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Maya Tiwari is a spiritual rockstar, former NYC fashionista and master Ayurvedic healer that inspires us to awaken our inner harmony by Living Ahimsa. Completing her BA at 15 years old, she left her village in Guiana for New York City and found herself under the wing of the legendary Stella Adler. Before Maya became Mother Maya, she was the Indian “Coco Chanel,” outfitting the who’s who in New York City fashion. Her clients included Princess Diana and Jackie O. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 26 years old, Maya defied modern medicine and healed herself using Ayurvedic practices. Maya was initiated into the Veda Vyasa lineage where she served as a Vedic monk for 20 years. She renounced her monastic title in 2010. While considered controversial, this decision was made to, as she puts it, "walk a simpler and more accessible life in service of the populations in need," which she continues to do to this day. Some say she also wanted to wear heels again.
by Dawn MorningstarFebruary 5, 2016

Ayurveda is reclaiming the power of healing by restoring the practices and principles of the ancient Vedas.

Central to understanding healing is that we can’t heal unless everyone is healing. Not fully anyway.

Healing is not just for ourselves, healing is for everyone and every species. There is a core intelligence, a self-generating sentiency, that we have to tap into. That is in the Shakti of our lives, of our wombs, of our hearts.

Women have the generating power to produce Shakti—the preservation, the nurturance, the nourishment and all things ‘Shaktified’ that are part of our prana. Men also have the Shakti energy in a different form. Women can manifest Shakti and in so doing we become the central force that helps our men, our children, our animals, our trees, our sky, our rivers and everything that is Mother Earth.

To truly understand Ahimsa, we must understand our connection to Mother Earth, to everything that is maternal and we must reclaim that. Not only in terms of the environment, of how we treat our environment or how we treat our food source, or how we protect it—which is a major part of this nurturance—but in the one central seed of inner harmony where I do not hurt myself and therefore I cannot hurt anything else. This is Ahimsa.

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In Gandhi’s time, during the movement of Satyagraha (meaning ‘firmly holding to the truth’), he reclaimed the entire Indian intelligence back from British rule using Ahimsa. In order to have a peaceful, nonviolent movement, he used Ahimsa. Jainism is a tradition we owe so much to because they have kept it a living force in their lifestyle.

How are we going to keep Ahimsa alive?

Through designing a product that is an Ahmisa product? Or doing Ahimsa yoga?

No. If we keep reaching out for the practice or the product of any of these wordologies we’re going to lose.

It’s only a matter of time before Shakti becomes a perfume, medicine, or fashion line.

While it is all well and good that we do this according to our culture, we are losing.

We are losing form. We are losing the intelligence that is connected to the Mother because we are not in our power.

How do we get back into our power, into this Shakti that is within each of us?

The preservation of Ahimsa requires that we look deeply into every cell and every tissue of who we are. Not in such a way that blocks out our joy and our happiness, but in a way that allows us to understand how we are configured.

It is the memory of our configuration that gives the human species sentience. The vow of Ahimsa is a vow of intent that I make with myself so that I can remember to remember.

We have not lost our powers. We have lost our connection to these powers. Women, to the Shakti prana, and therefore all humans—our men, our children, our animals and our forests.

That connection is central to what we carry within us. The intelligence that we have within us, that is where Ahimsa truly lives.

What does Ayurveda have to do with Ahimsa?

The entire principle of Ayurveda, the wisdom of life, has to do with bringing us back the core. Strengthening that which belongs to us in the first place. The simplest way is to be with and on and in Mother Earth.

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I have been known to chat with the cows, you know?

In Ashville, North Carolina where I lived for 18 years with my advisor at school, I would go out and chant with the cows. They were owned by the Irish dairy farmer and they had an eye disease.

I said to him, “if you let me speak to them, that disease might go away.”

I was sort of unusual in that time.

When I first moved to the south, I saw these incredible people with orange on the side of the road and I said, “oh my god, there must be a monastery here.”

The driver said, “yes, our local prison.”

I realized chanting with the cows might not be as easy as it is in a village of 500 people where I grew up in then, British Guiana.

As it turns out, he gave me permission.

In the mornings, I would, “Ohhhhhhhhhm,” and they ohm-ed back.

I realized why they are sacred. They were ohm-ing, not mho-ing.

We always had it backwards.

So much in our culture, like so much with the way we approach our understanding of health, wellness, happiness, is backwards.

If we’re going to have happiness yoga, does it not stand to reason we’re going to have misery yoga too?

If we’re going to have intelligence yoga, does it not stand to reason we’ll have stupid yoga as well?

Is it really in the yoga practice that we do that brings us to this point of equiminity and solid ground of Ahimsa, where I do not hurt myself nor anyone else?

Ahimsa is about the harmony that I can harvest within myself. If I refuse to hurt myself, I could not be capable or have the power to hurt anything or anyone else.

I take the Vow of Ahimsa

I make inner harmony my first priority

I take the Vow of Ahimsa

In my thoughts, words and actions

My Peace Vow

To be continued…

1st part of the Mother Maya interview series with Dawn Morningstar and Hung Tran.

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