Just by chance the other day I was flipping through an old Ayurvedic book sitting forlornly on my bookshelf when I stumbled across a page called:
Crimes Against Wisdom (Prajnaparadha).
Immediately I was intrigued and began absorbing the next few pages ferociously, eager to discover more.
Originating more than 3,000 years ago in India, Ayurveda is widely considered as an “alternative” form of medicine to the more conventional forms of Western medicines widely practiced today. The term comes from the Sanskrit words ayur (meaning life) and veda (meaning science or knowledge). These particular Crimes Against Wisdom constitute just one aspect of the five total factors that are said to contribute to chronic illness and disease.
So if you have an open-mind and are interested in discovering some out-of-the-ordinary reasons for why you may be suffering at the hands of one ailment or the other, read on.
9 Crimes Against Wisdom
According to Ayurveda, the following acts compromise and jeopardize your health:
1. The suppression of bodily urges.
These include the suppression of:
- Sleep – causing insomnia, exhaustion and headaches.
- Crying – causing eye and throat diseases.
- Sneezing – causing headaches and respiratory disorders.
- Breathing – causing coughs and dyspnoea.
- Eating – causing mental and emotional irritation, malabsorption and hypoglycemia.
- Urination – causing lower backaches, headaches and urinary disorders.
- Drinking – causing fatigue, constipation, dehydration and urinary disorders.
- Flatulence – causing bloating, joint pain, dysuria and constipation.
- Defecation – causing abdominal pain, bloating, dysuria.
2. Absorbing too much violence.
Ayurveda defines this as indulging in physical violence and psychological violence; or, wishing ill upon another person. Healthier ways to vent and express anger include exercise, crying, writing or confiding in another person.
3. Too much sex.
Yep. Although Ayurveda treats sexual activity as a healthy, normal and positive pursuit, an over-indulgence in sex is thought to be a Crime Against Wisdom, on par with that of drug and alcohol addictions.
4. Postponing the healing of an ailment.
Whether because we’re too busy, have better things to do, or simply hate the GP’s waiting room, Ayurveda considers delaying the maintenance and equilibrium of our bodies to be a Crime Against Wisdom. This seems to be common sense: delay treatment and the more likely the prognosis will worsen. Sucks to be you.
5. Seeking poor medical treatments.
Ayurveda suggests that any treatment that merely treats the symptoms of an illness, rather than its core, is a poor and unwise treatment. Instead of seeking treatment that superficially patches up surface symptoms, the fundamental issue should be discovered, analyzed and catered to.
6. Disrespecting the elderly.
If you notice in Western society, older people are shipped off to senior centers and retirement villages far away from everyday society once they pretty much reach 65+. Ayurveda instructs that we need to pay more attention to the life experiences and practical wisdom of our elders. To ignore and disregard the older generations is therefore thought to be a Crime Against Wisdom as it starves us of the opportunity to learn and grow.
7. Making friends with the wrong people.
Maintaining friendships with people of low, or no, moral character is thought to be a Crime Against Wisdom that turns out to bite us on the bum, as well as serving to compromise our health in the end.
8. Abandoning good habits.
Establishing a positive and healthy habit (such as meditation or exercise) requires self-discipline and persistence. When we forsake our good habits, it is said that the continuous flow of spiritual energy is cut, causing an increasingly undisciplined mind and body.
9. Entertaining negative thoughts and emotions.
When poisonous feelings and thoughts outweigh the good feelings and thoughts within us, this is said to contribute to physical sickness and disease. Ayurveda instructs that in order to live a wise, well-balanced life, we must actively seek to create feelings of love, compassion and understanding within ourselves.
So … what are your thoughts? Feel free to share them below!