AYURVEDIC MEDICINE, DESCRIBED IN THE WORDS OF OUR GURU, ADAM BAKTAI:
Ayurveda (Sanskrit term also used as Ayurveda, meaning “science of life”) is a 5000-year-old holistic medical system that aims not only to “cure” diseases, but focusing on prevention and health preservation.
A healer with a holistic approach to Ayurveda heals not only the disease, the impacted organ or part of the body, but also the person as a whole. It aims to restore and maintain their health; outlining treatment based on nthe individuals respective ayurvedic bodytype (dohsa).
This is the definition of “Ayurveda” itself.
It is unclear how far the ancient wisdom of Indian medicine known as ayurveda reaches back, it predates the Book of Vedas and has spread through word of mouth for a long time. The essence of thesee teachings can be studied through two main classic books, the Charaka Samhita, which includes mainly internal medicine knowledge and Susruta Samhita, which also deals with surgery.
These two scientific volumes originate between approximately between B.C. 1000 and A.D.1000. Ayurvedic medicine focuses primarily on the preservation of health. As a unique methodology, it describes our body as subtypes of doshas and supports each individuals body balancing nutrition, exercise and life based on what’s best for their body type.
India is the only country in the world that still has miracles because people believe in them.– Gyula Germanus
Living in Europe, I heard and read a lot about India, the Hindu mythology, and the world of the mythical East. My favorite childhood book and TV show was “Around the world in 80 days” describing Willie Fogg’s adventures, who amongst many other places visited Calcutta in India.
I moved out to Mumbai (Bombay) in 2011 and realised no book, narrative or video footage can describe the colorful-rich-wonderful and utterly confusing world that is India.
Present-past and future exists in a closely intertwined and complicated way.
Mumbai has a population of 18-20 million inhabitants, the average annual earning is ~762 dollars, while the city is included in the top 50 most expensive cities in the world.
In the vicinity of each other you can find families who live on the street/sidewalk and those in luxury houses. Lots of Aston Martins, Rolls Royces, Jaguars and other luxury cars, next to the ox-drawn two-wheeled vehicles, and small handcarts that are the same as hundreds of years ago.
Everything in India can be found in one place, from the desert to Himalaya, all kinds of religions coexist in peace in the everyday life, with plentiful festivals celebrating deities — Ganpati festival praising Ganesha, Govinda festival on Krishna’s birthday, for all moments of life there is another story. Here, thousands of years of teachings of the Vedas are told to children as a bedtime stories.
Time has stopped in this corner of the world, and although modernization is slowly infiltrating everyday life, life here is much more natural. People eating healthier foods, predominantly prepared from fresh local vegetables.
Ayurvedic medicine and remedies are made from natural ingredients and spices, accompanied by a little magic and positive energy, and can cure all diseases, be it snake bites, cardiovascular problems or simple vitamin C deficiency.
If anyone would like to read more about India, I would kindly recommend Gregory David Roberts’ book, Shantaram, which gives you a behind-closed-door glimpse to many aspects of this unique world.
For those interested in Ayurvedic medicine, Hindu religion and mythology, we warmly recommend the programmes of Ádám Baktai and Bhakti Kutir, where you can hear about the stories of Mahabharata, shiatsu massage techniques, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology and psychology, spirituality and the diverse teachings of the Vedas.