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MARMA SHASTRA: Ayurveda Bio-Energetics. © 2007, 2011. (465 pgs.; 110 figures; 7 maps); $60.00.

This work presents the human bio-energy model (anthropocosm: cosmic human being) as profoundly observed in Ayurvedic medicine.  According to ancient Vedic texts (and later through Tantric and Taoist traditions), the energetic, or subtle, body is the foundation of the food, or coarse body, and the bridge between the physical and causal realms. Therefore, the structure of the subtle energetic body provides an intended means for human spiritual development, or evolution (which enables humanity to fulfill its purpose as a conduit between heaven and earth, hence transforming into an entity more subtle, and original).

The textís primary purpose is to present Ayurveda bio-energetic theory, and second, to bridge theoretical gaps between Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic Medicine, through the comparisons of their energetic structures, which are fundamental to the esoteric alchemical systems inherent within the theories of exoteric medicine. Furthermore, the work intends to reveal even deeper realizations and correspondences of the origins of esoteric alchemical tradition (eg.Tantra, Taoist neidan). Even though this work archives functions and indications of particular energy points (marma) in their pertaining tables, it will not serve as how-to-book on marma diagnosis and treatment.

As well as functioning as a compilation of metaphysics, the work is perhaps best used as a practical quick clinical reference. This book concisely and completely compiles information from commonly used text sources on channel theory and acupoints studied in acupuncture schools today, and organizes the information to be referenced quickly. It systematically summarizes Ayurveda bio-energetic theory through surveying its historical origins and presenting its integration into the Ayurveda model of health. The Ayurveda model of health will be presented by unfolding cosmological structures inherent within the energetic structure of the human being, hence establishing the existence of the juxtaposition between the human being (micro) and the cosmos (macro); the anthropocosm (purusha). Cosmic integrity is the cohesive interconnectedness of the three realms (ie.heaven, earth, humanity). The model of health is represented in humanity through the energetic structure (ie.chakra, nadi, marma) of heaven, and the physical structure (ie.bones, marrow, blood, organs, semen, fat, muscle) of earth. The unfolding cosmology will reveal phenomenological bio-energetic structures, consisting of central pulsing energy voids (chakra), which spin energy (prana) through meridians (nadi), which can be balanced through the opening of their accumulation points (marma). The understanding of energy becomes essential to the effective practice of internal alchemy, or spiritual transformation (eg. yoga, qigong), because the disciplined understanding transforms the self by becoming the bridge between the natural diligence of physical wellness and the devotion to awakening the spirit.

The text is presented first with Ayurvedic terminology where applicable (because it is older), and then comparatively is translated into the later Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (which preserves the teachings and fills in the gaps through its consistently documented clinical development). Fundamental bio-energetic theory (Vedic cosmology) is presented with Sanskrit terminology and linked through similar comparison to Taoist cosmology (from Daozhan: Divination Resource for Daoist Calculation by Hamilton, 2005). Thai Medicine (ie.massage), the spread and development of Ayurveda in Southeast Asia via the expansion of Theraveda Buddhism, is referenced in order to definitively cross the gap from Ayurveda to TCM, for meridian [Sanskrit: (nadi); Thai: (sen-sib)] data. The text surveys the original 107 marma points (translating into TCM point correlation, but may vary in size, function and indication, and treatment), and then expands translation into the greater number of TCM acupoints (presented in Chinese pinyin; opening on meridians which correlate with the sen-sib lines); (borrowed from the meridian theory section of the Acusource: The Acupuncture Handbook, by Hamilton, 2000).

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