Guest speakers at Lonavla camp – Jan 3 – 10, 2019

A special feature of the National Spiritual Camp in Lonavala, held between January 3 and 9, was short talks by guest speakers. They were drawn from the participants only. Everyone of them was very effective and all found these sessions a source of valuable learning.

The five speakers were as follows:
On Jan 5, Dr Piyul Mukherjee 
  Topic:- Missing I in MBA. 
On Jan 6, Nandakishore Mahapatra 
  Topic:- Journey of a Sadhaka. 
On Jan 7, Gopalakrishna K.S.
  Topic:- Yoga as a Way to Spiritual Progress. 
  On Jan 8, Radhakrishna Chilukuri
  Topic:- Remembering 
  Swami Chinmayānanda 
On Jan 9, Mahesh S. Rao
  Topic… Management and Spirituality.

Dr Piyul Mukherjee
Gopalakrishna K.S
Nandakishore Mahapatra
Radhakrishna Chilukuri
Mahesh S. Rao
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A Vibrant Event under DHIMAHI

They were all 18 year old, students of Jyoti Dalal School of Liberal Arts, under the deemed university NMIMS (Narsee Monji Institute of Management Sciences) in Mumbai. Young women and men – from different parts of the country – engaged Swamiji in “talk and interaction”, moderated by their very able dean Prof. Uma Narain. The fabulous infrastructure of the campus seemed to be matched by academic excellence.

The topic was HAPPINESS. Time flew by. Two hours went very fast that morning of November 16. Swamiji highlighted the open secret that happiness is ours if, in any activity, we invest in the process and not lose our energy in getting anxious about the outcome. Happiness is, in fact, our true nature but it eludes us when our thoughts run away to the unborn future. Putting our heart and soul into the work on hand, and giving our best, is the key to our best performance as well. The students asked a lot of practical questions. Swamiji was accompanied by Sudhir Seth, Dolly Seth, Anil Khanna and a few more key members of Fowai Forum. Below picture speaks all about it.

(DHIMAHI = Deriving Holistic Insights
into Management from the Heritage of India.)

Holistic Insights for All-round Success – Tips for Happy Life – Talk on Jan 8, 2019

On Jan 8th, 2019, Swami Chidananda and Commander Guruprasad addressed defence personnel on the topic “Holistic Insights for All-round Success – Tips for Happy Life. There were more than 150 officers and their ladies who attended this motivational talk with great interest. Swamiji advised the youth to strive hard and always put in 100% effort in every worthy task that they take up. He also stressed the importance of teamwork for success and quoted one or two verses from the Gita, while emphasizing that these were universal truths irrespective of belief in God.

Overall the session was very well received and was a much needed step in the right direction for the defence personnel whose lives are often fraught with danger as they perform their duty in the defence of their motherland.

Talk at a Govt School in Saket, Dec 11, 2018

On Dec 11 th, 2018 Swamiji addressed class 8th of a Govt School in Saket, New Delhi on Focus and talk was as informative as filled with inquisitive inquiries almost in equal measure.

Young boys numbering around 40 lapped the info with rapt attention and were unstoppable with inquiries at end of lecture consuming all available time allocated by school.photo-2018-12-12-06-45-32

Sociology and Law by Dr. Piyul Mukherjee on December 3, 2018

 

On 3rd of December during the same trip, Piyul Mukherjee of the AUPA team addressed first year students of law, at the MP Law College, on the need for the subject of ‘Sociology’, and for all of us to pay attention to the working of human society.  What appears to be existing by itself, was often needed to be understood systematically. The more we paid heed to social institutions – such as family, education, governments, the more we would understand the workings of concepts such as ‘power’, ‘dominance’, ‘inequality’, ‘class’ and ‘caste’. Since each of us was a member of society, the task was often ‘reflexive’ – we needed to study objectively, something that we were part of, ourselves.

The Contours of Law and Morality in Indian Society – Aurangabad, Dec 2, 2018

 

Situated in the Deccan heartland, Aurangabad is a vibrant city of over a million inhabitants, with a history that can be traced back a thousand years. It is a well known tourism hub.

Aurangabad is also the seat of a permanent bench of the Bombay High Court, with over 18 judges and  1000 practising advocates.

This December, Swami Chidananda as the Chief Guest, delivered the Late Adv. Vishnupant Adwant Memorial endowment lecture. Held at an auditorium in the MP Law College, the jampacked audience of members of the judiciary, the Police Commissioner, senior office bearers of the municipal corporation including the Mayor’s office, and the staff and students of the college paid rapt and absorbed attention.

Swamiji, in his inimitable and lucid way, discussed ‘The Contours of Law and Morality in Indian Society’, drawing the attention of the august audience to the fact that while ‘laws’ may be of professional interest to those involved in the legal profession, ‘laws’ were made by lawmakers, who were in fact entrusted by society –  and that, ultimately both law and morality was of interest to all humanity.

Over time and throughout history, there was always a divergence and a difference of opinion in the interpretation of laws. Taking the example of Bhagat Singh, Swamiji pointed out that while we Indians saw him as a freedom fighter, the British saw him as a terrorist –  it appeared as if the eyes of morality and the eyes of law tended to go in opposite directions. In the name of religions, the world had seen bloodshed. Divisions drove strife between nations, between religions,  and even between families and human beings.

Swamiji quoted Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen Master who has said that miracles were not in flying or in walking on water. The real miracle was in walking on earth with peace in the heart.

On an earlier evening, Swamiji met and interacted with a select gathering of the elite professionals of Aurangabad, where he spoke a few words on ‘Wisdom for Right Action’. In  spite of increasing comforts, of modern science and technology, we were divided by strife and conflicts. In a world of ever increasing knowledge, there was a shortage apparently, of wisdom. Drawing an analogy with a tree, Swamiji showed that the beauty and life of the tree was to be found both in its new shoots and leaves (the new technologies of the world), and in the old roots (the ancient, time-tested wisdom). Wisdom was to be found in all schools of thought across religions, be it Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Sufi traditions.

Swamiji suggested that we dig deeper, even into wisdom, and make note that all thoughts, words, actions and indeed, wisdom, stemmed from Consciousness.

And advanced spirituality was when we could take a second look at ourselves, in the spirit of self-inquiry. Only when we would be free of all biases – religious, regional, political; when we would not expend all our energies on the ‘outside’ senses, would we be able to see all humanity as one.

Quoting Sri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita: swadharme nidhanam shreyaha paradharmo bhayawaha (3/35)…  Swamiji asked that we discover where our true skills lie. To find out our true temperament, and not get carried away by fancies or passing fads.

The erudite and well-read Police Commissioner of Aurangabad, Chiranjeev Prasad later appreciatively commented that he was very happy to hear Swamiji’s interpretation of the shloka, since it has often been misrepresented in a narrow manner that suggests one should follow only one’s own religion, and stay away from other religions.

The AUPA event was extremely well received and covered extensively across local newspapers at Aurangabad. The links to the talks can be found on Swamiji’s FaceBook that is run by the AUPA team.

DHIMAHI team at a School in Delhi

DHIMAHI team conducted a session at a School in Delhi titled ‘ Hum Honge Kamyab’ in the third week of April 2018.

Cdr Guruprasad and respected Swamiji steered the interactive session. There were apprehensions how these boys of 9th and 10th standards  would receive and respond to the  presentation on the subject  “ Hum Honge Kaamyab“ .

However,  soon after the start, the cute students listened with rapt attention and engaged with us like  fish takes to water. Post session interaction proved that the points were well received.

We look forward to more such talks with students. Dhimahi – Aupa thanks Col. R. S. Dahiya and Teach India for providing us this platform to connect to the students.

A VISIT TO AN INSPIRING WORK PLACE

Shri Mohan Hejamadi, Smt Dolly Seth and I visited the two organizations under one roof – “Chanakya and Anvishiki (CA)” and “Atma-Darshan (AD)”.
This was on Wednesday February 28, 2018. Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, the famous author of “Corporate Chanakya” and other titles was personally present.
Smt Surekha Pillai, his wife and the chief of AD, joined him in welcoming us. Being a wonderfully designed office, with a lot of symbolic significance at every corner of the interior design, this place seemed to keep all the staff there inspired. We learnt that they are following a number of noble values and good ethical policies. I spoke to the staff on the joy of “service before self”, which is the gist of KARMA YOGA as taught by Sri Krishna in the Geeta. In short, our visit helped us see a pair of companies that were doing well, anchored in principles and going by spiritual guidelines.

Leadership, ethics and Transformation.

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LEADERSHIP, ETHICS AND TRANSFORMATION
Perspectives from Indian Ethos

DHIMAHI, the wing of AUPA that engages with the corporate and academic world, had a delightful time on Sunday 17 September, 2017. We were amidst 50 students and the faculty of the class of MA – Leadership Science – at the University of Bombay, Kalina Campus.

A warm welcome was given by Dr Shubhda Joshi, who is spearheading this course with her long and impressive academic years of experiences and contributions. A young and vibrant Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, director of this course introduced Swamiji in an efficacious style.

Swami Chidananda spoke to the students on Leadership, Ethics and Transformation, perspectives  from Indian ethos.

His presentation dwelled on the philosophical implications of ethics in leadership. Swamiji gave ample examples from the wisdom texts of India. He especially pointed to the cardinal values – satya, ahimsa and brahmacharya – and said violation of these are sure to damage the holistic beauty of leadership. Lying, hurting people and getting enslaved to pleasure and comfort were the forms in which one would violate the cardinal values. He listed the values which can be effectively incorporated by the leaders enriching them with ethical and holistic vision of life. QA followed the speech.

The session was followed by a delicious lunch along with the faculty members and the students. It was an effective and well-organised event.
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Please watch the live video of this talk which has been uploaded on AUPA website.

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