CONCEPT OF ATMA IN AYURVEDA: A REVIEW
Dr. R. M. Bansode, Dr. Meenu Kaushik* and Dr. S. S. Sant
Ayurveda is not merely the science for treating illness but also the science of life which helps to maintain health. The main aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy individual and treating the illness, which is possible in living being. Ayu is nothing but chetananuvrutti (continuity of life). Atma is said as Chetana & karta. Atma is the only chetanyabhava in the entire universe. Only till the time the body as chetana(soul) it’s said to be living & is the subject to treatment. According to Ayurveda, physical body, mind and the soul are essential components of the human body. The factor that pervades all over the body or world is known as Atma. By the opinions of Sthana of Atma, we can say that Atma being all pervading, it is present all over the body in each Anu. It is only for our better understanding that we limit it within bodies of living creatures.
Keywords: Atma, Chetana, Anu, Ayurveda.
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