Dr. Krishna Raman on Holistic Health and Fitness

Dr. Krishna Raman on Holistic Health and Fitness
Friday, April 17, 2009 at 12:19:54 PM

Dr. Krishna Raman has achieved great success in cost effective preventive and curative healthcare by integrating Yoga and Western Medicine in his clinical practice. He has seamlessly optimized patients’ overall health and wellness with the best of what both modern and ancient sciences can offer.

Medindia interviewed Dr. Krishna Raman MBBS, FCCP (Internal Medicine) and trained in Yoga by the legendary yoga expert B.K.S. Iyengar in Poona.

Dubbed by the Economic Times as the ‘Man with a mission’, and widely known as the ‘dancers’ doctor’ Dr. Krishna Raman does more than just scribble prescriptions—he guides the patients on the principles of good living and healthy lifestyle. Medical practice worldwide has only recently woken up to promote patients’ holistic health. Dr. Krishna Raman has tested and tried this method of complementing Yoga with western medicine for the last 25 years. True to the maxim, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” his patients are from all over the world—Germany, Mexico, UK, US, Singapore, Sri Lanka and many other far corners. Some patients recovered so well that they went on to become Yoga teachers themselves, and vouch for the success of this method of striving for holistic health. Dr. Krishna Raman spoke to Medindia from his clinic that has a tastefully designed Yoga room annex in a quiet neighborhood in Chennai, South India.

Question: You are a doctor with degrees in western medicine. Yet you have published many medical papers in various forums showing the benefits of complementing western medicine with Yoga. What prompted you to integrate Yoga with western medicine in your clinical practice?

Dr Krishna Raman: I have been practising Yoga since I was 14 years, even before I entered a medical college. My parents have taught me a disciplined life style that includes exercise in daily life and have also set an example of value based living.

Medical education helped to lend a perspective to the yogic postures in terms of health benefits. As a medical student I won awards for yoga demos in inter-collegiate cultural events. A German patient who was suffering from nocturnal cramps for nearly 25 years was referred to me by a patient of mine who knew of my interest in Yoga. I realized all she had was muscle cramps and taught her some asanas and in just three days she was fully cured. She was fully convinced of the benefits of practicing yoga and is now a yoga teacher herself. I was amazed at the therapeutic potential of yoga after that and delved deeper into the ancient science and there has been no looking back ever since.

I continue to research yoga with Ultrasound and other techniques to prove or disprove the effects of yoga. This scientific approach is very important. With humility I would like to mention that my perspective of yoga has undergone a total transformation after I was fortunate enough to be drawn into the fold of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Question: Do you administer yoga therapy to all your patients?

Dr Krishna Raman: No. Only if the clinical condition demands it and most importantly, only if I feel that the patient is able to do the asanas will I opt for yoga therapy. A patient who had almost lost total bladder and bowel function came to my clinic asking for yoga therapy. I advised immediate surgery.


Mystery Of The Missing Yogi

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Mystery Of The Missing Yogi

Read up on Giri Naidu’s (12th standard student in Prashanthi Nilayam shcool) experience as published in Sanathana Sarathi, March 1985.

A few days remained for the Navaratri festival to begin at Prasanthi Nilayam. I was at Madras, having no hopes of witnessing the grand celebrations at Parthi.

One night Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba appeared in my dream. The next night too He appeared in my dream and repeated His order, “Leave for Parthi immediately.” I dreamt that I pleaded with Him, “Oh Baba! How to come to You when I am caught in the coils of never ending troubles.” Bhagawan replied, “Nonsense! Come immediately.” I was worried how I could leave for Parthi when my mother and sister were critically ill, and I not much better than they. The day passed while I was in a dilemma.

On the third night again my Lord appeared in my dream but not as Sai Baba, but as Sai Shiva, for He looked at poor me with angry eyes and lashed and thrashed me verbally for not obeying His divine command, and once again He summoned me to Parthi, without regard to my tearful pleadings.

I woke up in the morning dazed. I was unable to make up my mind. But the thought of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba again coming in my dream made me tremble. I dared not keep my head on the pillow, fearing I would fall asleep and He might again appear in my dream and give me another sound verbal thrashing. Somehow I decided to leave for Parthi that very night.

That day Madras seemed to have incurred the wrath of Indra for it rained incessantly. With the help of our sympathetic neighbour, my ailing mother, sister and myself boarded the night bus for Anantapur. We were to reach Anantapur at dawn. We spent the night miserably but waiting for the glorious day to dawn. As the bus sped by, tearing through the dark night I pined to see the golden rays of the sun. My childish emotions overpowered me, for I accused the sun of being lazy and a late riser. It was not too long when my angry accusation turned into prayers too. I prayed to the sun to rise fast at least for my sake. But the sun took his own sweet time, and the day dawned.

The bus was nearing Anantapur when it came to a halt with a sudden jolt. There was a bridge which it had to cross. It was heavily flooded. All around was a scene of destruction. The bus took an hour to cross the flooded bridge, with great difficulty. After we had crossed the bridge, to our great delight we found a bus going to Puttaparthi trying to cross the bridge. Our bus conductor advised us three to quickly get down and board the bus leaving for Parthi, without our going to the Anantapur bus stand. We hurriedly brought our luggage down and boarded the Puttaparthi bus. The latter’s conductor was very hostile. He rudely said, “There is no place, so get off the bus.” When I tried to request him, he took our luggage and threw it out of the bus, and forced us to get down. To our great dismay we found that the Anantapur bus was nowhere in sight and the deserted look all around made me shiver in fright. To my great surprise, as soon as we got down from the bus bound for Parthi, the bus could not move as its engine refused to start. Half of its chassis was in the water and half on dry land. It could neither proceed forward nor go back. It refused to move an inch.

My mother and sister seated themselves on the luggage and were on the verge of collapse. I stood beside the raging river and viewed the angry waters, while mother sat lost in prayer or despair, I do not know. Broken logs of timber rolled and came dashing against the bridge. The corpse of a goat was caught in the swift current of the swirling waters. The dark sky above seemed to be determined on a downpour to drench us, The grim situation cast a gloomy spell on me. I cursed myself for being responsible for the watery grave I had chosen, as I felt our end not far.

Something said within me that the Lord is my host and why should I give myself away to despair and frustration. No sooner had this thought occurred in my mind than I felt the pressure of a hand on my back. I whirled round and saw, “a white long robed yogi with a white beard and matted hair” smiling at me. He had a tender voice and spoke softly. His eyes twinkled and his face shone with splendour. I stood bewitched while he spoke, “Son! You seem to be troubled. Tell me, it may be that I could help you.” Hearing him speak such kind words, I was very much delighted. I told him of the soup that we were in. He gave me a reassuring smile and said, “Is that all! O. K. How many persons are you?” I replied, “There are three of us.” Then I saw him dig his hand into the side pocket of his robe and take out three pink tickets. The smiling yogi said, “I don’t need them, you can take them.” Now with tickets in our hands we boarded the bus that still stood there. As I was boarding the bus, I again felt a pat on my back. I looked behind and saw. It was the smiling yogi. He then uttered these mysterious words, “You go to Puttaparthi and `I’ shall meet you there.” And he hurriedly walked away.

We climbed the bus. The bus conductor gave us a threatening look before he could speak out a word, I showed him the tickets that the yogi gave me, The conductor was shocked and he questioned me, “From where did you get them.” I told him about the yogi. He got down from the bus to look for the yogi. The yogi could be found nowhere. He seemed to have melted into the thin air of the deserted region. The conductor climbed into the bus. He looked shaken. He timidly got three seats vacated and offered them to us. As soon as we took our seats, the engine that had refused to start for two hours miraculously started all of a sudden, and the bus moved towards its destination.

The happy passengers shouted with joy and the air was rent with shouts of JAI SAI RAM!


Swami Vivekananda Remembered : January 12th 1863 – July 4th 1902

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Remembered – January 12th 1863 to July 4th 1902

Swami Vivekananda (January 12th 1863 – July 4th 1902), born Narendranath Dutta, was the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna and the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. Vivekananda was the Hindu missionary to the West. He is considered a key figure in the introduction of Vedanta and Yoga in Europe and America and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a world religion during the end of 19th Century. Vivekananda is considered to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India. He is best known for his inspiring speech beginning with “sisters and brothers of America”, through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago in 1893.

Swami Vivekananda was born in an aristocratic family of Calcutta in 1863. His parents influenced the Swami’s thinking (the father by his rational mind and the mother by her religious temperament). From his childhood, he showed inclination towards spirituality and God realisation. While searching for a man who could directly demonstrate the reality of God, he came to Ramakrishna and became his disciple. As a guru, Ramakrishna taught him Advaita Vedanta and that all religions are true, and service to man was the most effective worship of God. After the death of his Guru, he became a wandering monk touring the Indian subcontinent and getting a first hand account of India’s condition. He later sailed to Chicago and represented India as a delegate in the 1893 Parliament of World religions. An eloquent speaker, Vivekananda was invited to several forums in United States and spoke at universities and clubs. He conducted several public and private lectures, disseminating Vedanta, Yoga and Hinduism in America, England and few other countries in Europe. He also established Vedanta societies in America and England. He later sailed back to India and in 1897 he founded the Ramakrishna Math and Mission, a philanthropic and spiritual organization. The Swami is regarded as one of India’s foremost nation-builders. His teachings influenced the thinking of other national leaders and philosophers, like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Aurobindo Gosh, Radhakrishnan.

Remembering Vivekananda

Remembering Vivekananda

On this day (Swami Vivekananda’s birthday), January 12th 2009, we reverently remember the inspiration, passion and brotherhood that Vivekananda evoked and still evokes in India and throughout the world today.

‘The Gods Will Be Present’

‘The Gods Will Be Present’
Ancient ceremony blesses site where Hindu temple will stand
Rosa Salter Rodriguez
The Journal Gazette

The scent of sandalwood and the sound of chanting punctuated by “Om” filled the air last week at a site in western Allen County where devotees plan to erect the first permanent Hindu temple in Fort Wayne.

About 300 supporters of the new Omkaar Temple gathered in folding chairs under a red and white-striped tent for two days of Bhoomi Puja, or ground-blessing ceremonies, on Oct. 10 and 11.

During the ceremonies, orange and saffron-robed Hindu holy men hoped to draw positive energies to the site at 13900 Yellow River Road, says Dr. Jyothirmai Reddy, of Fort Wayne, an obstetrician/gynecologist and temple benefactor.

Reddy says plans include a small temple and a holistic health center. She says she hopes the building will be finished by 2010.

Reddy also says she hopes the site will become a gathering place for Hindus and non-Hindus alike.

She wants residents to be able to learn meditation techniques and yoga at the site and participate in massage and other therapies, including some based on eastern Ayurvedic medicine. She also plans to offer free health checks.

The temple’s purpose is to promote what Reddy calls “self-consciousness,” or mindful spirituality.

“In order to have more self-consciousness we need a center where we can congregate and meditate and teach,” she says.

Reddy says the temple’s name is derived from the most sacred word for Hindus, “Om,” which is believed to be the sound uttered at the creation of the universe.

“Omkaar is the base source of all religions, the most ancient and yet the modern manifestation of spiritual consciousness,” Reddy says.

She says she is a follower of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a contemporary Hindu religious teacher in Puttaparthi, India. He preaches universal love, human equality and service to all, Reddy says.

By some, he is believed to be a reincarnated deity and has announced himself as such.

A portrait of Sathya Sai Baba was placed by the ceremonial platform, but Reddy says the local effort is not formally affiliated with his international association.

“It is from my heart,” as an individual follower, she says.

Plans for the site would make it similar to Sai Baba’s home base, which includes a free hospital, an ashram for teaching and a temple.

During the ceremonies, attendees approached a foot-high platform covered with rugs and prayer mats to offer nine gems to be placed in a time capsule in the earth.

“The theory is that we put good in and it will cause good vibrations, good energy,” Reddy says.

Under the direction of Chief Guruji Kumarasway Dixitar of Sri Raja Ganapathi Temple in Swedesboro, N.J., priests chanted separate prayers as water, rice, honey, flowers, seeds and nuts, sweets, incense, clothing and ornaments, among other items, were offered. Posters of Hindu deities lined the tent walls.

The ceremonies were performed according to ancient traditions for structures and architecture. The timing was selected according to sacred Vedic calendars, Reddy says.

She says a groundbreaking service will be held later at the site, which is now a wooded area surrounded by cornfields.

Vish Gurudutt, president of the Fort Wayne Bhajan Society, says there are about 250 Hindu families in the Fort Wayne area.

Gurudutt, who attended the recent ceremonies, says families have been meeting about 25 years and have had a formal altar the past five years at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, 5310 Old Mill Road. But it is not considered a permanent temple, he says.

Dr. Praven Kollipara of Fort Wayne says people traveled great distances to attend the ground-blessing.

The temple will become the second permanent Hindu site in Indiana, with the other in Indianapolis, he says.

“This (ceremony) is important to us because we believe this means the gods will be present here.”


Yoga In Nepal

Yoga In Nepal
Amar Bahadur Shrestha
September 21, 2008
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Ramdev Lays Foundation For Yoga Centre In Houston

Baba Ramdev

Baba Ramdev

Ramdev Lays Foundation For Yoga Centre In Houston
Houston, July 20 (PTI) Noted Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has laid the foundation stone for a USD 20 million Yoga and Ayurveda research centre in Houston.

It is the first international centre based on the model of ‘Pathanjali Yog Peeth’ in Haridwar, founded by the spiritual guru 15 years ago.

“When the Haridwar centre was established, Rs 20,000 was borrowed to start the project. But in Houston, one-fourth of the needed funds was raised on the very first day,” Ramdev told PTI after the ceremony yesterday.

The centre will be set up in a sprawling 94-acre land in Rosenberg in Fort Bend County, about 25 miles from here.

Notably, over USD 4 million was raised for the project and USD 2 million was raised in two hours at a fundraiser in Houston on July 18.

Ramesh Bhutada and Shekhar Agrawal, who were involved with the project, said the centre would become functional from early next year.

“The vision of Swami Ramdev a year ago is now taking shape fast. The Indian community will stand united and help bring the project to fruition,” Bhutada said.

“Our vision is to develop it as a major centre in the western world to impart various aspects of Vedic culture and custom with emphasis on Yoga and Ayurveda,” Agrawal said.

The project includes a clinic to treat chronic ailments, housing for active seniors and retirees; a herbal garden, retreat centre, vedic Gurukul school for young children and a University. PTI