Perfect Health

  • In every era man has searched in thousands of ways, for true health, for what is not evident, tangible and material. The path towards this somewhere is yet unknown, a rough sea, mined with dangers ... with tricksters, gurus, healers, doctors, and so-called masters wanting to impose their vision of things.

    The concept of health has two components: true health and diagnosed health. Many times the person is declared to be healthy, but he is stressed, has disturbed sleep, and is blotted. The patient battles with toilet every morning and feels something is wrong. Often this is termed as psychosomatic disease or neurosis, or imagination.

    In my opinion the journey from diagnosed health to perfect health is the great quest ... the mission of ayurveda. The quality of our inner emotions directly determines the quality of our health. We must be vigilant to prevent negative emotions and thinking from creeping into our inner life. When we make the choice to be positive in emotions and healthy in behavior, a multitude of health benefits will naturally be ours.

Why do we suffer?

During the past 20 years I have been pursuing the answer to this question. I have worked in different parts of the world with people of different race groups and with patients having different faiths and religions. In my experience sickness is not the problem, Sicknesses are like milestones. They come to seek the attention of our mind and body so as to make us aware that we are doing something wrong. Sickness provides direction to change our way of life. Diseases provide us with instructions to follow directions given by nature.

When our sense of intelligent awareness is clouded by bad health and incorrect lifestyle choices, we often make decisions and react in ways that are negative to our happiness and health. When we act against our Prakriti or our purest nature, our physical and emotional body reacts by creating further disharmony. The cycle becomes unhealthy and difficult to break. This state of non-health or disharmony is called VIKRITI (diversion from natural harmony).

Ayurvedic Consultation :-

Your journey with Ayurveda will start from ayurvedic assessment. Whis is the first step to this oldest healing science of Earth.

The first and most important part of Ayurvedic treatment is the consultation (PRIKKHSHA). My diagnostic process includes interpreting the symptoms of each patient in Ayurvedic language, as well as in modern techniques e.g. routine laboratory tests, radiological and ultra Sono-Graphy to exclude certain disease and to monitor progress.

An Ayurvedic consultation with me entails concentrating on characteristics, symptoms, habits such as appetite, diet, digestion, climate preference, voice, physical strength, endurance, the nature of sleep, dreams, sexual drive, the nature of emotions, personality traits, mode of expression, memory and lifestyle amongst others. This helps me to understand a person as a whole. By understanding these I am able to discover the root causes of their problems and other associated symptoms.

I try to understand my patient as a whole and to find out more about the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual elements that constitute him/her. Ayurvedic knowledge brings about a new interpretation of the self for the patient by using forms of examination related to the biological history of the diseases in its entirety. It enables an Ayurvedic doctor to determine a patient's body constitution, age and strength of an individual, and assess the signs & symptoms of the disease in order to diagnose the disease, the causes, the doshas, and the affected body elements.

Health and sickness :-

Our physio-psychological aspects change - influenced by social, environmental and cultural factors. In our life we are conditioned as per the norms of family and society. Some of these conditions are against our Prakriti. Unhealthy foods, lifestyles, thoughts, emotions etc create pathological changes in our body and mind. We call these aspects Vikriti. Any incident either good or bad has an effect on or life-force, breathing though our body and becoming part of our memory in the subconscious mind. Sometimes this reflects immediately and sometimes it lies there as a physical or psychic scar. It may react latter when these scars start oozing in the form of symptoms and disease.

We become frustrated with our present situation and desperate to change "what is" to what we think "should be". But most of the time we get lost in seminars, workshops, books, acquired knowledge and meditation. Most of these are nothing more than sensations designed to increase the efficiency of the thinking mind.

Ayurvedic anatomy :-

Before we can understand the Ayurvedic answer for the "cause of suffering", we must understand our Ayurved anatomy and how Ayurveda evaluates a human being! According to Ayurvedic doctrine our body has 5 different layers.

Five layers of the human body
Just 50 years ago, scientists used to think that our eyes, ears, nose and other senses, as well as the mind, were nothing but openings to reality, bridges to reality. But during those 50 years the whole understanding has changed. Now they say that our senses and our minds are not really openings to reality, but guards against it. Only two percent of reality ever gets through these guards into your body; ninety-eight percent of reality is kept outside. And the two percent that reaches you and your being is no longer the same; it has to pass through so many barriers that form different layers within our body.

The first layer is SHARIRA - the physical body.

A fertilized egg is produced when sperm from a male fertilizes the ovum from a female. This is our physical body. The intra-uterine life on the maternal side takes care of this and thereafter, nature and the world take care of our body. Whatever we eat will become our physical body. Body is the only factory which changes bread into blood, inorganic to organic. Physical body is the result of seed from our ancestors through our parents. All modern science is about this physical body only.

The second layer is PRANA - the life force. After birth our first job is to breath. Not only do the lungs breathe but all of our cells and tissues breathe.

The third layer is MANA - the body of thoughts and emotions. You must be aware of the fact that with our every act of emotion, the pattern of our breathing changes. When we are happy our breathing will be different: in anger breathing is fast, and in sexual intercourse breathing is different. This is because of our MANA - the body of thoughts and emotions that react within our physical bodies through breathing patterns.

The fourth body is BUDDI - the body of beliefs, religion and conditioning. The first ten years of childhood is important in that the child learns language, relationships, religion, etc. He is conditioned according to his environment. Any physical or emotional trauma during this period will reflect through his/her life. All mind-full thoughts are transmitted to this body which will interpret the thought according to its conditioning: whether it is right or wrong. Only then will the physical body react.

The deepest and fifth layer is ANAND KAYA - the spiritual body. This is the deepest layer of our body. Ayurvedically it is the seat of the soul, the bliss body. It is a state of complete peace and self enjoyment. It is happiness without reason.

The Ayurvedic approach :-

Ayurveda teaches us that each person is born with a unique body and psycho-spiritual constitution. Prakriti is a term that denotes 'nature' or 'natural harmony' in the human constitution, as soon as we lose our uniqueness, our mind and body react in the form of disease and symptoms.

In the context of health, our body is an "organization" established in a balance between the natural forces of creation and destruction. When the balance is upset, our normal rhythms and health are disturbed and we either over-create or over-destroy. This gives rise to the development of toxins - which cause disease and ill-health - because they are not in harmony with the cosmic organization. If the disease is left unattended to during the initial stages the toxins grow and challenge the existence of the physical 'organization'. The energy and activity of the body is directed to nourish the toxins and slowly the whole being becomes out of tune with cosmic harmony. This is what a major disease is.

At the initial stages, pathological materials or toxins are transitory and simple practices can help restore the natural balance in the patient.

The role of the Ayurvedic physician is to restore natural balance by intervening in the pathological cycle and assisting in reinvigorating of appropriate healthy processes.