Spirituality merits inclusion in educational syllabus: Sri M ‘Love thy patient,’ social reformer-yogi tells AIIMS docs

New Delhi, Feb 26: Spirituality merits inclusion in the syllabus in the country’s educational institutions so as to introduce students to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject, social reformer Sri M said today.
“At the higher levels of academic studies like research, it can also help scholars concentrate better. A bit of meditation would always be good to bring down the kind of unrest you see in universities these days,” the spiritual guide noted in an interaction with audience at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) here.
Delivering a lecture on ‘Spiritual Health: Fourth Dimension of Holistic Health, the 67-year-old yogi-educationist, who is currently on a 16-month pan-India padayatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir stressing the need for interfaith harmony, called upon medical practitioners to “love your patient”, thus deliver a healing touch.
“Along with prescribing medicines and homilies, you can suggest certain exercises of therapeutic value to the mind,” added the speaker, who was born in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram as Mumtaz Ali Khan and went on to receive tutelage from Maheshwarnath Baba in the Himalayas.
Sri M, whose Delhi round of the ‘Walk of Hope’ with 70-plus volunteers is typically packed with his meeting the public besides leaders across the political spectrum and influential figures, exhorted people to “get past conditioned thinking” and make individual efforts in expanding minds.
“Without mental health, physical fitness is of no big use. One has to constantly engage the mind to come up with new thoughts that can add value to life,” he noted in the 40-minute talk at the function chaired by AIIMS Director Dr. M.C. Misra.
Dr. Misra, renowned for his advances in trauma healthcare, said Sri M’s 7,500-km padayatra “is a pilgrimage” that mirrored the mind and hopes of a nation.
Top AIIMS functionaries Prof. Balram Airon, Prof S.K. Acharya, Dr. Chandrakant S Pandav and Dr. Shashi Kant also spoke.
The Srinagar-bound walk, which also hosts cultural evenings, will conclude after 500 days of journey in early May this year. Its Delhi round, which features a concert at Nehru Park tomorrow (Saturday evening) by famed Indian Ocean music band, is slated to end on March 4, when the padayatra will cross over to Haryana.
Sri M, whose autobiography whose autobiography ‘Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master’ is a best-seller, had observed two days of nirahar satyagraha at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday and Thursday.
In his fortnight-long Delhi leg, Sri M has already met President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his predecessor Sheila Dixit and a few union ministers as well as jurists besides leaders of various religious and social organisations

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