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Heart Care Foundation of India today trained 984 students at S D Public School, Pitampura in CPR 10, the hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation technique.

Elaborating on this, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that for the first time a 90-year-old retired Joint Director from the Directorate of Education, Shri S N Sharma, learned hands-only CPR 10.

The campaign was inaugurated by Chairman of S D Public School Dr Sushil Gupta, Vice Chairman Sh. Kanwar Bhan Goel. Others who participated were Ms Anita Sharma, Principal  & Ms Rekha Gupta. Mr. Gupta said that learning and passing on knowledge about CPR 10 is the best gift one can give to others.

Dr. Aggarwal also said that one should learn and educate at least 10 people about CPR 10. He further cautioned that CPR practical training should be done only on dummies and not on each other. The CPR 10 Mantra is – “within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better; at least for the next 10 minutes, longer the better; compress the centre of the chest of the dead person continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”

So far the foundation has trained 21845 people.

CPR 10 has been endorsed by many distinguished celebrities: Dr. Deepak Chopra, the New age Guru and noted author; Mr. Sushil Shinde, Union Home Minister; Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi; Shri A K Walia, Health Minister of Delhi; Prof. Kiran Walia, Education Minister of Delhi; noted poet Ashok Chakradhar; noted dancers Nalini, Kamalini, Uma Sharma; film star Poonam Jhawar and most top cardiologists of India.

Dr Deepak Chopra Endorses Hands only CPR10

Heart Care Foundation of India completed practical training of 10500 members of the general public in hands-only cardio pulmonary resuscitation, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal. The campaign began on 1st November and lasted till 16th November as part of the recently concluded 19th MTNL Perfect Health Mela celebrations. The training was conducted in person by Dr Aggarwal.

The following records were made

1. Crossed 10,000 number and trained 10392 members of the public in hands-only CPR over “a period of 16 days” (1st to 16th November). A total of 12613 have been trained so far.

2. Trained 1050 children and teachers in one session in multiple rescuer hands-only CPR on 1st November 2012 at Birla Vidya Niketan School using 200 human manikins.

3. Trained 201 nurses in one session in single rescuer hands-only CPR on 9th November 2012 at Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg,New Delhi.

4. Trained 96 physically and mentally challenged students “in one session” in single rescuer hands-only CPR on 9th November 2012.

5. Trained 2217 members of the general public “in one day” in single rescuer hands-only CPR on 8th November 2012 at Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg,New Delhi

Releasing these statistics Dr Aggarwal said that the Foundation intends to train 100,000 people in the next one year.

Dr Deepak Chopra, New Age Guru and an internationally acclaimed author, chief guest for the function said, that hands-only CPR should be taught to every school child, health care worker and relations of heart patients. He said that every effort should be made to revive a person within 10 minutes of sudden death. It is good Karma.

The CPR manta is within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better, for the next at least 10 minutes, compress the centre of the chest, continuously and effectively, with a speed of 10×10, hundred per minute.

The general public must learn CPR as Doctors often cannot reach the site or the victim cannot be taken to the medical facility in 10 minutes. Therefore, it is the public who has to learn and provide hand-only CPR, revive the heart and take the victim to the nearest medical facility.

Harshita Gupta, a 16 years old girl form Birla Vidya Niketan successfully revived her uncle last week from Cardiac arrest.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his teachings said “Pragyapradh or ‘mistake of the intellect’ occurs when the intellect, drawn towards and influenced by material consciousness, loses connection with the wholeness of consciousness. And this happens when we stop being centered within ourselves.”

Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health wrote: “Aging is ‘a mistake of the intellect’. This mistake consists of identifying oneself solely with the physical body.”

Dr Ram Kant Mishra wrote: “The Ayurveda texts define the source of all disease and suffering as Pragyapradh. This occurs when individuals (or even single cells) ‘forget’ their connection with the wholeness of life and believe themselves to be isolated entities. Creating, and then eating, genetically engineered foods expose us to Pragyapradh”.

 In Ayurveda, the origin of all disease is traced to “Pragyapradh”, a term which means “mistake of the intellect”. This term comprises of two words i.e. “Pragya” meaning intellect and “parade” meaning crime, thus giving the complete meaning as ‘doing wrong things in spite of knowing about their negative side effects or consequences that will lead to a disease’.

In Ayurveda, it is said that Pragyapradh is the main cause of a disease, especially janpadodhwans (epidemic diseases).

 The various mistakes performed by the intellect can be classified into three groups:

  • Dhi (intellectual) or ‘due to lack of intellect or ignorance’. It refers to diseases occurring due to ignorance. For example a person not knowing the bad effects of alcohol indulges in it.
  • Dhriti (awareness) or ‘when one does wrong things in spite of the awareness’. For example, when a person knows that smoking is bad for health but is still addicted to it and is unable to leave it due to his craving or weak will power.
  • Smriti (memory) or ‘smrutivibhrast, which refers to the onset of ailment due to loss of memory. For example, a person who is aware of the bad effects of refined carbohydrates decides not to eat them in future but eats them forgetting his resolution not to eat.

 In all these situations, the body is controlled by the intellect and the ego and not by the soul and one is not taking decisions from the level of consciousness.

Mistake of the intellect involves disobeying the laws of nature. There are three common mistakes listed in the Vedantic literature, namely attachment (or addiction), desires (weak will power) and show off (ego).

The basic description of above comes from the Epic Ramayana where attachment is represented by Kaikeyi, desires or greed by the golden deer Marich, and the ego by Ravana. If any one of them would have been absent, Ramayana could not have taken place.

Today we know that addictions to refined carbohydrates, tobacco, drugs and alcohol are responsible for most lifestyle disorders. Desires and greed are responsible for our nibbling habit at functions. And showing-off in parties and marriage gatherings makes us choose costlier fruits and vegetables which are non-seasonal and not grown locally and, hence, unnatural.

When I joined my medical college at Sevagram, my first encounter with ‘silence’ was with Acharya Vinoba Bhave who was observing one year silence. During this period, he was participating in all activities but not speaking.

My second encounter was when I heard about Vipasana meditation where people are made to observe silence for ten days with no communication with the outer world. Same times of retreats I came across being organized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dr. Deepak Chopra across the world.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi also used to go into silence for one month before his birthday. Now we have seen Anna Hazare going the Vinoba Bhave way and observing silence over a period of time for self purification.

In his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Dr. Deepak Chopra also recommends observing a silence for ½ an hour every day.

There is a difference between observing silence and Vipasana Meditation. When you are observing silence but doing your usual activities like reading and watching TV, communicating in written language, you are not in meditation phase but still you follow the principles of Buddha’s laws of speech that is to speak only if it is necessary based on truthfulness and kindness.

There are two types of communications “Violent” and “Non-violent”. In meditative silence, you are in a phase of non-violence in your communication with the outer world. In non-meditative silence, you can still have violence in your facial expressions but when you communicate in writing, you invariably go from a violent to non-violent mode of communication. Your turmoil of thoughts is less; you shift from sympathetic mode to parasympathetic mode. It also shifts your stress levels.

In a normal conversation, the speech is from the mind but when you are communicating in writing, you think before you speak.

When you are not speaking but expressing through your emotions, your communication is violent; your respiratory rate will increase.

In both, when you observing silence over a period of time or when you are doing meditative silence, you go into the yogic state of Ritam Bhara and Pragya where you are in connection with the macrocosm. This increases your creativity and spiritual powers.

By observing silence, you have an appointment with your body in parasympathetic state and are able to take more conscious based decisions than impulsive ego based decisions.

In silence, you may be communicating to others but in meditative silence, your communication is with self.