As Āyurveda grows increasingly popular throughout the world, preserving the authentic core principles as expressed in the ancient texts becomes all the more important. Without this, practitioners cannot truly understand how to diagnose and treat a client in the Āyurvedic way.
This book is the first to make each verse of the Aṣṭāṅga Hṛdayam available to English speakers through transliteration, a word-for-word translation, and a translation of the verse in full. Furthermore, this book is the first to provide the commentaries of the ācāryas for greater illumination.
International students will be empowered by a deepened connection with the origins of Āyurveda with this invaluable text.
Ashtanga Hrdayam is a a 7th Century classical text of Ayurveda originally written in Sanskrit poetry by Acharya Vagbhata. This is the standard text used by all the vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) in Kerala since hundreds of years. It has now been transliterated and translated along with all the valuable commentaries of the ancient gurus of Ayurveda.
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“Ashtanga Hridyam is 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 commentary 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 benefit from studying the book and keeping it as an important reference guide.”
Dr. David Frawley (Paṇḍit Vāmadeva Śāstri)
Padma Bhūṣaṇ (3rd highest civilian award) in 2015 by the President of India
Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies
Advisor, National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) & Association of Ayurveda Professionals of North America (AAPNA), USA
Master Educator at The Chopra Center, Advisor at Kerala Ayurveda Academy
Founder and first president of American Council of Vedic Astrology
“Though among Ayurveda’s brhat trayi Astanga Hrdayam is today the most actively consulted and employed of the three, a translation of this work by Vagbhata (whose name literally means “Language Expert”) worthy of its author has long sadly been lacking. At long last this lacuna has been filled, with this effort which is written in clear, grammatical English and contains in addition traditional commentaries. All serious students of Ayurveda will find this rendition of great benefit, a book which is likely to actively benefit the spread of the Science of Life to all who require it.”
Dr. Robert E Svoboda
First person from the western world to complete the BAMS degree from India
Won almost every award as a student at Pune University
Advisor, National Ayurvedic Medical Association, USA
Author of the section on Ayurveda in Encyclopaedia Britannica 2000
Adjunct faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute, Dinacarya Institute and Bastyr University
Svadhyaya (self study) of the Astanga Hridaya is a continuous exercise that an aspiring physician has to engage with to get established in the Ayurvedic thought process and to apply it in clinical practice. This process can be compared with repeated diving into the ocean to collect precious gems that lie on the ocean floor. Every time, the diver comes up with new discoveries and in a similar manner, the diligent student of the Astanga Hridaya is able to discover many layers of meanings and principles of Ayurveda through the constant svadhyaya. Dr. Sanjay’s verse by verse, word by word translation and interpretation of the Astanga Hridaya is a good example of harvest that can be reaped through Svadhyaya. I am sure this work will serve as a stimulation for aspirants of Ayurveda to engage in a deeper study of the text.
Dr. Ram Manohar
Research Director at Amrita School of Ayurveda
Director and Chief Scientific Officer at AVP Research Foundation
“Just started to sink my teeth into it. Dr. Pisharodi has done what I have always hoped someone would do one day. Write in as clear and complete a manner so as to make this wonderful text comprehensible even as if you were sitting with a teacher. Only in the first chapter and relishing every bit of its details while nodding my head at his very accurate and unbiased translations, his extreme sensitivity to the changing nature of the word as it shifts context and his faithful translations (and excellent understanding) of the commentaries. If the rest of the book stays like this, it will be a goldmine for every serious student of Ayurveda who is not well versed in Sanskrit or do not have an excellent teacher of traditions and even some who are! “
Arun Deva (DAsc, AYT, E-RYT 500) AyurYoga therapist and Certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher
What a treat to finally see this in print! The language is clear for the western student. I’m excited that the original text of Acharya Vagbhata’s Astānga Hrdayam is written in Devanagri, transliterated into English for pronunciation, each word is then translated into English and finally the entire śloka (paragraph or phrase) is translated into readable English.
The commentaries make it simple to follow the Acharya’s (teacher’s) thinking process allowing me to go deeper into the text on my own. The additional translated classical commentaries by Arundutta, Hemādri, Parameśvardas, Sridas Panditas, Govindan Vaidya and Kaiikkulangara Ramavariyaar are relevant and enjoyable. Particularly useful for the western student as they have never been translated into English before. I particularly enjoyed studying the commentaries of Hemādri and Arundutta.
Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi’s commentary on the text helps bring this ancient treatise into current times. The chapters on Rtucharya (seasonal routine) and Dinacharya (daily routine) offers me an opportunity to understand why and how these routines are put together for the benefit of individuals in climates and communities that do not fit into traditional Vedic norms.
In this volume Dr. Sanjay Pisharodi also includes an appendix for daily śloka recitation, should I choose to memorize it like traditional Vaidyas do. He has also included an index with both Sanskrit in English terms and where they can be found with in the book.
This translation is both practical and philosophical, I can’t wait for volume two.
– Chitra Eder Turley, Ayurveda and yoga student
Being a health professional myself, I have affiliation towards the scientific approach to knowledge of any kind. Being interested in Ayurveda, it is quite bewildering to find suitable texts and documents to guide you. It is honestly bewildering. That is until I heard Dr. Sanjay’s lectures. If the quality of the work in the author’s lectures, talks and powerpoint presentations is any reflection of the work in the book (which I know it is), then it is an immediate 5 star rating. The author attempts to probe the vast Ayurvedic knowledge at its core and come up with the a authentic representation of Ayurveda and it is done so in a palatable and easily understood way. I look forward to completing the book, and ordering more copies for other interested parties! I will further edit this review when I have read more of the book. So far so good 🙂
-An Ayurveda student and health professional