As the sun rose on third day of the World Youth Meet, Muddenahalli was charged with divine energy and vibrations. It appeared as though the rain gods had decided to stay, participate and revel in the festivities.
The day’s session was flagged off with a talk by Prof Shivaram Malavalli, an ardent and direct disciple of the great Himalayan master Swami Rama. Prof Shivaram has 35 years of industrial, technical education and research experience in the establishment, sustenance and growth of technical entrepreneurs. Sri Shivaram stressed on the singular purpose of all leaders and gurus, which is to serve mankind and lead it along the path of self-realisation. He introduced the audience to the philanthropic and humanitarian endeavours of his master and the founder of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust, Swami Rama. Sri Shivaram emphasised that individual transformation, together with collective united action, is the foundation on which a new, improved and peaceful world can be envisioned. He beautifully articulated the influence of Yoga on stilling the mind, yielding lasting inner peace and happiness. He concluded by recollecting a famous quote, “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
The next speaker was Swami Hamsananda, a long standing member of the Chinmaya Mission, who has been instrumental in establishing and propagating the cause of Chinmaya Mission in Hubli, Karnataka. Swami Hamsananda’s humorous, vibrant and energetic talk was aimed at journeying from the illusion of ‘wanting to become happy’ to the realisation of ‘being happiness’. The audience was invited to participate in a thought provoking interactive session to transcend the body, mind and intellect. Swami Hamsananda elaborated that just as the same electrical energy powers various gadgets such as the fan, light and air conditioner, the same ‘presence’ or life energy expresses itself as various life forms. He revealed that one cannot explain or see the unity of creation; it can only be experienced.
The two scintillating talks were followed by a mesmerising dance performance by Ms Nemani Sai Gargi from Nigeria. Ms Gargi has trained extensively under the tutelage of Smt Balaa Kondala Rao in Kuchipudi, a traditional dance form from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The final speaker for the day was Sister Giovanna, an 81 year old nun from Assisi, Italy. Sister Giovanna spoke of her fondness for the youth and of her spiritual connection with India. She stressed that killing the ego gives birth to everlasting life. Her talk was centred around realising the unity in diversity and overcoming barriers that separate mankind in order to restore peace. Quoting from the life of Saint Francis, Sister Giovanna spoke of the unreal body that we have adorned that we must be willing to shed without a second thought. The morning session concluded with a multi-religious prayer.
Watch the proceedings below: