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Hita and Sukha Ayu
Wellbeing, Wellness & Happiness Index

Dr. Mala Kapadia, Principal Investigator for IKS Research Project is developing the Hita Sukha Ayu (HSA) Index. Grounded in the foundational Ayurvedic text, Caraka Samhita, this index embodies the essence of the 'Ayurvedic way' of living and dharmic framework for health and happiness.

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हिताहितं सुखं दुःखमायुस्तस्य हिताहितम्|
मानं च तच्च यत्रोक्तमायुर्वेदः स उच्यते|

(Ch. Su. 1.41)

Redefining Health Metrices

In the rapidly evolving global landscape, humanity has, in some ways, lost its connection with the ancient and profound wisdom of the Rishis. These Seers, deeply rooted in Rta—the cosmic principles governing existence as mentioned in the Vedas—envisioned a life of harmony and interconnectedness. Ayurveda, an Upaveda of Atharva Veda, epitomizes this vision, guiding us to lead lives in sync with these cosmic principles. It introduces the concepts of Hita and Sukha Ayu—a life of sustainability and harmony—and contrasts it with Ahita and Dukha Ayu, symbolizing lives that deviate from these principles.

Making a Difference

  • The HSA Project aims to address shortcomings in global health in the need to address the glaring gaps in current World Health Indexes, happiness metrics, and well-being constructs which failed to avert the challenges of the modern VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) and pandemic-prone world.

  • Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian principles of sustainable, dharmic living, it aligns with the IKS Division, MoE GOI's vision, advocating for an 'Indian way' of thinking and acting, reaffirming India's potential role as a 'Viśvaguru' or global guiding light.

  • Integrating diverse fields such as Medical Sciences and Social Sciences, the HSA Project embodies the holistic nature of the Indian knowledge system. It guides governmental strategies, influences policy decisions, and aspires to ensure future generations live sustainably and in harmony.

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