What is Ayurveda for?
1. Ayurveda is knowledge about human life, the physiology of the body and mind. It applies to individuals, to society, and to the whole world.
2. The human mind is an important device in today’s world. In Ayurveda, it has always been considered a main factor of health.
3. Ayurveda explains in detail the construction and function of the human mind and its behavior. The mind is considered the main factor for whether a life is one that is healthy or one of suffering.
4. The relationship between human beings and the forces of nature is explained in detail in the Vedas. Worldwide, many other cultures and civilizations such as the Maya, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Mississipians, the Babylonians, the Haddapa culture, etc., all followed the same rules of nature. The sun, fire, air, water and earth have all been considered natural forces in the form of the gods, as it is written in the ancient Vedas.
5. Great philosophers and founders of modern science such as Plato also mention that the basic forces on our planet are air, fire, water and earth, that these are the factors for the genesis of human life on earth. This was already mentioned in Ayurveda by Charaka thousands of years ago, including the element of space.
6. The philosophies expressed by those unique incarnations such as Jesus, Buddha, etc., also give us clues for how to create a healthy society, and these same clues were also mentioned in Ayurveda, in the Vedas, and in the Upanishads.
7. Ayurveda reveals that the secret to a healthy life, both for individuals and for the world, lies in the human lifestyle, in our behavior.
8. Ayurveda is the awareness of what constitutes a healthful, peaceful lifestyle. Ayurveda focuses on culture, on controlling the mind and its emotions, on satisfaction, thankfulness, healthful food, physical exercise, respect for others and tolerance.
9. The best precautions to take for a healthy mind and body, according to Ayurveda, are in one’s lifestyle, in every detail.
10. One comprehensive work of Ayurveda, the Ashtangahridayam, which was the textbook for universities such as Taxila and Nalanda in the pre-Christian era, suggests in its second chapter, in detail, how one should behave in order to create a healthy mind and body.
11. The basic features of human beings, such as their appearance, the state of their skin, their bodily actions, the quality of their sleep, the elimination of waste and so on, are all simple features that can be used to diagnose the state of human physiology.
12. Clarity of mind, confidence, morality, and correct actions according to space and time are all considered the basis of a healthy body and mind.
13. Our bodily tissues result from metabolic processes that work with the input they receive from our lifestyle. The body in general is a product of our lifestyle.
14. The relationship between behavior and human physiology is described in Ayurveda in detail.
15. Diagnosis in Ayurveda, therefore, is based on the causative factors that can be observed in our daily lives. All of our symptoms indicate the state of our social behavior, our food habits, and our emotional changes. Ayurveda does not consider medication to be the only solution for a healthy life.
16. In conclusion, following Ayurveda is the best prevention method for maintaining a healthy mind and body.