When you’re a Christian, you have to be as wise as a serpent while being as harmless as a dove (Matthew 10:16). The enemy, satan will do whatever he can to try and deceive you while also diluting your witness for Christ.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit and the discernment He provides.
I’ve written multiple topics on the subject of “Ayurvedic hair care” and using “Ayurveda” to care for your hair. This can cause some confusion for those who are thinking, “How can you follow Ayurveda when you’re supposed to be a Christian?”
After prompting from the Holy Spirit, I began to do a little research.
Ayurveda by simple definition is a traditional science of Ayurvedic medicine traced back to Hinduism that is designed to bring the body back into balance so it can heal itself.
Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that supposedly govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are supposed to be responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.
Self is the Center
This is in direct conflict with what the Word of God says our Creator is responsible for. Our minds and bodies do not get their characteristics from “forces.” We were created in God’s image.
Just like yoga is much more than a form of exercise, such is Ayurveda. They can both be called sister sciences of ‘self-healing and self-realization’.
According to Ayurveda, “Only when we are connected to our true Self can we be truly healthy in body, mind and soul. Its goal is holistic well-being: physically, psychologically and spiritually.”
Can you see the issue and how Self is the center?
Herbs are God Given
It’s not that we shouldn’t be able to use natural herbs to care for our hair, which God, the Creator made. It’s the focus on “Self” and what “I can do to make myself better” that’s the problem. It’s quite subtle and many Christians have been deceived into thinking that following or “practicing” Ayurveda is OK.
Yet, to follow Ayurveda in it’s actual sense as defined is like saying, “I don’t need God to help me because I can achieve my well being physically, psychologically and spiritually by doing X, Y, Z on my own.”
Let’s not get it twisted though. Herbs were created by God and can be beneficial to the body. The use of herbal treatments are actually mentioned in the Bible many times. Here are some examples:
– Cassia was used to make an anointing oil as referenced in Exodus: 30:24.
– John 19:39 shares how Nicodemus anointed the body of Jesus with a mixture of myrrh and aloes.
Clearly God is not against us using herbs to help care for ourselves. What He is against is us giving all the credit to those herbs and to practices that are rooted in self exaltation and self reliance.
God as Source or Hindu Spiritual Practice?
For Christians, God is to be our only Source for wholeness – spirit, soul and body. We must acknowledge that whatever earthly means we use to care for ourselves are beneficial but only because God, the Creator has provided them to us.
Many will not agree but as a person of faith, you should always question, “If it could be even potentially offending to God or draw me away from Him as my source of all things, including healing, then should I believe it, follow it or do it?”
After being enlightened to the how Ayurveda is in direct contradiction to what the Bible teaches, I’ve decided that it is too precarious to reference something that is connected to Hinduism, an anti-Christ religion. Hence, I’ll no longer be associating my use of natural herbs in my hair care with the term “Ayurvedic hair care.” In fact, all references to “Ayurveda” have been re-termed herbal hair care or Indian herbal hair care as many of the herbs I share about are native to India.
Indian women have made the use of herbal hair care popular and not all with any religious connections. There are many Indian women who are also Christians who use herbs to care for their hair due to the properties of the herbs to strengthen and nourish the hair strands.
Again, I do not follow Hindi spiritual practices so I will not credit them for causing my hair to flourish when it is God who created the herbs I’m using for my hair care to begin with. Those herbs have nothing to do with incfluencing my spiritual well being.
I am thankful to the Lord for the many herbs He has provided to help our hair and bodies heal and flourish but make no mistake. While hair is a part of our physical bodies and should be cared for as such, in no means should we tie it to spiritual behaviors or so called balancing “divine energies.” The Lord Jesus is the Only Divine Being. He is the Healer and He is Sovereign.
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