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Dr Piyushbhai Prajapati: Achar Rasayan mean anti aging lifestyle protocol.
Croatia Branko Markovic:
Trustworthiness, honesty and love are three pillars of social and behavioral aspects of Achara Rasayana. Be trustworthy (SATYAVADI).Be honest to social and family relations (SATYAVADI). Avoid alcohol and observe abstinence (NIVRUTTAM MADHYA MAITHUNATH) – Observe abstinence. Respect old people, elders and teachers (DEVA-GAU-BRAHMANA ACHARYA GURU VRUDDHA ARCHANARATAM)
Be devoted to love and avoid violence (ANRUSHAMSAM)
Be merciful and compassionate (NITYA KARUNAVEDI)
Do not have ego and live a life ego free (ANAHANKRUTAM)
Serve old people, parents and wise people (UPASITARAM VRUDDHANAM)
Have faith in almighty or ultimate nature (ASTIKAANAM)
Have a control over mind and avoid unnecessary sensory pleasures (JITAATMANAAM).
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Croatia Branko Markovic:
Be truthful (SATYAVADI)
Be calm (AKRODHI)
Avoid violence and prefer peace (AHIMSAKA)
Be cheerful and happy (ANAYASA)
Stay calm, cool and quiet (PRASHANTA)
Speak good and pleasant, which will not hurt others (PRIYAVADI)
Do meditation regularly or recite the name of god or holy hymns (JAPA PARA)
Be duty bound and follow ethical principles related to your jobs (DHARMASHASTRAPARAM).
Read good texts or books, which provide peace to mind (ADHYATMA PRAVANENDRIYAM)
Practice meditation regularly (TAPASWINAM)
Help needful people and do charity where needed (DAANA NITYAM)
Gary Yuen: I understand not following such rules can create negative emotions, stress and inflammation that can accelerate aging, and cause derangement of doshas. though I do not know what texts say are the harmful effects. Is it discussed somewhere?
Dr. Madhuri Patil Chaudhari: Prajnaparadha sarva dosh prakopanaam.
Not following these achar rasayana
Leads to intellectual blasphemy which is cause of Tridosh prakop.
Ch. Vi. 3 24 sutra has beautifully described
How jwara came about.
So we can say
Achar Rasayan is a way to counteract these Hetu or Vikaranam Praguttpatti bhav. Or the primordial reasons of manifestation of diseases or Dukha of Sushrut in human beings.
Vd. Sachin Kadlag: Each and every phrase mentioned in ""Aachara Rasayana "" is very important and has deep meaning and has deep impact on our physical , psychological , social and spiritual well being . I will try to elaborate them one by one according to my understanding with the help of Samhitas.
Aachara Rasayana mainly focuses on Rasayana that is Rejuvenation of best /perfect Dhatus , at the same time it focuses on physical , mental and speaking manners whic are necesaary to get full results of Rasayan medicine mainly . Even in other medicines it will be definitely helpful.
One of the benefits of Rasayana is "" Vaak-siddhi " , it means whatever you speak will become true... such is the power of Rasayana . For this type of effects to acheive our behaviour (Aacharan ) must be pure by Kaya (physical ) , Vachaa (by tongue ) and Manasa (by mind ).
Ayurveda has desribed 4 types of " Ayu " (Charak sutrasthana 30 ) , among that Hita Ayu is similar like Aachara rasayana .
First Aachara Rasayana is " Satyavadinam " .
In Charaka Sharira adhyaya 5 , Satya Vachan is given as to be one of the factors for getting Moksha . It is said as
सत्यं सर्वभूतहितम् अपरुषम् अनतिकाले परीक्ष्य वचनम्।
which means our speaking should be not only true but it should be beneficial to all living beings , it should not be hard speaking , it should not be unnecessary at that time .
This is also mentioned in "Sadvrutta " by Charaka.
In Ashtang Hrudaya it is mentioned it Dinacharya as follows
काले हितं मितं ब्रूयाद् अविसंवादि पेशलम् |
In India "" Upawasa " or " Vrata " were done in past and are still in practice today . But now a days it has lost its meaning and purpose .
Upawasa was utmost similara to Aachara rasayana as Chakrapaani mentions
उपवासः कामक्रोधादिपरित्यागः सत्य आदि उपादानं च
and also .
उपावृत्तस्य पापेभ्यः सहवासो गुणेभ्यः हि यः|
उपवासः स ज्ञेयः उपवासः न शरीरस्य शोषणम् ||
which means Upawasa is going near of Good qualities like Satya -truth or staying with people of good qualities (we can call it Satsanga also ) and staying away from Kama , Krodha etc.
Defination /Lakshana of Satya --
"" निवृत्तिः सुखम् इति यत् ज्ञानम् उत्पद्यते तत् सत्यम् । "" Charaka Sharira 5/8
To be retire from ecery desire is happiness , come ton know this fact is Satyam (ultimate truth ) .
Charaka Sharira 2/46
"" नरो हिताहारविहारसेवी समीक्ष्यकारी विषयेषु असक्तः |
दाता समः *सत्यपरः*क्षमावान् आप्तोपसेवी च भवति अरोग: ||
Here also word "Satyapara " ( means one who is always in favour of truth ) is mentioned as reason of disease free life.
To learn Ayurveda from Guru , disciple must be speaking Satya ... Charaka Vimana 8/13
Even in Janapada udhwansa (epidemic burst of diseases ) primary treatment module is Panchakarma followed by Rasayana and Shamana.
As such epidemic has its roots as Adharma ... behavioural rules are given like Aachar rasayana which also starts from Satyam . Charak vimana 3/15-18
Dr. Madhuri Patil Chaudhari: Taittriya Upanishad has beautiful definition of Satya.
Satya is that which doesn't change as per kaal or which is Sthir, not Gatimaan.
Opposite of Satya is Rutu, which is always moving and changing as per Kaal.
As per Ayurveda.
Satya buddhi gamya
Or that which is perceived by SatyaBuddhi.
Which develops when one understands Lok (Alokate avlokate iti lok: - which we observe and which is observing us) and Purush are one and the same.
Vd. Sachin Kadlag: In defination of Aapta ... it is said that their each and every statement is Satyam without any doubt. Because they are free from Raja and Tama , so how they will tell any Asatyam ,
that means being Satyavaadinam is equivalent to be like free from Raja and Tama which are Doshas of Mana
Vd. Sachin Kadlag: Brief compilation of "" Krodha /anger " , its properties as mentioned in Charaka Samhita.
· ITS LISTED IN DHAARANIYA VEGA .
· KRODHA /ANGER CAN BE KNOWN BY ANUMAAN PRAMANA BY UNDERSTANDING THE TENDANCY OF A PERSON TO HURT OTHERS.
· PERSON WHO IS ANGRY SHOULD NOT DO PHYSICAL EXERCISE.
· ITS RESULT OF PRADNYAAPARADHA AND PRADNYAPARDHA IS AGAIN RESULT OF KARMA DONE DUE TO ANGER .
· ITS ONE OF THE MANASA MITHYAYOGA.
· ITS FUNCTION OF KUPITA [VITIATED ]PITTA MAINLY OF KUPITA SAADHAK PITTA WHICH STAYS IN HEART.
· ITS MENTIONED IN PARIHAARA AFTER MANY KARMAS LIKE AFTER SNEHAPAANA , VAMANA .
· ITS ONE OF THE TYPE OF ANAGNI SWEDA. That means it can induce sweating without direct heat .
· IT IS ONE OF THE CAUSE OF FOLLOWING DISEASES. PITTAJ SHIROROGA , PITTAJA HRUDROGA , ATIKARSHYA , NIDRANAASHA , SHONITA DUSHTI , PITTAJA JWARA, PITTAJA PRAMEHA , KSHAYAJA RAJAYAKSHMAA ,UNMAADA, APASMAAR , AAMA PRADOSHA/AJIRNA , ADHARMA RESULTING INTO EPIDEMIC DISEASES , SWEDAVAHA SROTASA DUSHTI , GARBHA PATA [ PUSHPA DARSHANA ] AFTER FIRST TRIMESTER , INTRAUTERINE DEATH , KRODHAJ/BHOOTA-ABHISHANGAJA JWARA, PITTAJA GULMA , PITTAJA ARSHA , PANDU, PITTAJA KASA , PITTAJA ATISAARA, TRUSHNA , PRATISHYAYA , AROCHAKA , VAATVYADHI , VAATRAKTA, SHUKRA DUSHTI , KSHAYJA KLAIBYA , STANYA DUSHTI
· THOSE WHO ARE EXHAUSTED DUE TO ANGER , SLEEPING IN DAY TIME IS INDICATED FOR THEM.
· IT IS CAUSE AS WELL AS SYMPTOM OF RAKTA DUSHTI.
· IT IS ONE OF THE SYMPTOM OF PITTJA MADA , PITTAJA UNMAADA , RAJA AND TAMO DUSHTI, MATSYA KAYA , SAHAJA [ CONGENITAL ] ARSHA, PITTAJA MADATYAYA , AROCHAKA DUE TO UNPLEASENT FOOD AND SMELL
· IN GARBHA , IT IS SAID TO BE SATVAJA BHAVA.
· IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE ARISHTA LAKSHANA IN UNMAADA .
· ACTION ON DIFFERENT SHARIRA BHAVA
· VATA – PRAKOPA , PITTA- PRAKOPA , MANSA- SHAITHILYA, SANDHI – VIMUNCHAANA , RAKTA – VIDAHA , ASTHI – NON FORMATION OF MAJJA IN ASTHI , SHUKRA – APRAVARTANA , OJA – KSHAYA , SMRUTI AND BUDDHI – NASHTATA
· KRODHA IS SYNONYM OF JWARA AD RAJAYAKSHMA AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR FIRST PHYSICAL DISEASE WHICH IS JWARA AS WELL AS RAJAYAKSHMA AS EXPLAINED IN PRAG-UTPATTI .
· IT IS APATHYA IN NAVA JWARA, VISARPA , VISHA [POISON] , VRANA ,
· LANGHANA IS NOT TO BE GIVEN KRODHAJA JWARA.
· KAAMA IS REMEDY FOR KRODHAJA JWARA WHILE KRODHA IS REMEDY FOR KAMAJA JWARA .
· SIMILAR PRINCIPLE APPLIES IN RESPECTIVE UNMAADA .
· OTHER REMEDIED FOR KRODHAJA JWARA ARE – GIVING ASSURANCE , TO GET WHAT IS DESIRED , SHAMANA OF VAYU , CELEBRATION AND ENJOYING , AND PITTAHARA TREATMET MODULE .
· UDVEGA OF KRODHA [ SUDDEN ANGER BURST ] CAN BE A TREATMENT OF HIKKA [ HICCUP] IN VEGA-AVASTHA.
· MADYA [ ALCOHOL] IS ALSO AASHRAYA [SOURCE] OF ANGER. IF KRODHA IS GENERATED AFTER DRIIKING ALCOHOL IT IS TYPE OF TAAMASA MADYAPAANA. MADYA VEGA IS MORE SEVERE AND FAST IN ANGRY PERSONS.
· ANGER IS ONE OF THE REASONS FOR NON-HEALING OF WOUNDS AND ALSO FOR COMPLICATIONS IN WOUNDS.
This was second regarding Aachara rasayana [Akrodha -- non anger ]
3rd is to retire from madya /alcohol. Regarding to this there is one very good shloka from Ashtanga Hrudaya
मद्य दान आदान विक्रयः सन्धानानि न आचरेत् |
which means Alcohol neither should be taken from anyone nor should be given to anyone . It should not be sold it should not be even manufactuered.
Gary Yuen: It's said that tapas is part of achara though I do not know where it's said. I'm not sure exactly what is the meaning. Tapas is supposed to be the main feature of satya/kritya yuga.
Vd. Sachin Kadlag: Charaka Vimana 3 / 24
आदिकाले हि अदितिसुतम्....... सत्य-आर्जव -आनृशंस्य -दान-दम-नियम - *तप*-उपवास -ब्रह्मचर्य व्रतपरा व्यपगतभयरागद्वेषमोहलोभक्रोधशोकमानरोगनिद्रातन्द्राश्रमक्लमालस्यपरिग्रहाश्च पुरुषाबभूवामितायुषः.......।
Gary Yuen: I am familiar with that verse though still i do know know how to define tapas.
Dr. Madhuri Patil Chaudhari: Tap means to be Tapta. Tap means something like expansion that happens due to heat.
Tap are the actions that produce heat in body or in short
Actions that increase the Agni.
Like Suryataapi shilajit.
Here Shilajit is getting Tapta due to energies from Sun.
So Actions that infuse energies esp. Increasing the Ushna gun in body and fire of Satva gun, in the mind
Can be said to be Tap.
Aatap sevan(soaking in Sun rays)
Vaayu sevan (being with blowing wind)
These are kind of
Daivavyapashraya And all are Langhan chikitsa. Opposite of Bruhan, or Atyadanat or receiving too much, primordial reason of disorders in humans. It's is said in Veda Brahma did Tap. And expansion due to Tap Created this matrrix in Which universe exists. And it expands contracts as per Tap.
Vd. Sachin Kadlag: ........महर्षयः ....... तपसः तेजसा दीप्ता हूयमाना इव अग्नयः । Charaka sutrasthana 1/14
It means Ayurveda Maha Rushis were like enlightened like burning fire due to effect of Teja of Tapas ....
Like Satvam Prakashaka (सत्वं प्रकाशकः )
Vd. Dhruti Kagrana: Achar rasayana
1. Satya vadinah – truthfulness
According to the ancient text of Upanishad, truth is the following:
satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁsatyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ|
yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmāyatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam ||
Truth alone triumphs.Through truth, the divine path is spread out by whichthe sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled,reach where that supreme treasure of truth resides. As the saying goes, “Once you tell a lie, you need ten more lies to cover the lie; so just tell one time the truth.” The integral connection of mind and body is now fully embraced by the modern science. The physiological changes in the body due to stress created in the mind by not being true to “self” or others can be a self-destructive act. When we weave through life, we tend to create an identity which may be accepting to our external reality but that may be far from our true identity. The inner reality is often conflicted with the “face” we have created in the world. We do this because we feel insecure or we don’t like that part of self or we feel too vulnerable to be “naked.” The veil we have will be exposed at some point because it is unsustainable to live in duality. This creates enormous amount of stress in the nervous system. As my Kundalini Yoga teacher says, “May our actions and deeds, feelings and emotions be a true reflection of our pure soul.” When we live life without being untrue to our self and others, the physiological response from stress in the body is the main cause of many diseases in the modern world. When we live in truth, our body finds its harmony and balance of our self, which then help heal our underlying imbalances. Let us work on ourselves so that we can heal us to the truth.”
2. Akro dhinah – do not be angry
Anger creates a rush of blood, which then raises the blood pressure as well as the heart rate. Stress triggered by anger disturbs the harmony of the physiological environment of the body. This can make the weaker tissues and organs in the body vulnerable, which then get exposed to being susceptible to disease. Being reflective is better than being reactive. Anger does not bring peach and tranquility to the mind, which is key to health and healing. Anger raises Pitta in the body, which disturbs the balance of metabolic system in the cellular level.
3. Madya Nivrati – do not indulge in alcoholic drinks.
Ayurveda considers alcohol as an ojas“life essence or immunity” depleting substance. It has been considered across the board, both in modern and ancient medicine, as a toxic substance to our body and mind. The liver and kidneys have to take the brunt to clean it out from the system in order to maintain a healthy functioning of those vital organs. Besides, alcohol can raise the Pitta, or fire, in the body, which can be contraindicated for people with aggravated Pitta conditions. The raised temperature and heat in the body can be harmful to many skin conditions, such as eczema, and can affect the liver, kidneys, and heart health. Our body finds its natural rhythm and starts to heal itself when we do not abuse alcohol and drugs.
4. Maithuna Nivrati – observe celibacy and the sexual act according to the code.
Celibacy here does not mean “Brahmacharya” or observing abstinence for life. The idea is to be active with one partner, not multiple partners, and perform the sexual act based on the season, time of day, and emotion of both partners. According to the texts in Ayurveda, it is best to perform sex once a week, or no more than twice a week, depending upon the constitution of both partners. The life essence or “Ojas” is lost every time men ejaculate and women orgasm, although it is less for women. Ojas is our immunity, which helps us against the disease. Therefore, it is best to be involved in a sexual activity when both partners are well nourished and in good health. The desire for sex and the process should be more meditative than just releasing the pressure of stress from day to day lives. Only then it could be more pleasurable and blissful experience in the long run.
5. Ahimsa – non-violence
Kaya – physical non-violence (not harming self and others physically)
Vacha – pleasant speech or non-violent communication
Manana – mental non-violence (with thoughts and feelings)
Violent minds create violent bodies and a violent environment. When the body is not settled in peace and tranquility, healing is not possible. Our body goes through a constant process of healing when we sleep, rest or relax, meditate, exercise, and so on. New cells are developed while old cells die off and are shredded out of the system. Every breath we take brings in new life and takes out the junk. The process of filtration of our body and mind is happening every moment with our involuntary act of inhalation and exhalation. The lymphatic system is constantly processing out toxins while the digestive system is doing its part in getting rid of things we no longer need in our body. For all of these processes to happen simultaneously, we do need to have a stable non-violent body and mind. Violence affects the nature of neutral mind and relaxed nature of body. The attitude of nonviolence (Ahimsa), sometimes called reverence for life, is at the root of life-nourishing behavior (Chopra, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, 263).
6. Anayasaka – avoid overexertion.
It is not recommended to over exert because it aggravates Vata, which is the air quality of our body physiology. Ayurveda says to exercise to fifty percent of your maximum capacity. If you are pushing yourself to win the game or to prove that you can keep up with someone else, your attitude is needlessly punishing your body (Chopra, 263).
7. Prashantam – be calm and peaceful in mind.
The body heals itself when the mind is tranquil and is not in a state of emergency. We can gain clarity about our actions and deeds so we can make better choices each and every moment. To listen to our own deepest nature and make correct choices in life, it is crucial to have a sense of stillness and peaceful mind. Calm and quiet mind make precise choices, which benefits not only to a doer but also to others. Meditative mind is a neutral mind, which is Sattivic, the impulse to evolve, to go forward, to progress. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts. There is increasing recognition of mindfulness and mindfulness training as a way to decrease stress and increase psychological functioning.
8. Priya vadinah – do not hurt others with your speech. Speak pleasantly.
Do no harm is the core principle of every medicine practices. Physical, emotional or verbal abuse is to be avoided to live in harmony with our self and others. Words have consequences; once said it cannot be taken back. Our intention should reflect the true essence of our character. We can offer healing and comfort just by speaking pleasantly.
9. Japa para – remember always the creator of the Universe (God).
Having connection with the creator develops focused mind and cultivates centeredness and grounding. Divine creator could be nature, river, ocean, or a statue depending upon one’s faith and belief system. Whatever it may be, spiritual connection with the creator makes us a conscious being. This will help us take right choices and actions in life for our health and well-being. Individual consciousness “Atman” is part of the universal consciousness “Brahman. We are not separate from god, nor we are separate from one another. The felling of oneness cultivates love, compassion, and empathy in our lives. Life becomes much richer and fuller if we recognize the beauty in all things. The concept of “me” — or the self-centered nature of modern society — is one of the epidemics of imbalanced lifestyle. Meditation and yoga can bridge that gap of separation.
10. Soucha Para – Purity
Personal hygiene and cleanliness are major indicators of one’s good health.
Impurities on both internal and external body clog up the channels or tissues in our body that is key to healthy metabolism. External source of germs like bacteria and viruses can be avoided to enter into our body if we stay clean and pure. Neat and clean people are often healthier and happier people.
11. Dheera – Patience
When there’s victory of mind, then there’s victory in life. Being courageous for good purpose mean giving up those habits that no longer serve us and implementing those that benefits for our overall well-being.
12. Dana – Charity
Accumulation of things we do not need or over consumption creates not just the physical clutter in the space we live in but it reflects the lack of clarity in mind. We keep what we need just like we do things that uplifts our spirit. Donating things or money helps make us align with what Gandhi once said, “simple living higher thinking.” The blessings and grace from giving is priceless which opens up the heart of selfless service. Selfless service is selfless living. We are not only here to consume and be wealthy. The joy of living for others is a true healing in it.
13. Tapaswin – Austerity
Human civilization has gone through thick and thins in terms of religious conflicts. A garden has many flowers with different smells and colors but they are always living in perfect harmony with one another. No one religion or a belief system is ideal for all. In this multi racial, multi ethnic society, every religious view has its own essence and pitfalls. The best way to weave through life is to understanding one’s own belief and living in virtue. Imposing one’s own religious views and beliefs on others can be self-destructive. But rather how can we make a difference by doing virtuous acts based on our own belief system? People like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, and Dalai Lama followed their own spiritual guidelines and made a lasting impact on others of many faith and religion.
14. Samadara – Be respectful
Knowledge and wisdom are acquired from parents, teachers, elders and gurus. No one is born enlightened or has attained self-mastery. There is always a training or teaching involved in one’s evolutionary process. We are who we are partly because of their guidance and teachings. We are influenced by their vision and the insight. Giving respect to peers and elders are a common decency of a healthy society. Our teachers and sages have gone through the discipline required to gain that knowledge and wisdom. To respect their journey and the process is to respect our own existence.
15. Anrashamsya – do not be cruel to anyone.
Cruelty breeds hatred; makes our heart and mind unsettled. If we were to live in harmony with nature and our true essence is unconditional love, why would we then be cruel to anyone may that be animals, birds or fellow humans? There should not be mental satisfaction in being cruel; but the joy of being kind and generous spreads around as inwhat goes around comes around. What goes around comes around. If we want to be loved and cared for, we can reciprocate by being kind to others.
16. Nitya karuna vedinah – be merciful to all who are in need of help
The poor, sick, and the vulnerable always need a hand to uplift them in society. Self-centered people often have fewer friends and few good neighbors. Human beings have the capacity to rise to the occasion and give to those in need. Sympathy and empathy are essential in one’s own evolutionary process.
17. Sama Jagrana – swapna – Maintain balance in waking and sleeping. Do not stay up long into the night and do not sleep in the daytime.
According to Ayurveda, different organs of our body are active at different times of day and night. For example, liver is active between 12-2 am in the morning while small intestine is active between 12-2 pm in the day. For the optimum function and health of these organs, we should be in a restful state of sleep during the time when liver is processing the toxins and should be awake during the day when small intestine is actively digesting foods. If we are awake in the middle of the night, the organs, which are active during that time, could not do its job in effectively.
18. Nitya ksheer ghritashinah – Take milk and ghee in moderation in your diet.
Warm milk is easy to digest yet grounding in quality. Milk nourishes the deepest tissues and tones the body. The sedative quality of milk when used with a pinch of nutmeg is often recommended for people with insomnia. Ghee or clarified butter lubricates the tissues and nourishes the body. It is the only dairy product considered to be good for people with high cholesterol. It raises the healthy cholesterol (HDL) while maintaining the bad cholesterol (LDL) and not raising it when consumed in moderation.
Ghee enhances Ojas, the subtle essence of all tissues. It increases all agnis, all digestive energies and enzymes of the body. It promotes jatharagni, the digestive fire dwelling in the small intestine. It promotes the bhutagnis, the elemental fires which dwell in the liver and govern transformation of food in the body. It does not clog the liver, as do other oils and fats, but strengthens it (Lad, Vasant, Frawley, David. 84).
19. Desha-Kala-pramanagya – be a knower of place, time, and measures of activities.
Our body takes time to adapt to a new climate and weather conditions. The diet and lifestyle of India may not be compatible in Northern California and vice versa. Damp and cold mornings of the Bay Area during summer call for warm cooked foods like oatmeal or warm cereals versus the hot sweaty mornings of Bombay calling for cooling and lighter foods regardless of your body type. When we live in harmony with nature and the season, we experience greater health of body, mind and spirit.
20. Yuktigya – Plan ahead to achieve your goals.
It is said that “failing to plan is planning to fall” in your life. Without a clear path, there is no destination. Similarly, without plans, it is difficult to reach the objectives. Tools like meditation and yoga help to gain clarity so we can plan our future effectively. Without a clear plan of action, life can be overwhelming and challenging.
21. Anahamkari – avoid super egotism
Breaking the ego is the best possible practice in the modern day world. We are driven by ego, but not by our heart. When body, mind, and soul are aligned, ego is shaken up and crushed, manifesting the best deeds and actions from one’s soul. The onset of disease processes is intimately connected to a deficiency of ego gratification. What are these deficiencies? They are quite common things: lack of feeling important, lack of appreciation, lack of approval and encouragement, lack of love (Chopra, Creating Health, 118).
22. Shastachara – maintain good behavior established by Apta – the
great sages and saints of society.
The good behavior established by sages is the bi-product of their discipline set through their experiences of the ups and downs of ever changing life. These can be guiding principles for our own personal journey through life.
23. Asamkiran –be generous and sharing
Giving is receiving; the more we give, the more we receive. Being generous doesn’t mean giving everything away or renunciation. Sharing cultivates caring of others and in turn, caring for yourself. Generosity creates harmony with family and friends, neighbors and co-workers.
24. Addhyatma Parayanam – be conscious
No matter how small an act is, if we are engaged with pure consciousness, we achieve the highest outcome. A conscious mind is a pure mind or a Sattvic mind. Sattva is the impulse to evolve, to go forward, to progress. Increases in mindfulness were found to mediate the relationships between formal mindfulness practice and improvements in psychological functioning, suggesting that the practice of mindfulness meditation leads to increases in mindfulness, which in turn leads to symptom reduction and improved well-being (Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Web. 23 Jul., 2011)
25. Upasitarah vriddhanam – respect and serve your elders.
Elders have showered us with so many blessings – giving birth, raising us, giving us knowledge and wisdom in order to weave through life with the utmost grace. They do not just earn our honor and respect but we are who we are because of them. Serving them is serving your own soul.
26. Upasitarah Astikanam – respect and serve priests, sages, and saints
who serve your religion and God.
They are priests, sages, and saints because they have lived their life with moral excellence. We can learn much from their path of righteousness. One way to learn that goodness is to serve them or have respect for their path of excellence.
27. Upasitarah Jitatmanam – respect and serve the people who have
conquered their senses (masters of desires).
We are pulled in so many directions because of our desires to be healthy, wealthy, and powerful. Our senses cause desire. Healthy desires are good for overall wellbeing, however, we are often engaged in unhealthy desires such as excessive sex, unethical or fraudulent ways of making money and hurting others to satisfy one’s own desires. People who have conquered their senses have conquered their own existence. Serving them can bring great insight into how to live without being ruled by our senses.
28. Dharma Para – keep yourself busy in religious activities.
Whatever your belief system or your religion may be, it is utterly important to have devotion and faith in your practice. A focused and devoted mind can conquer any obstacle in life with utter grace. Having engaged in religious activities gives us a meditative mind, which has clarity and precision.
29. Shastra para – continually study new sciences, advances, research,
and philosophies and utilize them for the benefit of all human beings.
Ayurveda, the science of life, has been around for more than 5000 years, however it has been changing throughout time. The inventions and breakthroughs in technology and medicine have ushered in amazing progress in science over the last 50 years. It is important to have an understanding of all practices including holistic and modern sciences to maintain the health of a healthy person and treat the diseased. When we put our heart and mind into combining all practices, new advances, and research in treating the root cause of an imbalance – an evolution of a healthy society will not be a distant dream. Albert Einstein once said, “The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the power of all true science.”
Compiled by - Dr. Dhruti Kagrana
Compiled by - Dr. Dhruti Kagrana