Born on 30th November, 1933 in a Hindu orthodox family.
Father retired as District and Session Judge, was a firm believer of Shrimad Bhagwat Gita and applied its principles in personal life. a great philanthropist, was connected with several social and educational institutions after retirement from judiciary.
The author had his initial medical degree education and post graduation in Anaesthesia from Baroda Medical College and did his M.D. in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Bombay University.
Served in the Army for twenty one and half years at Army Medical Corps and retired in December 1981 as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology A.F.M.C. Pune and Adviser in Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Southern Command.
After retirement form Army Service did private practice in Devlali for 12 years where he ran his Maternity Home Hospital and was Honorary to Govt. Hospitals in Devlali, Bhagur and Nasik Rd. During his stay in Devlalii was president of Rotary Club for two consecutive years and carried on several social projects including opening of Blood Bank in Cantonment General Hospital. During his stay in Devlali studied in detail various Upanishads and Patanjali Yoga Sutras in which he was interested form medical students days.
Stopped private practice in 1993 and went to a village in Nasik District to work in an all India based Social Organization Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, as in-charge of Hostel, run for Tribal Students and local and mobile dispensary for three years from 1993 to 1996.
During this period he went to U.S.A. to read paper on Neurology in Upanishads in 1994 and 1996 at the International Conference arranged by Kundalini Research Network at San Francisco and St. Mount Medona Centre, California. Had written book Upanishads –Chetna Samstha –Kundalini which was very well received in the United States.
He has been associated with the world famous Institute of Yoga Research and Training Kaivalyadhama Lonavla, Dist. Pune, since 1997. Initially, he worked as Medical Officer in-charge of research to study the effects of Yogic practices on chronic health disorders like Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertensions. He presently works as Senior Medical Consultant at the Yoga Hospital and Health Care Centre, Kaivalyadhama and as a Professor at G.S. College of Yoga and teaches Anatomy and Physiology of Yogic practices.
He has participated in several International and All India Conferences on Yoga at Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Lonavla, Saugar (M.P.) and read papers on varied research topics on Yoga.
Wrote a book on Swadhaya and Yog Therapy in 2002 during the 3rd International Conference held in Yoga at Lonavla; of which Second Edition is being published now; as well as its First Hindi Version. He has written a booklet also on Health and First Aid for Senior Citizens published by ASCOP, Pune.
Beneficial effects of yog in health has now been accepted the world over. There has been increase in awareness and interest in yogic practices amongst people at all walks of life not only in India put almost in every part of the world. Different individuals expect from yog to fulfil the different requirements in their life. Student expect increase in their memory, concentration in studies, removal of stress during examination and the desired success.
Adult people adequate health to cope up with increase in load of work freedom from stress and effective control or cure from diseases.
Old people expect reasonable mobility in their daily life, freedom or control in their ailments which are usually associated.
Pregnant women expect from yogic practices proper growth of the child good health avoidance of complications during pregnancy, delivery or post delivery (post natal) period. It can be said that people consider yoga as panacea (cure for all diseases)
Medical personnel having now been convinced of beneficial effects of yogic practices on health are trying to explain these effects. These changes in functioning of various systems of body they explain due to physical impact on various organs after performing yogic practices. They try to prove by carrying out experiments with various advanced equipment to measure the changes taking place during and after yogic practices. Medical personnel also try to prove these effects with biochemical parameters.
What I am emphasizing through this book is that what is lost sight of is the experiential aspect of yogic practices. The individual is expected to experience the changes during yogic practices at various levels of body at gross and subtle level. This enables the individual to bring necessary changes in one’s functions to maintain health.
What yog teaches being one of the branch of Para Vidya is to experience not only the interconnectivity between the various parts of the body but also the various living and non living objects with which individual is associated.
Yog has a comprehensive out look towards life-whether it be diet, environment and behavior with other people including one’s own family members.
What Bhagwan Patanjali Muni has brought out in Patanjali Yog Sutras is how to get rid of Avidya through the various ways he has suggested –Ashtang (Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyan and Samadhi at both levels –Sabij/Nirbij.
What is most difficult these days is how to apply these principles in one’s life as there is total change in life style of people in India and also people in rest of the world who are brought up in different cultural surroundings.
The people who are concerned in offering training to other people for positive health or application in management of ailment should first learn the experiential part of yogic practices with implicit faith, whether it be Asanas, Pranayama or Meditation. Then only it will be possible for them to do training for those people who approach them to learn yog practices.
It is very essential to teach people to properly realize the wrong knowledge one is acquiring from external stimuli and avoid wrong decision in one’s day to day life (Resulting from Pragnyaparadha). It is also essential to make people who approach for help through yog practices is teach to be free from feeling of doer, doing and enjoyer, enjoying to realize that by experiencing the fountain of energy within them they can get over most of the problems in life in general as well as health in particular. What is required is freedom from Avidya.
I am sure the book will be useful to everybody at all walks of life.
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