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    20 Quotes From Ancient Ayurveda

    Ayurveda is reportedly several thousands of years old and if you know anything about this ancient medical science, you probably know that it’s full of profound wisdom. Let’s take a look at some classical Ayurveda quotes and their meanings.

    Or perhaps you know that it utilizes body types or constitutions to assist in determining one’s state of health. Or maybe you’ve knowingly or unknowingly seen some Ayurveda quotes already.

    Regardless of what you know or don’t know about Ayurveda, you’re here, and if you’re looking for Ayurveda, you’re in the right place.

    Awareness of the world around you and within you is one aspect of life that Ayurveda will teach you.

    Especially once you know your constitution. When you know your body type, you’ll discover a whole new world of insight on your digestion, how to eat right for your constitution, the laws of nature and how to honor your personal health needs with balance.

    You’ll learn that what’s right for you is not necessarily right for someone else. And you’ll discover how to maintain a balance of your life energies or doshas, because, in Ayurveda, balance is health.

    Ayurveda Quotes From The Classical Texts

    If you dive further into studying Ayurveda, you’ll see that the ancient Ayurvedic texts are revered for their profound rules for living – to promote health as well as how to fix a diseased state of health.

    Ayurveda is India’s ancient, natural medical system and it’s truly profound.

    The following quotes were taken from the ancient texts on Ayurveda.

    Esteemed by scholars around the world and studied by BAMS students (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) throughout India, these texts explain life in its entirety, the rules for living well and how to return to good health using the science of life.

    Enjoy these ancient Ayurveda quotes and if you have a question or want to share, please leave a comment below!

    1. The Science of Life

    prakriti, vikriti

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 1, verse 41

    हिताहितं सुखं दुःखमायुस्तस्य हिताहितम्
    मानं  तच्च यत्रोक्तमायुर्वेदः  उच्यते||४१|| 

    Hitahitam sukham dukhamayustasya hitahitam
    Maanam cha tacha yatrokatmayurvedah sa uchyate

    Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda gives remedies for…
    Hitayu – an advantageous life
    Ahita Ayu – a disadvantageous life
    Sukhayu – a happy state of health and mind
    Ahitayu – an unhappy state of health and mind.

    It also explains what is good and bad for life and how to measure life.

     

    2. No Life Without Ojas

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 30, verse 9

    वर्तयन्ति प्रीणिताः सर्वदेहिनः [ | 
    यदृते सर्वभूतानां जीवितं नावतिष्ठते|||| 

    Vartyanti pidhitaah sarvadehinah,yadhyte sarvbhutaanaam jivitam na-avtishthete

    Ojas keeps all living beings nourished and refreshed.
    There can be no life without Ojas.

    Ojas is a quantifiable liquid in the body, responsible for overall health, energy and liveliness. It is both a mental and physical factor, the essence of all the body tissues.

     

    3. To Maintain + To Heal

    Charaka Sutrasthana, Chapter 30, verse 26

    प्रयोजनं चास्य स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्यरक्षणमातुरस्य विकार प्रशमनंच||२६||
    Prayojanaṃ cāsya svasthasya svāsthyarakṣaṇamāturasya vikārapraśamanaṃ

    The utility of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy individual and heal the disease of the sick.

     

    4. On The Power of Digestion

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 28, verse 342

    बलमारोग्यमायुश्च प्राणाश्चाग्नौ प्रतिष्ठिताः
    अन्नपानेन्धनैश्चाग्निर्ज्वलति व्येति चान्यथा  ||३४२|| 

    Balamarogyamayushcha pranashchangnau
    pratishthita,annapanendhanaishchagnirjwalati vyeti chanyatha

    Strength, health, longevity and vital breath are dependent upon the power of digestion including metabolism. When supplied with fuel in the form of food and drinks, this power of digestion is sustained; it dwindles when deprived of it. 

     

    5. On Unwholesome Substances

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 26, verse 84

    यत् किञ्चिद्दोषमास्राव्य   निर्हरति कायतः
    आहारजातं तत् सर्वमहितायोपपद्यते||८५|| 

    Yet kinchitdoshmaasravyam na nirharati kayatah, aharjaatamtat sarvamhitayopapadhyate

    All drugs and diets which dislodge the various Doshas from their proper place, but do not expel them out of the body are to be regarded as unwholesome. 

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    6. On The Three Basic Pursuits

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 11, verse 3

    इह खलु पुरुषेणानुपहतसत्त्वबुद्धिपौरुषपराक्रमेण हितमिह चामुष्मिंश्च लोके समनुपश्यता तिस्र एषणाः पर्येष्टव्या भवन्ति
    तद्यथा– प्राणैषणाधनैषणापरलोकैषणेति|||| 

    Eh khalu purushenanupahatsatvabudhipaurushparakramen hitmih chamushmimshcha loke samnupashyata tisra aiyeshnah paryeshtavya bhavanti

    Tadhyata- pranyeshna, dhanyeshna, parlokyeshnayti

    The 3 basic pursuits of life
    A person of normal mental faculty, intelligence, strength, and energy, has to seek three basic desires of life….
    Praneshana – the desire to live,
    Dhaneshana – the desire to earn, 
    Paralokeshana – the desire to have a superior position after death

     

    7. All Can Be Divided Into Two

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 11, verse 17

    द्विविधमेव खलु सर्वं सच्चासच्चतस्य चतुर्विधा परीक्षा– आप्तोपदेशःप्रत्यक्षम्अनुमानंयुक्तिश्चेति||१७|| 

    Dwidhameva khalu sarvam sacchasachh, tasya chaturvidha pariksha – Aaptopdeshah, Pratyaksham, Anumanam, Yuktishcheti

    All things of the universe can be divided into two.
    Sat – true / existent
    Asat – untrue / non existent

    These can be examined by means of  –
    Aptopadesha – scriptural testimony (words of enlightened, realized souls),
    Pratyaksha – direct perception using the sense organs,
    Anumana – inference, or guessing with reason,
    Yukti – reasoning with intelligence. 

     

    8. The 3 Supports of Life

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 11, verse 35

    त्रय उपस्तम्भा इति-आहारःस्वप्नोब्रह्मचर्यमितिएभिस्त्रिभिर्युक्तियुक्तैरुपस्तब्धमुपस्तम्भैः शरीरं 
    बलवर्णोपचयोपचितमनुवर्ततेयावदायुःसंस्कारात् संस्कारमहितमनुपसेवमानस्य  ,  इहैवोपदेक्ष्यते||३५|| 

    Triya Upstambha iti- Aaharah, swapno, brahmacharyamiti, aibhistribhiryuktiyuktairupstabdhamupastambhayai shariram balvarnopchayopachitamnuvartateyaavadayu sanskaraat samskaramhitanupsevamanasya ya ihaivopdekshyate

    The three supports of life are the following.

    • Ahara – food
    • Nidra – sleep
    • Brahmacharya moderation of sexual intercourse (neither very frequently nor infrequent)

    Healthy habits pertaining to food, sleep, and celibacy leads to good complexion, growth and full health for the full span of one’s life.

     

    9. True Saviors of Life

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 11, verse 53

    प्रयोगज्ञानविज्ञानसिद्धिसिद्धाः सुखप्रदाः
    जीविताभिसरास्ते स्युर्वैद्यत्वं तेष्ववस्थितमिति||५३|| 

    Prayoggyanvighyansidhisidhah sukhpradah, jivitabhisraaste syurvaidhyatvam teshvavasthitamiti

    Those [practitioners] who are accomplished in the administration of therapies, insight, and knowledge of therapeutics, are endowed with infallible success and can bring happiness to the seeker. They are saviors of life.

     

    10. Health And Disease

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 9, verse 4

    विकारो धातुवैषम्यंसाम्यं प्रकृतिरुच्यते
    सुखसञ्ज्ञकमारोग्यंविकारो दुःखमेव |||| 

    Vikarodhatuvaishamayam, samyam prakritiruchyate, sukhsangyakamarogyam, vikarodukhmev cha

    Definition of health and disease:
    Any disturbance in the equilibrium of Dhatus (Tridosha, body tissues and waste products) is known as disease.
    The state of their equilibrium is health. Happiness indicates health and pain indicates disease.

     

     

    11. Urges You Should Suppress

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 7, verse 27

    लोभशोकभयक्रोधमानवेगान् विधारयेत्
    नैर्लज्ज्येर्ष्यातिरागाणामभिध्यायाश्च बुद्धिमान्||२७|| 

    Lobhshokbhyakrodhamaanvegaan vidharyet, nirlajjyeshyartiraganambhidhyaayaashcha buddhiman

    A wise person should suppress mental urges pertaining to the following.
    Lobha – greed

    • Shoka – grief
    • Bhaya – fear
    • Krodha – anger
    • Mana – vanity
    • Nairlajja – shamelessness
    • Irshya – jealousy
    • Atiraga – excessive desire
    • Abhidhyaya – ill will, malice

     

    12. On Speaking Wisely

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 7, verse 28

    परुषस्यातिमात्रस्यसूचकस्यानृतस्य
    वाक्यस्याकालयुक्तस्य धारयेद्वेगमुत्थितम्||२८|

    Parushyatimaatrasya suchakasyaanratasya cha, vakyasyaakaalyuktasya dharyedwagamuthitam

    In speaking, one should suppress the urges of…
    Parusha – speaking extremely harsh words,
    Atimatra – speaking excessively,
    Soochaka – backbiting,
    Anruta – lies,
    Akala Vakya – use of untimely words.

     

    13. The Many Benefits Of Exercise

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    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 16, verse 32

    लाघवं कर्मसामर्थ्यं स्थैर्यं दुःखसहिष्णुता  | 
    दोषक्षयोऽग्निवृद्धिश्च व्यायामादुपजायते||३२|| 

    Laghavam karmasaamarthyam sthyaram dukhasahishnutaa, doshakshyoagnivriddhishcha vyayamadupjaayate

    The right amount of exercise brings about…
    Laghavam – lightness in the body (and mind),
    Karmasaamrthyam – an increase in work capacity,
    Sthairyam – an increase in body stability,
    Dukha sahishunta – improvement in resistance to discomfort,
    Doshakshaya – a balance of the Tridosha,
    Agnivruddhi – improvement in strength of digestion.

     

    14. Foods To Eat Regularly

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 22, verse 12

    षष्टिकाञ्छालिमुद्गांश्च सैन्धवामलके यवान्
    आन्तरीक्षं पयः सर्पिर्जाङ्गलं मधु चाभ्यसेत्||१२|| 

    Shashtikayanchalimugdhashcha saidhavamlake yavaan, antariksham payam sarpirjaangalam madhu chabhyaseta

    One should regularly take shashtika (a kind of rice harvested in sixty days), shali (rice), mudga – green gram or Averrhoa carambola, rock saltamalaki (Amla – Emblica officinalis Gaertn), rainwater, ghee, meat of animals dwelling in arid climates and honey.

     

    15. The Tridanda – The Tripods Of Life

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 1, verse 46

    सत्त्वमात्मा शरीरं  त्रयमेतत्त्रिदण्डवत्
    लोकस्तिष्ठति संयोगात्तत्र सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितम्||४६|| 

    Satvaatma shaariram cha tryametatridandvat, lokastishthati sayogaattra sarvam pratishthitam

    The tripods of life are satva (mind), atma (soul) and shareera (body). The world is sustained by their combination. They constitute the basis for everything.

    This is known as Tridanda in Sanskrit.

     

    16. On Purity Of The Soul

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 1, verse 56

    निर्विकारःपरस्त्वात्मासत्त्वभूतगुणेन्द्रियैः
    चैतन्ये कारणं नित्यो द्रष्टा पश्यति हि क्रियाः||५६|| 

    Nirvikarah parsatvaatama satvabhutgunendriyai, chaitanye karnam nityo drishta pashyati hi kriya

    The soul is essentially devoid of all deformities. The soul is the cause of consciousness through the mind and the specific qualities of the basic elements (touch, shape, smell, taste and sound). He is eternal. He is an observer. He observes all activities. 

     

    17. On Medicines And Poisons

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 24, verse 126

    योगादपिविषंतीक्ष्णमुत्तमं भेषजं भवेत्
    भेषजं चापि दुर्युक्तं तीक्ष्णं सम्पद्यते विषम्||१२६|| 

    Yogaadapi visham tikshmuttam bheshajam bhavet, bheshjam chaapi duryuktam tiksham sampadhyate visham

    Even an acute poison can become an excellent drug if it is properly administered. On the other hand, even a drug, if not properly administered, becomes an acute poison.

     

    18. On Similarities And Differences

    Charaka Sutra Sthana, Chapter 26, verse 45

    सामान्यमेकत्वकरंविशेषस्तु पृथक्त्वकृत्
    तुल्यार्थता हि सामान्यंविशेषस्तु विपर्ययः||४५||

    Samanyamekatvakaram,visheshstu prathakatvakrit, tulyartha hi samanayam, visheshastu viparyaye

    Theory of Similarities and Differences –
    Common features and characteristics lead to growth.
    Differences or specialties in characteristics lead to division and degeneration or depletion.

     

    19. How Much Food To Eat

    Charaka Vimana Sthana, Chapter 2, verse 3

    त्रिविधं कुक्षौ स्थापयेदवकाशांशमाहारस्याहारमुपयुञ्जानः
    तद्यथा– एकमवकाशांशं मूर्तानामाहारविकाराणाम्एकं द्रवाणाम्एकंपुनर्वातपित्तश्लेष्मणाम्
    एतावतीं ह्याहारमात्रामुपयुञ्जानो नामात्राहारजं किञ्चिदशुभं प्राप्नोति|||| 

    Trividhaṃ kukṣau sthāpayedavakāśāṃśamāhārasyāhāramupayuñjānaḥ; tadyathā- ekamavakāśāṃśaṃ mūrtānāmāhāra vikārāṇām, ekaṃ dravāṇām, ekaṃ punarvāta pitta śleṣmaṇām; etāvatīṃ hyāhāramātrāmupayuñjāno nāmātrāhārajaṃ kiñcidaśubhaṃ prāpnoti

    Stomach capacity is divided into 3 parts:
    One part is filled with solid food,
    The second part with liquids and
    The third part is left for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
    One who takes food with due regard to this principle does not fall victim to harmful effects that arise out of food taken in improper quantity.

     

    20. The Definition Of A Healthy Person

    Sushruta Sutra, Chapter 15, verse 41

    समदोषः  समाग्निश्च समधातुमलक्रियः | 
    प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमनाः स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते ||४१|| 

    Samadosha Samagnishcha Sama Dhata Mala Kriya. Prassanna atma indriya manah swastha iti abhideyate

    An individual that maintains a balanced state of the main elements of the body (including dosha and dhatu), adequate digestion (agni), proper excretion (mala kriya), blissful condition of soul (atma), satisfied senses (indriyan) and a happy state of mind (manas) is called a swasthya or healthy person.

    If you would like to learn more about Ayurveda and how it can positively impact your health and wellness, check out Cate Stillman’s course ‘Modern Ayurveda’ below.

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    We hope you enjoyed these Ayurveda quotes, all of which were taken from the ancient classical texts. Want more Ayurveda quotes? Let us know in the comments below!

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    November 23, 2023

    These quotes are really amazing and interesting to read. I am going to save this post and going to share with my team.

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