In the previous posts we saw how creation took place, and the five gross elements, and their combinations, which leads to the Doshas.
In this post we will discuss the Doshas themselves.
It is critically important to mention that the human being is the Micro-cosmos of the Macro-cosmos – the universe.
Space + Air
Vata is responsible for the movement in the body, breathing, blinking of the eyelids, pulsations in the heart, expansion and contraction, movement of the cytoplasm and cell membranes and movement of single impulses in nerve cells.
Seat – Large intestine (main), Pelvic cavity, bones, skin, ears and thighs.
Fire + Water
Bodily heat-energy, manifests as metabolism, governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism, body temperature, skin coloration, luster of the eyes. Intelligence and understanding.
Psychologically – arouses anger, hate and jealousy.
Seat – Small intestine (main), stomach, sweat glands, blood, fat, eyes and skin.
Water + Earth
Cements the elements in the body. Maintains body resistance. The water element is the main constituent of Kapha dosha and responsible for biological strength and natural tissue resistance. Kapha lubricates the joints, provides moisture to the skin, helps in healing wounds, fills the space in the body, gives vigor and stability; supports memory retention, gives energy to the heart and lungs and maintains immunity.
Psychologically – responsible for emotions like attachment, greed, long-lasting envy. Tendencies towards calmness, forgiveness and love.
Seat – Chest (main), throat, head sinuses, nose, mouth, stomach, joints, cytoplasm, plasma and liquid secretions of the body, like mucus.
In the next post we will go deeper in to the Doshas and will start to understand their effects on persons,