About Ayurveda

Introduction

Ayurveda is the world's most ancient and complete science of natural medicine. It provides a wealth of knowledge and time tested therapies to promote health in both mind and body. Ayurveda means "the science of life" and comes from the ancient Vedic tradition of India, where it has been practised for more than 5,000 years.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is widely regarded as the foremost scientist in the field of consciousness, and is considered to be the greatest teacher in the world today.

His Vedic Science and Technology, which unfolds the full potential of Natural Law in human consciousness as the basis of improving all areas of life, is regarded as the most effective programme of human resource development.

His technique of Transcendental Meditation™ is the most widely practised and extensively researched programme of self-development in the world. More than 600 scientific research studies conducted during the past thirty-nine years at over 200 independent universities and research institutes in 28 countries have validated the profound benefits of Maharishi's meditation technique.

Maharishi is one of the most videotaped personalities in history. There are more than 14,000 hours of video and audio tape recordings of his lectures in all parts of the world. He has also completely restored the thousands-of-years-old scattered Vedic Literature, including Ayurveda, into a coherent and complete science of consciousness.

Maharishi Ayurveda

Centuries of neglect, and fragmentation however, led to a decline in Ayurveda until 1980, when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation™, gathered the foremost living exponents of ayurveda to enliven this age-old knowledge in its completeness and original purity.

Maharishi Ayurveda is Ayurveda restored in its totality, including the complete knowledge of the field of consciousness, and how the field of consciousness expresses itself in all the Laws of Nature governing human physiology.

The experts who worked with Maharishi included Dr VM Dwivedi - world renowned authority on ayurvedic herbal rasayanas, Dr Balraj Maharishi - expert in Ayurvedic plants and their effects, and Dr BD Triguna - greatest Ayurvedic physician and scholar in India.

Dr. Triguna has been personal physician to the Indian Prime Minister, and presided as President of the All India Ayurveda Congress - the authority on Ayurveda in India. Maharishi Ayurveda™ is complete ayurveda, in accordance with the ancient texts.

Maharishi Ayurveda is prevention-oriented, free from harmful side-effects and capable of treating disease at its source. It can legitimately claim to be both scientific and truly holistic, employing 20 systematic approaches to health from the angles of mind, body, behaviour and environment. MAV therapies do not conflict with either conventional or complementary methods, so they can be successfully employed alongside other systems of healing, if desired.

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Maharishi Gandharva Veda

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A breath-taking sunset, a panoramic mountain view or a waterfall in the woods can fill you with wonder and joy. The melodies of Gandharva Veda mirror this experience. If you could hear the frequencies of Nature, you would hear the sounds of Gandharva Veda music.

Each of these melodies (Ragas) traces the vibrations and pattern of a particular time of day. When you play a melody during the specified time period, it creates a natural balance and harmony in your awareness and in the environment, and through the particular quality (Rasa) of each Raga, characteristics such as greater courage, self-confidence, wisdom, and happiness are enlivened.

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Maharishi Jyotish

Maharishi Jyotish™ Program: The Maharishi Jyotish program - Maharishi Vedic Astrology - is a precious discipline of Maharishi Vedic Science™. It has been applied from time immemorial to help foresee and avert dangers, and is now available through the Maharishi Jyotish Consultation Service.

Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health

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Maharishi has continued to unfold the principles and practical programs of his Vedic Science, and has brought to light that each of the 40 areas of the Vedic literature has great benefit to health and human development. Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health takes advantage of all 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature to promote balance in mind, body, and environment.

For example, the various classical Ayurvedic texts, which focus on promoting balance in physiological functioning, are among the 40 aspects of Vedic Literature. In addition, the knowledge of how to establish balanced functioning of the mind based on full development of mental potential is found in the Yoga aspect of the Vedic Literature, and this knowledge is practically available in Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® programs.

The knowledge of how to create a healthy living and working environment is contained in the Sthapatya Veda aspect of the Vedic Literature. Maharishi Sthapatya VedaSM offers the practical knowledge and programs to design and construct buildings in harmony with Natural Law so that the individual and family enjoy maximum influence of good health from their home or in the workplace. The influence on health of the distant environment - the sun, moon, planets, and stars - is brought to light in the Jyotish aspect of the Vedic Literature. Maharishi JyotishSM provides precise calculations of various influences from the cosmic environment on the individual's health and on other aspects of life, and makes use of Maharishi Yagya procedures to avert negative influences that may be forthcoming.

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What Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health Offers:

Transcendental Meditation

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Transcendental Meditation™ (TM), founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is the single most effective technique available for gaining deep relaxation, eliminating stress, promoting health, increasing creativity and intelligence, and attaining inner happiness and fulfillment.

Practiced by 5 million people world-wide, Transcendental Meditation™ is a simple, natural, effortless technique. Its effectiveness has been validated by over 500 scientific studies at more than 200 independent research institutions in 30 countries. The Transcendental Meditation™ technique requires no belief or lifestyle change, is non-religious, is not time-consuming, and can be learned by anyone regardless of age or level of education.

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