Happiness is our birthright. Of course it is!
This is the essence of Ayurveda.
It’s simple, really. Ayurveda is an instruction manual teaching us how to maintain mind-body balance. When the physiology is in balance happiness is a side-benefit, a very big benefit, in my opinion.
Of course problems and tragedies occur and other emotions can overwhelm happiness but recovery comes more easily if balance is maintained. An Ayurvedic lifestyle helps us to never lose focus on reality, on the big picture. With balance we more easily maintain objectivity for the events of everyday life. Physiological balance is key; with it we achieve a wide- angle lens with which to view ourselves in our world.
The word “ayur” is a Sanskrit word meaning “health” or “life.” The word “veda” means knowledge. Ayurveda is knowledge about life, about how to have a healthy and happy life.
Ayurveda encompasses a huge territory and its underlying theories are different from Western theory. For these reasons describing the fullness of Ayurveda is a challenge!
Basically Ayurveda looks at the human being from a deeper reality than Western medicine does. Ayurveda moves beyond studying the systems of the body to studying the underlying energetic patterns, the vibratory essence of the human being. Ayurvedic theory fits with theories of quantum physics; not so much with those of modern medicine. Quantum physics is contemporary science and is changing the way we look at the universe and ourselves.
Using different words, quantum mechanics and Ayurvedic texts explain the same theories about the nature of the universe. This is why we say that Ayurveda is both ancient and ultra-modern.
The truth is that knowledge of science is never “discovered.” It is uncovered. Full, holistic knowledge exists and is simply hidden from our awareness. The knowledge of how to have a healthy life has been known and lost countless times throughout history. At times darkness covers wisdom. Knowledge can be lost and recovered. This is the story of Ayurveda. Fortunately a light is shining now on this science and research is showing it to be advanced and highly practical. Many answers are found in Ayurvedic wisdom.
The resurgence of Ayurveda began in the 1950’s. At that time, a group of scientists led by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the scholar who introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique to the West) got together and worked to bring Ayurveda knowledge back to its wholeness. They worked to understand the ancient texts.
Maharishi had a deep understanding and appreciation of Ayurveda and wanted the fullness of this medical system to be brought out in order to help people reach their full potential as human beings. Currently, much to the delight of millions, Ayurvedic knowledge is now widely understood and available. This is tremendously exciting because Ayurveda truly does help us to develop our full potential. It helps us because it is a holistic model, dealing with the mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda covers the full territory! When we practice an Ayurvedic lifestyle we gain the vitality which perfect health brings to us. When we are healthy our awareness is expanded and we enjoy more success in all aspects of life.
It is a weak system that deals only with disease and with symptoms. A strong medical system deals with health and with root causes and tells us how to prevent illness. Ayurveda is this system. It is a health system, not a disease system. It promotes perfect health and teaches us how to prevent illness and maintain our health and well-being.
According to Ayurveda, health is not simply the absence of disease. Health is wholeness. Health exists when vitality and happiness are also present and Ayurveda ensures that they are. Try it yourself and see.