Ayurveda - The Science Of Life
Ayurveda is one of the World’s oldest holistic healing systems dating back to more than five thousand years , when an enlightened class of seers and sages in Ancient India made experiments with Herbs and Minerals to perfect this science. Ayurveda emphasises good health, prevention and cure of various ailments through plants, seeds, minerals and herbal treatment.
Ayurveda is a ‘Science of Life’, where nature meets science to cure all kinds of diseases in a holistic way, Ayurveda not only treats a person’s physical complaints but it also changes lifestyle practices through simple herbal remedies to maintain and ameliorate the health.
The origin of Ayurveda, the word conjugated by “Ayu” meaning life and “Veda” meaning knowledge can be traced back to the evolution of of civilization. The Indian sages thousands of years ago enscripted their knowledge about life and the fundamentals of ayurveda in the oldest scriptures known to mankind, namely the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Athrva Veda and Sam Veda.
Ayurved is regarded as the Upaveda or sub-scripture of the Yajurveda. This Veda contains abundance of information on how to keep oneself healthy and to combat diseases.
Originated as a part of Vedic science, Ayurveda 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.
Ayurveda is the branch of Vedic science, which deals with physical body besides yoga, meditation, astrology, etc. Herbal medicine, dietetics, physiology, surgery, psychology, spirituality etc. are included in Ashtanga Ayurveda.
From the ancient enlightened sages and period, Vedic culture Ayurveda is the healing gift to mankind. It is believed that the astronomical records in ancient Vedic texts, the Vedic system, including ayurveda, was in practice even before 4000 BC. Hence it is evident that Ayurveda was very mature and predominant in India thousands of years ago.
Ayurvedic philosophy says that suffering is disease and contentment is good health and no human being is healthy if he does not posses a sound sharira (body), a sound mana (mind) and a sound atma (soul). Ayurveda advises for smallest things of personal hygiene and social conduct and describe the whole way of life, narrates how one should keep healthy.
According to Ayurvedic Scriptures, the Five major elements present in nature are Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Space, these Five elements combine together to form three main components of our body mainly known as VATTA, PITTA AND KAPHA, these are also known as Three Doshas of human body. A balance of these three components or three Doshas is thought to be required for the optimal health.
VATTA represents Air and Space in Human Body, Vatta controls Movement of Muscles and Joints, Functions of the Nervous System, Breathing, Heartbeat, Anxiety, Fear and Pain.
PITTA constitutes Fire and Water, it controls the Metabolism of our body, bodily functions as Digestion, Skin colour and it also includes the emotions of anger, hate and jealousy.
KAPHA denotes Earth and Water, The physical structure of the body and the immune system is completely based on Kapha Dosha of Human body.
In Ayurveda, these Three Doshas are considerd to be the foundation of healthy mind and body, these components are dereived from our Mother Nature, so it is quite inevitable and explicable that Herbs, Plants and Minerals which are abundantly showered on us by Nature can cure not only normal diseases present on our planet but can also terminate and uproot the deadly diseases which are afflicting humanity at present and were rampant thousands of years ago also, when these Scriptures were written by Maharishis of Ayurveda. (The word ‘Maharishi’ which is a term of respect denotes a person of profound knowledge and learning).
During the succeeding centuries , especially in the course of alien rule over India , this native science fell into decay. Dr. Amarnath who founded Navjivan in early twenties did unremitting research over years into the hoary past of Ayurved. By collecting bits of knowledge about it from diverse sources , he gradually perfected it into a unique and infallible healing power , thus raising it from its lowly form to the status of a dynamic and powerful science.