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Kautilya Vidyalaya School teachers and students visit to Arka Dhama

20 July 2018

Mrs Vasu Vora from United Kingdom explained her blissful life style through daily practise of Arka Dhyana & Yoga.  She also gave a brief introduction of Arka Dhyana. 

80 students and 3 teachers from Kautilya Vidyalaya School attended the class and practical section at Arka Dhama.

Dr Anu Prakash, Arka Dhama Ayurveda Doctor, presented a session on “Ayurveda in day to day life” and it’s benefits towards our health.  Dr Lidiya Syriac, also a Arka Dhama Ayurveda Doctor, explained briefly about the Pancha karma procedures.  Mr Kiran Shasthri introduced yoga to students and conducted practical sessions.

This was followed by an interactive section with the students to convey the real utilities of Arka Dhyana in our day to day life along with Ayurveda treatment.  The session was concluded by the founder Srinivas Arka, who asked each student some questions like importance of not cutting trees and about their future career and aspirations.   

The Children’s visit was concluded by lunch and playing in the garden.

They enjoyed the peaceful environment and experience of visiting the temple and Gaushala within Arka Dhama.

Opinion from Kautilya School

Arka Dhama is a very nice and quite place where we get to see many plants and the way it is grown organically. It is very good to grow the plants without using any chemicals. We got much information about Ayurvedic Medicine and the types of Medicines Prepared. We also learned about types of plants used to prepare medicine. Thank you everyone for giving such information.

 

Mandana Halli Government primary school students and teachers visit to Arka Dhama 

14 July 2018

 

On the 14th July 2018 A Government school, 27km away from Arka Dhama, Mandana Halli village visited Arka Dhama for a school day trip. There were 40 children and five teachers.

They were all inspired by Arka Dhama natural surroundings.  Significance of growing trees was taught to students. Their trip concluded with lunch provided by Arka Dhama.

 

 
 

Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology College Auditorium in Moodibidre, Mangalore

3rd April 2018

 

On the 3rd April 2018 At Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology College Auditorium in Moodibidre, Mangalore, Srinivas Arka invited guest speaker addresses over 300 students and delivered a talk on ‘Developing Mental Faculties.’ Arka said ‘We are more minds than the bodies. Exploring our conscious mind can helps us understand our existence, individual purpose, potential and relation with nature.Human intelligence is not always reliable, but one should try with intuition. Intuition is the mother of intelligence.

Arka emphasised on the significance of spending time studying the unique nature of our mind being in positive silence.

Mind is a huge resource, you derive incredible constructive results while focusing on a desired area, object or an entity. There are many resources that are internal, if we attend to each of them with the involvement of our will, we can raise heights of awareness.  The more you contemplate upon your inner self the better person you become.

Srinivas Arka continued expressing; although our bodies are fragile and disproportionate, they are so small compared to the size of the planet and the Universe, we are able protect ourselves living through injuries and impediments because of the power of our inner consciousness. The mind is the tip of the ice berg.

After a brief pause, questions posed by brilliant students were thoughtfully answered by Srinivas Arka. The inspiring event was concluded by momentum given by Vivek Alva the vice chairman of Alva Educational organisation. Students left with a new depth and understanding added to their knowledge to explore their inner selves and to be innovative in their studies and career.

Shree Dharmastala Manjunatha College of Ayurveda (India)

2nd April 2018

 

On 02 April 2018, Srinivas Arka was invited to visit Shree Dharmastala Manjunatha College of Ayurveda (India) to address over 300 students. These students are trainee ayurvedic physicians and medical faculties. Srinivas Arka was joined by other guests including Dr Brahma Bhatt, the Vice Chancellor of St Georges University, Lucknow.
Arka gave a talk to the students on the importance of exploring your inner self in order to achieve a fulfilled life. He explained how it is essential for one to take some time out and engage in silence. Connecting with nature which can lead to tremendous results and insights about nature and can help serve humanity, especially as the doctor profession carries immense responsibility of the welfare of other human beings.
One has abundant possibilities, but needs to decide on what they want, what are their goals and take that as their vision and purpose.
Arka concluded the talk by giving a powerful quote from his book the Petals of the Heart “ Whenever you smile, you make your stay on earth a celebration”.

 

 

 

 
 

Kautilya Vidyalaya School

March 9, 2018

Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India

On March 9, 2018, Srinivas Arka spoke at the Intelligence Programme organised by Arka Foundation, Bogadi at Kautilya Vidyalaya school on the topic “Understanding and Managing Children”. “We have to identify the strength of every child and encourage them to discover their own strength. In the process, the child will grow and become aware and knowledgeable of his/her own hidden talents.” An interactive session followed with teachers, students and parents where Arka replied to a question explaining that man must strive to attain Ananda (bliss) through meditation which will not only help to calm the mind but also help in facing examinations for students.

February 21, 2018

Academic Institution: Sri Chaitanya Techno School Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Srinivas Arka gave a talk at the Sri Chaitanya Techno School to students about to write their final exams in their last year of studies. The topic was ‘Examination Stress and Time Management’. The teachers indicated that the students were feeling a lot of pressure and Arka began his talk stating that education is supposed to be relaxing, enjoyable and recreational, explaining that for the mind to relax, you need to introduce touch, sound and breath into your life.
He said ‘exams are real, we have to face them; they are not an illusion’. He spoke about how it took him a while to realize there was excitement in education as there was new information coming in which we don’t know of. We have to create space in our minds, stretch and breathe in order to expand our consciousness and also listen to music, tuning into rhythms. We should take breaks when studying, take time off, even if this if for 15 minutes, just doing nothing – no phone, no tv, no work, no connection with anyone else. Our brains can’t take in information continuously for more than an hour. Taking breaks is a must. Then you will be ready to pay attention again.

Following the talk, students asked Arka a few questions as follows:

Q.1- Can you come out of sadness? 

A.1- “We become sad when we don’t achieve something which can lead to depression. Sadness is different to depression which has emotional, social and psychological reasons. Emotional changes happen all the time, life continues to change. Emotion is your power and that can give birth to passion. Emotions add energy to actions and thoughts. Don’t try and control your emotions. Emotion is at the heart of consciousness. Give direction to the emotion for your study and then you will become successful. Within the brain there is intuition involved; intuition is like when you come up with an idea that you had never thought about, without any previous information about that subject. With emotion, you can understand other people and their requirements, by harnessing the power of emotion you become more creative, more intuitive and brilliant. 
Sadness is part of life, you have to accept and go through it with courage and spirit, the same negative emotion has the power to bring you out of it. You have to rationalize sad emotions and work with them.”

Q.2- How do you concentrate without being distracted?


A.2- “You cannot sustain concentration for long by force. Mind is so varied that you have to allow yourself to concentrate better using meditation techniques. It all depends on how you want to manage your life and work with yourself. It will allow you to deal with pressure better. Take the time to observe your breath and allow silence to recharge and refresh you.”

Q.3- How can we understand ourselves?


A.3- “If you don’t understand yourself, you cannot really achieve anything. We have individual minds and we need to study in silence. Make experiences for yourself. We need to work with teachers and build our foundation and personality. Grasp the world. There are millions of stimuli entering into the realm of our unconscious mind, which often drains out much of our energies in dealing with overwhelming information.
By developing intuitive ability we could divert energies toward learning better and even faster by being more creative and innovative. We have to start from here to try and understand, this may be the future for science, philosophy and metaphysics.”


“Grasp the world. Make experiences for yourself.”


Rupa Karunkar J., Assistant General Manager of Sri Chaitanya Techno Schools, then highlighted points made in Arka’s talk advising the students to give their best during their upcoming examination using the techniques and time management skills discussed.

 

The principal, Mr. Jagadish, thanked Srinivas Arka for speaking to their students and teachers despite his busy schedule. Arka invited the school for an enlightening and educational trip to Arka Dhama in Mysore, India. 

Mangalore University, Field Marshal K.M Cariappa College, Madikeri, Karnataka, India

17th February 2018

On the same day, February 17, 2018, shortly after the talk at the Women’s College, Srinivas Arka was the guest speaker at a special lecture on Understanding Consciousness: Wellbeing, Emotions and Conflict at the Mangalore University, Field Marshal K.M Cariappa College in Madikeri.  There he spoke to approximately 200 students and faculty, explaining it’s easy to get lost in materialism through the senses and become distracted from studies. He described how the oceans are very deep and it’s shocking what can be found deep down. “Nature is abundant and capable of doing anything and as such each individual has a unique nature, an innate treasure. Although we may look alike, we have our unique contribution to offer towards human development. Finding this requires deep contemplation and expansion of consciousness.”

 

Again students and faculty were given the opportunity to ask questions and the question about how to focus came up once more. Arka explained that “Mind is like a torchlight. If we relax, the torchlight of our mind becomes brighter. We should have a positive attitude and say that it will be done and lets spend some quality time on the task at hand.  Quality matters more than quantity. We have so much potential, but we have to have confidence, effort and sincerity. We shouldn’t do it just for the sake of progress but also genuinely for our inner satisfaction, if you want to genuinely know, expand your knowledge.”

 

The principal, Dr. Parvathy Appaiah expressed heartfelt gratitude to Arka for both his talk and presence and also thanked the International participants travelling with him representing charities he founded all around the world. She drew parallels between Arka and Vivekananda, as they both shared their insights, philosophy, literature and meditation methods, unconditionally, to help people all around the globe.

Government Middle College, Madikeri 

16th February 2018

 

On February 16, 2018 Srinivas Arka gave a talk to approximately 100 students at the Government First Grade College in Madikeri, Karnataka, India. The talk concluded with a question and answer session where students asked about how they could increase their concentration and patience.

Srinivas Arka explained that having awareness was very important and the very realization that one has a lack of concentration or patience was half the solution. Arka explained that taking breaks was necessary, having an interest in the subject automatically makes one become more focused and he also explained that practicing meditation can help.

 

Mahajana’s Post Graduate College’s Students and Professors Visit to Arka Dhama

8th February 2018

On February 8, 2018 over 30 students and two professors from Mahajana’s Post Graduate College in Metagalli, Mysore visited

Arka Dhama for the day to learn about its vision and activities as part of their academic curriculum. International volunteers from Australia, UK, Spain, Canada and India spent the day with the school sharing their personal experiences, insights and information about Arka Dhama and its founder, Srinivas Arka.

The day started with a warm welcome followed by an educating, entertaining and enlightening tour of Arka Dhama including the organic farming lands, guest accommodations, sporting areas, cattle farming, the Ayurveda Centre, the Yoga Studio, the Arka Mahaganapathy Dhyana place and the Kalyani.

The faculty was then given a talk at the Kalyani about Arka Dhama’s vision to think deeply, feel profoundly, meditate effectively and act with empathy and compassion through the various activities that occur. They were provided with an explanation of the attempts made at Arka Dhama to preserve nature, observe natural practices and return back to a traditional, eco-friendly way of living which includes organic milk from naturally bred cows, avoiding the use of pesticides and chemicals in organic farming and using the moon light by avoiding the use of artificial light. A description of the activities occurring was provided which included classes for Arka Dhyana Intuitive Meditation- a meditation method developed by Srinivas Arka, Bharatnatyam, Vedas and Sanskrit by a resident scholar, Hatha Yoga and sports such as tennis and badminton.

The Ayurveda Centre was also highlighted, featuring its traditional and holistic healing with resident doctors and therapists. The group enjoyed tea breaks and a vegetarian, organic lunch outdoors as they were treated to music by the chirping birds under a canopy of trees sheltering them from the hot sun.

A complimentary introduction session on Arka Dhyana Intuitive Meditation was then offered which included both the theory and practice of various Arka Dhyana positions. Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions and many were inspired to introduce or re-introduce meditation as part of their daily routine.

The climax of the day was a talk by Srinivas Arka, the founder of Arka Dhama.

Following the talk, students felt like expressing, some even felt the need to sing. Many reflected on how life had become somewhat artificial and superficial and felt that their visit to Arka Dhama had inspired them to re-think how to live life and return back to a natural way of living.

To cap off the day some friendly badminton matches occurred between the International volunteers and faculty and many reflected on a meaningful day over a cup of tea served with organic milk from Arka Dhama.

School Visit to Kegalli Govt. Middle School

7th June 2017

The Arka Foundation team visited a local school Kegalli Govt Middle School on 07 June 2017. The headmaster of the school a highly motivated for the educational progress and discipline of the students started the programme, by thanking Arka Foundation for visiting the school. Srinivas Arka, the founder of Arka Foundation then addressed to the students explaining about the logical and reasoning ability required to be developed by students. He explained the key to retaining knowledge is to involve your heart and emotion when learning a topic.  He further explained learning through writing is also effective as it helps concentration.   He appreciated the natural environment around the school and explained the value of nature and the necessity and importance to preserve nature. Other members of Arka Foundation from UK and New Zealand, also gave a brief talk, explaining their happiness about the discipline of the school and vote of thanks for the invitation.

The programme was also attended by a local doctor posted by Government who delivered her talk on health issues and importance of maintaining cleanliness of the school and villages.

The local Panchayat members present at the programme appreciated the community service of Arka Foundation. 

The headmaster of the school requested Arka Foundation about certain facilities required for the students and for some instruments for performing band. Arka Foundation will address this proposal in its next meeting.

The programme was concluded with a brief meditation by students.     

 

Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School

Tuesday 20 December 2016 

Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School

Dr Pravin Patel from Toronto Canada addressed students at Deepa High School in Mysore India. He spoke about various aspects of life, including communication and awareness. The talk concluded with a question and answer session.

 
 

Teacher training & seminar

Saturday 8 August 2015

 Teachers' training group Teachers group with Srinivas Arka

A teacher training and seminar on Success and Failure was conducted by Srinivas Arka at Arka Dhama, Mysore. The teachers welcomed the suggestions and guidelines provided in the seminar with great appreciation. The seminar concluded with light refreshments and sports, including a friendly game of badminton.

 playing badminton sports including archery

School Visit to Kegalli Govt. Middle School

7th June 2017

The Arka Foundation team visited a local school Kegalli Govt Middle School on 07 June 2017. The headmaster of the school a highly motivated for the educational progress and discipline of the students started the programme, by thanking Arka Foundation for visiting the school. Srinivas Arka, the founder of Arka Foundation then addressed to the students explaining about the logical and reasoning ability required to be developed by students. He explained the key to retaining knowledge is to involve your heart and emotion when learning a topic.  He further explained learning through writing is also effective as it helps concentration.   He appreciated the natural environment around the school and explained the value of nature and the necessity and importance to preserve nature. Other members of Arka Foundation from UK and New Zealand, also gave a brief talk, explaining their happiness about the discipline of the school and vote of thanks for the invitation.

The programme was also attended by a local doctor posted by Government who delivered her talk on health issues and importance of maintaining cleanliness of the school and villages.

The local Panchayat members present at the programme appreciated the community service of Arka Foundation. 

The headmaster of the school requested Arka Foundation about certain facilities required for the students and for some instruments for performing band. Arka Foundation will address this proposal in its next meeting.

The programme was concluded with a brief meditation by students.     

 
 

Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School

Tuesday 20 December 2016 

Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School Talk at Arka Vidya Kendra Gumachanahalli School

Dr Pravin Patel from Toronto Canada addressed students at Deepa High School in Mysore India. He spoke about various aspects of life, including communication and awareness. The talk concluded with a question and answer session.

 
 

Teacher training & seminar

Saturday 8 August 2015

 Teachers' training group Teachers group with Srinivas Arka

A teacher training and seminar on Success and Failure was conducted by Srinivas Arka at Arka Dhama, Mysore. The teachers welcomed the suggestions and guidelines provided in the seminar with great appreciation. The seminar concluded with light refreshments and sports, including a friendly game of badminton.

 playing badminton sports including archery

 
 

Educational Talk at Deepa High School

Monday 3 August 2015

 

Srinivas Arka was invited to address students at Deepa High School in Mysore, where he spoke about various learning techniques from his book Light of Learning; including techniques to revise for exams, right atmosphere for studying and memorising methods.

The students were very keen to listen to Srinivas Arka’s tips and guidance.

Talk on IIP for Teachers at Chaitra Pre-University College

Tuesday 4 August 2015

IIP Talk for Teachers by Srinivas Arka - Chaitra PU College - 4 Aug 2015 Srinivas Arka with Teachers Group - Chaitra PU College - 4 Aug 2015

Srinivas Arka was invited to address over a 100 teachers at Chaitra Pre-University College in Mysore, where he spoke about various teaching methods and stress relief techniques for teachers, from his book Intuitive Intelligence Programme. The teachers welcomed his ideas with enthusiasm. The programme concluded with an interesting question and answer session.

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Educational Session at Gumachanahalli School

January 2013

An educational session was conducted by our volunteers to students at Gumachanahalli village school, Mysore.

 
 

Computer Training Session Two at Anaganahalli School

12 December 2011

Computer training programme continued to be conducted for students at Anaganahalli village school, Mysore.

 
 

Computer Training Session One at Anaganahalli School

9 December 2011

A computer training programme was conducted at Anaganahalli village school, Mysore, to educate students on the basic knowledge and use of computers.