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Recited to Brain Injury

A ‘treatment’ - requiring the chanting of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra for patients suffering from

A ‘treatment’ - requiring the chanting of the Mahamrityunjaya mantra for patients suffering from severe brain injury - was approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research, the apex body formulating scientific medical research in India, a report by Tushar Dhara in The Caravan reveals.

The study, which was performed on patients suffering from severe brain injury undergoing treatment at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi, required for the Mahamrityunjaya chant to be recited 1.25 lakh times to them over a period of seven days.

The Study
40 patients, who were divided into two groups of twenty, and were in a state of severe coma were observed in the study. The mantras were recited to only one of the groups.

The prayers were commenced within 24 hours of the injury, says the report.

The medical outcomes of both groups were compared to measure the impact of intercessory prayer on patients with severe brain injury.

It’s also worth mentioning that the project, conducted from October 2016 to April 2019 at the RML hospital for nearly three years by Dr. Ashok Kumar was earlier rejected by the AIIMS ethics committee, where Dr. Kumar had worked then, as being ‘unscientific’.

The Final Results
Although the final results of the study are being compiled, the author of the study, Dr. Kumar has gone on record to claim that “patients for whom intercessory prayer was done showed a dramatic improvement in the Glasgow coma scale and the functional independence measure.”

But Dr. Ajay Choudhary, who is Kumar’s project guide and the head of neurology at the hospital, has been diplomatic in his response to the report. “The preliminary results don’t emphatically indicate that intercessory prayer helped, but till the final results are in, it cannot be ruled out,” he says.

The subject of intercessory prayers and their impact on the brain has earlier too been the subject of discussion. A study by Nimhans too attempted to find out the impact of the Gayatri mantra, while another, found that Gayatri mantra helps students in improving scores. However, a study being performed on severe brain injury just seems to have heightened the stakes.
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