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What is a Dosha really?

Dear Atreya, Everybody, speaks and writes about the Dosha, with some details, their qualities, their location and others details. My question is: What is a Dosha really?

Response from Atreya:

Dosha is the intelligent function of the body that combines the 5 elements together and allows them to work together. Their origin of Dosha is from PRANA and manifest first as Vata - Pitta and then Kapha. They maifest first as Tanmatras - the Pancha Tanmatra are the subtile form of Vata manifesting as Prana, Udana, Vyana, Samana and Apana Vayus. Ayurveda is based on the idea that all manifestation is made from the 5 elements - doshas are that intelligence which allows these 5 states of matter to function together as an organism

Another way to look at the three doshas is to see them as managers. Because Ayurveda is a functional system of medicine they need to have managers to organize and allow the functions in systems and tissues. This role of managing requires intelligence and skill to organize - the three dosha are both of these things - intelligent and skillful. This is possible because they are manifestations of the life-force Prana.

The role and functions of the doshas is explained in my book:

Anatomy and Physiology in Ayurveda (Volume 1) - Ayurvedic Medicine for Westerners

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