Healing Stars

Healing Stars

With allopathic medicine’s failure in dealing with a number of health problems, people are increasingly turning towards other therapeutic systems for respite. According to Dr. Uday Kulkarni, an Ayurvedic Specialist, "Allopathic medicine is heavily skewed in favour of physical aspect of healing, while completely ignoring the mental and physical aspects." It is to address this extremely important issue that a novel system of therapy, called "Rashi Prakalp", has been introduced at Pandit Deendayal Smriti Ayurveda Panchakarma Kendra in Thane’s Yeoor Hills.

The system relies on Nature and Astrology and uses the knowledge of zodiac signs and planetary aspects for curing patients. The concept took shape about one and a half years ago with specific trees being planted for each zodiac sign. Using special mantras, these zodiac trees were infused with powerful spiritual energy during plantation and growth.

Introduced for the first time in India, the "Rashi Prakalp" system works in tandem with Panchakarma, an ayurvedic method, which basically denotes detoxification or elimination of toxins from the body. The Panchakarma treatment consists of four basic forms, namely – medicine or drug therapy, pancha (five) karma (actions/systems), dietary regime and regulation of lifestyle.

"Rashi Prakalp" helps in the last one, namely, regulation of lifestyle. Patients with chronic depression or other psychosomatic diseases are asked to meditate under a designated zodiac tree. The vibrations of the tree act on the patient in a miraculous way to cure him/her of both mental and physical ailments.

Since its commencement in October last year, a number of patients from Thane have already found relief from the so-called incurable diseases such as arthritis and asthma. For more information, readers may contact Mr. Nandu Gore on 5451461 or Dr. Uday Kulkarni on 5433036.

Holy chants
The Bhagwad Gita is one of the three principal texts that define and capture the essence of Hinduism, the other two being the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras. Bhagawad Gita means "Song of the God", is revered by Hindus for the infinite wisdom that it offers.

To make this wisdom available to residents of Thane, Bharat Sahakari Bank has organized a series of lectures called Gita Saar or the essence of Gita. Being held at Saraswati School (Naupada), Dr. Shankar Abyankar, a learned scholar from Pune, explains the real meaning of Gita to an audience of more than 3000 educated people.

The discourse begins with Deepa Parjavalan (lighting of a diya) followed garlanding of Lord Krishna’s picture and Dr. Shankar Abyankar by a well-known Thane resident. The series began on December 26, 2001 and will continue through January 13, 2002. All through the 90-minute lecture, there is pin-drop silence, while Dr. Abhyankar imparts wealth of spiritual wisdom to the audience comprising of the young and the old.

Thaneites are indeed fortunate, as those who have attended the lectures claim to have benefited tremendously. In times when war clouds are looming large over the world, Krishna consciousness is just what the peace doctors have prescribed.

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