Exhibition / Slide show
The story of Ayurveda
- From time immemorial, humans had close contact with nature.
- This closeness revealed the laws about life, health and longevity.
- They compiled innumerable principles.
- Over millennia, many branches of science were formed, such as Vedic physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, hydrology, horticulture …
- One of them was Ayurveda –the art of blissful living and the science of pure healing.
- Ayurveda was composed of steps to maintain health, prevent and cure diseases.
- They realised that every physical structure had a thinking mechanism in it (mind) and. Body always matched and mirrors mind.
- Universe was composed of five forces - wisdom, vibration, transformation, cohesion, and gravity.
- They called these forces, elements or 'bhutas’ were called ether, air, re, water and earth.
- They noticed that everything had unique mind-body constitution (Prakrit).
- Life is a phenomenon that is triggered by the three forces in the nature, namely Air, Sun and the Moon.
- Life force responded to these triggers in three ways - which were called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
- This became a three-word language to categorize or classify everything - body, food, personality, pathogen, disease, vacation, tissue, herb, therapy, relationship and so on.
- Healthy life resulted in vitality or strong immunity with three units namely Prana (surveillance), Tejas (defence, attack and repair) and Ojas (stored energy) - which composed Balam.
- They found that our body worked differently at different times of the day. Hence, responding to the inner necessities appropriately kept them fit and strong and prolonged his life. They organised a sequence of activities for everyday (daily routine / dina-charya).
- A body behaved differently in different seasons. Adapting a routine tailored for the season kept their health intact (Seasonal routine - rtu-charya)
- Three aspects - rest, relationship & nutrition - of the daily routines were more important; hence called the pillars of health (tri-sthambha).
- They saw that there was a group of chemical complexes that converted food into energy (‘Agni’).
- Each person had their unique needs for nutrition depending on the his work and thoughts. This changed as the environment changed.
- Abusing Agni resulted in undigestible materials in mind and body, which later could turn into toxic products (Ama) and generate diseases.
- Five elements arranged themselves into subtle but complex molecules (subtle tissues – dhatus) order to hold life.
- Dhatus organised themself into linear or tubular modes - and formed channels (srotas), for optimum circulation. Channels of dhatus formed organs and organs in turn systems, in the process of building and maintaining the body.
- They observed that after physiological use, tissues and nutrients were eliminated. (Metabolic wastes -malas)
- Food and thoughts re-build our body every moment. They have their unique sequence of activities in our body.
- Taste, quality, potency, absorption, specs c effect, effect on dosha, effect on tissues, effect on biological wastes, effect on channels, effect on mind, effect on organs and effect on system were some of them. (Origin of Herbal and mineral medicaments - aushadham)
- Doshas behaved differently in different parts of our body. He noticed five major branches for each dosha.
- He used a simple language to link all these principles. It was known as ‘qualities’ (vimshati gunas –hot and cold, gentle and intense, heavy and cold, moist and dry, smooth and rough, solid and uid, soft and hard, stable and mobile, subtle and gross, and clear and cloudy were those twenty words.
- Thus, these fundamental ‘languages’ or ‘principles’ were formed and these formed the core principles of Ayurveda.
- Health is the expression of a fulfilled life. And the fulfilment is from a realistic view on the workings of life.
- A healthy person always had life-centred views, precise goals and strategies. He upgrades them constantly. A healthy person is adaptable. They are committed & detached. They fall asleep easily, maintain his a good sleep, and wake up refreshed. They have keen sense organs.
- They experience hunger and thirst at regular intervals. They are in tune with his mind and body. Hence eat and drink appropriately. They assimilate what they ingests. They eliminates proportionately. They learn from their experiences and use this knowledge for optimized life. They are full of energy and enthusiasm. They are open to any new views and changes. They follow an intuitive, individualised daily, seasonal and other cosmic routines. They are relaxed and focussed. They are happy and satisfied. They know how life works. They know how to flow with life. They know things happen for a reason. They are committed to his goals. But detached from the results. They are proactive. They know the purpose of life is to learn and grow in wisdom.
- Disease is born out of stress - originating from sources such as mind, food and environment. A pure or holistic treatment will consider the causes, process and effects of the diseases.
- In a physical sense, diseases begin with un-digestible or un-metabolizable (ama) substanced in our body. They can be at different levels, strengths and depths. Undigested matter (ama) can form or arrive at any areas of our body. They can generate symptoms in GIT (vomiting, diarrhoea) channels (circulatory), organs (diabetes, arthritis), immune system (auto-immune diseases), or regeneration (degenerative). Undigested matter (ama) might be transformed into toxic mucus (eg. sinusitis, candida), acids (eg. ulcers, hyper acidity), almost invisible (depletion) or solids (eg. stiffness, stones) in our body. In this process, they might attract certain microbes, such as fungus (excess cold, damp), bacteria (exess hot, humid) or virus (excess cold and dry). Ultimately, a disease gets us to learn more lessons in wisdom.
- Healing starts with understanding the interplay of life, mind and body. Gaining clarity about soul, thinking, emotions, mind and body is part of it. Right nutrition, herbs, therapies and cleanses can keep your body cleansed and symptom-free, while we upgrade our belief system. They discovered dozens of effective techniques to remove deep-seated ama, repair and rebuild the body. They were known as shodhanas and panchakarma.
- When do you eat your meals? Why do you eat your meals? Is that because it is time to eat? Or is it that food happened to be right in front of you? Or are you eating to cover up your stress? Do you feel refreshed after a meal?
- Do you have a healthy eating regime, a regulated and proactive life? Or it's all stressful and disorganised?
- Sleep is vital in keeping us fit. Do you fall asleep easily? Do you stay asleep peacefully? Do you wake up refreshed?
- An Ayurvedic consultation is holistic and comprehensive. You will learn how to optimize your life, to focus your mind and take control of your body. This include knowledge about your constitution, health issues, nutritional program, cleanses, exercises (body and breathing), visualization, af rmations etc if necessary. Remember: physical therapies are just to give you a window of opportunity. They won’t replace a fulfilled life.
- After all, Ayurveda is all about learning (veda) to live (ayur) and living (ayur) to learn (veda)!
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