Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Convention
ATLANTIC CITY: The 35th Convention of the prestigious body of American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) was held from the 21-24th June at Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, bringing together thousands of leading physicians, health professionals, academicians, and scientists of Indian origin to convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year.
The Convention chairs, recognizing the importance of the role of spiritual inspiration and wisdom, invited Baba Ramdevji, Brahmakumari Shivaniji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji to grace and bless the convention.
The convention was inaugurated by Pandit Jasraji and included special performances by Kailash Kher and stand up comedian Shailesh Lodha.
Baba Ramdev Ji led an energetic morning yoga session with doctors and health professionals. Later in the afternoon on the concluding day, He shared “We are all children of the rishis, of the saints and being doctors of Indian origin you must be deeply rooted in your spiritual-cultural heritage of Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopath, Ved Darshan and the Upanishads. I would like to share with you that one of the most fundamental and important things Yoga does is that it helps us rise from our lower consciousness to our higher consciousness. Yoga helps us think positively, removes all negativity, and, most importantly, it also helps us ACT positively. Yoga brings about divine transformation. I am living example of that transformation and each one of you can also be a living example of the transformation of Yoga.”
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Ji gave a keynote address to thousands of physicians and emphasized the important, critical connection between mind and body, and the role that what we think, feel and believe plays on our physical health, as well as the health of our communities and our nations. She said, “As the Bhagavad Gita reminds us: the mind is the cause of all problems and the mind is, therefore, the solution. So many top research institutes from Duke to Dartmouth to Princeton are showing today what our sages and rishis told us thousands of years ago — jaise beetar vaise bahar (as is the inner condition, so do we create the outer condition.)”
She further emphasized that maintaining a connection to Indian culture and heritage is the greatest and most important gift they can give their children and grandchildren. “If you want them to be healthy — mentally, emotionally, spiritually and to have healthy families and create a healthy world, the key is the connection to their Indian culture and values.
Brahmakumaris Shivaniji led an introspective talk, in which she shared, “Anger of the doctor and fear of the people working with the doctor dissipates the healing environment that we need in our hospitals. When a patient enters the premises of the hospital he/she should feel such a pure energy that their mind is immediately at peace and relaxed, then their body will respond better. The patient needs to have a very silent, positive and powerful mind so that the body can heal. As a healer, a doctor and healthcare practitioner, anger should be banned for us. A doctor should not be anything but happy, especially since so many people are constantly blessing us. Let us take a collective pledge today that no matter what happens we will not create anger in our lives and in our work-places.”