Sunday, July 25, 2010

Event Review:- Meet the Author-Speaker-Coach Venu Bhagavan

This Saturday (Jul 24 2010), EveningHour saw a meet and an interaction with the renowned speaker and author Venu Bhagavan.

Having received recognition after delivering 700 inspirational talks on different topics, it was an open-discussion with the author. Despite being a rainly evening, it had no adverse effect on the amount of people who joined the discussion nor in their enthusiasam.

The author started with a self introduction. His personal story has been rich with experiences:- brought up in a village, no formal college education, taking up small jobs in workshops, turning into business, learning English and finally discovering the speaker and writer in him. Given that his own life is an inspirational success-story, his discussions were involved around real-life incidents.

After the self introduction, the attendees were asked to introduce themselves. After each introduction, the author responded to the viewer's expectation from the discussion. The viewers poured in their opinions and queries in between. The response which the author gave was with lots of anecdotes and stories to which the viewers were able to relate easily. One of the discussions was surrounding how anger can be used positively, to which the author replied 'Anger is good when used at the right person for the right reason at the right intensity and in the right tone'. The numerous lines which the well-read author quoted and anecdotes he explained stated that he is not only an author, speaker, but also a profound thinker.

The author often talked about spirituality, effects of Karma and the dual nature of human mind. It proved that what we need in the society are not psychologists but philosphers- he himself seemed to be one. He was also extremely patient in responding to a number of questions which a little boy from Delhi Public School asked. He showed the parents present, by example, how to listen to small kids and how to nurture their inquisitveness.

What the meet perhaps lacked was a concrete topic. The discussion sometimes lost its direction. It proved good in some ways as the meet's purpose was an open discission. Because of this, the viewers were able to show the freedom to ask anything and everything.

In total, it was a very relaxed evening. The meet kept the viewers so interested that it went on after its scheduled time. The author also stayed back after the formal discussion to address personal queries. It was evident from the viewers' faces that they left the event with some of their questions answered.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

MANY LIVES, MANY MASTERS

Recently, a handful of visitors to EveningHour have asked me to recommend books on Psychology. While helping them with the books on Psychology, I picked up "MANY LIVES, MANY MASTERS" by Dr. Brian Weiss.

Dr.Weiss is a prominent psychiatrist and many of his books have been categorized under psychology. Though after reading through book, we realized that this has to be further sub-categorized under 'Para-Psychology'.

The book starts as follows:

"I know there is a reason for everything. Perhaps at the moment that an event occurs we have neither the insight nor the foresight to comprehend the reason, but with time and patience, it will come to light.

So it was with Catherine."

With that starting, the author takes us through Catherine's therapy sessions. Catherine is a young patient who had been having troubled dreams, bad relationships and more than one person has recommended her to go to Dr.Weiss. For several months, Dr.Weiss tried the traditional methods of therapy and none of them helped. Dr.Weiss turned to hypnosis and thus started his journey on the path of para-psychology.

During the hypnosis sessions, Catherine initially talked about her past lives, how she looked, trauma times, how she died and about a light that seems to be everywhere. When Dr.Weiss was skeptical, in the trance, she gave some messages which she claimed to be from Dr.Weiss's father and son who have died. This and a lot of other surprising revelations, led Dr.Weiss to believe for himself that reincarnation has been proved scientifically.

Points from the book that have created an impact:

"...Wisdom is achieved very slowly. This is because intellectual knowledge, easily acquired, must be transformed into 'emotional', or subconscious knowledge. Once transformed, the imprint is permanent".

"Happiness is really rooted in simplicity. The tendency to excessiveness in thought and action diminishes happiness. Excesses cloud basic values."

The book ends as follows:

"I hope that you will be helped by what you have read here, that your own fear of death has been diminished, and that the messages offered to you about the true meaning of life will free you to go about living yours to the fullest, seeking harmony and inner peace and reaching out in love to your fellow humans."

Whether you believe in GOD, reincarnations, soul and such concepts or not, this book gives you information that is very valuable. Do take time to read or at least peruse.