Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dhanvantari, an incarnation of Vishnu, who was born from the ocean of milk when it was churned by the gods and demons. He is credited with revealing the science of Ayurveda. He appeared from the churning of the Ocean of Milk and then delivered to the demigods the nectar of immortality. He is the first teacher of the Ayurveda, the Vedic medical science.Ayurveda is the “Science of Life,” originating in India over 5000 years ago. A holistic system of medicine, Ayurveda focuses on diet, lifestyle, and herbal remedies to stimulate the body's own natural response to regain balance. The origin of Ayurveda is attributed to the father of Ayurveda, Dhanvantari, the physician to the gods in the Hindu religion, who received the knowledge from God (called Brahma).The most important Ayurvedic texts are the Caraka Samhita and Susruta Samhita (1st–4th century A.D.). These texts analyze the human body in terms of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether, as well as the three body-mind constitutions (or doshas) called Vata (air: wind), Pitta (fire: bile), and Kapha (earth: phlegm).In Ayurveda, all diseases, conditions, and reactions in the body are caused by imbalances in the individual body-mind-soul connection or constitution (the doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha). The doshas become accumulated, causing inflammation, toxicity, disease, pain, and illness. Therefore, Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through diet, lifestyle, yoga, breathing, meditation, and herbal nutrition, as well as detoxifying, cleansing, and rejuvenating therapies, such as panchakarma.
Advanced Medical Science:
Ayurveda is recognized as the World’s oldest and most complete medical system, dating back over 5,000 years.In 700BCE or earlier, the great Indian doctor Sushruta describes over 120 surgical instruments and also 300 surgical procedures, including placing them in eight categories.As early as the Rig Veda (c.5000BCE) India has mention of artificial limbs, and restoration of sight, through the Divine Physicians, known as the Ashwins (Horse-men). One such mention is artificial limbs, such as legs, made of gold.Sushruta also performed Cosmetic surgery and re-constructed ears and noses, which were cut off in ancient times, due to punishment. The same procedure is used today, and interestingly, modern science got it (like our numerals and numerical system) from the Hindus.Earlier than Sushruta was his teacher, Dhanvantri, who is mentioned as the Rig Vedic Seer Kakshivan, and dates no later than around 4500BCE. His own Guru was Bharadvaja – one of the oldest Rig Vedic seers, who taught under Krishna Atreya – who date back as early as 7,000BCE, showing a very ancient lineage.
Dhanurveda (Martial Arts) is also part of Ayurveda and includes branches as Hatha Yoga, or exercise and Pressure Points and Acupuncture (Suchi Karma) that originated with the Seer Rama Jamadagneyi (Parashurama) around 4000BCE. The science was transmitted to China under the Buddhist Monk, Bodhidharma from Southern India – where it is still strong.Zen Buddhism in Japan arose from Ch’an Buddhism in China, which came from Bodhidharma’s Dhyan’ (Meditation) system from India – which included Martial Arts and the Pressure Points. Hence the origin of later Karate, Judo etc. from India.

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