At around 7 p.m., he met up with seekers in his office behind the meditation hall. The guests included IPS B.V. Ramana Kumar and his wife, Ramesh Krishnan and Nivedita Shreyans.
After updating him on the upcoming youth seminar at Kanha, Nivedita asked Daaji if there were any books he would like to give the youth attending the program. Daaji suggested a reading of the following titles:
1. The Heartfulness Way
2. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
3. Simple Heartfulness Practices
In this context, it is worth mentioning a reply that Daaji gave in response to an e-mail.
The Essence of the Being
At a physical level, the body is enriched by a balanced diet and regular exercise. At a mental level, we educate ourselves, contemplate, and learn from various sources. This happens at a very subtle level. At a spiritual level, how can we enrich the soul? In Sanskrit, we call this enriching the atman by receiving pranasya prana? This happens at the subtlest level.
We studied under a few chemistry professors in our Pharmacy college days, and we used to describe them in particular ways. One professor inspired fear in most of my friends – they considered him to be a “terror.” Another professor was known for his speed in teaching. Another we couldn’t understand. But there was one who taught us so wonderfully that we never had to revisit the topic again! We could have studied from books without the help of the other professors, but the professor who really taught us was the one worth thanking. Chemistry became livelier, more joyful, and very creative with this professor. We also had a pharmacology professor who was exceptional. He had returned from Canada to take up a teaching post in India, and our college was lucky to have him. His style of teaching was exceptional, but his life was made miserable by the other staff members because he was so good, and he passed away due to a heart attack. I will always admire his style and commitment. May God grant peace and progress to the departed soul.
So, you see, people live in us forever. Some with good memories and many with not-so-good memories.
The point I am trying to make by sharing with you some details from my college days is that the message we give carries with it the essence of our being, even when the topic is pharmacology or chemistry. We could have studied without professors, but it would be lifeless teaching. Even with a bad teacher, we still learn something.
The group was joined by S. Prem Krishnan, IAS, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Kerala.
Daaji conducted meditation from 7.35 to 7.55 p.m. He invited Prem Krishnan for dinner, and afterward, they discussed matters related to the upcoming badminton court in Kanha and other sports.
The evening ended with Kapil giving a demo of Brighter Minds.