EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY OF THE AYURVEDA COURSE IN ROMANIA
The presentation of this traditional Indian medical science (Ayurveda) in a systematic form in the Ayurveda courses organized by AMN-Romania allows all participants an approach that is both simple and easily accessible to the Western mentality.
Ayurveda is simple because it uses general principles of life that have been synthesised through long direct practice by a large number of Ayurvedic practitioners over time. The simplicity of Ayurveda is mainly due to the fact that this age-old science has reached its essence.
Medical system Traditional Ayurveda is both a precise and well-founded science of life and a genuine art of natural human healing.
Ayurveda includes general notions, concepts and categories of knowledge, as well as various therapeutic modalities, which have been carefully verified over thousands of years through direct experience. Such an 'art of healing' as Ayurveda could only have been practised by those special human beings to whom spiritual realisation could give the inner power to breathe life into all the healing acts they engaged in.
By consistently following the AMN Ayurveda course in Romania, every participant can soon realise that Ayurveda is even more than a science and an art of healing. Ayurveda is in fact a true way of wise living or, in other words, a profoundly spiritual, simple and natural way of life that restores the full harmony of every human being, both with itself and with God and everything around it. From this perspective we can understand why Ayurveda is considered by the wise to be the 'Science of Life'.
In the traditional Ayurvedic system, perfect health is primarily about complete harmony. The aim of this medical system is not only to restore a temporary state of physical, psychological or mental comfort to the suffering human being. The state of health of a human being cannot be reduced to a mere state of comfort or well-being.
The age-old science of Ayurveda aims to awaken in every human being a genuine aspiration to a state of higher, deeper and fuller harmony, which is reflected at all levels of being. This higher aspiration, constantly maintained in the being, is in fact the foundation of an authentic, deep and genuine state of health. All those who have known and practised the principles of this traditional system of healing (Ayurveda) have been able to verify this truth shortly afterwards and have been able to confirm it through their own practice. Moreover, all those who have attained this higher state have been able to realise that there is in reality no end or in other words no so-called ultimate degree of harmony that a particular human being can attain when he or she decides to consistently follow the principles of Ayurveda.
This superior way of living promoted by the age-old science of Ayurveda also consists in placing much more emphasis on the prevention of ailments than on their treatment, without neglecting, when necessary, a necessary natural healing cure. Some people believe that Ayurveda offers only slow ways of treatment, but in fact it is precisely this seemingly slow aspect that is the key to effective and complete healing, which takes place by completely eliminating the causes of illness.
In fact, measured in terms of effectiveness, the healing process achieved through Ayurvedic methods turns out to be quite fast.
The natural healing process carried out by traditional Ayurvedic methods is an integral part of the process of harmonizing the being, especially today when most human beings suffer from numerous and varied ailments due to fatigue or stress, the main cause of which is the unjustified hurry that nowadays even takes over us moment by moment.
The traditional Ayurvedic system balances and rejuvenates the body and mind of the human being, thus reducing almost any possible susceptibility to disease, both by strengthening immunity and by developing a natural ability to prevent the onset of any new ailments, while at the same time stopping the process of aggravation or development of those ailments that already exist. Compared to conventional modern medicine, Ayurveda takes a different approach to the classification of diseases and the identification of pathogenic factors. Disease is a consequence of a combination of factors with various determinisms.
Ayurveda is profoundly holistic precisely because it never considers one organ or set of organs separately from the rest of the human being, seen as a whole.
Ayurveda does not treat the part in a separative way and does not have a view whereby the body is disjoined from the mind and soul. Ayurveda always investigates the human being as a complex and dynamic whole, and the harmony of the whole is reflected in the well-being of the component parts.
If we look objectively into the past, going through the entire known history of mankind, we will realise that mankind has in fact benefited a long time ago from an exceptional knowledge of life. The technology and industry developed and expanded by the whole of humanity today has reached advanced levels, but the make-up of the human body as well as the subtle structure of the human being is almost the same as that which human beings had thousands of years ago, being subject to the same kinds of ailments and diseases as today and having, in spite of time, the same admirable qualities or reprehensible defects which every human being still has today in some lesser or greater proportion.
As described in almost all traditional works, Ayurveda has eight main branches (Asthanga-Ayurveda).
These branches are:
- Kaya-Cikitsa general medicine, Shalya general surgery,
- Shalakya branch dealing with the treatment of specific diseases of the ears, nose, throat, mouth and eyes,
- Bhutavidya Ayurvedic Psychiatry,
- Kaumara Ayurvedic paediatrics,
- Agada-tantra ayurvedic toxicology,
- Rasayana the Ayurvedic science of practical modalities with rejuvenating and tonic effects and
- Vajikarana the Ayurvedic science of natural substances with aphrodisiac effects.