Beauty is not Skin Deep: The Evolution of the Concept of Beauty in Ayurveda

There are three fundamental subtle energies which Ayurveda credits to the evolution of beauty. They are universal qualities, which are the fundamental forces behind all the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the Universe. They are prana, tejas and ojas.

Prana: Nature’s intelligence pervading the universe. It is the initial essence of creation.
Tejas: The expression of radiant light that transforms food, nutrients and all experiences into the cellular structure.
Ojas: Cosmic glue that holds and binds everything together.

Prana is the force of Life, Tejas is the force of Light and Ojas is the force of Love.

Since all of us are inherently a part of Nature, these three subtle energies exist within us, and their presence manifests in unique ways:

When we are full of prana, we experience a sense of vitality, clarity, calmness, and health.

When tejas is strong within us, we have a good metabolic fire, which allows us to have a clearer perception of the world around us, and the ability to see things for what they really are.

When ojas is robust, we have a natural glow and lustre that are a testimony to a life full of health-giving a strong immunity, happiness and a delightful demeanour.

When we live in harmony with the Self, we support the smooth flow of our energetic prana, tejas and ojas. Together these three components of our health modulate our vitality, strength and longevity and thus, beauty.

Ayurveda has expressed beauty in a few simple words.

It says, “Shubhanga Karanam Sundaram.”

Shubha – Auspicious
Anga – Body / Mind
Karanam – Transformation
Sundaram – Beautiful

Combined, these words express that true beauty involves the transformation of all aspects of body and mind to the most auspicious level. Or in other words, the secret to true beauty lies within our ability to attain harmony within the Self. A life that is lived as a reflection of our highest Self, is a life filled with beauty.

When you protect and rejuvenate your prana, tejas and ojas you can enjoy a lifetime of beauty. This kind of lasting beauty that Ayurveda describes is available to anyone so long as they follow the sequence of nourishing their beauty from the inside-out.

Developing real beauty that lasts is a lifelong process of diving deep within ourselves to uncover the love that already exists to transform our minds, bodies and spirits.

Courtesy: ‘Enchanting Beauty: Ancient Secrets for Inner, Outer and Lasting Beauty’ Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar. BAMS,( Ayu, India) Esthetician.

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