Self-awareness, self-observation, responsibility for your choices.
Continuous balancing to maintain a delicate equilibrium.
Constant vigilance and constant work.
Using your own intelligence – nobody said it would be easy 😉
And a beautiful journey to discover yourself.
These are the first things that come to my mind when I think of Ayurveda.
Definition? Here you are. Ayurveda is the science of life – ajus – life, veda – wisdom, knowledge, science. In the narrower sense of the term, it is traditional Indian natural medicine that is over 5000 years old.
It is not an anachronistic folk medicine, as it is sometimes considered. It is a full-fledged science, operating in parallel with academic medicine in India.
Ayurveda fields of interest are the following:
- internal diseases (kayacikitsa)
- ENT (salakyatantra)
- general surgery (slayatantra)
- toxicology (agadatantra)
- psychiatry (bhutavidya)
- pediatrics and obstetrics (kaumarabhrtya)
- geriatrics and longevity (rasayana)
- procreation (vajikarana)
Ayurveda is considered the mother of medicine. It is the basis of Chinese, Arabic and Greek medicine.
As David Frawley writes, „the ultimate goal of both classical Ayurveda and classical yoga is self-realization – the highest form of self-healing. Ayurveda shows us how to achieve optimal health not only to feel good but also to provide enough energy to follow the path of yoga. What connects yoga and Ayurveda is prana, or life energy. Yoga is prana intelligence seeking evolutionary change at a higher level, while Ayurveda is its healing power, seeking to unite existing life systems. Ayurveda and yoga together form a complete discipline that can make our existence no longer have a physical dimension but will enter the deepest spiritual levels of our existence with extraordinary vitality and creativity. ” [translated from Polish, Frawley, 2017, p. 17]
In the next entries, I will introduce the concept of panca mahabuta – five elements which allows you to understand ayurvedic recommendations and put them into practice, and then we will look at the most famous Ayurvedic concept – doshas.