Cut off from the world outside and living solitarily in the dark confines of a specially built trigarbha griha (three-chambered building) for 121 days and living on a specially made medicine or rasayana, Kedar, a 69-year-old transcendental meditation guru, came out young, hale and hearty and strong on Friday.
He had entered the griha of the Padinharkara Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre run by the Padinharkara Charitable Trust at Ottappalam in Palakkad district on February 14 for kayakalpa chikitsa, or rasayana treatment. His jet black hair and smooth skin are testimony for the ayurveda rejuvenation treatment that aims to arrest the symptoms leading to old age and retaining youthfulness.
In Kedar's own words to Pennews: "I feel energised. I appreciate the sounds and sights I've never heard for four months. It's a process of a spiritual tapas,"
Kedar, whose original name is Will Fox, is basically fromTexas in the US and is a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. He has been teaching transcendental meditation at Maharshi Ashram in Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand for the last 23 years as resident in India.
He is the fifth person to undergo this treatment at the kuti in Ottappalam and likened to getting back into the womb. He holds the record of having stayed in the kuti for the longest period.
"It's a purifying process and organising the whole physiology. The whole impact on my health and my body can be known only by my three medical problems - a hearing one which seems to have been resolved, spondylitis where there has been improvement and skin ailment which is showing a very great improvement," said Kedar.
On what was very noticeable and striking, Kedar said, a "feeling of strength in the entire gut, all my internal organs".
He will spend another month of post-treatment care.
Dr P Sethumadhavan, heads the trust and the hospital, is satisfied with the results. Kutipraveshika Rasayana Prayogam, extolled in the seventh of the eight-part science of Ayurveda His first patient for the treatment was 90-year-old ascetic Yugal Saran Maharaj from Rajasthan who was part of the team to have performed such a treatment last in the 1930s for social reformer Madan Mohan Malavyia.
Gerachikitsa or Rasayana treatment is basically to retain youthfulness which is, in a sense, avoiding illnesses that come with ageing. Old age can set in early and growing old is no illness. Instead it is the fear of growing old that is an ailment, says Dr Sethumadhavan.
It is not easy and needs mental strength to stay for long in solitude in a kuti taking specially medicines and a glass of milk.
And given the results of this treatment on Kedar, Dr Sethumadhavan and his team supported by Dr Akhil said it is all about youthfulness so that one can lead a more responsible and meaningful life.