A yajna was performed on the campus the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow a top-of-the-line medical institute in the country on Sunday morning. Following the utterance of swaaha, a professor of nuclear medicine, a professor of radiotherapy and an additional professor of microbiology of the institute made aahutisin the yajna fires. The aahutis were made for well being of all the patients undergoing treatment at the institute.
It turned out of rare kind of event on the campus that involved a Paanch kundiya Gayaatri mahayajna and a lecture by a doctor-turned-spritual teacher on Science and spirituality.
Many doctors, para-medics and other staff of the institute, mostly, with their spouses and children participated in the yajna at Type 3 Park, while a large number of faculty and students of the institute attended the lecture at the Mini Auditorium.
Amidst the flames of yajna fire, rising smoke and smell of havan samagri various kinds of sanskars were performed. For instance Garbh sanskar and Vidya sanskar. Garbh sanskar was preformed on a couple of pregnant women on the campus. The ambience looked ethereal and enchanting. More aahutis were made for well being of all those who are ill in Lucknow and in rest of the world, and for world peace and avoidance of natural calamities.
Garbh sanskar is for making foetus a manav and preventing it to turn out to be a daanav. While many small kids on the campus participated in Vidya sanskar for making their minds conducive and receptive to accept knowledge, said Dr Janak Kishore, additional professor, Department of Microbiology.
A participant, Dr PK Gupta, a pathologist said: Its beautiful. And it's not baseless. Our left-brain is the centre of logic while the right-brain is the centre of emotions. Such activities and rituals, religious or spiritual help us strike a balance between the two.
Has not the science too has started accepting that a foetus starts learning and is aware about the environment around even when it is in womb. Temperature of flames, smokes out of different kind of traditional havan samagri has medicinal values. While the modern medicine believes in treating a disease, yagyopathy prevents a person from falling sick by raising his immune system to such levels. Yagyopathy also acts against harmful bacteria-viruses in body and environment,said Dr Janak Kishore, donning an ochre robe.
Dr NR Dutta, professor of radiotherapy, while sitting crossed-legged and eating in a ?bhojan-prasaad? (community feast ) after the yajna said: Science has it's place while rituals have their own place. Both have their basis. He also was among the doctors who performed yajna.
Later delivering the lecture on science and spirituality, Dr Amol Kumar Dutta, who now is settled in Shantikunj, Haridwar for last 22 years after his stint at a cardiac transplant unit in Houston, Texas, USA, said: We have entered an era of carpet bombing, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction.
Science now needs to strike a balance with spirituality. It is now time for scientific spirituality (science with spirituality). Look how video cameras are ruining people now. Science should be spiritual, and spirituality should be scientific. There is a need for Re-distillation of religion? to rid religion of superstitions and dogmas so that people could easily enjoy virtues of rituals.
A toli (team) of ritual instructors and singers came from Gaayatri Teerth, Shantikunj, Haridwar. The event was organised by the Gaayatri Teerth.