Meditation Help Prison Inmates

The inmates of Gwalior Central Jail recently had a day long session of taking lessons in spiritualism, relieving stress and how to shun violent tendencies by a visiting team of volunteers representing a New York based organisation.

The inmates serving various jail terms in the Gawlior Central Jail attended a six hour long session on spiritualism to develop and realise their inner selves. It was organised by the Krishna Bhavnamat Sangh, the New York based voluntary organisation.

The nearly six hour long session was attended by almost all of the 2,800 inmates. About 200 jail staff was also present during the programme.

The initiative was taken to make them learn how they can rehabilitate themselves in society after being released. Inmates were motivated to participate in spiritual meets to overcome emotional stress and sense of guilt.

A musical programme was also conducted in the jail premises.

"We have conducted these spiritual meets in the jail at Agra and many prisoners have been able to change this lifestyle and outlook. Some prisoners were creating nuisance in the jail but it was spiritual interactions with us that changed their attitude. Those prisoners have started meditating for about eight hours a day," added Jankiram, Campaign Secretary of Krishna Bhavnamat Sangh.

Following this experimental spiritual programme, the prisoners serving jail terms beyond five years or serving life terms felt an urge to transform their lives.

It was hoped that the programme would help the inmates shun criminal tendencies and reorient their attitude and outlook in a positive way.

According to Jail officials, such programmes may be very helpful for the prisoners to think positive and reshape their lives.


Nations Favourite Poem

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn?s rain.
When you awaken in the morning?s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

– Author (Mary Fyre)

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In 1995 a BBC radio programme conducted a survey to find the nations
favourite poem. They decided the nations most favourite poems was

Ashrita Sets new Record

World record breaker gets inspiration for 119th record.

Ashirta Furman, of Queens, N.Y., established a record for running a mile on tin pots earlier that afternoon, with a time of 18 minutes and 26 seconds. The pots were held against his shoes by hand-held strings. A stipulation of the record was that the tin pots musn’t fall off.

The record was set at POWNAL Green Mountain Race Track on Friday 8th September. After setting and submitting a record it usually takes about 6 weeks for it to be ratified by Guiness.

Furman credits his study of meditation, under the tutelage of Sri Chinmoy, for his ability to break so many records.

“It’s all in fun, but there’s a serious side because there’s physical conditioning and a lot of mental focus required,” he said. “You really have to focus deep within yourself. I really have to use the training I got from meditation to be very one-pointed and not allow other distractions to stop me.”

Bipin Larkin, a friend of Furman’s, was present for the record attempts.

the spirit behind the thing that keeps you going, and it’s like an
adventure,” said Larkin. “(Furman) believes in transcendence, in going
beyond his restrictions.”


Self Transcendence

Many people take an interest in spirituality because of a feeling that “there has to be more to life than our ordinary every day experiences” It is when we start seeking for a deeper meaning and understanding of life that we become drawn to meditation and spirituality.

Spirituality in essence is a journey of self discovery, we can also use the term “self transcendence”.

Spirituality & Practice

“Life is a sacred adventure. Every day we encounter signs that point to
the active presence of Spirit in the world around us. Spiritual literacy
is the ability to read the signs written in the texts of our own
experiences. Whether viewed as a gift from God or a skill to be
cultivated, this facility enables us to discern and decipher a world
full of meaning.

Spiritual literacy is practiced in all the world’s wisdom traditions.
Medieval Catholic monks called it “reading the book of the world.”
Muslims suggest that everything that happens outside and inside us is a
letter to be read. Native Americans find their way through the
wilderness by “reading sign.” From ancient times to today, spiritually
literate people have been able to locate within their daily life points
of connection with the sacred…

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