The Life force known as OJAS is the subtle vehicle of consciousness, which enters the heart, the circulatory channels and is fed and improved through food, purity, cheer and hope. It also supplies the body with fine material for building the senses. It is the part of the brain that operates in memory, intelligence and willpower.
In the formation of the embryo inside the mother’s womb, a spark enters into the growing infants heart as soon as the organ has completely formed. This spark is known as Ojas. Ojas comes from the tissues and fluids inside the womb and is immediately present after conception and ready for creating the physical body and subtle body, known as the chakras. By the third month, the heart organ is fully developed and ready to hold this special spark of life. By the fourth month the hands, feet, tongue, nose, ears and internal organs are formed as the life force gestates the fetus for physical plane life.
This precious life force, OJAS deteriorates with hunger, fear, doubt, sorrow and defeating lifestyle habits pushing one out of balance and into an extreme, unnatural state. In the same way, imbalance of doshas (elements of fire, water, air, ether and earth) as seen in an astrological chart indicate the challenges for the life force to thrive in good health and mental balance.
Through the science of Ayurveda the proper conduct and hygiene is imparted for bringing calmness, equanimity, and peaceful wisdom into one’s being physically, mentally and spiritually so that one can thrive and enjoy life as the spark of Ojas radiates life force and the energy of “light”.
Ayurveda is an ancient lifestyle science founded by the Hindu culture approximately 12,000 B.C.. From material to spiritual, Ayurveda teaches the development of universal consciousness from the subtle to gross ranges of mind, senses and physical body while working to connect the physical body and emotional mind with higher self, the force of consciousness.
Ayurveda and the ancient spiritual teachings of the Vedas, go hand-in-hand as Vedas teach the concept of the Universal Patterns and Ayurveda imparts the practice of Universal Patterns.
Ayurveda provides the science of purification as it imparts insights on how to guard and protect the circulatory channels to grow and realize consciousness. Through correcting irregularities, imbalances of the elements and addressing the cause of suffering, a healthy, normal state is restored and longevity is promised.
The teachings of the Vedas uphold social tenets which protect and strengthen higher principles and provide the wisdom for how one progresses on the path towards Truth and consciousness. Vedas are the seed of life that recognizes the virtues, strength and pure consciousness in a centered, calm and healthy being.
Through Ayurveda, a treatment is designed to address a person’s body in a wholistic manner addressing the five elements as a means to restore the immune system. The elements indicate the type of imbalances in a person’s constitution that are driving the psychology into self-defeating patterns and can be easily determined through an astrological chart or physical features indicating imbalances and weaknesses or strengths in a persons chemistry.
For instance, when looking at an astrological chart, we can see if the chemistry is lacking the water element. If one is aware of this fact and begins to drink more water, then balance can be established in the chemistry, which further reflects in how they are reacting to life events emotionally. Drinking more water equates to emotional equilibrium. It is that easy when viewing through the lens of Vedic astrology. Addressing the elements is what we see through the three types of doshas: Pitta, Vata, and Kapha. These three major divisions in types of humans control and regulate all metabolic activities in the physical body revealing the status, actions, and reactions of an individual.
Through this revelation a comprehensive picture is generated for what is causing imbalances in the character and the physical body and what to apply for cultivating balance and good health, physically and emotionally.
By applying a purification program and addressing the internal organs through understanding the type of dosha, an effective program for restoring balance is set in place and longevity, good health, improved immunity, and a calm nervous system is brought into alignment.
Diet with atmosphere impacts the DOSHA considerably causing imbalances if one is in the wrong place with the wrong people or doing the incorrect type of work or activities. Placing one’s self in a peaceful environment, gaining adequate rest, eating the correct combination of food, applying natural incense fragrances for ambience and sacred lifestyle practices are the primary keys to creating a happy, healthy life and the foundational elements of the comprehensive Ayurvedic lifestyle science. Mindful application of this science brings integration and balance into anatomy, physiology, psychology and spiritual state of being. It is the proper foundation for the right type of practice to heal internal and subtle organs.
By KaShiva Devi Ananda, February 2019