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Beneath an ancient sun, over 3500 years ago, as the hymns of a thousand disciples resonated in the air, the first compendium of a comprehensive science of healing was organized and embedded within the consciousness of a young civilization. From the words for 'life' and 'knowledge', the term 'Ayurveda' was constructed, as the title for a discipline that elevated and healed the body, the psyche, and the soul. The Sutrasthana of Charaka Samhita, one of the primary texts for Ayurveda states that, "The three - body, psyche, and soul - act as a tripod. The world stands upon them, and within them, the world abides."
Ayurveda was developed as a holistic science of longevity, first mentioned in one of the four sacred texts of India's history, the Atharvaveda. Over the following centuries, it grew as a science via continuous additions by various learned sages such as the venerable Charaka, and the brilliant Susruta. Their teachings were transported across the world, from ancient China to the Abbasid Caliphate of the Middle East. read more...