25 year anniversary 25 years of dedication to providing health and life
Bad Ems, March 2018
On February 24, the eyes of the Ayurveda world once again turned to Bad Ems. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, celebrated in a fitting manner with more than 200 invited guests in Häcker’s Grand Hotel.
Much praise from renowned guests
This was a worthy ambiance for a great event. After all, during its 300-year history, the historic building – recently restored elaborately – has already accommodated emperors and Russian tsars, along with celebrities like Goethe. For 25 years now, Lothar and Karin Pirc, husband and wife, have run the Ayurvedic clinic here in Bad Ems, attracting people in search of health and rejuvenation from all over the world.
On this evening, mostly politicians and renowned Ayurveda representatives had arrived on the occasion of the anniversary and found words of praise for the Health Centre and Ayurveda. Many a guest of honor also expressed their desire for greater popularity of Ayurvedic medicine in Germany, including the Indian Consul General Pratibha Parkar, who wished for greater support from health insurance companies, so that more people could benefit from Ayurveda.
Also the president of the German Ayurveda Society, Dr. Ulrich Bauhofer, M.D., in his ceremonial address called for greater recognition of Ayurveda and referred to the opportunities for health and society: “This is the knowledge of the laws of life, the knowledge of what is beneficial for us.” And: “The aim is always to maintain physical and mental balance through effective prevention and holistic therapy, in order to age in sound health.”
Doctor Karin Pirc also emphasized Ayurveda’s immense potential for prevention and cure: “With the help of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, illnesses can be diagnosed much earlier than with the means available to conventional medicine.”
The successful road to 25.000 guests
The benefits of Ayurveda were asserted by television presenter Nandini Mitra, who, like other celebrities, is a steady guest at the spa clinic and who likes to identify herself as a convinced fan of Ayurveda. With great charm and humor, she led the guests in the best mood through a successful evening, with a mix of songs from the local choir, classical music, and cabaret interludes.
During the podium talk, Ms. Mitra got the hosts to talk about many interesting and personal details from the history of the Health Centre. For example, the Centre’s beginnings had been anything but easy. “We were pretty naive when we embarked on this project,” admitted founder Lothar Pirc. Poor food, traffic noise, and financial hurdles all had to be conquered – which was achieved, fortunately, through much creativity, perseverance, and zeal. The success has vindicated the initiative: Over 25 years, some 25,000 guests have traveled to Bad Ems to witness and experience top-level Ayurveda right in the middle of Germany.
Also for the spa town of Bad Ems, the Ayurveda clinic has proved to be a real blessing: “They have brought guests here from distant lands, guided the kurhouse into calmer waters and ensured its fourth star,” Mayor Berny Abt said during his address. In times when numerous spa clinics in Germany had to close their doors as a result of health care reform, Lothar Pirc and Karin Pirc came out on top. By maintaining first-class quality, they made the former kurhouse into what it is today: Europe’s leading private clinic for Ayurvedic treatments.
Ready for the future
In the future, Lothar and Karin Pirc, together with their son Aurel Christ, who is also a medical doctor and who received his parents’ Ayurvedic knowledge from an early age, will continue to work for the dissemination and recognition of this medicine. Scientific studies documenting healing successes in the clinic are to contribute to this.
Finally, Dr. Karin Pirc provided a great surprise with the presentation of Lothar Pirc’s autobiography “The Blessing of the Maharishi – The Wonderful Story of My Life,” hot off the press. The life story of Lothar Pirc allows everyone to immerse themselves in distant worlds and an exciting life. The book, which has just been published, was given to the speakers as a token of gratitude.
Finally, the good-humored guests were treated to vegetarian-Ayurvedic gourmet appetizers from the clinic’s own kitchen before the hosts brought the festive evening to a close with dance music.