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Updated on January 31, 2017

Vasant Panchami is Celebrated on February 1st

Saraswati Jayanti, or Vasant Panchami, is celebrated in the West on February 1st this year. It is Saraswati Ma's Appearance Day. She is the creatrix of the Universe who continually creates music, art and the sciences. She is about the inner person, not the outer person. She is the mind, the heart and the intuition. You can not exist in this world without Her knowledge, creativity and intuition. Intuition is the highest form of intelligence because it taps into the Divine Intelligence, or what Edgar Cayce calls the Creative Forces. Ayurveda is part of Her knowledge!

Ayurvedic Medicine has been around for thousands of years. The Rishika Ghosa had leprosy and prayed to the Ashvini Kumars, the Divine Twins or Physicians, for 60 years. Finally they appeared to her and told her about Madu Vidya, the secret learning, and she was cured by using their methods. We have this knowledge today which was described in the Vedas and other texts, such as the Sushruta Samhita, Charaka Samhita and Bhela Samhita. We call it Ayurvedic Medicine.

Ayurveda translated into English means life knowledge. Saraswati Ma is the bringer of life knowledge and all forms of knowledge. In the Shushruta Samhita, Sushruta describes how Dhanvantari, the god of Ayurveda and Medicine, incarnated as a king in Varnasi and taught this knowledge to a group of physicians. Some of the knowledge of Ayurveda became more widely known and accepted through this incarnation. Buddhism and Jainism also practiced Ayurvedic Medicine from ancient times.

Balance is the key in Ayurvedic Medicine. The three doshas, or elemental substances, in Ayurveda are: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The balance of all three is the most ideal situation. Most people have a predominant dosha or two predominant doshas. The rare individual has an equal balance of all three doshas. Ayurveda has the five elements: water, fire, air, earth and ether (atmosphere). Ayurveda uses natural substances, such as oils, plants, roots, herbs and minerals to help an individual restore balance. Imbalance is when disease and illness can exist in the human body. Some of the medicinal plants are mentioned in the Attharva Veda. Massage and surgery are also used in Ayurveda to help bring about balance. Prevention is the key to achieving health. Detoxification is also encouraged, so that a person can achieve great health.

India, Nepal and Sri Lanka are three countries which practice Ayurveda on a regular basis, but many other countries recognize it as a complimentary or alternative health practice, including the United States. The Chinese became acquainted with Ayurveda through the writings of the Chinese pilgrim to India, Fa Hsien (337-422 A.D). The Chinese have had their form of traditional medicine for thousands of years.

Horst, who developed Aveda in Minneapolis, Minnesota, went to India and learned about Ayurvedic practices. He connected up with an Ayurvedic chemist while in India, who then developed the shampoos, conditioners and other natural beauty products we know today as Aveda. Horst was a pioneer when he developed these natural salon products. No one else had developed them on such a scale until he visited India. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Aveda Institute in Southeast Minneapolis in the 1990's. Horst later developed Intelligent Nutrients in Northeast Minneapolis, which is another line of salon and natural products.

Dr. Deepak Chopra popularized Ayurvedic Medicine through his books on the topic. Perfect Health is one of his top books on topic of Ayurvedic Medicine. He was a smoker who quit and then incorporated his knowledge of Western and Ayurvedic Medicine into a system in which he helped millions with various addictions.

T.R. Reid, the author of The Healing of America, was cured of his shoulder pain by Ayurvedic Medicine. He went all around the world to find a cure and he found it in India by use of massage, special oils and herbs. He even prayed to the god of healing at the temple, even though he did not believe in this god. After treatment the pain in his shoulder disappeared. Ayurvedic Medicine worked while allopathic medicine failed to restore his health and well being.

The Gita mentions the concept of balance. Krishna says that a yogi does not eat too much food, nor too little. The truth is in the middle. This is where balance occurs. One extreme or another does not help us achieve balance.

Most large cities have Ayurvedic doctors or practitioners. In Minnesota we have the Natural Health Coalition, which provides knowledge of local practitioners of natural health practices. Check with your local group like the Natural Health Coalition for a list of practitioners. Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions (DAMS) also can connect you with practitioners in your community.

Health is important and it starts with you! Ayurveda is ancient and has existed for thousands of years. Be open minded and give it a try!




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