A Critical Review of Emergence of The Ayurvedic Tradition In Vedic Literature
Pallavi Varshney, Swastik Suresh
India is a land of wisdom. It has been gifted with intellectuals who in ancient times were called the rishis (sages) and are now called scientists. These intellectuals transmitted their knowledge orally, for many centuries from one generation to next, in verse form to aid memorization, before they were written down. No other living tradition can claim scriptures as numerous and ancient as those of India. The important amongst these are Vedas, Upanishads, Epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. These are the crowning glory of the Indian civilization. India rightly declares itself as the proud owner of an ancient living health science Ayurveda. The concepts described in this science are true as much today as they were in the olden days. This science too has its origin in the Vedas. The present study was conducted to briefly review the concepts of ayurveda mentioned in the Vedas and to study their effects on the modern humans. The classical texts were studied and analyzed in depth to find out when, how and in what form the science of healing emerged in the Vedic literature.