APRIL

The Neutral Field of Consciousness

(1) Alternative Nostril Breath of Fire

(2) Kriya for Tolerance (p.118 in Sadhana Guidelines)

"To gain strength for tolerance and humility, the navel center needs to be developed. This kriya works on the abdomen, stimulating the navel energy to rise to the higher centers and then integrating it with the whole aura. It is a good preparation for meditation. Two cycles of this kriya give you a good physical tune-up."

(3) Brahm Mudra Meditation (ps. 158 in Sadhana Guidelines)

"This mudra symbolizes yin and yang pointing towards God. It is a mudra of immediate spirit and protection. All previous incarnations, the present, and the future shall be directed towards righteousness. This mudra changes the metabolism of the mind and develops a mandala called "Brahm Mandala." Brahm Mudra is a good tool (or technique) to moderate outrageous behavior, tremendous depression, and inconsistency in character. It creates happiness on the spot where there is unhappiness."

Ad Guray Nameh

Jugad Guray Nameh

Sat Guray Nameh

Siri Guru Devay Nameh

(4) Miracle Mantra of Guru Ram Das

"It is designed to take you on a journey from the personal to the infinite and back again. Guru is wisdom, that which transforms any kind of ignorance or block into light. "Gu" is darkness and "ru" means light."

Guru Guru Wahe Guru

Guru Ram Das Guru

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YOGI TEA - Original Yogi Bhajan Recipe

40 oz water

12 cloves

16 whole black peppercorns

16 green cardamom pods

2 sticks of cinnamon

4 slices fresh ginger root

1 tsp black tea

2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)

Boil spices for 10-15 minutes.  Add black tea and steep for 2 minutes.  Add milk, then reheat to the boiling point, remove immediately from the stove and strain.  Add honey to taste.

You can also store the tea in the refrigerator. 

Nutritional Info:
Cloves: For the nervous system
Cinnamon: for the bones
Black Pepper: Blood purifier.
Cardamom: For the colon
Milk: Aids the assimilation of the spices and avoids the irritation to the colon.
Black Tea: Unify all of the ingredients, and resulting in a new chemical structure that makes this tea a healthful drink.

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Charanpal's Notes:  

* Use filtered water and organic ingredients.  I buy the spices in bulk, when possible.  I also use pre-shelled cardamom seeds, which are way cheaper than buying pods. If you buy pods, crush them before adding to release their aromatic flavor.

* Instead of counting the spices, I simply add a heaping tablespoon of each EXCEPT for the cloves, in which I add a heaping teaspoon.  The only way you can go wrong is if you add too much clove, in my opinion. You can always add more water and dilute, or continue to re-steep a few more times.  

*  You can use any non-dairy milk if you prefer.

*  The black tea is not to add caffeine, rather it is to catalyze the ingredients together.  You can also skip the black tea (I do).  

*  This WILL energize you, aid in digestion, and nourishes your NERVES!  An overall incredible tonic beneficial to drink every day!!!


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BEET DILL DIP (Charanpal's recipe)

Ingredients:

6-8 medium-sized beets

1-1.5 cups thick tahini

2-3 tbsp dried dill

1 lemon

1 tsp sea salt

Steam beets until soft.  Peel off the skin (they should slip right off).  In a food processor, using the dull blade if you have one, add the beets, one cup of tahini, 2 tablespoons of dill, half a squeezed lemon, and 1 tsp sea salt. 

The consistency should be thick like hummus once fully blended. That's why I specify to buy thick tahini. There's runny tahini out there that just won't work well. If, after blending, yours ends up runny, add more thick tahini.  If it is not flavorful enough, add more dill or a touch more salt.  If too dry, add the other half of the lemon or a dash of water.

Serve with seasonal veggies and voila!  A great liver tonic due to the beets!  Plus, dill can help relieve menstrual cramps, defeat depression and lower cholesterol!