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A very brief history of Maharishi Ayurveda

In Sanskrit “Ayur” means life and “Veda” means knowledge or science. Ayurveda is therefore translated as “the knowledge (or science) of life”.

Ayurveda is thought to be world’s most ancient natural healthcare system and it stems from the great Vedic civilisation of India.

The origins of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is sometimes cited as part of a 6,000 year-old tradition, but an exact historical date for the origins of Ayurveda will probably never be known.

This medical science is based on deep and holistic insights into the laws of nature that govern not only our body, but also our environment and the world we exist in and interact with. Therefore Ayurveda can be said to be both timeless and borderless.

One of the most profound insights, of the Vedic “seers” who cognised Ayurveda, is that it is possible to enliven the unlimited inner intelligence, energy and power inherent in both our mind and body. Once enlivened, this intelligence expresses itself in perfect balance, health, happiness and natural beauty.

The goal of Ayurveda – perfect health

Another profound insight by the seers of Ayurveda is that it is not only possible to achieve perfect health, but perfect health is our birthright.

When we violate the laws of nature we go out of balance and problems, such as sickness, occur. You could say that Ayurveda is part of the self-correcting mechanism of nature that brings us back into a state of balance and therefore health.

The purpose of this timeless, practical knowledge is to promote prevention, revitalisation, rejuvenation and cure in a natural way.

Fragmentation of knowledge

Knowledge, like everything else in nature, goes through cycles. There are times in history when knowledge is discovered and times when it is lost.

During the last 1,000 years India has gone through a great deal of political and cultural upheaval. The great Vedic universities of India, where amongst other subjects Ayurveda was taught, were destroyed. When these centres of learning disappeared, the holistic science of Ayurveda became increasingly fragmented.

The birth of Maharishi Ayurveda

The birth of Maharishi AyurVeda

At the beginning of the 1980s, the great Vedic expert and founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi inspired the best Ayurvedic experts from all over India, as well as Western doctors and scientists, to gather and complete the ancient traditions of Ayurveda and verify them through modern scientific methods.


Maharishi founded a holistic form of Ayurveda called Maharishi AyurVeda and established an international network of doctors, clinics and schools.


Maharishi AyurVeda clarifies the central importance of the mind-body relationship for health and provides a wide range of time-honoured practical techniques to enliven powerful natural healing responses in both mind and body.


Doctors around the world are now convinced of the effectiveness of Maharishi AyurVeda, which sees perfect health as man’s natural state. Maharishi AyurVeda recognises no limits to the healing potential inherent within our body.

  • What is Maharishi Ayurveda

    What is Maharishi Ayurveda

    Ayurveda, the science of long life, stands as the most ancient and comprehensive health system in the world.

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