THESE 21 COMMON-SENSE PRECEPTS ARE GETTING INDIA ON THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS
Rohit Sharma lives in a country where rape cases doubled between 1990 and 2008 and murders have more than tripled over the course of 60 years.
Raised in the Indian capital of New Delhi, he will tell you what goes without saying: his people are losing their morality. Parents struggle to guide their children in the midst of a morally decaying society, but there is no existing technology for them to use to accomplish this.
But in 2007, Sharma found The Way to Happiness (TWTH) which had a profound effect on him. Testing out what the book could do for others, he delivered his first seminar to 100 students in Vinay Nagar Bengali School.
The students, much to the surprise and delight of their teachers, listened with rapt attention. Many vowed afterward never to violate the precepts again.
Before India could blink, Sharma had trained more than 2,400 of its teachers. These, in turn, brought The Way to Happiness to more than 110,000 students in some 900 schools.
Sharma next turned his sights to the police. After receiving a presentation on the program, the New Delhi Deputy Commissioner ordered 10,000 custom copies of The Way to Happiness, bearing the police’s logo proudly below its title. Sharma was directed to bring the workshop to police in every district of the city. One unit—the New Delhi Traffic Division—decided to make The Way to Happiness the core of its citywide program to reform traffic offenders. Many of the 55,000 offenders were so pleased with what they learned they thanked the police for their “penalty.”
Then, in honor of the UN Day of Happiness, Sharma and the police teamed up to host a massive parade, attended by some 2,500 people. Launched by a member of Indian Parliament, the parade aired to 60 million viewers on the top rated TV network in the country.
In total, Sharma has now trained more than 3,000 police and distributed more than 37,500 booklets across 16 states of India. With the help of the national media, he has reached more than 70 million people with the 21 precepts.
“I have had 100% success wherever I have gone with The Way to Happiness,” he says. He plans to travel to each of India’s 29 states, introducing the campaign to all schools and police departments in his bid for a better India, which Sharma sees approaching with every booklet.
Just as was the original intention of this common-sense guide to better living, calm has begun to spread across the country.
JUST TRANSLATED INTO ITS 114TH LANGUAGE
The Way to Happiness, which holds a Guinness World Record as the most translated nonreligious book of all time, can now boast another language in its set: the Caribbean tongue of Papiamento.
Carmelita Haynes, a native of Aruba, discovered The Way to Happiness some years ago. Since that time, she has used the 21 precepts to help friends and colleagues and has brought the book to schools and community groups across Aruba.
This year, Carmelita translated The Way to Happiness into the Spanish Creole language of Papiamento which serves as the main language for the 330,000 inhabitants of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao in the Caribbean.
With Carmelita’s translation, approved by The Way to Happiness Foundation, the book can now be found in 114 languages.
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