Ayurveda, Life, Health and Longevity – Book Review

This small book written by Robert E. Svoboda is a gem which can transform our entire understanding regarding health and disease, empowering us to live at the optimum on all levels of being.

The author says:

“The Ayurvedic Paradigm shows how body, mind and spirit interactions can be predicted, balanced and improved to enable us to live gracefully, harmoniously”. 

Ayurveda, which originated in India, is the ancient system of healing which is also at the roots of traditional Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine and is the inspiration behind the father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates. Because Ayurveda treats the human being as an integral whole, including body, emotions, mind and soul, it far surpasses symptom – based allopathic medicine in its effectiveness to create a life of wellness and longevity.

Understanding the Ayurvedic system may appear complicated at first because in our modern world we have become used to giving away the power over our bodies to doctors rather than practicing self-healing. In Ayurveda there are highly – trained doctors, however in its essence it has been developed wisely to include multiple forms of self – treatment.

Dr. Robert E. Svoboda, having come from the West but having graduated as an Ayurvedic Doctor in India is well equipped to explain the art and science of Ayurveda for the western mind. His writing style is clear, rational and at times poetic as he takes the reader on a journey deep into the fascinating subject of Ayurveda and how to apply this to our everyday lives.

There is a saying in Ayurveda, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be they food.” It is indeed fascinating to learn the art of food preparation as a form of self – healing and wellness. When we embark on the study of Ayurveda, we learn our unique constitution and what we need to optimise our energy and wellbeing, including how to eat and nurture ourselves in the best possible way.

The author says:

The Ultimate purpose of Ayurveda, the Veda of life, is to protect and strengthen life itself. If, when you leave our world, you leave it even slightly a little bit improved than when you entered it, you will have made life more liveable for those who will follow you and your’s will be a life well lived.”

This is indeed a handbook for life. Even if you only read it you will be benefitted. If you apply the principles contained in it for your wellbeing, you will open up to a level of rejuvenation you may only have dreamed about before.

People often like to make New Year’s Resolutions. This book will help you to enter into the New Year as a new beginning towards greater health and wellbeing.

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