Om Gurave Namaḥ
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True Ayurveda is a blog of articles of what I am referring to as Vedic knowledge. Yoga (various paths) and Ayurveda. The reason why it is “true” is because of the sincerity put towards keeping these Vedic wisdoms to textual knowledge or purity. The ancients studied sciences and laid down strict injunctions so that humanity may benefit. They did not believe in simply cataloguing information as we in modern times do. Even how it is laid down is not in the way we think today. These may be sour grapes for those who are thwarted by thick prejudices but they are sweet for those who have a clear mental vision and who wish to economize the waste of spiritual energy for their own ultimate good. In the culture we live in today, these wisdoms have been taken sold to the masses and turned into unsightly messes that hardly can be recognized as their former true and pure forms. In this, we see much destruction to those who are “innocently” attempting to further their spiritual growth and their health. But this is karma. We are in kali yuga, obviously. What if the true wisdom was being taught? These wisdoms are true to nature and come from a time tested (10,000 year +) heritage that has many interconnecting wisdoms that provide more insight to each other as they are all from the original melting pot of perennial wisdom. The Vedic tradition of knowledge, based on the extensive Vedic literature, is the oldest tradition of knowledge in the world. Though it has been long preserved in India, this traditional wisdom has been almost lost in recent centuries—due in part to repeated foreign invasions and now our (Indias throwing away their heritage and we are superficially trying to fake it) ignorance. The Vedic tradition includes detailed information on a wide range of topics—from astronomy to music, architecture to health care, administration to economy. It is all based on the knowledge of consciousness—including technologies of consciousness, and evolution to the highest state of consciousness (enlightenment).
Ayurveda is a 10,000+ year old (has not start and no end because it is simply natural law) time tested wisdom of living with nature. It is a medicinal system as well. Ayuh means life or duration of life or longevity. Veda means know or transcendental knowledge. This system has its roots in the Vedic literature of the Vedas. It is based upon the foundations of nature so as long as there has been nature and the experience in it and knowledge of it, there has been Ayurveda. The main texts of Ayurveda are dating back to about 5000 years. The system is just the deepest understanding of nature really. It deals with looking at the individual in a holistic sense integrating the mind, body and soul in the most comprehensive way. Not only this but also looking at how that individual is set within its surroundings and environment and how its features have had an effect on that individual. Within this the experience of ones life has drawn together a history that can be seen because of the in-depth perspective of the lenses of ayurveda to deal with the imbalances within the individual. In the West, we have turned it into Vata and Pitta and Kapha (the doshas or constitutions) diet plans. This is not ayurveda at all. In fact there is no mention of these diet plans, as we have created in the west, within any of the ancient texts. To follow them will only lead to creation of disease from the very eyes of Ayurveda itself. This western way of dieting Ayurveda is teaching and assuming that everyone is a single dosha prevalence. It is clear in Charaka Samhita that single dosha is extremely rare to find due to the high morbidity or constant illness of them. But real understanding of Ayurveda is just not in the US. Simple understandings such as this make books like “Whats your dosha baby?” completely and utterly a fools writing.
There is using food and lifestyle to balance imbalances but it is far more in-depth than the simplistic way we have tried to comprehend it. What is left is a watered down new agey outlook that has little foundation in the science that it is and alot of space for undereducated practitioners to do harm to the innocent unknowing patient; either way it has little results comparatively to the beautiful and almost magical effects it has when properly followed.
Now I must state also that the scene in India isn’t much better than it is in America but at least it is actual knowledge and texts of Ayurveda and not short courses based on texts written by the teacher of the course. In India, you have most of the students that are in schools in Maharastra and Karnataka for the Ayurvedic BAMS studying only to practice allopathic medicine after they graduate because they will make more money. Yes, really. Reality. Nobody ever wants to speak of what is really going on in the world, huh? The education of Ayurveda in government colleges is changing every year with less actual Ayurveda and more and more allopathy in the curriculum. The education is getting shorter and more superficial and yet it is costing more and more. Most places you go in India that are Ayurvedic are actually not. This is the sad truth of the state of Ayurveda in India. The government is allowing the Ayurvedic doctors to practice allopathy because the Ayurvedic doctors complain about not being able to make a living and that they are needed in hospitals and doctors are needed in the villages because the allopathy doctors are in the cities. In the interim Ayurveda is being thrown away due to a culture that wants what it doesn’t have and doesn’t have any knowledge of what it does have due to this blindness. Everything Western has to be better (which is far from the truth) and the almighty dollar is what is desired over everything else in the Indian mindset. Money is everything. This is the real truth of Ayurveda in India. I have lived in its corruption for many years and what I could write would not only shock you, but bring you too tears.
Yoga is also one of these vedic wisdoms. It is also a science but a science of enlightenment. Its path is well laid out by Patanjali, Swatmarma and others in ancients, as well as the Upanishads, that then blend into the very roots of which it came. Yoga is not an exercise system at all. It has nothing to do with it actually. Even the word Hatha has been poorly translated and understood. Asana is to sit and means a seat. Postures are not yoga. Asana is a little piece of Hatha Yoga. Asana is for mediation. Yoga is based off of energy and consciousness, not Western exercise theory and sciences. With the understanding of it utilities it is powerful beyond imagination but this is not even reachable by doing Western exercise. In Western lenses, we practice a physical aerobics class that is based off a Western mechanical lens. Nothing more. (sorry all the yoga instructors out there) In this, the entire system falls apart and has no basis in or process to the very goal of its science, liberation. No wonder there are so many exercise induced injuries coming to light and so called celebrity yogis as well as most of the rest acting out of order with what is called a “yogic lifestyle”. How would they even know what it is now that yoga is what ever you want it to be. Yoga is for sale today marketed and packaged for a world of no discernment and nativity. Just think for a moment how much money you have spent on “yoga” just in the past year. Irony. And this is not changing, its growing.