“My relationship with Gurudev is intense and intimate”

Groomed directly by Swami Rama, one of the greatest sages of the Himalayas, Dr Vijay Dhasmana, the Vice Chancellor of the SRHU, oversees daily activities at what is the largest medical campus in the state of Uttarakhand. He speaks to India Empire magazine’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty in an interview from Dehradun

Under the Ayushman scheme launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, the hospital has treated the ‘maximum number patients’ in the country. Recently the Ayushman Authority awarded a gold card in recognition of Himalayan Hospital providing quality patient care to people covered under the Ayushman scheme.


The SRHU was initially envisioned as a service-dedicated organization with a spiritual and social core. How do you strike a balance between spiritual wisdom, community outreach and worldly teaching in the University’s day-to-day functioning?

We all are products of love. By birth we are spiritual. As we grow, we forget it. To strike a balance in day-to-day functioning I try to implement my Gurudev’s philosophy. In one of his interviews he said “Deho Devalaya Proktah, Jeevo Dev Sanatana”. This human body is the highest of all shrines and the inner dweller, Atma, is the deva. If I don’t adore God in you, then going to a temple is mere hypocrisy. Therefore, if we really want to serve God we need to serve our fellow beings in whichever way we can.

In our campus, Gurudev installed a statue of Buddha between the Hospital and Medical College. That statute of Buddha is to remind all of us that there is knowledge on one hand and suffering on the other. Our knowledge should be utilized to alleviate the suffering. Gurudev taught all of us by leading the way.

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