The human body is equipped with a fascinating healing mechanism in its inherent physiology. Many factors govern healing within the body, that are not limited to the anatomical body, but also require a state balance and harmony in the Ethereal bodies of our multidimensional state of existence. These include both the Emotional Body and Energetic body, as well as the Mental Body. Regenerative science is an ever-expanding field. With our growing knowledge of how emotions, stress and mental states impact our bodies physiology, we understand that regeneration cannot be approached only in a material sense in the anatomical body. It needs a multidimensional approach. This is what can be termed as Vibrational or Quantum healing which becomes the next frontier for Regenerative Medicine and Rejuvenation. The first center of Vibrational Cosmetics was recently opened in New Jersey, USA. The approaches for regeneration and rejuvenation take on a new level of quantum and vibrational healing that combine spirituality, ancient holistic science like Ayurveda and modern medicine that gives a multidimensional approach of healing of the mind, body and skin. These includes adding an Eastern touch with meditation, chakra and light body activation, tantra yoga, Body type and dosha assessment based on Ayurveda (ancient Indian science along with a Western approach of personalized skin treatments with lasers and topicals based on body type).
The microbiome science in current day research and understanding of the body physiology shows us that there is a symbiotic relationship between the microorganisms inside and outside the surface of our body. They mainly communicate through the Immune system which is an intricate and complex communication of the skin-gut -brain axis.1 Their influence can be related to both chronic and acute skin conditions as well as aging. We can relate the balance of the dosha and its approach in Ayurveda to the significance of the symbiotic relationship between the gut and skin microbiome with the host.2 The gut being the target to create symbiosis through diet. One can also approach this symbiosis in mindful activities such as Yoga, Meditation and spiritual self-actualization with the aim to create balance and harmony in the body and mind.3,4
Understanding Ayurvedic component to Vibrational cosmetics.
When a cosmetic product or medicine is prepared with herbs, we generally use the natural extracts or parts themselves of flowers, leaves, fruits, bark, resins and roots. As per the wisdom of Ayurveda, all the parts of a plant are made of the Pancha maha bhoota or the energy from the five elements. The five elements are Prithvi (earth), Ap (water), Thejas (Sun), Vayu (air) and Akasha (Ether). These five elements can be considered as five vibrational modes as well.
According to Charaka, among Pancha maha bhoota, Akasha is the first element that came into existence. It is not a synonym of sky, but it can be conceptually like the space. Modern physics also accept the ether to be the root cause of all other element. It is believed in Ayurveda that Akasha is Anadi (Having no origin) and Ananta (having no end) and it is sarva vyapi (omnipresent).
Ayurveda and Tridoshas
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas (functional units of the body)- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They destroy or maintain the body when vitiated or not, respectively.
These Doshas are constituted by Pancha maha bhoota (five primordial elements) by which the entire perceptible universe is formed of, at a subtle, subatomic level. These five maha bhootas constitute the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom and minerals. Thus, living or non-living everything are made up of them. Though they cannot be seen, they can be inferred by structure and function of substances. Thus, the food we eat, our body, our excreta, our surroundings, all are constituted of five elements.
To have a better idea on this you should be knowing the concept of ‘cosmogony’ in Ayurveda. It is termed as ‘Srishti Utpatti’ in Sanskrit. This deals with how the universe are created. It is an important topic discussion of many of the philosophies. The genesis of the universe is termed as creation (Srishti) and the dissolution is called as inundation (Laya). Man has identified these stages for almost all things. Things appear or manifest, they stay for some time and finally they are destroyed.
Srishti Utpatti according to Samkhya Darshana
Samkhya is one of the earliest schools of Indian philosophy and most systems, including yoga, have been drawn from or influenced by it. Samkhya is a dualistic philosophy and postulates two eternal realities: Purusha, the witnessing consciousness, and Prakriti, the root cause of creation, composed of the three gunas. It is only when the activity of Prakriti is guided by the purusha, and both co-operate, there is evolution of world of objects.
During the first phase of evolution, the equilibrium (Samyavastha) of Prakriti is brought to an end by the impact of purusha (Consciousness). In this stage, the Trigunas (Satva, Rajas and Tamas) becomes active. ‘Rajoguna’ naturally become first active due to its chalamatra property and through it the other two gunas begins to vibrate. Due to this gradual differentiation and integration, and the combination of these trigunas in different proportion the various objects of the world originates. 5
Srishti Utpatti by Scholar Susruta
Acharya Susruta explains evolution like that of Samkhya philosophy. He also mentions in every substance existing in this universe all the five bhutas (elements) are present invariably. Their proportion however varies widely and so substances are categorized in to five kinds based on the predominance of each bhuta (element). 6
Creation consists of vibrations at various frequencies and amplitudes giving rise to the phenomenon of the world. The human beings are the outcome of Pancha maha bhoota (five elements) and which can be constituted in to the soul, the mind and the body. These are complex cycles and are always in constant motion. 7
In short, every living body is enveloped by an electrical (static) force and contains within a divine nucleus. The cool emission of radiation of the nucleus are channeled through nerves in to spinal cord and the brain. 8
Principles of Pharmacology and Five vibrational modes
Prithvi or the earth element forms the base of matter, and Jala or the water element is the origin of all matter. Agni or fire element is responsible for all transformations. Vayu or the air element help with movements and Akasha or the ether element helps with space, in matter. Thus, the inseparable aggregation of five bhutas is very vital for the origin and existence of matter. However, they are being named according to the bhuta predominantly present in them.
Importance of chanting Mantras in Ayurveda
Mantras are vedic in origin. Ayurveda is considered as the upaveda or auxiliary knowledge of Atharva Veda. In Ayurveda, apart from herbal remedies for diseases, a Daivavyapashrayya treatment (magico-religious practices) is one of the important management measures. Mantra recitation is the part of it which is cited to enhance the healing. It is equally applicable in preventive and therapeutic aspects. 9
The word Mantra is a Sanskrit word and it contains two roots, ‘man’ which means to think and a suffix ‘tra’ which means an instrument or tool. Literally, Mantra means a tool for thinking.
Ayurveda receives equal status of Mantra as it is being narrated at the advice of Atreya Rsis. ‘Rsi’ means saint, one who has perceived Mantras and has invented new theories or concepts and explained them in a new light.
Shabda (sound) is the very basic form of energy, which is also ever existent as Akasha (ether). Mantra affects not only on manas (Psyche) and Aatma (soul) but five sense organs are similarly involved in this process because these are the instruments through which waves of mantra reaching up to the sole and mind.10,11
There are numerous references emphasizing Mantra recitation in Ayurveda.
- When a child is born, Ayurveda advises to recite Mantra on the right ear of the newborn asking gods to protect him/her from evil spirits.
- In the treatment of fever, Acharya charaka recommends the chanting of ‘Vishnu sahasra nama’ (thousand names of hindu diety – Lord Vishnu)
- Before collection of herbal drugs mantras has to be chanted.
- In the treatment of poisoning, Insanity and Epilepsy, chanting mantras has been described as a treatment.
These are only a few examples. In various places of the ancient classics role of mantras has been described and well defined.
The Vedas interpret that the vowels and consonants of Sanskrit as coming from the Damaru (drum) of Lord Siva. The individual letters of the Sanskrit alphabet are derived from the basic strands of energy vibrating at the central part of existence of human beings. The vibrations created by sound, thought and actions really do have an impact on inner self of human beings, as well as on environment and hence the universe. Mantra is letters of the Sanskrit alphabet and can create a positive, friendly and a healing effect.
A study conducted by C.R Karnick has shown that ‘in plants from the stage of seedling to the maturity’ are affected by certain types of sound waves, especially Mantras. 12 Plants have shown positive response to these type of sound waves regarding their growth and efficacy in curing diseases.
Balancing your body’s frequency has tremendous health effects on the body. Practicing mindfulness, nature awareness and stillness helps you to find your balance. Same is the case with using vibrational cosmetics. It means turning your body in to the earths rhythm and finding your inner purpose and following your heart.
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- Beri K Connecting the “emotional body” and microbiome with the skin’s physiology, pathogenesis of disease and aging. The scientific foundations for Vibrational healing and Vibrational Cosmetics. H&PC Today (March/April) 2019.
- Beri, K. Perspective: Stabilizing the Microbiome Skin-Gut-Brain Axis with Natural Plant Botanical Ingredients in Cosmetics. Cosmetics 2018, 5, 37.
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- Aparna Pravin Deshpande. Mantra (Incantations) – Divine remedial in Ayurveda. Ayurpharm Int J Ayur Alli Sci. 2014;3(3):61-72.
- Susruta Samhita, Shareera sthana, Chapter 1 3. Effect of Mantras on Human beings and Plants 4. Effect of Mantras on Human beings and Plants
- Aparna Pravin Deshpande. Mantra (Incantations) – Divine remedial in Ayurveda. Ayurpharm Int J Ayur Alli Sci. 2014;3(3):61-72. 6. Effect of Mantras on Human beings and plants
- Charaka Samhita, Part-1 (Charakachandrika Hindi commentary). Brahmananda Tripathi, Ganga sahay Pandey, editors. 1st ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Surbharati Prakashana; 2009. Sharirasthana, 8/46. p.967.
- Charaka Samhita, Part-2 (Ayushi Hindi commentary). Harishchandrasinha Kushavaha, editor. 1st ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Orientaliya; 2009. Chikitsasthana, 3/312,313. p.134
- Charaka samhita, Part-1, (Charakachandrika Hindi commentary). Brahmananda Tripathi, Ganga sahay Pandey, editors. 1st ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Surbharati Prakashana; 2009. Sharirsthana, 8/39. p.961.
- Yoga Journal – For health conscious and living (December 1997- Issue 137)
- Effect of Mantras on Human beings and Plants – C.R Karnick
Article by Dr. Kavita Beri MD & Dr. Arya Krishna, BAMS