The myrobalan seed, also known as amla, emblic, and Indian gooseberry, is considered in Ayurveda, traditional Tibetan medicine, and yoga therapy to be a universal panacea. It is reputed to cure blindness and to inhibit the growth of malignant tumors;  it is also used as an antidote to food poisoning. In effect, it is one of nature’s ways of restoring the balance.

By now most of us have recognized that our human society is suffering from a wide variety of social and existential maladies, from rampant materialism and the soul-blighting desperation it engenders to the endemic economic exploitation occasioned by the crippling effects of global capitalism. We are struggling to keep our balance and at the moment we seem to be doing a rather poor job of it. If there was a myrobalan seed that could somehow help us to recover our spiritual and social equilibrium, a true panacea for what ails our spirit and our social interactions, then I’m sure we would all be running to make it a part of our daily diet.

For as far back as our cultural memory serves us, artists of all kinds, including writers, have tried to provide an antidote through their art to the malaise that stubbornly dogs our footsteps as we struggle onward in our individual and collective journey. In this blog the writers from the Innerworld Writers Coop mean to add their voice to the great stream of voices that is endeavoring to help our race move toward a wiser, more harmonious, more loving world—in the spirit of that ancient invocation from the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad: From untruth lead us to truth, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.

From all of us at Innerworld, we hope you enjoy the blog.