AGAINST MAPS glossary

In order to apply the teachings of Ayurveda to a city block I made a glossary of English translations of Vedic terms that have become vital in the migration of Ayurveda to the West. Text is bold when used to describe my interpretation of the pop medicine meaning and the standard case is used when I have adapted the definition to describe civic structure. UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

 

Ayurveda: is an ancient Hindu system of medicine, drawn from Vedic literature and based on the belief that physical and mental health are dependent on a balance of biological humours (or doshas) uniquely constituted in each individual.

Vaidya: Ayurvedic Doctor

Dosha: constitution type with particular strengths and susceptibilities based on the characteristics of universal elements: space, air, fire, water, earth

Vata: The energy of movement, production

Pitta: The energy of transformation, digestion, or metabolism, governance/ limitation
Kapha: The energy of lubrication and structure, nourishment


Pakruti: The combination of elements that a person is born with

Vikruti: The combination of elements that a person evolves to embody after being exposed and responding to the conditions of their life

Balance: The unique point (to each person) safely equidistant from depleting the doshas or aggravating them. A natural state for a body to maintain from birth based on the dosha. A body naturally finds balance through following normal processes.

Imbalance (of the doshas) has two modes:
Aggravation: To act to cause an increase in activity of one of the three doshas
Depletion: To act to cause inactivity for one of the doshas
*the most likely dosha to go out of balance is your most prominent one

Energy: REQUIRED TO CREATE MOVEMENT (traffic, progress) SO THAT FLUIDS (money, wealth) AND NUTRIENTS (resources) GET TO CELLS (people) ENABLING BODY(community) TO FUNCTION. ALSO NECESSARY TO METABOLIZE (access resources—ie natural, cultural, interpersonal) THE NUTRIENTS (resources of community and nature) IN THE CELLS AND IS UTILIZED TO LUBRICATE (facilitate) AND MAINTAIN CELLULAR (individual human) STRUCTURE (relationships and activities)

Ether: MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH SOUND IS TRANSMITTED AND IS THUS RELATED TO HEARING, SOUND, VOCAL CHORDS
wind, sound (what type of sounds are in the neighborhood and how are they transmitted, absorbed, or reverberated?)  is it a wide road, spacious, or tight?

Air:  RELATED TO TOUCH AND SENSORY ORGANS, SKIN, HAND, HOLDING, GIVING, RECEIVING
how clean is the air, what is the weather like, how much sky is visible, how many people are holding hands, how many gifts are being purchased, what is the atmosphere like?

Fire:
MANIFESTS AS LIGHT, HEAT AND COLOR, RELATED TO VISION, THE EYES
what does the block look like, how well is it lit at night, how reflective are the surfaces of the buildings, is it beautiful? 

Water:
wealth? TASTE, TONGUE NEEDS WATER TO PERCEIVE TASTES, RELATED TO REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM, LUBRICATION
-how many children are on the street, are there good restaurants or families eating meals together, are residents affluent, are the businesses successful?  Does the mail come regularly to facilitate good business, do many people receive packages?  Are the plants green?  Does some sort of municipal agency take ownership of the upkeep of the asphalt and sidewalk?

Earth:
  RELATED TO THE SENSE OF SMELL, THE NOSE, EXCRETORY ORGANS, ANUS
is garbage visible, how does it smell? Do individuals take care of their own garbage, is it well packaged, does the plumbing work well, are there sewer grates visible, rodents,

Movement:
  traffic or progress that requires energy and eventually results in the distribution and use of wealth and resources.  (what kind of traffic is there?  Pedestrian, bike, car?)

Metabolism:
  Using HEAT (moving particles= human progress) to cause a change in state of nutrients, resources, into energy [you start to stack the bricks and then you have something much more than a pile of bricks] is it an active street, how much biking, jogging is taking place

Elimination:
  Removal of unwanted or processed waste.  In a community healthy elimination includes proper classification of “waste” or seemingly unprogressive people or objects.  Creative use of waste materials and the desire to create positive participation for all community members as well as a vast appreciation of the environment within the block leading to the exterior environment.
Digestion:

Lubrication:
facilitation, for the use of resources and to make systems (public, governmental, interpersonal, financial, distributive, reference tools) function

Structure: systems and relationships to sustain human activities (individual) as well as relationships between people that create the community

 


   

 

 

 

METHOD

PROPOSAL

FUNDRAISER

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GLOSSARY FOR PROJECT

POP MEDICINE REFERENCES

CITY PLANNING REFERENCES

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