From August 13th to 15th 2016, Jiva Institute will offer a Vrindavan Retreat that promises “A Unique Insight into Wellbeing from Ayurvedic Perspective” held by Dr. Partap Chauhan and Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa.
From an Ayurvedic and spiritual perspective one’s bodily and mental condition will be examined in order to find solutions and remedies for improvement. This retreat will help the participants to gain a deeper understanding how to lead a life that will ultimately bring them to a permanent state of happiness and fulfillment, which is altogether free from any mental and physical suffering.
Modern living offers us many comforts and luxuries. In the last two decades, our pace of life has been increasing constantly. New gadgets and instruments have been invented which help us work faster and travel to distant places in a short time. Technology has enabled us to do more work in less time and grow materialistically. All the wonderful inventions were originally discovered to enrich our lives with health, happiness and peace. Interestingly, however, the results are totally opposite to such expectations. Modern medicine has invented diagnostic tools and therapeutic formulations that can identify and suppress diseases at the nascent levels, but in spite of these improvements, the number of diseases all over the world is increasing every year. In addition, new diseases are emerging which are not understood well by the advanced medical science.
Thus, it is time we take a deep breath, relax and think about where we are heading. Health is not merely the absence of symptoms or physical discomforts. Ayurveda defines health as a “complete state of balance at the levels of body, mind and spirit.” While modern technology offers us solutions for comforting the body and senses, these “solutions” are actually disturbing the mind and are unfulfilling for the soul. When the mind is disturbed and there is lack of love in our lives, blockages and imbalances are created in physical organs and systems.
Thus, curing our mind is as important as curing our body. The basic disease of the mind is ignorance of the self, which gives rise to identification with one’s body, which further results in raga (attachment) and dvesa (aversion). The human mind basically rotates in the groves of raga and dvesa. All our actions are impelled either by either raga or dvesa. Therefore one has to rise above these dualities, as Sri Krishna teaches in Bhagavad-gita. There are various means for that, such as karma yoga, jnana yoga, astanga yoga, and bhakti yoga. Of all the processes, the path of bhakti is best, because on this path one can receive the grace of Bhagavan, on whom everything rests and depends. On the other paths, there is no such facility.
Babaji and his brother Dr. Chauhan have been teaching both together and on their own in various countries around the world to make the Vedic knowledge system, which Ayurveda is part of, accessible to the modern mind and enrich people’s lives with new insights and experiences. Their last seminar was very successfully help a few weeks ago in Japan about “Detoxification of the mind.”
Babaji – Satyanarayana Dasa, an alumni of IIT, he completed B.Tech in mechanical engineering (1976) and a postgraduate degree in industrial engineering (M. Tech, 1978). In spite of his successful career in the US, he felt an increasing yearning for the roots of his own spiritual culture. Eventually he left his job and career in order to pursue his inner quest for truth. After extensive study of the Vedic scripture, Satyanarayana Dasa realized it was essential to establish a proper facility to protect this ancient knowledge, and therefore he founded the Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies to preserve and teach this ancient wisdom.
Dr. Partap Chauhan – Author, public speaker, TV personality and master Ayurvedic physician. He currently serves as the Director of Jiva Ayurveda and spearheads all its medical and pharmaceutical activities.
When we come to spiritual life, we want the effect of spiritual life without changing our self. We generally make changes externally. This does not change our life because we are still looking through the colored glasses of our samskaras. Our vision is impaired and we don’t want to rectify it.
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