Modern living offers us many comforts and luxuries. The pace of life has been constantly increasing especially in the last two decades. New gadgets and instruments have been invented which help us work faster and travel to distant places in a short time. Technology has enabled us to do more work in less time and made us more materialistic. The cyber revolution has removed all boundaries and there are more opportunities for economic growth. Modern medicine has invented diagnostic tools and therapeutic formulations, which can identify diseases at the minutest levels, and suppress it.

All these wonderful inventions of the modern times were originally discovered to enrich our lives with health, happiness and peace. Interestingly enough, the results are totally opposite of such expectations. In our search for happiness, health, peace and love, we have found more diseases, mental unrest, unhappiness and loneliness. This means we are either going in the wrong direction or we are missing the root cause of the problem.

Health is not merely the absence of symptoms or physical discomforts. Ayurveda defines health as a complete state of balance at the level of body, mind and soul. While the modern world offers us solutions for comforting the body and senses, these “solutions” are actually disturbing the mind and are unfulfilling for the soul. When the mind is disturbed and there is lack of love in our lives, blockages and imbalances are created in physical organs and systems. This is why our efforts to become healthy are not working out. The solution to all our problems is Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is ‘veda’ (knowledge) of Ayu, which is defined as a combination of body, mind, senses and soul. Each one of us has a body, mind and soul but we hardly know anything about them. It is like we are driving a car without knowing much about how it works, what kind of fuel to put in it, not knowing the traffic rules, and not even having a driver’s license. What will happen in such a situation? This will result in lot of accidents. This is what is happening in our lives. We do not know how much to eat, when to sleep, how to relax the mind, how to nourish the emotions, how to have relationships and what is food for the soul. Similarly, with the car, we have “accidents,” like diabetes, stress, auto-immune disorders, divorce and emotional trauma.

The solution is Ayurveda. Today our diseases are not limited to the body only. More and more people are suffering at mental and emotional levels. In order to treat these diseases we need to address them at the site of their origin. We are not even able to suppress the physical symptoms of diseases because they are fueled from a subtle level. If we want to see a healthy world, it will happen only through Ayurveda, because this is the only medical system, which caters to the ‘complete’ human (body, mind, emotions, soul). It may be a few more years before the world realizes the wonderful power of Ayurveda, but it will be our future medical system. Ayurveda is not limited only to oil massage (abhyanga) and shirodhara as most people think. It offers solutions at every level. Most existing medical systems like homeopathy, acupressure, herbal medicine, gemology, energy healing, breathing exercises, and even modern medicine have a root in Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the “mother” of all medical systems and will very soon be the main medical system of the world.

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