What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is derived from the Sanskrit language meaning “The Science of Life”. Ayurvedic wisdom originated in India and is believed to be one of the oldest form of healthcare in the world. The origins of ayurveda can be traced back to the Rig Veda (ancient Indian book of wisdom) which was written over 6000 years back.
It is the scientific way of living in harmony with nature and diet for achieving and maintaining a healthy balanced lifestyle. In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining the “right” balance.
Main Goal of Ayurveda
Every human life desires health and longevity. Why? Ayurveda explains this desire is rooted within all of us to fulfill the four obligations of human life –
- Kama (desires and procreation)
- Artha (financial)
- Dharma (righteousness)
- Moksha (nirvana, mukti; instinct towards freedom)
The main goal of ayurveda is not just healing the body from discomfort and disease but in the highest and deepest sense to take human life towards the attainment of salvation through liberation.
Purpose of Ayurveda
To protect health of the healthy and alleviate disorders in the diseased – Charka Samhita; SU.30.26
My Interpretation of Ayurveda
I define Ayurveda as a “Lifestyle of Spirituality”. For me, ayurveda, is a silent inner dialogue between mind and body, witnessed by the soul consciousness.
Basic Principles of Ayurveda
According to ayurveda, our universe is made up of five elements.
- Vayu (air)
- Agni (fire)
- Jalam (water)
- Prithvi (earth)
- Aakasam (ether)
“Vata, pitta and kapha are combinations and permutations of these five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation.” – Dr. Vasant Lad.
Balance is our natural state of order and imbalance is the unnatural state of disorder/disease. Right proportionate balance in all three doshas corresponds to balance in health.
Resouces: Dr. Vasant Lad’s article,