Muscat: On the occasion of the UN International Day of Non-violence and the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Raja Yoga Center for Self-Development in association with Embassy of India, Muscat organised a programme in Crystal Ballroom in Hotel Grand Millennium, Muscat.
World renowned motivational and empowerment speaker, BK Sister Shivani from India was the keynote speaker for the event titled Awakening Love and Forgiveness, which was also graced by HE Munu Mahawar, the Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Said bin Saif al Kalbani, the Minister of Social Development, Mr. Nizar Juma, a leading businessman in Africa and Canada, BK Sister Jyoti, the Director of Raja Yoga Centers in the Middle East, BK Sister Gayathri, the Director of Raja Yoga Center in Muscat, among other diplomats and dignitaries.
On her debut visit to the Sultanate, Sister Shivani, the Goodwill Ambassador of World Psychiatry Association and the recipient of Woman of the Decade Achievers Award from the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry, India, spoke about the importance of eradicating terror from our minds as it is the only way to eradicate terror from the world.
Sister Shivani, who is also a famous TV personality and best-selling author on Amazon India, enlightened the audience on the meaning of real non-violence. She gave an eye-opening explanation on how everyone is contributing, even though inadvertently, to the rapidly multiplying violence of the world through their negative emotions like anger, hatred, jealousy, etc. She expressed her wish to see Muscat become the anger-free city and to see the Sultanate of Oman become an example for the world.
Sister Shivani, who has more than 59 million followers on YouTube and 2 million followers on her Facebook page, also guided the audience to take benefit from the free meditation courses conducted by the Raja Yoga Center in Muscat and to take part in the regular free guided meditation programs held by the Center.
Mr. Munu Mahawar, the Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman shared that the Embassy of India is organizing a series of activities in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi between October 2, 2018 and October 2, 2020.
Mr. Nizar Juma, Chairman and Director of many companies and banks in Africa, shared his experience in Raja Yoga meditation. The audience were enthralled to know how Raja Yoga meditation has helped him personally in his physical, mental and emotional well being, professionally in the running of 65 companies and socially as he tours the world delivering talks and conducting spiritual programs for the benefit of millions of people.
BK Sister Jyoti, the Director of Raja Yoga Centers in the Middle East, also shared her good wishes for the spiritual journey of everyone.
Sharing about the activities of the Raja Yoga Center in Muscat, the Director Sister Gayatri said that the center offers a wide range of meditation courses, public events, workshops, seminars, retreats, numerous social service activities in partnership with community organisations, UN agencies and government ministries, to help people gain positive perspectives towards personal, family and professional lives. She also mentioned that all courses and programs are provided free of charge by the Center as a community service.
The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated by release of Indian postal stamps and with the screening of special videos on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, his invaluable teachings as well as videos of the Mahatma’s favourite devotional song ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye Je’ in the voice of popular singer Haitham Mohammed Rafi and also in a blend of voices from over 40 countries in the rendition of the Gujarati hymn as a global fusion medley. Around 1500 people attended the program.
On public demand, the Raja Yoga Center also organised two other talks of Sister Shivani – one for business leaders of the Sultanate and another for public that was attended by more than 800 people.