Ayurveda is our heritage and pride

Melbourne, 6 October 2018

It was my my pleasure to speak as one of a keynote speakers in the Ayurveda Conference, organized by Australasian Association of Ayurveda in Melbourne, Vic (6-7 October)

My speech:

Namaste Good morning

-It’s my great pleasure to be here, speaking on Ayurveda in presence of learned people.

Ayurveda is, as you know, a holistic system, focused on the whole body. It isn’t just about physical health, it is as much about mind and spirituality. Its focus is restoration of balance in life. It’s science of life as Ayur & Veda, the two words depict.

Ayurveda has been around for ages, taking its origin as a sub-Veda from Athar Veda, one of the 4 Vedas.

Our sages learned Ayurveda from their observations and experiences as well experimentation and verbally passed it on to their pupils. Subsequently, Rishi Charak compiled it in Charak Samhita and Rishi Sushruta did that in Sushruta Samhita. With 8 subspecialties, it was much ahead of any other health systems. I was pleased to see a plaque/recognition of Rishi Sushruta at the RACS building in Melbourne recently.

Ayurvedic medicines are used by about 80% of people in India and it’s use is becoming more common in Western World including Australia due to diligent and sincere work by many including Dr Santosh Yadav in Melbourne and Dr Naveen Shukla in Sydney.

Unlike Western Medicine, which is mostly about treatment of a manifested disease, especially acute medicine, Ayurveda is about prevention and making sure that a human attains the best health in its all dimensions and has restored balance. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t treat when people suffer from ailments. Of course, it does.

Ayurveda is multidimensional and employs herbs, yoga, meditation and others to achieve what it sets out to achieve.

There have been anecdotal reports of excessive amount of lead etc in some Herbal/Ayurvedic medicines, but it’s possible that it happened due to less than standard quality control in their production. Quality control is a wonderful concept, which is applicable in so many facets of our lives. Ayurveda is no exception, whether it’s about training of Ayurveda practitioners or preparation of medicines.

In modern medicine ie allopathy, science has been increasingly used in its progress. It’s a norm now that we seek evidence of efficacy by controlled trials and studies. In my own sub speciality of cardiology, almost all of our practices are based on evidence of efficacy from controlled trials.

This is something, which Ayurveda may need to adopt to get more wide spread acceptability and assurance that it is a science based system.

Ayurveda has been used by many and that does include father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. His preference for Ayurvedic/herbal medicines as compared to Allopathic medicines is well documented. His use of Neem leaves, made more palatable by Tamarind, is documented. He believed in Ayurveda’s efficacy, but did allude to the need for some experimentation and science. He was in favor of propagation of true Ayurvedic philosophy. He was candid and open in his views when inaugurating Ayurveda clinics.

I myself have an experience, a beautiful experience with Ayurveda and herbal medicines to share with you. In my early teens, I was a sickly kid. Not gaining weight and perennially sick. At the suggestion of my father’s friend, I saw a Vaid, living about 30-40 kms away from my village in a remote hamlet. He asked me questions and felt my pulse. Herbal medicines recommended by that great soul, prepared by my loving mother and cousin sisters, did wonders. I was cured. After I joined medical school, I went to the village of the Vaid, but found that he had passed away, without anybody else getting his knowledge passed on to. What a sad loss of knowledge!

Ayurveda and Western medicine must interact and collaborate for the sake of complete and wholistic health. They can be complimentary to one another in many ways.

Then only, we will achieve the goals of Ayurveda:

Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha, Sarve santu niramayaaha;

Sarve bhadraani pashyantu, Maa kashchit dukhabhaak bhavet.

“May all be happy, May all be free from disabilities;

May all look to the good of others, May none suffer from sorrow.” How beautiful!

Ayurveda is our heritage and Ayurveda is our pride.

In the fast and furious race to become modern, we shouldn’t ignore or forget our heritage and history.

Everything should be done to take it to even higher status not only in India but all over the world. It can be done, and it must be done.

Thank you and Namaste!

Dr Yadu Singh



नकली हिन्दू नेताओं से हिन्दू धर्म को नुक्सान

सिडनी, १ अक्टूबर २०१८

हिन्दू धर्म का कुछ हिन्दुओं ने सदियों से अपने फायदे के लिए दुरूपयोग किया है, और हिन्दू धर्म का अत्यंत नुक्सान किया है. यह अब भी जारी है. ऐसे हिन्दुओं का सम्बन्ध धर्म से बहुत कम पर अपने निजी फायदे व अपनी राजनीति से ज्यादा है. ये नकली हिन्दू है. हिन्दू होने का बस केवल नाटक करते है यह लोग. इन्ही की गतिविधियों से भारत देश में आज हिन्दुओं में इतना विघटन है. ऐसे लोग हर जगह है. ऑस्ट्रेलिया में भी है. ऑस्ट्रेलिया क़े नकली व तथाकथित हिन्दू नेता हिन्दू समाज को कंट्रोल करने का इरादा रखते है. अपनी एक ख़ास राजनैतिक सोच थोपना चाहते है. वे लोग हिन्दुओं क़े मठाधीश बनना चाहते हैं. वे यह चाहते हैं कि हर हिन्दू उनसे आज्ञा लेकर ही हिन्दू धर्म से सम्बंधित कोई काम करे. कुछ समय पहले अन्य लोगों द्वारा भी एक ख़ास मेला करने पर उनपर दवाव डाला गया कि वे मेला न करे. उनको बुली करने का प्रयाश किया गया. जब दवाव असफल हो गया तो मोहल्ले मोहल्ले में अपना वही मेला करने की पद्यति शुरू करना भी इनकी गतिविधिया हैं. इसके पीछे धर्म नहीं कुछ और ही कारण हैं. ये तथाकथित व नकली हिन्दू नेता सोचने को तैयार ही नहीं बल्कि अक्षम भी हैं कि हिन्दू धर्म व राजनैतिक सोच दो अलग अलग बाते हैं. अजीब नौटंकी सोच हैं इनकी. मजाक तो यह भी हैं कि अब ये लोग देश भक्त व कौन सच्चा हिन्दू हैं कौन नहीं हैं का तमगा भी देते घूम रहे हैं. किसके पोस्टर में किसका लोगो (चिन्ह) लगे, इसपर भी इनका कन्ट्रोल रहे ऐसा ये लोग चाहते है. इन्होने हमारे खिलाफ ऐसा प्रयाश दो बार किया पर इन्हे मुंह की खानी पड़ी. आप को पता ही होगा कि कर्म के आधार पर बनी व परिवर्तनशील वर्ण प्रथा को जन्म पर आधारित व अपरिवर्तनशील वर्ण प्रथा में बदलना एक स्वार्थ पर आधारित घोर अन्याय व अनुचित कुकृत्य था. आपको यह भी पता ही होगा की यह कुकृत्य किसने किया था. आँखे खोलेंगे तो देंखेंगें की वही लोग अभी भी वैसी हरकते कर रहे हैं. सामने न भी हों तो परदे क़े पीछे से कठपुतिलियों को संचालित करके अपना पुराना हथकंडा चला रहे हैं. हिन्दू धर्म को अपने निजी हितों में दुरूपयोग करना बंद होना चाहिए. इसके लिए हम सभी हिन्दुओं को इन स्वार्थी तत्वों के द्वारा इस इस प्रकार के हिन्दू धर्म के दुरूपयोग के खिलाफ बोलना पड़ेगा. इन हिन्दू धर्म के ठेकेदारों से यह कहना होगा कि तुम लोग सुधर जाओ और सही रास्ते में आ जाओ. अब हमें बोलना होगा “तुम आवाज़ दो, हम साथ हैं” इन चालू लोगो को ठीक करने में. क्योंकि हिन्दू धर्म किसी की बपौती नहीं है.


Pleased to be at the 131st birth anniversary celebrations and Satsang of Sree Sree Thakur in Sydney

Sydney, 22 September 2018

I was very pleased to be at the 131st birth anniversary celebrations and Satsang of Yuga Puroshottam, Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra Maharaj today at Pennant Hill Community Centre, Pennant Hills, NSW.

It’s a matter of privilege that Shri Raj Datta and I were invited as the guests of Honor at the celebrations.

I enjoyed the Satsang and learned many things today.

  1. Sree Sree Thakur (Anukulchandra Chakravarty) was born in Himaitpur, Pabna (presently Bangladesh) on 14 September 1888 and passed away in Deoghar, present day Jharkhand, India on 27 January 1969.
  2. He was a homeopathic doctor, who was a popular doctor of his times.
  3. He was interested in helping people not only for external ailments, but also inner spiritual maladies.
  4. Satsang (Sat means truth and Sang means Association) was started. Satsang is part of Hinduism.
  5. He wrote a book named Satyanusaran and outlined his teachings.
  6. He believed in communal harmony and unity in diversity of multitude of religions.
  7. He preached convergence rather than conversion, believing in unity of various religions.
  8. He preached that people should elevate themselves by following a living ideal (Guru).
  9. He preached that people should exalt themselves by active service.
  10. He was loved by his disciples as a great guru, who was considered a Yuga Purushottam and called Sree Sree Thakur.
  11. Indian Govt issued a Postal stamp in his honor in 1987.
  12. He was a multifaceted and multidimensional personality, who was a doctor, philosopher, spiritualist, social reformer, preacher and Guru besides many other things.

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Dr Yadu Singh



Telangana Day celebration by ATF was superb and enjoyable

Sydney, 16 September, 2018

I had the opportunity to be with Australian Telangana Forum (ATF) members today at Upjohn Park, Rydalmere, NSW, while they celebrated Telangana Day.

This celebration included Telangana style Barbecue at site and home-cooked food, sweets and drinks.

I was made at home and was asked to give away certificates and prizes to various people and kids.

Their hospitality, zeal and “can do” attitude is worth admiring. No wonder that Telangana people are my very close friends.

Jai Telangana! Jai Bharat!!

Dr Yadu Singh



Pleased to have supported & participated in Ganesh Utsav in Parramatta

Sydney, 15 September, 2018

Attended (Lord) Ganesh Utsav, organized by Telugu Sandadi Group at Parramatta River Foreshore, Parramatta, NSW. Superbly organized event with huge crowds. Congratulations to Telugu Sandadi Group and Telugu community in Sydney.

Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) was a proud supporter of Telugu Utsav.

Dr Yadu Singh



Hindi Diwas: Let’s do something for Hindi language in Australia

Sydney, 15 September, 2018

I attended Hindi Diwas, organized by Rekha Rajvanshi (ILASA Group), at the Consulate General of India in Sydney.

आप सभी को हिन्दी दिवस की बधाइयाँ और शुभकामनायें। हिंदी भारत की राष्ट्र भाषा होने के साथ साथ हमारी संस्कृति को भी अभिव्यक्ति करती है. हमें हिंदी पर गर्व है. आईये हम सभी हिंदी को आगे बढ़ाने के प्रयाश में सम्मलित हो जायें। #हिंदीदिवस #HindiDiwas

I spoke and outlined the following for Hindi language promotion.

1. Collaboration & networking among Hindi supporters

2. Team building with welcoming and inclusive approach

3. Brainstorming and strategy formation re campaign mechanism and necessary resources

4. Lobbying with relevant authorities and its mechanism

5. Accepting and encouraging the pluses of team members (Hindi speaking community) and less of “Me only” syndrome. Less of jealousy bhav (emotion) and more of Vashdhev Kutumbkam bhav (team feeling)

6. Effective working with Govt agencies-Indian and Australian, again using the best people for a particular segment of the total job (Horses for the courses).

I was pleased that several participants appreciated and agreed with my comments.

We need to take it further.

Dr Yadu Singh