The Story of Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre
The IVAC story in Dr. Krishna’s words:
The IVAC story in Dr. Krishna’s words:
QUEST FOR TRUTH
I was hung up on becoming a doctor and I worked very hard. But at around 13 I also became very spiritual, which is common in our country and culture. I started doing meditation and seeking the truth; I used to go and sit alone in a stream, in a forest and read spiritual books. I met my guru, a great spiritual master, through our headmaster and he told me about Ayurveda, and how other sciences are interconnected with it. And he told me that if I studied modern medicine, one day, how to connect this with Ayurveda would come to me. But it was a long time later, (after I had) worked for nearly 20 years as a paediatric anaesthesiologist in the United States, when I heard (Indian-American alternative-medicine practitioner) Deepak Chopra and others talking about Ayurveda again, and it started to come back to me. I was 43, and had also started to encounter a lot of health problems. I started to hold discussions with Ayurvedic doctors, and I decided to move back to India.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that means “the science of life”. It’s looking at a person in a holistic way and goes all the way back to dealing with the soul; it’s about understanding the connection between the astral, the physical and the causal, and gently modifying your life so these aspects are in balance. Ayurveda involves meditation, yoga, the kind of food you eat, the way you arrange your food process, even elements of astrology. There’s also vaastu, which is like fung shui – how to bring harmony into your living space – but that’s older and more specific. With modern medicine now, especially the latest diagnostic techniques, there is a tremendous contribution it can make, whether in surgeries, treating cancer or trauma. It can complement overall health care also by preventing disease. Medicine is the tip of the iceberg
My mother used to be very sick and was many times in the death bed. Nearest doctor was 12 miles away. No roads, phones. Had to send someone by foot who could reach the doctor as fast as possible and bring him by foot, the only possible way. Monsoon rains and thunder would be in full swing. Walking through the tropical forest with leeches sucking the blood, carrying medicines in the pouring rain was not an easy task with any stretch of imagination. The doctor would arrive, treat my mother and save her. He was a wonderful person smiling and assuring me that my mother won’t die. I was sitting next to my mom and crying worried she may die any moment. With my tender heart I would beg my mother not to die and I would be a doctor when I grow up and take care of her and no need to wait so long for a doctor. I would tell the doctor that I want to be like him, a doctor. He would smile and say “sure you can”. This was the beginning.
I met my spiritual Master and mentor when I was 13 yrs old. I was intensely absorbed to his personality at all levels. I got my first introduction to the profound philosophy of the Vedas and especially Ayurveda during my one year stay with him in his house when I was sixteen. Guided by and through his blessings I became an allopathic doctor. One day during the time I was with him he told me “Ayurveda has suffered eight centuries of decline. It needs to be brought to the forefront of the modern medicine. It requires lots of planning to catch up with the lost years. You have a mission to accomplish this”. I asked how I could do this when I am being advised to do study modern medicine( Allopathy). He said it is important that I study Allopathy and whatever knowledge needed for me in Ayurveda will come to me when needed.
Nearly 3 decades went by since that moment. I had graduated from the medical School and later did my post graduation in Anaesthesia and the journey took me from India to UK, Canada and the USA.
In 1992 I came down with some physical illness for which I could not find any relief in the modern medicine. However I could find much relief in Ayurveda and Yoga. This period became the turning point of my life and the process of conceiving of what IVAC is today began. A team of Ayurvedic Vaidyas was put together and we started planning as to how to train therapists, doctors, plan the buildings, business planning etc.
We conceived a vision of bringing Ayurveda to the forefront of the modern medicine. Lots of thought had to go in to materialize the vision. I created a vision tree as follows;
After five years of careful planning IVAC officially started its business in 1999 September. Since then the vision has been moving forward in a methodical way and we have won several awards, received ISO certification. IVAC has very good reputation both in India and abroad. People from over 55 countries come to our place. Now IVAC is a small prototype for the big vision.
Now IVAC’s mission is to plan and move in the direction of the vision. Living with a vision itself has been spiritual. Whether one accomplishes that in this life or in many lives to come is not important.
My Guru’s knowledge and passion towards Vedic culture was so profound and only a sage could have that clarity. He had given many lectures to his disciples over the years. Most of them were written down by various disciples and have been published as GURUVANI (sayings of the Guru) All these publications are in Kannada.
I had decided to become a doctor when I was in my second grade. When I met my Guru there were many interactions with him regarding me wanting to be a doctor. He had given a long lecture on Ayurveda in Udupi in an Ayurveda conference. (The entire text is available in Kannada). This was many years before I met him. He had conducted several classes on Nadi Vijnyan and I had the fortune of attending two of those classes before I joined the medical college. He was an excellent ” born Vaidya”. He was adept in all Vidyas.(Vedic wisdom) He had clearly instructed me that I should study Modern medicine (allopathy)
One afternoon when I was sitting at his feet in silence in his home, he suddenly started talking, “Krishna, see the Ayurveda has suffered eight centuries of decline and modern medicine has overshadowed this wonderful Vedic science. You need to study modern medicine first so that you will understand the depth and vastness of that science. To catch up with the lost time of eight centuries Ayurveda needs to move at the supersonic speed using the modern technology. (this is the inspiration for IVAC’s slogan “ancient wisdom, modern concept”) You have some work to do later”, was the summary of his half hour talk. Few weeks later I was walking with him in Mysore between Ayurveda college on the right side and Medical college on the left side. I was new to that area at that time and he told me,”see, Krishna on your right side is the Ayurveda college and on the left is the Medical college, and people from left throw stones at these people”. (this he meant how modern medical graduates ridiculed Ayurveda education and Ayurveda doctors. Ayurveda education was considered only for those who were frustrated and could not get admissions in the medical colleges and Ayurveda doctors were treated as second class citizens especially among the medical fraternity)
I immediately questioned him asking, how come then he was asking me to study at the Medical college? Instantly he said,” yes these people throw stones from above and you throw from below” (meaning, build a foundation).
These moments with my Guru were etched in my heart ever since and thirty five years later IVAC was born.
Writing about your Guru is writing about God, an impossible task. However I have the duty to tell something to the visitors of this site about my Guru.I had a very fortunate, short six years of his physical presence in my waking dream. That was between the ages of thirteen till I was nineteen.
He was the very center of all knowledge and they were in competition to express through him. They expressed beautifully with crystal clarity through him. He didn’t require any formal education. I was singularly fortunate to spend a full year in his house when I was in my 17th year. I spent most of my time sitting at his feet in silence when he was at his house and traveled with him wherever he went during that year. I also made it a point to spend as much time as possible whenever I could during the other times. Every moment with him was a moment of receiving his grace. His very presence, whether he sat in silence, spoke, walked, laughed or ate was an expression of extraordinary beauty and grace.
His name was Sri Ranga. His physical expression to this world was a very short 56 years. He lived in a place called Hedathale about 25 KM South West of Mysore, Karnataka.
Your spiritual journey begins when you think you have met a physical Guru and it ends when you know that you and your Guru are one and the same.
Meeting a Guru in life is everything one can ask for in life or hereafter. It is like a child in mother’s lap. Everything is taken care of for you.