Smile Awhile and Stay Young

Smile Awhile and Stay Young

Brahma Kumari Sudha Rani Das Gupta’s lecture on the basis for happiness
By Saradha Mohan Kumar

Want to stay young? No need of a facelift, start smiling instead. A smile, which spreads happiness, is also a natural face lifter, said Brahma Kumari Sudha Rani Das Gupta in her lecture on the basis for happiness in life on Sunday.

Brahma Kumari Sudha Rani Das Gupta addressing the gathering. Pic by Sanka Vidanagama
The lecture was organised by the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres in the country. The members, who learn meditation, values and principles, call themselves “Brahma Kumaris”. “Happiness is the best nourishment medicine,” she said citing that food that is consumed in a bad mood might spoil the body, but, if taken happily gives more energy.

Brahma Kumari Gupta, who was awarded the Jubilee Medal in the 55th anniversary of UN peacemaking activity, interacted with the audience about the source of happiness in life. While many agreed on meditation, a few said sharing experiences with others will increase happiness.

To spread the message of happiness and love, the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan was celebrated after the lecture. “Raksha Bandhan literally means bond of affection,” said the lecturer.

The ceremony marks the pure love of the relationship between a brother and a sister. On this occasion, the sister ties a thread called “Rakhi” around her brother’s wrist and applies a mark called “tilak” on his forehead.

The brother in turn promises his sister to protect her in any situation. The festival is celebrated with sweets, which are to indicate the purity in life. The members of the centre tied Rakhis, applied tilaks and distributed sweets to the audience marking the festival.