Vedic & Yogic Medical Science
Ayurveda is based on the great stream of Vedic spiritual knowledge. This is the older spiritual tradition behind the later religion of India, particularly Hinduism, from which the whole of Indian culture derived and diversified. It has much in common with older Greek and Persian (Zoroastrian) thought as well. Today, much of the Ayurvedic practices are the tradition of the post-Buddhism era, when Ayurveda spread to countries like Sri Lanka and Tibet.
Ayurveda is the “Veda”, the knowledge, wisdom or spiritual science of “ayur” life or longevity. Ayurveda was originally classified as a supplementary Veda (Upaveda), of which it is foremost. Other important branches of the Vedas include Vedangas or Limbs of the Vedas These are somewhat closer to the Vedas than the Upavedas, the most important of which is Vedic Astrology or Jyotish.
The practical side of Vedic science is the system of Yoga. Yoga develops the ideas of Vedic philosophy into the tools of the development of consciousness. Yoga is not merely about the asanas or Yogic postures but the entire science of meditation and enlightenment. Ayurveda therefore is the healing branch or medical side of the system of Yoga. The science of Ayurveda was perceived (not conceived) by the Yogis and seers (rishis). This enabled their bodies and minds maximum longevity for the pursuit of Yoga and enlightenment as well as the legitimate aims of life. Ayurveda is a gift of their hard work, wisdom and compassion.