Shanti Yatra(Peace Walk)
The Verulam Veda Dharma Sabha held a Shanti Yatra (Peace walk), Yoga and Meditation workshop on Sunday 23 August 2015. About one hundred people took part in the short walk of nearly two kilometres from Todd Street to the VDS Hall. “It is heartening to see so many senior citizens participating in the fun walk,” said Pravin Patak, the chief organiser of the event. “The idea is to get Hindus from the different religious organisations, and even non-Hindus alike, to come together and rally around a common issue,” he added. This time the issue was peace and good health, which is everyone’s birthright.
Didi, from the Ananda Marga mission which runs a feeding scheme in the rural area around Verulam, gave some important pointers on the practice and benefits of yoga. “Yoga is a person’s operating manual for the body,” she said. Jay Balwanth guided the participants through some basic yoga postures which many enjoyed. An eighty year old participated in the class with grace and harmony. Dr Rambilass gave an informative talk on the elements that constitutes the ‘nature’ of man. “When a person’s mind is agitated, many negative behaviours manifest,” he said. Our Vedic seers have given us a number of tools and techniques, such as yoga, meditation, performance of hawan and selfless service, which we can practice to gain peace of mind and lead a meaningful life.
Elizabeth Gaywood, a Buddhist and teacher of meditation took the class through a meditation session which made everybody feel very peaceful and relaxed. The morning ended with a health breakfast of sandwiches, fruit and juices. At the end of the session, some participants made enquiries about yoga and meditation classes in Verulam. “We’ve planted seeds in the community to lead a healthy lifestyle. In time I am hopeful we will reap a good harvest,” Pravin Patak added positively.
VENUE: Vedic Hall, 34 Fairview Drive
START DATE: August 23rd, 2015
END DATE: August 23rd, 2015