The Come Together "Spiritual Impact" Study
Forward-thinkers are beginning to realize that the dissemination and mainstreaming of spiritual practices such as yoga and meditation could very well be a key ingredient to help catalyze true sustainability and peace. Today is a poignant time to embrace this way of being, to explore deeply that which is foreign to us, and to use technology to bring us together as one humanity.
The Come Together “Spiritual Impact” Study
Collective experiences that elevate the human spirit can have deep transformative impact on individuals who participate in them. At Come Together, we will measure this and create protocols to track if this impact can produce lasting societal change. Longitudinal studies show that when classrooms shift from didactic teaching to project-based, collaborative learning, there is a dramatic increase in assimilation and retention of material.
At Come Together, we will launch a study to measure the “spiritual impact” on the 3,000 participants in Rishikesh and the millions of others who will participate digitally in the 3-day festival online. Both groups will be polled with a baseline survey of wellbeing, along with determining knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding content to which they will be exposed, as well as information about their community. We will create incentives for participation in follow-up surveys to create second and third data sets.
Studies have shown that “diffusion of innovation principles” can motivate early adopters to spread innovative ideas to others within their spheres and communities. Among our partners, the David Lynch Foundation and Peace Jam have conducted research to demonstrate the impact of meditation on workplaces which become more cooperative and productive, and classrooms which become calmer and more focused.
Our premise is that a direct experience of transcendence unites us and naturally increases compassion, kindness and altruism, as evidenced by:
- Peace (inner and outer)
- Responsible stewardship of the planet
- Sharing resources
Business CEOs Affected by the Ashram Experience and Vedic Wisdom
When The Beatles journeyed to India, it opened the door to a different paradigm. Because of their magnetism, what they explored became a window into new realities for the rest of us. Among the millions that were inspired by their interest in India was a young man by the name of Steve Jobs––a lifelong fan.
Steve Jobs read the same gateway book that had inspired George Harrison: Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, which taught him about how human willpower can harness Cosmic Intelligence.
When another young tech entrepreneur with big ideas met privately with Steve Jobs seeking counsel on the best way to steer his company, which was poised for big growth, Steve Jobs sent Mark Zuckerberg to India to reconnect with his company’s mission. Following Jobs’ footsteps and those of the Beatles, Zuckerberg said “I travelled for almost a month — and seeing people, seeing how they connected, and having the opportunity to feel how much better the world could be if everyone had a strong ability to connect, reinforced for me the importance of what we were doing [at Facebook].”
At Steve Jobs’ funeral, a copy of Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi––the only book that Jobs had on his iPad at the time of his death––was given out to 800 tech VIPs as a remembrance from Steve.
Another individual influenced by Eastern mysticism was WebMD founder Mickey Singer,who is one of the angel philanthropists for Come Together. In addition to his success in business, Singer is also a New York Times #1 best-selling author after publishing The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment. Singer is a regular on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.
Throughout the years, India’s ancient teachings have attracted big thinkers like Emerson and Thoreau, along with game-changing scientists like Nikola Tesla, who realized that modern science is only now just catching up to India’s ancient wisdom.
“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial…”
– Henry David Thoreau
Address: PO: Swargashram, Rishikesh-249304, Uttarakhand, India
Phone: +91-135-244-0055, +91-135-244-0088
Founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj, Parmarth Niketan is an ashram located in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India, situated in the lap of the lush Himalayas, along the banks of the Ganges.
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Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. Ananda, one of the best luxury ayurvedic retreats in India, integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.