TEARS OF BRAHMA- THE AMLA KISS
A few years ago, we were having a shipboard party, the way we do.
We have cerebral capsules too, in between letting down our collective hair. Whatever we do, the spirit of the party is sustained.
A question was popped by my Filipino pump man . First he made a dramatic scene of an archer shooting an arrow and then he cried " Sir, your mind is like the blazing arrow, you have all the answers in a jiffy , spot on . We all know even before we came on board , on all your ships, you keep a 16 kilo dumbbells in your day room, and anybody who can beat you in a contest of strength on that can get 4 cases of beer-- and people cant even do half of what you do --what is your secret?"
( This was on the ship where i made the post THE NAIVE SAILOR, SHIP CONSTRUCTION- VADAKAYIL which got thousands of intelligent people red faced )
Pressed for a quick answer, I said " When I was a kid, the first thing in the morning I had was a mixture of fresh Indian gooseberry juice, fresh turmeric juice , sour lime juice and natural honey. I guess this has preserved me well"
Then as an afterthought I said " It is about quick pattern matching of images by the sub-conscious or left lobe of the brain. Very little thinking is involved"
Today i feel I have been bang on target.
I have already posted on turmeric and honey. This leaves out gooseberry, right?
So here we go--
The Indian government found it necessary to take out a stamp with gooseberry ( Amla ) on it. Why not, instead of putting hyped up paper tigers on it.
I will refer to Indian gooseberry as Amla ( Hindi ) from now on. In Malayalam it is called Nellikka. In Sanskrit it is called Amlaki " the sustainer" in which the goddess of prosperity is inherent. Amla is the tears of Brahma , the creator god of Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism.
Amla has been included in the Ayurvedic texts , written in Sanskrit 7000 years ago. It is described in Charaka Samhita too.
Amla and its flowers are used in worship, pretty much the same way as Tulsi. Amla tree is sacred in Hindusim and the tree revered as Mother earth.
It is used to make the wonder herbal tonic Chyawanprash. Ask any Indian abroad what Chyawanprash is, and if he does NOT know it-- kick him on his ass , kick him good-- and call him "pseudo Indian".
This 9000 year old rejuvenative Rasayana consists of 54 herbal ingredients.
When I am home on leave nowadays , I have Amla long soaked on honey as the dessert after food-- just 2 large ones. As a kid I used to have homemade Amla wine-- which is very tasty and sweet.
Try eating an Amla, and then kiss a girl later. It will be the sweetest of all kisses for her. Jokes apart--try it! No wonder King Solomon with hundreds of mistresses wanted it .
When we were kids we used to eat the steeped in salt water amla. After that when you drink plain water, it tastes sweet and divine, as it formats the taste buds. It has 6 out of 7 possible tastes -- salty, sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Only hot chillie taste is missing.
This green fruit less than an inch in diameter, has 6 vertical stripes. Even if the fruit is preserved or dried and powdered it does not lose its quantum potency and is quickly assimilated by the human body.
400 years ago the British took this plant and planted it in Britain, as it was found to be very beneficial to the plague victims, and to nurse them back in an all round manner , to proper health.
The tree required typical Indian soil and climate for potency. I will get to that soon.
Now let me list out its medicinal uses--
Anti oxidant-- free radical scavenger
Anti inflammatory--good for threat inflammation
Anti fungal and yeast inhibiting
Anti cancer--Ellagic acid
Reduces blood cholesterol level
Reduces nausea , giddiness and vomiting
Excellent liver tonic
Fantastic source of Vitamin C ascorbic acid. 25 times higher than apple or two oranges
Eliminates toxins from liver accumulated due to side effects of western chemical medicines
Increases haemoglobin and red blood cell count.
Sunstroke cooling agent and for reducing internal body heat
Brain tonic for memory power and intelligence
For physical strength
Improves appetite and enhance digestion
Reduces fever- anti pyretic
Reduce cough and asthma, strengthens lungs
Improves body immunity and defence function
Enhances hair growth and prevents hair fall and greying --used in hair oils and shampoo
Three times higher protein than apple
Prevents bad breath and strengthens teeth
Juice diluted in water is excellent skin moisturiser
Hyper acidity and ulcers
Middle age crisis menstrual disorders
Removes excess salivation
Improves muscle tone
Used in dyes and inks due to high tannin content
THE ANCIENT 12 STRAND VEDIC MAHARSHIS KNEW ABOUT ALL THIS-- 9000 YEARS AGO.
NONE OF ABOVE IS MODERN DISCOVERY
Bottomline: Recently I saw a UK university filter-spamming dozens of website posts which had written about the " CHILLING EFFECTS " of Indian Gooseberry-- using the Google complaint box, for Patent infringement.
To these self righteous and ignoramuses I have to say this " Before your country came out from under the quarternary ice age-- in India , we knew the anti-pyretic properties of Amla. In Kerala they used to apply Nellikka podi along wih hair oil to prevent sunstroke. Charaka Samhita has it in writing in Sanskrit-- as does ancient 6000 year old Ayurvedic texts in Malayalam from the days of Parashurama.
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL