You can choose any person from history to teach you any topic you want. Who’s your teacher, and what do they teach you?
More than 2,500 years ago, an Indian doctor named Shivago Komarpaj, was said to have been the physician to the Buddha and his sangha, or community. He believed everything had healing properties, whether weeds, the soil or rocks that don’t seem to have any medicinal properties at all. He is also considered as the Father of traditional Thai medicine.
So if there is any person in history I would like to have as my teacher, to teach me any topic I want, it’s him. I’d like him to teach me how to bring about the union of mind, body and spirit whether through bodywork or in combination with herbal medicine, nutrition, meditation, exercise and always, incorporating the world around us.
Many Thai massage practitioners honor Father Shivago, or the Father Doctor, as he is called, with a prayer or mantra, like this one recited by one of my teachers, Jack Chaiya.