Ayurveda - Definition of health

by Dr. Prasanna Venkatesh

Ayuveda is said to be remembered / originated by Lord BRAHMA (ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದೇವ). Through many Gods like Indra … , sages (ಋಷಿ) this Ayurveda has been transferred, as a gift (for all kinds of living beings).

Here comes a question – whether the goal of Ayurveda is only to cure a disease or something else. For this, our ancient Acharyas clearly say that, this science of life (ಆಯುರ್ವೇದ) has mainly 2 goals.

  1. To maintain the health of a healthy person (ಸ್ವಸ್ಥನ ಸ್ವಾಸ್ಥ್ಯ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ) &
  2. To cure the disease of a diseased person (ರೋಗಿಯ ರೋಗ ನಿವಾರಣೆ)

Again we get a question – Who can be considered as SWASTHA ?

For this Ayurveda gives a very beautiful explanation (that no-where else in the world one can get.) Let us see tomorrow.

We get a question :
Who can be considered as healthy?

For this, every health science from all over the world have explained in their own way.
But our ancient Indian sages have given an in-depth explanation that is not given by anyone else.

The verse (ಶ್ಲೋಕ) says

समदोषः समाग्निश्च समधातु मलक्रियः ।
प्रसन्नात्नेन्द्रियमनाः स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते ॥

ಸಮದೋಷಃ ಸಮಾಗ್ನಿಶ್ಚ ಸಮಧಾತು ಮಲಕ್ರಿಯಃ |
ಪ್ರಸನ್ನಾತ್ಮೇಂದ್ರಿಯಮನಾಃ ಸ್ವಸ್ಥ ಇತ್ಯಭಿಧೀಯತೇ ||

Means, a person with balanced DOSHA – DHATU –MALA and also with pleasant (ಪ್ರಸನ್ನವಾಗಿರುವ) MIND (ಮನಸ್), ATMAN (ಆತ್ಮಾ), ORGANS (ಇಂದ್ರಿಯಗಳು) will be called as SWASTHA. !!!!!

Author is Chief Physician, Sriranga Ayurveda Chikitsa Mandira, Prakruthi Ayurveda Pratistana ®, Mysore

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