Vedas are the greatest depository of human knowledge known to mankind. It is believed that these are words directly from GOD and thus normally no author is known.
Ayu means age and hence the section of veda that deals with the science of aging and disease is known as Ayurveda. Vedas go on to say that anything that exists in nature can not be considered in isolation and will be bound by laws of nature. In this context ayurveda approach strongly relies on these general laws and how it can affect our health. And this forms the basis of ayurveda’s approach to diagnosis and treatment. Ayurveda believes that discord (living by violation of nature laws) with nature is the root cause of disease. And thus ayurveda approach emphasizes the correction of systems/processes and not the individual disease patterns (as in allopathy). To summarize this major difference one can go on to say Ayurveda considers you HUMAN (part of nature) and gives you holistic treatment. On the other hand Allopathic approach considers you a scientific device ( Robot) and treats individual symptoms and manifestations, that is the basic difference in the two systems..
Allopathy failed on many counts and billions of people disillusioned with this system have been seeking refuge in alternative therapies. Ayurveda in fact is a main stream therapy has been able to give health and peace to countless people world over. As mentioned earlier, ayurveda considers each individual unique and advices them to live in harmony with nature. Allopathy on the contrary mostly works only to suppress symptoms and allows you to continue to live in faulty ways.
Great sage Charaka said “what patient knows is more important than what practitioner knows. Successful practitioner is NOT one who heals most patients but one who teaches patients to heal themselves”.
Doctors admit that in 250 years of allopathic history the only credible thing that it has achieved is pain reduction.
Ayurveda says that the patient is the best doctor for himself. All that is needed is a bit of knowledge or information. According to Ayurveda, 85% of our health problems are very easy to resolve and no expert help is needed for this. Only 15% of ailments are serious enough to merit expert help.
Mharishi Waghbhat says - APANE SHARIR KO JAAN LIJIYE AUR BHOJAN KO PEHCHAAN LIJIYE. I.e. know your body and recognize/understand your food. This much is enough to take care of almost all ailments.
According to Mharishi Waghbat the highest discovery/invention is the science of food and cooking that was done in India of yore.
“One who is free from sorrows and tries to remove sorrows of the others is entitled for Moksh.
Sorrows are of 3 kinds – Devik (god given/ chance), Dehik (health) and Bhautik (Wordly).”
Drinking water after eating food is equivalent to drinking poison.
In our stomach, digestive juices get collected in jatar or amashay. As the food eaten goes to amashay, the digestive juices start to consume the food. Now, if water is consumed immediately after eating food, the digestive juices in the jatar gets diluted and the food gets decomposed instead of getting digested. This results in gas.
There are nearly 103 types of diseases directly related to this indigestion of food – acidity, hyper acidity-ulcer, peptic ulcer, piles, high LDL cholesterol, cancer, Increase
of cholesterol/fat etc.
Water should be consumed after about 1.5 hours of eating food. This duration varies with respect to geographical location – in colder climatic areas like Uttaranchal this duration is 2.5 hours. Also water can be consumed up to 40 to 50 min before eating food.
If you are consuming different types of food, like rice and rotti, you can drink water in between those foods but not more than 2 to 3 mouthfuls.
Once you complete your meal, you can have 1-2 mouthful of water just to clear your throat.
And if you get really thirsty after your meal, try having
– Seasonal fruit juice after breakfast.
– Buttermilk after lunch.
– And milk after dinner.
The reason that these drinks are recommended at those particular timings is because the enzymes required to digest these drinks will only be present in jatar at those times. If you have to drink milk in the morning, consume it with amla.
Why Buttermilk is Okay after the meal and Water is NOT? To understand that, we need to we need to reckon that – Water does not have any qualities by itself, it acquires quality of that into which it is mixed. Therefore even though water is the main ingredient in buttermilk/fruit juice, it acquires the quality of curd or juice when gets mixed.
Milk, dahi, makkhan and ghee are all fats placed in the increasing order. When you consume these foods even though with water, the water assumes those qualitiesand hence it fuels the jataragni for better digestion. That is why we have a custom to eat rice with ghee before we start the meal.
Drink water by sipping. Mouth produces saliva (alkaline in nature) and ‘jatar’ produces acids. When water is drunk by sipping, it takes the alkaline saliva and then mixes the acidic enzymes and neutralizes it. One who maintains a state of neutrality in stomach will certainly live very long.
As one sips water, the saliva is taken in along with the water. All the animals and birds follow this principle. That is probably why you don’t see a diabetic or overweight animal walking around or having a heart attack either.
Daily water intake by body weight: If a person weighs 60 kg, divide the number by 10 & minus 2 = 4. Hence four litres of water needs to be consumed in 24 hours.
Daily water intake by age: If age is less than 18 – 1.5 to 2 glass. If age is between 18 – 60, then 3 glass& if age is more than 60, then 1.5 to 2 glass shall be consumed on a daily basis.
Always drink water while sitting in sukhasan or ukkdu (posture for milking a cow) to avoid 13 various intestinal diseases.
Never drink cold water. The water should be +/- 3 degrees of body temperature.
One of the functions of the stomach is to match the temperature of the food to the body temperature. Hence to bring the temperature of cold water to the body temperature much energy and blood is needed which is taken from other parts of body – first from head (by gravity) & causes brain haemorrhage, arthritis, paralysis, constipation & heart attack etc in the long run. Also, water acts as a cleanser in our body, to clean our body the water needs to have lower surface tension. An experiment to prove this is to clean your face with milk and cotton balls. Since milk is a fluid with least surface tension, it cleanses your face better.
Cold water or water with high surface tension is not able to cleanse the intestine hence it is recommended to drink lukewarm water. If it gets too hot in summer, water from Earthen pots can be used.
Another trick to lower the surface tension of water is to drink water in a lota. The reason lota is recommended because it is spherical in shape & has the least surface tension. The “glass” (not the material glass) has more surface area and hence the water kept in it has more surface tension. Now I understand why our Rishi & muni’s always used to drink water directly out of the well as it has low surface tension.
Can we eat Ice-cream and drink hot coffee to balance jataragni?
The temperature of stomach is close to the temp of your mouth 39 – 40 degrees C. If you consume hotter and colder items, your stomach gets confused. It is analogous to quickly changing gears several times causing trouble to the car. But if you are very adamant, then right after eating ice cream drink lukewarm water with ghee in it. It will save you from the problems ice-cream would create.
Drink water as soon as you wake up (before brushing) so that you can intake the saliva produced.
Saliva production is active even during the sleep time and the saliva secreted during brahmamuhurt is very potent. Sip the water to intake the saliva. Adults should drink anywhere from 1 to 1 ¼ liter (3 glasses) of water, Old people and children should drink around 750 ml (2 glass) of lukewarm water as soon as they wake up. If you have placed water overnight in a copper vessel, then there is no need to heat it and never place water in Plastic or Aluminium vessel. After drinking water in copper vessel continuously for 3 months give a break of 2 – 3 weeks and continue
doing it for another 3 months. This trick will avoid over-consumption of copper-
It is a thumb rule to be used for all Ayurvedic medications. While drinking water from a copper vessel, make sure to have contact with wood/ plastic/ rubber material or a footwear.
Saliva is a very potent medicine. Saliva can also cure the wounds of diabetic patients, Gangrene patients, Eczema, Psoriasis, burnt skin areas & even sun burns. Eye problems like black eyes, dark circles, cross-eyedness, fat specks & even Conjunctivitis can be cured by applying saliva to eye like kajal in the morning.
Research done by CDRI proves that saliva contains the same 18 micronutrients as found in the soil. Medicinal qualities of saliva are so great that even animals lick the wounds to heal them.
Eating paan with chuna (1 gram) without supari and tobacoo is recommended.
Saliva produced in the mouth is very potent and should not be wasted. Especially people who consume tobacco/ gutkha and spit the saliva out are really unfortunate to destroy such a valuable medication. A good alternative to avoid using tobacco is to eat paan.
The vettila needs to be dark in color, the darker the better. The rule of thumb in Ayurved is – anything made by nature that is deep in color is a medicine with ant diabetic, anti-cancerous& anti asthmatic qualities.
Use vettila and 1 gram of chuna (chunamb) – no katha (adakka, Betel nut). Just make sure that you don’t spit out the saliva. Vettila and chunamb in combination destroys Vatt, Pitt &Kaph altogether. 1 gram can be measured as 1/4th of chana dhal. You can use sauff, ajjwain, laving, elaihihi&gulkand. No supari or katha is advised.
Tea & Coffee: Vagabhatt has not mentioned tea or coffee anywhere in AshthangaHrydhayam. Tea/ Coffee usage in India is only around 400 years old. Tea and Coffee have nicotine (drug used in cigarettes) in it. Having 3 cups of tea is equivalent to having 1 cigarette & Coffee has more nicotine than Tea. Furthermore sugar in Tea/ Coffee is even worse as sugar is not easily digestible by body and increases our blood pressure immensely.
However Vagabhatt has mentioned about ‘kaadha’ like arjunkichaalkakaadha as a morning drink. Take half tea spoon of arjunkichaal&soonth powder in 1 glass milk. You may put jaggery, mishri in it. Arjunkichaal helps greatly in reducing acidity of the blood & Cholesterol. It is this acidity in the blood that causes heart attack.
Vagabhatt further says that you can have anything that lowers Vatt, Pitt &Kaph early in the morning. Arjunkichaal costs Rs 20 per kg while Tea costs 250 per kg and Coffee is 1400 per kg.
Still if you want to have Tea,
– Drink water before you drink tea.
– Use jaggery not sugar. And since jaggery and milk are not compatible refrain from adding milk.
– Just add lemon to neutralize the tea.
– Use fresh tea leaves & not tea dust as tea dust is not an anti-oxidant.
Have regular timing for food intake and follow it.
Have a regular food timing. Take most of the food when the jatar is extreme. Jataragni is extreme till 2 ½ hours from the sun rise, have your heaviest food during that time. Have anything that you like the most – rassgulla, rabdi whatever you like. It is very important to please your mind which in turn will induce the pineal gland to secrete hormones to digest the food. Pineal gland can cause hormonal imbalance if you eat what you don’t like. 27 types of diseases can be formed due to pineal gland. In short have your lunch in the morning & keep reducing the food intake as the day grows older. Eg. 6 rotti in the morning, 4rotti in the afternoon and 2 at night.
Have lunch around 12.00 PM to 1.00 PM & dinner has to be taken 40 minutes before sun set. Don’t eat any food after sunset except for milk.
Feel free to have fruits anytime between sunrise and sunset. In between breakfast and lunch if you feel hungry you can have singhdana, chana, gud or chikki. Sometimes if kids consume more chikki, blood might start flowing from their nose, use sonth for cure.
Our jataragni resembles the lamp we lit in our mandir. The agni is severe when lit & before it blows off and becomes mild in the middle. If you practice to have food when your jataragni is active, you can eat anything you want all your life and still be healthy. You can be “Swasth” – SwameinStith. This conclusion is backed by 20 years of tests conducted on Monkeys in Udipi.
This practice will lower asthma, Sugar, TGL, VLDL, LDL & increase HDL. Almost all animals (except nocturnal) follow this rule.
Do not consume incompatible foods.
There are totally 103 incompatible foods, some are mentioned here:
– Onion and milk – if taken together could lead to psoriasis, eczema.
– Milk and jack fruit; Milk and curd; Milk and jaggery; Milk and citric items fruits(orange, khatti grape, musambi, lemon etc.,) – The only citrus fruit compatible with milk is amla.
– Ghee and Honey – Even though ghee and honey is slow poison, in some areas of India, there is a ritual to feed new born kids with ghee and honey. In those rituals gaumutra or goberras needs to be mixed to make it edible. Panchagavya has ghee, milk, curd, mutra, honey &gobar. Milk and curd are incompatible, so are ghee and honey. According to modern research sulphur is the only chemical when placed in poison, reduces the effect of that poison and increases its own effect in turn &gaumutra and gobar are rich sources of sulphur.
However, it is advisable not to give ghee and honey to kids unless it is advised by the doctor to cure the kid. Ex: when the kid’s skin turns into copperish in color ghee and honey should be fed to the kid to cure.
– Dwidal (split dhal, example urad, tuvar, chanaetc) and dahi is not recommended as it will increase your blood pressure with risk of heart attack. If you still want to have it, you have to increase protein content in the dahi by adding tadka (baghaar) of jeera, hing, sendhanamak or Black salt, ajjwain&soonth.
– Ayurvedic and Allopathic medication are incompatible.
Sukhasan/ Squatting is the best posture for having food.
The best posture to have food is the sukhasan or squatting. Jataragni is very potent in sukhasan. Also, the plate needs to be slightly higher than the floor like a patara/palaga. This way the “shad chakra”, behind the hip joints, has its influence on the jatara increasing its intensity.
The intensity of jataragni is moderately reduced while sitting on a chair and is vastly reduced in standing position.
Pavanamuktasan or kagasan (posture while milking a cow) is suggested while eating for those doing much physical work.
Dining table is designed for western people because their joints are not flexible due to cold weather. But if you still want to use your dining table, then you may sit on the chair in sukhasan.
After breakfast & lunch take rest for 15 – 20 minutes. And after dinner do not sleep for next 2 hours
After breakfast and lunch lie down for 15 – 20 mins. Posture to lie down is similar to the Vishnu lying on shehnag with left side down as it opens the suryanaadi which is associated with Vamkukshi. By doing so jataragni is intensified. Short nap is also recommended. Do not forcibly prevent certain body’s natural functions – sleep is one such. Inadequate sleep might increase BP. If for some reason you are unable to sleep, sit in vajrasana for 10 mins.
In Mexico, Autralia, Brazil & Japan it’s a law to allow the employees to sleep for 30 mins after lunch.
After dinner since there is no sun shine in the evening, try taking a walk or do light physical activity after dinner. If you do so you can avoid problems of high BP & heart attack.
Food cooked while there is sunshine and touch of air is amruth, food cooked without sunshine and air is slow poison. There are 2 kinds of poison – one that acts instantly and one that acts slowly.
Avoid/ Reduce use of pressure cooker.
According to Vagabhatt, the food item that requires more time to mature in the field needs to be cooked for relatively more time. For ex Arhar/ Toor dhal- matures in the field in 6 to8 months, hence it need to be cooked more to be absorbed into the body as opposed to brinjal that matures in 3 months. The pressure cooker intervenes with the nature here – Extra pressure is applied on the food along with water, hence the pressure cooker soaks or breaks dhal (mistaken as cooking) and the micro nutrients in it. Hence it is advisable to use the cooker without the whistle on it.
Solar cookers are also a good option (avoid Aluminium vessels though). Electric cookers are not so good options.
Avoid use of Aluminium Vessels 99% of all pressure cookers are made of Aluminium. Aluminium vessels are the most ill-suited for cooking or storing the food. 18 years of research shows that aluminium vessels cause Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis and TB. There are 48 diseases that purely stem out of usage of pressure cookers. Usage of Aluminium was never a thing of the past. 125 years back aluminium vessels were introduced by East India Company (EIC) for jail inmates (freedom fighters) in India (this custom still follows as the rules have not been changed even after 65 years of independence). According to a research conducted by CDRI, the Immunity of jail inmates deteriorates by consumption of food in Aluminium vessels as opposed to non-Aluminium vessels.
Today the rich and poor alike are using Aluminium vessels/ pressure cookers in the kitchen. The logic given by most of the people (mothers and sisters who cook food) is that Aluminium vessels/ pressure cooker saves a lot of time and cooking gas. My question back to them is – “What you do with saved time? 95% of the time I get a response that they watch TV serials! Well, If you or your family member falls sick and is hospitalized, the time spent in the hospital would square the time saved using Aluminium vessels/ pressure cooker.
Using Al foils to wrap food is as bad as using Al vessel to cook food. Packing food in a flimsy cloth is the best alternative.
Start using Earthen Vessels for Cooking/ Storing Food Earthen pots are recommended for cooking as Earth is a bad conductor of heat; hence it cooks the food slowly and evenly all over. Moreover Earth contains all the 18 micro nutrients needed by the body – After shehakriya when our body gets converted into ash, that ash also contains these same micro nutrients. A test done by CDRI Delhi, acclaimed that the micronutrients in food cooked in earthen pots were almost 100% intact while the food cooked using pressure cooker has only 7% micronutrients.
There are several different types of clay from which earthen pots can be made. The Potters recognizes those types and selects the clay for making the vessels accordingly.
For example the clay with higher calcium & magnesium is used for making pots. Hence Potters are great scientists & doctors who supply very essential micronutrients of food via earthen vessels. Earth contains – 18 micronutrients – calcium, silicon, iron, Sulphur, etc, which are essentials for body. Body needs all these 18 micro nutrients for well balanced growth. Food cooked in earthen pots contains all these 18 micronutrients. Using Earthen pots alone to make food is capable of relieving us from diseases like diabetes.
Affluent families in India who have realized the importance of earthen pots use them for cooking purposes. Ex: TVS group family members &Ambani Family. If 25 cr families (approx 125 crpopulation) start using earthen vessels, it gives employment to the potters in the country, who are mostly un-employed.
Alternative vessels made of metals are–
-Kaansa (Copper) – 97 % micro nutrient remains.
-Peetal – 93% micro nutrient remains.
Get in touch with our soil by using earthen vessels in kitchen & travel from India to Bharat.
Avoid/ Lower the use of Microwave Oven. In a Microwave oven, the food does not come in contact with sunshine or Air. Also the microwave technology destroys the molecular structure of the food to heat it and hence nutrients are lost.
Avoid/ Lower the use of Refrigerator. In a Refrigerator, the food does not come in contact with sunshine or Air. This view is also backed by Centre for Drug Research Institute, CDRI, Lucknow. How Refrigerator works – Refrigerator uses a refrigerant (a fluid) to remove heat from inside the refrigerator to keep vegetables cool. The refrigerant is essentially Chloro-Fluro-Carbons (CFCs). CFCs are a mixture of 12 gases. Any chemistry student will tell you that Chlorine; Fluorine & CO2 are deadly poisonous gases. (We all know that CO2 is poisonous, so we have a mechanism to exhale CO2 out of the body, if we force CO2 in our body, death is certain. These high pressure gases are so intense that they penetrate into the food even if we have placed our food closed in metal containers. The CFC’s are also responsible for greenhouse effect.
The Refrigerator was invented mainly to
– Store meat in Europe/ Americas as the temperature variation in the western countries is around 40 to 60 degrees (sometimes even more depending on geographic location).
– To preserve allopathic medicine used extensively by Army.
Refrigerator is not needed for our environment; we in India have the luxury to consume our food the moment it is plucked from the tree/ plant. Also consuming food that is +/- 3 degrees from our body temperature can cause cramps & cancer… Usage of earthen pots for drinking water as opposed to a refrigerator would be excellent as it only reduces the water temp to an acceptable range.
If you cannot get rid of the refrigerator at least make sure that the cooked (heated) food placed in the refrigerator once is not reheated before use – You can use it after 48 mins of lying outside.
A more realistic approach is to minimize the use of refrigerators at home. And hopefully there might be a day in the future when the idea of getting rid of the refrigerator might not be that far-fetched.
Consume food within 50 pals (48 minutes) of cooking. Any food kept beyond 50 pal starts to degrade. After 12 hours none of the nutrients remains…and after 24 hours the food is not even fit for animal consumption.
Make an effort to consume food within 48 mins of its cooking. Prefer fresh homemade food over processed & packaged food. Processed & packaged food contains preservatives, emulsifiers, added colors and flavors that are carcinogenic. It was shocking to me that Maggie noodles has Monosodium Glutamate MSG which is carcinogenic. Since people have got smart to realize that Maggie has MSG, Nestle now has new names for MSG on its packaging… like E635, E635, 627 or 631.
Say NO to Processed Food/ Instant Food/ Fast Food Jains relate to consumption of food before 48minutes to Ahimsa as after 48 mins the bacteria starts to develop.
If the kids go to school early in the morning and only return back by evening, have the kids eat a heavy food before they go to school. To make sure that the kids are hungry by morning, ask them to have dinner by 6.00 to 7.00 pm and sleep by 8.00 – 8.30 pm. So when they wake up at 4.00 am, they are very hungry and will eat the food you prepare for them.
Breakfast needs to be the heaviest meal of the day. Also, kids drinking just milk without any solid foods before going to school will result in ulcer and peptic ulcers in future.
Choose fresh ingredients to make your food. Wheat flour should be consumed within 15 days. Other cereals (jawari, makki, bajra) flour within 7 days. Other ingredients of food should not to be more than 7 days old.
Most of the time the grocery sold at supermarkets are very old as the grocery items make a long journey from Farm to the Supermarket. And when the grocery is at the last stages, the supermarkets offer a bumper sale on these food items which are well received by us, the customers. Make an effort to buy from wholesalers, directly from the farm or even better – grow your own food. To make sure that your family gets fresh grocery you might have to strive a bit… I would strongly recommend you to strive for sukhmay life not a suvidhamay one.
According to an independent research, edibles sold in supermarkets are far from fresh & preservatives are the only reason we are able to eat them without realizing its stale.
How is Chakki is good for health: Rural women who operate chakki for fresh flour have very low cases of cesarean pregnancy or arthritis. The uterus of women gets a good exercise by operating chakki. According to Ayurved- even till the 7th month of pregnancy, expecting mothers can operate the chakki.
After Menopause (around 45+ age) there are sudden hormonal changes in the body which can result into shivering, perspiration, flashes, depression etc. Allopathic treatment suggests hormone replacement therapy for such patients which results in obesity, Arthritis and further deterrent health issues.
Why is Chakki/ Silbatta more effective than Gym?
India is a Vaat kind of country as we have predominantly hot climate here. Hence we should avoid faster movements to keep a check on increasing Vaat. Increase in Vaat can be fatal. Hence we should resort to slower exercises. Because of this Vaat nature of our country slower dances have been popular and sustained like –Bharatanatyam, Kathakali etc. And that is exactly why bullock-carts have massive wheels. If our ancestors wanted they could have designed a sleeker wheel, but evidently they cared for the animals as much as they cared for themselves.
In western countries Vaat is low, hence to increase it they resort to faster exercises and dances like ballet, disco etc.
There are 3 categories for age: From birth till 18 years, from 18 to 60 years and from 60 to 125 years. The children of age between 1 year and 18 years play outdoor games, they should not be made to do productive work or labor. People between the age of 18 & 60 should undertake ample amount of physical work. After the age of 60, the amount of physical work should decline gradually.
Technology used by our ancestors used to control our diseases, but lately in the name of development we have brought diseases inside the houses. All the machines have reduced the work of the body and in turn we have turned into machines too as the fun part of our lives have been lost– Earlier when people used to work together, they used to sing songs together. There used to be different songs for different chores..one while powdering masala.. another while sowing seeds..etc. Every occasion or chore had special songs associated with it. We have lost all that, now boredom is one of the grave problems.
Live along with the geographical conditions.
India a country of hot climatic zone – hence we have more Vaat problems here. 70 to 85 % of our problems are caused by Vaat; 10 % – 13% are Pitt related diseases & 10 % Kaph related diseases. It is recommended that we do not do anything that increases Vaat ex: running. Running in India is not very advisable, morning walk is. Food should also be consumed according to geographical location. A simple rule of thumb is to consume foods grown locally and according to respective climate.
For example: People from Rajasthan living in Chennai should consume rice, bajra or jowari and not wheat. If you are in a different geographical region and still want to eat food from a different geographical region, have it with gud and ghee.
Dry fruits: Cashews &Akhroot are good for colder climates (J&K). Badam, big Kishmish& Apricot is good for hot climate (TN, Kerala) &Makhana for bihar& UP. Of all dry fruits, Kaaju (Cashews) is the only one that causes obesity.
We all know that change is the way of life. So when we choose our paths we have to make sure that it is good for us. For example: Refrigerator and Microwave oven are a change that is not suitable countries with minor variation in temperature. An example of a good choice for us is that today we use chakki& cart wheels with bearing..so now we get 3x production using the same effort – An efficiency increase of 3x.
While eating chit and mind to be at peace.
The best way to do this is to sing prayers &bhajans in short stay happy and hopeful.
While sleeping keep in mind the directions. Head in the direction of East and legs towards West.If unable head in south direction Head. Never keep your head towards North – It is position of
There is gravitational force acting between the body and Earth. In a human body, head is North Pole and legs are South pole. If we sleep with our Head towards North and legs towards south, a force of repulsion works which increases blood pressure & increases insomnia. And if place the head towards South and legs towards North – unlike poles attract & body stretches & brings relaxation, increases height in children & helps reach a calm state of mind. East/ West is neutral in gravitation force & either direction are good.
If you are a bramhachari/sadhu: Sleep with your head towards East.
If you are a grahasth: Sleep with your head towards South.
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