Ayurveda Helps Your Life
By Swami S Tirtha
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Ayurveda means the "science of life". It
originated in India more than 10,000 years ago and is believed to be the oldest
healing science in existence, from which all other systems emerged. Pronounced "Aa-your-vay-da",
this ancient healing system has three main focuses:
1) Healing illness
2) Prevention of disease
3) Longevity or age reversal
Laws of Nature and Spirituality In essence, Ayurveda explains the laws of nature
that cause health or disease. The first cause of illness is said to be the loss
of faith in the Divine or experiencing a spiritual emptiness. From here illness
develops due to internal conditions (e.g., foods and liquids) or external
conditions (e.g., seasons, lifestyle). The main factors that cause poor health
(also described as imbalance) are
1) Poor digestion
2) Weak immune systems.
When food is not properly digested it sits in the body. Nutrients are not
absorbed and the food decays and forms toxins. These toxins cause most diseases
in the body. Therefore, it is important to have good digestion.
The immune system can become depleted by poor nutrition, overwork, drugs and
other excesses. The finest essence of nutrition develops a life sap that
protects the immune system, much like the sap of a tree heals the bruises in its
bark. In addition to promoting physical health, it is the life sap that becomes
transformed through meditation to produce mental peace and spiritual
development. With all the immune disorders that are prevalent these days, it is
even more important that persons develop their immune sap.
What Makes Ayurveda So Unique?
This spiritual science offers numerous unique benefits:
It looks at people as individuals, not as a generic group.
It heals from the root-cause of an illness, not merely treating the symptoms.
Only natural therapies are offered.
No side effects develop from the therapies.
Therapies are inexpensive and effective
How Does Ayurveda Work?
Tridosha Theory:The basic view of Ayurveda is that all of life (people, food,
animals, nature, the universe, and diseases) are combinations of three
energy-elements: air (called Vayu or Vata), fire (called Pitta), and water
(called Kapha). When these elements are balanced, one is healthy. Illness is
defined as an imbalance of these elements; all disorders are excesses of one or
People and the Elements: A person's constitution (dosha) is predominantly one or
more of these elements. Each element relates to certain body types, foods and
health concerns. By nature, whatever a person's constitution is, they have a
tendency for it to become excessed. For example an air constitution person (Vayu
dosha) is thin and bony. Physical symptoms of excess air include dry skin,
cracking bones, gas and constipation. Mental symptoms of excess air include
fear, worry, anxiety and nervousness. When an air constitution (Vayu dosha)
person is balanced they are creative, adaptable and have no physical health
Ayurveda notes that certain foods increase air and other foods reduce air. In
general, excess air is reduced by eating cooked or steamed foods, and eating
every three or four hours. Foods like carrots, rice and mung beans reduce excess
air. Broccoli, baked beans and barley increase air (e.g., they cause gas).
Excessive lifestyles also increases the air element.Fire constitution people (Pitta
dosha) tend towards excess heat. When healthy they are strong, make good leaders
and are warm and goal oriented. When the Pitta dosha is imbalanced, mentally
they become hot tempered, impatient, irritable.
Physically they develop heat-related disorders such as acne, rashes, diarrhea,
ulcers, toxic blood, liver, kidney, gall bladder, heart and spleen
disorders.Water constitutions (Kapha doshas) tend towards excess water. When
healthy they are strong, muscular, calm and loyal. When water becomes excessed,
they develop lethargy, and a hoarding or greedy nature. Physically they develop
congestion, overweight, edema, heart and kidney problems, etc.
Health means balance. Each constitution has a natural tendency to become
imbalanced or excessed. By eating foods and living a lifestyle that reduces the
the excesses, one remains balanced. Balancing produces healing, prevention, and
reverses the aging process.
Many people have two or even all three elements in their constitution. In these
cases, both elements tend toward excess. Thus foods and lifestyles that reduce
both elements need to be followed.
What Therapies Does Ayurveda Offer?
Using a holistic approach, Ayurveda offers therapies for each of the five senses
because different people learn better through different senses. Therapies
Taste: Herbs and nutrition.
Touch:Massage (abhyanga), Yoga, exercise.
Sight: Color therapy.
Hearing: Music therapy, mantra meditation, chanting. Spiritual therapies include
meditation, living ethically, and working in a career that one loves or is
Environmental factors are also considered from this holistic outlook. These
therapies include house, apartment and office structure and astrological
effects. These are sciences unto themselves. Vedic architecture (Vastu Shastra)
and Chinese Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) deal with the laws of nature that
integrate the earth, the person and the planets and stars. The exterior and
interior design of buildings can also enhance balance or cause imbalance. Vedic
astrology (Jyotish) is the science of understanding the laws of nature of the
planets and stars, and how they influence us.
What Does Holistic Mean?
Holistic has two meanings.
1) It looks at the whole of one's life. Health and disease are byproducts of all
aspects of one's life: nutrition, career, mental frame, family and social
activities and spiritual life. If one area is weakened, all areas begin to
suffer. If a person is unhappy at work, it will affect all other areas of life.
2) Holistic means holy. Ayurveda reminds us that to have and maintain true
health, one needs to take some quiet time for spiritual development. The goal of
life is Self-Realization. This is a state of unshakable Divine mental peace.
How Do I Know My Ayurvedic Constitution?
Take the self-test. After that, you can get an Ayurvedic consultation. Take a
free dosha test on my web site.
How Can I Receive an Ayurveda Consultation?
You can receive a consultation through this web-site.
We also have an online practitioner directory or search Google for "Ayurveda +
The information contained in this web site is for educational purposes only; it
is not intended to treat, diagnose, prescribe, or heal.
1974 Initiated into Indian meditation
1975 BA Interdisciplinary Studies
1976 Certified meditation teacher
1980 MA Non-Verbal Communication Research
1988 Ayurveda Certificate - Ayurvedic Institute
Opened Ayurvedic Holistic Center
Advanced private study with Benares Hindu University professors in India
Met spiritual teacher (guru) in India
1989 Ayurveda Certification - American Institute of Vedic Studies
Founded Hindu non-profit monastery in US - named Swami Narayan Tirtha Math to
promote spirituality and Ayurveda
1990 Published spiritual book, Yoga Vani by Swami Shankar Purushottam Tirtha
Advanced private study with Ayurvedic doctors in Himalayas
Developed one of the first line of Ayurvedic herbal products in US
1991 Founded the International School of Ayurveda (One of the first Ayurveda
schools in US)
Advanced private study with Ayurvedic doctors in Himalayas
Received initiation into monkhood (sannyas) as swami from Guru in India
1995 Published second spiritual book, Guru Bani by same author
1998 Wrote the Ayurveda Encyclopedia (20,000 copies in print to date)
Completed Ayurveda scientific research study on cost-comparisons
Newsday interview [August 1998]
1999 Earned Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Ayurvedic Medicine (first in the US)
2000 Research study published in the American Ayurveda Journal July
Wrote the Ayurveda Primer [E-Book/interactive multimedia CD-ROM]
2007 Wrote Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times
2008 Began the Peace & Paradise World Tour & JOY! Initiative
Government advisor White House Commission on Complementary & Alternative
University lecturer John Hopkins University, Penn State
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