NIMHANS celebrated its 43rd Institute Day on 14th February 2017. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living and International Association of Human Values (IAHV) graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
The recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, and several international awards, Sri Sri captivated the audience with his talk on mind, meditation and consciousness.
Sri Sri, in his talk, expounded on the ancient Eastern idea of health, and how education about any system of health is only complete with the knowledge of the Self. Lauding the services of NIMHANS to the nation, he urged the faculty and staff of the Institute to take up the cause of creating mental wellness across the country, in the form of daily rituals to keep the mind healthy and setting up of happiness clinics where people could go for counselling or meditation.
Sri Sri added that NIMHANS should not only look at treating the sick, but also probe into the mechanics of consciousness, with some ancient texts such as Yoga Vasishtha as reference points.
The humanitarian leader also interacted with the audience and answered their questions.
Prof. BN Gangadhar, who presided over the event, presented a report highlighting the various developments and achievements of the Institute during the past year.