"For an intelligent person the whole world is a teacher, hence one should imitate the world after carefully considering their meaning of such actions. Compassion with all living beings, granting of gifts, controlling the activities of the body, speech and mind; looking after the interest of others as his own, these are sufficient rules of good conduct." -Caraka Samhita
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Nourish the Fire
Fire has long been worshipped in the ancient traditions of the Vedic culture of India as agni-devata. He is one of the first symbols of nature mentioned in many texts dating back thousands of years. Agni play an important role in the universe as the messenger to the Gods, as he is present in most Vedic ceremonies as the one who witnesses all sacrifices.
"I am the world and the world is me." In Ayurveda, the human body is viewed as a microcosm of the greater macrocosm of the universe that surrounds us, and when you think about it, everyone has a fire within them. This fire is that which governs your vitality and vigor, your brilliance and intelligence, your luster and luminescence. In Ayurveda, this fire is called agni. Everything goes through agni to be processed into something useful for our bodies. We have a physical fire that digests our food, we have cellular fires that govern our cellular intelligence, we have micro fires that govern the day-to-day activities of our body, we have mental and psychological fires that allow for us to understand everything we take in from our senses, and the list goes on.
So why “Nourish the Fire?” Well, without proper fire or agni, we wouldn't be the bright and brilliant individuals that we are. We need to take care of our agni and nourish it--on all levels--mind, body, and soul to ensure a healthy and holistic life. Take the time to be grateful for all that agni provides you. He moves through you to protect you. Nourish your fire.