Mahavira's Scripture Of Health: [07.09] Life-Style And Health - Health Means Equanimity

Published: 16.05.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Let us consider these spiritual points and incorporate them in our way of living. Equanimity is a spiritual matter, which means an equanimous state of mind, leaning neither one way nor the other. It implies the rigour neither of thinking nor of action. Ayurveda says that "Doshavaishamyam Rogah Doshasamyam Arogyam“- the extreme disorder of the humours of the body implies the diseased state. The balance of the humours of the body implies health. When the vata, pitta and kapha become imbalanced, the result is the disease. When these three are in perfect balance, the person is healthy. Equanimity of the mind means health. Hence, we can take equanimity and health to be inter-changeable terms. There is health where there is equanimity and there is equanimity where there is health. Where there is extreme imbalance, there is disease and where there is disease there is extreme imbalance. Pride, shrewdness and greed lead to the diseases. In the Madhava Nidana Grantha, greed is said to be one of the factors that weakens the heart. The person prone to excessive greediness would have a weak heart. All impulses have a very harmful effect on health.

Our way of life should be dominated by subsidence, equanimity and balance; it is possible to protect oneself against physical, mental and emotional disease by adopting such a way of life. Self-restraint is the basic thing in that way of life, which is very closely connected with all other things that are relevant to it. When one's way of living is guided by this basic thing, his life would be happy and full of joy.

Sources
  • Mahavira's Scripture Of Health by © Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulheraj & Muni Dhananjay Kumar
  • Translated by Sarla Jag Mohan
  • Published by Adarsh Sahitya Sangh, New Dehli, India, 2000

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