Why You Don’t Need Love

Why You Don’t Need Love

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Mistake of the Intellect

Yoga and Ayurveda are both Vedic Sciences. As ‘Veda’ means truth or pure knowledge, these two sister sciences offer benefits that go far beyond the body and the mind. With stress, an imbalanced lifestyle, an unclean diet, and mental and emotional strain, the body becomes physically dense, mentally and emotionally dull, and generally absent in self-awareness.

Yoga and Ayurveda, as Vedic Sciences, are primarily tools for awareness. They are designed to help the body remove the density of the physical and offer the enhanced self-awareness and clarity needed to heal, prevent disease and ultimately reach one’s fullest potential.

The cause of all disease, according to Yoga and Ayurveda, stems from a lack of self-awareness called “the mistake of the intellect” or “pragnya aparadha.” ‘Pragnya’ means intellect and ‘aparadha’ means crime or sin. This is when the intellect is mistakenly drawn towards life’s material experiences in search of satisfaction and begins to forget its nature as pure consciousness. With a growing lack of self-awareness in our culture, the intellect begins to trade in its true nature to “be love” to a one that “needs love.”

There are three common mistakes of the intellect that are described in the Vedantic literature, and they are all emotionally based. They are attachment or addiction, desire or lack of willpower, and ego or self-promotion.

All of these stem from the need to be loved, appreciated or approved of at an early age, and are then carried over into adulthood. It is these mental and emotional behavior patterns based on the need to be loved, secure and safe that force the mind to look outside of itself for satisfaction and safety.

At a young age, the sattvic (pure loving) nature of a child is replaced by the rajasic (stimulating) nature of the mind to seek love, satisfaction and approval from outside sources. This subtle over-stimulation of the mind is perceived by the body as stress, which creates tension, compromises circulation and eventually results in disease and the inability to cope with stress. (1)

The pervasive impact of subtle yet profound mental and emotional stress, long understood in Yoga and Ayurveda, is now being acknowledged by western medicine as well. For example, stress, which is the cause of the “mistake of the intellect,” is now believed to be linked to 80% of all diseases, according to most medical experts.

What science is only just beginning to understand is that the things we see, feel and experience have a profound impact on our health, well-being and longevity. Science is discovering that even the most subtle emotional stressors will have an epigenetic effect on the body and a disturbing effect on microbiology, which regulates most of the physiological processes of the body. (2)

The purpose of Yoga and Ayurveda is to help bring the body back into balance and thus create a heightened state of self-awareness which can be used as a platform to take the actions needed to transform old emotional protective patterns. Actions based on this heightened state of awareness are the karmic actions required to lay down new neural pathways in the brain that literally repair the mistake of the intellect.

The more these transformational actions are taken, the more new neural roads are laid down in the brain. In time, the protective armor can come off and the old protective emotional patterns can be replaced with ones steeped in love, self-awareness and pure consciousness.

The final result of Yoga and Ayurveda is an awareness that fulfillment, joy and happiness are our true nature and it needs nothing from the outside to experience it.


  1. Pert, C. Molecules of Emotion. 1997 Simon and Schuster
  2. http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/09/gut-feeling.aspx

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