Diet or dieting is a misnomer that says a lot about our culture of the West. We think a diet is something we go on or like the detox diets that are so popular today, it is something we do because the rest of our life is created where we are which then we need to go on a diet or ‘detox’. Says loads doesn’t it? A diet is not this. A diet is the food you intake ‘all the time’. It is not something to ‘go on’ but rather what establishes what you are.
Below, this is a brief history of diet ‘ideas’ of the West. Seriously, this is just some. There are many many more but I got tired of typing. This is the longest list on the net yet it is really only about 2/3rds of the number of diets that have been created.
This list really does not include any sort of real religious diets that have been followed for religious reasons. It doesn’t really have the listings of the categories of diets like vegan, ovo lacto pesca and birds that have flown over 300 miles in jungle environment vegetarian and the like because it gets exhaustive with the insanity of what people have created today with their identification of self with diet.
And to start this all out, the very first one pretty much sets the stage for the following on the list.
Avoiding Swamps Diet
Writer Thomas Short observed that overweight people lived near swamps, so moving away from swamps was the diet he recommended
Vinegar and Water Diet
Made popular by Lord Byron
Low Carbohydrate Diet
First appeared in The Physiology of Taste by Jean Brillat-Savarin, a French lawyer and politician, and gained fame as an epicure and gastronome
A vegetarian eating plan created by Reverend Sylvester Graham (July 5, 1794 – September 11, 1851) was an American Presbyterian minister and dietary reformer known for his emphasis on vegetarianism, the temperance movement, and eating whole-grain bread. The diet strictly avoids alcohol and white bread. As part of his dietary plan, he invented Graham Bread, a kind of additive-free and whole-grain bread that was coarse in texture that has later become known as the modern-day graham cracker.
Banting’s Low Carbohydrate Diet
“Banting” becomes a popular term for dieting
Horace Fletcher promotes “Fletcherizing” Chew food 32 times
Introduced by Lulu Hunt Peters, an American doctor, in her book Diet and Health, With Key to the Calories
1920’s – 1930’s
The classic therapeutic ketogenic diet was developed for the treatment of paediatric epilepsy. It contains a 4:1 ratio by weight of fat to combined protein and carbohydrate. Known to be dangerous because of acidosis.
Divides foods into separate groups, and suggests that proteins and carbohydrates should not be consumed in the same meal created by William Hay, an American physician.
“Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet”
Inuit Meat-and-Fat Diet
Caribou, raw fish and whale blubber
Dr. Stoll’s Diet Aid
First of the liquid diet drinks
Bananas and Skim Milk Diet
Backed by the United Fruit Company
Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet
Created by alternative health enthusiast Stanley Burroughs
Cabbage Soup Diet
Flatulence is listed as a main side effect
Also known as the Hollywood Diet
Apple Cider Vinegar Diet reemerged from the 1950s Lord Byrons Diet
Food combining (or trophology)
An approach that advocates specific combinations (or advises against certain combinations) of foods
Zen Macrobiotic Diet
Created by Japanese philosopher George Ohsawa
The Drinking Man’s Diet
Consisted of “manly” foods like steak and fish, along with as much alcohol as desired.
Calories Don’t Count Diet
Dr. Taller’s diet permits the patient an essentially unlimited intake of fat and protein but drastically restricts intake of carbohydrates. Dr. Taller lost 65 pounds in eight months while consuming 5,000 calories per day. Which goes against all Western science (but is true) FDA filed charges regarding diet’s claims.
A “science” driven approach to help participants lose weight by forming healthy habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise, and receiving support. In October 2015, Oprah Winfrey partnered with Weight Watchers after buying 10% stock of the company then promoted the company with her celebrity.
A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet created by physician Irwin Maxwell Stillman
Sleeping Beauty Diet
Individuals heavily sedated with pills for several days (Elvis and reemerged in 2017)
Liquid Protein Diets
Liquid protein drinks were low in vitamins and minerals
A commercial provider of weight loss products and services
Last Chance diet
Low-calorie liquid consumed throughout the day that consisted of a blend of predigested animal byproducts – think hide, horns and tendons which it killed a few people and was then taken off the market
Based on the idea of eating a specific ratio of proteins, carbohydrates and fats to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks
Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise
Based on the consumption of unprocessed food and eating low-fat, high-fiber foods and getting regular exercise
involves eating only one food item (such as potatoes or apples) or one type of food (such as fruits or meats)
Created in the 80’s with the initial aim to defend regional traditions, good food, gastronomic pleasure and a slow pace of life. In over two decades of history, the movement has evolved to embrace a comprehensive approach to food that recognizes the strong connections between plate, planet, people, politics and culture.
Beverly Hills Diet
An extreme diet which has only fruits in the first days, gradually increasing the selection of foods up to the sixth week.
Inedia or Breatharianism
the belief that it is possible for a person to live without consuming food
This diet, which was accounted in historical texts of saints and hermits has only been debunked by science in the modern world and those claiming to be Breatharians have been found to be frauds
Fit for Life
Dietary principles including eating only fruit in the morning, eating predominantly “live” and “high-water-content” food, and if eating animal then avoid combining protein and carbohydrate foods. Stemming from the principles of orthopathy and food combining by Herbert Shelton.
Foods from the Paleolithic Era
A calorie control diet in which low-fat cookies are eaten to quell hunger
Rotating number of calories taken in from week to week. Eat certain foods in a 24-hour day, and then you wouldn’t eat those foods until 4 days later.
Low-carbohydrate, low-calorie diet plan
Cabbage Soup Diet
Diet from 1950s resurfaces on the Web
Stop the Insanity diet
Susan Powter was an Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase “Stop the Insanity!”, the centerpiece of her weight-loss infomercial. She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.
Incorporates a vegetarian diet with the inclusion of fish and/or shellfish, while abstaining from the consumption of red meat, poultry, and the flesh of any other animal.
High Protein, Low Carb Diet
Dr. Atkin’s version
A diet in which a person attempts to split calorie intake from carbohydrates, proteins and fats in a 40:30:30 ratio. The ideas behind the diet are not supported by scientific evidence
Cut Sugar to Trim Fat , Eliminates refined carbohydrates
The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yoghurt), moderate wine consumption, and low consumption of non-fish meat products.
Based on the misconception that different types of food can have an effect on the pH balance of the body
Eat Right for Your Type
Diet based on blood type
Ketogenic diet resurfaces from the 1920s
Hollywood producer Jim Abrahams, whose son’s severe epilepsy was effectively controlled by the diet, created the Charlie Foundation to promote it
Juice, Fasting and Detoxification
Perennial dieting favourites reappear in combination
Body for Life
A calorie-control diet as part of a 12-week program
Raw Foods Diet
Focuses on uncooked, unprocessed organic foods
A crash diet in which a person consumes Subway sandwiches in place of higher calorie fast foods. Made famous by former obese student Jared Fogle, who lost 245 pounds after replacing his meals with Subway sandwiches as part of an effort to lose weight.
High Protein, Low Carb Diet
1994 diet updated
Low salt, low fat and vegetarian, and also involves taking specific supplements. It was developed by Max Gerson, who claimed the therapy could cure cancer and chronic, degenerative diseases. These claims have not been scientifically proven and it can cause serious illness and death.
A starch diet is a high calorie, high fibre, low-fat diet that is based on starches such as potatoes, rice, and beans which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils. John A. McDougall draws on historical observation of how many civilizations around the world throughout time have thrived on starchy foods.
Metabolic Typing Diet
The premise is that there are a set of homeostatic mechanisms which serve to regulate how nutrient intake is used for basic body functioning. And for each one of those mechanisms, each person is somewhere along a spectrum in terms of how their body works. After stating that each individual is different and after doing the questionnaire there are three basic metabolic type categories: The Protein Type, The Carbo Type, and The Mixed Type and you follow a diet based on each.
The Seven Day Color Diet
Suggested eating foods of only one colour each day
South Beach Diet
Eating food with a low glycemic index
low-carbohydrate fad diet devised by Robert Atkins. The diet is marketed with questionable claims that carbohydrate restriction is critical to weight loss. There is no good evidence of the diet’s effectiveness in achieving durable weight loss and it may increase the risk of heart disease and coincidentally Atkin’s died of a heart attack.
Western Pattern Diet (WPD) or Standard American Diet (SAD)
A coined term was created explaining the modern Western dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn (and High-fructose corn syrup) and high-sugar drinks.
Dr. Kushner’s Personality Type Diet
Helps you find the right eating plan based on your “personality”. Robert Kushner, MD says this plan is more than just what to eat. He says most diets fail because they do not pay attention to the life patterns that can make us gain weight.
Fats replaced with coconut oil
Cheating on the weekend is required
The China Study
Examines the effect of animal protein intake on cancer risk and suggests improving your health by focusing on a plant-based diet
A knock-off of the Mediterranean diet consists of managing portion sizes and eating approved foods centred on 10 items known as the “power foods”. The power foods are whole grains, almonds, bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, grapes, spinach, blueberries, strawberries and olive oil.
Maple Syrup Diet Features a special syrup-lemon drink
Beyoncé made the Master Cleanse Diet popular again from 1941
Then Dr. Oz made his adjustments to it to coin his own detox
Beat hunger by drinking olive oil about an hour before each meal, created by a psychologist
Best Life Diet
Made famous by Oprah, a talk show star, eat a Best Life-approved breakfast every day, eliminate alcohol, drink six glasses of water per day, and stop eating 2 hours before bedtime. During phase 2, eliminate six unhealthy foods (refined grains, fatty and sugary foods) and monitor your hunger and activity level. Finally, focus on “adding nutrition” by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Calorie counts vary depending on your current weight and activity level.
Juice Fast/Detox and Master Cleanse reemerges
Premises is a “detox” … claiming to eliminate toxins, no actual scientific proof
The Eat-Clean Diet
Focusses on eating foods without preservatives, and on mixing lean proteins with complex carbohydrates.
The GenoType Diet
Classifies people into six distinct genetic body types based on how certain genes and physical characteristics are known to occur in combination. Created by the Blood type diet guy after he realized there is more to it than his Blood typing diet and jumping on the genome fad.
Online diet program focusing on a low-carbohydrate diet created by Heidi Diaz under the pseudonym ‘Kimmer’ that became famous in 2007 in the magazine Woman’s World. Turn’s out she had created a fake online facade and that she was really an obese woman and not the face or person that she had created online.
100 Mile Diet
Restricting diet to include only foods grown within 100 miles of residence.
French Women Don’t Get Fat
A self-proclaimed “non-diet book,” French Women Don’t Get Fat is a popular eating plan designed by Mireille Guiliano, a French woman who gained weight after visiting America as an exchange student. Abandon the guilt and deprivation that many dieting Americans feel and instead eat smaller portion sizes with more awareness and appreciation of what you are putting into your body. As an example, if you overindulge at a meal early in the day, you would lighten up on what you eat at later meals
Dr. Siegel’s Cookie Diet
Meal replacement cookies packed with fibre
The Hacker’s Diet
Diet created by the founder of Autodesk, John Walker, a programmer. The diet accurately modelling how calories consumed and calories expended actually impact weight.
The Flexitarian Diet
By eating more plants and less meat, it’s suggested that adherents to the diet will not only lose weight but can improve their overall health
Tongue Patch Diet
Stitching a Marlex plastic patch to the tongue to make eating painful
Brown Fat diet
Created by James R. Lyons, MD, a plastic surgeon says that yellow fat makes you look soft, flabby, and old before your time, while brown fat is the good, healthy fat that keeps your body firm and youthful.. The 4-week diet and exercise program focuses on women and efforts to help develop lean muscle, boost metabolism, and build brown fat.
Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat
Jumping on the “Mindfulness” fad it teaches to be an “instinctive” eater rather than an “overeater” or “restrictive” eater. If you are in charge of what you are eating, you eat what you want rather than follow the rules defined by others and you become the expert on meeting your own needs. When you are hungry, you give yourself permission to eat. If you’re not hungry, then it’s not time to eat regardless of what the clock says. It coaches eaters to become more in sync with their bodies, to trust what it is telling them and respond to what it needs. Dr. Michelle May, M.D also reminds us that we were born knowing how much to eat.
A vegetarian diet which excludes meat except for kangaroo
Dr. Oz’s Ultimate Diet
Allows for low-fat dairy, low-fat animal protein, and fish. It also packs in plenty of fibre from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. States that fibre will help keep your cholesterol level down, and it’s good for your digestive system. Also includes about 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most days.
The Baby Food Diet
Originally an Internet phenomenon started by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is a gimmick for cutting calories and controlling portions. It involves replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with baby food, jars of which range in calories from about 20 to 100
KE diet or the breathing tube diet
The individual feeds a proprietary mixture through a feeding tube for a specific number of days. KE diet powder – an infusion of proteins, fats and micronutrients with no carbohydrates – mixed with water through the feeding tube
Pierre Dukan is a former French nutritionist that created a low-carbohydrate protein-based fad diet
A way of eating that focuses on locally sourced foods in the Nordic countries — Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. … Compared to an average Western diet, it contains less sugar and fat but twice the fibre and seafood.
Mayo Clinic Diet
Focuses on eating healthy foods that taste great and increasing physical activity. It emphasizes that the best way to keep weight off for good is to change your lifestyle and adopt new healthy habits.
Eat This, Not That Diet
Recommends food choices with the aim of improving health. Criteria for unhealthy dishes center on high levels of calories, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and/or sugar content. Healthier alternatives often include higher levels of fibre and/or protein. Created by David Zinczenko who is an American author and businessman also who is known as a leading voice in health and has many books on diets to his name…. his first book was Zero Sugar Diet.
two methods of intermittent fasting: whole-day fasting and time-restricted feeding
An intermittent fasting diet popularized
Cotton Ball Diet
The cotton ball diet is a fad diet that involves consuming up to 5 cotton balls dipped in liquids such as juices or smoothies. The cotton is intended to make a person’s stomach feel full without them gaining weight.
At this point, I think everyone knows this diet and I do not have to explain. In my experience, the amount of emotional attachment to peoples beliefs around concepts of this diet is a massive trigger with people today. Fact is that in 1856 celiac disease was named. There is a long history to it. The guy who created the BOOM of the gluten sensitivity which turned into the gluten-free diet went back and with three separate research projects debunked his prior findings in the following years but this does not stop the masses from following a belief and a fad and creating a billion dollar industry around it. There has been much research discovering that people that go on a gluten-free diet create other diseases and we will see more here in the future, mark my words. There is also research showing that placebo vs gluten-free diet had no difference in control groups of celiac patients. Roughly 1/3 of the US reportedly are following this diet fad.
Ideal Protein Diet
Another ketogenic diet, a regimen that typically involves replacing carb intake with fat to put your body in a state called ketosis.
Low-fat, raw vegan diet
Trade high-density foods for low-density foods and choose foods that fight hunger
TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet
a three-part program that uses diet, physical activity, and weight management and sometimes, drug treatment also.
low in fat, refined carbohydrates and animal protein and exercise, stress management and relationships
Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Loss Solution
“Seven keys to weight loss freedom” Among these seven steps are reasonable and solid recommendations such as breaking the cycle of emotional eating, choosing better foods, and establishing a regular exercise routine. Dr. Phil is a psychologist, with a very sorted past, that Oprah made famous on her show.
The Fast Diet
Referred to as the 5:2 diet: you eat normally for five days of the week and cut your calories to about 25 per cent of normal intake on two nonconsecutive days of the week. Created by Michael Mosley is a British television journalist, producer and presenter who has worked for the BBC since 1985 and Mimi Spencer who is a journalist and author. A feature-writer and columnist for such titles as the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Spectator, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar.
The Chemical Diet, Chemical Breakdown Diet, Chemical Reaction Diet and Three-Day Chemical Diet
A principle of pairing foods that work together to cause a chemical reaction to increase metabolism and create a fat burning effect. Created by Dr. Paul Dawson.
The Bulletproof Diet
Emphasizes foods high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbs, while also incorporating intermittent fasting. Created by Dave Asprey who was in the IT and Web company business and the director of product management for a Silicon Valley startup called NetScaler until 2013 when he started the Bullet proof thing.
The Hormone Reset Diet
An elimination diet claims in seven three-day bursts, how to make specific dietary changes, eliminate metabolism-wrecking foods (meat and alcohol, sugar, fruit, caffeine, grain, dairy, and toxins), repair your body and reset your hormones. By Sara Gottfried MD
Includes nutrient-dense plant foods, and avoids processed foods and meats. An anti–inflammatory diet consists of foods that reduce inflammatory responses, supposedly. Created by DOROTHY CALIMERIS, a food writer and blogger and SONDI BRUNER is a holistic nutritionist, writer, food blogger.
A restrictive dietary program that promises to “change your life” in 30 days through some tough-love nutritional changes. These include no dairy, no grains, no added sugar, no alcohol, and no legumes. … Think: Paleo meets an elimination diet—but just for 30 days. Created by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig in 2009. They both became certified sports nutritionists; he worked as a physical therapist, and she was working at an insurance company during the day and doing nutritional consulting in her spare time. She quit her job to run the Whole30 business in 2010.
The 3-Day Military Diet is a low-calorie chemically compatible foods diet plan requires that you eat things like tuna, grapefruit, and saltines for three days. The diet is 3 days on and 4 days off. There is really no knowledge as to who is behind the “Military Diet”. No creator and claims of it being from the US military but a web site with no connection to any person.
A vegan diet based on recipes for people who love tacos and want to experiment with a vegan lifestyle. All of the benefits stated in the book are based on anecdotal evidence of the personal experiences of the four authors who are Vegans.
Wild Man Diet
Abel James, the ABC star and creator of the #1 Fat-Burning Man Show who is educated in Psychological and Brain Sciences then worked as a consultant to the consumer food and beverage industry, shares his revolutionary weight-loss program similar to the Paleo diet but allows for a greater range of foods and more flexibility in your eating style than the caveman program. He experiments on himself then uses that as the basis of his diet. His claim with photos is that he was overweight and living the normal Western life of work then changed and as it is very popular to market ones own triumph over their story.
Monotrophic diet (mono diet)
Makes a come back from the 80’s because of a YouTube star nicknamed “Freelee the Banana Girl” (real name: Leanne Ratcliffe) boasted about her weight loss in 2014. She is a fitness trainer turned Vegan from Australia.
Sweet Potato Diet, same thing, touting how the spud can help you lose 12 pounds in just two weeks. Meanwhile, the hashtag #monomeal on Instagram, which highlights pictures of people’s meals containing a single food, has more than 38,000 posts, and the diet was one of the most searched in 2016, according to Google. Comedian and magician Penn Jillette even wrote a book last year about how he lost 100 pounds by eating nothing but potatoes for two weeks to kick off his diet. Matt Damon revealed he ate only chicken breasts to drop weight for his role in “Courage Under Fire.”
Dissociated Diet (A.K.A. Hay Diet from the 1920’s)
Eat just one type of food each day. Example: one day only poultry; the next day only vegetables without oil or spices; the next day any type of dairy product; etc. Supposedly eating a variety of food groups at each meal taxes the body’s digestive system. He reasoned that the digestive organs have to create and release enough digestive fluids and enzymes to simultaneously break down animal proteins and dairy which are digested in an acidic environment and starches which are digested in an alkaline environment.
An elemental diet is a diet that proposes the ingestion, or in more severe cases use of a gastric feeding tube or intravenous feeding, of liquid nutrients in an easily assimilated form. It is usually composed of amino acids, fats, sugars, vitamins, and minerals. It touts that it is good for Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
The Economists’ Diet
Limiting carbs and eating more fruits and vegetables written by two professional economists
Eat to Live Diet
The 6-week plan shows that if you eat foods that are high in nutrients and low in calories, you can eat more and feel fuller for longer. Cut down on some carbs (bread, pasta), sugar, and oil. You also quit meat and dairy for at least 6 weeks, and eat more whole fruits, vegetables, beans and other legumes, and whole grains.
The Dubrow Diet
Intermittent fasting with a lower-carb eating approach that emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats
Avoidance of specialized proteins (lectins), the root of modern illnesses, ranging from obesity and gastrointestinal issues to autoimmune disorders and allergies. Lectins, according to Gundry, bind to sugar molecules in cells throughout the body, altering their function. Made famous by singer Kelly Clarkson.
As you can see by these, health and diet has become a religion and is belief only at this point. You get to believe whatever you want because that is where all this has come down to. Like religion, it becomes something that you don’t dare talk about because everyone has their ideas. They are not even dogmas because they are not even coming from authority. Diet is either that or a four-lettered-word that means something you go on to lose weight which only means the rest of the time one has no consciousness to what they eat. Diets do not need any science or knowledge behind them. Most of the diets on this list have been already been debunked by Western science itself but that does not stop the masses in what they believe. You can research them if you have that extra week of your life to spend doing so.
We are so lost. Anyone can create a diet, just make it sound good and people will follow it. Literally anyone. If your a celebrity, wow is it easy. This is our level of humanity, our culture. Our awareness goes as deep as “if it worked for them, it will work for me.” How many times was I asked when I was a bodybuilder what I do to stay in such shape?
Back 30+ years ago or so, Western medicine/Allopathy was the only game in town and anything else was seen to be written by a crackpot or snake oils salesman. This is because of the power that Western medicine had over people and what the paradigm of our society is, we do not take responsibility or want to. The paradigm is to take a substance or a pill for the relief of a symptom with no deeper knowledge. It is the basis of Western medicine. The doctor was supposed to be all-knowing. The all-powerful healer. Turns out they were not and Western Medicine has been falling out of favour since. The problem lies in the ‘then what?’ that is left after one departs the Western Medicine paradigm. ‘Then what?’ is what one is left with when there is nowhere to turn. Left in the world of ideas and concepts, all sorts of stuff written by all sorts of people… not knowledge. In the timeline, you can see this as well with the number of diets being created in time as the culture starts to step out of the spell of Western Medicine but then the chaos breaks loose. Just think of this for a moment…. how do you think this is going to be in another 25 years from now? Are we really getting any closer to anything? Nope. Not in my 30 years of experience. The very foundational template that we create everything from is limited and greatly flawed. I know, big claims I make right?
My own experience in the health field has been seeing one diet fad come along. Everyone then jumps on the bandwagon. Then it is debunked in 6 or 7 years. The next one comes along and the same thing happens. The next one comes along and the same thing happens. And again. And again. The research changes and changes and we are not in any different place really except that the masses are more and more confused and this only creates a ripe situation for marketing just another ‘diet’. Back 30 years ago there was not the militant ego behind someone doing a diet like it is today, nor was there the trying to push it on others…. like trying to have a conversation with a Vegan about diet. or someone that is on the Gluten Free diet. It isn’t just me that experiences this. Really, the entire health field has become like this now. Everyone is an expert. But are they? Expert in what? back 30 years ago the fitness world was just developing. The bandwagon back then was to become or have a personal trainer just as today it is being a yoga teacher or ‘doing’ yoga.
Truth is that if you change your diet, the body will react. No matter what you do. Is it going to be a healthy change? How do we judge that? ‘Because I feel better?’ Really? That is the level of the judgment that happens when someone has no knowledge, no way to diagnose. It leads to problems down the road. No doubt that every single one of the diets listed above has its cheerleaders and victories that support them. What you do not hear are the voices of the people that had a disaster happen because of them. That’s not to acceptable in the forum today.
Truth is that if you start to do a walk every morning, you are going to get healthier and feel healthier. Truth is if you start a boot camp extreme exercise program, it may whip you into ‘shape’ if you do not get injured in the process but then long term what is it doing to the body? Do we have any awareness or knowledge that even starts to look at this? Not when everything is driven by desires backed by low self-esteem, self-absorption, and ego. Truth is that we really do not know what is healthy and it is all chaos with the commercialism that is our modern world. Try this and try that. Follow this new thing and that new celebrity. Pretty sad when you start to see it from this perspective.
Is it really that difficult to comprehend health? No, it is not… But yes, there are many factors and they cannot be simplified and it takes more than just following a chore list. Living is a 24 hour a day thing, you actually do not get a break. The details that go into life are vast and needs to be understood like a dance. Once you understand the fundamentals you can dance and then in time you get better and better. A human being is complex, Why would we try to simplify our beautiful complexity except only to sell something (one size fits all, or a three template fits all, or etc.) and keep the level of humanity low in awareness? Why not take the time to explore and learn and experience depth? Not enough time? Really? What else is there?
All of those diets in that list above are missing fundamental understanding of life as well as the universe we live in. Notice how many of them even have an idea that you and I are not alike. Not many. Credit to those that created diets seeing this. But those diets fail because they do not have any way to see the factors of diversity that is behind individuality, they just aren’t realized. Then there is another major failing in all of the diets listed that none of them recognizes the environment that has an enormous effect on the being. Nothing we know in the West even comes close to even seeing this yet. Someone living in North Dakota should not be eating the same as someone living in Florida, even if we are speaking about twin siblings.
I will take the Bullet Proof fashionable fad that is going on as an example and not picking on it. Think of this, “after a trek in Tibet in 2004. At 18,000 above sea level and -10°F, his energy was plummeting – until he staggered into a guest house and a local handed him a creamy cup of yak butter tea”, ………From his experience of how revitalized he was………… therefore it is good for everyone no matter where they are and who they are and to boot, he has done the Western science that he has found to back up his international success. his success will be as long as Tony Little’s was because fundamentally it is all just the same. Truth is much deeper in what our Western science and health ideas have no clue to at all….. Everything is based on variables. Lots of them. As I said above, life is 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. No day is the same. No year is the same. You are not the same as you age. So why would your breakfast be the same every day? Another difference is where you are on this planet (the environment). There is a science of understanding all of this that is complete, it just isn’t the Western science as of Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats and Calories as what is the popular comprehension in the modern world. This article starts to give the idea of the break down in the thought that I am speaking of with the Bullet Proof fad. Now, what about all the massive health issues in people that are being created the entire Bullet Proof fad? They cannot correlate anything they will experience because frankly, it does not exist in our paradigm. Just as a whole lot of people that follow the chemical diet will have heat related (and possibly liver, skin, digestive, blood, BP) diseases in the future (possibly near future) but this is unknown because it has no lens to be seen from or why it would be. What happens to someone when they are taking in Yak Butter or Coconut oil because it is the latest fad without the slightest idea that for where they live this is not beneficial and they will suffer the consequence with no way to comprehend it was actually because of that? What about consuming it during the summer? There is no comprehension of the seasons or the effect on our digestive capacity or health. Anything ‘bad’ that does come from it cannot be correlated in the paradigm that we comprehend everything from. This is only examples and it applies across the board with all of these diets.
Maybe there is something else. Just maybe.
Illness and disease are of your own making, it is your responsibility. It falls into the category of not knowing (ignorance, which is a four letter word in the Western culture) what is beneficial or nonbeneficial and how to live life with the environment (and nature) or it is caused due to one’s not following what they do know (whether that knowing is correct or not is another thing). There is a third reason, which is karmic, but that is the topic for a different post. Even when it is karmic it is still your responsibility ultimately. Everything is poison and everything is medicine but really it all depends upon knowledge because the greatest medicine is a poison in the hands of a fool and the greatest poison is a medicine in the hands of the wise. This whole ‘everything is created by you’ is a very hard to swallow pill for most people, especially those of which that have a deeply debilitating disease at an incurable level or those who have lost loved ones to diseases. This also does not go by the Western paradigm of living life oblivious and taking a pill for a symptom. I think that just the existence of the term ‘Standard American Diet (SAD)’ says enough to prove, its the standard.
The fundamentals below are all just the category in which there are subdivisions of the knowledge of what these contain that has to be understood as well to put the whole picture together. Life is an ongoing movement of cycles and cycles within cycles. Birth-Life- Death is the simplest of this.
There is you, you are an individual. That has a lot to comprehend under that umbrella.
You have your own digestive capacity that changes throughout the day and the year as well as as you age. This has to be understood and followed as it is the very root to your health.
You have your own intrinsic individual balance and also the imbalance in which your experience of life has created and you are living in. This needs to be understood and balanced. The human body has its basic functions that are the same in all of us as to how the system works so there is a basis of your own individuality within those parameters. What is good for you is not necessarily good for your brother or sister much less your friend although they also have a body that also is human (most likely). (so stop sharing the latest fad your following) Easily explained that if your brother is insulin resistance you are not going to share your dessert with them. Same sort of idea.
Every substance has its own same intrinsic individual balance and its qualities in the same way as above. One substance will be heavy to digest and another one will be light as well as there are other qualities other than these two. Every quality of the substance will affect and become you when digested properly. Ex. If you only eat kale, it will dry you out because kale is very dry/drying. They also have actions that they will create in your system like a green banana will make you constipated while a yellow ripe banana will be a laxative to your system. (just for fun look out on the internet to see how much controversy over bananas being good for constipation there is and you will see how little we generally know. In this example, a green banana is astringent which has actions of drying and constricting as well as harder for digestion which is constipating whereas a yellow banana is sweet and will help in constipation due to its different qualities. See that even the difference in how ripe a substance also creates a difference in the actions and qualities that it will then have in the body. This is just one of the many reasons why the Western view of calories do not work.)
Some substances do not work being mixed and eaten together. They will not digest and become poison for the system. Just similar to what happens to milk when you put it in a copper vessel?
A meal has the qualities and quantity that will be beneficial or not to you individually. There is method to how a meal is eaten that makes it digest well or hinder your digestion.
The seasons change in the same birth-life-death cycle and within this. The seasons have their effect on the human being as they have on the nature around you. If it is a rainy day this also affects the human being. The different times of day also have their effect on the human being.
Everything in your life has an effect on you. The time you go to sleep as well as the time you wake. How you sleep when you do sleep. It all matters. If you are sedentary, the body responds to it in the same. If you are hyper-active, this is also not beneficial to health.
Psychological health is had simply through detachment. Attachment and meaning-making cause all mental ill health and suffering. The state of the mind is also the state of the body as they are inseparable. Vice versa as well.
All of the above is basically easy to comprehend as general foundation and is simple logic. That is the basics. Then the comprehension of what all of these fundamentals are in detail comes next and how to dance in life rather than be a zombie sheep following in the darkness. There is no magic pill that will make you healthy. Disaster awaits that path. There is no special diet…. as you see from the list above. There is only learning a deep knowledge of what you are, and what is outside of you, and then how all of that fits together to make health. It also makes an experience of life that is a totally different world than being that zombie sheep. All of this and more is Ayurveda. It is complete and timeless. It is the knowledge of life. (and you can find the details of those fundamentals on this blog)
A unique feature of Ayurveda is emphasis on promotion of positive health, physical, mental and social and spiritual. “The wise man should control the impulses of greed, grief, fear, anger, vanity, impudence, jealousy, malice and excessive attachment”. “He alone can remain healthy, who regulates his diet, exercise and recreation, who controls his sensual pleasures, who is just, generous, truthful and forgiving and who can get along with his kins.
What is health? It is already out there and has been for a very long time and has not changed with time. It is just not found in the Western paradigm ideas of health.
Sama dosha sama agnischa sama dhatu mala kriyaaha|
Prasanna atma indriya manaha swastha iti abhidheeyate ||
One is in perfect health when the Three doshas (vata, pitta and Kapha) Digestive fire (digestion, assimilation and metabolism) all the body tissues & components (Dhatus) (the entire physical body) all the excretory functions (the physiological functions of urination and defecation) are in perfect order with a pleasantly disposed and contented mind, senses and spirit.
BMI has been used in the West to give an idea about whether people are overweight or underweight for over 100 years. It divides a person’s weight by their height squared. A BMI of between 18.5 and 24.99 is considered healthy, but some people are healthy with other BMIs. And it is a completely flawed tool to use as a diagnosis, but we still do today.
The Western ideas are a hamster wheel no matter how you look at it. New research that creates a fad and the creation of a whole which becomes the old debunked research later down the road as the newest research takes its place on the same conveyor belt. Same old song and dance. The basic foundation of what our science works from is broken. Maybe there is something more than doing the same thing and expecting the result to be different?
There is no real way to share the depth and vastness of knowledge that is within Ayurveda to an average general person. People/western practitioners really do not like it when I say things like… that knowledge is nowhere to be found in Western Ayurveda, but it is true. It is hard to be found in India as well, that’s the truth of it.
To share just a tiny piece of the detail that makes real Ayurveda the wonderous and daily humbling experience that it is, as well as the very reasons why it has no context in the modern world, here is just an example.
In Western Ayurveda, Nasya is a part of the daily regime that is given to everyone. It is considered to be putting a few drops of oil (mainly sesame oil but there is even Western Ayurveda Vata oils, Pitta oils, and Kapha oils to use based on your prakriti for nasya) in each nostril in the AM after cleaning your mouth. In Ayurveda this is actually a langhana (treatment.
The truth is that Nasya does not mean nasal drops. It means ‘having to do with the nose’ and the treatment of the nose is vast. It is the entryway to the head and diseases of the head, brain, and senses (as well as anything above the collarbones) are treated in this way. It can be liquid, oil, smoke, or powder. Depending upon the details of the diagnosis of why it is being done. That means that there are obvious indications for it to be done which means that there is a list of contraindicated conditions where it is not to be done because it will either complicate a disease into a deeper and more serious disease.
It is never done:
after a meal, this will lead to diseases of the head
when one has indigestion causes diseases of the head like cough, asthma, vomiting
after taking snehapan
after drinking alcohol
after drinking water or when there is a desire to drink water
after bath, that means after shower too (for those daily regime teachers/follower)
when hungry, will cause vata vitiation
when thirsty, will cause emaciation of the mouth
when tired, will cause pain
when semi conscious or unconscious, will cause complete unconsciousness
when there is Injury, will cause severe pain
after sex, will cause pain in chest, head and eyes
if one is weak, will cause ”
after exercise, will cause pain in the limbs
in fever, will cause pain
when there is fear, will cause fever
after virrechana, will cause vata vitiation and trauma to the senses
after basti, will cause kapha vitiation, anemia, heaviness, and worms or parasites
when pregnant, will cause harm to fetus
after pregnancy, will cause depletion of tissues
when head congestion/head cold, will cause complications of head cold
when one has a weak personality, will cause depletion of the tissues
in children, will cause depletion
in aged, will cause depletion
in shwassa, kasa, raktapitta, will cause debility and depletion
when there is Suppression of natural urges
(there are some specific nasya that can be given in certain contraindications as a specific treatment like raktapitta above)
There are various kinds of Nasya. It is generally classified into two categories that one of those categories has 5 different types (one of the 5 types is the daily use) and the other category has 2 types. Then Charaka Samhita also has another classification of Nasya by what the part of the herb that is being used such as the leaves, the roots, the bark, etc.
Nasya is used for elimination of the doshas in the head. It is also used in various vata diseases.
There are different dosages given in the different types of nasya. There are different times of day that it is given for the dosha treatment. There are different times of the day it is also given in the different seasons.
When herbal extracts and juices are used for nasya it is known as Avpedana Nasya, when instilling milk, oils are used it is known as Navana nasya, when smoke of various herbs is used it is Dhuma nasya. Dhuma Nasya is given for mental diseases, epilepsy, parasites in the head, and in poisoning cases. When medicinal powder which are strong and applied with special apparatus they are known as Virechana nasya. Also there are two types of nasya depending upon the quantity of medicines or dose that is used when only 2 drops of medicines are used in each nostril for nasya it is known as pratimarsha nasya which is slow to act and less potent and when 8-32 drops are used it is known as marsha nasya which has its age, seasonal restrictions as well as has possible complication possibly vitiating doshas and is used in high vitiated cases.
Pratimashana or the daily use that is popularized in Western Ayurveda has its own timings that it is done for various reasons, like doing it in the AM is to reduce the kapha that is accumulated at night. Hmmm.
After waking reduces kapha accumulated in the night, after brushing teeth strengthens the teeth and cleanses the mouth, while leaving the house prevents dust and allergy, after exercise sex and being tired after waking removes debility and tiredness, after doing the treatment of holding herbs or oil in the mouth and after applying anjana to the eyes improves the vision, after meals cleanses the channels, after vamana cleanses kapha and improves taste, during the day time it rids heaviness and tiredness and promotes mental peace, in the evening gives good sleep, after urination or defecation it improves the vision, and other timings as well.
This is not a list for you to see what you want and then start to do nasya at this time irrespective of having the proper knowledge. Please do not do that. No self diagnosis and treatment okay?
There are details of age limits, times of it to be done in the different seasons, the strength of the individual is to be gauged for the dosage, the strength of the disease will indicate the preparation being used. There are even things that are to be followed as to what not to be done like being exposed to cold, dust and smoke, heat, drinking alcohol, anger, sleeping, travelling and other usage of oils.
There are signs of when the treatment is done correctly as well as when it is done incorrectly that then need to be corrected. If excessive is given, like in the amount of dosage or even the strength of what is being given, at the least it will give a headache, worse is that it will cause disease that they can be very difficult to treat. Just think of it, we are dealing with the head and the senses. Delerium and fainting would not be unusual in excessive treatment. This is why the dosage and the substance being used is very important.
The beautiful details require that beautiful knowledge and make up all of why it is so deep and why it works. All of this needs to be known. ‘Do no harm’ or ‘primum non nocere’ is the first part of the Hippocratic Oath. Everyone should take this verse to heart. Not just any practitioner of a modality. One should keep this in mind always, even for the idea of treating themselves or sharing ‘information’. Superficial information is the vast majority of what we live with today. Consumerism thrives on it.
The Drava guna (liquid) of Kapha increases in this period which results into loss of appetite and poor digestion (Agnimandya). This season is aggravation of Kapha dosha only, which should be controlled by Ritu charya (seasonal lifestyle).
Cereals: Barley, Millet, Old Wheat
Pulses: Masoora (red lentils), Chana (chickpeas), Mung, (mung beans), Dew beans
Oils: Mustard oil, Safflower oil, Sesame oil
Milk Products: Takra (Buttermilk)
Vegetables: Karela (bitter melon), Brinjal, Raddish, Pumpkin, Moringa (Drum Stick) and dry vegetables, Elephant Foot Yam etc.
Non-vegetarian: Roasted Goat and Chicken.
Fruits: Lemon, Betel nut, Pomegranate, Jambul
Drinks: Oil, wine and Hot drinks, Asava and Arista.
Miscellaneous: Plenty of honey (never heated, even in tea)- the Katu Tikta and Kashaya rasas (pungent, bitter, astringent) should be accepted freely.
Smoking: After meals smoking is advised. (dhuma, medicated smoke inhalation, an ayurvedic treatment which has nothing to do with or even like smoking cigarettes or marijuana)
Exercises: Gymnastics, Sun Salutations and hard work as per ones capacity
Massage: Before bath massage the body with dry powder of Chandan (sandalwood), Ushira (Vetiveria zinzanioides) etc.
Hot bath: Hot water bath followed by application of scented plaster (Lepa) to the skin. Hot water is never poured above the collarbones, but the feet are always washed with hot water. The rest of the body warm water is used.
In the afternoon one must/should spend the time with his relations in the gardens surrounded by flowers.
The day time sleep is strictly prohibited.
Miscellaneous: To control the Kapha dosha, Shodhana Karma like Vamana (vomiting) is advised only under the supervision of a properly educated specialist, especially for Kapha dominant Prakriti.
Nasya (nasal drops) and Dhuma (smoking) also help for melting the Kapha, Anjana Kawal (colyrium on eyes) etc. should be practised during this ritu kala (season).
tasya mUlaM sarvopaplavAnAM ca pravRuttiH, nivRuttiruparamaH| pravRuttirduHkhaM, nivRuttiH sukhamiti yajj~jAnamutpadyate tat satyam| tasya hetuH sarvalokasAmAnyaj~jAnam| etatprayojanaM sAmAnyopadeshasyeti||8||
The root cause of universe and all upaplava (advent of miseries) is pravritti (action/attachment/excess). Nivritti (inaction/detachment from worldly affairs/abstinence) leads to its destruction (of all miseries). Attachment leads to miseries and detachment to bliss.
Realization of this fact is truth (pure knowledge).
[excess is a sign of illness, abstinence is control and thus health]
“What is cause of pravritti (attachment) and methods of nivritti (detachment) ?”.
tajjA hyaha~gkArasa~ggasaMshayAbhisamplavAbhyavapAtavipratyayAvisheShAnupAyAstaruNamiva drumamativipulashAkhAstaravo~abhibhUyapuruShamavatatyaivottiShThante; yairabhibhUto na sattAmativartate| tatraiva~jjAtirUpavittavRuttabuddhishIlavidyAbhijanavayovIryaprabhAvasampanno~ahamityaha~gkAraH, yanmanovAkkAyakarma nApavargAya sa sa~ggaH,karmaphalamokShapuruShapretyabhAvAdayaH santi vA neti saMshayaH, sarvAvasthAsvananyo~ahamahaM sraShTA svabhAvasaMsiddho~ahamahaMsharIrendriyabuddhismRutivisheSharAshiriti grahaNamabhisamplavaH, mama mAtRupitRubhrAtRudArApatyabandhumitrabhRutyagaNo gaNasyacAhamityabhyavapAtaH, kAryAkAryahitAhitashubhAshubheShu viparItAbhinivesho vipratyayaH, j~jAj~jayoH prakRutivikArayoH pravRuttinivRuttyoshcasAmAnyadarshanamavisheShaH, prokShaNAnashanAgnihotratriShavaNAbhyukShaNAvAhanayAjanayajanayAcanasalilahutAshanapraveshAdayaH samArambhAHprocyante hyanupAyAH| evamayamadhIdhRutismRutiraha~gkArAbhiniviShTaH saktaH sasaMshayo~abhisamplutabuddhirabhyavapatito~anyathAdRuShTiravisheShagrAhIvimArgagatirnivAsavRukShaH sattvasharIradoShamUlAnAM sarvaduHkhAnAM bhavati| evamaha~gkArAdibhirdoShairbhrAmyamANo nAtivartate pravRuttiM, sA ca mUlamaghasya||10||
“The source of attachment are ignorance, desire, hatred and purposeful action. This in turns give rise to ahamkara (ego), sanga (attachment), samshaya (skepticism), abhisamplava (mistaken self-identity), abhyavapata (false sense of ownership), vipratyaya (sensing opposite of reality), avishesha (inability to distinguish between consciousness/unconsciousness) and anupaya (believing in inefficient traditions) that engulf an individual just like the very long branches of a big tree smother a sapling. A person overwhelmed by these emotions stays trapped in the affairs of the world.
Ahamkara means egoism. E.g., “I belong to a high descent and possess beauty, wealth, conduct, intelligence, character, modesty, learning, fame, age, power and influence.”
Sanga, or attachment, includes the mental, vocal, or physical deeds associated with attachment that are not conducive to the attainment of emancipation or salvation.
Samshaya, or skepticism regarding the existence of the result of the past action, salvation, soul, life after death, etc.
Abhisamplava is the mistaken perception of identifying one’s atman with one’s body, such as “I am second to none in any situation; I am the creator; I am an accomplished person by nature and I am the aggregate of body, sense organs, intelligence and memory.”
Abhyavapata is the sense of ownership, such as ” mother, father, brother, wife, progeny, keen, friend and servants belong to me and I am theirs.”
Vipratyaya, or considering a desirable act as undesirable, a beneficial thing as harmful and an auspicious act/thing as inauspicious (and vice versa).
Avishesha, or the lack of distinction between a consciousness and unconsciousness, nature and its modifications, attachment and detachment.
Anupaya, or inefficient religious rituals such as prokshana (consecration), anashana (fasting), agnihotra (oblation to the fire), trishavana (worship with soma thrice a day while performing sacrifice), abhyukshana (wetting), aavahana (invocation), yajana (leading or guiding sacrificial rituals), yajna (sacrificial rituals), yachana (begging) and entering into water and fire.
Thus, if a person is devoid of intellect, restraint and memory, but is egoistic, skeptic, self-centered, is attached (to objects or actions), and is unable to discern between good or bad, self and the physical body, etc. he is an abode of all miseries. Such feelings are the root cause of vitiation of doshas relating to the mind and body. Such a person is trapped in the cycle of life and death and cannot attain salvation (from miseries).
[Human thinking is dominated by Tisraishaniya (three desires):
Pranaishana (desire for long life), Dhanaisanya (Desire for wealth), and Paralokashana (Desire for other world).
The mind is the substratum of diseases, along with the material body. Diseases are classified as those occuring only in the body, like skin disorders; only in the mind, like anger, lust, hatred, fear, etc.; and those of both body and mind, such as Apasmara (epilepsy) and Unmada (insanity). Diseases that are purely physical or purely psychic are rarely found; most diseases are all psychosomatic. ]
Without controlling the senses there is nothing. this is the first step on the path. This is why Yoga has the yama and niyama as the first step. “Highly ethical in behavior” The mind must be controlled before meditation can even commence or there will be all sorts of fantasy and delusion.
Concepts are nothing, mind filling only. Everything needs to be realized or embodied. Knowledge is only information if it is not actually comprehended and embodied thru ones living or life. Reading a book and gathering thoughts and ideas does not give one advancement or capacity. Taking a training course and then parroting what one has learned is information is not teaching. One cannot teach what one does not have an embodiment of. The vessel teaching others can only teach to a level of which it is.
Gathering information does not give one experience. Neither does knowledge that is not lived. Knowledge is had by experiencing it then that knowledge becomes wisdom. This wisdom is then lived as it would be pragnaaparadha to not and has even more serious karma as a debt of it being not lived in accordance.
This is an easy breakfast for most of the year
2 cups Rice flour
2 cups Buttermilk
2 cups Water
1/4 tsp Mustard seed
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Crushed Ginger
1 pinch Hing
1/4 tsp Bengal gram
2 tsp sunflower oil
Mix the buttermilk, rice flour, and water together well
Then in a speparate small pot, place the oil, and heat it
Then add mustard and cumin seeds and cook for a minute
Add crushed ginger and the very small pinch of hing and and salt to taste
Mix for 5 minutes
Pour the rice/buttermilk batter in and stir without stopping
When it becomes more solid turn off and cover
Wait 5 or so minutes
Eat and smile
This is an easy recipe for springtime.
1 cup Bajra/Millet Flour
2 cups Buttermilk (see the post on how to make takra)
4 cups Water
3/4 tsp Salt
3 Shallots chopped thinly
3 tbsp Chopped Cilantro
Take the bajra/millet flour and put it in water in a pot
By hand mix it to make sure there are no clumps
Put it on a medium heat and stir for about 15 minutes
Then turn off the heat and let it cool
Then add buttermilk, salt, and water and mix it well
Add the chopped shallots and cilantro. (you can also use an onion instead of shallot)
A second recipe to throw in here is that you can instead let the porridge cool and then roll the millet into balls. You can put these into any curry to enjoy them.
This dish is used in fasting and also is a great springtime breakfast or meal. It is made with potato most of the time but here we are dropping the potato due to the fact that potatoes are not healthy as per Ayurveda and is an unwholesome food. this is due to the fact of the qualities of the potato. It is very dry and heavy. It is hard for digestion. It aggravates kapha and vata both. Since they are opposites this is not a good combination to have.
1 cup sabudana
1 tsp cumin seed
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
A few curry leaves
2 tbsp roasted peanuts crushed
Some shredded coconut
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp sunflower oil
Preroast the peanuts in a toaster over or in a dry fry pan then let them cool and crush them. you can simply put them in a sheet of paper and fold it over. Use something hard to break them up.
Put the1 cup sabudana in 1.5 cups water over night to soak
In the AM break up the sabudana as it will be stuck together
Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and add the red chili powder, cumin, curry leaves, and then throw in the peanuts
Then throw in a little shredded coconut, stir, and let cook for a minute
Mix the sabudhana into the mixture and stir
then and turmeric
add pinch of salt and mix well
Cook on medium-high flame for only about 2-3 minutes
Need to eat this right away, won’t be a problem once you try your first bite
This recipe is perfect for springtime breakfast
4 cups Puffed rice/murmur
Ghee or mustard oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 big Onion
Some curry leaves
1/4 cup shredded coconut
6 Roasted cashews chopped
2 tablespoons Bengal gram Roasted
Coriander leaves chopped
Pre-toast the cashews in a toaster oven
Take the 4 cups of murmur and put it into a bowl of water for only about 2 minutes then strain it.
Take a little ghee or mustard oil and heat it in a pan
Add the mustard seeds and wait until they start to pop then add the curry leaves and onions. Cook until the onions are clear
Add the roasted cashews and shredded coconut and stir. Cook it for about a minute more then add the turmeric and gram flour. Mix and let cook again for a couple minutes.
Add the salt to your taste.
Add chopped coriander leaves over the top and mix
Add this to the bowl of soaked puffed rice and mix well.
Can squeeze some lime over the top as well.
Simple recipe that takes only moments to make
Here are some pics i took of a man making puffed rice on the street in Kolkata today.
It is made in the heated sand. The middle picture, the puffed rice is the two furthest or in the last picture the furthest right
Throughout India common folk/village knowledge exists that is about Ayurveda. People have grown up in the past reciting and learning simple verses and lines that convey wisdom of the past.
This is one of those….
चैते गुड़ बैसाखे तेल |
जेठ क पंथ असाढ़ क बेल ||
सावन साग न भादों दही |
कार करेला कातिक माहि ||
अगहन जीरा पूसे धना |
माघे मिसरी फागुन चना ||
It is a line about the months that explains what foods to stay away from during that time.
Chaitra – gur (jaggary)
Vaishakha – oil
Jyeshtha – journey (traveling)
Ashadha – bilwa
Shravana – shaaka (leafy vegetables)
Bhadrapada – curd
Ashvina – bitter gourd
Kartika – buttermilk
Agrahayana – cumin
Pausha – coriander
Magha – mishri
Phalguna – chickpeas
Those months are…
Ayurveda understands in vast detail the movement of the environment, seasons, and time of day and its use and effect on the human being. This is just one simple detail which needs to be understood for the comprehension of creating balance and health in life.
This is an interesting research article showing the effect of the moon phase on the constituents of ashwagandha, a herb used in Ayurveda.
This may open the mind a bit more to all of what is as well as how much we do not understand at all in the Western paradigm of health.
You can find on the internet where western science even proves that the moon phases have no effect on the human being. From the comprehension of the paradigm which Ayurveda, yoga and the other sciences of ancient India’s culture come from, one can understand that Western research is using a template that cannot actually research such things.
As an example, there was research was done on the effect of Mercury retrograde on human affairs. The research took the normal myth ideas that are stated in the western masses about the effect. With the lack of depth of knowledge of the mechanisms, they are left to try to see a general “breakdown of communicating” since this is what is stated in the masses and by internet new age ezines. They found that there was no effect. I covered this in another post. Without understanding that just simply mercury retrograde in transit will affect every single person differently as per their own individual chart at birth (and the other details of this) with the transits applied upon it, the research is completely useless.
This can be put into a greater view of the sciences of India and what they state or what is touted by them. Everything needs to be understood from the depth and understood from the paradigm it comes from rather than taking some superficial tidbit and trying to view it through a superficial Western lens or applied into Western life.
Ayurveda cannot be researched through Western research methodology because that methodology is limited in its capacity. It comes from a limited paradigm. The question is there a way to research sciences that do not fit into the Western paradigm of thought? When so many variables are in play and understood, such as just the moon phase and its effect in the first article, how would you research an herb when every person that would be used for a study is their own unique individual (constitution, not just dosha but the rest of the entire system as well) with their own unique set up of the disease that it would be possibly being researched upon.
When we are objective we are relaxed. When we are subjective, the opposite.
When you do not interfere with your own personal preferences and likes and dislikes…
When you do not react or respond to anything in fear, anxiety, elation, dejection, frustration….
When there is absence of these things one is at peace in oneself and at peace with the world or all that is.
Only then there is the individual and there is god, or whatever name you wish to give.
Health is not just the absence of sickness. It is defined as ‘prasannatmendriyamanah’ – physical, mental, and spiritual health where mind and spirit are in a state of prasanna (a content, clear, and serene). The key to health is a complete psychosomatic equilibrium which makes it essential for us to be aware of the elementary rules and laws of living. This healthcare involves the entire being at its optimal physical and psychological levels in samyaka yoga (adequate contact or association), together with kala (season), artha (sensory modalities) and karma (actions), and is the main definition of health.
The root cause and promotion of all the good or bad action that man performs is manas, the mind. Following a beneficial diet, beneficial lifestyle and conduct, and self-realization are the tools to having control over manas.
Knowing what is beneficial is thought to be a subjective thesis in Western society today as we believe our opinion and the need for individual freedom and expression is the priority in life. Nobody really likes to hear this but it is the truth. This juxtapose destroys knowledge and wisdom as it is all based in ego. Knowing what is beneficial is turned into a personal choice or opinion rather than science (knowledge) that is time-tested and not changing every few weeks or at the blink of an eye. Look around, its right there before you in all the popular health fads and diets. You can see this in the hamster wheel that circulates constantly onto the next cool thing in Western consumeristic and capitalistic culture. Realize this is all there will ever be in this culture. There can be nothing else when opinion and ego are what rules. It is a Yelp.com world now. The knowledge and living of a Daily regime (Dinacharya), Evening regime (Ratricharya), Seasonal Regime (Rutucharya), healthy living of self hygiene (Swasthvritta), moral code of conduct recommended for health (Sadvritta), good conducts which boosts spirituality (Achara Rasayana), and proper following rules of diet (Ahara vidhi vidhana) are the science of living a healthy and full life in body, mind, and spirit. Its based in the science of nature. We, in the Western culture and our sciences, are only starting to realize things like the “brain and the gut connection” or how our mind acts on our worldview and the connection to that being our internal environment and health as well and many other ‘new discoveries’ by our sciences and the many many books for the masses written on these. These ‘new discoveries’ have already been around already for thousands of years and are only small pieces of the whole.
Food promotes a satvika, rajasika OR tamasika temperament and although we have not ‘discovered’ this yet, it has been known in depth for thousands of years in the Indian and Asian cultures. We continue to believe we are far progressed further than the ancients. The wheel cannot be reinvented by a limited framework and mind of today. Look at where Western nutrition was just 40 years ago? It wasn’t. Truthfully, it still isn’t. It still believes everything is calories in and calories out, macronutrients and micronutrients. What is still not comprehended at all in the modern world is that health is a social element where the attempt of an individual to remain healthy succeeds only when the society as a whole is healthy. Again, if you just look around….
Ahara (food) is the necessity of all living beings. The path of all beings is nothing but food. You eat throughout your life and you become food when you die. You are what you eat is the common saying in the West but this is far from true. You are what your body takes in and you are made up of what it is able to process and also what it is unable to process and excrete. If the processing is not functioning properly, your whole system is made of ill processed substance i.e. the tissues are created improperly or substandardly. I am using this term ‘substance you take in’ in light that you also process experience or not (subtle level of psyche) as it is also a type of food. Properly taken food builds up of the body and mental factors whereas improper food habits lead to heaviness and darkness of the mind and physical various diseases. This is the credibility of food. Just the details of what is eating ‘proper’ food are not the only part to all of this. The details extend to more knowledge of time, place, quantity, and manner of intake and make the intake proper or beneficial or not. A simple example of this would be eating curd at night. In the Western world, this is not known at all to be anything that would be something that would have any sort of bad result. It actually cannot from the Western template. How could it. Calories in and calories out, macronutrients and micronutrients. There is no context or container for anything else. Have curd at night and you will most likely wake with a cold or at least congestion and a runny nose. In long term use, it will create many other diseases that cannot be correlated by Western means.
Again, do you digest and process or is it just eating of calories in/calories out as the Western world has thought for decades? Most still do think this. There is so much more to health than what the Western concept comprehends. Food taken in proper manner helps in the proper growth and health of the body but on contrary, if taken in an improper manner it leads to various diseases. The mental factor of a man is reflected by the type of food he takes. The system in all of its details is only a replica of the food that we intake our digestion of that intake, and the excretion after the digestion. Just one more example of how all of this works; we are made of the 5 gross elements as everything in this universe is. You are your own combination of these elements that make you an individual just like everyone else. If one was to excessively intake one of those elements they will create an imbalance in the system and this will cause disease. Those elements also change with time and the seasons and this too has its results on the system. What all of the details are to all of the mentioned pieces above is the abode of Ayurveda.
In a very general way to start to understand some of these details here are some things to follow:
Quantity and digestion of food.
The proper quantity of food is that which does not disturb the equilibrium of dosha and dhatus, digests in proper time. The quantity of food depends upon the power of digestion including the metabolism. Eating light food stimulates the appetite and are less harming even in excessive quantity unless of course the metabolism is very strong or the person does a lot of physical work.
Maintain personal hygiene.
This sounds like a no-brainer but the subtleties of this go deep. Even what this entails might not be what one realizes. There is a systematic functioning of the body that goes thru it’s own cleansing when it is in a healthy state. This is not simply just about taking a bath and brushing your teeth.
Do not suppress the natural urges.
The urges are relating to: urine, feces, semen, flatus, vomiting, sneezing, belching, yawning, hunger, thirst, tears, sleep, and breathing caused by overexertion. Suppression of these urges causes various types of disease. To understand how and why this happens takes an education in Ayurveda physiology. The Western science does not have any understanding or acceptance of prana; what it is as well as how it functions. It is not breathing as prana moves regardless of the breath. Its necessary that the needs of these natural urges are satisfied instantaneously or they will create an imbalance that creates disease.
Suppress the suppressible urges.
Suppress urges relating to wickedness in mental thoughts, oral expression and physical action. Suppress the urges relating to greed, grief, fear, anger, vanity, shamelessness, jealousy, attachment, and malice.
Do not speak harsh words.
Avoid diseases arising of external factors
These are prevented by avoiding intellectual errors, control of sense organs (indriya), having a good memory (smritti), knowledge of place (desha), time (kala), and one’s own capability (patra) and then having good conduct. Controlling the sense organs strictly means no indulgence in their objects.
Taking care of the body
Be nonattached and dispassioned to other physical materials, if ones own bodily and mental health is lacking what is the use of these things?
Follow proper food intake guidelines and guard ones Agni at all times
Many many diseases have their origin in the consumption of food and this is not a simple matter. The second piece to this is controlling one’s sense organs.
After carefully considering what is beneficial and what is unbeneficial for one’s health one should avoid the harmful and unwholesome regimens and adopt the wholesome ones in regard to purusharta. There is no real contentment in the mundane world without these four in the context.
Serve persons knowledgeable in the nature and cure of psychic diseases.
Study and acquire knowledge of the self, strength, and the capacity in order to use them all wisely, the place or environment to know of what one exists in and its variants, family and bonds and debts for depth to life and karma, and time.
Care of the self and mind
Understand and avoid the cause of disease; unwholesome use of the sense organs and union with their objects (Asatmendriyarthasanyoga), crime against one’s own intellect (Pragyapradha) and transformation into effect (Parinama).
Maintain positive health and control of sense faculties by paying respect to gods, cows, preists, elderly people, those who have accomplished spiritual perfection and teachers
Offer oblation to fire
Wear good herbs
Perform sandhya ( a vedic ritual to be performed during dawn and dusk)
Clean excretory passages and feet frequently
Cut hair, shave, and cut nails six times every month
Wear good and proper clothing and apparel
Comb the hair and be presentable
Always apply oil to the head ears nostrils and feet
Protect people in affliction
Perform religious ceremonies
Pay respect to cross roads
Offer pindas (a ball or lump of rice offered to the ancestors at ceremonies or sradha)
Speak timely beneficial measured and sweet words
Be self-controlled and virtuous
Seek to do ones best at all times with no attachment to the outcome or results of one’s actions
Be careful and fearless, bashful and wise, have enthusiasm.
Be thoughtful and patient
Have faith in God
Devout to teachers who have attained spiritual perfection and are advanced in modesty and intellect.
Follows general principles
Do not deviate from approved principles or break codes of conduct of the culture that one lives in. In other words, conform to the cultural norms and do not stick out.
Do not walk during the night or in inappropriate places.
Do not eat, study, have sexual relation, or sleep during the dawn or dusk (at times of sandya). Do not make friends with children, the old, the greedy, fools, or people under affliction.
Do not be insulting to anyone.
Avoid alcohol, gambling, and prostitutes.
Avoid exposure of the body.
Be humble, capable, and friendly.
Be kind to all beings and animals alike.
Never speak harshly to old people, teachers, or groups
Be patient and not too courageous
Take care of those that serve you and be reliant on the family.
Do not over trust nor be too suspect and doubtful.
Don’t be too detail oriented.
Practice self-control at all times.
Don’t postpone things or indulge in any activity without prior thought and analysis.
Control one’s senses and never let the mind be out of control.
Do not overuse the intellect or senses.
Refrain from taking action when in a fit of anger or rejoicing.
Do not grieve for long.
Do not celebrate your achievements and do not despair in your losses
Know yourself by your nature
Understand the laws of karma and live in dharma.
Do not be complacent of action
Do not hold grudges.
Ways of well being
Follow healthy rules of diet and action. As an example, one should not take curd at night; it should not be taken alone without ghee, sugar, green gram soup, honey or Amalaki and it should not be heated. Having curd in the evening will give diseases like fever, bleeding from different parts of the body, erysipelas and herpes, skin diseases, anemia, giddiness and jaundice. Again, this cannot be comprehended by Western sciences comprehension.
Follow a proper code of conduct
One should not lie or steal or engage in a desire for another person’s partner or property
Avoid hatred, vengeful, or sinful activities
Never do or wish bad even on to the vicious
Do not share secrets of other’s
Keep company with:
People who have wisdom and learning.
Those of age, proper conduct with themselves as well as with others and have patience and memory.
Those that meditate.
Those that are wise to human nature.
Ones who have no anxiety and are peaceful.
And most important, ones who are following a right course of action.
Ones who are of good conduct and promote it in others.
Avoid the company of:
It is kind of obvious but we don’t really think much of how this is an how it affects our lives. Keeping clear of people that are sinful. (Now I know that word has such triggers around it. If your triggered by it, maybe look at that.)
People that do not have clear and clean speech and thought.
Those who are argumentative or like to fight.
People who are sarcastic.
Ones who are greedy or envious of others.
Those that are cruel to others.
People that have fickle minds or who suck up to or serve others that are corrupt or not good people.
In general, those who do not on a virtuous path, whatever that path may be, they are to be avoided.
Avoid the company of those with low moral standards, cheaters, mentally unstable, the fallen, mean and crooked persons.
It is also useful to look in the mirror and see if you have these characteristics as well.
“We speak of the “Hindu religion”, but the religion denoted by the term did not in fact have such a name originally. In none of our ancient shastras does the term “Hindu religion” occur. Foreigners gave the name “Hindu” to us. People from the West came to our land across the Sindhu River, which they called “Indus” or “Hind” and the land adjacent to it by the name “India”. The religion of this land came to be called “Hindu”. However it is, “Hinduism” was not the name of our religion in the distant past. Nor was it known as “Vaidika Mata” (Vedic religion or as “sanatana dharma” (the ancient or timeless religion). Our basic texts do not refer to our faith by any name. It dawned on me at once why our religion had no name. When there are a number of religions they have to be identified by different names. But when there is only one, where is the problem of identifying it? “Buddhism” the religion founded by Gautama Buddha. Mahavira founded Jainism, Christianity by Jesus Christ.
Our religion predating all these had spread all over the world. Since there was no other religion to speak about then it was not necessary to give it a name. If ours is primeval religion, the question arises as to who established it? Was it Vyasa, or was it Krishna Paramatma the founder of our religion? But both Vyasa and Krishna state that the Vedas existed before them. If that were the case, the seers who gave us the Vedic mantras are the founders of our religion? But they declare: ” We did not create the Vedas. It is true that the mantras became manifest to the world through us. That is why we are mentioned as the ‘mantra risis’. But the mantras were not composed by us but revealed to us. When we sat meditating with our minds under control, the mantras were perceived by us in space. Indeed we saw them (hence the term mantra-drastas). We did not compose them. All sounds originate in space. From them arose creation. According to science, the cosmos was produced from the vibrations in space. By virtue of their austerities the sages had the gift of seeing the mantras in space, the mantras that liberate men from this creation. The Vedas are not the work of any human author and are the very breath of the Paramatma in his form as space. The sages saw them and made a gift of them to the world. If we know this truth, we must feel happy that we have the great good fortune to be heirs to a religion that is eternal, a religion containing the Vedas, which are the very breath of the Paramatma.”
– “Hindu Dharma” by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji of Kanchi Kamakoti peetham
To the naive uneducated, there is so much wow and glamor in the new found spiritual world taken from other cultures and continents then applied into the modern world. There is also much blindness to is how much darkness actually is existing there.
I could go on writing a book or several uncovering so much from various lenses, but people really like their beliefs and concepts. To pop their balloon, most people cannot handle this.
Just as another example…. a little more turbulent…..
Vedic Astrology is a misnomer. There is absolutely no mention of Predictive Astrology in any of the four Veda, Upanishads or Brahmanas. No authentic scripture ever supported the modern created astrology that is tieing itself to them today.
Vedanga is being taught to the masses today as Jyotisha being one of those limbs meaning Vedic Astrology. This is true that Jyotish is an anga but vedic astrology is not at all the ‘Jyotish’ that is the Jyotish there.
There is no system of astrological predictions either from the Vedas, none in any Purana (although one of my fraudulent Jyotish teachers in India even made up an entire fake course on the Shiva Purana and made it into his own “jyotisha”. you can easily find his online course as well as his made up parampara/lineage), least of all is there anything mentioned in any of the dharmashastras etc…
There is no astrology in the Vedas as to this use so the term Vedic astrology is a misnomer only meant to deceive people. Vedanta also doesn’t talk about astrology either.
Vishnu Purana is written by Parashara, same as Parashara Smritti which is the Dharmashastra of Kali Yuga as it states. Vishnu Purana has lots of astronomical references and not in either of them is there is even a single mention of any Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. Added to this BPHS is questioned highly in its authenticity.
The Bhagavad Gita does not support astrology.
The word Jyotisha is made of two parts jyotis and the suffix ṣa. [It’s not made by combining jyoti and iśa because (a) there is no such word as jytoi (it’s jyotis), and (b) there is no such word as iśa (it’s īśa), and (c) if you combined jyotis and īśa you don’t get “jyotiṣa” (the closest you might get is jyotīśa, which is a cool word, for sure, but is not a pre-existing Sanskrit word, and most certainly is not the Sanskrit word for “Astrology.”)
The suffix ṣa has several possible meanings:
But here in a book called Light on Life by one of the top very very popular famous Western guy, who is taken as an expert on all things Vedic, right in the foreword it shows……
This is incorrect. The suffix is ṣa. There is no Isha in Jyotisha so no “eyes of God” or “light of God” or anything like that. Asking an Indian that actually does astrology, “That meaning is entirely new to me, and never heard anyone mentioning such a meaning.” If we consider the word “Jyotisha” and if we want to divide it, yes, of course, we can say it is “Jyoti+Isha”. But what is that “Isha”?!! In Sanskrit “Eesa” or “Esana” is God, it is Siva who is the lord of North-West direction. But what is “Isha”?! How can we say that it means “God”?”
But boy does it sound good to all those naive hungry ghost spiritual seekers. But the thing is, if you don’t know anything, especially sanskrit, anyone can tell you anything and you’ll believe it because you don’t have the knowledge to have any discernment. Just get how dark all of this gets. Truly, you have really no idea. Everything sells today. Think. Why does someone write a book? Sad when someone writes a book and publishes it because their mistakes are published to the world and it cannot be undone. Neither can the destruction that the ignorance being spread does. So, why does someone write a book?
This is from another book, this time from a popular and decorated expert Indian jyotishi with many books that sell widely to the foreigners. Please sir, please give the actual references to anything you have stated here to show that it is not anything but your own creation to push Astrology into some sort of validity.
Truth is that if you were to study Indian Astrology from the actual texts and not the books of the modern day writers you would find that most all of the modern books of today calling themselves Vedic Astrology are taking most of their meanings of the signs from Western Astrology. Just Read David Frawley’s book’s for the example of this.
The sixth appendage of the Vedangas is jyotisa, which is the class related to the knowledge of astronomy. This section is the oldest text about astronomy in Hindu literature and dates back to around 1300 BC (Abhyankar 61). Since this category was supposedly created during a winter solstice when the sun and the moon were aligned, the date of 1820 BC has been proposed and is said that astronomy started shortly after (Achar 177). Jyotisa is known as the eye of the Veda Purusha. Jyotisa is not the teaching of astronomy, but the use of astronomy to fix the appropriate time [days and hours] for sacrifices (Tiwari 1). The most substantial sources of knowledge on astronomy can be found early in the Brahmanas. Jyotisa is especially useful because it can give positions of the moon and sun for solstices as well as other useful information (Bhat 13).
Abhyankar, K. D (1998) “Antiquity of the Vedic Calendar.” Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India, Vol. 26, 61-66.
Achar, B.N (2000) “A Case For Revising The Date or Vedanga Jyotiṣa” Indian Journal of History of Science, Vol. 35, No. 1: 173-183.
Bhat, M. S (1987) Vedic Tantrism: A Study of R̥gvidhāna of Śaunaka with Text and Translation: Critically Edited in the Original Sanskrit with an Introductory Study and Translated with Critical and Exegetical Notes. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.
Tiwari, Sashi (2014) “The Vedangas – Vedic Heritage.” The Vedangas – Vedic Heritage. Delhi: Delhi University.
Simply research all of this for yourself if there is any question of the validity of what I have stated.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that there is not Indian astrology and I am not saying it is all hocus pocus and fraudulent. After studying texts and with several teachers over years, I have to say very clearly that most of what is on the market on the web and in books is very fraudulent like most everything else being sold to foreigners today from the ‘Great’ Indian tradition of “Veda”. Courses online for lots of money to very naive foreigners, wow, it is the name of the game today. Youtube is a great place that they cast the net. Put out a ton of techniques and show on charts in their videos how to use it but it only works on thier chart, not if you actually test the technique. Just because someone has written a book or several, just because someone is popular and looked at as an expert, just because the course is connected to some big name Godman in India, it actually does not mean a thing, except to the blind and uneducated. But who cares, right?
Giving techniques in books using a chart but if you were to actually try this technique out on many charts you would find it doesn’t work. Don’t just buy blindly into things. Don’t be another one of THEM.
If you wish to study Indian astrology, expect to give yourself at least 10 years of full study to come to the realization of what I have stated above. If you wish to seriously study anything from India’s heritage, take my advice here and study Sanskrit (from a real source) first and deeply. Also, understand most people will not come to this realization at all and will remain mesmerized and confused by their “Guru” while the guru rapes and pillages. It will take you at least a decade to learn and to get through the levels and levels of garbage that is out there in books and ‘teachers’. Start with the actual sanskrit texts, not popular books. There is no magic. There is actually Indian astrology that does work but the excessive amount of BS is hiding it away from access people.
People with sattvic quality don’t exploit fellow human beings. Bottomline. Truth has tikta rasa.
May your path not have the potholes, may it not have the speed bumps, may it not leave you bruised and beat, may you not get stuck on the hamster wheel of ignorance but may your path be one that burns away the ignorance.
and just for fun follow up reading…
In each birth, the soul is infested with the plexus of the worldly sensualities that have been condensed by actions of many previous births. It’s imprints on the self have become ever more and more crude and dense over a series of previous births. The Supreme Self is free from any such plexus, but the individual self as endowed with such plexus. If somehow the individual self would be freed from such plexus, if somehow that individual self would be freed from such plexus, it will become identical with the Supreme Self.
The indelible imprints of the plexus of the worldly sensualities are carved on the soul through the mind. Soul, in fact has nothing to do with the worldly sensualities but the mind has the tendency to reveal in the worldly sensualities and because of its very close proximity with the soul, those plexus of worldly sensualities of mind appear to be engraved on the soul. The mind dwells in our ethereal body in its two principal states, internal and external, which in psychological terms are described as the conscious and subconscious mind. In addition to this there is a third state of mind which is the unconscious. Incarnate soul does a lot of things with the conscious and subconscious parts and all things are registered in the unconscious mind. We are always aware about the things that are done with the conscious mind and can easily recollect them. If the subconscious mind can be activated through meditation or otherwise we would recollect the things done subconsciously also. Similarly, if the unconscious mind can be activated, the things done over there series of birds can also be known because, they are safely stored up there. Yogis (nothing to do with modern yoga) do this through meditation and come to know everything about their own or other person’s previous births because in the unconscious mind things of several previous births remain stored and intact.
According to psychological aspects of the real yogic practices, the conscious mind at the time of death, resolves into the subconscious mind which again dissipates into the unconscious mind with which the soul ultimate leaves the body. The unconscious mind is always associated with the soul at all levels in each state of existence and that is why such souls are called jivatma and it takes rebirth again only because of its association with unconscious mind. With the death, mind does not die and departs with the soul as it’s inseparable attribute. Since the mind revels in the sensualities it cannot stay without a body, which is mandatory for sensual gratifications, and therefore, it impels the soul to reincarnate in different forms commensurate with the merit of karma. In case, the subconscious mind fails to dissolve into unconscious mind at the time of death, due to strong worldly desires, the soul has to set forth on its celestial voyage with the disintegrated subconscious mind and becomes a pretatma which cannot take rebirth and suffers a lot in it’s etherial realms owing to the sensual urges that cannot be gratified without any physical body. The suffering of such souls are too much excruciating.
Meditation is the only way to arrest the flight of mind. Yogic texts describe it as concentration of consciousness while Tantra defines it as Sammohana. In the deepest state of meditation one abdicates all that is appertained to the observable universe and delves deep beyond the phenomenal flux of the dual predicates and attributes Supreme Self. The meditation is of two types: Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa each having 12 modes or states which make a total of 24 states of Samadhi. During the state of Savikapla Samadhi the world and sadhaka become face to face but in the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi even the world disappears and the soul alone exists. If the yogi makes a conscious departure from the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the soul leaves behind the mind along with the body. This is called find a liberation. Therefore, the mind mind does not to die in the normal process of death along with the body, in the MahaSamadhi, mind too dies away. That is why it is also termed as Mahamrtyu because both the body and the mind die in that state. This is the ultimate goal or aim and objective of all yoga and Tantric meditation. It is also called self-realization when the self becomes a akin to the supreme self.
Still think that the yoga your practicing and being taught has anything to do with yoga?
There are signs that are to be followed in a healthy person when it is time to eat a meal. They are:
After eliminating urine and stool
When there is clear belching and no previous food taste or smell is evident
When the heart feels light
When the appetite is strong
When the senses are functioning clearly
When the body feels light
When the previous meal has been digested
A major consideration when consuming food is quantity, (matra). The quantity of food intake is a crucial factor in maintaining good health and proper functioning of the whole being. Food when consumed in an appropriate quantity stimulates and activates the digestive fire, (agni). The proper quantity of food is that amount which, without disturbing the equilibrium of the doshas, gets digested and absorbed in proper time. There are signs of the proper quantity as well with a healthy being. They are:
There is no undue pressure in the stomach with food consumed in proper quantity.
There is no obstruction or pressure felt in the region of the heart or flanks.
There is no excessive heaviness is felt in the abdomen.
The senses are properly nourished.
There is no hunger and thirst.
There is comfort in standing, sitting, sleeping, walking, breathing, laughing and talking.
Food that is eaten in the morning should be digested by evening and what is consumed in the evening should be digested by morning. This is part of the reason why hours are left after eating before sleeping and why ultimately one does not eat or drink after sundown.
Heavy (guru) food that is difficult to digest as well as light (laghu) food that is easy to digest, both need to be consumed in proper quantity for proper digestion. Heavy foods like sweets should be consumed only up to half satiation. This means one should stop when one still feels like eating some more. Light foods may be consumed to full satiation but not more than that.
One should consume food only up to 3/4 the capacity of the stomach. Half the stomach should be filled with solid foods and a quarter with liquid. The remaining quarter should be left empty. For the food to digest well, it should be consumed warm.
The order in which food is consumed is important. Heavy to digest, fatty, sweet, solid foods – such as sweet dishes – are consumed at the beginning. In the middle of the meal, food that is predominantly sour and salty is consumed. At the end of the meal, light, easy to digest, dry (not fatty), liquid type of food is consumed. Buttermilk is an example of such a food. Western habit has us having a dessert at the end of the meal and having cold ice water before a meal. Simply try to eat your same desert first and you will have the experience of not being able to eat as much of the meal. But instead we throw this in at the end of a meal in our unconsciousness.. Food, when consumed in proper order, gets digested properly.
Incompatible foods are poison to the system. Some food combinations are incompatible and hence they ought not to be consumed together. Milk should not be combined with any substance which has a sour taste. Milkshakes (milk with fruits) have become very popular and as most fruits are sour, milk shakes are classic examples of incompatible foods. Adding milk to curd to make the curd less sour is another . Both these are incompatible combinations which can lead to many diseases. Curd or buttermilk with plantain or banana is another incompatible combination. Heating curd, honey, or alcohol makes them unfit for consumption. Milk and fish combined is another.
In discussion with a student, this came up so I am sharing it here. Please comment below.
In the modern world of yoga, I have watched things grow. What I mean by this is that years back in maybe around 2000 there was very little access to texts with only Gherandha Samhita, Siva Samhita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and Bhagavad Gita being the main ones in mediocre circulation in the West. The internet has changed this. Not that yoga teachers even knew about these back then but there was little access to the general public anyway. There was and still pretty much isn’t even the knowledge of the background of these texts (like that they are not all the same lineages) to the general mass of yoga teachers and they just follow what their teacher has said, adamantly and I may say blindly. This brings up a conversation about what is knowledge versus what is information. It also brings up another conversation about what is the experience based on knowledge versus experience based on information. There is a drastic difference. Information is not knowledge. (See past posts on Pramana, Knowledge, and Experience.)
Today there is a lot more access to other ancient texts and a lot more information out there as to the history and different paths and sects. This doesn’t mean that the general community of yoga teachers know any more than what they did back in 2000, it means that there is just more information.
I present a question from what the discussion with a student created.
Back in 2000, what was a bandha was not generally known to yoga teachers. I would say the same today but then would be barraged with an argument. So below is a table to explain. I gave the student the homework to look for all the various ways that Mulabandha is taught by the various teachers (from books) out there then to do them and explain the results of each.
Mula bandha – from different sources
Feelings, sensations, observations by the student
1. “contract your anus” (Patthabi Jois – David Life)
If it is just the anus, the spine feels a little “current going up” initially but then I soon feel this downward pulling force, mind gets a little sleepy after a while, somehow doesn’t feel “uplifting” but more “downward pulling”
2. squeeze the perineum
Not much sensations, maximum feeling is the slight pulsation between navel and heart as I breathe in it
3. squeeze the urethra (though they admit it is vajroli or sahajoli)
It is a strange feeling as if a thread was pulled there which goes first towards my sacrum, then crossing the body moves towards the front of the torso and “comes out” at the sternum, so it is somehow seems to be connected to the heart, but not sure, not a strong sensation
4. flex the anus and lightly flex and pull up above the sphincter through the pelvis into your lower belly
This is more powerful but again energy feels blocked at the neck, then body gets agitates, excited, torso wants to blow up, heating and boiling a little, quite similar to the one where I squeeze the whole vagina and push the cervix up
5. squeeze the perineum and slightly pull up
This is very mild effect, not too disturbing but not affecting the mind too much, a bit “boring” in this sense, not much happens, although helps to sit nicely
6. same but pull up and contract until the cervix
My previous experience, orgasmic, energy blocked at shoulders, tears me apart
7. squeeze then pull up in five steps (like five stops in the elevator) inhale up in 5 steps, exhale down https://www.poise.com/advice-and-support/blog-and-podcast/blog/mula-bandha—an-alternative-to-kegel-exercise
This feels like a Kegel or physical exercise, the only interesting part is the “fifth floor” at the cervix where the same excitement happens as before
I can add several more to this list of what I have heard being taught out there. One guy even teaches that the bandhas are only energetic and that thought is what makes them, he’s famous. You all made him famous. 😉 , but instead of criticizing or even writing about the various ideas and concepts of this (and everything in the modern yoga world), I am just putting this forth to bring up the question of what is being taught, if this is even being taught. Which in most modern yoga classes, it is not.
Are any of the above correct? How would one know if they are just following blindly and not having the knowledge of what it is to do in detail of how it works and why?
What is more important to understand here is that each individual is going to have their own experience of it based on their own imbalances and set up. If there is no real knowledge of how, what, and why, then what is an experienced based in? An imbalanced state. A better question is why does the modern yoga world value their own experiences so much?
A simple way the individuality of the experience based in an imbalance can be explained is to see that someone with an anterior tilt of the pelvis (they would have an excess extension to the lumbar spine as well) will have different pelvic floor muscles that are short and others that are long in comparison to someone with a posterior tilt of the pelvis (lumbar spine would be in flexion). Using these two examples, the muscles of the legs up into the pelvis are going to be at different and opposite tensions in each person. The pelvic floor will also be at different tensions in each and this will cause the neuromuscular connection to use different muscles as prime contractors on each person. Each of these two are an imbalanced or not an ideal state but their awareness is confined to only that posture or balance that they are living in. This is a very linear and superficial way of trying to explain the complexity of just the physical body and how it is also how the entire system functions. It is also the same as how prana will flow in each persons individuality. A person with that anterior tilt of the pelvis will weight their foot in the forefoot which makes prana move upward in their system causing digestive problems and a multitude of other things. To explain my point in detail, their experience of everything (life) is simply confined to this postural position. I have experienced in my own practice with people over the last 25+ years that taking someone with little to no flexion in their lumbar spine (yet they do not experience it as this but it is obvious with pictures of them trying to move into lumbar flexion) and doing ‘work’ to mobilize and open that lumbar results in a massive change in their experience and awareness or perception and the body functions healthier as now there is an ability for a downward flow whereas there was not prior. (I have written this pretty simplified and there is much more to it all)
The same can be said about Uddiyana Bandha. I can name three different ways right off the bat that it is taught from different ‘schools’. Again, Pattabhi Jois teaches to pull the navel into the spine, yet if you do this it contracts the abs and Uddiyana Bandha is not possible, but who am I to say in a world that subjective experience is more important and my teacher is better than your teacher rather than actual knowledge?
An ongoing argumentive dismissal as a rebuttal is that they all are correct, which is just ridiculousness. So there is no difference then between Ashwini Mudra and Moola Bandha if this was true. Think about it.
This is being posed not as anything more than to make yoga teachers think and question what is being taught, again if it is even being taught. I am not teaching what is right due to the fact that it just becomes more information in the context that is living at the moment out there. The idea in the modern yoga world is about one’s experience. Is it valid? Is an experience without a roadmap or in other words the lack of real knowledge of those hows and whys valid or is it going to keep one on the hamster wheel of their own biases stuck in their own imbalances which will not change or maybe will change a little?
Without the complete knowledge of vayu and prana and all that is being done with the bandhas, there is no correct answer to be had. Just guesses and egoic responses like maybe one of saying Patabhi Jois’ is correct because he is Guruji. (You can see the same lack of knowledge and just coming up with ideas and guesses of why if you were to search why Patabhi Jois does not have practice on new moon and full moon days and the vast discussions around that on Ashtangi forums. The simple and correct answer to it is understood when someone comprehends the Indian calendar and how time affect the being)
Everyone of us is aware of the universal law of gravitation by which material bodies have a tendency to move towards the centre of the earth, which it is not feasible for them to reach as they cannot pierce into the hard surface which presents a serious obstacle to their downward passage. All material substances are thus necessarily attracted towards the earth, being unable to rise up in the air from its surface. It is, however, seen that many of them are not immoveably fixed to the earth and can move about on its surface as men and animals do. Inanimate things which are light in weight can be moved hither and thither by the force of wind, while things that are heavy remain attached to the earth with comparative steadiness; even these can possibly be moved from one place to another in many cases, Why is this so? If all material bodies have an irresistible tendency to move towards the centre of the earth, how can it be possible for them to move about or be driven from one place to another. The answer is that it is the existence of wind and air (vayu) which makes such movement possible, Air is perpetually in motion, and, permeating through every substance on the surface of the earth, imparts the power of movement to it. If there were no air, all things would have been immovably fixed to the surface of the earth without any power to move at all. There is hardly any place in this world which is devoid of air, which exists even in stone, iron, and other hard substances. All substances are composed of minute particles, called atoms, which adhere together in such a way as to admit of some vacant space, however small, between them, which varies in different substances and which is to be found even in iron, stone, human system, and in a mass of water as well. It is through these fine spaces that air enters into all things. In hard substances, this intervening space is very little, and the quantity of air that enters through it is hardly perceptible.
Air enters into all substances in the world and makes them moveable. The greater the quantity of air in a substance, the more capable it is of movement. Air enters into the human system and renders it fit for loco-motion. Not only does it enter through the nostrils and the mouth, it also finds access into the human body through infinitely small openings between its molecules which are finer than the pores of the skin and are countless in number. It penetrates deep into the blood, flesh, and bones; and it is this which causes the blood to circulate through the veins and arteries in all parts of the body. Blood may flow down from the brain to the extremities or it may rush to the head from the feet in a contrary direction. The first phenomenon may be due to gravitation but the second can never take place without the agency of air. We all speak of circulation of blood but we do not perhaps know how this is caused. The primary and only cause of this circulation of blood is the constant presence of air which enters into every part of our body and sets the entire organism in motion. It is present everywhere and pervades the bones, the flesh, the blood, and even the minutest parts of our body. If you apply heat to any part of your body, blood takes its course in that direction, and on the other hand, if you apply cold to any part, the blood tends to flow away from that part. Vayu or air is the cause of this movement. If heat is applied to any part of the body, the air in that part becomes lighter and expands by the action of heat and some portion of the air shifts to other parts. The vacuum thus caused is filled by the flow of blood from other parts i.e., blood rushes in from other parts to take the place of the displaced air. There is then a ceaseless movement going on within the body. An application of cold on the other hand produces an opposite effect. When any part of the body becomes cold the other parts of it become comparatively warm; hence a portion of the blood from the former rushes to the warmer parts.
From this it is clear that without air we could not live, nor could there be any circulation in the system. Vayu or air is one of the main conditions of life, it constitutes a primary ingredient of animal organism. The various organic functions, such as breathing, discharge of excreta, circulation, exercise thought, and energy are carried on through its instrumentality.
Air, though forming one of the chief constituents of the human body, acts prejudicially on it when it finds its way into the system in an abnormal quantity. When it exceeds the quantity required to stimulate circulation, the flesh, bones, marrow, etc. dry up and become contracted under its pressure. The greater the quantity of air generated in the system, the more heavily will it press upon blood, bones, etc.
The solar system is the fountain and source of all heat, and all things in this world derive heat from the sun, This warmth which is present every-where in a more or less degree, cannot be felt by the touch in all cases. If the heat of any substance exceeds the normal temperature of our body, we say that it is heated; if it be less, we say that it is cold. The constituents of animal organism i.e., blood, flesh etc., possess a natural warmth which is termed pitta without which life would have been unsupportable. Like air, it forms one of the vital constituents of our body.
But an abnormal increase of heat vitiates our blood and brings on that state or condition of our body which is usually termed inflammation or derangement due to excess of heat. This disorder gives rise to endless diseases. On the other hand, an unnatural decrease of bodily warmth is no less danger. Excess of pitta gives rise to diseases, abnormal increase or decrease of the same may even bring about death. Health and long life may be ensured by maintaining the internal heat of the body in a normal condition.
It has been said that the function of vayu in the body is to produce dryness or to absorb moisture from it while that of pitta is to generate heat or warmth in it. The things which constitute our body are rendered dry by air and warm by pitta, but dryness and warmth are not the only attributes of human organism which is also characterised by the quality of coldness or tenderness without which life would have been impossible. Besides dryness and heat, all the constituents of human body possess softness which is present in the blood, bones, flesh, and other vital parts. The general name for this all pervading softness is kapha, which is present in different parts of the body in various forms, and performs diverse functions. If there is excess of kapha over what is necessary for the sustenance of life, various diseases may develop; on the other hand, if it unduly decreases, it may be attended with serious and baneful consequences. Total loss of kapha as well as an abnormal excess of the same may even lead to death. The same remarks may be made with regard to Vayu or air and Pitta or heat. Abnormal quantity of these three vital elements is as dangerous as their abnormal decrease or loss.
The following symptoms usually develop when vayu is unduly in excess in our body:
Pain in the limbs, scanty evacuation of urine and stools, contraction of the arteries, nerves, etc. thirst, shivering, roughness of the skin, astringent taste, dryness of the mouth etc.
When the pitta is unduly in excess, the following symptoms appear burning sensation in the palm of the hands and feet, redness of the skin, generation of excessive heat in the system, promotion of digestion, sweating, etc.
The properties of things having different tastes, when taken internally, are given here in brief:—
1) A sweet thing is nutritive; it pacifies vayu and pitta, but increases mucus and other dirts in the system.
2) A sour thing increases the power of digestion, make the blood impure, increases pitta, but pacifies vayu.
3) A thing with a salty taste increases appetite, destroys semen, strength, and eye-sight, pacifies vayu, but increases phlegm and pitta.
4) A pungent thing increases vayu, pitta, and appetite; destroys phlegm, obesity, semen, etc, and causes constipation.
5) A bitter thing removes thirst, fever, pitta, phlegm, and impurities of the blood, increases vayu, but destroys blood, semen, flesh, etc. It is not to be taken in excess. (The use of bitter things causes a waste of blood, semen, flesh, marrow, fat, and bone, leading to all sorts of diseases, especially chronic fever consumption, and paralysis.)
6) A thing with astringent taste destroys phlegm, blood, and pitta; it increases vayu.
One desirous of a disease-free life should get up during brahmamuhurta because it is the best time for study and obtain knowledge. Then after eliminating urine and feces, they should clean their teeth with twigs of karanja, karavira, arka, malati, arjuna, asana, khadira, amrataka, amra, kappitha trees. The twigs should be the thickness of the tip of the finger and length of 12 fingers. The tip of the stick should be chewed to make it soft then used to gently clean the teeth. One should not clean teeth with these on pratipad, amavasya, sashti, navami, and ekadashi. Cleaning the teeth this way removes odour, distaste, and scum from the tongue, teeth and mouth.
Unctuous gargles kept in the mouth alleviate distaste, foul odour, dryness and stiffness and also make the teeth firm.
Signs of a healthy person:
Removal of all disorders of defecation, urination, dosha and dhatus, desire for intake of food and drink and taste in them, proper digestion of the food taken, attaining the strength of the food taken, the satisfaction of sleep, proper function of the actions of all the sense organs.
Before work each morning one should look at auspicious items to remove evils; Ghee, a mirror, mustard seeds, bilva fruit, ox bile, or saffron.
On every 5th day, one should trim their nails, beard, moustache and hair. It creates satisfaction, strength, it is auspicious, promotes life, it is cleansing, and give lustre to the face.
Never pull out hair from the nose, it weakens the eyes sight and causes myopia.
Taking of tambula (betel leaf) destroys kapha, the lime destroys kapha and vata, and katechu destroys kapha and pitta. It alleviates the doshas, provides good looks and lustre, and is wholesome after arising from sleep, after food, and after vomiting. It is contraindicated in someone with poisoning, fainting, consumption, bleeding disorders, roughness, emaciation, intoxication, and dryness in the mouth. In excess, it is harmful to the body, vision, hair, teeth, digestive fire, ears, lustre, and strength. it causes emaciation and disorders of pitta and vata blood disorders. The disorder is found in the stalk, sin is found in the apex of the leaf, and the middle portion and the middle portion along the stalk is harmful to longevity. The stalk destroys intelligence. The stalk, the tip and the root should be discarded.
Massaging the head with proper oils daily alleviates disease of the head, softens the hair, gives suppleness, calm, and protection. It saturates the head firms the hair and strengthens the sense organs.
Combing the hair gives beauty to the hair, it removes dust and dirt, and insects.
Oil drops in the ear alleviate jaw problems, head disorders, and earache.
Oiling the body with proper oils gives softness, alleviates kapha, vata, and provides strength in the tissues, softness, lustre, and general strength.
Washing the feet alleviates dirt, disorders of the feet and tiredness. Its beneficial for the vision, the heart, it removes bad effects and gives satisfaction. It causes good sleep, relief for the whole body, benefits vision, alleviates disorders of the feet and softens the skin of the feet.
Application of proper pastes on the body alleviates vata, kapha, and fat tissue. The skin becomes firm and beautiful.
Bathing removes drowsiness, sin, it gives satisfaction and increases the firmness of body, blood volume, and digestive fire. It is contraindicated in diarrhoea, fever, earache, facial paralysis, abdominal tympanitis, anorexia, and indigestion. Do not take a bath after eating because it is harmful at this time.
Wearing clean clothes improves richness. Applying scents is an aphrodisiac, provides longevity, fulfils wishes, gives energy, and gives strength. Wearing a garland of flowers brings wealth and gives pleasure.
Application of collyrium in the eye is good for the eyelashes, makes sight better, eyes beautiful and clear.
Wearing shoes is beneficial for the eyes and makes walking easier, it relieves troubles with the feet, gives strength, pleasure in walking and promotes health.
Holding an umbrella protects one from sun, wind, dust, and rain.
Sitting before a fire stops affects of vata and cough, cold, trembling, relieves ama, excessive moisture in the system but will increase bleeding diseases.
Intake of food causes immediate satisfaction, gives strength, stabilizes the body, increases energy, life, semen, existence, vigour, lustre, and encouragement. Taking food that has all the six tastes gives energy and does not cause indigestion. After digestion of impurities and ama, doshas, and rasa it may not be the best of times to partake in food.
One should fulfil their desires at a proper time but should not become controlled by them. One should not keep awake for long periods of time and also not sleep too much. One should have compassion for all beings. One should pay respect and worship gods, cows, brahmins, teachers, preceptors, and the old.
One should pay respect at crossroads, give alms to the needy, pay oblations in the fire, speak in a sweet voice, apologize to the angry, protect the poor, and do not blame others.
One should help to maintain courage in the fearful, have a brotherly feeling to all human beings, and should abandon passion in desires and their causes. One should always be ready to perform auspicious deeds.
One who takes a wholesome diet and performs wholesome actions, acts, after much consideration, not driven by passion and desire, gives alms to needy, always acts equally and justly with all persons, speaks the truth, pardons others, protects the troubled, and worships God, never falls ill.
When in sun keep your back to it, receive heat from fire keeping the front of the abdomen to it, and worship God with all devotion, those will attain higher abodes.
One should not suppress the urges of gas, defecation, urination, ejaculation, yawning, coughing, sneezing, belching, breathing, thirst, vomiting, and hunger because by doing so many many diseases may arise. One should have restraint over their mind, speech, and actions of the body. One should never have excessive use of the sensory organs or completely avoid the use of them. One should respect all faiths equally. One should not desire another’s spouse or their wealth. One should not let their thoughts and mind become uncontrolled nor should one waste their time.
One should not utter words that are hurtful to another even in friendship. One should always observe nonviolence and always have a positive thinking and know that everything is transient.
One should offer his digestive fire food and drink that are wholesome, with proper quantity, and at proper timing. One should have wholesome diet and actions that do not cause disease and which are beneficial in keeping one’s health. One should give prior importance to keeping good health and leaving others works because if one does not have health all work is impossible.
Feeling of pleasure in thought, words, and acts, following right and just acts, having a clear and positive intellect, knowledge, endeavour, readiness, and concentration, keeps a person free from diseases.
One who does not indulge in impossible deeds and respects acts and times which are obtainable and tries for them keeps control over his body and senses, they never fall ill if God and luck favour them.
Emesis is recommended in disorders of kapha, purgation in disorders of pitta, basti in disorders of vata, and exercise is beneficial in all three doshas because exercise digests doshas. Even unwholesome food does not harm the one who exercises properly.
One who does not take leafy vegetables, takes ghee, cooked rice, milk, and meat soup daily, does not take too much water, takes cooked and light and non-irritant food, eats food only after proper digestion of the previous meal has occurred, they do not ever attain severe bodily disorders.
As a city is looked over by its head and a chariot by its driver, in the same way, the welfare of the body should be looked after with intelligence by the person who desires benefit of the body.
First create the environment that is conducive to meditation (4 levels).
There is one external level or bahiranga asana and three internal levels or antaranga asana – internal, antaranga tara – more internal, antaranga tama – innermost internal. Asana here is not speaking of what the Western world thinks yoga is, it means seat and refers to a meditative posture.
Find a clean and sacred, pure place conducive to sit that will not be sitting too high nor too low
Use a kusha grass mat with a dear skin on top with a cloth on top. The kusha is Prithvi tatva connected to adhara chakra. All of this is about creation. The earth has the energy to heal but you do not want to lose your own energy into the earth. All pujas and yagnas are done sitting upon an asana for this reason. The deerskin is Jala tatva and connected to svadishtana chakra. All of this is about the sustenance. The pure cloth is Agni tatva connected to manipuraka chakra. Now, this is pretty far out there for most and not easy to procure for most people but it has very deep implications and also advanced reasons behind it. These are the elements earth, water, fire, the first three chakras as well as the shakti of each.
Four asana are known to be proper for meditation. Siddhasana, Swatikasana, Padmasana, Bhadrasana, etc….. Sit steady, motionless, calm, comfortable, symmetrical, with the 3 parts of the body aligned, balanced, and in a way that the asana inducing a state of a habituated state of engrossment in emptiness or godliness and the bodily awareness is overcome. Pain in sitting is only a restlessness. Duration matters, it should be long, as the asana needs to set in. If there is any little set time or timer, it will be a complete destruction of meditation as it is a subtle vasana that will continue to obstruct and stop one from being able to become absorbed. There must be no time.
There are as many asana as there are living beings capable of asana, 8.4 million which is then distilled into the known 84 main asana. Each has its own vinyassa krama. Each is connected to its own jiva’s disease/bondage that the krama frees one from.
This is to set up the foundation to sit, to be able to reach the following for purification.
Proper energy movement – Pranayam
Movement and regulation of prana by way of controlling inhaling, pause, exhalation, and pause because when you regulate in proper time, space, and count it is pranayama.
Until these two have been completed, you will not attain concentration leading to attention and meditation then absorption.
Attention – Pratyahara
With ease and not paying attention or intake anything that is coming from any external 10 directions or of the mind (it’s imagery, conceptions, feelings, and thesis), focus upon the beginning of the nose at the point where the brows come to meet the root of the nose (the midpoint of the two eyebrows). You cannot be engrossed in the atma by darshan on the end tip of the nose. The eyes are not actually supposed to be closed but relaxed half/half closed open with no tension, relaxed, and the gaze inward. One can get an understanding of just how spun out their nervous system is by the flickering of the eyebrows, eyeballs, eyelashes, and eyelids not to mention the general lack of being able to focus the mind on one point.
Mudra and Kriya
Rest the hands in the lap in front of the bladder, five fingers below the navel, interlacing the fingers with the left thumb over the right.
Then find and listening to the internal sound (nada) which is easily found in the occiput and then the center of the head (connected thru kechari from…) but ultimately it is from the heart (anahata – the unstruck sound) but the heart must be pure for this as the purity of the heart is only determined by the purity of the mind (this says a lot).
Sitting in this manner, then…. the mind must be free from thought, deliberation, affirmation, and imagination for the absorption in one-pointedness, one thought construct or one object of contemplation that is needed.
It is about the size of the thumb tip inside the heart which is the size of the fist in the centre of the chest. Here the contemplation is upon the soul.
The sense organs are controlled by the subtle organs of sense perception in the order of most cognitive to most retentive (pratyahara). This way they follow the attention/perception of the mind (in attention there is a distraction) and withdrawing from the sensory objects. If you pay attention to external then pratyahara cannot happen.
There is a natural absorption that happens into the subtle Om that is ‘not created’ but witnessed within the inner heart. The whole body is actually transmitting the Om. It creates an awareness of an experience that continues even when one is not merging into it.
In the subtle heart, there is a light that is infinitely bright. Great meditation can be done on this.
Without this/these (the proper sequence), we have the most likely possibility of distraction, disruption, and a high possibility of the introduction of delusion.
The mind when one-pointed will absorb into the object of meditation, the subtle awareness of ‘I’ will become absent and objective knowledge will be absorbed into. Then when this is fully present the mind becomes the object of meditation the meditator is absent. No time is present. Then the cognition dissolves. This is where it all begins.
When one has attained this arrested state, there are no mental imprints from latency from knowledge or effort. Subtle desire and impressions are stored in the chitta and soul and they fructify in normal life. These are arrested and there are no more fluctuations or the cognition of them. The mind is saturated with impressions of nothingness. The subtlest of feelings are arrested. No object of knowledge.
The purification of the subtle heart and mind (mind, ego, and intellect) is thus and is able to behold the subtlest essence of beingness and consciousness. The impurities of the heart are of two kinds; distraction, disruption, delusion, and the impurity from opacity which covers and veils the truth filled content of the light in the heart. The consciousness is held and the knower becomes the seer.
The result of this is that the knowledge gained is never lost, the affliction is removed. The experience is never lost. There is no popping in and out of a spiritual experience from mundane to higher levels of consciousness.
If all day you are engaged in the worldly mundane life and then you sit for meditation, the mind continues with the previous thought process as it is very subtle. The more you try to calm the more disturbance comes. The knowledge that happens through that kind of meditation will not bring what removes the affliction. It will not bring you wisdom. If one is engaged in the worldly life, real meditation will not happen. The sense organs will direct the mind away to the objects of senses. To the object of attraction, there must be withdrawal. There can be a peace but the wrong knowledge that is gained with that will not lead anywhere and will not stay. There must be an object of knowledge which gives the freedom from affliction. The primary identification of the individual will remain and prevail. Another way to say it, that experience will be much like the rest of the individual’s experiences in the mundane. Just another experience. The observer remains the observer in all states in the real thing. The heart only purifies in the final highest state. The mind must be prepared for meditation with the above. One cannot be worldly. It will not work. This is also why there are all sorts of types of supposed meditations being sold to the mundane world. They do not give the result and they never can. The sole priority of a meditator is mediation.
All of these rules and regulations in the discipline are not needed for one that is already beyond it all and able to absorb naturally and spontaneously to get into the repetition of the one-pointedness of the mind. All of these disciplines come naturally to one who is a meditator.
Bhagavad Gita, chapter 6, verse 10 – 15
Brahma Sutra, chapter 4.1, verse 6 – 11
Gorakshanath Samhita, chapter 1, verse 6 – 11
Yoga Sutrani, book 1 verse 2
Uddhava Gita, chapter 9, verse 11 – 13 or Srimad Bhagavatam 11.9.11 – 13
Takra (Butter milk)
Takra is light, astringent, hot and digestive stimulant. It alleviates kapha and vata. It cures sotha (oedema), udara (obstinate abdominal diseases including ascitis), arsas (piles), grahani (sprue syndrome), mutra graha (anuria), aruci (loss of taste), gulma (phantom tumour), plihana (splenic disorder), ghrta vyiipat (complications because of wrong administration of ghee) and pandvamaya (anemia).
Takra is of three types depending upon the content of fat which is either completely removed, half removed or not removed at all.
The first variety from which fat is completely removed is light and wholesome. The second variety from which half of the fat is removed is exceedingly heavy and aphrodisiac. The third variety from which fat is not removed is exceedingly aphrodisiac.
The properties of the different types of dadhi prepared from the milk of different animals are also shared by the takra prepared out of them.
By the great sages like Sushruta, takra is described to be of four types viz., ghola, mathita, udasvit and takra. The butter milk which contains cream and to which water not added is called ghola. When the cream is removed but no water is added then it 1s called mathita. When one fourth quantity of water is added then it is called takra. In udasvit half the quantity of water is added.
Takra alleviates all the three doshas. Udasvit aggravates kapha, promotes strength and alleviates fatigue par excellence.
Property of different types
Buttermilk prepared of the manda variety of dadhi is ununctuous, abhisyandi (obstructs the channels of circulation), and difficult of digestion.
Buttermilk prepared of the sweet variety of dadhi is unctuous. It aggravates kapha and alleviates vayu and pitta.
Buttermilk prepared of the sour variety of dadhi alleviates vayu. Buttermilk prepared of dadhi which is extremely sour, aggravates rakta (blood) and pitta.
The heaviness of takra progressively increases depending upon the increase in density.
When there is aggravation of vayu, sour variety of takra should be taken by adding rock salt. In pitta. sweet variety of takra should be taken mixed with sugar. In kapha the un-unctuous variety of takra should be used by adding alkalies, sunthi, pippali and marica. In mutrakrcchra (dysuria), guda should be added and in pandu citraka should be added to the takra.
If hingu and jira are added and the powder of rock salt is sprinkled over takra, then it becomes an excellent alleviator of vayu. It also becomes an excellent curative for arsas (piles) and atisara (diarrhoea). It is an appetiser, nourishing and strength promoting. It also cures colic pain in the region of vasti (urinary bladder).
Process of preparation
Unboiled (ama) takra alleviates Kapha in the koshta (colon) but produces kapha in the throat. The boiled (pakva) takra is specifically useful in pinasa (chronic cold), svasa and kasa (bronchitis).
Properties in general
Takra works like ambrosia in winter season, when there is suppression of the power of digestion, in the diseases caused by kapha and vayu, in aruci (anorexia) and srotorodha (obstruction to the channels of circulation). It cures diseases caused by kapha, cchardi (vomiting), praseka (salivation), visama jvara (irregular fever), pandu (anemia), medas (adiposity), grahani (sprue syndrome), arsas (piles), mutragraha (suppression of urination), bhagandara (fistula-in-ano), meha (obstinate urinary disorders including diabetes), gulma (phantom tumour), atisara (diarrhoea), sula (colic pain), plihana (splenic disorder), udara (obstinate abdominal disorders including ascitis), aruci (anorexia), svitra (leucoderma), kotha (urticaria), ghrta vyiipat (complications arising out of improper use of ghee), kustha (obstinate skin diseases including leprosy), sopha (oedema), trsna (morbid thirst) and krmi (parasitic infection),
Takra should not be used in ksata (phthisis), during hot season, when a person is weak and in murrcha (fainting), bhrama (giddiness), daha (burning syndrome) and raktapitta (a disease characterised by bleeding of different parts of the body).
A person who habitually takes takra never suffers and being impregnated with takra diseases do not attack him. As ambrosia gives happiness to the gods, so also takra produces happiness in human beings on this earth.
It cures vayu because of its sour taste, pitta because of its sweet taste and kapha because of its astringent taste.
The man whose gastric fire is well tended, who feeds it duly with wholesome diet, who is given to daily meditation, charity and the pursuit of spiritual salvation who takes food and drinks that arc homologatory to him, will not fall a victim to approaching diseases except for special reasons. The disciplined man who takes wholesome diet lives for a period of 36,000 nights, i.e. 100 years (a generalization), blessed by good men and devoid of disease.
Education is a different thing completely back in time in these sciences of ancient India. The texts are written in a beautiful way that unfolds the knowledge and needs a teacher to unfold them due to the lack of our own abilities today call it intelligence or the many other faculties of time and commitment and just how the education is gone about. Today we have short certification courses with no standardization or authorizing authority to them. It is a free for all and just because someone hangs a title on a sign does not mean anything at all today. To share the following verses from Sushruta Samhita may give a sense to what just the start of the education would be back in time.
Formal initiation of a pupil into the science of Ayurveda
Such an initiation should be imparted to a student, belonging to one of the three twice-born castes such as, the Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaishya, and who should be of tender years, born of a good family, possessed of, a desire to learn, strength, energy of action, contentment, character, self-control, a good retentive memory, intellect, courage, purity of mind and body, and a simple and clear comprehension, command a clear insight into the things studied, and should be found to have been further graced with the necessary qualifications of thin lips, thin teeth and thin tongue, and possessed of a straight nose, large, honest, intelligent eyes, with a benign contour of the mouth, and a contented frame of mind, being pleasant in his speech and dealings, and usually painstaking in his efforts. A man possessed of contrary attributes should not be admitted into the sacred precincts of medicine.
A Brahmana preceptor should initiate a disciple or student in the following way:
A square sand cushion or platform, measuring a cubit in length and breadth, should be laid out on a plot of smooth, level and sacred ground under the benign influence of any auspicious phase of the moon or astral combination such as, the “Karana,” etc. and in a direction of the compass which is held most auspicious to that end. The cushion or the platform should be plastered over with a solution of water and cow-dung; and blades of Kusha grass should be strewn over it. Then the gods, the Brahmanas and the physicians should be worshipped with oblations of flowers, fried paddy, gems and sun-dried rice. Then having drawn straight lines across the Sthandilam so as to meet the top of the furthest side of the square, and having sprinkled them over with holy water, the preceptor should lay down a blade of Kusha grass tied up in the form of a knot, known as the Brahmana, along the side of the sacred cushion to his right, and kindle the sacred fire close to his seat. Then having soaked the twigs of the four sacrificial trees of Khadira, Palasha, Devadaru and Vilva, or of Vata, Oudumvara, Ashvattha and Madhuka in curd, honey and clarified butter, he should perform the rite of Homa according to the rules of a Darvi Homa ceremony. Then libations of clarified butter should be cast into the sacrificial fire with a repetition of the Maha Vyahriti Mantras preceded by the mystic Omkara. After that, libations of clarified butter should be cast into the fire in honour of each of the gods and Rishis (celestial physicians) invoked by repeating the Svaha Mantra, and the disciple should be made to do the same.
A Brahmana preceptor is competent to initiate a student belonging to any of the three twice-born castes. A Kshatriya preceptor can initiate a student of the Kshatriya or the Vaishya caste, while a Vaishya preceptor can initiate a student of his own caste alone. A Shudra student of good character and parentage may be initiated into the mysteries of the Ayurveda by omitting the Mantras enjoined to be recited on such an occasion.
Then having thrice circumambulated the sacrificial fire, and having invoked the fire-god to bear testimony to the fact, the preceptor should address the initiated disciple as follows:
“Thou shalt renounce lust, anger, greed, ignorance, vanity, egotistic feelings, envy, harshness, niggardliness, falsehood, idleness, nay all acts that soil the good name of a man. In proper season thou shalt pair thy nails and clip thy hair and put on the sacred cloth, dyed brownish yellow, live the life of a truthful, self-controlled anchorite and be obedient and respectful towards thy preceptor. In sleep, in rest, or while moving about—while at meals or in study, and in all acts thou shalt be guided by my directions.
Thou shalt do what is pleasant and beneficial to me, otherwise thou shalt incur sin and all thy study and knowledge shall fail to bear their wished for fruit, and thou shalt gain no fame. If I, on the other hand, treat thee unjustly even with thy perfect obedience and in full conformity to the terms agreed upon, may I incur equal sin with thee, and may all my knowledge prove futile, and never have any scope of work or display.
Thou shalt help with thy professional skill and knowledge, the Brahmanas, thy elders, preceptors and friends, the indigent, the honest, the anchorites, the helpless and those who shall come to thee (from a distance), or those who shall live close by, as well as thy relations and kinsmen [to the best of thy knowledge and ability], and thou shalt give them medicine [without charging for it any remuneration whatever], and God will bless thee for that.
Thou shalt not treat medicinally a professional hunter, a fowler, a habitual sinner, or him who has been degraded in life; and even by so doing thou shalt acquire friends, fame, piety, wealth and all wished for objects in life and thy knowledge shall gain publicity.”
Amavasya, Krishna Ashtami, Krishna Chaturdasi, as well as the corresponding tithis in Shukla Paksha, Purnama, and sandhya are occasions when the study of the ayurveda is prohibited. Similarly, a clap of thunder heard at an improper season (months of Pausha, Phalguna and Caitra), or a flash of lightning occurring at a time when such phenomena are naturally rare, or an evil befalling one’s country, relations, or king, should be deemed as occasions prohibiting the study of the ayurveda. Moreover, one should not read it in a cremation ground, nor while riding (an elephant, horse, or any) conveyance, nor in a battle-field, nor in a place of execution. A festival or the appearance of inauspicious omens, and the days of the fortnight usually avoided by the Brahmanas in studying the Vedas, as well as an unclean state of the body, should be regarded as occasions prohibiting the study of the ayurveda.
Yogarudha state –
Described in Gita 6. 4.
yadā hi nendriyārtheṣhu na karmasv-anuṣhajjate
sarva-saṅkalpa-sannyāsī yogārūḍhas tadochyate
”’When one is attached neither to sense-objects nor to actions, and has given up all desiresor the fruits of actions, then he is said to be a Yogarudha or to have elevated the Yoga path (to be a yogi).”
Red rice (rakta shali) is the best among paddy that has bristles
Green gram is the best among pulses
Rain water collected before it touches the ground is the best among waters
Rock salt is the best among salts
Jivanti (Leptadenia Reticulata) is the best among pot herbs
Ena (a type of deer) is the best among the meat of big animals
Quail among meat of birds
Iguana among meat of animals living in holes
Grass carp (roha) among fish,
Cow’s ghee among ghees
Cow’s milk among milk
Sesame oil among vegetable oils
Pig fat among meat of marshy animals
Fat of the Gangetic dolphin among fish fat
Fat of the white swan among aquatic birds
Fat of hen among gallinaceous types of birds with beaks
Fat of goat among fats of tree branch eating animals
Ginger among rhizomes
Grapes among fruits
Sarkara (misri or crystal sugar) among preparation of sugar cane
Most unwholesome articles:
Yavaka (form of small barley) among paddy having bristles
Black gram among pulses
River water in rainy season among waters
Ushara (salt from saline soil) among salts
Mustard green is the most unwholesome among pot herbs,
Beef among meats
Kana Kapota (Young dove) among meat of bird
Frog is most unwholesome among meat of animals living in the holes
Chilichima among fish
Ghee of sheep milk among ghee
Sheep milk among milk
Safflower (Canthamus tinctorius Linn) oil among vegetable fats
Fat of Water Buffalo among fats of marshy animals
Fat of water foul among fats of aquatic animals
Fat of Kumbhira (Crocodile) among fats of aquatic animals
Fat of Chataka (sparrow) among fats of gallinaceous types of birds
Fat of elephant among fats of tree branch eating animals
Nikucha (Atrocarpus nikucha Roxb) among fruits
Aluka (potato) among rhizomes and roots
Phanita (treacle) among preparations of sugar cane
Food is the best among things which sustain life
Water is best to generate soothing effect
Wine is best to dispel fatigue
Milk is best of that which enlivening and invigorates
Meat is best among nourishing food
Meat soup (Mamsarasa) is best among refreshing and nourishing food
Salt is best among substances that enhance taste.
Sour substances are best among cardiac tonics
Chicken is best to improve strength and immunity,
Semen of crocodile (Nakra Retas) is the best among aphrodisiac substances
Honey is the best substance to balance Kapha and Pitta
Cow ghee is the best substances to balance Vata and Pitta
Taila (sesame oil) is the best to balance Vata and Kapha
Vamana (emesis) therapy is the best of Kapha balancing procedures
Virechana is the best of Pitta balancing procedures
Basti is the best of Vata balancing procedures
Swedana (sweating therapy) is the best among procedures to bring about softness and tenderness
Exercise (Vyayam) is the best to bring about firmness of the body
Kshara is the best substances to cause impotence
Tinduka (Diospros peregrine Gurke) is the best amongst substances that hurt the taste of food
Unripe Kapittha (Feronia Limonia Swingle) is the best among those to hurt the throat and quality of sound of the voice
Sheep ghee is the best amongst those to damaging the heart
Goat milk is the best among those substances that mitigate emaciation, improve breast milk, improve blood production, absorbent (best in grahani) and best in bleeding disorders
Sheep milk is best to Vitiate Kapha and Pitta Dosha
Buffalo milk is best to induce sleep
Half-formed curds (Mandaka Dadhi) is best to obstruct the body channels and circulation
Food prepared of Wheat Grass (Triticum aestivum Linn) to cause emaciation
Food prepared with Uddalaka (a variant of black gram) is best to cause drying
Sugarcane is best in producing a diuretic effect.
Barley is best to increase bulk of feces
Jambu (java plum/Syzygium cumini) is best in aggravating Vata
Shashkuli type of pastry is best in aggravating Pitta and Kapha
Kulattha (horse gram) is best in causing Amlapitta (hyperacidity)
Black gram is best in aggravating Kapha and Pitta
Fruit of Madana (Emetic Nut/Randia dumetorum Lam) is best in Vamana, Asthapana and anuvasana types of enema
Trivrit (operculina turpethum R.B) is best in causing easy purgation
Aragvadha (Purging cassia/Cassia fistula Linn) is best in causing mild purgation
Milk of the Snuhi plant (Common milk hedge/Euphorbia nerifolia Linn) is best in causing strong purgation
Apamarga (Chaff tree/Achyrantes aspera Linn) is best in eliminating doshas from the head
Vidanga (False black pepper/Embelia ribes Burm .f.) is best for destroying parasites
Shirisha (Lebbeck/Albizzia Lebbeck Benth) is best anti-poisonous herb
Khadira (Acacia catechu wild) is best in curing skin diseases
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) is best in alleviating vata
Amalaka (Emblica officinalis) is the best rasayana (rejuvenation)
Haritaki (terminalia chebula Linn) is best wholesome fruit
Castor root (Eranda moola) is best to alleviating Vata and aphrodisiac
Pippalimoola (long pepper root) is best to promoting digestion, carmination and relieving bloating and constipation
Root of Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica Linn) is best in promoting digestion, carmination and curing hemorrhoids and colic pain
Pushkaramula (Inula racemosa hook) is best to curing hiccup, asthma, cough and pain in the chest
Musta (Nut Grass/cyperus rotunds Linn) is best in causing astringent effect
Udichya (Fragrant Swamp Mallow/Pavonia odorata) is best in causing digestion, carmination, anti-emetic and anti-diarrheal.
Katvanga (Araluka/Oroxylum indicum) is best to cause absorption, to improve digestion and carmination.
Ananta (Sariva/Hemidesmus indicus) is best to cause absorption and in bleeding disorders
Guduchi (Gilroy/Tinospora cordifolia) is best to cause astringent effect, promoting digestion, alleviating Vata and Kapha, constipation and raktapitta (bleeding disorders)
Bael (Bilva/Aegle marmelos) is best to cause astringent effect, promotes digestion, and alleviates Vata and Kapha.
Ativisha (Indian Atees/Aconitum heterophyllum) is best to cause an astringent effect, promote digestion, carmination and alleviation of all doshas.
Utpala (White water lily/Nymphaea alba), Kumuda (blue water lily) and Padma (Lotus/Prunus cerasoides) is best in causing astringent effect and alleviating bleeding disorders
Duralabha (Fagonbushe/Fagonia cretica) is best in alleviating Kapha and Pitta.
Gandha Priyangu (Beutyberry/Callicarpa macrophylla) is best for alleviating acute heavy bleeding
Kutaja Bark (Kurchi/Holarrhena antidysenterica) is best for balancing Kapha and Pitta, causing astringent effect of blood and drying absorbing quality
Gambhari fruit (Beech wood/Gmelina arborea) is best for causing hemostasis and curing bleeding disorders
Prishniparni (Uraria picta) is the best astringent and aphrodisiac, causing digestive effect and alleviating Vata
Vidarigandha (Ipomoea digitata) is best aphrodisiac and balances all doshas
Bala (Country Mallow/Sida cordifolia) is best in causing absorbing action, improving strength and relieving Vata Dosha.
Gokshura (Goat’s Head/Tribulus terrestris) is best in relieving dysuria
Asafoetida (Hingu) is best in causing excision, promoting digestion, downward movement of Vata (Anulomik), and balancing Vata and Kapha dosha
Amlavetasa (Garcinia pedunculata) is best in causing purgation, promoting digestion, downward movement of vata (Anulomik) and balancing Vata and Kapha.
Barley Ash (Yavakshara) is best in causing laxative effect, carmination and cures hemorrhoids
Buttermilk is best in curing Grahani (digestive disorders), Shotha (edema), hemorrhoids and excessive ghee intake
Continual use of meat soup of carnivorous animals is best in curing grahani, emaciation and hemorrhoids
Continual use of milk and ghee is best in causing anti aging effect (rasayana)
Continual use of equal quantities of ghee and saktu (roasted corn flour) is best aphrodisiac and Vata balancing.
Sesame oil (Tila tailum) is best to strengthen teeth in gandusha and to relieve lack of appetite
Sandalwood (Chandana) is best in reliving bad odor, burning sensation and best lepana
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Agaru (Aquilaria agallocha) is best in removing coldness with use as lepana
Lamajjaka (Cymbopogon jwarancusa) is best in curing burning sensation, skin diseases, and sweating with use as lepana
Kushta (Saussurea lappa) is best to balance Vata with usage as massage and/or poultice
Madhuka (Licorice) is best to improve health of eyes, aphrodisiac effect, improving hair quality, throat and voice, complexion, imparting color and healing of wounds
Air is best to restore prana and consciousness
Fire is best in curing indigestion, stiffness, cold, colic pain and shivers
Water is best for causing absorbancy and astringent effect
Water from a mud pot is best in alleviating thirst and vomiting
Eating excess quantities is best to cause aama (metabolic morbid waste and impaired metabolism)
Intake of food as per digestion strength is best to improve digestion
A wholesome diet and regime is best to create health
Eating meals at the right time is best to promote health
Trupti (satisfaction) is the best quality of food
Suppression of urges (vega dharana) is the best way to cause disease
Alcohol (madya) is best to sooth the mind and cause exhilaration
Alcohol addiction is the best to lose intelligence, memory, and patience
Heavy food intake (Guru ahara) is best to create indigestion
Intake of only one meal a day is the best way to create digestion and absorption of food
Excessive indulgence in sex is best to cause emaciation
Continual suppression of ejaculation is the best for impotency
The butcher shop is the best to cause aversion to food
Fasting is best way to reduce of longevity
Reducing food intake quantity is best to lose weight
Eating a meal before digestion of previous meal is best in causing disease
Eating meals in irregular timing is the best to cause irregularity and weakening of the digestive power
Eating incompatible foods items is best to create the worst of diseases
Peaceful, soothing, and calming behavior is the best promoter of health
Exertion beyond one’s capacity is best to create ill-health and disease later on in life
Improper utilization of objects of the sense organs is best in causing disease
Sex with a menstruating woman is most inauspicious activity
Celibacy is best to gain longevity
Adultery is best to reduce longevity
Resolution is the best aphrodisiac
Having difference of opinion is the best anti-aphrodisiac
Effort beyond one’s capacity is best to lose one’s life
Grief and depression is best way to make a disease worse
Bath is best to remove fatigue
Cheerfulness is best to create pleasure
Worry is best to cause emaciation
Detachment is best to cause nourishment
Eating food that is nutritious is best to induce sleep
Excessive amount of sleep is best in causing drowsiness
Meals with all the 6 tastes is best to promote strength and immunity
Meals with one taste is best to cause debility
A dead fetus is best to be removed immediately
Indigestion is best to be averted
Children are best to be given mild medicines
Aged patients are best to be given palliating medicines
Pregnant women are best to not be given strong medicines, engage in sex, or exercise
Having like mindedness is best for conception
The worst imbalance to treat has involvement of all doshas
Aama is best to be considered as toxicity
Fever is worst among disease
Skin disease is the disease with the longest duration
Rajayakshma (TB/AIDS) is the best disease complicated of many other diseases
Urinary disorders are the best repeating disease
Leech is the best surgical device
Basti is the best elimination therapy
Himalayas is the best place for medicinal plants
Soma is the best medicine
Desert is best among healthy place
Marshy land is unhealthiest place
Compliance with the instructions of the doctor is the best quality of patient
Atheist is best to be rejected for treatment
Greed is the best to cause the worst troubles
Noncompliance is the worst prognostic sign
Confidence is the best prognosis of recovery
Having a group of physicians is best to eradicate doubts
Conforming to standards is the best quality of a physician
Knowledge is the best medicine
Scriptural logic is best way to gain knowledge
Presence of mind is best to understand a situation
Inaction is the best way to waste time
Practical experience is best to rid doubt
Incompetence is best to cause fear
Reasoning based discussion with peers is best in creating wisdom and intelligence
The guru is best tool to understand science
Knowledge of Ayurveda is the best nectar
Words of noble person is the best to be followed
Words of wicked is the best to cause troubles
Complete detachment is the best to achieve happiness
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