Ayurveda: The Science of Life

by Seema Sahani

Greetings fellow readers!  My name is Seema Sahani and I live in New York.  Since this is my initiation to Brown Girl Magazine, I thought an introduction of myself would be proper.

I was studying advertising in Manhattan when, one summer, my father approached me and said, “Look into Ayurveda.”

I was raised in a traditional Indian family, so Ayurveda wasn’t exactly a new term for me, but still my reaction was, “Excuse me?”  So, like any typical traditional father’s girl would do, I did look into it.

I found a college in Fairfield, Iowa called Maharishi University of Management.  My whole family drove me there one summer vacation to check it out.  It was a long drive, but the scenery was great.  When we arrived at the campus, I was thinking silently, “What have I gotten myself into?  This is the twilight zone.”  But the people there were sweet, soft-spoken and humble, who greeted us like we were royalty.

Even still, my reaction to everything was, “How could I possibly move from New York and go to a University in Fairfield, Iowa, to get a degree in a field I knew almost nothing about?”  To make a long story short, I enrolled for the semester, fell in love and graduated with honors with a BA in Maharishi Vedic Medicine.  I loved, cherished, adored and was blessed each day I was there.

Ayurveda is a science which can be defined in many different ways but has one meaning — a holistic approach that takes into consideration all aspects of the body, mind and soul.  Ayurveda maintains the balance between the body and its own inner intelligence and between the inner intelligence of the person, cosmic intelligence of society and the cosmic intelligence of the universe.

Ayurveda is a basis of intelligence or consciousness, rather than matter.  Ayurveda has its importance on mental, physical and behavioral factors.  Rather than looking for disease, Ayurveda uses a holistic approach to bring the physiology back to its normal intelligence.

Ayurveda Mritanam’ –

Ayurveda is for those who want immortality

It is a completely natural, effortless and holistic approach that takes into consideration of the mind and body together.

Sharira, Indriya, Sattva, Atma, Samyoga

The conjunction of the body, senses, mind and self.

As long as they are held together, there is life.

Ayurveda is now the world’s oldest scientific system of natural medicine originating more than 6,000 years ago in the ancient Vedic tradition of India and it is the most complete system of natural medicine, which has helped man to cure disease and maintain perfect health.

Perfection of life is complete clarity of experience in any person.  Atma or consciousness has a place in the life of everyone. Perfect health means perfection in every field.  A perfect person is a balanced person, a perfect person always acts in the best possible way for himself and the society.  With the practice of Ayurveda, we all can achieve perfect health.  The time is now where this knowledge needs to be shared with the world because it is so simple, Ayurveda is the science of life.

Of my life.

Of your life.

Your past.

Your present.

Your future.

Your body.

Your mind.

Your soul.

Your inner

And outer Being.

Your craft

Of your Self

To your Self

In your Self

As your Self.

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