Ooty, April 22, 2019: “There will be no stress if there is enthusiasm in our lives, our lives will be full of happiness,” opined Dr. B. R. Pai.
He inaugurated the second-day programme of the retreat camp organized by the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, in association with the Sri Suttur Math and Sri Shivarathreeshwara Dharmika Datti, held at the JSS International School, in Teetakal, Ooty, on April 20, 2019.
“India has become the capital of diabetes. Cases of cancer and heart-related diseases are increasing. While Bengaluru is considered as the information technology hub, it has also become the hub of suicides. Stress means the difference between expectations and naturalness. When our expectations start to increase stress also increases. We will face positive and negative kinds of stress. While pain, anger, anxiety, outrage, sorrow, and jealousy can be called as negative types of stress, merry, laughter, soft words, happiness, experiencing the fragrance of flowers are positive types of stress. Thousands of people died due to the explosion of an atomic bomb at Nagasaki in Hiroshima, Japan. But lakhs of people on this earth are dying every day due to an even more dangerous bomb called mental stress. We can overcome it by adopting yoga, pranayama, knowledge and facing life every day with a smile,” he said
Sri Siddeshwara Swamiji of Jnanayogashrama, Vijayapura, commenced his discourse with a quote by Vokkalu Muddaiah. “Vokkalu Maddaiah was an agriculturist. He was a person who owned just two cows, a little land, he was leading a happy life with his wife and children in his hut amidst nature. He always used to involve in his work. He was not literate and did not possess any degree from any university. But he knew how to lead his life. When we find people who are richer than us and more learned people, our feelings will change. But when it comes to nature it’s not like that. We find solace amidst nature. People who find solace amidst nature are called as sharanas, monks, brilliants, experienced, etc. The feeling of ‘we’, and ‘ours’ are not permanent. Our lives become more meaningful when we find peace. Whatever we are doing is for peace. By undertaking inner and outer cultivation we should all give preference for internal cultivation,” he opined.
In his talk, Dr. M. R. Seetharam said, “our surroundings are called environment in common language. There is an innate relationship between the environment and human life. A pollution free air and water is essential for human life. In ancient days the infant mortality rate was very less. There are several reasons for its increase. Studies prove that now people are dying because of various diseases like heart attack, cancer, diabetes, etc. Bad habits are the main culprits. We can reduce the mortality rate by keeping our environment clean according to WHO studies. Vehicular pollution, increase in the number of houses, industries, population, deforestation, etc., are the major reasons for environment pollution. Creating awareness among the people regarding the importance of maintaining a balanced environment through population control, afforestation, pollution control is the need of the hour.
The retreat program begins with a prayer, yoga, and pranayama daily, followed by desi games in the evening. All the participants are taking part enthusiastically. There are more than 125 participants in the camp from various districts like Mysuru, Bengaluru, Tumakuru, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hubballi, Chamaranagara, and Ramanagar.
Dr. B.R. Pai lighting the lamp to inaugurate the second day of the retreat camp held for public at the JSS International School in Teetakal, Ooty, organized by the JSS Mahavidyapeetha in association with the Sri Suttur Math and Sri Shivarathreeshwara Dharmika Datti. Convener of the camp and participants are seen in the picture.