“When you are not peaceful, you cannot do anything good to you and to others:” Sadhguru tells Delegates at AAPI’s 34th annual convention in New York City

Convention Committee and AAPI leaders
Convention Committee and AAPI leaders

New York City, NY: “What we call feeling healthy, is not just the absence of disease, but having a sense of wholeness within us.  If we feel like a complete being in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are truly healthy,” Sadhguru, founder of Founder of Isha Foundation, told a packed audience, who came to receive his words of wisdom and blessings. Sadhguru, dressed in his long robe and sash, was addressing the delegates at the annual convention of Physicians of Indian Origin on July 2nd, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on “Life Sense: Technologies for Wellbeing.” Founder of Isha Foundation. Yogi and mystic who works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of all, he is an author, poet and internationally renowned speaker, Sadhguru’s wit and piercing logic provoked and broadened the thoughts and perception of life of every participant.

“Understanding the inherent humanity that unites all nations, religions and cultures, Sadhguru is recognized for his pioneering efforts to nurture global harmony,” Dr. Seema Jain, President of American association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), said in her welcome address. “It has become a custom for AAPI to have a spiritual leader to address the delegates at the convention, and we are so fortunate to have Sadhguru at the Convention, who with his unique ability to make the ancient yogic sciences relevant to contemporary minds, and acts as a bridge to the deeper dimensions of life, will make the convention and the delegates from across the nation richer, in so many ways,” she said,

In her introductory remarks, Dr. Rita Ahuja, Chairwoman of the Convention., said, “Sadhguru has been an influential voice at major global forums including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, the UK House of Lords, TED among many others. “His approach does not ascribe to any belief system, but offers methods for self-transformation that are both proven and powerful,” Dr. Ahuja added. Named one of India’s 50 most influential people, Sadhguru’s work has deeply touched the lives of millions worldwide through his transformational programs.

Stars of the Indian Idol Junior entertaining the audience with their amazing performances
Stars of the Indian Idol Junior entertaining the audience with their amazing performances

“Your success in this world essentially depends on how well you can harness the prowess of this body and this mind,” Sadhguru, who has been recognized for his pioneering efforts to nurture global harmony, said. “We need to create a culture of Health in society, instead of investing in just healthcare,” Sadhguru told the audience. “What we call feeling healthy, is not just the absence of disease, but having a sense of wholeness within us.  If we feel like a complete being in our body, mind and spirit, that is when we are truly healthy,” he added.

Sadhguru’s mission is most succinctly summarized in his own paradoxical words: “I have no mission of my own. It is just that when you see a certain need around you, you do what you can do – that’s all. But I have a dream, that someday, walking on a street anywhere in the world, I would be able to meet lots of enlightened or realized beings. That would be the greatest blessing to happen to the world.”

Other events of the day included a session by AAPI Charitable Foundation on ways to give back to one’s motherland and the adopted land. Winners of the Research/Poster Presentation were recognized during the AAPI Executive Committee Recognition Lunch, during which, delegates had an aooprtunity to hear from Dr. Vas Narasimhan, Global Head Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer, Novartis, Switzerland; Arthur Klien, Medical President at Mt. Sinai Medical Center; Eric Paterson, US VP Diversity Dealer Relations; and Ramakrishna of the Ramakrishna Hospital in Tamil Nadu, India.

A section of the audience at the business meeting and dinner
A section of the audience at the business meeting and dinner

The Business Meeting Dinner was addressed, among others by Naresh Bharde, President, Excellence Shelters; Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairwoman, State Bank of India; Dr. Kali Chaudhry; Bob Oliver, and CEO, Otsuka. The day was filled with back to back CMEs on cutting edge technologies, modern trends in diagnosing treating patients. The evening was filled with young artists, including Aditya Narayan and Indian Idol Junior Group from India showcasing their talents before a packed audience beyond mid-night.

The 34th annual Convention & Scientific Assembly by American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) is being held at the Marriott Marquis, Time Square in New York from June 30-July 4, 2016, offering an exciting venue for physicians of Indian origin to interact with leading physicians, health professionals, academicians, and scientists of Indian origin. For more details, please visit: www.appiconvention2016

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