Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Welcoming My Angel

this is a song written and sung by drungtsho sherab dorji 

Before I could appear over the mountains
My daughter has reached this world
The message of her mother is so sweet
Though it is conveyed through the wind  
My dear angel, I love you from my heart

My faithful darling
May not be soft as cotton
But for bearing the birth with hardship
Is truly a sign of loving my angel
My dear angel, I love you from my heart

My twinkly moony faced angel
Is born to a poor father
Though you are welcome to this world
It’s sad for me to have a bad dream
My dear angel, I love you from my heart

Before I could appear over the mountains
My daughter has reached this world
The message of her mother is so sweet
Though it is conveyed through the wind
My dear angel, I love you from my heart

A Mistaken Food

this is a lyrics written by drungtsho sherab dorji

From the hands of a generous people
I (fish) didn’t expect a hook
But the hook of an uncompassionate Buddhist
Is killing me in the sandy plain
While I was in the depth of the river
I was content with the elegance of my body

From the hands of women loving eggs
I (hen) didn’t expect a poisonous act
But the ill will of women loving bloody meat
Is ripping off my feathers in boiling water
While I was at the door of the house
Laid laying nutritious eggs

From a religious minded son
I (ox) didn’t expect a knife
But the knife of the money loving son
Is separating my body in the paddy field
While I was at a beautiful village
I ploughed the field tirelessly

From the hand of greedy nomad
I (she-yak) didn’t expect a spear
But the spear of wretched nomad
Is making me crave for water in the butcher's town
While I was in the mountains
I happily grazed the grass and flowers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Diet and Health

Good diet is essential in maintaining a healthy life style which in time will have a long lasting positive impact on the quality of life as we age. A good and healthy diet is a balanced one that contains the required amounts of carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Basically, carbohydrate is a source of easily accessible energy; proteins, on the other hand, are essential in building muscles; and fats, aside from providing heat, may also be utilized as an energy source during more chronic stressful situations. A good diet must also contain vitamins and minerals for proper organ functioning, most of which can be obtained from fruits and vegetables.

Traditionally, Bhutanese diet is high in carbohydrate and fat content as rice is the main food, which is essential as source of energy for physically intense work such as farming. Consumption of thick butter and oil in the curry and sikam which is a favourite of almost all make diet rich in fat. Religious practices as well as the climate and the geographic location of Bhutan also influenced our traditional diet. We take chillies to keep ourselves warm, for instance.

Even today, Bhutanese office workers still consume a significant amount of carbohydrates and fat in the form of rice and oil in relation to their physical activity and intake of protein, vegetables and fruits. Although the traditional Bhutanese way of eating cannot be changed overnight, a shifting dietary requirement should come with a changing lifestyle and way of life.

To make Bhutanese diet healthy, we will have to divide our plate into three portions. The first should be filled with carbohydrate like rice and potato, the second one with meat, fish or egg for protein. For vegetarians, egg and the bean family like pea and dhal are good sources of protein. The last portion, which most Bhutanese lack, should be filled with fruits and vegetables.

The amount of food (measured in calories) that our body needs differs according to age, gender, height, weight and physical activity. In general, males need 1500 to 2500 calories a day and females need 900 to 1500 a day. A gram of carbohydrate and protein has 4 calories and a gram of fat has 9 calories. 40% of the calories should come from carbohydrates, 40% from protein and 20% from fat. Taking fewer calories less than what is required is also not good.

Eating smaller meals at least 3 to 4 times or more a day is good for digestive system. The breakfast must be the heaviest to have enough calories to start the day with and the dinner, lightest as we rest after it. There should be a gap of at least 2 hours to make sure that dinner digests before we go to bed.

The habit of drinking clean water until one's urine is crystal clear is also a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Embryology in Sowa Rigpa

necessity of mind or consciousness with semen and ovule in conception makes the sorig embryology different from western medicine.

though the semen and ovule are single cell, they should contain  characteristics of all the five elements. five elements are earth, water, fire, air and space. and also the the semen and ovule should be free from defects of three humours.

when the mind or consciousness wandering in samsara sees scene of couple engaged in copulation, the desire to touch and hug arises from it. if the mind gets attracted towards man and feels jealousy for woman, a girl will be perceived, and vice versa. at the same time, the parents and and would-be-baby should have karmic connection.

after all the seeds of human life are gathered, earth gives a form, water contracts the form, fire ripens the form, air lets the form grow and space gives form a place to grow.

Monday, November 19, 2012

answering the media

1. What inspired you to write this book "A Wind of Love"?
Love, the sweetest emotion of all, inspired me to write this book. Although rare, we come across stories of true and unconditional love that touches our heart.

2. Is this book related to your life experiences?
No. This book is neither related to my life nor to other’s experiences. It is totally a fiction.

3. What values does a reader find in your book?
Although it doesn’t have a specific theme, the story deals with beauty, jealousy, wealth, love, hatred and death, which teach and influence values in life.

4. What challenges did you face while writing this book?
Writing is really a long process demanding extreme patience. It also requires a lot of reading. Promotion and marketing is a hectic job. Above all, in a country of few readers, writing a book is a great challenge.

5. Did you get any certificate or medal of recognition for this book?
Yes. This book was awarded the “The Book of the Year 2011” by Dzongkha Development Commission.

6. Are you planning to write another book?
I have plans to write but writing won’t be my profession. It will remain as my passion to write. I feel that one cannot earn a living writing. Currently, I am working on a book called “Way of Wise and Fools” which will be published next year.

7. Any message to the youth of Bhutan?
My message to my friends would be: Believe in what you do. Keep faith in yourself. Have patience, never give up.

bhutan observer, nov 2012

The Three Humours

the humours sustain health, keep the body systems in order, transform the nutrients into body constituents and power, and regulate the body and mind functions.

lung (wind) is one of the three humours that manifests the nature of air element. It is  rough, light, cold, subtle, hard and mobile. it is responsible for the physical and mental activities, respiration, expulsion of urine, faeces, fetus, menstruation, spitting, burping, speech, gives clarity to sense organs, sustains life by means of acting as a medium between mind and body. 

thhripa (bile) basically has the nature of fire. It is oily, sharp, hot, light, fetid, purgative and has fluidity. it is responsible for hunger, thirst, digestion and assimilation, promotes bodily heat, gives luster to body complexion and provides courage and determination.
bayken (phlegm) is cold in nature and is  oily, cool, heavy, blunt, smooth, firm and sticky. it is responsible for firmness of the body, stability of mind, induces sleep, connects bodily joints, generates tolerance and lubricates the body.

Introduction to Sowa Rigpa (TM)

traditional medicine practiced in bhutan is known as sowa rigpa. it is a fusion of indian (ayur vedic), mongolian, chinese and greek (unani) medicine that is based on humourism. the base of medicine was believed to be taught by the medicine buddha. along with the buddhism, the medicine did also flourish in tibet in the 8th century. though the name cannot be mentioned, it's very obvious that king sindu raja had a personal physician. that means traditional medicine was practiced in the country even before the arrival of guru rinpoche. 

traditional medicine was institutionalised by zhabrung ngawang namgyel along with the establishment of dual system of government in the 17th century. further it was propagated by desi tenzin drukdra (the 2nd desi of bhutan) and other physicians.  

his majesty the druk gyelpo jiigme dorji wangchuk, the third king of bhutan established the traditional hospital in 1967 at dechencholing in thimphu. late drungtsho pema dorji and drungtsho sherub jorden were first drungtshos who served at the first hospital.

like other medical systems of asia, the basic theory of sowa rigpa is to mantain the balance of three humours. three humours are wind, bile and phlegm. when three humours are imbalance, we become sick.  

there are two causative factors that imbalances the three humours. t he long-term causative factors are the three poisons of desire, hatred and ignorance. the short term causative factors are change of seasons, influence of spirits, diet and behavior.

the system employs three ways of diagnosis. they are observation, palpation and interrogation. there are four steps of medication. change in diet and behavior followed by drugs and therapies.