London’s Devashishu Torpy visited Perth for a number of free lectures and meditation workshops. The 50-year-old has been meditating since of the age of nine and has found that it benefits him in all aspects of life. An accomplished actor, playwright and speaker, his Perth metropolitan tour was an exclusive, being the only place he spoke in Australia after a nearby visit to Bali.
Devashishu learnt meditation under at age of nine from teacher Sri Chinmoy who was one of the first Indians to give a lecture at the University of WA (one of the venues Devashishu spoke at) way back in 1976 in Winthrop Hall.
“I find it gives me a lot of inner peace as well as happiness and energy,” commented Devashishu on his love for meditation.
He uses the skill in many situations. He has acted in front of royalty, performed in front of rock stars and has also visited and lectured in over fifty countries around the world, sharing his insights into the meditation lifestyle.
Known for his disarming humour and wisdom, participants learnt practical techniques such as breathing and concentration, how to live more in the heart, and heard stories and anecdotes from his multifaceted life including the political division in his own country, a meeting with Mother Teresa and his Indian-born father sculpting a bust for Nelson Mandela.
“I really enjoyed Perth. It has been so cold in Europe this winter and I loved the West Australian coastline and getting to talk about meditation which is something very close to my heart,” he said.
He gave lectures at the law firm Bennett and Co, Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and his weekend workshop in Subiaco was attended by a crowd of 247 people. Afterwards he relaxed and visited the beautiful Caversham Wildlife Park where he spent time handling and petting koalas, wombats and kangaroos but understandably, wholeheartedly rejected the opportunity to hold a native python!