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Around 1,000 people from all over Ireland came together to meditate in Dublin for #IrelandMeditates. Prof. Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University (DCU) was gracious in his welcome, while Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Sandeep Kumar highlighted the role of Art of Living bringing Ireland and India together.
Addressed the international conference on Child Dignity at the Vatican. Cardinal Parolin, H M The Queen of Sweden & H H Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy PM of UAE & other dignitaries participated. #childdignity
I am here in Italy at the invitation of The Vatican to address a conference. Met with H.H. Pope Francis this afternoon.
Often, those who have power do not have patience and those who have patience are powerless. If you have both patience and power, you can make any mediation successful. Gave an address on 'From Meditation to Mediation' at the European Parliament (EP) and had fruitful discussions with two Vice Presidents of the EP, Ms. Mairead McGuinness and Ms. Katarina Barley. Also met the Ex-President of EPP Mr. Jerzy Buzek amongst other MEPs. #conflictresolution #meditation #mediation
Our youth should know what sacrifices have been made by the Sikh Gurus. Our country has been preserved by the sacrifice of the Sikhs. This character needs to be inculcated in every child from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Corruption exists because there is no sense of sacrifice today. Listening to Gurbani will create vigour and enthusiasm for service. #gurpurab #sikhism #gurunanakdevji
When we got this land in 1985, it was barren, rocky land. Even grass wouldn't grow here. One of our volunteers said Gurudev, let's go find some big, flat land and make our ashram there. I said, no let's do it here. He thought I was joking! We took it as a challenge. We didn't have much finances, but we never worried about that. I lived under a thatched roof. Everytime it rained, I had to shift my bed from one corner of the room to another, because the roof would leak! There was barely any electricity or connection to the city in those days. We started a free school for rural children. We had about 25-30 volunteers here. They planted all these trees. They would plant trees all day, and nurture and nourish them for months. Protecting the plants was as important as planting them. Otherwise goats would come and eat them! Now we have 146 types of plants, and 134 types of birds in the ashram. Usually in the farms around here, people would kill any animals they found. We educated them not to kill snakes and other animals. They do not harm you unless you try to harm them. And they maintain an ecological balance on their own. We never harm anything. We should nurture nature. We need to plant more and more trees. It was a ritual in ancient India. Every individual had to plant 5 big trees in their lifetime. It should be a part of our life. Every year, you should celebrate your birthday by planting a tree! #nature #climateaction #throwback
The Jain philosophy of non-violence is most needed today. Acharya Mahashraman's work in spreading the message of Ahimsa & vegetarianism is praiseworthy. Received an honorary doctorate from the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, given by Hon. Union Minister Shri DV Sadananda Gowda #ahimsa #peace
Stubble burning in farms around Delhi is a major cause of the depleting air quality. The Art of Living is helping farmers find innovative ways to deal with leftover stubble from the previous harvest. 2 Lakh farmers have been trained to reuse it for mulching, instead of burning. The Happy Seeder is a machine that cuts and lifts straw, sows wheat into the soil and deposits straw on it as mulch. It reduces water usage and increases yield. Farmers say yield has gone up by 1.5 to 2 quintal/acre. The Art of Living promotes this technology in all of its farmer trainings. #delhiairquality #sustainableliving #climateaction #airpollution
Make a habit of anti-habits! 90% of your life is governed by your subconscious mind. That's why habits are so difficult to get out of. Because these are choices embedded deep in the subconscious. But they can be overcome. That's what Sadhana (spiritual practice) is all about. It's about culturing the mind, cleansing the subconscious. That's what happens in the Sudarshan Kriya. All the pent up emotions come out. That's why you feel such a relief and have a big smile on your face after Kriya. #instawisdom #qotd #goals #spirituality
Q: How does one hold on to the Truth while living amidst Maya? A: You don't have to hold on to the Truth. Truth stares at you. You can't avoid Truth. The moment you realize this is Maya, the job is done. The moment you realize you had a nightmare, you're no longer in the nightmare. The dream is over. You're awake. #instawisdom #qotd #lifegoals
Diwali is celebrated as Rama's homecoming. Ra - light & Ma - me. When you realise the light within yourself, you are home. Conflict is only possible with opposites. This space is beyond conflict, unconquerable (Ayodhya). Rejoice in this space & have a very #happydiwali #diwali #instawisdom #celebration
Thousands joined the Diwali celebrations at Palanpur in Gujarat. #diwali
For the lamp to burn, the wick has to be in the oil yet above the oil. Similarly, you have to be in knowledge and action yet not drown in them. Then you are a source of light for everyone. #instawisdom