THE ORIGINS OF AYURVEDA
The origins of Ayurveda are uncertain. It is recounted that thousands of years ago, men of wisdom or rishis (meaning seers) as they are known in India, were saddened by the suffering of humanity.They knew that ill health and short lives allowed man little time to consider his spirituality and to commune with the divine – with God.
In the Himalayan mountains they prayed hard and meditated together calling upon God to help them to relieve the plight of man, and God felt moved by compassion and gave them the essential teachings that would enlighten them in the ways of healing illness, and thereby alleviate and remove all suffering on the earth.
It is believed that these teachings are the Vedas, although this cannot be proven, due to the lack of historical records. A book called the Atharva Veda was one of the first detailed accounts of the system. From this, and perhaps other ancient writings, came
Indian sadhus, like the one shown here, tend to live a nomadic life, renouncing worldly goods, and devoting themselves to prayer. the beginnings of Ayurvedic medicine, which has developed, changed and absorbed many other influences over hundreds of years to become what it is today. Due to the invasions of India over the years, and the subsequent suppression of many original Indian ways of life, several ancient texts have been lost or even destroyed, but enough have survived to ensure the active continuation of these highly valued, greatly respected teachings.
Ayurveda is now acknowledged as the traditional healing system of India. It comes from two Sanskrit words, ayur, New haircuts for men meaning life”, and veda, meaning knowing”, and can be interpreted as meaning the “science of life. The oldest healing system to remain intact, it is very comprehensive and has influenced many healing systems around the world.
Ayurveda travelled out of India and influenced many other countries with its ageless wisdom about living in the light of truth.
The influence of Ayurveda has spread far and wide. This is reflected in the different oils that are used. Many are made from plants that are found all over the world, not just India.