By Vidyut Udiaver
Last night Chennai witnessed one of the most interesting and keenly awaited events of the year. It was The Great Chennai Dialogue with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living. In spite of the huge traffic jam several hundred`s queued up even on the road to catch a glimpse of Sri Sri. The auditorium was packed to the brim and people were waiting to somehow get a last minute entry to listen to Sri Sri talk on a rather rare topic `Secret to the 3 `I`s – Intuition, Innovation and Intelligence`.
The interactive session and talk was a brilliant encounter that took the audience into a totally new world. Especially his hallmark guided meditation that is a key to heightening intuition and intelligence.
The audience comprised a mix of intellectuals, corporates, academics, students, homemakers and sincere seekers. He answered a whole gamut of questions posed by the audience that perhaps left them amazed, inspired or relaxed. At various public programs during the day he articulated a great vision and mission for Tamil Nadu. If you now feel you missed the events, have hope, his most popular Happiness programs are very much available in the city.
I believe Chennai now is a city of new hope and especially with assembly elections just three months away. This morning, a whole new Chennai dialogue has caught the imagination of journalists and the dining table chit-chat of many homes. And endless dialogues are happening as to why DMK`s Stalin invited Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to his residence? What was served ? Idly or Dosa ? What did they talk about ?
The DMK leader himself has spoken to the media that he had personally invited Sri Sri during his meeting several months ago at the Art of Living Headquarters in Bengaluru, to visit him whenever he planned to visit Chennai. And Stalin`s tweets and pictures express great delight that perhaps one may not have seen in years ! So what ? It was a simple humane gesture from Stalin which the rumour mills have now started giving a new jallikattu twist.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar`s compassion, humanitarian work and wisdom has inspired and transformed several million people across the world over the last thirty five years. People from every walk of life and section of society still continue to seek his wisdom and meditations.
Politics may be an art in the present moment. But meditation brings intuition, innovation and intelligence in the present moment. This is exactly what Tamil Nadu needs in various spheres today.
No wonder several hundreds were eagerly waiting to hear Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speak on the topic `Secret to the 3 `I`s – Intuition, Innovation and Intelligence` at the Great Chennai Dialogue event last night.
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own