Ayurveda Day is being celebrated around the world on October 25 as a global initiative to promote and preserve the health science of Ayurveda. Ayurveda embodies the principles of natural and sustainable living, and this day is aimed to promote the UN-WHO Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages) by raising awareness about the strong role that Ayurveda can play in the realization of SDG 3.
"AYURVEDA" is made up of two words-Ayuh and Veda. Ayuh means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Thus "AYURVEDA’ in totality means ‘Science of life, More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life. It incorporates all aspects of life, whether physical, psychological, spiritual or social. What is beneficial and what is harmful to life, what happy life is and what is sorrowful life; all these four questions and life span allied issues, “in Ayurveda. It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed “science of life “, which continues to be one of the world’s most cultured and influential mind-body health systems.
The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda
1. The mind and the body are indissolubly connected
2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind
Freedom from disease depends upon intensifying our awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body. A complete mind-body connection.
Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as the prevention of disease, promotion of health, and its preservation are concerned. Lifestyle rules mentioned in Ayurveda texts, if applied rigorously give definite results. Lifestyle-related diseases, drug abuse, degenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, and certain metabolic and allergic disorders are well manageable with Ayurveda techniques and medicaments.
Ayurveda is perceived as one of the most ancient and well-documented systems of medicine equally relevant in modern times. Its holistic approach whether for healthy individuals or diseased ones remains unparalleled. Prevention of disease and promotion of health is the main aim of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanvantari is considered as divine propagator of Ayurveda. He is conferred with the virtues of granting health and wealth. Therefore, Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for the celebration of Ayurveda Day, which this year falls on Friday, October 25.