Sadguru (Dr) Vasant Balaji Athavale was a renowned Paediatrician. He founded the Paediatrics Department in 1959 in Lokmanya Tilak Mahanagarpalika Hospital, Mumbai. He was Professor and Head of this Department from 1960 to 1990. He was the Chairman of the 'International Conference on Alternative Medicine' seminar in Bangkok in 1980. In 1996, He received the international honour for the 'Best author of books on Ayurveda'. In 2001 & in 2012 respectively, He was honoured with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in an International conference on 'Ayurveda and Hepatic Disorders' and by the Indian Academy of Paediatrics.
A. Having the quality of selflessness and the attitude of sacrifice, which are essential for spiritual practice : Sadguru Vaidyacharya (Dr) Vasant Balaji Athavale started noting down higher level philosophical thoughts on Spirituality in 1980. He toiled day and night to create a vast treasure of knowledge on Spirituality. He donated this treasure to Sanatan Sanstha (to become Sanatan's Texts) in 1990. This sacrifice, before He became a Saint indicates the level of His spiritual practice & seekership. Due to His writings, Sanatan's Texts are now becoming inclusive in the true sense.
B. In 2004, He became Paratpar Guru (Dr) Athavale's disciple (A great Saint who is also His younger brother and is the Founder of Sanatan Sanstha, the world-renowned spiritual organisation).
On 16.12.2012, He reached Sainthood due to His spiritual emotion, intense yearning, an inquisitive nature & humility.
A. Sadguru Vaidyacharya (Dr) Vasant Athavale attained Saint-hood by performing spiritual practice through various Paths of Spirituality : Every person performs spiritual practice as per some path of Spirituality, becomes introverted, progresses spiritually and thus moves towards Sainthood. However, Dr Vasant Athavale attained Sainthood through Karmayoga (Path of Action) by serving the patients, Dnyanyoga (Path of Knowledge) by writing Holy texts, Bhaktiyoga (Path of Devotion) and Gurukrupayoga (Path of Guru's grace) by performing spiritual practice as per all these Paths.
Sadguru (Dr) Vasant Athavale kept performing satseva for Sanatan's mission until His last breath. When He came to know of Divine particles found in Sanatan's Ashram, He inquisitively studied the subject, contemplated on how to conduct research on this topic from a scientific perspective and gave His own suggestions too.
He renounced His body on 9.11.2013 at the age of 80 years.
The co-author, Dr Kamlesh V Athavale, is the son of Sadguru (Dr) VB Athavale. He has achieved success in examinations of M.D. (Paediatrics), D.N.B., M.N.A.M.S. (India) and F.A.A.P. (Paediatrics and Neonatology, USA). He is working as a Neonatologist at Duke University Medical Centre (USA). He is also Director of Neonatology at Nash General Hospital.
The respiration of the new-born commences after birth; however, the beating of the heart commences in the first three months of pregnancy and continues till death. In the first month after birth the heart rate is 140/minute. In an adult, the heart rate is 72/minute. The heart also pumps 5 liters of blood every minute. The heart is a live pump which supplies blood to the entire body and is also one that pulls the blood back from it. It is a pump that never rests. Through the medium of blood, it supplies food, water and oxygen to all the cells and organs; it transports waste too from all the cells to the kidneys, lungs and skin. During work or while running, muscles require greater amount of food, water and oxygen. At such times the heart rate increases and during sleep, the heart rate reduces. If the beating of the heart stops for even a minute, the body will not remain alive.
As per Yogashastras, Anahat-chakra is positioned at the heart. From time immemorial, poets have considered the heart to be the location of the mind. In day-to-day language, we often use terms such as 'the incident is engraved on my heart' or 'the individual has found a place in my heart' or 'from the bottom of my heart; because, the emotions of the mind continuously affect the heart and pulse rate. Muscles of the heart get blood supply through the medium of coronary artery. Developing blockages in the coronary artery leads to heart attacks. In the 2 Volumes on 'Heart Diseases', diseases of the heart and blood pressure have been analysed from the perspective of Ayurveda. The study of these Volumes will be useful for the heart patients, Vaidyas (Ayurveda practitioners) and doctors; besides, they will also get guidance on how to maintain a heart that is healthy and efficient.
We pray from the bottom of our heart unto the Almighty, who controls the entire world - 'May the heart patients fully recover from their disease and may all enjoy the Bliss of leading a healthy life !' - Authors
In simple words, the heart is a live pump which supplies blood to the entire body and is also one that pulls the blood back from it. It is a pump that never rests. Just like respiration, if the beating of the heart stops for even a minute, the body will not remain alive.
This Text analyses from the perspective of Ayurveda various diseases of the heart such as blood pressure, formation of blocks in the blood vessels of the heart, infection of the heart, heart failure, etc.
This Text also analyses other aspects such as what should be the diet for heart patients, what should be their daily routine, how to prevent diseases of the heart.
This is the second Volume in the series on 'Diseases of the Heart'. The first Volume provides detailed classification of heart diseases according to Ayurveda and additional relevant information. For comprehensive knowledge on the subject, it would be ideal to read both the Volumes. The study of these Volumes will be useful for the heart patients, Vaidyas (Ayurveda practitioners) and doctors; besides, they will also get guidance on how to maintain a heart that is healthy and efficient.
We pray from the bottom of our heart unto the Almighty, who controls the entire world - 'May the heart patients fully recover from their disease and may all enjoy the Bliss of leading a healthy life - Authors
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