And here is to all of Lumiere’s ‘Nature Girls & Boys: A Song !

by Lumiere, Apr-20th , 2018

It is so interesting really -the way once again I just now came across the name Maximilian Bircher-Benner, the Swiss physician ,who is credited with popularising Muesli , a powerful raw food mix that is currently being marketed as a healthy breakfast cereal, (incidentally also a personal favorite!).

I found it while all agog with the excitement first writing aboutmy friend & Production Head at the Lumiere Hearth in Bangalore,Sandhya's achievement for recreating the Muesli recipe , with an innovative addition of the new age power food -roasted flax seeds

Maximilian Bircher-Benner  was an active proponent of Lebensreform (Life Reform )movement ,a social movement in late 19th-century & early 20th century Switzerland that propagated a back-to-nature lifestyle, emphasizing among other things, raw food,organic food,

Movements like Lebensreform (Life Reform )movement were in their essence the natural backlashes that arose against the excesses of Industrialization and its adverse impact on Nature and Life in Europe at one time.

Being a backlash in construct meant it was constituted by both responsive & reactive elements and was generally like a mixed bag of all kinds of diverse seeds .

While some on one  hand sprouted as a dark and tangled creeper running through right wing ideologies  giving all Romantic movements thereby an indelible share of their bad smell, others became seeds of light travelling across the oceans to California in the U.S to inspire the Anti War Pacifist Hippy movement.

One such was George Alexander Aberleeden ahbez( 1908 – 1995) American songwriter & recording artist of the 1940s to 1960s, whose lifestyle of  vegetarian raw food diets, abstinence from alcohol & tobacco,long hair and robe like loose clothes in California was influential on the hippie movement.

War began to  correctly understood for what it really is- not just a side effect  but also an accessory necessary to sustain an economy that thrives on rampant unsustainable forms of Industrialization .

Peace was also being  understood for the first time not as a mere absence of War but as the creative outcome of making proactive enlightened choices in all matters of life ,not just the profundities of matters Philosophical but  the simple prosaic details of everyday life as to what to eat, how to cook ,what to wear ,how to wash etc .

That is where the Life Organic, the idea  we are all committed to 100% at Lumiere Organic Home Store, becomes sheer Poetry to our souls as much as it is also the Prose of Daily Life & Living.

Organic fruits /vegetables/milk  , Free range Eggs ,Fruit concentrates ,Jams,Pickles, Breads/cookies/cakes ,Batter, Condiments, Cooking oils , Spices, Detergents ,Herbal remedies, Personal care products ... With the care ,love and mindfulness that has gone into the processes of their creation ,each become titles in the Poetry Anthology that is Life.

Ah well...! :)

As the Radio jockey says, it is time for a song .

The semi Autobiographical Lyrics are penned by eden ahbez mentioned earlier here in this writing (who always wrote his name in small fonts claiming that only the words and Infinity were worthy of capitalization, BTW !)

The song ,written in 1947, is a tribute to ahbez’s mentor Bill Pester, who had originally introduced him to Naturmensch and Lebensreform philosophies that altered his view of Life forever.

The story continues like this-ahbez wanted to present the song to the legendary Nat King Cole during one of his musical tours, but was ignored. He then left the copy with Cole's valet. When Nat King Cole received it  he immediately swung for it - NATURE BOY became a a No. 1 hit for eight weeks in 1948!

The last lines of the song go like this:

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn

Is just to love and be loved in return."

In the mindful practise that is Organic farming and managing an Organic Home Store Chain like Lumiere ,that is what it is all about finally.

For the opportunity you have given us to serve you with Life Essentials and even more for  the love you have given us by staying loyal to us-Thank you !

Dedicated to all of us in the Lumiere Family, happy listening!





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