Sadhaka Pitta is a sub dosha of pitta, generally referred to as our ‘IQ’ – our intellect.
Now, Lets try to understand Sadhaka Pitta in terms of Pitta imbalance.
Hina Pittasya tu Sleshma….Janayatyana – avisthatam (C.Su 17/55)
Weakness of pitta –means decreased digestive activity(manda-analah), Coldness in body as well as ‘MIND’ (SADHAKA pitta), and loss of complexion(prabha-hani – bhrajaka pitta).
How does this weakness of ‘Sadhaka’ pitta, in the ‘mind’ taking place?
First, what is sadhaka and where does it reside.
Lets’ understand that the SADHAKA PITTA connects the hridaya [heart] and Manasa (Mind) and forms a channel of connection through them – energetic.
Some vaidyas say that Manovaha srotas are originating in heart but powered through the engine of ‘SADHAKA’.
So, we concur with them. We are saying if Sadhaka is controlling the srotas of the heart and the mind — it is also connected to prana vata (life force, or, chi) and vyana vata Ccirculation). It is helping ‘regulate’ the energy of vata which includes the nervous system and the senses. It is controlling homeostatsis, helping hypothalamus, energizing the neuro transmitters.
Think of Sadhaka as an inner spiral of energy.(Not only energizing the mind, and, intellect, but, also our emotions)
An article I read recently describes it as movement, which essentially sorts out our external experiences into an internal ‘felt’ experience.
Why and what is happening when sadhaka is down. Many scenarios can happen to our heart, our ability to process emotions, converts thoughts into ideas and so on.
Sometimes, Kaphaja has blocked the Vata causing coolness, heaviness in body and mind? The pitta has decreased –agni that causes digestion of thoughts is low.(In the ‘mind, and intellect)
Let’s look at increase or Vrddhi of pitta
What increases when pitta increases — Snigdha(oily), Ushna(heat), Tikshna(Sharp), ‘Amla(Sour), Sara(fluid) and Katu(Pungent) qualities.
This is ‘increase in pitta’. How does that affect the mind and the sadhaka? Could it be related to Prana Vata? Vyana and harmone regulation –related to depression, stress is being ‘energized’ by sadhaka. A low sadhaka means unable to process sensory input, even, emotional input.
It will cause Krodha(Anger), Impatience, Bhaya(Fear), Daha(burning sensation)
So, when sadhaka is imbalanced due to INCREASE of pitta –hyperactivity –impatience and anger may be seen. When it is LOW, then the energy of transformation –the energy that processes ‘sensory’ data, information, emotions, thoughts and feelings may be low. Manovaha srotas are blocked. so, depression can also be called low sadhaka. (Dr. Marc Halpern)
Does that make more sense??
Of course, I dont have a ‘context’ here, so, this is a hypothetical context.
Dr. Hemant. K. Singh refers to mental imbalance connected to prana, vyana and sadhaka as :
Primary psychological conditions caused purely by mental disorders are kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobh (greed), moha (delusion), irshya (jealousy), mana (pride), mada (euphoria), shoka (sorrow, grief), chinta (anxiety), udvega (neurosis), bhaya (fear), harsha (happiness). The psychiatric conditions caused by a combination of physical and mental (psycho-physical) disorders are unmada (psychosis), apasmara (convulsive disorder), apatantraka (hysteria), atattvabhinvesha (obsession), bhrama (illusion, vertigo), tandra (drowsiness), klama (neurasthenia), mada-murchha-sanyasa (loss of sensory perception leading to coma), madatyaya (alcoholism), gadodvega (hypochondriasis).
Here is an excerpt from Dr. Vasant Lad’s article. According to him sadhaka in mind causes emotions, and, sadhaka in heart PROCESSES the emotions and information:
“sadhaka pitta processes emotions into intelligence and sadhaka pitta in the heart processes emotions into love and compassion. If this functional integrity of sadhaka pitta in the brain and sadhaka pitta in the mind is affected, then the person builds emotion. This unresolved emotion is accumulated into the connective tissue because unresolved emotion becomes crystals and these crystals of unresolved emotions accumulate into the connective tissue and there it becomes psychological trauma. “