An interesting surmise by A. Huxley, yet not all technologists agree with him and most of them are certainly not forecasting doom. Comprehending technology or rather technological advancement is baffling as it mirrors the appearance of a coin with two sides, one side delineating its favored position, and the other, its negative attributes. Technology has indeed made the world flat, but this has not waned the human spirit from yearning to ascend newer mountains and seize the day. Humankind has continued its long standing quest to fill the void formed in the lower trenches of its spirit by relentlessly searching for the Ultimate. This may commence at a tender age and might continue till the autumn leaves begin to fall and old age begins to anchor in. It might be a solitary endeavor or might involve the amalgamation of likeminded individuals under the council of an ethereal mentor. Arduous and wearisome is the search, yet those who actively engage in it, tend to lead more cognizant and aesthetic lives and leave deeper impressions on those amongst them such as friends, family and neighbours.
Currently, the West is facing a crisis of Identity. For almost 1500 years Christianity was the backbone of The Western Macrocosm, but since the ushering of the Industrial Revolution and the rise of Intellectual Scholarship, Christianity is now on the road to its premature decline. Consumerism is not new and dates back to the early civilizations like the Ancient Egyptian Civilization, Babylon etc. however since the advent of the Industrial Revolution, civilization has taken a new turn and has, since then, fallen prey to the Gods of Materialism. From Philosophy we become aware of the verity that Humankind is but Spiritual Beings, and will always hunger for knowledge of the Divine. The loss of its Western-Christian identity is similar to plunging a doubled edged knife into its soul and leaving a bottomless void which cannot be appeased by the virtues of materialism, as it has its origins in the Spirit. Since then, Westerners have been on a quest to satisfy their curiosity for things of the spirit and this has eventually led the seeker to find solace in the traditions of the East.
The initial goal of the Wellness Centre was to provide complementary health services to the staff and students of the Ashram, which was well received, and has resulted in the Centre extending its boundaries to accommodate the needs of the neighboring communities, at affordable costs.
Having introduced you to the Wellness Centre in Pune, I would invite all Wellness Seekers to visit the Ashram and experience wholeness and peace and contribute to the Collective Wellness of the world.
May all beings be Well. May all beings be Peaceful. Sarve bhavantu sukhi nahah.
Fr. Peter D’Souza
Animator, Agnel’s Wellness Ashram