About the Author:
Name: Dr. K.V.L. Narasimhacharyulu
Date of Birth: 13.12.1947
Place of Birth: Ponnamanda, East, Godavri (Dt)-A.P.
Educational Qualifications: B.A.M.S. From Govt. Ayurvedic College, Hyderabad M.D. (Ayu)-Basic Principles Gujarat Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar
Service: Lecturer, From 1978 to 1996 Asstt. Professor from 1996 at Dr. N.R.S. Govt. Ayurvedic College Vijayawada
Seminars: Attended various National & International Seminars and Presented Scientific Papers.
B.A.M.S. Examiner & Paper setter: 1. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences - A.P.
2. M.G.R. Health University, Chennai
3. Jayendra Saraswati Viswa Maha Vidyalaya Kancheepuram; Tamilnadu
From the Back of the Book:
This comprehensive text book of Padartha Vinana, in accordance with the cirriculum framed by C.C.I.M. has been presented in English, to meet the needs of Ayurvedic students of various linguistic in India and most of the foreign Countries.
In the book, the entire subject is discussed at large with the help of a number of Darsana, Sastras; Ayurvedic system correlated by quoting originals from many Ayurvedic Samhitas, Sangrahas: Nighantus etc. Similarities with modern thought are given, necessary tables are arranged and applied aspect is detailed, wherever necessary and in many areas, examples are also given.
The book will certainly fulfil the requirements of under graduate students. It can guide the graduate students. It can guide the advanced and Post-Graduate students, and it also useful for the teaching profession.
At the outset, I earnestly express my reverent salutations to Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda and to the Almighty God of seven hills, Sri Venkateswara for they have blessed me with knowledge and courage in bringing out this work "Padartha Vijnana".
It gives me immense pleasure in writing a text book on Padartha Vijnana in English. There can be no second opinion on the importance of Padartha Vijnana as it is the foundation for the education to the student of Ayurveda. Though some people may view that Padartha Vijnana is a difficult and tough subject, in reality it is an interesting and easy subject to understand. In India, the land of glorious philosophy, the great sages, seers and saints preached and composed a number of volumes on the doctrines of philosophy, many centuries ago. These various philosophical schools of thought are called "Darsanas".
As it is a known fact that Darsanas and Ayurvedic treatises were contemporaneous compositions, the influence of Darsanas inevitably reflected on Ayurveda, in addition to the philosophical thought of Ayurveda of its own. The Pad art has like Dravya, Guna, Karma etc., and the Pramanas like Patyaksa, Anumana, Aptopadesa etc. and many other topics regarding 'to Darsanas were adapted by Ayurveda. Since the knowledge of Padarthas, Pramanas (The means of knowledge), the theories of evolution etc., are essential for the Ayurvedic student in order to acquire complete knowledge to become an outstanding academician and or an able medical practitioner; Padartha Vijnana is included in the C.C.I.M. syllabus, as a subject.
As a teacher of Padartha Vijnana for the past twenty five years, it is my long lasting desire with great interest to produce a text book on the subject. Keeping in view that a very few text books in English on the subject are available, I have endeavoured to write this text book according to the C.C.I.M. syllabus. I have had for my reference and guidance standard ancient and modern books on the subject: Tarka Samgraha, Sankhya Darsana, Vaisesika Darsana, Bhagavadgita, Caraka Samhita, Susruta Samhita, Astanga Samgraha, Astanga Hrdaya, Padartha Vijnana etc., for which I am grateful and deeply indebted to the authors of the works.
All the topics in the subject Padartha Vijnana enumerated in the C.C.I.M. syllabus are thoroughly covered in this work and the original slokas are also quoted throughout for ready reference.
This comprehensive text book with applied aspects wherever necessary has been written mainly to meet the requirements and for the benefit of under graduate students; post-graduate students of Basic Principles Department may also find here abundant valuable material.
The book is compiled with a good deal of care and the utmost responsibility, yet owing to over sight a few errors might insidiously have hidden in, may kindly be brought by the readers to the notice of the author for correction in future editions.
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