We admire simplicity, sobriety & silence, for it enables cultivation of spiritual culture in the space we inhabit, which we are delighted to share with like-minded guests visiting us from across the globe.
We find luxury in satisfying diverse needs of all, with as much simplicity, equality & equanimity as possible. We delight in the beauty of harmonious relationships formed among all people on the campus, which we believe is possible only with mutual respect & sensitivity of sober mind & heart. We cherish the sounds of nature, laughter and daily-life/routine which are amplified by the peaceful silence audible in and around the campus.
Above all, we perceive ourselves as the trusty of the land/soil, water & air we live on, and hence sincerely aspire to continue our contemplation to keep our thoughts & action in tune with the needs/capacity of nature + neighborhood. We encourage guests who share our views of the world/life, help us moderate, manage and meliorate our service & space, for all.
Campus Culture + Facilities: Television sets are not provided in the rooms, but hi-speed internet is available on campus using Wi-fI. There are also Apple computers with ethernet connection, available on campus for guest usage.
No plastic water-bottles are provided. Water jugs are refilled from the machines located in each building. Warm medicated water may be served depending upon the health requirement.
Shoes and chappals are left outside the room/building to assure cleanliness as well as respect for the dwelling.
Neither beer, sodas or any alcoholic beverages are served/allowed on premises, nor smoking/sniffing of tobacco is permitted on campus.
We request all living on the campus to be mindful in their usage of chemical products (e.g. cosmetics), non biodegradable hygiene products or electric appliances for personal use.
Laundry service is provided but cleaning of the daily-wears in the room is allowed. We do requests guests to bring their own eco-friendly washing detergent as well as bath-robs, slippers and an umbrella to be used on the campus.
To support collaboration/oneness among Aayukshetram team and to nurture the ethics of devotional service or Karma without expectations, we request that the tips/gift be given at the reception rather than to individual member of the team.
Food Philosophy: The following beliefs may serve all, while each of us has lived in different conditions, cultures, continents, climates and with unique experiences and body conditions.
Diet with mainly vegetarian tendencies is advisable for lightness of the body and spirit.
Food should be warm - neither hot nor cold, in order to help digestion and the downward passage of vata.
Food should be unctuous to stimulate the digestion, to strengthen the body + sense faculties and to improve complexion.
Food in the proper quantities promotes longevity, maintains the digestive capacities and does not affect the dosha.
It is good to eat only when digestion of the previous meal is over. Eating before that causes the undigested particles to mix with the food taken afterwards and will cause rasa. This will bring indigestion, slowing down of digestive enzymes or fire, pitta and disturb the three dosha. Hence each meal time has to be spaced and balanced.
Eating the next meal after the previous one is digested, promotes appetite, digestion, proper manifestations of natural urges like urinating, excreting sweat and waste. It helps passage of downward wind and promotes longer healthier life.
After taking food, sleeping, vigorous exercise, sexual activity, meditation or yoga should be avoided as it will aggravate pitta + vata dosha and may cause imbalance in the body in the long run.
Do not eat food with contradictory potencies. There are certain diseases that result from eating food that should not be combined such as: garlic and milk, honey and hot water.
Food should be consumed in a proper, clean place at specific times to reduce emotional strain. Eating when you feel grief, anger, greed, envy, confusion or anxiety results in indigestion and imbalance of the dosha. Never eat in a hurry, or without attention/care.
Eating too slowly, not only takes away the feeling of satisfaction but also impairs digestion, as the digestive enzymes come in contact with the consumed food in irregular pattern.
Avoid eating too fast. Eat with concentration, awareness instead.Eat with self-confidence and joy - the food that is beneficial to your prakruti/constitution.
At Aayukshetram, all food is freshly prepared and spices are freshly grounded. We use organic and naturally grown vegetables + fruits and strictly prohibit the usage of preservatives. Food is cooked and served in stainless steel wares/utensils. There is no microwave or large refrigerators in the kitchen facility. At present, the kitchen is operated with the collaboration among five people.
First meal of the day: The breakfast in Southern India is light - mostly steamed dishes mades with rice/wheat, vegetables and pulses.
Some of the traditional breakfast items include: Iddly or steamed ricecakes, Dosa, Uppum, Idiuppum or stringhoppers, Puttu, Upma Boiled Banana These dishes are made with traditional spices and are served with chutney and curry. For special need of the patient, the breakfast is modified by the doctor.
Lunch: In most of India rice and chapattis are served together. In South India, mostly rice is consumed in lunch. There is a wide range of rice types available in Kerala. At Aayukshetram, 4-5 types of rice varieties are served based on the patient need. The lunch is served on a thali – a stainless steel plate, with rice in the centre surrounded with vegetables and lentils.
Vegetables are cooked in different ways – in different flavors such as sweet, sour and astringent. They are also served raw, steamed or mixed with lentils (dahl).
Dinner: The dinner is simple and light, consisting of chapatti and a vegetable curry, because it is not advisable to have heavy meals in the evening. The basic amount of proteins required for normal human body is consumed through lentils/pulses served 2-3 times per day. Calcium is consumed with some vegetables as well as, milk or buttermilk. Fruit plates are provided as per doctor’s consultation.
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