Acharya Prashant, founder of PrashantAdvait Foundation, talks about how meditation and spirituality can change someone’s life, in his conversation with Indian open-water swimmer, Bhakti Sharma. During her preparations of the difficult Antarctica swim, Sharma developed many questions about meditation, and recently, she got connected to Acharya Prashant to find answers to her questions.
“No sports person can achieve the kind of success Bhakti has achieved without being meditative. Being meditative has had a crucial role in Bhakti's successful career as a sportsperson. She got introduced to spirituality and meditation while training for the difficult Antarctica swim. For the swim, she had to survive in extremely cold water and that nudged her to tread on the path of spirituality.”
The interview was organized by Prashant Advait Foundation in November 2020.
Acharya Prashant - an IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad alumnus and an ex-IRPS officer, founded this NGO with the objective to bring about a socio-spiritual revolution and attack superstitions linked with spirituality. His NGO works on issues such as depression, decision making, fear, success, veganism, animal welfare, and so on. During COVID times, PrashantAdvait Foundation took it upon itself to provide free-of-cost life-counseling to all cases of depression that approached it for help. Acharya talks about how today’s youth can find success and peace.
“Whenever you see someone meditating with their eyes closed, rest assured that they are fooling themselves. If you cannot meditate with your eyes open, how will you live in this world? With the eyes closed! Whenever a life situation will confront you, what will you do? Will you close your eyes?
Meditate with your eyes open - meditate when you are driving, meditate when you are eating, meditate when you are talking — that is ‘real meditation’”