In Hindu mythology the ocean of milk is churned by demi-gods and demons, who used the mountain Mandara as the rod and the serpent as a cord. Herbs were added, Lord Vishnu helped as the task was so difficult.

The first product of the churning produced a deadly poison((halahala), which only Shiva could swallow, after he swallow his neck turns blue. Other things that emerged from the ocean of milk included, Kamadhenu(the wish fulfilling cow), Kaustubhamani(a rare diamond) and Kalpavriksha(wish fulfilling tree).

Finally, after a lot of churning  Dhanvantar arrived, young and powerful.”As he emerged, he was holding a conch, leeches, healing herbs, a chakra (one of the divine weapons of Lord Vishnu’s), and the long sought pot of ambrosia, for which he is also called Sudha Pani (“carrying nectar”). The asuras, greedy after all things, realized right away that the container was full of nectar and snatched it from him.”

“At the time of the churning, Lord Vishnu foretold that Lord Dhanvantari would appear again in the world to teach men the science of Ayurveda. And so he did, after Lord Indra, seeing humanity so afflicted by pain and disease, pleaded with Lord Dhanvantari to descend into the material world and teach Ayurveda to the human race.”

Ayurveda is still practised today.

Writing Tasks
You find a wish fulfilling cow. Free write(15-20 minutes).

You reach a body of water and grab a stick and churn it and something appears. Free write.(15-20 minutes).

Let someone massage you gently on the shoulders. Then free write.(15-20 minutes).

Write a poem about churning the ocean of milk.(15-20 minutes).

Happy Writing!


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