Defining The Holistic Approach For Life And Medicine In Ayurveda’s Balanced Way
The true definition of Ayurveda points out the balance and synergy of the holistic approach of the ancient sages that is relevant, practical and empowering in the present scenario.
These insights guide us not only in the medicinal way for a better health. These guideposts stand by us and help in each and every moment of our life. The only condition is if we allow this wisdom to support us.
The Universally And Individually Relevant Ayurveda Definition:
‘Beneficial, non-beneficial, happy and unhappy are four kinds of living in human being. Knowing whatever is pleasant or unpleasant; and beneficial or harmful for the living being is Ayurveda’s approach to Holistic Medicine. How various materials, their qualities and activities affect life favorably or unfavorably with quantitative and qualitative knowledge is also a part of Ayurveda.’ (Charaka Samhita, Sutra Section, Ch. 1/41, Longevity – Ayurveda Definition)
Explained: Holistic health depends upon four types of lifestyle. Ayurveda or any other holistic medicine should rest upon this consideration. The beauty of these lifestyle is that they cover both wellbeing and disease, prevention and cure. These are as broad enough to encompass all the activities of our lives and specific enough to guide about the single trivial event in our lives. We will see both the classical version and the modern applied application in life.
These are the four life paradigms of living that are not limited to health or medicine. These four life paradigms are central to our wellbeing in all dimensions of life.
The ultimate aim of all systems of medicine is keep us healthy and free from diseases and to manage the disorders. The ideal synergy can be had by following this golden rule – do the beneficial things in pleasant way and remove the harmful things from life in pleasant way.
This can be mantra of life, the light that can guide all of activities right from eating food, exercise, meditation, work, sex, wine and practically everything. Just ponder over this sentence and see how we could respond differently to many of our bad habits and how can we reinforce the good ones.
The good or bad and beneficial or harmful are to be observed in context with our condition. They are flexible and relevant and so can be personalized for individuals.
Taking one or two peg of wine a few times a week can be good and not-harmful for someone and it can be harmful for the other person. The same food that can be harmful for obese person, can be good for the underweight person. You can read more about this on the Holistic Health Lifestyles page.
The second most important consideration for all health enhancing and disease managing system is this one – How do various materials, their qualities and activities affect life favorably or unfavorably with quantitative and qualitative knowledge is also a part of Ayurveda?
Look at herbs, drugs, energy healing, yoga, crystal healing and other therapies and feel what they are doing and how they are affecting us. All the efforts of science and medicine, the new inventions, the new modalities are extending the proof of the above sentence.
The pharmaceutical industry and clinical pharmacologists are ever busy designing new molecules and checking how they are affecting our body and its various processes.
This is again another example of the marvelous wisdom of Ayurveda sages and how they have poured the wisdom of ages into a single verse. The relevance of their saying is universally as well as individually relevant.
Defining Life And Ayurveda
“Life is the dynamic combination of organs, sense and executing faculties, mind and conscious principle. Other synonyms of life are Dhari, Nityaga and Anubandha.” (Charaka Samhita, Sutra Section, Ch. 1/42, Longevity – Ayurveda Definition)
Explained: What is living being? Any person is said be living only until body, senses, mind and soul are there and function in combination. What happens at death? The conscious principle exists the body and is responsible for life at the most basic level. The body, its organs and physiology and everything else is same after death. Only the conscious principle leaves the body and we start to take the body to cremation ground or arranging its coffin.
Again, this definition of life is medically relevant. The doctors can work on or affect any one of these – body, senses, mind and consciousness.
‘Dhari’ means one that is living or life is present.
‘Nityaga’ means one with dynamic equilibrium. Life and all metabolic processes are the example of dynamic activity.
‘Anubandha’ stands for the backing of life with Consciousness or Soul. One can be said to be living only until there is consciousness and some dynamic activity.
“Ayurveda, the realized knowledge of life is most sacred because wise persons regard its ability to fulfill all the pursuits of this world and beyond.” (Charaka Samhita, Sutra Section, Ch. 1/43, Longevity – Ayurveda Definition)
Explained: Salutations to the tradition and lineage of wisdom of health. This art and science of life truly deserves to be sacred!