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Spirituality & Medicine

I frequently synthesize my thoughts alongside like-minded co-authors / cardiologists to explore the intersection of spirituality and medicine, a space we feel is ubiquitous at each patient’s bedside we are privileged to care for.

Here is a “living” collection (cf. a living systematic review) of our work.

Religiosity / spirituality as a medical prescription

Religiosity/spirituality, at its core, deals with the health of the mind, and in parallel with the exercises required to maintain a healthy body, the goal of religiosity/spirituality is to prescribe activities in order to maintain a healthy mind.

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Religious / spirituality as a medical prescription by Dr. Ankur Kalra
The physician and the monk by Dr. Ankur Kalra, MD
The Physician and the Monk

The monk replied, ‘Most importantly, I learned the value of only staying focused to one's own intended action; the Bhagavad Gita calls it Karmayoga. If we can all train ourselves to say what we think, and do what we say (alignment of thought, word, and action), and offer all our doings (actions) for the greater good, detaching ourselves from the results of our actions, there may never be burnout, depression, and suicide.'

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Bhagavad Gita, dichotomy of control and metric medicine: the conflict of burnout

The charioteer Krishna (right), the Personality of Godhead having a dialogue with prince Arjuna (left) during a righteous war. The narrative of Krishna–Arjuna dialogues forms the 700-verse scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, ‘The Song by God’, and covers a broad range of spiritual topics, including a myriad of ethical dilemmas and philosophical issues encompassing human life.

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Bhagavad gita, dichotomy of control and metric medicine. The conflict of burnout by Dr. Ankur Kalra, MD
Saving Hearts and Changing Lives.

My non-profit organization dedicated to cardiovascular medicine research and education.
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Heart, mind, and soul. Spirituality in cardiovascular medicine by Dr. Ankur Kalra, MD
Heart, mind, and soul: spirituality in cardiovascular medicine

Spirituality and faith often provide an overarching philosophy that permeate all facets of life, including cultural and moral norms, which impact perception of health and disease, lifestyle, and habits, as well as healthcare choices (such as injunctions to avoid certain treatments that oppose spiritual/religious beliefs).

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COVID-19 and the healthcare workers

Krishna the charioteer, steering Arjuna, the famous archer, during the Kurukshetra War. In what would come to be known as the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna enlightened Arjuna on his dharma—the inherent order of reality that is nurtured by right thought and action

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Covid-19 and the healthcare workers by Dr. Ankur Kalra, MD
schadenfreude. Does the desire to success at all cost result in a detriment to the individuals soul by Dr. Ankur Kalra, MD.
Schadenfreude: Does the desire to succeed at all cost result in a detriment to the individual’s soul?

What is the intention or purpose of the sense of Schadenfreude? Perhaps it goes back to the deeply-rooted culture of cultivating ‘the best’; when several ambitious, intelligent, focused, and goal-oriented individuals are put together to work in one department or division, the innate reflexes come to the fore.

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