“Ayurveda means the science of life”. It is a science that encompasses the whole of life and which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe. As such, it is open to and includes all life, and all methods that bring us into greater harmony with life. It is one with all life, a knowledge that belongs to all living beings, not a system imposed upon them, but a resource to be drawn upon freely and to be adopted to the unique needs of the individual in his/her particular environment.”
“Mother of all Healing” – deals integrally with body, mind, and soul
Aim of Ayurveda is perfect health or life established in perfect equilibrium
2 main objectives:
1. To prolong life & to promote perfect health (quality & quantity)
2. To completely eradicate sickness & disfunctions of the body
“Whose Doshas are balanced, whose appetite is good, whose tissues function normally, whose excretory system is in equilibrium and whose self, mind, and senses remain full of joy.”
Ayurveda works to restore our basic nature and allows us to live in harmony with it. It gives us the knowledge of how to live in complete harmony according to our unique constitution (Prakriti). Disease arises when we deviate from that basic state of health (Vikriti).
1st step: acceptance and understanding of our nature.
Determination of constitution is necessary (physical and mental).
Give out Doshic Quiz.
2nd step: put into action a lifestyle that balances our nature in order to optimize our individual capacities – physical, mental, and spiritual.
State of Health is natural – Ayurveda seeks to restore harmony to all parts of a person’s life.
By doing so we gradually awaken the body’s inner intelligence.
Pure lifestyle awakens this inner voice.
Explain the Doshas – 2 handouts
Human body is viewed as being formed by the cohesion of the 5 elements which combine to form:
Vata (air & ether) – air contained in ether
Pitta (water & fire) – fire contained in water
Kapha (water & earth) – water contained in earth
Three Doshas give the body various distinctive characteristics
They are the 3 principles controllers of our physiology.
The Doshas are recognizable by their attributes.
An excess or definciency of these qualities will indicate a similar excess or deficiency of the Dosha.
Example: excess heat will increase Pitta
Too much dryness will increase Vata, but will decrease Kapha.
Everything around us possesses these attributes: environment, thoughts, relationships, food, emotions.
We can see them at work in all energies, objects, and situations.
We can learn how to use them to balance our own Doshas through lifestyle and diet.
Primary qualities of the Doshas:
Vata – dry, cold, light & mobile (effect of the wind)
Pitta – hot, moist, light, mobile (nature of the blood or acid secretions of the stomach)
Kapha- wet, cold, moist, heavy, slow – ( nature of phlegm or stagnant water)
Shiva and Shakti are the basics of Tantra philosophy. The essence of Shiva and Shakti are undifferentiated unity. They cannot be separated.
Shiva is represented as the unmanifest, formless, consciousness and Shakti the manifested formed, energy not only in the cosmic sense, but also in each and every individual. Everything that exists has consciousness and manifestations, and every manifestation has consciousness within it. In Tantra this consciousness is called Shiva and its manifestation is called Shakti. So in the ultimate sense they are one and the same.
The union of Shiva and Shakti is the supreme experience. This has different name in different groups. Some call it nirvana, samadhi, oneness or para, Bindu, Brahma. Para, Bindu can be considered as a point in which everything that has the potential to be expressed is contained.. It contains three qualities so it ialso called sugana Bindu.
This Para Bindu creates three Gunas- sattwa, raja and tama, it becomes Tri Bindu. This Tri Bindu Shakti that encloses a space is in the form of a triangle with the apex pointing downwards. It is also said Shakti has three eyes which are symbolized by sun, moon and fire. These sun, moon and fire represent the three nadis in the spine: Ida, Pingala and Sushumna respectively. And this triangle is also called the body of Shakti - knowledge power, action power and will power the three necessary qualities of creation.
Sattwa: Sattva is the state of purity, wisdom and harmony and equilibrium between consciousness and energy, purusha and prakriti, Maha Shiva and Maha Shakti.
Raja: Raja is the state of desire, movement and it is maya shakti, the dynamic aspect of shiva, consciousness which continuously creates different forms.
Tama: Tama is ignorance, inertia and slowness and it is maya shiva, consciousness stripped of its power and veiled by the action of maya shakti.