Saturday, 13 January 2018

The forgiveness song

I get angry and I judge, I have principles that will budge
I am a Pitta
I am impatient when I see, that no one else gets it like me
I am a Pitta
The heat and the madness rise, when I get hungry run and hide
I am a Pitta
Only when I think I've won, do I see the damage done
I am a Pitta
I am a Pitta

But I forgive
The imbalancing things that I did
The damage my doshas did
The diseases that live
I forgive

I forgive
The sickness that surely came
The illnesses that remain
All of the needless pain
Through which I lived

When I changed my mind a hundred times, and I was a disaster
That was my Vata
When I gave up and walked away, never finishing anything was my way
That was my Vata
When it was low I couldn't move, I couldn't speak had no sensation
Without my Vata
I see now all the ideas, my inspirational side
I get from my Vata
My crazy Vata


Bm               F#m            Em
I sought what I thought I needed
Bm               F#m            Em
It felt right, so I believed it
C#m           G#m
I fanned the flames
C#m           G#m
I shook the bottle
A               E
I buried myself

The vicious cycle that I repeated
Adding more when I should have deleted
Like making like
Every day, every night
When the cure was the opposite

When I was living as if under water, moved around at aimless potter
That was aggravated Kapha
My cloudy mind saw no need to move, I had no mission, nothing to prove
There was my Kapha
But when it went away oh I tremoured, what a dizzy world I had entered
Without any Kapha
I know now the stamina, the power that made me who I am I owe
To my Kapha
My rock steady Kapha


Saturday, 6 January 2018

(Introduction to) The ballad of Snigdha

Capo 1st

So the 20 gunas is what it's all about
I want to describe each one but time's running out
So let's do a deep dive on just one
Good old Snigdha

Heavy and Light, Cold and Hot
Unctuous and Dry, Slow and Sharp
Stable and Mobile

Soft and Hard, Slimy and Rough
Viscous and Liquid, Gross and Subtle
Cloudy and Clear

Son of the sum (14 urges)

(Of the 5 elements)
If you imbibe of the fire
Then it's heat that you sire
And will lose your temper
And your hair

(Of the 6 tastes)
If you overly embrace
The astringent taste
It can cause clots
And even strokes

(Of the 20 gunas)

(And the 14 urges)
The 14 urges!
The 14 urges!

If you suppress the urge
For a flatus purge
You can damage your vision
And your heart

If you need to defecate
But decide to wait
It can cause a twisting pain
In your calfs

If you try to hold in
Your body's urine
It can lead to
Urinary Calculi

By inhibiting your burps
Constipation can usurp
Anorexia and tremours
You will see

You're the son of the sum of the things you've done
Avoid aggravating actions

You're the son of the sum of the things you've done
Simple karmic transactions

Curbing a sneeze 
Causes headaches by degrees
Neck stiffness 
And facial palsy

While ignoring thirst
Can cause deafness at first
Delusions that end

Not answering hunger
Will send you under
With the inevitable
Loss of weight

Oppressing sleep
Will send you down deep
With body ache
You can't get across


Restraining a cough
Makes a molotov
That will explode in your heart
Or your chest

Holding your breath
Under exercise stress
Can lead to tumours 
Or cardiac arrest

If you look down with scorn
On the urge for a yawn
Will give you a headache
And weaken sense organs

By stopping your tears
Rhinitis can appear
Neck stiffness 
And abdominal bloating

Blocking the urge to be sick
Can make you allergic
It's anaemic and promotes

Or holding in semen
When it should be leaving
Causes impotency
For a start

You are the average (balance with opposites)

Em G Am
If you're Vata you need Kapha friends
To get stability
See how they live life in slow motion
With no mobility

This is what you need to slow down
Embrace their sober pace
Sandwiched between their strict routines
You can find a kind of peace
Find a kind of peace

Oh man, you are the average
Of the 5 people
With whom you spend most of the time

You are the average
For long life and good health
Find qualities opposite to yourself

If you're Pitta don't have Pitta friends
They'll bring out the worse in you
It will become competition as life
As each tries to out do

And if like most you're a dual dosha
You'll need creative reasons
For changing friends like you change your clothes
Have friends for different seasons
Friends for different seasons


If you're Kapha seek out Vata friends
To blow away your fog
They'll annoy you with their endless movement
But your congestion will unclog

Pitta friends will give you direction
Melt your body and mind
If you can see past their criticism
It's medicine prescribed
Medicine prescribed

Kapha cantata

Snigdha means you've built in lubrication
Bf                                                       F
Oily skin and hair you have hydration
You'll never get arthritis 
But you're at risk from bronchitis
You need Ruksa

Sheeta makes you a little bit cold
But that’s the reason you get to be so old
Inherently cryogenic
No.1 in eugenics 
But take Ushna

Guru makes you solid and big-boned
Your soul has earned a well-endowed abode
It'll last you a long time
If you treat a like a shrine
And eat Laghu

Manda means you're steady in your style
Whatever you want to do will take a while
From chewing through to digestion
You run the risk of congestion
That's why there's Tikshna

Slakshna makes you a little sentimental
Your nature is inherently calm and gentle
Organs well-developed
Skin as soft as velvet 
But you need khara

Sthira makes you stable and unchanging
You don't go in for change or rearranging
You have an innate talent
For avoiding any imbalance 
If you use Chala

Some people say you're cloudy
Foggy in the head

Some people say you're damp
The water collects

Some people say you're sweet and salty
It's all about water retention with you

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Rhapsody for Vata

She's Vata, dry and light
Rough to the touch, cold as ice
Subtle and clear
C                          F
Can't stop moving around

VERSE -(physical characteristics)
Physically there ain't there ain't much to see

Wiry body and hair that's gone with the wind
Cold hands, 
protruding joints
Skin and bone with no muscle tone

Hardly sweats
Bf                F
Dry like the desert

VERSE (Personality)
Psychologically she's a real live wire
Filled with joy just like a butterfly

Quick to learn, quick to forget
Fun to live with fun to know
But changes her mind like she changes her clothes
Talking all the time


VERSE (Up a key and higher tempo)
But oh no, she's taking caffeine
Too much talking and no daily routine

Eating bad food, at random times, 
Couple of weeks travelling
All the time the Vata's building up

Aggravated Vata, disrupted sleep
Shaking like a leaf with irrelevant speech
Losing strength
Thinner every day

VERSE (Up a key and higher tempo)
Now she's trying some fasting, it's making it worse
Undisciplined lifestyle
Stress and worries
Sleep disturbances
Excessive indulgence in physical exercises and workouts and sexual act
Not properly following the daily and seasonal regimen advocated in the science
Forcible suppression or expulsion of natural urges as those of fart, faeces, urine, hunger, thirst, sleep etc
All the time the Vata's building up

Aggravated Vata, discolorations
Distended abdomen and constipation
Craving for heat
Dizzy and peevish

VERSE (Up a key and higher tempo)
Now the weather's getting colder a skipping meals 

yet eating candy as a food group, drinking lots of diet Coke or carbonated beverages with ice,

Dried fruit
All the time the Vata's building up

Vitiated Vata, looks like a ghost
Hollow eyes, sunken cheeks
Black rings and pale skin
Terrible state she's in

VERSE (Back to original speed and key)

Typical health problems include headaches, hypertension,

dry cough, sore throat, earache, anxiety, irregular heart rhythms, muscle spasms, lower back pain, constipation, abdominal gas, diarrhea, nervous stomach, menstrual cramps, premature ejaculation and other sexual dys-functions

VERSE (Looking forward to...)
Vata in the mind causes chronic insomnia
Delirium, mental instability, 

blackouts, and 

severe vata-type depression.

Vata in the digestive tract causes emaciation, incontinence
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, anal fissures and fistulas
In the circulation collapsed blood vessels
Aneurysms and blood clots
and beautiful varicose veins

Excess vata in these areas can lead to lack of coordination, weakness, muscle fatigue, quivering thighs, tightness, stiffness, and muscle aches, cracking, popping, or pain in the bones and joints,

Ticks and tremors and tingling

umbness, sciatica, nerve pain, a stiff neck, pain around the pelvic girdle

vague or generalized pain. 

Muscle wasting, rigidity, atrophy, joint dislocations,

osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, gout, osteoporosis,

scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, prolapsed organs, fibromyalgia, spontaneous bone fractures, convulsions, seizures, paralysis, fainting, changes in thyroid function, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

In summary...

Body pain
Skeletal breakdowns
Complete system failure

Plus old age.... the age of Vata

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Smoke it sparingly

(Plucking top string and the second string in a pulse, and then two lower together twice)

When your energy spikes
F                                     C
And you're feeling monkeylike
      F                               G
Like a 4 year old with ADD on coke

Hold back it's not too late
F                              C
Just before you levitate
   Am                               G
Please please smoke it sparingly

Vata's coursing through your veins
You're a human hurricane
Ready to blow the whole town down

Channel the fields of your tantra
Recite this simple mantra
Please please smoke it sparingly

Smoke it sparingly
Smoke it sparingly
G                                C
It's precious smoke it sparingly

When the touch paper ignites
And the fireworks are bright
You're illuminated for the world to see

Before the glorious flash
Imagine the subsequent crash
Please please to smoke it sparingly

How quickly it's beginning
The vibrating and the spinning
Soon it'll be out of control

Recall the crests before
And how you collapsed upon the floor
Please please smoke it sparingly


C                       F        C
Take me down easy
C                       F        C
Take me down easy
   Am              F                             C
I know I gotta save a piece for me

Maybe you've taken L-tyrosine
And you're soaring on caffeine
Ready to set the beast free

Realise the higher you go
The lower the low
Please please smoke it sparingly

You feel like Freddy Mercury
The Hulk or Hercules
Robin Williams on Ecstacy 

See yourself on the seesaw
Know the bipolarity law
Please please smoke it sparingly

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Save me Snigdha

(Check Home Remedies book for more Vata diseases require oilation)

(Capo 1st)

Dry and dusty cough? you need Snigdha
Constipated every day, Snigdha
Emaciated can't put on weight
Hyperactive heart rate
G             D        G
Receding gums, save me Snigdha

Skin that's dry and flaky, you need Snigdha
Body thin and achy, Snigdha
Earache that's not an infection
Feeling lonely full of dejection
From gas and flatulence, save me Snigdha

Oil up your backside
Oil up the nose
Oil on your body, from your
Head to your toes

Headache pulsing from the back of the head, Snigdha
Sciatica in the
Lost your voice, rhinitis
terrible gout

Disease of the spleen,

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

We're all screwed

G                          D        G
We're all completely screwed
We're all completely screwed
We're all going to die in a preventable way
And suffer every single step of the way
We're all completely screwed

VERSE (Kapha)
Well if our dominant dosha didn't make life tough enough
And our perverse love for like make it even more rough
What about the fact that our family is the same dosha?

So those poor old Kapha girls and boys
Get a slow start in life with sedentary toys
Get driven everywhere and think they're bad at sport

There reliance on food is reinforced
As the go to guy for emotional support
And family life revolves around the kitchen

We're all completely screwed
All our lives are utterly doomed
The only perverted pleasure in the plays
Is that everybody gets to suffer in there own special way
We're all completely screwed

VERSE (Vata)
So we're crazy
Our families crazy
We're doomed to a crazy life
So who do we pick for a husband or wife?
Well, somebody who's our kinda crazy

So a Vata woman who wants an upbeat tune
Forsakes the rock for a soaring balloon 
Gets a guy who can't hold down a job or finish anything he starts

And Vata gets what Vata gives
Vata lovers have Vata kids
Soon there's Vata blowing up your home

We're all completely screwed
We're all completely screwed
We're all going to die in a forseeable way
And suffer every single step of the way
We're all completely screwed

MIDDLE (Pitta)
Now good old Pitta always pushes things further...
Not content with a Pitta family that's never satisfied
And a Pitta wife who's pressurised
He puts cream on the cake - his career

Surrounds himself with competitive friends
Gets in the salary race for dividends
And the only finishing line is a heart attack


Ayurveda blues

Trying to live an Ayurvedic life
Bf                D#                               Bf
With the wisdom of the ancient minds
D#                                                          Bf
But I wonder if they'd have been so wise
D#                                         Bf
If they had to live in these times

I was having an oil massage every day
Oil in my hair and enemas
Footprints on the stairs
My girlfriend's in despair

And the only food I cook is Kitchari
Now she's thinking about leaving me
It could be those turmeric stains
Or that she thinks that I'm insane

D#                                 Bf
I've got the Ayurveda blues
D#                               Bf
I've got the Ayurveda blues

D#                          Bf
Chlorine in the water
D#                          Bf
Plastic everywhere
D#                          Bf
EMF from everything
No one seems to care

Particles in the air
Pesticides in food
Modified and fertilised
To a malevolent magnitude
D#              Bf
I'm on my guard

F                     D#                  Bf
But health these days is so hard
F                     D#                  Bf
Health these days is so hard

I'd like to sleep from 8-4
But then my friends all feel ignored
It's a careful balance for peace

But to meditate in the Brahama Muhurta
Is it to take a step closer to God
And every day that I fail to pray
I take another step further away

I'm preach you gotta live with the seasons
But nobody wants to hear the reasons
Am I the last sane man alive?
On a lonely Ayurvedic drive

I know I gotta be a guiding light
Living the life I know is right
I can't change the world just me
So I'll be the change I want to see

I've got the Ayurveda blues
I've got the Ayurveda blues


The sages foresaw
All these problems before
Bf                                          F
And predicted the rise of the cities

Why they studied us
We know so little of those men
Only just how poorly we compare to them

D#                    Gm
But their Sutras survived
D#                           Bf
And they make perfect sense
D#            Gm
All we need
D#              Bf
Is obedience

Handed down
From enlightened minds
And been proved right
A million times

I don't need no AI
Ain't gonna rely
On no computers
        D#         Bf
I've faith in Sutras

I don't need no AI
Charaka's my guy
You keep computers
I've faith in Sutras

(Repeat to fade)

Doctors were loading me up with drugs
Trying to kill all my unhealthy bugs
Probiotics put them back
But inside I'm outta whack

The pharmaceutical industry
Is trying to get inside of me
With a societal belief
In opiate relief

Can't sit crosslegged in the restaurant
Can't lie down in the aeroplane

There are plastic fibres in my favourite beer
They're cleaning my water with chlorine
My food is filled with pesticides
And the air has microparticles

Trying to sleep from 8 to 4
But I got people knocking on my door
Telling me I need to be awake
Don't they know it's really late

Trying to live a self-sufficient life

Only eating once or twice a day
But there's food everywhere I look
Come along to my party

Being pure of mind
But I'm bombarded with advertising
All these things I didn't know I need

I hear the words of politicians
More than the words of spiritual men

Keeping my mind as pure as the snow
Surrounded my sexual imagery
Nudity in billboards on the street
Sex in

I attempted eating once or twice or day
But it's hard with a family
When the social life is food
People say you ruin the mood

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Why are you running, you're already thin (Like increases like)

A                                   E                   A
Why are you running, you're already thin
The last thing you need is exercise
Look at the state you're in
You want to be fitter
You want to go faster
But your little life force
Ain't gonna last you
D                                          E
Save some energy to fight Vata diseases
A                                   E                   A
Why are you running, you're already thin

Why are you eating, you're already big
You've grown up all the away and more
It's time to reel it in
You could go for a week
On a glass of water
One meal a day
Wouldn't make you any shorter
Save room to digest those Kapha diseases
Why are you eating, you're already big

They all say
We have a choice
But we're tuned in
To a voice
A frequency
It's our vibration
And in this life, the rule is
     E7                A
Like increases like

Why are you working, you're already rich
You haven't spent the money you've got
Why do you need some more?
Retire today
And live comfortably
Treat yourself
And your family
And your Pitta diseases which could be expensive
Why are you working, you're already rich

Agni vs. Ama

There are two digestive concepts
That will turn your world around
They determine both the length
And your quality of life

To win the battle of your life
You need to understand both sides
It's Agni
vs. Ama

The fire of Agni is enzymes
Hot, Light, Dry and Penetrating
Remember you're not what you eat
Only what you metabolise

And when there's indigestion
And efficiency is lost
Some Ama
Gets left behind

At any of the stages
From Rasa through Shukra
If it can't process the food
Into a dhatu or mula

Then there's malabsorption
And a coating is created
Some Ama
Gets left behind

D#                                   Bf
When there's too much Ama inside
D#                  Gm                   Bf
You're guaranteed to feel at ease
    D#                      F 
It's the soil, for disease

Ama is the toxins
Cold, heavy, oily and dull
How bad has it become?
Consult the map upon your tongue

Ama is the undigested
It slowly shuts you down
As the flame of Agni
Goes down

Help it with cold water
Feed it eating late
Having your dinner and your breakfast
Always too close together

Wash food down with water
Eat without any hunger
Then the flame of Agni
Goes down

If your Agni becomes too weak
You're guaranteed to feel ill at ease
The door's open, for disease

Bf                           Gm
May your Agni be strong
                D#                      F 
Then your lifespan will be long
Bf                           Gm
When you detox your Ama
                D#                 F
You bring forth good karma

When your Agni is strong
It will digest your diseases
Regularly clean out your Ama
And live your life free of drama

The battle of your life

Is your Agni vs Ama

Friday, 22 December 2017

Lord of the Doshas (6 tastes)

Come with me down to a sub-cellular level
I've got something important to tell you
Your life and the taste
Is intwined in a way you don't know

There are 6 tastes in total
Successively lower in energy
The first three have Snigdha and will pacify Vata
But will cause water retention in Kapha

Sweet Madhura also cooling and heavy
Builds the body and stabilises the mind
Great for Pitta but don't go crazy
Excess leads to obese disease

The sour Amla liquid, light and heating
Stimulates the appetite and aids digestion
But its soaks up liquid so is usually too much for Pitta
Too much for anyone leads to acidity

Salty Lavana what is your Karma?
Heating and heavy it promotes growth and maintains balance
But too much in the diet will also aggravate Pitta
Excess is bad for the skin, causes ageing

The actions of these three increase

They are the tastes, that define us
These are the seasons, that intwine us
Everything that you've done, is simply the sum
If you master the tastes then you will become
     A#                  Cm
A lord of the Doshas

Bitter Tikta first of the three drying tastes
All of which increase Vata and decrease Kapha
It's also cooling and light so good for Pitta
But it's a depleting taste so go steady

Pungent Ushna light and heating
Avoided it Pitta send you up in flames
Improves absorption and aids digestion
In excess it causes sexual debility and fatigue

Astringent Kashaya the most drying taste
Cooling and heavy make it good for Pitta
Scrapes out fat and decongests
But in excess it will give you a stroke

The actions of these three decrease


Why are there only 6 tastes?
Because there are 6 seasons in two phases
Between the winter and summer solstices

Uttarayana is the first half of the year
Bitter, Astringent and Pungent tastes become successively stronger
As the sun and the wind become strong

Then in Dakshinayana the earth slowly cools
The luna energy grows and water returns
Sour, Salt and Sweet increase respectively


Dermal dreams

VERSE (hot)
C                               F              C
I am a picture of a health and well-being
C                             F              C
I exercise routinely twice a day 
F                                           C
I run at lunch in the midday sun
F                                           C
Then a sauna when I'm done
I cleanse my body with spicy, oily food
Look for a healthier guy, you'll find no one

Am                                  C
But I got this rash that won't go away

F                                          C
It must be something in my genes
F                             C
Still I hold onto the dream
F                               G                  C
That one day I will find the right cream

VERSE (rough)
My girlfriends started on a strict raw food regime
She's a model you know, the fittest girl you've seen
She takes supplements and extra fibre
She's so much energy can pull all-nighters
A live wire, this girls on fire

But her skin is so very dry

I always sympathise with her
Always there advising her
Soon you're gonna find the right moisturiser



The Opposite of Vata

F                Am              F                  C
It's crystal clear what Ayurveda can give me
F                Am                         C
A nervous breakdown inside a week
F                Am              F                  C
Obsessing over how things affect my VPK
F                Am              F                  C
I don't need another reason to worry

F                   Am
The opposite of dry
F                 C
The opposite of cold
F       C         G
The opposite of stimulation

OK when you say it like that it's not too complicated
But life is for living and spontaneity
I've always forget what I've been educated
Think I'll have a coffee and go out for a run


Am                                  C
Camomile tea to kick start the day
Staying instead when it's blowing a gale

Oil massages after any exercise session
Gentle yoga being the session in question

Eating at the same times every day
Evenings with jigsaws or learning to knit

Heavy soups instead of salad
No rock music, classical ballads

Sitting completely still doing absolutely nothing
So I need to be boring, my life should be empty, huh

C       G                     F        G                   C
It's the opposite of dry, that you need to try
C       G                     F        G                                  C
It's the opposite of cold, how many times do you have to be told?
C                G                               F              G                                  C
The one that'll give you most frustration, the opposite of stimulation

Na na na na - stable not mobile
Na na na na - oily not dry
Na na na na - warm calm and collected
Na na na na - weighed down not flying around
Na na na na - fading out

Thursday, 21 December 2017


You're feeling tired uptight a pretty sorry sight
After years of bloating and constipation

Craving heat, can't sleep, rings under your eyes
No strength and emaciated

Deluded and dizzy, even having tremors
Talking all the time

You're in pain, inflamed, for years it stays the same
They test and test, but still it can't be named

They suggest treatments but no prognosis
You can't even get a real diagnosis

It could be some kind of allergy
It could be a genetic malady
It could be mineral deficiency
When you've still no idea about doshas

Heavy and hazy, lethargic and lazy
Body feels loose and cold

Poor digestion, salivation and white discolouration
You take test after test, for your respiratory distress

They suggest treatments but no prognosis
You can't even get a real diagnosis

It could be some kind of allergy
It could be a genetic malady
It could be mineral deficiency
When you've still no idea about doshas

It could be autoimmunity
It could be micro-dysfunctionality
It could be a parasitic disease

When they've still got no idea about doshas

MIDDLE (Chorus chords)
Perhaps they've misunderstood
And it's something from your childhood
They just can't do no good
Everyone's thinking in their own box

But you're emphatic
It's not simply psycosymatic
In fact you've had it
With this Western approach to medicine

Burning sensation, yellow discoloration
Of your faeces, urine, eyes, and skin

So hungry, so thirsty,  so very little sleep
You take test after test, and see specialists that sweep 

They suggest treatments but no prognosis
You can't even get a real diagnosis

Gluten allergy? Do bey do bey do
Iodine deficiency? Do bey do bey do
Something imaginary? Do bey do bey do
It's nothing officially

Who knows what it could be
They know what it should be
If only you would be
A little co-operative surely

Monday, 13 November 2017

Talking diabetes

Eating sweets, too many berries
Not moving about - too sedentary
Docs given you bad news 

Its Sanskrit name describes the state you're in 
Madhumeha it means honey urine
You've eaten so many carbs
That you piss sugar

Ayurveda classifies foods by taste
Each performs an action and they're interlaced
If you indulge the sweet one
You guessed it: diabetes

So low
Sweetpeas we'll break
The back of this malevolent

So long
So free, now that
Now that you're unburdened
And unbound

There are 20 types of diabetes
In 3 different sets with treatment based on opposites
What's the obvious one?
The bitter taste

All bitter foods have powerful actions
They're anti-inflammatory, antibacterial
Antiviral, anthelmintic
And alterative

E                                  A
Some big words there. Google them later.

One thing you'll notice in your Google result
Is how many treatments are made from leaves
Neem leaves, mango leaves, fig leaves, guava leaves
And many more

The sweeter the fruit, the better the leaves, the bitter the better

Add them in a soup, a stew or a chowder
Cook 'em in a tea, dry them for a powder
Eat the leaves
Leave the fruit


D                                       A
Now the thing I want to leave you with
D                                       A
Apart from a love for leaves
D                                           E                            A
Is that the battle you face, is to reset your sense of taste

It takes discipline and deprivation
Become a stranger to the sugary sense
Don't be satisfied until you've tried, and

A          E        D          A
Carrots taste like a caramel
E        D          E           A
Water alone is deliciously sweet

Cocacola tastes horrible
You have no cravings for any treats

Suddenly you get back you sense of smell
And carrots taste like a caramel x3

(Optional extra verse)
The Ayurvedic treatment depends on the state you're in
Has diabetes made you thick or thin?
Do you need building up?
Or cleaning good

Yoga’s always good the sun salutation
For circulation from your head to your toes
Try the peacock pose
Good luck with that one

Doing bhujangasana every day
Will strengthen the stomach in a gentle way
And reinvigorate those
Dying digestive organs

And the more you socialize with friends
Who practice yoga and backward bends
It’s inevitable
You’ll see improvement