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Tuesday, 14 July 2020 17:55

The Relevance of Ayurveda In The Modern World

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Throughout the USA, there is increasing awareness of a crisis in both personal wellness and in healthcare to achieve and maintain wellness. Chronic diseases such as diabetes are on the rise, along with an epidemic of obesity and conditions such as cancer, hear disease, and chronic degenerative conditions. Add to this an increase in allergic reactions, and the rise of disease conditions that take advantage of weakened immunity, and we see that people throughout the country are increasingly experiencing pain and suffering and do not have the easy, healthy enjoyment of a long span of life. We see a vast increase as well in the cost of healthcare and a rise in the use of prescription drugs, including highly addictive opioids, which sap the vitality and the pocketbooks of many millions of Americans. And there appears to be no end in sight. 

The healthcare system in USA, while showing some extraordinarily positive results in certain directions, such as advancements in surgery and emergency care such as dealing with broken bones, lacerations and burns, has struggled when it comes to dealing with the chronic conditions and longer-term degenerative processes. The Western health system has essentially failed people in these areas due to its focus on treatment of symptoms, rather than looking at the entire person and the disease pattern holistically, including the interaction between body, emotions and mind, dietary and lifestyle considerations, and the impacts of our more sedentary lives and the increasing impact of  the technology that surrounds us on basic health. 

It is in just these areas that Ayurveda, ("the science of life") can be most useful to help people understand the issues that they are facing, and provide simple, easily adapted solutions to live a longer, healthier and happier life. Ayurveda is a healing science that has a long history going back thousands of years in India. Originally based on detailed observation and experimentation, the science has been codified and refined for centuries. It remains one of the leading healthcare modalities in India even today, and in fact Patanjali Ayruvedic Products has taken the country of India by storm with their simple, effective and inexpensive remedies which are sold in every corner of the country today, after being popularized by the well-known yoga practitioner, Swami Ramdev and his Ayurvedic team, led by Acharya Balkrishna, who has written a well-organized book on the subject: A Practical Approach to the Science of Ayurveda.

Some of the core principle involve treating the whole person, adjusting the dietary regimen to adapt to the different needs, including differing constitutional types, of each individual, and using herbs, spices, and various forms of physical therapy, such as massage therapy where appropriate. In addition, Ayurveda looks at the underlying causative conditions such as stress, technological impact, work regimens, exercise, and general lifestyle considerations, as well as emotional considerations for their impact on health. 

Ayurveda has advantages in that it does not involve expensive pharmaceuticals that must be taken for many years, does not involve potentially addictive opioids, and does not involve the kind of costs and therapies prevalent in the West that cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and nevertheless have a negative impact on the quality of life of the individual undergoing these treatments. By looking at the whole person, and working to achieve a balance between the different factors of life, while taking into account individual constitutional types and circumstances, Ayurveda is uniquely situated to help people deal with stress and imbalances that eventually cause disease conditions, and is thereby able to provide assistance to people at a very low cost, with many recommendations that can be implemented by each person in their own lives. The result is higher quality of life, healthier existence and less cost required to be dedicated to health care.

There are some excellent introductory books on Ayurveda, including the all-time bestseller: Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad as well as the aforementioned recent title with its extensive and organized explanations and recommendations: A Practical Approach to the Science of Ayurveda by Ancharya Balkrishna. 


I began my own relationship with Ayurveda back in the 1970's, and have found it to be both practical and useful in helping me adjust my diet, lifestyle, exercise regimen, and thereby reduce stress levels, maintain balance in my life and live an active, healthy and energetic life. Besides the introductory books mentioned here, there are a number of books, such as cookbooks, herbal texts, etc, that can provide more specific and detailed support in specific areas. This is a subject that can have a real and meaningful benefit for people everywhere, and I encourage you to look into Ayurveda for its practical benefits in your life. 

Santosh Krinsky, President
Institute for Wholistic Education


Thursday, 04 June 2020 14:19

Trusting During Challenging Times

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Trusting During Challenging Times It has been a chellenging time for all of us! COVID-19 has touched everyone's life in many and varied ways. For me, it has shifted the way that I can do what I love...assisting people to shift their perspective about themselves, relationships, events in their life, decisions they have made or are going to make, choices, self-sabotaging habits, making peace with their past, you name it. I love to challenge people to see the positive side of life, reminding and enlightening them that there is a gift in everything. Assisting clients to remember to focus positively on the present which leads them along the path to a brighter future is much more than a job. It is my passion! Why am I so passionate about what I do? I am a survivor from childhood abuse. I have worked diligently to shift my past of pain, hurt and fear by shifting it into empowerment, embracing the gifts that guided me to do the work that I love! I offer virtual sessions and reading from my home as well as in an office in a wonderful spiritual based shop, Silk Road Traveler, in the tourist town of Blue Ridge, GA. Many of the people who come in are visiting for the weekend. My challenge...I am 67 years old (thankfully healthy!), married to a wonderful man, who unfortunately has health issues, including heart disease. How could I practice safe distancing while I offered one on one, up clcose and personal services without risking the health of my husband, clients, myself and anyone they or I came into contacct with? It was impossible! It left me feeling sad, frustrated and angry that my dream "job" (passion) that I worked so hard for was changing and there was nothing I could do! For years I worked at jobs that I felt I needed to do just to make money to pay bills and have a little left over to play with. It got to the point that I finally said, "Enough is enough"! One day while at the office job where I was working at, my vision blurred, I couldn't focus, I struggled to talk and had to hold onto things to wald. I felt disoriented, confused and yet at the same time time I knew I was out of my body, obseving myself. It was strange yet interesting all at the same time. It was over as fast as it came on. Honestly, my thought was, "That was interesting". I didn't think much of it until I told my sister, a registered nurse, about my experience. She told me that I most likely had a stroke and had to go to the doctor immediately. To appease my sister, I went to the doctor's a few days later. I had all kinds of test done and as I intuitively sensed NOTHING showed up! The neurologist was shocked to discover I was perfectly healthy! He said I had all the symptoms of a stroke, yet nothing showed in any of the many tests I had. I smiled when I heard that because I knew it wouldn't and told him that the Universe wanted to get me out of the toxic environment I was working in and start do do what I was passionate about, assisting people. He said, "Well, if that is what you believe". I smiled and said, "Yes, I do"! He retorted, "Well, unless you need me, have a good life". I smailed and replied, "I intend to"! I trusted that the Universe would have my back and it did. I quit the next day and have been so happy ever since! Until a couple of weeks ago when COVID-19 hit the area! When COVID-19 became a reality in Blue Ridge, it also brought uncertainty, fear and doubt. I was faced with the hard reality that I had to, in good conscious, let go of my office! Honestly, I really struggled! It consumed my thoughts and affected me deeply. After a couple of weeks of struggle< I made the decision to call Estela I had to let the office go! Even as I waited for her to pick of the phone, my monkey mind, my ego, was in freak out moood, kept nagging at me, "Yeah, but what will happen"? "Are you sure"? "Geez, this really sucks"! I told her that I had to let the office go, that I would come by one day before she reopened to get my things out. She immediately said, "Oh, great, I will take the office over until you feel it is safe for yout to come back". Stunned and overwhelmed at how quickly she said whe would hold the office for me, I was speechless! I was in such a funk! I didn't realize that I lost trust that all would work out okay! I forgot that the Universe always has our back andd gives us exactly what we want. I got swept into the drama, stress, and worries of the world and my own worries of the "What if..."? I had forgotten what I remind clients of, that we are all boomerangs -whatever we focus on, we manifest. And, like a boomerang, it comes back to us. I was in my humanness! I was in fear! Yet my higher self, my higher consciouness that knows a heck of a lot more than my human self, was working overtime to make sure that I got what I wanted, what I worked so diligently for and was deserving of! I am thankful and grateful and back on track trusting that all works out for the best! There truly is a gift in everything! Let's keep the conversations going! Please feel free to contact me with your feedback and suggestions for any topic of interest or something that is on your mind. We are all in this together...United! We will come out stronger for it. Vicki Wagoner: The Practical Intuitive -Virtual Sessions of Intuitive Guidance, Hypnotherapy, Oracle Card Readings and Past Life Regression available. (239) 248-0586 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Monday, 02 April 2018 15:40

Healing Stones

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Stones, rocks and even mountains are beings in of themselves; the Native Americans call them the "sitting people." These beings are quite diffrent from us, and yet are similar to us, they have the same atoms as we and occupy the same reality field we are in, and they vibrate just as we do.

Monday, 02 April 2018 15:39

Welcome to our new discussion site

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Silk Road Traveler is a unique retail experience, where we hope to introduce spiritual concepts through the products we offer. Many of our customers ask us, who are you? We are the retail operation for Theosophy Foundation, a non-profit organization created to spread the knowledge of the "Wisdom Religion" that was prevalent in the ancient world, and which tied all of humanity to one concept - "we are one."

Monday, 02 April 2018 15:36


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"Theosophy" comes from the Greek "Theos" and "sophia" meaning literally "Divine Knowledge". It is a body of knowledge - accumulated since time immemorial - that answers the great questions of life - Who am I, Where am I going, What am I doing here, What is the nature of the soul, What is the origin of the universe and What can be said about the nature of divinity.

The term theosophy (in its Greek and other forms) had been used about 100 or so times over two millennia in western civilization before Madame Blavatsky. The term came to be the most appropriate word to describe her teachings and so, with a capital "T", Theosophy came to be the name given to that which she taught in the 19th century.

Some have, quite understandably, extended the meaning of the word to cover that entire body of knowledge known to Blavatsky's teachers - a portion of which was imparted to her. Some academics have taken to using the word to mean "comparative religion", now that the word has become well known - but this certainly dilutes the specific meaning it acquired during the time of Blavatsky. And regrettably, some writers in the 20th century have based themselves on her writings but subtly altered the teachings and then continued to call their writings Theosophy - misleading any number of students in the process.

 We have selected books that convey the essence of Theosophy as Madame Blavatsky depicted. To all readers who wish to know more about Theosophy, and are hesitant, we suggest the books that Madame Blavatsky wrote, along with William Quan Judge. In this manner readers will receive the basic premise of Theosophy and will be able to discern errors in later proponents of the philosophy.