Ahead of New Year Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced he is going for Vipassana meditation, while also urging advising people to go for it once.
It was not immediately clear as to where the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo would practise Vipassana.
"Today, I am going for Vipassana meditation. I try and go for it once a year. I will return on January 1. Around 100 years back, Lord Buddha had taught this knowledge. Have you practised Vipassana? If not, you should definitely do it once. It has a lot of physical, mental and spiritual benefit. Good luck to all," he said in a tweet in Hindi on Saturday.
Here is all about Vipassana:
Vipassana is an ancient Indian meditation technique in which practitioners abstain from any communication, either by talking or via gestures, for an extended period to restore their mental well-being.
Vipassana is one of India’s most ancient meditation techniques.
It was rediscovered 2500 years ago by Gautam Buddha.
It is a technique based upon a simple, practical way to achieve real peace of mind and to lead a happy, useful life.
It means ‘to see things as they really are’. Also, termed as “logical process of mental purification”, Vipassana is achieved through self-observation.
Is it for the first time Arvind Kejriwal is going for Vipassana?
No, Kejriwal is a regular practitioner of Vipassana. He has made use of the technique with sessions in Dharamkot, Nagpur, and Bengaluru in the past.
In 2016, he had gone to Nagpur to practise Vipassana for 10 days. The next year, he went to Igatpuri in Maharashtra and to Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh.
The AAP chief had taken a break for practising Vipassana after a hectic campaign post the Lok Sabha polls in 2014 and the Delhi Assembly polls in 2013.
(With PTI inputs)