Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How to lead a serene life

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Renowned life science practitioners explain how to lead a better, more enriched life says SUJITH KRISHNAN

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A thought-provoking discourse on leading a life free from worry and stress was organiSed by Brahma Kumaris in late July at the Chisholm Institute in the greater city of Dandenong. Two prominent speakers took centrestage. Sr Chakradhari, fondly known as ‘Didi’, Director of Brahma Kumaris Russia, travels the world attempting to empower people. Charlie Hogg, Director of Brahma Kumaris Australia is a specialist who incorporates teachings from the east and west, having spent nearly forty years explaining the nuances of Raja Yoga meditation.

The noble objective of Brahma Kumaris, with over fifty locations in Australia, is to present the community a divine opportunity to deepen the understanding of universally proclaimed religious principles, and gain an extensive knowledge of spirituality which, according to them, is an individual’s ability to feel ‘connected’ in order to discover the true meaning and purpose in life.

I was surprised to walk into a hall close to full capacity, this being an apparent indication of how distraught the community has become today.

We live in times of perplexity with stress and worry having a strong bearing on our everyday lives since it is the amalgamation of these two elements that deprive us of positive energy, thereby stifling our ability to cope with anxiety. Moreover, rumbling negative thoughts within our minds are the root cause behind the insecurities with which we are confronted.

According to Hogg, man has developed a tendency to be critical of almost every aspect in life whilst completely ruling out the affirmative, and it is this negative trait that leads to a feeling of relentless inadequacy and anxiety in an individual – an accurate assessment of the society that has developed a sharp inclination towards uninspiring and downbeat stories.

Said Hogg, “The role of spirituality is to invest in positivity where nothing but only quality thoughts prevail. Moreover, people remain worried because they fear the outcome of a situation, but meditation offers a means to overcome this barrier of negativity and discover peace within.”

He concluded by saying, “In an uncertain future, we have to take more responsibility to develop the practice of improving the quality of our thoughts.”

While Hogg’s oration revolved around worry, Didi’s discourse centred on living a life free from stress. In the utmost tranquil manner imaginable, Didi began by explaining why man is no different from animals in these mystified times because while animals cannot smile, man who is constantly anxious today, fails to smile as well. Therefore, we both are from the same species.

She said that our mind is governed by four thoughts – positive, necessary, negative and wasteful, with the last two elements dominating our mind and corresponding action. “We all have positive energy within ourselves that we fail to recognise and put to good use; but if we learn to do so, it can have an overwhelming impact on our lives. We need to choose our thoughts wisely refraining from negative views because we are the sole masters of our mental state,” said Didi.

She concluded by adding that we must strive to upkeep our original form of peace, happiness and divinity, which can be achieved only by following spirituality.

The evening was also interspersed with a few short spells of Raja Yoga meditation which helped create a feeling of calm amongst the audience. For those interested, a full-fledged meditative session is scheduled for August 18 and 25 from 2–4pm in Building J, Room #106 at the Chisholm institute.

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