My previous blogs of Astrology series (I, II, III, IV, V, VI) have already explained that how God resides inside us only. This blog will explain you that how Patal-loka and Dev-loka too reside inside us only. But before that we need to understand a little bit about different states of mind as defined by Ayurveda and the foods responsible for creating such states.
To understand different states of mind, one needs to have basic understanding of the fundamental forces of Ayurveda called as vata, pitta and kapha. So please watch this video to understand V, P, K.
THE THREE STATES OF MIND
Ayurveda divided mind in three categories basis the wiring. These are:-
(a) Tamsic minds– those which are high on Kapha and Pitta (KP) where excess kapha leads to issues like lack of empathy (as vata which is in a way opposite of kapha brings intelligence/creativity and ability to think beyond), cruelty, selfish approach, ego, inability to forgive, greed, kapha diseases.
(b) Rajasic minds– those which are high on Vata and Pitta (VP) which leads to traits like impulse, inertia, excessive excitement, overwhelming emotions (whether anger or crying) and
(c) Sattvic minds- those which are optimum of Vata, Pitta and Kapha possessing virtues like forgiving, loving unconditionally, not reactive, having the right mix of Intelligence and emotional quotient, having holistic approach etc…
Now, isn’t it a fact that in today’s world Sattvic minds are becoming a rarity? Instead, today’s world is dominated by the other two states of mind where our senses are driven by impulse, ego, greed, possessiveness, lust, anger, violence, conditional love, ignorance, downplaying others, that even if we know what we are making out of us, we are not able to stop ourselves to undo our wrongs. Such is the force of inertia in our minds that we see it manifesting itself every now and then in the form of arguments/broken relationships/hysteria/mobism/rapes/killing/condemning each other in the name of sect or religion or country and so on… But then what is the reason for this exponential increase in Tamas and Rajas in today’s world?
FOODS THAT INCREASE TAMAS AND RAJAS
For thousands of years, Ayurveda has been postulating that there are certain foods which are capable of increasing Tamas and Rajas in our minds like onion, garlic, alcohol, tobacco. Not just Ayurvedic texts but several other sects/civilizations weren’t using/don’t use these items in their preparations. Even pilots of air force of certain countries were banned from using garlic during world war two as they realized that it was reducing their accuracy of flying the plane due to haywire activity of the brain.
But, how could foods increase Tamas/Rajas? Here is a simple explanation. Our body has a feedback mechanism (called as angiotensin feedback mechanism as per modern science) which ensures that when we lie down, the blood vessels towards the brain constrict and towards lower parts dilate so that all the blood doesn’t gush towards the brain. This feedback system is working all the time in our body whenever we change our posture. However, above mentioned bitter and highly vasodilating foods block this feedback mechanism in our body and relax the muscles of our blood vessels thus giving us a temporary feeling of relaxation. This is also the reason that not just alcohol and tobacco but even onion, garlic, tea, coffee, mint (in extract forms), chocolates are addictive in nature being highly bitter. So, what happens in the bargain is that slowly and gradually, gravity reduces the blood towards our upper body including brain due to dilated blood vessels if such foods are consumed when one is in upright position. And once the brain doesn’t get enough blood, Vata which is one of the three fundamental forces of Ayurveda increases over there leading to a VP (rajasic) mind. The result is that brain stops getting enough nutrients and pitta (meaning current in the nervous system) starts moving haywire, which results in a dent in our ability to remain cool and calm headed for taking any decision, thus overall hitting our wisdom leading to the behavioral issues as mentioned above.
HOW THE SAME BITTER FOODS CAUSE TAMAS
On the other hand if such bitter foods are consumed before sleeping they will increase too much blood towards the core of our brain (not the peripherals of the brain) leading to unequal distribution of blood and making our mind dull by increasing Kapha (opposite of Vata) there leading to Tamasic minds. Please remember that even extremely sweet foods like Non-veg also lead to exponential increase in Tamas.
DISEASES AND ADDICTION DUE TO RAJASIC MINDS
The intake of these foods is also the reason for exponential increase in Vata related diseases in today’s world like alzheimer’s, dementia, parkinson’s, depression, bipolar disorder, sleeplessness and other debilitating issues like dry eyes, mouth burning syndrome, mouth ulcers etc due to loss of blood from the upper body. Moreover, since these foods are likely to increase blood towards the lower parts of the body due to gravity, the lower parts become stronger as compared to the upper ones. Thus a person consuming these foods is likely to have virtues like impulsive mind and stronger craving for food and sex (as the latter virtues are driven by the lower body parts). In a way, the conscience of the person using these foods gets rooted in the lower body parts, which may again lead to several diseases of the lower body like PCOD, constipation etc.
PATAL LOKA AND DEV LOKA
Thus Patal-loka (means underground realm as per Hindu Mythology) which is referred to as the place where Asura (antigods or devils) reside, is in our body itself. If you eat these tamasic foods and rajasic foods indiscreetly (not in line with your Ayurvedic constitution), your conscience will remain/get pulled down towards lower or underground realm only thereby evoking the devil inside you leading to animal nature who live/fight only for sex, food, land and basic desires which then makes us do all the crimes from as mild as corruption to as severe as murder and rape. On the other hand, abstinence from such foods will help us to keep our conscience towards upper Chakras which are referred to as Dev-loka thereby invoking the angel with us.
****Look around and you will be able to place people in different categories basis what they eat.
This was the reason that our saints who were scientists only banned such things in the name of god during Navratra festival so that people will not have them at least fearing God. However the fact is that they should be avoided at all times. It is total double standard by avoiding them during Navratra and then feasting on them like hell post Navratra.
THE POSITIVE SIDE OF TAMASIC AND RAJASIC FOODS
Yes, these foods were and are used as medicines by Ayurveda in those cases where lower body parts required more nutrition than the upper ones (if the upper ones are already more nourished than the lower ones) or the core of the body like brain are vata ridden and need more blood. But today the indiscreet use of these foods is driving our civilization towards Tamas and Rajas. Remember TAMAS and RAJAS are the only reason for all the chaos in the world. They rob us of our WISDOM.
So, to conclude:-
(a) If we wish to grow beyond our animal nature (who live primarily for food, sex, land) into an evolved human being, we ought to get rid of such foods from our routine (unless they are used as medicines only for a short while to balance our doshas).
(b) A healthy mind is more important than a healthy body because it’s only a healthy mind that is calm and composed enough to not to react but instead act after taking well thought of decisions on each and every aspect of one’s life. It’s only a healthy mind that will choose the right things for a healthy body.
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