The Importance of Sound Memory in Ancient India

Posted on January 14, 2013 · Posted in From the Horse's Mouth

The legacy of ancient India can be appropriately summed as seeking what is intellectually most stimulating.  The ancient sages and seers of the great Indian civilization sought nothing but the enlightenment of the mind.  A verse from the Rig Veda (the most ancient recorded treatise of wisdom of human civilization), addressed the Almighty God, in the following words:

                                        Let us think on the lovely splendour of the Almighty God, so that he may inspire our minds to attain enlightenment.

BrahmiThis desire for the enlightenment of the mind helped the ancestors in India to cultivate analytical thinking.  This enabled them to attain glory and achieve greatness which is considered to be a miracle by eminent historians and scholars of contemporary world.

Originally, the quest for knowledge was cultivated and grown in the abode of a Teacher, where great thinkers, philosophers and scholars imparted knowledge to carefully selected students.  Since there was no script till the Harappan civilization  the teaching originally was through sruti system, in which teacher imparted education to students by word of mouth.  Thus to imbibe an excellent education, it was extremely important for both the students and teachers to have a sound photographic memory.  Herein lied the importance of sound memory in ancient India.  To attain such a sound photographic memory, both the teachers and students were in constant search of plants and herbs to augment memory.

These plants were later classified in the Ayurveda as medya rasayana (memory enhancing and rejuvenating). The most important of such plants is Brahmi; the active ingredient in Memo Plus Gold.


 Dr.Hemant SinghDr Hemant Singh was superannuated as Deputy Director of the Central Drug Research Institute   (CDRI), Lucknow. His main original work in the CDRI was the evaluation of memory enhancing effects of selected plants of Ayurveda, which led to the development of Memo Plus Gold. In the following series of articles, Dr Singh will tell anecdotal and factual events related to his research.

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