Dr. Veronique Nicolai is a French pediatrician (MD) and a trainer certified in Yoga, prenatal Yoga and meditation. She discovered Heartfulness meditation as she was studying medicine in France. Since 2002 she has been a major contributor to the International Heartfulness Training Program that teaches Heartfulness meditation and philosophy to practitioners and forms meditation trainers all over the world. Dr. Nicolai is currently the director of the Heartfulness Yoga School heading Yoga programs and courses in India and abroad.
Dr. Veronique Nicolai was one of the speakers at the Fifth Global Bhagavad Gita Convention-2022 held from 19th—21st February. The theme of this convention was Mental Harmony--The Universal Message. This convention was organized by the Center for Inner Resources Development--NA, under the guidance of Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha of Narayanashrama Tapovanam.
Dr. Veronique spoke about how she came across Bhagavad Gita and how it has influenced her life over the years. “𝘌𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘐 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬, 𝘐 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘦𝘸. 𝘛𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘉𝘩𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘥 𝘎𝘪𝘵𝘢”, she says.
In the short but vibrant Q & A session, Dr. Veronique spoke about the Heartfulness Programs, Meditation and Yoga.
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.