You are warmly invited to attend the Fifth Annual International Festival on Yog, Culture and Spirituality being organized at Dev Sanskriti University over a course of six days from 1st to 6th October, 2015. This symposium will offer presentations, lively activities, and practice sessions on the spiritual practices and healing arts of ancestral India. These will include Yoga, Pranayama, Pragya Pranic Healing, Acupressure, Ayurvedic Panchkarma, Naturopathy, Yagya Therapy, Deep Yagna and Deep Daan. Interactive presentations on these subjects will be offered by eminent national and International experts and authorities in the field. A showcase of its rich and exuberant culture will also be presented through various artistic performances by our students and guests. The Festival will be structured in a manner to facilitate exchange of ideas, practices, and philosophies between all the festival attendees.
Additional goals include:
• assimilating the knowledge on yogic sciences onto a single platform.
• developing practices of various yogic disciplines for common disorders.
• sharing the benefits of various alternative therapies with all.
• exhibiting the importance and relevance of Indian culture in the contemporary world.
• developing a more complete understanding of the role of spiritual principles in building a better
Indian culture is described as one of the first cultures in the world extant over 5000 years now with lots of diversity and changes in it. The current resurgence of our traditional practices of spiritual and healing arts is an effort to preserve the roots of Indian culture and help share them with the world. The central theme and essence of our culture was to see the entire world as the manifestation of the self with various insights into it providing solutions to the problems of modern era as well. Yoga, for example, is one such practice that can be traced back to our Vedic scriptures, which are a rich source of knowledge in themselves. Sage Patanjali then played a key role in systematizing the truth of Yoga, which aims at maintaining a state of mental and physical equilibrium under all circumstances. After the exposure of science of yoga, initiated by Swami Vivekananda in the Western World, yoga in its most efficient form is being adopted for holistic development in various parts of the world now. Yoga along with Complementary & Alternative Medicine Systems (CAM), including Ayurveda, acupressure, pranic healing, panchkarma, etc., are being used for the treatment of various disorders across the globe today. Hence, it deserves to be the central theme of our festival as well.
The refinement of human consciousness, by elimination of evil tendencies and focus on self-realization, has also been given a lot of emphasis and importance in our ancient spiritual texts. In its true sense, inculcating and imbibing of higher values within oneself has been defined as ‘spirituality’. The purity of the intrinsic faith and the arousal of the inner sentiments are important for the realization of the divinity within us. Thus, in light of the need of the hour, which is to alleviate the suffering of human beings around the globe and make it a better place to live, we here at the Yog, Culture and Spirituality (YCS) festive 2015 will try to come together to learn and contribute something to the society for its betterment. The preparations have under full swing and we’re eagerly looking forward to seeing you all soon at Haridwar again!