Third in a series of posts on Ayurveda:

Ayur- (which means life) and -Veda (which means science/wisdom) has a different approach to that which ails us:  The focus is not on disease, but on health.

To understand health and disease, we must first understand the nature of life itself – we must make an in-depth study of LIFE, not diseases.

Life = Wholeness = Health, and it has its source in a unified field of infinite, pure Intelligence – the home of all laws of Nature – the principles that govern the Universe.  It keeps the sun and moon rising and setting and the seasons changing in the correct sequence and at the right time.  It keeps the planets in their orbits.
Cells divide to form limbs and spinal cords and eyes, ears, etc., where they should in the foetus of man and animal, and seeds grow to reproduce the species from whence they originated.

This Intelligence also governs the function of our physiology: We breathe, our hearts beat, saliva flows; digestion and elimination takes place; we think, sleep, and awake. The same Intelligence that governs the universe is also in every cell of your body. But we are not conscious of this. If we gave a pygmy in the Amazon jungle a radio, he might per chance hit on  a radio station by fiddling with it, but the sound will mostly be as distorted as our inner messages.

Ayurveda helps us to tune into the source and to align with this intelligence as opposed to obstruct it with our limited perception that what we experience through our senses is all that there is.


The teachings of Ayurveda reveals nothing new. Ayurveda can be dated back to 6 000 years, but is in fact as old a life itself.

The study of Ayurveda is therefore a process of rediscovery.

We have lost touch with ourselves, with our humanness, with nature out there and in here – we have set ourselves apart from “nature”, from what is natural, with the result that we adhere to unnatural lifestyles, eat unnatural food, drink unnatural water, expose ourselves to unnatural impressions (mental food).  There are people who will not put a drop of natural water, from a mountain spring, to their mouths – but will indeed drink from a tap chlorinated, chemicalised toxic water interfered with by people who don’t give a damn for the people who drink it.

Natural water contains bits of sand and vegetation and we are conditioned by a denatured science-orientated culture to mistrust anything earthy or God-made.  It can be made in Taiwan, in the lab, in China – anywhere but in heaven.  Nature is dirty and poisonous.  And so it is that this instant gratification, fast food, quick-fix, chemical/material world we find ourselves in has contributed to us losing the plot entirely.

Ayurveda can steer us back on course - your own individual course that was plotted just for you – specifically for you, by your Creator.  Ayurveda gets us to understand that there is no universal prescription for health, fitness, slimming, mental balance, etc.  The solution to all of these is as varied as the people seeking them.

So Ayurveda, then, is the art and science of living in alignment with your own nature every day from day to day – as opposed to passively following the dictates or rules and thinking imposed on us by conditioning – social and cultural.

Ayurveda explains that our loss of connectedness to the natural order of things is the reason for dis-ease and dis-comfort.

We are conditioned to blame external forces for our ailments, like viruses that come “all the way from China” (like Leonard Cohen’s oranges).  We are also conditioned to then turn to chemical cocktails, which at most treat the symptoms and then leaves their residue in our bodies.

Ayur- (which means life) and -Veda (which means science/wisdom) has a different approach to that which ails us:  The focus is not on disease, but on health.  Ayurveda promotes health from within, which automatically banishes disease.


AYUR = life         VEDA = wisdom / science

Ayurveda is therefore the science of everyday living.  Living wisely.

The Ayurvedic approach to health is both highly intellectual and deeply intuitive. It is a discipline that dates back to 5000 years ago, yet today, its principles are confirmed by quantum physicists.

The Ayurvedic approach to health and wellbeing is a holistic one in every sense of the word, as it takes every aspect of the living being into consideration. The system of Ayurveda aims at healing your life, as opposed to merely addressing the symptoms of disease.

Ayurveda sees disease in itself as a symptom of an unsuitable lifestyle. Then again, what is wrong for one person is not necessarily wrong for another.  According to Ayurveda, every person is unique.

Physical, mental and emotional discomfort, if allowed to continue, might well
later manifest as a disease. This would indicate that the person has transgressed against his personal nature and so caused an imbalance within
his system.

In Ayurveda, we blame a diseased state on "a loss of connectedness to the unified field - or the orderliness of nature". If we are out of touch with our own nature, disorder or chaos will ensue, and this is what we term disease.

In order to determine the cause of the symptoms of disease, we first have to determine the nature of the individual who has the symptoms.

A person's physical build, the texture and colour of the hair, the colour and
other qualities of the eyes, the way he moves, his interests, preferences for anything from foods through to weather conditions and other personal characteristics indicate what we call in Ayurveda the "body-type" of the
individual. (The "psycho-physiological constitutional type" would be a more
accurate turm, but we use the term "body-type", to keep things simple.)

The experienced Ayurvedic practitioner can also tell by a touch to the pulse on the wrist what a person's body-type is and also how his lifestyle is at variance with his personal nature. Other factors brought into consideration in determining the body-type are the constitution, personality or temperament, and hereditary characteristics of the person.

Ayurveda also has knowledge of what it is that makes human beings differ
from one to the next. The factors or forces involved here are called "Doshas". These doshas reside at the meeting point between the body and the mind - where thought turns into matter.

A good example of how thought turns into matter is when you are afraid of the dark (which is merely a thought) and adrenaline shoots through the bloodstream: Thought has taken on a physical shape. Another example is how your saliva can start to run at the mere thought of biting into a lemon...

Such communication between mind and body is the task of the doshas mentioned above. If mind and body are not perfectly co-ordinated, it is because the Doshas are not in a balanced state and this would ultimately result in disease. The study of Ayurveda reveals the knowledge required to achieve a state of balance which results in a healthy body and mind.
[Information supplied by Ena During, of Sage Health Shop, 47 Voortrekker Rd, Velddrif. Cell (083) 533 6541]


‘n Mens se liggaam weet wat goed en wat sleg is vir hom. Die Natuur seën jou van geboorte af met die regte instinkte.  Wanneer jy op hierdie ingebore neigings begin ag slaan en hulle gehoorsaam, sal jy vind dat jou fisiologie self balans vind.

Omdat mense so hoogs individualisties is, is die toepassing van hierdie kennis tegelyk ‘n kuns en ‘n wetenskap vir die gesondheidsorg-raadgewer of die individu wat na sy eie welsyn omsien.  Die studieveld van Ayurveda gee riglyne hiervoor. Volgens Ayurveda bepaal jou liggaams- en persoonlikheidstipe jou individuele vereistes vir ‘n gesonde en gebalanseerde lewe. Dit is dus van die uiterste belang om jou lewenstyl en diëet by jou eie behoeftes aan te pas.

Die individuele gestel, persoonlikheid/temperament en oorerflikheidsfaktore word gebruik as kriteria om te bepaal watter tipe liggaam en persoonlikheid jy het. Hiervolgens word jou dieet, ontspanning, oefening en natuurlike medikasie bepaal. Jou persoonlike omgewing, gedragspatrone en gemoedslewe word ook in aanmerking geneem.

Baie eenvoudige praktiese rate en beginsels kan ‘n groot verskil aan jou lewe maak. Ayurveda is die pad van matigheid en balans en maak ‘n verskil selfs met die keuse van die kos wat jy daagliks eet, en met speserye en kruie. Ons liggame is opgebou uit dieselfde elemente as die kos wat ons inneem. Daarom maak dit sin om jou dieet aan te pas by jou liggaamstipe. Dit beïnvloed selfs jou gemoedstemming.

Middagete behoort die hoofmaal van die dag te wees, want spysvertering is die beste wanneer die son se energie op sy sterkste is. Moenie ooreet nie en moenie tussen maaltye eet nie. Dis sleg vir spysvertering om na ete te gaan slaap en daarom is dit ook nie aan te beveel om net voor slaaptyd te eet nie.

Ayurveda lê sterk klem op die varsheid van kos. Berei maaltye met vars voedsel voor en moenie kos eet wat ouer as vier ure is nie, want dan het dit reeds begin bederf. Bedien kos warm en aantreklik op. Kou behoorlik, en eet in ‘n kalm en aangename omgewing.

Baie middels in die kombuis kan as medisyne gebruik word. Borrie reinig jou bloed en versterk immuniteit. Gemmer is ‘n anti-oksidant, help vir griep en verkoue en verbeter spysvertertering. Borrie en gemmer saam in ‘n koppie kookmelk help vir toe bors. Vir verlies aan eetlus sprinkel ‘n mens kaneel, vinkel en kardemom oor jou kos. Drink voor ete ‘n teelepel gemmer, knippie sout en suurlemoensap in ‘n koppie kookwater om slegte spysvertering te voorkom.

Buiten hierdie algemene rate is daar baie spesifieke antwoorde  op gesondheidsprobleme wat afhang van elke mens se individuele liggaamstipe en persoonlikheid. ‘n Primêre Gesondheidsorg Raadgewer wat opgelei is in Ayurveda kan jou hiermee help.


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