Assimilating Rich Yogic Traditions Relevant For Today | Eddie Stern #053

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“Yoga does not ask you to be more than you are, But yoga does ask you to be all that you are” ~ Eddie Stern

Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices originally developed in ancient India that nowadays has undergone a complete resurgence, particularly in the west. 

Many yogic practitioners define the benefits of the daily practice of Yoga as boundless, and still many, although interested, find it hard to include practices such as this in their daily lives.

Some do not find the correct introductory stimulus and for others it is their surrounding environment that doesn't propeciate the learning. 

In this day and age, there are several Yogic teachers trying to approach the average consumer with these traditional life-enhancing techniques and other watered-down versions of them. Today’s guest is one of the most popular and well-established people to do so in the United States...

About Our Guest: Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern is a Yoga teacher, author, and lecturer from New York City.

He has been practicing Yoga since 1987, and ran his school in SoHo from 1993-2019.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the school became a focal point for Ashtanga Yoga in New York with an eclectic mix of downtown artists and spiritual seekers practicing and meditating next to well-known personalities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike D, and Lou Reed, in what was also Manhattan’s first consecrated Ganesh Temple.

Eddie Stern

Eddie has a passion for seeking out diversity in all aspects of his work and uses a multidisciplinary approach of combining technology, scientific research, and collaboration to help further understanding, education, and access to yoga.

He continues to study philosophy, Sanskrit, ritual, science, and religion, as well as maintain a passion for the daily practice Yoga.

Eddie learned Ashtanga yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, of Mysore, India.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Eddie's and Dylan's morning routine (dinacharya).

Eddie is reading 60 verses per day, every day, for 1 year of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavatam Purana)

Swadaya

The study of the chapters of self, self reflection.

adi / ayana: To move firmly towards.

Swa: Self.

Swa - adyaya: Chapter

Yoga allowing us to get in touch with the higher/deeper narrative of our beingGoing beyond the 'little stories' we tell ourselves about what our life has been like or what has happened to us, until the only story left is our true being, pure existence.

How to mentally approach the Puranas and hindi epics to take advantage of their teachings.  

Silhouette of woman doing Yoga during sunrise

Eddie’s journey into India and the Yogic traditions

The journey of the previous generation’s most notorious spiritual seekers (e.g. Ram Dass and Radanath Swami) and what the context was like when they travelled to India.

The alleged difference between first experiencing Yoga, India and the Vedic Traditions in the late 20th century vs. what a new seeker/student experiences today.  

Three monks sitting in the entrance of a buddhist temple

Integrating religious beliefs such as Judaism with Vedic and Hindu practices. 

Some of Eddie's current projects: 

“The Breathing App” for free in app stores: provides guided paced breathing to deal with stress

Yoga 365: one minute Yoga practice every day for a year, for beginners who don't have time to put into practice a 20 minute or one hour classes any day of the week. For every one purchase, a Yoga 365 is gifted to a healthcare worker working with covid patients.   

The Urban Yogis, alongside Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford: teaching young adults coming from high-gun-violence-areas to be Yoga and Meditation teachers and also help them find steady jobs.

Breathing and rehabilitation practices for people suffering and recovering from Covid-19. In early stages of the project.  

Every-day global Yoga classes online for free or by donation.

Scroll down to "Resources" to find out more about these projects and many others. 

Eddie Stern giving a Yoga class

Ego Traps & Eddie's favorite Slohka

Going against the fallacy that because of doing a spiritual practice periodically you are better off than those who don’t.

Favorite Slohka: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 48

Resources

Eddie’s daily online yoga classes. - eddiestern.com

Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Eddie is a newly appointed advisory board member to the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance.

Author of One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, a bestselling book that examines from both a Western scientific perspective and an Eastern philosophical perspective the underlying mechanisms that make yoga an amazingly effective practice for health, wellbeing, and spiritual development.

The Breathing App, a free app which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, helping to improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. Created with his wife, Jocelyne Stern, and app programmer and collaborator Sergey Varichev.

International Yoga and Science Conferences, an ongoing forum for presenting rigorous scientific evidence on yoga and meditation which is accessible, inspiring, and actionable; created with Dr. Marshall Hagins.

Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu philosophy and art journal, and a boutique book publishing house, with partner Robert Moses.

Engineering Health, a free, online yoga and physiology program with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, created with Alexandra Seidenstein and Dr. Erich Anderer.

Urban Yogis, a yoga and meditation program for community transformation led by Juquille Johnston, Jaytaun MacMillan, Raheem Lewis, and Pastor NaRon Tillman, in South Jamaica, Queens.

LIFE Camp is a gun violence reduction program in South Jamaica, Queens, started and run by Erica Ford. The program uses a multi-modality intervention model to interrupt violence before it can occur. It is a city-funded program and the instigator of the NYC Crisis Management System which has reduced shootings by 40% in NYC. Eddie is the current co-Chairperson of LIFE Camp.

Set/Reset (previously Breathe, Move, Rest) Eddie was the co-founder of this health and wellness educational non-profit that has trained school teachers in 120 schools in the US in health and wellness practices based on yoga and meditation (reaching approximately 70,000 school kids, K-12.) He was a founding board member of Bent On Learning, nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. As well, he led curriculum writing teams for Pure Edge, and other yoga/health and wellness in schools non-profits.

Inner Peace Network, a new platform devoted to supporting the teachers and teachings of the great wisdom traditions, and the cultures that they have emerged from.

Bhāgavatam Purana (the story of Lord Krishna) by Krishna Dvaipāyana a.k.a. Vyasa 

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The Enlightened Jesus with Dr. Kenneth Chandler #012

Uplifting Christianity to the high dignity and essence of Jesus’ own and true teachings.

See and experience the deeper and true meaning of these scriptures and teachings which are based on pure consciousness, enlightenment and transcendence.

About Kenneth Chandler

Through careful scholarly detective work, Kenneth has showed the essence of Jesus’ teachings.

Dr. Kenneth Chandler received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas where he specialised in philosophy of science and theory of knowledge.

He taught philosophy and the humanities for twenty years and has lectured at leading universities in Europe, Asia and North America on awakening the full potential of human consciousness. Most recently he was a scholar in residence at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Chandler was raised in a strong Christian family. The skills of careful critical thinking he acquired in his academic career did not cause him to deny his Christian upbringing but led instead to the discover of the deeper meaning of Jesus’ own teaching. He found that Jesus described a kind of experience that is universally valid and that is the true foundation of Christianity.

Dr. Chandler’s discerning scholarly detective work brings to light an aspect of Jesus’ teaching that has been hidden for nearly two thousand years.

He found that the true ground of validity of Jesus’ teaching is the universal experience of eternal pure consciousness Jesus gave his disciples.

Paul helped bring faith to millions of people by focusing on the “sign and miracle” of the risen Christ: but the true meaning and power of Jesus’ teaching is that we too can experience the eternal consciousness that ever knows itself and the Kingdom of Heaven within.

Dr. Chandler’s research has uncovered the universal experience of pure consciousness that is described by the greatest minds of the East and West. This experience is the same across all cultures and is a foundation of well-grounded knowledge.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Kens Project: The Experience of Pure Consciousness

Collecting exact expressions of pure consciousness from the greatest thinkers of the main steam from the east and west.

This includes the Veda of course, but also western intellectual cultural spiritual heritage such as the Greeks, Roman, Dekardt and went right through History of Philosophy right through to the 21st century. Jesus is just one of them.

The Sources of Jesus’ Teaching of Enlightenment

Which is expressed in two basic sources:

  1. The Bible - The teaching of enlightenment is included there. But if you don’t have a clear paradigm of what enlightenment is you don’t see it.
  2. 7-14 gospels written down by his disciples and then lost.

What is exciting is that these teachings are currently now being revealed. These scriptures such as the lost gospels have only recently been discovered, mostly in the twentieth century. 

Jesus’ Teaching of Enlightenment

The experience of Transcending. Described in all traditions.

Transcending and Experiencing Pure Consciousness 

What is transcending?

Deep settling of the activity of the mind which causes our attention to go deeper, subtler and quieter until we remain awake with clear restful alertness to experience pure consciousness which is unbounded, unchangeable, blissful and infinite.

The eternal Light of God - what Jesus called the all-pervading pure consciousness. 

What is Enlightenment?

  • A natural result of developing the full potential of human consciousness.
  • The potential to attain enlightenment is a universal human capability inherent in the human nervous system. Thus, every human being has this capacity to attain enlightenment. 
  • Enlightenment is a state of consciousness that is far more knowing, more vital and more blissful than ordinary waking state. 
  • It provides an ability to act more effectively in the word and achieve excellence in all endeavours.
  • As consciousness develops, one gains a kind of direct knowledge and expanded knowledge of the universal consciousness - the foundation of all life.

An Experience Based Approach vs Faith:

This needs to dominate in religion, then people of all religions will rise above conflict and dogma and live the supreme enlightenment Jesus taught is possible.

When established in the inner light, we know the inner Divine life of Jesus in our own experience.

Paul teachings was a faith approach.

The “Lost” or “Original” Gospels that have now been found.

Approximately 14 lost gospels record Jesus’ true teachings. Transcending and pure consciousness. These were written by Jesus’ own disciples, while Jesus was alive.

Some of them are:

  1. The Gospel of Mary - “how to rest in silence.”
  2. The Gospel of Thomas
  3. The (Secret) Gospel of Mark
  4. John - “The great unbounded one.”
  5. Judas
  6. The Saviour.
  7. Gospel of Mathew

Common aspects and some of the exact same phrases of Jesus’ teachings from these gospels that are also in Vedic texts.

A major difference between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of Paul (todays Christianity):

Heaven is On Earth. It is not something one acquires after dropping their body and leaving this earth.

“The kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

Enhancing the collective consciousness with the ability to bring heavenly light and coherence to everyone to eliminate all negative thinking, war, crime, corruption, sickness and all the problems of the modern man.

Jesus’ teaching of Yoga:

“Take my yoke upon you… and ye shall find rest to your souls.”
~ Jesus.
Mathew, 11:29

Yoke from the Greek yugos, which is closely related to the Sanskrit word yoga.

Jesus mentioning “AUM”:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
John 1: 1-4

Aum is the primordial sound of creation.

The (Secret) Gospel of Mark

St. Clement was well aware that the Secret Gospel of Mark was kept at the Church in Alexandria. Clement commanded in his letter to Alexandria that the priests there:

“deny even under oath [that Mark had written a secret gospel] for one does not have to speak the whole truth to everyone.”

However, Clement privately encouraged people to be initiated in the Mysteries of Christ, for he practiced them. He praised “our sacred mysteries:”

“O Truly sacred mysteries! O pure light! In the blaze of torches I have a vision of heaven and of God. I become holy by initiation. The Lord [Jesus] reveals the mysteries.”
~ Clement of the Greeks, Exhortation of Alexandria.

The reoccurring theme of the Church denying and hiding true principles and teachings in order to protect the Church movement from change. 

The pattern of denying ancient gospels to protect the faith has become Vatican policy.

The Essene Gospel Of Peace

Jesus’ teaching to a group of spiritual men that were living in harmony with nature in a monastic environment. These men were worthy of high teachings, so Jesus taught some high end knowledge. 

“Seek not the law in your scriptures, for the law is life, whereas the scripture is dead…The law is the living word of the living God to living prophets for living men. In everything that is life is the law written. You find it in the grass, in the tree, in the river, in the mountain, in the birds of heaven, in the fishes of the sea; but seek it chiefly in yourselves.”

“Do not wait for death to reveal the great mystery;
If you know not your Heavenly Father
While your feet treat the dusty soil,
There shall be naught but shadows for thee in the life to come.
Here and now is the mystery revelled.
Here and now is the curtain lifted.”
- Heaven is on earth.

“As the sheaf of golden wheat
Lieth hidden within the tiny kernel.
So is the kingdom of heaven
Hidden within our thoughts.”
- This is exactly the language in which the Vedic tradition describes the hiding power (chhandas) of thoughts that covers the subtler heaven within.

“you can then look upon the blinding light of the Heavenly Father, which is a thousand times brighter that the brightness of a thousand suns.”
- Practically the same as the Upanishads, which describe pure consciousness as brighter than a thousand suns.

Jesus’ Teaching of Transcending - The Greater Mystery

Jesus Initiating Disciples into a Transcendental Technique - in my language, he gave them mantras

“I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and that have received them…that they may be one, as we are one.”

John 17: 8-11

“that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they may also be in us…The glory which though hast given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

Primordial Sounds mentioned in the Pistis Sophia

The Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke depict Jesus as a “sower of words,” referring to the special sounds he gave his disciples.

Mantras - repeating a meaningless sound.

The Pistis Sophia refers to special sacred syllables that heal and lead the the fullness of light.

Book V of the Pistis Sophia begins with him standing together with his disciples in a circle. “turning towards the four corner of the world with his disciple, who were all clothes in [white] linen…he said out loud: “iao, iao, iao.”

Maharishi also spoke of the same three syllables as the three primordial sounds or vowels that contain all other sounds of cosmic intelligence.

  • These three syllables were also recoded in the Gospel of Thomas.
  • The Acts of St. John, another ancient document found in Egypt, describes Jesus standing in a circle with his disciples and delivering a “secret initiation.”
  • The Secret Gospel of Mark affirms a similar initiation.
  • The Gospel of Batholomew also speaks of certain teaching given to the Apostles in a secret by the Lord in the circle rite.
  • Valntinius also mentions the three syllabules.
  • Zostrainos manuscript (found at Nag Hamadi) speaks of “stilling the chaos in his mind,” through a practice which he calls “meditation.”
  • The Gospel of Phillip refers to sacred syllables. 
  • Another ancient manuscript found at Nag Hamadi called the Discourse on the Eight and Ninth tells of a sequence of sacred sounds that initiates repeat in silence. Then after reacting the Divin syllables, the teacher exclaims “I see! I see indescribable depths…I see myself!…I have found the beginning of the power that is above all powers, the one that has no beginning…”

Who was Jesus - A more deep and subtle investigation

Jesus was not only a man who became enlightened.

Jesus is described in the Bible and the Christian creeds as God come down from heaven and made man - meaning he was an incarnation of the Divine. 

The Bible says he “came down from heaven” and was made man.
~ John 6:38

A God who takes human form on earth to save mankind is called an Avatar.

Virgin Birth

Although others say otherwise, it was Matthews gospel in about 80CE that introduced the idea of Jesus’ virgin birth.

“But I came from the places above by the will of the great Light.”
~ The Sophia of Jesus Christ.

Twice Born:

“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
~ John 3:3

Manu Smriti talks about twice-born, “Bhramins.”

When asked how a man can be born when he is old, Jesus answers,

“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John, 3:5).

“That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of spirit is spirit.” (John, 3:6)

“Born again” into higher states of consciousness, that is the life of the spirit, then do we enter the kingdom of God. (Cosmic Consciousness).

Each rebirth - to higher states of consciousness - is a total an permanent transformation, a rebirth of the whole body, mind and spirit. This is also called awakening.

Believing - a very superficial thinking. Go deeper. “You to can become one with the father as the father and I are one.”

Shri Shakti Amma Narayani - one of the current avatars today.

Jesus’ “Lost Years”

Where was Jesus between the age of 12 and 30? The Bible says nothing about his life during these 18 years.

There is only one ancient account of Jesus during this time, the Himis manuscript.

A manuscript found in a remote Himalayan monastery in Ladakh says that Saint Issa (the transliterated name for Jesus in the Middle East) left Israel a boy of 13, travelled to India and Tibet to learn the Vedas then taught there for 12 years. It described in some detail how Jesus gained a large following all over India.

The Himis Manuscript said Jesus left Israel because Israeli children during his lifetime got married at 13 for boys and 12 for girls. The young Jesus wanted to pursue a purely spiritual life rather than to be married.

The Dead Sea Scrolls relate that Israel boys at the time of Jesus were married at age 13.

How did a Buddhist author know the marriage age of children in ancient Israel? How could a Buddhist forget to tell of Jesus’ teaching in a way that fits so perfectly with them of the other lost gospels?

in 1887 Nicholas Notovitch discovered this manuscript. He went to the Vatican to publish it but was rejected and offered money not to publish it, for his “loss of time and expenditure.” The pattern of denying ancient gospels to protect the faith had become Vatican policy.

Authenticity - It has been described by ten people who saw it and heard readings from it.

The silk road was very active then. A young man with an aspiration for spiritual knowledge could naturally make this journey.

Sometime in the late 1970s, a group of people travelled to the monastery and bought the manuscript (Himis Gospel) for a large sum of money on the pretext of punishing it. It has not been since. If the manuscript could have been shown a forgery, it would have long since been shown. But it has not, so this adds to the plausibility. It is likely now hidden away in the Vatican secret archives or somewhere it will not “disturb the faithful.”

The Secret Basement Library of the Vatican

Other evidence of Jesus in India:

  • The Acts of Thomas, which belongs to the Catholic Bible, describes Jesus in India and amazingly tells of the activities of Jesus in India.
  • Even Irenaeus wrote a passage that he was in Asia. Probably written off guard.
  • An ancient tomb in Srinagar, Kashmir proclaims it is the final resting placing of You Asaf (the Persian name for Jesus).

Jesus went to Asia after his resurrection, not to outer-space.

Siddhis
Dormant non-local potentials that exist in every Consciousness. 

Where Jesus learnt to walk on water, rise into the air and foreknow future events. 

The creation of a perfected human. The way nature intended a human to be constructed and manifested.

The Bible speaks of Jesus performing siddhis that are described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras - like walking on water rising into the air and foreknowing future events. He probably spent his early years in India learning these.

Resources

Vedic Meditation and Transcendental Meditation - learn more about this meditation technique and advanced courses here. 

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How the Teachings of Jesus became Mis-Interpreted and Lost

The essence of his teachings, that was enlightenment, were lost and overshadowed by later apostles who broke away from the movement Jesus established in Israel to teach their own doctrines. 

Christians have been robbed of Jesus’ teaching because of a mistake made by bishops in the late second century. 

Unfortunately, when the manuscripts containing Jesus’ teachings were rediscovered over the past two centuries, they were interpreted through the eyes of Irenaeus of Gaul, who blasts Jesus’ own teaching of enlightenment as a “Gnostic fraud,” around 185 CE. 

Iranaues was a powerful and influential bishop of early Church, a zealous follower of Paul, who had not been initiated into the secret wisdom and certainly did not know it had come from Jesus. 

Iranaues made the teaching of Paul primary and that became the focus of early Christianity. 

Jesus’ own teaching of transcending was hidden and denied and the teaching of Paul was taken as the word of God.

Iranaues also took harsh action to shut down Carpocrates, who without permission from the elders of the church, somehow obtained “the written part of the secret gospel [of Mark]” and famously started imitated people.

The apostle Paul proclaimed that his interpretation of Jesus was revealed by God.

It was Paul who brought the idea that salvation comes through faith (not the case).

The history of Christianity has been shaped by Paul’s interpretation of Jesus, which was written decades after Jesus gave his true teachings. Paul had never met Jesus in person and clashed with other disciples, Peter and James, who Jesus has left in charge of the Church.

Christians still hold to the Paul-Irenaean interpretation of Jesus that has dominated Christianity for 800 years; which is not the original teaching of Jesus.

A Christianity based on Jesus’ own teaching of transcending and enlightenment will be far richer and more divine that the doctrines based on the teaching of Paul and others who came after him.

Without experience of the Light of God to guide them, religions often become embroiled in the kind of narrow sectarian rivalry that is degrading in the sight of God.

Additional quotes and evidence of Jesus’ true teachings:

I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.
~ Jesus. John, 8:12.

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
~ Jesus. John, 10:10.

Jesus prayed that we too can become one with God as he and God are one.

“And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one.”
~ Gospel of John, 17:22

This passage from the bible says:

  • God has given Jesus a glorified state of life.
  • Jesus has given us (his disciples) the same glorified state of life.
  • Jesus has given us the glory so that we too can become on with God as he and God are one.

We can do greater works still than Jesus has done

“The works that I do he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.”
~ John 14:12

The goal of a true Guru is to not only make his disciple self-sufficient, but so that the disciple can teacher more and be greater than the guru.

Jesus’ Teachings of Joy

Paul teaches that suffering is necessary. That Christinas are obliged to suffer in Jesus’ name as he suffered for us (which he did not).

Not only did Jesus not suffer, but his own teachings are about total fullness and joy for everyone to attain this life:

“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
~ John 15:11.

“Peace if my parting gift to you, my own peace, such as the world cannot give.”
~ John 14:27

Life in Accord with the Will of God (Dharma)

I am not myself the source of the words I speak to you, it is the Father who dwells in me doing his own work.”
~ John 14:10

Our individual self is a vessel for the greater intelligence and the laws of nature to perform action through.

For the self-realised person, the Rk Veda says:
“wholeness (Brahma) drives the chariot.”

Regular Prayer vs. True Prayer

Regular Prayer
I’m the unworthy one, petitioning to you supreme being, other thing than me, for perfection.

True Prayer

  • Continue to use me, I am reliable.
  • King David did this in the psalms. He never asked for anything. He was speaking to God as a worthy being as he was going to carry out as a worthy agent of progressive change that which god needed to be carried out in the world.

Moshe (Moses) and the burning bush

A self effulgent bush.
Smoke-less, heat-less, illuminating and radiating light at Moses. It was not a face, it was a bush as an expression of God.

“Remove your shoes" Moshe was told.

Credits:
Art of Apostle Paul by Valentin de Boulogne, 17th century.
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The Raju Family

The Raju Family are internationally renowned leading experts in authentic Ayurveda (the science of health and longevity).

Practicing for over 13 generations, their speciality is a most refined, accurate and comprehensive patient evaluation through Pulse Diagnosis. They also specialise in creating very effective and individualised treatments using precise knowledge and application of rare and powerful herbal formulas.

The Raju family clinic operates from Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable. At their clinic they are renowned for transformative Panchakarma treatment.

Members of the Raju family also travel the world to offer their valuable expertise of pulse diagnosis and the unique and powerful Banana Treatment.

The Raju Family

Family Heritage of Healing for Generations

The Raju family comes from a long line of distinguished Vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) going back for generations on both the mother's and father's sides. They are native to Andra Pradesh where they have been practicing natural healing through Ayurveda for decades.

Vaidya Dr. B.A. Raju, Institute Founder, "Father Raju"

Served as director of the family health service programs for decades, offering consultations with a specialization in infertility. He was a published author and translator of sanskrit texts and in recent years enjoyed retirement with his family in Hyderabad, who treasured his presence and his wisdom dearly.

He had a passion for education, particularly empowering disadvantaged women in villages to become educated.

He was an expert in pulse diagnosis and treated using the rare technique of pulse vibration therapy.

Vaidya Dr. Sunanda Raju, "Mother Raju"

A master herbalist and key contributor to many of the very special Raju Family herbal preparations.

Vaidya Dr. Lakshmi Narasimha Raju, Maternal Grandfather

A renowned and royal vaidya to many great leaders of state, and prime childhood teacher to our cherished family vaidyas.

Vaidya Dr. Lakshman Raju, Paternal Grandfather

A great vaidya and author, who wrote a famous book on alchemy.

Nadee Praveena Vaidyacharya Dr. J.R. Raju

Dr. J.R. Raju, the eldest brother, was the pulse diagnostician and foremost disciple of the world-famous Vaidya Balraj Maharishi, who had the knowledge of 5000 herbs. They would hold “free camps” for a week at a time where the master vaidya and his students would treat thousands of sick people, then collect plants and process them for three weeks in preparation for the next camp.

Dr. Raju served His Holiness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to spread the knowledge and benefits of Ayurveda worldwide. Dr. Raju travelled the world over with Maharishi for thirty years, visiting over 100 countries and treating thousands upon thousands of people, including dignitaries and heads of state, all over the globe.

Along with spreading Ayurveda to the West in the 70’s & 80’s, he taught Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis to thousands of medical doctors including Deepak Chopra and Dr. John Douilliard. Dr. Raju currently travels the world and has treated hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide.

Dr Raju has developed strong international connections and has trained thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide in the fundamentals of Ayurveda and pulse diagnosis. He has developed courses for doctors, lay people, and students at all levels. He holds numerous positions including:

  • International Director, Maharishi Ayurveda University, Holland
  • International Program Director for Pulse Diagnosis, Maharishi Ayurveda University, Holland
  • Medical Technical Director, Maharishi Ayurveda Products, India & Holland
  • Visiting Professor, Maharishi Ayurveda Universities Europe, USA and Russia
  • Former Advisor to Health & Family Welfare, A.I.R., Government of India
  • Advisor, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Bad Ems, Germany
  • Medical Superintendent at Maharishi Ayurveda Arogyadham in New Delhi, India
  • Leading member of the Council of Vaidyas, Dr. Raju’s Institute of Ayurveda, Hyderabad, India

Institute Director Vaidya Dr. A.V. 'Krishna' Raju

Vaidya Krishna Raju is the director and head doctor at his family clinic in Hyderabad, India, where they treat thousands of people who travel from all over the world for their expert treatment and advice for everything from prevention to the seemingly incurable.

He is expert in pulse diagnosis, and is known in his family as the expert in knowledge of slohkas.

Dr. A. V. Raju holds:

  • Bachelor Degree in Ayurveda from Gulbarga University (1997), Karnataka, India;
  • Diploma in Yoga and Ayurveda (2003), Pune, Maharastra, India;
  • Certificate Course in Kshara Sutra Therapy;
  • M.D. Ayurveda in Panchakarma (2008) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India
  • MD Thesis: “A Comparative Study of Shukra Karaka Basti and Madhuka Yoga in Sukra Kshya (Olio Spermia).
  • Faculty head of the Panchakarma Department at PNNM Ayurveda College in Shoranur, Kerala, India since 2008
  • Advisor to Russian Indian Federation of Ayurveda (RIFA), Moscow, Russia
  • Advisor to Amaravati Ayurvedic Retreat, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Consulting Physician, Maharishi Institute of Medical Science (Kosla Hospitals), Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, India
  • Secretary for Kalyana Karnataka Educational Trust, Bidar, India
  • Technical Director, Ananda Vardhana Ayurveda Arogya Kendra, Sahara States, Hyderabad, India, since the year 2000
  • Board member and current secretary for the development of an Ayurvedic College and Research Center in Humnabad, India
  • Advisor, Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center, Bad Ems, Germany

Dr. Padma Nayani Raju, Vaidya, Panchakarma Supervisor and Herbal Master

Dr. Padma is the 'Mother' of the Raju Health Center, supporting Dr. Krishna in day-to-day functions and making sure everyone is happy.

She is an expert in herbology, gynecology, pediatrics, nutrition and is a highly skilled and nourishing chef. She prepares all the menus and oversees meal preparation according to the traditional principles of ayurveda, to provide the best nutritional support for patients during Panchakarma (PK). She is also the lead organiser behind the Vedic Festivals regularly celebrated at the PK Center, and on top of all this is the mother of twins!

She prepares a lot of special medicines for patients and travels the world to offer pulse consultations and Banana Treatment.

Dr. Uma Rani Raju, Vaidya, Marma Therapist, Keeper of Knowledge

Dr. Uma was a skilled Vaidya who trained at home and university. She was renowned for her Suksma Marma Treatments on patients. She was an authoritative keeper of knowledge who would direct her family members in herbal preparations, treatment procedures and ritual procedures. In addition to her skills in Ayurveda, she studied philosophy and received a PhD in Telugu Literature.

She is survived by her daughter Ramya Raju and the rest of her family.

Vaidya Drs. Pavani Raju, Harsha Raju and Aditya Raju

All experts in Pulse Diagnosis and Suksma Marma Therapy, with advanced degrees specialising in both General Ayurvedic Practice and Panchakarma. The three children of Dr J.R. Raju and his wife Devaki lead the way for the younger generation of Raju Vaidyas, with extensive consultation and teaching experience in India, Europe and locations throughout the world. They run their own Panchakarma clinic in Hyderabad.

Raju Vaidyas in Training

Upcoming vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians) in the Raju family ~ Even the youngest of the younger generation of Raju-vaidyas-to-be have begun their training in Ayurvedic healing.

Ramya P. Raju

The daughter of Dr. Uma Rani Raju and B.P. Raju has been studying this ancient system of natural health care since early childhood, supported by her entire family of experts in Ayurveda. She is currently working towards a Bachelors Degree in Ayurvedic Medical Science and says she can't wait to finish her studies and come home to help at the Institute's PK Center. She also currently travels the world to offer Banana Medicine.

Proper training in Ayurveda requires regular practice from early childhood, starting with the pulse knowledge. They also chant slohkas (vedic hymns) in order to orally acquire the knowledge and embed it in their physiology.

Because it is too late to gain full mastery when study begins later in life, the Raju family has started a foundation to select and educate gifted children in authentic ayurveda from this optimum early age.

Dr. A.V. Raju and Soujanya have two children who are learning. Dr. Padma and Harish Raju have two twins. Dr. Harsha Raju and Sri Lakshmi Raju have two children who are learning.


Please seek advice from a qualified practitioner who hold holistic knowledge before starting any new health practice.


Sweet Fluid: Sugar Cane Juice

It has always been just "another one of those stalls" at farmers markets across Australia, but ever since I went to India and saw little motorised sugar cane juicers every few hundred meters in the street, I started to incorporate this juice into my fluids diet.

Sure I can comfortably drink one of the highest sources of hydration: Coconut Water, daily in south India (because they are relatively cheap), but my taste buds and channels found my new discovery. It was a lot more charming and exciting: Cold Pressed Sugar Cane Juice!

Due to the significance in price difference between this product in India and Australia, (goes for about 30 cents a cup in India), I was able to indulge in drinking a few cups daily. So I tested how my body reacted to it...

 

Medicinal qualities

  • Very hydrating and cooling for the body. Great in summer and for pitta body types.
  • Good for the liver.
  • Diuretic: great cleanser for kidneys and anyone experiencing oliguria (scanty urination) or dysuria (painful urination).

Isn't it to high in sugar?

Sugar cane juice is definitely high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation (not every day, as I realised).

It is recommended to use it for more medicinal effects as listed above, and to cool down on super hot days. A good drink in summer.

Caution

 

  • Make sure it is cleaned with good water because fungi and some pollution may be present, especially around Indian sugar cane fields.
  • Diabetics and people with high blood sugar should avoid it.
  • Don't mix with other foods including lemon, lime, ginger as it further ferments to make it incompatible. 

Feature photo: a sugar cane market i visited in the south Indian town, Tiruvannamalai.