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As Northern India witnesses dangerous levels of air pollution, spiritual custodians come together to awaken masses towards urgent need for sustainable environmental management. On 12 Nov 2019 DJJS Nature Conservation Program – Sanrakshan in collaboration with Dept. of Political Science, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur organized a unique socio- cultural & spiritual event ’ॐ द्यौः शान्ति (Om Dhyaho Shanti ) at Diksha Bhawan, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur. Assimilating the widely ignored spiritual dimension of life, this state- of- art event designed by DJJS Sanrakshan, took a unique approach in addressing the current environmental crisis by invoking vedic wisdom for sustainable environmental management.

The event was jointly chaired by Shri V.K. Singh Ji, Vice- Chancellor, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur and Swami Narendranand Ji, National Secretary, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan. Shri Jagambika Pal, Member of Parliament, Dumariyaganj, U.P. graced the event as Chief Guest.Expressing their concern towards the looming environmental issue, environment compassionate dignitaries from the city, namely, Shri Seeta Ram Jaiswal, Mayor, Gorakhpur; Shri Pushpdant Jain, State Vice President, Vyapari Kalyan Board, U.P.; Dr. Kaustubh, S.P. (City), Gorakhpur; Shri R.K. Shrivastav, ADM (City), Gorakhpur; Shri K.K. Shukla, AIG (Registration), Gorakhpur; Shri H.K. Shukla, DIG (Registration), Dehradun; Shri Subhash Ji, Goraksh Prant Pracharak, RSS; Shri Pradeep Pandey Ji, Goraksh Prant Sangathan Mantri, VHP; Prof. Gopal Prasad Ji, HOD Dept. of Political Science, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur; Shri P.K. Mal, State General Secretary, Hindu Yuva Vahini; Shrimati Sudha Modi, Founding President, Aggarwal Mahila Mandal, Gorakhpur, Shri Ashok Jaiswal, Philanthropist, Golghar and Shri Praveen Shrivastav, Social Activist marked their presence as special guests in the event.

The program commenced with a soulful devotional concert, anchored by Sadhvi Manimala Bharti Ji, daughter disciple of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji. Apprising the audience of the core meaning of the shanti mantra and setting the theme of the program Sadhvi ji said, “Mankind is craving for peace, infact the story of development is actually the story of human search for peace and prosperity. Unfortunately, restless human mind in search of peace, in due course, has actually proliferated unrest all around. Therefore the Vedic shanti mantra ॐ द्यौः शान्ति is actually an invocation calling for peace of mind. When the mind is at peace, peace is attained.”

Based on this very premise the program intended to introduce masses to the ancient supreme knowledge- Brahm Gyan which was instrumental in setting peace in restless human mind- the core cause of all human maladies of the times.

The devotional concert was followed by the Indian tradition of lamp lighting by the dignitaries. Subsequently, DJJS environment expert and Pan- India Program Incharge Sadhvi Aditi Bharti Ji took the audience towards a unique theatrical performance of an ancient environmental case- study written in Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Mahapuran. She explained, “As the scientific enquiry into the social questions is available to us in the form of their research papers published in various journals, India has graced the humanity with the foolproof life researches published in the form of ageless Indian scriptures not only discussing life and social issues but providing eternal solutions to these issues. This saga from ancient Indian purana Devi Bhagwat is not just an exaggerated story from the past rather is a perfect parallel showcasing not only the gravity of the current environmental crisis but also revealing the fool proof solution to the problem.”

The audience was left  spell- bound witnessing the remarkable performance by the troop of young DJJS Nature Conservators & selfless disciples of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, head and founder of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan.

Later, Swami Arjunanand Ji, DJJS Gorakhpur branch coordinator, introduced the audience to a unique sustainable living initiative #EkAchiAadat crafted by DJJS Sanrakshan to achieve sustainable environmental management. The panel of guests held up the posters of #EkAchiAadat to initiative the campaign in Gorakhpur, U.P.

Addressing the audience the Hon’ble Panelists namely, Shri V.K. Singh Ji, Vice – Chancellor, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur; Dr. Kaustubh, S.P. (city), Gorakhpur; Shri Pushpdant Jain, State Vice President, Vyapari Kalyan Board, U.P. appreciated the initiative taken by DJJS for the environmental betterment of the city and urged the audience to connect with the initiative and shoulder their responsibility towards nature.

In a special address, Hon’ble Chief Guest, Shri Jagdambika Pal, M.P. Dumariyaganj & ex- CM, Uttar Pradesh, quoted the vedic verse state that the man and earth share a relationship of mother and child and acknowledging this relationship is of utmost importance in conserving the environment. He saluted the selfless work of DJJS and appreciated the dedication of the preachers of the organization who have devoted their lives for the betterment of the society. He also motivated the audience to head on the path of sustainable living to ensure conservation of nature for future generations.  

In valedictory remarks, Swami Narendranand ji, National Secretary, DJJS knitted the entire program into a conceptual summary and expressed the wide vision of the organization – ‘Self Awakening to Global Peace’. Elaborating upon the great vedic solution for crisis, he said that “The profound Divine science of Self- Realization (Brahm Gyan) is the only knowledge in the universe through which the mind can be bridled and its power can be used for conservation and re- construction. DJJS social programs are a living testimony transformatory power of  Brahm Gyan. Extending gratitude towards the guests and attendees, Shri Gopal Prasad Ji, H.O.D. Dept. of Political Science, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur and the key person who was instrumental in bringing about this collaboration, emphasized that the program was conceived with an idea of fulfilling the spiritual need of residents of Gorakhpur. 

The program was followed by High Tea and theme- based Sanrakshan exhibition was show- cased for the audience. In addition, as a symbol of environmental action, DJJS Sanrakshan distributed over 700 saplings to the audience.

Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, founded and headed by His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji is a unique socio- spiritual organisation working across the globe for the establishment of World Peace. With its distinct vision “From Self Awakening to Global Peace”, DJJS beholds spiritual awakening of individuals as panacea to diverse global problems. Practically realizing the same, DJJS runs 9 different social programs addressing almost all social qualms right from prisoners reformation, drug de- addiction,  holistic health, holistic education to the underprivileged, gender equality, welfare for blind and physically challenged to issues like nature conservation, Indian cow breed improvement, management of agro- ecosystems and  disaster management.  Sanrakshan is a unique environmental protection initiative of DJJS, dedicated to the re- establishmentof fading human- nature relationship as a key to achieve sustainable nature conservation.  

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