Vaidyaratnam P.K. Warrier, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala
My best wishes to the International Ayurveda Conference at Coimbatore in December 2015. The seminar explores the interconnectedness of man and nature from an Ayurvedic point of view. The theme is very important and quite relevant to the present context.
Our preceptors professed the relation between man and nature. For them they were not separate identities; man was very much part and parcel of the nature around him. Charakacharya has clearly defined the inter-relation in these words: yavanto hi murtimanto loke bhavaviseshah tavanta purushe; yavanta purushe tavanto loke. Whatever exists in the nature exists in the individual; similarly whatever constitutes the individual exists in nature.
Everybody knows that the constituents of everything in nature are the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. Man shares all these five elements. This identity of man and nature in the micro and macro levels keeps the balance of our life in our planet.
Unfortunately, man today forgets the need for maintaining this unique balance. Nature provides everything for his need, but it is unable to satisfy his greed. Brutal encroachments, deforestations etc. bring a hell to his life. Hope that the conference will shed light to these and other aspects which are relevant to the present context.