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Sweets

Why it is not prescribed to eat sweet and go outside?

Most of us have been perturbed and irked by the sudden jostle from our parents or specifically grandparents when we go outside home after eating something sweet. This sudden irk becomes more prominent during the night time, when they will give some salt in the hands and ask the person to lick it and them go.

The Garuda Purana states about the things to which the ghostly species are attracted to. They are attracted to pleasant as well as putrid smell of any form which works as a food for them. So, whenever someone eats a sweet item of any kind, the pleasant smell of the sweet attracts these species and hence, they become prone to attack by them. The attack may be subtle or gross, depending upon the level of piety of the individual. Pious persons are safeguarded by the destiny as well as supreme lord whereas impious may have to face certain strange happenings.

Salt, on the other hand is a pure substance. In Garuda Purana, the supreme lord Sri Krishna states to Garuda, “Know that sesame seed comes from my sweat and the salt originates from my body”. Salt, being pure and stronger than all other tastes, subdues the effect of sweet and hence, stops the pleasant as well as putrid smell coming from our mouth.

Scientific Paradigm

The eating of sweets after brushing one’s teeth increases the chances of tooth decay. And the more time elapses after brushing one’s teeth, the more are the chances. Also, sweet items are the most nutritive in nature. Due to high content of sugar, they act as the best medium for growth of bacteria. Whenever we move out, we are in contact with billions and trillions of them. These bacterial infections can cause variety of oral as well as digestive system diseases.

Salt, being strong and piercing in nature, makes the mouth saline and stops the bacterial growth to a very high extent. It acts an oral cleanser and mouth refresher, completely eliminating the chances of any of such diseases.

Pitta Dosh in Ayurvedic Astrology

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Our body comprises of three elements Vata (air), Pitta (bile) and Kapha. pittaThe element of heat which circulates in our body is termed as Pitta. This Pitta element is responsible for the movement of nutrition and the bodily functions related to balance of body temperature. An equitable balance among three doshas, provide vitality and health to human beings.

But when any one of them is disturbed, it upsets the equilibrium and we stand suffering from variety of diseases. According to Vedic treaties in Vedic astrology, the movement in zodiac and transit effect of planetary influence is largely responsible for such health issues.

Pitta plays a vital role in the movement of nutrition on the body. Pitta forms the major element of importance in the digestive system of human body. As per ayurvedic texts, the number of diseases due to Pitta disturbance are 20 in number since they involve malfunctioning of the digestive aspect of the system.

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

S.No. Subtypes of Pitta Locations Actions
1. Pachaka Lower part of stomach and small intestine Digestion
2. Ranjaka Liver, spleen, stomach Formation of blood
3. Sadhaka Heart / Brain Effect on mental function – fear/bravery, calmness / anger confusion / clarity
4. Alochaka Eye Vision
5. Bhrajaka Skin Temperature regulation, sweating, color and complexion

 

Pitta element is located in the Liver, which secretes the digestive juices moving into stomach.

Pitta plays important role in regulating the digestive processes in the body and ensure that nutrition reaches to every part of our body.

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

Zodiac signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Scorpio

Planets: Mars, the Sun, Jupiter (secondary), Ketu.

These planets have their central element of support as fire 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 Pitta in the body of the individual. Depending upon their own positions in the Kundali, these planets have their multiple effects on the Pitta element and hence, the effect can be seen in microscopic form.

There are six tastes as per ayurvedic texts, viz. Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Hot and Astringent. The tastes are beneficial for Pitta balancing are sweet, astringent and bitter and the other aggravate Pitta. Diet comprising of sweet, bitter and astringent taste shall be helpful in the balancing of Pitta.

Properties of Pitta:

  • Oily
  • Hot
  • Light
  • Intense
  • Fluid
  • Malodorous
  • Liquid

The physical characteristics of a Pitta person are:

  • Frame:   Moderate.
  • Weight:   Moderate.
  • Skin:   Soft, oily, warm & yellowish.
  • Hair:   Soft, oily & goes Grey early.
  • Teeth:   Moderate, soft and bleeding gums.
  • Eyes:   Sharp, Grey or Yellow.
  • Forehead:   Moderate with folds.
  • Neck:   Medium.
  • Eye lashes:   Small, thin and fine.
  • Nose: Medium.
  • Voice:  High pitch, sharp, moderate & good.
  • Speech:   Sharp, clear and cutting.
  • Nails:   Soft and Pink.
  • Sweating:   Profuse but not enduring.
  • Faeces:   Soft and loose.
  • Urine:   Profuse and Yellow.
  • Pulse rate:   Moderate, jumps like a frog.
  • Physical activity:   Moderate.
  • Sleep:   Little but sound.
  • Thirst:   High.
  • Appetite:   Good and sharp.
  • Joints:   Loose.
  • Circulation:   Good.
  • Endurance:   Moderate but focused.
  • Habits/Hobbies:   Likes competitive sports, debates, politics, hunting and research.
  • Tendency to contract disease (type):   Disease of heat infection, blood and liver.
  • Tendency to spend:   Spends moderately and methodically.

The mental characteristics of a Pitta person are:

  • Mind:   Aggressive and intelligent.
  • Emotion:   Aggressive and irritable.
  • Faith:  Determined.
  • Memory:   Sharp.
  • Dream Running:   Fiery, angry, passionate & swimming.
  • Mental nature:   Intelligent, argumentative & convincing.
  • Neurotic tendencies:   Angry, irritable and contentious.
  • Temperament:   Motivated.
  • Positive emotions:   Courage
  • Negative emotions:   Anger.

Signs of increased Pitta in a person:

  • Yellowish appearance in urine, faeces, skin, eyes (jaundice).
  • Sharp hunger (even more so than usual).
  • Sharp thirst (even more so than usual).
  • Burning sensations.
  • Little sleep, fiery and angry.

Signs of de-creased Pitta in a person:

  • Feeling of coldness.
  • Glow of texture of the skin goes down.
  • Calmness.

The methods to balance Pitta are just opposite to the nature of Pitta. The regular use of Indian Cow Ghee helps a lot in regulation of Pitta.

Gem therapy is highly beneficial in regulating Pitta. Based on horoscope analysis, use of stones like Ruby, Yellow Sapphire, Cats eye and red coral can greatly improve Pitta Dosha.

In our ancient literature, there are numerous pujas/yagnas which can be performed for regulating Pitta or other doshas.

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