Ayurveda - Healing Through The Doors Of Perception

 

Healing Through The Doors Of Perception
According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, the two governing principles of creation are “Purusha” [i..e. Awareness] and “Prakruti” [i.e. Creative Dynamism]. The ancient teachings explain that this model of creation exists as a whole - the universe and the individual being the same separated only by degree. In essence, all creation is one. 

“As a child is born in its mother’s womb, so the universe is born
within the womb of Prakruti, the divine mother.”
- Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician

Purusha - choiceless passive awareness; bliss; pure being
Prakruti - creative intelligence, potentiality, dynamism 

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The Doors Of Perceptions
The ancient vedic science of Ayurveda has long used the organs of perception [i.e. senses] to help bridge the gap between the reality and the seemingly unreal. Ayurveda describes these doors of perception as being the way to help bring about balance and even further - heal.

  • sound [shabda] - ether element
  • touch [sparsha] - air element
  • vision [rupa] - fire element
  • taste [rasa] - water element
  • smell [gandha] - earth element

 

Sound - Ether Element
In many cultures, sound is considered the root energy behind all of creation. For example, the Holy Bible states that there was sound and that sound was God. Similarly, vedic culture explains that the universe reverberates to a cosmic vibration of ‘Aum’. Even contemporary thought explains the birth of creation originating from a ‘Big Bang’.

“Mantras - create radical change in the person’s neurochemistry.”
- Dr. Vasant Lad

Mantra
“Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex amalgamation of sounds – the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.” - Sadhguru 

 

Touch - Air Element

The skin provides the ability to heal through touch. The healing touch may include various modalities of healing such as massage, acupuncture and acupressure, deep connective tissue work, and various other modalities of healing such as reiki, polarity therapy etc.

Abhyanga - Ayurvedic Oil Massage
Ayurveda describes in great detail the benefits of daily oil massage. Not only is massage comforting to the body but essential for overall health and well-being.

“Give yourself a full-body oil massage on a daily basis. It is nourishing; pacifies the doshas; relieves fatigue; provides stamina, pleasure and perfect sleep; enhances the complexion and the luster of skin; promotes longevity; and nourishes all parts of the body.” - Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda

Marma Therapy
Marma therapy is an ancient practice whose focus is the directing of subtle energy (prana) in the body for the purposes of supporting the healing process. Marma therapy is based on the utilization of 107 points in the body which are considered to be access points to body, mind and consciousness.

 

Vision - Fire Element
The world is full of vibration and every color is a display of a unique frequency and vibration. Ayurveda describes ‘rupa‘ as that which provides vision, color, light, and form. The use of colors [chromotherapy] is a vast science and takes into consideration the influence that color has on the physical and mental bodies, aura, chakras, doshas, etc.

Color Therapy
From a holistic perspective, we can think of our physical body as condensed light with each individual having a unique signature of vibrational energy.

Vata Colors: blue, indigo, purple and violet
Pitta Colors: red, orange, and yellow
Kapha Colors: green, gray, and white

“Based upon the prakruti [balanced state] and vikruti [imbalanced state] paradigm,
the different colors can be used for healing purposes.”
- Dr. Vasant Lad

Taste - Water Element

Rasa has many meanings. For example, rasa can mean juice, taste, comprehension, melody and harmony. For now, we consider rasa to mean taste. There are specialized taste buds on the tongue which perceive the six tastes in our diet. Ayurveda explains an interesting relationship between taste, the power of digestion, and the therapeutic effects which food has upon both the body and mind.

Examples:
Sweet, Sour, Salty - pacify vata dosha, increase kapha dosha
Pungent, Bitter, Astringent - increase vata dosha, pacify kapha dosha
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Smell - Earth Element
The sense of smell has a deep primal connection to the nervous system and consciousness. Ayurveda uses various aromas such as essential oils, incense, and natural fragrances in order to help balance the body [i.e. doshas, dhatus, malas].

Scented Oils
Essential oils are often the most common and practical way of using aromatherapy. By simply placing certain oils, preferably on marma points, can help to balance doshas and provide a sense of well-being.

Vata: Lavender, rose, jasmine or nutmeg.
Pitta: Sandalwood, fennel, lemongrass or mint.
Kapha: Rosemary, myrrh, clove or eucalyptus.

Note:
Some oils are tri-doshic such as Tulsi, Rose and Sandalwood.
Clove and Myrrh are good for Vata as well.

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purpose only and not considered medical advice. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Marma Therapy - An Ancient Healing Science Of Ayurveda

 

Marma Therapy - An Ancient Healing Science Of Ayurveda
The word “Marma” literally means a tender full vital point, which is a conjugation of muscle, nerve, joint, bone, tendon, artery and vein either in combination of two, three etc., or all the above structures. The father of Surgery – Sushruthacharya, defines Marma as “Marayanthi ithi marma” – which means, that certain vital anatomical locations in the body, when injured shall become painful and cause malfunctioning of the local organs or even cause sudden death (marayanthi) of the individual.

 

"Vital Life Force"
The actions of Marma are controlled by the Pranic Vayu (cosmic energy principle in human body). This Prana Vayu is essential to maintain the life or longevity of a person. Sushruthacharya in his treatise Sushrutha Samhita, in the 6th chapter of Shareera sthana, says that “a person with a surgical amputation of limb will survive, but a person injured at the base of the toe, may not, since the base of toe is a marma point." Post surgically, after amputation, the channels of the body near the area of amputation get closed, thereby preventing the loss of pranic energy from the body. But where as in case of an injury to the toe, the person loses his life, due to the gradual loss of Prana Vayu or the Vital life force.

Great Video: The Spiritual Tradition Of Marma Therapy

108 Marmas In The Human Body
There are 108 Marmas in the human body. The Marmas are classified based on the anatomical structures involved or based on the action potential caused in the body when it is injured. It is classified into the following 5 varieties based on the vulnerability it causes after the injury, namely-

1) SADHYA PRANAHARA MARMA:
When a marma falling in this category gets injured, due to the spontaneous loss of the Prana vayu , death is imminent to occur.

2) KALANTHARA PRANAHARA MARMA:
These Marmas result in kalanthara (gradual) loss of life (pranahara), after a lapse of time.

3) VISHALYAGHNA:
The word shalya refers to a foreign body. When a foreign body pierces these varieties of Marma, the injured person survives as long as the foreign body remains in the place of injury. But instead if removed, it results in the death of that individual.

4) VAIKALYAKARA:
These varieties of Marma when subjected to injury caused deformity of those organs which are dependent on that particular Marma for their energy distribution. The word Vikalya or Vaikalya means deformity.

5) RUJAKARA MARMA:
These Marmas neither result in deformity nor cause death, but results in excruciating pain (ruja) when injured.

About The Author: 
Dr. Rangaprasad Bhat is a staunch believer of Ayurveda & Marma Chikitsa, whose vision is to break the myth that Ayurveda is a slow acting medicine, which it is not,when the diagnosis is perfect and the medicines selected are accurate. And his passion is to teach, preach and spread the potentialities of Ayurveda.

Disclaimer:
This is strictly for educational purpose only and NOT to be considered medical advice. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.