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G20 Forum: Rev. Daaji urges to clean ‘Thought-Pollution’ as the 18th Sustainable Development Goal

This shift is being regarded vital in order to create effective economic policy and sustainability.

The Group of Twenty (G20) forum took place at Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad on Tuesday morning with Heartfulness Institute being a prominent participant. G20 a premier forum for international economic cooperation playing an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. In 2019, Padma Bhushan Revered Daaji – Spiritual Guide of Heartfulness and President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission presented a very powerful concept of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015 which will only be realized if an 18th SDG is added to them – 18th SDG being “Thought Pollution”. With the G20 Digital Economy Working Group, Rev. Daaji shared the vision and practical solutions to bring an evolution of consciousness by regular meditative practices on the heart. This shift is being regarded vital in order to create effective economic policy and sustainability. Rev. Daaji also led a group meditation for the G20 delegates from around the world. This was followed by a Q&A session.

Rev. Daaji – Spiritual Guide of Heartfulness and President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission said, “When we talk of the 17 SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) goals by the United Nations, they are all interdependent. Money and greed are the basis for environmental pollution. Competitive nature takes over. The Indian tradition believes that the reason behind competitiveness is thought pollution. If you can regulate mind and bring about a healthy mindset, then we can solve all the problems. That is why the 18th SDG is thought pollution.” He added, “Yoga tells us that if the individual mind finds peace, it can achieve a lot. Is it possible to have peace without harmony within us and with the surroundings? Is harmony possible without contemplating minds? Is contemplativeness possible without having achieved a focused state of mind. And is focused state of mind possible without a mental gym. Your mental gym is meditation or Dhyana. Which are loosely translated synonymous. But I differ. Dhyana is to transcend the mind itself. And many good things happen automatically. When the mind is in tune with higher self, the heart will recognizes a mistake. Whenever we have followed the heart, the results are stunningly beautiful.”

This is the second meeting of Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) of G20 being held in Hyderabad between 17-19 April 2023. The DEWG meeting has three priority issues viz., Digital Public Infrastructure, Cybersecurity in the Digital Economy and Digital Skilling. The DEWG working group aims at digital transformation to enhance public participation and realise inclusive social and economic growth with broad guidance to policy makers on harnessing the digital potential of economies.

India gained Presidency of G20 from 01st December, 2022 to 30th November, 2023. During this period, India is hosting over 200 meetings in over 50 cities across 32 different workstreams, and would have the opportunity to offer G20 delegates and guests a glimpse of India’s rich cultural heritage and provide them with a unique Indian experience.

This year’s G20 theme is “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – One Earth One Family One Future. Copies of Rev. Daaji’s latest bestselling book called The Wisdom Bridge were also distributed to all delegates. The book has wisdom nuggets for all generations on raising happier and healthier families with values in a modern world.
Heartfulness offers a simple set of meditative practices and lifestyle changes, first developed at the turn of the twentieth century and formalized into teaching through the Shri Ram Chandra Mission in 1945. These practices are a modern form of Yoga designed to promote contentment, inner calm, compassion, courage and clarity of thought. The Heartfulness practices are fit for people over the age of fifteen from all walks of life, cultures, religious beliefs and economic situations. More than 5,000 Heartfulness Centres are supported by many thousands of certified volunteer trainers and practitioners in 160 countries.
This article was shared with Prittle Prattle News as a Press Release.
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