Among the players at a cricket match at the Bombay Gymkhana on Saturday morning was Swami Parthsarathy. A proponent of Vedanta, an ancient Indian philosophy, he was practising what he preaches — free oneself of worries, develop the intellect, and age will not be a hindrance.
Next week, Swami Parthsarathy will begin his 39th annual lectures in the city on the Bhagavad Gita. He does not consider Vedanta and cricket as very differing interests.
“The philosophy [of Vedanta] applies to everything in life, from business to sports,” he explained.
“Everybody stops their usual activities with age, and this is mainly because they carry worries from the past and hold anxiety for the future,” said the octogenarian, who was the vice-captain of the team from Vedanta Academy, which he had established in Lonavala in 1988.
His team scored 110 runs in 25 overs but were beaten by 5 wickets by the Bombay Gymkhana team.
“I did, however, take the wicket of the captain of the opposite team,” he said.
However, every time he sets out to bowl, his doctor’s heart skips a beat.
“Medically speaking, he shouldn’t be on the field,” said Dr Jal Mistry, who is also a member of the Vedanta Academy.
“After he had a hip-replacement surgery last April, doctors had advised him not to play cricket, but it is difficult to curb his energy and enthusiasm. He is like a 25-year-old,” he said.
On January 16, Swami Parthasarathy will begin his lectures on the Gita at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi.
“This is my third discourse cycle in teaching the Bha gavad Gita. I have completed the 18 chapters twice, taking 18 years for each series,” he said.
He will also be heading to Turkey soon for a corporate summit to deliver a speech on how the Vedanta philosophy can positively influence work ethics and productivity.