[Note from Aneeta: Last year (2018), I joined a programme called the ‘Mindfulness Masterclass Programme. The master trainer was a man who is quite simply known as SwamiGuru. When we graduated from the course on 5 January 2019, SwamiGuru presented a speech and, with his permission, I’ve been allowed to publish here.]
With the blessings, love and grace of the Divine Mother, I wish you good evening and bid you welcome to our inaugural graduation ceremony of the Mindfulness Masterclass Programme (‘MMP’ for short).
A warm welcome also to our Chief Guest, Vaidya Dr. C D Siby, YBhg Tan Sri Datuk Seri Azlanii Dr. M. Mahadevan, YBhg Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Dr. Amir Farid Isahak, my students, 7C family and distinguished guests.
MMP started out with another name – ‘Walk With Swami’ (on which this story’s title is based). It was a 9-month course with an added 90-day practical session. We began in May 2018 with 22 students. Today, all 22 of them graduate from this course.
The aim of MMP was to teach my students to acquire the ability to rise above their circumstances and attain greatness in life. This is because we live in a word that is full of adversity and it is a challenge to understand what is in front of us and manage it while being positive. Through the teachings, I hoped that they would take control of their lives.
In the past nine months, 22 of them changed from within. MMP changed their thinking, how enthusiastic they were for life, helped them discover their hidden talents, put their life’s purpose on course and ensured that they became the human beings they are meant to be.
The teachings of MMP are based on the Dharma Sastram or Law of the Universe. These laws are already embedded in the Vedas and I like to call it Vedic Science. There are 12 laws of the universe that control the success of a human being. They are:
- The Law of Divine Oneness
- The Law of Vibration
- The Law of Action
- The Law of Correspondence
- The Law of Cause and Effect
- The Law of Compensation
- The Law of Attraction
- The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy
- The Law of Relativity
- The Law of Polarity
- The Law of Rhythm
- The Law of Gender
There are also 21 Sub-Laws that are governed by the Higher Self. In a more common setting, they are referred to as human characteristics. They are:
- Non-Interference (Detachment)
- Unconditional Love
A complete understanding and practice of these dharmas, will render you ‘invincible’. It takes you to a place that we have called ‘space’ where you will wish for nothing, but to bask in the glory of Divine Love. You do not require any power because you will know that all power is already in you. In fact, it would be very difficult for your fellow friends and loved ones to even understand you. It will get lonely from the human perspective, but you will be filled with pure Divine Love and care. That’s the only thing that will keep you alive.
The graduates today were evaluated on their humanity, gratitude, being in the present moment, application of knowledge, spirituality and beyond spiritual inclinations. However, only the first four determined their final grades.
When I evaluated them, to my amazement, all of them have clearly understood the teachings and the values. They are all at different level of applying their teaching into their daily lives. Practicing and changing life, while living is not an easy task. Despite that, they all have made me proud by committing themselves to the learning and not giving up.
The students were also asked to answer a set of 33 specific questions. When I as ked the question, “What is Fear?” Here are some of the answers my wonderful students gave (some were beyond my expectations):
- Fear is an unpleasant emotion felt on a situation or an event, that is created in the mind before it can be even [crystalised] in real life.
- Imaginary and something that only exists in my head.
- False interpretation of the future.
- Fear is the product of, lack of understanding, lack of faith and lack of self believe.
- Fear is not knowing that you are blessed and protected.
- Nothing but a consequence of action without confidence.
- Uncertainty fuelled by imagination.
When I asked the question, “What is love?” their responses were as follows:
- Love is the purest form of emotion man can have, it heals, it gets bigger if you share it with many people.
- Positive feelings without a reason.
- Love is that wonderful emotion and feeling state, where we feel connected with all others in a pure way.
- Love is a sensation that is present in our being. It is the euphoric sense of joy and excitement that is the energy of giving and compassion and unconditional. Love has no boundaries in serving.
- The knowledge that the Divine is with you always.
I think I have created many potential poets.
Their answers to these questions are why I said that my students have understood the teachings. The challenge now is that they have to practice it intensively to go beyond where humans have gone before. Without practice, it is not going to change who they are. This is just the learning. They must understand the importance of spirituality and use it as a foundation to lead a great successful life. It makes the understanding of the teaching far more powerful. After all, nothing is impossible with Divine intervention.
Before I end my speech, I would like to congratulate the top scorers of the class led by valedictorian – Veejay Muniappan – Aneeta Sundararaj, Dr. Sharmila Surinarayanan, Malini Perianan and Rakesh Bahadhur. Veejay, was successful in her effort as she started to learn without any expectation. She was seeking, so she kept her mind empty, absorbed everything and put it into practice immediately after each class. Once again, I congratulate all of you and believe that you will be an inspiration to others you come across in your journey of success.
My heartiest gratitude to our distinguished invited guests for making the time to grace our event, with a special thank you to Datuk Ramli and Geethika Shree for springing a surprise on us by offering to perform for us today. Thank you. And last but not least, kudos to the organising team for a job well done.
My Blessings to all. Thank you. Om Sakthi.
Inaugural Graduation Ceremony of the Mindfulness MasterClass Programme 2018
Technocampus, 3rd Floor, Viva Mall, 85 Jalan Loke Yew, 55200 Kuala Lumpur
5 January 2019