The spiritual authority for the Ayurvedic Health Center is rooted in Vedic Scripture.
The Vedic scriptures are the oldest and most complete scriptures known to man. They are the earliest literary record of a human civilization and are the most sacred books of what is today known as India. The Vedas form an unbroken tradition that date roughly to 1700–500 BCE.
The Vedas are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings (aka Sanatana Dharma), containing spiritual knowledge that encompasses all aspects of life. The philosophical teachings of the Vedas have stood the test of time, and the Vedas form the highest religious and spiritual authority for all aspects of Hinduism. They are a respected source of wisdom and knowledge for all of mankind.
The word “veda” means wisdom, knowledge, vision, or science — science as a system of ever-evolving inquiry. The Vedic scriptures bring the language of the gods into the human realm of speech.
The laws and rituals outlined in the Vedas have guided the social, legal, domestic, and spiritual customs of the Hindus up to current times. Vedic wisdom and guidance is relevant today and is used at times of life transition (ie: birth, death, marriage), at seasonal transitions (ie: the solstices and equinoxes), and in matters such as education and health care.
The Vedas are credited to Brahman:
“Verily, in the beginning this universe was Brahman.” (BU 1:4:10-11; Maitri 6:17)
“Brahman” is derived from the Sanskrit root word brh which means to grow big or to expand, so it means the Great Expanse or the Immensity. “Brahma” means creation and nature, or the creator who represents all of creation. In the Taittirya Upanishad (one of the Vedic scriptures), Brahman is defined as:
yato vā imāni bhūtāni jāyante |
yena jātāni jīvanti |
yat prayanty-abhisamviśanti |
tad vijijñāsasva | tad brahmeti |
“That from whence all these beings, arise,
That by which, being born, they exist, and
That into which they merge upon departing,
seek to know That, that is Brahman.”
Thus, Brahman is the creator, the progenitor, the divine, the unified field from which everything arises, in which everything exists, and unto which everything returns when it disintegrates.
“Ayurveda” is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life” — ie: Ayurveda is the systemitized body of knowledge that delineates how to live a long and healthy life, how to overcome disease and imbalance, and how to live in harmony with the natural rhythms of the world that we live in and are a part of.
In line with its roots in the Vedic scriptures, Ayurveda encompasses a complete and holistic approach to the well-being of body, mind, and spirit.
Roots of Ayurveda in the Vedic Scriptures
The Upanishads are a subset of the Vedas. They are concerned with the knowledge of god, the highest aspect of spiritual truth. The Upanishads are an expression of divine truth. This truth is understood to be verifiable, immediately, at any moment, in (one’s) own personal experience; it is absolute truth.
The Taittirya Upanishad, in particular, details the existence of Brahman (ie: god) and illustrates Brahman as the creator of everything that exists in nature.