Ojas, Tejas and Prana: Understanding the Immune System and its Inseparable Connection to Generosity, Healthy Behaviors, Patience, Energy-Vigor, Clear Mindful Focus, and Wisdom
2 5 Clinical Skills
There are 2 types of Ojas:
[[Doctor]] [[Vasant Lad]][[ has presented 2 versions of the [[origin]]s of [[Para Ojas]] and [[Apara Ojas]]. Dr. Lad emphasizes the first version. 1) [[Apara Ojas]] is produced by [[Shukra]] [[Dhatu]] [[Agni]] and enters the [[circulation]]. When [[Mantra]], [[Meditation]] and [[celibacy]] are [[observe]]d, [[Apara Ojas]] is [[transform]]ed into [[Para Ojas]] by [[Ojas]] [[Agni]] ( the [[Agni]] of [[Sadhaka]] [[Pitta]]). This [[Para Ojas]] stays in the [[heart]]. The remaining [[Apara Ojas]] circulates throughout the [[body]]. 2) The [[Ojas]] produced by [[Shukra]] [[Dhatu]] [[Agni]] is [[Para Ojas]] which enters the [[circulation]] and then remains in the [[Heart]]. [[Ojas]] produced by the other [[Dhatu]]s is [[Apara Ojas]] and circulates throughout the [[body]].]
===== Qualities of Ojas =====Qualities of Ojas: - Ojas is a substantial biological substance. It is colloidal, liquid, slimy, sweet, unctuous, (cool); smells like roasted rice; looks like ghee; and tastes like honey.
---- ==== Ojo-Vishrama ==== [[Ojo-Visramsa]], displaced [[Ojas]]: Local [[tissue]] [[immunity]] is affected. Displaced [[Ojas]] can result in [[lymphadenitis]]; [[dermatitis]], [[eczema]], [[psoriasis]], [[scleroderma]]; [[rheumatoid arthritis]]. In [[pregnancy]] [[Ojas]] is [[unstable]], constantly [[moving]] between [[mother]] and [[fetus]] for the first 7-8 months. If the [[baby]] is born [[premature]]ly, [[survival]] may be difficult because of [[unstable]] [[Ojas]]. Unless the [[premature]] [[newborn]] [[receive]]s proper care, the [[baby]] may not have adequate [[stable]] [[Ojas]] to survive.
[[Ojo-Vriddhi]] [[Ojas]] is increased beyond it's [[normal]]ity ( > 1/2 [[Anjali]]): [[Ojo-Vriddhi]] results in [[Kapha disorder]]s: [[obesity]]; [[diabetes]]; [[underactive thyroid]] ([[hypothyroid]]); [[high cholesterol]], high [[triglyceride]]s; [[hypertension]] ([[high blood pressure]]); [[congestive heart failure]]; [[cataract]]s, [[glaucoma]]. ---- ==== Ojo-Kshaya ====
[[Ojo-Kshaya]] Ojas is [[deplete]]d, [[decreased Ojas]]: [[acute]] [[depletion]] is releted to [[severe]] [[blood loss]], [[fluid loss]] and [[electrolyte imbalance]]; leads to [[dehydration]], [[dementia]], loss of [[sensory]] [[perception]], [[palpitation]]s, [[coma]]. [[Chronic]] [[depletion]] is associated with [[condition]]s such as [[tuberculosis]] and [[AIDS]]. ---- ==== Ojo-Vyapat ====
Printable pdf on Ojas can be found here: http://www.ayurveda-berkeley.com
“Ojas is the pure essence of all bodily tissues”
- Dr. Vasant Lad, pg 213 //The Textbook of Ayurveda Fundamental Principles//, The Ayurvedic Text
Fair Use: Vaidya Vasant Lad, Textbook of Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Press, 2002; Vasant Lad, BAMS, MAsc, Ayurvedic Institute Gurukula Notes, Ayurvedic Institute, 1994-2006; and Ron Epstein, Buddhism A to Z, Burlingame, California, Buddhist Text Translation Institute, 2003 and many other sources (see Bibliography).
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