I would like to share with you my feelings that led me to write this book on Padartha Vijnana.
I joined BAMS in 1977. All the subjects in the first years of the course were totally new to me and also to all my classmates. We all studied subjects like Botany and Zoology from our high school level. As we went higher and higher in our education we learnt more and more of those subjects in detail. As there was foundation from school level we didn’t feel uncomfortable with those subjects.
But none of the Ayurvedic subjects were taught in any of the schools or junior colleges. (For many of you, even the Sanskrit language may be totally new). Naturally, I could not easily learn the new subjects with full of new terminology. In addition, we hardly had any simple and interesting textbook. I had a very difficult time and even thought of leaving the course and do some other graduation. (Today, ofcourse, I am very proud of being an Ayurvedic physician and whatever I am today, it is because of graduation in Ayurveda). At that time I had decided that I should take up teaching line in Ayurveda and generate interest in the subject to the students.
Surprisingly I got a chance to teach Padartha Vijnana (subject that made me feel miserable in my first year of BAMS) for the first years in Ayurvedic College in Chennai. I could successfully fulfill my dream of creating interest in my students in this (considered to be) fairly dry subject. None of my students were either afraid of the subjects or of the final exams in the subject. Every years I taught the subject I could produce 98% success in the subject.
My students were forced to follow only may notes for the subject, as there were no textbooks on Padartha Vijnana in English covering the syllabus suitable for students. They started asking me to write a book on Padartha Vijnana. This book is the result of such continuous suggestions.
All the topics covered in this subject, Padrtha Vijnana help you through out your degree course, in learning Ayurvedic anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, treatment etc. So develop interest in the subject and learn thoroughly. This subject is the gateway of Ayurveda.
This book is written keeping in view of your syllabus. Although this book is good enough for your exams, I advise you to read the original texts, wherever there are references to get the complete feel of the subject. I hope all of you will find this book useful in understanding the subject and getting through the examination successfully.
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