Kapha the Sentimental

Kapha is Earth. Earth is substance.

Kapha provides staunchness. At times it is obstinate. It knows a thing or two about staying its ground.

Kapha gives structure. 

It is watery emotion. On the flip side, Kapha lusts.

Kapha is reliable.

It know loyalty. 

Kapha is shy. It has friends, though. 

Kapha preserves. It brings together.

Kapha is bulk. It can be block-headed. Kapha is dull.

Mostly, though, it shows compassion. It is sympathetic towards the pain of others. Kapha is soft and wet. It is also cold. 

Kapha is modest. It listens to elders. 

Kapha lubricatres. 

Let it get too comfortable, and it will set up camp, to coolly enjoy your comfortable hospitality, possibly forever, without wanting to move a limb.

Kapha needs to be kept on its toes, so it can become slim and trim. Kapha has a tendency to put on. Kapha nourishes. 

Kapha loves being pampered. Cut the pampering to wake Kapha up to life. 

Kapha doesn’t forget. It is quite like the elephant, isn’t it? Moves slowly. Comes down with a bang when enraged beyond control, though this is a once in a blue-moon thingie. Slow to activate. 

Kapha prepares its playing field well. It then needs activation to start playing. Once activated, there’s no stopping the roll of Kapha. Unless its out of breath and stops for a bite.

Kapha likes to accumulate. Greed lurks.

Kapha is steady. 

Kapha doesn’t like change. Adaptation to new surroundings is an issue. Kapha likes to dig in, and finds it strenuous and compelling to check out. 

Kapha is happy at home, the nostalgic fellow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Burner Called Pitta

Pitta burns through.

It isn’t dogged though.

To flow, it needs Vata.

To persist, it borrows doggedness from Kapha.

Channelised, Pitta’s intelligence and brilliance shine forth.

Pitta is ignition.

It doesn’t care how it smells.

Pitta isn’t complicated.

It doesn’t believe in show.

It is what it is.

Like it and use it well, and it will dissect any and every topic for you.

Abuse it, and its overflow might even make you kill.

Pitta is used by the body for on the spot action.

Biochemistry is at play.

Pitta is the intelligence being relayed back and forth within the body.

Pitta is honest.

Straight-forwardness it its way of life.

Pitta is in alcohol. It mostly leaves drugs to Vata. The drug called sugar is left to Kapha.

Pitta is the knife performing the operation.

Use it well.

Abuse will bring on the spot misery and will literally spill blood. Pitta is in blood.

Each Dosha has its pluses and minuses.

Use the pluses. The minuses are there because it’s a Dosha after all, some kind of an anomaly in the matrix of the universe.

Flush out the minuses.

Become friends with the Dosha.

What’s your Emergency?

Life’s a blur in deep Kalyuga.

We move…fast.

We are mildly aware about what we are doing. Auto-pilot is big.

When we eat, focus is on some other stimulus. Not totally on food.

Mind races.

Million thoughts.

We’re troubleshooting at every step.

Life’s an emergency.

Does Ayurveda fit in?

Here?

With great difficulty.

Ayurveda is prophylactic.

Its first impulse is to maintain health, so that the native can enjoy a long, healthy life that is fruitul and meaningful. All that can’t happen without good health, so Ayurveda makes it a life-mission to maintain good health.

It is not allowing emergencies to creep in.

Our lifestyle, on the other hand, is an emergency-lifestyle.

How do we bring this discrepancy to a common denominator?

We don’t have a choice.

We have to find common ground.

Our lifestyle has to deal with deep Kalyuga.

Ayurveda is from Satyuga, or something like that.

One needs to fit-fit-fit to incorporate some Ayurveda in one’s life.

What’s the harm?

Who asked you to be a totalitarian?

Yeah, what’s your emergency?

Go with some. Understand it. Incorporate it. If it’s helping, keep it. Discard the cumbersome stuff.

Brick by brick, take it to a maximally digestible level.

I say that on purpose, because in deep Kalyuga, good-old-stuff is not all incorprable.

Never mind. We’ll go with whatever works for us.

Slowly, as you keep fitting and incorporating, you notice an important change.

Balance shifts towards a non-emergency lifestyle.

Your body and mind have heard the call of your soul. Now, they are fitting themselves to Ayurveda.

You are on the correct trajectory to good and long-lasting health.

Zero Tolerance for Cancer?

Yes.

That’s what Ayurveda has.

What exactly is cancer?

Body cells behaving as if they don’t belong to the body…

…alienation…

…own components rejecting their mothership…

…and spreading their…

…cancer…

…growing in number and size…

…till they take over the mothership and…

…lay it to rest painfully.

Who behaves like that?

Someone who’s really p*ssed.

Is that the case with body cells?

Yes it is.

Constant toxicity on all levels leaves them fuming.

Their reasoning is, if the person looking out for us is not treating us as his or her own, then why should we treat him or her as our own.

Fair argument?

Let’s look at what’s happening with the eyes of Ayurveda.

Straight away – Doshas.

All three under control = burgeoning health.

One out of whack = disease.

2 out of what = serious disease.

All three out of whack = cancer…

…if they are not brought under control urgently.

Dr. Lad taught us that.

I’ll never forget it.

What does all three out of whack mean?

A lifestyle that’s totally out of whack with one’s self – that’s what it means.

Ayurveda’s action starts very early, at trying to control the one Dosha that’s out of whack.

Yes, we’re already looking to Ayurveda at the one-Dosha-out-of-whack level.

We’re treating disease at a primal point, much, much before it explodes.

Dosha 2 and Dosha 3 out of whack condition is far away. Dosha 1 will be brought under control by Ayurveda. Health will be restored.

Ayurveda has zero tolerance for cancer.

Relevance

Seriously?

Are we still discussing relevance.

Many pockets are not discussing relevance. They don’t feel the need. They realize the value.

New pockets are springing up, that are studying and practising Ayurveda with zeal and success.

Old pockets are lethargic, but they don’t doubt.

Some pockets discuss relevance. They are concerned about the revenues of their own lobbies.

People, let’s realize overlap.

Meaning, seriously, what’s the overlap here?

This is deep Kalyuga, remember. As deep as it gets.

Life’s in the fast track.

It’s a time for emergencies.

Thus there will always be ample room for allopathic medicine. And then some.

Lobbies can make good money.

That’s not the problem.

The problem is, they want more money.

More.

And more.

Nothing’s good enough.

In deep Kalyuga, greed rots us from the inside.

Therefore, there’s a war against other niche segments, who might enjoy just about a small single digit percentage of the market in the first place.

Lobbies want even those single digits.

That’s still not it, though. The core worry is something bigger.

Lobbies are worried, that one day, those single digits might grow to double digits.

They want to nip in the bud.

They discredit.

They debate relevance.

They highlight testing, heavy-metals and what-have-you.

They want Ayurveda thrown out.

However, there is a part of society that does not live from emergency to emergency.

People have started to believe in avoidance, pre-empting and prophylaxis.

People have started to cleanse from within.

People have started defining disease from its nacscent stage and not its symptom stage.

In a world full of toxicity, Ayurveda is relevant like never before.

Holy Trinity

Simplicity. 

Ayurveda believes in it. 

Therefore, it breaks things down to the very basics. 

The three Doshas are a simple way of looking at life. Simplicity with immense power. 

Why so?

Symptom-Diagnosis-Treatment is what one is looking at normally, in the allopathic approach. 

However, Ayurveda is going many notches below the symptoms-stage, and looking at accumulation and overflow of Doshas happening there. 

Ayurveda is treating potential disease before breakout. 

How can it do this?

By breaking life down to three basic Doshas that have the capability to overflow. 

Ayurveda identifies what’s overflowing and treats it. 

For treatment to be effective, Ayurveda needs to understand the exact nature and natural habitat of the three Doshas. Ayurveda needs to gauge how the Doshas are behaving once out of their natural habitats. 

Kapha Dosha accumulates naturally in the stomach. It is of mucous type, cold, wet and oily, and is a lubricant in the digestive process, taking with it wastes for elimination.

Pitta Dosha accumulates naturally in the small intestine. It smells of raw flesh. It is hot, wet and oily. Its primary function is digestion. 

Vata Dosha accumulates naturally in the colon. It is cold, dry and erratic. Primarily, it circulates Dosha and Dhatu out of and into the body respectively.


Now let’s look at the 6 stages of disease.


Accumulation of the Doshas in their natural reservoirs.

 

Aggravation of the Doshas due to stimulus or misbehaviour. 

 

Overflow and spread of the aggravated Doshas. No real symptoms yet. 

 

Localization of the overflowing Doshas at a weak spot. Appearance of internal and mild symptoms.

 

Manifestation of the now localized Dosha as disease. External and serious symptoms.

 

Permanency of disease as Doshas chemically intermingle with body tissue to cause permanent change.


Ayurveda identifies where the Doshas are and what their exact status is.


Aggravation will be mellowed. 


Overflow will be drained. 


Localisation will be mobilised and drained. 


Manifestation – well Ayurveda tries hard to reverse it, and succeeds. 


Permanency is permanency. However, Ayurveda still takes a shot here, with drastic treatments. We’re talking metals in complex form, and also, we’re talking complete isolation for weeks. 


In a simple and effective fashion, Ayurveda quietly goes about reversing the process of disease.

The non-linear Nature of Vayu Dosha

Have you kick-started a motorcycle?

Drawn water from a hand-pump?

Observed the dynamics of your ablutions?

Studied the onset of an asthma attack?

What’s the common denominator?

Non-linear nature. 

That’s one attribute of Vayu Dosha. 

And we’re speaking about it today. 

Why?

Because it is peculiar to us.

We are used to linear growth. 

Society teaches us of the symmetry while behaving linearly.

Symmetry, aesthetics, predictability…

…are the buzz-words of the times. 

One is on time.

That’s how the world functions. 

One behaves in a fashion such that one’s future behaviour can be estimated. 

That’s how one builds credibility. 

On the basis of credibility, one is able to move the world around. 

Vayu Dosha is none of this. 

It is not symmetrical. 

It doesn’t care too much about aesthetics. Burping, farting, hiccupping…need I say more. 

It is not predictable. 

There comes the slightest of tension, and one’s morning ablution gets postponed. 

One might not yawn for three days, and then go into a frenzy of yawns. 

Hiccups might not stop, and then stop altogether. 

You get the gist. 

Since Vayu Dosha is not what society teaches us to be, it’s nature appears peculiar to us. 

That’s an issue. 

We wash Vayu Dosha under the rug. 

We don’t burp. 

We don’t fart. 

We don’t acknowledge we’re depressed. 

We imprison it. 

That’s when it becomes a hurricane. 

It bursts, having devastating effects. 

It’s non-linear, non-conforming nature has done us in. 

Do we want to be done in?

No. 

Therefore, we must deal with the nature of Vayu Dosha. We must understand it, and accommodate for it. 

It pays to accept that things in life can behave in a non-linear fashion. 

After acceptance comes accommodation. 

That’s followed by (successful) implementation.