From 18th to 20th January, Sadhguru conducted an Inner Engineering program for over 3500 people in New Delhi. It was a rare opportunity for the participants to be with Sadhguru for the three days during the program, where they were initiated into the ancient yoga kriya Shambhavi Mahamudra. Similar programs have already been conducted across Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in the last year with close to 50,000 people attending the programs.
A volunteer shares her experience of being a part of the program and contributing to make it happen:
“Anand Lahar, is not about three days of program – it's a festival that starts six months prior to the starting date. The fact that Sadhguru himself was coming to conduct the course was enough to give me an adrenaline rush. I had never thought of what to do, how to do, what particular activity to work in, but I just knew I wanted to take part in the volunteering.
On the eve of 18th Jan 2013, I felt like I had an exam next day – so many preparations had to be done. The morning started with a buzz, and I never realized when the day ended. For me, it was not about just handing kits to participants; it was a way to welcome them to the transforming weekend they came to experience, to make the participants comfortable, focused. It was so exciting to see people in person whom till now I had only talked with on the phone, connected through internet – all of them committed to the program for those three days. It felt like an achievement that the extra mile I took to help transform others was accomplished. There was a time when I never wanted to volunteer, and now the more I volunteer, the more it feels is not enough, it's insufficient.
Giving myself completely out for others' well being was so touching. I wanted to involve myself in every activity that was going on. I had to explain to myself that I can't do everything, so instead I just put my heart in the activity that I was allotted. It has completely changed me, shifted my energies to a different level.
The participants I registered for the program are calling and sending messages to me to share their experience, updating me with their practices, thanking me for registering them. It's overwhelming and touching to know that my small step has reached out and created such a tremendous experience for people .
The program was a Wave of Bliss, not only for the participants, but for the volunteers as well. In my experience, I had gained more by volunteering than I would have if I had participated in the program. If given a choice between participation and volunteering, I would always choose to volunteer.”
- Isha Volunteer, New Delhi