Dear readers, this is fascinating and useful. Following my first blog on archetypes starting with Plato:
and the second one on Jungian archetypes for a more psychological approach:
I will present now Vedic, Ayurvedic and yogic archetypes, for a holistic approach, psychological, physical, and spiritual. Digging into this, I can say that Jung had read those and you will see for yourselves the similarities. To make this triple system more simple, I will start with the definitions.
Vedas are a corpus of religious texts written in sanskrit related to Hindu religion. In the Hindu Epic, the Mahabharata, the creation of Vedas is credited to Brahma who is the God creator. The various Indian philosophies and denominations have taken differing positions on the Vedas in spite of similar concepts: the orthodoxes Hindus and the heterodoxes such as Buddhism. According to Vedic traditions, archetypes are themes and representations of the collective soul transmitted to us through perceptions, culture and education. It is said that we start to inherit archetypes since the development of our spine and spinal cord, in the womb. Fetus will get impressions from her mother, and the mother from her mother and so on, since forever, since the birth of humanity. So each one of us is a synthesis of so many archetypes. Some of the most important ones are: Brahma, Ganesha, Shakti, Shiva and Vishnu. As you can tell these archetypes are deities and one can relate more to a deity than others. For more details about each deity check this link:
In sanskrit, Ayurveda means Science of Life. Considered as an alternative medicine or a pseudoscience, it believes that everything in the universe is made up of five great elements– space, air, fire, water and earth. Ayurveda works on the powers and qualities of these five basic elements. It explains the importance of keeping these elements balanced for a healthy body and mind. The ayurvedic archetypes or doshas, are mainly three: Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth). We are those three but one is always more dominant than the other two. And each dosha is linked to a deity. I took the test myself to see what it all means: I am Pitta, fire, “Wherever there’s transformation, this constitution is working. Pitta works in the gastrointestinal tract, liver, skin, eyes and brain”. Pitta is linked to Hindu Goddess Durga or The Warrior. It goes beyond psychology and it works in our physical system and on our spiritual journey. Important is to keep these doshas balanced through the right food for each dosha and yoga and meditation. So in my case, Pitta has some unrecommended types of food such as spices because it will make me more hypersensitive on the physical level and irritable on a behavioral/psychological one. Same goes for the type of yoga that I should practice and the meditation I should do. For more details check the links below:
And so many more on the subject. Also archetypes have to do with Vedic astrology. Basically an archetype in the Vedic beliefs is a combination of deities, doshas, astrology. It is worth taking a look at all of this, specially the ayurvedic ones. I can tell you that, after finding out what my archetypes are, I understood some problems I have like inflammation, allergies, impatience etc. Need to switch my diet and my yoga so I can be in harmony with myself, with others and with the universe. I would love to hear from you in the comments below.