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Reason means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: INSA Digital Repository: Caraka’s Approach to Knowledge

Reason or “Knowledge gained through Reason” (Sanskrit: yukti) refers to one of various means of accessing exact Knowledge, according to the Charaka Samhita (verse 11.3-6).—Caraka assigned an independent status to reason among the means to access knowledge while other authorities included it under inference (Charaka Samhita verse 11.23-24). This was not surprising because Caraka had sought to make Ayurvedic practice (Sanskrit: yuktivyapāśraya). His idea of reason in this context involves a series of reasonings to reach a conclusion. For example, one could not predict a good or poor harvest from the quality of the seed alone; it would be necessary to look at other factors such as the quality of the soil, amount of rain fall, manure and so on. Only on a consideration of these related factors could one make an informed prediction of the harvest. This is obviously not inference.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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