Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ayurveda and Holy month of Shravan



Impotence of Shravan month according to Ayurveda -

WHY FASTING??

Shravana month comes in Monsoon Season where there is less sunlight thus effects digestive system to function weakly. so people will eat less on the name of fasting.

The main aim of fasting is to detoxify and to learn self control. So while you are observing fasts, include a proper diet your body become more energetic and healthy.

Water Borne diseases will spread rapidly in this month.Fasting will boost the immunity system to prevent diseases.

The inner meaning is eat less and live more.

According to Ayurveda, mind will more unstable in this season due to vata imbalance in the body hence these holy festivals came to existence and by spirituality one can control mind and achieve balance mentally as well as physically.

WHY BILVA??

The science of Ayurveda values the Bilva highly for the medicinal properties contained in its root, fruit and leaves. it is a healing tree which cures all diseases caused by vata (wind) and gives strength to the body.

Bel fruit clears water born diseases -diarrhea, dysentry, phlegm, high blood pressure, morning sickness in pregnancy, stress which is common in this month of shravan.

Bilva leaves is significant of three mamas dosha, ie Stva, Rajas and Tamas. According to Ayurveda It have healing properties which can treat jaundice, asthma, skin problem which are common in this monsoon season.

WHY PEOPLE POUR MILK ON SHIVLING??

During the month of Shravan, the Vata dosha of a person gets higher in proportion.
During that period, a person must avoid food that increases the Vata component.

For example, green leafy vegetable contain higher amounts of Vata in them.
Thus a person is asked to avoid them during the rainy season (especially Shravan month) to avoid the ailments caused due to excess of Vata.

During the rainy season, the cattle also eat lots of grass, and hence their milk is high in Vata and, in modern times, is suspectable to viral infections.

Thus, milk is considered harmful during the Shravan month
Thus Ayurved advises us against consuming milk during Shravan. And so milk is poured on shivling during this phase.

Another reason to pour milk on shigling in shravan is -

Aagya Chakra is the main seat of Shiva and the entrance to the Sahasrar Chakra. Sahasrar Chakra is in the head where the treasure of pleasure is there.

In leading our lives with all the desires, stress, illness, etc and other ageing factors these five elements go out of balance.

 When we pour water at the Shivling  while remembering Shiva, in a subtle way we take our water element which is dirty and pour it on Shiva in our Aagya Chakra. Water element inside us encompasses our energies in it. These two important chakra are directly connected. When water is being poured on Shivlinga, we have two things in our mind, water and Shiva. Though we are worshipping Shiva at a physical level, but in effect we are worshipping him inside at a subtle level. The moment we think Shiva with water combination, water element energy starts going up towards Shiva in Aagya Chakra. As a result of this upward energy movement, our thinking purifies and gets an uplift. Now after water is poured, it comes down and goes to the earth element in physical Shivling and at the same time in Mooladhar Chakra at the subtle level in our physical body. When the purified water with Shiva energy comes back and washes the Mooladhar Chakra or Earth element it cools down and gives purified energy and light of consciousness to that chakra. This results in good mental and physical health.

And due to this reason Ayurveda science advise "shirodhara" panchkarma therapy to reduce stress and stress induced diseases...!!!

One spiritual reason to pour milk or water on shivling is-

Where ever Shivling is established and worshipped, it cleans the whole atmosphere. The bad energy in the atmosphere travels through the Shivling and gets cleaned. The energy is hot.
When the energy becomes dirty, it becomes more hot. When these hot energies are continuously passing through the Shivling, it becomes hot, so we need to continuously keep pouring the water to keep it cool.
When the Shivling is cool, it is more effective doing its work of purification. This gives way to bringing more light of consciousness to micro (individual) and macro (earth) levels.

Have a happy shravan month. May lord Shiv strengthen our health by all means.

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् |
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ||

OM.
We worship and adore you, O three-eyed one, O Shiva.
You are sweet gladness, the fragrance of life, who nourishes us,
restores our health, and causes us to thrive.
As, in due time, the stem of the cucumber weakens,
and the gourd if freed from the vine,
so free us from attachment and death, and do not withhold immortality.







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