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What is Ayurveda
What are Essential
Is All the Hype True?
To when it was expounded
and practiced by the same spiritual rishis,
laid the foundations of the Vedic civilisation in India,
the fundamentals of life into proper systems.
source of knowledge in this field therefore remain the Vedas,
the divine books of knowledge they propounded, and more specifically
fourth of the series, namely Atharvaveda that dates back
1000 BC. Of the few other treatises on Ayurveda
that have survived
from around the same time, the most famous are Charaka
the Sushruta Samhita which concentrate
on internal medicine and
surgery respectively. The Astanga
Hridayam is a more concise
compilation of earlier texts that was
created about a thousand years ago.
These between them forming a greater
part of the knowledge base on
Ayurveda as it is practiced
of Ayurveda had spread around in the 6th
century BC to Tibet,
China, Mongolia, Korea and Sri Lanka, carried over
by the Buddhist monks
travelling to those lands. Although not much of it
survives in original form,
its effects can be seen in the various new
age concepts that have
originated from there.
philosophy has had greater influence on Ayurveda than Sankhayas
philosophy of creation and manifestation. Which professes that behind
creation there is a state of pure existence or awareness, which is
time and space, has no beginning or end, and no qualities. Within
existence, there arises a desire to experience itself, which
disequilibrium and causes the manifestation of the primordial
energy. And the two unite to make the "dance of
creation" come alive.
indescribable and extremely subtle, this primordial energy
all that flows from it existing only in pure existence is the
creative force of all action, a source of form that has qualities.
and energy are so closely related that when energy takes form, we
to think of it in terms of matter only. And much modified, it
leads to the manifestation of our familiar mental and
gives rise to cosmic consciousness, which is the universal order
prevades all life. Individual intelligence, as distinct from the
intellectual mind, is derived from and is part of this
consciousness. It is
the inner wisdom, the part of individuality that
remains unswayed by the
demands of daily life, or by Ahamkara,
the sense of `I-ness.
Sanskrit word with no exact translation, Ahamkara, is a
quite understood by everyone as it is often misleadingly
equated to `ego.
Embracing much more than just that, it is in essence
that part of me
which knows which parts of the universal creation
are me. Since I am
not separate from the universal
consciousness, but I has an identity that differentiates and
defines the boundaries of `me. All creations therefore
not just human beings.
arises from Ahamkara a two-fold creation. The first is Satwa,
subjective world, which is able to perceive and manipulate matter.
comprises the subtle body (the mind), the capacity of the five sense
organs to hear, feel, see, taste and smell, and for the five organs of
action to speak, grasp, move, procreate and excrete. The mind and the
subtle organs providing the bridge between the body, the Ahamkara
the inner wisdom, which three together is considered the essential
second is Tamas, the objective world of the five elements
touch, vision, taste and smell the five subtle elements
that give rise to
the dense elements of ether or space, air, fire, water
and the earth
from which all matter of the physical world is
derived. And it is Rajas,
the force or the energy of
movement, which brings together parts of
these two worlds.
worth noting that even at the stage of the dense elements the
of creation which according to Sankaya is now and in
present, without any past and any future is still dealing with
of existence beyond our simple physical realms. The point of
being that we are the first and foremost spirit experiencing
To use Ayurveda in daily life, one has neither
to accept nor even
understand this philosophy. But it does provide a
deeper insight into how
Ayurveda works towards betterment
of your health.
therefore is not simply a health care
system but a form of
lifestyle adopted to maintain
perfect balance and harmony within
existence, from the most abstract transcendental
values to the most concrete physiological
expressions. Based on
the premise that life
represents an intelligent co-ordination of
Atma (Soul), Mana (Mind), Indriya
and Sharira (Body). That revolves
five dense elements that go into the making of the
constitution of each individual, called Prakriti.
Which in turn is determined by the vital balance of
physical energies - Vata,
the three mental energies- Satwa, Rajas, Tamas.
thus offers a unique blend of science and philosophy that
physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components
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