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Cleansing of body and mind- the Indian Way- An Alouette

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Cleansing of body and mind- the Indian Way- An Alouette

Cleansing of body and mind- the Indian Way- An Alouette

For any Hindu

Bathing in Sindhu

Or Ganga thought to be pure

On fetes, on deaths

Tilak on foreheads

To meditate for mind’s cure

Indian Brahmins

In temple domains

Recite mantras while bathing

Then a marjanam 

Followed by japam

Trikal Sandhya with chanting


Sindhu and Ganga – the names of rivers of India

Marjanam means- Sprinking water around to purify the place.

Japam means - chanting of the Goddess Gayatri Mantras

Trikal Sandhya means- Tri means three times. Kal means time and Sandhya meaning 
controlling the breathe as we do in Yoga.

Sandhya means-  meaning “UNION” of day and night dawn and dusk, noon is considered 
the third juncture of the day, and hence meditations and prayers are performed daily three 

**The Alouette was created by Jan Turner.

It consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

Alouette means a "skylark"

The form is not available on PS

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  1. Date: 10/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
    Interesting to read of the rituals Dr Ram, it seems many diverse peoples use water as signature part of their oblations, i should think Jan Turner must be pleased by this recognition of yours, all the very best to you Joe..)

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 2:37:00 PM
    A fascinating and very enlightening piece, Dr. Mehta. Thank you for sharing your culture and this poetic style.

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 7:52:00 PM
    I gave this style a try, let me know if I got it right. Have a good night Dr. Ram

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 6:40:00 PM
    I ve never seen this kind of form..Its very interesting and I love to know about others 'cultures and believes..Tnks for sharing : )

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 4:41:00 PM
    Great write Doc, India has always fascinated me, and it's spirituality. One day I shall visit there and see for myself. Thanks for the read....peter

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 1:31:00 PM
    Really cool and interesting piece, Doc; also very informative and enlightening. Thanks for sharing this; kudos! :)

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 10:56:00 AM
    Interesing information about your beliefs and religion..Enjoyed reading this morning..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 10:04:00 AM
    Never been to India. Did study Hatha Yoga for a while. Stimulating write! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish