Ayurveda’s Branches

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Ayurveda is the oldest health science on Earth. It has eight branches – Rasayana is one of them. Ayurveda (‘ayur’ means science and ‘veda’ means life) deals with measuring, transforming and revitalizing all of the inner energies that sustain a healthy life. Rasayana works with the most vital of these energies. ‘Rasa’ is essence and ‘ayana’ is the path – path of our essence. Self-checking and correcting at this vital level was a daily practice for the ancient yogis of ‘Humanitaria’ (the geographical area now containing Persia, India and Burma). This practice maintained their perfect health into very old age, as a matter of fact there was only slight aging even when living past 100 years.

Checking on one’s vitality has been completely lost in today’s obsessive pursuit of objects, resources and concepts. The game, in the “modern” world, has become dedicated to feeding the body and the intellect and accomplishing their many goals of external measure. In fact, we are not living within an experience of life; but rather an empty bubble, an intellectual concept of life. We are not connecting to our essence at all anymore. We are not on a path of happiness, but on one of disruption, disease, disappointment and distrust. This madness is craving our vitality like a parasite – it pursues a highly developed and complex misconception of value. We have lost our inner sense, the infinite nature of innocence. We have lost true value.

Now is the time to make the move and counter this obsession that measures value through accumulation. We are not the squirrels or the crows that must line our nests; we are the humans who, if we use our system properly, are capable of appreciating the pure joy that comes with this essence.

We are the stewards of life; let us actually begin to live as such. ‘Hu’ means light and ‘man’ means mind. Let us use this power of the mind and shed its light on every circumstance. Let us derive the most prosperous outcome from each moment. This is the role of a steward.

This is rasa-ayana, the path of pure essence – the true value of human existence. This is the angle that meets and triangulates ‘nature’s law’ – “for every action there is an equal reaction” – and turns this law into the fruition of compassion and cooperation, not competition and destruction.

This is your role – your opportunity as a person of consciousness, it is high time to live in it.