You will often hear many Ayurvedic practitioners speak about Ojas. Ojas is the final and most refined product of digestion and it is also the togetherness of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Ojas is that which connects the body and mind, the physical expression and consciousness. Ojas also represents your inner strength, by representing the immune system. The stronger your immune system, the more Ojas is expressed. When you face an illness, it means that Ojas is not functioning to its full potential within your physiology.
Where do we see Ojas? Ojas is the glow we see on a pregnant woman’s face. Ojas is the innocence the children express. Ojas is the bliss and laughter we often see when we are around our loved ones and friends. Anytime you see true bliss, true love, true laughter, and/or a true glow or radiance, you are seeing Ojas. These are just a couple ways in which Ojas expresses itself.
When you can intake any sensory perception and be able to metabolize it into bliss, you are promoting and creating Ojas. No matter what you see, hear, taste, touch, smell, you should be able to metabolize all experiences into bliss and then only will you have a perfect digestion and therefore be able to create Ojas. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi says, “The ability to metabolize all sensory experience into the experience of bliss is the ability for prevention. All the five channels of perception – the five senses – must be so clear that all experiences through any of the five senses always inspire bliss.” Absolute bliss is directly correlated to Ojas.
If Ojas is the final and most refined product of digestion, then that means that diet is also correlated with the promotion of Ojas. Maharishi continues to say, “Diet is anything that is taken in from any field of perception, through any sense of perception, any mode of mind, and any mode of intellect.” Therefore, if you are happy with what you eat, when you eat, where you eat, and how you eat, then you should be able to metabolize your meal into bliss, which means the end result of your digestion is Ojas. But remember, diet is more than what you eat. Diet includes any experience you have, because your body must digest and metabolize all that you intake.