Health benefits of Neem & Turmeric

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There are many aspects of consuming neem and turmeric on an empty stomach in the morning, and of what impact it has on your system. It keep the elementary canal clean. A clean colon is very vital for health. It will bring sensitivity in your body to know how much to eat. Your body will tell you when it’s enough. It is a tremendous boost in smooth distribution of energy within the system, and also generates Ojas in the system.


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Health benefits of Neem & Turmeric

The following is an unedited transcript of Sadhguru's video. For better readability, breaks and highlights have been added by the editors.

So, in the yoga centre, the day starts with a small marble sized ball of Neem and Turmeric. There are many aspects to this, of what impact it has on your system. But first of all, the Neem tree, which is generally all over India – today probably being grown in another 10-12 different geographical locations around the world, but originally by nature indigenous to Indian sub continent – is one of the most complex leaves that you can find on the planet. It is supposed to have over 150 complex chemical patterns within it. There are both health aspects, energetic aspects, and spiritual dimensions attached to this.

Health is a certain reverberance, it’s not an absolutism

So about health. The fundamental mistake that modern medicine systems have made is – kind of absolutism about health. That, ‘this’ is health, ‘this’ is not health. Now they tell you, your whatever, whatever chemistry, blood chemistry must be this, this, and this – then you’re healthy. Believe me, most of you or many of you, may fit into those parameters and still not be healthy. Because, health is a certain reverberance, it’s not an absolutism. You may be perfectly healthy right now. In 10 minutes, you may not be. If certain things happen in the system. Well, 10 minutes may look too much – by this evening, you may not be healthy, it’s possible. It’s very much possible. This idea that you can define health as, ‘this’ is it. And you define it in chemical parameters and say – this, this, this – you’re healthy. No. Many things can fluctuate within the system, without you being unhealthy. Or many things can be stable, without you being healthy.

So, having said that – what the Neem does to your system. Well, in more tangible terms, one immediate thing it will do is, it will keep your elementary track clean. When we say clean – this is a region, this whole digestive process is a region, where you have maximum amount of other life. Within this elementary tract, there are a whole host of micro organisms. Many of them have turned friendly to us. We are living because of them. We are able to digest food because of them. Many many functions in the body happen because of them. But still there are many who are harmful to us.

For your physical and psychological health, they want your colon clean

The uniqueness of Neem – especially when it is taken along with turmeric, if these two things go together – largely those things that are not necessary for the body, those things that can harm the body, any kind of parasital life which is there, all these things get eliminated. A clean colon is very vital for health. If you go to see or consult any traditional doctor, like an Ayurvedic doctor, or a Siddha-Vaidya, or eastern medicine largely – whatever your health problem – first thing is they will purge you because they want your colon clean. For your physical and psychological health, they want your colon clean.

If you just become a little more conscious about how you eat, what happens in your body, what happens in your mind can be greatly influenced. If you build any structure, there is a design to it. There is an architectural design. But there is also a part where the quality of the material, and the efficiency of execution are involved. Just because the design is great, it does not mean the building will turn out great. The quality of material that goes into the making, and who makes it – makes a world of difference.

‘This’ [pointing to self] also. With ‘this’, the design is perfect. It took millions and millions of years to perfect this design. The whole evolutionary process took that long to arrive at this design. But execution, and the material that you use to build this, is very important too.

So what kind of food you put in, it’s not just about your culture. Cultures might have evolved according to the survival needs of that place. Cultures in different parts of the world have evolved according to what was available in the place and survival needs – how the economies were, what was happening, what was the main form of livelihood – accordingly, cultures have evolved. Cultures are never perfect. Unfortunately, people get super identified with this and think their culture is perfect. No culture in the world is perfect because the mess that you do in this generation, is tomorrow’s culture. Hello? And you think you’re doing this mess very consciously. No. It’s just happening, isn’t it? Whatever rubbish you do today, next generation picks it up or rejects it and does the reverse of it, whatever. But, it is a consequence of this generation’s culture which breeds the next generation of culture.

So culturally what you’re eating is not the point. What goes best into this system, what is this machine designed for, what kind of fuel – knowing this is very important. So if you look at it this way, keeping the body in a certain level of balance and efficiency of digestive process – very important. How much food do you need to maintain the level of activity you wish to maintain in your life?

We are talking about fuel efficiency for all our automobiles. You’ve seen the 1950s, 50s were a little better. 60s and 70s cars in United States. If you break down 10 cars, you could build a battleship. That’s how much metal they used to build a car. Well now they’re getting sleeker and this – why? One important aspect is that, fuel efficiency. To travel a mile, how much are you consuming? Well we’re thinking ecological terms, think in terms of your health terms. That is – to process let us say, one unit of energy, how much food do you have to eat means, that much excessive load on the system. So if you don’t have your own sense, every day in the morning if you eat a little bit of Neem and Turmeric on an empty stomach and drink some maybe tepid water, it will bring that sense to you. Because body will respond to food in a certain way. It will tell you when it’s enough. You’re not able to figure it out yourself, every cell in the body will speak.

Because Neem and turmeric together creates a certain access to the cellular level that, when you generate energy, how is it distributed? Well, people have been asking me to talk, speak about internal combustion engine. So how distribution of energy happens – which in an automobile is called transmission – determines how efficient a vehicle is, and how much fuel it consumes to generate the same amount of power. Power in the engine is one thing, power at the wheels is another thing. Completely different.

Today the top racing machines in the world are just 2.7 litre – that’s a cap they have set for the formula ones. But they’re the fastest machines, because power of the engine and power of the wheel, the loss very very minimum. Well, we have pickup trucks here, which generate 700 bhp at the engine. But, what goes to the wheel is another matter. So there is something called as transmission.

What [Energy] you generate in your stomach, where all does it go, to what extent does it go, is a very important aspect

So what you generate in your stomach, where all does it go, to what extent does it go, is a very important aspect – which in today’s world people are simply not conscious of. If you want to facilitate this – well there are yogic practices – but even to assist that, this neem and turmeric can be a tremendous process. Because it facilitates that, that your transmission of energy is evenly across. And once you start noticing this, then by choice you can move your energies where you want.

When I say you can move your energies where you want – right now, if I say this, people will start imagining all kinds of things, so let me limit that. But anyway, right now, I want to speak. If I have my energies focused in my throat consciously – it may happen to a whole lot of singers and others just, you know, by natural inclinations – but if you’re consciously ‘there’, you will see your speech will have a different kind of impact. If you look at something, if you move your energies to your eyes, not that everything, the dominance is in that place, then you will see your look has a power which – everybody has eyes maybe they’re 20/20. No…no…no, I am not talking about the year. I mean to say the vision. Oh! We must be careful about using this number. 2020 means people go..

So you may your vision may be normal, but doesn’t have the same power, will not grasp the same things, will not penetrate the same way. Like this, there are various aspects. You want to do something with your hands – if you can have your energies focused in your hands, your touch will be another level of touch altogether. So if this has to happen, first and foremost thing is the transmission of energy in the system is smooth. Neem and turmeric as a combination on an empty stomach does wonders in this direction. Wonders!

So, those who are doing sadhana of some kind, for them it’s very important. There are other dimensions to this – that is, if we use this neem and turmeric on an empty stomach, one aspect is, it has the power to transform one dimension of energy within you, to another. In the sense – in the yogic culture, this must be understood with proper perspective – the doctors say that if you consume excessive neem, it will destroy the sperm cells. Which is good proof for what we have been saying for thousands of years. That is – see there are various kinds of cells – today modern science is beginning to recognise how significantly different they are. What is on your skin, what is in your bone marrow, what is in your sperm, what is in your brain – these are different kinds of things. Almost like another life. Though there is a common thread of information in all of them, they’re very, very different. And what it takes for the body to generate an epithelial cell, and what it takes to generate a sperm, or what it takes to generate another cell, neurological cells – are very different level of energy involvement with the body.

Well, a lot of people will question this, but they will arrive at it in under 25 or 50 years’ time. Yes, I’m telling you. So one dimension of human life is – see I want you to understand the miracle – don’t think about the sexuality of it. Just with a single cell – two, all right – but just with one single cell, you can ignite a new life which sits here like this. Is it a small thing, I’m asking? Because people are too sexually messed up in their head, they’re not looking at the miracle of it. Just with one cell, just look at the way life has sprouted and what it’s become, isn’t it so? We populated the whole world. We need to do something on that, that’s a different matter.

The neem and turmeric together has the power to break down the sperm cells and make it into another level of energy – which is called as Ojas

So the neem and turmeric together has the power to break down the sperm cells and make it into another level of energy – which is called as Ojas. When every cell in your body slowly gets wrapped in Ojas – if you’re doing sadhana and your transmission is good and even across the body – when every cell in the body is encapsulated in Ojas. When I say Ojas – what is it, show it to me in my blood work. They said – no Ojas! All right, in your blood work there’s no life also, I want you to know this. There’s only chemistry. Nobody ever proved that you’re alive. Hello? You have to prove.

So, Ojas will encapsulate every cell. Once every cell in the body is encapsulated in Ojas, you will be a glowing human being in every aspect of that word. You will be a glowing human being within and without, you will be like that. This is something everybody needs to work at. Because, this is not enlightenment. This is – you created a platform upon which nothing can go wrong. Body and mind are platforms. How you function on it, what kind of dance you do on it, is upto you. But having a perfect platform, which doesn’t throw you off, is important.

You need to understand – this body is not the end game. This body is the platform. This mind is a platform. If you make it very energetic and stable, then exuberance and stability – people don’t understand this, they think exuberance means freaking all over the place, stable means being dead! To be exuberant and stable – if the platforms are like this, now you are free to dance whichever way you want. In this direction, neem and turmeric are very important elements. It’s not that without it you can not do – you can. But when there is support, why not use it.

So, there are many many aspects to this. In terms of both physiological and psychological health. So, this is a possibility – one is about using something that supports you, another is using an atmosphere that will soak you in a certain kind of energy. That your body – not like full body like this – every cell in the body should have Ojas, protective layer of Ojas. Then you live disease free. You live trouble free. Above all, you remain exuberant and stable at the same time.

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