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India: World Ayurveda Congress presentation explores links between Ayurveda and Yoga
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27 July 2013
The ultimate goal of both Ayurveda and Yoga is the same, said Lothar Pirc, founder of one the most successful Ayurveda health centres in Europe.
In his presentation at the fifth World Ayurveda Congress in Bhopal, India, Mr Pirc explained that this shared goal is enlightenment.
Mr Pirc is Founder and Managing Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Bad Ems, Germany, and General Secretary of EURAMA (European Ayurveda Medical Association). For 20 years he has been running the four-star clinic, which has treated around 20,000 patients using Maharishi Ayurveda* health care.
In 2006, Mr Pirc began to focus his time and energy on promoting Maharishi Ayurveda in the wider medical community, with the goal of creating perfect health for the entire world. To this end, he has been giving numerous speeches and presentations to familiarize doctors and Ayurvedic practitioners in many countries with the advantages, great wealth of knowledge, and scientific research which is available on Maharishi Ayurveda.
The World Ayurveda Congress was an important venue for this, he explained recently—it is the largest international platform for the scientific exchange of experiences in the field of Ayurveda. He was invited to give a special presentation, based on a paper published in the Light on Ayurveda journal—'Enlightenment: The Goal of Yoga and Ayurveda - From Philosophy to Science'.
Both Yoga and Ayurveda seek to culture life in a permanent state of union, said Mr Pirc, explaining similarities in the knowledge of the two disciplines. Yoga and Ayurveda acknowledge a unified reality at the basis of life: in Yoga this is called Brahm, Totality; in Ayurveda, it is called Samhita; and the experience of this unified reality is called Yoga, or union. The permanent state of union developed through these systems is called enlightenment, he said. In addition, he explained, the root of Yoga is yuj, meaning to yoke or bind together; while Ayurveda acknowledges that life means the conjunction of body, senses, mind, and the Self.
'Where is that unified state of Yoga found?' Mr Pirc quoted from the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali: 'Yoga is the complete settling of the activity of the mind.'
After the congress, Mr Pirc added that he had many discussions with professors and students from all over the world. 'There was a very great interest in this knowledge,' he concluded.
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* Ayurveda is the world's oldest and most comprehensive system of natural health care, which originated in the Vedic civilization of ancient India and is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an effective health science. Maharishi Ayurveda represents the modern restoration by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi of the complete and authentic practice of Ayurveda as recorded in the Vedic texts.
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