History and Philosophy
Ayurveda is an ancient system of life (ayur) knowledge (veda) arising in India thousands of years ago. Ayurveda theory evolved from a deep understanding of creation. The great rishis or seers of ancient India came to understand creation through deep meditation and other spiritual practices. The rishis sought to reveal the deepest truths of human physiology and health. They observed the fundamentals of life, organized them into an elaborate system, and compiled India’s philosophical and spiritual texts, called Veda of knowledge.
Ayurveda was first recorded in the Veda, the world’s oldest existing literature. The three most important Veda texts containing the original and complete knowledge of Ayurveda, believed to be over 1200 years old, is still in use today. These Ayurvedic teachings were customarily passed on orally from teacher to student for over 1000 years. The wisdom of Ayurveda is recorded in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India that reflects the philosophy behind Ayurveda and the depth within it.
The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches a series of conceptual systems characterized by balance and disorder, health and disease. Disease/health results from the interconnectedness between the self, personality, and everything that occurs in the mental, emotional, and spiritual being. To be healthy, harmony must exist between the purpose for healing, thoughts, feelings and physical action.
Daily routine invites health, vitality, and a sense of clarity into our lives. Adopting an appropriate daily routine is one of the most grounding and nurturing things you could do for yourself in order to find the proper balance. It invites health, vitality, and a sense of clarity into our lives. While the concept of having a daily routine is at the heart of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, no single prescription is right for everyone. And that’s the magic of it, because the right daily routine can dramatically improve your life.
Diet and Nutrition
Food is an essential requirement in life and one can attain good health by following a proper, natural diet. Most health problems develop due to the wrong eating habit and cooking methods. Ayurveda is based on the belief that nothing is right for everyone and everything is right for someone. This belief comes from an understanding that each of us is unique. Simply put, each of us is biochemically different with different hormonal, enzyme, and neurotransmitter levels. Each person reacts to the world in different ways. If we are all different, why would we even consider the idea that there must be one program of nutrition that is best for everyone? Ayurvedic nutrition is based on individual needs and there is no need to guess which foods and supplements are appropriate for an individual, Ayurveda provides a definite path and protocol to assess what food is recommended for an individual both in healthy and diseased condition. This takes all the guesswork out of deciding right and appropriate diet. The diet is decided not only to improve physical health but Benefits of Ayurvedic nutrition is also seen in our mental and emotional wellbeing. Ayurveda, Offers a scientific roadmap and protocol for determining correct diet based upon an individual’s Prakriti (Body constitution), Vikruti (the diseased state) mental and emotional state. Ayurveda does not only talk about good nutrition but also give guidelines about cooking it in a proper way and eating with a good and positive frame of mind and also talks about nutritional disorders and bad combinations which produce toxic effects in our body. In other words, the Ayurveda encourage you to be an active participant in your own journey toward healing.
Massage and self-massage are not just luxuries in Ayurveda, but essential parts of daily life. Massage treats the whole body through touch: physically, mentally and emotionally. In Ayurveda oiling of the body is very important. Oil massage should be resorted to daily. It wards of old age, exertion and old age and aggravation of Vata. It bestows good vision, nourishment to the body, long life, good sleep, good and strong healthy skin. It should be done specifically to the feet, head, ears and palms. Ayurvedic massage uses essential oils that are chosen to suit your constitution. The massage techniques used include tapping, kneading, squeezing and pressure on specifics points. The style and flow of the massage is determined by who you are, and what your body needs for balance and wellbeing at the time.
Yoga helps to build a strong body capable to resist the modern ills and a strong mind to withstand all temptations and foster our mutual love and trust. Find our real self and be in union with it. Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences that developed together and repeatedly influenced each other throughout history. They are integral parts of the great system of Vedic knowledge which states that all the universe is One Self and that the key to cosmic knowledge lies within our own minds and hearts. As Vedic disciplines, yoga and Ayurveda work together to enhance their great benefits on all levels. They can be integrated with related Vedic or yogic sciences of astrology, architecture, music and language for an even broader approach. Yoga is first and foremost a science of Self-realization. Its concern is spiritual practice, mainly through meditation, to take us beyond the sorrow and ignorance of the world. It teaches us how to move from our outer bodily and ego-bound identity to our immortal Self that dwells within the heart. Yoga provides the key to all spiritual development, which in the Vedic sense is gaining knowledge of our true nature beyond time, space, death and suffering.
Meditation practices are techniques that encourage and develop concentration, clarity, emotional positivity, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things.
The state of mind where in there are no objects of perception or sensual thoughts, is meditation. It is nothing but keeping up of an unceasing flow of God consciousness. [“Dr. Raparthi Rama Rao”]