Ayurveda Origin Story:
Samkhya Philosophy of Creation
Everyone has times when they don’t feel well. We get out of balance and maybe even go to the doctor only to be told there is nothing wrong. That means this imbalance has not yet become recognizable as a disease. Even though it’s serious enough to make us notice our discomfort. We start wondering if it is all in our heads. We begin to consider alternative measures and seek to create balance in our body, mind, and consciousness.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine which enables one to understand how to create balance of body, mind, and Spirit according to his/her own individual constitution. Through Ayurveda, a person can understand how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain a healthy balance.
Ayurveda does not focus on disease. Rather, it maintains that all life must be supported by Nature, and understanding the way energy moves. When the flow of energy within a person is balanced, the body‘s natural defense system can maintain health and fight off disease. It must be emphasized that Ayurveda is not a substitute for Western allopathic medicine. There are many instances when the disease process and acute conditions can be best treated with drugs or surgery. Ayurveda can be used in conjunction with Western medicine to support keeping us healthy.
To further share her knowledge on health and Ayurveda, Ambaya is being featured on Gail of Gaia’s podcast every Monday. You can check out the first video here, and the second here. Ambaya begins with the origin story of our being through Ayurveda and the Samkhya Philosophy of Creation.This story of creation explains life through the visual below.
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Purusha: un-manifested, formless, passive, beyond attributes, beyond cause-and-effect, space and time. Purusha is Pure Existence.
Prakruti: the creative force of action, the source of form, manifestation, attributes, and nature. Mahad: the Cosmic Intelligence or Buddhi.
Ahamkar: the sense of “I am”, the ego.
Satva: Purity of Energy, pure aspect, awakening, essence, and light. It gives rise to the:
Five Sense Faculties (organs of cognition, ears, skin, eyes, tongue, nose)
Five Motor Organs (organs of action, mouth, hands, feet, reproductive organs, excretory organs)
Mind (an organ of both action and cognition)
Rajas: Energy of Transformation, Dynamic movement between Satva pure essence, and Tamas, inertia.
Tamas: Potential energy, inertia, darkness, ignorance, and matter. Allows for the:
Senses (sound, touch, sight, taste, smell)
Elements (ether, air, fire, water, earth)
Purusha, Pure Existence and Prakruti, Creative Force combine to to birth Mahad The Cosmic Intelligence, giving possibility of Awared experience through Ahamkar, the sense of “I AM”, and through the energies of Satva, Rajas, and Tamas, creating this magnificent dimensional reality allowing us to experience the 5 elements of Life and their infinite variety, beauty and sensual and emotional diversity.
If you would like to learn more, watch this interview between Ambaya and Gail of Gaia!
February 06, 2023