By Life Positive September 2012 The Life Positive Expo makes its first foray outside Delhi at sublime Rishikesh. Transform yourself in the company of enlightened masters and accomplished facilitators, in India’s primary spiritual power spot A tourist to Rishikesh is quite likely to be told that Ram and Laxman stopped by at a particular temple and that the spot where the Ganga is uncharacteristically quiet is where Arjun sat down to meditate. Here, Ramayan and Mahabharata cease to be epics and become history. Often, one finds oneself glancing back, hoping to surprise the Pandava brothers or to sight Sita. Rishikesh is quintessential India, resonant with myths, legends and spirituality. Temples and ashrams abound and the sound of bhajans, kirtans and sloka chanting is never too far away. “Seers, rishis, and sages have gathered here since before recorded history to pray, chant and meditate. Indian pilgrims and foreign yoga students flock here to stay in one of the town’s many ashrams and soak up the devotional vibes. It is often referred to as the yoga capital of the world,” writes travel writer and India buff, Mariellen Ward. And when you add the Life Positive Expo, a high-voltage holistic fest of workshops, discourses, and exhibition, we’re talking Nirvana! Discover your highest self in a spiritual zone so transformational, that it has drawn seekers and sages to it for millennia. Absorb the teachings of cutting edge facilitators and the wisdom of the ages in the pristine and pure environs of Rishikesh. Things will never be the same again. What can you expect at the Expo? All delegates, except those at Rishikesh, will converge at the New Delhi station to travel to Haridwar by the Jana Shatbdi at 3.25 pm and arrive at Rishikesh by 8 pm. For the first time, the Expo is residential. Sixty delegates, as well as facilitators, will be staying at Parmarth Niketan, one of the oldest and largest ashrams in Rishikesh. This means you will be immersed in the magic of the Expo 24/7 for three whole days. Parmarth Niketan is on the banks of the holy Ganges. Parmarth Niketan also hosts the world famous Ganga aarti every evening. Be sure to be a part of this sublime sandhya vandana. The Expo will be inaugurated fittingly through a discourse and blessing by Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswati, President and Spiritual Head of Parmath Niketan. In the evening following the workshops, there will be a session with Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, a renunciate of the Ashram who will host an evening of sharing. The first two days will be devoted to four powerful workshops designed to help you transit to a life of greater health and energy, greater ease and peace. The third day will consist of an expedition to some of the best-known ashrams in Rishikesh, including breakfast at the famous Swami Rama Sadhak Grama. At the end of the day we return to Hardiwar and board the train to New Delhi, satisfied and replete! Here below are the detailed profiles of the masters and facilitators at the Rishikesh Expo. Swami Chidanand Saraswati H H Swami Chidanand Saraswati left his home for the Himalayan jungles and forests at the tender age of eight years, under the guidance of his spiritual master, in order to live a life devoted to God and in the service of humanity. Today, he is a world renowned spiritual leader, visionary and divine guide. Swamiji is president and spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, which is one of the largest spiritual institutions in India. He is also the founder/chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation (IHRF), an international, non-profit, humanitarian foundation. Swamiji’s religion is unity, and he has been a leader in numerous international, inter-faith summits and parliaments, including the Parliament of World Religions, the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the World Council of Religious Leaders at the United Nations, the World Conference of Religions for Peace, the Global Youth Peace Summit at the United Nations, the Hindu-Jewish Summit in Jerusalem and the Hindu-Christian dialogue initiated by the Vatican. He is also a leader of frequent world peace pilgrimages across the world. Swamiji is a leader in the massive Clean Ganga Movement. He has dedicated the next five years of his life to this huge, comprehensive programme spanning Gangotri to Ganga Sagar. The programme includes everything ranging from solid waste management to sewage treatment plans to full civic re-planning for the villages/cities on the banks of Ganga. Thousands travel from across the globe simply to sit in his presence, to receive his ‘darshan.’ He travels the world, bringing the light of wisdom, inspiration, upliftment and the divine touch to thousands across the world. Sadhvi Bhagavati Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is a graduate of Stanford University with a PhD in psychology. She came to Parmarth Niketan from America in 1996 and took Sanyas diksha in June 2000 from HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, marking her pledge to a life of service, renunciation, purity and devotion. She performs a vast array of service at Parmarth Niketan and teaches meditation and yoga around the world as well. She also speaks to audiences across the world on spirituality and Indian culture. Sadhvi Bhagawati was raised in a traditional, upper class, American family in Hollywood, California, and graduated from Stanford University. She was completing her PhD when she left America in 1996 to come and live permanently at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, on the holy banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, India. She has been serving the poor and needy of India since. Aditi Surti (Quantam Energetics) The essence of Quantum Energetics is that the best healing happens from a state which is beyond doing, not doing and even beyond wanting to heal. It is also used on pets and plants, homes, offices and various other spaces using highly specialised tools. Quantum Energetics is a healing technique that works wonderfully and mysteriously without principles. It is based on the laws of quantum physics, heart-based intentions and an acknowledgement of the power of the field of consciousness. Quantum Energetics offers a unique blend of various techniques to address issues on emotional, physical, physiological, mental, dimensional and auric planes. Participants will be taught consciousness tools in a workshop filled with fun, awareness and togetherness. “I teach that fine balance between letting go and employing the highly specific and specialised tools of this technology. It takes a bit of time to learn, like cycling, but once you master it, it can be done anytime and anywhere. It is also known as Wei Wu Wei or doing without doing. In this case it is about getting out of the way and allowing a state of miracles to manifest,” she says. During the workshop, participants will move into a state that accesses pure potential infinitely greater and more powerful than our heads can ever fathom. Our heart space is what connects us to that potential and we bring it into our current reality. And from there, the miracles occur. Quantum Energetics does not focus on the disease or the need for healing. The disease and need for healing are all occurring at the same level of consciousness so it helps to access pure infinite potential beyond that problem in order to get a transformational and permanent solution. Aditi Surti’s search for instantaneous and deeply transformative healing led her to study and understand various techniques that are based on Energy Medicine, Vibrational Medicine and Quantum Physics. She is India’s sole trainer and practitioner of this system. She is a gifted and intuitive healer with a deep understanding of human emotions, the energy psyche and the egoistic mind. With a background in quantum physics tools and energy medicine, she combines spirituality, knowledge of mainstream and alternative medicine with the former to provide a holistic approach to her clients. Her techniques range from contemporary to ancient and the most traditional to unorthodox. Anu Mehta (META-Healing and META –Medicine) Why do we fall ill? What determines the part of body it affects? How long will the disease last? Anu Mehta’s workshop will help you understand the health challenges you face that seem to have no reasonable explanation. It will explain the physiological, psychological, emotional, spiritual and environmental triggers in the disease process. It will also help you identify the specific reaction to a certain life event and belief system that results in disease. Meta-Medicine will explain the causes of a biological shock and how this shock affects an organ, the brain and the heart simultaneously. “ I have realised that secrets are a great recipe for health problems. We love to hide information because we feel we are protecting others and ourselves, but we obliviously end up doing the reverse. We also run patterns in generations and this leads to people following patterns in their own life. These patterns can also lead to disease. Our reaction to stressful events can also create disease,” says Anu Mehta. The abode of bliss: the beautiful Parmarth Niketanon the banks of the Ganga Meta Healing can heal any disease caused by a stressful event. The META Healing process delivers wellness. This revolutionary new addition to integrative health options works seamlessly with other alternative models (EFT, NLP, Matrix Reimprinting, NES, Conventional Medicine, Alternative/Complementary Medicine and Therapies) to find the trapped energy in the body and clear it out. Meta Healing covers the gamut from acne to cancer. “A girl who was told by doctors that she would not be able to conceive, conceived at her first IVF.
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