THE TABOO AROUND URGES
Due to hectic schedules, unavailability, social manners, etc. we often suppress our urges, waiting for a moment to be free or to be alone. We disregard it classifying it disgusting or improper. We live in a modern world where we are constantly solicited, busy or surrounded by people and we have to stand up to expectations either of our productivity or of our own image.
We eat when the meeting is over, we go to toilet after we finish our tasks, we retain our coughing when we are in a theatre, we refrain from yawning in public… Our cultural and civilized society train us and conform us since our childhood so that suppressing our urges becomes an habit.
Well, a very harmful habit.
Our urges appear spontaneously, naturally, at various times and intervals accordingly to the stimuli of our nervous system inducing it, and also sometimes in response to our direct environment.
In Ayurveda, it is not Taboo at all, actually, it is valued as one of the major factor for diseases to start and progress. Ayurveda consider natural urges as crucial and vital functions of our body.
In that vision, we should reconsider the way we see and handle our urges and not be too prompt to judge, hide or control it. It is time to understand its importance in the prevention of disease and the role it can play in the homeostasis and internal balance of our body and mind.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ELIMINATION
Vegadharan is the Ayurvedic term used to describe the suppression of our natural urges, and a whole chapter is dedicated to that. That speaks about its importance.
Constantly our body assimilates, transforms, regenerates…but it also needs to eliminate all the wastes, toxins and by products of all those processes.
Elimination has a unique and important role such just as all others we find “more respectable”. But between a weed and a flower there is only judgment, right?
Urine, faeces, flatus, vomiting, sneezing, belching, yawning, thirst, hunger, lacrymation, sleep, semen, etc. are generated because of different body activities that if stopped or prevented can be harmful and produce different diseases. Mainly, the Vata dosha will be vitiated, and nothing in our body can work without the impulsion of Vata. Moreover, it can cause Ama (Toxins) to accumulate and circulate in the body. Nervous system and biological clock can also be greatly impacted.
Here are the different troubles (non-exhaustive) that can occur specifically:
• Suppression of flatus: abdominal tumor, loss of vision, heart disease, improper Vata movement or blockage
• Suppression of faeces : cramps, migraines, improper Vata movement, tensions, heaviness, fistulas
• Suppression of urine: calculus in urinary tract, overall pain, bladder and genital disorders
• Surpression of sneezing: vitiation of Vata, migraines, ENT disorders, paralysis
• Surpression of yawning: vitiation of Vata, migraines, ENT disorders, paralysis
• Supression of sleep: disorders of eyes, head, fatigue, overall pain, debilitaty of organs, loss of consciousness and awareness
• Surpression of thirst: overall weakness, heart diseases, deafening
• Surpression of hunger: overall pain, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, pain in abdomen, fainting
• Surpression of coughing: loss of appetite, dyspnea, heart diseases, hiccups
• Surpression of breathing upon exertion: abdominal tumor, heart disease, troubles with senses
• Surpression of crying: ENT disorders, heart troubles, upper chest tumors
• Surpression of vomiting: skin disorders and discoloration, oedema, fever, dyspnea
• Surpression of genital fluids and discharge: swelling, fever, overall pain, impotence, obstructions, heart disorder
Those should never be delayed or suppressed, neither forcefully initiated, with mind or body control.
Pragyaparadha : Crime against wisdom
It is a concept introduced in the classics referring to bad attitude and actions we consciously and knowingly do, denying our inner wisdom, intellect, intuition and will. Suppressing our urges falls under that category.
In order to be healthy we have to listen to the wisdom of our body that never fail to express its needs should we be ready to listen and act accordingly.
Dharaneeya Vegas : urges to be suppressed
The below, on the contrary, are mentioned to be suppressed should one want a long and happy life:
- Deeds: desire for another woman, theft, violence, ill-treatment
- Emotional/spiritual: Greed, grief, fear, anger, vanity, shamelessness, jealousy, excessive desire, malice
- Speech: speaking bad words, speaking excessively, back biting, lies, untimely words
Our blessing from refraining those will be Dharma, Artha and Kama.
If you constantly for various reasons hold on the nature calls, it will inevitably lead to serious and complicated diseases with a root cause as obvious and simple as is.
Maybe next time you want to delay the toilet time you will rethink either your job, your image or your health is more important.
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-Emmanuelle Dessaigne & Dr. Manan Soni
Source: Ashtanga Hrdayam ( chapter 4 ) and Charaka Samhita ( Chapter 7 )