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MEDITATION: A TOOL FOR DIAGNOSIS AND THE MANAGEMENT OF PSYCHOSOMATIC SYMPTOMS: A CLINICAL OBSERVATION STUDY

Web of causation of diseases are well narrated in Ayurveda classics. Intellectual error is identified as major cause of diseases and its role in the manifestation of psychosomatic diseases is well explained in Charakasamhita. Smriti, exploration of memory is suggested as one of the five components of psychotherapeutic techniques in the managing the psychic components of diseases.

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Manomayakosa

Narrowness of the mind is the reason for majority of the negative emotions that leads to stress. Dimension of perception of a problem determines mostly its response in the emotional parlance. Hence the ability to expand the awareness and change of attitude are considered as good measures to reduce stress. Yoga teaches the technique of expansion of awareness. The expansion of awareness is emphasized in dhyana.

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Anandamayakosa

Anandamayakosa is most subtle of all kosas. When Atman exists in this kosa we will have highest state of health. Anandamayakosa is prone to get afflicted with some factors of ill health. They are the resultant drive of the seed of residual potencies or impression of previous birth (karmaphala). This may be correlated to the present understanding of genetic transcription.

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Annamayakosa

A manifested structural lesions need to be treated either by eliminating through surgical measures, Panchakarma or medicaments. All the conventional medical systems have developed mainly to cure the physical manifestations of disease. Here yoga can play a role of a complementary medicine by promoting innate healing power.

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Vijnanamayakosa

Vijnanamaya includes our intellect and also the sense faculties (jnanendriya). This level is the collection of all inherited and acquired knowledge. Knowledge is our understanding and appreciation of the fundamentals of life, real source of joy and happiness, the reality of things outside etc. We undertake a lot of analysis at this level and finally discriminate what is right and what is wrong.

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Pranamayakosa

he word ‘prana’ roughly means energy. We can experience the existence of an energy-providing layer for all our physical and mental activities. Every bit of physical and mental activities requires energy. Breathing, heart beats, circulation, digestion, etc. can be considered as evidence of the presence of prana. The moment prana leaves the body; all activities come to an end.

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