The Srivali Clinic set up in 1999 offered free primary health care to people from Chitrapur, Shirali and Bhatkal. For about two years till May 2014 Dr. Hemant Kamath M.D, attended to 50-60 patients daily for common ailments and first aid during emergencies. FDC Pharmaceuticals and Entod Pharmaceuticals donated medicines to the clinic. Annual camps were also held regularly like a Blood Collection Drive and camps for eye-care and general health check-up.
This facility at Srivali Clinic has been recently replaced with an Ayurvedic Treatment Centre where Dr. Sunil Jathan B.A.M.S, F.A.G.E treats patients for common ailments and also hypertension and diabetes from 10 to 12 noon on three days a week. Dr. Jathan plans to start ayurvedic massage and Panchakarma treatments very soon.
"For the first time since 1947, the government's health policy is going to lay primacy on Ayurveda Siddhanta. This is in tune with the times as World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has given considerable importance to Ayurveda in its activities related to traditional medicine," said Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare at Haridwar recently. He also added that the government would work towards strengthening Ayurveda's global acceptance as evidence-based medicine! So the new health initiative of Parijnan Foundation® is absolutely on track!
The first publication under the Parijnan Foundation®, released during Pujya Swamiji’s Ordination Day commemoration at Mumbai in February 2009, was an aesthetically-designed coffee-table book Dhyana Praveshika and Ashtamurti Upasana describing the two forms of meditation taught by Parama Pujya Sadyojat Shankarashram Swamiji. The handsome edition had in-built pockets inside the front and back covers to hold twin audio-CDs on the same subject.
Children’s Books: The Parijna Series
The unique have-fun-as-you-learn Parijna series of children’s books has been carefully compiled to make young readers more positive, sensitive to the needs of others, proud of their heritage and protective towards the bounty gifted by Mother Nature. Each is a 7-in-one package with a story, a word-maze, a fact file, a poem, a Sanskrit subhashita, a heritage note and most importantly - a Message from Swamiji! The series encourages parents to share ‘quality-time’ with their children. The first set of two books (March First and Manga’s Task) was released on Shishya Sweekar Divasa - March 1st, 2014, the next two (Raju and the bee dance and Chintu’s Nose) on the Janma Divasa of Guru Swami - June 15th, 2014 at the Holy Hands of Pujya Swamiji at Karla. Another book (The Adventures of Shambhu and Somu) was released on Shishya Sweekar Divasa - March 1st, 2015, while latest two books (Gopal and the Stars and Sheru's big leep) were released on Janma Divasa of Guru Swami - June 15th, 2015 by Pujya Swamiji at Karla. Many more of these wonderful digests are in the offing…
For the balanced social and emotional development of a child, it is imperative for a parent to spend quality time reading to her/him. This can be ensured when the book being read to the child also promises cultural development, inculcates a deeper understanding and thereby generates pride about one's root-identity and traditions.
'Utsava', the new offering of the publications wing of the Parijnan Foundation®, is bound to strengthen the parent-child bond through winsome commentaries on the festivals celebrated by Hindus, along with all the special days observed by the Chitrapur Saraswats. The book also features simple Dhyana Shloka-s associated with the respective deities being worshipped during each of the festivals.These Sanskrit shloka-s with English transliteration can be effortlessly learnt and recited by every reader.
The descriptions of the festivals, short anecdotes related to the deities, and interesting facts about how each festival is celebrated in different parts of India will instantly enrapture your child (and you!). Complemented with a detailed Arthavali, a glossary of the Sanskrit terms mentioned in the book, the Shri Chitrapur Math® transliteration scheme to enhance the ability of the readers to accurately read the Sanskrit words with their diacritical marks and the lunar chart for a better understanding of the Hindu calendar, this book is a must for every home and a requisite read for every child and adult.
As Parama Pujya Swamiji so eloquently puts it, "Let us participate with a sense of pride- of Swabhiman in being born in a culture which provides so many different and artistic ways of collectively demonstrating and sharing our love for the enchanting manifestations of the Divine."
Grab a copy this festive season and celebrate every ‘Utsava’!