International Program for Youth Diaspora
What was your overall impression of Parmarth
"Mecca is the one place that every Muslim should visit
in their life. Rishikesh is the one place that every
human should visit!"
"I enjoyed every moment of my stay and will cherish the
experience for the rest of my life";
"an excellent atmosphere that is really conducive to
finding a part of yourself"; location of the ashram on
the banks of Mother Ganga just adds to the atmosphere
"I really enjoyed my stay; it was the best stop we have
had on the IPDY tour. I only wish we could stay longer".
"I loved this place, it's a perfect home away form home
where I can live in peace";
"though I'm not a Hindu, I love this place and its
"highly recommend this ashram to all my friends and
"a very serene atmosphere, which allowed for
introspection and philosophical thought"
"Parmarth Niketan is a very unique and great place; no
other place like it in India"
"glorious and spiritual place that should be treasured"
"I had always wanted to see the Taj Mahal. Fortunately,
I got to see it on this trip but to be honest nothing
beats sitting with Ganga River. I consider it the best
place in the world"
2. What was the high point of your stay with
"I think Swamiji is really the highlight of the program
- He is able to answer the big, vague questions with
simple answers in a way that relates to the youth."
"I felt really overwhelmed that we were acknowledged so
extravagantly by Swamiji; His humbleness and compassion
for us is something that can only be matched by my
parents or God"
"Ganga Aarti" -
"it was the best and most enjoyable time I have ever
"that particular one hour simply fascinates me as the
entire atmosphere is so majestic and charismatic to pray
from the heart";
"singing bhojans in the rain";
"amazing energy that emanated around us";
"it was inspiring to see rituals and ceremonies that are
centuries old still being practiced today";
"waking up and seeing Holy Ganga from my window",
"dipping my legs in Holy Ganga"
3. During your stay with us, what is the most
important thing you learned? What do you think will be
your fondest memory with us?
"Meeting and having discourses with Pujya Swamiji"
"the most important thing I learned is to contribute our
life to other people"
"I have learned that "santosh" or satisfaction for
oneself is determined on your own. If one is satisfied
then the world is yours".
"Forgiveness is bravery and requires courage"
"to forgive and forget" one can feel anyone but not
themselves and if you learn to forget the past, life
becomes so much easier and peaceful."
"God is always with us and it is really important to
have a personal relationship with God"
"seeing the way you received us and took care of us
reminded me of the importance of being kind and open to
"the honor you give your guests so gracefully."
"after being here for the weekend, now I feel the
purpose of my trip to India has been fulfilled"
4. Do you think this kind of program for youth
living abroad is helpful? What are some of your
recommendations for these kinds of programs in the
"these kinds of programs play a very important role in
connecting the modern youth to their culture and
religion; they should happen more often and everyone
should try to attend at least once in their life"
Be held more often and stay at ashram should be longer
"these kinds of programs are very important because it
turns knowledge into understanding, into a living
"gives us a glimpse into spiritual India"
"this program is excellent for youth living abroad and a
longer period of time should be set aside for Parmarth
Niketan - the spiritual growth at Parmarth is amazing"
"yes - because this program allowed me to understand the
heritage of India"
"Of course! It is important for people who belong to
this culture to get to know about it and experience
something like this at least once in their lives."
"I recommend that you should encourage young people
these days to go out of their 'world' and explore other
places around the globe".
"very helpful for youth living abroad as it enables them
to actually experience parts of their culture such as
yoga, meditation, Aarti, etc."
"Even though I am Jewish, I learned a lot and am very
fond of what I experienced here".
6. What was your impression of the evening
Aarti (light) ceremony?
"best moment of my stay",
"I loved it, it is very powerful experience"
"was mesmerized by the beauty of it all",
"your soul is touched",
"there are no words to describe it - it was absolutely
"there is a feeling of serenity that I have not
"the highlight of my stay - very powerful, something I
will always remember"
"though I am not a Hindu, it was a time for people to
come together as one and pray to God"
"even though I am Jewish, it was so very spiritual, so
beautiful and so heavenly"
"was amazing and it was great to see the rituals alive
"it was the most beautiful Aarti I had ever performed"
"I loved the entire ceremony and I cannot express how
wonderful I felt"
"it was very moving and powerful to witness so many
people praying together every day"