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David Frawley Remembers the Global Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India Today Insight

December 30, 2021

India Today Insight: From the Archives / Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Global Guru

Mahesh Yogi was the ultimate mystic yogi, mantra guru and meditation master

David Frawley December 28, 2021

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was probably the best known and most influential yoga guru from India over the last 50 years, with millions of followers in every part of the world. His meditation-based teachings have had an enormous impact, including on some of the best educated, most affluent and articulate minds and personalities from the East and West. Maharishi’s influence was extensive in India, in which he redefined the image of the guru, and the corpus of knowledge that the guru was expected to represent. He revived, reshaped and modernised the vast yogic and healing traditions of India and brought them on to the world stage with respect and sophistication, as relevant to everyone. Maharishi became a cult figure in the West—the media face of the yogi, mantra guru, and meditation master.

Yet, in spite of the adulation showered upon him, he did not encourage any personality cult around himself. Instead, he emphasised the higher “knowledge” that was impersonal in nature. He was able to articulate the ancient tradition of Vedic and yogic knowledge in all of its branches for the modern mind to appreciate and revere.

Maharshi was perhaps the first important guru to successfully use modern media and marketing methods, including television and video. He remarkably took the teachings of the old pandits of India—who were looked down in their own country as museum pieces from another era—and through his skillful repackaging gained them global respect in providing the inner keys to universal consciousness, the cutting edge of science and medicine, and the future evolution of humanity.

Maharshi had a deep concern for the state of the world and humanity. He created visionary schemes for new educational institutions, new communities and new cities. He researched how to bring Vedic values and dharmic principles into world governance, including how to protect nature, the Earth and its ecology. True to his universal nature, he was able to draw into his organisation people from all countries, age groups, religions, and cultures.

Maharishi developed a massive worldwide organisation with enormous funds and detailed projects. Naturally, there was much controversy about such a guru figure on the world-stage—particularly from a backward and non-Christian country like India. His notoriety and mass following challenged existing views of religion and of science relative to the nature of consciousness. Not surprisingly, some political and religious authorities felt threatened by his influence, particularly upon the youth. Probably no guru from India has had such an effect upon the world, or faced such relentless scrutiny.

Maharishi’s life story provides few details. He was born in Jabalpur, now in Madhya Pradesh, then in the Central Provinces of British India, under the name Mahesh. He was from the learned Kayastha caste. He studied physics at Allahabad University and graduated in 1942.

Maharishi followed the inspiration of his guru, the venerable Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Joshi Math in the Himalayas, who was one of the greatest enlightened masters of modern India. He met his guru during his university years. He soon became his guru’s close disciple and trusted secretary, an extraordinary honour and responsibility that provided him access to the guru’s unfathomable wisdom, a relationship that continued until Brahmananda’s passing in 1953.

Maharishi began teaching meditation in 1955 as he had learned from his guru, which he refined into simple practical techniques accessible to everyone. His disciples soon honoured him as “Maharishi” or “great seer”. Not content to teach in India, he decided to reach out to the entire world, when few Indian teachers travelled abroad. From his first world tour in 1958 to meeting with the Beatles in 1967, his teachings exploded upon the world stage. His fame quickly spread to the UK, to the US and then to all corners of the globe. He soon developed a world organisation to represent his teachings. From 1991 to his passing in 2008, he lived in the Netherlands, and communicated to his disciples through satellite TV, and his main impact shifted to Europe.

One can go on for pages with the names of the famous people that followed him, starting with the Beatles and the Beach Boys in the 1960s, whose counterculture generation he introduced to meditation and mantra. He inspired great teachers and writers, notably Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has a world stature of his own and carries on similar work, and Deepak Chopra, who has long remained the most popular writer in the field of spirituality and healing in the West. His impact was strong on Hollywood, including on innovative filmmaker David Lynch and actor Goldie Hawn. Yet to be true to Maharishi’s vision, let us examine the ways of knowledge that formed his main dedication.

Yoga, Meditation and Mantra

While yoga today is mainly known as an asana tradition, particularly in the West, it first emerged in the modern world as a spiritual practice, starting with Swami Vivekananda in the late 19thcentury, who coupled yoga with the great philosophy of Vedanta, aiming at self-realisation. Maharishi, as a yogi in the higher sense of the term, like Vivekananda, emphasised the yoga of meditation, including Mantra Yoga and the Raja Yoga of Patanjali. He did not keep yoga confined in physical limitations but opened it up to the highest realms of consciousness, restoring it as a science of meditation. On this basis, he expanded the Vedic and yogic teachings to show their relevance for all aspects of life and all branches of learning. Maharishi’s fame began with his worldwide teaching of meditation. He promoted his Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the West at a time in which the term meditation was not well known and many religious groups were opposed to it.

Today, decades later, meditation in many names, forms and traditions is highlighted throughout the world. Maharishi was the main pioneer who set this process in motion. As his TM meditation approach rests upon the use of special mantras, Maharishi made the term mantra a common word in world discourse. He simplified and streamlined mantra meditation with special bija mantras that have changed the lives of millions.


Ayurveda was almost unknown in the West when Maharshi introduced it in the 1980s. It was languishing in India, with little support, as a backward if not primitive system of medicine. Today Ayurveda has spread globally as a futuristic mind-body-consciousness system of health and well-being, such as Maharishi revealed it to be. Many Indian yoga gurus today have their own ayurvedic centres and products. This would not have been possible without Maharishi’s global promotion.

Jyotish, Vedic Astrology, Vastu and Vedic Architecture

If one takes up the cause of astrology in intellectual circles one will likely be denigrated as superstitious. Maharshi returned recognition and dignity to the practice of Vedic astrology. He gave the impetus for making jyotish into a global movement, as he did with ayurveda. Jyotish is now practised along with yoga and ayurveda throughout the world. Vastu is the Vedic science of architecture and directional influences that was also largely forgotten. Maharishi brought it back into the limelight, particularly for his numerous building projects.

Vedic Teachings

Maharshi took his teachings back to the Rigveda, the oldest Vedic text, explaining its cryptic mantras as keys to cosmic knowledge, which few modern gurus have done. His support for India and the world reclaiming its Vedic heritage was crucial and changed the image of the Vedas from nature worship to the revelation of cosmic intelligence.

Expanding the Vedic Vision into the Future, Vedic Science and Modern Physics, Vedic Management Maharshi was a proponent of Advaita or non-dualist Vedanta, which his guru taught, and showed how it is integrally linked with all the Vedic sciences. Both Vedic thought and modern physics postulate a unitary field of consciousness to explain the laws of nature. Maharishi showed the concordance between the two. In the study of the brain, Maharishi revealed how Vedic mantras interface with brain functions and can aid in the unfolding higher brain potentials. Maharshi brought in Vedic principles into business management, detailing how higher dharma can uplift the corporate realm and create a new system of dharmic economics. He showed the relevance of Vedic knowledge to all walks of life and all levels of social and intellectual discourse.

Vedic Schools and Pandits, Legacy of Education Maharshi established a number of schools and universities, notably Maharishi International University (MIU) in the US, renamed as Maharishi University of Management(MUM), and Maharishi European Research Institute (MERU) in the Netherlands, as well as several universities in India with state government support. He developed special trainings to empower Vedic pandits in India. His schools have conducted scientific research on the benefits of meditation that are widely studied and quoted.

Expanding Vedic World Some may criticise Maharishi for using the media and marketing to promote yogic teachings. He was certainly an impressive showman when needed. Some of his projects were dramatic, like his yogic flying programme aiming to eventually teach people how to levitate. But these did bring attention to the teachings that he hoped for.

The vast amount of wealth and property his organisation acquired has come under questioning, and not all his projects or centres flourished. But if we look at how he used the immense resources at his disposal, his focus was always on the knowledge. Others criticised his brand naming Vedic teachings with “Maharishi Ayurveda”, “Maharishi Jyotish” and so on, as if his group owned these older traditions. But we should remember that without his modern endorsement many people might not have been willing to study these esoteric teachings from ancient India. Some of his followers found his organisation to be rigid and eventually went their own ways, sometimes with his blessings. Yet his ability to sustain such a global organisation must be admired.

The spiritual renaissance in India and in the world today was to a large extent made possible by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s untiring efforts in many fields of higher knowledge. He created an audience for Indian teachers and doctors to travel to the West that many have benefited by. He gave us an expanded Vedic, mantra and meditation vision of yoga that remains comprehensive, compelling and transformational.

Maharishi made Vedic knowledge into a globally respected teaching of futuristic vision and cosmic insight. His name, picture and mission is widely recognised and will likely be prominent for decades to come. Maharishi marked a new era in how India’s deeper wisdom is presented, the Yoga of consciousness, and how it can guide humanity into a new age of enlightenment.

David Frawley is a Vedic teacher, author and founder of American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico, US

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Other posts about Maharishi

A Remembrance of Maharishi by James Powell and Remembrances of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi International University founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with links to more articles and videos, like Les Crane interviews Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Watch the 1968 film of Maharishi at Lake Louise.

Cancer stories: Greg James restored balance with Maharishi Ayurveda and TM to enjoy his life again

October 28, 2012

FAIRFIELD — October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Ottumwa Courier asked cancer survivors and/or family members to share their stories. A few people wrote to tell of their experiences and their stories have been running often throughout this month. The editor thanks all the people who participated. Many said they wanted others to know about the experience and to always have hope. Here’s a story from a friend of mine, Greg James, in Fairfield. I never would have guessed he had been through so much, he seems so healthy to me.

Cancer stories: Restore balance and enjoy life

October 25, 2012

“No one has ever survived this kind of cancer,” the Harvard oncologist told me back in September 1988. “It is a rare and very fast-growing form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sloane Kettering in New York City has only seen 50 cases in the last 10 years, and no white male 37-year heterosexual has ever survived.  You are Stage 4 with complications (massive pleural effusions).”

“What are his chances of surviving?” asked my family, and the doctor would only cross his fingers.

It was very ironic that I got this cancer, as I was on a media team that was making Deepak Chopra and Maharishi Ayurveda household words. I had been in perfect vibrant health, an active hiker, then (and now).

My father was a hospital administrator and consultant. I grew up with mixed signals: the doctors were brilliant and great people, but their system limited them to drugs and they couldn’t think out of the box; they are brilliant technicians but lack training in vital areas of nutrition and bedside manner. So, I was, from the outset what Bernie Siegel (author of “Love, Medicine, and Miracles”) called a “difficult patient.” Dr. Siegel noted that the patients who take an active interest in their treatment, asking frequent questions and sometimes going against medical advice, were the ones that survive.

It was quickly found that I had a tumor the size of a fist in my throat choking me. That explained a lot! The CHOP protocol worked quickly, dissolving that tumor, and I got through tumor necrosis (the breaking up of the tumor and the spread of that material throughout the body). I was re-admitted to Mass General Hospital in Boston again for a total lack of white blood cells and put on a rescue remedy. Then, two months after my first treatment, I was in Intensive Care Unit for 12 days fighting for my life against pneumonia.

After that, consulting with various doctors outside of the cancer complex at Mass General, I decided to quit the chemo, brain radiation and spinal taps in favor of rebuilding my body with special herbs from India and a rejuvenation protocol (now offered at The Raj in Fairfield). I was totally devastated by the chemo and lack of sleep caused by the Prednizone, and couldn’t hold down food from nausea. My body was trying to throw off the “emergency medicine” and get back to some balance. The Ayurvedic treatments were designed not to cure disease but to promote good health, but they gave me what I needed most: vitality, strength and some hint of happiness.

Meanwhile, the oncologists were upset that I had taken a break from chemo, etc., and told me they had gotten approval for a bone marrow transplant from Dana Farber Institute, a procedure that would “bring me to the brink of death, and then we will re-inject your bone marrow” and I was prescribed three years of continuing chemo, etc. after the transplant. My oncologist quoted a published study and told me that three out of 23 patients had survived this type of bone marrow transplant, which angered me. “You want me to bet my life on one chance in eight? Who is on drugs here, doctor? (I didn’t continue, and saved the insurance company $300,000)”

Ten months after I started, I was back to walking without leg braces (after losing strength from the chemo), and loving life again. I was grateful to have the best of “emergency medicine” and the best of alternative medicine. For a few years after, everyone and their brother was calling me to ask me to talk to their wife or cousin or whomever about their cancer treatment. My answer included these points: realize that the surface condition of cancer is a symptom of an underlying imbalance in the mind-body connection and that this must be restored, and it could be. If your condition is terrible, by all means take allopathic medicines, but don’t be afraid to break from it to get much-needed vitality back through expert-prescribed herbs and rejuvenation therapies. Take “rasayanas,” herbal supplements that promote longevity. First of all, go to an established Maharishi Ayurveda clinic and take the rejuvenation therapy; it will promote your recovery very quickly. And practice verified techniques for improving health, namely Transcendental Meditation. Be honest about your feelings: of course you are scared, that is natural; if you aren’t scared, then somebody isn’t being honest.

People ask me, “So your cancer is in remission?” and I answer, “My health was in remission briefly, but that has been restored.” I change the emphasis because too many people fear the problem without re-defining it: cancer is an opportunity, a forced opportunity, to go deep inside, bring out the strength you need and restore balance to enjoy life.

Greg James


Reprinted with permission from the author

Spirit of Change: Ayurvedic Restoration

August 5, 2010

Getting Well: Summer 2010

“New England’s Alternative Health and Medicine Resource since 1987”

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The most ancient of medicines is exquisitely restored at the pearly gates of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, MA

Lothar and Dr. Karin Pirc, Ayurvedic clinic directors, in front of the famous Maharishi Ayurveda Clinic in Bad Ems, Germany. Situated along the scenic Rhine River, home to many historic castles and fortresses, the clinic occupies the former German imperial palace of King Wilhelm II. Bad means “bath” in German.

Ayurveda is one of the oldest known systems of medicine in the world. Practices that predate written records, handed down by word of mouth, are believed to have originated in the second millennium BC. Literally, the word ayurveda translates into “science of life,” offering not only a prescription for a healthy body, but also a life of wellness and balance. Ayurveda continues to be widely practiced in India, where, according to the National Institute of Health, nearly 80 percent of the population (approximately 900 million people) use it exclusively or combined with conventional (Western) medicine.1
Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or doshas within each body — vata, pitta and kapha — and outlines specific measures of healthful living known to correct dosha imbalances that are the cause of disease and toxicity. Treatment programs are tailored to each individual’s constitution and include a thorough Ayurvedic assessment, dietary and herbal remedies, detoxification procedures, specific recommendation for yoga/exercise and meditation. Patients must be active participants in their healing because many Ayurvedic treatments may require changes in diet, lifestyle and habits to restore balance.
Panchakarma, meaning “five actions,” is an Ayurvedic therapy that purifies the body by cleansing its deep tissues of toxins and opens subtle energy channels to increased life energy, health and immunity. A full treatment includes at least five different procedures over a period of several days or more, usually in a retreat or clinic setting. In countries where citizens enjoy more vacation time, panchakarma retreats are popular destinations allowing people to use their vacation time to de-stress, detox and rejuvenate on a regular basis.
Without the extended stay, individual panchakarma treatments can also provide relief from ailments and reactivate the body’s own self-healing and self-repair mechanisms. The images most popularly associated with Ayurveda — abhyanga (the two-person synchronized oil massage) and shirodhara (the steady stream of warm oil poured over the forehead) — lend a luxurious and exotic air to a medical system that is anything but mysterious. Thoroughly grounded in practical knowledge, Ayurveda provides a complete system of natural healing, disease prevention and enhancement of immunity for the human body regardless of race or location.
Nestled amidst 215 acres in the quintessential New England countryside, the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Lancaster in Lancaster, Massachusetts opened its doors in 1985 when few people in this country had even heard of Ayurveda. Established as the first Maharishi Ayurveda clinic in the West, for years it was widely regarded as a health spa for celebrities, presumably attracted to the glamour of the extraordinary healing treatments imported from India via famed Beatles guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program. As familiarity with alternative medicine grew over the next two decades, more people began seeking out the benefits of Ayurveda themselves, peering past its exotic aura to discover a complete and natural healing system of medicine noted for its success with chronic conditions.
Despite this increased interest, the Lancaster center eventually struggled to generate the resources required to update its facility. Enter Lothar Pirc, managing director, and Karin Pirc, MD, medical director of the famous Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Bad Ems in Bad Ems, Germany. Founded in 1992, the center is one of the leading Ayurveda institutions in Europe. Dr. Pirc was the first European to receive the Indian Global Hakim Ajmal Khan Award of “Best Ayurvedic Physician 2006” for outstanding achievements in the field of Ayurveda.
Karin recalls, “Lothar was invited to consider taking over the management of the center in early 2009. It had been quite a famous place to do panchakarma, so we made trips and spent time looking over every detail of the property and interviewing all the employees. We were inspired by its beauty and the profound quality of the healing environment there. This opportunity revived an earlier interest of ours to begin developing clinics around the word, which was on hold while establishing our clinic in Bad Ems and raising our family. We became excited that the Lancaster center could be restored as a model facility for new centers around the world, so we finalized everything in May.”
When I visited the Lancaster center last fall to meet the new directors and sample Ayurvedic treatments there, it was obvious the Pircs had wasted no time in their restoration. A gentle aura of well-being permeates the beautiful acres of forests, meadows and lawns, carried indoors where every nuance of design and function gracefully emanates healing intention. During the visit no detail of my comfort was overlooked, culminating in the blissful three hours of purification during the warm, aromatic oil treatments of abhyanga and shirodhara. The Pircs were due to return to Germany the following day so I scheduled a phone interview with Dr. Pirc for a later date and floated home luxuriously relaxed and rejuvenated after my treatment.
One of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in the western world, Dr. Pirc opened the first Ayurvedic clinic in Germany in 1986 and has treated more than 20,000 patients from around the world. She is an MD with a Ph.D. in psychology, has authored eight books on Ayurveda and now serves as the medical advisor in Lancaster, while maintaining her practice as medical director in Bad Ems. Dr. Pirc engages Ayurveda with a systematic thoroughness that reveals both its practical, cost-effective simplicity for daily health maintenance and its effectiveness as a comprehensive natural medical system that is free from harmful side effects.

Carol Bedrosian: How did you come to be involved in Ayurveda?

Karin Pirc: I had the idea when I was a small girl that I wanted to help people with their body and their mind. So that was the first thing. I was very sick when I was a girl and at 19 years of age I started Transcendental Meditation. Gradually the whole disease went away so I was very interested in meditation and thought the spiritual dimension should also be included if you treat people. I studied psychology first at the university, and then I still had time, so I studied medicine.
When I was 33 or 34 I heard about Ayurveda, though I hardly knew what it was. A seminar for doctors was being offered in the Netherlands and I was in a situation where I thought I could try something new, so I went. After some days of training, I thought, “Wow this is exactly it.” I always had the feeling there should be something like this in medicine but maybe it will come in 2050, very far away.
The training was very systematic so I went home with all I had learned in those 4 weeks and started incorporating the new approaches with my patients. I was very lucky to have a place to start right away. I could give a lecture to about 800 people at that time and it went out right from the beginning and spread.
For about half a year I remember I would say to myself, “I don’t understand it. Everything is so easy.” I remember there was a lady who had functional heart problems, and they couldn’t treat it even with modern medicine. She was there in the clinic for 10 days and it was gone forever. Normally you have to prescribe strong heart drugs for these diseases. So then you sit there as a doctor and say, “What is this?”

Carol Bedrosian: So what is it?

Karin Pirc: How can it work? After the 6 months I was absolutely sure I would stick with it because of seeing these miracles everyday. In the next few years I did more doctor trainings to go deeper into the knowledge. It’s really great how much help you can give to people to really recover and understand what their body and mind are for and how to use them in a happy and healthy way.

Carol Bedrosian: Are you strictly doing Ayurvedic treatments now in your own practice?

Karin Pirc: Yes, because if you want to do something really, really good then you have to stick to it. And Ayurveda is so comprehensive. We have herbal preparations, we have rejuvenation, we have meditation, we have yoga, we have the purification treatments, and people can do the beneficial self-massage at home and breathing exercises. All these things are included in Ayurveda and I still don’t know everything. It’s a lifelong study and experience and I think it’s good if you concentrate on just one holistic health care system.

Carol Bedrosian: Can you tell me a little bit about your clinic in Germany?

Karin Pirc: The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Bad Ems is very well known and patients come from all over Europe to be treated here. We are not a hospital, but we have the capacity to treat and accommodate about 40-50 patients at a time. They live in the hotel area and they can walk right over to the treatment area in their gowns. It’s very cozy for them. We have a large Ayurvedic treatment area and doctor consultation rooms, a yoga room, a meditation room and two or three lecture rooms. We give lectures every evening so guests can learn about their body, their mind and about Ayurveda so they are motivated when they go home to change some things in their lives.

Carol Bedrosian: What makes your clinic so successful?

Karin Pirc: I think it’s the successful treatments that are most important and also the orderly, structured and friendly way in which all the employees treat the patients. We are always improving our clinic. Just like in the United States, people have to pay for this themselves. It’s quite expensive because with Ayurveda you basically need two employees for every patient. So for 40 patients we have 80 employees; it’s not a cheap thing.

Carol Bedrosian: It’s very labor intensive.

Karin Pirc: It’s not only the treatments, but also what the patients don’t see in preparing things. Everything is freshly prepared — the herbs, the medicated oils and pastes — all these things sum up to a large labor cost. Sheets and the towels have to be replaced every six months because they are worn out by all the washing from the oils. The most important thing is the transformation and deep rejuvenation a person feels from the treatments.
The Ayurvedic purification treatment basically is ten days. You start with a gentle internal cleansing, and for that you need at least 3-5 days. You can take more but that’s the smallest time possible to start. Then after that there’s all these wonderful massages and detoxifying procedures. The ten-day treatment is a systematic way of loosening toxins, bringing it to the eliminative systems like sweating, the kidneys, the intestines and purifying all the organs. Once the impurities go out of the body, a person feels much better after that. There is just no chance you will go out of here and not feel better because you feel better when you are pure. It’s very easy.

Carol Bedrosian: Do people stay longer than ten days?

Karen Pirc: For people who are just tired and overworked and need some purification and refreshment, ten days makes a big difference in their wellbeing. If you are seeking more profound balance or have a chronic condition, 14 days or more is appropriate. After the in-residence program, the doctor will make personalized recommendations to use at home including herbs, exercise, diet and daily routine.

Carol Bedrosian: How is Ayurvedic health care perceived in Germany? Is it very popular?

Karin Pirc: It is quite popular. I would think that at least most people in Germany have heard the word, but we are a smaller country and when we first started with Ayurveda, nobody knew it. Now many hotels offer the wellness part of Ayurveda — not with the sophisticated quality that we offer — but it is quite well known. When you go to a sauna, many offer Ayurveda massage. It doesn’t really have much to do with Ayurveda, but at least they use the word!

Carol Bedrosian: Overall, how is the healthcare in Germany different than it is here in America?

Karin Pirc: We’re all forced to have health insurance in Germany, which is quite expensive. It can be a state run or private one, but you are forced to do it and it costs you many hundred euros per month. It is really a big part of your income. For that you get nearly everything free. Free means you pay for a recipe [prescription] just 10 euros.
But basically what you get is modern medicine only. You are forced to pay hundreds of euros a month and you are not allowed to decide what you get for that. There are three private insurances that pay for Ayurveda but the additional monthly premium you have to pay is much higher so I’m not sure if that’s a good idea to take it or not. So it’s basically like the US and people have to pay for Ayurvedic medicine from their own pocket, including panchakarma and other treatments that are expensive because of the labor and preparation involved.
But there are many things that anyone can afford. Sometimes just the right preparation can give you back all the energy, vitamins and minerals you need. For example, one patient who did not have much money, I was so glad about the success with his remedy I called my husband to tell him! He had hypertension, depression, diabetes, blindness from diabetes, and he hardly felt his feet anymore due to the diabetes. His improvements were so dramatic that he was able to reduce many of the modern medicines he was taking that may have been contributing to his problems.
And that’s what you see with Ayurveda. It was not expensive for this man so it was really worth it. For any of the major diseases, if people knew what great things could occur, they would try it — get their diagnosis and take the preparations. Normally, you’ll feel the first improvements quite quickly — after 3, 4, 5 weeks — and eventually the symptoms will reduce until they are gone. And that’s what we want. This other goal of modern medicine to just suppress symptoms for the rest of your life and tell people it is a chronic disease that cannot be cured is, fortunately, not true if you treat with Ayurveda.

Carol Bedrosian: I thought Germany was overall more progressive and holistic with their healthcare.

Karin Pirc: Yes, I think so. But all the pharmaceutical industries have tons of money and they go to all the politicians, so they have everything. They have the money to do the studies. The studies today are so expensive. A little study with 30 or 60 people will cost you millions and who can afford it? Nearly all the studies that are done here are pharmaceutical-sponsored. So in that case the US people are better off.

Carol Bedrosian: Why is that?

Karin Pirc: Because the NIH pays for studies in the US. I know they have paid about thirty million dollars for studies on the effects of TM [Transcendental Meditation] on high blood pressure and reduction of arthrosclerosis. In that part they are freer to go in a more holistic angle to see if there’s anything healthy we can give to our people to reduce all these modern problems.

Carol Bedrosian: Do these studies focus more on TM rather then other Ayurvedic treatments?

Karin Pirc: These big studies, yes, but we have some other Ayurvedic studies. A study was done in the US with panchakarma patients showing that approximately 50% of herbicides and pesticides that are stored in the fat tissues were reduced by up to 50% in 12 days. And that’s what the patients feel — this lightness and easiness in the body when they do the treatments. When all this mud goes out, you feel it. It’s not just something theoretical. That’s why I say it’s not possible for you to come out being less healthy than before you went in for treatment.


Drink hot filtered water. Boil your water for 10 to 20 minutes in the morning and store it in a thermos so it’s available throughout the day. This hot water goes more quickly through your cells walls than cold water and the purification is deeper. Drink this as hot or as warm as it is convenient for you. In a week or two, you will start to feel more lightness in your body. It also takes the edge off the feeling of having to eat a little chocolate here or a little bread there so you can more easily stick to three meals a day and not eat things in between. You can add some fresh ginger slices in case you feel extremely heavy and congested, which makes it more purifying.

Eat large meals earlier in the day. Eat as early as possible, not later then 6:00pm. Avoid heavy-to-digest foods like meat, fish or cheese in the evening. Keep it light, like soup, grains, cooked vegetables, noodles, fresh tomato sauce, etc.

Eliminate between meal eating. Drink hot water instead. It may be boring, but it works!

Liquid fast one day per week. If you want to reduce weight and your amount of toxins, take only liquid food one day a week, no alcohol. You can have fresh juice, fresh soup from vegetables or grains. Take this 3, 5, 7 times a day — you don’t have to be hungry — and have the hot water in between. The next day you will feel light, the way you should be. It’s very quick, but, of course, it needs a little discipline.
When you first begin and especially if you have lots of toxins stored in your cells or you have a diet where you eat meat two times a day and drink lots of cola or alcohol, you may get a headache after six hours or so. This is a good sign that the toxins from your cells are circulating in the blood and can be flushed out. When you repeat this fasting day for several weeks it gets easier and easier since the body doesn’t need to digest so much during this day and it can release all the rubbish from the cells. If you drink the hot water you will see in the first week the headache comes on after 6 hours or so, the next week after 8 hours and then 8 hours again until gradually it stops. The hot water is very important. It liquefies waste and toxins so they are easier to get rid of. The heat of the hot water increases metabolism, which increases purification. I could talk for 3 hours about hot water.

Avoid iced drinks. If you go to countries where there is a warm climate and the people have been there for centuries, nobody drinks cool things. They all drink warm things like teas. When it’s warm outside the body metabolism gets reduced because the body has to cool down as a natural reflex. So it starts with sweating. All the heat goes outside so you have less power to digest. You will also see in these countries they have many hot spices for their food, which they need to gain more digestive power.
But the American people didn’t bring the culture to this country to have warm teas. Now they want to reduce the outer heat with cold drinks that cool you down perfectly in the first moments when you drink, but it also cools down your digestive system so you cannot digest so well. I believe that a big portion of the overweight problem in the US is from people drinking ice drinks. Increasing the metabolism power inside the intestines with hot drinks helps increase weight reduction. It’s very simple and very cheap; you just have to do it.

1. National Institute of Health

Interviewer Carol Bedrosian is the publisher and editor of Spirit of Change with 25 years of satisfied experience using all natural healthcare. She can be reached at or 508-278-9640, ext 3.

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