“Life is not merely to be lived but to be well” a Scholar said. Although in modern times when in the rat race of acquiring material possessions to an endless limit, we put ourselves through most exhausting stress, we have lost lots of the gems preserved by our ancestors. A ray of light as hope is that this generation is trying to get back some from the ancient mysteries of India and is trying to preserve it. It could be through enlightened leaders or simply because it is in trend in the west, but it seems like we have started valuing our old sciences like Ayurveda & Yoga.
Ayurveda literally meaning, “knowledge of life” is pulling masses back from the track where they had abandoned the path of Nature, due to so called modernisation. From baking breads from natural grains to the use of GMOs (genetically modified grains), from consuming natural fruits to flavoured drinks and juices with preservatives, from natural oils to refined and double refined oils. We have tried to make everything ornamental, even the edibles. We must understand that our body is ought to get different diseases and imbalances if we move away from nature and this is unquestionably right.
Which takes us straight to the equation ‘Ayurveda = Health’. If at all we want to spend quality life without diseases or by correcting the diseases in the body we will have to abide by the rules of nature, which I would prefer to call Ayurveda. To understand the concept of Ayurveda we have to understand that our body is as much a part of the Nature as an embryo is of the mother’s body.
Ayurveda basically splits the five elements of Nature into three groups and since our body is made up of the same five elements, there has to be a constant connect & disconnect between the internal and external five elements that results in the development of the characteristics of an individual mental, physical & emotional. Hence anything can be classified amongst the three categories of Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Anything we experience as human beings through any medium physically, through a thought or emotionally has some effect on our mind and body because of its qualities, these qualities as per the literature of Ayurveda is classified in 10 pairs of opposites, making it total of 20 qualities. These qualities are Gunas and doshas. Due to our inappropriate modern life style, we tend to strike an imbalance between the gunas which leads to diseases. Ayurveda recognises these imbalances and corrects them by applying the opposite qualities.
It is far from real for us to return from the life style we have created for ourselves, to lead a life free from stress & competition. That is why it becomes extremely important for us to adopt the preventive measures suggested by Ayurveda. The question that remains is how do we inculcate our mind to go for a life style more natural and unlike the one we follow now? Well the answer is simple, like when you join a gymnasium and seek assistance from an instructor; likewise, you need to seek assistance initially from a professional, until you get to know your body and its characteristics. The best part about Ayurveda is that it comes completely natural and with no side effects. I believe Ayurveda is the guiding light that can lead us back into leading life in great health. Choice is definitely ours what we choose. Ayurveda is health.