Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
26th August 2019

FICCI-ELICIT Action Plan for end-of-life care and decision-making for patients

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and End of Life Care in India Taskforce (ELICIT) have also released an information guide to improve and facilitate execution of end-of-life decisions for patients and their families, in addition to their guide for doctors and hospital administrators

Here are excerpts from the "Action Plan for end-of-life care and decision-making" for patients.

"Plan in Advance: Self-awareness is the beginning of any journey. Think about how and where you would like to die....read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 11: The path of Chariot

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Katha Upanishad is the legendary story of a little boy, Nachiketa (the son of Sage Vajasravasa, who meets Yama (the Hindu deity of death) and their conversation, which is a discussion of the nature of man, knowledge, Atman (Soul, Self) and moksha (liberation). It has six sections (Vallis).

The third Valli of Katha Upanishad presents the analogy of the chariot, to highlight how Soul or Atman, body, mind, senses relate to a human being.

As per the Upanishad, one should know the Atman soul as the rider, the body as the chariot, the intellect as the charioteer, the mind as the reins, the senses as the five horses and the roads as the samsara representing the objects of the senses or the desires. ...read more

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