In an era of cut throat competition,where youngsters are highly burdened,spiritual organisations in the city are going for a major makeover to address the growing needs of todays youth.
With the introduction of social networking site and collaborations with colleges to propagate youth-centric activities,institutions such as Ramakrishna Math and ISKCON have attracted students,promising personality development and discovery of self.
Competition and career have led us to formulate a faith which is scientific-based and logically explained. Success requires prerequisites and we help people achieve control over their mind and body through spirituality. We try to provide benefits in a logical way and have started study circles and science groups in colleges,where alumni from these colleges help the current batch of students, says Jai Gopal Das,a counsellor at ISKCON and an architect by profession.
Students learn through colleagues and peers and not necessarily through preachers. Following the policies of Krishna consciousness,ISKCON has started picnics,which includes fun-filled activities to help youngsters build confidence,express ideas and develop their personalities.
Das explains,We see students who are unable to express themselves in front of 200 people or on the stage and so to remove stage fright and enhance self esteem through the use of meditation and yoga.
At Ramakrishna Math too,talks about youth conventions on its website include ideas such as positive thinking,anger management,inter-personal relationships and overcoming fear. These camps may focus on leadership skills,character building,time management,self respect and emotional stability, says Swami Shrikanthananda from the Math. We have used technology to perpetrate faith,he adds.
Not to be left far behind is Art of Living,which has recently begun Rock Satsangs to propagate their beliefs,developing on the concept of concerts. Amit Thanedar from the organisation says,We began this programme to create awareness about drug and alcohol abuse. We have tried to include the marginalised youth and drug victims and tried to show that intoxication is possible without substance abuse.