Life’s User Manuals- Ayurveda Manuscripts- An Introduction

Ayurveda, a word usually mis-understood as
a branch of medicine, is infact, a much broader study of life itself. It is a combination of two sanskrit words,
ayuh, meaning life, and veda, meaning knowledge. In this video, we are going to look at the
sages who pioneered this science, various books written by them, and the chapters they
cover. Before we get into the topic, I’d like to
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ranging from astronomy and algebra, to rituals and spirituality. Getting back into the topic, There were many
great sages of the past who delved into the science of life. Charaka, Sushruta, Vagbhata, Madhava and Sharngadhara
were some of them. I mention these names, because their works
in sanskrit are still available to this day, and are easily accessible, if only one has
the knowledge of sanskrit. These books are used even today, as the guiding
text books for all ayurvedic programs across the world. Let’s look at some of these text books, and
the contents thta they cover. The first of these, is Acharya Charaka’s Charaka
Samhita. With Over 8,400 shlokas that are rhythmic
and easy to memorize, Charaka Samhita is divided, into 8 Sections, with a total of 120Chapters. Charaka Samhita is extremely detailed with
causes of various diseases, how to identify them,how find and make appropriate medication,
and various ways of applying it. It describes embryology, and anatomy, of both
humans, and animals. People today, will be surprised to know, that
this book has a dedicated chapter on alcoholism, various properties of alcohol, and even guidance,
on how to get high, without a hangover ! Then, there is Acharya Sushruta’s sushruta
samhita. Acharya Sushruta, is considered to be a pioneer
of surgical methods. There are verses describing how to treat accidents
to the nose, with skin taken from thigh grafts. There are also verses that describe how to
get trained with surgery on various vegetables, leather bags, and dead animals, before performing
surgery on humans. Sushruta samhita has over 7,000 shlokas, divided
into 186 chapters, with descriptions of over a 1,000 different diseases, 700 medicinal
plants,and more than a 100 different ayurvedic medical preparations. Ashtanga Hridaya, written by Vagbhata, is
still the reference book for 100s of ayurvedic medicines, that are still being used to cure
various types of illnesses. If you look closely on any of the ayurvedic
medicine bottles, you will find their source textbook mentioned on them. There are many more textbooks, by other eminent
authors, that serve as user manuals on how to conduct life, at various levels. Some of them, are Sharngdhar Samhita, Madhav
Nidan, Kashyapa Samhita, Bhavprakash and Bhaisajya Ratnavali
Each one of them gives us profound insights into how to keep the human faculties, of body,
mind and soul free of diseases and full of potency, vibrance and health. In this channel, we will start exploring various
concepts from these books, understanding each one of them, in their original sanskrit text. I hope you enjoyed this video. Sanskrit Language, has a vast treasure of
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where we explore every piece of it, in it’s original form. Like this video, and share it across with
your friends. See you in the next video, Namaskaram.

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