Resources: Ayurveda research

a. Pubmed Indexed journals on Ayurveda
Pubmed is an archive of scientific publications of a certain standard maintained by the National Institute of Health’s National Library of Medicine.

i. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
published by Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bengaluru

ii. Ayu
published by Gujarat Ayurveda University, Jamnagar

iii. International Journal of Ayurvedic Research
Published by the Department of AYUSH, Government of India
(discontinued due to lack of funds)

b. Ayurveda research database

DHARADigital Helpline for Ayurveda Research Articles
Other Ayurveda journals not indexed with Pubmed, are indexed by DHARA
AVP Research Foundation,Coimbatore develops and maintains this while it is funded by CCRAS, Dept of AYUSH, Govt of India

c. International resources

Ayurveda Journal of Health, a USA based quarterly publication

More links & resources to follow! Recommendations welcome.

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Resources: Scratching beneath the surface

a. Original Charak Samhita with verse by verse translation

Agnivesha, Charaka Samhita, revised by Charaka and Dhridabala. English translation by P. M. Mehta, vol 1-5,
Published by Gulabkuverba Ayurved Society, Jamnagar.

b. For technical logic of medicinal interventions in Ayurveda

Gogte V.M. Ayurvedic pharmacology and therapeutic use of medicinal plants. Bhavan’s Swami Prakashananda Ayurvedic Research Centre; Mumbai: 2000.
Available from Chaukhambha publication, 2009

c. For bridging Ayurveda and modern medicine

Lele RD. Ayurveda and Modern medicine. 2nd edition, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, 2001

Resources: An Introduction to Ayurveda

Self healing experiences are the best introductions to Ayurveda. The list below comes second.

a. An insightful book to understand the heart of Ayurveda for personal choices
Prakruti – Robert Svoboda is warm, insightful read inspired from his personal experiences and uncommon insights

b. A comprehensive, well structured, detailed view of the entire field: Ayurveda encyclopedia

c. An overview of the classical core texts

Written by a cardiac surgeon, Dr.M.S.Valiathan, it represents short summaries of each chapter of every section in these classical treatises.
Legacy of Charak
Legacy of Sushruta
Legacy of Vagbhatta

We will selectively expand this list. Do share more inspiring introductions that you may have come across!

Surrender: A prayer of Swami Ramakrishna to the Mother

Surrender

Swami Ramkrishna, the self realized teacher of Swami Vivekanand

I surrender, O Mother, all of myself at your feet,
May in my heart eternally play your remembrance sweet.
I crave not for indulgences, nor fame, nor accomplishments
I pray only that my heart flow incessantly in your love .
May a renewed, greedless, untainted, pure love kindle,
O Mother of the Universe! Let my heart just chant in that love.

I have witnessed the illusion of this dazzling golden world,
O! please be watchful that this ignorant child of yours does not lose its way.
That he doesn’t forget you! O Mother, guard him closely
May no lust and greed, ever poison him as he lives on.
He knows not that without you, there is no support
You alone are the Mother, make me fearless with your gentle watch.

I know not how to chant your pure and sweet name,
I Have neither devotion nor intellect to guide me to your Lotus feet!
Nor do I possess a deep, true love that fills all of my being,
An incomplete me, is lost in playing to some random tunes.
Embrace me now, with your heart-filling love
In the radiance of your grace, may endless blessings flow!

Translated from Bengali to Gujarati by Sri.Makrand Dave, a poet seer
Translated from Gujarati to English by Namyata Pathak-Gandhi, an amateur

(PS. The path of Surrender forms the backbone of many Eastern philosophies. Reminds me of an anecdote: A man was traveling on a train and decided to carry his suitcase on the head. A fellow passenger asked him what he was upto. He said he was trying to reduce the burden on the train!

Surrender is an attitudinal choice which enables a happy and healthy life for some individuals.)

When is it a good time to eat?

tea time

Meal timings are being debated a great deal − ‘Breakfast like a king’ or ‘Eat every two hours’ are the many schools of thought.

Ayurveda suggests to follow the cue of appetite. ‘Eat when you are hungry’ and each time, satiate only 2/3rd of your appetite.

Our appetite is the culmination of the state of our ‘agni’ – the multilevel internal fire which keeps us functioning as biological systems. Protecting and restoring health are revolved around the fulcrum of agni in Ayurveda. It gets easily influenced by foods, seasons, behaviour, exercise, emotional states, personal constitution. Just like fire, if we feed it too much it can ‘douse’ off, and if we donot feed it can consume what it can find and emaciate us. If we feed it just right, it nourishes us, replenishes us and becomes an enabler for our life and works.

This is the critical difference between conventional nutrition guidelines and Ayurveda. The gastro-intestinal tract is not just a food processing unit. Its ‘current state’ must be respected for healthy meal decisions.

In general, the larger meals are proposed in the first half of the day when agni is naturally high, particularly between 10 am to 2 pm.