- What does Ayurveda advocate?
- 1. The remedies suggested by Ayurveda to prevent diseases!
- 2. Importance of maintaining good health
- 3. Ayurveda teaches us to go to the root of any disease to find the cure!
- 4. The digestive fire in our body is the foundation of health!
- 4a. Importance of fire in the body (digestive power) for acquiring good health !
- 4b. जाठरो भगवान् अग्निः ईश्वरोऽन्नस्य पाचकः । – Susrutasamhita, Sutrasthana, Chapter 35, Verse 27
- 4c. Long life and health depends on the digestive fire in the body !
- 4d. To protect the fire in the body and ensure good health undertake four fundamental actions
- 5. Spiritual causes of disease and divine healing !
What does Ayurveda advocate?
Every disease occurs due to imbalance of Vata, Pitta or Kapha – the fundamental bio-elements that are present in human body. According to Ayurveda, imbalance in them is the root of all diseases right from cancer to heart disease and from paralysis to diabetes. If there is an excess or deficiency of any of the three doshas in the body or they become contaminated due to a change in their qualities, then these components cause disease in the body. According to Ayurveda, ‘Diseases can be prevented or cured or their effect can be lowered by following proper aahaar (Sattvik diet) and vihaar (Exercise and appropriate daily conduct) and by maintaining the balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha components in the body.
1. The remedies suggested by Ayurveda to prevent diseases!
Restrictions suggested by Ayurveda to prevent occurrence of diseases rather than curing them when they occur, indirectly convey the cause of the disease!
1a. Avoiding Pradnyaparadh (Ignoring intellect, stability and memory, and knowingly performing the crime of incorrect act at physical, verbal or mental level).
1b. Keeping a check on the mind and senses and controlling impulses like intense desire, anger etc.
1c. Not suppressing natural urges like cough, defecation, urination etc.
1d. Following diet and conduct conducive to good health.
1e. Performing therapeutic vomiting in spring to prevent increase in Kapha, taking laxatives in autumn to prevent increase in Pitta, taking enema during rainy season to prevent increase in Vata.
1f. Planning daily and seasonal routines according to place and time.
1g. Donating and helping others.
1h. Speaking the truth, as well as practicing austerities and yoga exercises.
1i. Contemplating on spirituality and acting accordingly
1j. Following good conduct, treating everyone with kindness and equality
2. Importance of maintaining good health
Ayurveda is considered as the fifth Veda. ‘Charaksanhita’ is a fundamental book of Ayurveda. In this book, the importance of maintaining good health is mentioned as follows.
धर्मार्थकाममोक्षाणाम् आरोग्यं मूलमुत्तमम् । – Charaksanhita, Sutrasthan, Chapter 1, shloka 15
Meaning : ‘Having good health’ is foundational for achieving the four basic pursuits of life namely Dharma (Righteousness), artha (Material gain), kama (Desire) and Moksha (Final liberation).
3. Ayurveda teaches us to go to the root of any disease to find the cure!
Vaidya Suvinay Damle
What answers do you get from the modern doctors to your question ‘Why is my health not good?’ The suggestions you would get are, ‘You are anemic, you are low in calcium, you have a gap in your spine, you have less minerals in your body, your thyroid level is high, your bones are worn out or your blood sugar is high’ etc. For these indications, you get advice such as, “You will have to take medicine for this”. Sometimes they also recommend that you will have to take these medicines for the rest of your life. At times this culminates into an advice such as, “Now this organ needs to be replaced or removed. There is no alternative to this” etc.
Generally, a middle-class family consumes a full square meal daily. Despite this, even in the educated class, why is there a deficiency or excess of a specific component? Taking medicine for rest of the life is not the final solution! Taking medicines to induce blood formation in case of anemic condition and taking artificial medicines like insulin if blood sugar level is high is not the real solution. Adopting Ayurveda to eliminate the origin of the diseases is always beneficial !
– Vaidya Suvinay Damle
4. The digestive fire in our body is the foundation of health!
4a. Importance of fire in the body (digestive power) for acquiring good health !
4a.1. Fire in the body is the form of God
The way fire cooks food in the external world, in similar way the consumed food is digested by digestive fire within the body. This fire in our body is called ‘Vaishvanar’. This is also known as ‘Jatharagni’. Shrikrushna says,
अहं वैश्वानरो भूत्वा प्राणिनां देहमाश्रितः ।
प्राणापानसमायुक्तः पचाम्यन्नं चतुर्विधम् ।। – Shrimadbhagvadgita, Chapter 15, Shloka 14
Meaning: O Arjuna, I reside in the form of ‘Vaishvanar’ agni in the body of living beings. Combined with prana and apana vital energies, I (Vaiswanara agni) digest 4 types of food that can be consumed by chewing, licking, swallowing, and drinking.
4b. जाठरो भगवान् अग्निः ईश्वरोऽन्नस्य पाचकः । – Susrutasamhita, Sutrasthana, Chapter 35, Verse 27
Meaning: Jathragni is actual form of God and it is this form of God which digests the food in our body. Since God resides in the body in the form of fire, eating a meal is not merely an act of satiating hunger, it is indeed a ritual of sacrificial fires.
4c. Long life and health depends on the digestive fire in the body !
आयुर्वर्णो बलं स्वास्थ्यम् उत्साहोपचयौ प्रभा ।
ओजस्तेजोऽग्नयः प्राणाश्चोक्ता देहाग्निहेतुकाः ।।
शान्तेऽग्नौ म्रियते युक्ते चिरं जीवत्यनामयः ।
रोगी स्याद् विकृते मूलम् अग्निस्तस्मात् निरुच्यते ।।
– Charaka Samhita, Chikitsasthana, Chapter 15, Verses 3 and 4
Meaning: Long life, physique and color of the body, health, enthusiasm, metabolism, skin tone, vigour, radiance, 5 Bhutagnis (5 fires from five basic elements) in the body; 7 fires – one in each of the seven dhatus (fundamental elements of body such as plasma, blood etc.) and vital energy are dependent on the digestive fire (digestive power) in the body. Death occurs when the fire in the body gets extinguished. If Agni is properly maintained, one gets long life and good health. If Agni is distorted or corrupted, disorders arise. Therefore, the sages have said that ‘Agni is the foundation of the body’.
4d. To protect the fire in the body and ensure good health undertake four fundamental actions
1. Go to bed early, wake up early and avoid napping in the afternoon!
2. Do not prevent the urge of urination and defecation!
3. Exercise daily to destroy the pathogenic tridoshas in the body!
4. Follow the 4 basic rules of diet!
These are the rules.
Eat at the right time!
Eat in adequate amount.
Drink only as much water as necessary!
Avoid milk and milk products when you are sick!
Reference: Sanatan’s holy text – Follow Ayurveda and remain healthy without medicines
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5. Spiritual causes of disease and divine healing !
Along with medicine, Ayurveda also advocates ‘divine treatment’. Most of the times, a physical illness has some spiritual and some mental element to it. While finding the root cause of the disease Ayurveda also drives attention to the spiritual part. Ayurveda states that some diseases on which medicines have very less effect are caused due to the mistakes done in previous lives, i.e., prarabdha (Destiny). Ayurveda has specified 14 types of divine treatments. Mantras, medicines, planetary stones, performing fire-sacrifice and ritual of sacrificial fires, atonement and vowed religious observance, fasting, donation, chanting; penance, ritualistic worship of a Hindu priest, Deity or Guru, honoring Hindu priests and Saints, being in satsang (Holy company), feeling of friendship towards all beings, practicing Yoga and meditation, following family traditions etc., are included in this.
Thousands of seekers of Sanatan have experienced that some diseases get cured or their severity gets reduced or the medicines become effective on the diseases by performing spiritual remedies such as chanting mantras, chanting the Name of God, reciting stotras, casting off the evil-eye, removing the covering of black energy on the body etc.
5a. Spiritual healing through chanting of mantras
Because of the mantras given by Paratpar Guru Parshuram Pandey Maharaj the diseases of many seekers of Sanatan have got cured or alleviated. He had researched on those mantras by studying multiple Sanskrut texts.
5b. Remedies for the diseases caused due to ancestors’ distress !
At present, most of the people in the society face distress due to ancestors. Some diseases are caused by the distress due to ancestors. By chanting ‘Shri Gurudev Datta’, the distress caused by ancestors get reduced thereby curing the diseases.
5c. Spiritual remedies on ailments caused by obstructions in the vital energy flow system
Vital energy flow system supplies vital energy to organs like respiratory, digestive, marrow, as well as to enable good blood circulation. Obstructions in this system causes decrease in efficiency of the related sense organs resulting in disorders. Sometimes medical tests reports are normal; yet in reality the disease exists. At that time, the disease would have occurred due to reduction of pranashakti (Vital energy) in the concerned system or organ of the body. The founder of Sanatan Sanstha, Paratpar Guru Dr. Athavale, leveraging the knowledge from Hindu Dharma, has devised the mechanism of finding obstructions in the pranashakti flow system and has Himself experimented with various mudras, nyas and chants, and educated the seekers with this treatment for curing disorders. In this treatment, one has to perform nyas at a specific position related to Kundalini Chakra or the affected body part using mudra and chanting. Since the year 2010, thousands of seekers have benefited through this therapy and therefore it has become a proven scientific method.
H. H. Dr. Athavale has also devised unique treatments such as chanting the Names of the deities alternatively, therapy of empty boxes etc.
5d. Chanting the Name of the Deities for curing disorders
As the human body is made up of Panchamahabhutas (Five Cosmic Principles), disorders arise if there is an imbalance in any of the principles. Disorders are also associated with the five elements. Based on the specific principle out of the five principles which is major in a Deity, the associated disorder can be quickly cured by that Deity. Remedies are more beneficial if mudra and nyas are performed along with chanting of the Name related to the disorder associated with the five elements. Founder of Sanatan Sanstha, Paratpar Guru Dr. Athavale has researched regarding specific chants for the elimination of various disorders.
Sadguru Dr. Mukul Gadgil of Sanatan Sanstha has also discovered specific chants for curing various diseases.