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Tejas – The Vital Energies, Part II

Tejas - Vital Energies

Teja relates to Pitta, to Agni. It is the fire of our digestion and the intelligence of our body. While Ojas contains the element Kapha with the elements earth and water to stabilize us and keep us in the flow, Prana is the air we breathe and contains the element Vata.

Tejas is the intelligence of our body and mind that directs our energy consumption, including our thoughts, digestion, immunity and all metabolic activities. Tejas is the sensory system that tells our cells how to communicate with each other through hormones and other chemical messengers. They control our oxygen and food intake and regulate our waste products to eliminate them.

Healthy Tejas

Agni is related to the skin, therefore, healthy glowing skin is a sign of a balanced Tejas.

  • Good digestion
  • A balanced state of mind
  • Well-balanced emotional state
  • Strong immune system
  • Good metabolism
  • Glowing skin
  • Luminous aura or charm

Unhealthy Tejas

Injury or toxicity can block Teja. Teja is associated with Pitta, the inner fire, therefore excessive Teja can produce ama (toxins) and diseases related to our blood, liver and skin.

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nervousness
  • Restless Mind
  • Pale Skin
  • Skin Disease
  • Jaundice
  • High bilirubin in the blood
  • Hormonal Disturbances

How to Balance Tejas

To boost your Tejas, eat lots of healthy and fresh foods like vegetables and fruits. Further, a calm mind,meditation and massages help your body to be in balance.


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4 thoughts on “Tejas – The Vital Energies, Part II”

  1. Mēdha, though roughly associated to fats, is actually the dhatu of intellect. This clue is to be understood from the usage of Mēdhya Rasāyana, Mēdh of Aśva, Mēdha of Puruṣa etc from Vēdic terminology. Infact, Mēdha is what is obtained from Ghee (Ghṛtaṃ) and that is why it is associated with fat in normal wordings. But Ghṛtaṃ as is seen in Āyurvēda is associated with Spiritual capacity to contemplate (eg: benefits of Ghṛta Marīci – concoction of ghee and ground pepper). It is in this line of thought I was thinking of Mēdha and hence the question.

    Thanks for the other clarifications. Now somethings fall into straight line.

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  2. Thank you for your inputs.

    The Three Vital Forces are interrelated. Ojas is the medium through which Tejas is transmitted. Prana ignites Tejas when the mind balanced and clear then Tejas burn strong and pure.

    Ojas enters at the moment of conception. Both, the ovary (egg) and sperm contain the life-force, hence, they contain Ojas, Tejas and Prana.

    In my understanding Prana, Tejas and Ojas are involved in all digestion activities, be it mental, physiological, or physical. The vital forces produce the three Doshas. Vata is a more unstable form of Prana. Pitta is the more reactive form of Tejas, and Kapha is the more inert form of Ojas. For example, if we eat a lot of Pitta food, then the Pitta Dosha in our body increases and we become more active, emotional and so on.

    Jāṭharāgni (जाठराग्नि, “digestive fire”):—Digestion is the process of conversion of ingested substances into assimilable form. This process is governed by Agni which is known as Jāṭharāgni as it is situated in jaṭhara (abdomen) mainly in its gastrointestinal tract. Grahaṇī (the pyloric portion of stomach and duodenum) has been said as the seat of digestive fire. Evidently, it consists of various juices and enzymes which participate in the process. This Agni is said as the most important one because without its proper function no food could be assimilated which would ultimately lead to loss of life. (https://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/jatharagni)

    Why do you think Medha is related to thoughts? Medha Dhatu is related to body fat. It lubricates the muscles, joints and ligaments and acts as an insulator. The Shukra Dhatu is related to Ojas production that guard the immune system. On the side, the Shukra Dhatu creates life, i.e. semen.

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  3. Is Tejas related to Jathara Agni? You said Ojas enters when we are born and leaves when we recede. What about Tejas? What causes it?

    Also in the 7 dhatus (rakta, mamsa, majja, asti,…..medha)of Ayurveda does Tejas relates to Medha? Because you say it relates to thought.

    Can you also later link chakras to the three elements youb propounded? Tejas, Ojas and Prana to 6chakras (basing on domain of operation). This helps a student of yoga.

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