Ayurveda and the Mind with Vasant Lad, BAMS, MASc, AD
Location: Redwood Room
Charaka speaks a great deal about the mind, body and spirit. He says Sattvam atma sharirancha triyam etat tridandavat, Sattvam the mind, atman the conscious principle, and shriram the physical body. This mind, body and consciousness, is the foundation of life, the unity of life. Charaka says the mind, body, and consciousness are bridged together by prana. Whatever changes happen in prana, they can be revealed in the mind, and whatever changes happen in the mind, they can influence prana. Prana is the life force and manas is the mind, they go together. The mind is derived from pure sattvic quality and without the mind; neither the body nor prana can operate. What is mind? Mind is the flow of thought. And what is thought? Thought is the response of memory. And what is memory? Memory is accumulated knowledge and experience. From accumulated knowledge and experience, thought comes and the flow of the thought is the mind. Just as we have a physical constitution with vata, pitta and kapha, we have a psychological constitution, manas prakruti, with sattva rajas and tamas. We will explore this wonderful wisdom of Ayurveda and the mind in a practical, clinical way which is the foundation of Ayurvedic psychology.