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Region 1 - Young Adults Programme: Integrating Spirituality Into Business

On Friday 21st September 2012, at the Sai Mandir, the youth of Region 1 were fortunate to an interactive session, with Brother Rishi Patel and Brother Thiru Nagappan, on the topic "Integrating Spirituality into Business." This was a particular topic of interest amongst our young budding Entrepreneurs, and was widely anticipated by those who attended.

Brother Rishi began the session with a brief introduction on themselves, and their role within their business, "Vedanta Trading"- which is a financial trading company launched in June 2010. Aside the financial aspects to the company, Brother Rishi introduced the key elements and practices followed by Vedanta Trading. Drawing on Swamiís words on His youth being like Lions, Brother Rishi spoke of the need for youth to be like the Lions that stand majestically upon the veranda in Prashanthi Nilayam, and how one must focus on the present, the moment and the now, to fulfil oneís duty.

Brother Thiru then spoke of how within their companyís day-to-day running, they integrate spirituality for the body, mind and soul. Beginning with prayers, reading of Holy Scriptures and meditation in the morning to focus the mind, they listen to vedam and prayers throughout the morning. This would be followed by exercise before lunch to maintain energy, and at the end of each day, a session for reflection and contemplation. It was particularly striking the emphasis placed upon these practices, within their company, despite working in an often high-pressured environment. Brother Thiru also discussed the importance of detachment and surrendering every action to God.

Putting the teachings into practice, we were then asked to act out role plays, based upon differing scenarios from; bullying at school, dealing with a difficult boss and coping with peer pressure. This was followed with a question and answer session. We are grateful to Brother Rishi and Brother Thiru for their thought-provoking and insightful session on "Integrating Spirituality into Business."

Sai Ram
Aberamy Gnaneswaran
Region 1 Youth Co-ordinator