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...