What is health?

According to Ayurveda, a living creature is composed of soul, mind, and body. The central philosophy is that the mind and body are one and the same, and that physical health can’t be achieved without emotional, mental and spiritual health. Both are interrelated. Ayurveda offers a system of natural healing that is very complete both in terms of its treatments and also in its understanding of the human being. It offers a vision of healing for curing disease, for preventative health and ultimately for spiritual liberation. 
The Yogis and Siddhas paid equal attention to the bodily existence while one is alive and also the disembodied existence after one dies. The ultimate goal of Ayurveda is too get Moksha. For this purpose it mainly concentrates to attain a complete physical, mental and spiritual health. Sushruta (one of the 3 main texts of Ayurveda’s author) defines healthy person as Swastha – a person that possesses the equiposed state of vatadi dosha, agni, Rasadi dhatus and regulates mala kriya along with pleasantly positioned soul, organs (sensory) and mind (mana) i.e. Prasanna Atmendriya Mana. Such a person is known as a healthy person in Ayurveda.

It is total equilibrium where the sensory, mental, emotional and spiritual elements are harmoniously balanced. Health is not only attainment of physical well being but also mental and spiritual happiness, then only is a person considered as completely healthy. Along with the Tridoshas (the three imbalances or humours), Ayurveda also explains Trigunas (Satva, Raja and Tama) and two Manasic Doshas (imbalances of the mind) viz. Rajas and Tamas.

There are three main cause for the disease ie –
Asatmendriyaartha samyoga (Not using the five sense organs in the beneficial way), Prajnaparadha (crimes against wisdom)
Parinama/ Kala (time).

The Atiyoga (excessive utility), Ayoga (under utility) and Mithyayoga (improper utility) of these three factors are the main cause for all the diseases whereas their Samyakyoga (beneficial use) leads to health.

The first one is directly related to the Indriyas/Sense organs. Prajnaparadha is directly related to the mind and spirituality. Ayurveda clearly explains the bad deeds of Mana/mind, Kaya/body and Vak/speech are come under Prajnaparadha and should not be done in any condition. The treatment for this is considered as Dhi vijnana, Driti vijnana and Atmadi Vijnana – Self understanding or spiritual healing. The mental health is a state of mental, intellectual and spiritual well being. Among the three kind of mental constitution, Sattva prakruti (true or pure) is the best one as it is Laghu (light), Prakashaka (illuminated) etc. This is achieved only when we follow proper diet, dietetics, good conducts and behaviors. (just to say it, following a Western diet or a Western yogi diet that is just a made up combining of raw foods, juicing, incompatible foods, etc etc is not this)

Ayurveda seeks to remove the root causes of illness and disease in a holistic way. Its focus is on prevention through beneficial diet, exercise, meditation and cultivation of the beneficial attitude, knowledge, discipline and conduct. In this regard we find the explanation of Dinacharya (daily regimen), Ritucharya (seasonal regimen), Sadvritta (beneficial measures of conduct), Swasthavritta (preventive and promotive measures), Achara rasayana (disciplines to promote health), Ahara vidhi vidhana (beneficial rules for intake) etc factors mentioned by the great sages of Ayurveda for attainment of Physical, Mental and Spiritual health.


2 thoughts on “What is health?

  1. Hello Trueayurveda …. Yes it is ridicules to be so hooked into a life style , accumulated along the way of our lived life, that does not totally support us. We put our tastes into everyones culture, and the truth about food gets a little obscured ! Can’t say that I will ever be perfect about this, but appreciate the awareness toward true food values, and the current of suggestion and information, may gently bring one to that place where information and actuality meet! Thanks for your email. Have become alert more to the imbalances, and how to see through the fog. The dream the other night, I feel was partly the result of talking with my brother -in-law, whose 81 birthday was being celebrated, and realizing how much I love him, and then there was fear around that because he is also not well. and of course there is awareness around all my intimate friends as to our age and health …. my sister also 81 … and friends younger than I that are not as well … so there is that shift where things are not stable in the old way of reliance, even if illusion. I think that my best realization has come from seeing an old dog here in my neighborhood , that I have known for years, from a happy lively puppy with endless vitality, to “suddenly” appearing with a white whiskery face, and barely able to walk, and realizing after all, there is old age, even when one has had a relatively healthy life style. My prayer is that you are being well cared for wherever you are, and thanks again for your closeness. Lives of Spirals!, c Carol Chandlee chanran@aol.com

  2. Thank you Carol.

    Deha is the body, that which decays. Age is a part of life. In fact it is the very thing that creates what we call life. Can you imagine if no one aged or died. Wow, there would be no responsibility, no ethics, no morals, no responsibilities for ones actions. It would be complete anarchy and chaos. It is actually death, moksha, that sets in the levels of those ethics, morals and what we call spirituality. Yes, everyone is spiritual (not that they have actions that show) due to the fact that we all die. Everyone will die someday. Ain’t it a hoot when you really accept it? It is what makes this very life, this very second so beautiful and sublime. it is wat brings the details out and shows the vast array of colors and details. Life is in those details. It is where those roses that we need to be aware of to stop and smell exist. Compare this to the lives that are being wasted in the superficiality of getting ahead and working for a living. Such a juxtapose.

    Thanks for commenting.

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