COVID-19: Students offer synchronised global prayers, Princeton Univ group to study effect

By Gunjan Sharma(Eds: Updating with additional quotes and inputs)

New Delhi, Apr 8 () Together we can, say students across the globe who are offering "Synchronised Global Prayers" for those infected with COVID-19 and healthcare workers with a group at USA's Princeton University studying the effect on vibes during the period.

The prayers, which have been started by the Indian Yoga Association (IYA) on Monday, can be performed at either 8 am or 6 pm as per the Indian Standard Time.

Students from universities across the world are sharing videos and pictures of them offering prayers using hashtag "together we can" and "synchronisedglobalprayers".Advertisement

According to IYA authorities, a group involved in the Global Consciousness Project at USA's Princeton University, will also be studying changes in the randomness or vibes during the period.

Student groups in Australia had participated in similar prayers when the country was affected by fires. Several universities in India as well as the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has sent advisories to colleges and technical institutions for students to participate in the initiative.

The Indian Yoga Association is a self-regulatory body of leading yoga institutions of India. Yoga guru Ramdev is the Chairman of IYA's Governing Council and HR Nagendra, Chancellor of the first Yoga university in India-VYASA, is the President.

"This is entirely an IYA initiative in which we are trying to involve all traditions and groups, from across different religions. The Protocol for the Synchronised Global Prayers (SGP) is simple and can be practised by anyone," HR Nagendra said.

As per the SGP protocol, the prayer is to be performed in four steps."In the prayer, we will chant Bhramari (5 seconds inhalation, 10 seconds exhalation with a low-pitched humming sound 27 times. Then repeat the following loudly 'With all our collective power of peace, we win over COVID-19' nine times with hands raised. There will be clapping after the ninth round and the prayer will end with shanti, shanti, shanti," Nagendra explained in an advisory.Advertisement

"It is also to be noted that a Global Consciousness Project is being run by the Princeton University, USA where Random Event Generators (called REGs) are already placed in about a hundred locations across the world that check regularly for any changes in the randomness in the string of 'zeros' and 'ones' emitted by these REGs at the time of happenings in the world. REGs will be active during our prayers to understand the changes in randomness, too," Nagendra said.

According to the group at Princeton, it has experimental evidence of the establishment of a "consciousness field" from which everybody will benefit more than if they pray alone.

Julie Powe, an Australian student took to Twitter, to share a video of her performing yoga and offering the prayer.Advertisement

"Stay healthy and pray together for the corona infected and the corona warriors #SynchronisedGobalPrayer #Coronapandemic," Powe tweeted.

Roman Osharov, student of City College in London, also shared his prayer video on social media saying "Together we can".

For Nathalia Butti, from Brazil, "Anything when done collectively will yield better results and what more than generating positivity in such gloomy times".Advertisement

Last month, Pope Francis had also delivered an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - normally given only at Christmas and Easter - and called for worldwide prayer to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

The Harvard Medical School has also said in its latest health guideline that, yoga, meditation and controlled breathing are "some tried and true ways to relax" and can help in addressing anxiety issues related to the novel coronavirus.

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