Euphoric Xpressions of the Youth
By Radha Sakhi Dasi - 15.4 2017
8th April 2017 marked the day when over 15000 Youths from across State of Uttar Pradesh, India were blown away by spiritual serenity and positive confidence in a star studded event, ‘Xpressions 2017’ in ISKCON Kanpur. Emphasizing on De-addiction and Value Empowerment within youth, Xpressions 2017 was an effort by a team of ISKCON devotees to bring the Youth closer to their roots, re-introducing them to the rich cultural heritage they have inherited, focusing on the need for a positive approach to life, believing in themselves and working hard. It inspired youths for De-addiction through the ever joyful process of Devotion and showed them how bhakti can be Fun.
At twilight, the event commenced with a bang, as over 15000 youths swayed and sang to ecstatic Kirtan led by H.G. Haripada Das (ACBSP). The event was graced by the self-made Entrepreneur Mr. Sajjan Jindal, Chairman of JSW Group of companies, celebrated actor Ronit Roy, Presiding Chairman of the Indian Premier League Mr. Rajeev Shukla, “What’s app monk” H.G. Gaur Gopal Das, inspirational ISKCON Guru His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj, ISKCON Kanpur Zonal secretary H.G. Devakinandan Das, the electrifying Rock Band named ‘NamaRock Band’ from California led by H.G. Titikshva Karunika Das (ACBSP), and several other captivating and jaw dropping performances.
ISKCON Kanpur has been working closely with the leading education institutions of India, like IIT Kanpur, IIT Lucknow, NIT Allahabad, IIT Banaras Hindu University (BHU) along with many others, helping nurture the character of the students, shape their value system and infuse optimism into their thought process. The youth instantly took it up and connected with the devotees of ISKCON Kanpur, thus building a bond of care between the both. The chief guest of the event, Mr. Sajjan Jindal was an ordinary IIT student who learnt, worked hard and grew to be an inspirational role model for many students with commendable integrity, sincerity and confidence. Mr. Jindal was overwhelmed with joy to connect with the youth of such magnitude thus inviting the young IIT students to join him for their training as interns. Xpressions 2017 struck the right note of positivity with the inspirational and witty speeches of H.G. Devakinandan Das, His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaj and H.G. Gaur Gopal Das.
The fatal menace engulfing the Youth in today’s age is Drug addiction or drug abuse. The students of IIT BHU beautifully enacted the devastating after effects of drug addiction and how positive thinking and a tinge of spiritual connection with Bhagawad Gita and Chanting Hare Krishna can help one avoid being entrapped in this deathly addiction. Alongside this, there were a couple of captivating dance performances too by the “Light Dance” troupe: a team of students of IIT Kharagpur and famed participants of India’s Got Talent.
To cater to such magnitude of mass, ISKCON Kanpur organized an “International Food Court” along with free prasadam distribution to all the participants. The devotees recalled the magnitude of crowd they served that evening. The entire team of devotees lead by Manorama Radhika Dasi, Amrtesa Krsna Das, Bhakta Oshank and the others were extremely elated to receive such positive response from all the participants.
The core organizer’s team lead by the temple president of ISKCON Kanpur, H.G. Prem Harinam Das, H.G. Nilamani Krishna Das and H.G. Kurma Avatar Das along with many others envisioned Xpression 2017, to enable every person to be motivated, inspired, infusing them with positivity, confidence and connecting them with the rich culture of Devotion. In this Post Modern Era where people value perception and experience more than the hard reality, Xpression 2017 gave every person an extremely positive and satisfied experience. The organizers have plans of continuing this event to connect to the youth better. While after such an enriching experience, the youth were left asking for more, and now looking forward to ‘Xpression 2018’.