Aug 2, 2008

BYJ Analyzed Through Ayurveda - Part II

Text by satovic, Illustrations by Yuko I.
Translated by flowerbossa


Ayurveda advocates that there are three types of energy in nature which are symbolized as wind, fire and water.
In Sanskrit they are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Here, just for the sake of convenience, I have explained Pitta as the “energy of fire” but this is not entirely accurate. It is merely symbolized as such, and not “fire” itself.

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(for English readers, I recommend:
and on the English page, you can read about satovic's amazing story on her involvement with ayurveda: flowerbossa)

(Energy of Wind)
Main functions: movement, transfer
Qualities: light, cold, dry etc.
Characteristics: lightness of movement,
quick activity of sensibility

(Energy of Fire)
Main functions: transformation, digestion
Qualities: hot, sharp etc.
Characteristics: passionate and bold,
intellectual, competitive

(Energy of Water)
Main functions: attachment, stability
Qualities: heavy, cold, slow etc.
Characteristics: calm and compassionate,

Aesthetics – Sticking to One’s Own Style

From the perspective of appearance, people with high energy of fire have balanced facial features, therefore tend to be beautiful. There is sharpness in their eyes, and lips are delicate and full. However, with the heat going to their head, there is a tendency for their hair getting damaged, which may cause them to go white or recede from a young age. They should be careful.

Also, they are prone to inflammations due to the heat, and susceptible to diseases related to infection, fevers and hemorrhage. They are sensitive to smell, and enjoy fragrance. During his stay in Taiwan, YJ took a liking for coriander, and had it with everything he ate. This is understandable as this scent has the effect of lowering the energy of fire.

I cannot say if this applies to YJ, but people with this constitution tend to be extremely proud due to the heat in their hearts. They will never forget an incident where they were betrayed. They will forgive them, but would never again trust them in the future. They are implacable and also tend to be vain. They like beautiful things and are fashionable, but have their own aesthetics, and because they take pride in it, some of them are obsessive about sticking to organic goods and dislike all brand-name products. All in all, it is their aesthetics to stick to their own style.

Tenacious and Loves Sweet Things

On the other hand, the energy symbolized as "water" is like water itself, heavy, cool, slow, calm and smooth. And like how water turns into ice, it has the quality of solidifying. Therefore, people of this type tend to gain weight. They are big and well-built. There voices are broad with rich resonance, and give a gentle impression. Due to the heavy and slow qualities, they tend to enjoy staying at home, and like water and water related things. This applies to YJ who claims that his favorite place in Seoul is his home overlooking the Han River. Because these people require sufficient time to comprehend things, and think through matters thoroughly, it takes them a long time for them to take action. However, once they take up a task, they have the tenacity to complete it without fail. They do not have much interest in things like fashion, but appreciate cleanliness. They do not care for change, and possess a peaceful and grateful heart, and are kind, tolerant, and caring towards others. They love sweet things. You can definitely see this in YJ who ate 10 chocoballs during the shooting of a CM.

It is required of actors to possess the quality of wind, but it seems YJ has little of this. When they have this quality, flashes of inspiration come forward and making them good singers and dancers, and they can move their emotions quickly. If anything, YJ seems to be the type who tries to comprehend the work in his head first, and then lets it sink into his body.

As fire and water are qualities which are complete opposites, people lose their balance when they lean too much towards one of the two. Therefore, it is very important to exercise moderation. If YJ were to ask me what he should eat, and how to take care of him, I shall give him advice directly! Also in ayurveda, there are ways of treating complicated problems of bone fractures and ligaments. I really wish I could offer my support for the speedy recovery of his body so he can get on with his next work.


gosijo said...

Hello Flowerbossa,

Thanks for this second part and the correction. No problem, really.

Lynn said...

Hi Flowerbossa,

Thank you so much for bringing us this interesting piece. And so to dear Satovic.

Ayurveda is really amazing, never know that before. In China, sometimes five elements (i.e. gold, wood, water, fire and earth) are used to analyze the character of a person. I think Ayurveda has some kind of smilarity as the five elements.

Really enjoy in reading this. Thanks much much for your efforts!

flowerbossa said...


Glad you enjoyed it!


flowerbossa said...

Dear Lynn,

You brought up an important topic, because satovic mentioned that ayurveda talks about the 5 elements too. Like wuri YJ always asserts, we have a lot of things in common in Asia - and India has a major influence on all Asian cultures.

Hopefully, satovic will write about this sometime!

Thank you for your interest^^


bb said...

thanks much much, flowerbossa! enjoyed this one!

flowerbossa said...

Thanks bb!

Wish wuri king would take notice of satovic's article and get treatment to relieve his pain....