Daily routine, “dinacharyā”, is one of the pillars of health in Ayurvedic medicine.
Integrating certain practices into your daily routine that are rooted in natural law supports one to smoothly flow on their path of evolution with minimal friction and maximum health.
This podcast features world renowned Ayurvedic doctor, Vaidya Ādityā Raju, who generously shares wisdom on the Ayurvedic daily routine in such an elaborate way like you have probably never heard before.
This episode was auspiciously recorded on the eve of the fullest moon of the year, known as “Guru Pūrṇimā.”
Thus, we explore the role of Guru – which literally translates to “that which removes darkness”, and the multitude of qualities of “Guru consciousness.”
ABOUT OUR GUEST: VAIDYA ADITYA RAJU
Vaidya Aditya Raju is a specialist in Panchakarma, Pulse diagnosis and Sukhamarma.
Aditya is the youngest son of J.R. Raju, the foremost disciple of the world-famous Vaidya Balraj Maharishi and head of the Raju Family. He is also sishya (disciple) and devotee of his holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, under who’s guidance he trained for several decades of his life before the Maharishi dropped his body.
He is a visiting teacher in Italy, where he provides consulting and training to hundreds of doctors. He also serves as a consultant to Maharishi Ayurveda products Italy.
He is a visiting Ayurveda consultant to European and Asian Ayurveda Panchakarma centers.
With grace and a pure spirit, Aditya shares his vast and rich wisdom of Ayurveda, hoping to enlighten and assist as many souls as possible during this lifetime.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
The Essentials of the Ayurvedic Daily Routine (Dinacharya)
Firstly, waking up in the brāma muhūrta.
For more information on the brāhma muhūrta click here.
Drinking cool water first thing in the morning (after cleaning your teeth & scraping your tongue) and later hot water the rest of the day.
This assists in the cleansing of the body & the removal of ama (undigested toxic material).
After washing your teeth it is advised that you do some form of gargling or oil pulling (ideally use the special Gandusha Oil or plain sesame oil)
Nasya नस्य (sniffing a drop of nasya oil like our Nasika Oil up each nostril) to lubricate, cleanse and protect the upper srotas (channels).
Advice: don’t do nasya before taking a shower, before having a meal, before going to bed nor when having a cold/flu.
Abhyanga अभ्यङ्ग massage to stimulate the lymph & blood flow around the body, hydrate the skin & pull toxins out it + much more.
You can read more about abhyanga massage, how to do it and its many benefits here.
After your self-abhyanga practice you can take a shower or bathe in the sea/ocean. The water invokes the essence of ganga, the goddess or supreme intelligence of water that is all-purifying.
It cleanses on the external/superficial level.
Practicing some form of meditation will allow you to de-excite the mind & to establish yourself in a state of pure being. Meditation is the way for you to cleanse the internal and deeper level.
At Vital Veda we recommend the Vedic Meditation practice.
To find a Vedic meditation teacher near you click here & scroll down to “Vedic meditation”.
There is no need to be strict with your Dinacharya. Start gradually. Explore & implement different practices out of joy.
Other Powerful Practices
Bringing awareness to your hands and observing the three main aspects of the mother divine (Lakshmi, Saraswati & Uma).
Before putting his feet on the ground you can chant the Samudra Vasane Devi mantra.
समुद्रवसने देवि पर्वतस्तनमण्डले
Samudra-Vasane Devi Parvata-Stana-Mannddale
विष्णुपत्नि नमस्तुभ्यं पादस्पर्शं क्षमस्वम
Vissnnu-Patni Namas-Tubhyam Paada-Sparsham Kssamasva-Me
The meaning of this mantra is the following:
Line 1: (Oh Mother Earth) O Devi, You Who have the Ocean as Your Garments, and Mountains as Your Bosom.
Line 2: O Consort of Lord Vishnu, Salutations to You; Please Forgive my Touch of the Feet (on Earth, which is Your Holy Body).
This mantra or shloka beautifully describes the tolerance, compasion, patience and nurturing quality of earth and it is meant to enliven our appreciation for mother nature & all the organisms that it holds & provides for.
Doing some asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breath regulation) early in the morning before the abhyanga.
After your morning meditation, you can do a puja पूजा (a ceremonial worship).
Firstly invoking Ganesha (the remover of obstacles) & afterward your Guru(s) and your ishta devata (your personal supreme deity) to show your appreciation & to ask for guidance.
Everything that you do before the puja is a preparation for this moment. You first cleanse your body & mind, get established in being, and only then do you engage with the puja.
This ideally is the first real “action” of the day.
The puja allows for the enlivening of siddhis (divine-human capabilities)
For more on siddhis listen to Siddhis: Supernatural Yogic Capabilities | Eddie Stern #065
Ritucharya ऋतुचर्या translates to seasonal routine. The ritus are the Vedic seasons & the word charya means “routine”.
The year is divided in 6 ritus of 2 months each:
शिशिर (śiśira) – Late winter
वसन्त (vasanta) – Spring
ग्रीष्म (grīṣma) – Summer
वर्षा (varṣā) – Rains
शरद् (śarad) – Autumn
हेमन्त (hemanta) – Early winter
“There occur some special changes in environment and humans in every Ritu, and hence certain foods and exercises are specifically told for each Ritu, this process is known as Ritucharya”
Source – aruṇadatta commentary on aṣṭāṃga hrudaya, sūtra 3.1
For more information on the advised ritucharya for your specific physiology & the current ritu please schedule a consultation with Dylan.
- You can book a consultation with Dylan by clicking HERE.
The regular and intentional practice of mantras allows for them to fully imbibe their essence within one’s physiology, to the point of one being able to recognize the beeja and mudra for said mantra(s) naturally.
When the mantras have been assimilated to that degree, one can recite them & do their mudras at astounding speeds – beyond what can be perceived with the naked eye.
It is a level of mantra-mastery that is often only achieved by the most dedicated brahmins.
This deep familiarization with mantras has epigenetic repercussions, to the point where the energetic effects of these primordial sounds on one’s nervous system ends up being passed down to one’s own progyny.
What is “Guru” गुरु?
The traditional role of the guru is to allow for the shishya (disciple) to chip away old habits, also known as Vṛtti(s) वृत्ति, that do not contribute to the evolution of the spirit.
The cleansing of our karma & samskaras becomes severely accelerated when under the guidance of a master.
When these imperfections are removed by means of a specific sadhana (spiritual practice), all that is left is pure chitta (awareness).
The meaning of jagadguru जगद्गुरु – a term composed of the words jagat which means “the entire world” and guru meaning “spiritual master” or literally “remover of darkness”.
A jagadguru is a spiritual master of the whole world.
There are several jagadgurus recognized in history, amongst them the legendary spiritual master Adi Shankaracharya, founder of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy; Veda Vyasa, the master who compiled the Vedas; and even Lord Kṛṣṇa who gifted the world with a lot of wisdom, especially in the Bhagavad Gita.
How Gurus manage to engage with the world in a completely frictionless manner due to their unique level of transcendence.
Being established in pure being allows for one to flow through life effortlessly, free of attachment.
The field of guru consciousness
A guru can be anything and anyone. A guru is everything that teaches you a lesson and removes darkness from your life.
Guru can be a traditional master, but it can also be a mother, a father, a friend, one’s sangha (spiritual community), an event/experience, and even elements of nature like a tree, a butterfly or a stone.
The Mother is the first guru of everyone.
How these relationships come to be.
The love and devotion between student & master.
The Vedas & The Idea of “Spirituality”
Spirituality in the Vedas is not merely religious practices. It is not an isolated concept or something that is practiced in isolation from other things.
The Vedas show that spirituality permeates everything, and all things can be spiritual. In the Vedas mathematics are spiritual, science is spiritual, the medical system (Ayurveda) is spiritual, etc.
All things are integrated with each other in the Vedas, everything is a part of the whole, hence there is a Saṃbandha संबन्ध (connection) between all things.
Often translated as “sacrifice” or “offering”, a yajna or yagya is a Hindu ritual ceremony performed in front of a fire (Agni Deva) where mantras are often invoked.
The Upanishads, a vast collection of ancient fables that supply the basis of later Hindu philosophy, elaborates on the concept of Yajna and compares it to a human life in its different stages.
Vargas (Caste System)
The karma of family lineages.
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