Eastern professor teaches inner peace

When Jay Shinde, an accounting professor, looks outside, he sees the beauty of the world in everything.

“When you are at peace, you see the colors more vibrantly,” Shinde said. “The blues will be more blue, and you will be more happy.”

Shinde was commenting on the “beautiful green sky” before the storm Thursday and cloud formations outside his office window.

Shinde, who has been practicing meditation for nearly 25 years, will give his presentation “Spiritual Diversity, Tolerance and Pluralism” at 7 p.m. on Monday in the 7th Street Underground in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

This event is part of the University Board series “Teach Me Tuesdays.”

The presentation is the first of a three-part series called “The Art of Inner Peace.” Each session will discuss the importance of spiritual pluralism and living with good intensions.

Danny Turano, the UB chairman, said it will be a learning experience for students.

“It might spark an interest in that culture or diversity in spiritualism,” Turano said.

The next two presentations in the series will be on Oct. 15 and Nov. 7.

David Sims, the UB vice chairman, said this is Shinde’s area of interest.

“Shinde is very eager to share his words of wisdom with our campus in order to give back to the community that he serves,” Sims said. “He has a great deal of knowledge and is willing to share.”

Shinde said he has spent about a year developing his presentation and is looking forward to the opportunity to teach peace of mind.

“Teaching gives me a great deal of joy in believing that I can make a difference,” Shinde said.

He said he looks forward to not only teaching Eastern’s campus about meditation, but also presenting an opportunity to students to become more self-aware.

“It goes a little beyond diversity,” he said. “Pluralism means you actually encourage people to do better on their current path.”

Sims said the UB chose Shinde as their speaker partially because of his ideas about pluralism.

“We thought the campus would appreciate a lecture about acceptance toward others different from ourselves,” Sims said. “Jay Shinde will speak about how different spiritual paths lead to the same goal and how we should not only tolerate other people’s spiritual preferences, but also encourage them to prosper on their chosen paths.”

Although Shinde said he will talk heavily about spirituality during his presentation, he assures students that it will not conflict with their own religious beliefs.

“I use scriptures of seven different faiths,” Shinde said.

Of those seven faiths, Shinde will mention: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Judaism and Islam.

Additionally, he said he plans to speak from an atheistic standpoint.

“It’s free, you don’t lose anything, and it does not conflict with your spiritual path,” he said. “It is very nondenominational in that sense.”

Katie Smith can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].