Pyramid Party of India
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They had asked for a pyramid, but got a pineapple symbol instead. Their chances of winning the Lok Sabha elections may be negligible, but members of Pyramid Party of India (PPI) claim to be fighting for a higher purpose — to establish a “new era of global spirituality on earth”.
PPI members have been meditating over their poll prospects in a grey pyramidal structure located in Safdarjung Enclave. While the party was establishment way back in 1999 in Andhra Pradesh, its candidates are contesting in Delhi for the first time.
Five “pyramid masters” are in the fray in East, West, South, Chandni Chowk and New Delhi constituencies to realise the aim of “Socratic teachings” of the “philosopher king”. PPI Delhi unit chief, Kulwinder Singh, who has a real estate business, said that experienced meditators are called pyramid masters and all five candidates have this title. “Our goal is to spread the four-fold message of meditation, knowledge, spirituality and vegetarianism,” the candidate from West Delhi said.
“There will be no end to the troubles of states till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers.” This dictum of Greek philosopher Socrates forms the core theme of the party.
The group members commonly wear pyramid-shaped hats during their marches and derive amalgamation of politics and spirituality from the likes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Torkom Saraydarian, Gary Zukav and Osho. “We have turned the age-old dictum of yatha raja, tatha praja into yatha praja, tatha raja. If we can change the nature and lifestyle of people, they will select a good representative,” Singh said.
The candidates come from varied backgrounds — doctor, housewife, realtor and financial advisor. “In order to be a pyramid master, one only needs to meditate and follow 18 principles of our mission,” said Deepti Nadella, the East Delhi candidate.
DLN Shastri, PPI national general secretary, said party members follow “Anapanasati”, the natural breathing process. “The idea is to give a break to the chattering monkey mind. No sage, god or mantras are required, just inner peace and quest for knowledge,” Shastri said.