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Importance of silence

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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True silence is the silence between thoughts and represents the true self, consciousness or the soul. It is a web of energized information ready to take all provided there is a right intent. Meditation is the process of achieving this silence.

Observing silence is another way of getting benefits of meditation. Many yogis in the past have recommended and observed silence now and then. Mahatma Gandhi used to spend one day of each week in silence. He believed that abstaining from speech brought him inner peace and happiness. On these days, he communicated with others only by writing on paper.

Hindu principles also talks about a correlation between mauna (silence) and shanti (harmony). Mauna Ekadashi is a ritual followed traditionally in our country. On this day the person is not supposed to speak at all and keep complete silence throughout day and night. It gives immense peace to the mind and strength to the body. In Jainism this ritual has a lot of importance. Nimith was a great saint in Jainism who long ago asked all Jains to observe this vrata. Some people recommend that on every ekadashi one should observe silence for few hours in a day if not the whole day.

Deepak Chopra in his book 7 Laws of Spiritual Success talks in great detail about the importance of observing silence in day to day life. He recommends that everyone should observe silence for 20 minutes every day. Silence helps redirecting our imagination towards self from the outer atmosphere. Even Swami Sivananda in his teachings has recommended daily observation of mauna for 2 hours for ekadashi, take milk and fruits every day, study daily one chapter of Bhagwad Gita, do regular charity and donate one–tenth of the income in the welfare of the society. Ekadashi is the 11th day of Hindu lunar fortnight. Ekadashi is the day of celebration occurring twice a month, meant for meditation and increasing soul consciousness.

Vinoba Bhave was a great sage of our country who is known for this bhoodaan movement. He was a great advocator and practical preacher of mauna vrata.

Mauna means silence and vrata means vow; hence, mauna vrata means vow of silence. Mauna was practiced by saints to end enmity. Prolonged silence as a form of silence is observed by rishi munis.

Silence is a source of all that exists. Silence is where conscious dwells. There is no religious tradition which does not talk about silence. It breaks outward communication and forces a dialogue towards inner communication. This is one reason why all prayers, meditation and worship or any other practice whether we attune our mind to the spiritual consciousness within are done in silence. After the death of a person it is a practice to observe silence for two minutes. The immediate benefit is that it saves a tremendous amount of energy.

Silence is cessation of both sensory and mental activity. It is like having a still mind and listening to the inner mind. Behind this screen of our internal dialogue is the silence of spirit. Meditation is the combination of observing silence and the art of observation.

Dr K K Aggarwal to Receive DST National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication in General

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Dr K K Aggarwal President Heart care Foundation of India will be awarded National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication in general for the year 2013. The award consists of Rs. 2 lakhs, a memento and a citation. The award will be presented on Feb 28 at DST Auditorium as part of National Science Day Celebrations.

Dr Aggarwal is also recipient of two other National Awards Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Award and will be the first Doctor in the country to have received these three National Awards.

The award is given by the National Council for Science & Technology Communication, an Apex Body of the Government of India under the Department of Science & Technology. The council instituted national awards to stimulate, encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in the area of science popularization and communication in 1987.

The award is presented to an individual or an institution for outstanding work in communication of science and technology and or promoting of scientific temper which had the widest impact in the country during the past five years.

Dr Aggarwal also Senior Consultant Physician and Cardiologist has immensely contributed  to the Society in Science and Technology Communication as a Clinician, Writer, Anchor, Trainer, Conceptualizer, Advisor, Researcher and Scientific Health Communicator.

Many of his low-cost science awareness modules have been recognized by the Government of India by releasing postal commemorative stamps (Run for the Heart 1991 Rs 1 Postal Stamp, Perfect Health Mela 1993 Rs 6.50 Postal Stamp and First Mega Telemedicine Camp 2012 Cancellation Stamp).

He was the Delhi Coordinator for Year of Scientific Awareness in 2004 and successfully launched and used folk artists as Sutradhars for creating scientific awareness on adolescence health and nutrition.

He has developed over 1000 preventive one liner scientific health messages for general public and provided scientific training to over 63400 people on Hands-only CPR for revival after sudden death.

His efforts in Scientific Health Awareness have also won him many prestigious National and International Awards like CMAAO IMA Oration, DMA Swasthya Ratna, Delhi Medical Association Sunder Lal Roopwati  Memorial Award , Dr Mungelar National IMA Award etc.

Dr Aggarwal is frequently quoted by electronic and print media with over 15,000 quotes. He has anchored many TV shows like over 26 episodes of “Take Care” for DD India and the currently on air “Health Wealth” on Zee Media.

 

Awardee List

1. National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication in general (Category-A):  Individual Dr K K Aggarwal, Institution: Society of Pollution & Environment Conservation Scientists.

2. National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Communication through Print Media including Books and Magazines (Category-B): Dr. Oum Prakash Sharma Dy  Director, IGNOU; Shri Hemant Achyut Lagvankar; Shri Bhabesh Mahanta and  Dr. N. Rajagopalan.

3.  National Award for Outstanding Efforts in Science & Technology Popularization among Children (Category-C): Shri Jaswinder Singh and Dr. Kailash Chandra Goswami.