By Punya Srivastava
The Life Positive Expo held in the beautiful Parmarth Niketan at Rishikesh, was a powerful blend of insights, experiences, and high adventure, says Punya Srivastava
Sadhvi Abha Saraswati of Parmarth facilitated the Yoga Nidra session. Yoga Nidra is an exercise to achieve a state of deep relaxation. The session began with chanting Om and proceeded straight to shavasana. As the participants laid down in the asana, Sadhvi exhorted them to become aware of their breathing. She then asked everyone to make a resolve that could be fulfilled in the near future. This was one way of bringing change in your life. She then began to rotate consciousness through various parts of the body, starting with the left side first, which was followed by visualising the asked imagery at an emotional, mental as well as spiritual level. According to Sadhvi, if a person is able to visualise at all three levels, he has reached the deep relaxation state.
It was one of the most relaxing sessions of the Expo.
Choose Bliss, Not Stress by Anil Bhatnagar
“There cannot be just healing without spiritual growth or vice versa. Every person has emotional as well as growth needs. Our main work is to help people get into the state of ‘presence’,”says Nilima.
“Spirituality lies in the most ordinary things; it lies in a state of complete non-hankering,” said Anil Bhatanagar in his workshop on the second day of the Expo. “Knowledge is powerless if it doesn’t find an implementation. Not knowledge but consistent actions make a change in life,” he further added.
Explaining the difference between a successful person and an unsuccessful one, he stressed that the former does not give himself the option of failure, by making an excuse and wavering from his commitments. He expounded on the significance of consistency and practice over accumulation of knowledge. Drawing various examples and anecdotes, Bhatnagar drove home the point of needing to have enough love and respect for the self to honour its commitments. He briefly touched upon the theory of stress and its causes, while dedicating most of the time to handing out solutions to resolve stress and anger.
Attaining health and happiness through Ayurveda by Dr Pratap Chauhan
In an unceasing flow of knowledge, Dr Pratap Chauhan brilliantly captured the essence of ayurveda, and explained many key concepts. The root cause of disaease, he explained, was Pragya apradha – the miuse of intelligence by eating or doing what is against one’s best interests. For instance, drinking tea when suffering from acidity. Dr Chauhan explained that ayurveda has a very comprehensive and holistic definition of health. The first parameter is sama dosha which would mean the balance of the original ratio of the three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha – one is born with. The second is sama dhatu. Dhatu refers to the body’s vital fluids and constituents such as the lymph, blood, muscles, fat, bones, marrow and reproductive fluids. These need to be in balance too. The third is samagni or balance of the fires. The fourth parameter is mala kriya or the proper functioning of our excretory organs. The second line of the sloka emphasises the importance of well-being of the mind and soul. Thus when the mind, soul and body are happy, we may be said to be healthy.
Dr Chauhan gave simple home remedies for a variety of minor ailments such as constipation, acidity, gas and insomnia. He also taught the daily routine prescribed by ayurveda, which includes washing the eyes, nose and ears in addition to the mouth and teeth in the morning, gargling the mouth with a teaspoonful of til oil and giving the body a light ayurvedic massage with til oil.
A special hawan was organised by Parmarth for the delegates of the Life Positive Expo, during the Ganga aarti of the second day. As the mantras were chanted, a heavy downpour started, signifying a shower of grace from the Divine. The hawan was followed by kirtans by little rishi kumars, the students of the Parmarth Gurukool, who were drenched with enthusiasm while singing the praise of God in their mellifluous voices.
The third and the last day of the Expo started off with an early morning Ganga snaan. It is said that a dip in the chilling waters of the Ganga purges one of all sins. Not to take a chance, the delegates and staff of Life Positive made optimum use of the opportunity, and bathed in the holy waters amidst mantra chanting.
The Expo culminated in a note of high adventure as delegates were given the option of participating in a river rafting expedition, organised by Life Positive. Around 18 bravehearts clambered on to cabs and merrily drove off to Shivpuri – to experience the first expedition of the season. Many fears were overcome and shackles broken during the two-hour stint with the wild waters of the Ganga. Safely tucked into lifeguard jackets and helmets, it was nevertheless a landmark moment for each person. “The fear of the unknown was staring at me from a pointblank range moments before I was to jump. I gathered my wits and took the plunge, ” shares Purnima Pandey, Delhi.
Recounting his overall experience of the Expo, J.C. Arora from Karnal said, “My stay in the Expo felt like home. The calm, blissful and spiritual environment of Parmarth Niketan inspired me to extend my stay in this beautiful place.” He was also all praise for the LP team, impressed by its cooperative and positive attitude.
“The venue selected for the Expo, Parmarth Niketan, resonates with the essence of Life Positive,” said Anshul Sharma, adding, “It was my first step towards spirituality.”
With such encouraging comments bolstering our confidence, we returned to Delhi committed to creating more such scintillating Expos for our patrons.
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