Sri Dhanvantari appears in the Vedas as the father of all healing, carrying healing nectar. Sri Dhanvantari is an incarnation of the preserver energy, Vishnu. The Su Darshana Chakra, the disc you see on our materials, is Vishnu’s protective discus, symbolizing peace, protection, and prosperity. The ancient Vedic culture of Asia was the progenitor of modern-day India and Thailand, which is why we honor Sri Dhanvantari as the original source of Thai-Yoga Bodywork.
The Thai Medical tradition is descended from Ayurveda. Sri Jivaka Kumar Baccha, the physician to the Buddha, is considered the father of Thai-Yoga Bodywork. His teachings, along with Buddhism, came from India to Thailand and have been handed down from master to student since, as well as among the common people as a folk art.
A Verse From the Srimad Bhagavatam
O King, thereafter, while the sons of Kasyapa, both demons and demigods, were engaged in churning the ocean of milk, a very wonderful male person appeared. He was strongly built; his arms were long, stout and strong; his neck, which was marked with three lines, resembled a conchshell; his eyes were reddish; and his complexion was blackish. He was very young, he was garlanded with flowers, and his entire body was fully decorated with various ornaments.
He was dressed in yellow garments and wore brightly polished earrings made of pearls. The tips of his hair were anointed with oil, and his chest was very broad. His body had all good features, he was stout and strong like a lion, and he was decorated with bangles. In his hand he carried a jug filled to the top with nectar. This person was Dhanvantari, a plenary portion of a plenary portion of Lord Visnu. He was very conversant with the science of medicine.
Canto 8, Ch. 8, Text 31-34
Translated by His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada