Ācārya Balkrishna, a great scholar of Āyurveda, sanskrit language and grammar, and the Vedas, was born to Smt. Sumitra Devi and Shri Jay Vallabh.
A simple and unassuming versatile genius, he is the chief architect of the visionary planning of Swami Ramdev. Equally well versed in Yoga and Āyurveda, he is an able and sincere collaborator in all the projects and ventures launched by Swami Ramdevji, ever since their chance meeting in the Gangotri caves.
Balkrishnaji studied Sāṅkhya yoga, Āyurveda, Sanskrit language, Pāṇini’s Aṣṭādhyāyī, Vedas, Upaniṣads and Indian philosophy under the guidance of Ācārya Shri Baldevji in the Gurukul at Kalwa (near Jind, Haryana) and obtained his postgraduate (Ācārya) degree from, Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi.
During his journey and austere penance in the Himalayas he was able to explore four rare and extinct aṣṭavarga plants used as ingredients in the preparation of cyavanaprāśa, an āyurvedic tonic. He is also credited with discovering the sañjīvanī būtī of legendary fame. As the head of all the medical institutions and chikitsalayas (Hospitals and clinics) functioning under the aegis of Patañjali Yogpeeth he is mainly focused on the research and development of Āyurveda to make it complete successfully with the modern medical science. He has been able to cure lacs of patients at his Brahmakalpa Chikitsalaya of a number of stubborn, chronic and incurable diseases like diabetes, rheumatism, osteo-arthritis, gout (rheumatism and arthritis), migraine, cervical spondylitis, respiratory disorders, asthma, cancer, nervous disorder, heart disease, brain diseases, etc. Yoga and Āyurveda have combined wonderfully in the treatment of these diseases at a very nominal/ affordable price.These successful treatments have been documented by Ācāryaji in his renowned book: Yoga In Synergy With Medicial Science. Another very popular book written by him is Aushadh Darshan, a handy pharmacopeia of ayurvedic and home remedies.
At the Department of Medical Science In Yoga & Āyurveda at Patañjali Yogpeeth, Hardwar, he has got a team of 70 physicians to assist him. Besides, more than a thousand vaidyas (āyurvedic physicians) in India and abroad are treating patients under his guidance. With a view to ensuring the efficacy of āyurvedic treatment it was necessary to make pure and high quality medicines available to patients at an affordable price.
Ācāryaji took up the challenge and founded Divya Pharmacy where Āyurvedic medicines with national and international certifications are manufactured with modern packaging. To ensure that only genuine ingredients are used in the Divya Pharmacy medicines, Patañjali Herbal Park grows 450 medicinal plants (some of them very rare) under the overall supervision of Ācāryaji. As a part of swamiji’s Bharat Svabhiman Movement’s emphasis on using swadeshi goods, things of daily use like tooth powder, tooth paste, hair oil, soap, shampoo, beauty creams etc. are produced in Divya Pharmacy & Patañjali Ayurved Ltd. with Āyurvedic ingredients and Āyurvedic formulas.
Another aspect of his multi-faceted genius and personality is his knowledge and experience in the managerial, administrative and engineering fields, which has been admired by one and all in India and abroad. The awesomely impressive look and layout of Patañjali Yogpeeth buildings is a living testimony to his grand futuristic concepts.
His editorial skills can be seen in Yog Sandesh where as Chief Editor he is propagating yoga and āyurveda for the mental, physical and spiritual health of people. All his activities are inspired by this dictum of Bhagavad Gītā:
"kāmaye duḥkhataptānāṁ prāṇināmārtināśanam".
Besides, he has edited/ collaborated/ authored books like Āyurved : Its Principles & Philosophies, Secrets Of Indian Herbs, Vitality Strengthening Astavarga Plants, Vaidika Nityakarma Vidhi, Yogadars´ana, Sant Darshan and Bhakti Gitanjali.
By devoting himself to the service of humanity in many ways, round the clock, he has become a true karmayogī.