AYURVEDA: What is the Atma?
ATMA or “Soul” is the life principle, the divine Consciousness which along with the subtle body enters the fertilized ovum. Atma pervades through all three and gives them life force to do their respective jobs. Without the presence of Atma the body cannot perform its functions and becomes lifeless.
The Bhagavad-Gita describes it in this way: “For the Atma there is neither birth nor death at any time. He does not come to be, has not come to be, and will not come to be. He is unborn, eternal, undying, and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain . . . . The Atma can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, moistened by water, nor withered by the wind. This individual Atma is unbreakable and insoluble, and can be neither burned nor dried. He is everlasting, all-pervading, unchangeable, immovable, and eternally the same.”
Atma is not affected by disease, greed, ignorance or anything – it just stands testimony to all the deeds and experiences perceived by the body through mind and sense organs. It is immortal, pure consciousness and passes from birth to birth along with the subtle body when the physical body disintegrates. It is the representation of cosmic consciousness. No doubt, that life without Atma is Unimaginable.
Charak’s definition of AYURVEDA: an appropriate Life means a life that is bestowed with a healthy body having fully functional senses organs, a balanced mind free from negative emotions and filled with divine consciousness. The opposite is an inappropriate Life.
A Happy Life is an existing state of body at a fundamental level when there is a pervading sense of well being of body and mind which is the result following an Ayurvedic Lifestyle. The opposite of that is unhappy Life.
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