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 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.

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.

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

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.

What Is Ayurveda: A Fad Or Forever?


What Is Ayurveda
History is riddled with random enthusiasms that have swept the nation for a few months or years at a time. Despite the growing interest in the science of Ayurveda, it is definitely far from any new fad. Rather, Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system which has even described certain phenomena such as blood circulation thousands of years before William Harvey described it in the 17th century.

The Origin Of Ayurveda ...
The word “Ayurveda” literally means ‘the knowledge of life’. Although the exact age of Ayurveda is not known, it’s thought to span back several millennia. The texts of Ayurveda explain its origin as being a transmission of knowledge upon enlightened beings [rishis] at a time of increased illness and suffering in the world. This transmission of knowledge was solely to help uncover the deepest truths for easing the suffering of mankind. The knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down thousands of years through certain lineages of teachings - which modern medicine is just beginning to understand.

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Rediscovering The Past
It’s interesting that the ancient teachings of Ayurveda are revealing itself as being the fundamental solution to many of our modern day concerns. As any good clinician knows, the answer lays deep upon finding the root cause of any problem. The science of Ayurveda has long explained the importance of balance and the subtle aspects of the mind upon the body. The aim of Ayurveda is to establish a state of balance amongst a world of change and variability.

Imbalance = Disease
The most basic causes of imbalance often find their origin in three main areas:
diet, lifestyle, and state of mind. The ancient teachings of Ayurveda demonstrate with great sophistication how diet, lifestyle, and state of mind influence other subtleties such as doshas [bodily humors], agni [the digestive fire], dhatus [bodily tissue], and srotas [channels of the body].


Our modern view of nutrition is primarily viewed in the form of carbohydrates, protein, fats, and minerals. Ayurveda, on the other hand, has always had a unique perspective of food as being medicine. Each item of food according to Ayurveda is considered to have a unique combination of elements [ether, air, fire, water and earth] and therefore has different tastes. These tastes then go on to have other influences such as being heating or cooling upon the body. For example, it is not uncommon to experience increased acid reflux, heartburn or even some inflammatory skin rash [i.e. urticaria] after one eats hot and spicy food. Although this is a gross over-simplification, this does however convey a simple point that food has a direct impact on health and used correctly can be as important [if not more important] than medicine.
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Daily routine is a vital and integral part of our state of health. A routine that is followed with care and awareness with respect to our individual constitution and balance will bring many health benefits. In Ayurveda there are certain steps to starting the day, and whilst these can take up some time, they are valuable in their relation to boosting vitality.
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“Yatinam Brahma Bhavati Sarathih” - Rik Veda [1.158.6]
“For those whose minds are established in self-referral consciousness, the infinite organizing power of natural law becomes the charioteer”  - Translation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


State Of Mind:

The classical texts of Ayurveda have explained that in order to treat a person with complete effectiveness, you must treat the person not as a set of parts, but as a whole. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda eloquently explains the progression of mind into matter and in a way, explains matter as being condensed mind. Interestingly, if there were to be one cause of all diseases, the principles of Ayurveda would likely state “Prajnaparadha” [mistake of the intellect] as being the root cause. It is because of this importance that vedic sciences [i.e. ayurveda] gives tremendous importance to establishing balance within the mind - hence the importance of meditation.
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Got Sattva?
Individuals having the excellence of mental faculties are characterized by good memory, devotion, gratefulness, wisdom, purity, excessive enthusiasm, skill, courage, valor in fighting, absence of sorrow, proper gait, depth of wisdom and sincerity in actions and virtuous acts.
– C.S. Vimanasthana Ch. VIII Sutra. 110

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