Arogya -- A State of Complete Health
By Dr. Partap S. Chauhan
Health, according to Ayurveda, is not merely the absence of physical symptoms but a state called "arogya" which literally means "not imbalanced" or, in other words, "a state of balance". And the balance refers to body, mind and soul.
Although modern or Western medicine is still trying to find a relation between mind and body, Ayurveda has already described in detail that a human being is not merely the physical body but a combination of body, mind and soul. Imbalance at any of these three levels can cause physical as well as psychological symptoms in a person. Very often it is seen that a person suffers from some physical symptoms like skin disease, migraine or diarrhea but nothing abnormal is found in investigations.
All investigations including chemical analysis of blood, urine, stool as well various scans come out normal and it is inferred that there is nothing wrong with the person. Generally, vitamins and minerals are prescribed or the person is told to see a psychiatrist. The person continues to suffer from the symptoms without any change. Ayurveda offers solutions to such patients, as the cause of the disease in such cases is the imbalance of mind, which cannot be detected by any investigations.
In this modern age, when mental pressures have increased tremendously, specifically in the last decade, I have observed that a large number of disorders originate from a disturbed mental state and then affect the physical balance. This finally results in appearance of physical symptoms. Surprisingly, I was able to help patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, SLE, and Multiple Sclerosis by offering them treatment to regain their balance at the psychological level. In cases where the root cause is in the mind, just offering treatment to the body won\'t help much. Even if we try to subside the symptoms with some chemical or natural medicines, they will come back as the root cause still lies with the person.
Ayurveda has a wonderful approach to investigate the person as a whole and provide solutions accordingly. In addition it helps the person realize importance of the 'soul' and ways to cater to its need. In this age of materialism, we fail to feed the mind and soul and mainly take care of the body alone. The body is a gross part of the human being but its importance is less as compared to mind and soul. That is why a person feels sleepy, inactive and lacking energy when in a depressed state, although the body is healthy. This indicates the mind and soul are more important than body. This can also be seen in case of handicapped people, who do not have complete body organs but still perform skills, which even a normal person cannot.
In order to attain health and happiness, which we all are trying to do, it is necessary that we try to understand our physical and psychological nature. In addition, it is also necessary to develop a positive attitude in the mind. Greed, anger, envy, attachment to material things, and ego are the enemies of mind and cause its imbalance. The soul likes non-violence, truthfulness, love and harmony. That is why we experience a state of happiness when we have a harmonious relation with our spouse, at work, in the family, in the society, with the environment or with the universe.
Ayurveda is a subject that talks about the needs of body, mind and soul in detail. It is an instruction manual for every human being. It advocates the methods by which one can attain a state of complete balance at the levels of the body, mind and soul. In other words, it helps us to attain the state of "arogya". In order to achieve anything in this world, a state of "arogya" (health) is necessary.
For more information on Ayurveda and it benefits please contact:
Kaviraj Partap S. Chauhan (Cyber Vaidya)
Director, Jiva Ayurvedic Research Institute