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Ayurveda and the Cause of Dis-ease

July 30, 2018 2 min read

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient healing science that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Ayurveda acknowledges that each person has a unique constitution and therefore a unique method for healing. It approaches health from a holistic perspective, placing importance on the mind, body, soul connection to create an optimal environment for healing. 

Three main causes for dis-ease: 

1. Asatmendriyartha samyoga - misuse of the senses:

Misuse of the senses occurs when we forget our true nature as Spirit. Without our sense of divinity, we only associate with our mind and body, which easily get wrapped up in all of the dramas of life. We begin to associate only with avoiding pain or seeking pleasure. We take in the world around us through our senses, which result in energetic and physical impressions. Depending on one's constitution, these impressions either lead to health or to disease. Ayurveda utilizes diet, herbs, and sensory therapies to create harmonious impressions.

2. Prajnaparadha - crimes against wisdom or failure of the intellect:

Our mind is being pulled between our senses and our inner knowing. The senses are always avoiding pain and seeking pleasure, and will therefore always try to persuade the mind to pursue the more pleasurable option. Our inner knowing on the other hand holds our Truth, and it longs for what is most beneficial overall. Our senses and the mind are very loud and prominent, whereas our inner-knowing has to be sought after to be heard. Ayurveda utilizes the eight limbs of yoga to strengthen one's relationship with the voice of their inner-knowing. 

3. Parinama - transformation or decay due to time and motion:

Motion is time. Without motion, time wouldn't exist - everything would just Be. Motion is a measurement of time, and motion causes disease. So naturally, over time, our bodies decay. There are two different measurements of time: one is linear and the other is biological. Linear time is based on the movements of the earth on its axis and our movement around the sun; it cannot be altered. Biological time on the other hand changes in response to our motion; the more active our bodies are, the faster our bodies break down. The same goes for the active mind. If our mind is constantly racing between the past and the future our perception of time increases, which in turn increases destruction in the mind and body. By incorporating the methods used to create harmonious impressions and deepen one's relationship with Spirit, the mind becomes stiller and goes deeper into the present moment. When the mind slows down, so does biological time: stress is reduced, the mind is at peace and the body remains healthy.

Dis-ease begins when we forget our true nature as Spirit. We are born into this time/motion world, being pulled between the mind and our true nature. As we are swept up in the chaos our connection with our inner-knowing fades, and our mind/senses take center stage. Ayurveda helps bring one back to balance by reigning in and redirecting the senses, loosening the grip of the mind, and reconnecting with our true nature. 

Erica Beaty
Erica Beaty



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