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Swami calms exam stress

Some spiritual soup for the stressed-out students’ soul?

With annual exams round the corner, students of Jusco School in South Park got a much-needed pep talk from spiritual guru-cum- social reformer Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha on campus on Wednesday.

Tirtha, in town to deliver a series of lectures, visited the Bistupur school after its authorities requested him to talk to students stressed due to academic pressure.

The speaker, who founded Narayanashrama Tapovanam in Thrissur, Kerala, started narrating how he embraced sanyasa at the age of 23 years and since then has toured across the country.

Widely revered as a scholar of ancient Hindu scriptures, he said he belonged to the Tirtha lineage of Adi Sankaracharya.

He asked students to develop the practice of pronouncing Aum that comprises all vowels and consonants. He also made schoolgoers practise it thrice and said Aum’s cultural significance went beyond religion.

“This is an oral articulation exercise. The first sound that comes out of your mouth is ‘aaa’ and when you close it, there is the ‘hmm’ sound. In between there is ‘au’ sound. When combined together, you get Aum. All vowels and consonants rest within it. Reciting it regularly can control ageing and tension. Believe me, it has nothing to do with religion,” said the Swami.

He also spoke how epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, which were storehouses of knowledge, were in danger of being neglected by the younger generation.

The spiritual went on to speak about personality and the human mind.

“You must aim for the best results and for that you have to give sufficient rest to your mind. Sleep for a minimum of seven to eight hours a day. Wake up early and feel the morning freshness. The morning is the best time of the day because nature is not polluted then. Remember, while body is matter and energy, the personality of a man is dictated by his mind, intelligence and ego,” said he said.

The swami also interacted with students, answering their questions with patience.

“Students are very stressed about exams these days. The idea of this interactive session was conceived by principal of our school Shovna De,” said Mili Sinha, a teacher of Jusco School, South Park.