FUNDAMENTAL ASPECTS OF AYURVEDA
AYURVEDIC APPROACH TO HEALTH
Promote and preserve optimum health and vitality by leading a lifestyle that suits your unique nature.
In our modern world, the number of people with lifestyle disorders like excessive weight, obesity and diabetes, is rapidly increasing. Immunity is continuously being degraded due to stress, increased use of antibiotics and synthetic medication. Additionally, environmental pollution is rising due to industrialisation and urbanisation.
Immunity is the capacity of an individual to resist infection i.e. invasion, multiplication and production of a disease by an organism. This can be attained by proper nutrition, minimal exposure to pollutants and reducing stress. Ayurveda, caters to all these needs very effectively.
Maintenance of health by following certain laws of nature is called Swasthavritta, which literally means the regime of abiding by one’s own nature. One who is balanced in one’s own self is called Swastha.
Being in Swastha i.e. a state of equilibrium of all Dhatus (Bodily Tissues), raises your standard of living so as to enable you to fulfil your personal and social obligations effortlessly. It improves both qualitative and quantitative aspects of mankind not only for you as an individual but also for the society as a whole.
“Despite its continual attention to cure when cure is what is needed, Ayurveda always emphasises prevention over cure. Ayurveda balances and rejuvenates living organisms, reducing their susceptibility and empowering their immunity to prevent new disease from developing. Ayurveda is more a way of life, a way of learning how to cooperate with Nature and live in harmony with Her, than it is a medical system. Health in Ayurveda means harmony, and there is really no limit to the degree of balance that a sincere harmony-seeker can achieve. It is easiest to harmonise the body-mind-spirit complex by starting with the body, which is relatively stable. Balance of the mind and spirit, which are ethereal and therefore inherently difficult to stabilise, comes more easily once the body has been made firm and healthy”
Dr. Robert Svoboda. “Prakriti"
HOW TO MAINTAIN HEALTH
In Ayurveda, disease can be prevented by following a seasonal, daily and ethical regime.
Read more about the importance of these aspects below.
“Disease is Nature’s way of forcing you to slow down and rest. This is why She is called Mother Nature: She loves you so much that She cannot bear to see you ruining yourself. She warns you of your errors over and over, and turns to drastic measures only when you obstinately refuse to listen to Her. It is a classic case of freedom versus responsibility: either you restrict your freedom a little bit each day, or Nature will come along and restrict it for you for days, weeks or months at a time.”
Dr. Robert Svoboda. “Prakriti.”
LONGEVITY AND VITALITY
By following Ayurvedic principles, one can live a vibrant and productive life without pain and disease till the age of 100 and beyond.
“No one has lived forever, but you can add 50 years to an average, modern life span of 70 years and reach the longest life span on record (121 years, credited to an offshore Japanese islander).”
Deepak Chopra, M.D. “Perfect Health.”
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