A Yoga Trainer, Therapist and Research Scholar, delving deep into the world of ancient knowledge.
The genetic constitution shapes an individual's physical body when the soul descends the womb of a mother.
According to Charak Samhita, humans and all the living organisms are made up of panchamahabhuta, Prithvi, Varun, Akash, Jal, and Agni. Today, we will discuss the importance of Jal or water tatva in our life.
Importance of Jal or Water Tatva in Our Life
The human body is made up of 72% water. In-universe, the earth is the only planet where life exists. All other celestial bodies have four other elements of panchamahabhuta but no water on them, so there is no life.
Ancient Indian wisdom has always underlined the importance of Jal tatva in everyday life. But over centuries, old slavery has altered our consciousness to such an extent that we tend to rubbish down the knowledge, tradition, and rituals of our sages.
Today's generation's mindset is, "anything coming from the east is superstition and everything coming from the west is science".
Let's debunk a few of the popular scientific methods advocated by modern-day science. Scientists today say that we must drink 8 to 10 glasses of water.
Normally in western culture, people drink fluids, maybe wine or water, throughout the day. Sipping the water or fluid continuously, in a small amount, is not good for health.
If we consume excessive water, the body's sodium absorption is reduced, and it disturbs the fluid equilibrium.
When the level of sodium is low, the brain absorbs more water, thereby making it sluggish. The body will utilize only that much water needed for its metabolism and discard excess water through urination or perspiration.
What Does Ayurveda Says?
In Ayurveda, it is said that one should chew the water and drink the food. It means that one should keep the water in the mouth, spreading it to different corners and slowly sipping it into the esophagus.
- Similarly, we should chew the food to make it a paste and then swallow it. Fruits are made up of 90% of water, and vegetables have 70% water content.
- Hence one should always include fruits and vegetables in one's diet to maintain the fluid equilibrium in our body.
- With the advent of modern science, refrigeration of water is possible in every household and people prefer to drink cold water.
- However, the temperature of the water that we drink has an immense effect on the body.
- It should always be in the range of ±4°C. Normal body temperature is 36°C centigrade. The temperature of drinking water should be between 32 and 40°C.
- One should never consume too hot or cold water as it hurts its metabolism. Students should be drinking water within the range of ±8°C of the body temperature.
- On the other hand, households can have a variation of ± 12°C of body temperature. Any deviation from this range according to the lifestyle of the individual can hurt the body.
Modern Drinking Water Habits
Today, we consume water from plastic bottles that are not good for health. When the water is kept in the bottle for a long period of time, a part of polyethylene leeches into the water. Water should always be consumed from metal containers, especially copper as it is more beneficial than plastic.
Ironically, water has a remarkable memory as it remembers how it is treated and gets ingrained in its molecular structure. Today, we get water directly from our tap. This water undergoes a long journey from the river or dam through the pump station via a wide network of water pipes.
During this process, it experiences a lot of pressure while flowing through the pipes, and then by pumping it reaches the overhead tanks of the buildings. Then again it flows down to our homes. During this process, the chemical structure of the water remains the same but the molecular structure greatly alters giving it a bad memory.
- Experiments conducted by the Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, revealed that human consciousness could affect the water's molecular structure.
- This fact was known to our ancient sages who used to energize drinking water by sacred mantras.
- In the ancient era, people used to store water in copper vessels after applying haldi kumkum with the Om chanting. This water was allowed to rest overnight to have an amazing mantric effect on the body.
- Experiments have shown that tears have different crystalline structures with different emotions.
- Tears of joy were quite different from the tears of sorrow and pain when seen under the microscope. This emotional aspect of water consumption should be taken care of to maintain a healthy body.
- Since water is the major tatva of the panchamahabhuta and it should be treated with respect. The importance of water should not be undermined by the fast pace of the modern lifestyle.
What Does Patanjali Yoga Sutra Says?
In Patanjali yoga sutra, there is an elaborate description to keep our Jal tatva balanced and healed. There are various yogic procedures to keep a body healthy with the use of water.
Jal neti is a special technique that helps us to keep the inaccessible nasal cavity clean. It is even more important to keep our respiratory tract clean and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can do this by taking lukewarm saline water through one nostril and taking it out through the other nostril, repeated alternatively. It is an easy procedure but should be done under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher. This helps to flush out all the foreign bodies, light pollutants, viruses, and bacteria.
Likewise, there are procedures for cleaning the windpipe and entire alimentary canal by specific yogic kriyas, which should be done only under expert supervision.
Personal Health Hygiene in Ancient Civilization
Indian culture has always advocated the concept of personal body hygiene. Unlike western culture, bathing is included in everyday life.
King Louis popularized the concept of perfume as he demanded a new scent daily to contain his body odor. Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom used to have only monthly bathing. Even today, many Indian families consume their first meal only after taking a bath.
The richness of Indian culture and traditions is slowly acknowledged by the world. Yoga is now more popular in other parts of the globe than India. We should enrich our lives from the vast reservoir of knowledge written in form of Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads, and many other ancient texts.
So the next time, whenever you consume water, please take care of the ancient wisdom attached to it. It's our duty to keep our bodies healthy by keeping the delicate equilibrium of all the panch tatva found in our bodies.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Nidhi Gautam
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