Sunday, September 20, 2020

Disease & Consciousness in Ayurveda


In Ayurveda every disease is related to a state of consciousness. Disease is defined in several ways in ayurvedic medicine. The very first definition is about relationship of disease and its influence over consciousness. This is a very fundamental aspect of every disease that all of us have experienced in life.

State Of Consciousness Common In All Disorders:

Disease is defined as the lacuna or hole or gap in the free flow of consciousness. Disease is some block or obstruction in the principle of consciousness or our awareness. This characteristic state of consciousness is found in all disorders. This definition might appear strange to a modern mind but it is practical and can easily be validated by every person in his day to day life.

Think of a day when you got up in the morning and rushed through your daily routine – toilet, bathroom, dressing up, breakfast, rushing to office and thinking several other things. This is the general scenario and we see that our state of consciousness is freely flowing. It is not bound or obstructed or blocked, whatever you may call it.

Think of another day in your life when you have headache. Where does headache appear for the first time? Mind, yes headache and all the disorders first appear in mind or conscious principle or simply our awareness.

It is this quality of blockage of the free flow of awareness that is found in every disease – minor ailments to major disease. Our awareness is trapped, it is bound, it is not free to flow, it is felt obstructed or blocked.

Ayurvedic medicine refers to this state of consciousness as common in all diseases. Check it, feel it and try to remember or feel it when you have some this or that unhealthy condition. This realization opens up a new understanding in the role and participation of state of  Consciousness in the development of diseases.

Consciousness To Mind, Mind To Aura, Aura To Physical Body:

All the diseases are reflected in our holistic nature or our being – our awareness or conscious principle, our thoughts, feelings and emotions, our vital energy or aura or pranic field, and finally our physical body.

As we have our integral personality that manifest through our body, mind and awareness. Likewise every disorder has its manifestation on all level of our being.

Abnormality or disease in one plane is followed by abnormalities or disease in another parts. We hear a lot about Psychosomatic disorders. It means that the chronic stressful situations of mind or feeling is reflected in the form of various chronic diseases in our body.

We have physical component in every psychiatric disorder – anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, OCD, MDI and others. Similarly we do have psychological component of all physical diseases like infections, chronic pains.

These principles are the root of Body Mind Medicine. The third component that is found missing is the most important one and it is our soul or consciousness that brings the awareness in us.

State Of Consciousness As The Most Basic Aspect Of Our Being:

What is the most basic and integral aspect of our being? This is somewhat a philosophical question. We can definitely point toward the body because it is the part of our self that we give most of our time and energy and consideration.

Biology, Medicine, Psychology as well as our own experience say it to be something other than body. According to medicine, all the chemicals are washed out or are replaced in our body within a period of two years. That is our body is renewed every few years.

Next is mind. What do you think about mind? The sweet and bad memories, the deep feelings about our past, the suppressed emotions outlive all the chemicals in body. The sixty year old person remembers the sweet and bitter memories of his childhood.

After sleep, after coma, near death experiences, the schizophrenic patients’ experiences, during prayer and meditation, we can feel the principle of awareness underlying all the happenings or processes of mind, however good or bad they might appear. The principle of awareness or state of consciousness is the ultimate reference of all our dealings, our feelings and our character and personality.

Similarly according to Yoga and Ayurveda, the most basic stratum of our existence, the true self, our true nature is the principle of awareness or consciousness. If we start to identify ourselves with this principle, gradually we start to be more and more centered in our real self.

This third and superlative dimension of body mind medicine had been fully explored in Yoga and gradually as we are advancing in our understanding, we will begin collectively get in touch with this fundamental aspect of our being. Many other streams of alternative medicine and energy healing have began to shed more light on these aspects like reiki, acupressure, acupuncture, yoga and meditation. And as a whole, we can expect the evolution of our state of consciousness.

As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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