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1st July, 2017
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Doctor as a Giver

Today is Doctors' Day and on this occasion, I take this opportunity to revisit the role of a doctor.

Chapter 10, shloka 21 of the Bhagawad Gita gives the definition of God, when Krishna reveals himself to Arjuna by saying, "Adityanam aham vishnur jyotisham ravir anshuman, marichir marutam asmi nakshatranam aham shashi", which translates as "Of the twelve Adityas, I am Vishnu, of all luminaries, the radiant sun, of the seven Maruts, I am Marichi and of the constellations, I am the moon." All these phenomena are the manifestations of Krishna.
All the forms that Krishna used to define himself, give something. Moon gives peace of mind, sun gives light etc. Devta is someone who gives. Anybody who gives can be said to be like a devta. But this giving has to be unconditional and loving.
A common man's perspective of God is of a force that can do and undo anything, for whom nothing is impossible, who is the final decision maker, whose decision cannot be challenged, who can give an instantaneous relief, who can punish and reward and he who overcomes miseries. He can also answer the unknown as he is supposed to know everything.
In Bhagawad Gita and other Vedic texts, God is equated to consciousness, a network of energized information, a force which cannot be burnt by fire, wet by water, dried by air or cut by weapon; a force which is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient and still ever-pervading.
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New Delhi, 30 June 2017: As part of its commitment to working closely with all National Health Programmes alongside the government, the IMA has urged individual doctors to counsel their patients who smoke about quitting smoking. It has, however, said that such counseling should be done in a manner that turns a negative situation into a more positive action. According to statistics, more than one-third (35%) of Indian adults use tobacco in some form or the other. Of these, 21% adults use only smokeless tobacco, 9% only smoke and 5% smoke as well as use smokeless tobacco. Additionally, about 52% of the adults are exposed to second-hand smoke at home.

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