Acharya Vagbhata’s Astanga Hrdayam Vol-1: The Essence of Ayurveda (Ashtanga Hridayam Series) (Volume 1)
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Original Author: Acharya Vagbhata
“Ashtanga Hridyam is without doubt one of the three great ancient classics of Ayurveda and among these, perhaps the most comprehensive and easy to understand. Dr Sanjay Pisharodi has provided an excellent new English version of the text that includes the Sanskrit, transliteration, translation and a lucid observation that makes this Ayurvedic classic accessible in all of its depth and detail. I regard it as the best version of Ashtanga Hridaya available. All serious students of Ayurveda, East and West, can take pleasure in studying the book and keeping it as an important reference guide.” – Dr. David Frawley (Paṇḍit Vāmadeva Śāstri)
For students of Ayurveda who are unable to read Sanskrit, learning the intricacies of this subtle and complex healing science is challenging, if not inconceivable. Without the ability to transfer the principles expounded in the ancient texts into practical application according to the time, place, and person being treated, proper results cannot be achieved.
All the way through his own study of Ayurveda, Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi discovered one of the most available English translations to be incomplete and inaccurate. In his book, Dr.Pisharodi presents the most authentic English translation of the Ashtanga Hridayam to date.
This book has word by word translation of each sanskrit verse, exact translation and transliteration of each verse , writer’s own observation as well as translation of the commentaries of other Acharyas for that particular verse.
This book gives unparalleled access to the knowledge imparted in the Ashtanga Hridaya. Because it is the most practical, concise, and clinical in its presentation and contains the essential points from all of the great classics, this text serves as an excellent teaching tool. This text acts as a vital bridge connecting international students of Ayurveda with the ancient sages and great teachers of this fascinating healing tradition.
About the translator: Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi is uniquely qualified in both modern and traditional medicine. After completing his degree in palliative medicine, he worked for many years with terminally ill patients and served as the director of several hospitals before deciding to leave at the back of his promising career to study Ayurveda and other traditional healing arts. He completed an Ayurveda practitioner level course in the United States and advanced training at the National Research Institute of Panchakarma as well as other prominent institutes in India, before going on to study privately with many prominent Ayurvedic physicians in South India. His passion for Ayurvedic medicine led him to establish the Purnarogya Holistic Health Care & Research Pvt Ltd, an institution that provides treatments and education and is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and propagating the teachings of Ayurveda—especially providing access to the ancient Sanskrit texts to international students.