Ayurveda Prajna: Bringing us back to Nature
By Lilamaya (Liliana Galvis) • February 23rd, 2012 • 6884 Views
Ayurveda is the science that indicates the appropriate and inappropriate, happy or sorrowful conditions of living, what is auspicious or inauspicious for longevity, as well as the measure of life itself. CHARAKA SAMHITA I.41
Ayurveda translates to “The Science of Life”, an ancient natural healing system of India, dating back approx. 5,000 years. A substantial portion of Ayurvedic wisdom has been lost in the midst of time and during a procession of mogul invasions during 1526 where much of the Ayurvedic physicians (Vaidyas) knowledge of the nature of health and disease were gloomily destroyed. This knowledge was cognized by the rishis or seers of truth during deep states of meditation. It was passed down through generations by chanting in the form of shlokas (verses).
Ayurveda is the sister science to Yoga. Originated as part of the Vedic Science, it is an ancient integral spiritual science that provides comprehensive understanding of how we came to be (the universe of matter, mind and consciousness). Vedic Sciences include: yoga, meditation, mantra and astrology (Jyotish), and Ayurveda has been set forth as its special branch for healing which recognizes the important role of the mind and emotions. Much of the foundations for maintaining health and curing disease are rooted in the adherence to natural rhythms and cycles of nature, utilizing a variety of natural means in order to bring harmony to physiology including: diet, herbs, spices, minerals, exercise, meditation, yoga, mental hygiene, sounds, smells and mechano-procedures to eliminate toxic substances from the body and mind.
According to Vedic rishis, life is nothing but a dance and interplay of 3 main forces derived by the 5 elements. These three forces are known as Doshas or biological humors: VATA (ether and space) PITTA (fire and water) KAPHA (water and earth). They are continually changing and interacting with one another and being propelled by the major energy life force called PRANA, aka: The Life force. Hidden in all energy is the working of a conscious will. Energy is will in action in the outer world orchestrating the primal cosmic law of order and balance.
By understanding these biological humors, not only can we can learn to balance and control the forces of life but also build health as the basis for rejuvenation of the mind and the transformation of consciousness. When out of balance, the doshas are the causative forces behind the disease process.
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