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Netherlands: Doctors' conference considers role of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in health
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22 May 2013
The role of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in Dravyaguna—the science of substances, generally food and herbs, used in Maharishi Ayur-Veda* health care—was an important area of discussion at a recent doctors' conference at Maharishi University of Management in the Netherlands. Dr Peter Swan, an expert researcher and teacher of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, gave a seminar on this topic.
One of the five specializations of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, Vedic agriculture is the area related to plants. From the perspective of this field of knowledge, a high degree of vitality in herbs and foods is essential in order for them to fully support the human physiology and full development of life.
Dr Swan brought out Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's principle that Vedic agriculture is 'agree-culture', because its underlying principles and farming methods agree with—are in harmony with—the culturing intelligence of Natural Law.
In the seminar in Holland, Dr Swan, who has taught courses on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in many countries, analyzed in depth numerous aspects of plant life and food production. While discussing in great detail the specifics of plant nutrient production, including soil complexity and fertility, he continuously emphasized the importance of the entire plant life cycle, from start to finish.
In one section of the seminar he outlined plant sensitivities, and how plants perform complex information processes. He went over similarities between plants and animals, describing their inner intelligence and noting specific behaviour patterns plants and humans share.
Who would have thought, Dr Swan said, that:
∙ pest management in organic gardening could be achieved through selective planting, called the 'push-pull method'
∙ plants have inborn self-protection mechanisms
∙ 'weeds' in many respects are our friends in the garden
∙ certain viruses play an integral part in plant health and vitality.
These topics and more were covered in the seminar.
Throughout the talk Dr Swan emphasized Maharishi's fundamental contribution to Vedic organic farming, for the farmer: the simple, natural technique of Transcendental Meditation. When the farmer practises Transcendental Meditation regularly, his thoughts, speech, and action will be in accord with Natural Law. This means the seasons will come and go on time, and crops will be healthy and abundant. In addition to the important role of the farmer's consciousness in the production of Vedic organic food, Dr Swan elaborated on the role of Vedic sounds for plant development.
Concluding the seminar, he said that we now understand from ancient Vedic knowledge the critical role that food and food production play in our health. We also have a large body of modern scientific research on organic agriculture, along with methods to quickly regenerate the earth's depleted soil—creating the basis for a much more nourishing value of food, diet, and Dravya (herbal medicinal plants).
In addition to physicians, individuals can easily make use of this knowledge, he pointed out. A simple way to get started is by creating a small garden; thus producing fruits, vegetables, and herbs that bring a great balancing and nourishing effect for one's own physiology.
* Ayurveda is the world's oldest, most comprehensive system of natural medicine, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India. Maharishi Ayur-Veda is the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete, authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
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