Vinod Pursani, 44, a computer engineer from India and father of two adorable daughters, has already tasted success but he never forgets to humbly accept all the hard work that went into it.
Given Vinod’s educational background and professional mindset, all who interact with him can clearly feel his logical and rational way of looking at things; his friends and peers often take him as a “no nonsense man” or “talk-straight” kind of a person.
Normally, we tend to generalize people with technical and scientific backgrounds as quick-witted and having “fixed thought patterns”—but Vinod’s life story comes with a surprisingly interesting twist!
As a child, Vinod was always studious and fun-loving like any other kid, but one thing that set him apart from others was his inclination towards spirituality. From a young age, he explored palmistry, numerology, and astrology, but he says that he didn’t gain much from them.
Life went on, and after he completed his graduation in computer engineering, he got a job in New Delhi. And in 2001 he got relocated to Cyprus as his company’s overseas software-team lead, where he excelled at the professional level.
“However, in my heart I was still searching for higher meaning of life,” says Vinod. “There was something that was still missing. I had everything—but that ‘inner thirst’ was still unquenched.”
“Once, on the internet I was searching for some spiritual things, when I found a link to Falun Dafa. It mentioned if anyone wants to get deeper knowledge in spirituality then go to Falun Dafa website. I visited the website and found that Falun Dafa was a meditation practice that also included various exercises in slow movements,” he says.
Vinod recalls that when he read the brief introduction about the meditation on the website, he felt so close to it somehow. The energy and “strange” peace he felt is still so fresh in his memory.
“I downloaded the book Zhuan Falun written by Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder of Falun Dafa and couldn’t wait to start reading it,” says Vinod.
“I was amazed to see the deep knowledge explained in the book. The book explained how raising of one’s moral character is directly related to good health and spiritual wisdom.”
He shares that he eventually realized that mind and body are connected, and that “any change in the mind, leads to significant changes in the body as well.”
“At that time, I knew that this is what I was searching for in my life,” he says.
Vinod recounts how all of a sudden he began feeling stress-free, and full of zeal and energy, even when his workload was still the same. He says the exercises and meditation rejuvenated his mind and body, while teachings of morality caused significant change in his outlook towards life.
In 2004, he came back to India.
“I am able to apply Falun Dafa’s teachings of morality in my daily life,” he says. “Earlier I was a kind of short-tempered man, but now I often get amazed at my own self, let alone others who say that I’m a totally different person now.”
“Falun Dafa had taught me to ‘look within’ rather find fault on the outside.”
Vinod says that practicing Falun Dafa’s three moral principles—Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance—has opened his mind and enriched his wisdom.
“These three basic moral values have filled my heart with a kind of eternal joy, which gives me the confidence and courage that’s needed to live in today’s society and to perform well at my work,” he says.
“Though it’s easy to say, practicing tolerance and compassion is not a child’s play,” Vinod admits with a smile. “Rather this is the hardest challenge on one’s way to goodness and righteousness.”
He recalls one odd incident that happened on the busy roads of Pune.
“One day while I was waiting at the traffic signal on my two-wheeler, an auto-rickshaw came from my side and its back wheel went over my left foot. I felt intense pain,” he recounts.
“But I didn’t shout at him, rather I said to him politely that from next time he should be careful as it might hurt someone. If it had happened earlier, it would’ve been a bit hard situation to handle,” he adds.
Vinod shares that the driver apologized and left, and when he went home and opened his shoe, he was surprised to see that there was not even a scratch and all pain he felt at that time was gone.
“This incident amazes me even today. As the saying goes, ‘Good begets good,’” he says. “Falun Dafa taught me the higher meaning of tolerance and forgiveness for sure.”
He shares that becoming morally strong has not only helped him in daily life but also in his professional life.
“As a leader of a software team, I often have to make quick and demanding decisions, and the pressure can be too high, while the risks involved are never small,” he says.
“Falun Dafa’s simple moral teachings have made me really grounded and matured. It has given me not only spiritual wisdom but also the ‘room to buffer’ all kinds the pressure.”
“Often the tricky software projects will be eventually resolved and successfully completed.”
Vinod says that he finds it strange when people think that spiritual people cannot be tech-savvy.
“I feel it is all about our mind, how clean and relaxed it is. I find, if I am balanced and grounded, I can complete the same task in half the time and still get much better results.
“Spirituality is not about wearing monk’s clothes, but it is all about how we handle our ‘inner world,’” he adds.
“I have become more humble, earlier it was not like this. I was a bit short tempered, competitive as per our professional demands, somewhat jealous too,” he adds.
However, Vinod highlights that this peaceful meditation practice is currently under an illegal ban in China by the Chinese Communist Party, and its persecution and torture has been going on since 1999. This pains his heart; he mentions that millions of people who do this beautiful meditation in China have been arrested and tortured merely for their right to faith, while people all over the world do this same meditation freely and with all due respect!
“How weird and strange,” Vinod says. “I don’t understand, how one government can be so foolish to torture its own good people—innocent people—who are trying to become better each day.”
“People across the world are trying their level best to expose this persecution of Falun Dafa.
“In 2016, I went to Goa when the 2016 BRICS conference was held during Chinese President’s India visit. I, along with some friends, held a press conference to highlight the ongoing persecution in China and to request the visiting Chinese president to stop persecution of Falun Dafa in China.”
Vinod says his efforts to expose the persecution of this peaceful meditation won’t stop. “Whatever the Chinese Communist Party might say, I am blessed to be born in India and like millions of others, I’m happy to enjoy my fundamental right to faith,” he says.
“I feel the practice of Falun Dafa is especially suited to today’s fast paced life. The exercises strengthen the body and meditation brings indescribable calm to the mind. You can be benevolent to others only when you are strong from inside.”
Vinod says that this is just the beginning of his spiritual journey and he is yet to explore it more, but he deeply feels that Falun Dafa’s simple yet profound moral teachings are the perfect “remedy” for today’s stressed-out lifestyle.
“It all depends on if we clean our heart’s ‘recycle-bin’ regularly or not!” he says.
Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) is a self-improvement meditation system based on the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. It was introduced to the public by Mr. Li Hongzhi in 1992 in China. It is currently practiced by over 100 million people in 114 countries. But this peaceful meditation system is being brutally persecuted in China since 1999. For more info, please visit: www.FalunDafa.org and www.FalunInfo.org.