|Skilled, dexterous and empowered by the
Divine for healing is our left hand, for it removes
blocks in the free flow of joy. And yet more potent is
this divinely empowered right hand, for it contains all
medicinal capacities of the universe, its all auspicious
healing touch bringing peace, harmony, welfare,
opulence, joy and liberation from all toxic conditions
of matter - birth, death, old age and disease." -Atharva
Within all of us is the arch type of the divine healer.
This divine healer is the true healer in all beings, not
any particular individual or special personality. To
heal ourselves or others we must set in motion within
ourselves. Dhanvatari, an incarnation of the God Vishnu,
the eminent divine consciousness represents this truth
in the tradition of Ayurveda. The god is a reminder that
how ever much we know or skillful we become, everything
still depends on the grace of the spiritual nature.
Ayurveda is the knowledge that indicates the appropriate
and inappropriate happy or sorrowful conditions of
living, what is auspicious or inauspicious for
longevity, as well as the measure of life itself. People
are gradually growing health conscious and are eager to
learn more and more about the ways and means to keep
healthy and happy, and Ayurveda offers them certain easy
and practical principles for a meaningful life and
Ayurveda has been specifically appreciated for its
holistic approach to man and non provocative application
of medicines. Therefore some people are in search of an
approach that will allow them to gain health promotion
and disease prevention. Man is the most precious
creature on earth. He is naturally entitled to the best
medical treatment available for preservation and
fortification of his health and eradication of his
disease. The natural interpretation of the best medical
treatment would be as follows.
4. It should have the best preventative measures for
diseases by way of mental, personal and public hygiene;
inoculation, vaccination and immunization etc.
5. It should eradicate the disease from its root and
should not allow any relapse or reoccurrence.
6. The drugs cure the disease as quickly as possible but
should never cause any side effects, toxic effects or
complications. Unfortunately no system of medicine
prevalent and practiced in the world today fully
fulfilled the above conditions and this is why the vice
physicians of the world favor integration of all medical
systems assimilating the best from all and developed a
world medicine for all.
Science is universal and medical science is no
exception. We do not believe that there can be separate
systems of western and Indian medicine. Such
multiplicity of system is believed in and encouraged by
people who have not clearly grasped the significance of
the noble ideas as preached by the great Acharyas of
Indian Medicine and the savants of the western medicine.
The so called systems merely represent different aspects
and approaches to medical science as practiced during
different ages and in different parts of the world;
anything of value emerging from these should be utilized
for the benefit of humanity as a whole and without any
Why Ayurveda: Ayurveda employs whatever Mother Nature
provides in the form of plants, trees, shrubs & herbs to
cure the ailments so it is… TOTALLY SAFE - having no
side effects. Also you can learn to balance your body
and adopt your diet and life style to suit your basic
constitution on the guidelines of Ayurveda. Everything
on earth can be utilized in an effective and promotional
Important principles of Ayurveda: Some of the important
principles of Ayurveda as mentioned below require to be
appreciated purely on scientific and socio economic
grounds to explain Ayurveda’s possible subscription to
the proposed world medicine. Treat the man as a whole.
Body and mind are inseparable in a living and healthy
man, care should always be taken to view man from the
psychosomatic angle. Body structures and functions can
not be studies in isolation. Ayurveda has this holistic
approach to man.
Give the drug as a whole. Isolation and administration
of active principles from drugs affect the cure quickly
but cause side effects or complications too, the ideal
treatment is that which cures the disease and does not
cause any other disease. If drug as a whole is
administrated it will cure relatively slowly but cause
no other side effect. Ayurveda believes in strong
physique, quiet mind and kind heart so that he may be
healthy and happy for himself (Sukhayu), and useful and
purposeful for the society (Hitayu), nation and world.
This gives meaning to life and leads decency to living.
Social Aspect of Life: A person whose life is useful for
the society is Hitayu and the life, which is bad for the
society is known as Ahitayu. It has been emphasized that
one should follow such a path in the life, which is
beneficial to society and avoid all such habits that are
potentially harmful to society.
Hita-Ayu: The life of a person is said to be beneficial
to others and society if one has a number of important
qualities. One should compassionate to all creatures,
truthful, non-covetous, piece loving, Charitable and
decisive in one’s action. He should be committed to the
three goals of Dharma (virtue/duty), Artha (prosperity)
and Kama (pleasure); scholarly and retiring in
disposition, sharing reverence to those worthy to it and
seeking the company of elders, He should have curbed the
passion of desire, envy, anger, pride and greed and
devoted to a life to quietude, austerity and knowledge.
Spiritual insight and a contemplative nature are also
considered beneficial for the world.
Ahita-Ayu: That life which is of the opposite of the
above – mentioned properties is harmful to the society.
Sukha-Ayu: A happy life is that which is not afflicted
by disease and which in endowed with youth, strength,
virillity, courage and reputation. A life, which matches
the abilities of the individual through which he can be
self-actuated/fulfilled; a life that is balanced in the
pursuit of knowledge and use of the senses; a life that
is productive and prosperous is considered happy.
Duhkha-Ayu means unhappy life. A person, having
qualities opposite to those the defined as unhappy.
Prevention is better than cure. If the practice of
mental, personal, and public hygiene is faultlessly
exercised, disease can be safely avoided. Discipline,
decency and devotion help maintain the equilibrium of
body and mind and also develop resistance power to
combat against diseases. Ayurveda advocates certain
purificatory measures (Panchakarma) for flushing out the
stagnant and abnormally accumulated metabolites and
endotoxins and thereby making the systems clean and
Panchakarma is receiving increasing appreciation at the
hands of the western doctors in foreign countries. This
therapy can also be applied as a preventative measure.
Body is more important than bacteria. Stress has been
laid on increased on increasing the resistance power of
the body rather than killing the bacteria. Man is the
miniature of the cosmos. Different dietic regimen and
purificatory measures have been advocated to avoid the
harmful effect of seasonal variations. Man has been
studied in relation to his surroundings and environment.
There is a reciprocity between them both should be