Ayurveda is mostly translated as “The science of life”. The word for word translation of Ayurveda however is “The knowledge of age” (ayur – Sanskrit for “age”, veda – Sanskrit for “knowledge”). The word “age” is herein interpreted as “life”. Why? What is life?
Although our lives are different there is a common conditioning that we are all born with. We are all spiritual beings (souls) living in our physical bodies driven by the power of our mind. The acknowledgment that a human being is related to as body, mind and spirit is the very basis of the concept of holistic health.
As the soul gathers new experiences each day of it’s human existence we develop spiritually and increase a feeling of youthfulness, the closer we get to identifying ourselves as a soul the younger we feel. Simultaneously though the body is aging day by day. So, there is a movement in two opposite directions throughout our lives. We become spiritually younger and bodily older all at the same time.
Ayurveda or “The knowledge of age” helps us to become aware of this phenomenon and use our mind to create balance between the increase, deterioration and the conditionings in between.
Therefore, age is the duration between birth and death and Ayurveda is the knowledge of everything about it – the science of life. No one knows how much time they have, but everybody has a specific duration of time to spend on this Earth.
Ayurveda teaches us the constitution of the energies we and the world is made of and how to relate and adapt to the constitutions, conditionings and circumstances in order to spend the time we are given healthily and happily. The goal of Ayurveda is to bring the body, mind and soul in alignment and live a life of balance. 𑁍