Prof. G G Gangadharan on Ayushguru
Prof. G G Gangadharan, Ayurvedacharya, PhD FAIP (USA), MoM (McGill University, Canada), Director ( M S Ramaiah Indic Centre for Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine), giving an overview of the project "Ayushguru" in which he is going to act as a leading light towards the successful conduct of the project.
Knowledge flows only to a curious mind. Unless student comes up with a query, guru does not bother to open up any topic, because only a curious mind which demands knowledge will be capable of properly utilizing it. The more we ask, the more Ayurveda opens up. Here comes the first question, what is Ayurveda....
Ayurveda has a unique method of study. Every word used carries a wide range of meaning. That means, the title of the topic itself will be capable of showing light towards its inclusions. Thus every study in Ayurveda starts with the study of the very name of the topic.
In Ayurveda there are two words Ayu and Veda -
Ayu : It is taken as the time period between birth and death, commonly. But in Ayurveda, life is taken as the combination of body, mind, sense organs and soul. Thus Ayu starts when this combination starts and ends only when this breaks up and that breaking up is termed as mokasha. This is the reason why Ayu is having synonyms like Nityaga and Anubandha, which means continuous and which follows one after the other..
Veda simply means,knowledge. As per sansrit, grammer there are four meanings for veda. These are, Understanding, analyzing, Interpreting and obtaining ( vidyate, vetti, vicharana, prapthi) knowledge. Thus when we try to study Ayurveda, first we should understand, then analyse, interpret and finally obtain it...