The Tree of Knowledge
Rishi Nitya Pragya: Moments of delight
Rishiji, a senior Art of Living teacher and renowned singer, will be with us for some two weeks as from 15th of November to celebrate thirty years of service to humanity by the Art of Living Foundation.
He is the director of International Programs and an international teacher of the Art of Living for over 18 years. Rishi Nitya Pragya has conducted workshops in over 60 countries and transformed the lives of over a million across the globe through his teachings. He also appears on Asian TV channels on a daily basis across the world, sharing his wisdom and musical talents.
Born as Nitin Limaye in Gujarat, India, he graduated in Chemical Engineering and was used to a lifestyle with fast bikes and doing gigs in musical bands until he discovered something deeply spiritual when he met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the age of 21. He says: “I was a chemical engineer and I searched for the meaning of life. I felt this structure, this conditioning given to us by society cannot be the purpose of life. This search took me to a lot of places and somebody told me about the Art of Living course. During the Advanced Course I met Sri Sri and I knew I was home.”
Rishi Nitya Pragya shortly became an Art of Living Teacher and began organising and teaching the Part I Program of the Art of Living. Gifted with a melodious voice, his speciality seemed to be in mesmerising the crowd with his wonderful and energetic rendition of the bhajans during satsangs. He has taken the simple talent and mixed it with grace to produce an effect which can only be experienced when he is singing on stage. When it comes to Rishiji, only one word comes to mind “ENERGY!”. He is a dynamite! Specially when he is on the stage and has a mike in his hand.
Rishiiji explains his mission as follows: “Handling the mind through the mind is very difficult. Thousands of people decide: Oh I will not get angry now, or I will not feel hurt now or I will not indulge in these emotions now. You decide at the level of the mind. But as soon as something goes wrong the mind snaps. It’s so abstract. That is when the mind needs something very tangible, hand-delivered. That is where the breath comes. Through breathing you can handle your mind. It’s like if you want to handle a kite, the string can be handled. So the breath is the string and the kite is the mind. Your emotions, your ups and downs, everything can be controlled using the string, the breath. That’s what we learn in the courses, how to manoeuvre the line. The tool of experiencing life is the mind. It’s the mind through which we experience happy moments, unhappy moments, connections with a person, not connecting with somebody, understanding something, not understanding something; all that is happening in the mind. When the tool of living is fine-tuned, like a serviced car, driving is a pleasure. This what we do, fine-tune cars.”
Dressed in white robes, a radiant smile, peeping out of a face covered with long silky hair and dark beard, the tall and fair Rishi Nitya Pragya besides putting a smile on everyone’s face will transform your consciousness through music. Some sounds and words can agitate the consciousness, while some can create harmony and tranquillity. Through his devotional singing and meditative chants, thousands of people have experienced a lasting shift of consciousness.
Rishiji’s Programme: Rishiji will start his tour on 15 November, with a special programme entitled ‘An evening of Science and Spirituality’ — open to those who have already followed the Art of Breathing course. The evening will be held at The Art of Living Centre in Wootun, Eau Coulée (17.00 to 21.00 hours). From 17 to 19 November, he will run a DSN (Do Something now) course. Rishiji will culminate his visit to Mauritius with an Art of Breathing course (Part One). The course will be held at The Art of Living Centre in Wootun from 23 to 27 November. The timings are 17.30 to 21.00 hours from 23 to 25 November, and 7.00 to 13.00 hours from 26 to 27 November.
Rishiji will also perform in a concert on Sunday 20 Nov., at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, at the Farmers’ Service Centre in Goodlands on Monday 21 Nov., and at the Kailashnath Mandir Hall in Camp Diable on Tuesday 22 Nov.; these concerts will be free to the public running from 18.00 to 20.00 hours.
DSN (Divya Samajka Nirmaan or Do something Now) Course: We all have personal barriers, old habits, or inhibitions that hold us back and keep us from fully participating in life. At the same time, we all have a deep desire to be the best we can be — for ourselves, our families and dear ones, our communities, and even the world around us. But the truth is that those old emotional wounds, self-concepts, attitudes and fears, create a barrier between you and the ability to live your heart’s desire. The Art of Living Divya Samajka Nirmaan course is a rigorous and transformational course, designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Through a powerful combination of Padma Sadhana, special meditations, breathing techniques, group processes, and deep spiritual knowledge, the DSN course empowers participants to break through personal inhibitions and barriers of all kinds. Dropping whatever does not serve your best interests is a completely liberating experience—it makes you so strong that nothing in this world can shake you. When you are ready for true liberation, true freedom and personal empowerment, then you are ready for the power of DSN!
Art of Breathing – Part I: This is a unique course designed to develop the full potential of human life. It helps to live stress-free life with:
– Increased energy and youthfulness;
– Less sickness and more dynamic health;
– Elimination of anger, anxiety, depression, sadness, fear, etc,
– Greater memory and self-confidence; and
– Joy and success in the present moment.
The course is fun and relaxing. Anybody over 18 years can do it. This course contains knowledge and exercise that improve the quality of our life. Simple yoga postures, simple breathing techniques and experiential process, all allow us to unfold the potential of our mind, body and emotions.
For more details on the courses and concerts, visit: www.artofliving.org