In September 2011, Dr. Ara Bagdassarian (Gaurish), along with photographer Haik Kocharian, spent 8 days in Nepal providing chiropractic service within the confines of Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Nunneries. This trip was a geographically new venture into a conceptually older project: Mission Yatra. Once a year, Gaurish organizes these chiropractic mission trips across the world so that individuals may benefit from uniquely combined physical and spiritual aspects of his healing techniques. Spiritual, mental and physical well-being, according to Gaurish, are “all interconnected and so by affecting one, all are affected.” He urges people to conceive of chiropractic this way, rather than the prevalent contemporary understanding of the practice as mere relief for physical aches and pains.
After a 2000 healing trip to Brazil, Gaurish felt a flame ignited within him and he was compelled to perform seva (selfless service) and use his skills to help others. It was with this selfless attitude that Gaurish (as well as Kocharian) donated his time and skills to the monks and nuns in Nepal, often working to heal 5 or more people at a time for up to 12 hours daily. On this trip, Gaurish had the great honor to serve Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche at Tek Chok Ling, and his free healing services had profoundly beneficial effects on the monastics. Healing benefits Gaurish as well: “Having the ability to serve people in a way that allows them to shine just a little brighter is by far the greatest grace that Supreme (God) has given me. Each person, shining a little brighter, reflects their brilliance into my heart.” Indeed, his mission statement includes the goal of “allowing beings of the world to shine brighter.” For Gaurish, serving as the medium through which the Supreme heals others is a sacred act, his own personal form of sadhana (spiritual worship), and a project he plans to continue for many years to come.
Interview quotes from SENSA Magazine and Inspiration Sun (April 2012) will be published at a later time.
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