Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to find Romantic love

Artist: Pompeo Girolamo Batoni

“Your task is not to seek love, merely to seek barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi, the prophet of love
At times, some of my younger and not so young friends ask how to find romantic love that they are missing in their lives, based on my experience in the journey through life, at a time when I have seen what I wished to see and have nothing more to seek in this lap of an eternal journey, this life, and have come to the end of the road to share and reflect on what I saw.

I did a post on this topic a long time ago in this blog. However, since a visitor to this blog raised a comment on the issue to the last post, I had promised that I shall do a post on it again. Especially, because to be frank the earlier post was primarily directed at an older friend with a philosophical bent of mind and the answer in the older post was therefore philosophical and somewhat advanced. Other younger persons wish for simple answers, some limited steps that they may adapt in their lives so as to find what they seek. Romantic relationships based primarily in love and not lust is a part of growing up and can make an immense contribution to the growth of a soul. Therefore I wish my young friends good luck in finding a new relationship. Here are some simple steps that will help

The very first step is to realize that there are a few things in life that do not come by directly seeking them. Love, including romantic love and happiness are two such. Rather, they may be found simply by doing the right things that lead to it and attract it. Please do the following:

  •  Health: Healthy and active persons attract more love and happiness than lazy and sickly person. But if you are a man, please do not think that it requires you to become a body builder. Just go for a good nutritious diet, at least half an hour to an hour of active physical activity five or six times a week and a reasonably disciplined life that includes regular hours of sleep. Nothing dissipates a person more than regular late nights and irregular meals, keep that to no more than once a week. There are a lot of articles on food for health if you search through this blog if you were interested.
  • Cheerful and Happy:  Cheerful persons attract love whereas sulking ones repel it. There is only one way in life to become happy and that is by trying to make others you interact with happy, and when you have found that, add cheer by adding humor to your life. You will find enough humorous TV programs for that.
  • Appearance: It goes without saying that appearance matters, especially in the initial phase of attracting someone’s attention. However, for ladies and perhaps also men using cosmetics etc. is not the route to go. Those need to be reserved for special occasions only. What is required instead is that you remain very clean and wear clean clothes of an appropriate style and color that is becoming on you. Hair style is very important to looks and if you like you might consult friends or a stylist for that, choosing a style that is neither outlandish nor difficult to maintain. Choose a simple hair style that looks good on you. As regards clothing styles, go for conservative moderate styles rather than the latest trends. Choose colors on the recommendation of friends to bring out the best in you. You may also wish to try the new CAANS system of dress colors that seeks to determine your most effective color for success in love through astrology and numerology ( check this).It is applicable to both men and women but ignore the reviews on it on Amazon because they are politically motivated by vested interests..
  • Get set and go:  Attend events where you can run into people, and when you have found someone right, listen more rather than talk more, do things for them rather than expect they do things for you and do not be judgmental. Remember that arguing is a way to kill love, not win it, therefore avoid that. If you have to make a point, do it,  but do not press or rub it in. Make friends as a step towards finding love and when you find one that is love, invest your time and effort into it. You could ask him/her for a lunch or dinner date, coffee/beer or accept an invitation to do so. If things go wrong a few times at first, just give some time and make an attempt to return to the relationship rather than a permanent sulk or hurt. It is a part of the journey.
Lust if any as must be in a romantic relationship must be subservient to love, not the other way around. The wise Saint Kabir (his picture is in an earlier post) even went as far as saying - Where there is lust, there is no love; where there is love, there is no lust.

Based on my own experience and reflection this is what I have to say in this matter. Relationships based on love have a component of the divine love in it and therefore the best and perhaps the only way of finding them is to allow the Universal Consciousness to find one for you rather than by looking your self. What does this mean in practical terms? I can explain this through an example.

Supposing you make regular forays into the forest to look for a special flower that will touch your heart and have a special meaning for you, it is possible then that you may not find one or settle for one that is not truly it. On the other hand if you were just crossing the forest as a quick short cut to the market and somewhere midway you stopped dead in your tracks because your attention was struck by a lovely flower than this is it.
There is also a frequent complaint in this area - that I found true love, but it was not reciprocated, it was one sided - this is rarely so. True love is rarely if at all one sided. It is mutual. If it appears to be one sided it is more likely lust or obsession or both and not love or more likely a case of mistaken identity. Get away from it as soon as possible before you waste time or get into deep trouble. Certainly some patience is also required to let the object of love respond at a timing of their choosing. Love may be mutual but timing can differ.  One can not force the pace of opening a lovely rose blossom.  If you try and do that the petals shall get damaged and wither away. Give time, but do not wait forever.  If you get a response in reasonable time, fine, otherwise move on. You are knocking at the wrong door.

In this area of life never ever apply pressure or use any coercion because whereas some material things of life can be won that way, a thing as good, fine and pure as love can never be won by any thing but equally good methods. It is the lowest of human behavior not different from rape, for rape can take many forms of compulsion, not just physical.  Good can be won by Good only if you think it can be won by doing bad then go see a shrink instead. Everyday we walk through the forest of life in doing whatever we have to do and the most beautiful and precious of things in life are found not by looking for them intentionally but by what appears to be good fortune and chance and true love is precious indeed whereas the other kind is full of problems and strife.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

When Fear is Good

A view of Childhood home of author from afar.

In some spiritual discussion with friends, some mentioned that they do not like the idea of fear being used in the scriptures and that god should be all about love. But dear friends, there is a time and place for everything under the sun and there is a time when fear has a role to play.

Some female cats frequently roam around my home and every some months a male cat from an adjoining block, when he is in heat, moves in and produces the most irritating of mournful sounds to attract the females. It goes on day and night and if shooed away he is back at it after a bit. Yesterday I threw some large pebbles at him and that has scared him away for now. Fear has worked.

Humans too when blinded by things like excessive lust, greed and anger often need fear to knock them out of it. What happens when ego becomes excessive? Well the guy becomes such a megalomaniac that even fear may not work then. Dictators frequently get into this state such as the dictators of Rumania, Libya, Iraq, Syria and most recently Ukraine. Such is their megalomania that they keep screaming that they are the President until the noose chokes them out.

It is true that aside from this positive role that fear can play in protecting us from evil and harm it is a negative thing and excessive amounts of it can produce paranoia and psychosis. It is not the fear of the Lord but his love and a trust that can protect us from the greatest of fears including the fear of death and moving on to a brilliant new life all in fresh new clothes of a new birth, in a place more beautiful than before where the water from the spring is sweeter, songs of birds more delightful and the scent of blooms exhilarating  so that things sponsored by ego, lust, greed and anger is like a crappy street side fast food when a multi-course gourmet meal awaits in the lovely dining hall beyond, all served to the music of harps and songs of sweet damsels dressed in white and the colors of a dream  :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

The color of President Obama’s dress and innerwear

CAANS system color of inner wear for President Obama

A new piece of research has determined what the most attractive color of President Obama’s underwear is. Personally, I think that this is a bit too intrusive especially if the person concerned is a distinguished leader of our world even if it is just a fun game to pass time, but then again it may be fitting retribution for perhaps having spied on the private affairs of another distinguished leader – Angela Merkel : - )   (UPDATE: A new edition of the book has given a second favorable color for President Obama's inner wear that is chocolate like, LOL. It is illustrated below )

A CAANS System Dress Color for President Obama (Lower inner wear)

Researchers at universities, even as I was one once, often have to come up with new research projects all the time, in order to apply for research grants that government agencies are obliged to disburse to impress the public for a good use of their tax contributions. In a quest for new projects, researchers often come up with weird topics to research, but this piece of research must take the cake, even though it is not a funded one.

Suggested dress colors for some famous personalities
However, on a serious note and to be fair to this apparently innovative study on the contribution of dress color to emotional plus psychological impact and human success, this system of color selection dubbed CAANS is not limited to inner wear. It primarily researches what the best color of other items of dress is for different personalities based on their easily ascertained and simple personal data. It should be helpful for most since many of us end up dressing in colors that are both safe and customary which do not bring out the best in us or are awkward. The suggestions for dresses of some famous persons are shown in the second image (shirt color for men or tie color with white shirt and full dresses for the ladies). The image below is the dress colors image is of an Asian lady's dress in a color similar to that suggested for Angelina Jolie here.

Looks like George Bush has already discovered his shirt/tie color from experience (as many successful people do) as revealed in this picture.

UPDATE  Feb 21, 2014: Apart from some famous persons mentioned here, this blogger tried to apply the system for dress colors of friends, family and some more famous persons. It only takes minutes by referring to the tables in the books. The results were surprisingly good and this blogger is unable to understand how this happens because his belief in astrology and numerology is not firm but rather peripheral even though certain numbers have been repeatedly significant in his life. . What is even more surprising is the way in which such data has been connected to colors. It has not been explained how the numbers were deduced except for some hints perhaps because the method appears to be concerned with practical application of the system rather than the mechanics of how the numbers were arrived at as a first step. Even the assignment of colors to males and females appears to be appropriate even though that data is not an input into the system. Truly, the method appears to have an element of mysticism. Perhaps a future more detailed publication by the author would explain. It would be of interest to astrologers and numerologists for the rest application suffices.  Closer at home Shri Narendra Modi is slated  to become the next Prime Minister of India was born on September 17, 1950 as per public records.His suggested effective dress color ( NAMO Blue) is

A suggested CAANS dress color for Shri Narendra Modi
It may be pointed out that the system is for everyone, not just famous personalities. If they have been selected in this blog, it is merely because of wider readership interests. The book can be found here

How to Choose Dress Colors

NOTE: Colors distort in transmission and processing for web pages that is why RGB values should be used for exact reproduction on high color, high resolution monitors.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Looking Inwards and into your Personal Computer

Often when something is posted in an internet platform or blog one feels it may be relevant for another platform one works on too. Here is a discussion I posted on Noetic.Org for its Nerd Members :)

A philosophy of our times suggests that, one must attempt to live in the moment, since the past has gone forever and the future may never come. In the main this philosophy has value because far too many of us tend to spend far too much time fretting about what has happened and worrying about a tomorrow that may never come, losing valuable moments of our lives thus and bit by bit most of it. If you keep fiddling with you computer partitioning when would you have the time to play that nice computer game?

However, the philosophy must not be carried to the extreme because time has to be set aside to make future plans and the past never really goes. Every thing we experience with any emotional value attached to it becomes our personal memory and remains stored up in the caches of our mind, like those old files on your computer that will remain there forever unless a clean up exercise was carried out. Even the files that you thought were deleted never really go away from your computer. Merely a conscious reference to it is removed. They remain in the free spaces of your drive and in the recesses of the subconscious. Only a clever operator or a special operation can remove them. No doubt you can have a  software installed that works in the background to remove some crap while your computer is on or the conscious mind switched off during sleep but these background software and dreams merely do much organization and partitioning and do not really delete much that matters.

If we live a rushed life, if we keep working on our computer all the time, new files are created at a fast rate so that the background software has little time to deal with the old stuff as it tries to deal with what has just come in. It is because of this one has to take time off for a time consuming free space wipe operation on the computer or a withdrawal from society, even to the Himalayas to reach the recesses of the cache.

One can reorganize ones computer so that much of the working goes on in the cloud so that some of the partitioning and cleaning can be carried out even when your device is switched off.  One can organize one’s consciousness so that it remains connected with the Universal consciousness by a focus away from the limited ego, a small desk top, so that the burden of personal memory does not become overwhelming, but this is something only the most experienced of operators or most evolved of yogis can do.

Setting time off to look into your computer caches and the recesses of the mind reveals that so much junk remains stored in there that one is reminded of Saint Kabir who recorded his wisdom in Hindi couplets, little Java bytes, one of them being,

Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala Bura Na milaya koy
Apana dil jo Khojya, mujhse bura na koi

Which could be translated as, when I went around fixing other computers, I did not really find one that was really bad, but when I looked at my own carefully, none could be worse. As I look back at my own life, and draw satisfaction and strength from any goodness of the past, I am horrified at the evil I have done, where my actions have contributed to pain, stress and trauma in the lives of others even those close to me albeit at that time one did not realize. Sure enough other computers in town are messed up too, but how foolish it would be to go around trying to fix them when ones own computer was in such a mess. If one continued to neglect it, one day it would crash, the soul would enter the bottomless pit so that without having one’s own computer one would lose the ability to fix any other computer too. One will just not be able to get to the email inbox.

As one looks inwards and finds all the muck there, one is able to delete some of it, yet afraid to delete those files and entries that one feels may be critical for normal operations. As one looks inwards some of the evil past is obliterated through repentance but much remains. One is concerned that one would have to suffer the consequence at some future time, the karma shall remain.

One could consult a specialist to help fix things, find a spiritual/religious Guru (the spiritual ones are the free lancers and the religious ones belong to a company) who has a deep understanding of what is what, but there are so many frauds and greedy pigs around and before they are done they could mess your machine or rip the shirt off your back. Why not just try the manuals and google search the help pages, why not just commune with nature in peace and solitude and the answer shall be found surely one day.

Image from Nasa: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17834

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ending up in one’s Country of Birth

A View of Main Building, IIT Delhi

It has been mentioned in ancient literature that a man or woman is fortunate if he or she can spend their last days in their country of birth. In fact the source ( I forget which now) listed dying in a foreign land as one of the great misfortunes of life that can fall upon a person. I have tried to relate this piece of ancient wisdom with my own experience of life as described next, even as I am reminded of the Prophet of Khalil Gibran and his tearful departure to the land of birth in his last days.

India is a country of vast diversity. Even hundred years ago, India had the most modern of cities and towns such as Lahore, Bombay, Simla and Nainital that competed in their quality and modernity with most modern cities and towns of our world of those times. On the other hand, there were until recent times, areas inhabited with fully nude tribes such as the Angami Nagas, Andaman tribes and a whole lot other half naked or topless tribes. These are aside from religious mystics such as the Digambar Jains, Naga Sadhus and the kind described in my novel – Nude besides the Lake – who as a matter of practice strut about with their stuff naked even in  a modern shopping area and consider being dressed in nothing but the sky is a philosophical statement.

In this diverse country, where there are educational institutes that run in ramshackle rooms, there are also some that compete with the best in the world. A photo of one such, the Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi accompanies this blog. This is the institute I graduated from. Admission to it is through a stiff competition where thousands compete for a few seats. In high school I was less decadent :) than now and being a serious and brilliant student received admission to this college ( My position in the entrance examination was around 200 out of 200, 000 or so good high school students who had dared to sit for the entrance examination). The graduates of this Institute are sought after much by industry and universities, not just in India but also in developed countries of the world. Hotmail a precursor to other email services was invented by one of them - Sabir Bhatia Therefore it is not surprising that around a third of my class went abroad after graduation and settled in new countries (mostly USA and a few in Australia, Canada and UK). My own case was  unique in that unlike the fifty other class fellows, I went to Canada but then returned to India after a doctoral degree. After working for around seven years as faculty at IIT, I returned to Canada again, and then continued to work around the world until nearly fifty. Eventually my desire to travel was completely exhausted, at least for this life, and presently I lead a sedentary life, that involves  a minimum of travel, back in the country of my birth.

One unique thing about our graduation class called Mech71 ( 1971 Mechanical engineering graduates of IIT Delhi) is that ever since internet became common, we have revived  contact and kept in touch. We have our email group through which we exchange frequent communications and arrange physical get togethers. With my unique position as having lived in India as well as abroad, for many years I served as a bridge and coordinated activities of this group. I still maintain a blog about its activities at http://mech71.blogspot.com.

Every life goes through ups and downs and the state of affairs is reflected in the kind of communications our group members exchange. I have been a keen observer of this. For many years the emails from the group in USA were more exuberant and cheerful on the whole as compared to those from India. Working life is less satisfying, even frustrating In India as compared to that in a developed country especially for talented persons and this is the likely cause for the difference. In an earlier blog post, the life of a human was considered divided in five stages of twenty years each. All of us Mech71 friends spent the first stage in India whereas as mentioned many went on to spend the remaining stages abroad.

We are all past sixty now and in the fourth stage of life where most have retired fully or partially. Now in this fourth stage of our lives a change has been noticed in the emails. The emails from the group in India have now become cheerful whereas those from abroad reserved, in some cases distressed and even reflecting frustration.  Some in India who were reserved during their working years have become exuberant now and trying new fashions, taking up new hobbies and traveling to exotic destination etc. (Ramakrishnan Ramanathan, Girish Bhatnagar and Vinod Khurana are some of them) Perhaps this is because one is never at home even at home, in a foreign land howsoever long one may live in it, as one can be in one’s country of birth or the country where one has spent ones non-adult years and at this stage when one has retired one does not have to contend with a less than satisfactory work environment of a developing country but rather more with society in general.

Thus my own experience does seem to validate a piece of ancient wisdom set out in the first paragraph of this post and upheld by the prophet of Khalil Gibran.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Brief Introduction to the Economics of Greed and Exploitation

Economics of Greed and Exploitation
Ever since the financial crisis of 2008,  economic news from around the world has been enlightening. From time to time, my reaction to some of the reports have been published as blog posts. Recently I combined some of the more important ones into a single document. After editing, what emerged was a brief booklet of fifty pages entitled ‘A Brief Introduction to the Economics of Greed and Exploitation’.   
I tend to regard anything under 75 pages as a booklet rather than a book although the publishers tend to classify it as the latter. The booklet is published in full color so that some of the associated color graphics could be included from earlier blog posts that seem to have inspired changes from Japan to Switzerland and also perhaps USA and parts of Europe. The contents consist of seven chapters. The Blogger editor does not seem to reproduce tables faithfully but nevertheless I have copied and posted it here for whatever it is worth. The reader is requested to excuse the poor formatting. here. It is much better in the original :

When to Tax the Rich and when not to
Inflation is like stealing from the Poor
The Rule of Ten
The Paradox of Modern Life and Economy
Fixing the Banks
Future of World Economies
A Spiritual view of Economy and Recession

Driven by insatiable greed, modern economic practices have developed in a manner so that while some executives and bankers walk away with millions of compensation, others are driven out of their homes to the street. At the same time, governments who had freely incurred massive debts with an eye on the next election and a fond hope that economies would continue to grow forever are now staring at mountains of debt. Nations that seek solace in a money printing press are producing inflation that is snatching away bread from the poor man’s table, while the rich laugh all the way to the bank and luxury destinations. As inequalities hit the roof, national economies teeter on the verge of collapse. The ensuing outrage has given rise to phenomenon such as the occupy movement.

This booklet has now been published (ISBN-13: 978-1495448195) and is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1495448193

Over the next few days and weeks it should be available with major online retailers around the world.While highlighting problems that have crept into modern economies, the author has also suggested solutions. The entire discourse is in an informal style free of scholarly notes and referencing so that it may be appreciated by an ordinary person, not just academics and scholars. This brief introduction to the economics of greed and exploitation should be of interest to any concerned citizen of the world.  While publishing this book let I could not forget the zesty economic news reporters who have covered economic stories in the media and the initial pages of the book carry the acknowledgement:


This author is grateful to Aaron Heslehurst of BBC World News and other economic news correspondents from around the world for having kept him abreast of international economic news.

UPDATE: Amazon has added a look inside feature to the book so that you can read a significant initial portion online (at the link above)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Palash Tree - Magic of Medicinal Herbs and Flowers and Back Pain

The Palash Tree Flower
Before modern medicines became prevalent, humans treated many ailments with flowers, leaves, roots and barks of plants and trees. Ayurveda,  an ancient Indian medicinal science, makes use of many herbs and plant materials without substantial extraction of active ingredients as modern medicine does. The idea is that additional compounds in a medicinal or edible plant is an organic whole and a part of life that supports other life.  The complimentary compounds appear to play a useful balancing role whereas individually extracted and isolated compounds can be harmful. A modern example in wide use as food is sugar, a pure chemical isolated from the juice of sugar cane.

Indeed there is no food or herb that does not contain a compound or two that could be from mildly to extremely dangerous if isolated and consumed but is beneficial as a group with other compounds. That is the reason why alcohol distilled from a natural fermented fruit juice and then diluted with water can give a headache and a hangover while the natural fermented juice with same percentage of alcohol may not. The difference is created by  additional balancing compounds in the natural fermented juice.

Ancient spiritual persons led highly regulated lives and were sensitive to processes in their bodies from breathing down to thoughts and emotions. They discovered effect of various herbs through experimentation and at times by observing animals that consumed these plants. With further use among others, certain herbs were declared as being useful for certain ailments. However, the diversity and variety of different plants on the planet is so huge that many useful medicinal plants and their precise effect is yet to be discovered. Such discoveries are not the priority of modern medicinal industry driven by financial motives. They would rather discover a new chemical, patent it and then exploit it for financial gain. Natural plant remedies, especially the most useful ones are a threat to this industry and they would perhaps rather have the most powerful ones such as cannabis declared as a schedule-I drug if possible so that scientists cannot even carry out research on them and discover any potential medicinal value that might interfere with their business. It seems when profit becomes a priority easing the suffering of fellow humans takes a back seat.

The difficulty with ancient herbal science is that it has not been put through the same sort of rigorous scientific analysis as modern medicines. Further the knowledge has not been recorded carefully. Names of some of the herbs are misunderstood and some have become extinct. There is also much fraud in this area as humans are prone to resort to whenever there is profit and when regulation is lacking. On the positive side, these herbs are natural substances unlike modern medicines that are unnatural because they are a product of a laboratory. Even when the original source is a plant, modern practitioners isolate the active or so called active agent and use that as a medicine, an unnatural product. The process of testing is so long that the scientist has little time to study the combined effect of other ingredients in the plant that God put in there along with the so called active substance. The result is that many modern medicines are far more likely to cause a harmful side effect as compared to a natural herb that comes from life and supports life.

Even addictive herbs such as Marijuana and Opium in their natural state appear to be far less addictive than some chemical medicines. Steps are underway around the world to legalize Marijuana which this author supports, since it kills far fewer people than Alcohol does but governments must be careful not to legalize their extracts and so called active agents without considerable study not motivated by a desire of Pharma profits, something that seems to be lacking in many instances in these times driven by corporate greed for ever increasing profits.


May I now tell something about a personal near magical experience with just one herbal remedy – the Palash flower.  Butea Monosperma or Palash (dhak) is a species of Butea native to tropical and sub-tropical parts of India and Asia. Historically, dhak forests covered much of the area between the Ganges and Yamuna in northern India, but these were cleared for agriculture in early 19th century as the English East India Company increased tax demands on peasants. It is used for timber, resin, fodder, medicine, and dye. The wood is dirty white and soft and, being durable under water, is used for well-curbs and water scoops. Good charcoal can be made from it. The leaves are usually very leathery and not eaten by cattle. However, the leaves are great for making throw away bowls and plates after sewing together and drying and used widely in India for the purpose, a practice that is far more environmentally friendly as compared to use of paper plates. It is a medium sized tree, growing to 15 m tall.. The flowers are 2.5 cm long, bright orange-red, and produced in racemes up to 15 cm long.

Branch of a a Palash Tree in full bloom
The Palash tree is a medicinal tree and among its various uses it has been suggested for treating inflammation, swelling, conditions related to bones etc.  For some years now I have suffered from time to time with a stiffness of the back and a feeling of weakness and tiredness in that area that has increased with age, not quite an ache but nevertheless not comfortable. It is something that appears to be common with age and those who lead a life on the desk and chair. Therefore, a few months ago when I heard of the use of Palash flowers from a learned source, I visited a traditional supplier and procured some dried flowers and added them to my afternoon cup of tea. They produce a strong yellow color when boiled. If you wish to do that then add the palash flowers to the boiling water first and let boil for few minutes before adding tea leaves that do not need more than an instant of boiling. The effect was magical. The back stiffness and feeling of  back tiredness disappeared within a day. Last month I ran out of the flowers and gradually the back stiffness returned. Two days ago I procured some more flowers and repeated their use. Once again the effect was magical. The back pain disappeared within a day again. Praise the Lord who seeded our planet with such wonderful herbs that humans could benefit more from if they gave up on undesirable distractions and learned to love and nurture nature instead.

It must be emphasized that this is merely the personal experience of the author and not based on any scientific study. It  therefore is not a recommendation for others and it is up to their own judgement and discretion as to how they take the information shared here

UPDATE December 2017: Now the Disadvantages

Since the article was first posted, I posted interim updates. Those are now deleted and replaced with this final one containing my longer experience with use of Palash Flowers to ease back discomfort and pain.

It seems just as there are some medicines for symptomatic relief and others that cure,  it is so with herbal medicines too. My experience with Palash Flowers seems to indicate that although it provides quick symptomatic relief from back discomfort to me, perhaps as an herbal anti spasm agent, it does not address the underlying problem because that returned whenever I stopped the use of Palash flowers periodically. The difficulty of depending on medicines that provide only symptomatic relief is that the underlying problem may worsen over time. Therefore I looked at other areas too that might help solve the problem of back discomfort. These fall in three broad areas:

  1. Physical exercise to strengthen back
  2. Life style improvements especially ensuring that the bed is firm and comfortable and that one does not sit for long on chairs that are not fully comfortable
  3. Looking for any internal deficiencies

I have to admit, I am not very good at a program of exercises right from young age. While younger, lots of walking, cycling, swimming and hiking made up for it but those have reduced with age. Fortunately, with increased use of smart phone to access the internet, the need to sit at a desktop computer has reduced.

 However what helped me most was the exploration of other vitamins and herbs to address the cause. The herb Ashwagandha helped a bit but most relief has now been found by a daily tablet of Calcium and Vitamin D3. As I keep taking it, I hope it is not only providing relief but also helping to cure the back weakness. The pill I take after breakfast has a low dosage of both, lower than what docs recommend most times seems. It has 500mg Elemental Calcium and 200 IU Vitamin D. Sticking too a lower dosage has resulted from my earlier experiences with chemical medicines. The Docs seem to recommend too much, perhaps directed at the worst cases or the greed of Pharma. While that may be good for short term emergency needs it does not seem wise to me for long term use. In my youth when I suffered frequently from colds and flu’s and found that regular consumption of vitamin C helped avert it, I chose just 100mg a day while docs recommended 500mg. But the lower dose worked just fine for me. I shall post again in future if I learn new information on the issue and also stop taking the Calcium and D3 pill in a few months. The Vitamin D3 was suggested by my daughter who is an accomplished Internal Medicine and Geriatric specialist with education from some of the finest universities in the world.

For Physical Exercise See:
Goodbye Backache by Dr David Imrie with Colleen Dimson, first published in Great Britain by SPCK, Marylebone Road, London NW1 4DU,

From  the author of  The Babaji Affair


Palash flower image from