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Key resources

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Project Aim[edit]

Primary goals
  1. Release Ayurvedic texts on Sanskrit Wikisource.
  2. Make them available through other Wikimedia projects
Secondary goals
  1. This project has deep cultural implications for India and is likely to attract persistent attention from many groups, but especially from people in India. Use this attention to encourage others to develop Wikimedia projects.
  2. Increase communication and collaboration between Wikimedia supporters in India and elsewhere in the world.

About Ayurveda[edit]

Ayurveda (Sanskrit Āyurveda आयुर्वेद, "life-knowledge") or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. The oldest known ayurvedic texts are the Suśrutha Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā.[1] These Classical Sanskrit texts are among the foundational and formally compiled works of ayurveda.

Ayurveda is influential throughout India and in all places worldwide which have communities in regular contact with India. It is one of the most popular alternative medicine practices in the world.

About Project[edit]

An ancient proverb states, "When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need". This simplest philosophy is based on an ancient and unique science called Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the world known to human. Derived from its ancient Sanskrit roots - ‘ayus' (life/longevity) and ‘ved' (knowledge/science) – and offering a rich, comprehensive outlook to a healthy life, its origins go back nearly 5000 years.

Einstein once quoted, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."

While allopathic medicine tends to focus on the management of disease, Ayurveda bestows us with the knowledge of how to prevent disease and how to eliminate its root cause if it does occur by returning back to the nature from where the healing begins.

The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts detail the affect that the five elements found in the cosmic system - earth, water, air, fire, ether – have on our individual system, and expound on the importance of keeping these elements balanced for a healthy and happy life. Ayurveda gives a lifestyle that blends the health of body, mind, emotions, soul, nature and spirit. Explore this ancient unique form of Indian medicine and help us contribute to our traditional heritage on ‘Ayurveda on Wikipedia’ and return back to nature through modern vision.

The problem[edit]

There are several issues related to Ayurved. One of the most prominent is that its texts are not available online! The other one is there are differences of opinion even in experts related to proper translation of the texts. There are several logical fallacies in the concepts as well. Many other issues are linked to it. But the most important issue which we can identify is non availability of the material to common people who are interested to know it.

The solution[edit]

Making these texts available is the solution. (A primary and very import step to issue many problems!)

Role of Wikipedia / sister projects[edit]

  1. Making the texts available in the original language, mainly Sanskrit, on Wikisource
  2. Translate the texts
  3. Use of this material in different Wikipedia articles after scrutiny.

Brainstorming[edit]

Skype/Google-Hangout call will be scheduled in first week of January-2014

Launch[edit]

Date : 18th January 2014
Place : Pune,Maharashtra,India

Actual work[edit]

  • Participants will learn to edit Sanskrit Wikisource.
  • They will gain the thrill of adding to the body of knowledge of Sanskrit Wikisource in terms of knowledge of Ayurveda.

Expected Impact[edit]

  • Awareness of the related issues and feeling of empowerment among participants that they can contribute to solve the issues.
  • Opening the possibilities of making the online translation available.
  • Awareness of the challenges and opportunities in this direction in the minds of general public.

Special Guests[edit]

  • Dr. Abhijeet Safai (BAMS Doctor and Medical Researcher)
  • Mr. Moksh Juneja (President, Wikimedia India Chapter) - TBC
  • Mr. Sudhanwa Joglekar (Ex-President, Wikimedia India Chapter)

References[edit]

  1. Master Murugan, Chillayah (20 October 2012). "Surgery of Susrutha Samhitha and art of treatment (Vaidhiya Murai)". Varma Kalai. Retrieved 31 May 2013.