How did man evolve on this earth-this question comes in mind of every person at least once during ones lifetime. Ayurveda called as science of life has question to this answer which is similar to modern postulates of Theory of spontaneous generation, omne vivum ex ovo theory (one living thing is capable of giving life to another living thing) as well as Theory of biopoiesis. According to theory of biopoiesis, transition of non living to living occurs via three stages namely-
- Origin of biological monomers
- Origin of biological polymers
- Evolution of cells from polymers
Ayurvedic facts supporting above stated theories are as follows-
- Nasato vidyate bhavo, na bhavo vidyate satah (ref – Shreemat Bhagvat Geeta) that is if a material itself is not existing, how it can give rise to something with existence is as an Ayurvedic version to support theory of omne vivum ex ovo means one living thing is capable of giving life to another living thing. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas (Triguna) – the three gunas which characterizes the primitive earth symbolizes the physical properties which were prevalent to the same. Sattva, can be correlated with the energy required for creating something, Rajas, for the movement of particles and Tamas is like an inert material which have potential to transform into new forms under the constant influence of the other two gunas i.e. Sattva & Rajas. It is interesting to develop a hypothetical resemblance between Sattva, Rajas and Tamas to that of conditions prevailing on to the primitive earth whose action has led to the beginning of actual process of origin of life.
- Mahabhuta (maha = big, bhuta = first form of existence) are considered to be as the first visible form of existence according to Ayurveda as it believes that processing of origin of life began from Avyakta (invisible) stage so as to reach Vyakta (visible) stage, which ultimately is nothing but the Mahabhuta. They are proposed to be the consolidated visible products of invisible formative units or Tanmatra (which are invisible, but smallest possible component of Mahabhuta having similar properties ). It is a very well known fact that only five types of Tanmatra and consequently five Mahabhuta have been mentioned in revered texts of Ayurveda which is in concordance with the physical perceptible forms of matter,which is characterized by its absence and also with the state of energy acting in transition. Again Ayurveda has described the element of Agni (fire) as a Mahabhuta long before the proposition of theory of energy and matter transitions by renowned scientist-Einstein.
- The invisible or Avyakta decribed in Ayurveda i.e Tanmatra is also in existence as per modern concept of basic formative particles of an atom viz- electron, proton and neutron which combine take part in different proportions to give rise to atoms, elements and compounds. A famous verse in Ayurveda – Sarvam dravyam panchabhauticam asmin arthe meaning every substance in this universe either living or non-living is composed of five basic elements i.e. Panch Mahahuta only, again establishing a conceptual similarity between modern science and Ayurveda with reference to the idea of substance generation. So, postulates regarding origin of life as per Ayurveda are equally in accordance to their modern contexts of origin of life.
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