Talk:The Medical Rsi Scholars

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Introduction

From the beginning of the Vedic period, there was a class of Rsis who were the real exponents of Aryan culture and who devoted their lives to disinterested psychological and scientific inquiry in thinking, imagination, reasoning and generalization.

Characteristics of the Rsis

These Rsis were the proto-types of our modern scientific research scholars. These Rsi scholars lived away from the world in quiet forest retreats and ideal places for study. They meditated on and discussed the problems of life from different points of view from that of other people. Some one has justly remarked that India was a nation of scholars in old days as the west is a nation of scholars at present. The forest Asramas[1] gradually grew to be the centers of the highest learning. Though deeply absorbed in metaphysical studies, the Rsis experience of worldly life won them high reputation as teachers for the younger generation.

Division of Society

The ancient Aryan people who inhabited this country were gradually divided into four classes:

  1. The Brahmanas or the priestly class
  2. The Ksatriyas or the martial class
  3. The Vaisyas or the agricultural and commercial class
  4. The Sudras or the serving class

 

References

  1. It means dwellings.
  • The Caraka Samhita published by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society, Jamnagar, India