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Amaroli - Urine Therapy
Mar 20, 2009
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
urine therapy. Since ancient times, in
both the East and the West, urine therapy has been used to aid in curing
many diseases. This has been accomplished by ingestion (the drinking of
fresh urine the primary form of amaroli), and also by applying fresh urine
directly to wounds, sores, rashes and other visible maladies of the body. It
has been claimed by enthusiastic adherents that urine therapy is capable of
curing everything from asthma, the common cold and cancer to hair loss,
obesity and venereal disease. It will be left to the reader to research
these claims. Much has been studied and recorded about urine therapy in
relation to restoring and maintaining good health.
Urine therapy has also
been used throughout the ages as a spiritual practice. In the AYP lessons we
are focused primarily on the role of urine therapy in yoga for promoting the
process of human spiritual transformation. It has been touched on in
previous lessons, with summary instructions on practice given as an addition
to Lesson T32 in the first volume of
Advanced Yoga Practices Easy Lessons for Ecstatic
Living. Here we will go into more depth.
In the ancient and widely known
Hatha Yoga Pradipika,
the practice of urine therapy is called
Amaroli. In the much more ancient and not
as well known Damar Tantra,
the practice is called Shivambu Kalpa.
In both of these venerable scriptures, urine therapy is presented as an
important spiritual practice.
So, if we are interested
in maintaining good health and supplementing our yoga practice routine with
an additional method that can help speed us along our way toward abiding
inner silence, ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love, then amaroli
deserves a closer look.
Indeed, if we find the
courage to try it, we may be pleasantly surprised. As they say, "The proof
of the pudding is in the eating." In this case, it is in the drinking.
How to do Amaroli Urine Therapy
Whether it is being considered for health,
spiritual practice, or both, Amaroli represents a paradox.
On one hand, amaroli
walks headlong into a negative stigma many may have about drinking their own
urine, even though this practice has been around for thousands of years and
been used with success in many cultures. Yet, in the so-called
cultures of today, the aversion is common.
On the other hand,
amaroli has been shown clinically to have a wide range of health benefits,
and may be one of the most effective healing tonics of all time. So much so
that the pharmaceutical companies are in some cases selling back to us in
pill form what we can obtain at much higher quality for free in the privacy
of our own bathroom.
The truth is that
moderate daily urine therapy is one of the best things any of us can do as a
preventive measure to ward off disease, and heal faster if we are suffering
from just about any malady. Why is this? While it is still not fully
understood, it is generally agreed by researchers that urine therapy
enhances the presence of hundreds (or possibly thousands) of vital elements
and compounds in our body, and builds our immune system to a strength beyond
what it would be otherwise. Though less understood, amaroli also has been
shown to have a purifying and rejuvenating effect in the body. All of that
is pretty impressive, and we have not even begun to assess the spiritual
benefits yet. What about the spiritual benefits?
It is notable that amaroli comes to us from
ancient sources, not primarily because of its medicinal value, but for its
value as a spiritual practice. In the
Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the much older
the goal of amaroli practice includes cultivating physical wellbeing, but
reaches far beyond it, all the way out into the realm of enlightenment. It
is worth overcoming long-held prejudices to get to the truth of the matter.
The risk in this is nil, so amaroli is heartily recommended.
When we get up the
courage to try, we will be wise to start small and build up. Isn't that how
it is with most things in life, including our yoga practices? A traditional
daily dose of urine is considered to be a glass full, or 6-8 ounces (200-250
milliliters). But we can start with a few drops mixed with some water in a
glass, and work up from there. There is no rule that says it has to end up
being a full glass. It could be much less. What is important is daily
practice that is much more important than the quantity. Everyone will be a
bit different in their need and approach, as in all yoga practices. We
self-pace according to our individual results.
When we engage in
amaroli practice, the guideline is to do it first thing in the morning,
whenever that is for us. When collecting urine, catch it
which means after it starts and before it ends. As with many things, the
first time will be the most daunting, even mixed with water. It will not
harm you. The aversion is entirely psychological. Try it and see how you
If it is done in the shower and/or right before
doing your oral hygiene in the morning, there will not be a trace of any
odor by the time you leave the bathroom. It is an acquired taste, and is
soon not offensive to the practitioner. Within a few days, it becomes much
easier. Very easy, once the psychological barrier is broken. It is one of
the easiest of all the yoga practices, much easier than any of the
shatkarmas, and much easier than the mudras and bandhas. It can be a
relatively quick journey from a few diluted drops to several undiluted
swallows. Before you know it, the glass will be filling up and disappearing
back into you again. Thats daily amaroli practice. There isn't much more to
it than that except time. The longer we are doing it as a daily practice,
the more the benefits accumulate.
It is not necessary to
be drinking a full glass of urine every morning. In fact, it could be
undesirable at certain times, or for certain people. There are several
factors that could vary the dose. One is the quantity available. Another is
the quality. If we have been eating heavily seasoned, salted, or fatty
foods, or taking prescription drugs, the urine may be strong. Amaroli is not
prohibited in any of these cases. The quantity may be curtailed or diluted
with water as needed.
It is not recommended to
mix urine with food or drink other than water, as this can reduce its
effectiveness. The ideal time to do amaroli is on an empty stomach, with
morning being best. We should wait at least fifteen minutes before eating
When the mouth is still wet with urine during
amaroli, before drinking any water, several deep inhalations of the aromatic
essence in the mouth will produce a soothing and healing influence in the
lungs. Keep in mind that amniotic fluid in the womb is composed mainly of
urine, and this is how we began our life before birth, doing amaroli,
including in our lungs. So, inhaling some aromatic essence will not be
harmful. Just the opposite it is very beneficial for the lungs.
The practice of
part of amaroli. If we are doing too much amaroli, we can have symptoms
similar to those experienced when we do too much of any yoga practice too
many impurities coming out of the nervous system at once due to excessive
purification going on inside.
If we are feeling any
discomfort related to amaroli, then we know we should back off until things
smooth out. We don't do practices at a level that makes us feel
uncomfortable. Amaroli is no different than other yoga practices in this
respect. So, if a full glass is proving to be too much, then try half a
glass. If that is too much, start measuring swallows, and zero in on the
right dose for yourself. It may be very little for some people, and more for
others. Everyone is different. You won't find out what it is for you until
you get into it.
In all of yoga, finding a balance between
practices and our daily activities is an important part of the process. Once
we have been on the path of yoga for a while, the right inner guidance
always comes. Be flexible in that regard.
Enhancing the Subtle Biology for Inner Silence
Once we have been doing amaroli for a few
weeks, we may notice something happening. Somehow we feel stronger inside
like some weak spaces deep inside us have been filled in.
is a phrase that comes to mind. We may not have noticed the weak spaces
inside before, but we can feel that something has been filled in. That we
will feel healthier goes without saying. Yes, definitely healthier. But
there is something more, something beyond the feeling of the stronger, more
stable physical presence that comes with daily amaroli practice. We can feel
our awareness becoming more stable also.
One way to understand it
is to think of our body and nervous system as the vehicle of our
consciousness. When we strengthen the quality of our body and nervous system
on the subtlest level of physicality, on the cellular level, we come to find
ourselves living in a stronger and more reliable vehicle for our
consciousness, our sense of self. This has a direct effect on our ability to
maintain abiding inner silence.
When we sit to do
practices, this gradual change in us that is being brought about by amaroli
is noticeable also. The quality of our inner silence in meditation deepens
and expands. The ecstatic energies we cultivate in spinal breathing
pranayama and related practices, become more lively and luminous. The whole
thing goes up a few notches with amaroli added into the daily schedule. And
it keeps getting better over time, you know. As with the rest of our yoga,
the effects of amaroli are cumulative, going ever deeper experientially over
the months and years of our daily practice.
What is it that sets the
condition for enlightenment in the human being? We have often said that it
is a fundamental change in the condition of our nervous system, and the
overall neurobiological functioning inside us. In other words, a primary
prerequisite for enlightenment is raising the inner functioning of the human
body to a much higher level. Then our vehicle of consciousness becomes
capable of extraordinary expressions of the divine possibilities that are
inherent within us. Bringing this change about is the purpose of yoga. We
work systematically with our mind, our body, our emotions, our breath, and
our sexuality to accomplish this transformation.
With amaroli, we are enhancing the chemical
composition of our body at the most refined level, right down to the atoms
and molecules. This creates a physiological foundation, adding an advantage
as we engage in all of our other yoga practices that are propelling us along
the road to enlightenment. That is the role of amaroli. We enjoy the
benefits of our yoga practices in daily living every step along the way.
This is why we engage in yoga practices, not necessarily for the experience
while doing practices, but for the results we gain in daily living.
Amaroli is an important aspect of yoga. But it is
not all of yoga. Its effects are greatly enhanced when combined with a daily
routine including deep meditation, spinal breathing pranayama and other yoga
methods. Likewise, amaroli improves the effectiveness of the other yoga
practices. It is a balanced integration of practices that brings the
greatest enhancement in all aspects of life physical, mental, emotional and
There is a tendency we all have to go for the
i.e., the one thing that we hope (and believe) will solve all things. Some
folks go very deep into one thing looking for that, only to find later that
they missed out on what a broader approach to self-improvement and spiritual
development can yield. This is not to say that those who are strongly
attracted to amaroli are wrong to pursue the practice with devotion. It is
only to say that there are other practices to consider which can enhance our
overall results when applied in a well-integrated daily routine.
Additional Aspects of
all have a tendency to think about individual spiritual practices in terms
of their unique characteristics and effects. Amaroli is no exception in
this, particularly since it is done at a time removed from our daily yoga
postures and sitting practices. The truth is, amaroli can have a profound
effect on our overall spiritual practices by virtue of the inner strength
and integration it cultivates in the subtle realms of our physical body.
Amaroli can also have additional positive effects in relation to other
practices and the associated inner dynamics, as well as in preventive and
Here we will take a look
at four areas of interrelationship where urine therapy can play a
significant role in fasting, in healing compresses, and in nasal wash and.
And in Lesson T63, we discuss the relationship of
amaroli to natural vajroli (rising sexual energy).
Amaroli with Fasting
As we have discussed in
Lesson 310, occasional moderate fasting can be a useful practice which
will bring inner cleansing and healing as our body takes a break from
digestion and naturally applies its full energy to our inner purification.
When amaroli is added to a period of fasting, the cleansing and purification
effects can be greatly amplified.
How much amaroli? And
how much fasting?
Well, it is not recommended to begin both of
these practices for the first time at the same time. Better to be
established in one of them with good stability and results before adding the
For example, say we have been doing a monthly 24
hour fast, and feel we are ready to take on more purification during our
fast. Of course, we could try increasing our fasting time to 48 hours. That
would be one approach. Another approach could be to add amaroli. If we have
already been practicing amaroli during our regular daily routine, we can try
increasing amaroli practice from once per day to twice, or even three times
per day during a fast. Of course, we would continue to take fluids as a
normal part of our fast to maintain good hydration. Besides through
urination, the body expels water through the respiratory system,
perspiration, and the GI tract.
Whatever our choices may
be for fasting with amaroli included, we should self-pace our practice
(scale back as needed) if there is excessive discomfort. There is only so
much purification we can assimilate over any given time period, so we pace
things accordingly for good progress with comfort and safety.
In the case of serious illnesses, remarkable
healing results can be achieved from fasting with amaroli, particularly if
longer fasts and larger doses of amaroli are undertaken. However, in the
case of a serious illness, it is recommended that, beyond the conservative
approach described here, amaroli with fasting be applied with the assistance
of an experienced therapist, and with the consultation of a medical doctor.
Urine Compresses for
Wounds and Skin Ailments
The application of urine externally for helping
to cure wounds and skin ailments is an ancient practice. While not very much
in use in modern times, it is still practiced by those to whom the ancient
knowledge has been passed down, and who are well aware of its benefits.
External use of urine is most effective in combination with basic amaroli
(urine ingestion), which provides the broadest coverage in the body. If
daily amaroli is being practiced, external application may be considered to
be a supplemental method.
Urine can be massaged
into an afflicted area and then a urine-soaked compress can be applied. Only
fresh urine should be used, preferably from the patient, and compresses
should be changed every eight hours, or more often if practical.
Many will have an
aversion to the external use of urine. As with amaroli itself, the benefits
of external application of urine will likely be found to outweigh the
concerns. A stigma cannot stand for long in the face of good results. Each
can make their own decision about the benefits.
When urine compresses
are added, as needed, during an amaroli fast, the maximum healing effect
will be achieved. When considering any natural healing method, a medical
doctor should be consulted to make sure all options, both ancient and
modern, have been taken into account.
Of course, external
application of urine for wounds and skin ailments does not have much bearing
on our spiritual progress, except as maintaining good health does. That is a
good enough reason to consider it. We need our health to be actively engaged
in yoga practices.
Using Urine with Nasal
urine with nasal wash is called mutra neti,
rather than jala neti
(Lesson 313), and it is an age-old practice. Even so,
it is an unconventional practice whose drawbacks may exceed its benefits
much of the time. It is not recommended as a daily practice, except for
short durations when the inner call for it is strong, or possibly in cases
where there is a marked need for cleansing and healing in the nasal passages
and/or sinuses. If there is a medical condition, a doctors advice should be
obtained so the option for the benefits of modern medicine will also be
there for the treatment of any serious condition.
As with jala neti, salt
content is the main determinant of comfort in mutra neti. Too much salt,
like in seawater or most undiluted urine, can cause discomfort. Diluting the
urine with water will reduce the salt content if this is necessary. It can
be a tricky business, because the salt content of urine can vary from day to
day. If we wish to practice mutra neti, but are deterred by the
concentration or odor, just a few drops in our neti solution will be a good
place to start. Some additional salt may be required to find the right
balance for comfort. Once we become familiar with the practice, the urine
content can be increased with less salt added, like that. Everyone has their
own ideal salt level that is comfortable in the delicate nasal passages and
The rest of the nasal wash procedure is the same
as described in Lesson 313. Add urine, or not, to
suit the current need. Most will prefer not, and that is fine. Only a few
will want to try this. Our enlightenment does not depend on it.
The most important utilization of amaroli is in
daily morning ingestion, which is an easy and comfortable practice to do
once the habit has been established, and the positive results are readily
observable in most people. Likewise, doing jala neti (nasal wash) with
ordinary salted water on a daily basis during times of need, according to
our intuition, will provide the lions share of the benefits from this
We do yoga practices for the positive results
they bring with the greatest efficiency.
The more extreme elements of practice, which are
sometimes seized upon by enthusiastic aspirants, do not make a great
difference in the overall scheme of things, because they cannot be sustained
over the long term. Nor should they be. It is the practices we can engage in
easily in a balanced way as part of our normal daily routine that will carry
us steadily forward to the rising condition of abiding inner silence,
ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love.
We will know it is
working for us as we find the practical results of the transformation
emerging from within us day by day in our daily activities.
The guru is in you.
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