Ayurveda Yajna & Atma Jnana Yajna
Meeting Ground between the two Acharyas:
In 1999, Dr Sankara Bhagavadpada underwent a 22-day Panchakarma treatment at the Vinayak Panchakarma Clinic of Dr Sunil Joshi in Nagpur, India- because of his ill-health due to acute allergic bronchitis. On the 15th day of this treatment, he ‘suddenly crossed’ a very momentous milestone in his spiritual life through an illuminating Advaitic insight. It then occurred to
him that Panchakarma could also be for Self-Realization, meaning, Ayurvedic Panchakarma held a profound ‘spiritual possibility’ far beyond its primary goal of creating good health. He dialogued extensively with Dr Sunil Joshi & this unusual confluence of the Atmajnana Yajna & Ayurvedajnana Yajna took birth during those momentous Panchakarma weeks.
Dr S Bhagavadpada’s Research, his Spiritual & Astrological Work:
In his younger years, Dr S Bhagavadpada, was a researcher in Theoretical nuclear Physics [doctoral research from TIFR (1971-1979), Mumbai; & Alexander Von Humboldt Researcher in Germany (1980-1982)]. These were also meditative & introspective years, which resulted in Atmaprasannata. Thus, he had the inner calling to serve his philosopher-friend, who later became known as the Spiritual Master Sri Sri Bhagavan – as a Karmayogi & later as an Acharya in his mission- all of which he did for 16 long yrs (1983-1999). During the following Antarmukha years [1999-2011], he devoted his undivided attention to Jyotisha [Vedic Astrology], Atmavichara & Atmajnana, through an inner calling once again, & after he had withdrawn from an active involvement in the mission work of his Spiritual Master. Some four years ago, Dr S Bhagavadpada was conferred the title of Jyotish Ratan by Professor V K Choudhry, the renowned Vedic Astrologer & Founder of the Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology, in recognition of his significant contributions to this discipline of learning.