The All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences has organised an exclusive seminar on Vastu and Jyotish at the House of Commons recently. Chaired by Virendra Sharma MP, the event saw fifteen speakers from both the fields in attendance.
The evening started with a message by Mr Sharma welcoming about 150 passionate supporters from all over Britain who had come to listen to the Jyotish and Vastu experts. He related the two subjects to his earlier years in India and has commended that this was perhaps the first seminar of its kind to be held in British Parliament.
Amarjeet S Bhamra, the Secretariat at the APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences shared with the audience the hard work searching for solutions to the challenges faced by mind-body-spirit medical fraternity. He quoted the eminent parliamentarian Edmund Burke ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’
A special message from Hon. Minister Yasso Naik from the AYUSH Ministry from India was read by Diana Leighton, in which he affirmed that ‘Ayurveda, Jyotish and Vastu are ancient Indian wisdom since thousands of years, which is being embraced for its disease preventative health promotive and rehabilitative benefits. They are in fact a way of life and an approach for better and healthier society.’
A message of support from Mr. K. N. Rao, Institute of Astrology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi was also read on the occasion. Counsellor Amit Sharma from the High Commission of India appreciated organising of the seminar and extended further support.
The first part of the seminar was dedicated to Vastu and the initial contributor was SayamAntika Masson, an academic from Kurukshetra University, India. John Renwick, Director of Vastu Architecture at Maharishi Foundation, UK spoke on ‘Health benefits of Vastu – Vedic Architecture in accord with Natural Law’
Dr Mahesh Mathpati, Research Associate at Tran-Disciplinary University, Bangalore spoke on ‘Ayurveda and Vastu’.Geetanjali Bhalla, a Vastu practitioner spoke on ‘Vastu and its significance in the West’. Ayurveda Ratan Prof Venkata Joshi, Vice Chairman at Ayurvedic Medical Association UK spoke on the ‘Origins of Vastu within Spectrum Indian Spiritual Sciences’
On the occasion, there was a captivating presentation of Indian Classical Dance on the subject. Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Associate Lecturer at the University of Sunderland at the London Campus, a versatile dancer having created unique pieces on a variety of niche subjects, made her presentation on aspects of Vastu Shastra.
This was followed by a speech by Prof Peter Warburton, Chief Executive at the Maharishi Foundation, UK, on ‘Health benefits of Jyotish – Vedic Astronomy and Astrology’. John Porter, Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, spoke on ‘Ayurveda and Jyotish’. Gordon Brennan, a Sanskrit scholar, professional astrologer and Education Secretary at the British Association for Vedic Astrology spoke on ‘Why should we consult a Vedic Astrologer today?’
Manu Kapil, an internationally acclaimed Vedic astrologer spoke on ‘Astrology and Ethics’. Dr Vijayendra Murti, an Ayurveda physician and public health researcher spoke on ‘How classical Ayurveda requires a practitioner to be conversant in Jyotish in order to effectively administer remedies and treatment.’ Researcher Mahendra Hirani spoke on diversity, world religions and beliefs to bring about one uniform Multi-Faith Calendar that can be used as an authoritative resource.
Khushboo Mehta-Parekh, an Interior and Textile Designer by profession and a researcher on Astrology and Meditation spoke on ‘Research on Astrology & its Effects on Human Behaviour’. Prof. Madan Thangavelu, a Genome Biologist from the University of Cambridge, offered Vote of Thanks and appreciated the hard work of the APPG Indian Traditional Sciences and especially of Amarjeet S Bhamra in recognizing the need to bring all Indian Traditional sciences to the fore-front of UK’s health landscape.