The Three Pillars Of Good Health
There is nothing as important in life in making a radical change within the body, mind, and consciousness than establishing a healthy routine in daily life. Ayurveda is a science of good health. Its first objective is to preserve health of the healthy individual. Charaka [the founder of ayurvedic medicine] has summed up beautifully the whole technique of how to promote a healthy lifestyle in two lines.
“Nityam hitahara-vihara-sevi samikshyakari vishayeshvasaktah
Data samah satyaparah kshamavan aptopasevi cha bhavati arogah”
– Charaka Samhita
A person who practices regularly a wholesome lifestyle, eats wholesome food, is deliberate in all his actions, not involved in the objects of the mind [i.e. overindulgence in sense pleasures], who is generous, just, truthful, forgiving in nature, who is service-minded and helpful to one’s own kin – will remain unaffected by disease.
The Three Pillars Of Positive Health:
The ancient seers of Ayurveda understood the importance of wholesome [sattvic] lifestyle and its importance to health and overall well-being. Likewise, when lifestyle is not in accordance to the natural principles then this, too, is considered to be the root cause of disease and the aging process. Ayurveda has explained the three pillars to positive health as follows:
– Food [ahara]
– Sleep [nidra]
– Regulated lifestyle [brahmacharya]
1. Food [ahara]:
Ayurveda reveres food as providing nourishment to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of human life. This being of such vital importance that vedic culture explains that one’s own kitchen should be as clean and pure as a sacred temple. Even further, it’s not only the food which one eats that determines the subtlties of health but more importantly the manner in which one eats. For instance, food is considered to be so sacred that when one eats, one is not only feeding oneself but rather feeding the God within. Therefore, when eating one should simply eat, free of all distractions.
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“That is why eating the right food at the appropriate time, in the proper environment, and with great love and respect will not only nourish the body, but also the mind and soul.” – Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician
2. Sleep [Nidra]:
To live peacefully it’s important to rest peacefully and nothing provides as much rest and peace than sleep [and meditation]. Therefore, cultivating a routine to help promote sound sleep is another pillar of positive health according to the science of ayurveda. It’s interesting that yoga [a sister science of ayurveda] describes “yoga nidra” [or “yogic sleep”] as a sleep-like state as being among the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness. Even scientific investigations have revealed the benefits of Yoga Nidra. In 2006, Kamakhya Kumar was awarded a PhD for his work “Psycho-physiological Changes as Related to Yoga Nidra”. Therefore, for a sound body and sound mind – one needs sound sleep.
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3. Regulated lifestyle [Brahmacharya]:
Brahmacharya is normally understood as maintaining celibacy. In reality, brahmacharya is a form of regulated lifestyle with a [healthy] balance towards sex. Abnormal sexual practices, overindulgence of sex, and sexual frustrations are thought to be the cause of many diseases which fall under the category of “asatmyendriyartha samyoga” [overindulgence and wrongful use of the sense organs]. This also implies that frequent sexual activities can deplete “ojas” [vital-life nourishment] and can even make one weak and susceptible to disease. Therefore, one should consider replenishing ojas after sexual activity by considering having a gentle massage and drinking something nourishing such as almond milk or ashvagandha milk.
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In essence, Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations are simple and elegant yet powerfully effective in helping one to establish and maintain balance. In fact, health is a state of perfect balance. Ayurveda says that there is an integrative relationship between the body and mind. Ayurveda goes on to say that when the influences of the body and mind are balanced then one will begin to experience the sense of bliss and only then is one thought to be in good health. Therefore, be balanced, be happy and be healthy.