Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, a pioneer of spiritual renaissance was born on 20th September 1911, in Anwalkheda, Agra District. He met his Guru, a great Himalyan Yogi, when he was only 15 years of age and scrupulously carried out his biddings throughout his life.
He took part in the struggle for independence as a volunteer, went to jail a number of times and embarked upon the task of social and moral upliftment through spiritual means in 1935 with the blessings of Mahantma Gandhi.
A sage, a visionary and a reformer, the Acharya initiated 100 points Yug Nirman Yojna, lived a discriplined life of devout austerity, visited the Himlayas several times and attained spiritual eminence.
The Gayatri Pariwar fraternity; Shantikunj Ashram—an academy for moral and spiritual awakening; Brahmavarches Research Institute—which strives to synthesize science with spirituality and over 3000 social reform centres (Shakti-peeths) are his greatest contributions to the modern worlds.
The Acharya, Great devotee of Gayatri lived an ideal life for 80 years and voluntarily shed his physical sheath on Gayatri Jayanti, 2nd June 1990.
Ayurveda—the Vedic Science of Health, is being seen by many as
the leading mode of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Therapy in the future because of its comprehensive approach to the mind-body system. In the ancient times Ayurveda was found effective in inducing kayakalpa (transformation of a diseased or weak body into a young vigorous one) and providing longevity of youthful health and charm. The polluted environment and inability of people to stick to the ascetic disciplines desired for ktiyäkalpa certainly restrain such magical effects in the modem times. However, the holistic healthcare and natural healing offered by this ancient medical science continue to justify its importance in several respects. Moreover, yoga is an integral part of the total healthcare approach under this Vedic Science. Applications of the rapidly becoming popular choice of herbal therapies would also be incomplete without the knowledge of the original science of these emanated from the Vedas — the Ayurveda. This perhaps is the main reason why more and more people, not only in India but also across the globe, are getting attracted towards Ayurveda.
The holistic approach of Ayurveda pays attention to every aspect of life. It gives us practical guidance on the secrets of perfect health, which lie in its principle of ‘living in complete harmony with our natural system’. It is amazing to note that the recommendations made in the Ayurvedic scriptures ages ago remain valid and effective even today. The ancient experts of this Vedic science had compiled a volume entitled “Swastha Vratta Sammuchchaya” to describe the methods of prevention of sickness and maintenance of health under changing conditions of weather, place, time, etc. This book on Health-Tips from the Vedas gives the excerpts — most relevant in today’s context— from such scriptures for our ready reference. If we could adopt even a fraction of these in our daily life, lot of our time and money would be saved from running around the clinics and dispensaries in our hectic and stress-inducing schedules.
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