"Labhopayohi shastanam rasadinam rasayanam||"
Rasayana or Rejuvenation is the means of obtaining the best qualities of dhatus(body tissues). Literally the term rasayana refers to the means of obtaining the optimum nourishment to dhatus,thus the rasayana is a specialized type of treatment influencing the fundamental aspects of the organism viz. dhatus, agnis and srotas leading to an overall improvement in the organism which affords prevention of ageing,resistance against diseases, bodily strength and improvement in mental faculties.
What are the types of Rasayanas?
Rasayanas are broadly classified into two categories:
1. Kamya Rasayana
2. Naimittika Rasayana
1. KAMYA RASAYANA : Is the one envisaged to be used in healthy persons for promotion of mental and physical health. Kamya Rasayana can be classified into two categories.
1. Achara Rasayana
6. Shastikashali Pinda Sweda
7. Pathra Pinda Sweda
8. Choorna Pinda Sweda
1. What is Mind Rejuvenation or Achara Rasayana?
It is the disipline taught to the mind to follow the good code of conduct of life to attain liberation.
"sathyavanamakrodham nivrutham madhyamaithunam|
ahimsakamanayasam prashantam priyavadinam||
japashouchaparam dheeram dananithyam trapaswinam|
anrushamsyapare nithyam nithyam karunavedinam|
samajagaranaswapnam nithyam ksheeragrithashinam||
upasitaram vrudvanamasthikanam jithathmanam|
dharmashastraparam vidyannaram nithyarasayanam||
gunairetaihi sumudithaihi prayungthe yo rasyanam|
rasayana gunan sarvan yathokthan sa samashruthe||"
Free from anger
Prohibition of alcoholic drinks
Excessive indulgence in sex to be avoided
One must be peaceful and pleasing in their speech
One must maintain cleanliness
Regular practice of meditation
All animals, bramhanas, gurus, and elderly persons should be protected and respected.
One should practice limited sleep
One should take milk and ghee regularly
One should be aware of their time and duty
Free from ego
Affinity towards the spititual science
Good control over the five senses and function organs
Belief in the existence of god
Good knowledge about Vedas
Regular study of vedic scriptures
Those who practice the above said principles are eligible to acquire the qualities of rejuvenation.
2) What is Vatatapika Rasayana ?
The Rasayana that can be administered even if the individual is exposed to wind and the sun.
3) What is Kuti Praveshika Rasayana ?
This is a special method of administration of rasayana after the body purification, where in one is protected and kept in a specially made cottage, under the supervision of an expert physician.
Amalaki pulp to be administered
Brahmi swarasa to be administered
Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Body Massage)
Shirodhara (Controlled pouring of Medicated oil on forehead)
Sarvanga Thaila Dhara or pizzichil (Controlled pouring of Medicated Oil all over the body and massage)
Ksheera Seka (Controlled pouring of Milk with Decoctions all over the body and massage)
Kashaya Seka (Controlled pouring of Medicated Decoctions all over the body and massage)
Pathra Pinda Sweda (Special Rejuvenation by Herbal Leaves)
Shastika Shali Pinda Sweda (Special Rejuvenation by Rice)
Choorna Pinda Sweda (Special Rejuvenation by Medicated Powders)
Netratarpana (Rejuvenation to Eyes)
Katibasthi (Rejuvenation to Low back)
Janubasthi (Rejuvenation to Knee Joints)
Greevabasthi (Rejuvenation to Cervical Region)
Shirobasthi (Rejuvenation to the Head)
Hrudbasthi (Rejuvenation to the Pre-cardial area)
Nabhibasthi (Rejuvenation to the Umbilical region)
Udvartana (Special Rejuvenation for Obesity)
Padaghata ( Special Rejuvenation performed by Legs)
What is Naimittika Rasayana ?
Rasayanas recomended for a specific purpose / ailment is called Naimithika Rasayana.
Vata vyadhi - Guggulu
Kusta vyadhi - Bhallataka
Rajayakshma - pippali
Prameha - shilajatu
Kasa - Agasthya hareetaki
Swasa - Chavana prasha
Benefits of Rejuvenation Therapies:
Provides Freedom from Diseases
Ensures good Complexion
Renders Excellent Voice
Improves Vitality and Vigour of Body Tissues
Acts as a powerful Aphrodisiac
The digestive fire works excellently
Five Senses and Five function Organs are Strengthened
Prevents Ageing and Diseases