The word Veda comes from the root word vid, meaning, to know. So, the questions: who knew, what and why. Individuals not satisfied with their limited experience isolated themselves to find out the ultimate. These enlightened beings after experiencing the nature of reality patterned out a way of living in sync with it, by which each and every individual can live a full life.
This knowledge was passed down through teacher-student succession over a period of time in gurukulas (guru's house). This way of living in tune with reality can be called vedic lifestyle or culture. Gradually this got lost and it now exists only in isolated pockets.
Veda Gurukulam is one of its kind establishment in which the old way of life is practiced and kept alive. Those seeking physical and mental well-being and those seeking the ultimate can come and experience and learn Ayurveda, yoga asanas, kalari payattu, jyotish etc.
Any student wanting to enter the gurukulam is first asked about his/her intention. He/she is then initiated in the traditional way and is then taught respective subjects. Staying here in this valley one can live in close communion with nature and focus on respective activities. Students who further wish to experience nature in its purest form are taken to familiar places in Athirapilly and Silent Valley.
Aashan Sajjan Gurukkal often known as Aashan Maharaj , born in 1961 in a mountain range farmhouse in Peerumedu, Kerala.Parents were in film industry business.Grand parents were ayurvedic doctors and rice farmers.Great grand parents were ayurvedic doctors, for 5 generations, and great grand father was an ayurvedic eye specialist to the Maharaja of Travancore.
These words are directly from Aashan Maharaj, with some question interruptions, a most intimate and fascinating look at his amazing life, raw glimpse of his spiritual journey, with complete honesty, transparency, and nothing held back. This is part one of a continuing series.
Kalari Payattu as is commonly understood is not just an ancient martial art system and the mother of all fighting systems. The system is explained in Dhanurveda itself as subveda of Yajur veda. It is a method to mould one's body and mind in such a way that it acts in union. It is the ultimate way not just to train and fight but above all to live. The phrase, 'the whole body should become an eye' is instructive.
Yoga asanas are not just physical exercises but postures which prepare one to experience the ultimate. It works both on the level of the body, mind and energy. And as part of it one gets good health which are just fringe benefits and not the ultimate package.The Ultimate benefit of Yoga is to be one with the absolute consciousness.
Ayurveda is a medical system practiced from ancient times and is concerned with the well being of the physical body. It is about living in pattern set by nature for each and every individual by finding out the person's prakruti (physical constitution) to achieve physical rejuvenation and mental stability.
Vedic Astrology known as Jyotish literally means the science of light, in this case, the light of heavenly bodies. As in Ayurveda where the individuals prakruti is first determined before treatment; in jyotish, the planetary positions at the time of the individuals birth is considered to offer remedy for specific problems. In reality both Ayurveda and jyotish are complementary in nature. Vedic Astrology is one of the oldest and most revered forms of astrology in current practice.
Shiva - is considered as the first teacher. He has imparted various kinds of knowledge to various individuals.
Parshuram the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Parashurama is considered as the founders of kalaripayattu, the oldest martial art in the world. Parashurama was a master of shastravidya, or the art of weaponry, as taught to him by Shiva. Kalaripayattu is known as the 'mother of all martial arts.
Shiva Prabhakara Siddha Yogi
Prabhakara Siddha Yogi was born in Akavoor Mana, as the son of Sri Iravi Narayanan Namboothiri of Akavoor Mana in Chowara near Alwaye and Srimathi Gowri Antharjanam of famous Azhvancherry Mana of Malabar in 1263. When he was nine years old Lord Shiva, disguised as a Goswami came to Akavoor Mana and took Prabhakara to a cave in the Himalayas. Prabhakara was taught hatha yoga pranayama etc. It is said that, afterwards, Goswami merged into Prabhakara, he applied the lessons he learned in to his life. He adopted this human form and lived on this earth for 723 years.
He was a direct disciple of Shiva Prabhakara Siddha Yogi. Born in kottayam, he was an expert in martial art and vedas and Aashan Sajjan Gurukkal is a disciple of him.
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