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How to improve memory: Maharishi Ayurveda expert's recommendations
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2 September 2011
On 2 September 2011, Vaidya Vyas, an esteemed doctor of Maharishi Ayurveda from India, in residence at Maharishi Vedic University, the Netherlands, presented the value of Smriti (memory) in Maharishi Ayurveda. Vaidya Vyas described the factors that give rise to and support memory, things that are good to keep in memory, the reasons for forgetfulness, and what we can do for good memory.
Memory is one of three aspects of the mind that reflect on each other and help each other: Buddhi (intelligence), Dhriti (patience), and Smriti (memory).
There are eight factors that create and stimulate memory, such as repetition, an opposite thing, a similar thing, and also a name can trigger a sense of the form.
Memory is an aspect of mind that is important in gaining enlightenment, and it is better for us to have helpful memories such as those that come from keeping good company. Good diet and occasional fasting are useful because they help keep the system clear, so that Sattva (purity, evolutionary force) naturally predominates over Rajas (activity, desire) and Tamas (dullness, inertia).
Why do we forget?
When the factors that support memory decline, we begin to forget. For example when Rajas and Tamas cloud the mind and body, memory is weakened. Another reason is explained in the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2 verse 63: 'From anger arises delusion; from delusion unsteadiness of memory'. Other significant causes are anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, indigestion, dryness of the body (as when the body ages), and cold food (because memory is associated with the fire element which is reduced by cold food).
Global Good News will continue to feature Vaidya Vyas's recommendations for improving memory in the coming days.
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