Chinmaya Mission London (Canada) was honoured to host the 6th international Divya Shakti Retreat from October 5-7, 2018 on “Finding YourSelf” guided by Vivekji and Vliasiniji. 72 Devis registered for the Retreat with an equal representation from USA and Canada. The Retreat was held at the newly acquired Ashram, Chinmaya Hanuman.
Vivekji is the Deputy Director of Chinmaya Mission Yuva Kendra West and currently serves Chinmaya Mission Niagara and Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh as well as other satellite centres including London. Vivekji in his usual dynamic style expounded on Adi Sankaracharya’s ‘Nirvana(Atma) Shatakam’ keeping the audience spellbound and engaged. The Theme of Finding YourSelf was unfolded through the verses of this most profound text making it relatable and meaningful
Vilasiniji is one of the founding members of Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Centre and serves as the Regional Bala Vihar Director of CMWRC. Vilasiniji in her usual style through endearing stories shared the Science of Happiness with ease, natural wisdom and compassion. The Devis appreciated her smiling presence and guidance during the Meditation and Yoga Nidra sessions as well as the interactive sessions where Devis gained insights on facing challenging situations in their daily lives.
The Devis started their day at 7 am with Yogasanas and Meditation followed by discourses and discussions led by Vivekji and Vilasiniji. The schedule was balanced between quiet time for contemplation, games and craft activities specifically designed to the theme of Finding YourSelf. The Devis were impressed by the serene atmosphere of the Ashram, hospitality, freshly cooked meals on site and the selfless Seva by the devas and youth at the centre. All the Devis left feeling inspired and rejuvenated. Devi study groups were formed subsequently transforming this event to a movement. Chinmaya Mission London is grateful for the privileged opportunity to host the Retreat, meet the Devis from other centres and for the guidance and blessings of Vivekji and Vilasiniji.