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Conceptual Understanding
Ayurvedic Nutrition

General Introduction

India, one of the largest and most exciting democracies known in the 21st century, known today in the globe, has the most enriching legacy! India, most commonly brings to a human mind – population, multi-religiosity, elephants, tradition, temples, ancient traditions, cows, Mahatma Gandhi, and in 21st century IT too…perhaps, a more informed mind, does think of Ayurveda!

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit compound, a “samasa”(it is actually more than what we understand as a compound in English language)!

It is made up of 2 words – ayus, and veda. In Sanskrit language, the word ayus means life and veda means sacred knowledge

Ayurveda is a part of last veda called Atharvana Veda.


The meaning of veda is “vidanthi purusartha anena ithi veda”, i.e., a means to get hold of whatever desired by a purusha (a human). (Wo)man continually pursue “artha, kama, dharma” to feel and enjoy true happiness in this “complex drama of life and living”. Until (s)he stumbles upon a “wise” person, a “guru” (remover of darkness/ignorance of who you are). (S)he is in a constant process of entangling and de-entangling the “knots” of “samsara” pendulating between various hues of happiness and sadness. With, sheer grace under her/his belt, (sh)he may land her/him closer to the joy of journeying on the path of “moksha”. “Ahaara, nidra, bhaya, maithunam” keeps a person entangled in the cycle of fleeting happiness. Thus, a “purusha” keeps singlemindedly chasing “artha, kama, dharma” to feel full and whole, but this chase simply leaves him continuously tired, because true happiness/fullness plays hide-and –seek, making him/her weary! This in turn affects his/her wellbeing and health! “dharmarthakamamokshamarogyam moolamutthamam”! so how does a purusha keep oneself stable and full? The answer is in the Vedas!


Knowing about life and living in bits and pieces, unable to join the dots, along with the complexities of life and living (includes the enormous changes in the globe not just in todays world but has been since the beginning of life), keeps a person striving to keep her/his sanity and well being! Keeping the vedic vision as the backdrop, Ayurveda was born as a preventive system of medicine, an answer to all kinds of ailments, dis-ease and situation that a human can encounter. Eras and times may have changed but humans continue to be afflicted with ailments, dis-ease and encounter “jara”! Ayurveda seems to be more relevant today than it was born to be! Nevertheless, like many tradition to move with times has moved diluting the vision, Ayurveda too seems to be under “pressure”. This has, perhaps, made “vaidyas” turn to doctors, made traditional medicines to respond overnight to keep match and pace with modern allopathic medicine, and finally, to turn ayurveda to a cosmetic,Luxury, spa treatment, a lip service to ayurveda!

Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda is made up of two words “ayus” and “veda”. Ayus means life and Veda means knowledge and both words put together it implies that Ayurveda is Complete knowledge of life. Having said as knowledge of life we need to understand in full sense that it is not just the understanding of the body and mind but includes the third plane that is the spiritual plane that is usually understood as soul, self, spirit, consciousness etc. It is for this spiritual plane, the body and mind are functioning as per our philosophies like sankya. So a basic understanding about the body, mind and soul from an Indian philosophical prospective is very essential to understand ayurveda in a proper way. Ayurveda is always reffered to as a holistic system because it addresses all the three planes of existence.