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AYURVEDIC PHILOSOPHY

In the West, a common first association with Ayurveda is wellness, creams and soothing massages. Only a small, but growing, percentage of the population understands, or is coming to understand, the true complexity and comprehensive nature of Ayurveda.

  • Those who study Ayurveda today are usually searching for a greater sense of well-being, self-understanding or spiritual growth. So it is no surprise that Ayurveda has an increasing number of adherents world-wide and that, after more than 5000 years of development, it is experiencing a new renaissance.

    The goal of Ayurveda is the restoration and maintainance of physical, mental and spiritual health. Ayurveda promotes spiritual growth. Thus, it cannot be reduced to isolated topics, such as wellness or healthy eating. These ancient teachings contain a perfected knowledge of the body, diagnosis, therapeutic methods, pharmacology, etc., as well as a comprehensive understanding of spirituality in relation to the material world, the causes of suffering, how to move beyond suffering, and how to attain a permanent state of happiness.

  • Ayurveda is much more than is generally peddled by Western advertising. Ayurveda is more than a wellness weekend in an approved and highly-organised luxury hotel. Ayurveda is more than an evening class in meditation. Ayurveda is more than a processed wellness drink or a packaged tea bag. Ayurveda is more than an Indian holiday in Goa.

    Ayurveda deals with nutrition, medicine, yoga, massage and Tantra. Its highest goal is the energetic balancing, on all levels, of a human being and his or her relationship to the environment and the natural world.

    This holistic view of human life and our environment makes Ayurveda particularly relevant in the fight against the modern diseases of contemporary society.

WELLNESS FOR BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT

  • Our courses are frequently attended by people who are experiencing, or are recovering from, burnout. This illness holds a mirror to the imbalance in Western society. The Western way of life is characterised by division and fragmentation. Mind, body and spirit are separated from each other and distorted by countless factors. The body is subject to an almost pathological ideal of beauty, is honed in gyms, and, for most people, serves as a projection screen for their own ego. Meanwhile, the spirit is tied, almost round the clock, to one's job. Prepare for the next meeting while jogging; quickly check the e-mails before bed; finalise contracts over lunch or dinner; and all the while exposed to a constant stream of electronic background noise from the radio or television. The soul is burdened by excessive, meaningless consumerism, stressed by expectations of relationships and generally looks for affirmation in external, rather than internal, events. An ayurvedic principle: no “fire” can burn whilever body, mind and spirit are disconnected.

    The goal of Ayurveda is to establish a balance between all these factors. This requires us to focus on ourselves; to re-kindle and maintain the fire within us; to live in the Here and Now, in this moment. The unity of body, mind and soul is the basis for a healthy and happy life.

  • Whilst in India, Nicky Sitaram Sabnis made a comprehensive study of Old Indian teachings and philosophy. As a result of these studies he was able to extend and deepen the Vedic rules of nutrition. Now, in turn, readers and course participants can benefit from his comprehensive Vedic knowledge.

    Clearly, one cannot live entirely by ayurvedic rules and principles while living in the West. However, there are many aspects of the teachings that an individual can observe and which can benefit his or her life even within a short space of time.

    As a chef, Nicky Sitaram Sabnis has devoted himself to disseminating the ayurvedic teachings on/about nutrition. His great wish, here in his chosen homeland, is to help people profit from his knowledge and to play his part in making the world a better place.

    It is not a question of rules, commandments and prohibitions. It is about possibilities, experience and self-reflection. We invite you to go on a voyage of self-discovery with Ayurveda.

“Take pleasure in your inner strengths, for it is these that make you whole and holy.”

Hippocrates