When I was young; the Sunday’s were always the day to be remembered. Filled with afternoon intellectual science quizzes with Dad, surfing through mythological television shows with Grandma, and constructing sand castles with my brother. These were the times to remember; and the time to learn. Every Sunday we would take a break from regular toothpaste and make homemade toothpaste with pure mustard oil and salt granules. My Dad; taught us the benefits of the natural ingredients; though all I cared about; was how good it tasted.
Twenty years later, one of those ads; “Kya aapke toothpaste mein namak hai?” (Does your toothpaste have salt in it?) commercials; I remembered those days; when I used to have hing (asafoetida); for my upset stomach, and ash to wash hands during the camps. Salt in toothpastes, dirt and ash in soaps; and beauty packs, everything is making a comeback.
Science in Nature
The first to take advantage of this were the big western conglomerates; as they spread across metropolitan areas throughout India. Although they sold to us the idea; of how their products, infused with chemicals; and packaged in bright colors were the only way to go.
According to them, their products were cleaner, more efficient and revolutionary; against the ancient homeopathic ways of medicinal India. There were definite improvements; in our infrastructure and society through western integration and globalisation, there were caveats to chemicals and cons to the conformity.
Two sides of coin
The Western science; gave us modern medicine it created resistant strains of microorganisms, becoming increasingly elusive to contend against. It gave us faster means of transportation; slowly killing the planet that we live on. It gave us; means to produce more food; and polluting the soil from where the food comes from.
What else did western science get wrong? did it ignore or hide from the world to feed its capitalistic hunger? did our ancestors have right from the very beginning?
The three pillars of ancient Indian society – #Ayurveda, #Yoga and #Astrology
The three aspects of life that humans have been attempting to illuminate are Body, Mind and Soul. For the betterment of these three; is what; we have all been working towards; the hunter-gatherer; era blossomed into its cycle of renaissances. Ancient India; pioneered the movement in providing guiding tools; for all its human counterparts to achieve the same; and it began with an insight into the body.
Ayurveda (Wellbeing of the body)
Ayurvedic disciplines sparked; had never seen natural remedies for a plethora of bodily disorders; and systematic maintenance; using these products; that didn’t come from the factory; across ocean and from the soil; and gardens of our Mother Earth. They worked slowly, steadily and permanently.
Yoga (Wellbeing of the mind)
We often think of health and wholeness as it pertains to our hearts and lungs and BMI, the yogis; have always known that true wellbeing begins with the mind. Yoga; as it has been accepted in todays definition; in a spiritual; and postural exercise; and routine began back with the Vedas in meditation.
A quintessential combination of oneness in mind; and in body breathes; back beyond the days of the yoga mat; and into something much deeper within. Where one cannot exist without the other.
Astrology (Wellbeing of the soul)
The constructs of Indian astrology; dates back to just after the onset of Yoga itself. Some say it is the keystone that unites the other two pillars together. Ancient Indian societies; basking under zero light pollution skies and with zero dank memes to distract them, fled to the stars in the search for answers which can conclude the birth of Astrology. These pillars are the foundation upon which the holistic nature our ancestors had towards life as it stands today.
After decades of foreign ideologies attempting to harmonise our practice; Western-science ultimately accepted its framework. Yoga; as we all know after initially being dismissed; as an Eastern societal hocus-pocus; that has been accepted and proliferated across a growing global market. Repackaged and supplemented, split into various forms and fed to the masses as a new age, comprehensive and life-changing workout.
The ayurvedic discipline; itself has become a selling point through an incessant branding; and we are unable to escape; its watered-down availability; as a top shelf commodity; its accessibility speaks of the true constitution of its effectiveness.
The same principles of awareness and expansion; apply to astrology. Struck across by many as a pseudoscience, countless followers throughout the world come to know the possibilities and fruits of the answers it provides.
Patterns in astrological texts; were considered a scientific means from the Indus Valley to South East Asia; and from Greek communities; down to the Iberian peninsula for centuries. Even within the realm of the scientific method; ‘reality’ is more complicated; a simple yes or no.
Art and science can coexist
Astrology; is considered as much an art; as it is science by its practitioners; as was by its founders. That must have been difficult to understand for western science which functions through highly linear argumentation. Either for this or for that; with which nonbelievers embezzled from us the freedom to be creative with our sciences.
For these highly developed ancient societies, it was often a blend of ‘this’ and ‘that’ which proved to be the most creative approach to science. It led the ancient societies of Sumeria, Egypt, Babylon into making such marvellous discoveries and breakthroughs; that are hold true, today. The wheel, the sundial; and the forge are a few of the fundamental examples; that existed; due of the artists experiment, belief and the approach to reason.
Numerous sundials, temples and buildings were constructed to house worship and the study of the cosmos. The biggest example of this blend; and balance between science; and art is the conceptualisation and erection of the Pyramids of Giza.
The capability to achieve the exactitude of their geocentric position; structural integrity; and immense size of pyramids; still baffles; the experts for using sheer logic alone. It cannot be explained; as to how something monumental could have been built; thousands of years ago without modern knowledge; and technology.
Quite simply put the cosmos; dictated our lives; for the ancient societies; as the stars; and the planets became God; an identity placed upon them; to attribute their movements and interactions upon our chemical nature. The world was balanced just right.
Science wasn’t a strict set of rules; that lacked imagination. It was a percentage of art; and a percentage of common sense; that brought about an equilibrium to the world. Not everything had to be broken down into systems; and structures of rationale; and somethings were just acquired; because; they worked on moulding the world; into the world we have today.
Towards a better society
Just as ayurveda and yoga have helped hundreds of millions of people; the science of astrology has brought about the art of our coexistence; with our cosmic identification of the elements. Studying the night sky painstakingly; and recording the patterns; of celestial bodies is the science. Deducting the effect; of these same celestial bodies on us is the craft. Astrology has the facility to aid awareness; and make better informed decisions; concerning our lives both now; and in the times to come; and If something helps humanity, it simply does!
It is now up to us; to ask; whether we were correct; in first place; when searched; within and around. And like the Sundays constructing sandcastles; with my brother, the pillars of our spiritual arts; built within the sandbox; of the scientific landscape; has shaped the very world we live in.
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