Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Cause of Disease in Ayurveda

My brother is feeling a bit under the weather and spending time here with me.  Sinusitis is a troublesome condition that Ayurveda recognizes as excess Kapha, muscous, in the body.  This morning I taught him how to do jala neti, how to apply nasya oil, and the shatkarma kaphalabhati.  Common Yogic and Ayurvedic practices can do amazing things!

They all helped to bring some immediate relief, but made me think of something an Ayurvedacharya, Dr. Anu, said one time.  She stated that the root cause of all disease was that we forget our true nature, Atman.  In the pursuit of pleasure we overindulge the senses, weaken the body, diminish our energy, and disturb the doshas.  Now, I still get sick, and am far from realizing the true nature of the Self.  But, I wanted to share this lovely quote with everyone.

Man today is sick because he thinks he is sick.  Sickness and disease have no place in the life of a person who does not accept and tolerate the self-limiting thoughts which are the real seeds of our myriad ailments.  We stand hypnotized by the belief that disease and illness are our fate and destiny, rather than health and bliss, which are truly our birthright and heritage.  In order to emerge from our mass hypnosis and collective hysteria and to experience health, joy, and creative fullfillment, we must make a systematic application of yoga in our daily lives.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Wishing you all the best health!

Jay Shiv Shakti

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