This morning, Daaji went for a walk in the rainforest rather late, at 8.15 a.m. His walk, as usual, was interspersed with short halts to observe the plants on the way and study their health.
At around 10 a.m., he recorded a message pertaining to the release of his upcoming book, The Wisdom Bridge, and also shared the intention of Peace Day, 2022.
Here is part of an excerpt from The Wisdom Bridge. While the book is scheduled to be released by the end of September 2022, the entire excerpt is available in Heartfulness Magazine. After the recording, he spent some time relaxing on the swing and then went to rest.
An Excerpt from Daaji’s Upcoming Book, The Wisdom Bridge
In our life, youth is the journey toward maturity. It is a time of great promise and potential. When I spend time with young people, it gives me a window into their buoyant hearts. When I hear their problems, which sometime ago were my problems too, it deepens our kinship. When I listen to their ideas, I feel energized. When I see them drowned in meditation, I witness a new humanity awakening. These young adults are the change agents in our world.
As parents, elders, and teachers, it’s our duty to prepare children for young adulthood by laying strong moral and emotional foundations. From an early age, if we introduce good habits, then when they grow up they will have a well-tuned inner GPS guiding them. Throughout history, whenever young people were supported by the wisdom of elders, they went on to change the world in amazing ways.
But supporting them is not an easy task. Their age is a heady mix of promise, inquisitiveness, defiance, and energy. Saying “This is how we do it” won’t work, because they push back on authority. Talking down to them or pandering to them doesn’t work. We have to meet as equals. Of course, it takes patience, empathy, authenticity, and a good bit of humor to connect.
The biggest strength of youth is energy. Their energy is creative. There is no turning off the fire. There is no hibernating through this phase of life. When youthful energies are channeled in the right direction, such energy is creative energy. The energy of youth is designed for a period of vigorous activity with aspiration. What is the aspiration that drives them? Can it be how to become gentle, how to become loving, and how to become wise?
As an elder, I feel a responsibility to impart wisdom and surround our youth with wise people. Their wisdom will help today’s young people achieve their full potential and bring positive change to their families and communities.
At around 4.15 p.m., Govind Iyengar, Satbir and Vinay met Daaji to discuss a few projects.
At 5.15 p.m., Daaji had a physiotherapy treatment with Surekha Banda and thereafter paid a visit to Saireddyguda to inspect the ongoing work and water level of the pond there.
The day’s activities ended with a walk in the Yatra Garden and an inspection of the surrounding areas.