The Correct Understanding of Beauty

In a time when beauty is often equated, in many cultures, with a “fair” complexion or a fashionably thin figure or the shape of the nose, it is interesting to look back to a time when beauty was defined in holistic terms, and that beauty was within every woman’s reach.

Right thinking, clear speech, regulated and refined body-language are all essential parts of true beauty.

Ayurveda, the most ancient healing system of India, has a unique perspective on beauty.

Holistic, all-encompassing, the Ayurvedic definition of beauty reads thus –

Roopam, Gunam, Vayastyag – iti – Shubhanga Soundarya Kaaranam.

According to Ayurveda, there are 3-foundations of beauty.

Roopam is outer beauty – personified by shining healthy hair and a clear radiant complexion with sparkling Eyes.

Gunam refers to inner beauty – the beauty that shines from within, characterized by a warm pleasing personality and innocence of mind and heart.

Vayastyag means lasting beauty – looking, and feeling younger than your chronological age.”

Thus, Ayurveda does not focus only on cosmetics to achieve the state of true beauty.

Roopam does not specify a type of figure or the color of the skin or the length or style of the hair. Outer beauty, according to Ayurveda, is a reflection of good health – Mental & Physical. The frame of the body is what you are born with. Each type of body structure can be beautiful as long as good health exists.

“You are what you eat.” Ayurveda takes this notion very seriously. In fact it goes a step further to say “You are what you digest and assimilate.” A radiant clear complexion begins with proper nutrition, efficient digestion and assimilation of nutrients by the body and regular elimination of toxins. Yadha Bhojanam, Thadha Vyakthithwam – says Ayurveda – meaning “The way you eat is the way you become!

There are simple Ayurvedic principles you can follow. Some of Ayurvedic tips MSR Ayyangar (Inventor of VedaCeuticals) strongly recommends for life are …….

  1.  Never eat when not hungry.
  2.  Never skip a meal when hungry.
  3.  Eat slowly chewing, tasting & nurturing the food.
  4.  Stop eating as soon as the hunger is pacified.
  5. Serve very small but never large quantities on plate.
  6.   Never feel obliged to clean up the plate by consumption.
  7.  Relax for a short while after eating.
  8.  Drink enough water in between meals.
  9.  Totally avoid aerated waters & colas.
  10. Try and sweat as much as possible with workouts.
  11.  Try and pass motion as soon as you get the feel.
  12. Never control and postpone urination or defecation.
  13.  Make sure you get a minimum of 7-8 hrs of good sleep daily.
  14.  Make “Smiling” a habit for life. Keep learning something every day.
  15. Try to see only what is good in the people you meet.
  16. Love as many people as you can. 
  17. Try to be happy from other’s happiness.


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About MSR

I am a Healthcare products manufacturer & exporter and also a healthcare counselor. The areas of my interest include Spirituality, Philosophy, Science, Engineering, Humanities, History and Sports.

Posted on October 13, 2011, in Education and Society, Health and Health Care. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Most practicsal, realistic and most workable suggestions.

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