Ayurved is the part of Atharv Ved Samhita (the “knowledge storehouse of atharvāṇas, the procedures for everyday life”). The principles of Ayurved are immortal. Ayurved originates from two Sanskrit words – ‘ayu’ denotes life and ‘veda’ denotes knowledge. Ayurved means ‘knowledge of life’.
THE AYURVEDIC WAY
Understanding these principles of Ayurved and living life according to them are the secrets to a long and disease-free life.
The three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – are the fundamental forces in our body that determine the harmony and equilibrium in the body. If the balance between these forces is maintained, good health is maintained; if the balance is disturbed, unfavourable conditions are triggered in the body and this invites disease.
Everything that we do in our daily life and everything that surrounds us in the world affect these three doshas in varying degrees. The effects can be in terms of the quantity of the doshas, the quality of the doshas and the ‘place’ of the doshas. When the balance is disturbed the body normally compensates for the changes automatically.
SOME EXAMPLES OF THIS AUTOMATIC COMPENSATION :
MOST IMPORTANTLY, ALL THESE ACTIVITIES CARRY ON AUTOMATICALLY, WITHOUT ANY INTERVENTION FROM US .
The sages understood all these bodily functions and made meticulous and subtle observations about the factors that help these functions and the factors that disturb them. They realised that all these factors – like one’s constitution, the weather, our food, our habits, our medicines, etc. – are closely linked to our daily life. They therefore integrated the knowledge of Ayurved with our daily routines in such a way that maintaining good health does not become an ‘extra’ task, but just becomes an easy part of our everyday life. The prevention of disease thus happens naturally, as an automatic result of living according to the Ayurvedic way of life.
SOME EXAMPLES OF THE INTEGRATION OF AYURVEDIC CONCEPTS IN DAILY LIVING
When you understand the simple concepts of Ayurved, you can find many such examples in the Indian subcontinent.