The Third Gender Learn the Art of Acceptance

     Benaluru, Karnataka: Shunned by their own families, lonely, vulnerable, and facing harsh discrimination from society, transgenders are more often than not burdened with problems such as fear, shame, gender dysphoria, social pressure, depression, suicidal tendencies, and social stigma.

    . Certain that The Art of Living’s Sudarshan Kriya could help transgenders overcome their problems, Art of Living faculty, Shweta Vyas, approached “PeriFerry,” a social inclusion startup working for the upliftment of the transgender community, with a proposal to conduct The Art of Living Happiness Program for the community.

Neelam Jain and Payal Agarwal from PeriFerry coordinated with Shweta and made the necessary arrangements and 18 individuals from Tamil Nadu from transgender community came to The Art of Living’s International Center in Bangalore to participate in the program.

Shweta Vyas says, “The Community really needs this program as they have a lot of emotional baggage. Being rejected and going through the judgment every day is tough. We will work with PeriFerry now on a regular basis. We also plan to teach the community locally.”

Handful of Joy for the Needy

     Kurukshetra, Haryana: The Art of Living family in Kurukshetra has launched a unique seva project named “Ek Mutthi Muskaan” or a Handful of Smiles. Sudarshan Aggarwal, ex-member of Art of Living’s Apex Body, says that all the volunteers have decided that prior to cooking food each day, each one of them will put away a handful of grains and pulses to feed the needy.

     Once or twice a month meals will be prepared with the collected grains and pulses and served to the needy. What better day to launch the project than on Makara Sankranti, a day that is considered to be very auspicious to feed people Khichadi? The volunteers visited slums in Palwal, Haryana, on January 15, 2019, and served hot, freshly made Khichadi and boiled peanuts to both children and adults residing in the slums. The sight of the hungry faces lighting up with joy was reward enough for the volunteers.