INDIA COMMUNITY CENTER CLINIC
As Acharya Shunya’s grandfather and Guru, Baba, once taught her:
“As we grow older, we humans forget who we are and where we come from. The fishes don’t forget who they are, so they need not go to fish hospitals to revive their life essence. The lotus growing in the pond behind our home never questions its identity. So it blooms with all its might and fiercely defeats the dark, downward pull and stench of the muddy, cloudy water below. It exclaims “Look at me!”
Even the rocks know how to be rocks. The rivers’ inner knowing is the flow, and onward they flow, a course predetermined by Rta.
But we humans, we get the worst disease of all – the disease of forgetting who we really are. We forget that we are beings who come from Nature and that we must respect Nature. We now need a map to return to our natural state.
Fortunately, what is truth can never be wiped out simply by ignoring it. It simply is. When we respect the outer rhythm, the inner rhythm gives us health. Your mind, body and soul will become aligned, and you will no longer have to look beyond this to discover the ultimate truth of health, life, and happy existence. It is as if infinity will reveal itself to you from within. That beautiful moment is the state of perfect health. And it is not a magical or mystical encounter. It is just you and me remembering our true nature and thereafter living with self-confidence in our own ability and right to heal by intention, sacred thought, and Nature’s pure ingredients – sunshine, air, earth, foods and spices that are soul satisfying and naturally sourced according to the Rta of seasonal intelligence.”
In our Awakening Health Clinic, you have the opportunity to receive a foundation to actively choose health with simple healing foods, spices, and inspired daily lifestyle practices you can follow to align yourself with nature’s divine rhythms.
Meet Shaaranya Geetanjali Chakraborty
Shaaranya is the Chief Ayurveda Consultant for Vedika’s Awakening Health Clinic, which operates in partnership with India Community Center in Milpitas, California. She is a Vedika Certified Ayurveda Clinical Specialist and Associate Faculty member who teaches Ayurveda fundamental principles and Ayurveda lifestyle. She is also Vedika’s Dean of Ayurveda Studies and teaches Ayurveda at Stanford University’s Health Improvement Program, as well as a variety of other venues in San Francisco Bay Area. You can read more about her background here.
Shaaranya feels inspired to serve as a healer primarily from her deep connection with Vedika’s lineage fountainhead, Bade Baba Shanti Prakash, who was Vedika’s founder and Acharya’s great grandfather.
In Shaaranya’s own words:
“In the late 19th century, my great grand teacher decided to undertake a unique pilgrimage, not to temples, but to villages, where he would give a curious gift to the women of the village. The gift was of nine seeds of plants that would aid the women in protecting the health of their families.
He would explain to them how to use these plants, and his claim was: “Respect and nurture these plants in your homes, and you will never be overpowered by sickness in your home.”
As a pilgrim, he did not charge any money for these seeds or for his teaching. Instead, he relied on the generosity of the villagers, and they responded by taking care of him wherever he went. In his own humble way, without any fundraising or grants, he had undertaken to transform the health of his land.
Beyond the seeds and the teachings left in the hands of the village women, this man laid the foundation for a new model of health. One that is not held captive in ivory towers of learning, but made accessible to those of humble means.”
This story inspires Shaaranya each day. As she steps into the Clinic to serve, she feels deeply supported by Bade Baba’s presence, almost as if she can see him alive, walking with his bag of nine magical seeds. She feels that her work in the Clinic is like a modern pilgrimage for her, inspired by her teachers, with the tools of our time.
She feels she is able to draw from this bag in her own work with those who come to the Clinic seeking to awaken their health.
Shaaranya loves to connect health seekers with the healing power of nature, as has been revealed to her by her teachers at Vedika. She often asks those she serves to grow their own plants as a way to nurture and grow their own health by connecting with nature in this personal, hands-on way.
She feels grateful to serve the Clinic as a way to pay forward the gift of knowledge she has received from her teachers at Vedika.
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