Friday, July 10, 2009

Ayurveda 101 : Know your PanchaMahabhoot's



I was always interested in different cultures . May be that's why I enjoy so much of Canada especially Toronto. Many different cultures intermingle easily here which I really like to enjoy. The sharing of each other know how , culture , dress code , food habits gets more and more fun in such type of cities . For a careful observer one may notice that even though being different cultures the roots of each of them is connected to Nature in some way or other .

Take the examples of each of this civilization start with Egyptians , Sun , Moon God has played tremendous importance not only in their belief system , but also in their healing system too . Same is true with a Chinese or Korean ,the importance of 4 elements in healing has been used . That same principles remains true the Natives of North America and Aborigines of Australia . Did these all civilization communicate with each other or so . I doubt , but yes its just us Humans ... Nature for us in our early origins had and has been playing an important role in our life . We accept it or not .


So is in the case of ancient Indian culture, Many hymns in "The Vedas" are dedicated for those five elements that governs the universe . Thus even in the system of medicine "Ayurveda " the role of nature has not been foreseen .

This remains one theory that would keep on repeating again and again in many of the post when it comes to Ayurveda . This is the theory that would remain the basic of understanding health, food, good lifestyle , good exercise , good season and all those are bad . Though being simple still the application of this theory can be little hard and can be little tricky too I would say . But once you understand it well , its just fun to use it and analysis it .The theory I am speaking about is the "The Theory of PanchaMahbhoot" or "Theory of Five Elements".

According to the theory each and every living and non living substance in the universe can be classified in to its very basic which are the PanchaMahbhoots or five elements .
Now what are PanchaMahaboot or five Elements .The word "Pancha" means five while "Mahabhoot" means Basic elements in Sanskrit .
The five Mahbhoot's are as follows:

1] Akaash or Space
2] Vayu or Air
3] Agni or Fire
4] Jal or Water
5] Prithvi or Earth

If we try to look careful and analysis carefully even we can classify certain things with regards to this panchamahabhoots .Lets take an example.At this moment the chair or sofa you are sitting reading this post ,what is it ? If it is wooden chair or table , we would probably say it is earth , yes ,what about the spores in the wood ,does not it have space or Akash in it ,or even some air in that spores ,would it not have trace amount of even water and would it not burn itself immediately if we try to ignite it . Lastly its the earth that defines the chair the most , thus we call it more Earth or Prthvi rather than any thing else .So in general a simple chair like this still has all the panchamaha bhoots .

Lets take an example of some thing as season can we define a particular season in this 5 elements . Rainy season in India is the worst for at least 3 months we all know that . What is rain ... full of water , but if to classify we need to understand that season too well . We all are aware that when the wind blows the clouds then form together to produce rain . Some fire is generated too in this process which is lightning . But still if classifying the rainy seasons we can say that yes its full of water element , but still it also has a burst of Air element to it . Notice how some old people knees would start hurting when rain comes . It has to do with that air element and the water element in excess's during rainy time that effects us .

I know it is a little confusing for that one must know more about each and every element in detail .Let us start that after we finish all the theories of Ayurveda and then one by one we discuss that ok . Till then take care !!

Posted by: Sudeep

Related Link :
1] What is Ayurveda ?
2] Goals of Ayurveda

3] Nature and Ayurveda


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