Dr. Urvashi Sharma, Dr. Ashoka Kumar Sharma


Ayurveda is science of life. There is three upstambha or sub-pillars described for sustaining life. Those are Ahara,Nidra,Brahamcharya. Ahara is the most important in all three upstambha. You are what you eat. Diet and mind are very closely connected, Ahara is categorised in three categories Satvic, Rajasic, Tamsic according to their properties. Satva or manas also have these three kind of prakriti so whatever we eat our mind becomes.

Satvik food purify the mind and body and calming. Rajasic food stimulates the body and mind and causes hyperactivity or irritability, Tamasic food makes mind dull and causes confusion, disorientation.

Our aim is to understand the correlation between ahara and manas,and  application of the concept for improving mental health quality.

Study material will be collected from ayurvedic text and research articles.

Ahara is called maha-aushadha also, if we consume food in proper manner than it can prevent and cure different illnesses . Ahara should be shadindriya prasadak- pleasing all six indriyas. Diet with high nutritional value is needed for proper development and health of our brain and system and Satvik ahara is full of macro and micro nutrients and pleasant for mind also; It is medhya,supporting physical brain and enhancing coordination of mental functions. If mind remains strong,its able to effortlessly command the senses and able to makes positive choices and behaviours.

Our physical and mental wellbeing is directly connected to what we consume in out dietary routine. Satvik,rajasik,tamasik are not only attributes of food stuff but there is also a way of guiding of mind. Satvik ahara purifies mind so that person can have clear vision, good thoughts ,wisdom and intelligence by which we can have mental, social and physical wellbeing.



Ahara,Manas, Satvika, Rajsika , Tamsika , diet etc.

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Charaka Samhita, Hindi commentary ‘Ayushi’ commentator Vaidya Harishchandra Singh Kushwaha, Sutra Sthana 11/35 , page no. 171

Sushruta Samhita, Hindi translation of Nibandhasamgrah commentary and Nyayachandrika commentary by Dr. Keval Krishna Thakral, Sutra Sthana 15/41 Page no. 179

Ibid,Caraka Samhita, Viman Sthan 6/8 page no. 639

Srimad Bhagwad Gita , Hindi commentary Tatv-vivechani by Jaydayal Goyantika, 17/7, page no. 824

Ibid,Srimad Bhagwad Gita , 17/2 page no. 820

Ibid,Charaka Samhita, Sutra Sthana 1/55 page 24

Ibid,Charaka Samhita, Sutra Sthana 1/57 page 26

Calvo-Ochoa, E., Hernández-Ortega, K., Ferrera, P., Morimoto, S., and Arias, C. 2014. Short-term high-fat-and-fructose feeding produces insulin signaling alterations, dendritic and synaptic loss and astroglial response in the rat hippocampus. J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab. 34:1001–8. doi: 10.1038/jcbfm.2014.48

Ibid,Srimad Bhagwad, Gita,14/9 page. 748

Ibid, Srimad Bhagwad Gita , 17/8, page 825

Ibid,Srimad Bhagwad Gita , 17/9, page 826

Ibid, Srimad Bhagwad Gita , , 17/10, page 827.


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