250 Principals, Directors and Trustees from top institutions, members of Blind Indian Cricket Team,International Level sportsmen, young police officers and award winning young artists and thousands of students and young professionals got a taste of meditation with Sri Sri
Mumbai hosted one of the largest youth events-Empower, in the presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living. Over 5000 students, young professionals, educationists from some of the most prominent schools and colleges in the city, and achievers from the field of sports, including the members of the Blind Indian Cricket Team, young police officers, national level Chess Champions and Gymnasts, entrepreneurs, and musicians meditated with Sri Sri and posed questions related to life, spirituality, social issues, stress, managing work, relationships and everything in between; questions which sometimes Google cannot answer.
The theme of the event was ‘Inner Peace, Outer Dynamism’. Sri Sri says that the ideal combination for youth today to feel empowered in the true sense is to have inner peace and outer dynamism, and for that, meditation is essential! He guided the audience into a wonderfully peaceful meditation. He also spoke about the urgent need to bring a shift in the education system and make it more holistic with spiritual and ethical values.
For the first time, Empower brought together about 250 principals, directors and trustees and thousands of students of some of the top schools and colleges of Mumbai who are responsible for the education of over 3 lakh students in Maharashtra. This included colleges and schools like Utpal Sanghvi, Bombay Scottish, IIT Mumbai, ICT, VJTI, TSEC, Mithibai, NM, SP Jain, JJ School of Arts, SNDT, Thakur, SIES and many more.
While addressing the students Sri Sri spoke of the importance of balance in life to manage conflicts in life. And for that meditation, pranayamas help in addition to engagement in service projects.
Also, 300 young achievers from the field of sports, music, entertainment and start-up gathered to inspire, share and interact with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who founded The Art of Living and leads one of the largest global movements that has touched 370 million lives in three decades, spread over 155 countries. Some of the achievers included the members of the Blind Indian Cricket team who recently won the T20 Blind World Cup, National level players from Chess, Swimming, Judo, Gymnastics and Boxing, Young Police Officers, singers (finalists of reality TV show-Sa Re Ga Ma), classical dance maestros, Science Olympiad winners, and NGOs.
We were joined by over 30,000 viewers online as it went live on Facebook.
The event ended with the whole NSCI dome ringing to the proud sounds of our National Anthem!
Many decision makers shared that they would like to have meditation as a part of the curriculum so that their students can get a stress-free, violence-free mind.
Neel Shah (Asst.Vice President for a leading global Investment Bank) said that Meditation is the key to live life to the fullest. India is going to be largest youth nation in next few years and meditation is the need of the hour for youth empowerment.
Kumar Simha (National Maths Olympiad Winner) said that I flew down from Chennai especially for this event. It was one of the best events I have ever attended, super well organised. Sri Sri is a truly a global youth icon and I felt lucky that He guided us into a meditation.
Pooja Surve (International Gymnast – Represented India in Common Wealth Games)
Sri Sri spoke about how the inner self of a person is more important than the achievement, something which I relate to. It was amazing to meet and meditate with fellow achievers.