Human body is composed of and remains functional with six foundation stones called ‘Dhatu’ in Ayurveda. These are Plasma, Blood, Flesh, Cartilage, Bones and Marrow. On these formed in good condition, finally Aura of golden glow is formed along with semen of the person.
Ayurveda deals with the whole process of formation of body components, called Dhatus, and the skin appearance, called Aura, from the food a person consumes. After the food is acidified in stomach and then digested in intestines, it gets converted into two parts – excreta and the nutritional juice. The excreta – latrine and urine are ejected out of the body and the nutritional juice is further refined by heats at six places in the body as it moves from intestines to liver and onward. At each place there are two processes – cooking with heat, and decantation.
The whole processing produces two types of body components – durables and consumables. The durables, called Dhatus in Ayurveda, are Plasma, Blood, Flesh, Cartilage, Bones and Marrow. The consumables are Cough, Digestive Bile, Ear Wax, Sweat, Nails and Hairs, and Eye Filth and Tears. Each of durable and consumable components so created has its own role in the body for its proper functioning.
Six Dhatus, the Body is Composed of
The body of every living-being is composed of six components – Plasma, Blood, Flesh, Cartilage, Bones and Marrow. The Plasma is present everywhere in the body and provides nutrition to the whole body. The Blood too is present in major parts of the body and provides nutrition to them. Blood on condensation becomes Flesh. Similarly, Flesh becomes Cartilage, Cartilage becomes Bones. The Bones become Marrow on further processing.
Originally, all the six Dhatus are got by a baby in her mother’s womb from the body of the mother. After birth of the baby, nutrition provided to the baby keeps on strengthening these Dhatus except in old age when the body wind sucks the nutrition preventing further strengthening of the body, setting in the process of body decay and ultimate death.
Refining and Decantation Processes in the Body
Refining of the nutritional juice from the food takes place under heat of the Dhatu the juice reaches at in stages through its conveyance under pressure of winds in the body. Each refining and decantation processes take a period of 5 days and 36 minutes when the roughage comes out of the juice. The refining is followed by Decantation process at each stage for separating fine and thick parts of the refined juice.
Each refining process brings out roughage wax from the essence. The roughage forms cough, bile (Pitta), ear-wax, etc while the essence is decanted to fine and thick parts. The fine parts are utilized to strengthen six Dhatus – plasma, blood, flesh, cartilage, bone and marrow, the body is composed of. The thick part at each stage is conveyed forward for further refining.
Formation of Aura and Procreative Substances
At the final stage of refining, no roughage is generated with the whole substance becoming Sucrose. Its fine component forms Aura of the person and gets spread throughout the body for prevention of diseases and providing good health to the person.
Thick part of Sucrose is the source substance for male and female procreation substances – Semen in male bodies and Semen and Artava, in female bodies. The whole process is depicted below.
The finest product of the processing is the golden color Aura of the body. It is also a sign of good health of the person and appears as a golden hue on the skin. Sick persons have deficiency of the Aura, hence develop blackness on their skin surface. The Aura being the sign of good health, it is the chosen word as the root of the word ‘Ayurveda’, meaning thereby ‘Secrets of Good Health’.
The golden hue and blackness are different from the skin colors of various people due to their local climates and inheritance. Even the darkest-skinned Negros may have the golden Aura on their skins and the fairest Europeans may have the blackness if they are sick. But the golden and black hues, symbolic of health, are easily visible on brown skinned people.