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Two-day yoga conference concludes
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 3
“With spiritual progress, the mind grows in magnitude. The mind increases its periphery until it finally merges in the Supreme Entity.” This was stated by the spiritual head of Ananda Marga Pracharaka Samgha (AMPS) Vishwadevananda Avadhuta during a two days meditation conference which concluded here today.

He said during the course of spiritual progress, a spiritual aspirant would develop many faculties or attributes, but one must always be vigilant that these faculties do not divert one from the chosen path, from the cherished goal.

Large number of people from all over India attended the conference. After the afternoon meditation, followers took out a procession in the city with banner and placards.

In the evening, the Renaissance Artists and Writers Association (RAWA) presented a colourful cultural programme based on “prabhata samgita” composed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.

In his evening discourse, Vishwadevananda Avadhuta discussed the sayings of his Guru Anandamurti. He explained, “You should be engaged in doing punya (welfare of others) day and night,” while adding that whenever one was engaged in doing some welfare work, it was punya, and when one was working against public interest, it was sin.

The spiritual head of the sect further cited examples of great saints like Guru Nanak Dev, Bhagat Kabir and Meera Bai -- quoting many aphorisms and later added, “Through meditation and contemplation one must surrender oneself at the altar of the Almighty, merging one’s finite identity into the infinite.”

He added, “Only by surrendering one’s mind to the vast Macrocosm and becoming one with the Supreme Consciousness can one attain final salvation. The struggle for salvation is the struggle against those forces which strive to prevent one’s total self-surrender to the Supreme.”