Ayurveda – An ancient healing system’s gifts to the Modern Woman By Sandhiya Ramaswamy

 ||        Dhanvantari Stotram     ||

Om Sankham Chakram Jaloukaam

Dadhadamruta GhatamChaaru Dorbhicchaturbhihi

Sookshma Swacchati Hrudayaamsuka

Parivilasan Moulim Amboja Netram

Kaalaambodojvalaangam Katitata Vilasat

Chaaru Peetaambaraadyam

Vandey Dhanvantarim Tam

Nikhila Gada Vana Proudda Daavaagni Leelam 

Salutations to him, Lord Dhanvantari, who is holding in his four hands a Conch, a Disc .a Leech and a pot of celestial ambrosia

in whose heart shines a very clear, gentle and pleasing blaze of light, which also shines all around HIS head and lotus eyes.

On the dark blue/black water his body is luminous and splendid.

His waist and thighs are covered in yellow cloth and who by his mere play destroys all diseases like a huge forest fire.

||                     Mahalakshmi Gayatri               ||

Om Mahalakshmyai cha vidmahe

Vishnu patnyai cha dhimahi

Tanno Lakshmihi prachodayat

Om. Let us meditate on the Great Goddess Sri Lakshmi, the consort of Sri Maha Vishnu. May that effulgent Maha Lakshmi Devi inspire and illumine our mind and understanding.


I would like to offer my sincere thanks to my teachers at the California College of Ayurveda – Rob Talbert, Hema Ravikumar, Marisa Larsen, Mary Alice Quinn who have inspired me every step of the way.  My thanks to Dr. Marc Halpern, who has put together such an amazing course of Ayurvedic study.   I also offer my thanks to my wonderful class-mates at CCA, my friends and members of my family who have encouraged me along the way and offered me their unconditional support.  Most of all, I thank Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurveda, who has offered me divine guidance, illuminating my path every step of the way.

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