The 100 year life


The term ‘Ayurveda’ consists of two words, namely ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘The Science of Life’.“The Hindu religion is not only a religion, but also a philosophy, not only a religion and philosophy but it is a way of life”- so says Somerset Maugham in his book “Points of View”.

The Hindu religion places four ideals before the mankind.

Part I

1) Dharma meaning Righteousness

2) Artha meaning Wealth

3) Kama meaning Desire

4) Moksha meaning Liberation.

Dharma is associated with the soul itself which is to be inferred from its results.Artha is the attainment of wealth like gold, money etc. Kama is the fulfillment of desire like embracing women.Moksha is liberation from the world.In order to attain the above four, man has to live long. Out of the three basic desires namely desire to live, desire to earn and desire to perform virtuous acts, one should give priority to the desire for longevity; because with the end of life there is end of everything. There are four ages namely Satya Yuga or Satya age, Treta Yuga or Treta Age, Dvapapra Yuga or Dvaprara Age and Kali Yuga or Kali Age.

Human beings having disciplined life were enjoying a span of life for 400 years in Satya Age. In Treta Age it was reduced to 300 years. In Dvapara Age it was 200 years. And in the present Kali Age it is 100 years. “A cart with normal qualities and carriage comes to the stage of destruction, only after the expiry of the specified period. So the life of a person with undefined span of life is destroyed even before the attainment of the normal span of life due to his own faults” so says Agnivesa, the great sage.

To live happily one should take a wholesome diet. There are ten principles underlying the wholesome diet and its intake.

1) The food should be hot.

2) The food should be unctuous

3) The food should be taken in proper quantity

4) The food should be taken only after the previous meal is digested

5) The food- ingredients should not be contradictory in their potency.

6) The food should be taken in a pleasant place with required accessories

7) The food should not be taken in excessive hurry.

8) The process of intake should not be exceedingly slow.

9) While eating, one should neither talk nor laugh; during this time one should

concentrate on eating only.

10) Only such food should be taken which is wholesome to the physical constitution

and psychic temperament of an individual.

(The English translation of the verses of Caraka Samhita given in this series of articles is

by Dr Ram Karan Sharma and Vaidya Bhagwan Dash).

One who is desirous of living for hundred years should always perform certain noble acts

with proper care. The acts that are to be performed will be enumerated in the next article.


The term ‘Ayurveda’ consists of two words, namely ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘The Science of Life’. It shows the way to live for hundred years. One should take wholesome food. There are ten basic principles to be followed. Certain noble acts are also laid down by ancient sages. In the age of Kali one can live for one hundred years. The secret science of Ayurveda should be studied by those who want to live joyful 100 years.


Ayurveda or The Science of life, how to live 100 years –ayurveda shows the way,


Part II

Ayurveda or The Science of life, how to live 100 years –ayurveda shows the way, 31 noble acts to prevent psychosomatic disturbances


The term ‘Ayurveda’ consists of two words, namely ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘The Science of Life’. It shows the way to live for hundred years. In order to live the prescribed 100 years, to prevent any psychosomatic disturbances, 31 noble acts have been prescribed by sage Caraka. The detailed list of 31 acts is given.

In order to live the prescribed 100 years one has to perform certain noble acts. One who

observes these principles simultaneously fulfils both the objectives viz maintenance of

positive health and control of sense faculties. These are listed by Sage Caraka.

  1. One should pay respects to the Gods, cows, Brahmins, preceptors, elderly people. Those who have accomplished spiritual perfection and teachers.
  2. One should offer oblation to the fire
  3. One should wear good herbs
  4. One should perform Sandhya worship during dawn and dusk
  5. One should clean excretory passages and feet frequently
  6. One should have a hair cut, shave and nail cut-thrice every fortnight
  7. One should wear good apparel
  8. One should be happy, apply scent, wear good dress, comb the hair
  9. One should have a delightful face
  10. One should protect people in affliction
  11. One should perform religious ceremonies
  12. One should donate
  13. One should pay respect to cross roads, offer religious oblation called bali
  14. One should honor guests
  15. One should offer ‘pindas’ ( meaning a ball of lump rice to the manes) to

The departed ancestors

  1. One should speak timely, beneficial, measured, sweet words
  2. One should be self controlled and virtuous
  3. One should envy in action but not in the  results thereof
  4. One should be careful and fearless
  5. One should be bashful and wise
  6. One should have enormous enthusiasm
  7. One should be clever, forbearing, virtuous
  8. One should have faith in God
  9. One should be  devoted to teachers who have attained spiritual perfection and

Are advanced in modesty, intellect, learning, heredity and age

  1. One should use umbrella, a stick and shoes
  2. One should always acquit himself in auspicious way and display good manners
  3. One should avoid places with dirty apparel, bones, thorns, impure hair, chaff, garbage, ash, fragments of earthen vessels and the places of bath and worship
  4. One should stop exercise before exertion
  5. One should be friendly to all creatures, reconcile the angry, console the frightened, be merciful to the poor, be truthful and be predominantly of compromising nature and tolerant towards un palatable words uttered by others
  6. One should be controller of intolerance
  7. One should be peaceful disposition and conquer the very roots of attachment and hatred.

These thirty one acts will prevent any psychosomatic disturbances. Further, Caraka

also prescribed the code of general ethics which are to be followed for a healthy long life. These will be enumerated in the next article.


Part III

Ayurveda or The Science of life, how to live 100 years –ayurveda shows the way, 22 rules of general ethics to be followed


The term ‘Ayurveda’ consists of two words, namely ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’ meaning ‘The Science of Life’. It shows the way to live for hundred years. In order to live the prescribed 100 years, general ethics have been prescribed by sage Caraka. The detailed list of 22 rules is given in the third and final article of this series.


Ayurveda or The Science of Life shows the way to live one hundred years!-Part III

Sage Caraka has prescribed the code of conduct for the maintenance of good health, devoid of all diseases. One who assiduously follows these prescriptions lives for hundred years and does not meet with untimely death.

We have seen the principles of preventing “Psychosomatic disturbances” in part II. The code of general ethics is described by the sage in detail.

  1. One should not tell a lie nor should take over others properties nor should long for others wives or property, should not indulge in hatred or sinful activities.
  2. One should never be  vice event to the vicious
  3. One should not disclose others defects
  4. One should not disclose others secrets
  5. One should shun the company of the unvirtuous, traitors, lunatics, fallen persons, abortionists, mean and crooked persons.
  6. One should not ride dangerous conveyances
  7. One should not sleep on a bed not well covered or without a pillow
  8. One should not walk on the uneven slopes of the mountain, climb a tree, take bath in a river having turbulent flow
  9. One should not trode on the shadow of kins or those born of noble families
  10. One should not move around place of fire
  11. One should not transgress the shadow of the sacred tree
  12. One should not enter the premises of a  temple, a sacred tree, public court yard, cross road, garden, cemetery, and slaughter house
  13. One should not enter a solitary house or forest alone.
  14. One should not have relations with women, friends, or servants of bad conduct
  15. There should  be no enmity with good men
  16. One should not indulge in ignoble or frightening acts nor one should take recourse to undue courage, sleeping, vigil, bath, drink, or food in excess quantity.
  17. One should not approach snakes or animals with dangerous teeth and horns.
  18. One should not provoke a quarrel
  19. One should not come to close to the fire without concentration of mind without a wash after taking food
  20. One should not heat his body by keeping fire below
  21. One should not go out without touching gems, ghee, feet of respectable persons, auspicious objects and flowers
  22. One should not pass through by keeping respectable persons or auspicious objects in left nor keeping others in right side.

Sage Caraka has given clear instructions regarding taking diet. Practice regarding natural urges, practice regarding relation with ladies, practice regarding study has been described in detail by him.

Those who follow the detailed instructions will live for one hundred years.


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