3rd YCS International Festival Report

DAY 1 - 2nd Oct. 2012

The 3rd International Yoga festival organized by All World Gayatri Pariwar and Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya started with a new zeal and vitality. This festival is from 2nd-6th Oct, 2012

A unique blend of yoga culture and spirituality has got new wings and is ready to give a message that these three would create a new order of happiness and peace.

The festival was inaugurated by the chief guest Swami  Satyamitranand Giri ji , Bhai Hari Singh Khalsa, Shri D.R Kaarthikeyan, Honorable Chancellor Dr.Pranav Pandya ,Vice Chancellor Dr. S. D Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Chinmay Pandya, Registrar Shri Sandeep Kumar in the presence of participants from various countries, faculty and students of Dev Sanskriti University.

Welcoming the guests and delegates the Vice Chancellor Dr Sukhdev Sharma paid his tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and a strong freedom fighter Lal Bahabur Shastri on their birth anniversaries. He said Mahatma Gandhi gave us the message to serve the society and serve the nation. Quoting Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, the founder of Gayatri Pariwar, he said that the concept of making a university for humanity was written in Akand Jyoti, a monthly magazine at 1964.

This was materialized by Dr. Pranav Pandya, who is the only chancellor who takes classes on Gita and meditation. Yoga is the union of thoughts and mind and we are very happy to see this blend for 5 days in the campus.

The key note address was made by Padamshree Shri D.R. Kaarthikeyan who is an advisor for Law and Human Rights and Responsibilities, Corporate affairs and recipient of various awards, congratulating the participants he said that this festival is a beautiful way of inviting humanity together and praying all mighty to guide our intellect. This is the land of gods, divine Dev Bhoomi and the world is now waiting for the blend of science and religion for moral powers. Science is the expression of human will. The growing corruption, destruction by nuclear weapon, global warming, starvation, drought and floods are the problems which is the outcome of a person’s own irresponsible behaviour. Yug Nirman Yojana and its 18 pledges for creating a new universal and ethical order is the solution for a new tomorrow. Sir William Jones has worked on indo European languages has appreciated Sanskrit as a perfect language of the world. UNESCO in its world congress on Vedic traditions has authorized Vedic chanting at India. He said basis of all the religion is spirituality and science with it would lead to progress.

Founder of community yoga Dharma,Rome the Bhai Hari Singh Khalsa thanked Gayatri Pariwar for giving them the opportunity to participate at this festival. He gave a detail note on the ‘talas’ which is the chakaras present in the body and one should try to inculcate spiritual practices to cleanse there ‘talas’.

Swami Satyamitranand Giri ji , founder of Samanvaya Pariwar  threw light on the applied form of yoga. He gave the example that one can see a boat in water but no body could see water in a boat in the same way yoga is the practice which needs effort of everyday. Yoga is the oldest treasure of this country, every day we face so many problems in a day but a person who face these problems with patience is a yogi in real sense.

We have to be selfless in this field. Swami Vivekanand and Ramkrishna Paramhansa are gems of spirituality who have devoted    their life selflessly for the society . Culture is the jewel of a person, Pt. Shriram Sharma has proved this with his life, and he too has faced hardships, was tough with himself but has simplified difficult rituals and practices for the common man.

Chancellor and the Director of All World Gayatri Pariwar and the chairperson Dr.Pranav Pandya congratulated the organizers and welcomed the participants and delegates from the world.

Paying his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, he said that they have acted as ‘yam’ and ‘niyam’ in yoga, they have worked continuously and selflessly for the nation and because of their efforts we are breathing in a free country it is because of these two great personalities.

He said science is a soul of Spirituality. Yoga in real sense is excellence in life, and if science and spirituality go hand in hand it would work for the growth of the divinity in humanity. Culture is, cultivating good qualities virtues. Essence of the Gita too is to teach a way of living.

He welcomed the participants of the 12 countries and wished them a happy stay at dsvv.

A fair (haat) was organized for the foreign and Indian delegates where various products made in the university under the rural entrepreneurship, holistic health management and earn while learn schemes were displayed.

A cultural evening had its own charm. The life of the founder and gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma was beautifully choreographed by Acharya Pratishtha and her group from Bharat college of performing Arts through kathak dance and music.

The Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Chinmay Pandya and Registrar Shri Sandeep kumar congratulated the participants and promised a memorable festival of the year.

DAY 2 - 3rd Oct. 2012

The scientific spiritual session of the 2nd day of the festival gave the message of Sanatan Dharm, its importance and the lifestyle management. The main speakers were Mahamandleshwar Emi Blesio Gayatri Devi and Honorable Dr. Pranav Pandya. On this occasion the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sukhdev Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Chinmay Pandya , Registrar Prof. Sandeep Kumar students and the staff of the University was present.

Mahamandeleshwar Yogacharya and Pandit Emi Blesio Gayatri Devi is the founder and president of C.U.I.D.Y confederation at Italy, Di yoga and the founder of Suryanagar Ashram International Yoga School, Milan , said that she feels very happy every times she comes to this university. She gave the motto and asked the humanity to save knowledge as it would save them. She said that a human should always try to increase the excellence in life. One should not waste their time in believing the dogmas of the society, as it closes the approach of looking at other positive things. Sanatan Dharma is the source which teaches spirituality, not the disbelieves.

Above all religion humanity is more powerful and one should learn to discriminate among the good and evil.

Speaking on the trinity of this festival Chancellor, and Head of  All World Gayatri Pariwar Honorable Dr. Pranav Pandya focused on the lifestyle and small activities which we do in our daily lives. He said yoga is not an exercise but is a strong tool which unites body and soul. He gave the example of a musical instrument sitar and said that in order to produce good music, musician has to tune the wires on its top in the same way person has to tune himself for the spiritual life.

Too much of jealousy  hatred and attachment are barriers of yogic life should not be the part of the lifestyle, constant digging oneself would help to get rid of these vices. Excellence in action is Yoga and one who teaches and follow it should be able to spread its fragrance everywhere. He asked that do we really spread the message of Yoga.

Yoga is destroyer of all the miseries, and it is possible in a stable mind and body. And this could be finally achieved by ‘Tapa’, ‘Swadhyay’ and ‘Eshwar Pranidhan’ which is conservation of energy, adoption of good and pious thoughts, and finally believing in God as Swami Ramkrishna Paramhans believed that every soul is potentially divine.

The afternoon session was focused on Effects of Nada Yoga and importance of music therapy in yoga. The speaker for this session was Dr. T.V Sairam, who is a president of Nada Center for music therapy and a cource Director for distance learning programmes. He has written many books like ‘Netra Tantra’, ‘Yoga shikha Upnishad’ and ‘Rigveda Samhita’. He explained how ‘Nada’ differ from physical sound. He defined the brain frequencies and the impact of ‘Nada’ on it.

He has designed experiments on this music therapy on Autistic children which has given positive results.

The third and the last session were on the holistic approaches to Yoga, by Dr. Vandana Shrivastava, Coordinator, Department of Holistic health at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya. She focused on the therapy through ‘Yagyopathy’. It is a form in which Yagya is performed with the help of herbal medicines which is inhaled through nostrils and effects the parts of the body. It is very beneficial and a disease like tuberculosis too could be cured by it. The next session was on ‘Yog Nidra’ which was conducted by Dr. Kamakhya Kumar. This was the experimental session in which the delegates were asked to perform Shavasana and follow the instructions.

The evening was again mesmerizing, delegates and participants enjoyed there presence at ‘dsvv haat’ and the cultural evening was a blend of east and the west. A musical chantings on the various gods were made by the Portuguese delegates, which includes Omkara and Pashupati groups. Awesome Yoga demonstrations were made by the students of Department of Yoga.

DAY 3 - 4th Oct. 2012

The third day of the festival began with the chanting of mantras, where all the participants and delegates performed Yagya at yagyashala of University campus.

The participants besides enjoying haat (evening marketplace) and bullock cart ride were provided with adventure too. In the afternoon an adventure camp was organized for the participants.

The scientific spiritual sessions of the 3rd day were focused on energy conservation with reference to nature, importance of meditation, Panchkarma and Pragya Pranic healing.

The chairperson of the session Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Chinmay Pandya, focused on the two aspects of life in a form of a beautiful story. He narrated that while having a conversation with Lord Shiva, mother Parvati, the feminine power asked that why does sorrow exist? Answering it Lord Shiva said that he has divided the soul into two parts, and thus every soul is incomplete. And to achieve this completeness and divinity we have to unite with God. This festival would help us to know how we could take the name of God.

The Chief Guest and the speaker Mr. Hiroshi Oishi, is a business development professional who has focused on promotion, investment and development of various renewable energy projects at Japan. He informed the participants that before Tsunami, they had 100% electricity through grid and there was a satisfaction in Japan. But after this crisis there are concerns and paradigms are widened. In his presentation titled “Sufficiency, Efficiency and Respect” he gave the message that at present the focus of the present government is on Anti- Nuclear sentiment, decentralization of power and energy conservation. He gave a very clear message to that although science and technology plays a supporting role we should have respect for nature too.

The second eminent speaker was Mr.Wolfgang Wipple, who has studied metallurgy and was raised in a Christian family, was attracted to Hinduism and became a Buddhist at a monastery in Thailand.

He gave a very beautiful presentation on “the reason for meditation and its benefits”. He explained that karma is the root of all the miseries and that is why even a king gets sick, feels hungry or sad. He quoted the example of Mughal Emperor  Shahjahan who was the king but he was not given food and was ill treated by his own son.

He was very much inspired by Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya and his disciple Chancellor Dr Pranav Pandya who has followed his Gurudev. Focusing on a healthy lifestyle he said that one should always recite the name of God, no killing and harming others, no stealing, no illicit sex, no lying and no intoxications. He said that one should have right thinking, talking and action. Selfless service to mankind must be the motto, and help should be given to the needy. These practices would help us to make a healthy platform for meditation. Thus good and healthy lifestyle would help in meditation.

Speaking on the therapy of purification Panchkarma, Dr. Alka Mishra, coordinator of the Panchkarma center, Dev Sanskriti University gave the details of the therapy. She informed that this therapy is based on Sanshodan (purification), Sansshaman(Pacification), and nidan (avoidance).

Focusing on Snehanswedan and basti she informed that how one could get rid of the various physical and mental problems. For example greeva basti is for the ailment of spondoelitis, uro basti is for chest and heart, janu basti is for arthritis etc.She showed the video on how a non poisonous leech could be a part of the treatment.

The last presentation was on Pragya Pranic healing and the speaker of the session was Dr. Usha Jaiswal , head of the Pranic healing center. She focused on two principles that is Law of self recovery, and Law of Life force. Self recovery represents the natural healing of the body, as the body heals itself. And life force represents increase in the force of the affected area. The concept of pranic healing is based on physical body and energy body. She informed the participants about the flow of Prana and how we could channelize it and heal it. She demonstrated the flow of prana with the help of Bio-Pulser Reflexo machine which is a diagnostic tool and by putting the palm on top of it, it diagnose the internal problems of the body.

The cultural evening was again filled with the fragrance of joy and happiness. The programme was presented by the students of Dev Sanskriti University. The yoga demonstrations, dances of various states, were appreciated by the participants.

DAY 4 - 5th Oct. 2012

Bharat hai desh jiski shubkamna yaha hai’ pragya song marked the beginning of the 4th and the last spiritual session of the festival.
The eminent speakers were Swami Shanker, Mr. Jon Frang Mostad, Guru Amrta Suryanand Maharaj, Honorable Chancellor Dr. Pranav Pandya along with Vice Chancellor Dr. Sukhdev Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Chinmay Pandya, Registrar Prof. Sandeep Kumar.
Swami Shanker, Director of the Shankara Yoga ashram, patron and a founder of Shankara yoga ashram of Brazil, propagates Taraka yoga. In his speech he emphasized on mantra of Om and said that ‘OM’ is endless and universe is endless. He said his mission is working on the concept of ‘shabd brahm’.
Tarak is the victory of divine path over evil. This yoga is based on the phenomenon of light and the discipline of taraka is the deliever. This yoga is mentioned in Advaya taraka Upnishad. He said that according to this Upanishad Brahma’s knowledge can be attained through conduct.
Through this yoga, a person can uncover the various mysteries of life. The positive energies from Kundalini Shakti passes through Sushumna and various other chakras in the body in order to help a person in getting closer to God. The Tara Yoga pose is Shambhavi Mudra is said to be between the throat and the forehead. This is a secret Mudra in which the person doing it should sit still and concentrate. And the benefit of this mudra leads toward salvation and helps in the attainment of Lord Brahma and it helps in the attainment of knowledge and prevents a person from darkness.
With a new approach to leadership the next speaker was Mr. Jon Frang Mostad who is a company owner and a chairman of a Discursive-Analysis Ltd, Norway. He is an Executive leadership counselor and is a master of innovation management. He has worked on the ‘new language of leadership, in which his focus area is spirituality in leadership. He said that the ignition point for him was that the person from the west thinks from head and not from heart. Based on this he gave three principles which were spiritual in nature and had an applied form too. The first is leader and management should share common platform in resolving problems, second, there should be an exchange of awareness and to find out a new perspective. And lastly there should be a continuous support of the two. For this the three approaches taken into consideration are global, ecological and innovative. Thus spiritual thoughts and actions would lead to success.
The founder of the ‘World Yoga Day’ and propagating peace world wide Honorable Jagat Guru Amrta Suryananda maharaj spoke on the human cosmic dimensions. He is founder and President of Yoga Portugese Confideration, Portugal and an author of ‘Samkhya Cosmo genesis and ‘yoga and chakra sutra’. He said that the micro and the macro cosmos is one substance, the structure of universe is same as Brain structure. We all are part of grand cosmic tree Kalptaru, we are divine and have a creative spark and should get together for the noble cause that is spirituality.
Speaking on the unity of East and West Dr. Pranav Pandya said that we should inherit the best of east and best of west. The inspiration of thousands of Youth Dr. Pranav is the Director and Head of All World Gayatri Pariwar, Director of Brahmvarchas research center, Editor of the monthly magazine ‘Akhand Jyoti’and a true disciple of Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya.
He said that world wide there is a debate and arguments on the issues of peace but a real peace and a new order would exist when there is vision with spirituality and this would result in health body, clean mind and civilized society. Each soul has its own journey and we have to merge ourselves with the all mighty. Focusing on culture he said that this word has come from cultivation. We should all cultivate good thoughts in our mind. Culture takes us toward spiritual growth. There was a period when Indian Sages and Saints have laid the foundation of various cultures. Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir have focused on value based culture. He welcomed all the groups of the world to join hands with India as India or bharat has got the soul of spirituality. Imbalance leads to conflict and war. Quoting Ram Charitra
manas he explained Ram Rajya, which symbolize equality and samta, no difference all are dear to God.
Thus spirituality talks of regularity and continuity, we have to practice it daily so that we could get rid of duality in Biological and psychological nature. He congratulated all the groups for finding a common platform like this university for a new peace order.
The afternoon sessions were scientific spiritual sessions and the chairperson Dr. Chinmay Pandya beautifully explained about the sessions. He said in order to explore the spiritual feeling in science this session is planned. Dr. Chinmay, a psychiatrist by profession but is spiritually nurtured by Gurudev himself and has devoted his life for the betterment of the humanity.
He said Yoga is an ancient science, it is refinement of consciousness and works on evil tendencies, leading towards higher values. Thus happiness is inside us, we have to explore our self.
Among one of the speakers of the session Dr. Maureen P. Hall, gave her presentation on the teaching techniques for the students. She is an Associate Prof. at the learning Department, university of Massachusetts, U.S.A. Dr. Hall has devised the methods on teaching Kriya yoga named as ‘scholar of teaching and learning’ named as SOTL. She presented a research paper and explored the pedagogical approaches to this problem.
The tools were the questions “Who are you” and “Who is your Ideal”. The findings of her research were that body could be a learning tool too, there should be an integrated concept of self, mind and body. Education should involve mind, body, heart and spirit.
One should follow the educational thinkers like Swami Vivekanand, Rabindranath Tagore, Aurobindo, Gandhi je and Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya. Thus taking example of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya she said that this university is a positive example of International view of education which includes holistic and integrated education.
The chief speaker of the session Prof. Ram Gopal presented a research paper on “Global issues & Spirituality in research”. He is working as a Chairman of Research and Advisory Board, Indian Research Institute for Integrated medicine Howrah. President of Wider Association for Vedic studies(WAVES), Chairman BAC, DMRC(ICMR) Govt. of India, Jodhpur. He has received many prestigious awards has worked very hard on the various social problems.
The focus area of his research paper was to inculcate spirituality in business ethics. His source of inspiration was Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya who’s book ‘Hariye na Himmat’(Don’t get disappointed) . He believed that due to his blessings he has reached the heights of the career.
He said that business, crime and politics has joined hands and that is why there is business without morals, politics without order, education without character, and wealth without hard work and devotion without austerity.
His focus groups were engineers and he believed that we should work for the civilized world by law or by morality. Thus each soul has divinity and spirituality, and good business and sound ethics should go together.
The last session was based on Accupressure therapy and the session was conducted by Dr. Guruvendra, who is coordinating the acupressure clinic at Dev Sanskriti University. He focused on the therapy and said that this is based on the pressure points of the body; this is an ancient therapy and is based on increase and decrease of energy in body.
In both the conditions the pressure is given on the point at palm or feet. He gave the demonstration and the participants got new information on it.
World peace march took place at the campus in which delegates marched with the flags of the countries of the world.
At the evening the last cultural session ended with the ‘Deep Yagya’ which was performed at Mahakal Temple of the campus.

DAY 5 - 6th Oct. 2012

With the beautiful morning and heavy hearts Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidalaya said goodbye to the delegates and the participants of the festival. The valedictory session began with the pragya song which gave the message of the oneness of Yoga and culture.

On this occasion the chief guest shri Gauri Shanker Sharma, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sukhdev Sharma, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. Chinmay Pandya, Registrar Prof. Sandeep Kumar, Dr. Diksha Chaitanya shared their happiness along with Morasia and Mrs Khalsa who shared their views on behalf of the participants.

Speaking on this occasion Dr. Sukhdev , thanked the participants for coming on this Dev Bhoomi, Hardwar. He shared that this place has a historical and mythological facts, as lord Shiva married at Haridwar and lord Vishnu too visited this place. This is a holy land and the same divine vibrations too could be felt at Shantikunj. The temple of mahakal at the campus is a symbol of peace as flag of 200 countries rested there and was a part of peace march. By inviting the delegates again he said that in India the guest is God, and he warmly welcomed them to come back again and join the festival.

Among the participants Morasia from Italy shared his views. He thanked the organizers for inviting them and providing them sessions on pranic healing, acupressure, Panchkarma. He has experienced scilence for 9 days too, and now believes that union of east & west is Yoga. He is very much impressed by the kindness of the students of DSVV. Mrs Khalsa from Norway said she is very much impressed by the energy levels of the students and this university is representing spirituality in a true way.

A true disciple of Guru Tilakanand, and the guest of honor Dr. Diksha chaitanya represented her guru and congratulated the university for organizing this festival. She said in future this institute would set a new order of Dharma and Peace. At India religion and mystic is open and societies are closed to traditional values, and on the contrary religion is closed in the west. As it was the Hindu king who constructed a church at Kerala. Swami Vivekanand has talked about the upliftment of humanity, and values and so this our fundamental duty to unite all on a single platform of spirituality.

Youth icon Dr. Chinmay Pandya, a disciple of Gurudev, Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya described the presence of god in a beautiful manner. He narrated a story from Upnishads, about Shwetketu, who returned home after completing his education. His father tried to check that while studying did he developed ego. He asked his son about the presence God. Son was not able to answer it. Then, his father took a glass of water and dissolved sugar cube to it. It was not visible but the sweetness could be tasted. In the same way God is nearby, around us in the form of air or Prana, what matters is the tasting of sweetness.

Divinity is all about experience as we could experience that people from 15 countries and 5 continents, could not speak the same language but all knew the language of love and respect.  The theme Yoga, culture and spirituality was chosen for the serious purpose. We all have to continuously work for refinement and upliftment of the self. And if we collectively do it divine culture would decent on earth. We have to remove the darkness of the self and lastly what matters is what we are living for and why we are united. He thanked all the staff members and the students who worked hard for this festival.

The manager of Shantikunj and a true life devotee for the Gurudev’s mission Shri Gauri Shanker Sharma ji shared his happiness by remembering Gurudev’s feelings on yoga, culture and spirituality. He said in present era people use power, money and greed for solutions of various problems. But solution lies in character and great thought. We have more comforts and techniques to get connected with the world in few minutes but we have become more self centered and selfish. Gurudev has laid down set of principles through which a person can complete a journey from manav to mahamanav. Body is a laboratory and through collective consciousness we could se the miracles in human behavior.

A life time volunteer and selfless devotee Prof. Sandeep thanked the delegates and participants for coming to this festival and discussing a new order. He thanked Hari Bhai Khalsa for the wonderful peace march, he thanked Emi Blesio Gayatri Devi, Swami Shanker, Jon Mostad for the scientific sessions. He thanked all the organizers, team from electronic media and photography .He thanked all the members of the various committees for showing there commitment for the festival.

With a warm invitation to come again he said we all should make life as our aim. Life is to grow and so we should constantly grow ourselves emotionally, mentally, and spirituality.All the delegates and participants were felicitated with the memories of the festival.