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. “
Virtual learning is a ‘new’ term. Certainly, no Ayurveda college is offering Virtual Learning yet! Some are offering distant learning, and, others – where you attend classes once a month. SDCOA is offering Ayurveda course from $6 per Credit Hour for selected courses. It is affordable, flexible and experiential.
Normally, when we think of online or distant learning course – we imagine receiving a learning packet, or a book. Perhaps some audio video resources.
A virtual classroom, whereby, students are sitting at their homes in front of a computer, or even logged in through a mobile device –and watching their instructor talk to them, write on a ‘virtual’ whiteboard, share presentations, interact, –is exactly like in a real classroom.
Except the instructor is sitting at his or her desk. Everything is conducted virtually.
Please remember, virtual learning is very flexible, cheaper and more affordable. Yet, it is not for everyone.
If you find navigating your computer a problem, or, are not tech savvy, it may be daunting at first.
It also depends on your learning style. Some people are Hands on learners, and, need to be in an actual classroom setting to understand a concept. Others may learn by audio or visual training aids. Our college offers the best choice to audio and visual learners, who are comfortable navigating an online learning environment – email, chat, website and online conferencing. Which is why the cost is very low. Our course prices start from $3.50 per credit hour in some online courses, and, $9 onwards for foundation courses .
According to wikipedia, “VLE will normally work and provide a collection of tools such as those for assessment (particularly of types that can be marked automatically, such as multiple choice), communication, uploading of content, return of students’ work, peer assessment, administration of student groups, collecting and organizing student grades, questionnaires, tracking tools, etc. New features in these systems include wikis, blogs and 3D virtual learning spaces. This kind of Blended learning model is often used in schools and other educational establishments in order to make the learning experience more interactive.”
Virtual learning in Ayurveda is practically unheard of. So, San Diego College of Ayurveda is actually a pioneer in offering an ancient knowledge with cutting edge technology.
Virtual learning is also now called blended learning. We run our courses on servers, share multimedia and web page resources. However, if you are not computer savvy, you may be confused.
A good Internet connexion is also required.
Our college offers a Blended learning environment from WEBEX. It is similar to a face-to-face classroom environment in that it allows direct communication with the teacher. Students can use emoticons to “raise their hand,” show that they are confused, show that they understand what the teacher is saying, and even give applause for something that the teacher says. Students are also able to talk to the teacher when called on. In many of these virtual learning environments the students are able to write on the “virtual classroom chalkboard.” This allows them to show their work for the rest of the class to see. Students can also be split up into groups in order to work with each other and discuss topics that the teacher introduces. Many virtual learning environments give teachers the ability to share multimedia files such as video and audio files as well as the ability to transfer important documents (Word, PDF,…etc.) directly to students.
In ‘Virtually There’, a book and DVD pack distributed freely to schools by the Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning Foundation (YHGfL), Professor Stephen Heppell writes in the foreword:
“Learning is breaking out of the narrow boxes that it was trapped in during the 20th century; teachers’ professionalism, reflection and ingenuity are leading learning to places that genuinely excite this new generation of connected young school students — and their teachers too. VLEs are helping to make sure that their learning is not confined to a particular building, or restricted to any single location or moment.“
All of a sudden a phone bell rang and an old friend after long time said, “Hi doc, how are you?”
I am fine, how about you?
“I have been facing one problem for couple of months and I need your advice in this issue.”
“Tell me what it is about.”
“It is about bad body odour. As a part of my routine, I bath, put some good talcum powder over the body and leave for day to day activity. Within 1-2 hours my shirt gets a peculiar offensive odour. I tried different soaps and also started using perfumes but the problem still exists. Can you suggest some way out?”
This was the first time someone seeking advice for such an health issue. Normally using anti-perspirant helps to get rid of this issue, but, since he asked, I had to think something different and effective. Remembered one herb, read in the books about 15 years back, as that herb when consumed orally, eliminates bad body odour. Incidentally I had a chance to try the recipe on this friend.
The name of this herb is BEL in vernacular language and identified as Aegle marmelos in botanical language. I suggested him to take this powder with Triphala powder, mixed in equal quantity. The recommended dose was just half teaspoon at bed time with a sip of water. After this suggestion, I was eager to know the outcome after 1 week. I received his call on 11th day. In his words, “I am using the same shirt for last 2 days and now putting it for laundry as it is soiled. I am really shocked to notice the effect. Despite using it for 2 days, there is no stink”.
Skin is the largest sweat gland
Seldom, it may happen that you suggest some remedy for certain condition but the disease would have normally settled by that time. It could be just co-incidence even. Hence, concluding was not logical unless it shows the same effect in few more individuals. Now the question was how to get guinea pigs? Suggesting this recipe to someone for bad body odour may be emotionally hurting. Suddenly I remembered one smart girl in our office having this problem. Whenever she used to enter the cabin for some work, I used to finish her task on priority basis so that she will move out at the earliest. I personally procured the above mentioned herbal powders and offered it to her.
“Sir, what is this powder for?”
“You are too weak and also anemic. I noticed you become little breathless on climbing even 2 stairs of our office”.
“Thank you sir. In fact I was about to ask you some safe treatment for this problem. When should I consume this and how much quantity?”
“Just half spoon at bed time with a sip of water. Don’t forget to give me the feedback after a week”.
After about 10-12 days she reported “I don’t feel any improvement in symptoms. I am still getting breathless and feeling exhausted”.
“O. K. Just continue it for some more days”.
“Meanwhile, my mother noticed some positive change and she told me yesterday that my clothes had very offensive odor which has suddenly disappeared”
“Now I will tell you the true story of this herbal mixture. This preparation I gave you for eliminating bad body odour but I did not want to express it. I was hesitating to convey it considering you may feel offended”.
“Sir, I just can’t express my contentment. I tried different soaps, perfumes, body sprays but the problem was never controlled.” The conversation ended with bunch of appreciation, thankfulness and gratudes.
The effect of this combination was now established for treating bad body odour. The mind did not allow me to breathe happily after this success but raised a basket of new question ahead.
What is actually the patho-physiology involved in body odour? How oral medicine would reach there and successfully treat it? What is the mechanism of action? It was now essential to discover all these various aspects before concluding.
The step by step study went on progressing and I was happy to arrive at some concrete findings.
There are about 2 to 4 million sweat glands situated under the skin. They function mainly for regulation of body temperature and provide an emotional response. The watery secretion produced by these glands make the body moist and helps to cool the body temperature. The glands are under the control of sympathetic nervous system. Sweat contains water and some salts like sodium, chloride, potassium, urea, bicarbonate, calcium and other excretions from the body such as amino acids. There are 2 types of sweat glands in human body.
They are Eccrine glands and Apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are situated all over the body whereas the Apocrine glands are situated in Axilla (underarm), Perianal (near the anal area), Areole (nipple), Periumbilical (around the belly button), Genital area, External ear canal, and Eyelids. The sweat is actually odourless but on drying, the Coryneform bacteria decompose which produces a peculiar bad odour. Hyperthyroidism is one of the major causes of excessive sweating. Therefore it is essential to have better control on thyroid hormone. While studying this, a research paper came to notice indicating that the leaves of this plant contain Scopoletin (7-hydroxy-6-methoxy coumarin), which regulates the hyper secretion of Thyroxine hormone. Along with that it also has the property to detoxify Liver.
This gave a partial satisfaction of the observation. Now the question of Triphala, how would it be performing the activity to treat the bad body odour. Incidentally one more research paper, which proved that the phenolic compounds and tannins exhibited comparable antimicrobial activity. The complete scientific rationale was established and the respect for Ayurveda was uplifted. The two activities required for treating bad body odour, controlling the excessive sweating and regulating bacterial decomposition was established. It is very important that Ayurveda, an Indian medical science, which is claimed to be older than 5000 years has such an enormous potential hidden within. There were no laboratories, no scientific instruments, no technical support to study; even then the formulations were established with such a great accuracy.
The scientists today study with huge available infrastructure and get doctorates in these subjects but conveniently forget that the answers are already available in our own age old ancient science. We only find as how our ancestors arrived to these findings. It is like the answer to complicated sum is given, we simply make an attempt to study the steps. Ayirveda is an ocean of millions of PhD subjects; we only need to explore the hidden treasury.
Originally, the Kalari was a place of learning for subjects such as ayurvedic medicine, yoga, philosophy, astrology, architecture and geometry in addition to combat arts. There, the Kalari fighters would receive massages with a trainers feet, holding onto an overhead bar,in order to enhance their fighting ability.
Ayurvedic therapy uses these same ‘marmas’ points on the body to address energy blockages in the body. Stimulating the marma points produce spiritual and physical healing energies. – By Debra Gomez, Student – San Diego College of Ayurveda
According to the article on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalaripayat, Kalarippayattu is one of the oldest fighting systems originates in Kerala, India. It is practiced in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Kamataka, and northeastern Sri Lanka as well as a part of Malaysia. It includes strikes, kicks, grappling, weaponry, and healing methods. It is said that there are 3 major styles divided by geographical positions.
I find many similarities between Kalaripayattu and Chinese internal martial arts especially Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, and baguazhang that I practice.
For an example, according to the article, the term kalari payattu is a compound form of the words kalari which means gymnasium and payattu which is derived from payattuka meaning “to put hard work into”. This reminds me that Chinese word Kung Fu which actually means “the skill attained from hard work”. “Kung Fu” refers to any high skills that were attained by dedication and hard work, but widely used to refer martial arts especially the ones practiced by monks.
Also, Kalaripayattu not only focuses on external training, but also internal energy training and meditation. Not withstanding of the styles, the training of all the Wudang monks, Shaolin monks, and all the internal martial arts such as Taijiquan encompasses the external conditioning as well as internal conditioning.
So-called “micro-cosmic circulation” gigong is very similar to the prana practiced by the Kalari warriors and the chakra toning. It is also notable that Kalari arts includes healing systems based on their marma points as well as the knowledges of muscles and energy paths. Likewise, their Chinese counterpart includes the healing systems based on their knowledge of meridians.
From what I read and what I know of Chinese martial arts, I can see the connection between Kalaripayattu and Chinese martial arts. – By Midori Hatakayama, Tai Chi Teacher, Yoga Teacher, Student of San Diego College of Ayurveda
Kalaripayattu is an ancient & holistic martial art originated in south India; legends say it started in the parts of India, which is now the state of Kerala. The word ‘Kalari’ in Malayalam is synonymous with ‘school’ or ‘gymnasium’, and the word ‘Payattu’ in Malayalam means ‘Fight’. Some say this is the mother of all martial arts, even the more popular martial art Kung-fu is supposed to have its roots in Kalaripayattu. The Chinese Shaolin chuan from the famous Shaolin temple traces his ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk who was a Kalaripayattu expert.
Kalaripayattu was originally taught under the gurukkal system and were practiced by the warrior clans, to defend the state and the king. And it was the battle code for many South Indian dynasties in ancient India.
Kalaripayattu has a medical tradition with a strong connection to Ayurveda. The practitioners are said to be especially skilled at bone setting. The kalari gurus incorporated periodic massages, generally known as ‘Chavutti Thirummal’ or ‘Katcha Thirummal’ for the students to treat muscular injuries suffered during practice and also to increase flexibility. The medicinal oils they used were based on age-old ayurvedic principles. Some of the kathakali (a traditional dance popular in Kerala) dancers also did some kalaripayattu practice and chavutti thirummal to increase physical flexibility and endurance.
Kalari Gurus also had a tremendous knowledge about Marmam (vital points). They originally learned this technique to treat injured warriors. Marma chikitsa (treatment) is based on Sidha Vaidyam. There are a total of 108 Marma points in the body in which 64 are considered lethal. These points could be used to heel or to harm. It is claimed that learned warriors can disable or kill their opponents by merely touching the correct marmam . Hence these techniques were taught only to the most level-headed students so that they would use this only for healing purposes.
Kalaripayattu underwent a period of decline when the warriors lost to the British after the introduction of firearms and especially after the British banned kalaripayattu and the warrior custom of holding swords to prevent rebellion. During this time the kalaripayattu practices were done in secret. Although it faced some period of decline, even now this martial art is still practiced the same way as it was practiced centuries ago. – Annie Phillip, Student – San Diego College of Ayurveda