Why is the world getting chaotic? Why are the relationships failing? Why are we sitting on the brink of war? Why is it that when we become part of mob, we vent out anger by demolishing property made out of our own money? Why is it that we try to justify our wrong deeds? Why is it, that an individual act puts the credibility of entire community in question? Why is it that we are wasting and polluting the life sustaining resources of earth when we know that soon we shall run out of them? Why is it that we gather so much of knowledge on how to maintain our possessions but none to maintain our body and mind? Why is it that we make someone God today and Devil tomorrow? Why is that we make so many resolutions but break them so often? Why is that we jump to conclusions by just hearsay without gathering enough knowledge? Why is it that most of us are trying to outperform others? Why is it that we are drumming our houses more than what we need but are still not happy from inside? Why is it that we share thousands of lovely quotes on social media with each other but are not able to implement them to the core? Why is it that diseases are on the rise despite so many specialists around? The list of such WHYs is never ending in today’s highly disorganized world.
But then what’s the root cause of all this chaos? The Vedic Sciences of India had the answer to all these ”WHYs”. Ayurveda, one of the allied disciplines of Vedas called this state of mind as “TAMAS”- the state of ignorance and passion; and attributed all this to what we eat or absorb through our five senses.
Using concepts of SATTVIC – the minds possessing positive virtues and TAMASIC –the minds with negative virtues arising out of passion and ignorance due to the force of inertia, Ayurveda explained that how ANGEL and DEVIL both reside inside us. It explained how different foods invoke the sattvic or tamasic quality in our minds and how a tamasic mind not only leads to physical and mental diseases but also manifests itself into a chaotic state of mind leading to crimes, with scales ranging from as small as uncontrolled/aggressive behavior to as big as ruthless killings in the name of cast/ creed/ religion/ countries.
Ayurveda classified food into six different tastes and explained how they act on our mind and body. It explained that like a factory or a machine, our mind and body too need the right quantity and quality of raw material, its digestion and circulation. And if these conditions are met optimally, this machine can produce wonders but if any of these are compromised with, our body will malfunction in the form of not just diseases at physical level but even at mental level, with “TAMAS” manifesting in the form of a disorganized state of mind. It is therefore extremely important that we feed the right food to our senses to get the best out of this machine because:-
“YOU ARE, WHAT YOU EAT”
However, the tragedy is that while we as humans are busy making wonderful machines and producing marvels, we are giving least importance to our own machine (i.e our own body and mind) and handing it over to someone else without realizing that no one can know better about it than we ourselves. The tragedy is that we are not realizing that what we eat or drink (whether its food or medicine), is the most important and the foremost ‘Karma’. And it is this Karma of eating and drinking, based on which your body will act and behave and decide the future of your karmic cycle as well the karmic cycle of people and the society around you. The tragedy is that due to the state of inertia of our minds, despite the fact that we humans know what we are making out of us; we are just not wanting to stop and look back; we are just not wanting to introspect; just not wanting to undo the damage that we are doing for ourselves and our next generations. The tragedy is that we are mastered by our senses instead of us mastering our senses. The tragedy is that society is obsessed with finding cures without trying to learn about the root cause.
It is therefore important that we understand the basic principles of Ayurveda (along with the other allied sciences of Vedic wisdom like astrology, yogasanas etc.) which are unfortunately missing in modern medicine making the latter absolutely incomplete because it is Ayurveda only which can explain you in a scientific yet simple way that; how right food and lifestyle can transform your life /health /conduct/ attitude; how simply our machine can be understood; what all it needs to work to its best efficiency, and how with modern lifestyle and subtle mistakes, we are spoiling it and taking it to a state of TAMAS/INERTIA/HIGH ENTROPY. It is Vedic wisdom only through which, can you attain ultimate happiness to reclaim our collective consciousness from a state of TAMAS to SATVA and take this world back to the Golden Age-The SATYUGA.
Remember that each one of us has been gifted a different machine and therefore its needs are also different from others. And that is why
“ONE’S NECTAR IS ANOTHER’S POISON AND VICE VERSA”
At a stage, when this civilization has reached the tipping point, it is up to us whether we just go with the flow and inertia to move into a world full of chaos and misery or learn from our mistakes and gift a beautiful world to our future generations.