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‘Mental counseling’ begins with Lord Krishna counseling Arjuna: Medical body chief

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The national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA), KK Aggarwal has said that Mahabharata has answers to issues of psychiatric dimensions. Aggarwal also considers Lord Krishna as probably the first and most celebrated counsellor.

“Krishna was the first and perhaps the most celebrated counsellor, whose “sessions with his patient Arjuna not only led to his spectacular recovery but also constituted” one of the most revered ancient texts, the 700-verse Bhagavad Gita,” he said.

“The history of psychiatry in India begins with Lord Krishna’s successful counselling of Arjuna before the 18-day battle of the Mahabharata,” Aggarwal wrote in The Equator Line magazine.

Aggarwal also went on to say that earlier when there were no mental-health specialist, the Sanskrit epic seem to have offered a few answers to ancient Indians.

Aggarwal kept his views in a write-up titled, “Psychotherapy in the time of the Vedas”.  He said the Vedic Indian were not aware of anti-depressants but it was a time when “bucolic environment, woods running along the river banks, deer prancing around, peacocks strutting close to the courtyard, had its own way of healing the bruised mind”.

“Lord Shiva presents a very Vedic way of anger management. Whenever you are filled with resentment, store the negative thoughts in your throat. After some time, think about the issue at hand with a cool mind,” he wrote.