Atharva College of Engineering invited me to facilitate one of the sessions for Induction of first year Engineering Students. Because of Covid lockdown, it was only after two long years, that I got an opportunity to visit the college campus and interact with youth in person again. All college sessions in the last two years were online.
The overall feel of this college campus was very positive and calm as though bestowed by special blessings of Lord Ganesha, the name of the college has the secret may be.. After interacting with the college professors on various topics related to youth and the life of educators, I entered the auditorium bustling with heightened youthful energy and was welcomed by the chattering of aspiring students. I was visiting there along with fellow Art of Living Teachers and volunteers.
It’s a privilege to guide these students to get ready for one of the most important and exciting phases of their life – “College Life.” The years when the wings of freedom add new thrill in life. Along with newer responsibilities to shape a bright future. It’s like being on an eternal adventure to be a youth, almost like being on a roller coaster ride. Fun and thrill are accompanied by the dangers of distraction, this sometimes could be a lot of pressure for a naïve heart and young brain. The students shared the many challenges they face and how it only adds to more pressure. To which I shared with them my secret- Having a seat belt on can be the only saviour during such a roller coaster ride. And learning to Discipline the mind, emotions & time is that seat belt, that saviour which can make life a real joyride. Though discipline seems opposing freedom and fun, just like a seatbelt may feel uncomfortable to start with, but it is THE most important aspect of adulthood. The sure short recipe for success… those who really succeeded were those who followed certain discipline in life, isn’t it!
Three fifty students saw a glimpse of how the mind & emotions got disciplined within a few minutes of their first meditation experience. Stress got released as they gradually moved into complete silence. As mischievous & fun were the chatters as I had entered, equally endearing was the silence of these young minds, experiencing the connection with themselves. Post the meditation their eyes opened with big smiles.
Peaceful & disciplined individuals would ripple peace around them. We reflect who we are .. And so the session ended with the students voting to stand for peace and being part of the #Istandforpeace movement started by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar across India, the US, Europe and Africa. Sri Sri Ravishankar says that: “When 1% of the population meditates, it elevates the collective consciousness. Similarly, if enough people say “I stand up for peace” then we project that energy, that vision and it will happen.
As the seeds of peace have been sowed through this session, I am hopeful that the some of these young minds of our nation will carry with them together peace for a more peaceful planet as they fly high and happy in their own lives with their new wings of freedom.
Grateful to the Principal and Teachers of Atharva College of Engineering for this initiative where students’ 180-degreegrowth is considered important for living a holistic life. Being around youth is advantageous in a sense that it keeps you young at heart. As I refuse to grow old and so resolve to be around youth always 🙂