Ayurveda - healing system




Ayurveda - holistic system

AYURVEDA always examines man as a complex and dynamic whole.

The harmony of the whole is thus reflected in the well-being of the component parts. AYURVEDEI teaching is profoundly holistic because it does not consider any organ or set of organs separately, which it examines distinctly from the rest of the being, nor does it separate in its vision the physical body from the more subtle, invisible structures.

If we look objectively into the past, going through the entire known history of mankind, we will realize that in fact it (mankind) did nothas essentially transformed a lot over this time. InIndeed, technology and industry, developed and constantly expanded by the whole of humanity today, has reached quite advanced levels, but certainly, the make-up of the human physical body as well as the mental structure of the human being is almost identical to that which they had-o and human beings thousands of years ago, being subject to the same tendencies to disease or illness as today, and having (in spite of time) the same admirable qualities or reprehensible defects that every human being still has today, in aa certain smaller or larger proportion.

For this reason, the thousands of years of unbroken tradition of the AYURVEDA system, supported by-through countless practical experiments with its principles and methods, can now have an important say and will therefore, perhaps in the near future, play an extremely important role in safeguarding the health of modern man and harmonising the everyday life of every human being. Ayurvedic remedies, as well as the practical ways of determining them according to each particular situation, have been carefully tried and tested in practice, by-over time, thousands and thousands by practitioners of this complete healing system. In these circumstances, the principles and methods of the AYURVEDA system have successfully withstood the most difficult test, that of time.

Ayurvedic sages

In the early days of AYURVEDEI (in ancient India, thousands of years ago), humans did not have the same ability to control their environment as mankind does today. Lacking any kind of technology similar to what we have today, human beings in those ancient times had no choice but to rely on NATURE. Because they lacked all the sophisticated tools we have today, they sought toand cultivate first and foremost their intuitive and perceptive abilities that we now call paranormal. And precisely because they lived right in the middle of NATURE, they-it was much easier to determine the healing effects of plants, trees or minerals whose constituent parts they used in food or healing.        

All these wise men of NATURE experimented with these natural remedies themselves, and the results were later communicated by them, sometimes by word of mouth, sometimes in writing, from one generation to the next. All this invaluable collection of knowledge was then systematised and codified thousands of years earlier in the form of the AYURVEDA system.

The ancient sages who studied this priceless treasure trove of knowledge, structured in the form of the millennia-old AYURVEDA system, used their own minds instead of the sophisticated computers used today. In this way they were able, for example, toand develop an unimaginable power of memory, so that each Ayurvedic practitioner was himself a veritable treasure trove of knowledge about the living world. Moreover, each Ayurvedic practitioner and-developed and at the same time and-refined his intuition to a great extent, so that he could direct and control the healing processes, usingand ina way to match its intuitive capabilities. In this way, all these outstanding human beings have succeeded in transforming AYURVEDA intoa true art, discovering and revealing to others that the essential purpose of this practical system is precisely to achieve the state of perfect spiritual health, which is the essential premise of the mystical immortality of the human being.

Every human being has at least once in their life had the desire to become immortal. Although we each know so well that everything that exists will inevitably sooner or later fade away, yet each of us secretly hopes in the privacy of our souls that perhaps old age and eventually death will make an exception for us. The sages of India thousands of years ago also sought to unravel the mystery of this undeniable reality of life and death.

They included the revelations they had in certain sacred hymns (ancient writings of humanity), most of which are contained in the Vedas (all of which form the foundations of Indian culture). Thus the sacred writings emphasise that both spiritual perfection and perfection of mind or body are equally important conditions for attaining the state of immortality, which is in fact the ultimate spiritual achievement.

Value of Ayurveda

In the classical works of AYURVEDA it is stated that :

"Because AYURVEDA is beneficial to humanity, both for life in this physical world and for life to come in the next.one of the worlds (subtle spheres or realms) in which the being will continue to exist even after leaving the physical body (through so-called death), for this reason it (AYURVEDA) is considered by the wise scholars of the sacred scriptures (Vedas) as the most sacred and honored of the Vedas".

Wise connoisseurs of the sacred writings believe that all the other Vedas bring spiritual benefits to mankind that are related toto a very large extent by the invisible subtle realities (the corresponding subtle worlds). But AYURVEDEI science is concerned with both present life (in this physical world) and so-so-called future life (continued after so-so-called death and passage intoone of the subtle astral worlds or realms), which is why, as an invaluable guide to health and beneficent action, AYURVEDA is sacred par excellence and is honoured by all sages. Moreover, being a "life-giving science", AYURVEDA is the most sacred of these.

AYURVEDA is a science that represents a complete system of specific theoretical and practical knowledge which - as stated in the works of AYURVEDA - indicates "what is appropriate and what is inappropriate, what is happy or unhappy in the conditions of human life, and what is favourable or unfavourable for longevity, as a measure of life itself".

Therefore, according to this traditional view, the life of any human being can be happy (i.e., unaffected by physical, mental or psychological illness), unhappy (which is the opposite of the former), or good (i.e., a beneficent life, devoted to selfless service and benefit to others) or bad (the opposite of a beneficent life). AYURVEDA is therefore a true Science of Life, precisely because it "gives precise indications of the real state of life of the human being".