According to Ayurveda, the ancient science of Life & Healing from India, each day we should start our morning by the following these daily routine steps (Dincharya)-
In addition to these daily, dincharya routine steps also conduct atleast one session of Pranayama and daily Meditation.
One of the most important benefit of Masala incense is that they typically tend to be made from 100% pure natural ingredients and are also individually hand rolled. This technique is thus nature and environment friendly and supports many small village industries.
Though the incense usage in Ayurveda is for therapeutic reasons, they are also used daily for religious and other personal rituals for their effect on mind and mental states. The aromas were long known for bringing about a sense of relaxation, well-being and piousness- which further aid in meditation and de-stressing/relaxation practices.
One special note needs to be mentioned about the ingredient Guggulu or Gugul contained in certain Ayurvedic Incense. Guggulu or Gugul is very similar in its properties to Frankincense and Myrrh and has traditional been used for it's spiritually cleansing action. It not only has a very beneficial effect on the environment in the room, it is also supposed to make a person feel more calm and religious, helping tremendously in strenuous meditation practices. This ingredient is also sometimes found in Tibetan Incense.
Both Ayurvedic and Tibetan incenses are made from very similar ingredients by following the masala method mentioned above and are hand rolled and air dried for maximum purity and effectiveness. They typically do not contain charcoal or other such toxic combustible substances and are supposed to be non-habit forming. They have been used for centuries during prayers, meditation, certain specific Tantric rituals and also to purify the home environment and benefit from their special healing aromas.
Ayurveda is an ancient medical science which has originated from Indian subcontinent. The term ayurveda comprises of ‘ayur’ which means life and ‘veda’ which means science. Collectively it is comprehended as ‘science of life’.
It is evident from the main description that ayurveda is far more vast than to limit it into the boundaries of medical science. The main principle of ayurveda is attaining and preserving the healthy status and curing the ailment of an individual. Ayurveda is a health-centric science which considers maintaining health as important as treatment of the ailment.
Health is a balanced combination of physique, mind and spirit. Healthy physique is attained through eating proper diet (aahar) and leading an active life in sync with the external environment (vihaar). The description is carried ahead by citing various regimes to be inculcated in diurnal and seasonal variations. Healthy mind is keeping one’s thought process stress free and lively. This can be attained through various breathing techniques which have been defined in context of asanas. These two- the healthy body and mind are then merged into supreme legacy- the spirit. The final step is facilitated by meditation.
Disease is a result of faulty equilibrium in metabolic processes of the body. Whenever, there is an imbalance between the three basic components of the body- the vatta (air/ ether), pitta (bile) and kapha (the phlegm); disease will occur.
Treatment in ayurveda is based on individual’s body type and traits. Medicine is prescribed primarily focussing on patient and his body type. This explains the concept of prakriti. It defines the main traits of an individual and his vulnerability to various ailments. The main aim is to eradicate or cure the cause of the disease which supersedes the symptomatic relief. This requires patience and an active participation from the diseased individual.
The treatment followed is classified as: shodhan (purification), shaman (eradication of the cause), rasayan (fortifying process) and satavajaya (harmony of mind).
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