Ayurveda, which literally means, the science of life, is the natural healing system of India, its traditional medicine going back to ancient times. It was established by the same great seers and sages who produced India’s original systems of yoga and meditation.
Ayurveda originated as part of Vedic Science. This is an integral spiritual science devised to give a comprehensive understanding of the entire universe, which it sees as working according to a single law. Vedic Science includes yoga, meditation, and astrology and sets forth Ayurveda as its branch for dealing with the physical body. In this broad and profound background of Vedic Science, Ayurveda includes herbal medicine, diet, body work, surgery, psychology and spirituality.
Ayurveda is the healing gift to us from the ancient enlightened vedic culture.
Ayurveda is part of a new movement towards a global medicine that includes the best developments in the medicines of all lands. A new naturalistic planetary medicine is emerging, largely through & re-examination of the older eastern and traditional medicine of native peoples through out the world. Of all the systems, Ayurveda in probably the best point of synthesis for much a global medicine. It contains the broadest number of healing modalities. We may find that much of the medicine to heal the planet and usher in a new age of world unity is already contained in this, perhaps the oldest of all healing systems.
According to Ayurveda, the human being consists of three bodies: the physical, astral and causal or what could be called in western terms, body, mind and soul.
Ayurveda is usually referred to as India’s traditional medicine. It was developed by Rishis, the great masters and seers of ancient India and forms the cornerstone of all modern Indo-European thoughts and language.
Ayurveda translates as science of life Ayus in ‘life’ and Veda is ‘science’ or knowledge. This translation certainly encompasses the fundamental basis of Ayurvedic medicine which embraces holistic healing. It therefore observes total health, including physical emotional, mental, environmental and spiritual health.
Ayurveda does speak specifically of three separate body types or doshas, yet this doesn’t mean that a person is restricted to only one body type. Although one or two may dominate, most of us are a combination of all three. While it is important to find out your body type (by determining the type that dominates) it is even more important to determine how you react to certain foods, environments, emotions and so on. The onus is on the individual to get more in tune with themselves.
The body type provides a guide, yet Ayurveda is essentially about discovering who you are holistically, then encouraging you to be the very best you can be. A correct understanding of your body type will simply give you access to your genuine nature and to your healthy, beautiful, perfectly balanced self.
Ayurveda is a science that is widely acknowledged to be the world’s oldest system of health. It is an oral tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation. Only in the last 5000 years was it actually written down. The word ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit root ‘ayu’ and ‘Veda’ or life and knowledge. Thus is the name, ‘Ayurveda’. We find it essential meaning and purpose- the complete knowledge of how to live daily life in harmony with cosmic life.
Ayurveda is not just a health care system but a complete approach to living. It offers a rich and comprehensive conception of life and health that takes into account all parts of human existence, from its most abstract, transcendental value to its most concrete expressions in human physiology. In addition, it clearly upholds the intimate connection between human life and cosmic life.
Why has this ancient science with stood the test of time and continued to this day to be a successful approach to health care? The first and foremost reason is that it is based on principles which are as old as life itself and are intimately tied to how nature functions every where in creation.
Ayurveda does not believe that human beings are independent units with no connection with the outer universe and working under a separate law which has no connection with the universe. Ayurveda does believe that man is but an inseparable part of the whole creation (Cosmos) and humans evolved along with the evolution of the cosmos and will continue the process of evolution along with that of the cosmos and the same intelligence or law that is behind the evolution and physiology of the entire cosmos, animates and enlivens the human physiology. When the physiology of the human mind-body complex is out of tune or not in harmony with that of the cosmos, the optimum functioning of the mind-body complex will be compromised. And the result is individual falters from the ideal state of Health. The synchronization between the mind and the body weakens.
If an individual does anything physically or mentally which interferes in the synchronization or the dynamic interrelationship between the body and the cosmos disease happens. Those interferences can happen in the other environment or in the body or both. Either way the result is disease. So it is found that to get rid of the disease and reverse back to the ideal state of health is to establish the synchrony of the disturbed mind-body complex and bring it in proper alignment to the cosmos.