What Is Ayurveda
History is riddled with random enthusiasms that have swept the nation for a few months or years at a time. Despite the growing interest in the science of Ayurveda, it is definitely far from any new fad. Rather, Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system which has even described certain phenomena such as blood circulation thousands of years before William Harvey described it in the 17th century.
The Origin Of Ayurveda …
The word “Ayurveda” literally means ‘the knowledge of life’. Although the exact age of Ayurveda is not known, it’s thought to span back several millennia. The texts of Ayurveda explain its origin as being a transmission of knowledge upon enlightened beings [rishis] at a time of increased illness and suffering in the world. This transmission of knowledge was solely to help uncover the deepest truths for easing the suffering of mankind. The knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down thousands of years through certain lineages of teachings – which modern medicine is just beginning to understand.
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Rediscovering The Past
It’s interesting that the ancient teachings of Ayurveda are revealing itself as being the fundamental solution to many of our modern day concerns. As any good clinician knows, the answer lays deep upon finding the root cause of any problem. The science of Ayurveda has long explained the importance of balance and the subtle aspects of the mind upon the body. The aim of Ayurveda is to establish a state of balance amongst a world of change and variability.
Imbalance = Disease
The most basic causes of imbalance often find their origin in three main areas:
diet, lifestyle, and state of mind. The ancient teachings of Ayurveda demonstrate with great sophistication how diet, lifestyle, and state of mind influence other subtleties such as doshas [bodily humors], agni [the digestive fire], dhatus [bodily tissue], and srotas [channels of the body].
Our modern view of nutrition is primarily viewed in the form of carbohydrates, protein, fats, and minerals. Ayurveda, on the other hand, has always had a unique perspective of food as being medicine. Each item of food according to Ayurveda is considered to have a unique combination of elements [ether, air, fire, water and earth] and therefore has different tastes. These tastes then go on to have other influences such as being heating or cooling upon the body. For example, it is not uncommon to experience increased acid reflux, heartburn or even some inflammatory skin rash [i.e. urticaria] after one eats hot and spicy food. Although this is a gross over-simplification, this does however convey a simple point that food has a direct impact on health and used correctly can be as important [if not more important] than medicine.
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Daily routine is a vital and integral part of our state of health. A routine that is followed with care and awareness with respect to our individual constitution and balance will bring many health benefits. In Ayurveda there are certain steps to starting the day, and whilst these can take up some time, they are valuable in their relation to boosting vitality.
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“Yatinam Brahma Bhavati Sarathih” – Rik Veda [1.158.6]
“For those whose minds are established in self-referral consciousness, the infinite organizing power of natural law becomes the charioteer” – Translation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
State Of Mind:
The classical texts of Ayurveda have explained that in order to treat a person with complete effectiveness, you must treat the person not as a set of parts, but as a whole. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda eloquently explains the progression of mind into matter and in a way, explains matter as being condensed mind. Interestingly, if there were to be one cause of all diseases, the principles of Ayurveda would likely state “Prajnaparadha” [mistake of the intellect] as being the root cause. It is because of this importance that vedic sciences [i.e. ayurveda] gives tremendous importance to establishing balance within the mind – hence the importance of meditation.
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Individuals having the excellence of mental faculties are characterized by good memory, devotion, gratefulness, wisdom, purity, excessive enthusiasm, skill, courage, valor in fighting, absence of sorrow, proper gait, depth of wisdom and sincerity in actions and virtuous acts.
– C.S. Vimanasthana Ch. VIII Sutra. 110