Up till now in this series we covered the definition of Ayurveda and its Goals . To understand more of Ayurveda we need to now certain fundamental principles . Each science has those , in our current world we are governed with the principles of atom molecules , bacteria , virus . In a that same way in that era of 5000 yrs ago what are the principles that governed this science and are still in use even today in this 21 century .
So what are the fundamental principles of Ayurveda .
1] Nature and Human Beings : Relationship
We humans have been part of this universe for a long time .In a way we are like small drops in a large sea . Humans have known for a long time that nature would have an effect on us in many different ways . For Ayurveda that is the most important fundamental principle to observe and to know . Human and Nature and there co-existence .
Ayurveda believes that what properties that the Nature shows ,are present even in humans being on the first place . Like the Heat of the sun , can be seen in humans too , the coolness of the moon , can be seen in humans too . Going a little further it defines that whatever properties that Nature has in macro , humans would have those properties in micro , and whatever properties humans have in macro , nature would have in micro .
Now to understand this principle about how closely nature does affects us , lets take an example. Do not you have friends who complain of certain issues with change in weather . Like some one saying that they can predict rains coming with the help of achy knees or joints . That is how to nature can affect humans and has been affecting us . Its summer time we start drinking more juice and avoiding solid foods .Its winter and we start craving more and more proteins. Is it just us and our cravings or is it Nature that affects us to do this .
In Ayurveda because of its goal of prevention , more and more emphasis has been laid on working closely with nature for better health . Thus it is of prime importance for any ayurvedic consultant to ask you about your work area , where you stay as the way , Ayurveda sees it is in which natural habitat you live .
Does it makes a difference !! Yes why not I have been in Canada for 3 yrs and when working here I have observed a person coming from New york has to be worked and can be helped with certain herbs than a person coming from Toronto area . Yes not a big difference , both the cities are cosmopolitan , both are polluted in either ways , but still they have certain different natural habitat that gives those people staying around those areas a different aspect in part of their constituent .
Another thing what we can learn from this rule in Ayurveda is if our human body acts different in different Natural habitat do we change with change in seasons . Yes we change our clothes but that's our exterior what about our diet . Here in Canada Eggs , Bacon , Pancakes or a Muffin are all year around breakfast . Meat and Potatoes all the year around dinner . Why ? If season changes we need to look and also change our food choices that we eat to incorporate that change in weather .Think about it .
Such is beauty of this theory in Ayurveda . So the next time do observe your own body and ponder if some thing has to do with the Nature you are currently in . If you think you need help in understanding this more , feel free to ask or comment on this post .
Related Links :
1] What is Ayurveda ?
2] Goals of Ayurveda
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