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Can Ayurveda Be Your Spiritual Guide?

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Ayurveda: Complete Holistic Healing

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of healing which essentially provides us with the perception of holistic healing i.e. healing on all the arenas of wellbeing comprising the body, the mind and also the Soul. In other words the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda counsels about adapting the right everyday lifestyle, with the aim of staying clear of lifestyle ailments, as well as enjoying the fruit of natural wellbeing and longevity.

Ayurveda’s holistic guidance lays emphasis not only on all that is beneficial for the body, but it also sets norms for what needs to be discouraged or prohibited on moral, health and spiritual grounds.

Ayurveda and Spirituality

Our ancient wisdom healing of Ayurveda equates Sadavritta or the Moral Conduct of an individual to a shield that helps in preventing disease from entering the body. It is believed that the moral attitude makes for the physical as well as mental safeguard barrier.

Ayurveda counsels that following of a positive moral conduct ensures balance of mind or the mental humors or doshas (Rajas and Tamas) and most importantly aids in stabilizing the Satwa or the balanced positive quality of the mind. This would not only help in keeping ailments away (along with balancing of the body doshas of Vata, Pitta and Kapha), but also help you to rid yourself from any physical and mental impediment.

Ayurveda Healing counsels Moral Conduct

Ayurveda believes that the attitude of misconduct uproots from the human mind. Delinquencies like anger, lust, greed, infatuation, fear, jealousy, grief, anxiety, worry and antagonism furthermore take the form of imbalance of the mind. The doshas of the mind viz. Rajas and Tamas get imbalanced and vitiated and this furthermore creates discrepancy in normal functioning of the mind. And as a consequence, a number of mental ailments might arise. This entire process represses the balancing of the Satva property of the mind.

Physical Ailments may Crop Up

This needs to be understood that the three doshas of the physical body viz. Vata, Pitta and Kapha become easily affected and fall out of balance as a result of vitiation of mental doshas of Rajas and Tamas. Thus the imbalance in the mind further lays down the foundation of acquiring disease also in the physical body.

How Moral Conduct Combats Disease

Sage Manu laid emphasis on ten indispensable regulations that need to be maintained in accordance to ascribing to the virtues of morality. These are dhriti or patience, kshama or forgiveness, dama or piousness, asteya or truthfulness, shauch or purity, indraiya-nigrah or the control of bodily senses, dhi or reasoning, vidya or education, satya or candor and krodha or the absence of anger.

Why Moral Conduct is Essential

There are two modalities that concur with the credibility of having a moral conduct.

– Perception of natural wellbeing of an individual.
– Another important manifestation of this is to be able to be a controller of your bodily senses.

Becoming a master of your body as well mind (including the senses) would make you tough and resistant, and in the long run reward with the assets of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness and forbearance. Also, when a person follows moral values, he would be living in harmony with the universal laws.

Ayurveda forbids the misuse of Mind, Body and Tongue.

Misuse of the Body:

Killing living beings or violent behaviour stealing and physical abuse of a woman are the three physical misconducts that need to be curbed bodily.

Misuse of the Tongue:

Ayurveda forbids misuse of the tongue in using language that is abusive and gossiping or criticizing fellow men, using rude and harsh words that could be rather disheartening for someone; and speaking lies or false statement. Also, making unnatural sounds like grieving loudly, shouting or screaming, need to be avoided.

Misuse of the Mind:

Ayurveda believes that the physical human body that supports mental balance is the key to natural wellness and longevity. So to ensure mental and emotional peace and endurance, we need to keep away from the felony or misuse of the mind powers. This mainly relates to going against the virtues and wisdom narrated in the religious Shastras (holy books), mentally conspiring against the other person and keeping the psychological attitude of seizing the money and monetary riches of the other.

The Eight – Fold Path of Moral Conduct

The Eight-fold path preached by Buddha signifies magnitude of leading a natural life with moral values. These eight pathways are a guide of how to lead your life following the principles of morality, mental culture and wisdom. Thus is clear that when you tend to live your life following the right moral values, you are liberated as well as enlightened. These are –

– Right Speech
– Right Action
– Right Livelihood
– Right Efforts
– Right Mind-set
– Right Concentration
– Right Perception
– Right Judgment

My Experience with Spiritual Healing & Ayurveda

Being an Ayurveda doctor, as I entered the realm of Holistic healing, I could develop the understanding that healing of body and mind, by and large develops on the magnitude of developing positive vibrations of Spiritual healing.

I believe and have also conveyed this in an interview that “Writing on the niche’ of Spiritual Healing has just come to me un-intentionally, and somehow now I realize that holistic wellness can only be achieved when the parameters of all three – Mind, Body and Soul are nourished with complete awareness.”

Lifestyle ailments like Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension, Heart disease, Stress etc. that are common today as well as highly crucial to deal with cannot be escaped easily without developing conscious detachment both with the predicament as well as its source. For example, losing weight becomes much easier when you have developed internal strength towards refraining from the sweets and fatty foods, than becoming slave to taste-buds. I have conveyed the same in my article – ‘Being Aware is being Alive‘,

“Let me tell you about my own experience. I lost weight by a simple process of awareness which I brought about into my diet and lifestyle. Nothing else worked so well! And it has been a valuable lesson for me to share. Introspecting on the subject of cultivating awareness, I can state that increase in consciousness and awareness results in focus on the present.”

 

Sonica Krishan

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

Sonica Krishan

Dr Sonica Krishan is Author and Speaker in the areas of Healthy and Joyous Living through Ayurveda, Meditation, Yoga and other Contemplative practices. She is also Health Writer, Columnist, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach. Dr Sonica is open for National as well as International Collaborations with interested people / institutions in fields of Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga.

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