The best natural sun burn remedy, ever…

This is a super easy and a highly effective remedy, for one and all. The method is as simple as this:

Once you are sun burned, just apply some really good quality lavender oil to your burnt areas. It takes about 10 minutes to go from bright red, to a good tan. And that is it, you will feel pain no longer. 

If you are using essential oil, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil into 0.1 liter of cold pressed carrier oil. This could be anything from extra virgin olive oil to cold pressed sesame oil. However if you use coconut oil, which is cooling by nature, probably the whole procedure becomes more effective.

If you are sensitive to sun light and you are looking for sun protection that could be used internally as well, take amla, or indian gooseberry. In the ayurvedic tradition amla is taken during the entire winter season against colds and flu, because amla contains a huge amount of vitamin C. After some years of observation, it became clear that amongst those who were taking amla for a prolonged time, their skin became more resistant to sun light, even to extreme exposure to the sun. 

And this phenomena goes well with an old Siberian saying: “Build your boats during the winter, and your sleighs in the summer.” Meaning always work in a perventive way, rather than a reactive way.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

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Akshaya Tritiya, the best astrological day of the year!

As the planets continuously circle the Sun, time and time again we have really good and really difficult astrological positions. But apart from these regular cycles once a year we have a day, when 3 planets out of 9, is usually placed in the best position possible.

That day is the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Akshaya means ‘indestructible’, Tritiya means ‘the third’. Because this day happens during spring time, when the Sun is in the sign of Aries, on the 3rd day after the New Moon. So on this day we also have the Moon in the best position possible, in the sign of Taurus.

And as a plus, most years the planet Venus is also in the best position, in the sign of Pisces. So three following signs have exalted planets in them, and as such we have a super powerful planet in all three kinds of signs. As the sign of Pisces is common in nature, the sign of Aries is a movable sign, whereas the sign of Taurus is a fixed sign.

And as this is a super powerful combination, some of the greatest events took place on this day in Vedic history:

  • Parasuram, the 6th incarnation of Lord Visnu descended to this world on this day.
  • So did Mother Ganga. The Vedic scriptures describe the Ganges river, as an eternally existing sacred body of water, that flows through the entire universe in the form of the celestial  milky way. She descended into our world on an Akshaya Tritiya day.
  • Annapurna Devi, the Goddess of food and nourishment was born on an auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. She is the wife of Lord Shiva, and an incarnation of Parvati. One of the highest mountain ranges of the world is named after Her.
  • In Puri, the chariots for the annual Ratha Yatra are made anew every single year. And the constructions of the chariots for Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra begins on this auspicious day.
  • Vedic traditions divide the time in our earthly creation into 4 different eras. The golden, the silver, the copper and the iron age. We are presently in an Iron age, and the previous era, the copper age, also started on an Akshaya Tritiya day. Some texts also proclaim that the Golden age, the Satya Yuga also started on this day.
  • In the great epic, Mahabharata Draupadi the wife of the 5 Pandava borthers received the Akshaya Patra, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya from Lord Krishna. Akshaya Patra was a cauldron that never went empty, no matter how much food was served out of it.
  • On this day Ganesha started to write down the Mahabharata. This happened while Srila Vyasadev was dictating the Vedas to Ganesha.
  • Sudama the brahmin went to see his childhood friend, Krishna on this day to ask for His help.
  • In the ancient times Vedic Kings used to do Vaibhava Laksmi puja on this day, to secure peace and prosperity for their subjects.
  • Because of the extreme cold, the temple of Badrinath closes for the winter. The temple is reopened on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
  • And the reason behind the Vedic tradition of gifting gold and jewelry on this day, is that on an Akshaya Tritiya day did Kuvera become the treasurer of the Gods, the Lord of wealth.
  • Apart from all these wonderful events in the Vedic calendar, this day is also very important for the Jain community. The very first Tirthankara, Rishabhadeva started and ended His one year long fast on this very day, by accepting some sugarcane juice. And right after that He established Aharacharya, the method that sets the rules for preparing and serving food for Jain monks.

But this day is not all about gifting valuables to our loved ones. It has immense spiritual potency, so if we are planning to start important things, we should start on a day like this.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai the founder of Oriental Method

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The Vedic approach….

One of the biggest differences between the Eastern and Western approach to life is how we view knowledge.

In the west we tend to think there is no perfect knowledge. So the idea is if more manpower and money is spent, or  better equipment and more advanced technology is used in gathering knowledge, more and more information is collected about the subject in focus.

This is the mentality and method that leads us to the strange phenomenon of learning different facts about the very same things as time goes by. And as time goes by there is a huge difference between the things we have studied in our times, from what the are children are thought today, in school.

On the other hand Vedic traditions are a top down system of acquiring knowledge. This means perfect knowledge exists, it is written down in the Vedas, and if we want to obtain this knowledge we simply have to apply ourselves to studying.

There are innumerable facts and figures that were written down in the Vedas 5,000 years ago, in a vast variety of sciences, that have also been discovered by western science thousands of year later. These findings range from astronomy to mathematics, from architecture to medical sciences.

It is needless to say that mathematics, the human body the law of physics, or even the pattern of the stars work the same way, as they did 5,000 years ago. But still it is a very intereseting fact that in ancient India the people were aware of these principles thousands of years prior to the scrutiny of western thought. 

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai

The Founder of Oriental Method

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The Oriental systems…

The quintessence behind the concepts of Oriental Method is deeply rooted in ancient Indian and Japanese cultures.

For us these two cultures complement each other. The easy going, forgiving and colorful culture of India, with the strict, precize and minimalist concepts of Japanese thought.

And whereas the Vedic concept sees advancement mostly as a learning method top-down, the Japanese idea of advancement very much relies on bottom-up approaches of practicing, observing, perfecting techniques, trying out different procedures, building up new tactics, etc.

Once a Japanese martial arts master told me: “for anybody to perfect any technique, be it a healing act or a martial move, one has to practice it atleast 2,000 times.”

So as we all know “practice makes perfect”.

Probably this is the saying that best describes the mood of Japanese masters who gave us all those wonderful things from flower arrangement to martial arts and from origami to pottery. Probably we should also embrace this approach if we decide on learning and  practicing ancient Japanese arts and sciences.

Also this line of thought is the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions, that is put to us. Namely, why on earth did Adam study Zen Shiatsu, or Japanese body work in India, in the home of Ayurvedic medicine?

This is what he usually says: “Japanese body work is something so profound and so well thought out, that has no match on our earthly platform. Japanese body work was perfected over a 1000 year old period, and it was tried and tested in every walk of life. In sun and rain, in war and peace!”

And this is the humble approach we so very admire in the Japanese culture, the sheer amount of time and energy that is put into the perfection of these arts and sciences.

Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai

The Founder of Oriental Method

Ps: Our institution is also an ardent follower of the ideas and practices of Reiki, yet again an amazing Japanese art, and Taoist Yoga as well, another complete system of health and well being from the ancient traditions of Chinese hermits.

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A rejuvenative and boosting practice for March and April…

In the Taoist culture the months of the year are connected to the workings of our immune system, just like the organ clock system, where every 2 hours the performance of specific organs gain strenght and importance. 

So in Taoist thought the months of March and April are connected to the hormonal system.

Our recommendation for correcting the workings of this system is as follows:

  • For ladies we suggest the consumption of an Ayurvedic herb called Shatavari, which is made out of the root of a simple asparagus kind.
  • For men we recommend the usage of Ashwagandha, yet again a compound that is made out of a single root.

Both of these herbs are adaptogen in nature so they are nontoxic substances, they are plant extracts, that are meant to increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of  physical disturbances and stress. Adaptogen herbs by definition can not damage the health of the consumer, as they promote or restore normal physiological functioning regardless of the nature of the problem, the age, the gender or the condition of the recipient. 

But however please notice that while consuming these herbs the possibility of impregnation is manyfold.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

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The need for a spring cleansing rite…

The idea of fasting and cleansing rituals are present in every culture and traditions. And many of these traditions position their fasts and detox procedures for the spring season. Like the Eastern fast in the christian traditions or Ugadi in South India, from which day onwards Neem leaves are eaten first thing in the morning, for cleansing out our entire system.

In the texts of ancient Ayurvedic literature a simple example is given for the need of fasts and cleansing rites:

Let us say our system is like pipe that is meant to carry water from one point to the other. If our pipe is clogged up by dirt, by sticks and twigs the ability to carry water becomes impaired. In the same way if we are strained by toxins our system cannot carry out it’s functions properly and due to the malfunctions our health is effected. 

But once we are free of toxins our self healing processes (our homeostatic functions) can take control of the minor problems and injuries and our entire system functions better.

That is the need for running fasts and detow programmes regularly.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

The founder of Oriental Method

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An Ayurvedic winter first aid recipe…

Be it an intense flu or just a common cold, the Ayurvedic idea for the healing of this infectious viral illness is simple.

Mix the following 4 ingredients together:

  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Black Pepper
  • Ginger 

You can mix these components into the honey, and administer them orally, or you can make the above things into a tea and drink it as hot as it feels comfortable for you. (Hot in this case refers to temprature, and not using as much ginger and black pepper as possible, without milling a hole into our abdominal wall.)

These 4 ingredients together are the ones that do the trick, so according to age, the severity of the problem and personal preferences you can use different amounts of the components. For eg: probably kids will not handle too much of the spices, so you can make them a very light ginger tea with a tiny amount of black pepper, and tons of honey and lemon, and it will still have the desired effect. 

Take the above mixture 2-3 times daily and the whole thing will be gone in a jiffy!

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

The founder of Oriental Method

Ps: Depending where you are in the world, sometimes it is easier to get dryed and powdered ginger. That works wonders as well, especially if there is a lot of mucus to cut through.

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