3-day seminar on Indigenous Techniques in Psychotherapy starts

“Be your own psychotherapist” — Swami Dayananda Saraswati

“Psychotherapy techniques need to be developed in keeping with our culture” — Dr Pranav Pandya

“Psychology and Yogic Science are two sides of the same coin” — Dr Basavaraddi

“DSVV has developed an innovative psycho-spiritual model” — The Chancellor

Haridwar, 25 March 2011: “Life is the greatest deity. It is every individual’s utmost duty to pay genuine attention to adore and develop life deity. We need to become our own psychotherapist and will also have to train our mind to regard God as the super psychotherapist.”

These were the words uttered by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a well-known spiritualist from South India as well as the Chairman of Aarsha Vidya Gurukulam of Coimbatore, in his inaugural address of a three-day national seminar on “Indigenous Techniques in Psychotherapy—Concepts and Application” which started today in the main auditorium of Shantikunj. In the presence of psychology professors from several universities and, experts as well as researchers from psychotherapy institutions across India, he said that Indians would have to master the technique of conquering anger and fear to establish Indian psychotherapy techniques. He referred to the Founder of Gayatri Pariwar, Acharya Shriram Sharma’s famous quote —“Only he is alive in real sense whose head stays cool, blood hot, heart tender and efforts intense.” Swami Dayananda hailed Acharya Shriram Sharma as a great psychologist and psychotherapist.

The Chancellor of DSVV, Dr Pranav Pandya chaired the inaugural session and invited the psychology experts present in the seminar to establish psychotherapy techniques which harmonise well with India’s culture and way of life. He expressed his pleasure and great satisfaction for seeing many psychologists of the nation favouring Indian techniques of psychotherapy. He reiterated his commitment to keep on working in this direction along with DSVV. He advocated that life, finance and work should all be in compliance with dharma. Dr Pandya drew attention to the fact that abandoning Nature was the underlying cause of increasing problem of mental illnesses. He appealed psychotherapists to encourage people live life harmonising to Nature. Dr Pandya elaborated on Acharya Shriram Sharma’s precept of “healthy body, clean mind and civilised society” and emphasised the need for Pratyāhāra, Dhyāna and Dhārnā to achieve them. He pointed out that Freud’s theories were contradictory to dharma and asked everyone to give up their dependence on the West. Dr Pandya congratulated the scientists for coming to participate in this seminar taking place in the holy city of Haridwar to institute the principles of Indian Psychotherapy.

The Chief Guest of the event was Dr Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, the Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, operating under the auspices of the Indian Government Department of Health. He stressed the need of knowing not just the physical body but the subtle and causal bodies as well as the Panchakosha to be able to understand the Science of Indian Psychology. He talked about the close relation between Yog and Psychology and referred to them as two sides of the same coin. Dr Basavaraddi stated that the inner psychology could be easily managed and mended through Yogic Science.

Dr S. P. Mishra, the Vice Chancellor of DSVV extended warm welcome to the invited guests and experts and cast some light on psycho-spiritual model being developed by DSVV. He said that countless people from India and abroad had personally experienced the benefit of this new Psychotherapy modality at DSVV, Haridwar. He hoped that the seminar will engender many more similar therapeutic techniques. Swami Dayananda released the souvenir of the seminar as well as the newly published book “Psycho-physiological impact of Yoga and Yagya” authored by Dr Hemadri Sao, Head of Psychology Department. The Chancellor accorded honours to Prof. B. S. Sandhu, the Dean of Punjab University, Patiala and Prof. C. P. Khokhar, the Head of Psychology Department, Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya for their commendable support to DSVV.

Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Dr Pranav Pandya inaugurated the seminar by lighting up a diya. A team from Shantikunj Music Department sung the song “bharat hai desh sabki shubhakamna jahan hai, sarve bhavantu sukhinah ki prarthana yahan hai” which brought together the spirited themes of Indian culture.

The scholars from universities of Haridwar and Dehradoon including Patanjali Vishwavidyalaya and Arya Samaj; various universities and psychology institutes of Punjab, Utterakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Andra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Orissa as well as senior workers of Shantikunj were present in the inaugural session of the seminar. Dr Chinmay Pandya, the Director of School of Yoga and Health co-ordinated the programme and Shri Sandeep Kumar, Registrar DSVV, compered the opening ceremony.