Acharya Prashant interacts with IIT Delhi students on mental health      

Monday, 15 APRIL 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

The founder of PrashantAdvait Foundation and former civil service officer Acharya Prashant while interacting with IIT Delhi students on mental health stressed on a deep connection between mind and spirituality. “The mind can be controlled through spirituality which strengthens inner peace and provides a feeling of connection with a power greater than oneself,” he said.  Over 1000 people from across the country participated in the session held under the aegis of the Alumni Association IIT Delhi in Dogra Hall.

He said that even after people change everything around them they cannot get peace.  “People change houses, change jobs and even after changing all this, the mind does not find peace. The mind needs something; without it, it will not stop. Without it, it will keep running here and there. Wherever you run, you run with your thoughts,” he said.  

Acharya Prashant continued: “In the race to get ahead, man has become lonely. We don’t know what we are, why we are living, what our purpose is. Due to these reasons, mental depression is occurring in the youth. First of all, we have to know ourselves. Only spirituality can help us with that. Spirituality can remove the stress from our daily lives. Research has proven that spirituality can benefit both the mind and the body.”

“Spiritual practices help reduce negative emotions, find meaning, and deepen relationships with others. Spirituality helps overcome issues such as self-esteem, low self-confidence, lack of self-control, and fear of daily tasks and challenges. It can also directly strengthen mental health. Even those who do not follow any religion can benefit from spirituality. It is a prevalent concept that spirituality is for those who are associated with a particular religion. But it is not so. Spirituality is necessary for every human being,” he said.

While dwelling on the surging cases of depression and mental disorders, he said that humans are rapidly moving towards a world in which every person would be mad. “A human may look healthy from outside but psycho (mad) from within. What will you do then? Self-knowledge is the only solution,” he averred.

After the session, Acharya Prashant gifted a Holistic Individual Development Program (HIDP) created by him to the IIT Delhi students so as to help them develop themselves spiritually.

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