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First of three cosmic principles; god of fire; digestive fire.

The sage who first complied the text now known as the Caraka Samhita.

Western medicine, modern medicine.

Apana prana
One of the five pranas; the prana that controls all evacuation, called the downward breath; resides in the lower abdomen.

Any substance that promotes health to the reproductive organs.

Place devoted to spiritual development.

Consciousness, or God in an individualized sense.

the teacher of Agnivasa and source of the Caraka Samhita.

The oldest medical system in the world. A holistic approach developed by the same sages who formed the system of yoga. The part of the Vedas dealing with the health of the body; the science of life.

Consciousness, or God in an absolute sense; one of the three aspects of God, the creator or creative aspect; the founder of Ayurveda.

The learned class of people in Vedic society; priests.

Abidance in Brahma or God.

Caraka Samhita
The oldest surviving text of Ayurveda.

Chinese word of Prana.


As used in this book, the substratum or source of all manifestation; God.

An individual unique mix of the three humors.

Sanskrit for humor; lit., “That which will imbalance.”

Energetic Impressions
In Sanskrit there are two kinds: Vasanas and Samskaras; these are latent, unconscious or stored impression and current mental impression; these impression are stored in the subtle body; Yoga says that these impressions are what cause us to incarnate in another life, unless they are allowed to surface to consciousness; these impressions along with prana create what we call mind.

Method to find out where thoughts, prana arise from; question: “Who am I?”; See books of Ramana Maharishi and H. W. L Poonjaji.

Five elements
The five states of material existence: mass; liquidity, transformation, movement, and the field in which they function; also called earth, water, fire, air, and ether.

Five states of matter
Commonly called the Five Element.

Butter that ha gone through a process of cooking to render it free from deterioration; used for cooking and as a vehicle for herbal medicines.

Quality, attribute of intelligence; there are three gunas: satva, rajas, and tamas ; therapeutically it is the quality of an herb or substance, i.e. oily, slimy, dry, etc.

Lit. “Dispeller of ignorance”; one who know the substratum or source of creation; teacher; heavy.

Aunique concept to describe the function of the body; the forces which control the five elements together in the body; there are three humor: vata (wind), pitta (fire), and kapha (water).

A substance that work indirectly to help the immune system; usually keep on affecting the body after use is discontinued, therefore better for long-term rejuvenation.

A substance that work directly on the immune system; usually has effect only as long as you take the substance, therefore better for immediate need-colds, etc.

One of the tree humors; control the water and earth elements.

Action; the cosmic law for every action there is a reaction; there is no such thing as “bad or good” karma; therepeutically it is the general action of an herb or substance in the body.

Japanese word for prana.

the primordial prana that rest dormant in the body unless activated by special practices. NOTE: these practices are dangerous unless one is supervised by qualified teacher.

Latent impression
See Energetic impressions.

Life force
Another name of prana.

The acupressure and acupuncture point of Ayurveda.

The illusion that everyone exists as separate from God.

The channels of prana in the body; called nadis in yoga.

Thoughts moving through consciousness, giving the illusion of continuity; the combination of prana and vasanas.

See Meridian.

Non movement of through; complete awareness; not to be confused with the Absolute, the individual may still exist at this point, it may take time of being emerged in no-mind before the individual dissolves into pure consciousness.

The essence of food; the basis of the immune system; we are born with drops of ojas in the heart center, if this reduced, death result; there is secondary ojas which is the result of all the tissue elements; it can vary in quantity however, when it is reduced, sickness result (ref.: Caraka Samhita, vol. I, p. 594).

The Karma or action that is residual; the karmas associated with the body/mind manifestation, in other word, as long as you have a body the Parabdha karma continues.

One of the tree humors; controls the fire and water elements.

The specific action of an herb or substance.

The dynamic energy of consciousness; natal constitution, nature.

Pra = before, ana= breath; the vital force; Qi, Ki, Chi; it arises from substratum of pure consciousness with intelligence (agni) and love (soma), together they create the individualized consciousness. There are five major prana in the human body- prana, apana, samana, udana and vyana; they arises from the cosmic prana, chief of the five pranas in the body; also called the outward going breath, it resides in the head and the heart.

A method of breath control used to regulate the mind and prana, thereby physical and mental health. Should only be practiced with a qualified teacher.

Pranic healing
A therapeutic method that harmonizes the pranas directly.

The inert aspect of consciousness; the void.

Another name for prana.

One of the three gunas; action, movement bright, energy, aggression , aggravated mind, achievement, and strong emotions.

The disciple of Vasishta and the student that receives the teaching in the Yoga Vasistha; avatar; one of the manifestions of vishnu, the force of preservation in the universe; the hero of the epic poem Ramayana; pure consciousness embodied.

The story of Rama restoring harmony to the world.

The first action of an herb or substance in the body; lit., “taste.”

Samana prana
One of the five prana in the body; called the equalizing prana it resides in the navel region.

The concept that we are separate from God; suffering; illusion.

Innate energetic impressions, see Energetic impressions.

One of the three gunas; purity, peace, calm, beauty, happiness, quiet obedient mind, and stable emotions.

Satvic diet
A diet that promotes satva; very mild nourishing food, such as milk, basmati rice, mung beans, and fruits.

Another name of God, or consciousness.

Cosmic prana.

God as pure consciousness; one of the three aspects of God, the destroyer.

Nectar; the most subtle essence of ojas and kapha; the God Soma signifies love, unity.

Equal to the Absiolute, consciousness, God, love, Brahman, Atman, Self, or Source.

One of the three gunas; inertia, dull depressed, void, stupid, lazy, despair, and self-destructive emotions.

A path that totally accepts all aspects of the physical world, believing that all things lead to the divine; worship of divine mother; often confused as being limited to sex.

The beginning of the therapeutic actions of any substance on the body.

A famous Ayurvedic formula that stimulates digestion and agni; very good kapha and vata.

A famous Ayurvedic formula for rejuvenating the body, promoting digestion, and harmonizing all the digestive organs.

Udana prana
One of the five prana in the body; called the upward moving breath, it is seated in the throuat kundalini yoga cultivates this prana, as do all physical powers.

The constitution of the moment.

Latent energetic impression, see Energetic impression.

The most prominent sage in the Vedas; one of the secen immortal seers; the teacher in the
Yoga Vasishta of Rama.

One of the three humors; controls the wind (air) and ether element .

The God of the Wind; another name for vata; another name for prana.

Literally it menas knowledge, but used here to means the Book of Knowledge, the oldest book in the world; there are four Vedas.

The long-term effect of an herb or substance.

The potency (hot or cold) of an herb or substance.

God as pure love; the aspect of God that protects and preserves the world; He has seven main manifestations, of which Rama and Krishna are the two most famous.

Vyana prana
One of the five prana in the body
called the equalizing breath it unifies all the other pranas and the body; it is diffused throughout the body.

Union: that which lead one back to the original Source; generally understood to mean a path or a practice leading to the Divine.

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