Institute for Ayurveda, Austria
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: Med Aromat Plants
Ayurveda is normally known as a set of text-books displaying the approach to diagnosis and treatment of the ancient Indian civilization. But the origin and the heart of Ayurveda is not found in books. It is the inner connection with the field of healing, the field of pure energy. This universal field of healing unfolds itself in terms of five elements these elements can be considered as threshold forces which connect the realm of energy with the expressed world. We have to assume that the founding fathers of Ayurveda, living as Rishis (recluse) in the depths of the forests, experienced the elements as animated. In this way, they could contact the elemental forces for the purpose of healing. Evidence for this idea is found in the Veda. Many hymns of the Veda are invocations of elemental forces. Interestingly enough, we find a similar approach in the tradition of indigenous people who practice the connection with the forces of nature to the present day. Against this background it is interesting to see, that Ayurveda in its essence has a similar basis as the traditional healing methods of the Maori.
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