Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good Bye Ganpati Bappa

Yesterday was Ganesh Chaturthi, the day of immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha.

This is how the moon looked in Hamburg, its just one day before full moon:








I visited a temple in Hamburg and kind of bid farewell to the Ganpati idol in my lane, where I stay in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. Here is the pic of that idol I had clicked a day before leaving from India for Germany:






ajam nirvikalpam niraakaaramekam, niraanandamaanandamadvaitapuurnam.
param nirgunam nirvishesham nireham, parabrahmaruupam ganesham bhajema.

[who is unborn absolute formless, beyond bliss and again bliss the one infinite
supreme without attributes differentiation desire, who is the form of the supreme Brahman - we offer worship to Lord Ganesha]

gunaatiitamaanam cidaanandaruupam, cidaabhaasakam sarvagam j~naanagamyam.
munidhyeyamaakaasharuupam paresham, parabrahmaruupam ganesham bhajema.

[who is the nature beyond attributes the form of intellegence and bliss,
the effulgent spirit the all pervading the goal of knowledge,
who is the object of the meditations of silent sages formless and omnipresent like space, who is the form of the supreme Brahman - we offer worship to Lord Ganesha]

jagatkaaranam kaaranaj~naanaruupam, suraadim sukhaadim gunesham ganesham.
jagadvyaapinam vishvavandhyam suresham, parabrahmaruupam ganesham bhajema.

[who is the cause of the world - the primal knowledge, the origin of gods - the bliss - full of virtues - Lord of heavenly, hosts, who pervades the universe - who is worshipped by all - who is the Lord of the Gods,
who is the form of the supreme Brahman - we offer worship to Lord Ganesha]

You can hear the above Ganesh Stotram in the voice of Bhanu Didi in the album Call of the Divine. Also I strongly recommend to hear the version of Sacred Chants of India.

Ganpati Bappa Moraya, Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Ya!

:-)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

VIPAKSHA BANDHANA PRATIPAKSHA BHAVANE

GURUJI'S TALK IN SATSANG @ ASHRAM, BANGALORE, MON 20 SEP'10
(Transcribed by Aditya Kamalapurkar)


Vipaksha Bandhana Pratipaksha Bhavane - Whenever you feel negativity - you should overcome it by having the opposite emotions (increasing the positivity)

Look at who you are angry with and why? Who is the person and why is he acting that way? He's not the master of his mind and has no control over the waves of emotions and thoughts - just know that and be compassionate and friendly.

See how each emotion affects you and they start a whole chain of reactions in you and what happens to your mind and body. Hence we should be awake and aware. Vipaksha Bandhana Pratipaksha Bhavane. As soon as you think of someone else's mistake how agitated you get, isn't it? How many of you feel this way?? (so many hands were raised up in VM) Then that's why you should think of the guru instead! See how you feel then....

So what's the sutra?? (and almost everyone is quite in the hall)

So simple it is and i just told it and you can't remember it?? now repeat it with me!

Vipaksha Bandhana - the feeling that are negative are a block and obstacle
Pratipaksha Bhavane - to overcome them you have to have the opposite feelings towards that.

Vipaksha Bandhana Pratipaksha Bhavane...

I know many of you will forget the sutra in 2 or 3 days... You'll say - ah he said something very good in satsang.. dunno what it was.. some vipaksh and partipaksh something... it was too good eh! i don't know what it was exactly but it was good!

See, you need to keep this in mind and not forget it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

WOW knowledge of the Week !!!














Q. How to deal with people who do not listen to u ??

A. As Bawa says "NEVER GIVE A LOGICAL ANSWER TO AN ILLOGICAL QUESTION !!" 
When someone is not listening to you, dont talk. IF you really want to take more effort then first prepare the person to listen to you and then talk. Its like talking on the phone.

 

You dial a number and you hear a ring. Do u just start talking?
No. You wait for the other person to pick the phone and say Hello. Once you have ensured the other person is ready to hear you then you say what you want to say, right?
Its the same in a conversation.
Make sure that the other person is receptive.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

CRISPIES of the Week !!!





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Just being Happy is not enough.
U need to have that Strength also..  
So that u can smile in and smile through 
the adversities too  :)






  



Giving with a 'sense of Giving' is NO Giving 







    Holding the fist gives you an illusion that 
    you are holding something.   
    But when you let go and loosen your fist, you'll realise that you are holding the entire sky





    Weak minds get Influenced..
     Strong minds get Inspired ...



         
        ART OF LIVING is the Art of being Yourself  :)

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          Friday, September 17, 2010

          BLESSING : A Glimpse of the GRACE !!

          " When your mind is calm and serene, it becomes like a laser beam. Then you get the power to bless. "
          - SRI SRI

          As a Blesser, I have witnessed many stories of Grace. This one is also Special like every other story :)
          I was in Delhi when one day an Elderly lady came to me to take blessings for her ill Grandson. Her 5 year old Grandson was having loose motions and because of the criticality of the case was admitted in Hindurao Hospital. He was on drip for the past 15 days.
          She had not done any Art of Living course. But she asked me to Bless her. She took the Blessings and went home.
          After 2 days she came home and told me that all the reports of her Grandson were completely fine. She was amazed as just 2 days before there were no signs of recovery. And just not this, on the 3rd day he was discharged from the Hospital.




















          " Where Nothing works.., Grace surely Works !! "
          Jai Gurudev :)

          Thursday, September 16, 2010

          In love even objects become alive...

          Who says plastic is bad? Even Plastic can Bloom!

          "Jaisi DRISHTI waisi SRISHTI" - Sri Sri

          "Jaisi MATI waisi GATI" - Sri Sri

          "In the presence of a SatGuru, talents manifest."



          I was amazed to see what this lady did with disposed bottles of water.








          Well, she is more than 65 years old, but her enthusiasm completely defies her age. And guess who her Art Of Living teacher is?

          Well, well...no prizes for the correct answer ;-)

          Thursday, September 9, 2010

          What we Learnt and Forgot...The Germans Retaught !!!

          Since our childhood we have been reading that digestion starts the moment we start chewing food. It is wrong. Rather it starts the moment we touch the food.


          As soon as we touch it, signals through the nerve ends at the tip of the fingers are sent to our digestive system regarding the type of food. And then the digestive system accordingly does the juice secretion. It is like preparing the system for the food. But using spoons for eating we completely eliminate the first stage of digestion. Whenever you eat using spoon, complete digestion will NEVER happen.
          This beautiful knowledge was given by Guruji.

          When I was in Germany, I was completely fed up of the German food (only potatoes and sandwiches). So, we all (some of my foreign friends) decided to go to an Indian Restaurant. We ordered Paneer butter masala, dal makhani, parantha. The order sounded perfect but when I saw them eating it, I was Horrified. They would take one spoon of rice, then one spoon of Dal makhani, then one of Paneer butter masala. Then they would cut the parantha with knife and fork and eat a piece. "You are insulting the Indian food" , I told them.
          They all looked confused. So I decided to teach them. " Come on ! Break that parantha..Dip it in the Butter masala..Put it in your mouth..And if anything leaks out (chances are High)..dont worry just Lick !! ". They were not much comfortable about the idea :)
          Sabse bada rog kya kahenge log ;). But when i told them about the scientific explanation of using hands given by Guruji, they dropped their spoons at once and ate with hands.


          It was a big thing for people who have been  eating using spoons since the past 20-25 years and who have seen others also do the same only. It was a big thing doing it in a country where touching food is considered Uncivilised and Unhygienic. But they did it.
          Good lesson for we Indians who have started dropping our own cultural values in exchange of some foolish trends. Knowing the Science behind the Spirituality will really help in getting back to those values :)
          Jai Gurudev..