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Sacitra Caraka Samhita
Sacitra Caraka Samhita is meant to be an ideal reference book for Ayurvedic Under-graduates & Post-graduates, institutions of Ayurveda all over the world and also for common people who are interested in knowing more about Ayurveda. As more than 100 countries have already accepted Ayurveda as their main system of medicine, we sincerely hope that Sacitra Caraka Samhita satisfies the need of a genuine reference book on ancient Ayurveda.
The inspiration for this sacred work of bringing out "SACITRA CARAKA SAMHITA" is none other than Bhagavan Gautama Buddha who is known in India as the "Bhaishajya Guru", the master healer of physical and mental illness of all living beings.
This book is the English translation and transliteration of the first 30 chapters (Sutra sthana) among 120 chapters of Caraka Samhita. As against the other books that simply give the original version (Sanskrit shloka) followed by the English meaning, this book gives the split version with English transliteration of each and every word in brackets followed by its specific meaning to suit the context. This makes reading easier and conveys the original meaning of every individual word.
Similes have been used aplenty in Sacitra Caraka Samhita to explain certain subject matters. These have been represented pictorially and photographically, which is a new milestone in the field of Ayurvedic literature. The description of the subject is given in the form of columns and tables, wherever required, for easy readability. The English meaning of each word has been given after due consideration of Chakrapani's "Ayurveda Dipika", a commentary on the original version. In some contexts, direct opinions of Chakrapani have been added.
A lot of changes and new description styles have been followed to convey the original meaning & idea.
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As explained above, the Indian civilization dates back to several "kalpas" (lakhs of years) and that is the reason why our ancient wisdoms like Ayurveda, Yoga, Maya shastra, Aagama shastra, Pãka shastra, Vaastu shastra, Shilpa shastra, Vyavasaya shastra, Nagara Nirmana shastra, Jyothisha shastra, Khagola shastra, Sangeetha shastra, Bharatha Natyam, etc. are well developed and have undergone the test of Kãla, the time factor, and are hence, still surviving and thriving.
Ayurveda, "The science of life", considered to be one of the Upavedas, has been serving the mankind since time immemorial and still survives just because of its sheer therapeutic values. In the event of the scientific findings which have proved that ayurvedic medicine cure the disease by strengthening the body immune system, now considered to be the most scientific approach towards health, the relevancy of Ayurvedic remedies become more significant. Also, it has become very popular in the west due to major changes taking place in the consumer attitude towards health and natural products. There have been many literatures related to Ayurveda in Sanskrit. Prominent among them are "Brihatrayee" (three great literatures) - Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Astanga Sangraha, and "Laghutrayee" (three small literatures) - Sharangadhara Samhita, Madhava Nidana and Bhava Prakasha.
Caraka Samhita represents the preachings of Punarvasu Atreya to his disciples, documented by his disciple Agnivesha. This was later redacted by Caraka and Dridhabala and came to be called "Caraka Samhita". All subject matters related to Ayurveda, except surgery, has been explained in the form of 12,000 shlokas under 120 chapters. These chapters are grouped under eight Sthanas based on the subject theme.
Importance of Caraka Samhita in the Indian walk of life:-
Manpower spent on this book
A combined effort of 10 Ayurveda professors, 10 post-graduates, 10 graduates, with input from a number of Ayurveda students, using 8 computers, over a period of two years.