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2.1 Ayurveda Is Based on Understanding of Prana


The secret of unlocking the practical application of Ayurveda in everyday life is to understand that ever-elusive, ever-present force - prana. Prana is the source of al manifested matter, and it is important to understand its actual role in the manifestation. Ayurveda is primarily a pranic system of medicine. The basis of the constitutional methodology in Ayurveda rests with the five elements, or five states of matter. These five material states (explained in chapter 3) originate from prana. Therefore, by understanding prana one can understand the primary basis for the Ayurvedic perception.


Prana has many names in the Vedic tradition: Vayu, Vata, Varat, Hiranyagarbha, Shakti, Prakruti, and even Purusha. Innumerable systems of philosophy developed out of the Vedic tradition and often use different terms to describe the same concept, or use the same term to mean very different concepts. These differences confuse Westerners who do not understand Sanskrit. However, prana is worshipped as the cause of life and death, as the God of Gods, as the force which maintains life, as life itself. Prana is synonymous with life.


Prana is the cosmic principle of movement or energy. It seen as the underlying cause of all the manifestation. Prana is the most subtle element of existence; yet it is the most apparent in its manifestation around us. Prana em-powers all other forces in the universe, everything else is depend on it, even creation itself. Prana is eternal movement, empowering the ever-changing cosmos.


The god Vayu is the eternal cause of the universe. He brings existence as well as destruction to all living beings. He causes happiness and misery. He is the god of death, controller, Lord of creatures . . . . He possesses innumerable forms. He can move everywhere, and is responsible for all actions and thoughts. He is subtle and omnipresent. He is the Lord Vishnu. He has permeated the whole universe. The god Vayu alone has the above distinctive features.





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