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OF VEDIC KNOWLEDGE
Ayurveda in India does not have the respect or support due it or
necessary to sustain its proper facilities and practices. Like other
Vedic teachings it is looked upon as out of date rather than as a
form of eternal knowledge.
I began to write a series of books on Ayurveda and
also introduced courses in it. With several colleagues we helped
found Ayurvedic schools in the West and developed educational
material for them. I watched Ayurveda grow rapidly from an obscure
foreign healing system to a common part of alternative medicine in
the West. I was also surprised to see how readily Ayurveda led
people to other aspects of Hindu and Vedic dharma, perhaps even more
so than the study of Yoga did.
Many Western Ayurvedic students
are connecting with Hindu deities like Ganesha and Hanuman or Shiva
and Durga. They are usingmantras and pujas as part of their
practices and for the preparation of medicines. Through
Ayurveda a Vedic and yogic life-style is gradually being introduced
to theWest. Vedic concepts like Agni and Vayu are gaining
recognition for insight into health both physical and mental as well
as for understanding yogic practices. Such a practical Vedic basis
willeventually draw people to all aspects of Vedic science.