After the world government flop and the negative judgment of the german Federal Administrative Court and two further negative after-judgments Maharishi turned to the Veda, to whose scriptures he wrote numerous comments, which Shankara, however, had replaced with the Advaita Vedanta, which has various other contents.
At that time was an Ayurveda boom, and Maharishi used the wellness wave to spread his pseudo - world-resolving and health - fantasies.
The health system of the Ayur-Veda became a financially strong focus after start-up problems and gave work to Indians, and the TM meditation was integrated into it 8instead of the traditional Dhanvantari-meditations.
In 1993, the professor of medicine, Dr. Dieter von Schmädel, from Regensburg, Germany, stated that 'Maharishi Ayurveda' is ultimately only a method of "bringing the techniques of TM and self-developed medicines to the woman or man" with the help of Ayurveda.
However, there were at first a number of serious problems of competence and scandals in practice, caused by personal interpretations of Maharishis ramblings, until one had severely pegged off in India. (The downloadable scriptures in the USA-TM are mostly written in Sanskrit ...)
Several doctors in London lost their accreditation after applying their own and deadly receiptures.
Todays treatments are much more expert, but even the immune system stimulating herbal pills are not an invention of TM-movement. In germany, austria and switzerland exists 8 ayurvedic centers.
The meanwhile self-employed indian Deepak Chopra then entered the controversial scene in the USA.
The ajurvedic health system is based, among other things, on the Tridosha doctrine of the Yajur-Veda, one of four (five) indian Vedas (Rig, Sama, Atharva, White Yajur and Black Yajur Veda).
Ayurveda does not only include healing, but also health-promoting diets, the latter also as preventive medicine, as far as possible with such simple means.
Actually, Ayurveda also means the worship of the divinity Dhanvantari with mantras like 'Om Shree Donvontrey namaha', which are replaced here by the TM mantras.
According to the ancient ayurvedic scholar 'Charaka', 'Ayur' consists of four essential parts, that is, the combination of body, mind, senses and soul.
The treatment in Ayurveda consists of Anna, Ahara (diet), Vihara (daily routine), and Aushadha (medicine) together or separately, prescribed according to the patient's illness and condition. The various methods of treatment provide both preventive and healing forms of therapy. There are also meditation exercises and marma-massages of points of the body.
The Vedas were created as a later heritage of the Aryans who immigrated to India, on which also the degenerate system of the Manu is based. They were replaced by Adi Shankara's Advaita sampradaya doctrine and by tantric teachings of Vishnuism and Shaivism.
The three ajurvedic basic principles of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are derived from the five elements of ether (akasha), fire, air, water and earth, which also occur in Shankara's teachings. They recall the 3 Gunas of the Prakriti of the Bhagavad-Gita (Sattwa - Rajas - Tamas).
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But the Ayurveda and the Doshas are not spiritual: Sri Krishna says in the Gita: "Be without the 3 Gunas, o Arjuna".
The medical therapies of the Ajurveda are so simple that they are not paid by the german health insurance funds or only on request (court judgments), despite of hundredsof so-called "scientific" measurements by the sect (and meanwhile of some others).
An alternative to Ayurveda would be very specific receipes of natural medicine or a diets after the four blood types (such as in "Dr. P. J. D'Adamo: 4 Blood Types" section) or the Chinese medicine combined with qigong exercises, breathing exercises and massages. The tibetan medicine integrated Ayurveda centuries ago.
The sale of Indian herbs at an exchange rate of more than 50 Indian Rupees to one Euro should be worthwhile, especially if a company name of Maharishi was printed there(Franchise like system).
For example, the eye is treated with a clay ring around the eye, into which sesame oil is poured, etc. Inunctions and massages with sesame oil are an integral part of this teaching - as well as Indian herbs (many persons have therefore a oil-shining forehead).
🌱 For the western countries the degree of purity is a problem. Instead of indian plants are often european and american substitutes used, which is another problem. The indian plant extracts used and imported to Germany and other countries are often somewhat dubious and uncertain, and the sale has already had problems (food supplements, toxins).
In the background of the whole stands the TM-Meditation (with appropriate initiation) as "natural simple method". Traditionally, the "OM" meditation was used, or the above Dhanvantari with mantras like 'Om Shree Donvontrey nahmaha' and other mantras of this deity.
In the meantime (as far as I know) the ancient Indian "So-Ham" - breathing meditation technique was added.
An essential part of Ayurveda is the Marma massage with oiling. The healing effect of massages is known from Asia, especially from Chinese medicine. However, massages by untrained masseurs can cause health damage!
There are different schools in indian Ayurveda, but whether they work with essences from minerals or on the basis of herbs, without herbs and minerals is Ayurveda relatively ineffective. The chemical side-effects of plants are here relativ unknown.
Also, one should not confound indian medicinal plants with Ayurveda. Dried plants are not necessarily Ayurveda, even when they are used. They function not only over doubtful Doshas but are also allopatic effective and some of them stimulate possibly the immune system.
Special antibiotic medicinal plants such as the indian NEEM (caution) tree are available everywhere. In Germany and in the EU, drugs with a high potency can only be sold in pharmacies. The GINKO is a more recent example.
The Chinese medicine (in the TM Movement a hot iron) has experiences in medicine as well as the Tibetans or the South American schamans. Medicinal plants have often strong side effects and can cause cross-resistance to certain antibiotics like in the case of 'tea tree oil'.
The subtle difference with Maharishi is that the plant preparations are to be taken at certain times of the day. Day - rhythms, however, are also common practice in Ayurveda. It is well-known, that the use of drugs at certain times of the day has a special effect, because it supports certain hormonal distributions.
Taking tea at specific times and rhythms is only a cheap imitation of true Ayurveda, since dried plants do not have the appropriate vital forces (Prana) because of ignorant harvesting and drying. Ayurvedic clinics in Sri Lanka and Kerala also use fresh plants and fresh flowers.
Furthermore the five PANCHAKARMA cleanings are also the order of the day in Ayurveda. These five procedures allegedly eliminate the spoiled doshas from the body. They are called Vamana, Virechana, Niroohavasti, Nasya(Instilling medicine by the nose), and Anuvasanavasti(oil enema).
These medical endeavors had a temporary climax when Maharishi asked the german pupils to make beefs against the federal government because of their allegedly bad health policy (I agree with this - this is not only so in germany - but Ayurveda is sure not the solution). The complaints were rejected by the state prosecutors because of the vagueness.
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