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The wishing spree...



A wish for well-being... A customer at The Wishing Tree, a spiritual store at MGF Metropolitan Mall, Gurgaon. Photo: Anu Pushkarna.

IT IS said that high in the Himalayas there exists a wishing tree. Anyone who finds this tree and sits beneath it can have all his wishes fulfilled. The Sanskrit name Kalyana Kalpataru is based on this Indian legend. And here it comes for the residents of Delhi and Gurgaon - The Wishing Tree, a spiritual store at 12 MGF Metropolitan Mall, Gurgaon to make a difference to urban life.

The yearning for deeper personal happiness, job satisfaction and the desire to make a difference in a world that needs it, is a common turning point in many people's lives. "The store is unique and different from other stores, as our primary motive is not to make money but to encourage people by offering products that are inspirational in nature," says manager Kabir Macdow.

The store is an extension of Ananda Sanga Foundation, where Swami Kriyananda, a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, the author of "Autobiography of a Yogi", shares his teachings with the public. Macdow explains that two or three classes in meditation are held in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida every week to help people effect change within themselves and balance the attraction to worldly activities. "In meditation you learn how to quieten the thoughts and learn to concentrate," he says.

The products available at The Wishing Tree have been created and selected to help everyone "actualise joy, peace, healthfulness and success", say the representatives of Ananda Sanga Foundation.

Range of products

The products are claimed to establish new and positive habits in customers' lives. On offer are beautiful photographs on posters and greetings, Yogananda nature essences, music CDs composed by Swamiji, Italian fountain, crystal lamps to enhance the ambience of any room, khadi and natural fibre clothing for exercise, yoga or relaxation, astrological pendants, bangles and malas with semi-precious stones.

"Our basic motive to open this store is to share these teachings with the people. This is a service-oriented store giving people the right direction towards life. The idea of opening the store at Gurgaon came to Swamiji as the merging of East and West is the image of the future of India, and people here have developed themselves professionally, have motivation to work, different style of living and moreover, believe in culture," says Macdow.

BHAWNA SATSANGI

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