Origin of Ayurveda

 

 

 


It is not easy to say as to who was the founder of this science of Ayurveda. According to all authentic classics, the science was first conceptualized by Lord Brahma, (the creator of this universe) who looked into the agonies of human beings as well as the other animals and thought of curing them by the means and measure available on the earth.

This knowledge of curing the illness or the science of life is reported to have been passed down the line to four celestial personalities in following order:

From Lord Brahma To Lord Daksha Prajapati (Preservator)
From Lord Daksha Prajapati To Lord Ashwinou (Celestial Physician)
From Lord Ashwinou To Lord Indra (Celestial King of clouds and heaven)
From Lord Indra to saintly physicians who were human prodigies.

Till the level of Lord Indra, there appears to be an agreement in the opinions of all major textbooks. Hereafter, Ayurveda appears to have descended through saintly physicians who disseminated the knowledge of their speciality subjects in their own ways for the welfare of mankind.

The reason to accept this theory is that the writer of all the three major textbooks states that their preceptors obtained the lessons of Ayurveda directly from Lord Indra. This makes us to infer that Lord Indra who could have been a great physician with divine powers and must have passed on the knowledge of different branches of Ayurveda, on different occasions to different scholars. These scholars must have established their specialized schools of learning and in turn taught the same to their disciples.

A close look into the revelations made in major treatises are as follows:

TREATISE

PERIOD

SUBJECT

AUTHOR / PRECEPTOR

PREACHER

Charak Samhita

1500 B.C.

General Medicine

Agnivesha / Punarvasu Atreya

INDRA

Sushruta Samhita

1500 B.C.

Surgery and ENT eye

Sushruta / Divodas Dhanvantari

INDRA

Kashyap Samhita

700 A.D.

Obstetrics, Gyanaecology and Pediatrics

Vruddha Vaghbhata / Marichi Kashyap

INDRA

 

 

 
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