<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 145th birth anniversary of spiritual leader Aurobindo was celebrated here today, with people from various parts of the country paying homage at his memorial here. Devotees performed meditation before the memorials of Aurobindo and his spiritual mentor “The Mother” at Aurobindo Ashram, established in 1926 by the revolutionary turned philosopher. The devotees were also let into the room where Aurobindo had carried out his spiritual experiments. Aurobindo promoted integral yoga and established the Ashram in 1926. He breathed his last on December 5, 1950.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today said programmes to mark international yoga day on June 21 in Uttarakhand should not be Dehradun-centric but should be held at all places of tourist and religious interest throughout the state. Rawat, who held a meeting with officials to review preparations for the event, asked them to organise yoga sessions not just in Dehradun but at all places of tourist, religious and cultural importance in the state besides unexplored areas which can generate tourist interest but have not been promoted internationally as a destination. “It will help popularise as yet unexplored spots of natural beauty as new tourist destinations,” he said. Govindghat, Hemkund Sahib, Triveni Ghat and banks of the Ganga where Ganga aarti is performed should also host yoga sessions on the day, he said. June 15-21 will be observed as yoga week during which a “Walk For Yoga” will be held with ministers and officials participating in it to inspire more and more people to incorporate yoga into their lives, he said. Spiritual organisations associated with yoga like Parmartha Niketan, Gurukul Kangdi and Shantikunj also attended the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prahlad Damodardas Modi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, visited the Aurobindo Ashram here with his family, today. Prahlad Modi spent around 15 minutes sitting in meditation at the memorials of Aurobindo and his spiritual collaborator, The Mother, ashram sources told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who was set to reach Tawang today has been forced to change his schedule due to bad weather, and will now reach Bomdila by evening. The Tibetan Spiritual lead was set to leave Guwahati by a chopper, but the inclement weather has forced him to travel by road and change his stop to Bomdila, where he will make a public appearance tomorrow. After staying there for two days, he will proceed to Tawang. After several hours of thundershowers, members of Tibetan refugee community of Monpas and residents of the northwestern town of Arunachal Pradesh were out of their homes to clean the road to welcome their spiritual leader. Tawang monastery, a place where Dalai Lama is going to stay for next four days is decorated with religious flags and coloured clothes with mantras inscribed on them. In 1959, along with thousands of supporters the spiritual leader escaped from China and crossed over at Chuthangmu post. On global stage, China has repeatedly warned India that Dalai Lama?s visit would hit the bilateral ties significantly. Dressed in traditional costumes, around 800 monks will welcome their spiritual leader Dalai Lama in the 400 year old monastery which is India?s largest and world?s second largest. During his visit he is also expected to hold a religious discourse at the stadium of Tawang?s senior secondary school and will also deliver a public talk on ?Secular Ethics and Happiness? at the Kala Wangpo Convention Centre. On April 9, he will be inaugurating the Thupsung Dhargeyling Monastery. Security arrangements are also deployed by the Arunachal Pradesh Police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) to avoid any unwelcomed tensions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday announced that the state government would give land free of cost to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living to open a spiritual centre.Let the spiritual guru inspire the people to remove Jharkhand’s poverty, Das said while speaking at Ravi Shankar s programme, according to an official release here. “One’s development would happen only when one is physically, mentally and ideally strong and then the state would develop,” he said, adding it would be realised only with the inspiration of Ravi Shankar. Thw Spiritual leader called upon Naxals to join mainstream of society for the sake of Jharkhand s development and development of poor people. “If you are fighting for social justice and development of poor people shun bullet and adopt ballot, your mission would be fulfilled”, he said while addressing a gathering at Golf ground here this evening.”In Jharkhand naxal incidents have come down sharply. Hardly 10% have been left in state. I request naxals whosoever are left come to mainstream of society and contribute in proper utilization of Jharkhand s mineral resources for the development of state as well as for the uplift of poor people”, he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual leader and Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today reiterated his offer to facilitate a dialogue between the government and the naxalites. Saying he was available to both sides, Ravi Shankar said when he came to Jharkhand 10-years ago he had given a call to the naxalites to shun bullet. Now several naxalites had surrendered, he said. Recalling that visit a decade ago, Ravi Shankar shared how a DIG ranked officer then was in tears because the naxalites had killed 21 policemen the previous day. Ravi Shankar, who has already offered his mediation on March 1 in Bhopal, said that spiritualism can play a role in bringing peace as people following spiritualism have no prejudice. Compassion is there and without compassion spiritualism doesn t happen, he added. When asked about ideology, Ravi Shankar said there were three types of naxalites—-one is ideology, second is to extract money and third is to make money.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When we think of a doctor, the image of a person with a lab coat and stethoscope comes to mind. Or take a scientist; the image is of a person lost among test tubes in a lab. The stereotype of a person on a spiritual path is that of a peaceful person with maybe a halo around their head. But spiritual people are just like you and me, the only difference being their passion toward finding happiness. So here’s disentangling some of the myths and misunderstandings about a spiritual person.Spiritual people don’t drink or swearThere is a difference between spirituality and morality. While moral values dictate terms for a disciplined life, spirituality defines the way to live life. It shows how to live a happy life and make the most of our time on this planet. Drinking or swearing does not make you any less spiritual but may fall short of the moral code set by people.Spiritual people don’t enjoy lifeThe misconception about people on a spiritual path is that they do not take joy in small pleasures, that frivolity and having fun is not something they enjoy, or that their life is about silence and a sense of self-control. This is in fact the opposite to how true spiritual people are. They are open, free, and enjoy even the smallest of joys like having a cone of ice cream.Spiritual people are detached from the worldPeople believe that on the path of spirituality, there is no attachment to people and their possessions, and that their emotions towards their house burning down or a wedding of a close one are neutral as they are supposed to be detached from them. In fact, spiritual people take active interest in the lives of their loved ones and are part of their joys and sorrows. They en every emotion and do not go emotionally overboard.Spiritual people have no desires and lead a spartan lifeIt is assumed that spiritual people need to live a simple life with no luxury because a poorer way of life is traditionally equated with being highly spiritual. But the cornerstones of spirituality include the feeling of abundance and prosperity. Others believe that spiritual people look down upon earning money, and this has led to setting low goals for success and wealth creation. This does not imply that greediness is acceptable. A spiritual person is one who can live a luxurious life or a spartan life but remains the same at his or her core.Spiritual people experience pain and grief in lifeThey are supposed to be perennially in a state of calm with nothing affecting them. Fear, anxiety and stress are said to be non-existent in their life and that their life is a bed of roses. This is completely untrue as life throws the same experiences of happiness, pain, joy, loss and love towards everyone, it is the ability to deal with them that sets people apart. Spiritual people are often seen as happy people as they have learnt the art of living life, that is to accept whatever comes their way and experience every emotion to the fullest. Adi Shankaracharya, the greatest of philosophers and a monk too shed a tear when he lost his mother.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spiritual heads of various shrines and religious leaders from across the country would converge at the first ‘peace conference’ organised by Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisty educational and charitable trust in Ajmer on March 5. Aimed at promoting peace, nationalism and religious harmony, the conference would be attended by religious heads of all the major shrines of the country including from Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia, Delhi and Maner Shrif, Bihar among others. Hindu religious leaders have also been invited for the conference which will have different sessions with the agenda to promote nationalism and religious harmony among youth by the spiritual leaders, organisers of the event said. The speakers will discuss that what role can be played by the spiritual leaders to promote tolerance and spiritual insights aligned with the concept of nationalism, human rights and diversity. “The role of the religious leaders in empowering society and women and promoting economic equality will also be taken up for the discussion in the conference,” Naseruddin Chishty, secretary of the trust, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 50,000 students from 400 schools today sang Vande Mataram, the national song of India, during an event held here. Speaking in the occasion, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said this is for the first time in the history of the state when 51,000 students sang Vande Mataram in one voice at a programme. The ‘Voice of Unity’ programme, organised by Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation in Tau Devi Lal Stadium, was a preface to the four-day Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair to be held from February 2 to 5 in Leisure Valley ground. Khattar, while addressing the students and senior district administration officials, said before this event, about 18,000 students had chanted verses from Gita in the International Gita Jayanti Festival organised in Kurukshetra. Khattar also launched a Rs 102-crore project for up-gradation and reconstruction of 31 roads in Municipal Corporation area and HUDA sectors near sector 40 in Gurgaon. These works would be started after February 15 and completed before beginning of monsoon to help smoothen the traffic in the city, he said. He asked to inculcate feeling of unity and patriotism among all countrymen and urged youths to take an oath that they will always keep national interest in the fore front. He administered a pledge in this regard to the participants. Khattar said, “We Indians worship the nature, the rivers, animals and even consider the earth our motherland. We talk of universality and think of universal well being of mankind. We take the whole world as one family (Vasudhev Kutumbkam)”. He said now other countries have started giving recognition to Indian ideology which preaches conservation of natural resources. India has capability to lead the world. Referring to those working to divide the society on one ground or the other, Khattar said the 2.50 crore population of Haryana was considered as a family, however, some political persons wanted to divide the state for their vote bank and vested interests. Nevertheless, they won’t succeed in their designs when the people would follow the principle of ‘Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek’, he said. Khattar announced to give Rs 11 lakh to the event’s organisers and a holiday on the occasion of Basant Panchami on February 1 to all the participating schools.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)