Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV), New Delhi has been conducting the Interactive Workshops for students and young teachers in various subjects of Ayurveda in order to facilitate one-to-one discussions and clarifications on various issues related to teaching, practice and research by senior scholars and vaidyas.
This exciting series of interactive workshop between post-graduate students and undergraduate college teachers, and experts from various Ayurvedic specialities has reached 16th rung. This unique series is aimed at unravelling the scientific intricacies of Ayurvedic concepts, description of diseases, treatment principles etc. It is heartening to note that some of the explanations put forth in workshop books have been accepted by a majority of Ayurvedic fraternity. Many teachers are referring these books to decipher the hidden intellectual wealth of Ayurvedic texts and the commentaries thereon. Also these workshops have widened the horizon of knowledge of young researchers and PG scholars, who have sound fundamental scientific background.
This 16th workshop is related to the subject of Kriya Sharir. The subject spans from physiology of invisible (even with electron microscope) tanmatra to visible functions of gross human body. Stupendous and incredible work done by our professional ancestors in this field has become so much hazy with passing of time over thousands of years that in present time tanmatra, panchamahabhuta, dosha, dhatu, mala etc appear puzzling to many. However, for a curious scientific mind reading the ancient Ayurvedic texts with the help of knowledge of modern medicine and other sciences, a whole new fascinating and exhilarating world of life sciences opens where every inch of space has a potential for exploration. The feeling is fantastic; it appears that one has got jackpot when one dives through the ocean of the ancient books. The abyss has yet to be reached but this ocean is revealing mesmerizing scientific intricacies. The book covers theories of atma, human genome, bija-bijabhaga-bijabhagavayava to niceties of transformation of various dhatus in the body. It is impossible to cover all these subjects (related to kriyasharir or physiology) in two days. However, an attempt has been made by inviting several experts from different parts of India to give their opinions in this regard. This way an opportunity is being provided to known and unknown experts to voice their view, which will result in deciphering and proliferation of the knowledge to Ayurvedic as well as modern medical fraternity to help maintain the health and treat ailments of human beings.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India for encouraging to conduct such useful workshops. I also thank the President and other members of the Governing Body for their constant support in all the activities of RAV.
I thank Dr.Mrs.Sandhya Patel for her help in the preparation of this book and I appreciate the officials of RAV for their sincere efforts to achieve the goals set.
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