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  • Writer's pictureGeetanjali Chakraborty

Embarking on a New Journey: Vedika's Graduation Address

Mahatma Gandhi espoused the belief that true education integrates knowledge with practice. It's a belief echoed in the halls of Vedika Global, where not just our graduating class of Ayurveda doctors, but all students, have embraced this ideal through our curriculum. We owe a debt of gratitude to our teachers who, with courage, chose the path of integration over the easier routes of mere theory or practicality.

The journey of the past five years has resembled a climb up a towering peak, replete with breathtaking vistas and formidable obstacles. Initially drawn by curiosity, we aimed only for base camp, the first year. But as we embarked, we discovered a profound and transformative path that compelled us onward, not just for ourselves but for the future clients we'll serve.

Though the journey tested our resolve and tempted us to relent, the purity of the knowledge we gained, and the fusion of Ayurveda, Vedanta, and Yoga at Vedika, fueled our determination. While celebrating our five-year milestone, we acknowledge this isn't the summit; rather, it's akin to achieving a black belt in Aikido, where the real learning begins.

Our teachers have armed us with potent tools and served as beacons, urging us ever upward. For us, the journey and the destination are inseparable. The panoramic views we've glimpsed along the ascent have enriched our understanding of life's entirety. Now, we're discovering that true fulfillment lies in embracing the richness of each present moment and experiencing its grandeur to the fullest.

Embracing Education Over Training: A Reflection

Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen offers a poignant reflection on the distinction between education and training, shedding light on their vastly different impacts on individuals. While education, rooted in the Latin word "educare," seeks to nurture the hidden wholeness within, training often reduces learning to a rigid framework of right and wrong, stifling individuality and creativity.

In the context of medicine, where technical competence is crucial, Remen prompts us to question whether mere proficiency is sufficient. Her dream was not merely to excel in skills, but to embody a deeper connection with life itself.

At Vedika Global, we've been blessed with an education that transcends mere training. Here, we've been inspired to befriend life and recognize our inherent unity with it. Our teachers, champions of this holistic approach, have fearlessly upheld this ideal, igniting a resonance within us that reverberates far beyond the classroom.

As graduates, we take pride in being part of a lineage that seamlessly integrates Yoga, Vedanta, and Ayurveda, offering us not just knowledge, but a profound understanding of our interconnectedness with existence itself.

Honoring the Pillars of Vedika: Sadhana, Seva, and Sangha

The essence of Vedika Global is embodied in three core values: Sadhana, Seva, and Sangha. These principles serve as guiding lights, illuminating our path toward personal and collective growth.

Sadhana beckons us to embark on a journey of inner transformation, delving beyond the surface disturbances to discover our true nature. It demands our commitment to investing time and effort in understanding the depths of our being.

Seva, or sacred service, transcends mere obligation, transforming every act of assistance into a sacred offering. When we engage with patients, it is not merely a task but an opportunity for divine connection, reminding us of the profound value inherent in every healing interaction.

Sangha calls us to be noble friends to one another, holding each other accountable and offering unwavering support as we embody the highest ideals of humanity through the practice of Ayurveda.

None of our achievements would have been possible without the unwavering support of our families, who nurtured our aspirations and enabled us to soar. Nor would it have been possible without the blessings of our lineage—the lineage of our teachers, their teachers, and the ancient sages who selflessly imparted their wisdom to humanity.

Now, it is our turn to honor this gift by paying it forward, embracing our roles as torchbearers of knowledge and compassion, and serving as beacons of light for those who follow in our footsteps.

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