Ayurveda, Mental Health & Happiness Index
Dr. P Ram Manohar

The world is discussing mental health perhaps more than ever. It has intensified, especially in the post-pandemic era. At the same time, the post-pandemic world has also generated curiosity and revival of traditional medicinal practices around the world. Hence, it is relevant to discuss the close association between Āyurveda and mental health. What is wrong with our popular approach to mind and its health these days? How is Āyurveda’s conception of mental health different from our dominant conception of the same? How can this understanding problematise the parameters that generate ‘World Happiness Index’, which tend to always put countries like India at the bottom? How can the wisdom of Āyurveda be more accessible to us in contemporary times? Discussing sukha, dukha, śānti, life, death, health intelligence (ārogya buddhi), and many more, Dr. P Ram Manohar Vaidya answers these queries in a simple yet profound way for this podcast. Vaidya is the Director of Amrita Centre for Advanced Research in Ayurveda, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Kollam, Kerala.

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