Grab life by the horns: Prasad Deole

The session by Mr Prasad Deole, an adventure tourism entrepreneur on ‘My work, My Life’ was an exhilarating account of a journey of success.

The session was truly an electrifying experience, testified the camp participants unanimously. According to Gayathri, the experience was like ‘’Being in a lab with a professor to see demonstrations of Gita’s applications in real life.’’ As Prasad Deole illustrated Gita concepts with examples from his own life, participants became hooked to his speech and found the unique concept of GPRS -(goal-plan-role-start it) a blueprint for a successful life. With ‘mind-blowing’ answers to almost all questions thrown at him, the articulate Mr Deole became ‘’a role model for the audience to apply Gita in their professional lives in every way possible.’’

The essence of the session was the importance of discovering your passion as early as possible and pursuing it with all your energy, observed participant Arpit Agrawal. Enjoying work as if it were a game was an invaluable pearl of wisdom and the session also taught him to be shameless in pursuing his goal, he went onto say.

For Rohith T, the session taught him to be perfect in a way that he doesn’t have to run behind the duties anymore. The duties began to run after him instead, he remarked.

When you take life as a game, it becomes easy to take a risk, said Shakthi Subramanian. He went onto say that ‘’The session was such a powerful experience which encouraged me to think of starting a company’’. For participant Subhilash, the session was a thought-provoking experience and he considered Deole a man who lives Gita in the modern era, setting a memorable example for everyone else.

How to put the principles of Gita into practice in work life was the key takeaway of the session for many. Dhanush was one among those who found the Gita to be a treasure trove of ancient wisdom and a valuable handbook for life. Knowledge from the ancient scriptures that stood the test of time, it liberated many participants from ‘Maya’ and enabled them to look at life with a neutral point of view. It was the case of Praveen Raja P who said that the session has given him a pair of brand new eyes to look at life with a new perspective. ‘’I felt like as if a veil was lifted off my eyes. Now I realize that I had been looking at life with a very narrow point of view.’’

The value of failure as a learning experience, it was a unique insight for me, said Abhishek Ahuja. But the true eye-opener was the realization that ‘Life is too short to waste time on worrying about anything’, he continued, ‘That wisdom enabled me to take life as a game, which is to be enjoyed every moment.’ The session was a truly enriching experience for him, said Ahuja.

The ability to look at life objectively was a great insight everyone learned from Mr Deole’s session. Realizing the concept of detachment and practising it in real life brought them rich dividends, they said. Yugesh Moturi and Laxmi Narayanan were among those who found the concept of user-ship more interesting than ownership as it allowed you to take a neutral stand in every circumstance.

The session by Prasad Deole was well-received by the audience and they remarked that it was a very engaging, topical,100% productive and value-added experience. Arun Kumar considered Deole to be a Spiritual businessman who sold ‘the art of pursuing your goals on the face of overwhelming obstructions’. Ashwin Kumar, another participant observed that the session was instrumental in helping him to have a practical, logical approach towards life.


Samatva: The way of the Yogi

The ability to look at life with composure is the first step towards becoming a yogi. This capability called Samatva enables one to treat both happiness and sorrow with equanimity. As part of Nipun ’18 camp, a session on this skill was conducted by eminent scholar V. Shankar Kumaran. Prof. Sankar is a passionate research scholar who cherishes his Gurukulam education experience which has empowered him to apply the vast knowledge of Upanishads into day-to-day life situations.

The participants found the interaction to be a joyous, fun-filled experience and they found the storytelling skills of Prof. Sankar to be amazing and spontaneous.

For many participants like Arpit Agarwal, sessions like this are a boon to those who are looking to apply the theoretical knowledge of ancient scriptures in real life. Shakthi Subramanian also felt the same way and remarked that if somebody wanted to implement the Gita principles in their life, the session was helpful in connecting the dots from theory to practice. To be level-headed in life is very important, observed Gayathri Sarmishta, who said that you should learn to treat every situation with self-control. ‘’Shankar-ji taught us how to take negativity in positivity and both positivity in negativity.’’, said Arun Kumar S. The session helped him to realize how fragile is human joy and seek real happiness which is an everlasting experience. The concept of being alive at the moment came as a revolutionary revelation and the participants realized that it is where true happiness lies.

The way Prof. Sankar conducted the session through activities won the hearts and minds of the participants and many found the experience to be helpful in doing an introspection. It was a refreshing experience for the audience which employed a beautiful & systematic approach towards spirituality through activities, observed Subhilash PS. Getting a deep insight about the way our brain works around success and failure was a great revelation for many, as realized by Abhishek Ahuja. By inventing stories about success and failure to tell ourselves, we’re facing away from reality and fooling ourselves, he remarked. The session has taught him to be honest and find true happiness in mindful actions. Shankar Ji’s expressive way of presentation became an instant hit with youngsters, said Aswin Kumar and expressed his keenness to attend more of his workshops.

Many participants had issues like overcoming fear and standing up to challenges but the session made them realize their true potential and rise like true warriors. ‘’The message that Arjuna ultimately gained from Gita was ‘get up and fight’ and this was the message I got from Samatva workshop too.’’, said Praveen Raja. The session was truly enlightening and I realized that it is the uncertainty which makes life beautiful, he observed. When the session was over, all of the participants were excited about the soul-stirring experience they had and everyone was keen to attend more workshops of  Shankar Kumaran.


Think and grow rich: A session on passionate, professional approach towards work

In this session on ‘My work, My life’, Mr. K. Nandakumar, founder & CEO of SunTec technologies spoke of his philosophy for life and success. The technology evangelist with more than two decades of experience under his belt shared his insights with the participants of Gitamritam Nipun 2018.

Even though the session was ‘too technical and confusing’ for participants like Mr. Sajith Nair, they found the speaker’s practical wisdom and his passion towards work to be inspiring. ’I was impressed by the way he enjoys his work and the down-to-earth attitude he maintains.’ ‘said Ms Gayathri Sarmishta, a participant.

Another vital point was the importance of prioritizing: the ability to think clearly and make decisions wisely in accordance with your long-time goals. Obviously, it is a hard lesson to practice as you need to place logic above all your emotional considerations. Mr. Arpit Agrawal observed that “You can’t have everything with your limited bandwidth and if you have to excel in your goals, then you have to prioritize things.” The session was a value-added experience for many and participants like Mr Srivardhan TP observed that ‘Having a clear focus on what you want to achieve can help you in achieving the same quickly.’

An important takeaway for the participants was the wisdom on careful planning which is critical for the smooth execution of any project. Participant Mr.  Venkitesh P. G. said he has ‘learned to have a professional and planned approach to every event in life.’ For Ms. Preeta Sampath, the session was an eye-opener that taught her the importance of hard work, constant innovation and finding happiness in what you do. The work and life experiences of Mr. Nandakumar have served to be a great source of learning for us, said Mr. Praveen Raja with enthusiasm.

In spite of being a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Nandakumar came across as a down to earth man and that attitude has inspired many like Mr. Subhilash. His level-headedness and receptive outlook towards the world made him a wonderful human being, observed Mr. Arun Kumar S. Instead of living in a high castle, Mr. Nandakumar chose to interact with commoners as he knew he has to learn a lot, remarked Mr. Rohith T. It was a great personality trait which could make anyone a dynamic leader, he noted.

His effectiveness as a technology evangelist and thought leader was put to test at the time of the colossal dotcom burst but he emerged victoriously, observed Mr. Shakthi Subramanian. The resilience showcased by Mr. Nandakumar can be attributed to his ability to change and adapt, observed Mr. Shakti and noted that anyone could learn from his experience.  

His insights on material wealth were inspiring, noted Mr. Ashwin Kumar who found the session to be a thought-provoking experience. ‘The way he balances his work and personal life was truly inspirational and his philosophy of being happy in doing your work was a true revelation. Now I understand it is the key, the only way, to succeed in whatever you do. Mr. Nandakumar is truly a role model for me.,’ stated Mr. Dhanush B. N.  Overall, the participants found the session to be a truly inspiring experience.


Yoga: The art of awakening the force within

As part of the Nipun ’18 camp, the sessions on Yoga and Yoga Nidra were conducted by eminent scholar Dr Sripad H. Ghaligi.

The session was packed with energy, said the participants who considered it as an exhilarating experience. “Sripad ji has beautifully explained the basics of Yoga, complete with practical tips’’, remarked Mr Abhishek A Ahuja with enthusiasm. The practical tips were of great help as they opened a way towards a balanced life, said Mr Arun Ramanathan. The sessions made it possible for many first-timers to easily remember breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with ease and practice Yoga with comfort. This was the case for Ms Vidhya and Ms Preethi P, who were very impressed by the sessions after realizing the potential of yoga to achieve mental peace and stability. The session was an unforgettable, life-changing experience for both of them.

Being a Yogi means being alive every moment, observed many participants. “Even though this is the first time I’m practising Yoga formally; I could feel the results within minutes.’’, said Mr Srivardhan TP. Being fully aware of oneself and the surroundings gave him clarity, focus and peace of mind and the ability to control his thoughts, he remarked. It was pretty much like recharging your soul or experiencing an awakening from within, observed Mr Praveen Raja P. Gaining a clear understanding of the connection between mind, body and breath was the takeaway for him. Mr Kartik Krishnan, Mr Anirudh Muraleedharan and Mr Shakti Subramanian were also agreed upon this fact that Yoga is essentially a technique of energizing the body through mastering the mind.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra was another novel concept discussed at the session but when it was put into practice, the participants were able to realize its power. For many including Mr Arun Kumar S., it was a new concept but he found it to be a wonderful experience. ‘’Yoga Nidra is the best rest we could ever have during the camp because it did not make us sleepy but it energized us.’’, said Mr Ashwin Kumar, a musician. Mr Arpit Agrawal was also got impressed by this novel technique and remarked that ‘’ These systematic power naps helped us to pause for a while, relax so that we could start again with more energy.’’ Participant Ms Gayathri Sarmishta was completely overwhelmed by the experience and remarked that ‘’ I’ve noticed a great improvement from first Yoga Nidra to subsequent Yoga Nidras. When following instruction like ‘come out and witness the body which is a gift of nature’, I could feel absolute peace, complete bliss’’. Ms Gayathri expressed her heartfelt gratitude for such a soulful, spiritual experience. The yoga session by Dr Sripad H. Ghaligi turned out to be an instant super hit with the participants and everyone wanted to attend more sessions by him.