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May #GanpatiBappa remove all obstacles to a cleaner, greener & more #EnvironmentFriendly world!

The #EcoSensitivity of #IndianHeritage

Harking back to ancient Vedic times, the sculpting of a Ganesha idol from Shaadu(natural clay) at home , worshiping it and then immersing it is an age-old practice that incorporates the wisdom of eco-sensitive practices – – a #SustainableLiving practice. This is still followed in parts of South India, notably in Tamil Nadu.

Row of ganeshas

DIY ecofriendly clay ganesha

The #EnvironmentalPollution of the Festival

Today, it is a practice that needs to be followed widely because we can see the environmental pollution that is caused by Ganesh Chaturthi festival through:

  • Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols. Plaster of Paris (POP) contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to dissolve in water and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and seas.
  • #ChemicalPollution.The chemical paints used on the idols contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water.
  • Waste generated by the non-biodegradable accessories – thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor, etc. used during the worship.
  • #NoisePollution
  • #Traffic congestion

There are many negative effects on the environment:

  • The polluted water causes several diseases including skin diseases.
  • The pollution from the idols also damages the #Ecosystem, kills fishes and water plants. Often, the same #PollutedWater gets pumped into homes.

A Central Pollution Control Board Study on the impact of immersion of Ganesh idols on the lakes revealed the following:

  • The acid content in the waters increased.
  • The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) increased by a 100%
  • The heavy metal content sampling showed an increase in metals such as iron which increased nearly 10 times and the content of copper in the sediments increased by 200 to 300 %.

How do we prevent this Environmental Damage?

  • Use eco-friendly clay idols painted with natural colors.
  • Use permanent idols made of stone and perform a symbolic immersion and reuse the idol each year.
  •  Avoid public water bodies to immerse the idols, instead immerse idol in bucket or tub.

Natural Mantra offers you a #SustainableLiving alternative: A Natural Clay Ganesha Home kit with all the necessary tools, #EnvironmentFriendly jewelry & embellishments and a step-by-step video guide. You can also use a ready-made idol made of coconut from the site to re-create this tradition in your own home. Let us ensure the sanctity of our traditions and the purity of our Earth. Happy Ganesha!

GanpatiBappa

row of ecofriendly ganeshas

 

 


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yoga

Yoga is a light, which, once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.

One question most people ask themselves is ‘Who am I?’ . You too must have asked yourself this. Our quest for the self, many people have discovered over the ages, starts with ourselves.

We know that all of us are part of Nature, biologically. But even more important is understand how we are intimately connected with the world around us. And so people are constantly trying to explore this cosmic connection.

Through Yogic Meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises), Qi Gong (Chi Kung) and a healthy, holistic diet, we understand the path to a better quality of life. For ourselves and our communities.

Yoga is a way of living that aims to transform body, mind and spirit through physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Of the many schools and practices, the most popular are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.

Yoga originated from pre-vedic yoga-practices of the Buddhist Nikayas in India. Other developments were recorded around 400 CE in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This sage, who  lived in India over 2,200 years ago, wrote treatises on Sanskrit grammar and medicine, apart from his Yoga Sutras, the first written text on yogic philosophy.

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit yuj, which means ‘yoke’ or ‘union’ – as in “yoking together” of horses or oxen, now applied to the “yoking” of mind and body. Practising the prescribed, time-tested postures, breathing techniques and focused intentions develops harmony, unifying the mind, body and spirit.

Pure traditional yoga incorporates the’eight limbs’ (astanga) or stages of yoga. This eightfold path is sequential. But practitioners of only the asanas often forget that yoga is for cultivating the head and the heart.

“Yoga … develops a feeling of oneness between man and nature, between man and man, and between man and his Maker, thus permitting the experience of a feeling of identity with the spirit that pervades all creation.”

 Yoga practitioner & Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar

To reach this level of peace, one needs to practice Yoga in the ideal place and situation. While you can perform the asanas practically anywhere, it helps to have a controlled space where you can focus your internal energies. In fact, a good tip is to use Aromatherapy oils to help in creating such an environment.

As you can see, yoga is in fact, “meditation in action”. It brings us back into contact with the outside world, awakened by the basic understanding that everything and everyone are interconnected, content and happy.