135 Households in Meghalaya Have Received the Gift of Light

Posted on: Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

Even after 45 years of statehood, there are some villages in Meghalaya which are still reeling under darkness. So much for development!

Ironic indeed to witness politicians and social organizations demanding for the inclusion of Shillong in the Smart City list when half of Meghalaya is still lagging behind in various sectors, be it infrastructure, health, education and connectivity.

Interestingly, while, the state Government continues to face rural electrification problem, till now, 345 villages in Meghalaya is yet to be electrified.

For years now, rural populace of Khrang village in Mawkynrew block of East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya continues to live in partial darkness. Like Khrang village, there are still so many villages in Meghalaya which are still reeling under darkness despite the implementation of the centrally sponsored scheme — Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.

It was informed that majority of the households in Khrang village has to continue living in darkness simply because the Meghalaya Electric Corporation Limited could not pay a huge amount of money to set up transformers.

When the government cannot provide the people the basic amenities, then a second agency comes to the rescue. In this case, it’s the Art of Living which is an international NGO which works towards the welfare of the rural folks.

One of the villagers, Barishisha while expressing her joy said, “Over 135 households in this villages has been living under darkness for several years, but today it’s a big day for us since for the first time in a long time, we are going to get access to electricity. Thanks to the solar lamps distributed by Art of Living!”

The situation is such that in the entire village, over 50-60 houses can hardly light a bulb and for the majority living in the village, access to electricity is but a distant dream.

This is where the Art of Living stepped in. Under its ‘Light a home’ project, volunteers of Art of Living reached out to the people of the villages and distributed around 135 solar lamps to brighten up their lives and lit a hope of light. This initiative is first of its kind in Meghalaya.

‘Light A Home’ initiative laid its foundation during October 2012. The aim of this initiative is to bring clean and affordable lighting to 360 million people in India living in 74 million rural households who do not have access to electricity” says Suparna Mordani, a senior faculty of Art of Living.

Majority of these people rely on kerosene and other fuels to meet their lighting needs, which is hazardous to both their health and to the environment.

The state Government has proposed to electrified these villages under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, a total of 63.03 crore will be sanctioned under this scheme.

It may be mentioned that altogether 136 Meghalaya villages have been electrified in the first week of August this year under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna.

While State Government is busy in formulating policies to electrify villages, the practical example set by an NGO in a village is welcomed. Now the NGO is planning to take up more such initiative to reach out to people.

Source: The North East Today


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Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 12 with Gurudev Sri Sri at Art of Living Center, Bangalore

Posted on: Saturday, January 21, 2017 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

Venture into the realm of timeless wisdom with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Having spoken to Arjuna on different aspects of life, Lord Krishna talks about the importance of bhakti (devotion) in Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita - The Yoga of Devotion.
Explore this chapter with commentary by Gurudev at the Art of Living International Center, Bangalore and understand the essence of devotion in a seeker’s life.

Date: 27 - 29 January 2017

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Let’s Bring Normalcy to Tamil Nadu with the Hope That Jallikattu Gets Back by Next Pongal: Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2017 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

I am with the people of Tamil Nadu. I understand their sentiments and support them fully.

Jallikattu is a game for which both the bull and the people are prepared well. The animal is sacred for the people who raise these bulls. The bulls are considered a part of the family and are worshipped. The sport is neither meant to be cruel to animals nor cause injuries to people. If injuries are caused, that has to be taken care of. In the Kumbh Mela, we have lost so many lives, many die in train accidents. If people die on the roads we cannot ban vehicles. If you want to ban this, then what about horses who are tamed for horse riding? The same could also be called cruelty. Instead of banning the ancient sport, regulations to minimize accidents and mischief by fringe elements should be in place and enforced. Safety regulations can be introduced to minimize casualties.

If we want to genuinely show our love for animals, let us focus on banning slaughter houses, which are endangering the indigenous breeds of animals. In Orissa, 15 local breeds have gone extinct. Tamil Nadu has managed to preserve these native breeds and Jallikattu is one of the reasons why they have been able to do so.

We need to re-look at the whole situation. There needs to be an honest representation of facts in the court. People should appeal again to the court and the case must be revisited in fair light.

However, I appeal to people of Tamil Nadu, not to allow anti-social elements to hijack this movement and cause violence and chaos in the state. Let’s keep politics and anti-social elements out of this movement for justice. Have patience. These laws cannot be repealed overnight. The youth have made their point with the massive protest. Now I appeal to them to go back to schools and colleges.

Unfortunately, people think that this is the doing of the government. I would request the youth to educate their fellow protestors that the government cannot do much in this case because the matter is sub judice in the court. Let an appeal be made in the court. We still have one year. I hope that Jallikattu will be back by next Pongal.

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