Cause of health verses cause of disease

These following slokas are from Charaka Samhita chapter 28. It is the main text of Ayurveda.

These slokas pretty much say it all. No commentary needed, except to say that in this day and age… what is wholesome for an individual is very much misunderstood. It is not about carbs being evil, it is not a high protein diet or anything unusual like that. That will actually cause imbalance and lead to disease. This is perfectly natural and common wisdom when one takes the time to understand the depth of themselves and nature.
I hope you can see the parallel with yoga in these. Raga, dvesha, abhyasa, etc…

Qualities of the wise: endowed with learning, intelligence, memory, dexterity, restraint, regular use of wholesome regimen, purity of speech, serenity of mind and patience. Thus they do not suffer from disorders.

Qualities of the normal people: covered in Rajas (desire/attachment) and Tamas (ignorance), they prefer the liked objects, and the temporarily pleasing objects.

Thus they suffer from various disorders of the body and mind.

Due to intellectual error and crimes against wisdom, he indulges in unwholesome sense objects, suppression of natural urges and taking up risky activities.

It is not possible to derive entire beneficial results of food only on the basis of it’s quantity because all the 8 factors of dieting” have their divided significant effects.

One should not eat foods out of either attachment or ignorance; rather he should eat the wholesome food after examination, because the body is a product of food.


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