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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Makara Sankranti, the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn…

For us, from the earth it looks like the Sun is moving. Very much like, when we sit on a train and as we start our journey, it looks like the station is pulling away from the carriage.

So Makara Sankranti literally means the ‘passage into Capricorn’. This is the day when the Sun advances towards the northern hemisphere of the earth. The days become longer, temprature rises, plants start blooming, basically the hemisphere comes back to life. This day happens between the 14th and 16th of January, every year. 

This day is also the first day of Uttarayana. Vedic astrology divides the year into to two 6 month periods. Uttarayana when the Sun is closer to the northern hemisphere and Daksinayana is, when the Sun is closer to the sourthern hemisphere.

For us in the northern hemisphere the Uttarayana period is considered much more auspicious for everything. So traditionally this day is a very festive occasion in Vedic calendar. It is also stated in the Vedic scriptures that on this day, whatever we do, be it good or bad, we will get 10 thousand times the karmic reactions to our deeds. 

So even to this day, in modern India you see people handing out sweets, water and all sorts of gifts to one and all to reap the benefit of selfless donating. It has also become a custom to fly kites on this day.

Spiritualists also commemorate this day, as according to ancient Indian history this was the day when Bhisma, after the great war of the Mahabharata, revealed the mantra Visnusahasranam to his nephews.

Visnusahasranam Stotram is the vers that lists the 1000 most important names of Lord Visnu.

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

The founder of Oriental Method

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A simple detox programme for the first 2 months of the year, every year…

According to Taoist traditions there is a connection between the months of the year, and the different organs of our body. Much like the organ clock theory, where every 2 hours of the day is in relation to a organ in particular.

The first 2 months of the year is connected to our kidneys and urinary bladder, respectively.

The simplest detox programme for these organs are the same. Namely a glass of lemon water, first thing in the morning!

And this is to be taken, before the first passing of urine. So if we wake up several times in the night to urinate, the first passing is considered to be the one, after which we do not go back to bed.

So half a lemon squeezed into a glass of water! That is it!

It clears out both the kidneys and the urinary bladder,  plus it is an excellent purificatory rite for the prostate gland as well. It is also a very effective alkalizing method!

Om Tat Sat

Adam Baktai aka Fat Yogi

The founder of Oriental Method

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