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Introduction
Inordertodefinewhatnourishmentisaccordingtoyurvedaweneedto
understandthecontextofyurvedaasbothamedicalsystemandworld
vision.yurvedaisbasedontheconceptthattheuniverseandeverything
manifestedwithinitisintelligent.Thisideaisfundamentallydifferentthanthe
currentacceptedvision.Themodernviewpreferstodivideandseparate
livingentitiesintopiecesinordertounderstandthem,whichineffect,kills
anyintelligentprinciplewithintheentity.Viewingtheuniverseandeverything
initasintelligentimpliesthenecessitytokeepindividualentitiesunderstudy
asanintegralunit,ratherthandividingthemintopieces.
Tounderstandorstudyyurvedathisbasicpreceptofintelligenceneedsto
betakenintoaccountevenifitisnotaccepted.yurvedictextslikethe
CarakaSamhitaorBhvaprakaindicatethroughStraorSanskritverse
thatthisconceptisthebasisfromwhichtounderthewholesystem.For
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thatthisconceptisthebasisfromwhichtounderthewholesystem.For
example,thistextfromoneofthesixclassictextbooksofyurvedastates
clearlythatallmanifestmatter(includinghumans)isderivedfrom
consciousness,orintelligence.

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tmaisradianceintheformofpureconsciousnessthatiseternal,
unchangingandthathasnodesiresorattributeswhencombinedwith
primordialmatteritacquiresqualitiesandcreatesthemanifestworld.
Bhvapraka,Sr
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Ifweestablishthatyurvedaviewsthehumanbodyasanintelligententity
thenwemustalsotrytodefinenutritionandnourishmentaccordingtothis
fundamentalconcept.Viewingnutritionandnourishmentfromthepointof
viewofindividualcomponentssuchasprotein,fats,vitamins,etc.willnot
beapplicabletoyurveda.Thenecessitytoviewnourishmentasaholistic
phenomenonratherthanasumtotalofindividualbuildingblocksisessential
fortheyurvedicdefinitionofnourishment.
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