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Kapardin Rudra- Rg Veda Mandala 1 Hymn 114

Background Rudras are force-fields. There are eleven Rudras. Of this Kapardin Rudra is the 'braided' force-field.  Of all the particles, it is the 'quarks' that arise in a 'braided' form. Quarks always manifest in pairs or in triplets as 'condensates'. They always appear 'braided'. Kapardin force-field is the field out of which Quark particles arise. The quark particles are the 'heroic abode' of all matter forms. All matter forms arise out of protons and electrons. Protons are made of quarks. Thus kapardin is said to be the abode of all matter forms. The Rg Veda Mandala 1 Hymn 114 talks about the Kapardin Rudra, the braided force-field that causes the quarks and is the abode of the Universe. This sloka also has a reference for the puranic stories about varAha lifting the earth out of the waters with its 'tusk'.  Executive Summary of Rg veda Mandala 1 Hymn 114 Kapardin Rudra, the force-field that gives rise to brai

Caraka Samhita - Sutra sthAna - dIrghanjIvitIya adhyAyA - Sutras 64 to 68

Background In the last few posts, we saw how Caraka Samhita classifies life as a tripod of physical body, logical mind and Atman. Atman manifests as manas which is only an observer and does not undergo any defects. But the physical body and logical mind undergo defects due to falsities of 'time' (ageing) and falsities of excess consumption. The falsities of excess consumption by mind can be addressed by making knowledge out of information, by scientific study, by being equipoise. The falsities of excess consumption by physical body/sarira results in doSas of pitta (information processing systems as in nervous system and hormones), doSas of kapha (metabolic systems) and doSas of Vayu (controllers of these systems, which is immune system). Atleast this is the way I see the doSas as in Caraka Samhita. Caraka Samhita propounds a principle that if one observes the effect of doSas produced in the body and counter it with a 'dravya' or 'material' or 'medi

Caraka Samhita - Sutra sthAna - dIrghanjIvitIya adhyAyA - Sutras 54 to 63

Background The core principle of Ayurveda is 'like' increases 'like' and that is ordinary. 'Opposite' decreases the like and it is special. This principle is applicable to both physical sarira and logical mind. dravya with 'like' 'gunas or characteristics' add up with each other and grow. It is ordinary. But dravya with opposite gunas or characteristics counteract with each other and they help control. They are special. A physical body or sarira is also made of different types of dhAtu or ingredients chemically interacting with each other. These equivalent dhAtus in the sarira engage in a cause-effect, action-reaction sequence and create all the metabolic, electrical signaling, hormonal signaling, control of metabolism and signaling processes by chemical reactions. A logical mind is made up of 'thoughts' that interact with each other and produces knowledge or wisdom, scientific investigations and emotional drives such as

Caraka Samhita - Sutra sthAna - dIrghanjIvitIya adhyAyA - Sutras upto 53

Background In my last post on Ayurveda (1), I had talked about Ayurveda being a framework to analyse a biological body and in particular human beings. Any human body can be seen as a matrix of  1. Information processing Systems (Electrical signaling and Chemical messaging) 2. Energy metabolizing systems 3. Controllers of Information processing and Energy metabolizing systems. I had mapped Information processing, Energy metabolism and Control of these two systems to Pitta, vAta and kapha. Functioning of every organ system in the body is a matrix of these three. Diseases arise in the body due to defects or shortcomings that arise in any of these 3 systems. This understanding comes from Caraka Samhita, Sutra sthAna Chapter 1 titled 'dIrghanjIvitIya adhyAya'. The sutra sthAna explains the core principles of medical science. Let's look at the key slokas from dIrghanjIvitIya adhyAya Executive Summary upto Sutra 53 Ayurveda is simply knowledge of what

Ayurved - A different perspective

Background I am not an ayurved 'doctor' or 'specialist'. I am describing the foundational principles of Ayurved as I understand it.  Ayur-ved simply means knowledge of life. Ayurved is based on the principle of 'design pattern' as seen in the evolution of matter and biological beings in the Universe. Simply put, Ayurved sees a human body as a matrix of information processing systems and their responses, metabolic systems and their responses and modifiers of informational and metabolic pathways. I see it as a 'frame-work' for analyzing human body rather than as a separate system of medicine. With sufficient research, it could be used as a frame-work in modern medicine too. The framework of Ayurveda stems from a design pattern seen in evolution of Universe. Let me be clear, that this understanding of Ayurveda, the definitions of Pitta, vAta and Kapha are what I gleam from the design pattern in the evolution of the Universe.  Observer dr