Doctor Donn Brennan, from County Kildare, was one of the first western medical doctors to train in India in Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health. He qualified in medicine in 1979 at UCD and spent the following decade working in different specialities in hospitals throughout the island of Ireland before becoming a General Practitioner (GP) in the UK.
However, over the years Donn became disillusioned with the conventional medical model. 'I have always had the utmost of admiration for the compassion and industry with which my medical colleagues work to relieve suffering,' he says. 'And of course I recognise the benefits for the many who need these treatments but I was always searching for something more. I was disappointed that the emphasis was on 'disease' rather than on 'prevention' and health.'
So when he came across the Ayurvedan approach to health he knew that this was the method of healing which he had been seeking. Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit root 'Ayu' meaning life and 'veda' meaning pure knowledge) is the traditional health care system of India which has been around for millennia although it was repressed during the era of colonialism. In recent decades it has been revived through the teachings of the charismatic Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who founded Transcendental Meditation (TM) in the late 1950's. Maharashi's premise is that Veda and the ancient Vedic literature are actually the fundamentals of Natural Law which Quantum Scientists also believe to be the basis of human physiology and the whole of the physical universe.
It was in 1982 while working in the casualty department of a busy Derry hospital that Donn decided to study and practise Transcendental Meditation (TM), which has been scientifically validated in over 600 research studies in 200 Universities in 30 Countries. He qualified as a TM teacher and was amazed at how many people reported a marked improvement in their health as they meditated. However, it was a subsequent meeting with Dr John Duffy, an eminent Irish Cardiologist, who had just returned from Maharishi's first ever European course in Ayurvedan health geared specifically for medical doctors that became the turning point in his career when he made the point that the Ayurvedan healthcare system which incorporates TM connects consciousness with physiology. So Donn spent the ensuing 18 months studying Mararishi's Vedic Approach to Health in America and in the renowned Ayurveda University in Jamnagar in Gujurat state, India.
Since 1990 Donn has worked fulltime promoting, lecturing and consulting in Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health. He has featured in many newspaper articles and on radio and television. He has lectured and consulted in almost all the major cities in Ireland and Britain as well as Iceland and the Channel Islands. He has also given many seminars, advanced talks and courses including introductory courses for medical doctors and pulse diagnosis courses. In addition many thousands consult with him for ongoing health advice
"I have spoken with many GP's throughout Europe who because of its scientific validation recommend TM to patients suffering from all kinds of illnesses with huge success. The contemporary medical approach that we are merely physical bodies…bits and bobs of liver, spleen, lungs etc to be looked after by individual specialists…does not bring us to optimum health. We humans are not merely material entities who happen to have an occasional thought," says Dr Donn Brennan pointing out, in his matter of fact way, what we've all been trying to tell our doctors for years. "We are consciousness. We are that fine field of awareness which reverberates as mind and materialises as a physical structure, and from that perspective, we can heal from within ourselves."
Dr Donn Brennan is the founding President of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association in the United Kingdom, which is the representative body of Ayurvedic practitioners and is currently assisting in government proposals for regulating the standards and practise of Ayurveda in the UK. He is also a director of the European Herbal Practitioners Association.
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