In this ever changing world that we live in and the fast paced technology driven lifestyle that we cope with, along with the post covid ( if we may call it so already) impact that we all are grappling with, we still resist to put our faith in the wisdom that our ancestors offered and passed on to us. Some of this wisdom is still found in the indian kitchen, or maybe suggested by our grandmothers from time to time. Some of it is reviving more in the west, than in the east. And some of it is practiced by the lineage of students and masters that follow the ‘Guru- shishya parampara’, i.e tradition, even today. All in all, this is a treasure of humankind and leads us to the path of self discovery and enlightenment.
Modern science has gone far, but not far enough to catch pace with the ancient knowledge and sciences of life. Here, I talk about the age old science of ayurveda and more. And how, yet some other practices are intertwined with ayurveda, using it as the foundation for all that is and have been known to us since eons, but have only come to light now.
‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means science. Ayurveda is a science of life that has existed since the pre buddhist era. It is a part of the Atharvaveda, one of the four ‘Vedas’, the religious texts of ancient India.
It is an ancient medical science that has manifold practices. Most importantly, it visualises the life of an individual as a complex of the body, mind and spirit, and health to be a balance amongst them.
Ayurveda lays emphasis on the maintenance of health & prevention of diseases through prescribed practices such as :
Dinacharya—a healthy daily routine, where optimum guidelines are laid down to follow a healthy daily routine,
Ritucharya—seasonal regime that talks about what changes to bring about in our diet, routines and lifestyle to cope with seasonal change,
Panchkarma—biopurification methods to help eliminate toxins from the body inside out, and induce relaxation.
Rasayana—rejuvenation therapies to boost immunity and develop healthy body tissues using herbal remedies.
Achar rasayana—is also a part of rasayana therapy that lays stress on code of conduct and behaviour to help with psychosomatic diseases.
The term ‘Psychosomatic’ implies the connection of the body and the mind. Most of the health issues and lifestyle related disorders are a result of psychosomatic disturbances. This is not a modern science concept. The understanding of the same has existed in Ayurveda since ancient times. Yoga, which means the ‘union’ of the body and mind, is a somatic practice that has existed in Ayurveda since long. Yoga and other Ayurvedic practices and treatments help treat psychosomatic disorders.
Applying ayurvedic principles and wisdom in our daily living makes us more aware of our body, mind and soul and empowers us to tap into our own hidden potential and the highest creative potential of our life.