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Benefits of India Temple Massage Oil

The Spiritual Explorer Described the Benefits of India Temple Massage Oil

Dear Spiritual Explorer: When I was in India I received a wonderful massage by a therapist there and I swear that it smelled just like their Indian temples. Have you ever heard of that? Laura P., Milwaukee, WI

Dear Laura: India Temple massage oil smells exactly like the temples of India. You are quite right about that, notwithstanding this India Temple massage oil also soothes your skin and tired muscles. The herbs in this formulation  leave your skin soft, moist and shiny. In addition, it is prepared with oils of white sesame seeds, sunflower, jojoba, almonds and other herbs. Quite a formulation I would say.

india temple massage oil

India Temple Massage Oil

The great thing about India Temple massage oil is that proceeds from the sale of this product goes toward the Song of India Association that helps needy children of India. This massage oil allows children to have everything they need to succeed in their education. This includes uniforms, shoes, extra tutoring, medical and eye exams. They have been promised to receive help so long as they continue their education.

Massage as part of a libertine exercise

While receiving massages seems to be some kind of self-indulgent sybaritic enjoyment, for once massage oil has a kind of higher purpose. However, as far as I am concerned, just to receive a massage seems to put people into a “higher” frame of mind. It seems that receiving loving ministrations from a skilled therapist enables one to pass those loving feelings to another. And massage becomes a conductor of good feelings. I might even suggest the giving of a massage also to someone whom you have great feelings for. It can be a very loving experience that both of you participate in.

Different kinds of massage oil

Well, I have to admit being a bit surprised at some of the varieties of massage oil. The other day a friend of mine told me she went to a spa where they had chocolate massage oil. Another friend told me of chocolate butter cream massage as well as coconut lime massage oil. I suppose that would be the height of libertine luxury.

As for myself, I have opted for plain sesame massage oil, and apply it towards the practice of abhyanga which is the Ayurvedic approach to anointing the body with massage oil. Often infused with herbs and usually warm, the oil is messaged into the entire body before bathing. The effects of abhyanga are similar to being saturated with love. This experience gives a feeling of stability, warmth and comfort and passes through the subtle channels of the body.

Even if you were to just take any pleasing massage oil, whether it be olive, walnut or rose, and give yourself a pleasing massage, I assure you it would have great benefits.

Benefits of massage oil applied to the body

  • Imparts softness, strength and color to the body
  • Decreases the effects of aging
  • Bestows good vision
  • Nourishes the body
  • Increases longevity
  • Benefits sleep patterns
  • Benefits skin
  • Strengthens the body’s tolerance
  • Imparts a firmness to the limbs
  • Imparts tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
  • Stimulates the internal organs of the body, increasing circulation

Try it; I promise you will love this practice of body massage for both health and circulation.

If you have a question about the “benefits of massage oil,” or anything else, you can write me at Ask The Spiritual Explorer.

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A Kali Statue to Offer Compassion

Hindu Deity Series:

Finding Compassion in a Kali Statue

It has always been my premise that we as humanity are always searching for the Divine Father and Mother. We find these sources in various masculine and feminine statues, including the Kali statue, always searching perhaps for that divine attribute that we found missing in our journey towards forging an identity. Some people have looked toward their divine murtis for compassion and kindness; others have searched for strength and stalwartness. But when it all comes down to the nitty gritty of wishing for acceptance and love, we are all the same in these desires. In fact, we have become more sophisticated in asking for not only love, but also acceptance and compassion. It is in that vein that we turn to the fulfillment of love and compassion from Kali, Goddess of the Mother.

And it is my premise here that there is no better deity to ask for this compassion, love and kindness than our dear Mother Kali, Goddess of the Mother in any of her forms. While Kali is depicted as Mother Kali, Goddess of the Mother, in truth, her feminine expression, particularly because of her breasts, might be misleading in that some one naïve might not acknowledge the true androgynous form she might express, both in body and soul. And in truth, as we have evolved spiritually, women wish to express that androgynous self that lies within. They are not afraid of their masculine and feminine selves.

4 Kali Statues, Goddess of the Mother

1. Black Kali Statue

This lightweight 5” statue of Kali, Goddess of the Mother, does not have to be ponderous to invoke devotion or awe. Captured within her intricate, fine detail is enough mystery and formidability to make one fall at her feet in devotion.

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Kali Statue

2. Brass Kali Statue

This moderately stanced statue of Kali, Goddess of the Mother, shows her atop her consort Lord Shiva, both feet upon his supine body. Both Kali and Shiva are symbiotic with each other; he is surrendered utterly to her and she cannot exist without him. In this pose Kali is known as Bhava Tarini, the redeemer of the universe, she who takes her devotees across the ocean of existence. She is one of the benevolent aspects of Kali, Goddess of the Mother.

This 4.5″ brass Kali statue is an affordable and attractive treat for you or as a gift for a special friend.

3. Dakshineshwar Kali Statue

Many areas in India claim a particular aspect of Mother Kali, Goddess of the Mother, as their own. This Kali is from Dakshineswar on the Hooghly River. It is the site of a Kali temple built in 855, which houses the benevolent Bhavatarani aspect of Kali. The Dakshineswar Kali Temple complex is where Ramakrishna lived for 30 years.

This colorful clay murti is made from the clay of the Ganges River and is 15 ½” tall.

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kali statue

4. Kali Statue in Mandir

This Kali, Goddess of the mother, lives in a carved soap stone mandir. It is made of resin with plenty of intricate details. You can clearly see the girdle of severed arms with hands that Kali wears around her waist.

As you meditate, you might want to contemplate the work that Kali does for humanity and the sacrifices she bears out of love for them.

Each one of these Kali, Goddess of the Mother, statues reflect intricate detail and in their detail bestow spiritual significance upon each one of us as we contemplate her and the symbolism she reflects.

If you have a question about the “Kali Statue,” or anything else, you can write me at Ask The Spiritual Explorer.

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Benefits of Cinnamon

You Mean There Really are Benefits of Cinnamon?

Dear Spiritual Explorer: Does cinnamon essential oil actually smell like cinnamon and what are the benefits of cinnamon? Lawrence P., Johnston, OH

benefits of cinnamon

Triloka Cinnamon Oil

Dear Lawrence: You better believe that one of the benefits of our cinnamon, especially in the medium of Cinnamon Essential Oil, is that it actually smells like the wonderful cinnamon we grew up thinking was a part of those yummy cookies, cakes and babkas we ate as youngsters. I know exactly what you mean by it being difficult to think that cinnamon has medicinal benefits, although in recent years, it has become quite respected in medical arenas.

I have recently read oh so many evidence-based health benefits of cinnamon essential oil, but am going to limit to a few of them here.

Different kinds of cinnamon

Starting from the basics, there are actually two kinds of cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon are one of the most common kinds of cinnamon today, which you can easily buy in any supermarket. It has been renowned as an ingredient throughout history dating as far back as Ancient Egypt.

Health and metabolism benefits of cinnamon

The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon is due to the oily part, which is very high in a compound called cinnamaldehyde. It is this compound that is responsible for most of the health and metabolism benefits of cinnamon. When we speak of metabolism, who hasn’t heard recently of the energetic benefits of cinnamon when we think of losing weight?

One of the best benefits of cinnamon is that it is loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants are called polyphenols, another micronutrient term which has parlanced popularly because of evidence for its role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.Antioxidants protect the body from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up outranking superfoods like garlic and oregano.

Benefits of cinnamon in its anti-inflammatory properties

This is very important due to the role that inflammation has played in scientific health studies. In fact, these studies consider inflammation as playing a high-risk role in degenerative diseases. Cinnamon has the ability to fight infections and repair tissue damage.

The benefits of cinnamon in cutting heart disease

Cinnamon has been linked with reduced risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death.

In people with a certain type of diabetes, 1 gram of cinnamon per day has beneficial effects on blood markers. It also reduces levels of total cholesterol. In fact, a cinnamon dose of 120 milligrams per day can have these effects. In animal studies, cinnamon has also been known to reduce blood pressure.

The benefits of cinnamon rebound in improving sensitivity to insulin metabolism and energy use. It is also essential for the transport of blood sugar from the bloodstream into cells. The problem is that many people are resistant to the effects of insulin.

Insulin is one of the key hormones that regulate metabolism and energy use; it is also essential for the transport of blood sugar from the bloodstream and into cells. The problem is that many people are resistant to the effects of insulin. The condition known as insulin resistance is the hallmark for type 2 diabetes. The good news is one of the benefits of cinnamon is that it can dramatically reduce insulin resistance.

Benefits of cinnamon in neurological diseases

While the benefits of cinnamon need to be studied in the scientific community much harder and longer, there have been some qualitative improvements in animal studies of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. While admittedly only in the early studies, cinnamon has still to play a role in the advancement of improvements in these diseases.

While all of these studies are still in the formative process, we are heartened and hopeful that more research and progress will be made towards conquering these harmful diseases. Stay tuned.

If you have a question about the “benefits of cinnamon,” or anything else, you can write me at Ask The Spiritual Explorer.

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