Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of medicine. It focuses on maintaining balance of the body-mind as a whole to avoid health issues. It’s often better at handling systemic and chronic conditions than western allopathic medicine is.
I’ve spoken before about how we’re born with a certain balance of laws of nature. We all have roughly the same principles but are each a unique combination of emphasis. One may do well at sports and be a natural public speaker who struggles with other languages. Another speaks multiple languages fluently but is uncomfortable with public speaking and only enjoys soccer. Both have the ability to speak but in one the language faculty is more emphasized than in another. And so on in numerous of combinations.
However unique we are, there is an overall emphasis that leads to certain generalizations. For example, the way the gunas express through those laws of nature leads to an emphasis of one of them.
That leads to an emphasis in the 5 subtle elements. And that to our Prakriti or nature, our innate natural balance. This determines our tendencies and the way we experience life. It also determines our Vikruti or tendency to imbalance.
This tendency to imbalance is called our “dosha” in Ayurveda: Vata (space & air: movement), Pitta (fire & water: metabolism), and Kapha (earth & water: structure).
People have one or a combination of doshas in their nature. For example, they might be Vata-Pitta or mostly Kapha.
This means the rules of health for one person may not suit another.
Vata is common in the west. It has no trouble moving but the air emphasis tends to dry things out and space us out. Pitta is about digestion of food, emotions, and experiences. Yet excess pitta can lead to inflammation, anger, and other fire issues. Kapha is grounding but can make us sluggish and dense.
The key is balance and Ayurveda points to simple food and lifestyle principles to bring balance. You can read more about the doshas here.
To the point of the article: our balance of laws of nature is viewed as set at conception or during pregnancy. While various influences like change of season will shift our balance, the basic pattern of laws remains. Our dosha is considered fixed.
However, there is one thing that can change it. Awakening. Some people change doshas during the process of embodying enlightenment. I’m not sure if this is a move to being Tridoshic (a more global balance) or the need for very deep grounding to stabilize infinity in the physiology. [Update] It could be both. In the examples I know, it’s shown up post-Brahman so may be related to embodying Divinity.
I have noticed some laws of nature have departed, sometimes because the environment here has changed too much and sometimes because their job was completed.
Purification and resolving karma can lead to many curious changes. Yet what falls away, what stays, and what changes are likely to be a surprise. As we become more clear and conscious of these laws of nature, we raise their consciousness. The body itself wakes up, along with everything that supports it. As some of this is operating on a more cosmic level, we’re then waking up the laws that support everyone.
This is part of the magic of speeding up growth. Some upgrades change everything.
Update: Speaking to a knowledgeable jyotishi, they indicated the birth dosha can be determined by the Chandra and Lagna. However, later major dasha changes can change the dosha. For example, Saturn is a strong Vata influence, Mars Pitta. As awakening shows up in the context of our local laws of nature, this isn’t incompatible. Stages unfold in the context of life.
Update 2: speaking to an Ayurvedic Vaidya, he said the dosha doesn’t change. However, it can appear to change, just as dirt can make a white wall appear to change colour. But the wall remains white under the dirt. He said an apparent dosha change is temporary. Various lifestyle, health, and age influences can cause the changed emphasis. Plus he noted evolutionary changes can too. This appears to be what I explored in the article. As I’ve moved through the process and lost weight, the dosha seems to be settling back.
Last Updated on April 9, 2020 by Davidya