“WE ARE MERE FA­CIL­I­TA­TORS”

India Today - - GOOD NEWS - VEER SINGH, —by Kaveree Bamzai

For be­com­ing a cat­a­lyst who dis­perses an­cient In­dian wis­dom to those who most want to re­ceive it through a se­ries of pri­vate teach­ings and pub­lic lec­tures.

As­tu­dent of physics at Im­pe­rial Col­lege, Lon­don; a farmer who spent a year work­ing on a 30-acre spread in Ma­jorca, Spain; the owner of Vana, a 21-acre re­treat near Dehradun which helps guests at­tain equi­lib­rium with them­selves, so­ci­ety and na­ture; the son of Analjit Singh, founder of Max Health­care and Max Bupa In­sur­ance. Veer Singh is all of this and more. With Vidyaloke, an ini­tia­tive that con­nects teach­ers of an­cient In­dian wis­dom with prospec­tive students, he has his feet planted firmly in the coun­try’s in­tel­lec­tual tra­di­tion. He is most im­pressed with the wis­dom of Buddha. “Isn’t it amaz­ing that Ti­betan Bud­dhists, who are the fount of In­dian wis­dom, are re­garded as refugees by us?” he asks. Singh is be­gin­ning an ini­tia­tive where one can learn from the masters, start­ing with the Dalai Lama. Three hun­dred and thir­tythree peo­ple be­tween 16 and 40 will be selected to lis­ten to the Dalai Lama’s talks over three days in Fe­bru­ary in Delhi, in what he hopes will even­tu­ally be a monthly event. There will also be other pub­lic lec­tures. “It will not be a VVIP af­fair. No one will have brag­ging rights. The texts will be sent to the po­ten­tial students two weeks be­fore the event. It’s a jour­ney, not a one-night stand,’’ in­sists Singh, who is him­self now read­ing the Patan­jali Yoga Su­tra. He says he was prompted by the con­sid­er­able un­hap­pi­ness and dis­sat­is­fac­tion around him, even in the Age of Net­flix and In­fi­nite Choice. “We do not want to be­come an or­gan­i­sa­tion, or a spir­i­tual move­ment. We are mere fa­cil­i­ta­tors,’’ he adds.

“This is our legacy, but we don’t need bricks and mor­tar to pre­serve it.”

M. ZHAZO

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