August 29, 2007

Chanakya's words

Chanakya (c. 350-283 BC) was a strategist and writer as well as the prime minister to the first Maurya Emperor Chandragupta (c. 340-293 BC) of India.

"A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and Honest people are screwed first."

"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous."

"There is some self-interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self-interests. This is a bitter truth."

"Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead."

"As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it."

"The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman."

"Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest."

"The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction."

"Whore’s don't live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits."

"God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple."

"A man is great by deeds, not by birth."

"Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness."

"Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends."

"Books are as useful to a stupid person as a mirror is useful to a blind person."

"Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth."

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Cinnamon - the wonder herb

Botanical Name - Cinnamon zeylanicum
Sanskrit Name - Tvaka, Utkaƶa
Taste/Rasa - Pungent, bitter, sweet
Quality/Guna - Light, dry, sharp
Potency/Virya - Hot
Vipaka - Pungent
Alleviates - Kapha, Vata
Habitat - Cinnamon is native to Asia and grows in tropical or sub-tropical environments.
Medicinal Part - Inner bark, powder from dried leaves and oil from leaves, roots or bark.
Appearance - The tree can grow 20–25 feet high. The bark is rough, brown and brittle. Leaves are glossy and dark-green, 4–7 inches long with several veins running parallel along them. The flowers are small and grow in hairy clusters.


Coughs, bronchitis
Mix 1 tsp each of cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, cardamom and clove. Add 3 tbsp of raw sugar and grind together to make a fine powder. Take ½–1 tsp of this powder mixed with honey twice per day.

Cold, flu
Boil 1 tsp of cinnamon in 1 cup of water. Simmer until it is half the volume, strain, add honey and drink warm.

Mix 1 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger and cumin powder with honey to make a paste. Take 1 tsp three times a day

Add ½ tsp of cinnamon powder and 1 tsp of honey to 1 cup of warm milk. Drink before going to bed.

Mouth Purifier
• Boil 1 tsp of cinnamon in 1 cup of water. Cool and use as a gargle.
• Mix equal parts (1 tsp) of cinnamon, cardamom and dried bay leaf in 1 cup of hot water and drink twice daily.

Nervous tension
Take a pinch of cinnamon powder mixed with honey before bed.

Skin disorders
Apply a paste of cinnamon and lime juice daily.

Put 1–2 drops of cinnamon oil on a cotton ball and press around the tooth.

Eat a pinch of cinnamon powder.

Other uses
Cinnamon is used for flavoring cakes, breads, desserts, drinks and confectionary. It is also used for making incense and perfumes. Taking cinnamon once a day (mixed with warm water, milk or eaten directly) can assist in lactation for nursing mothers.

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