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Transcendental Meditation Program at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, ISRO

Updated: Mar 16

In the awe-inspiring realm of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) embarked on a journey towards inner tranquillity and well-being. Through a transformative 10-day Transcendental Meditation Program, employees and their families were beckoned to explore the depths of their consciousness, blending ancient wisdom with modern scientific endeavours.


This article illuminates the profound significance, meticulous organisation, and resounding impact of this union at SDSC, Sriharikota, igniting a beacon of inspiration for seekers of inner and outer exploration alike.


Significance of Satish Dhawan Space Centre


Transcendental Meditation Program at ISRO
Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota Range (SHAR)

Satish Dhawan Space Centre, located in Sriharikota Range (SHAR), stands as a beacon of India's prowess in space exploration. Renowned globally for its excellence in scientific missions for diverse purposes, ranging from remote sensing to scientific exploration, SDSC is the epitome of technological excellence. With its state-of-the-art launch infrastructure and a legacy steeped in excellence, SDSC epitomises the nation's relentless pursuit of scientific marvels. Named after the illustrious Prof. Satish Dhawan, former Chairman of ISRO, the centre symbolises the nation's aspirations in space exploration and technological advancement.


Organised by the SHAR Recreational Centre (SRC), the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Program addressed the stress and pressure SDSC employees and their families face. With approximately 90 participants, including ISRO staff and scientists' families, the program unfolded at the Arjuna Hall within the SDSC premises. The program sought to introduce TM techniques that promote mental well-being and resilience—recognising the demanding nature of their work.


10-Day Transcendental Meditation Program at ISRO


Certified Teachers for TM Program at ISRO
Certified TM Teachers from Spiritual Regeneration Movement Foundation of India

Led by certified Transcendental Meditation teachers from the esteemed Spiritual Regeneration Movement Foundation of India, the program encompassed various sessions tailored to introduce participants to TM's practice and philosophy. Aditi Shrivastava, Venkat Narayan Sampangi, and A Jayakumar played vital roles in facilitating the sessions and ensuring inclusivity by adapting to the participants' language. Aditi took the course lead in English and Hindi, while Venkat Narayan Sampangi explained the same in Telugu to benefit the technician's family. Also, Jayakumar conversed and explained the TM Technique in Tamil to cover the maximum number of languages and the comfort of enjoying the course in the participant's mother tongue.


In the mornings, the three Certified Instructors for TM commenced with group sessions punctuated by enlightening discussions and evocative videos featuring the venerable Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ↩


At Evenings, they resonated with the harmonious cadence of Maharishi Yoga, Asanas, Pranayama, and further TM practice, weaving a tapestry of tranquillity and introspection. The sessions provided a sanctuary for participants to explore the domains of their consciousness and alleviate stress.


Impact of the program within the Scientific Community


Participants at Transcendental Meditation Program
Scientists and their Families participating in the 10-day Program

Despite their laurels in science and technology, the scientists and staff of ISRO humbly embraced the timeless teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, recognising the profound harmony between ancient wisdom and modern innovation. The celebration of Maharishi Jayanti amidst the program served as a jubilant testament to the participants' unwavering commitment to their spiritual odyssey, fostering an atmosphere of reverence and camaraderie. Engaging in discussions on transcendence, prayer, and higher states of consciousness, the scientists and staff fostered an environment of collective learning and introspection. Overall, the initiative received enthusiastic support from the participants, reflecting their openness to embracing new experiences and techniques for holistic well-being. 


As the program's final chords reverberated through the halls of SDSC, participants emerged rejuvenated and resolute in their commitment to inner growth and well-being. The success of the Transcendental Meditation Initiative not only underscores the imperative of nurturing the soul amidst the rigours of scientific pursuit but also heralds a new era of holistic integration within ISRO's esteemed corridors.


Looking ahead, the Transcendental Meditation Program at SDSC is a cornerstone for fostering a culture of well-being and resilience within ISRO. By nurturing the mind-body connection and promoting inner peace, such initiatives pave the way for a harmonious coexistence of technology and spirituality in pursuing excellence.


In the resplendent embrace of the Sriharikota Range, the Transcendental Meditation program stands as a beacon of pride and inspiration, illuminating the path towards inner serenity and outer excellence. Through the seamless fusion of ancient wisdom and modern innovation, ISRO embarks on a transformative journey, enriching the hearts and minds of its workforce and their families. 


As ISRO continues its journey towards new frontiers of space discovery, it is unwaveringly committed to nurturing the human spirit alongside technological innovation.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who organised the Transcendental Meditation Program at ISRO?

The SHAR Recreational Centre (SRC) organised the program in collaboration with the Spiritual Regeneration Movement (SRM) Foundation of India. About 90 participants, including ISRO staff and scientists' families, participated in the program, reflecting the diverse community within the centre.

When was the Transcendental Program program held at ISRO?

The Transcendental Meditation Program took place from January 7 to January 16, 2024, spanning a total of 10 days. Each day featured morning and evening sessions, including group practices of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Yoga, Asanas, Pranayama, and knowledge sessions with videos featuring Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's teachings.

What was the significance of celebrating Maharishi Jayanti?

Maharishi Jayanti, observed worldwide on January 12 to commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, coincided with the program. Participants and teachers engaged in discussions on transcendence, prayer, and higher states of consciousness, remembering the unfathomable Legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


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