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Reflections on the Latest Loss of Bright Young Life

With Cory Monteith’s Passing



Signs of fragmentation are easy to detect in today’s young minds. The latest Report of the Principal’s Commission on Mental Health at Queen’s University, titled ‘Student Mental Health and Wellness Framework and Recommendations for a Comprehensive Strategy’ (November 2012), on the heels of repeated occurrences of suicide on campus, is an honest endeavour at taking care of the unfortunate situation Queen’s faces in company with the other universities. Problematic symptoms resulting in deaths are not confined only within the four walls of the university campus, but surface vigourously in the widespread practice of bullying at schools resulting lately in the loss of life of Rataeh Parsons under most unfortunate circumstances.  The promising, charming young Canadian actor Cory Monteith’s death recently due to heroin and alcohol overdose points to what one may see as the sustained culture of drug and violence in the worlds of film and music, in spite of strong awareness raising attempts, as suffering emerges from celebration of excitement and enjoyment of living in the moment. The suffering touches the world outside, including the susceptible young minds.


The Hindu School of Learning of Toronto would like to focus on the Canadian, and world issues at large, highlighting the perspective of harmony in personal as well as social life, which Hinduism propagates through yoga and meditation, accommodating a secular setting, in the secular world of today. The move is unique in conformity with the tradition of Hinduism in not being tied to proselytizing overtures. Being secular in not believing in a personal god or a revealed scripture is a legitimate alternative to being religious, in consonance with the pursuit of science, while it may not imply living a life of sex, drugs and violence in pursuit of happiness. Happiness in life is not primarily a function of the legal, or scriptural, commandment, as it is a product of creative living where restraint is a welcome ingredient of freedom, generated from within, and certainly not brought about by dictates from any source. Yoga and meditation are not just techniques; they are ways that integrate, as the Sanskrit word ‘Yoga’ indicates etymologically.


The Hindu Institute of Learning believes that the maladies of the modern world that thrives to a large extent on the culture of sex, drugs and violence, for all practical purposes, even as the legal framework tends to restrict them, need to be properly addressed. The changed point of view hopefully would be a sure guide to giving the needed strength to the young minds. Simply providing techniques, and strengthening the legal system, would fall short of the desired tool that can deliver. There is further need for detailed elaboration in the area, needless to say. The Hindu Institute of Learning would be happy to be involved in the process while expressing grief on repeated losses of young lives around.


From the desk of The Hindu Stance on Issues and Ideas

Hindu School of Learning, Toronto


July 23, 2013



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