Kamlesh Patel also known as Daaji, Guide of Heartfulness, the author of ‘The Heartfulness Way’ & ‘Designing Destiny’; joined Kabir Bedi, a well-known actor, and the author of ‘Stories I Must Tell’; in an enthralling conversation about the books, spirituality, meditation, yoga, and designing one’s destiny. Daaji and Kabir Bedi shared their life experiences and their encounters with spirituality. Kabir Bedi spoke about his parents instilling spiritual teachings into him at a young age and how that influenced his life in the later years. The discussion was aimed at understanding spirituality and destiny at a deeper level.
Spirituality and Meditation
During the discussion, Kabir Bedi spoke about his inner strength, dealing with setbacks and losses, and his experiences as a Buddhist monk. He also spoke about his encounter with Vipassana meditation at a very formative age and the quality of being able to observe one’s mind through meditation has remained with him all his life. He further spoke about how being exposed to spirituality and meditation at a young age, gave him an inherent strength to deal with setbacks later in his life. Daaji explained in detail about Heartfulness meditation and its significance in life. He offered tips on Yoga and emphasized the fact that mental & emotional well-being is very important in one’s life to flourish, and to pursue their passion.
Speaking about yoga being touted as a cure-all, Guide of Heartfulness, Daaji said, “It is already too late to dig a well when there’s fire. Now that we have realized this, it is an opportunity for all of us to strengthen our mental, physical, and emotional abilities and also advance spiritually. Yoga has been misunderstood as a cure for all. It is not a cure for all. When practiced only at a physical level, yoga cannot impact your soul. Asanas and Pranayamas only improve our physical health. They are a part of yoga, and not yoga itself. Our emotional, mental, and spiritual self, are more important than our physical self; and therefore, vital for holistic wellbeing.“
Conversing with Daaji about destiny, Kabir Bedi said, “I consider myself fortunate to have experienced and grown up with two different cultural traditions. One from my father’s lineage and another through my mother. Both cultures are deep-rooted in spirituality and have been influential in my life. Having interacted with many spiritual teachers, I have tried to imbibe their teachings throughout my life. The Stories I must tell are a collection of such deeply felt moments and experiences. It was a great privilege to have this conversation with Daaji, who has such immense knowledge about Yoga and spirituality.“
Kabir Bedi asked Daaji to share his thoughts on destiny and whether it is true that destiny is pre-determined, as most people regard destiny as something pre-ordained or pre-fixed. Daaji explained that If Destiny was written on stone, then it would be futile to work, educate ourselves, make our lives better. If the end result is fixed, then there is no use for our actions, intentions, and thoughts. But this is half the truth. “Destiny is the result of our actions. For example, If I did not study pharmacy, if I did not educate myself, I would not have been exposed to the results of my education. Having said that, there are also many external forces, circumstances, situations that influence our destiny. But with our attitude, thoughts, intentions, and actions, we can change our destiny. external forces, circumstances, can also distract us from the path and change our destiny. Destiny can change anytime due to many influencers, while some are in our control, some may not be in our control.“
The full conversation can be watched free on the below links:
About Stories, I Must Tell: The book is actor Kabir Bedi’s memoir in his own words. In the book, Kabir bears his soul and tells the stories closest to his heart. His first encounter with the Beatles as a student in Delhi, sudden move to Bombay, his exciting years in advertising, his extraordinarily successful career abroad, and many painful setbacks. Kabir describes each phase of his life with intricate details, be it his relationships or the traumatic events following his divorces. He articulates his tryst with spirituality at a young age, Stories I Must Tell is unusually candid and holds nothing back. It is the story of a middle-class boy from Delhi, his roller-coaster journey across the globe, the making, unmaking, and remaking of Kabir Bedi.
About Heartfulness Institute: Heartfulness, is a Raja Yoga system of meditation, which is also known as ‘Sahaj Marg’, or the ‘Natural Path’. It originated at the turn of the twentieth century and was formalized with the founding of the Shri Ram Chandra Mission in 1945 in India. With several million practitioners worldwide, Heartfulness meditation is a set of practices for self-development that help us find inner calm and stillness in our fast-paced world. The easily adopted practices are appropriate for people from all walks of life, cultures, religious beliefs, and economic statuses, over the age of fifteen. Ongoing Heartfulness meditation training can be found at thousands of schools and colleges, and over 100,000 professionals are meditating in corporations, non-governmental, and government bodies worldwide. More than 5000 Heartfulness Centres, known as HeartSpots, are supported by many thousands of certified volunteer trainers in 160 countries.