I first thought of Ayurveda as a medicine. A very old mystical ancient medicine from India that uses various herbs for healing, with magical witch doctors who had special powers.
But as I learned more, I was surprised to discover that it is, in fact, a beautiful way of life that could lead to health, longevity, happiness, fulfillment, and much more.
The Ayurveda lifestyle can easily be applied to modern life, it is timeless. It has the same healing powers today as it did over 5,000+ years ago when it was first conceived. And it is fully holistic – the lifestyle is healing for your body, mind, and spirit.
But don’t take my word for it. As I’ve been reading many books about Ayurveda, I wanted to share some beautiful quotes and descriptions about this beautiful Science of Life from the experts themselves:
“Ayurvedic medicine – also known as Ayurveda – is one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) healing systems. It was developed thousands of years ago in India.
It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. But treatments may be recommended for specific health problems.”
“Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that is indigenous to and widely practiced in India. The word Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘science of life.’ ‘Ayu’ means ‘life’ or ‘daily living,’ and Veda is ‘knowing.’ Ayurveda was first recorded in the Vedas, the world’s oldest extant literature. This healing system has been practiced in daily life in India for more than 5,000 years.”
“The science of Ayurveda is based not on constantly changing research data, but on the eternal wisdom of the rishis who received this science, expressive of the perfect wholeness of Cosmic Consciousness, through religious introspection and meditation.”
~ Vasant Lad. Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide
“Thus, Ayurveda is a science of conscious living that originated in ancient India, that flourishes today in modern India, and that extends its influence worldwide. Ayurveda teaches a lifestyle that, when lived, prevents disease and optimizes health and well-being.”
“Ayurveda addresses body, mind, and spirit in one sweep. It restores hope and wholeness in a gentle and constructive fashion. Rather than struggling with disease, Ayurveda opens us to our own natural wholeness. Ayurvedic principles remind us that we are self-healing creatures and that we can maintain — or regain — good health by choosing healing foods, a balanced lifestyle, and inner calm.”
“Ayurveda is a medical science that is always in compliance with the laws of Nature.”
“A consciousness-based Ayurveda goes far beyond the notion of Ayurveda as ‘alternative medicine.’ Instead, it is elevated to being about a person’s evolution in every dimension: physical, mental, and spiritual. In the legends of Ayurveda, there are intense practices that supposedly created immortals; in real Ayurveda, you realize your status as immortal to begin with, defeating the illusion of birth and death.”
“Ayurveda is a natural healing tradition that has been practiced in India for about five thousand years.”
“In fact, Ayurveda is sometimes called the original lifestyle medicine. Literally translating to ‘the science of life,’ it is the precursor to all of the other healing traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine. As Buddhism spread throughout Asia, its scholars brought Ayurvedic knowledge with them.”
“Ayurveda teaches that health is our birthright, and that it exists at the core of each person, though hidden at times by disease and distress. It views each person as a whole, multidimensional being and addresses every aspect of him or her.”
“Ayurveda, ‘the science of life’, is the traditional natural medicine of India dating back over five thousand years. It is a science, or way of knowledge about life, its powers and its resources.”
“Ayurveda is based upon a deep communion with the spirit of life itself, upon a profound understanding of the movement of the vital force and its manifestations within our entire psychophysical system.”
“We are not simply an accident or a design of chemistry but an expression of a living consciousness that is universal in nature – which is inherently wise and which has the power to balance and transform itself once its nature is understood. Reclaiming that connection with life as a whole is the real basis of healing, not manipulating the life force with drugs, however useful they may be.”
“Ayurveda is a truly holistic medicine whose great wealth we have just begun to explore in the Western world. It is not merely a kind of antiquated folk medicine as it is sometimes considered to be. It is a science in its own right, with its own rationality and way of experimentation that is extraordinarily intricate and complete.”
“Ayurveda is based upon the observation of living beings and their actual reactions to their environment, not on mere laboratory experiments that seldom address the living being.”
~ David Frawley. Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine
“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.”
~ Dr. Robert Svoboda. Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution
“In Ayurveda the whole of life’s journey is considered to be sacred. The word philosophy refers to love of truth, and in Ayurveda, Truth is Being, Pure Existence, the source of all life. Ayurveda, is a science of Truth as it is expressed in life.”
“Ayurveda believes that every individual is a unique phenomenon and that the individual is indivisible from the cosmos. Whatever is there in the macrocosm, the same thing exists in the microcosm. Every individual is a manifestation of cosmic consciousness.”
~ Vasant Lad. Foreword to Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution
Finally, I want to leave you with this quote I saw in an Ayurvedic clinic in Kerala, India that so many people in Western society need to hear, a core philosophy behind Ayurveda:
“IT IS NOT SELFISH TO LOVE YOURSELF, TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, & TO MAKE YOUR HAPPINESS A PRIORITY. IT’S NECESSARY”
I think of this one as the modern airplane safety instruction “put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others”. Ayurveda is the mask.