Harvard seeks collaboration with Patanjali Yogpeeth

Patanjali_Yogpeeth_HaridwarDehra Dun: Though yoga guru, Baba Ramdev and his Patanjali Yogpeeth of late seem to be in the news for wrong reasons, but there is something for the saffron clad Baba, who is all out to take against the centre on the issue of FDI, something to cheer about.

The Harvard University, has written to the Patanjali Yogpeeth that with its collaboration, the world renowned University would like to undertake courses in both yoga and ayurveda. While Baba Ramdev is in doldrums in the country because of his ante against the Congress, his efforts are being appreciated the world over.

In fact, both yoga and ayurveda have been under the constant watch of the world community since quite some time and of late their importance has not only been recognized, but appreciated even by well known scientists in the field of medicine, which is perhaps why Harvard has approached Patanjali Yogpeeth.

Sources in the Patanjali Yogpeeth said that they had received a letter from senior vice president and secretary of Harvard University, A H Covan in which the latter had proposed that courses in yoga and ayurvedic medicines be started at Harvard in collaboration with the Yogpeeth, which was being looked into.

They said that of late the western world had recognized the importance of both yoga and ayurvedic medicines and the letter mentioned that even NASA is now keen to ensure that its scientists benefit from yoga and ayurveda.

Asked as to by when the proposal would get through, he said that right now the issue is just at a proposal stage and various aspects of the issue have to be studied, but every effort would be made to start the courses at Harvard at the earliest.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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  • Baba ji be carefull before colloborating .First of all get your inventions , new concepts patented , copy right what so ever you can do, before Foreign specially USA can take benefit of all your efforts and you / India may be kept in doldrums.

    • Cant agree more.. The west cant be trusted,,they keep looking for increasing their clout by invading others resources,,,Please this msg shud be sent to BRD ji that first get all his products patented..Otherwise,like yoga US will capture the world market for Ayurveda products on Baba’s efforts..

  • Looks like a fake news from Baba ji ….

    The VP and Secretary of harvard is Marc Goodheart a position he has held from 1998. There is no AH Covan in any senior position in Harvard.

    If they have got the letter, as claimed, why are they not publishing the letter.

    Sanjay

  • Baba Ramdev has to be careful. USA will first steal knowledge, then make small modifications to suit their way of life and beliefs (like replace the mantras with numbers), and patent the stuff. Then they will wage an info war to wipe out the knowledge from its source. This has been their tactic, consistently being practiced since the colonial days. That is how they stole technicques for Ceramics, Steel in the past to the present Benson method which is stolen from Maharshi Mahesh Yogi’s Transendental Meditation. Now Indian doctors too go to USA to learn this “new” technique, and pay money to learn something available for free!! As long we are blind to their intentions and their historical role, we would continue to be cheated. It would be good for Baba Ramdev to first patent all medicines, copyright all his courses, and then teach the same on a 50/50 basis, half the course in India, half in USA – all practicals in India only. Any “new” invention by American students and faculty should first prove that it is indeed new and if it is, pay rolalty to Baba Ramdev. It will also be good to air the courses for free on YOUTUBE so USA can never claim that knowledge as its own. Best of all options is for Baba Ramdev to use the generated publicity to reject Harvard offer and prepare to deliver the courses via his own Institutes worldwide, without involving the White Christian investors, that will totally prevent them from creating things like “Christian Yoga” with which have been fooling people of late.

  • Totally agree with all the warnings above my message. Baba Ramdev should be careful.

    The western world will steal and change the knowledge, then make small modifications to suit their way of life and beliefs (like replace the mantras with numbers), and patent the stuff. Look waht as happened to Yoga to date. Then they will wage an info war to wipe out the knowledge from its source. This has been their tactic, consistently being practiced since the colonial days. That is how they stole technicques for Ceramics, Steel in the past to the present Benson method which is stolen from Maharshi Mahesh Yogi’s Transendental Meditation. Now Indian doctors too go to USA to learn this “new” technique, and pay money to learn something available for free!! As long we are blind to their intentions and their historical role, we would continue to be cheated. It would be good for Baba Ramdev to first patent all medicines, copyright all his courses, and then teach the same on a 50/50 basis, half the course in India, half in USA – all practicals in India only. Any “new” invention by American students and faculty should first prove that it is indeed new and if it is, pay rolalty to Baba Ramdev. It will also be good to air the courses for free on YOUTUBE so USA can never claim that knowledge as its own. Best of all options is for Baba Ramdev to use the generated publicity to reject Harvard offer and prepare to deliver the courses via his own Institutes worldwide, without involving the White Christian investors, that will totally prevent them from creating things like “Christian Yoga” with which have been fooling people of late.

  • Recently the Western world have put a lot of hurdles in the way of sale of Ayurvedic medicines and their use by the general public, Baba-ji should insist that these restrictions be removed. Some Yoga aasanaas have been patented by some selfish people, Baba-ji should insist the Western patent laws be amended to avoid such mis-use of patents when the knowledge is freely available in Indian scripturs.

  • Baba ramdev has givien india how to be healthy and spread yoga. I dont understand why people are so against babaji. He simply trying to help without anything .

  • Whats wrong u people…., dats y v r suffering because of our double standard thinking. We talk bigg but act cheap.narabaji, demonstration say kaya hota hai jab hum may say hi log ja kay galat kaam kartay hai or phir sub bhul kay demonstaraion kartay hai… Its our demon . First v hve to change ourself. Duniya aap say shuru or aap main khatam.jo babaji ko galat kehtay wo ek baar gheri saans andar lay or bahar na choday. Gud luk to all.

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