Ravi Meher (Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh)
I have been recently elected as mayor of Sakriya Nagar, Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh in MP. I was told of this YLTP program and that it makes one tough. I thought at that time that, when so many good and well-statured people are doing this course, why shouldn't I, though I am a very small insignificant person, also do this.
There is a saying in Chhatisgarh that, 'First tie the harvest in your own field then tie the harvest for others.' I was unable to understand how I could help other people, but I was also told by my teacher Arjit Bhaiya, that if we do regular Sadhana (spiritual practices) in our life then we would definitely progress.
We were given a target of 3 months that we should do the sadhana regularly for three months and we'll see a positive change in our life. I did these practices regularly and in just one month I could see a significant change in my situation. In just one month the attitude of my friends, family and relatives towards me changed so drastically that I myself couldn't understand what was happening to me. My economic situation started improving, my father every year used to get sick, but in my house just by my doing Sadhana (spiritual practices) .others seeing me.today my mother and father have also done the basic course. After getting associated with The Art of Living when Spiritual practices entered my life, I completed my BA then I did my LLB(Law). I then felt that there has been a huge change in me and Guruji has fulfilled all my desires and now I must do something for the society. I just had one thought in my mind that I should do something for the society, and as soon as this thought came there were election to be held in the Nagar Panchayat (5 member governing body of the town). There was a meeting of the locals in which was selecting the people with good thoughts and intentions who could do something for the society, amongst 20 other people my name also came up. "That Ravi Meher can do something good for the society".
Bharatiya Janta Party which is a very big national party of this country gave me a ticket to represent them and contest elections from my constituency. With the help of Guruji's Grace and with the help of my fellow Youth Leaders Brothers today I am the Mayor of Sakriya Nagar Panchayat. I sincerely thank Guruji and The Art of Living who picked up a Road Side Hawker and Turned Him into a King, Polished him (me) like a diamond. I would like to tell the youth only one thing that if you get attached to a spiritual practice and attached to a Sadguru you will definitely become a Real Star, like me who used to polish shoes on the roadside have become the most influential man- the mayor in the very same city. I would request you all to join The Art of Living and with Guruji's grace bring about a progress (change) in yourself, bring about a progress (change) in your family, progress (change) in your village (town/city), progress (change) in your state, bring about progress in the whole country and in the whole world spread Guruji's message of "One World One Family".
From roadside boot polishing to becoming the city mayor