New Delhi: Swami Tejomayananda, the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide and Swami Dayananda Saraswati of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, who recently passed away, have been chosen for Padma Bhushan, one of the highest civilian honor conferred by the Government of India.
Chinmaya Mission, which was founded by Swami Chinmayananda in 1954, is currently involved in a wide range of activities ranging from spreading the message of Vedanta to imparting secular education, facilitating rural development, and providing health facilities to common people. Swami Tejomayananda is the current spiritual and organizational head who oversee all activities undertaken by the mission.
In May 2015, the Narendra Modi government had also released a commemorative coin to mark the birth centenary of Swami Chinmayananda.
Swami Dayananda Saraswati, was a traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta, who started Arsha Vidya Gurukulam to impart a thorough knowledge in Indian knowledge systems- Vedanta, Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotishya, etc. The centers are also involved in service and publication activities.
Apart from Swami Tejomayananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the Government also awarded Padma Bhushan to 17 other people, including Anupam Kher, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, former CAG Vinod Rai, NRI industrialist Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry, and former US envoy Robert Blackwill.
Indian PM Narendra Modi helped to proclaim the International Day of Yoga with the help of UN
Wai Lana is the host of the long-running public television series ‘Wai Lana Yoga’ in US for 20 years
Wai Lana will be releasing special content starting 7 days before International Day of Yoga on WaiLana.com/AF and over social media
In honor of the 2nd Annual International Day of Yoga on June 21st, world-renowned yoga teacher Wai Lana is releasing her new Alive Forever short film and music video that stresses on the fact that we don’t need to be afraid of getting old and our spirit lives on even after our body dies.
This much anticipated release is a follow-up to last year’s inspirational “Namaste” music video, which Wai Lana specifically produced to celebrate the first ever International Day of Yoga.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was instrumental in helping proclaim the International Day of Yoga with the help of the United Nations.
“I was so delighted and honored to receive so much positive feedback from Namaste and to see that it encouraged people to come together in unity,” said Wai Lana. “This year, I wanted to do something just as significant and meaningful.” “Alive Forever is very, very special to me. It has such profound wisdom that I want to share with the world on this special day,” Wai Lana said, according to a press release.
Link to Short Film- ‘Alive Forever’ –
“I produced “Alive Forever” to help people become more aware of the very valuable, fundamental teaching of yoga—“Aham Brahmasmi.” This teaching, that I am an eternal spiritual being, I am not my body, and I will not die when my body dies, has been meditated upon by yogis for countless centuries and can help us to appreciate that we are more than these material bodies, that we are eternal spiritual beings.”
Whether young or old, rich or poor, educated or illiterate, no matter what our race or gender, none of us want to cease existing. We all have in common a natural desire to be alive forever. The sweet and inspiring film and the lovely music video warms the heart with its simple yet profound message that has the power to free us all from the fear of aging, the press release added.
Listening to Wai Lana sing, we can all be peaceful and happy knowing that we don’t need to be afraid of getting old, as the true self is ever-youthful and ever-lasting. Wai Lana’s video underscores the fact that age is just a number.
According to Wai Lana, by understanding this profound truth, we can live in peace and happiness. There is no need to be sad as our body ages, rather we should feel very blessed to know this priceless jewel of wisdom, she added.
Wai Lana will be releasing special content starting seven days before International Day of Yoga on WaiLana.com/AF and over social media.
Recognizing its universal appeal, on Dec. 11, 2014, the United Nations declared June 21 as International Yoga Day by Resolution 69/131. It aims to raise global awareness the many benefits of practicing yoga.
Wai Lana is the host of the long-running public television series Wai Lana Yoga, which has aired in the United States internationally for nearly two decades. All of her shows feature beautiful, soothing soundtracks, all of which are original vocal recordings of her own.
Many of these songs are available on Wai Lana’s Yoga Sound and Yoga Music of the Heart albums, and her Namaste and Alive Forever tracks are part of a new Alive Forever album that will be released later this year in 2016.
Wai Lana’s captivating music and lyrics create a unique genre which can best be described as Music of the Heart. Not simply an entertainer, Wai Lana’s songs are full of depth and inspiration as she shares how yoga wisdom can be a simple yet powerful foundation for improving one’s life.
Earlier this year, in 2016, Wai Lana was honored with India’s prestigious Padma Shri award for her extraordinary achievements in popularizing yoga globally. Wai Lana is one of only two Chinese nationals to ever win a Padma Shri award in its 62-year history.
The Padma Awards are the highest and most well-known civilian awards in India for exceptional and distinguished achievement in a particular field of human endeavor.
Wai Lana is not only a beautiful and charming yoga teacher, she is a mother of three, grandmother of six, songwriter, author, and genuine advocate for helping people from all walks of life attain inner peace and well-being. Wai Lana has produced several yoga
DVDs for people of all levels, published books, designed kids’ yoga products, recorded music albums, released a meditation kit, developed a complete line of yoga gear, and even has her own line of all-natural snacks.
Raja Rao, an acclaimed Indian-American author had also received the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award
University of Texas has acquired his works for further research on humanities
Rao completed his education in Aligarh Muslim University and later moved to France for specialized studies
Globally acclaimed Indian-American author and philosopher Raja Rao had built quite an exquisite collection of his works over the years in the form of novels, poems, short stories, essays and talks, often departing from the generic western novel theme and mixing a dab of indigenous ways of assimilating his material. Today, 10 years after he passed away, University of Texas has acquired his works to advance their research on arts and humanities, said a NDTV report.
Raja Rao (1908-2006) is well known for his “The Great Indian Way: A Life of Mahatma Gandhi” (1998), which is about Gandhi’s life in Africa. His other notable works include ‘Kanthapura’ (1938), ‘The Serpent and the Rope'(1960) and ‘The Chessmaster and his Moves’ (1988). Apart from these, his works include a few written in Sanskrit, French and native Kannada.
Raja Rao was honored with India’s highest award in the field of Literature, the Padma Bhushan Award, in 1969, and also the Padma Vibhushan Award in 2007. His genius helped him win the prestigious Indian National Academy of Letters’ Sahitya Akademi Award for Literature in 1964 for the philosophical novel ‘The Serpent and the Rope,’ a novel revolving around the breakdown of his marriage.
The Harry Ransom Center is an archive, museum and humanities research center in the University of Texas in Austin, that specializes in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts across Europe and the USA. While praising Rao, the Ransom Center said to NDTV, “It’s a notable acquisition in part because Rao is widely considered to have been one of India’s most noted authors, having received the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and other honours”.
Raja Rao completed his primary education in the Muslim schools of Aligarh Muslim University and the University of Madras, after which he moved to France to study at University of Montpellier. Rao is known to have researched about Indian influence on Irish literature in his years of study.
Born on 8 November, 1908 in Mysore, Rao breathed his last in 2006 in Austin, Texas.
Ruskin Bond, a wonderful Indian author, who has won the hearts of many with his intriguing words. He is best known as a children’s’ story writer and is considered as one of the greatest Indian authors of the English language.
Few things about the author that will give you a glimpse of his life:
Ruskin Bond was born on May 19, 1934, in Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.
He spent his childhood in Jamnagar (Gujarat), Dehradun, and Shimla.
In 1950, he wrote his first short story titled “Untouchables” when he was just 16.
After completing his schooling, he moved to England for further education. It was there that he completed his first novel “The Room On The Roof” when he was seventeen and it got published when he was 21. This novel received the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial prize in 1957.
Initially, many of his stories were also published in newspapers and magazines.
His stories have also been adapted by many film makers. The Hindi movie Junoon was based on his novel “A Flight of Pigeons” which was produced by Shashi Kapoor and directed by Shyam Benegal.
Saath Khoon Maaf (based on Susanna’s Seven Husbands) and The Blue Umbrella (based on a book with the same title) both directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Ruskin Bond, in fact collaborated with Bhardwaj in the making of The Blue Umbrella which won the National Award for Best Children’s film.
He has been writing since 40 years and within this span of his writing career, he has written more than three hundred short stories, essays, novels, over thirty books of children and two volumes of autobiographies.
His writing career has brought him a number of awards. He received the Sahitya Academy Award (1992) for English writing in India for Our Trees Still Grow In Dehra. Other awards include Padma Shri (1991) and Padma Bhushan (2014).
Here is a short poem by Ruskin Bond:
This leaf, so complete in itself,
Is only part of the tree.
And this tree, so complete in itself,
Is only part of the forest.
And the forest runs down from the hill to the sea,