Meditation course in SVU next year
A mantra is a meaningless sound from the Vedic tradition that has been assigned by a certified instructor. He further said the TM can reduce disorientation, insecurity and unhealthy habits for leading quality life. “Peace has an important role in development, meditation can give peace over an individual, family and society to make a better world. TM is a new path to develop the people with stronge
Tirupati: Sri Venkateswara University (SVU) Vice-Chancellor Prof A Damodaram said that Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a technique to avoid distracting thoughts. The V-C inaugurated one-day international workshop on TM at Senate Hall in SVU here on Monday. The workshop was jointly organised by SVU and Maharishi Vedic University at IOWA, USA.
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Addressing the participants, Damodaram said that late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi derived TM from the ancient Vedic tradition of India and he brought the technique to the US in the 1960s. While meditating, the V-C said the person practicing TM sits in a comfortable position with eyes closed and silently repeats a mantra.
A mantra is a meaningless sound from the Vedic tradition that has been assigned by a certified instructor. He further said the TM can reduce disorientation, insecurity and unhealthy habits for leading quality life. “Peace has an important role in development, meditation can give peace over an individual, family and society to make a better world. TM is a new path to develop the people with stronger mind in the society,” he added.
He gave a call to everyone to practice TM regularly. The V-C stated that when meditating, the ordinary thinking process is transcended and it is replaced by a state of pure consciousness. Some studies have found that regular meditation can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and the use of health care services.
“We are planning to include the meditation in our curriculum from next year onwards,” the V-C added. SVU Rector Prof M Bhaskar stated that the SVU will enter into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maharishi Vedic University to develop the meditation practice in SVU. For the first time in south India, the Rector said that the SVU has started the TM programme for benefit of teaching and non-teaching faculty.
The foreign delegate Dr Gregory James, Maharishi Vedic University, USA said that TM is not a religion or philosophy and it does not require any change in lifestyle.
TM is a simple and easy technique for stress free life. Another foreign delegate Dr Alarik Arenander, Switzerland mentioned that the TM does not require any strenuous effort. Nor does it require concentration or contemplation. “Instead, students are told to breathe normally and focus their attention on the mantra,” he stated.
Dr Cynthia Arenander and Dr Robaka also spoke. SVU Registrar Prof M Devarajulu, Principals of SVU Colleges Prof A Abbaiah, Prof G Savaraiah, Prof Mallikarjuna and Prof P Balaji Prasad; Cultural Affairs Director Prof BV Muralidhar, faculty members, delegates, researchers and students were present.