Beneficial and harmful food
Different type of foods which are swallowed, drunk, chewed or licked goes into the stomach and gets digested according to the digestive fire.
It nourishes the body and provides the different dhatus (metals) required. The digestion process occur properly only when all the body parts are in good health and there is a balance in tri doshas.
After digestion the food is divided into two parts. ONe is Saarbhoot and Asaarbhoot.
Saarbhoota is the prasadam (gift) to the body which provides the essential metals in the body viz, blood, flesh, bone marrow, fat, bone and semen. It creates the blood and strenghthens the muscles and nerves of the body.
The asaarbhoota part of the food provides with the nails, hair etc.
From this rasa or the juice the body gets nourished and tries to consume the metal which is required by it. Body extracts that metal from the juice which is in less quantity. The metal which is already available is not utilized as much.
So, the body is made from eating, swallowing, drinking. And through these channels only all the diseases occur in the body.
In other words, if a man eats beneficial food he may sustain good health and harmful food cause diseases.
After listening to these words from Lord atreya, Agnivesha asked:
"hey lord, we can notice that many people who eat beneficial food but stil they suffer from problems and ailments. Similarly many people who do not plan their diet and eat harmful food still they are healthy. So how can we determine that eating is the major factor for good or bad health.
Lord atreya answered:
Only beneficial food is not the cause of good health. It is not the only risk factor for diseases. There are many other reasons because of which ailments can occur.
Postponing the treatment, over using the senses are other important factors that can cause diseases.
Many people who eat harmful food may not get the results quickly. They may eat it for longer period of time till there are any signs or symptoms of ailment or imbalance in the body. Also, it depends on the strength of a person. Some man can endure with harmful food for long time while other may not be able to eat that type of food without showing its ill effects. Not everyone is capable of sustaining the pain with same strength.
If the ailment has occured because of many reasons OR if there was a misdiagnosed and given wrong medicines. Or if the disease has occured in important parts of the body then it is not easy to cure it.
People who are very thin and those who have imbalanced doshas. Those who eat very less cannot sustain the ailments or diseases easily.
On the other hand those people who are neither too thin or fat. Who are neither too small or too big and are in good shape. Those who have optimum levels of blood, muscle, bone etc. Those who eat properly as required those who have a stable mind can easily sustain the diseases. They usually never lose their patience.
Imbalanced food, doshas in the body and differences in the strenght of the body. A disease may become severe according to these factors. If the body is strong then a disease may be soft and easily tackled. But if the body is weak even a soft disease would cause much pain and problem.
That;s the reason why different doshas of vata, pitta and kapha cause different type of problems.
Following types of doshas occur from Rasa imbalance:
Amnorrhea, Tastelessness, irritability, heavyness, lazyness, fever, pale skin, blockage of body parts, impotency, losing lot of weight, wrinkles on the skin and greying of the hair.
Epilepsy, acne and zits, abscess , lump in the body, bristles, enlargement of spleen, and other skin ailments like eczema.
Over weight, lump, swelling in the throat, kanthamaala.
Enlargement of bone, weak teeth, problems of hair, nails, moustache, beard etc
Arthritis, faintness and black in front of eyes.
The wise man who does not want to get any of the above said ailments must eat food in four ways viz eting, drinking, chewing and licking.
A wise man who wants to be happy must follow the guidelines to cure a disease.
All people want to be happy, but some people who have the knowledge and walk on the correct path. But some other people who lack knowledge do wrong things and get effected from problems.
Wise people consider all factors and then only make a decision. But those whose's spirit think about passion and love, they work only for their lovables.
A beneficial happyness karma is one which result into happyness and satisfaction as well. There are many karma that might seem like giving satisfaction initially but may result into loss or problems. Too much usage of indriay is one good example of that.
A wise man has following qualities:
knowledge of subject
A person who has passion and love does not have the above said qualities. It is because of passion people suffer from ailments.
All the qualities mentioned above relate to the spirit. In other words most of the ailments are psychological. This results into problems in the body.