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Ayurveda

Sama dosha samagnis ca sama dhatu mala kriya prasannatmendriya manah svastha ityabhidiyate   

Sushrita Samhita 15:38

"One who is established in Self, who has balanced doshas, balanced agni, properly formed dhatus, proper elimination of malas, well functioning bodily processes and whose mind, soul and senses are full of bliss, is called a healthy person."

Ayurveda history of ayurveda dosha theory principles of manifestationAyurveda is defined as the “science of life” and is said to be as old as the consciousness of man. “Ayur” refers to all aspects of life from birth to death and permeates all aspects of our nature. “Veda” means knowledge or learning. Ayurveda is a system of healing that considers man and his environment from a practical, philosophical and spiritual revelation. The knowledge contained in Ayurveda includes both the physical and metaphysical aspects of life and considers the entirety of the human being as a combination of mind, body and immortal soul.

According to the Vedic Scriptures, believed to be written approximately 1500 B.C. - 2500 B.C, Ayurveda originates from the creative intelligence of the universe. Transmitted to the Vedic Rishis (seers) through their meditations and transcribed in Sanskrit prose, the Vedas teach that this creative intelligence is comprised of love, compassion and an innate will to heal; that human beings are a manifestation of this creative intelligence, imbued with “cosmo-genesis” - the will of life to evolve to higher states of consciousness. It is precisely this will to manifest that holds the key to self healing.

Ayurveda teaches that as manifestations of this expanding universe, our dynamic relationship with food, herbs, emotions, lifestyle habits, seasons and astronomical influences affect us on all levels of our being. Ayurveda classifies these influences in a language that connects us to the universe within ourselves (microcosm) and the universe around us (macrocosm). According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique “prakruti” (psycho-physical constitution) and “vikruti” (imbalances in our psycho-physical constitution.) Ayurveda refers to our unique prakruti as our “dosha”. Viewing yourself from the standpoint of your doshas provides you a foundation for understanding the causes of your ailments and imbalances from an Ayurvedic perspective.

Living in harmony with Dharma (the laws of the Universe) forms the basis for Ayurveda and the basis for self healing. Understanding your true nature and living in concert with this truth creates this foundation. Practicing behaviors that balance your dosha and avoiding those behaviors that disturb your dosha, guides you to experience the continuum of self healing

History of Ayurveda
 
Samkhya Philosophy
The Journey of Consciousness Into Matter
The Three Gunas
 

Samkhya Principles of Manifestation

Creation of the Body, Mind and Sense Organs
Maha Bhutas (Five Elements)
   

The Dosha Theory

Seat of the Doshas
Taste and the Five Elements
Six Tastes and their Effect on the Doshas
Prana, Ojas, Tejas (The Three Vital Essences)
Agni & Ama
   
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