The Alchemy Of Bliss - "Soma"

The Alchemy Of Bliss -  "Soma" 
We all want to be happy yet one of the most elusive questions which involves our day-to-day reality is “what does it mean to be happy?”. We also know that happiness is key for overall health and in one form or another we are all seeking it. Could it be that we are searching for happiness in all the wrong places? For many of us, happiness is in the next purchase - the bigger home, the nicer car, and the newer gadget. However, the teachings of Ayurveda explain that behind all these diverse pursuits is an aspiration for happiness at the core of our being. In other words, within each one of us resides a sense of bliss called “Ananda” which is lastingly satisfying, refreshing, and that which does not diminish nor die.

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration

Blissful Heart Aroma
Helps to nourish and balance the emotions

Ananda [aa-nan-da] noun.
The condition of utter joy. Pure and absolute bliss.
An essential quality of the ultimate Reality (tattva).

Soma - The Nectar Of Immortality
According to the ancient vedic teachings of India, “Soma” was originally referred to as the nectar of immortality. Similarly, in other cultures, soma was conveyed as the “Holy Grail” being the ultimate quest for renewal and immortality. After all, we all want to live and do not want to die. In a way, Soma provides for ‘deathlessness’ and is the essence of all healing. The Ayurvedic concept of Soma is of vital importance for good immunity, longevity, and optimal health. For example, the classic teachings of Ayurveda discuss topics of rejuvenation [“rasayana”] which are lifestyle considerations to increase the quality of soma.

Soma - An Interview With Dr. Vasant Lad, MASc. 

An interview with Dr. Vasant Lad, author, Ayurvedic physician, professor and director of the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Interview was filmed on April 4th, 2014, by Joey Bujold.

Lifestyle Considerations ...
The modern world unfortunately provides many of us the problem of a highly stressful lifestyle. However, rejuvenation requires nourishment at all levels. Of importance is nourishing food for the physical body and equally important, is nourishment for the mind in the form of adequate rest, sleep, and relaxation. For example, a “sattvic diet” which includes good quality vegetarian food such as dairy products, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, and nuts which provide purity for the body and clarity to the mind.

Deep Rest & Blissful Sleep
Better sleep = better performance.

Digestive Health
Good health depends on strong, efficient digestion.

Organic Spice Selections
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance.

The Elixir Of Life - Soma Beverages
From the ancient of times, there have been certain beverages which have been considered an elixir which helps to revitalize the core of our body while fortifying the mind. A Soma beverage is generally considered a liquid that is deeply refreshing, stress reducing, and calming to the mind.

Examples Of Soma Beverages Include:
- Amalaki Juice
- Coconut Juice
- Sugar Cane Juice
- Aloe Juice
- Fruit Juices
- Herbal Teas
- Milk

Amalaki Juice
The fresh juice of amalaki fruit is considered one of the best rejuvenatives according to Ayurveda. Simply add a couple of teaspoons of amalaki juice with some pomegranate juice and this is an excellent elixir for longevity.

Amrit Kalash
Full-spectrum antioxidant: targets mind & nervous system

Coconut Juice
Coconut juice provides hydration to all bodily tissues and provides natural sugars and nourishing oil for the brain and nervous tissue. Coconut juice also provides a cooling and refreshing quality to the mind.

Sugar Cane Juice
Not only is sugar cane juice delicious but is also considered a rejuvenative [“rasayana”] according to Ayurveda. Sugar cane juice is hydrating and helps to prevent fever, thirst, dryness, and fatigue.

Aloe Juice
Aloe juice is particularly beneficial to help reduce heat [“pitta”] from within the body and is also a wonderful nourishing drink for women to help tonify and strengthen the uterus.

Fruit Juices
Generally, fruit juices in moderation are natural Soma beverages. Certain fruit juices such as pomegranate, guava, mango, grape, and acai juices are particularly beneficial. To help reduce sugar intake, these juice can be diluted with water and generally should not be consumed during meals.

Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are considered Soma beverages more specifically to the mind rather than the body. Herbal teas such as Tulsi, Brahmi, Licorice, and Rose are very rejuvenating to the mind and help to bring clarity to the mind.

Ayurvedic Herbal Teas
Enjoy the exotic colors and aromas of spices can elevate an ordinary dish into a sublime feast for the senses of sight, smell and taste.

Milk
Milk has rejuvenating properties and is a beverage held with great reverence in vedic culture. Milk also helps to enhances the potency of other substances and other substances also help to benefit the rejuvenating qualities of milk. For example, adding a small amount of natural sugar, honey, or ghee increases the nourishing and rejuvenating qualities of milk. Milk also acts to carry the qualities of certain herbs and spices to deeper bodily tissues. For example, mixing certain herbs and spices like ginger and/or turmeric to milk will help to improve digestion, liver function, and elimination. Similarly, mixing saffron to milk is also considered a potent rejuvenator and helps strengthen the female reproductive tract.

Mind & Memory 
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Maintain mental calm & alertness.

What About Alcohol?
Alcoholic beverages, particularly wine in small amounts have revealed some health benefits such as improving digestion and helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Likewise, Ayurveda has a wide range of medicinal herbal wines such as Ashwagandha herbal wine which has rejuvenative and restoring properties. Medicinal herbal wines should be used with discretion and only as indicated by a qualified Ayurvedic professional.

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Chakras - The Reservoirs Of Consciousness

 

Chakras - The Reservoirs Of Consciousness
The ascent through the chakras can be viewed as an upward journey of consciousness refined by a process of awareness. Chakra is a Sanskrit word which literally translates into a spinning wheel. According to ancient traditions of yoga, there are seven major chakras in the body. In essence, chakras can be thought of as reservoirs of consciousness. The chakras are not physical and are to be understood as being situated, not in the gross body, but in the subtle or etheric body. That said, the chakras do appear to interact with the physical body mainly through two major systems, the endocrine and the nervous system.

Each chakra correlates to specific bodily ailments and physical dysfunctions. When we have a physical issue, it often creates a weaknesses in our emotional behavior. In fact, the chakras house both our mental and emotional tendencies. Therefore, it’s essential that the seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and free from blockage - so that energy can flow freely.

Interesting Video: Explanation Of Chakras & Kundalini 

 

1st Chakra Muladhara - Survival
Muladhara is the chakra of our basic needs; food, water, sex, etc. Food is required for energy and the end product of digestion is eliminated by the governing influence of the root muladhara chakra. Similarly, sex is considered the highest form of lower energy and it is muladhara chakra which governs our primal desire for sex.

Endocrine Correlation: Testes, Ovaries
Conditions: Estrogen & Progesterone Imbalances, Back Pain, Sciatica, etc.

"I am peaceful, protected, and secure.”

 

2nd Chakra Svadhisthana - Procreation
“Sva” means ‘Self’ and this second chakra fulfills the biological need for procreation. The influence of svadhisthana brings about the notion of sex not only from the lower primal or animalistic instinct but instead as an act of love, intimacy and affection.

Endocrine Correlation: Adrenal Glands
Conditions: Adrenal Fatigue, Urinary Dysfunction

"I am radiant, beautiful, and enjoy a healthy and passionate life.”

 

3rd Chakra Manipura - Power
When the basic needs of survival and sexual desire are fulfilled, the influence of the third chakra seeks to gain power. When the third chakra is balanced we often experience self-respect and when imbalanced feelings of exertion, excess control, and over assertion arise.

Endocrine Correlation: Pancreas
Conditions: Diabetes Mellitus, Metabolic Syndrome, etc.

“I am empowered and successful in all my ventures”

 

4th Chakra Anahata - Devotion, Love, & Trust
This chakra can be thought of as the center between the lower three and the higher three chakras. The lower three chakras are primal in nature and as mentioned above, are focused on survival, procreation and power. Anahata chakra is located near the heart and when balanced provides for the feelings of devotion, love, and trust. When imbalanced, feelings of loneliness, jealously, and anger may often arise.

Endocrine Correlation: Thymus Gland, Lymphatics
Conditions: Immunological Imbalances, Heart Disease, etc.

“Love is the answer to everything in life."

 

5th Chakra Vishuddha - Communication
This chakra is located near the throat and provides for the expression of inner thoughts and feelings in the form of outer communication. When this chakra is balanced, self expression and communication is clear, concise and effortless. However, when imbalanced it becomes difficult to convey one’s true meaning and message.

Endocrine Correlation: Thyroid Gland, Parathyroid Gland
Conditions: Thyroid Dysfunction [Hypo & Hyperthyroidism]

"I always express myself clearly and truthfully.”

 

6th Chakra Ajna - Spiritual Eye
This chakra is significant because it is the center where three psychic energies [ida, pingala, sushumna] meet to form the “third eye. This chakra is located between the eyebrows and is the seat of concentration. When balanced, ajna chakra provides for increased sense of focus, clarity, and contemplation.

Endocrine Correlation: Pituitary Gland
Conditions: Pituitary Dysfunction & Endocrine Disturbances

"I am in tune with divine universal wisdom."

 

7th Chakra Sahasrara - Crown Chakra
Sahasrara chakra is located at the top of the head as the “crown chakra” and is associated with the pineal glad. From an esoteric perspective, this chakra when balanced is associated with the secretion of “soma” which is thought to bring about feelings of bliss and ecstasy. When this chakra is imbalanced, it’s thought to inhibit the secretion of “soma” from the pineal gland and as a result may lead to insomnia and  feelings of indecisiveness, irritability, and depression.

Endocrine Correlation: Pineal Gland
Conditions: Insomnia, Depression, Migraine Headaches

“I am complete, whole, and one."

Reference:
Ayurvedic Perspective On Selected Pathologies; Dr. Vasant Lad
2nd Edition Revised And Expanded, The Ayurvedic Press

Disclaimer:
This is strictly for educational purpose and not considered medical advice.