First Celebration of World Ayurveda Day – Building a Healthier Trinidad and Tobago

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PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD/TOBAGO, November 23, 2020 (HPI by Paras Ramoutar): Brahma Vidya Peetham International (BVPI) celebrated World Ayurveda Day on Friday 13th November at the ashram in Gasparillo here. The festivity was organized under the guidance of BVPI president Professor Dilip Dan. A group of medical professionals participated in this event, speaking on the benefits and the use of Ayurveda in the 21st century and particularly for Trinidad and Tobago. Professor Dilip Dan, (Head of Department-Clinical Surgical Sciences, UWI) spoke about the Ayurvedic system and said it was organic. It is a great medical science which provides an alternative way to treating many diseases. For preventative care, he said that we ought to go back to this ancient science of medicine which provides holistic healing going to the root of the disease.

Swami Brahma Swarupananda presented a complete history of Ayurveda. He said that in Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.

Sadhvi Anandamaiyee Giri, General Secretary, BVPI said the program was organized to bring the historic significance of Ayurveda as one of the world’s oldest models of natural, holistic healthcare by hosting a forum on the beneficial impact of an Ayurveda lifestyle. Amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, this timely event aims to broaden public awareness of traditional methods of improving disease resistance and overall wellness through Ayurveda. The BVPI and Maharishi Vedic University – Caribbean have been working in collaboration on projects regarding the practical use of Ayurvedic science in the entire Caribbean and Caricom. In fact, by the end of 2021, Brahma Vidya Peetham International plans to host an International Ayurveda Conference in Trinidad and Tobago.

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