The word ayurveda is translated as the science of life. But what is life? Is ayurveda just another health science? What is the hidden meaning behind this word and what does it mean for ayurveda doctors, gurus and experts?
I understood, that from my birth, inside me, there was Ayurveda. What I was calling my spirituality, what I was calling my inner self going towards nature - is all Ayurveda. Once this feeling came in, it was just a journey and it continues. It's a flow now. For me Ayurveda is me and I am Ayurveda. I just continued to spread what I know, what I feel, what I experienced.
I was born in a small village named Nadukani near Kothamangalam, in Central Kerala. The forests (not far from the Western Ghats hills), paddy fields and plantations surrounded the village, where you could find lots of plants and herbs. In that part of Kerala, ayurveda is still a lifestyle for a local people. They live a life according to ayurveda principals, cure themselves with local natural medicines and rarely visit a hospital.
That’s the way I've been brought up. As I have mentioned, ayurveda was the part of our family heritage. My grand grandfather and grandfather were vaidiyas (ayurveda practitioners) and although my father was a planter, he adhered to customs and traditions of our ancestors – we woke up before sunrise, washed our self in the well, our diet was based on local vegetables and fruits and etc. Simply expressed, ayurveda means a traditional Kerala lifestyle for me.
Ayurveda is a lifestyle. I don’t look at it as a treatment. It’s a treatment for the body through lifestyle. It includes all forms of medical treatments, yoga, meditation and many other practices, because whatever we are doing in life, everything is related to our bodies. Whatever can positively influence our body, mind and soul, it is ayurveda.
Ayurveda is a divine science of life. Our hands should be pure when we treat a patient. Every day we pray before Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda, to give us blessings to cure our patient. God should give us the power to heal. Sometimes we cannot cure every patient, but it is important not to make any mistakes from our hands. This is the only pray, which I have as a doctor to lord.
Ayurveda is the ancient system, which is called the science of life. I studied it at Kerala University in Trivandrum. But after 28 years of being ayurveda doctor, I can say, I am still in process of learning. Everyday I learn something new - as the doctor and as a human being.
Last 6 years I am practicing ayurveda in the Somatheeram. This place became my second home. I come here every day, even the days I am out of duty. I come to see and talk to my patients. Their trust is a very special bond and commitment between doctor and patient, but also relation between two human beings.
Ayurveda is probably one of the greatest gifts of India to mankind. Kerala Ayurveda has it's own uniqueness owing to several factors. Harivihar, owing to it's inherent beauty and vasthu compliant architecture is ideally suited for Ayurveda treatments. The house has a positive energy and serenity which is ideal for holistic health treatments like Ayurveda and yoga.
Even though we are modern medicine specialists, we have a healthy respect for Ayurveda to which as children we had been exposed quite well. Hence when we started Harivihar we had no doubt that this house should offer the greatest gift of Kerala – that is Ayurveda- to it's residents. We want Harivihar to be a centre which promotes traditional Indian knowledge and culture to people all over the world.
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