The past few months preparing for my travels to India and studying traditional medicine there have left the blog nothing short of bereft! Nonetheless, becoming a student of centenarian Dr. Prem Nath Gupta has given me the chance to pass on just a taste of his vast knowledge! At the ripe age of 103, the physician is an oracle on Reiki, Accupressure, and Ayurveda. When he was 60 years old, he married 20 year old bride, Asha Gupta. He has less wrinkles than myself, impeccable recollection and health, brimming with singular wisdom and energy. I could have spend each day sitting under the shade of his primordial insight, soaking up any and every experience that he may share.
Any bit of advice coming from a doctor who has only been operated on for cataracts at the age of 96 and a knee replacement surgery at 101 is worth taking to heart! Recently, He and Asha celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. “We do not fight with each other,” she laughs. “I know he will be fine and I also have to keep myself healthy so I can take care of him.” She shared that a disciplined lifestyle, comprising good eating habits including lots of fluids, vegetables and fruits, a strict regime of yoga and physical activity, is the key to Dr Gupta’s health (Chowdhury, 2013).
There is a little something else, “Secret Wisdom”, found in the pages of an antique, yet not antiquated paperback book Dr. Gupta wrote some forty years back. As he passed me the copy signed ‘Dear Lauren’, I knew there was something special hidden in the pages smelling of ancient literature- nearly dropping out onto the floor. And certainly, there is. Words timeless and fundamental as ever, offering the power to change the life of a reader willing to harness them.
In its essence, the book is the gateway to health, peace, and fulfillment by acting as a compass to channel the power of thought vibrations. Steeped in the scientific awareness that everything consists of atoms (organised charges of energy revolving at terrific speeds), creating vibrations oscillating at different frequencies. The only difference between one object and the next is the composition of atoms, taking away a single one changes the vibration produced and substance entirely! Consequentially, by practicing techniques that concentrate the vibrations of thought waves (which are even greater in frequency than radio waves traveling at 18,600 miles per second), changes can occur in one’s life.
Dr. Gupta primarily delves into techniques for practicing proper meditation in order to better focus these vibrations created by the mind. “…the uncontrolled mind is confused and disjointed. It is never orderly and concentrated on one idea, one thought. The mind continues to scatter mental energy around aimlessly.” Hence the first step to gaining clarity is the technique of gaze fixation, followed by the rotary balanced relaxation technique. By focusing the mind and relaxing the body one can then deepen the practice by equalised breathing, followed by visualization and projection in order to attain single pointed concentration. “It is a mental law that you can only achieve what you conceive clearly and desire ardently. But your conceiving and desiring backed by a firm faith in the basic step. Without belief you cannot be inspired to take the basic step necessary for making your desire a reality.”
After meeting this vibrant, breathing, walking example of love and health- I am inspired to take the challenge presented by “Secret Wisdom” and practice the above techniques, even if only for several minutes a day in an attempt to fully utilize this existence! “For we are free to destroy ourselves as we are free to forge ahead and transcend the mental barriers within which most of us remain hemmed up throughout their lives” (Gupta, n.d.).
Chowdhury, T. R. (2013, April 28). Dehradun doctor has knees replaced at 101. The Times of India. Retrieved
Gupta, P.N. (n.d.). Secret Wisdom. Dehradun, India: Practical Psychology Publications.