ABC of Nadi Pariksha

Nadi means ‘Flow’. Here, flow means the constant activity of perceptions, feelings and emotions.

It is a known fact that the Mind uses the body to express itself. Therefore, one of the main routes to diagnose the cause of ailments and diseases through Nadi Pariksha is this route. “Yad bhaavam, tad bhavati” (as the expression of person’s level of consciousness, so is the state of his/her body and its resultant ailments).

So it is very clear that as the expressions in the mind become gross and dense, these expressions begin to manifest themselves at the physical level as ailments and diseases.

In Nadi Pariksha, the flow in the mind represents the active level of consciousness. Depending on the type of perception and thinking, and with the influence of past impressions (samskaras), the mind is active in either of the 3 levels of consciousness i.e. : Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.
In a “Saatvic” state of mental activity, a person feels calm, happy, empathetic, forgiving and is emotionally balanced. He experiences contentment and all his activities are performed based on rational thinking.

Through Nadi Pariksha it can be seen that the flow of digestive juices is uniform, hunger is expressed well and a person eats a meal in harmony. Food is enjoyed and the digestion and excretion happen normally.

In a “Rajasic” state, a person feels overly excited, agitated, irritated and has a selfish intent. A person is always looking for ways and means to acquire more. He/she is restless mentally.

Through Nadi Pariksha, this mental state reveals that the flow of digestive juices is agitated. A person’s hunger is erratic. A person may indulge in emotional eating. Large portions of meal will be consumed and in a hurry.

In a “Tamasic” state, one harbors feelings of hatred, malice, excessive greed and lust and enmity.
Through Nadi Pariksha, this mental state reveals that the digestive juices are erratic, totally controlled by active emotional conditioning. The expression of hunger is at times excessive and at times, very poor. He wool have very poor health with circulatory disorders.


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