Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Power of Sattva...Unleashed in Mumbai

23 to 26 Dec 2009 witnessed 490 people experiencing the Part 2 course in the famous Yogi Sabhagraha Swaminarayan Hall in Dadar.

Sattva personified Rishi Vidhyadharji mesmerised all of us with his Satsang Aerobics Yoga at midnight (6 am for me is midnight...he he), his brilliant Sadhana sequence and his Q&A sessions in the satsangs early morning (if you have slept from 4 to 6 pm then 8 pm feels like early morning).

Rishiji would conduct the course from 6 am to 9.30 pm. Inspite of such a busy schedule he offered 2 hour knowledge sessions on 2 days from 6 to 8 pm to YES!+ volunteers.

Some snippets: (NOT verbatim...just jotting the essence from what I remember)

  • This should be your goal: Becoming 'MUKT' (free) from the 5 deepest, strongest and oldest impressions: Food, Sleep, Sex, Fear and Laziness. He added that once you have become free from these impressions then you will know what your real purpose in life is. The humour and liveliness with which he explained this was exemplary.


Q: How to avoid being conscious when amongst people?
A: Rather than bothering about looking good, focus on feeling good. In looking good you lose your naturalness and peace. When you feel good then you will NOT become a football of others opinions and will be more effective.


Q: Should we be perfectionists?
A: Rather than looking for perfection, be with that which is perfect


Q: How to handle competition as it involves comparison with others?
A: Competition is sugar coated greed and jealousy. A person who is caught in competition is a victim of greed and jealousy. He tries to do several things 100% and gets stressed. Its important to BE (not necessarily DO) 100% in whatever you do.


Q: I am confused about marriage. How to decide whether to marry or not?
  • If one or more of the following five are of concern (needs) for a girl, then she should marry: Security, Companionship, Sex, Progeny and learning surrender
  • If one or more of the following four are of concern (needs) for a boy, then he should marry: Companionship, Sex, Progeny and learning surrender

Q: While on my way to meet Guruji, the excitement I feel, is it feverishness or longing?
A: While on your way if you are relaxed then its longing, else its feverishness. And on meeting him, if Guruji doesn't look at you and you don't mind it as you are happy that YOU saw HIM, then it was longing and if you feel upset or disappointed that HE didn't look at YOU, then it was feverishness.

Check out the photos in the adjoining slideshow

Jai Gurudev!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Beyond the Logical Mind

Its funny, it took me so long to realize this. We have been hearing about stories of faith and miracles of Guru Grace, but yet for me, it took so long to come as a realization.

Guruji's whole effort, if I can call it effort :-) is to teach us to let go of the control; to make us realize that its not me who is controlling, its not me and my plans that can secure my future, even my present; its not what I understand by my little brain, my limited 'so called' logic that decides and makes things happen for me.

The unseen is at work. The 'shakti' which makes it all happen is invisible. See Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

And yet, our whole thought process is completely LOGIC based. All our plans, our targets, our methods, our strategies, our evaluations, our judgements, everything is based on what our logic allows us to perceive and estimate.

Guruji gives us repeated experiences as if to tell us, "sweetheart, at least now drop that thing called logic. go beyond logic, explore infinity, enjoy the freedom that rests in letting go. Come on, its high time you mature, grow up and be the innocent kid that you are, let me take care of you and your life, just leave it to me, surrender and be free."

But the grip of the logical mind is so strong! Its such an irony!! Are we following the Guru? Am i a sincere disciple, a true devotee?

I guess repeated advance courses is the only way! What else could help?

Asangoham ....Punaha...Punaha.
:-)

Monday, November 23, 2009

The AOL Phonetic Alphabet

You must have heard your airline ticket booking agent call out your PNR number using words like S for SUGAR, Y for YANKEE, etc. While we were on our way back the YES!+ Huddle we had in Murud, we had sailor Shibani in our car. An interesting discussion about the phonetics sailors use, ensued and Dineshda suggested that we must have an Art of Living list too.

Here it is:
  • A - Awareness
  • B - Belongingness
  • C - Committment
  • D - Devotion
  • E - Enthusiasm
  • F - Freedom
  • G - Guru
  • H - Happiness
  • I - Intention
  • J - Joy
  • K - Knowledge
  • L - Love
  • M - Maya
  • N - Naturalness
  • O - Om
  • P - Peace
  • Q - Quest
  • R - Ravishankar
  • S - SriSri
  • T - Truth
  • U - Upanishad
  • V - Viveka
  • W - Wonder
  • X - X-ray
  • Y - Yoga
  • Z - Zero
In the world of Aviation, there is a different way of learning your ABC's. The Phonetic Alphabet is not only used by the military, but also by Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, and Customer Service Agents within the Airlines. It is a great way to make sure you are understood (since a B, P, T, and V sound hauntingly similar when spoken), and an appropriate introduction to Aviation Lingo. The letters and their corresponding words for you.

  • A - Alpha
  • B - Bravo
  • C - Charlie
  • D - Delta
  • E - Echo
  • F - Foxtrot
  • G - Golf
  • H - Hotel
  • I - India
  • J - Juliet
  • K - Kilo
  • L - Lima
  • M - Mike
  • N - November
  • O - Oscar
  • P - Papa
  • Q - Quebec
  • R - Romeo
  • S - Sierra
  • T - Tango
  • U - Uniform
  • V - Victor
  • W - Whiskey
  • X - X-ray
  • Y - Yankee
  • Z - Zulu

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Can you guess this one?







Most of you easily guessed the previous one, it was our new and first Youth Ashram at Vasindh, near Kalyan.

But the above one is really tough :-)

Happy Guessing

Shud I dislike my likes or like my dislikes???

If Guruji (or God) comes and tells you, "I am going to bless you with a 'Siddhi' (a power) which will enable you to, either overcome your dislikes or go beyond (be free from) your likes. Choose one"; what will you choose?

If you are wise you will choose the latter! Surprised!?

Just give it a deeper thought. Whenever you dont like something, it is because of something you like. Eg.: If you dont like people who use foul language, it is because you like soft spoken and polite people. If dont like messy rooms, it is because you like things to be neat and tidy.

It is not always possible to change a situation or person or run away from a situation or person. So the way of the wise is transceding the likes, dropping the likes; and the dislikes are taken care of automatically, because the foundation of every dislike is a like.

Taking the dislikes in your stride is ACCEPTANCE,
dropping the likes is realising that OPPOSITE VALUES ARE COMPLEMENTARY and
dropping the tendency of harbouring likes and dislikes is SURRENDER.

Isn't it awesome? Did you like it?

Love & Jai Gurudev
Saleel
PS: Any doubts, querries, thoughts...pl feel free to share

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Did you know?



Now its obvious who this person is, but the question is when and where was this snap clicked.


Well, of course, YES!+ guys in US cannot participate in this quiz, for obvious reasons.


Friday, September 4, 2009

Blessed with a jet of Satva




The airport, spread over 4000 acres, can handle 11 million people per annum with 27 aircraft movements per hour and an estimated 550 movements in May 2008. At its peak, it can handle 720 aircraft movements in a day.

You are right, its the new Bengaluru Airport.

Well, after a rejuvenating TRM with 1000 teachers from all over the country and of course Guruji, I checked in at 12 noon at counter 2 (you can see in the pic above) for my 1.00 pm Mumbai Indigo flight and sat on the bench exactly opposite (you obviously cant see in the pic) and after some amount of calculation, speculation and haa-naa haa-naa, finally did my Short Sudarshan Kriya.

I must admit, I was very concious, especially while doing the Bhastrika. Thoughts like 'what if someone objects?', 'if some passenger waiting besides me complaints then what?', 'what if some security guy actually comes up to me and stops me?'; and to counter these thoughts, phrases like 'Dont be a football...', 'who cares', 'SoHam SoWhat', 'I am not harming anybody', 'let me do what I feel is right' etc were going like a merry-go-round in my mind. Till when I chanted Om and the chattering stopped as I went into kriya.

A thought that really helped was, "if young couples hugging and cuddling is not objectionable then why cant I do pranayam and kriya?"

And what hit the final nail in the coffin was, "on the other hand I am only blessing the airport with more satva" and that triggered in me, not only total acceptance, but also a sense of righteousness and pride.

Within moments, peace dawned and the smile that took off from the lips, spearheaded through the cheeks, transcended the ears and soared into higher levels of my (inner) atmosphere.

My Guru got me Baptized!!

Om Keshavaya Namaha



Om Madhavaya Namaha


Om Narayanaya Namaha


Om Govindaya Swaha


A highly pious. serene and sacred experience which left @ 30 of us in total gratitude for the Master.

27 Aug 2009 was that auspicious day. The beautiful Radha Kunj Yagya place in the ashram in Bangalore witnessed 30 of us being initiated into Brahminhood. We now have official rights for chanting the Gayatri Mantra Japa Vandana, wearing the sacred thread and reading the Vedas (or Knowledge sheets as Rashmin puts it )

Well, the above pic may leave you completely confused about what must have been happenning when this pic was taken, bcoz no two expressions are alike! Looks like all of them are wondering, what was the purpose of this 3 hour long process?

Traditonally, when a child had to start his education, the Upanayan ceremony would be performed. This ceremony used to be of paramount importance, next only to marriage, as it was his marriage with knowledge.
His parents would initiate him and only then he could be admitted to a GuruKul and entrusted in the care of the Guru.
And only the Guru can unite (marry) you with yourSELF
For more pics, check out the slideshow on the blog (just below my schedule)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Miracle

About a week back in the satsang in ashram, a man shared his story of how Guruji had helped the delivery of his son.

He and his 7 month pregnant wife were travelling in train. Somehow his wife developed some complication and broke water. The doctors said that the wife needs to hold the child for 36 hours (not sure how many hours). They said that delivering the child could be fatal to the mother and the child.

Incidentally the man had carried Guruji's photograph with him and felt that a miracle would happen. He gave his wife the photograph and told her not to worry and that he knew that a miracle would happen. The child was born with his lungs not fully developed. The mother was safe.

The child was out in the ICU but survived and is now 9 months old.

The man thanked Guruji for his grace. He does his kriya regularly and ensures that he does as much seva as possible.

Once, in a Part 1 course which I was attending, someone asked Bawa, "In art of living do you believe in miracles?'. Bawa instantly replied with an emphatic NO and then naughtily smiled and said, "We rely on them!"

Q & A with Guruji

Here is what Guruji's wisdom blog missed:

Documented by my friend who was in the ashram. I liked the disclaimer he put - the words may not exactly match, but the bhav does :-)


20th June Satsang in Vishalakshi Mantap (VM)


Q: Thank you for giving us an opportunity to ask questions. It is said that Christ died because of our sins.....
Sri Sri: It is a wrong interpretation to say that Christ died because of our sins. The bible was written after many years of Christ's death. If a person takes this understanding he would continue sinning and say that Christ has already died for our sins.

Q: How can one remain silent and yet say what is to be said so that nothing remains unsaid?
Sri Sri: Did anyone understand the question?..(There was no response) It is best kept unsaid.

Q: Of recent times, I have no questions left. Does that mean that I have become "Murkh" or very "Samajhdar"?
Sri Sri: There is this one question at least! That means you are not "Murkh" but becoming very "Samajhdar" also becomes a hurdle.

Q. Guruji, my work at home does not allow me to do seva. What should I do?
Sri Sri: Your work at home is also a seva. Do how much ever you can..

Q: Guruji, it does not seem right for me to invite outsiders to do the course, when I cannot convince my husband and children.
Sri Sri: Sometimes you have to use a different route. If you wish to break the mango, you have to hit the branch. Get your children's friends to do the course. They have a lot of respect for you. Get your husband's friends to do the course. This way their friends will pull them in.

2 devotees composed beautiful shayari (I don’t remember the exact words).

21st June Amphitheatre

Most of the discussion was in Kannada as it was a sunday. Sundays satsangs include a lot of people from Bangalore. The questions in Kannada are not stated below.

The sikh Jatha sung kirtans for a second time. This time around the kirtans were around surrendering unto Guruji. Incidentally the Jatha had attended the Part I course from the 18th - 21st June.

Q: I am into dancing and music. What can I do to increase my confidence?
G: The only way you can increase your confidence is by making mistakes.

Love & Jai Gurudev

Omprakash Talreja

Friday, June 26, 2009

Activity and Rest


I am sharing below a wonderful experience in meditation. But first read this excerpt from Guruji's Celebrating Silence (Dispassion, Pg. 93):

" Activity and rest are two vital aspects of life. To find a balance in them is a skill in itself. Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have. Finding them in each other - activity in rest and rest in activity - is the ultimate freedom."


That last line above really made me restless when I read it for the first time several years ago. As the years have passed the mystery has slowly unfolded and still there is a long way to go. Of late I have been actively applying myself to understand and experience 'rest in activity'.


A few days back while doing padmasadhana I was sweating (Bau says I have a serious plumbing problem!) a lot and the power went, my sweating increased (you need to understand that I am in Delhi). For a second or two I was irritated. The mind started coming up with brillaint 'ku-tarks' explaining that its ok to do padmasadhana later, let me just meditate, anyway thats the whole point of doing the sadhana, etc.


At this point of time the words 'Activity in rest and rest in activity' popped out of memory like a soft whisper in my ears. I challenged myself, 'If I can drop all efforts and rest in the asana to such an extent that my sweating stops then it will be an achivement'. Total acceptance of the situation happened, I just let go, observed my thoughts and dropped the slightest of agitations...one by one they dropped like a tree shedding its flowers...even the act of dropping was effortless. Before I could realise, my sweating had stopped, the body was steady and the mind till, the silence was deepening and the bliss started expressing itself from within.


While in meditation when the power came and the fan started I actully felt cold and was completely fine if it went again.


By Guruji's grace I had learnt a powerful lesson.


Love & Jai Gurudev

PS: 'Activity in rest' is still a mystery, your views and/or experiments on the same are invited.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

The last 5 Weeks

Dear all,
So much has happened in the last 5 weeks, there are so many things to share with all you lovely people, don't know how much I will be able to remember and key (pen) down.

UP Satsang Tour with Rishi Nityapragyaji, An ANR in Vashi, Mumbai followed by two splendid sessions for volunteers in Mumbai, YES!++ in ashram with Guruji, then DSN with Bau in Goregaon, Mumbai and finally meeting Guruji in Delhi.

I am still in the hangover, literally HANGOVER, of Gurujis Delhi visit. Just before he left Delhi, he sat with us for 10 min to listen to Chitra didi sing a few romantic bollywood numbers. The sweet and intense gestures that he did while she sang have kept me intoxicated till now. When she was singing Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aya....he mischievously said, "Pata nahin kaun aya?".

In the super chaotic MESSmersied crowd in the satsang in Delhi, he said, "normally we say - from CHAOS to BLISS, but here there is BLISS in the CHAOS". At that time I was managing the crowd, rather hurling them down off the stage and their insensitive uncivilised non-cooperative behaviour was pushing my buttons as if somebody was playing on me like a piano! I had already faced a tough time at the airport when I had to use all my physical strength to create a super wide pathway - barely 6 inches, for Guruji to walk a distance of 100 ft which took him 15 min. In those 15 min I got completely drenched with sweat and the moment Guruji sat in the car it started drizzling...the arrival of the divine in the capital was promptly acknowledged by the rain gods. Ever since temperatures have dipped in Delhi and I am still soaking in his love.

more about it later...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Is the Present Government really secular, are we secularly secure?

Is the Present Government really secular, are we secularly secure?

 

·       When Madrasas are being shut down in Pakistan, the Indian Government is giving them CBSE status !! Is it not discouraging our Muslim brothers and sisters in getting secular education?

 

·        Our Government has given 25 lakh scholarships ONLY to minority students What sin have the majority done not to deserve these?  Why cannot poor students of all communities be given scholarships instead of only Muslim children?

 

·       Andhra Pradesh government under the direction from central government has closed down 28000 temples out of 36000 temples in last 5 years. In Vijaywada district alone of Andhra Pradesh 1600 churches have got opened in last 5 years. Why?

 

·       Christian population has increased from 9% to 19% in Andhra Pradesh. 75 lac Hindus have been converted in the last 5 years of Congress Rule in the state. The Congress Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Y Samuel Rajasekhara Reddy is himself a convert.

 

·        In Andhra Pradesh alone, the 85 percent of the temple revenues from The Tirupati Devasthanam – a whopping Rs. 3,100 crores – are transferred into the state exchequer, which then are freely spent on Muslim and Christian causes. Why?

 

·       The present government is building Haj terminals across all Indian airports whereas the Hindu pilgrimages are being taxed. Why?

 

·        About 3 crore Bangladeshi Muslims have illegally infiltrated into India, via West Bengal. The Communist Government of West Bengal, not only cordially welcomes them, but also provides them with Ration Card and ultimately voter's card. Why?

 

·        Since partition in Pakistan, Hindus have shrunk from 24% to 1% and in India, Muslims have grown from 9% to 15%. Why?

·        40% of the population votes. 15% of this voting population are Muslims, 15% are Christians and 10% others. The remaining 60% i.e the non voting population are divided on the ground of cast – Agarwaals, Rajputs, Sikhs etc following the Divide n Rule policy. Why?

Are you happy with this Minority Appeasement and Majority Discrimination? Do you think we need to protect our BHARTIYA SANSKRITI and our ancient Indian culture and heritage and unite against Communal Terrorism? If yes, then VOTE FOR CHANGE.

Vote for a party that is truly secular and not for that party which appears to be secular. Don't be deceived! Think and Act!

Saans lo to DHARMA ke liye….

Saans chodo to DESH ke liye….

VOTE FOR CHANGE.

VANDE MATARAM!

 

 





Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Its an Emergency:

Its an Emergency:


 


Decades ago we ACHIEVED our independence after losing
many lives.


Today, our corrupt politicians have SOLD our
independence, and we are still losing many lives.



THE CURRENT TREND IS VERY
THREATENING.



 



 



 


Are we politically safe? Are we economically sound?
Are we socially healthy? Are we educationally
empowered?


 


Wake up Indians, Wake up!!!



Exercise the POWER of YOUR VOTE to change the
trend.



THINK & ACT NOW!

Dear Patriotic Indian!

 

  • 3850 terror deaths in over 3000 incidents in 67 cities in the last 4 years. In 2008 alone, 12 major terror attacks have rocked the country. No terror attack in US after 09/11, no terror attack in UK after 07/07. Why is our government not taking stringent measures to combat terrorism?

 

 

  • On the day of Mumbai train blasts, the present government gave Rs 150 crore for earthquake-relief in Pakistan. In 2008, the government gave Rs 3000 crores to Afghanistan for Infrastructure development. Why are the Mumbai train attack victims not compensated yet? Why is the government not developing our own infrastructure in the villages first?

 

So, are you happy with the current situation in India?


What can you do to bring about a change in this scenario??


THINK AND ACT!

 

VOTE FOR CHANGE!

 

Vande Mataram!


Pass this mail to all your friends and family members.


SPREAD AWARENESS...JOIN THE REVOLUTION!!

 

(Click on the links for detailed facts)

 

 

 





Its an Emergency:


Its an Emergency:

 

Decades ago we ACHIEVED our independence after losing many lives.

Today, our corrupt politicians have SOLD our independence, and we are still losing many lives.


THE CURRENT TREND IS VERY THREATENING.

 

 

 

Are we politically safe? Are we economically sound? Are we socially healthy? Are we educationally empowered?

 

Wake up Indians, Wake up!!!


Exercise the POWER of YOUR VOTE to change the trend.

 


Monday, May 4, 2009

Imp: Its an Emergency...Wake up for your country

Its an Emergency:

 

Decades ago we ACHIEVED our independence after losing many lives.

Today, our corrupt politicians have SOLD our independence, and we are still losing many lives.


THE CURRENT TREND IS VERY THREATENING.

 

 

 

Are we politically safe? Are we economically sound? Are we socially healthy? Are we educationally empowered?

 

Wake up Indians, Wake up!!!


Exercise the POWER of YOUR VOTE to change the trend.

 






Tuesday, April 28, 2009

We reached to 1000 Delhites in 2 hrs



We went like this in the metro from Keshav Puram to Kashmere Gate to Rajiv Chowk and back. The response was very strong.

People were eyeing us as though we were celebrities (of corse we are), some looked with suspicion, some even with some fear and insecurity....may be they though we are the goons of the politicians or politicians of the goons ;-)

Some people even asked us who should we vote, we just said, we need a change!

Some asked us, who are you supporting? We said doesn't matter. You make your choice.

Some were cribbing, its not going to make any difference. Some were appreciating our efforts, some started arguing with us.

It was fun.

I realized even more strongly the extent and intensity of the apathy in the Indian educated masses about the Indian political scenario. Most people have given up hope. People have lost trust in governance, they are disgusted.

But I am determined to make a difference, and so can you.

VOTE and tell 10 others to VOTE, for a change.

All the best

Monday, April 27, 2009

Communalising Politics

See the video below. I don't know why IBNLive has used the word FATWA, but its quite evident from the video that the Muslims and Christians in Karnataka are mixing religion with politics and being NON-SECULAR. 



Muslims and Christians are so loud and take pride in voicing their narrow-minded, religious, non-secular Muslim/Christian agendas. When they do this they are justified as being protective about their minority community, and if Hindus do it they are termed religious and communal and non-secular.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Guru Om Chanting

This is how we are chanting it. You will love it. Its very soothing and meditative and I must say we feel Gurujis presence so strong when we chant it. Hope all of you are chanting Guru Om in some or the other tune.


Here is the soundtrack.


Have a blissful chanting experience!

Love & Jai Gurudev

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Cool it guys!

Lets cool down the planet. I just did it :-) You know how? By switching off 5 tube-lights. I have earned an E-COOL point for the day. What about you? Now pl dont tell me that you dont know whats an E-COOL point!!

Check out Bawa's superb article which got published and is amongst the top 3 featured articles on viewspaper.

Be sure you rate it highest so that you get to read more from bau-d-bau on popular websites.

Happy reading.

‘The remote control of your life is in your hands’ - Sri Sri

Friends,

This is an awesome blog. The latest wisdom from Guruji is posted on this.

http://wisdomfromsrisri.blogspot.com/

The latest post talks about:

"You be a role model. It is only spirituality that can bring transformation in the nation. Devoid of spirituality, politics becomes so corrupt."

“Save your mind at all costs. We talk about saving the environment, saving the world but not the mind. Tell yourself: I am in charge of my life, my mind. Nobody can make me unhappy.”

"When you feel that you have everything now, you will have more. Do you know who gets invited to dinners? The one who has plenty to eat. Feel the plentitude."


Q. What is the secret behind the ever-green smile?

A.: I have no idea. Perhaps it’s because I always walk my talk and talk my walk.)




Q. How to become an angel?

A.: There is no way. You already are one!


Q. Do you ever get hurt in love?

Q. Can students be equal to their Guru? If yes, then how?

Q. Are the Mahabharata and Ramanayana true?

Q. How to react when a close one breaks your trust?

Q. How does one balance seva and studies?

Q. There is a lot of back-stabbing and politics in my office.

Q. What is beauty?


To read all answers click here

Brahmin forefathers...SC/ST Grandchildren!?


By Subramanian Swamy, former Union Law Minister

Excerpts from an article written on 03 Dec, 2006 on www.organiser.org

Full article here


In India, Dhimmi status for Hindus during Islamic imperialist rule has had other social implications. Defiant Brahmins and Kshatriyas, who had refused to convert and chose to remain Hindus, were forced to carry night-soil and suffer great indignities for their women folk. Or it meant gross mental torture.


Guru Tegh Bahadur, for example, had to see his sons sawed in half, before the pious Guru’s own head was severed and displayed in public.


The debasement of Hindu society then was such that those targeted valiant Brahmins and Kshatriyas, who had refused to convert and thus made to carry night-soil, were disowned by other Hindus and declared to be asprashya or “untouchable”.


The ranks of the Scheduled Caste community, which was not more than 1 per cent of the population before the advent of Islam in India, swelled to 14 per cent by the time Mughal rule collapsed.


... Swami Dayanand Sarasvati boldly wrote to the Vatican Pope, nevertheless if an Indian Muslim or Christian changes his religion to Hinduism today, I will not regard it as conversion because it is a return to the Hindu fold of those whose ancestors had been forcibly converted.

Unlike Hinduism, which says not a word against non-believers, in fact says that other religions also lead to God, Islam is harsh on them, and justifies violence against them as sacred.

Sheer BLISS

Just couldnt resist writing about what I experienced a couple of hours back.

We heard Gurujis talk 'Your Nature is Gratefulness' of the Ashtavakra Gita series. It was awesome. Very subtle and profound and towards the end Guruji made us laugh so much I tell you. And in the end he told us to find reasons to be grateful.

The moment the talk got over Nitin (Nikhil Kathurias brother) played the slow Narayan....Narayan....Jai Govind Hare....., Narayan....Narayan....Jai Gopal Hare.....sung by Vikram. It was the recording of a satsang.

I have no words to express what that bhajan did to all of us. I was completely transported to the ashram. Feeling so grateful for Guruji, the way he has handled my life and given so much, for having filled my life with divinity, grace, faith and paramanand.

As the song was ending Vikram started Your Home is in my heart...!

Need I write any further?

Oh Guruji! Zarurat se jyada, aur samay se pehle, you give so much, I am not big enough to take!

Love you Guruji, ever gratefully yours,
Jai Gurudev
PS: Ever since Guruji has returned back to India (12th night) I am feeling his presence in me stronger. So fortunate!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Love Bytes

Words of wisdom from Guruji on the following topics















By now your fundas should be clear ;-)

Love Moves the World

Jai Gurudev

The Bliss of Puja

Yesterday we did Guru puja and then meditated on the Rudra Puja chants...a short satsang with Shiva bhajans followed after that. It felt so much like being in the ashram. A few YES!+ volunteers were amongst the 325 who became Blessers and/or Healers on Sunday 12th Apr. So there was celebration in the air in the YES!+ adda since last evening.

No no...now the adda has been shifted. B-24 Lajpat Nagar was the UTSAV adda. No yaar, A1-266, Safdarjung Enclave was the MARCH-in-MARCH adda. Now its C-119, Ashok Vihar.

The first sms I saw after the puja read... '..I am in the Bangalore ashram,...we just finished rudra puja with Guruji...' :-)

We caught your presence in India Guruji! We are your good devotees no? ;-)

Today Vishal did the Guru puja...after which we chanted Guru Om for 3 to 5 min. The meditation that followed was so deep and with such strong Guru presence. Vishal has been doing the Guru puja with the vidhi (ritual) now for the last 26 consecutive days without break! I guess only Rishi Vidyadharji and Bhanu didi can beat that. If you know anyone else, feel free to enlighten me.

Feels so Satvik after the pujas.

'Satva se karma phal ki siddhi hoti hai'

Satva brings perfection in achieving the fruits of your actions. I am looking forward to what happens tomorrow. We are going to meet the BJP candidate from the Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency in the morning, do some VOTE-FOR-CHANGE campaigning in the slums in the day followed by a few meetings and in the evening Vishal and me are starting a YES!+ course in DCE(Delhi College of Engg).

Eagerly waiting to see what results our punya and satva gets for us. Of course, tomorrow before the above schedule begins we are doing 2 hours of sadhana followed by Guru puja...ha ha...to pack ourselves with arms and ammunition for the day.

Jai Gurudev

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Who are you trying to fool, Mr. Naik?

Question: Why is a man allowed to have more than one wife in Islam? i.e. Why is polygamy allowed in Islam?

(2/2)Misconceptions About Islam - By Dr. Zakir Naik.This is a lecture by Dr. Zakir Naik held in P.U.B. Auditorium, Singapore, 17 October, 1998.

In this video he answers some of the most common misconceptions non-Muslims have about Islam.


Could not decide if the above video is a Commedy:-) ! or Tragedy:-( ?
What do you say??

Wish our Muslim brothers & sisters would adhere to the Quran

TOP 10 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ISLAM
by Huma Ahmad on www.jannah.org

Full article here


EXCERPTS...

MISCONCEPTION #1: Muslims are violent, terrorists and/or extremists.

NOWHERE DOES ISLAM ENJOIN THE KILLING OF INNOCENTS..
The Quran says: "Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors." (Quran 2:190) "If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the One that heareth and knoweth all things." (Quran 8:61)
...The term 'jihad' literally means 'struggle'. Muslims believe that there are two kinds of jihad. The other 'jihad' is the inner struggle of the soul which everyone wages against egotistic desires for the sake of attaining inner peace.


MISCONCEPTION #2: Islam oppresses women.

... The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said: "The most perfect in faith amongst believers is he who is best in manner and kindest to his wife."
Violence of any kind towards women ...


MISCONCEPTION #3: Muslims worship a different God.


... However, it should be noted that God in Islam is One and Only. He, the Exalted, does not get tired, does not have a son ie Jesus or have associates, nor does He have human-like attributions as found in other faiths.


MISCONCEPTION #4: Islam was spread by the sword and intolerant of other faiths.


... Quran says: "God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for God loveth those who are just. 60:8)
Freedom of religion is laid down in the Quran itself: "There is no compulsion (or coercion) in the religion (Islam). The right direction is distinctly clear from error". (2:256)
.... The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred whether the person is Muslim or not.


MISCONCEPTION #5: All Muslims are Arabs.

The Muslim population of the world is around 1.2 billion. 1 out of 5 people in the world is a Muslim. ... about 18% live in the Arab world and the largest Muslim community is in Indonesia. Most Muslims live east of Pakistan. 30% of Muslims live in the Indian subcontinent, 20% in Sub-Saharan Africa, 17% in Southeast Asia, 18% in the Arab world, and 10% in the Soviet Union and China.


MISCONCEPTION #6: The Nation of Islam is a Muslim group.

Islam and the so called "Nation of Islam'" are two different religions. .... "The Nation of Islam" is a misnomer; this religion should be called Farrakhanism, after the name of its propogator, Louis Farrakhan.


MISCONCEPTION #7: All Muslim men marry four wives.

... Permission to practice polygamy is not associated with mere satisfaction of passion. It is rather associated with compassion toward widows and orphans. It was the Quran that limited and put conditions on the practice of polygamy among the Arabs, who had as many as ten or more wives and considered them "property".


MISCONCEPTION #8: Muslims are barbaric, backward people.

... Many crucial systems such as algebra, the Arabic numerals, and also the concept of the zero (vital to the advancement of mathematics), were transmitted to medieval Europe from Islam.


MISCONCEPTION #9: Muhammad was the founder of Islam and Muslims worship him.


MISCONCEPTION #10: Muslims don't believe in Jesus or any other prophets.

Muslims respect and revere Jesus, upon him be peace, and await his Second Coming. ... Quran confirms his virgin birth (a chapter of the Quran is entitled 'Mary'), and Mary is considered the purest woman in all creation...

Uniform Civil Law

By Subramanian Swamy, former Union Law Minister

Excerpts from an article written on 03 Dec, 2006 on http://www.organiser.org/

Full article here



In a Hindu country why should there be a separate Law for non-Hindus?

Hindus had been dhimmis for six hundred years in those parts of India despite being a bigger majority in the country than even today. Hence, a majority is not enough. Hindus need also a Hindu mindset to be free.

Thousands of Muslims had demonstrated on the streets demanding that the government not bring legislation that would nullify the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Shah Bano case but in vain.


Supreme Court v/s Shariat. Who is greater?

Rajiv Gandhi, I learnt later, on counsel from his Italian Catholic family, had surrendered to the hard line clerics who protested that the Supreme Court had no right to interfere and to de facto amend the Shariat, the Islamic law code. These relatives on a directive from the Vatican thought that if secular law would be applied to Muslims, it can be to the Christians too. This was a nonsense argument of the Muslim clerics, since the Shariat had already been amended, without protest, in the criminal law of India.

The Indian Penal Code represents the uniform criminal code that equally applies to all religious communities. I therefore ask the clerics: if a Muslim is caught stealing, can any court in India direct that his hand at the wrist be cut off as the Shariat prescribes? If Muslims can accept a uniform criminal code what is the logic in rejecting the uniform civil code?

A true Muslim is Dr. Jekyll when in minority, and Mr. Hyde when in majority.


So what should we Hindus do?

First, recognise that being a pious Hindu is not enough. Hindus must unite and work to install a Hindu-minded government. If 35 per cent of the 83 per cent Hindus unite to vote for a party, absolute majority is attainable, a party that espouses an approved Hindu agenda, then the union government is within reach through the ballot box.

Second, search for those Muslims who are ready to openly and with pride declare that their ancestors were Hindus. My guess is that about 75 per cent of Muslims will be ready to do so. These are the Muslims who can be co-opted by Hindus to fight Islamic fundamentalism. If we do not do so, then the Muslim clerics will have a free run of their fanaticism.

For this a required reading is Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Hinduism & Islam: Dedicated to the People of Pakistan Who have Forgotten Their Own Roots [www.artofliving.org]. In this Sri Sri Ravishankar has shown how “Muslims have completely forgotten that their forefathers were Hindus, so they have every right to Vedic culture”.
He in fact traces the pre-Islam origins of the K’aaba.

Third,

a. invest heavily in primary education to make it world class,

b. ban the madrasas for any student below 21 years, and

c. make Sanskrit a compulsory language for all students.

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Sounds good. Its a good idea to implement a good idea!

Crusaders of Spirituality


The Beheading of Guru Tegh Bahadur

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Guru Tegh Bahadar

The Emperor Aurangzeb who had seen to the death of his brother and arrest of his father had been raised and educated by the fundamentalist ulema who had long been ignored by his more liberal predecessors.

His brother Dara Shikoh had been raised by the Sufis and exposed to the more the more universal side of Islam which, though its aim was still to see everyone in the world submit to Islam, they sought to accomplish their goal by peaceful means. The Sikhs and Hindus were on good terms with the Sufis, but Aurangzeb returned the hated Jizia-a tax which took 60% of everything from the Sikh and Hindu farmers.

Aurangzeb had decided that he would change India into a land where sharia would rule. He had decided that Islam would be the only religion of India.

He would allow no new Hindu temples to be built and he gave orders that many be torn down and replaced by Mosques.

A plan was hatched to force the respected Kashmiri Pandits to accept Islam, it was thought that if they converted, the rest of the Hindus would follow. They were told that they would accept or be put to the sword. Some of the Pandits made a pilgrimage to Amarnath to the cave with the lingham of Shiva. Their they had a vision of Shiva who told them to travel to see Guru Tegh Bahadur. Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth in the line of Guru Nanak and lived at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, Northern India. They resolved to go to him and ask for his protection.

The story continues...

Can the Hindus and Muslims peacefully co-exist in India?

Basic Islam for Hindu Dhimmis
By Subramanian Swamy, former Union Law Minister

Excerpts from an article written on 03 Dec, 2006 on www.organiser.org
Full article here

Temples have been demolished in the Valley on a daily basis. The world could not care less. An American had once told me: “Why should we care? Indian democracy is led by the majority who are Hindus and you want us to talk about the human rights of the community of rulers?”

Are Hindus in majority in India?
We do not have much time, in fact in about 45 years, as the X-graph of statistical regressions estimated by J.S. Bajaj and colleagues shows. ‘X’ represents the two trends—Hindu percentage declining and Muslim percentage rising, and intersecting in the year 2061. We Hindus must understand the true nature of Islam before we can formulate a strategy to defeat those who threaten us.

What happens in Muslim majority areas?
The municipalities of Thondi and Rasathipuram Municipalities of Ramanathapuram and Vellore districts respectively, are in Muslim-majority areas, and the local bodies election had empowered the Muslims with their capture of the municipalities. The Muslim-ruled municipalities have thereafter converted these areas into mini Dar-ul-Islams, in a Hindustan of 83 per cent Hindus!

The minority Hindu areas of the municipality were thus denied civic amenities, funds for schools, garbage clearing etc., and sent notices in Urdu. Hindus were bluntly told convert to Islam if they wanted civic facilities.

I know that in Kashmir Valley, Muslims who are in majority have actively or passively connived in driving out half a million Hindus out of their homes and made them refugees in their own country. But I could not believe that in South India this was possible where Hindus are actually above national average at 90 per cent of the population.

What is Dar-ul-Islam?
Dar-ul-Islam is a Muslim religious concept of a land where Muslims rule, and the non-believers in Islam are termed as Dhimmis. The term Dhimmi was coined after the Jews were crushed in Medina [Khaybar to be exact], and the defeated Jews accepted that if they did not convert to Islam, then they would accept second-class status politically, culturally, and religiously. This included zero civil rights including the right to modesty of women, and the special tax jaziya.

There is thus no scope for Muslims and non-Muslims uniting as equals in the political, cultural, or social system in a Dar-ul-Islam where Muslims rule. Secular order in India thus is possible only when Muslims are not in power.

Minority(Muslim) Appeasement v/s Minority(Hindu) Oppression
The choice to non-believers in Islam is: convert or accept dhimmitude. Hence, the explanation for Thondi, Rasathipuram, Mau etc., and the duality in ethics practised by Muslims everywhere.

Thondi, Rasathipuram and other places prove that the Muslim mind suffers from a dangerous duality—of seeking secularism when out of power and imposing a brutal demeaning theocracy for non-Muslims when in power.

As a Hindu, what is my responsibility?
It is this duality that patriotic Hindus must re-shape by modern education and other means, as also retain its demographic overwhelming majority in India.

(The writer is a former Union Law Minister.)

Stretch the Hand OUT


Saturday, April 11, 2009

His EXCELLENCY

No, I am not referring to His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, definitely not Mr. Manmohan Singh;-)

Embodiment of Excellence Mr. Vinod Menon, my TTC (Art of Living Teachers Training Course - Phase 1) teacher; and I take great pride for having done TTC with Vinod bhaiya.



I was lucky enough to meet him on Thu evening. Some snippets:



....Apply the spirit. Many times the mind, intellect, memory or ego come in the way of the objective of the spirit. For eg. If you want to meet another volunteer to discuss some seva project, the ego may say, he should come to me, why should I go to him? Excercise your awareness and make the intelligent choice of honouring the spiritual objective by overriding the objective of the ego.



Fri, 10 Apr, 12 noon...Vinodji was scheduled to conduct a session for YES!+. We were to finish showing a 20 min video 'Shashi Tharoor interviews Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on CNBC '. At 1150 am we were still struggling with the projector cable and laptop...when he arrived ..10 min before time!



He had won the 65 young hearts just by his mere presence and later even won their minds and spirits. Every 5 min, as the presentation followed, on why we should campaign in the upcoming elections, I was in more and more awe of him.



Perfection, skill, balance of intellect and emotion, unbiased, non-communal and apolitical nature, inspiration, leadership, mentoring, teaching, managing time, humour, youth appeal, wisdom, maturity, dispassion...it was all there in abundance, every moment of the 75 min he was there.



His Excellency, Vindoji surpassed all benchmarks of excellence.



Highlights...



Be an ACTIVE CITIZEN and a MATURE VOTER

We need an INDIAN FACE

10 Crore first time youth voters in India

We need to not only VOTE but also CAMPAIGN

You will become good LEADERS by leading...

You will become good COMMUNICATORS by communicating...

You will become good CAMPAIGNERS by campaigning...

We need to be aligned to BHARATIYA thoughts

We need to REJECT elegantly and CHOOSE intelligently

The ELECTIONS are no longer a POLITICAL issue, its an issue of PSYCHO-SOCIAL FAIRNESS (You must attend his talk to understand what he means by it).



In 2014, the one who is reading this should be contesting for the position of MP and hence we need to start preparing now, as this is our only opportunity to learn how to campaign.


Next 3 weeks we have to keep our other roles aside and assume this new ROLE of a CAMPAIGNER for the sake of our country, our people, our life, our freedom.

Saans lo, DHARM ke liye,

Saans chhodo, RASHTRA ke liye.

Jai Hind!