Many consider Ayurvedic Rachana Sharir (anatomy) as a dull and boring subject dealing with dead bodies, giving the reason that there are many topics in it that are really difficult to understand and comprehend well.
Marma vigyan is the most intricate part of Rachana Sharir that requires systematic knowledge of Ayurvedic as well as modern anatomy and its applied aspect in relation to traumatology and internal medicine to decipher what is written in the ancient texts. Many vital points/areas in the body are mentioned, which turn fatal or produce serious consequences on injury. Many students and young Ayurvedic teachers find this difficult to explain and they think this subject as a monotonous and dead. I feel it as one of the liveliest subjects in Ayurveda because once we start understanding it in terms of modern anatomy, the matter starts unfolding itself. It is like someone fearing the ocean merely imagining its depth and what lies under the sheer volume of water. But when a person starts diving then he or she finds more and more fascinating marine life and underwater natural structures.
Ayurvedic marma vigyan is like an ocean with full of knowledge of vital points. The more and more the person reads more and more knowledge he/she acquires, and gradually the realization sets in that what amount of hard work has been put in behind writing those ancient treaties and how much knowledge and experience those great rishis had! Even the verses written thousands of years ago hold true even today. Sadyo pranahara marma and other marmas produce more or less the same result on injury even today. Most mortalities result in during the golden hour (the very first hour after physical injury), since the injured person fails to get the required medical assistance despite tremendous advances made in modern medical field.
The knowledge of the marma points in the body, which was said to have been used in warfare and surgical procedures, ksharakarma, agnikarma etc., can well be utilized for preventing/minimizing the damage to vital and other important organs. In order to document the present day scientific understanding of this vital subject, we have decided to hold this workshop. There are a number of marma (varma) and kalari experts in southern parts of the country, who claim to utilize this knowledge, and their participation would help sharing the experiences on the subject. Hence, we have decided to hold the workshop at Kanyakumari.
I hope the clarifications that unfold during these two days' deliberations will surely clear some of the doubts that the young students and teachers are having in their mind and help understand the subject in a better way.
Dr. Ramachandra B. Gogate, an eminent consultant of Ayurveda, practicing presently at Pune, has given lucid details of marma and his experiences in dealing with emergencies requiring the application of the Ayurvedic principles in clinical cases. This introduction to the subject was given in this book just before the chapters of questions and answers. I sincerely thank him for this contribution in the book.
Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV) has been conducting these interactive workshop;, year after year, facilitating the one-to-one discussions among students, young doctors and senior faculty. The feedback, from junior as well as senior doctors that these programs are benefiting them to update and upgrade their knowledge, is encouraging us to continue these workshops on topics that require thorough deliberations for proper appreciation.
The experiences and wisdom of seniors are always helpful in the progress of science. The courses being run by RAV under Guru Shishya Parampara are helping the young Ayurvedic doctors to learn the intricacies of clinical practice and other related subjects and developing interest to carry forward the science of Ayurveda. The support of the government and the Governing Body is enormous in this task.
I would like to place on record the efforts made by the senior faculty in sparing their valuable time to write the answers/clarification to the questions of PG students and young teachers.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Secretary and other officials of the Department of AYUSH; President and other members of the Governing Body of RAV for their constant encouragement and support in all activities of RAV. I also thank my colleagues in RAV for their painstaking efforts to accomplish the given tasks and Dr. Sandhya Patel for her assistance in preparation of the book.
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