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Lesson 319 – Amaroli – Urine Therapy
Date: Mar 20, 2009
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lessons are prerequisite to this one. The first lesson is, "Why
Amaroli means 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 sanitized 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 Damar Tantra,
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
midstream, 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 feel afterward.
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. That’s 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 after amaroli.
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 self-pacing is 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
Enhancing the Subtle Biology for Inner
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. Inwardly robust 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 spiritual.
There is a tendency we all have to go for the magic bullet, 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 Amaroli
We 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 other.
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
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 Wash
Using 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
doctor’s 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 sinuses.
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
lion’s share of the benefits from this practice.
We do yoga practices for the positive results they bring with the greatest
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
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.
Note: For detailed
instructions on amaroli (urine therapy), see the
Diet, Shatkarmas and Amaroli book.
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