By Vasant Lad
V. 1. A background and philosophy of Ayurveda
In his "Ayurvedic reviews Program", Vasant Lad teaches Ayurveda as a technology of moment-to-moment dwelling. every one lecture that he provides flows from his personal center in a river of therapeutic knowledge. This textbook conveys the philosophical and basic rules of Ayurveda in a dynamic and inspirational method, offering an in depth starting place upon which to pursue deeper wisdom.
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V. 1. A background and philosophy of Ayurveda
In his "Ayurvedic stories Program", Vasant Lad teaches Ayurveda as a technological know-how of moment-to-moment residing. each one lecture that he provides flows from his personal center in a river of therapeutic knowledge. This textbook conveys the philosophical and basic ideas of Ayurveda in a dynamic and inspirational approach, delivering an in depth starting place upon which to pursue deeper wisdom.
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Therefore, w e translate Shad Darshan as S ix Ph ilosoph ies that A yu rved a accepts for the healing o f mankind. W h y d o w e study the S had Darshan? T h ree o f these systems— Sankhya, N yaya, and Vaisheshika— predom inantly d e a l w ith the m a teria l w o rld . T h e s e p h ilo s o p h ie s try to understand and explain everyday experience on the level o f the p h y sic a l. K n o w le d g e a b o u t p h y s ic a l c r e a tio n w as m ost important to them. Logical reasoning, understanding cause and effect, or experiences one can reduce to cause and effect, are the focus o f N y a ya .
Within each o f the doors o f perception— ears, skin, eyes, tongue, nose— there is a subtle Fire component that is necessary fo r sen se p e r c e p tio n an d p ro ce ssin g o f p e r c e p tio n into knowledge. Fire is carried throughout the b o d y in the b lo o d and plasma as heat. If the blood supply is cut off, that part o f the body will be cold. P o or circulation results in cold hands and feet. Fire regulates understanding, comprehension, and selectivity. The Fire element is radiant energy and is present in the body as the flame o f attention.
Prana is the vital life force and is necessary for all subtle and gross movem ents within the cell, within the system and within the physical body. In other words, sensory stimuli and motor responses are the subtle movements o f prana. Even the movem ents o f the heart, respiration, peristalsis and other involuntary m ovem ents are governed by this principle o f Air, prana. < Fire. Where there is m ovem ent there is friction and where there is friction there is Fire. S o the n ext m an ifestation o f A w aren ess is Fire.
Textbook of Ayurveda. A history and philosophy of Ayurveda by Vasant Lad