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  • An Introduction to Ayurveda by MS Valiathan

    Ayurveda, or the science of long life, is the ancient system of medicine that had been widely practised in the Indian subcontinent for several centuries.  Although the term itself does not find mention in Vedic or Buddhist texts, the principles and practices of Ayurveda were developed from systematic study and practice as embodied in the early Vedic texts to the celebrated Samhitas of Brhatrayee and the remarkable Buddhist influence in between.  It is this exciting journey that Dr Valiathan retraces in An Introduction to Ayurveda.  The book seeks to acquaint the readers with the evolution of Ayurveda from being a faith-based system to what is now regarded as a reason-based one.  It covers the important branches of Ayurveda, the techniques and instruments that were developed and used.  The education and training that was planned for aspiring practitioners are also discussed in lucid and accessible language.

    Dr MS Valiathan is a noted cardiac surgeon and his long distinguished medical career consists of many accomplishments, including devising a new type of heart valve.  He has been involved in the comparative study of systems of medicine, especially Ayurveda as the National Research Professor at Manipal University.  He is the author of the well-known Legacy series on the three pillars of Ayurveda – the Brhatrayee – Charaka, Sushruta and Vagbhata.


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  • Bhagavad-gita As It Is

    The definitive English edition of Bhagavad-Gita.  A masterpiece of scriptural literature, Bhagavad-Gita is a sacred “song” in the form of a battlefield dialogue between the Lord Sri Krsna and Arjuna, His friend and disciple.  Krsna, acting as Arjuna’s advisor, instructs him in the science of self-realization, teaching him how to live as a devotee of the Lord and to thus reach the eternal spiritual world while continuing to perform his earthly duties.  Unlike other editions of the Gita, this one is presented as it is – without the slightest taint of adulteration or personal motivation.  Containing the original Sanskrit text, Roman transliteratins, English synonyms, translation and commentary, Bhagavad-Gita As It Is is the most complete and authoritative transmission of this timeless scripture in print and the only one that does not obscure the true spirit of Krsna’s teachings.


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    The Complete Ayurvedic Cookbook
    5th Edition – Acidify and Live – an Ayurvedic Alkaline Diet

    By Jay D. Mulder B.Hlth.Sc.
    Cert. Ayurveda, Dip. Nutr., Dip. Herb.
    Member, Australian Traditional Medicine Society & Australasian Ayurvedic Practitioner Assocition

    Great knowledge and the essential Ayurvedic receipes.

    You might pose the question: ‘The Complete Ayurvedic Cookbook’, so small how can it be complete?

    Complete in the sense of being essential and dealing with the heart of Ayurvedic cooking such as the philosophical concept of tridosha or harmony, the cooking technique of chauncing and the unique concept of wholesomeness according to Caraka 600BC.”
    Jay D. Mulder.

    The Ayurvedic physician begins the cure of disease by arranging the diet that is to be followed by the patient.  Ayurvedic physicians rely so much on diet that it is declared that all diseases can be cured by following dietetic rules carefully along with the proper herbal supplements; but if a patient does not attend to his diet a hundred good medicines will not cure him.”
    Charaka Samhita 1.41 – Ayurvedic text written 600BC


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