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Shilajit

Shilajit

Ancient Sanskrit texts, over 3,000 years old, refer to a substance called shilajit, which they describe as the "destroyer of weakness". The texts list its powerful health and spiritual benefits, and the positive changes that it brings in the lives of those who use it.
HolisticZine Staff
Modern Medicine
All of us want to remain fit and healthy for a large part of our lives and even more. Shilajit is one magic wonder that can help you achieve this. This sacred substance was prescribed for thousands of years for many different health problems and became a powerful tool in Ayurvedic medicine. There is some indication that shilajit may have been the priceless nectar of the Eastern alchemists.
The rediscovery of the power of shilajit was made by Himalayan villagers on their observation of a group of large white monkeys in its vicinity. These monkeys would migrate to the mountains in the warm summer months. On closer observation, they were also seen to be chewing a semi-soft substance that out of layers of rock. The villagers attributed the monkeys' great strength and longevity to this strange substance.
At first, they thought of consuming it themselves, as an experiment. It was later reported that there had been a broad spectrum of improvements in their health.
Shilajit not only provided them with more energy, but also helped them resolve a host of other problems like constipation, high blood pressure, etc. What perhaps caught the world's fancy was the fact that it also aided in increasing sex drives. While improving memory and cognition, it also reduced allergies, thereby improving the quality of life.
The ancient Indian text Rig Veda states that a flower grew in abundance before the mountains were formed." Mountainous rocks, the abode of the nectar, and it is here that it was plucked from between the rocks by mountain dwellers, and brought to the alchemists who prepared an elixir by washing, grinding, and cooking."
Shilajit in Our Times
Shilajit must have been harvested from sacred cliff sides high in the Himalayan mountains of Nepal. Millions of years ago, before the Himalayas were formed, a lush garden flourished in the vast fertile valley. The vegetation in that primeval garden became trapped and preserved as the movement of the continents caused that valley to become the tallest mountain range in the world. Today, millions of years later, the heavy rains, and extreme freeze and thaw conditions work together to crack large rock formations, exposing the precious shilajit. Because of its ancient nature, the vegetation was never exposed to any type of fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, or pollution. The native people of Nepal collect and carry this gift of nature down the mountain, where it is processed into a potent, high-quality extract.
It is still very popular in India and Russia, where its benefits are still being studied.
This ancient wisdom was passed from generation to generation among the Indian and Nepali alchemists and holy men, but escaped the notice of the Western medical establishment until late twentieth century, when explorers heard of its amazing benefits. There were some researchers who refused to give up the search until they found its source. There are also many Sanskrit studies that explore its benefits. Being a natural and beneficial multivitamin of our times, it becomes one of the best gifts given by nature.