Joining Date: 2009-02-03
The first two lines of the Ashtanga Hridayam chanted by Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath: “Ragadirogan satatanushaktan ashesha kaya prasrutan aseshan // Autsukya moharatitanjaghana yo apurva vaidyaya namostu tasmaihi”
Translation: Homage be to that Pioneer Physician who eliminated the entire diseases such as Raga (desires/attachments), whichever shadows life, which are integral parts of living beings, and which are causes for Autsuya (anxiety), Moha (confusion) and Arati (restlessness)
These first two lines of the Ashtanga Hridayam are an invocation to the unique Vaidya, or healer, within us all. The concept of this healer can be expanded to the cosmic consciousness - the source of everything, individualized in the healing entities in every being, created from there and merging there. With these lines, we are invoking that unique Vaidya from the entire cosmos, and internalizing it. We are the reflection of that unique Vaidya. Every being is a reflection of the entire cosmic consciousness. So while we invoke the universal healer, the cosmic healer, we invoke the individual healer within us.
In a gurukulam parappuram - a student staying with the guru, or teacher - it is mentioned that these two lines takes about 4 to 6 months to explain. Each word contains such profound knowledge!
The “raga” mentioned in this verse refers to the human emotions which can influence our decisions, and ultimately our health. They are the root of every human suffering, and are always there - was there, is there and will be there. Raga not only influence our body and our mind, but all of the layers of our existence, creating the imbalances at all levels - mental, physical, emotional, social. We chant these lines to summon that unique Vaidya to guide us in eradicating all these sufferings. In our study of Ayurveda, we are always going to that unique Vaidya.
If you wish to study more from the Ashtanga Hridayam, learn more about our upcoming live streamed series beginning next Feb: https://www.facebook.com/events/365159307361246/
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