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Art of Living

The Art Of Living (AOL) opened centre in Thotlavalluru Village with the blessings of Sri Sri Ravishankar. Ms. Kala Alagappan was deputed to lead this program under the leadership of Shri.V Sudhakar. Art of Living has conducted many Cultural, Health and Educational Programs mainly for Ladies and Children and Youth. They also distributed Ayurveda Medicines and imparted Yoga and Pranayama training to several people in and around the village.

Many foreign devotees from France, Argentina, Russia, Brazil, Japan and Indonesia participated in many programs of AOL in the Village. AOL team conducted separate Yoga classes for Children in many schools. About 400 People from in around Thotlavalluru village had darshan of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji at Mangalagiri.

AOL started total village development covering cultural, education, health, hygiene, homes, harmony, human values etc by visiting home to home and talking to villagers, ladies and children and enlightening them. AOL distributed Ayurveda medicines and clothes for poor people etc.

Constructing Toilets, Building Better Villages
The Back to the Roots Project of the Art of Living has facilitated the construction of toilets in Andhra Pradesh in the last four years.

In June 2014, 20 toilets built under the BTTR project were inaugurated in Thotlavalluru, Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. Youth Leadership Program trainer Sudhakar Veeravalli, Kala Alagappan and their team facilitated the construction of toilets and drew attention to a serious health and hygiene issue.

Ms. Kala Alagappan, from Karnataka, has been training youth leaders in rural India under the Art of Living programs. Flushing out the unsanitary practice of defecating in the open, Kala has played an instrumental role in making the villagers take a step towards better health practices.

A veteran in developmental work at the grass roots, Kala noticed that many of the houses in Totlavallur were huts, with no provision for toilets. To connect with the people, she started a nagara sankeertana (the practices of walking and singing bhajans that is common in villages), and visited every part of the village. Soon the children and women joined her during the sankeertana. Kala became a familiar face in the village, understanding their needs and offering them aid.

Month-wise Activities

June: Our project was started for total village development including cultural, economical, education, health, hygiene homes, harmony, human values; visiting home to home and talking to villagers, ladies and children about the health, hygiene, education, Blessings, distributing ayurveda medicines, clothes for poor people. HAVE MORE FAITH IN GOD!!

June & July: Ganesha chaturthi; Foreign visitors from several countries - France, Argentina, Uruguay Russia, Romania, London Brazil, China, Japan, Indonesian; Ladies Rangoli competition; Children singing competition; youth sports; To introduce Guruji to the villagers, Srimad Bhagawad Geeta, fancy dress competition;

August: Patriotic month, National Flag hoisting, street satsang about the country and the Desh-Bhakti. Talk about girl child protection, their education and girl child values, singing patriotic songs on the streets. TO BECOME MORE PATRIOTIC!!

September: Srimad Bhagawad Geetha, human values programs and street satsang and talk about hygiene and women’s health. Separate yoga for children, singing, games, sports. ALL THESE ACTIVITIES TO BUILD FAITH IN THE CHILDREN.

November: Health hygiene, total sanitations, school programs, yoga for health and better studies, trees plantation, Guru Vandana, books distribution, debate competition, clean and green programs.

December: Christmas celebrations, distributing sweets to whole village, games and competitions to children, all the church pastors visited our place saying it is new program. TO HAVE MORE FAITH IN GOD!!. Bike was given by gurudev to make this project more effective.

January : Whole month was occupied with celebrations – Sankranthi; Karrasamu was practiced by the youth, Kolatam for children, Maha Rudrabhishekam by Rishi Vidyadhar, Made Mass Meditation in the school for worshiping Rain GOD and IT RAINED. Children had strong faith in the name of GOD!!

Febraury: Training the youths for village development programs (YLTP), clean and green building, village education programs, ayurveda, naadi pareeksha, foreigners visit to the villages, awareness of padayatra, hygiene, blessings and health activities in 20 villages in the thotlavalluru mandal. Taking 400 people to Mangalagiri to have darshan and blessings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and attend satsang as part of SPIRITUAL JOPURNEY. TO HAVE FAITH IN GURU AND DHARMIC CELEBRATIONS. HIRING APSRTC BUSES COSTED RUPEES 30,000/- AND PAID BY ME.

March: Sanitation programs started with help of KCP & ROTARY CLUBS, 20 Poor family girl children were selected, built free toilets, visiting all the schools, pledging girl child protection rights, visiting homes and talking about FAITH IN NEIGHBOR!! April and May: Started summer programs - visiting ashram for self studies, visiting guruji for raising more fund to run the project.

June: Completion of toilets, inaugural of toilets by Rotary Club and KCP COO VISITING THE HOMES FOR CONSTRUCTED TOILETS AND USAGE OF HARPIC LIQUID & TOILET BRUSH TO KEEP TOILETS CLEAN & HYGIENE. July – September: TAKING MORE PEOPLE TO ASHRAM AS PART OF HIGHER COURSE AND VISITING GURUDEV FOR MORE SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE. CONFERENCE MEETING WITH OTHER STATES VOLUNTEERS.

September with Gurudev's blessing, created self help group, conducted cooking competition for nearly 100 ladies including Muslims and Christians. These ladies were targeted to generate the self help group money and to use them in proper way to train in service sectors - handicraft industry, small business, beautician, electrician, tailoring and girl child education. More programs planned to make villagers more dynamic and encouraging such as Training the ladies in the field of dynamism business, politics, health hygiene and complete sanitations.

I am putting my whole soul in this village and working for the villages. I have full faith in my gurdev and GOD. I will have peace of mind and harmony as these villagers and their children bring high values and richness in everything. What I indeed of more staff and funds so that I think about projects, villagers training, and bring more faith in people that RAMARAJYAM WILL RETURN!!!!!!!!