JULY 2004, AUGUST 2009, MAY/OCTOBER 2012/JULY 2013
A Y U R V E D A
This study of ayurveda was prompted by inquiries made of the writer [from India and abroad] by some who were concerned with the question of any potential difficulties that may arise in the use of this Indian system of medicine by Christians, especially with the Vatican cautions on New Age remedies, herbal medicine and holistic health therapies in its February 3, 2003 Document. They wanted to know, “Does ayurveda fit the bill?”
Said to be part of the Atharva Veda and practised from Vedic times, ayurveda derives from the Sanskrit ayur [life] and veda [knowledge or science], meaning ‘the science of life’. One story concerning its origin goes like this:
Concerned about the problem of disease on earth, sages meeting on the Himalayas deputed one Bharadwaja to approach the god Indra who knew about ayurveda from the Ashwini twins, the physicians to the gods, who learnt it from Daksha Prajapati who in turn had received his knowledge from the creator, Brahma.
Bharadwaja passed on his learning to the other sages, of whom one Punarvasu Atreya taught it to his six disciples.
Agnivesha, one of the six, wrote his learning down in the Agnivesha Tantra around the 8th century BC, which was revised by Charaka as the Charaka Samhita in the 6th century BC, and again revised in the 9th century AD by Dridhabala, a Kashmiri pandit. Another text, the Susruta Samhita, [by Susruta who is regarded as the father of ayurvedic surgery] is the main source of knowledge about surgery in ancient India. Other ancient Indian ayurvedic classics are the Bhela Samhita, Nava Nitaka, Ashtanga Samgraha, Ashtanga Hridaya Samhita, Madhava Nidhana, and the Bhava Prakasha of Bhavamisra.
Ancient Indian treatises by Parasara, Shalihotra and Nakula dealt with the ayurvedic treatment of elephants [gaja
ayurveda], cows [go ayurveda], and plants [vriksha ayurveda].
Recognised by the Government of India, there are now thousands of ayurveda dispensaries, pharmacies, and over 500 hospitals and 200 colleges all over the country.
VEDIC UNDERSTANDING OF MAN
In ayurveda there is the concept of prakriti
which means ‘nature’ or the ‘natural form’ or ‘constitution’ of the human body. Pra means ‘source’ or ‘origin’. Kruthi means ‘to form’. Put together, they mean ‘natural form’ or ‘natural origin’. Disease is said to occur when there is a change in this original form at the physiological or psychological level. Ayurveda lays emphasis on examining the prakriti or natural state of an individual first. The disease, vikruthi, is examined later.
But it is not as simple as all that.
The philosophy of ayurveda is based on the doctrine of the pancha bhutas [five elements] or panch mahadev [five primal divine energies] of which all living and non-living things are believed to be composed. They are akasha [ether], vayu [air], teja [fire], apa
or jala [water], and prithvi [earth].
The combination of these five elements are represented in the form of one of the three doshas [tridosha] or ‘body humours’ which are vata [ether + air], pitta [fire] and kapha [water + earth], also described as wind, bile and phlegm respectively. Ayurvedic doctor C.J. Joseph states that the theory of tridosha is “the basis of the physiology, pathology and therapeutics of ayurveda.”
Ayurveda considers the human being as a combination of the five elements, the three doshas, the seven body tissues [sapta dhatu], five senses [pancha indriya], mind [manas], intellect [budhi] and soul [atman].
“Osteoporosis or ashtakshaya is due to the lack of agni… It is an imbalance in the doshas, especially an increase of kapha with vata”[4th D, January 2004].
Ayurveda aims at keeping these structural and functional aspects in samyavastha, a state of equilibrium or simply, good health. This equilibrium is maintained through various techniques, procedures, regimens, diets and medicines. 1.
THE THEORY OF TASTES
The theory of rasas [tastes] plays an important role in ayurveda, as it determines the selection of medicines and diet. The food that we consume is composed of the pancha bhutas. All five elements go to make any one taste, but in different tastes, different elements predominate thus giving it its characteristic taste.
So, with the predominance of the apa [water] element, there is a sweet taste; if apa and teja [fire], then the taste is saline or salty; if vayu [air] and teja, food tastes pungent; vata [air plus ether] foods are bitter; and if vayu and prithvi [air and earth] are predominant, your food will taste astringent.
The various rasas [tastes] of different foods are said to produce certain physiological functions, effects, and characteristics. Sweet is said to increase the seven dhatus [blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow, semen and life essence; or rakta, mamsa, medas, asthi, majja, sukla and ojas]; it helps the ‘six’ senses; it is moist, cold and heavy.
Saline taste is good for digestion, removes vata, secretes kapha, and is moist and warm.
Pungent tasting foods rouse digestive fire and are dry, warm and light.
The bitter taste promotes appetite, assists in digestion and removes harmful doshas; it is dry, cool and light.
The astringent taste restores harmony among the doshas; it is dry, cool and heavy.
Sour or acidic taste is said to stimulate digestion, develop the body and remove vata; it is moist, warm and light.
In addition to taste, different foods are said to possess other qualities. There are the ten pairs of opposites:
liquid and solid, small and large, cold and hot, dry and oily, cold and hot, light and heavy, smooth and rough etc.
The most important are the light [which contain the properties of air and fire] and heavy [earth and water] qualities.
Light foods can be consumed in greater amounts without harm, but doing the same with the heavy foods can be harmful to health. Each taste is listed as light or heavy in two orders of lightness or heaviness; the order of the first list is bitter- pungent- sour; the order of the second list is sweet- astringent- bitter.
The food that we eat is modified in our bodies into the seven dhatus. Pranavayu moves it to the stomach, where samana vayu digests it. During three different stages of digestion, the food becomes sweet or kapha, succeeded by a sour reaction or pitta, culminating in a bitter-astringent or vata condition in the large intestine.
When the food is thoroughly digested, ahara rasa [food juice] is produced. Driven by pranavayu it passes through the blood vessels to the heart. It is this ahara rasa that produces rasa dhatu from which the seven different dhatus result: from rasa dhatu, blood; from blood, flesh; from flesh, fat; from fat, bones; from bones, marrow; from marrow, semen; and from semen, the life-essence. The transformation of ahara rasa into different dhatus is brought about by paka [a process of cooking] for which two energies, the bhutagnis [the internal heat of the five bhutas] and the seven dhatvagnis [the respective fires of the dhatus] are responsible.
THE CAUSES OF DISEASE
As a result of this digestion and assimilation, the prasadas which maintain and sustain the body, and the malas or waste matters [like urine and faeces, sweat, oiliness of skin, the nails and hair] which pollute the body if they are in excess, are produced. Of all the malas, the most important are vayu, pitta and kapha. When they are present in the body in the right proportion, they act constructively, as do the dhatus. If not, they upset the equilibrium of the dhatus and cause vaishyamya or disease. It is because of this that they are called doshas, or vitiators of the dhatus.
Kapha, ayurveda teaches, has its origin and seat in the stomach from where it spreads in the body.
It imparts moisture. Its activity in different parts of the body is given different names and each has different functions and benefits. For example, called shlesaka in the joints, it makes them flexible. If deranged, it causes heaviness.
The principal abode of pitta is the region between the stomach and the large intestine. It is the only entity of the body that has heat. Pitta may reside in organs like the liver, spleen, heart where again, they are known differently.
Heart pitta is called sadhaka [the effective fire], and in the eyes, it is known as alochaka [the beholding fire].
Vayu is located in the urinary bladder, the intestines, the pelvis, thighs, legs and the bones. Under different names [udana, prana, samana, apana, vyana], they serve to supply energy in respect of actions, movements, breathing functions, excretion etc., e.g. Prana vayu in the heart causes inward breath; its derangement causes hiccup and asthma. Those who possess an equilibrium of the three doshas from the time of conception, have good health.
If one of the doshas predominates, they are prone to disease.
Disease in a body has three causes: nidanas or predisposing causes which vitiate a dosha; doshas themselves; or, dushyas, which are deranged dhatus. Nidanas cannot, of themselves, cause disease, or act on the dhatus directly.
They must first vitiate the doshas, following which the vitiated doshas act on the dhatus which become dushyas and then cause disease. Though the attributes of the doshas are mutually opposed to one another, they do not always neutralise one another and can grow simultaneously violent in a system.
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
In his treatment, the practitioner corrects the diagnosed imbalance of the doshas etc through appropriate diet, and remedies derived from either vegetable, mineral or animal sources and administered in the form of powders, solutions, decoctions, medicated oils or ghees etc.
Ayurveda teaches that the ‘taste’ of some substances changes after digestion. In such cases, this secondary taste is what matters. This theory of taste plays an important role in the selection of medicines and diet. It holds that the remedies act on the body through their rasa [taste (as discussed earlier)], vipaka [post-digestive taste], virya [potency], and prabhava [special action]. To know beforehand how a particular remedy will act, one needs to be educated on the above characteristics of each of these drugs, as well as all the items of the diet to be prescribed.
They are classified as akashatmaka, vayavya, agnya, apya, and parthiya [ethereal, airy, fiery, watery and earthy].
In line with the monistic outlook of the Vedas, ayurveda considers the human being as a microcosm of the cosmic macrocosm, but treatment is individualized. Diagnosis involves several examination points like pulse, tongue, eyes, urine, faeces and visual and sensory inference and includes questioning of the patient on aspects of his lifestyle.
Ayurvedic treatment consists of two measures, preventive and curative. The former includes personal hygiene, appropriate social behaviour and rasayana sevana or use of rejuvenative materials. The latter consist of drugs [oushadhi], diets [anna], and exercises [vihara].
The system of ayurveda is also called ashtanga ayurveda because it has eight disciplines:
kaya chikitsa [internal medicine]; agada tantra [toxicology]; salakaya tantra[diseases pertaining to ear, nose, throat];
salya tantra [surgery]; kaumara bhrithya [pediatrics]; rasayana [geriatrics, the science of rejuvenation]; vaji karana [the science of aphrodisiacs]; and bhuta vidya [psychiatry].
means five therapies for removal of toxins from the body. In ayurveda there are three steps in treating a disease. They are samsodhana [cleansing process], samsamana [palliative measures] and nidana parivarjana [treating the causes]. Diseases treated by samsamana may recur, but pancha karma, which is a synonym for samsodhana, is more effective. The panch karma are vamana [emesis or induced vomiting], virechana [purging], vasti [enema] which is of two kinds, snehavasti and kashayavasti, done with medicated oils and medicated decoctions respectively, and nasya or instillation of medicines through the nose. Susruta gives stress to rathamoksha [blood-letting] as one of the panchakarmas, taking the two kinds of vasti as a single karma.
With globalisation, there is big money to be made in ayurveda. Ayurvedic products are an important source of foreign exchange for India. An “Intellectual Conclave on Ayurvedic Research Methodology and Formulations” was held in Kochi in March 2004, jointly organized by the India’s number one exporter, Kerala Ayurveda Pharmacy Ltd. [KAPL] and the powerful Confederation of Indian Industries.
Kerala as a popular tourist destination offers ‘health spas and ayurveda’ packages of which the foremost is KAPL’s Ayurved Gram Heritage Wellness Centre, where a package may cost upto Rs. 25,000.
Consumer healthcare products in the ayurvedic medicinal segment are growing at 30%, twice the pace of the industry growth rate, prompting the entry of allopathic pharmaceutical giants Cipla, Lupin, Ranbaxy etc. in a market dominated by Himalaya, Dabur, Baidyanath, and Charak Pharma.
[The earliest players were Dabur, Dodh Pappaswer, Kottakal, and Vaidya Nath, all founded between 1890 and 1910].
The latest entrant is the giant Hindustan Lever, India’s largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods company who have recently opened Ayush Therapy Centres [five of them in Chennai and four in Bangalore], in collaboration with the Coimbatore-based Arya Vaidya Pharmacy. India will shortly be covered by dozens of centres run by franchisees.
The Christian believer must be able to distinguish between classical or shuddha [pure] ayurveda with its inherent Vedic philosophical presuppositions, and modern commercial ayurvedic preparations.
With the growing popular emphasis on total health, bodycare, and proper nutrition, the ‘ayurvedic’ label sells but manufacturers use simple substances found in nature as the basic ingredients for the manufacture of their skin and hair care oils, creams, soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, digestive pills and tonics etc. These preparations are safe, and reasonably effective, though a bit on the expensive side. Their laboratories use scientific methods of research, clinical testing and standardization, and are more allied to modern biochemistry than to bhutas, doshas and rasas.
But pure ayurveda is not prepared to be left behind. Besides classical ayurvedic institutions of learning, there are ayurvedic colleges that teach students the fundamentals of modern sciences and even the subjects of the human anatomy, clinical anaesthesia and aseptic precautions as in regular medical colleges.
Laboratory-based diagnostics for the confirmation of diagnoses made according to ayurvedic principles, and pathological tests for the examination of body fluids etc. are also included in some ayurvedic clinics. 3.
However, the basic vedic underpinnings of ayurvedic philosophy subtly exert their influence on its teachers and promoters, and cannot be ignored or substituted for, as we see in the case of the Chempakasseril Vaidyars of Pala in Kerala who are Catholic Christians. The present Ayurvedacharya Dr. C. J. Joseph, a Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine with a Diploma in Natural Therapy and a Doctorate in Integrated Medicine, is the grandson of the founder who started an ayurvedic centre in 1910 that grew into a hospital under his son, himself an ayurvedic doctor.
Despite his claim of “combining and correlating ayurveda and modern systems of medicine”, a study of his treatise Ayurveda in a Nut Shell [purchased, incidentally, from the St. Pauls bookshop, Ernakulam] clearly reveals that one cannot be a student of this practice, without eventually being influenced into subscribing to beliefs and practices that are antithetical to those of Christianity. Some excerpts from this book to illustrate the point:
Dr. Joseph teaches ayurveda as an “indigenous system such as naturopathy and yoga… [having] originated and developed from the various Vedic hymns.” He therefore recognizes its common Vedic origins with yoga.
“Ayurveda takes an integrated view of the physical and spiritual aspects of man. It is the most cherished desire of the human race to lead a long happy and healthy life, so that the fourfold objectives of life such as dharma, artha, kama and moksha van be attained… The divine origin of ayurveda has similarity with the divine origin of the healing arts of near contemporary civilizations. Just as Brahma is said to have revealed ayurveda to the Indians, so did Thoth and Apollo reveal the Egyptian and Greek systems to their respective people,” he says.
Obviously, one has to accept not only the historical origins of ayurveda but also its philosophies and understanding of the human make-up, to effectively use it in diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately one’s Christian faith is compromised, as we can see.
The doctor writes about “auspicious” times, and “offering prayers according to one’s own religious belief.”
Vedic superstitions based on astrology are evident in his advice to avoid study “during the fall of meteors, nor during the solar or lunar eclipse, nor on a new moon date.”
One who takes ayurvedic treatment must not have sex with “a woman with an ugly appearance, …under sacred trees, …in the houses of Brahmins or in temples, …and on inauspicious days,” he recommends.
NEW AGE MASSAGES
The compatibility of ayurveda with other New Age medicines is demonstrated by the casual manner in which Dr. Joseph includes in his book, recommendations on the ‘touch therapies’ Shiatsu* and Reflexology*, since massage [using medicinal leaves, powders, curd, ghee and oils] is an integral part of ayurvedic treatment, which relates them closely. He takes pains to explain their working principle as “the balance of the vital energy or ki in the meridians.”
In Coimbatore’s Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, the number of trained assistants and masseurs has grown from 50 in 2000 to 165 in 2003, while Arya Vaidya Sala, Kotakkal’s employees have grown threefold over the last two years. They manage the ayurveda centres at various five-star hotels.
Ramesh Gune who runs an alternative medicine spa near Los Angeles offers ayurvedic massage with yoga lessons and meditative techniques [Economic Times December 14, 2003].
At the Le Mirage Health and Fitness Club at the Le Royal Meridien in Chennai, the combination is the same, with the additions of Aroma therapy* and Shiatsu* [ET April 24, 2004]. Chennai’s Limelite Beauty Salon in an advertisement in the same issue asks “What is your body type- vata, pitta or kapha?” and offers corresponding treatments.
Handloom cloth dyed with ayurvedic preparations is woven at Thiruvananthapuram [SE March 14, 2004].
The Ayurvedic Company of Great Britain conveys the message of ayurveda by a fusion of Bharatanatyam and Kathak [New Indian Express, January 25, 2004]. This is because the character of ayurvedic theory and practice is holistic.
*see separate articles
The evidence for a holistic case on ayurveda is overwhelming. In its application, an increasing association with more well-known alternative or non-pharmacological therapies in the holistic health movement is very evident.
*Holistic medicine… which focuses on the whole person- mind, body and spirit, can be ancient, such as ayurvedics or traditional Chinese medicine, or contemporary, like biofeedback, colour therapy… [The Hindu Folio Jan. 2000].
*The Indian art of holistic healing [includes] therapies like ayurveda, yoga, massage and panchakarma
[The Hindu January 30, 2000]
*The Brockhampton Guide to Alternative Medicine devotes a chapter to ayurveda as a “holistic approach to health care.” *One ayurvedic soap ‘Vrinda’ advertises under the caption “purify the
body, mind and soul.”
*Ayurveda aims at bringing about a perfect balance between body, mind and spirit [The Hindu January 28, 2000].
*“Alternatives in Holistic Healing” through ayurveda and homoeopathy are discussed [The Hindu June 14, 2000].
*At Ayurved Gram, New Ager “Deepak Chopra was a resident in the past… We take a holistic view of disease- physical, mental and spiritual… The centre offers yoga, pranayama, and meditation.” [ET February 22, 2004].
*Information on Discovery Channel’s Healing Touch programme on ayurveda was captioned “Holistic Healing”
Express February 7, 2004]. 4.
*Many of us turn to ayurveda, reiki, acupuncture and other unorthodox forms of medicine collectively known as… holistic healing… Electro-crystal therapy is very much based on the Indian ayurveda concepts like the presence of chakras in our body and the aura of energy emanated by our body [Delhi Times March 24, 1998].
*In “Depression, A Holistic Approach”, treatment with ayurveda, yoga and pranayama is recommended
[New Indian Express January 20, 2004].
*At Ayurveda Health Centre in Chennai, Dr. Devikacharlu says, “Ayurveda treats the mind, matter and the spirit. You can call it holistic. The treatment is mani, mantra, aushadha [or] crystals, slokas and medicines” [CE March 22, 2004].
*Ayurveda is reputed as one of the most ancient holistic medical systems existing today [NIE December 9, 2003 on the Ayurveda Gaveshana Kendram, Kerala].
*At Soukya, located in Whitefield, Bangalore, Dr. Isaac Mathai [MD in homoeopathy from Hahnemann Post Graduate Institute of Homoeopathy, London] offers acupuncture, pranic healing, yoga therapy, homoeopathy and ayurveda [The Hindu February 12, 2003].
*A short drive from it, KAPL’s Ayurgram, ayurvedic treatments are backed with yoga and meditation [Sunday Express Dec 21, 2003].
*Along with a wide range of ayurvedic treatment, the services at Hindustan Lever’s mushrooming Ayush clinics include “yoga- to attain cosmic balance between body and soul,” pranayama and meditation: in a special article on Bangalore’s “Holistic
Health Clinics” in Simply South October-December 2003.
*Holistic methods of busting stress, like ayurveda, aromatherapy, reiki, acupressure are being used to create a sense of wellbeing. Yoga is not just another system of exercise [Bangalore Times November 2, 1999].
*HOMAT 2003, the Holistic Medicine and Alternative Therapies
International Exhibition in Malaysia, promoted Indian ayurvedic therapies along with homoeopathy and Chinese traditional therapies like acupuncture and reflexology.
*An ad. in Chennai’s Purusai Times for an Ayurvedic Health Centre offers massages and regular yoga classes.
*The International Congress-Ayurveda in Chennai in January 2000 included “a spectacular demonstration of yoga.”
*The Centre for Health and Healing at the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania, USA offers ayurvedic rejuvenation, panchakarma, hatha yoga and meditation [Yoga International October/November 2000].
*The Acupuncture Foundation Research Centre in Coimbatore offers ayurveda, homoeopathy, magnet and pyramid therapies etc with acupressure and acupuncture [My Doctor, February 1996].
*Total Fitness for Life Health Care Services at Chennai offers the entire range of alternate [sic] medical systems- ayurveda, herbal medicines, yoga, homeopathy, pranic healing, acupuncture etc. [Sources & Ability Jan.- Mar.1999].
*The Sanjeevani Yoga Ayurveda Foundation, Chennai has now started an aromatherapy programme which includes yoga, ayurveda, pranic cleansing, homeopathy, acupressure and osteopathy. [Mylapore Times March 7-13, 1998].
At Sanjeevani “there are plans to start consultancy services in complementary therapies like reiki, self-hypnosis, Transactional Analysis, Neuro Linguistic Programming, astro diagnosis and alfa music” [MT July 1997].
*Uzhichil is yet another form of alternative medicine that is a system of full-body massage to improve muscle tone, flexibility, and stimulation of the circulation of blood. The treatments are based on ayurveda, and it is intended to cure kalari-related orthopaedic injuries and spasmodic diseases. This treatment is applicable for those who practice the kalarippayattu form of martial arts in Kerala [Focus- Alternatives in Holistic Healing, The Hindu June 14, 2000].
*Although considered new to modern medicine, most of the popular forms of ‘alternative therapies’ are actually ancient healing practices that have traditional cultures alive and well for centuries. They include Chinese medicine, herbalism, acupuncture, ayurvedic medicine, shamanism, energy healing, yoga, meditation and nutritional therapy… Chinese medicine includes herbalism and acupuncture in restoring balance to body, mind and spirit [The Greening of Medicine, The Hindu Folio, June 1998].
NOT A SCIENCE
*Says referred veteran ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Joseph, “Ayurvedic practice revolves around the tridosha concept of vata, pitta, kapha. But what exactly are they? Can they be… quantitatively measured? The answer is: No.”
*An article “Spirit of the Yoga of Healing” notes that allopathy is “easily verifiable and reproducible” whereas ayurveda and yoga are “not easily verifiable and reproducible” [The Hindu June 27, 1999].
*Ayurvedic pharmacology (dravyaguna) cannot be explained in terms of modern pharmacological
evaluation, says Dr. S. Venkataraman, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Madras [The Hindu January 28, 2000].
*Ayurveda and yoga can be called sister sciences of ‘self-healing and self-realization’. Both evolved from a Vedic background in ancient India, based on the same philosophy, sharing many practices. Ayurveda, the ‘yogic form of
healing’ is aimed at bringing us back into harmony with our true Self or Atman. The great ayurvedic teacher Charaka defines ayurveda as the harmony of body, prana, mind and soul.
According to ayurveda, only when we are connected to our true Self or Atman can we be truly healthy in body, mind and soul. Its goal is holistic well-being: physically, psychologically and spiritually [Times of India November 21, 2002].
*The above understanding of ayurveda is confirmed by Dr. Mark Halpern in the article ‘Health, Harmony and Peace of Mind through Ayurveda’, when he says, “The term for perfect health in ayurveda is ‘svastha’. Literally translated, svastha means ‘to be fully established in the Self’. Hence, when we are fully established in knowing our true
as God, we express our full potential. This represents optimal health for that person. 5.
Ayurveda is a journey to perfect health, peace of mind and, ultimately, to enlightenment…
When self-realization occurs twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, the door opens to becoming a jivan mukta, a liberated soul, and enlightenment ensues… Hari Om Tat Sat.”
Halpern is the founder and director of the College of Ayurveda and a founding member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine [Yoga Life Winter 2000].
The goal of ayurveda is the same as that of yoga- holism, enlightenment, liberation, realization of the self as the Self.
THE VATICAN DOCUMENT ON THE NEW AGE
“‘Holistic Health’ as it is known concentrates on the important role that the mind plays in physical healing.
The connection between the spiritual and the physical aspects of a person is said to be in the… Indian chakra system…There is a remarkable variety of approaches for promoting holistic health, some derived from ancient cultural traditions, whether religious or esoteric… Advertising connected with New Age covers a wide range of practices as acupuncture, …homeopathy, …massage and various kinds of ‘bodywork’ (such as …reflexology, therapeutic touch) …various kinds of herbal medicine [etc]… They claim to look at the whole person” [# 2.2.3].
“Our problem in a New Age perspective is our inability to recognize our own divinity… The fundamental idea is that ‘God’ is deep within ourselves. We are gods.” [# 3.5]
The reader can now answer for himself, or herself, the question ‘Does ayurveda fit the bill ?’
Q. What is ayurvedic medicine?
AN EXTRACT from The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine, Can You Trust Your Doctor, John Ankerberg and John Weldon, 1992.
A. Ayurvedic medicine is based on a Hindu approach to both the body and life in general.
Its reliance upon Hinduism, an occultic religion, is what makes it attractive to many New Age therapists.
Ayurvedic medicine allegedly originated through revelations from the Hindu gods.
Its concern is not merely physical health, but also maintaining mental and spiritual health as defined by Hinduism. Thus, ayurvedic medicine is a spiritual method which incorporates physical concerns.
Ayurvedic medicine is not based upon traditional anatomy, but rather the spiritual (occult) anatomy of Hinduism. Because the ancient Indian physicians were also metaphysicians, and because Hinduism teaches that the body is created out of consciousness, the medicine of Hinduism is a ‘medicine’ of consciousness.
Thus, looking at the ‘anatomical charts’ of ayurvedic medicine, one does not see the typical organs pictured in Gray’s Anatomy, but rather a diagram of where the mind’s consciousness is flowing as it ‘creates’ the body.
It is this alleged ‘psychic flow’ that ayurvedic medicine attempts to treat. This is why the ayurvedic doctor does not merely treat the body, but also the more important mind/spirit.
Because each physical symptom is allegedly under the regulation of consciousness and/or the psychic energy flow known as prana, the goal is to modify the consciousness to cure the disease. In essence then, ayurvedic medicine is the application of the occultic philosophy and practice of Hinduism to medical practice.
[Prominent New Ager] Dr. Deepak Chopra is a practising endocrinologist, former chief of staff of New England Memorial Medical Hospital in Stoneham, Maine, and founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. His Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, along with Chandrashekhar Thakkur’s Ayurveda: The Indian Art and Science of Medicine, and Baba Haridas and Dharma Sara Satsang’s Ayurveda: The Yoga of Health clearly demonstrate the metaphysical and occultic nature of ayurvedic medicine.
*According to mythology, Lord Dhanwantri, an incarnation of Vishnu, is the god of Indian medicine- ayurveda.
He emerged from the milky ocean as it was churned by the devas and asuras. He possesses a leech in his right hand and a golden pot containing amrit in the other… The difficulty lies in the standardisation of ayurvedic drugs.
Each manufacturer prepares the same drug in a different way, so that we are not able to standardise them… Ayurveda is not acceptable to [modern scientists] because, by their criteria, it is based on unmeasurable or subjective parameters. So they consider only its pharmacopoeia [Indian Health Traditions, The Hindu Folio, October 2000].
*The Indian Medical Council Act 1956 recognizes seven fields of medicine- allopathy, ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, unani, siddha and yoga [The Asian Age July 20, 2003]
*In Ayurveda, different types of cigars are prescribed for smoking. They are made of vegetable drugs, and do not include tobacco or narcotics. Smoking cures headache, weakness of teeth, lockjaw, greying of hair, hypersomnia etc. It also strengthens hair, skull bones, sense organs and voice. Eight times smoking for habitual smokers is prescribed because vatta, pitta and kapha get vitiated during these times [Ayurveda in a Nutshell, Dr. C.J. Joseph].
CATHOLICS AND AYURVEDA
The Secunderabad-based Catholic Health Association of India [CHAI] promotes a range of holistic health therapies such as magnet therapy, pranic healing, homoeopathy, herbal medicines and ayurveda through various courses advertised in its Health Action monthly. The course on herbal medicine includes acupressure [August 1999].
Articles discussing ayurveda are to be seen in the May 1997, June 1998, January 2000 issues etc. of Health Action. 6.
MEDICINE OR MYSTICISM? By Doug Ecklund R. Ph. email@example.com
By way of background, I am a practicing pharmacist. Since graduation from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, in May 1973, I have been in the retail setting.
The increasing acceptance and promotion of herbalism in retail pharmacy has been of growing concern to me, from both a professional, and Christian viewpoint.
My biblical view shapes every sphere of life, including my professional acumen, and is the basis for evaluation of the ideologies and views being propagated within today’s holistic health framework, where herbalism has its roots.
Alternate belief systems abound within holistic medicine in general and herbalism in particular, which are not built on empirical foundations, but on the philosophical and the spiritual.
My intent is to illuminate the underlying philosophies expressed by a segment of herbalists that is driving the promotion and inculcating of herbalism, and holistic health within our culture.
HERBALISM: A COMPONENT OF THE HOLISTIC HEALTH MODEL
My purpose is not to detail the holistic health system, but a brief overview of this new medical paradigm is necessary, since within this model, herbalism is discovered.
At its core, holistic health embraces preventing and treating the underlying cause of disease and treatment of the whole person. “It is a change in attitude and approach–more than an absence of illness, it is an active state of physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and social wellbeing-an inherent characteristic of whole and integrated human beings. Its foundations are promotion of health and disease prevention-mobilize self-healing, with self-responsibility and self-education and self-discovery opportunities.”(1)
I have no opposition to these basic tenets. My concerns arise in arenas where spirituality is addressed, and where scientific standards are laid aside in the evaluation of treatment modules.
Holistic health integrates all forms of health practices, which in the past, were relegated to the bizarre, the fraudulent, or the questionable.
Upon searching the web under holistic health, my very first link revealed an array of “health practices” including-acupuncture, yoga, spiritual development and healing, naturopathic medicine, energy healing systems, and community and planetary healing.(2)
Holistic health is alternative medicine
or natural medicine.
This system minimizes, and often exhibits disdain, for the scientific method. The scientific method is based on ordered unbiased thinking that relies on proof of theory as a result of measurable, repeatable, and observable testing or experimentation.
When reason and the demand for evidence is discarded, the door is opened to embrace any invalid practice. Within this climate, only theories and suppositions abound to explain disease states, and the effectiveness and rationale of proposed treatments. When the obstacles of rationality are removed, the infusion of esoteric thought ensues…
THE BRANCH OF AYURVEDA
Ayurveda is the world’s oldest healing system. The word itself is Sanskrit for “Science of Life”. “Ayurveda predates, and actually influenced, all healing systems, including ancient Greek, Chinese, and Western medicine. It has been practiced as India’s traditional medical system for more than 5000 years. In 16th century Europe, Paracelsus- who is known as the father of Western medicine- practiced and propagated a system of medicine that borrowed heavily from Ayurveda.”(17)
The practices of Ayurveda are described as completely holistic.
According to Dr. Nitin Patel, a health educator with a medical degree from India in alternative medicine, “In Ayurveda, the living body is a mini-universe governed by the same forces that govern the external world-the five components of ether, air, fire, water, and earth. As life enters our material body, three vital catalysts called Doshas- Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (water and earth)- work in harmony to maintain health. Basically, they govern all physiological and psychological aspects of the body. Each human is a unique combination of these Doshas, and disease is an imbalance in any of the Doshas.
Ayurveda, as a system, is based on the belief that the body has the ability to heal itself, when the whole person is properly cared for. Unlike Western medicine, the Ayurvedic materna medica combines herbs and minerals with diet, physical exercise, and practices such as Yoga and meditation.”(17)
In this system, herbs are only the medicinal agents employed in the holistic therapies. Ayurveda conveys a sweeping philosophy that is more than medical, it “encompasses the whole of life, which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe. As such, it is open to and includes, all life, and all methods that bring us into greater harmony with life.”(18)
Plants represent more than materialistic nourishment and medicine, but transmit “spiritual” or “occult” forces: “plants bring us love, the nourishing power of the sun — they bring to us the universal light, so that, we can enter the universal life.”(18)
These “sunny little friends” of ours, are now going to lead us into the philosophical source of Hinduism!
The Ayurvedic medical system evolved out of the Vedas, the Hindu books of knowledge, that were “divinely” revealed to the sages of India. The 4 Vedas consist of “Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda. Ayurveda is part of this fourth Veda, which includes dissertations upon the treatment of the sick using mantra, herb, and potions.”(19)
Upon entering into this medical paradigm, exposure to Hinduism is inevitable. Hinduism is a complex, interwoven system of varying traditions and paths. I will only concentrate on predominate, core philosophies, and will shed the Light of scripture on them.
Hinduism’s representation of God as Brahman varies within two traditions. One tradition views Brahman as a theistic, personal God; and the other, as an impersonal, pure awareness, consciousness, and “seen as undifferentiated reality”(20). God is not an impersonal force, but a person: “But I trusted in THEE, O LORD: I said THOU art my God” (Psalms 31: 14).
Hinduism offers a complex cosmology, where the universe is a great cosmic egg. Time is both degenerative, going from Krita Yuga (a golden age), to Kali Yuga (a present age), and is cyclic. Human life is viewed as being cyclic as well. In Hinduism, Dharma is “the absolute cosmic law, which governs all processes in the universe including the life of the individual”(21), and is the basis of morality.
Karma is the “law of causality”(21), whereby, any action or deed results in further actions, deeds, or activities. Included in Karma, is any omission to act or thought. Evolving from the cyclic view of human life, is the “wheel of life”. “After death, the soul leaves the body, and is reborn in the body of another person, animal, vegetable or mineral. This process of endless entanglement in activity and rebirth is called Samsara. The precise quality of the new birth is determined by the accumulated merit and demerit that result from all actions, or Karma.”(15) A single life would be impossible for resolution. The Bible nowhere teaches a Samsara like equivalent, but rather, a spiritual rebirth by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3: 7), this was referring to a birth from above. This spiritual rebirth is the requirement, not endless physical rebirth.
The desire of the Hindu is to be released from this endless cycle, and is referred to as Moksha. “By Moksha, the Hindu understands the final liberation and redemption from all worldly ties, from Karma, and the cycles of birth and death; union with the ultimate reality. Thus, the attainment of Moksha is the sole purpose of the spiritual quest.”(21)
Hinduism purports that, “All manifestations within the universe, accessible to our senses and our thinking, are relative; in absolute terms, they are untrue.”(21) If there is no reality, and no truth, then therefore, there is no sin. But the Bible says in 1 John 1: 8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Hinduism does not recognize sin as being anything but a violation of Dharma, resulting in Karma, but in Psalms 51: 4 we read, “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil, in thy sight.”
The goal of Moksha is obtaining release from Samsara, not salvation from an everlasting punishment and torment in Hell. Hinduism’s belief of hell, called Naraka, is a distressed area of consciousness-a state of mind-and not viewed as being permanent. Hell is eternal separation from the presence of the Lord. God wants no one punished in hell. He has extended compassion and pity on us, in order to save us. He demonstrated His love for us by graciously taking our place on the cross, so that God might justly pour out his wrath upon our sin, but extend forgiveness and eternal life to us. Do not despise His love and mercy to you, but rather, embrace Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. We should fear Hell, and fear the Lord Jesus, the Judge of all, who warned us: “But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.” (Luke 12: 5)
Hinduism does not hold to just one path to liberation. Most Hindus follow a path of one of three religious actions. Karma Marga-consisting of selfless deeds and puja (worship of temple, icon, person, or a god- by pouring or throwing flowers, rice, oil, water or milk, or offering incense). Bhakti Marga- consisting of loving, passionate devotion to a god of choice, expressed by chanting, singing, and prayer. Jnana Marga- a path of knowledge, including
meditation and Yoga.
Hinduism is a religion of works, where, grace has no place: “Karma can be shaped by an individual, but it can not be changed from outside.”(21) The Bible teaches that reconciliation to God, the forgiveness of sins, and eternal life in Heaven, is a FREE GIFT. Salvation is by God’s GRACE through faith in Jesus Christ alone. “For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:
8-9) All our “righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64: 6), that need to be discarded, and exchanged for the robe of the righteousness of Christ Jesus. The Lord Jesus is our righteousness; His righteousness is imputed to the believing sinner. We are saved by His blood, by His righteousness, and by His life. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3: 5-7) Our sin debt was paid at the cross, and the justice of God satisfied, through the Grace of our Great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
According to Bhakti-yoga, God responds to our love. Love, action, and knowledge are the paths. “When all else falls off, only the object of love remains, the lord, Krishna, the self-god.”(21). While this sounds good, the lord is not the object of love; the outcome is actually self-love. We do not love God first, for “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4: 10) Jesus appeased and satisfied God’s justice and righteousness by the atoning sacrifice of his death and shed blood, so that God “might be just; and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” “We love him, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4: 19) The Lord Jesus provides definition in regard to loving God: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14: 15). 8.
All the elements of the Hindu sacrificial systems, are in actuality, the “disguised sacrifice of oneself”(20). God does not accept the sacrifice of ourselves, but only of the Lord Jesus: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”(I Timothy 2: 5) Who “hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God…” (Ephesians 5: 2) Hinduism teaches that there are many gods (Avatars) that are manifestations representing the aspects of Brahman, and also allows preference in selecting which god to worship, as necessary to a personal way of redemption to Moksha, to Nirvana. The Bible declares, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34: 14) And in Acts 4: 12, speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” In Hinduism, a Guru acts as a spiritual guide to instruct the devotee to the way of Moksha, or Nirvana. He is viewed as an incarnation of god – “for ideally, a guru is one who has identified completely with his own innermost reality, and that reality is, in all that lives, divinity itself.”(20).
According to Hinduism, the “problem faced by all human beings is one of unenlightenment”(22), not sin. Man must be brought to an enlightened state, where the soul of man (Atman) comes to an awareness, of which, the inner self realizes “That Thou Art-Brahman, the ultimate reality of every man and every living thing are identical”(20). In short, we must ascertain that each of us IS GOD. It then follows that if we are gods, we have no need of salvation.
Ayurveda perpetuates the view of “energy” and its “balance” within the universe, and in us.
Hinduism, at its core, is another earth-centered religion. The cyclic pattern in nature is applied to mankind. Just as the seasons are cyclic, so man must endure countless deaths and rebirths. It promises a golden age of mankind, an ultimate perfection, rather than utter depravity. Distinction between mankind and the creation is taken one step farther in a spiral of deprivation through self-deification. What has been lost, is the crucial distinction between man and God. Hinduism is a satanic deception that will keep mankind from the truth, that our God and Saviour is the one “Who will have all men to saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2: 4).
The herbs offered by Ayurvedic medicine are cultivated in darkness and harvested with deceit…
The Ayurvedic philosophy of Hinduism recognizes a state, in which, spiritual beings on earth, and in the rest of creation, become aware of the “oneness of creation”.
Herbalism remains a vehicle to express the oneness of creation, and foster the divinity of nature and the earth.
In The Elements of Herbalism, the promotion of oneness is found: “The more we turn our attention toward the nature of our relationship with the environment, the more profound become the insights into the close embrace we share — of the many ways, in which, our ecological inter-relatedness shows itself. The art and science of herbal medicine is, for many people, the most unexpected — we are ALL ONE.”(1) (Capitalization mine)
Further stated is the Gaia concept of our earth as, “The Greek goddess of the earth-a living entity with the equivalent of senses, intelligence, memory and the capacity to act-she is the earth spirit-she is ecology”(1).
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Ayurveda demonstrates the Hindu concept of oneness: “Today for instance, people everywhere, are beginning to understand concepts like Gaia, the ONENESS of the organism of earth.
This happens by Pitta, the force of the intellect, or Vishnu the preserver (a Hindu god), who keeps balance on earth between the spiritual and demonic.”(19) (Capitalization mine) As a side note, any individual who believes God’s word, and has the faith of Jesus Christ, would be labeled “demonic”.
Herbalism is incorporated into this Gaian philosophy in The Elements of Herbalism, where; “Healing is a Gaian quality, as it is a personal expression of balance and wholeness. The relationship between healing plants and people, can be seen as Gaia in action — the context of ecological embrace.”(1) This concept degenerates into what follows, where, herbal healing is “an expression of very real and practical links with Gaia, there is an activation of ecological cycles for healing, so facilitating the work of Christ. A unique opportunity is created by the simple act of taking herbal medicines — such healing, goes beyond the treatment of pathologies and alleviation of bodily suffering-rather, it is in the realm of the transcendental, the ineffable transformation that comes through the touch of God. It has little to do with specific herbs or health care programmes. It results from a bridging of the separation of both nature and soul that plagues humanity.”(1)
This view does not separate God from nature, or the creation from the creature. The earth is not God, but rather, Psalms 24: 1 declares, “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”
What plagues humanity is not separation from nature, but from God, as a result of our sinful rebellion. Isaiah 59: 2 states our plague: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Our need is not an herb, but the blood of Christ. We need forgiveness of sins, and reconciliation to God. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5: 19). And “We pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5: 20)…
To support the entwining of all these varied, but unified philosophies, consider the similar Hindu belief as stated in some excerpts from
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Ayurveda: “This dream state of the cosmic being [Brahma] represents the earliest forms of life (viral and bacteria), as well as un-evolved human beings, who are still engrossed with the external world, believing it to be true — then comes the semi-consciousness state of the cosmic being, in which, spiritual beings on earth, and in the rest of creation, become aware of the oneness of creation”(19).
(Brahma-my insert) 9.
God warns us in the scriptures that we should be aware of the devices of Satan, and of his ministers. And to beware of this idea of our becoming luminous beings through this awakening: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11: 14, 15) All of these occult ministers are speaking lies, not the truth.
There is a spiritual sleep, in which, we are dead to the life of God. How we are to awaken from this sleep is given to us in Ephesians 5: 14: “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” But, “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” (Proverbs 4: 19) Christ raises the dead, and He gives us life and light…
Further progressive lies will spawn more perversion until; the ultimate apostasy is given birth and believed…
Be warned; be wary, these occult foundations are proliferating in society and medicine. Homeopathy shares these basic tenants of energy and rituals.
medicine are grounded in energy and balance concepts. Yoga
meditation is promoted, not only independently, but also, to charge ingested herbs for maximum effectiveness.
Embracing the philosophy of energy expounded by false religion and spirituality, and witchcraft, will inevitably turn one away from the truth of the Living God and his love, deify man, lead to satanic worship, and result in death. Satan is the father of lies and the destroyer, who would turn and blind minds to the truth of the gospel and the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
In my research, I was puzzled by one thing. In the glossary of Magical Herbalism, I came across: “Magic Circle – A ritually created circle that offers protection to a magician during rites.” It puzzled me why anyone engaged in a loving practice that leads to a better, happier, and in fact, joyous life, would have need of protection while practicing these rituals. The answer is — protection from demonic attack.
I will not offer many more scriptures to you, if you are not a believer. The Bible was written to you, read it prayerfully, and meditate on the scriptures for yourself!
All of the detailed systems of lies are counterfeits of the reality of Christ. All that they promise is found in Him. Joy, peace and oneness in God – “that they also may be one in us” (John 17: 21). An even bigger deception than these vain ideologies is to deem God irrelevant or superfluous in your life, that you are exempt, indisposed, or disinclined to commit your life to Christ for salvation and obedience.
But God has “now commandment all men every where to repent” (Acts 17: 30). To do otherwise is disobedience: “even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient” (1Peter 2: 8).
(1) The Elements of Herbalism by David Hoffman 1990 Barnes and Noble Books 1997
(17) Interview with Nitin Patel: Authentic Ayurveda in Natural Pharmacy 6-97
(18) The Yoga of Herbs by Dr. David Frawley*
(Pandit Vamadeva Shastri), “eminent teacher and practitioner of
ayurvedic medicine and Vedic astrology, founder of the American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico”
and Dr. Vasant Lad 1992 Lotus Press P.O. Box 325 Twin Lakes, Ws. *see page 11
(19) The Complete Illustrated Guide to Ayurveda by Gopi Warrier and Deepika Gunawant 1997 Barnes and Noble Inc. by arrangement of Element Books Ltd.
(20) The Elements of Hinduism by Stephen Cross 1994 Element Books P.O. Box 830 Rockport, Ma.
(21) The Basics of Hinduism by Herbert Ellinger 1996 SCM Press Ltd. Trinity Press Int. P.O. Box 851 Valley Forge, Pa.
(22) Teach Yourself Hinduism by V.P. (Hemant) Kanitkar and W. Owen Cole 1995 NTC Publishing Group 4255 W. Touhy Ave. Lincolnwood (Chicago), Ill.
DALAI LAMA URGES HOLISTIC MEDICINE TO WORK FOR HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
27 November, 1989 BANGALORE, India (UCAN) The Dalai Lama told an international meeting of medical practitioners here Nov. 8 to exercise their spiritual responsibility for the future of the world by working to develop a healthy environment.
The Tibetan spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient opened the first International Conference on Holistic Health and Medicine held here in south India Nov. 8-11. The Buddhist monk said that “in all fields of life, the feeling that we are human beings is vital. All activities should be humanized.”
In a declaration at the end of the conference, delegates proposed establishing an organization to encourage greater cooperation among health care systems, and advocated informed choice of health care. Locally, an Indian Association of Holistic Health and Medicine was formed.
The conference included lectures and workshops on oriental and traditional medical systems such as ayurveda, yoga, acupuncture and Tibetan medicine.
Doctor R. M. Verma, an Indian neurosurgeon, said the conference, with 500 delegates from 25 countries, was the first of its kind. “The holistic approach facilitates the development of a multi-dimensional approach to health intervention, incorporating also the spiritual dimension,” he said.
Other seminar participants expressed similar views. 10.
— Doctor V. Parameswara said the World Health Organization defined health as not just the absence of illness, but a state of complete (physical, mental and social) well-being. He said “holistic health is a philosophy of life, not a competitor with other forms of medicine.”
— Swami Satchidananda, spiritual head of Yogaville in the United States, said all scriptures say nothing can be achieved without perfect health. He described the holistic movement as the “ecumenical approach in medicine.”
— Paulose Mar Gregorios*, a president of the World Council of Churches, said the body and mind are not the only focus of holistic health. “As a Christian, I feel that the factor of faith, one’s attitude to reality, is vital. Faith is the capacity to lean on the whole, and to be free from tension because of this leaning.” He called for development of a new theoretical paradigm in medicine and the setting up of healing communities where holistic healing can be experienced. “Excessive de-personalization and technologization of the healing process is destructive of the human person,” he said.
— Doctor Carlos Warter, president of the World Health Foundation, said, “we believe that the time is ripe at this conference for a quantum leap in the field of medicine that the physicists have already achieved.”
— In one of the lectures on the theme “science, technology and philosophy of holistic health and medicine,” Doctor Andrew Weil expressed concern that science and medicine have taken over the role of religion in modern society.
The essential job of a priest or shaman is to act as an intermediary between the visible and invisible, he said, and “for doctors to be good priests they should recognize the invisible reality.”
Post-conference courses were held on holistic approaches in
psychoneuro-immunology, the Alexander Technique, spiritual healing, electro-magnetic therapy, homeopathy and naturopathic medicine.
The second International Conference on Holistic Health and Medicine is scheduled for 1992 in Oxford, England.
*The late Orthodox Archbishop of Kottayam, Paulose Mar Gregorios, was a leading propagator of New Age alternative medicine. He is the author of ‘Healing- A Holistic Approach’, 1995, a work on alternative therapies. I have written about him in some of my other reports.
YOGA [A TRIBUTE TO HINDUISM]
Copyright 2001 Updated August 15, 2006
Hinduism Today July/August/September 2003 p. 40-41
[THE COMPLETE ARTICLE IN DEFENSE OF YOGA IS AVAILABLE FROM ME SEPARATELY.] EXTRACT:
David Frawley also known as Pandit Vamadeva Shastri, the eminent teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine and Vedic astrology, founder of American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico writes:
“Ayurveda and Yoga can be called sister sciences of ‘self-healing and self-realisation’. Both evolved from a Vedic background in ancient India, based on the same philosophy, sharing many practices. Ayurveda, the ‘yogic form of healing’, is aimed at bringing us back into harmony with our true Self or Atman. The great Ayurvedic teacher Charaka defines Ayurveda as the harmony of body, prana, mind and soul. Patanjali defines yoga as controlling the mind in order to realise the Purusha.”
“Yoga is the spiritual aspect of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the therapeutic branch of Yoga.”
(source: Ayurveda & Yoga: Healing Touch – by David Frawley
and Ayurveda and the Mind
by David Frawley p.5).
THE AYURVEDA-YOGA CONNECTION
AYURVEDA AND THE MIND
AYURVEDA AND THE MIND is perhaps the first book published in the West that explores specifically the psychological aspect of this great system. The book explores how to heal our minds on all levels from the subconscious to the super conscious, along with the role of diet, impressions, mantra, meditation, yoga and many other methods to create wholeness. “Opens the doors to a new energetic psychology,” says Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D.
This book, AYURVEDA AND THE MIND, cites 8 books [4 examples given]:
Astrology of the Seers: A Guide to Vedic/Hindu Astrology
by David Frawley
Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses by David Frawley*
Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old by Deepak Chopra
Letters on Yoga, Vol.I by Aurobindo
27 books [4 examples given] cite this book, AYURVEDA AND THE MIND:
Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide by David Frawley**
Emotional Yoga: How the Body Can Heal the Mind by Bija Bennett
Vedantic Meditation: Lighting the Flame of Awareness by David Frawley
Ayurveda and Panchakarma by Sunil Joshi***
Deepak Chopra is a leading New Ager.
So is Sri Aurobindo [see list in Vatican New Age Document].
The above list clearly demonstrates the close link between ayurveda and yoga, and their Vedic origins.
*Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses
Editorial Review by Georg Feuerstein:
“Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses is an excellent introduction to the essence of Hindu Tantrism. The author discusses all the major concepts and offers valuable corrections for many existing misconceptions. He also introduces the reader to the core Tantric practices of meditation and mantra recitation, focusing on the ten Wisdom Goddesses”.
**Ayurvedic Healing: A Comprehensive Guide
By David Frawley
Ayurvedic Healing presents the Ayurvedic treatment of common diseases, covering over eighty different ailments from the common cold to cancer. It provides a full range of treatment methods including diet, herbs, oils, gems, mantra and meditation. The book also shows the appropriate life-style practices and daily health considerations for your unique mind-body type both as an aid to disease treatment and for disease prevention. This extraordinary book is a complete manual of Ayurvedic health care that offers the wisdom of this ancient system of mind-body medicine to the modern reader relative to our special health concerns today. The present edition is an expanded version of the original 1989 edition, covering additional diseases and adding new treatments.
***Ayurveda and Panchakarma
“This book will help answer many of the questions that Westerners often ask about Ayurveda” states Professor Kenneth Zysk, Ph.D. Ayurveda and Panchakarma is the study of Ayurvedic purification. The author, Dr. Sunil V. Joshi, began his clinical practice in 1981 in India, specializing in Panchakarma therapy. Since 1989, Dr. Joshi has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. giving lectures and teaching workshops on Ayurveda. A “Treasure house of wisdom is accessible to more people through this wonderful book”, says Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D.
OTHER AYURVEDA-YOGA BOOKS BY DAVID FRAWLEY
Yoga of Herbs, Ayurvedic Guide, Second Revised a… by David Frawley
Yoga & Ayurveda: Self-Healing and Self-Realization by David Frawley
Yoga for your Type: An Ayurvedic Approach to Your Asana Practice by David Frawley
Ayurveda and Marma Therapy: Energy Points in Yogic Healing by David Frawley
THE ALANDI ASHRAM
Alakananda Devi born in 1951 in Melton Mowbray, U.K., was raised in both the Jewish and Christian faiths. In 1976, Alakananda graduated as a physician from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London University. She then spent five years in Catholic convents and Abbeys, making her novitiate in Holy Cross Cistercian Abbey, England, before travelling to India to study with
Father Bede Griffiths at Shantivanam. There she met Sadananda who introduced her to Raghudas Maharaj, the hidden master who was to be her guru. She also met Dr. Vasant Lad, her Ayurveda teacher in Poona in 1980. Through her studies with Dr. Lad, Alakananda became one of the first western physicians to take up Ayurveda, and became one of Dr. Lad’s first students.
Alakananda’s subsequent adventures during the five years on pilgrimage in India are described in her book Pilgrimage to the Mother. During this time she stayed at many temples, ashrams and shrines, studying yoga, Hinduism, Sufism, Jainism, Ayurveda, Homatherapy and Hindi. Alakananda studied devotional singing with Sadananda and lived as a wandering renunciant or sadhvi. At one point she ran an experimental therapeutic community for psychotic Western youth at Om Yeshu Niketan in Goa, and served as “Physician to the Hippies”. At the conclusion of pilgrimage, she was told by Pujya Ganguthai, a kanya disciple of Upasani Maharaj, and by Kamalabai, the chief disciple of Raghudas Maharaj, “Go to the United States and there make an ashram for Raghudas Maharaj”. Arriving in the United States with Sadananda, eighty dollars in their pockets and two Indian musical instruments, they travelled to Boulder, Colorado, to found their first ashram in a tipi. Alakananda practiced homatherapy and learned astrology. Moving to Tucson Arizona in 1986, they re-started Alandi Ashram in a two-room, back alley apartment.
Again moving in 1988 to a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountains, she made numerous Rocky Mountain wildflower essences, becoming the first physician since Dr. Edward Bach, discoverer of flower remedies, to research and make her own flower essences. In August of 1990 she and Sadananda restarted Alandi Ashram in its current location in Boulder, Colorado. In 1997 the Ashram grew into a residential community, having nine resident members and an additional three full time student participants. In 1998 they began to develop Alandi Ayurvedic Gurukula.
Alakananda is a co-founder, spiritual mother, teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, flower essence maker and story-teller.
She is also an accomplished writer with many published articles. Alakananda has written and is self-publishing her autobiographical trilogy Patchwork Mandala. The first two volumes, Pilgrimage to the Mother, and The Rainbow Bridge, are available and well-loved. Her future book plans include, Ayurveda for Elders and Ayurveda for Couples.
Sadananda was born in 1949 in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. He began his formal spiritual studies at the opening semesters of Naropa* University, and then studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy for five years with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Advised by Rinpoche to study vipassana, Sadananda attended the first three month retreat ever held at Insight Meditation Centre, with Joseph Goldstein. Becoming qualified as a beginning meditation instructor, Sadananda opened a meditation centre in Five Points, Denver. *Naropa is a New Age institute.
Traveling overland, from the United Kingdom to India, through Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, Sadananda gained an in-depth knowledge of Islam, Sufism and a variety of other cultures and religious philosophies. After a long search for an authentic spiritual master in India, Sadananda met Raghudas Maharaj, his guru. During seven years of pilgrimage, studying yoga, meditation, and Indian mysticism, Sadananda lived as a barefoot wandering renunciant according to the ancient spiritual tradition of India. He meditated in the jungle, living without money as prescribed in India’s spiritual texts, staying at ashrams and temples.
Sadananda became a disciple of Raghudas Maharaj, also studying with Father Bede Griffiths, Nisargadatta Maharaj, J. Krishnamurti and Anandamayi Ma. In his pilgrimage he traveled from the southern tip of India to the Himalayas. Sadananda met Alakananda Devi and his guru asked him to stay with her. Their relationship slowly blossomed into a spiritual marriage. Together they developed deep friendships not only with saints, yogis, and renunciants, but beggars, trash pickers, untouchables and lepers. They also developed friendships with many Indian families. Along with Alakananda Devi, Sadananda worked at Om Yeshu Niketan, Goa, as a meditation therapist in a community for western hippies who had become psychotic.
Sadananda was instructed by two God Realized women of his lineage to go to America and there make an ashram for Raghudas Maharaj. Since arriving in the United States 1985, Sadananda and Alakananda have led parallel lives. They have also developed life experiences and personal learning on individual paths.
Sadananda is a musician, artist, meditation teacher, spiritual guide, flower essence maker and healer. He leads weekly gatherings for Vedic chanting, devotional singing, spiritual guidance. He has also studied raga singing (Indian classical music) and has become a well known local musician.
Sadananda has made many flower essences, developing an innovative new form of Vibrational Healing “Geographical Essences” (related to flower essences). In conjunction with these essences, he has developed Earth healing ceremonies and taught Earth Healing to others, especially youth. Sadananda created the Healing Garden at Alandi Ashram, according to ancient Vedic and Ayurvedic principles of gardening and has led many earth healing public ceremonies in the garden.
At Alandi Ashram, Sadananda has done ground-breaking work at the interface of spirituality and environmentalism. He also mentors youth in creating earth-friendly, non-competitive, non-consumer lifestyles With Rabbi Zalman Schachter through Naropa Institute of Continuing Education, Sadananda has studied Jewish mysticism, Jewish prayer, Hasidism, Spiritual Direction, Life-Cycle Rituals and Paradigm-shift studies. In 1997 he expanded Alandi Ashram into an intentional community. The Gurukula was started in 1998, where Sadananda teaches yoga, meditation, devotional singing and mentors youth. © 2003 Alandi Ashram, all rights reserved. 1705 14th St. PMB 392, Boulder, CO 80302 • 303-786-7437
Once again, as in almost all of my reports, the connection between Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB of Shantivanam, Saccidananda Ashram with alternative medicines and the New Age movement is firmly established.
Suman K. Jha, The Week, 16 March 2008
With a drop of more than 5000 shakas in one year, the RSS is forced to reach out to newer groups. IT milans (shakha for IT professionals) have become common in Bangalore and Pune; Gurgaon is next on the list. The new age gurus are gaining followers and RSS want to use that for its own purposes. If the first wave of the early 1990s mobilized Hindus around Ayodhya, the second wave stresses on the ‘all accommodating Hindu worldview’ that promises a life full of ananda (bliss). The first used the Muslim as the archetypal ‘other’, the second uses yoga, ayurveda and sacred texts as the visible symbols in its quest to bring back ‘India’s golden Hindu past’.
The first yielded immediate political dividends – the BJP grew from a two-seat wonder to a ruling party in less than a decade after Ayodhya. The second uses soft power to universalize the Hindu philosophy. Not surprisingly, many in the RSS find networking with the gurus as investment.
AYURVEDA MEDICATION CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR YOU
The NDTV programme, July 8, 2006, ‘Highlights of the week’, revealed that
-The popular LIV 52 contained dangerously high levels of toxins.
– Hamdard’s SAFI exhibited 40% higher levels of arsenic than safe. The Canadian government banned its import in March.
-Tests on SUKRATA, another ayurvedic medicine, showed 115% higher levels of mercury than permitted. 13.
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The ASHRAM AIKYA issue of September 2005:
EXTRACT: VIII Tamil Nadu AA SATSANGH at SWAMI AMALORANANDA TRUST CENTRE Alunthur, Kunnathur Post, Tiruchirapalli Dt – 621 316 (13th to 16th July 2005)
Fr. Devadoss csc, Swami Samarakone omi, Fr. Maria Jeyaraj sj and Swami Gnanajyothi…
Fr. Devadoss made a fervent appeal for the care of the Environment. He suggested that all ashrams should grow herbal plants, encourage Indian Medicine, especially
Siddha and Ayurveda…
The Ashram Aikya is the organ of the seditious Catholic Ashrams movement that also promotes yoga.
Caritas Ayurvedic Hospital
October 28, 2009
The Caritas Ayurvedic Hospital in Kerala, South India was established in 1999 with the aim of making available the wisdom of Ayurveda for modern day ailments and life style. The hospital was born out of inspiration and motivation from the Bishop of Kottayam Diocese, Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry.
It operates side by side with the Caritas Multi Speciality Hospital for Modern Medicine. The organization has plans to set up a Research Centre with an integrated approach to the Indian system of medicine and modern medicine with special emphasis on geriatrics and rejuvenation therapy and incorporating yoga and naturopathy.
Ayurveda is a holistic healing science. Going beyond just curing an ailment, Ayurveda aims at total well being of the individual – his mind, body and spirit.
The central Ayurvedic tenet is that health is a state of balance of life forces, the tridoshas – vata, pitta and kapha. The tridoshas, which govern all psychological and physiological activities of the human body, are various combinations of the five great elements, the panchamahabhutas, namely earth, water, fire, air and space. The combination of the doshas in each individual is unique and determines his prakriti.
Ayurvedic treatment is geared towards assessing an individual’s personality, diagnosing the imbalance and bringing the imbalanced tridoshas back to their normal state of balance.
Treatment consists of four basic forms:
Medicine or drug therapy, dietary regime, regulation of life style and Panchakarma (purification therapy)
Panchakarma, the five purificatory therapies, help to flush out toxins from the body through natural outlets – the mouth, the nostrils, the intestines, the blood and the skin. Panchakarma treatment includes Emesis (Vamana), Purgation (Virechana), Enema (Vasthi), Nasal administration (Nasya) and bloodletting (Raktha Moksha).
All types of chronic diseases are being treated by specialists at Caritas Ayurvedic Hospital. Panchakarma and its upakarma such as snehana, swedana and others and also other reputed Kerala treatments like Dhara, Pizhichil, Navarakizhi, Thalam etc are carried out here by experts.
Body Immunization/ Longevity Treatment
This is the prime treatment in Ayurveda for defying the ageing process, arresting the degeneration of body cells and immunization of the system. Giving Rasayana (very special Ayurvedic diet) internally is the main part of the programme, based on the panchakarma and swedakarma treatment. The 28-day package process includes body massage, snehapanam, vamanam, virechanam, nasyam, snehavasthi, kashaya karnapoornam, medicated steam bath, yoga and medicine.
*New Age has gone viral in the Church: Caritas is a Vatican agency!
RENEWED JURIDICAL FRAMEWORK FOR CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS
Vatican City, 2 May 2012 (VIS) – Made public today was a General Decree concerning the renewed juridical framework of Caritas Internationalis. The document, which bears the signature of Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., was approved by the Holy Father on 27 April, and comes into force from the moment of its publication.
The publication of the decree is being accompanied by an explanatory text in English, written by Msgr. Osvaldo Neves de Almeida, excerpts from which are given below.
“In its sixty-one years of existence, Caritas Internationalis has always been a privileged instrument of the Church’s charitable activity. Drawing upon its long experience of this worthy institution, and in particular the developments of recent years, the Holy See has sought to update the juridical status of Caritas Internationalis, in order the better to support its activity in the context of the modern world”.
“Blessed John Paul II gave it public canonical juridical personality by means of the Chirograph ‘Durante l’ultima Cena’. … This public juridical person is governed principally, though not exclusively, by its proper legislation and by the relevant provisions of the Code of Canon Law. The Chirograph ‘Durante l’Ultima Cena’, in recognising the special bond linking Caritas Internationalis with the Apostolic See, implicitly established that its governance and operation should make reference to the First Section of the Secretariat of State. At the same time, the Chirograph gave the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ the task of following and accompanying the activity of Caritas Internationalis”. 14.
The process of updating the juridical framework of Caritas Internationalis
“The experience garnered in almost eight years of applying the Chirograph ‘Durante l’Ultima Cena’ has made it possible to understand in greater detail how to carry forward a process of juridical updating that not only respects but expresses even better the nature of the organisation and clarifies the distribution of competences among dicasteries and offices with an interest in it”.
“Between January and May of last year, a working group of representatives from Caritas Internationalis and the Holy See studied a new version of the Statutes of Caritas Internationalis, with the intention of resolving the interlinked doctrinal, juridical and economic issues. … During the said meetings of the working group, one of the points to emerge was the need for legislation to complement the Chirograph ‘Durante l’Ultima Cena’, as a normative reference-point for the application of the new Statutes. Having received the draft Statutes, the Holy Father gave precise instructions to the Cardinal Secretary of State on the contents of the said text due to complement the Chirograph. Accordingly, in deference to these indications, the General Decree was drawn up and the new Statutes and Internal Rules were revised in accordance with it”.
Some characteristic features of the new General Decree
“Articles 1, 2 and 3 of the General Decree clarify the competences of the principal dicasteries involved. In this regard, first and foremost, the role of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ has been strengthened (art. 1), the dicastery, that is, that follows the institutional activity of Caritas Internationalis and is responsible for approving its texts with doctrinal or moral content”.
“Articles 4 and 5 establish guidelines for the future redaction of specific norms governing employment of personnel and the preparation of a suitable welfare regime. The employees of Caritas Internationalis, in fact, while they are not Vatican employees, are part of the working community of the Apostolic See”.
“Article 6 … establishes that at least three members of the Executive Board be papal appointments. This allows the Holy Father to designate individuals of specific proven competence, particular those coming from poor regions or regions deserving of privileged attention. … It remains the case, however, that the majority of members are chosen by national Caritas agencies, which therefore continue to be responsible for the governance of this important structure of the Confederation.
“Moreover, provision is made for an Ecclesiastical Assistant and a Support Commission. … In addition to the ‘nihil obstat’ of the Holy See for candidates for the offices of President and Secretary-General, … the General Decree and the new Statutes require a ‘nihil obstat’ for the candidates for Treasurer”.
“Article 7 re-affirms the general principle that significant canonical and Vatican legislation is binding upon those who are employed in entities situated within Vatican City and institutionally linked to the Holy See”.
An encouraging development in the area of Indian medicine recently has been the entry of major corporate firms. They haven’t come out of philanthropy, but because there’s a lot of money to be made, if the services or products find a market. Ayurvedic treatment, for instance, is now a Rs 8,000-crore industry, and growing at 20 per cent annually. And so you have Ramesh Vangal, former head of Pepsi India, having established an ayurveda firm, now merging it with Coimbatore Arya Vaidya Pharmacy to become the largest ayurveda company in India. Yash Birla has taken a majority stake in Kerala Vaidyashala, the therapy chain. Ayurvaid Hospitals, promoted by a Kochi-based group, got equity investment of Rs 4.5 crore last year from a US-based fund. And the Tata Group has now agreed with an NGO to jointly set up an Institute of Ayurveda Integrated Medicine near Bangalore, to offer formal graduate and postgraduate degrees, beside a 100-bed ayurveda and yoga hospital, plus research and drug production. The Tatas are putting in Rs 34 crore for the IIT-type institute. There are similar plans from the Mata Amrithanandamayee trust.
All this is excellent news, for the simple reason that when business gets into the picture, documentation and systems and reports have to be put in place. This has been the problem all along with what are loosely called alternative systems of medicine to standard allopathy. Each practitioner has his or her own way of doing things and you have to accept this on trust. And if something works, there is no publicly accessible system of how and why. One outcome has been the mutual scorn between allopathy and these other systems of treatment, with close to no attempt at reaching out to each other or researching if each can usefully learn from the other and so, improve itself. The public would benefit enormously if they could go to one place and get the combined benefit of different systems of knowledge working in tandem. You will never get this unless these processes are all systemised, subject to peer and public review, and are allowed to be replicated in a laboratory setting: this is the way knowledge progresses. If business and investors take a hand, this process should get a push. As, for instance, with the proposed Tata university. You need much more of this thing and the different medical councils to work with their counterparts; the synergy possible is exciting.
Mangalorean Catholics digest no. 2342 dated June 7, 2011
Posted by: “Wilfred Fernandes” MangaloreanCatholics@gmail.com Mon Jun 6, 2011 11:17 am (PDT)
May I take the liberty of sending you this interesting testimony?
“A Swiss couple went to Kerala for an ayurvedic treatment for their son who had a stroke at his young age and was paralyzed on one side – unable to walk. They were told that Ayurvedic oil massages would strengthen his muscles and enable him to walk. After a one-month course of treatment in an Ayurvedic centre in Trivandrum, there was no improvement.
Then, a friend suggested them about the Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Chalakudy, where he might receive healing. The parents, who were desperate, brought their son to the Divine Retreat Centre. There, they met Fr (Dr) Vallooran, Director of the English Retreat section, who suggested them to attend a one-week prayer retreat. The mother of the child told him that they knew only very little English and that they didn’t know how to pray. Fr Vallooran told her that what was important was to take part in the Retreat. They agreed.
On the third day of the Retreat, the child had a feeling on the paralyzed side, the fourth day his body started moving, the fifth day he started walking and the sixth day he started running around.
At the end of the Retreat, the astonished mother came to see Fr Vallooran and asked him: what was happening to her son: Fr Vallooran replied to her that God was healing him. She then asked him: “Father, does God really exist?” Fr Vallooran replied to her: if she believed that the healing of her son was real, then God was more real. This Divine healing completely changed their spiritual life.”
If you’re touched by this testimony, kindly send it to your friends. God Bless You!!!
Exorcism Course to Analyze Young People’s Crisis of Values Carlo Climati on Why They Turn to Satanism
ROME, January 11, 2005 (Zenit.org) Recent incidents of cult deaths in Europe are pointing to a problem hitherto underestimated: the growing interest in Satanism and occultism, especially among adolescents.
That is why the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University and GRIS*, an Italian group that monitors destructive sects, organized a course on “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation.” The course, which is open only to priests and seminarians, will be offered in February, March and April. ZENIT interviewed journalist Carlo Climati, one of the instructors of the course, who specializes in the problems of youth, a topic to which he has dedicated several books.
Q: How did the ideas arise to offer a course on Satanism and exorcism?
Climati: It resulted from contact with many priests, who expressed the need to offer more information on these topics. In their pastoral activities, priests increasingly receive requests for help from parents, or are obliged to address delicate cases of youths involved in Satanic sects or occultism.
This grave problem is represented especially by nihilism, which characterizes certain phenomena. Young people are disoriented and pushed to confuse good with evil and to reject any moral boundaries.
Q: Why is there so much interest in the world of the occult?
Climati: The starting point is a certain tendency to neo-paganism, often dressed up in fashions that are apparently innocuous. Let us think of what has been happening for some years, on the date of the celebration of Halloween. Celebrations with esoteric topics are multiplied in discothèques.
In addition to dancing, young people find fortunetellers on the premises, who offer to read them their horoscope or Tarot cards. And, as if this were not enough, kiosks are filled with magazines for adolescents, with superstitious ideas such as the use of
magic herbs**, the supposed power of stones, the production of amulets, and even the adoration of the planet Earth, as if it were a sort of divinity. **Belief in Vedic Ayurveda is “magic”- Michael
Q: Why do many young people take recourse to magic or Satanic rites?
Climati: Because today much thought is given to the body and little to the soul. Magic and Satanism represent the search for an egotistic power to be exercised over others in order to obtain material satisfactions and follow the false models proposed by some of the media.
We are in the era of the appearance, in which aesthetic surgery, advertised in television programs, seems to solve all problems. Whoever does not look like certain actors or models, runs the risk of feeling inferior, limited. He begins to look in the mirror and to experience feelings of insecurity.
The television programs seem to compete in their offer of testimonies of families in crisis, parents who fight with their children, husbands who betray their wives and vice versa, who insult one another and lack respect for each other publicly. This mechanism produces great fear of the other. It prevents young people from believing in the promise of eternal love. *Group of Research and Information on the Sects
Satan’s Strategy of Confusion – Interview with Father Mendoza Pantoja of Archdiocese of Mexico
(Part 1) MEXICO CITY, September 16, 2004 (Zenit.org) Satan exists and his strategy is to confuse, says the exorcist of the Archdiocese of Mexico. Father Pedro Mendoza Pantoja was one of the organizers of Mexico’s first National Meeting of Exorcists and Auxiliaries of Liberation, held August 31-September 2 at the headquarters of the bishops’ conference. The meeting drew 500 participants.
Father Mendoza Pantoja coordinates the work of eight exorcists, one for each of the territorial vicariates of that diocese. He spoke of his work with ZENIT. Part of this interview appears Friday. 16.
Q: Who is an exorcist?
Father Mendoza Pantoja: He can be a bishop or a priest designated by him, who by the mandate of Jesus Christ and in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit recites a prayer in which, in an imperative way, in the case of diabolic possession, orders Satan to depart from the one possessed and leave him in total freedom, or in a deprecating form, that is, of intercession or supplication, asking that, by the precious blood of Christ and the intercession of the Virgin Mary, a person, place, house or object be liberated from every demonic influence, be it infestation, obsession or oppression.
Q: Can anyone be an exorcist?
Father Mendoza Pantoja: No. According to the Gospel, Christ enriched his apostles with charismatic gifts when he sent them to evangelize. In Matthew 10:1 it says: “And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.” See also Matthew 16:17-18. With that authority, it corresponds to bishops, successors of the apostles, to exercise this ministry of expelling demons. But, according to Canon 1172, they can designate, to exercise this ministry in a stable manner or for a special case, a “pious, learned, prudent priest with integrity of life.” This is true for diabolic possessions and, therefore, for exorcism itself, also called solemn exorcism.
But every priest through his ordination participates in the priesthood of Christ and, with him, has the mission to liberate the faithful from all obsessions, oppressions or demonic influences, with deprecating prayers of intercession and supplication, with evangelization and administration of the sacraments, primarily penance and the Eucharist. Similarly, all priests are exorcists in regard to the pastoral endeavor of liberation within their mission to evangelize, and this is true, by the command of Christ; he does not need to be designated to carry out so-called minor exorcism. Lay people cannot be exorcists.
Q: The meeting you organized also gathered “Auxiliaries of Liberation.” Who are these persons and what do they do?
Father Mendoza Pantoja: Auxiliaries of Liberation are: priests who do not have the character of official exorcists; doctors; psychiatrists; religious; and lay people who help the exorcist priest in discernment or in the exercise of his ministry, either with prayer of intercession or in different eventualities.
Priests help with prayer of liberation and the laity with prayer of intercession. A priest who is not an official exorcist can carry out a minor exorcism, also called prayer of liberation, helped in turn by all the laity who support him in discernment and with prayers of intercession. The laity cannot recite prayers of liberation.
Q: If I am not mistaken, this was Mexico’s first meeting of exorcists and one of the first of these characteristics in the world. It seems that in the last 40 years the figure of the exorcist was disappearing. Is this an impression that corresponds with reality?
Father Mendoza Pantoja: Indeed, it is. The causes are varied, but we could say that they are included in the great challenge that the second half of the last century presented to the Church in her task of evangelization.
In the first half, Satan attacked humanity in the field of ideas and thought: rationalism, materialism, Gnosticism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, sectarianism, Socialism, Marxism-Leninism, etc., which separate man from God.
On one hand, the negation of a personal God and also the negation of the existence of Satan as a personal being, exchanging the true God for an impersonal god that identifies itself with this material world and reducing Satan to a mere symbol.
Such an influence also infected our theologians, who in recent times no longer spoke of the devil or the angels.
But as a counterbalance, man felt nostalgia for God. His search for the supernatural, as a solution to the problems afflicting him because of his separation from God, made him fall into the clutches of the New Age, which with its deceitful spiritualities and fictitious magical and esoteric solutions has opened the doors to the manifestations of the devil in many persons who have fallen into New Age esoteric and magical practices.
For this reason, in the permanent mission of the New Evangelization the Church has found it necessary to revive something that she felt was of the past, but which is urgent in our times: to proclaim to those who have fallen away the redemption of Christ who came to liberate us from Satan’s threats.
Q: It is said that in some countries the progress of Satanic sects has not been addressed adequately by the Church for lack of exorcists. Do you think there is some truth in this?
Father Mendoza Pantoja: The answer to this question is related to the previous one.
Indeed, our faithful and priests themselves have been engulfed in the sea of confusions to which the New Age leads us with its mixture of ideas, deceits and lies, manipulating Eastern spiritualities mixed with pantheism, as well as traditional medicines*, which in themselves are a gift from God and have nothing diabolical, but
whose efficacy is used by promoters of the New Age to give themselves credit and make one believe that everything they say is true. *Ayurveda is one such- Michael
It also took us bishops and priests by surprise, without knowing what to do or how to act in this sea of confusions. And some were filled with fear by the phenomenology presented in those affected by the devil. Or it led them to protect themselves in a crass skepticism in the face of these realities, attributing them to psychological problems or illnesses that are difficult to cure and so did not attend to them. Moreover, seminaries have not given preparation to address these problems. For all these reasons, through meetings and congresses both at the national as well as the international level, we are seeking formation both for ourselves, the official exorcists, as well as for all priests and for the laity involved in the pastoral endeavor of liberation. 17.
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Holistic healing at the 3rd International Ayurveda, Yoga & Wellness Convention
October 9, 2012
A Catholic priest from Kerala, India helped introduce the ancient healing system of Ayurveda to the Philippines more than 20 years ago. Today, Father Jacob Gnalian actively runs his clinic, the Sandhi Ayurveda Clinic and Research Center in Mandaluyong, and helps patients find the path to healing through the natural way of Ayurveda.
Literally translated as the “science of life,” Ayurveda is an ancient medical science aimed at preventing and curing illnesses through the restoration and maintenance of the fundamental balance of the living body as a whole.
Now on its third year, Sandhi Ayurveda Clinic once again invites the public to learn more about Ayurveda, as well as other healing modalities like Theta Healing and H202 Therapy, in the 3rd International Ayurveda, Yoga and Wellness Convention and Expo on October 27 to 28, 2012 at the Alberione Auditorium, Daughters of St. Paul, 2650 F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City.
Lectures, workshops, and hands-on exercises will be presented by Father Jacob and other invited experts from India and the Philippines. There will be lectures and workshops on Philippine herbs, yoga, preparation of home remedies, cooking healthy dishes, and many more. Health and wellness products will also be available for sale in the exhibitors section.
Tickets are sold at half price until October 15, 2012: P 500 for a one-day pass, P 1,000 for 2 days. This amount covers a delegate’s snacks and lunch, certificate of participation, handouts and kits. For inquiries and reservation, please get in touch with Ime Morales through 09062457910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here one can see an Indian priest and the Daughters of St Pauls nuns involved, and this is yet another example of the close connection of ayurvedic remedies and treatments with yoga and other New Age alternative medical practices. – Michael
NEW AGE – AYURVEDA AND HOMOEOPATHY – MENTIONED IN CHARISINDIA
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email@example.com; jojo; Fr. Rufus Pereira; erikagibello; Sent: Monday, October 23, 2006 2:40 PM Subject:
AYURVEDA and HOMOEOPATHY
Dear friends at CHARISINDIA and in the NST,
May I draw your attention to the mention of the use of “homeopathic and ayurvedic system of medicine” on page 15 of the September issue of CHARISINDIA.
First let me praise and thank God for the eventual healing by Jesus of Mrs. Fatima Marques, whose testimony contains that reference. Having done that, permit me to point out that ayurveda and homoeopathy are New Age alternative systems of medicine whose philosophies are incompatible with Biblical revelation.
Admittedly, the mention is part of a testimony. But, published in CHARISINDIA, there is always the possibility that it might be understood that there is no problem using such treatments.
At the February 2004 Asian Seminar on Healing and Deliverance in Kaloor, Ernakulam, Kerala, India, Fr. Larry Hogan, Chief Exorcist of the Archdiocese of Vienna, and Fr. Rufus Pereira made the position on homoeopathy clear. As for ayurveda, you may read my analysis of it at my website www.ephesians-511.net.
Yours sincerely, Michael Prabhu
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Catholic priest in saffron robe called “Isai Baba”
December 24, 2008
Dressed in saffron robe and sporting long hair, he comes across as a sadhu but what differentiates him from others is the fact that Aji Sebastian is a Catholic priest and has donned this look to promote the “Indian Christian identity.”
A pass-out of the CMC Seminary, Sebastian, who hails from Kerala, has now become an Ayurvedic medic, yoga instructor and teacher for the Fazirpur Kadia village in Faridabad district of Haryana.
Known as the ‘Isai Baba’ (Christian sadhu), he says, “The saffron dress helps me to connect with people easily as they regard me as a religious person after seeing my robe.”
The popularity of the Isai Baba is such that the villagers even have set up an ‘ashram’ for him. “It is an old village Panchayat building, which has now been refurbished into an ashram or what I would call a local hospital,” says Sebastian.
He says that several people visit to his ashram daily, many of them, however, come for the Ayurvedic medicines that he gives out.
Sebastian says that he does not preach the gospel and believes it is only his work that matters. “People know me as an Isai baba and they respect me for that. I tell them that their body is the temple of god just like what the Bible says, but I don’t preach the gospel as a whole. I prefer my way of life to be a role model for others,” he says while attending a Christmas celebration at a seminary run by Marthoma Syrian Church in the village.
About his practice of teaching Yoga to the villagers, Sebastian says, “Yoga is about meditation. It relaxes one’s body and I have been doing it for many years. Teaching Yoga has nothing to do with being a Hindu or a Christian.”
He adds, “I am least bothered about structural formations of religion. What I follow probably is the Indian Christian way.” Sebastian, who also sponsors education for children in the village, says he has been able to send 112 students to schools and their fees are being paid by the ashram through the farming that he does.
The ‘baba’ also visits Hindu pilgrimage sites to interact with sadhus to enhance his knowledge of Ayurvedic medicines.
“I keep going out to Hindu pilgrimage places like Badrinath where I barter my knowledge with other’s knowledge. It works perfectly for me,” he says.
History of Ayurveda
Around five thousand years ago, one of the greatest sages of India, Srila Vyasadeva wrote down the Vedas for the first time. The Vedas also included a branch called Ayurveda that means “The Science of Life”. It is the oldest and most holistic health system available to human beings today. This ancient wisdom of healing, prevention and longevity was a part of the spiritual tradition of a universal religion before it was written down in texts.
According to many scholars knowledge of Ayurveda originated from India and influenced the ancient Chinese system of medicine and medical system practiced in Greece. Thus, Ayurveda is also known as the “Mother of all Healing”.
Indian art of healing, Ayurveda is believed to be as old as the religion of Hinduism. The complete knowledge of Ayurveda along with spiritual insights of virtue and self-realization was placed in written form over 2000 years ago in Vedas. The four main Vedas included topics like health, astrology, spiritual living and behaviour. These four Vedas are Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Veda. Ayurveda was a sub section attached to the Atharva Veda. This sub section dealt with the diseases, injuries, fertility, sanity and health. All the secrets of life were revealed in the first Veda i.e. Rig Veda. Rig Veda shows the discussions on the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha and the use of various herbs to cure the diseases. It also included the five elements of creation, namely, the earth, water, fire, air, ether that forms the basis of all forms of life. It consists of three aspects of Ayurvedic knowledge known as the Tri-Sutras that includes cause of illness, symptoms and treatments of the disease. These tri-sutras were further elaborated in eight divisions of Ayurveda and were listed down in Atharva Veda.
The knowledge of Ayurveda is believed to be of Divine origin and was communicated to the saints and sages of India who received its wisdom through deep meditation. Originally only Brahmins were considered as physicians. But later people from other castes also learned this art of healing and a specific term Vaidya was used for these practitioners.
Around 1500 B.C. Ayurveda grew into a respected and widely used system of healing. During this time it was divided into eight specific branches of medicine. The two schools of thought also came into existence at that time and they were Atreya- the school of physicians and Dhanvantri- the school of surgeons.
The state of the art of ancient healing was enhanced by the myths and legends of the God of healing, Divodosa Dhanvantari. It is believed that Dhanvanatri, who later wrote down the text of Ayurveda, taught the science of medicine to the sages. According to another legend, the knowledge of healing originated from Brahma who taught it to Daksha, who further taught Indra.
When diseases and death started creating havoc, all great sages gathered in order to find solution to this havoc-creating problem. During this meeting sage Bharadvaja came forward to learn this art of healing from Indra. He then taught this science to Atreya- who further transmitted this knowledge throughout world. Later Agnivesh who was foremost among the disciples of Atreya wrote Agnivesha Samhita- the most comprehensive form of Ayurveda. The oldest compilations of Atreya and Agnivesha are lost. There are three main re-organizers of Ayurveda whose works still exist and in use. These works were compiled in texts of Charaka, Sushruta and Vaghbata Samhita.
Charaka was the first man who based his Samhita on Agnivesha Samhita and enlarged it with his interpretations and annotations. Sushruta based his Samhita on the Dhanwantri school of Ayurveda. Vaghbata compiled the third treatise called Ashtanga Hridaya that is a concise version of both the works of Charaka and Sushruta Samhita. These texts still contain the original and complete knowledge of the Ayurvedic world of medicine.
Charaka Samhita represented the Atreya School of physicians that shows discussions on physiology, anatomy, etiology, pathogenesis and symptoms of diseases. In brief it included the internal and external cause of illness. According to Charaka the first and the main cause of illness is the loss of faith in the divine.
Sushruta Samhita comes from the Dhanvantari School of surgeons. The Samhita contains details and discussions of various surgeries, burns, fractures, wounds and amputation. In includes the complete discussion of the human anatomy. The first science of massage of vital body points originated from Sushruta Samhita. Of all the treaties available Charaka Samhita is considered the best. It consists of the details about the elements of Ayurvedic therapeutics and is also the only work that covers Ayurveda comprehensively.
Ayurveda went through a period of decline in India during the period of British rule. It became a second option that was used by traditional spiritual practitioners and the poor. This decline was only for a short period. In 1947, when India got independence, Ayurveda again gained importance and many new schools were established. Till date Ayurvedic medicine has continued to evolve its holistic approach to health in order to cope with modern needs and scientific approaches of the day. Modern Ayurveda includes:
Principles of preventive healthcare for the entire family (kulam svastyam kutumbakam)
Treatment of addictions (sangakara chikitsa)
Purification and rejuvenation treatments (panchakarma chikitsa)
The Ayurvedic approach to diet and weight loss (sthaulya chikitsa)
Musculoskeletal system treatments (vatavyadhi chikitsa)
Promotion of self-healing and resistance to disease (svabhaavoparamavaada)
Male and female infertility (vajikarana)
Beauty and cosmetic treatments for men and women (saundarya sadhana)
The west started taking interest in ayurveda in the mid 70’s. Many Ayurvedic teachers from India started visiting United States and Europe. Ayurvedic colleges are gaining importance and recognization there. People from various countries are coming to Indian Ayurvedic schools to learn about the religious scriptures from which Ayurveda originated. They are learning the complete wisdom of Ayurveda and bringing it back to their own countries.
Ayurveda: Is the Popular Hindu Medicine Dangerous to Your Health?
By Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon
Proponents state that ayurvedic medicine originated in ancient time, but much of it was lost until reconstituted in the early 1980s by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Its origin is traced to four Sanskrit books called the Vedas-the oldest and most important scriptures of India, shaped sometime before 200 B.C.E and is believed to be of Divine origin … was communicated to the saints and sages of India who received its wisdom through deep meditation.
Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words: Ayu which means life and Veda which means the knowledge of.
The knowledge of Ayurveda is believed to be of Divine origin and was communicated to the saints and sages of India who received its wisdom through deep meditation.
Proponents state that ayurvedic medicine originated in ancient time, but much of it was lost until reconstituted in the early 1980s by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Its origin is traced to four Sanskrit books called the Vedas-the oldest and most important scriptures of India, shaped sometime before 200 B.C.E [Ayurveda was a sub section attached to the Atharva Veda and dealt with diseases, health, injuries, etc]. These books attributed most disease and bad luck to demons, devils, and the influence of stars and planets. Ayurveda’s basic theory states that the body’s functions are regulated by three “irreducible physiological principles” called doshas, whose Sanskrit names are vata, pitta, and kapha. Like astrologic “signs,” these terms are used to designate body types as well as the traits that typify them. Ayurvedic proponents claim that the symptoms of disease are always related to “imbalance” of the doshas, which can be determined by feeling the patient’s wrist pulse or completing a questionnaire. [Stephen Barrett, M.D., A Few Thoughts on Ayurvedic Mumbo-Jumbo]
If book sales of texts on Hindu medicine are any indication, millions of Americans are turning to yet another ancient pagan form of medical treatment. “Ayurvedic medicine” is a method of diagnosis and treatment based upon a Hindu approach not only to the body but to life in general.  Its basis in Hinduism, an occult religion, is what makes ayurveda attractive to many New Age therapists, but many mainstream Americans also seem fascinated.
Like most ancient medical systems, traditional ayurveda is a mixture of legitimate empirical observations to health and disease and pagan philosophy and practice. For example, in Hinduism the origin of the ayurvedic system is ascribed to Hindu deities, especially Indra, and many remedies rely upon sympathetic magic. 
In the American medical climate of today, which is increasingly open to alternative and New Age medical approaches,  articles in reputable medical periodicals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) can now be found that advocate ayurveda. One article in JAMA
noted that a growing number of Western physicians… are finding it to add valuable knowledge that is complementary to modern allopathic medicine,”  while an October 2, 1991 JAMA editorial by George D. Lundberg observed, “JAMA has long had an interest in publishing responsible articles on traditional health care practices from other parts of the world.” In fact, in the U.S., hundreds of M.D.s have now been trained at ayurvedic institutes. 
Further, a popular, novel form (“Maharishi Ayurveda”) was promoted extensively by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation with its millions of devotees.
“Maharishi Ayurveda” constitutes a Westernized version of traditional ayurveda which also incorporates the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and certain adaptations of traditional practice. Deepak Chopra, M.D., founding president of the American Society of Ayurvedic Medicine is perhaps the most ardent medical promoter of this uniquely Hindu approach to medical care. Perhaps not surprisingly, Chopra is also a committed devotee of TM; his book Perfect Health is dedicated to TM founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He even claims some 6,000 fellow M.D.s are themselves TM meditators. 
Dr. Chopra was appointed in 1992 to the National Institutes of Health ad hoc panel on alternative medicine, and is the author of several books on ayurveda and related subjects including Creating Health, Return of the Rishi, Unconditional Life, and Quantum Healing. His books have now been translated into more than 25 languages. Chopra himself has treated well over 10,000 patients and has also trained hundreds of physicians in Maharishi Ayurveda.  His Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, which was published in 1993, sold close to a million copies hardcover within a year. People magazine commented, “Few writers in the field of alternative medicine have so dominated the best-seller lists.” 8 Further, a number of medical centers around the country are using his program. [Chopra’s book Return of the Reishi promotes the idea that meditators can levitate*.]
Physically, the approach of ayurveda can be divided into three basic categories: (1) well-established health principles (adequate rest, sleep, exercise, nutrition, etc.); (2) use of “natural” remedies such as herbs and plants which are codified in numerous ayurvedic texts; and (3) ideas, concepts and treatments that can only be considered unscientific and/or irrational, or occult.  In their Ayurveda: The Yoga of Health, Baba Haridas and Dharma Sara Satsang
observe, “according to ayurveda and Hatha Yoga, no healing therapy is complete unless it takes into consideration the health of the subtle [occult] body.” 
While the principles of category one are sound in themselves, the other categories can present problems. For example, it may be unwise to accept ayurvedic herbal remedies unless efficacy has been scientifically proven: 
This is illustrated by the case of Rauwolfia serpentina, one of the few Indian medicinal herbs to find its way into Western medicine. Beginning in the 1950s, the main active component of the herb, reserpine, was used to treat psychosis and high blood pressure.
Careful studies since then have shown that the drug can cause depression, headaches, nightmares, irregular heartbeat, diminished libido, aggravation of ulcers, and a variety of other adverse effects. At the same time, safer and more effective drugs were developed for treating psychosis and hypertension. The turnaround took place over a decade or two. Ayurvedic physicians, on the other hand, have used the herb for hundreds of years without a thorough understanding of its dangers and limitations. Because they don’t evaluate the effects of their prescriptions in a systematic, scientific manner, the same is probably true for most of the herbs they use. 
Further, the paganism and occult practices inherent in ayurveda can also be dangerous to one’s health, both physical and spiritual (cf., our The Coming Darkness: Confronting Occult Deception (Harvest House, 1993)).
Since Ayurveda attributes many diseases to demons and astrological influences, it is not surprising that incantations, amulets, spells, and mantras are commonly used remedies. Goat feces washed with urine is prescribed for alcoholism and indigestion, milk mixed with urine for constipation. Enemas of animal blood are recommended for hemorrhage. Enemas of urine and peacock testicles are used to treat impotence. Hundreds of such remedies are codified in ayurvedic texts such as Caraka Samhita, translated and edited by P. V. Sharma. 
The essence of ayurvedic blending of physical/spiritual concerns can be illustrated in its diagnosis based upon the occult anatomy termed tridosha or the “three elements.” 
One task of the ayurvedic practitioner is to maintain a “balance” between these three doshas or occult forces within the body. Thus, ayurveda is not merely, or even primarily, a physical medicine; it is fundamentally a spiritual method incorporating physical concerns, e.g., “An understanding of the need to strive for spiritual self-development is taken for granted and in this respect the physician combines the role of spiritual guide.”  According to Dr. Deepak Chopra, “Ayurveda’s approach to physical disorders is not basically physical at all…. Ayurveda works because it corrects a distortion in consciousness.”  Dr. Chopra, who is also a practicing endocrinologist, and former chief of staff of New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, MA, discusses the major premise of ayurvedic medicine, which primarily involves treating a person’s
consciousness, instead of his/her body.
The ancient doctors of India were also great sages, and their cardinal belief was that the body is created out of consciousness…. Theirs was a medicine of consciousness, and their way of treating disease pierced the body’s matter and went deeper, into the core of mind. When you look at ayurveda’s anatomical charts, you don’t see the familiar organs pictured in Gray’s Anatomy, but a hidden diagram of where the mind is flowing as it creates the body. This flow is what ayurveda treats. 
Ayurveda is thus not based on the scientific disciplines or on traditional anatomy but upon the theory that the physical body is part of the “flow” of the mind. Further, in its true nature, the mind is one essence with divine consciousness (in Hindu terms, satchitananda):
In ayurveda, each and every symptom of disease, from a minor neck pain to a full-blown cancer, is under the control of attention [divine consciousness]. However, between us and the symptom lie barriers—the veils called Maya [Hindu for illusion]—that prevent us from exercising our attention [divine consciousness] in a therapeutic way. All mind-body medicine attempts to remove these obstacles so that healing can take place…. [It is important] to have a science of awareness. Ayurveda supplies just that… When I teach people Maharishi’s ayurvedic healing techniques… I am trying to let them realize that their own awareness [divine consciousness] creates, controls, and turns into their bodies… Together, meditation, the bliss technique, and primordial sound are the practical application of all that I have been building up to, the tools of quantum healing. 
Further, …cancer, or any other disease, is nothing more than the sequence of these fleeting moments [of consciousness], each with its own emotions, its own mind-body chemistry…. the whole rationale for treating cancer (or AIDS) with primordial sound and bliss techniques is that these alone are the levels of consciousness common to everyone, the weak as much as the strong. 
Maharishi Ayurveda also offers patients astrology and yagyas or occult ceremonies intended to inspire the help of Hindu gods. 20 On a “Sonya Live” program, Chopra even argued that anticancer/antibiotic drugs don’t work and that standard medical approaches to cancer treatment (radiation, chemotherapy) had caused a national epidemic of immuno-compromised disease.
But it is sheer lunacy to replace established cancer treatments with astrology, supplications to pagan deities and occult “primordial sound and bliss techniques.” This places the patient’s health and prognosis at risk.  Let us see why this is so. (As if to add insult to injury, ayurvedic “treatments” can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. 
The New Paradigm: Antirealist Assumptions
Dr. Chopra begins his Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by telling readers who desire “true health” that they must discard ten false and harmful assumptions concerning who they are and the world in which they live. These “dangerous” assumptions include such ideas as:
There is an objective world independent of the observer, and our bodies are an aspect of this objective world…. Materialism is primary, consciousness is secondary…. Our perception of the world is automatic and gives us an accurate picture of how things really are…. [We are inevitable victims of sickness, aging, and death.] 
Chopra proceeds to argue that such false ideas are part of the passing “old paradigm” and are inaccurate reflections of true reality. In fact, he offers the incredible explanation that such ideas “are inventions of the human mind….”!  Supposedly, the only reason that we accept anything as objectively or phenomenologically real is because of the “tyranny of the senses.” 25 Even time and space are themselves mere “products of our five senses.” 
Chopra, of course, could hardly practice his lucrative profession of book writing if he did not concede the basic error of some of his own assumptions, e.g., that our perceptions automatically deceive us.
Nevertheless, what does Chopra offer as the solution to our supposedly self-generated sickness? Merely that we recreate our reality. According to Chopra, our consciousness is divine and literally creates our bodies and our reality; further, the mind and body “are inseparably one.” Therefore, changing our consciousness automatically changes our bodily reality because “Our bodies are part of the universal [divine] body, our minds an aspect of a universal [divine] mind.” Chopra’s philosophical harmony with the New Age movement and the spirits of modern channeling is obvious here. Thus, “We can learn to start metabolizing non-change, eternity, the absolute. By doing that, we will be ready to create the physiology of immortality.” 
Chopra is correct when he calls his antirealist ideas “vast assumptions,” yet he is on far less secure ground when he calls them “the makings of a new reality” and is arguing pure pseudoscience when he claims such assumptions “are grounded in the discovery of quantum physics made almost a hundred years ago.”  Quantum physics is routinely misused by New Agers, whether or not they have M.D. degrees, and physicists, (even physicists who are themselves New Agers) are often the first to point it out. In Perfect Health and elsewhere Chopra claims that the practices of
Maharishi Ayurveda and TM are clearly supported by quantum physics and he refers readers to the book The Cosmic Code: Quantum Physics as the Language of Nature by eminent physicist Heinz R. Pagels. 
But Pagels himself denounces Chopra’s claims as “nonsense.” He says, “Individuals who make such claims have substituted a wish-filling fantasy for understanding.”  In fact, while executive director of the New York Academy of Sciences in 1986, Pagels submitted an affidavit on behalf of a former TM member suing the movement for fraud. He emphasized,
There is no known connection between meditation states and states of matter in physics… No qualified physicist that I know of would claim to find such a connection without knowingly committing fraud… The presentation of the ideas of modern physics side by side, and apparently supportive of, the ideas of the Maharishi about pure consciousness can only be intended to deceive those who might not know better… 
Nevertheless, Maharishi Ayurveda claims that as long as our consciousness is functioning properly (e.g. that we are practicing Transcendental Meditation and living in accordance with pagan ayurvedic principles), any disease can be prevented and, theoretically, any disease can be reversed, including the aging process itself!  Thus, in answer to the question, “Must we become sick and grow old at all?” Dr. Chopra gives the amazing and unqualified answer “No!” 
How does he derive such an astounding revelation? At one point, Chopra delineates the commonly held view of aging, that it is natural, painful, and finally fatal. He then proceeds to explain that, ultimately, in his view, aging is no more than mere belief. Thus, “if you take any or all of these to be statements of fact, you are under the influence of beliefs that do not match reality.“
What Chopra affirms here is a very radical shift in world view “which makes disease and infirm old age unacceptable.”  For example: “Although everyone falls prey to the aging process, no one has ever proved that it is necessary…. Aging is not natural at all. Maharishi Ayurveda operates on this assumption…. The ancient [Hindu] sages, renowned for their own immense longevity, ascribed aging to a ‘mistake of the intellect.'” 
But again, this is nonsense. It is ludicrous for a trained medical doctor and chief of staff at a major hospital to even assume there is such a thing as a “quantum mechanical body,” let alone to base an entire system of healthcare upon it; further, to tell people that aging and disease can be prevented by adopting occult beliefs and practices is quackery.
Consider Dr. Chopra’s allegedly enlightened advice to a patient with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a fatal cancer. In terms reflective of the philosophy of Transcendental Meditation, he explains to the patient, “What we want is to pull your awareness back to a healthier level, to a place where this disease is not so threatening. Ultimately, we would like you to find the place where it does not even exist.” 
This, of course, fits well with the advaita Hindu view that this world and the things that occur in it, such as disease and death, are not ultimately real but merely illusory manifestations of “imperfections” in consciousness. As Chopra confesses, “Without any treatment for his inner self… I did not consider that any outside medical treatment based on drugs or radiation went far enough.” 
Chopra further advises his patient, “If you can pierce the mask of disease and contact your inner self, even for a few minutes a day, [this is the practice of Transcendental Meditation] you will make tremendous strides toward a cure, I promise.” 
Or, consider Dr. Chopra’s discussion of a heart attack, another common killer in America. He explains that at the “quantum mechanical level” a heart attack can be produced solely by mental dissatisfactions—”therefore it comes as no surprise that a deep, smoldering dissatisfaction lodged in the mind should express itself in a physical equivalent—a heart attack.” 
As to the true cause of heart attacks, “loss of [divine] awareness among the heart cells is primary.”  Presumably this is because “molecules can make decisions… [ultimately] we are choosing our own diseases” simply because we all supposedly live with so many false ideas about reality. 
Dr. Chopra seems convinced that all individuals who suffer heart attacks (or cancer, diabetes, etc.) are really suffering deficiencies in consciousness above anything else. Such persons have “lost communication with the deep levels of [divine] intelligence that govern and control all [their] cells….” Presumably, in order to prevent heart attacks (or cancer, etc.) one need only understand that consciousness can control all reality:
If one knew himself as he really was [i.e., a manifestation of God , he would realize that he is the source, course, and goal of all this flowing intelligence…. We are made victims of sickness, aging and death by gaps in our self-knowledge. To lose awareness is to lose intelligence; to lose intelligence is to lose control over the end product of intelligence, the human body. Therefore, the most valuable lesson the new paradigm can teach us is this: if you want to change your body, change your awareness first. 
Even though not a shred of scientific evidence exists to substantiate Chopra’s ideas, he proceeds to claim that treatment based upon the ayurvedic premise of the supremacy of consciousness can actually prevent illness, disease and aging which, again, are merely false beliefs “that do not match reality.” 
In conclusion, patients who desire “true health” will discover their best odds can be found through a healthy lifestyle and a responsible application of orthodox medicine, not in ancient paganism. God Himself warned His people not to adopt “the abominable practices” of the pagan nations because of their idolatrous and demonic nature and the inevitable consequences of such practice so amply demonstrated in human history (cf., The Facts on Hinduism in America). In the end, it is to such paganism that ayurveda would have us devote our souls. But ayurveda is only the tip of the iceberg of paganism that will soon ruin our land. America is still offered a better way, “The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commandments and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him” (Deut. 13:3b-4) and “then, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
1 Berkeley Holistic Health Center, The Holistic Health Handbook: A Tool for Attaining Wholeness of Body, Mind, and Spirit (Berkeley, CA: And/Or Press, 1978), p. 53.
2 Margaret and James Stutley, Harper’s Dictionary of Hinduism (NY: Harper & Row 1977) pp. 34–35; Chandrashekhar G. Thakkur, Ayurveda: The Indian Art and Science of Medicine (New York, NY: ASI Publishers, 1974), pp. 4–5, 11; Harper’s Dictionary of Hinduism, p. 292.
3 Ann Hill, ed., A Visual Encyclopedia of Unconventional Medicine (New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 1979), p. 17; John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Can You Trust Your Doctor? The Complete Guide to New Age Medicine and Its Threat to Your Family (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth & Hyatt), 1991.
4 Hari M. Sharma, Brihaspati Dev Triguna, Deepak Chopra, “Maharishi Ayur-Veda: Modern Insights into Ancient Medicine,” Journal of the American Medical Association, May 22/29, 1991, p. 2633. JAMA later regretted its publication of an article on Maharishi Ayurveda due to its association with Transcendental Meditation, while maintaining openness to traditional ayurveda.
5 Alma Guinness, ed., Readers Digest Association, Family Guide to Natural Medicine: How to Stay Healthy the Natural Way (Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest, 1993), p. 57.
6 Deepak Chopra, Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide (NY: Harmony, 1991), p. 124.
7 cf., Ibid., pp. 6-7.
8 Craig Bromberg, “Doc of Ages,” People, 15 November 1993, p. 170.
9 Kurt Butler, A Consumer’s Guide to “Alternative Medicine” (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus, 1992), p. 111.
10 Berkeley Holistic Health Center, p. 53.
11 Ankerberg, Weldon, chapter on herbalism.
12 Butler, p. 111.
13 Ibid., p. 112.
14 Hill, ed., p. 18.
15 Ibid., p. 21.
16 Butler, p. 113.
17 Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine (New York, NY: Bantam, 1989), pp. 5-6, emphasis added.
18 Ibid., pp. 237-239.
19 Ibid., pp. 267-268.
20 Andrew A. Skolnick, “Maharishi Ayur-Veda: Guru’s Marketing Scheme Promises the World Eternal ‘Perfect Health,'” Journal of the American Medical Association, 2 October 1991, p. 1749.
21 Butler, p. 116.
22 Ibid., p. 118.
23 Deepak Chopra, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old (NY: Harmony, 1993), p. 4.
24 Ibid., p. 5, emphasis added.
25 Ibid. p. 7.
26 Chopra, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, p. 8.
27 Ibid., pp. 5-6.
28 Ibid., p. 7.
29 Ibid., pp. 7, 9, 29-30; Chopra, Perfect Health, pp. 7-10, 131-132, 323.
30 Skolnick, p. 1750.
32 Chopra, Perfect Health, p. 17.
33 Ibid., p. 17, cf. p. 304.
34 Chopra, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, p. 59.
35 Chopra, Perfect Health, p. 5 emphasis added.
36 Ibid., pp. 171-172.
37 Ibid., p. 111 emphasis added.
38 Ibid; cf. p. 112.
39 Ibid., emphasis added.
40 Ibid., p. 109.
41 Chopra, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, p. 37.
42 Chopra, Perfect Health, p. 11.
43 Chopra, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, p. 37.
44 Ibid., p. 47.
45 Ibid., p. 37.
46 Ibid., p. 59 cf., pp. 24-31; Chopra, Perfect Health, pp. 171-172.
*InPlainSite.org Note: Chopra’s book Return of the Reishi promotes the idea that meditators can levitate.
Chapter 13 describes his personal experience with “lifting off,” which he calls “the first threshold in yogic flying”:
As the meditator begins to practice, he lays down a pattern of repetition in which the body more and more begins to understand what the mind wants. In scientific parlance this is called behavioral conditioning. In common language, he is simply acquiring a habit. Mundane as it sounds, flying is simply a habit. Over time, the body stops shaking and, unexpectedly, while doing nothing more than the same practice he has done in the past, the person accomplishes the result. His body lifts up and goes forward.
Needless to say, this is a remarkable moment for every meditator, and of the fifteen thousand TM meditators in America who practice the yogic flying technique, each one remembers his first liftoff with incredible vividness. My own experience is fairly typical. I was sitting on a foam rubber pad, using the technique as I had been taught, when suddenly my mind became blank for an instant, and when I opened my eyes, I was 4 feet ahead of where I had been before. -Quoted in Stephen Barrett, M.D. A Few Thoughts on Ayurvedic Mumbo-Jumbo
By Susan Brinkmann, June 15, 2010
Anonymous: “My brother-in-law has offered to pay all expenses for me to see an Ayurvedic Practitioner that he sees for treatment in New Jersey. I have seen one before here in my state. My viewpoint is that despite how ill I am, it would be putting my faith into Eastern Medicine, instead of in Jesus Christ, for my healing. Am I correct in my view? Would you explain further, and why it would be unwise to seek healing from this type of Practitioner?”
Your viewpoint is correct. Were you to begin using Ayurvedic medicine, you would be putting your faith in an ancient Indian medicine system that is based on a pagan belief that health comes from the proper integration and balancing of the body, mind and spirit with the surrounding universe.
Well-known New Age guru Deepak Chopra, a proponent of Ayurvedic medicine, explained it best when he claimed Ayurvedic medicine “takes the intelligence of the universe and matches it with the intelligence of our own body.”
First, here are a few facts for those who are not familiar with Ayurvedic medicine.
According to a backgrounder available at the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is part of the National Institutes for Health, Ayurvedic medicine draws its name from the Sanskrit word ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge), thus meaning “science of life”.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on three main concepts – the idea of universal interconnectedness, the body’s constitution, and three life forces which they call doshas.
The concept of interconnectedness is based on the idea that all things in the universe (both living and nonliving) are joined together and that every human being contains elements that can be found in the universe. Disease arises when one is out of harmony with the universe.
The notion of the universe being a single dynamic whole into which humankind is imbedded is a pagan concept wholly embraced by today’s New Age and/or neopagan “eco-theologians” and their corresponding green religions. The New Age version fosters a religious worship of nature known as pantheism, which is based on the belief that the cosmos is animated by one spirit or is guided by a universal consciousness of which man is merely one more participant. This vision of the relationship between man and the planet is often referred to as “depth ecology.”
Christians do not believe that God is a “force” in the universe. We believe that while God created the universe, he transcends his creation because he is “infinitely greater than all His works” (CCC 299-300).
The second Ayurvedic concept is that of a person’s constitution, which they describe as an individual’s unique combination of physical and psychological characteristics that practitioners believe contribute to the way the body functions to maintain health.
The third concept concerns three life forces or energies. According to ayurveda, the five fundamental elements that make up the universe – space (akasha), air (vayu), fire (agni), water (apu) and earth (prithvi) – also make up the human physiology. By looking at how these elements work within us, Ayurveda identifies three basic biological humors or psychophysiological energies called doshas. A person’s health and ability to resist disease is thought to be related to the way these doshas are balanced.
Ayurvedic treatment consists mainly in herbal formulas that either purge the body of impurities or increase resistance to disease. Lifestyle changes are also incorporated into treatment programs with patients encouraged to find ways to reduce stress and increase “harmony” in their life.
Currently, there are more than 600 herbal formulas and 250 single plant drugs included in the Ayurvedic “pharmacy” which are compounded according to texts issued by national medical agencies in India. Some of these drugs contain botanicals mixed with metals or other naturally occurring substances and are prepared according to precise measurements.
Unfortunately, many of these concoctions are dangerous and health officials in India and other countries, including the U.S., are taking steps to address this problem.
For instance, a NCCAM-funded study published in 2004 fount that of 70 Ayurvedic remedies that were available over-the-counter, 14 contained lead, mercury, and/or arsenic at levels that could be harmful.
This study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that “One of 5 Ayurvedic HMPs (herbal medicine products) produced in South Asia and available in Boston South Asian grocery stores contains potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury, and/or arsenic. Users of Ayurvedic medicine may be at risk for heavy metal toxicity, and testing of Ayurvedic HMPs for toxic heavy metals should be mandatory.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reports 12 cases of lead poisoning occurring within the last few years that were linked to Ayurvedic medicine.
There are also concerns about the possible interaction of Ayurvedic formulas with other medicines a patient may be taking.
To date, there is no scientific evidence that Ayurvedic medicine works. Most clinical trials have been too small or contained design problems that rendered the results meaningless. The NCCAM contends that more rigorous research is needed to determine whether Ayurvedic medicine is safe and effective.
Personally, I would not even consider Ayurvedic treatment, first because it conflicts with my religious beliefs and second because its efficacy is unknown, which means that at the present time, the risks outweigh the benefits.
By Susan Brinkmann, June 22, 2010
To follow is a partial list of some of the most common forms of CAM:
Ayurveda (Ayurvedic medicine),
osteopathic manipulative therapy (OMT),
Qi gong (internal and external Qigong),
traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and
Many of these practices involve religious beliefs and practices that are not compatible with Christianity, such as all forms of medicine that are based on alleged energy forces, including Tao-based traditional Chinese medicine and the Hindu-based yoga and Ayurvedic medicine.
Fed up with medicine
By Susan Brinkmann January 11, 2011
If there’s no science to back up a treatment, don’t get involved in it. This strategy eliminates almost every alternative with the exception of the use of certain herbs. Acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurvedic – none of these treatments have proven to be effective even after literally hundreds of blind and double-blind testing.
Just because herbal medicines are derived from nature doesn’t make them safe
By Susan Brinkmann, April 12, 2011
It’s extremely important to understand that just because alternative herbal medicines are “natural” does not make them safe. There are many, many poisonous plants in our universe, and this is one of the primary dangers of relying on these concoctions. Another danger is the fact that many of the herbs purchased on the alternative market are not pure and contain ingredients that can make a person sick – such as plant pollens or toxic substances such as pesticides, mercury and lead.
For example, there have been numerous problems with Ayurvedic medicines, which include 600 herbal formulas and 250 single plant drugs that are compounded according to ancient Indian methods. Some of these botanicals are mixed with metals and other naturally occurring substances.
In 2004, a study by the National Institutes of Health found that of 70 Ayurvedic remedies that are available over-the-counter, 14 contained potentially dangerous levels of lead, mercury, and/or arsenic. The Centers for Disease Control also reported 12 cases of lead poisoning occurring within the last few years that were linked to these medicines. As a result, mandatory testing of all Ayurvedic medicines is now required in the U.S.
Can the color red improve your circulation?
By Susan Brinkmann, July 7, 2011
In Ayurvedic medicine, colors are assigned to the chakras, which are alleged energy centers located along the spine. Some of the tools used in color therapy treatments are gemstones, crystals and crystal wands, colored fabrics, colored eye lenses, lasers and color bath treatments.
December 1, 2012
Ayurveda is the oldest medicine in the world. It involves clearing the lymph nodes so the body naturally detoxes. I was offered a job to do ayurvedic treatments, one called an abyangha treatment where you massage oil all over body to bring out toxins. Do I take the job? Or does this “open up spiritual channels”? –Catherine
There are some natural alternative medical treatments that are morally neutral. The problem is that practitioners almost never apply their treatments apart of their traditions. Ayurveda is a Hindu practice. Hinduism is one of the most hideous religions on the planet. In addition, there are a lot of occultic connections in Hinduism. The theory and cosmology behind the practice of Ayurveda, as is the theories behind Chinese medicine are hostile and contrary to Christianity. For these reasons alone I would avoid this method.
But, there are also medical dangers with Ayurveda. At least two studies in the United States have found dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and arsenic in the herbs and substances used in this treatment. There is also a decided lack of scientific evidence of the effectiveness of Ayurveda treatments.
In addition to all this, the idea of massage oil eliminating toxins is fraudulent. All of these so called “toxin” therapies are fraudulent. The body already has the mechanisms to deal with toxins. The only thing “brought” out with these toxin therapies is money from your wallet.
The idea of this treatment cleaning lymph nodes is laughable.
Bottom line: There is potential medical harm with this method, the theory behind the method is bogus and contrary to Christianity, and there are potentially occult elements that may be included in treatment.
As a Christian under no circumstances would I advise taking this job, or submitting yourself to the treatment.
–Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM
Ayurvedic body types and food suggestions
May 5, 2010
I was wondering what your thoughts were on the Ayurvedic philosophy of body types – vata, pitta and kapha.
They seem to have a list of suggestions of what food, climate etc. suits different body types. I know that Ayurveda is deeply rooted in Hinduism but wanted to check if following their protocols of what food is good and bad for different body types puts one’s soul at risk. –J
As it is with Chinese Medicine, the fundamental philosophical presumptions and cosmology are hostile to the Christian philosophy and cosmology. An Ayurvedic website explains:
The basic premise of Ayurveda is that the entire cosmos or universe is part of one singular absolute. Everything that exists in the vast external universe (macrocosm) also appears in the internal cosmos of the human body (microcosm). The human body consisting of 50-100 million cells, when healthy, is in harmony, self-perpetuating and self-correcting just as the universe is. The ancient Ayurveda text, Charaka, says, “Man is the epitome of the universe. Within man, there is as much diversity as in the world outside. Similarly, the outside world is as diverse as human beings themselves.” In other words, all human beings are a living microcosm of the universe and the universe is a living macrocosm of the human beings.
The site further explains that how we come to be unhealthy and how we gain health is pretty much the same as in Chinese medicine — to balance energies in the body with the universe.
Vatta, Pitta and Kapha are specifically of the order of “balancing” energies. In this case the energies are to be brought into balance. This is the Concept of Tri-Dosha in which the “five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether into three “Doshas”:
Dosha means “that which changes.” It is a word derived from the root dus, which is equivalent to the English prefix ‘dys’, such as in dysfunction, dystrophy, etc. In this sense, dosha can be regarded as a fault, mistake, error, or a transgression against the cosmic rhythm. The doshas are constantly moving in dynamic balance, one with the others. Doshas are required for the life to happen. In Ayurveda, dosha is also known as the governing principles as every living thing in nature is characterized by the dosha.
The three active doshas are called Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Vata is related to Air and Ether, Pitta is related to Fire and Water, Kappa is related to Water and Earth. The website explains:
Every person (and thing) contains all three doshas. However, the proportion varies according to the individual and usually one or two doshas predominate. Within each person the doshas are continually interacting with one another and with the doshas in all of nature. This explains why people can have much in common but also have an endless variety of individual differences in the way they behave and respond to their environment. Ayurveda recognizes that different foods, tastes, colors, and sounds affect the doshas in different ways. For example very hot and pungent spices aggravate pitta; but cold, light foods such as salads calm it down. This ability to affect the doshas is the underlying basis for Ayurvedic practices and therapies.
A balance among the tridosha is necessary for health. Together, the tridosha governs all metabolic activities. When their actions in our mind-body constitution are balanced, we experience psychological and physical wellness. When they are somewhat unbalanced, we may feel uneasy. When they are more obviously unbalanced – when one or more of the three dosha influences are excessive or deficient-discernible symptoms of sickness can be observed and experienced.
Regardless of the percentages of vata, pitta, or kapha influences, your basic constitution represents your psychological and physical nature. When balance is maintained, health is at optimum.
All this is nonsense. As with almost everything a grain of truth can be found. Obviously eating well, getting exercise, and the like will facilitate health. One does not need some nonsense Hindu cosmology to know that or practice a healthful life-style.
The problem is even the parts that may be a grain of truth are inextricably intertwined with the Hindu worldview and cosmology. Hindu meditation and yoga is part of this, too, by the way, which is very dangerous and for which no Christian has any business in participating.
If you wish to maintain a healthful diet talk to a qualified nutrition, but do not go down this dangerous road away from Christianity. -Bro. Ignatius Mary OMSM
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