This blog is an attempt to document my first Panchakarma which takes place in Pokhara, Nepal from 10 April until 3 May 2017. Much of it will be ramblings to enable me to remember this experience for years to come. I throw in a lot of theory to teach myself and anyone interested in this wonderful ancient science called Ayurveda.
The root of Ayurveda dates back to the Vedic period. Vedas are the oldest recorded documents of human civilisation. According to the Caraka Samhita there were 52 eminent scholars, Rishi and experts gathered in the Himalayas performing meditation, afterwards discussing, developing and documenting the science.
The objective of Ayurveda is to achieve the highest goal of life, the inner and outer dynamic harmony. This knowledge of Ayurveda can be found in a number of manuscripts, books, healing practices, in cultural functions and ceremonies, and the teaching and practices of traditional healers.
The series of three original books of Ayurveda are Carak Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga Sangraha (Vagbhat). These books were written between the 2nd and 6th century B.C.
So what is Ayurveda?
Ayu = Life, Veda = Science, The Science of Life
Ayurveda is an ancient science of life which comprises Yoga and other branches of healing utilised by eastern civilisation since antiquity. This is a consciousness based science where every phenomenon is an evolving entity, a dance of mass and energy. It has been developed from natural laws and compiled during the state of higher aspiration by the ancient seekers and masters. It utilises the natural based products, life styles and guidelines. In Ayurveda, a state of dynamic harmony is considered the optimal state of health, joy and balance. Health is simple, it is in our deep nature and is always there.
Life is a functional union of body (sharira), senses (indriya), mind (mana) and soul (atma) and is a dynamic process which is ever changing, ever transforming and a cohesively functioning entity.
Ayurveda is often called the mother of all medicines, because it treats you like a loving mother, taking care of you on all levels. It is also called that because all medical systems have either been derived from it or taken knowledge from it, including modern medicine. It is a system so vast that it is hard to comprehend.