Around 10 days remaining, a large number of Ayurveda practitioners and students have shown interest in attending the Largest Class of Charak Samhita being organized by NASYA in association with the International Book of Records (IBR) and Vijnana Bharati on May 26th at New Delhi. It is first of its kind event that aims to emphasize the relevance of Charak and his classical Samhita texts for becoming better Ayurveda practitioners.
Embarking on their career journey, young Ayurveda students as well as practitioners often sideline the importance of original and classical texts and mostly study textbooks. This denies them the chance to develop intuitive and comprehensive insights into this age-old and time-proven health science in a substantial way. NASYA IBR Largest Charak Class of Charak event is an attempt to enthuse the right spirit in approaching Ayurveda with an scholarly aptitude.NirogStreet spoke to Shri A. Jayakumar, Secretary General, Vijnana Bharati for his views on this NASYA IBR event. He told NirogStreet that this is a necessary step toward boosting the confidence of Ayurveda students by showing them the right direction. “Charak’s teachings have been relevant and highly important for over 3,500 years. Our foremost aim is to build an enlightened Ayurveda community that understands well how to resolve the current health crises of the modern society in a holistic and complete manner. We have to address the growing diffidence in young Ayurveda pass-outs and the best way to do it is by helping them start at the right place,” he said.“The Largest Class of Charak Samhita will be monitored by the International Book of Records, an organization that takes note of events of record-breaking excellence. It is a great moment for all the practitioners and students to participate and be part of the phenomenal event which will be earmarked in the history of Ayurveda as a significant day. The class will be followed by lectures by some of the eminent vaidyas. Many dignitaries and officials, including the honorable Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, will grace the event with their presence. It is indeed a day not to miss at all. I’d urge all the students and practitioners to attend the largest Charak class and make it so successful that reading classical texts becomes a daily habit for every Ayurveda person in this country. This day will go down in history as a new beginning,” Shri Jayakumar added.
NASYA IBR event for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita is expected to be attended by thousands of Ayurveda students and practitioners. The event will take place at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Registrations can be done at the NASYA website. Most of the seats are already filled, so those students and practitioners who haven’t registered yet, should hurry up.
Just around two weeks remaining, registration for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita is going on in full swing. This NASYA event to be held on 26th May in association with the International Book of Records (IBR) and Vijnana Bharati has gained a lot of buzz in the Ayurveda community since the time the registrations opened in mid-April.
The Largest Class of Charak Samhita is a unique attempt by NASYA to revive the teacher-disciple tradition and emphasize on the importance of studying the classical texts besides the prescribed textbooks. Of late, Ayurveda students have been more inclined toward reading the curriculum books for their studies and a trend like this has made them more and more distant from understanding the vast wisdom hidden in the original texts. Such an event will bring the focus back to the ancient texts which contain a Brobdingnagian amount of knowledge, a good proportion of which is lost in translations and interpretations otherwise.
NirogStreet reached out to Dr. Prashant Tiwari, a devoted Ayurveda practitioner and National Coordinator, NASYA, for his views on the upcoming IBR event. He stressed upon the need for such an exercise that was long due for the students as well as the practitioners of Ayurveda in order to understand this age-old health science in a comprehensive and integral way. “Studying Ayurveda does not just mean learning the theories and postulates. Rather it requires you to develop insights toward integral inferences. Samhitas are the original classical texts and every student must read it again and again in order to hone their comprehension and expertise. Reading Samhitas should be as regular as practising Ayurveda. The more you study it, the more you enrich your understanding,” he said.
“Now the real question is, how many Ayurvedists are going to attend this class on May 26th? Students of Ayurveda have to be self-aware and proactive about this event. As NASYA President, Dr. Jangid, wrote some days back, we need to develop faith in Ayurveda. This can only be attained by revisiting our original literature and sources, such as the Samhitas. Charak Samhita is the most important subject or text in entire Ayurveda and its relevance is applicable in all manners of life. Reading Charak builds a perspective through which students and practitioners can co-relate the texts in a practical way. It is the very aim of NASYA to bring confidence in students and create an interest so that they can actively lead themselves in the right direction,” Dr. Tiwari further told NirogStreet.
International Book of Records Largest Class of Charak has seen a great response so far and close to 1,000 Vaidyas and students have registered for the event in the past couple of weeks. With just a few days remaining, more Ayurvedists are expected to enroll as the availability fills up to the maximum capacity.
Recounting his student life, Dr, Tiwari remarked that he learned a great deal from the classical Ayurveda texts during his early Ayurveda days. He said that he found it so impressive that the Sthanas and diseases explained by Charak has exact proceedings in daily life. “When I started reading the texts, I applied them directly in life and got really positive results. Charak also tells a lot about how you can improvise your personality and raise the quality of your life. At the clinic too, I give lectures on adopting Charak Sutras and using them for a healthy and happy life. There can be so many take aways and we have been continuously inferring multiple formulations from the texts, applying them in different areas, such as pharmacy. Mahakashay is one example of the same.”
“Charak is relevant in so many things, whether it is personal issues, finance, health, or anything else. It has in fact a Trikaal, timeless ring to it, lest we forget to take notice. We have been doing many events keeping all these points in mind, from Charak Chintan to Day to Day Ayurveda series, etc. Collaboration of IBR will ensure the propagation of our objectives behind the event to all far and wide. We will take inputs from the participants at the IBR event and in coming times we might call our representation in the 22 states to organize a national level webinar where even far more people can connect and participate in another such event,” Dr. Tiwari added.
The registration for the IBR Largest Class of Charak can be done on the NASYA website.
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NASYA has collaborated with International Book of Records (IBR) to organize a special Ayurveda event on 26th May, 2018. The event will showcase the Largest Class of Charak Samhita in which experts will read classical texts from the great ancient compendium.
NASYA IBR event is a unique initiative that would highlight the significance of reading Charak Samhita for a deep understanding of this time-proven medical science that has cured millions throughout the centuries. Aimed at encouraging students and practitioners to keep refreshing and re-reading classical texts for in-depth interpretation and understanding, NASYA IBR will be an occasion to revive the trends in Ayurveda education. At a time when lifestyle diseases have become a global menace, this event will also create an awareness about the many advantages of Ayurveda and motivate people to adopt it as their first health care choice.
“The reason for conducting this International Book of Records event for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita is that students nowadays read the textbooks only and not the original, classical texts. Charak Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and Astanghridyam are the major classical texts in Ayurveda. If students and young practitioners do not have a habit of reading them regularly, they are losing on so much of knowledge that these books have. Teekas of these texts are also less-read these days”, Dr. Pooja Kohli, National General Secretary, NASYA, told NirogStreet.
“NASYA has been driving discussions and awareness about original Ayurveda texts. We have done three-day programs like Charak Chintan and one-day programs like Charak Manthan. Similarly, we held the Rashtriya Ayurveda Yuva Mahotsav in September last year at NIA, Jaipur and more than 3,500 participants from across India attended that. We used to think that people wouldn’t register in large numbers for such programs, but the response has been overwhelming since we got started. When NASYA went into the Guinness Book of World Records with 733 people simultaneously participating in Panchakarma last year, we came up with this idea that such a similar event should be held for the Ayurveda texts too. NASYA put up an application to IBR proposing the recording of the event and eventually got the approval after a wait-time of six months”, she added.
According to Dr. Kohli, the NASYA IBR initiative would benefit the Ayurveda community in many ways. It will motivate students to read Samhitas and develop good insights, which will make them a better practitioner and ensure a bright future. The event will also become an impetus toward establishing original teaching methodology and study approach, reviving the Guru-Shishya tradition through such examples. The trend in the new generation of practitioners to compare Ayurveda and allopathic texts and medicines, the lack of reading of classic literature of Ayurveda, etc. need to be rectified. Authentic knowledge will give them confidence too. NASYA has been several Charak-related works for the past 3 years.
NASYA IBR for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita will have two sessions. In the first session, reading of the classical texts from the Samhita will be done as in any college classroom. It will be delivered by eminent Vaidya Anant B Dharmadhikari who will give a class lecture on the Clinical Application of Charak Samhita. It will be followed by a lecture by Vaidya Abhijeet Prakash Saraf who will read from Maharogadhyaya chapter of the Charak Sutrasthana (20). IBR will take note of these classes for the recording. Copies of the chapters will be distributed to the participants.
In the second session, Vaidya Renuka Goyal will deliver a lecture on Amlapitta Grahani, practical aspect of Saidhantic Chikitsa with case studies. Vaidya Sameer M. Paranjape will give a lecture on the clinical aspects of failures in Nidan and Chikitsa. An open discussion too during the second session.
The event is scheduled to be held at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri, New Delhi. It is supported by the Ministry of AYUSH. The program will commence at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Registrations for the event are open to Ayurveda practitioners and students from across India.
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It is from the classic texts that the whole science of Ayurveda has been derived. National Ayurveda Students & Youth Association (NASYA) is organizing a special event in collaboration with Vijnana Bharati to showcase the importance of these texts for every Ayurveda student and doctor, as well as for the people. On May 26th, next month, the event named International Book of Records for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita will be held at the Janakpuri Dilli Haat in New Delhi. It will be a unique and beholding day in the history of Ayurveda education as the traditional classroom will move to the venue for a day and Ayurveda experts will read and explain the texts as they do during their lecture class. Many eminent dignitaries and Ayurveda personalities are expected to attend this Ayurveda IBR event.Recognizing the significance of this event, NirogStreet approached Prof. (Dr.) K. S. Dhiman, Director General, CCRAS, for his comments. He expressed happiness that such an event is taking place. “A lot of interesting work is being done in elevating Ayurveda education and quality by the government organizations under the Ministry of AYUSH. In addition to that, some non-government organizations are actively working to promote awareness and understanding about everything Ayurveda. In this direction, NASYA has been taking exemplary initiatives and this lecture-and-discussion event is another one of those good steps. International Book of Records for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita is indeed a relevant and much needed exercise, so that students, practitioners, and society could recall the medical wisdom and science of this age-old medicine system. Imagine over 1,000 practitioners and students attending the event, listening to experts reading the great texts from the Samhita. Then there are lectures by some of the renowned Vaidyas from across the country, followed by open discussions. This is a brilliant concept to remind, motivate, and bring the community together so that the society benefits in a large way. CCRAS supports this event heartily”, he said.IBR for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita is scheduled toward the weekend, i.e., Saturday. It will be easier for everyone to take some time out of their busy schedules. It will be a unique and enlightening learning and sharing experience of its kind. Presence of International Book of Records makes it just more historic. Huge participation of Ayurveda community and people in general is expected at the event.“It is imperative for the students and practitioners not to get disconnected from the original texts and read them as much as they can. It will shape their understanding of Ayurveda just better and sprout new insights. The idea is also to sensitize the society through this event about the threat of lifestyle problems and non-communicable diseases, something that is becoming an epidemic. Ayurveda is the authentic health science that can help people stay away from such problems. It has a strong concept of Prevention, as laid down in the classical texts: ‘Swaasthasya Swaasthya Rakshnam’. Practitioners and students should attend this event in large numbers.”, Prof. Dhiman added.Registrations and queries related to the International Book of Records for the Largest Class of Charak Samhita can be checked at NASYA India’s website.
The Ministry of AYUSH has undertaken various initiatives since its inception in 2014. Ayurveda Parv is one of these initiatives. The last Ayurveda Parv of this season is slated to be held in Patna (Bihar) from March 16-18 under the aegis of the AYUSH Ministry and All India Ayurvedic Congress in active collaboration with the Government of Bihar.
Distinguished chief guests Shri Nitish Kumar (Honorable Chief Minister of Bihar), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik (Honorable AYUSH Minister, GOI), Padma Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha (Secretary, AYUSH), and Padma Bhushan Vaidya Devendra Triguna (Chairman, All India Ayurvedic Congress) would be present at the inauguration ceremony along with various other dignitaries and officials. NirogStreet, committed to the cause and advancement of Ayurveda, will be the official Knowledge Partner of the event.
Ayurveda Parv has been organized in many states so far, including Delhi. Bihar, where the latest Parv is being organized, is no outsider in the historic journey of Ayurveda. It has contributed its own bit toward Ayurveda and the wellness of people. It is imperative that the Ayurveda Parv connects more people as well as practitioners from all corners of the country. It will also open new avenues in the state for the industry and organizations dedicated toward making Ayurveda the first call of treatment for everyone.
The main objectives of the Ayurveda Parv are as follows:
Promotion of best health practices with an holistic approach for optimal health and preventive care.
Informing the people about the potential and benefits of Ayurveda.
Bringing Ayurveda programs and schemes launched by Central and State governments to the knowledge of the people.
Creating a mutual interface among those who are part of the Ayurveda industry.
Providing an authentic knowledge platform for students, teachers, and practitioners.
Recognizing and acknowledging contributions of individuals and organizations in facilitating Ayurveda healthcare services.
Creating mass awareness on importance of healthy lifestyle.
The 3-day Parv will be a highly relevant and significant exercise toward promoting health in the society. Diabetes will be an important theme at the conference, since it has become one of the most challenging diseases in recent years.
In the present scenario, the world is ailing with a number of chronic diseases. People are facing an upsurge in illnesses that have no cure in western medicine. It is a mass-level health crisis that needs an implicit addressal. Of late, even the west is turning to Ayurveda to find comprehensive solutions for the wellness.
At a time when 65% of India’s population comprises of youth, it is incumbent upon us to ensure the wellbeing of the society. Hence, as the only preventive and holistic system of medicine, Ayurveda is the hope we can collectively look forward to. It offers health resolution not by just treating the symptoms, but also by taking an integral approach toward the root cause of the ailments. Ayurveda is the only medical science that aims to deliver sound physical, mental, and social health. It is the need of the hour to propagate and promote Ayurveda across India and the world as the first line of treatment. Ayurveda Parv is an endeavor and awareness campaign in this very direction.
Ayurveda Parv aims to create an outreach of Ayurveda to the grassroot levels so that its health goals can be realized at every level. It is also the aim of the Parv to benefit the people involved in the Ayurveda industry through this expansion which also involves major medical tourism impetus in AYUSH sector.
Historically speaking, Ayurveda is a system of medicine that has evolved through 3,500 years of medical practices based upon herbs, therapies, yoga, meditation, and diet. Originally derived from the Vedic scriptures and laid down as elaborate medical treatise by the likes of Charaka, Sushruta, and Vagbhata, Ayurveda has remained a traditional and reassuring healthcare system over the course of past several millennia.
As a matter of fact, Ayurveda has a huge role today in determining the wellness and healthy status of the society at a global scale. Western medicine has failed to contain the threat and upsurge of non-communicable and chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cancer. Hence, people are left with no choice but to look for effective remedies. This desperate search for a better medicine system has brought them closer to Ayurveda. The actual challenge is that majority of people still aren’t aware of the advantages of this ancient medicine system.
The cure for all the diseases was always around, at least in the Indian subcontinent. Taking pure Ayurveda and its true essence to the mainstream by enabling infrastructure and empowering the industry is what the AYUSH ministry is striving to accomplish. NirogStreet too is acting upon the same objectives, by creating a robust community and knowledge driven evidence-based platform.
The Ayurveda Parv in Patna will have lectures by chief guests, eminent dignitaries, and Ayurveda functionaries. Medical consultation and free distribution of medicines, discourses on diseases and their management, Ayurveda quiz for students and public, exhibits, discussions on current education, workshops, drug manufacturing deliberation, etc. would be some of the highlights of the events.
‘Women are the real architects of society.’ – Cher
Women are the foundation of the world we live in. Without their active participation, dedication, and hard work, the whole idea of human progress would be lost to the sidelines. Whether it is the family, society, or nation, women have not only created them primarily but cared and nurtured them for so long as well. We believe that health and happiness in the society can only be achieved if the women of the society are healthy and happy.
March 8, 2018 is the International Women’s Day. It is the day to honor women who have been an inspiration for all us. It is the day to be grateful and thankful. It is the day to remember our pledge to respect, support, and encourage more and more women to become the pioneers and leaders in the progress of humankind. In Ayurveda too, as Prof. Tanuja Nesari, (Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda) said, women have contributed immensely and they are going to play an important role in making Ayurveda the first call of treatment.
On the occasion of Women’s Day 2018, NirogStreet talked to a few inspirational women Ayurveda practitioners. Read what they said.
Dr. Reena Arora
“It is important for women to take care of themselves. Ayurveda helps women maintain their health through the right diet and lifestyle. Even in terms of beauty care, cosmetic surgery and other such things would never be required if you follow Ayurveda. I think women can be more empowered through Ayurveda. At every level, be it schools, colleges, government institutions, etc., we can create positions for women Ayurveda doctors who would then be able to come out from their subjected cocoons and contribute toward the wellness of the society effectively.
Besides, there is a need for awareness in women about the Ayurvedic way of lifestyle, pregnancy, etc. This would contribute to their wellbeing and create a healthy society.
Today, women are progressing, but the equality should reach and benefit more and more women quickly. Men should participate as home makers which would ease off the burden and give women more spare time to evolve well. My message to all women is that they should use their discretion and shouldn’t comply too much to everything without applying their minds and hearts to it. Become constructive and remember that since you are a mother too, the health and betterment of your family begins with you first”, said Dr. Reena Arora, an experienced Ayurveda practitioner based out of Mukherjee Nagar, New Delhi.
Dr. Sushmita Bajaj
Dr. Sushmita Bajaj, who has over 24 years of experience in Ayurveda and practices from her clinic Aravli Ayurvedic Clinic (Gurgaon) also voiced her opinion. She said that Ayurveda empowers everyone, however, since the whole family depends upon her, health of the woman is most significant. Women can easily contribute to making Ayurveda the first call of treatment since their faith in it would easily translate into the faith of other family members. Her decisions are important.
“Even as Ayurveda practitioners, women can more naturally understand the health problems of other women. Female patients are quite often shy and they wouldn’t clearly tell the male doctors about all their illnesses. Besides, in front of a woman doctor, they can cry and seek empathy too. It lightens them up since they can relate.”
“About women advancement in present times, I’d say it is great that women are making progress. Yet a lot more has to be done. They are enjoying their independence and that’s good, yet they have a responsibility to help other women who are yet dependent and helpless.”
Dr. Bajaj gave her message to the women on wellbeing: “Take good care of yourself, never postpone your health care, enjoy nature, use herbs and home remedies that are natural and beneficial, and be well.”
Dr. Preeti Chhabra
“Women in India have always carried the essence of Ayurveda in their daily chores. Even as a homemaker, their kitchen is like a small pharmacy where various herbs. The way food is cooked, the ingredients that are used, the nutrition value of the food they prepare, etc. are already somewhat a practice that she engages in to take care of the health of her family. You can easily imagine that even in the routine act of preparing meals, she is trying to keep you healthy; even her cuisine imbibes the essence of Ayurveda”, said Dr. Chhabra, a seasoned practitioner and the Projects Convenor, NASYA.
Dr. Chhabra also stressed the importance of female practitioners. “Aahar, Vihar, and Aushadhi are the three dynamics of health in Ayurveda and since women understand both diet and family, two of the dynamics are already fulfilled which equals to more than 66% of the guidelines. Once a woman chooses her career as an Ayurveda practitioner, she has adhered to the three sutras completely. It is more than an achievement. Such a contribution is going to go a long way, ultimately building a healthy society. A woman’s role has huge magnitude even from Ayurveda’s perspective”, she said.
On women equality and self-independence, Dr. Chhabra remarked that society needs to be more supportive, and since women have innate qualities of multitasking, her potential should be realized in every field. She said she felt that women power is under-utilized and only partially harnessed. The women who are independent today are so because of their own choices and decisions. The society should help it become more automatic and natural.
“Whatever you do, give her 100% and best will happen. There’s a lot of potential in you and you should harness it in the best manner possible”, said Dr. Chhabra in her to the women on their wellbeing.
Dr. Rupali Panse
Dr. Rupali Panse is another highly experienced Ayurveda doctor. She practices from her Aadyam Ayurved Clinic, Pune. She said that in the modern age when the diseases are becoming so rampant, being healthy is akin to being empowered. Prevention as laid down in Ayurveda is far better than cure. She urged the women to be more aware about Ayurveda and understand how it can help them in difficulties related to menses, prenatal and postnatal care, as well as in day to day life. They can be much better off if they know the right diet, lifestyle, and therapies they can seek to stay well.
“Women are the main vehicle of the family. If they have faith in Ayurveda, it benefits the family in great ways. The remedies start right from her kitchen, where there are so many herbs already in use, knowingly or unknowingly. It’d serve just better once they understand the Ayurvedic use of these herbs”, Dr. Panse said.
“I think we cannot compare one woman’s achievement with other’s. We would have to see if someone is happy with the work she does. Some women would be happy as a homemaker, while some would want a career for themselves. The point to understand here is whether we are giving something back to the society in whatever we do. The satisfaction of giving and a balanced share of responsibilities is the way to happiness and advancement. I’d like to give them the message, find yourself, be happy to the core, and cultivate values and give them to your children too”, she concluded.
Dr. Namrata Kulshrestha
“Women have their interest and faith in Ayurveda. As practitioners and students, women imbibe the values of Ayurveda comprehensively and this becomes beneficial on many levels, such as home, family and kids, and society.
It is important that awareness events which we do on local levels are more frequent and continued everywhere. The main challenge in making Ayurveda the first call of treatment is the lack of information. One empowered women Ayurveda leader means a whole family practicing healthy lifestyle and right diet.
I don’t think that enough women are self-independent yet, although they are becoming so faster than before. Until and unless they feel that independence in their consciousness too, inequality and the imbalance would continue to do the damage. I’d like to give the women the message, fulfill your responsibilities and roles, but do give yourself the time and care that you need. Revive, rejuvenate, and take care of your health most importantly”, said Dr. Namrata Kulshrestha. She is an Ayurvedic Surgeon as well as the Zonal Coordinator of NASYA.
Dr. Deepa Mishra
“This is the age of Ayurveda and this is the age of women. I’d urge the women to become more aware about Ayurveda. They should know how beneficial it can be in sorting out issues related to puberty, pregnancy, menopause, etc. Ayurveda will make them manage their health well and stay away from various illnesses.
It is a good thing that more women are studying and practicing Ayurveda. In fact, they should enter every field of Ayurveda, every specialty.
Rabindranath Tagore said a beautiful thing once that women make half of the world and remaining half is because of them. Women have been doing a tough job all the time as homemakers. It often goes unacknowledged too. Women Ayurveda practitioners are changing this status quo in their own way. They are helping people stay healthier and getting their own recognition and re-affirming their importance as equals. It is a great shift and Ayurveda is helping the cause as it has helped generations with its cures and wisdom.
If you talk about beauty care, Ayurveda can make much better contributions there too. And when it comes to empowering women, there is so much scope and potential. It can become the first call of treatment for the many blessings it can offer.
My message to the women is: Your potential is not fully utilized. You are the most skilled species in the entire world. Recognize your worth and claim your wellness. Ayurveda will help you,” said Dr. Deepa Mishra, Incharge & Associate Professor, Prasuti Tantra-Stri Rog, Ayurveda and Unani Tibbia College & Hospital.
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