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Body Odour and other Foul Odours – A Spiritual Perspective

1. Introduction

Sweating and body odour are facts of life for most people. Heavy perspiration and body odour can happen when we exercise, when we are too warm, or when we are nervous, anxious or under stress. The physical, biochemical and psychological causes of body odour and foul smells emanating from the human body are widely known to the scientific community. Factors such as food, drink, and diseases can affect body odour. An individual’s body odour is also influenced by lifestyle, genetics and medication.

However, there is another important cause for body odour and foul smells which is unknown to the scientific community: a spiritual cause.

The spiritual cause for bad odours was received as Divine Knowledge by seekers of SSRF with a highly activated sixth sense or extra-sensory perception (ESP). When a person is graced with sixth sense, he is able to access the Universal Mind and Intellect. This sixth sense is due to spiritual practice undertaken in this birth or a previous birth.

Negative energies are known to produce various types of foul odours from the body. Sometimes the foul odour (emanating from the body, bad breath, bad smell from burps, yawns, etc.) is made to spread into the surrounding environment. This is done to increase the distress of not only the affected person but also of those in the vicinity.

2. Synonyms

Body odour can be known medically as bromhidrosis, osmidrosis, ozochrotia, fetid sweat, body smell or malodourous sweating. Bad breath is also called halitosis.

3. What is the cause of body odour?

Sweat itself is odourless by nature.  Bacteria that normally cover the surface of the skin break down sweat.  The by-product or resulting waste material of this interaction are acid compounds that have an odour which we associate with body odour.

As bacteria breaks down sweat, a couple of different odour compounds are produced.  These acids have distinct smells and are typically what constitutes body odour.  Two common acid compounds associated with odour include:

  • Propionic acid – associated with the smell of vinegar.
  • Isovaleric acid – associated with the smell of cheese.

Trimethylaminuria (TMAU), also known as fish odour syndrome or fish malodour syndrome, is a rare metabolic disorder wherein trimethylamine is released in the person’s sweat, urine and breath, giving off a strong fishy odour or strong body odour.

4. What contributes to body odour and bad breath?

4.1. Food

What we eat can play a significant role in not only body odour, but foot odour and bad breath as well.  Nutrients and compounds contained in food are essential for day-to-day sustenance. However. some of them, especially when eaten in overabundance, can influence odour.  Foods commonly associated with odour issues include red meat, seafood, egg yolks, garlic, onions, yogurt, beans, asparagus, cabbage, and spices such as mustard seed and coriander.

4.2. Medication

A common side effect of many drugs is sweating.  Antipsychotic and antidepressant medication can be known to do this, as well as some other medicines.  In addition, overuse of aspirin and acetaminophen can also lead to increased sweat production.

4.3. Hormonal Changes

The most common hormonal change associated with body odour is menopause.  A common side effect of menopause is hot flashes, which can lead to increased perspiration.  As more sweat is produced, more odour compounds are produced as a result of bacteria breaking down the additional sweat.

4.4. Genetics

Human biology and genetics do play a role in how a person smells.  People of East Asian descent (such as the Japanese, Chinese and Koreans) tend to have fewer sweat glands in the body.  Fewer glands make them less prone to body odour due to the fact that fewer sweat secretions are released.  In addition, people of East Asian descent tend to have dry ear wax.  In contrast, most people have wet ear wax.  This is due to a particular gene prevalent in Japanese, Chinese and Korean ethnicities.  Wet ear wax can contribute to auxiliary body odour.

5. Spiritual perspective regarding body odour

Her Holiness Mrs Anjali GadgilIn some people the cause of body odour may be spiritual in nature. Since the cause belongs to the subtle-dimension it can be detected only by a person having a highly activated sixth sense who has access to the Universal Mind and Intellect. Medical science may find an absence of apparent pathology in such cases. Medical science would not be able to provide any attributes of the cause of the problem which is at a spiritual level. Also all efforts to treat the same at a physical level tend to fail.

The following information is Divine Knowledge received by a Saint of the Spiritual Science Research Foundation, Her Holiness Mrs. Anjali Gadgil.

5.1. Spiritual cause of body odour emanating from a seeker

The war between good and evil has been going on since times immemorial. Seekers of God who do spiritual practice to increase their Sattva component and reduce Raja-Tama are frequently attacked by negative energies. These attacks are more frequent in the current times as the negative energies are being defeated and soon the Divine Kingdom will be established. Since the negative energies are being defeated, the black energy in the cells of the seeker starts reducing and a foul smell emanates from the body of that person and may also permeate the atmosphere. This is due to the subtle-air released from the waste material of the body.

Subtle-sorcerers (māntriks), who are fighting against the seeker, transmit black energy from every pore of the skin through the medium of sweat in order to increase the pressure in the atmosphere. That is when the process of foul smell emanating from the body begins. The smell is usually caused due to lower level entities. They use the Absolute Earth Principle (Pruthvitattva) to make bad body odour. However, even if there is a subtle-battle with higher-level entities, foul smell can still be released as a by-product of this subtle-war that is taking place.

Process: Skin pigment is used through the medium of the foul smell to launch the black energy attack. By using this pigment, a subtle black sheath containing air is created near the skin. This sheath is activated by the Energy of will of the subtle-sorcerers and it transmits foul smell into the atmosphere through the medium of sweat or subtle black air when needed.

5.2 Table showing the various causes of foul body odour

Physical (%) Psychological (%) Spiritual (%)
Average person (spiritual level 20%) 65 30 5
Seeker doing only individual spiritual practice who is at 50% spiritual level 30 50 20
Seeker doing individual spiritual practice and spiritual practice for spreading spirituality in society who is at 50% spiritual level 20 30 50


  1. Bad personal hygiene can be taken advantage of by negative energies and then part of this 65% can be also due to a spiritual root cause.
  2. Psychological reasons for bad body odour can be due to mental issues such as depression being the initiator and then negative energies affect the person while they are in this weakened state of mind thus causing the body odour or bad breath.
  3. Could be due to ancestors or even if the Deity of the place where the person resides or the Family Deity is angry.
  4. Having a spiritual cause for body odour is more in a seeker who is doing spiritual practice for spreading spirituality and Righteousness in society and working towards the establishment of the Divine Kingdom.

5.3. Process of creation of the foul smell in various parts of the body due to distressing energies and their effects

In order to create each type of foul smell, negative energies have to utilise 30 percent of their energy.

Process effect
Body Disintegration of the outer covering created around the body Stickiness in the outer covering around the body   increases
Perspiration Vital energy sheath getting disintegrated Vital energy reduces
Breath Disintegration of the distressing cells Fluid in the distressing cells increasing proportionately
Urine Affected fluid in the cells getting disintegrated and the foul smell created due to this is thrown out through the urine Distressing fluid in the cells having increased, two by two cells unite.
Faecal matter Foul smell created due to the disintegration of the distressing filaments from the food-intake of the body being thrown out through excreta Intestines getting contracted due to the covering of the distressing filaments inside and outside the intestine
Semen  Semen getting discharged unawares due to sensual thoughts put in the mind by distressing energy and the semen getting a foul smell due to the subtle-air created by the disintegration of the distressing energy accumulated in the sperm Tama particles in the person become predominant and thoughts related to sensual pleasure increases
Menstrual fluid Destruction of red blood cells in the body Distressing energy decreasing due to foul air being discharged mostly through perspiration, burps and yawns

5.4. Odours of various regions of Hell and their effects on the person affected

Level of Hell Odour similar to Effect
1 Mustard oil Attack on the vital energy sheath
2 Raw cashew oil Attack on the blood cells in the body
3 Sweet oil with foul odour Attack on skin
4 Discharge of semen Fluid in the bones reducing
5 Menstruation odour Fluid in the cells reducing
6 Castor oil Reduction of Calcium in the body
7 Mixed odours Body lacking lustre due to reduction in the water content in the body

6. Remedies to reduce foul odours from the body

When the cause of the body odour or bad breath is physical in nature, simple measures such as good personal hygiene (a daily bath with antibacterial soap, use of antiperspirants and deodourants, brushing one’s teeth after every meal, mouthwash, etc.), and a well-balanced diet will help.

However, when the cause of foul odour is spiritual in nature, we can only overcome this by doing more and more spiritual practice according to the basic principles of spirituality. The intensity of spiritual practice to be done will depend on the severity of the attack.

There will also be a time factor involved as per the subtle-battle between positive and negative energies and the extent of it.

Sometimes when there is a subtle-battle where the positivity of a seeker is fighting off the black energy created by a negative energy around a seeker, then a foul body odour may occur.

7. Summary

Foul odour emitted from the body may be due to a physical, psychological or a spiritual cause (attacks by negative energies)

A spiritual cause is usually the case in seekers of God who are doing individual spiritual practice as well as spiritual practice for the spread of spirituality

Intensifying spiritual practice as per the basic principles helps to combat the spiritual cause of foul odours emitted from the body.

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