The concept of Kapha in Ayurvedic Astrology

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kapha in AyurvedaThe element of cohesion which circulates in our body is termed as Kapha. This Kapha element is responsible for the natural cohesion and lubrication of the bodily pathways. As per the classical Ayurvedic texts such as Charak Samhita, the body is composed of three main elements or Doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha which when present in their natural form, maintain the body and perform the required tasks.

But when any one of them is disturbed, there is an upheaval in the natural system and as a result, we are a victim of a particular disease. This also indicates that some of the positive planetary influences have been distorted and hence, there is a requirement of rectification.

Out of these three elements, the Kapha element makes the move by balancing the cohesion in the body.Kapha forms the major element of importance in the immune and respiratory system of human body. As per ayurvedic texts, the number of diseases due to Kapha disturbance are 10 in number since they involve malfunctioning of the respiratory aspect of the system.

The Kapha element of the body is divided into five types, each of which is located in different parts of the body. The five types of Kapha are

S.No.   Subtypes of Kapha Locations Actions
1.   Kledaka Upper part of stomach Lubricates the food, helps them to mix with juices, forms a protective covering over the inner line of gastric mucosa.
2.   Tarpaka Head and sinus cavities. Keep the nose, mouth, eyes moist and well protected.
3.   Bodhaka Tongue Salivation and primary lubrication of food, Taste identification.
4.   Shleshmaka Joints Lubrication of joints
5.   Avlambaka Chest, lungs and lower back. Keeps the chest, lungs, and back very strong, facilitates strong muscles and protects the heart.

The major place of location of Kapha element is the joints, which is indicated by the synovial fluidwhich is responsible for the greasing and lubrication of the joints.

Kapha element is responsible for functions like taste identification, sweetness, plumpness, cohesion etc. The principal action of Kapha is to regulate the cohesive activity and the soothing activities.

As per Vedic astrology, there are some planets and their associated zodiac signs which are associated with the Kapha element. The planets and the zodiac signs have earth element as their essential principle and hence, they become Kapha planets. They are as follows:

Zodiac signs: Taurus, Cancer, Pisces

Planets: Moon, Venus (primary), Jupiter (primary) Saturn (secondary),

These planets have their central element of support as earth and hence, when they become the Lagna planet or have an effect on the central houses of the Kundali chart, the influence of these planets causes disturbance or regulation of Kapha in the body of the individual. Depending upon their own positions in the Kundali, these planets have their multiple effects on the Kapha element and hence, the effect can be seen in miniscule or macroscopic form.

The Kapha element is affected by many of the processes happening inside the body, primarily digestion. When digestion is impaired, the undigested food becomes cold and increases Kapha production. Therefore, the food must be allowed to digest itself completely so as to allow complete regulation of the Kapha movement.

There are six tastes as per ayurvedic texts, viz. Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Hot and Astringent. The tastes are beneficial for Kapha balancing are bitter, astringent and hot and the rest three are helpful in Kapha aggravation. Therefore, a diet comprising of hot, bitter and astringent taste shall be helpful in the balancing of Kapha.

Properties of Kapha:

  • Oily.
  • Cold.
  • Heavy.
  • Stable.
  • Viscous.
  • Dense.
  • Smooth.

The physical characteristics of a Kapha person are:

  • Frame:   Large
  • Weight:   Heavy
  • Skin:   Thick, oily, cool, pale and fair.
  • Hair:   Thick, oily, dark or light.
  • Teeth:   Strong, white and well formed.
  • Eyes:   Big, attractive, blue, thick eyelashes.
  • Forehead:   Large & broad.
  • Neck:   Large and thick.
  • Eye lashes:   Large, thick, oily and firm.
  • Nose:   Thick, big, oily and firm.
  • Voice:   Pleasant, deep, good tone.
  • Speech:   Slow, monotonous and melodious.
  • Nails:   Thick, oily waxy and lustrous.
  • Sweating:   Slow to start but not profuse.
  • Faeces:   Normal.
  • Urine:   Moderate and clear.
  • Pulse rate:   Broad, slow and moves like a swan.
  • Physical activity:   Lethargic.
  • Sleep:   Heavy, prolonged and excessive.
  • Thirst:   Slight.
  • Appetite:   Slow and steady.
  • Joints:   Firm and large.
  • Circulation:   Moderate.
  • Endurance:   High.
  • Habits/Hobbies:   Water, sailing, flowers, cosmetics, business ventures, cooking.
  • Tendency to contract disease (type):   Retention of water, Kapha diseases.
  • Tendency to spend:   Spends slowly and saves money.

The mental characteristics of a Kapha person are:

  • Mind:   Calm, slow, receptive.
  • Emotion:   Greedy, attached and self content.
  • Faith:  Steady and loyal.
  • Memory:   Slow but prolonged.
  • Dream Running:   Watery/Ocean.
  • Mental nature:   Slow, definite and not talkative.
  • Neurotic tendencies:   Depression, unresponsiveness and sorrow.
  • Temperament:   Content and conservative.
  • Positive emotions:   Love.
  • Negative emotions:   Attachment.

Kapha Mental nature according to the 3 Guna’s:

  • Sattvic (Pure):   Calm, peaceful, content, stable, consistent, loyal, loving, compassionate, forgiving, patient, devoted, receptive, nurturing, supportive, strong faith.
  • Rajasic:   Controlling, attached, greedy, materialistic, sentimental, needing security, seeking comfort and luxury.
  • Tamasic:   Dull, gross, lethargic, apathetic, slothful, coarse, slow comprehension, insensitive and a thief.

Signs of increased Kapha in a person:

  • Decreased Agni.
  • Hunger goes down.
  • More salivatory secretions.
  • Laziness.
  • Heaviness.
  • Pale.
  • Cold.
  • Tone of muscles will reduce.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Cough.
  • More sleep.
  • Congestion.
  • Swelling.
  • Accumulation of fluid.

Signs of decreased Kapha in a person:

  • Vertigo.
  • Hollowness in organs.
  • Feel palpations (Mucus around the heart).
  • Weakness in joints.

The methods to balance Kapha are just opposite to the nature of Kapha. The regular use of pure unadulterated honey helps a lot in regulation of Kapha.

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Why people apply kajal on diwali night?

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applying kajal on diwali nightMost of us find it irresistible to cuddle a small baby with his eyes smeared with kajal. Somehow or the other, our hands extend automatically to the face of the child and we end up cuddling the baby. But, it has been a practice of years by out grandparents to apply kajal on the night of diwali to everyone’s eyes, be it a baby or the grandparents themselves.

As per the shastras, Diwali night is considered to be the night of black magic as well as Devi Lakshmi. All the shaktis wander in the night time of Diwali which can be caught by the person who wants them and to hurt a person from whom they are sent forward.

The kajal, being emenating from the wick of a sanctified lamp is said to protect the person, especially the eyes which cause “Buri Nazar” to affect the individual.

There is a cutom of lighting a great earthen lamp on the night of diwali which burns the whole night and people pile up some earthern lamp on the top of the wick to collect the kajal. This kajal is used by the grandparents to apply in everyone’s eyes.

Scientific paradigm:

On the night of Diwali, there is high level of pollution as well as the small insects which fly to the light, the glow worms and the small insects which have a short span of lifetime, practically the night only. They die in the morning. This creates problems in the eyes of the people. And due to the cold and dry winds, the eyes start to pain a lot and lacrimate a lot. This excessive tears cause burning sensation in the eyes, itching and scratching.

The kajal or collyrium is cool in nature. As per Ayurvedic sciences, applying kajal keeps the eyes fit and protect it from cold and other seasonal factors which effect the longevity of the eyes.

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Story Behind offerings to Lord Hanuman

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Lord Hanuman is highly adored with butter and betel leaves while performing the puja ceremony. Let’s explore the significance behind these offerings.

Betel leaves:

They are specially offered to Lord Hanuman as once Mata Sita expressed her gratitude and and blessings to Him by showering the betel leaves upon him. It is said that the betel leaves were the token of appreciation and blessings of Lord Rama and Mata Sita for Hanuman, after winning over Ravana.

Moreover betel leaves are known to be offered to the intellectual one who is well versed with the sacred knowledge of Vedas and shastras. Thus the huge bank of knowledge of Hanuman and his intellect to use that knowledge in every difficulty made him get respect and love from Rama and Sita ji.

Butter:

At the time of battle between Lord Rama and Ravana, both were trying their best to defeat each other. Unlike the huge chariot of Ravana, Lord Rama was being carried by Hanuman ji.  When all the tactics of Ravana failed he thought to attack Hanuman instead of Lord Rama.

As soon as the arrow hit Hanuman ji and wounded him, Lord Rama was unable to see his devotees’s plight and fought vigorously with Ravana. The situation became worse for Ravana and he had to give up. When Lord Rama and Hanuman returned to their camp, Lord Rama himself applied cool butter on Hanuman ji’s wound to cool down his burning wounds.

Following the age old traditions began by Lord Rama and Mata Sita, betel leaves garland and butter are still offered to Lord Hanuman by his devotees, to express their love and respect for Him.

The science behind hawan

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Whenever we hear about hawan or homa, the picture of a fire emitting smoke all around comes in our mind, but in a reverential manner since it is meant for deity. We have seen or heard numerous times that by doing hawan, one invites peace to his house.

As stated by the lord in Bhagwad Gita (Chapter 5 Verse 29)-

||bhoktaram yagya-tapasam

sarva-loka-maheshvaram

suhrdam sarva-bhutanam

gyatva mam shantim rchchhati||

TRANSLATION:

The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries.

Since the supreme personality of godhead Sri Krishna is the ultimate benefactor of all hawans, he provides the person who is doing yagya and the person for whom yagya is done both with peace and tranquility.

Origin: 

Homa or Hawan or Yagya, as people call it in India is a vedic tradition which is coming down or the last billions and trillions of yugas. The famous yagyas which are mentioned in the Vedic literature are Ashwamedha Yagya of Maharaj Dashratha, Rajsuya Yagya of Maharaj Yudhishthir etc.

Doing Yagya was yuga dharma (Supreme prerogative and duty) of Treta yuga and people used to see the lord being satisfied by that when he used to appear in the yagya kund.

What is hawan or homa?

Yagya comprises of igniting a holy fire using pure wood and pure cow ghee and cow dung cakes and with the chanting of mantras, the hawish is poured into the fire with the word “Swaha!”. The hawish comprises of Indian Cow Ghee and mixture of Herbs called Hawan Samagri along with some other pure materials.

Scientific Paradigm:

  • Seeing the Hawan with scientific paradigm, the ancient sages used to say that by doing yagya, Sattva gun increases which is symbolized by cleanliness, peace and purity.
  • The cow ghee and cow dung cake react to release tonnes of oxygen ad other gases which make the atmosphere pure.
  • The small quantities of sulpher and nitrogen oxides get rid of harmful bacteria and their inhalation causes lacrimation, which relieves the eyes of all impurities and cough which arises clears the nasal and respiratory passage.
  • All the harmful microbes and pathogens are cleared due to the smoke emitted by burning of herbs which acts as a natural detoxifier.
  • The natural herbal smoke purifies the mind as well as the body.
  • The ash which is remaining from the Hawan kund is asked to put into plants which acts as a very good fertilizer.

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The ancient holy Haridwar

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Ganga Aarti Har Ki Pawri in the evening

The Ancient City of Haridwar (Hardwar) is the gateway to the Holy Shrines on the mighty Himalayas in Garhwal  and Kumaon. The River Ganges, after flowing for 253 kilometers from its source at Gaumukh at the edge of the Gangotri Glacier for the first time enters the Indo-Gangetic Plains at Haridwar (to begin its     march to the Bay of Bengal), which gave the Haridwar its ancient name, Gangadwára. It is one of the oldest living cities in the World.

Ganga Aarti Har Ki Pauri in the eveningHar Ki Pawri in the afternoon

Haridwar finds mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures and is held as one of the seven holiest places (Sapta Puri) to Hindus. Samudra manthan mentions Haridwar,Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad) are the four places where Amrit, (elixir of immortality), spilled over accidentally from the pitcher while being carried by “Garuda”. Thus the Kumbha Mela, is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar.

Archaeological findings show that terra cotta culture between 1700 BCE and 1200 BCE existed in Haridwar region. Haridwar came under the Maurya Empire (322–185 BCE) and later under the Kushan Empire (1st–3rd centuries AD). Haridwar is mentioned by the Chinese traveler, Huan Tsang in his writings, who visited India in 629 AD, during the reign of Harshavardhan (590–647). Haridwar fell to the Uzbek conqueror Timur Lang (1336–1405) in January 1399.

During his visit to Haridwar, Guru Nanak (1469–1539) bathed at ‘Kushawart Ghat’, where the famous, ‘watering the crops’ episode took place. Ain-e-Akbari, of Abul Fazal written in 16th century during Akbar’s reign, refers to Haridwar as Maya (Mayapur), known as “Hardwar on the Ganges”.

Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pawri in the evening with priests Chanting Vedic Mantra before evening Aarati

Hindus believe that there are within Haridwar, the ‘Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar, are “Gangadwar” (Har ki Pauri, the fulcrum of religious activities in Haridwar), Kushawart (Ghat in Kankhal), Bilwa Tirtha (Mansa Devi Temple) and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple), apart from several other temples and ashrams located in and around the city. Also, alcohol and non-vegetarian food is not permitted in Haridwar.

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Today’s Panchang

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The daily update of the planetary positions as per time, place and circumstances. The planet transit chart is as per 5:30 am, New Delhi.

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