Heartfulness Movement Has Followers Across 160 Countries

A trained pharmacist, Kamlesh Patel turned to meditation and spirituality at a young age,

HYDERABAD, Jan 27 (The CONNECT) – Meditation Guru Kamlesh Patel, popular as Daaji, has been conferred with the third highest civilian honor of the country – Padma Bhushan.

A best-selling author, Daaji – the Founder of Heartfulness and the current president of Shri Ram Chandra Mission – is being honored for his distinguished service of high order in Spirituality and is one of the two to receive the award from the state of Telangana, the other being the spiritual leader – Swami Chinna Jeeyar.

Daaji said the award is not a personal achievement but an acknowledgment of the thousands of Heartfulness and Shri Ram Chandra Mission’s volunteers and millions of practitioners worldwide who made it their life’s purpose to serve society tirelessly, seeking nothing in return. “I am grateful to everyone who shares the vision of peace and selfless service,” he said.

A trained pharmacist, he turned to meditation and spirituality at a young age, and now through Heartfulness makes the meditation practice easily accessible to millions of seekers worldwide. Through the Heartfulness movement, he has enabled free access to meditation in over 160 countries and has developed value-based development programs for students and faculty in over 5,000 schools, universities, and educational institutions.

From stress management to self-realization, his wisdom, workshops, and personal and group contact programs have helped innumerable people around the globe attain a practical, easy-to-follow lifestyle to streamline their health and well-being. Having authored best-sellers including The Heartfulness Way, Designing Destiny, and the Wisdom Bridge, he continues to serve as a spiritual catalyst to a global community that celebrates the Indian way of life.

He heads the 76-year-old non-profit organization Shri Ram Chandra Mission as its president and has established Kanha Shanti Vanam, as the global headquarters and spiritual ground for practitioners of Heartfulness. Kanha Shanti Vanam, located in Hyderabad, hosts the world’s largest meditation center and millions of practitioners gather from within India and abroad to learn, practice, and serve the community – the heartfulness way. Under his leadership, the 1,400-acre land that was previously rocky, dry, and drought-prone is transformed into a green oasis with a half-million trees – part of the ‘Green Kanha’ initiative to build a completely self-sufficient and sustainable ecosystem.