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J Res Educ Indian Med . 2007; 13(1): 70-70


SCIENTIFIC EXPOSITION OF AYURVEDA: A WHOLISTIC MEDICAL SCIENCE

Danister L. Perera.




Abstract

Sushrutha elaborates the ultimate value of multidimensional intellectuality for achieving successful conclusion of classical rationales. ‘Scientific Exposition of Ayurveda: A Wholistic Medical Science’ is a book which fulfils Sushrutha’s hypothesis in a scientific and rational approach. This book explores deep philosophical entities embedded in Vedic and post-Vedic literatures with regards to Ayurvedic perspective. Prototypes of Ayurvedic concepts are explicitly demonstrative in Indian classics on cosmology, epistemology and ontology which are very deeply searched by contemporary Ayurvedic scholars. Interpretation of in terms of modern science and technology is becoming a fashionable norm in Ayurvedic community. Hence, figuring out an explanation of modern scientific customs through Ayurvedic philosophical axioms and maxims is rarely articulated in current Ayurvedic writings. But this scholarly work has significantly harnessed realistic essence of Indian epistemology for inferring the mysterious outskirts of modern science. Erudite oncepts prevailed in philosophical context of Indian ontology and cosmology are inevitably linked with Ayurvedic classical extensions. Scientific exposition of Ayurveda can only be accomplished by exploiting such profound and intensive theorems in an academic manner. It is convincingly performed in this book generating studious output for futuristic expansion and furthering in Ayurvedic literary research.
This exceptional effort should be highly appreciated by learned academicians with a concentrated mind and wakeful attitude for searching the actualization of Ayurvedic elucidation in modern scientific version. I would like to quote Prof. Subhash Ranade who has respectfully expressed his gratitude in the forward. “Since this is highly scientific work some readers may find certain chapters of this book quite difficult to understand for them I would suggest that they should study initial chapters very closely and then slowly go towards the last chapters.” Reality of Prof. Ranade’s statement was
rationally exposed to me after reading this book. Now I have started the second reading of some chapters very closely and then slowly. It covers most of the homogenous concepts in Indian philosophical context in terms of Ayurvedic articulation. This book remarkably reminds us to revitalize academic efforts in philosophical exploration and literary excavation in order to scrutinize scientific elements in Ayurveda. It reopens an innovative vista for materializing logical framework in Ayurvedic ontological context in relation with recitations in Vedic and post-Vedic scriptures. My honest opinion on some paragraphs and sentences which need to be further commended is impressively taken into account. As Charaka emphasized in eighth chapter of Vimanasthana in his Samhita, the outcome of this book should be subjected to a “Sandhaya Sambhasha” in which highly enthusiastic classical intellects would entertain scientific exposition of Ayurveda. At the present it is very competitively attended to researching clinically oriented subject but very ethargically in literary field. Therefore this book will hoist the flagship of literary research by marking immemorial milestone in history of Indian Systems of Medicine. This kind of work needs a thorough scientific knowledge and professional skill disciplined in Ayurvedic classical texts. Dr. Sudhir Kumar has extensively been able to illustrate some of the less significantly touched philosophical nexuses between Ayurveda and Vedic teachings. Therefore this book can obviously be recommended as a post-graduate reading material which is capable of enlightening any Ayurvedic scholar in his academic scopes. I may congratulate the author, ............................... and controversial matters in Ayurveda. .................

Key words: Ayurveda, Wholistic Medicine, Scientific Exposition of Ayurveda, Book Review






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