The traditional Hindu system of medicine based on the balance of body systems.
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian Medical Science, dating back some 6000 years. The word is derived from Ayur – which in Sanskrit means ‘Life’, something that is Cosmic and all-pervading, and Veda – which means any body of knowledge. Together, Ayurveda can best be translated as ‘Life-knowledge’.
The understanding is that, present in every living form in the Universe, there is a force that imbues life and energy. Without this force, any living thing would become diseased or lifeless. Various cultures and traditions have named it differently: Ayur or ‘Life’ in Sanskrit, Qi in Chinese Medicine, “Ether” to the Greeks, and “Vital Force” according to Hahnemann’s Homeopathy.
Ayurveda: Derived from the words Ayur- Life Force, and Veda- any body of knowledge, this medical discipline which originated in India some 6000 years ago, propounds that each individual is unique and different from another, based on the representation of the five elements which go to form the body and mind: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. There is nothing in this entire universe which is outside these five elements. Man is therefore a Microcosm of Nature, the Macrocosm. The more we live in conformity with nature, the more likely we are to be healthy and happy. There is growing awareness and acceptance of Ayurveda in this country, and surprisingly, this acceptance is more prevalent amongst the common people rather than physicians.
My experience in the practice of Ayurveda is that people are more inclined to looking for the “magic bullet (the pill or medication)” which solves all their problems than resorting chaining their lifestyle and diet which is much more difficult to accomplish and practice.
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Every individual has a state of mind which is called his or her Parinama, or Vrtthi. Vrttis can be one of three possible types: Sattva, Rajas and Tamas Vrttis.
Before I start, I would like to declare that every blog on Yoga that follows is what I have learned from the many lectures and teachings of my Guru Swami Sri Dayananda Saraswati and his disciples.
In thinking of ways to improve the mind, let us start with understanding thoughts.