineer, Scientist as well as a spiritual seeker in the Himalayan mystic tradition, hence his ideas on things to do often contain a spiritual message. This approach is best illustrated in his Novella – Mystic and the Blossoms – that involves the transformation of an entire backward village into a place of immense beauty and prosperity. It can be found easily at Amazon and other places online through a google search.