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Article in peer-reviewed journal connects yoga, Ayurveda, and Transcendental Meditation
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10 April 2012
Lothar Pirc, director of the renowned Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, USA, spoke of recent connections made with the nearby University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Center for Indic Studies is based at the U Mass Dartmouth campus. According to the university's website, the goals of the center are:
∙ 'To disseminate understanding of issues relating to Indian arts, philosophy, culture, societal values, customs and tradition;
∙ To promote international harmony through the mix of ancient and modern values;
∙ To promote awareness among Americans and the world at large on contemporary India and its demographic diversity in the 21st century.'
Perhaps because of Ayurveda's traditional role in Indian culture, Mr Pirc and the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center have begun to make connections with the university.
'We have made great contacts with the University of Massachusetts Center for Indic Studies,' Mr Pirc said. 'The director, Professor Dr Bal Ram Singh, already has invited me and many others from the organization to give lectures, and he invited me to write an article for the peer-reviewed journal Light on Ayurveda.'
Dr Rainer Picha, cardiologist and proponent of Maharishi Ayurveda worldwide, explained more about the article. Titled 'Enlightenment - The Goal of Yoga and Ayurveda: From Philosophy to Science', it was published in the Light on Ayurveda journal in late 2011 (Winter 2011 issue).
The eight-page article, written at the invitation of Dr Singh, who is also the journal's editor-in-chief, was co-authored by Karin Pirc, MD, PhD; Lothar Pirc; and Jeremy Fields, PhD.
Dr Picha added that Light on Ayurveda is 'an international peer-reviewed, quarterly journal'.
Mr Pirc elaborated on the theme of the article.
'It really relates the importance of consciousness—that Ayurveda is consciousness-based and yoga also is consciousness-based,' and that Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique 'is really providing fulfilment for both yoga and Ayurveda'.
He added that the article examines the theme from the point of view of both philosophy and science.
The Center for Indic Studies will also soon host a special event presented by leading scientists, artists, and business leaders as part of the 10-city North American tour: 'A New Paradigm: Veda, Consciousness, the Ramayana, and the Self'. The tour will come to the Boston, Massachusetts area the second week in May.
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