AVYURVEDA MEDICINE IS AN ANCIENT SYSTEM OF MEDICINE

IT BEGAN ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND YEARS AGO. IT IS A WAY OF DIAGNOSING ILLNESS AND USING A WIDE RANGE OF TREATMENTS & TECHNIQUES.

AYURVEDA PRACTITIONERS DEVELOPED A NUMBER OF MEDICINAL PREPARATIONS AND SURGICAL PROCEDURES FOR THE TREATMENT OF VARIOUS AILMENTS

AYURVEDA IS WELL INTEGRATED INTO THE INDIAN NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, WITH STATE HOSPITALS FOR AYURVEDA ESTABLISHED ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

AYURVEDIC METHODS SUCH AS YOGA, MASSAGE & RELAXATION ARE GENERALLY HELPFUL TO THE PEOPLE WITH CANCER

AYURVEDA STRESSES THE USE OF PLAND BASED MEDICINES AND TREATMENTS. PLANT BASED MEDICINES ARE DERIVED FROM ROOTS, LEAVES, FRUITS, BARKS AND SEEDS SUCH AS CARDAMOM & CINNAMON.

IN INDIA, UPTO 90 PER CENT INDIANS USE SOME FORM OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE i.e. A CATEGORY WHICH INCLUDES AYURVEDA. IT HAS NO SIDE-EFFECTS, THAT IS WHY IT IS THE MOST POPULAR SYSTEM OF MEDICINE IN INDIA

EMERGING OF YOGA IN MODERN ERA

- BALWINDER KUMAR

CHANDIGARH (U.T., INDIA), December 6, 2014: Yoga is one of the most extraordinary spiritual sciences that mankind has ever discovered. It is like a gem of great proportions, containing many facets whose light can illumine the whole of our lives with great meaning. Going back over five thousand years, it is one of the few spiritual traditions that has maintained an unbroken development throughout history.

YOGA : An introduction

Today ‘YOGA’ is word or a subject by which everyone is familiar in the modern world. In the modern period of busy and tenseful life, Yoga has attracted most of the people by its impressive effects. Mostly people consider Yoga as a specific technique of ancient Indian exercise by which one can keep body active and healthy. While some people know that it is a procedure of enchanting some mantra (Auspicious words) by sitting in specific posture to meditate on some God or Goddess. People also understand Yoga as procedure to attain peace and balanced state of mind to get relief from stress and strain. Yoga is also known as an art of mysteries and wonders. Few decades before people were of the view that for Yoga practice person has to leave his family, property and worldly affairs and has to go in to forests, hilly-caves or some lonely places and live in company of saints and priests to adopt some spiritualistic activities. Yoga also has been considered for realization of self and feeling of almighty God, which results in ultimate peace, happiness and liberation. In many societies Yoga is attached with specific religion particularly with Hindu religion. Conclusively people have various views in capacity of their knowledge and understanding.

But apart from all the above mentioned possibilities, there are infinite possibilities of mysteries and achievements in the lap of Yoga. Science of Yoga is useful for a Yogi as well as for a (Bhogi) person who is involved in worldly affairs. Yoga fulfills the motive of theistic persons as well as the atheistic persons. Yoga is helpful in solving the problems of a businessman and also helpful in development of potentials of a student. Yoga has same utility for an illiterate or a villager and for scientist for development of efficiencies. Its practice is useful for a healthy person as well as for a patient.

Importance and purpose of Yoga in modern era :

Traditionally, in India, yoga dealt with the spiritual side of life, what we have introduced as the path of Self-realization. Today most people are using yoga for healing purposes. They should not ignore the potential benefits of adding ayurvedic insights to yoga therapy. They should learn to understand the ayurvedic effects of yogic practices and not merely try to define yogic healing in terms of modern medicine or modern psychology alone.

Now a days Yoga practice is common in the Western and eastern world, where Yoga classes can be found in every city or neighborhood. Most people identify yoga with the physical postures or Asanas that are the most evident side of the system. While Yoga Asanas can afford a good door way into the vast temple of Yoga, they are hardly the entire structure or its central deity. Eventually, most who look into Yoga will come into contact with its broader and more spiritual practices, such as mantra and meditation.

Actually the field of Yoga is so vast that it opens the door for development of maximum potentiality in any person of world irrespective of taste and ability but by correct and continuous practice. Usually the purpose of Yoga is seen as therapeutically or preventive measure to get cure from diseases or for prevention from possible diseases. But the purpose of Yoga is infinite and has a key to develop physical, mental and spiritual potentialities of individual to the optimum level.

We can see that in modern era of scientific advancement, the people are dissatisfied even though they have almost all the facilities of comfort. This proves that the achievement of comforts, luxuries and attainment of peace and eternal happiness are different to each other. So the real, eternal happiness, deep – satisfaction and peace can only be attained by getting the state of eternal divinity. To attain eternally divine experience of deepest satisfaction and mysterious state is the real and ultimate purpose of Yoga.

So, in the modern scientific era, we can foresight infinite possibilities and hopes from the science of Yoga for eternity. Now it is also very clear that main aim of Yoga is not only to free the body and mind from stress, disease and unhappiness, because where there is a desire for one aspect of feeling, opposite is always with it like two opposite surface of one coin. Where there is worldly happiness then distress will also follow it like shadow. Main purpose of Yoga is to go beyond both the states of feelings. We should not be mistaken here in to understanding the purpose of Yoga to remain lethargic, neutral or ignorant to the natural states of body and mind. The basic purpose of Yoga is to be balanced and optimum development of physical, mental, social, behavioral, spiritual and all other levels of the a Yoga practitioner at the base of meditative awareness and consciousness.

Yogic Approach

Yogic methods cover the entire field of our existence — from the physical, sensory, emotional, mental, and spiritual to the highest Self-realization and the state of super consciousness. It includes all methods of higher evolution in humanity — physical postures, ethical disciplines, breath control, sensory methods, affirmations, visualizations, prayer, mantra, and complex meditative disciplines. Yoga understands the nature and interrelationship of the physical, subtle and formless universes into the boundless infinite beyond time and space and shows us how these also exist within each human individual.

BENEFITS OF YOGA (in nut – shell):

1. Development of maximum ethical values in the person by Yogic Yama and Niyama.

2. Development of perfection in actions and behaviors in individual being by the practicing of Karam Yoga.

3. Development of physical (somatic) level by postures and Shatkriyas (the process of Yogic purification).

4. Development of maximum control on breathing flow and mental potentiality by the practice of Pranayamas.

5. Development of maximum potentials of senses through the practice of Pratyahara (Sensory control).

6. Development the optimum level of mental concentration by Dharan, the art of contemplation.

7. To go beyond the boundaries of ignorance and mind by the practice of Meditation.

8. Experience the mysteries of universal unity in diversity and diversity in unity by attaining the state of Samadhi.

BALVINDER KUMAR

Former Lecturer in YOGA,

Sh. Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College & Hospital, CHANDIGARH

&

Associate Professor,

Govt. College of Yoga Education & Health,

Chandigarh.