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PRACTICE OF AYURVEDA
Table of Contents
Ayurveda–Theory and Practice
Doctrine of Vatha-Pitta-Kaphas
Doctrine of Rasa, Veerya, Vipaka and Prabhava
Hygienic Principles in Ayurveda
Ayurveda on Diet
Indian Materia Medica
Charaka’s Classification of Drugs
Classification of Drugs–I
Classification of Drugs–II
Index to Therapeutic Action of Bazaar Drugs
Ayurvedic Preparations Explained
The Rasayana Treatment
AppendixDefinitions in Ayurveda
Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj was a healer of the body in hisPurvashram (before he entered the Holy Order of Sannyasa). He was a born healer,with an extraordinary inborn love to serve humanity; that is why he chose themedical profession as a career. That is why he edited and published a healthJournal “Ambrosia”. That is why he went over to Malaya to serve thepoor in the plantations there. And, strangely enough, that is why, he renouncedthe world and embraced the Holy Order of Sannyasa.
He was a healer of the body and the soul. This truth isreflected in the Ashram which he has established in Rishikesh. The huge hospitalequipped with modern instruments was set up and the entire Ashram where all arewelcome to get themselves healed of their heart’s sores and thoroughly refreshthemselves in the divine atmosphere of the holy place.
Sri Swamiji wanted that all systems of healing shouldflourish. He had equal love and admiration for all systems of healing. He wantedthat the best of all the systems should be brought out and utilised in theservice of Man. He has written a number of books on all aspects of Healing–fromthe Naturopathic and Allopathic points of view. This one dealing with Ayurvedais a valuable addition to the healer’s armamentarium.
Ayurveda is the Veda or knowledge of Ayus or life. It hasbeen classified as the Fifth Veda.
Ayurveda is a distinct Veda. It is even superior to the otherVedas because it gives life which is the basis of all enjoyments, study,meditation and Yoga Sadhana.
Ayurveda is the science of life. It shows the way to removediseases, to keep up sound health and attain longevity.
Ayurveda was in vogue in India since very early times. TheAyurvedic and Siddha systems have played a very important and vital part in thesphere of public health. Their popularity is due to their availability,cheapness and efficacy.
Here is a beautiful ideal of Charaka: “Not for self, notfor the fulfilment of any earthly desire of gain, but solely for the good ofsuffering humanity should you treat your patients and so excel all. Those whosell the treatment of disease as merchandise gather the dust and neglect thegold.”
Charaka also says: “A physician who cannot enter intothe innermost soul of the patient with the bright light of the lamp of his ownknowledge cannot successfully treat any disease.”
India has ever been evolving art after art, science afterscience, as her contribution to the common heritage of all the nations of theworld. Her greatest gift to the world is the gift of the spiritual science ofSelf-perfection. Next to it we should place this Science of Life, the Ayurveda,as a precious gift to be carefully developed and broadcast to all nations. It isa national duty of every Indian.
THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY