The rishis of ancient India knew very well the intimate relationship between mankind and natural laws. From this knowledge evolved the basis for the health care system called Ayurveda, the life medicine. It is only now that western medicine has been able to come to terms with this profound truth. All these years it had been treating the person as a machine. The human spirit was reduced to matter. The Newtonian mechanistic way of looking at things was the norm.
It was with Quantum Physics that the western world could release itself off the shackles of this mechanistic view point. The role of Quantum Physics in effecting a paradigm shift in western world thinking cannot be overstated. The immutable truths expressed in the Vedas that have stood the test of time began to make sense to the western mind.
Man came from nature, and he has to live in harmony with it. He/she should not subjugate it to his/her whims and fancies. He should realize the cosmic order that runs through the whole Universe, and cooperate in its fuller manifestation. He being part of the Universe, should imbibe that order in his own personality, in his complete self.
Ayurveda helps to establish this universal harmony in ones being. The Ayurvedic philosophy encompasses and takes care of all aspects of human life. It regards the human body as a microcosm of the Universe. One of the basic principles of Ayurveda is the tridosha theory.
The human bodily patterns consist of three doshas or health tendencies. These are Vata, Pitta and Kapha which can be equated to wind, bile and phlegm. Vata is connected to movement, Pitta indicates light and heat, Kapha relates to conservation. Susrutha, the great Ayurvedic teacher says, “just as the sun, moon and wind are vital for proper functioning of the outer world, so are vata, pitta and kapha needed for healthy functioning of human body.”
Ayurveda insists on diet, proper lifestyle, herbs, exercise and positive attitude. These are critical in effecting an all round development in body, mind and spirit. This way the individual is able to establish in himself the harmony that is found in nature.
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