Formation of Ayurveda


Formation of Ayurveda

          Brahman, remembering Ayurveda (the science of life) taught it to Prajãpati, he (Prajapati) in turn taught it to Aswin twins, they taught it to Indra, he taught it to Atri’s son (Atreya Punarvasu or Kria Atreya) and other sages, they taught it to Agnivea and others and they (agnivea and other disciples) composed treatises, each one separately.

           The above is a brief narration of origin of Ayurvcda according to Caraka samhitã, a sutra account of it is furnished here
“Lord Brabman, recalling to his mind the science of life, taught it to Daksa (Prajãpati) he taught it to Asvin twins, who in their turn taught to India-the king of th. gods. When diseases began to trouble the human beings, the great sages of the world, assembled in the slopes of the Himalaya mountains, and resolved to learn the science of Ayurveda from Indra and bring it to the world for the benefit of living beings. But who would undertake this difficult task of going to heaven and learn the science from Indra? Sage Bharadvaja, one of the participants of the assembled, volume. Bharadvãja went to Indral abode, learnt the science from him, came back to earth and propounded it to the assenbly. Ksia Atreya also known as Punarvasu treya, son of sage Arti, taught this science to six of his disciples, Agnivea, Bhela, Jatukara, Parasara, Hãrita and Ksarapäni. Each one of them wrote a treatise and placed them before their teacher atreya and the assembly of the sages. The treatise of Agnivea was adjudged as the best and was praised even by the gods. It became popular in the world.” (Caraka samhitã, Sütrasthana. Chapter—1.)

              The teachings of  Atreya deals mainly with Kãyacikitsä (inner medicine) which is one among the eight branches of Ayurveda, this school is popularly known as Atreya sarnpraddya or Kãyacikitsa. The treatise written by Agnivea is available today not in its original form but in its revised version. known as Caraka Samhitã because it was redacted (re-edited) by Caraka muni for the first time. It underwent a second redaction from the pen of Dradabala. Modern scholars assign Krsiiätrcya and Agnivea to 6th-5th cent. B. C.; Caraka muni to 2nd cent. A. D. and Dr4habala to 4th cent, A. D.




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