Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at Global Ayurveda Festival

  • I am glad to be speaking at the fourth Global Ayurveda Festival. It is wonderful to note that many experts are going to be sharing their views and experiences.
  • The number of countries being represented is above 25. These are great signs. It shows a growing interest towards Ayurveda and traditional forms of medicine.
  • From this forum I would like to appreciate the efforts of all those working on Ayurveda across the world. Their passion and persistence will benefit the entire humanity.
  • Friends, Ayurveda is closely linked to the respect Indian culture gives to Nature and the environment.
  • Our texts have described Ayurveda brilliantly when it was said: हिता-हितम् सुखम् दुखम्, आयुः तस्य हिता-हितम्। मानम् च तच्च यत्र उक्तम्, आयुर्वेद स उच्यते॥
  • Ayurveda takes care of many aspects. It ensures good health and a long life. Ayurveda could rightly be described as a holistic human science.
  • From the plants to your plate, From matters of physical strength to mental well-being, The impact and influence of Ayurveda and traditional medicine is immense.
  • Friends, It is said: ‘स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणं, आतुरस्य विकार प्रशमनं’। It means: Apart from curing existing ailments, Ayurveda also protects the overall health of the body.
  • No wonder, that more than Rog, Ayurveda talks about Nirog. Back in the day, if someone went to a Vaidya, he or she not only got a medicine but also a few Mantras like: भोजन करें आराम से, सब चिंता को मार। चबा-चबा कर खाइए, वैद्य न आवे द्वार॥
  • It means: Enjoy your food, without any tension. Relish every bite of the food, chew it patiently… this way you will never have to call a Vaidyaraj home again.
  • Friends, In June 2020, I came across an article in the Financial Times. The headline was – Coronavirus gives ‘health halo’ products a boost.
  • The piece referred to turmeric, ginger and other such spices whose demand is steadily rising in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
  • The current situation presents a right time for Ayurveda and traditional medicines to become even more popular globally.
  • There is growing interest towards them. The world is seeing how modern and traditional medicines both are important to further wellness.
  • People are realizing the benefits of Ayurveda and its role in boosting immunity. People are making Kaadha, Basil, black pepper integral parts of their lives.