Ayurveda views the living being as a body-mind-consciousness complex; and goes on to say that “sattva (mind), AtmA (self) and zarIra (body) are the three pillars of life”. The goal of Ayurveda is to “relieve disease (misery) and attain health (happiness)” which is laukikI cikitsA and thus enable the dissolution of the mind in the self or achieve liberation or mokSa (naiSThikI cikitsA). Thus any healing that needs to be done has to address all the three levels. In this session, we will explore the healing methodologies prescribed by the classical Ayurveda texts for the body, the mind and the consciousness.
Dr. Ramkumar is a Founder-Director of Punarnava Ayurveda, an institution committed to Authentic Ayurveda for Universal Well-Being. He is a lifelong student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems.
Over the last 15 years, he has given talks and conducted workshops in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Australia and SouthEast Asia propagating health and happiness through Ayurveda.
Punarnava Ayurveda is currently engaged in the creation of an experimental green self-sustaining authentic Ayurveda healing community on the outskirts of Coimbatore in South India. This village is working towards adhering to the principles of authentic Ayurveda and vastu; and will also engage in natural farming, use of alternate energy sources, waste recycling, environment friendly construction, water management and so on – the idea is to create an “optimum healing environment”. The village has commenced functioning in a small way with 36 patient units – it is called “vaidyagrāma”.