The Maharishi University of Information Technology, Noida Campus, organized TEDx event on the theme ‘Awake to Oneself.’ The event was held in the Auditorium on Saturday, November 26, 2022, between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event was a grassroots level initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.”
The opening speaker of the TED Talk was Shri Ajay Prakash Shrivastava, (Hon’ble Chancellor, MUIT), setting the tone for the day with his talk aptly titled-how to wake up someone who is already awake. In his talk he took us through various states of consciousness, namely seven states as explained by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ji. He further apprised that in the body everyone might be awake, but true awakening is when one is awake to one’s self, which is possible with the experience of consciousness, and for getting the experience of consciousness, a technique is required. Just like we need a technique to extract all the richness of minerals and oil from the ground. He explained that Transcendental Meditation was this technique to experience our consciousness and experience what is being awake. His enriching talk about meditation gained the attention of the audience.
The next speaker was Dr. Rini Vohra Shrivastava, highlighted the rising cases of cardiac arrests stroke and other stress related health issues and the importance of handling them early. She mentioned her personal experience of overcoming traumatic and stressful situations with the daily practice of Transcendental Meditation. She is also a researcher working on research work on the stress levels of health professionals and surgeons at AIIMS.
Doctor Scott Herriot from Maharishi International University, Iowa, USA explained the three Eureka’s which can help us understand consciousness in the 21st century. In a very interesting fashion, he connected how the experience of consciousness can be understood with the personal experience of thousands of people, many references which can be found in the Vedic literature of India and modern scientific validation by top universities of the world. He quoted the explanations of consciousness from the Mandukya Upanishad. It was very interesting to hear Dr. Scott emphasizes the fact that all of this knowledge is there in the Vedic literature of India and it is just about bringing it to a practical level and in the personal experience of people, which he mentioned is possible through the technique of Transcendental Meditation brought about by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ji under the guidance of his Gurudev Swami Brahmanand Saraswati. Dr. Scott himself has been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for the last 50 + years.
The other TED speakers for the day were the luminaries from the world of academics and business that included Dr. Ambrish Vijayakar, Lt. Cdr. Bijay Nair, Mr. Sagar Shrivastav, Mr. Avi Vatsa, Mr. Ramveer Tanwar, Dr. Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, Mr. Rohit Gulati, Mrs. Sarah Nitin Rawat, Ms. Nidhi Behl Vats, and Ms. Debjani Mookherjee. All the speakers presented great, well-formed talks which were compelling.
This was followed by the discussion session by Ms. Aditi Shrivastava (Advisor, School of Science of Consciousness) and Mr. Ram Shrivastava (Director, Maharishi Ayurveda), moderated by Ms. Kamna Gaur (Transcendental Meditation Teacher). In this session, they talked about the goal of Consciousness Based Education-to hasten the enlightenment, to hasten the full enlivenment of that infinite potential which is latent in human consciousness. They further elaborated that that diving within oneself through transcending provides the most direct path to experiencing the full value of consciousness. Enlightenment, or reaching our full potential, is latent within us all, and it is cultivated through regular experiences of transcendence.
Mental health comprises our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It is also a determinant of how we handle stress. Thus, it is very important at every stage of life. The focus of transcendental meditation is to settle your body down to a state of restful alertness. Your body is deeply relaxed and your mind is quiet, but you’re wide awake. With this type of meditation, your active mind settles inward until you transcend to a state of pure consciousness which is the key to unlock the full potential of humankind and enhances mental health.
All staff and faculty members of Maharishi University of Information Technology, Noida were present for the event. The event was graced by the benign presence of Vice –Chancellor, Prof.(Dr.) B.P.Singh, DG, Prof. Group Captain O.P.Sharma and all the Deans, Dy. Deans of all the Schools of Noida campus. The event concluded with the distribution of certificates to the volunteers’ by Hon’ble Chancellor and vote of thanks by Mr. Gaurav Thakur and Ms. Kamna Gaur.