Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lighter....n....lighter....n....lighter.......en LIGHT en ed!

Did she talk? That definitely wasn't a talk. What was she doing? Did she do anything at all? Or was it just happening? Whatever was spoken was extracted from the consciousness, wrapped in the warmth of her heart and delivered with precision through her head. I was in awe of this perfect amalgamation of the three levels of communication [ref: Principles of Communication by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji], head-2-head, heart-2-heart & soul-2-soul.

I came back with concepts in my head, either thrashed or rectified, heart filled with love and kindled with trust and the soul absolutely free.

How can someone, sitting so comfortably, with such ease and effortlessness, inspire others to take the effort to break out of their comfort zones! Note that my previous statement is punctuated by an exclamation and not a ? because I am in wonder!

The words were direct, there was nothing to read between the lines. However, there was a lot to feel and absorb between the lines. Like chocolate on the nut, her words were cocooned in the love that she is. When she was answering questions from the audience, I could sense the compassion that she felt for us, and like a mother who feeds her young one, she was serving us food for our souls and enbalming our hearts.

Her take on 'Thinking v/s Doing' was brutally punitive. But there was a fatherliness in the loving way with which she encouraged us to take risks,  she sounded like a messenger from God, reading out God's guarantee letter! Oh man, when she spoke about the Blueprint made by God for each one of us and how he makes us realize that, I had goosebumps.

The way she explained about blame, with the example of the stain on the robe, made so many things clear all of a sudden. "When someone points to the stain on your robe, don't burn their finger, instead feel grateful that they made you realize there is a stain. And know for sure that the stain is on the fibre. The fibre is as it is, a little water and a little soap of knowledge will remove it."

She was so emphatic about not being hard with ourselves. "Don't try to behave enlightened just because you got the highest knowledge overnight." 

"Its ok, its ok, everything is ok." This was so reassuring.

Such authenticity, sincerity and genuineness can exude only from a being who has the first hand experience of what she is talking about. The pinnacle of love is devotion, says Sri Sri. When she explained her 'nu-nu-na-na' funda with those kisses and cuddles, I melted. My love for her transformed into 'Bhakti'. And am longing ever since.

The meditation that followed was as restful as a sleep of a century and it seemed as if the Master HIMself was sitting there.

It was as though she was directing the music of our minds like in an orchestra with the conductor's wand, which I was realizing, as the session progressed, was a magic wand. The cobwebs in my intellect have been cleanly swept. Very subtly, she has repaired and fine tuned something inside. Not just years, but lifetimes of load seems to have been shed off the shoulders of my ego. 

I feel 'mukt' [free], so light, so light, I feel EnLightened.

Love you Rajshree.

Pranams and gratitude.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Why should I know WHY?

Did Warren Buffet know what he was doing would make him the richest man in the world? Did Sachin Tendulkar know that what he was doing would make him get hailed as the God of cricket? Did Newton know that thinking about the apple would revolutionize the world of physics?

Most management and self development Gurus claim that one needs to set goals and rationally plan to achieve them. I would like to ask them, "Did their life work out as they had planned it?" Has your life taken the same direction you wanted or wished or intended or desired or dreamed or envisioned?

Man made objects and programmed them with some system and made their behavior predictable. One can tell that the 9.55 slow local from Ghatkopar will definitely reach CST Mumbai by 10.30, of course, if nothing untoward happens. A stone if thrown in water will definitely reach the bottom. However, the laws of the body and the mind are completely different. And it amazes me to even begin to think as what would be the laws of the spirit? Or are there any?

Today scientists are talking about Dark Matter which comprises more than 80% of the universe. The Rishis  in India, said the same thing centuries ago. An invisible force [Adrishya Shakti] governs life. The unseen is at work, was what His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji once commented in a Satsang.

If its my spirit that enlivens the matter in me and makes it function, if the unseen is making things work, if what is beyond the perceptible is almost 100 times of the known universe, if an invisible force governs most of my life, if Love moves the world, then any attempt to quantify, logically analyze, rationalize, plan is blasphemous!

Its foolish, simply absurd, completely insane to let oneself be an illusion that one can comprehend by one's finite brain and the infinitesimal intelligence it contains, the infinite creation, and even be moronic enough to predict its movement. Its like wanting to count the stars in the sky with a handful of pebbles, its like wanting to hold the ocean in your palms, its like wanting to express to your beloved, in words, how much you exactly love him/her.

If words can contain what you have experienced then, I must say, you are living a very shallow life! Life is beyond the realm of the senses. The infinite organizing power of the Divine Intelligence is beyond the domain of comprehensible existence. The mystery begins where logic ends. And its to be lived and wondered at, rather than questioned and understood.

I am glad I don't know why I am doing what I am doing, and know equally well that I will never know it too.

Any attempt to know is Ignorance,
jumping into the unknown is Faith,
dropping the knowing is Wisdom,
merging with the unknown is Love,
trusting that HE knows is Surrender,
experiencing that I am part of the unknown is Yoga,
realizing that the known and the unknown is one, is Enlightenment.

However, I don't know. ;-) Its a beautiful I DON'T KNOW.


Jai Gurudev

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Reaching Heights

I had never imagined life moving like Rajdhani Express suddenly, till it was standing on the platform. Got lucky to get an offer to be the PR & Communication Executive of a guy who co-ordinates all the YES!+ activities of Delhi NCR, Maharashtra, Germany and various parts of India…from taking YES!+, YES!+ DSN courses, workshops, etc to training the teachers for making the best use of their potential for enlightening millions of lives...Mr. Saleel Pulekar, Faculty Art of living...i wonder…what did I do to deserve such big responsibility?

Resigned from the job I was doing in Noida the very next day, booked my tickets for Mumbai…life was not the same anymore…

Each and every moment became exciting, unpredictable and adventurous. N I was getting amazed more and more…

The Surat trip at Diwali gave me the exposure which I never got In my life!! Being with the directors of YES!+, the founders of WAYE…Khurshed Batliwala and Dinesh Ghodke ..oooohhh!! Bawa’s cooking and his presence…Dinesh Bhaiya’s smile and caring attitude, and the way they walked, the way they talk, the attention they pay to each and every detail, took my heart away. Blend of simplicity with centeredness , being the same with the rich & poor, in crowd or with a handful people, commendable…made me learn so much in an unspoken manner.

It was a three star accommodation where I got my stay…quoting it as somebody’s house would be an understatement. A big Mansion with a beautiful Garden in the front, lovely interiors with all luxuries. Huge kitchen where 15 people can do bhastrika easily…a fridge carrying souvenir from places all across the globe… and what to say about the comfortable oval bath tub..a place to sit and pamper yourself, and I use to ponder…how these rich guys maintain the good looks all day!

Dressed up and went to meet Guruji in one of the Jazz standing outside, understanding what the rich feels and how they function on the way..

Guruji just came in his full vigour and walked the Ramp showering his blessings which gave me goosebumps sitting on the VIP sofa. With a blessed feeling of contentment of having a Guru who knows whats the best of best for you I closed my eyes.

The night was as comfortable as being under a cozy blanket on a chilly winter morning.

Morning, after attending the pds, where the master was emphasizing on the importance ayurveda and Geeta..of providing vocational training to villagers, etc went to Dumus..a big farmhouse of a devotee with Bawa and Dinesh Bhaiya, WAYE team, where I experienced being in the home theatre for the first time ever. Having Bhajiya’s in the farmhouse!!

So much happening in so less time, it made me wonder, what could have been better than this?? If perfection is to be defined it has to be this…The blend of guru with dev…

Thank you so much Guruji…

Jai gurudev.


Friday, October 28, 2011


Heart upside down???????? then join yes+….……. creativity conducive to promote such a workshop…….neways the day  started with some beautiful energetic songs….….. participants were cracking jokes and so were asked to share it with everybody to grab their attention.
It was the day of their first  SUDARSHAN KRIYA which was an integral part......... it had almost consumed 50% market share in terms of my mind space regarding what it actually is…they claim that you really have to try and do it before you can realize what is so different..Some critics claim it is the immensely good PR department behind it that helps them to promote Sudarshan kriya to the whole world. And Pupils from every guru and adepts of every form of meditation make the same claims as to how the encounter with the person or meditation changed their lives.

Meditation has become very crucial for all of us to beat stress and  continue with our rat race but how can we do that….hmmmm may be by concentration OR learning it the yes+ way relating with nature, its beauty, different rythms in nature and how everything is moving with it….

Initially even I was’nt   in favour of them boasting so much about it but the positivity was volatile when I entered again……….if one takes a close look one could see their faces glowing with big smiles on their faces.
Continuing with the process there was a Q & Answer round … was didactic…… though I always try to keep inquisitors at bay but the way teachers answered all ques showed how brilliantly they were aimed at making the knowledge drain down in their mind because the kind of examples that were given helped each one of them to relate and retain the knowledge properly……

Benjamin franklin once said that “energy and persistence conquer all things”………and as it is all of us are full of energy but one question that arises is - do we actually use it for the right purpose or in right direction????

The day was full of different games, fun and masti intended to bring out their potential to the fullest......because if you give your best  all the time, somehow things will work out in the end…everybody running, banging into  each other…I was wondering why is this athletic training being given here…
but still they were laughing and enjoying like anything….it was as if somebody had switched on the ‘lets be kids again’ button in them… ……..

I wanted to have some personal interactions with the teacher but he was never left alone...not even during the breaks.

Apart from his efficiency  the most amazing part was that after every 5 min the teachers would crack some joke with use of aphorisms and instigate laughter so that the attention of the students remain intact……. taking names and aptly using the mike was commendable…even the volunteers were very committed in taking care of everything sincerely  except for the puddles on the way, no lights on the entrance or should I first say that there was no proper entrance……excellence in mediocrity was taken very seriously I guess………newayz the protracted smiles on their faces was just perfect to end  the second day of  yes+ saying-- Yeh Experience Scintillating tha.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

DCE YES!+ Day 1

I bumped into a freelance journalist at the Siri Fort Auditorium when I had been there to attend a talk by H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I invited her to write about YES!+ events. Here is her first cover story.


Day 1
A very beautiful pandal with open roof, greenery all around and a pleasant weather . All this was very impressive to start with. As soon as I entered, the first thing that grabbed my attention was this big photograph of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji with a garland on it. Participants were gazing at his picture with an inquisitive mind. Batting my eyelids and wondering, I just went and sat at the back. 

Looking at the male female ratio of the workshop I really thought that may be it was because girls there were sensible enough not to go for all such things. Looking at different posters there I came across one which claimed that “ the all new most endangered species that is the stress free yes+ youth” which was funny and interesting.

Two men wearing kurta pyjama, smiling in a strange way, serenity on their face and a white teeka on forehead. The environment was all white and calm. In a very affable manner they introduced themselves Saleel Pulekar and Rohit Ranjan (another teacher with very attractive hair). 

The session started with getting familiar with everybody. Huh…looking at their expressions I could make out that whenever they came across anybody they wondered that ‘talking to you is definitely not on my priority list’ but since they were there to learn something new, they were all for it……… then some rules were introduced.

I was told that a little self knowledge goes a long way, on YES+ you get a lot. 

To begin with it is generally said that Listening is a skill as it requires a lot of practice…..but what a paradox it was looking at some participants sitting there as red flag listeners- the one who just shut there power of listening because they feel they know everything.

Then comes …. MIND - which actually just lingers either in the past or in the future. Saleel sir gave a very good example to make them understand that ‘quality of your life depends on your state of mind’…….it was very vivid.

Moving on…they were introduced to a new breathing technique and pranayam. For me breathing only meant one thing just inhaling horrible pollution inside and exhaling out anger and obviously with some involvement of oxygen and CO2

Next a process took place in which all of them had to discuss about the challenges they face in life, their dreams and aspirations. many of them floundered during the process but very enthusiastically they shared their wishes expecting them to be fulfilled as we all know that angels despite there casual silence do exist.……during this process It was as if I and a few of them had schizophrenia for a while. 

The knowledge session included a lot of things that have been heard or read somewhere before. .and Sitting with the future engineers of our country , interacting with them made me realize that they were doubting a lot things just because its not simply denial but some of us are a bit selective about the reality we accept…………………

I would summarise the day 1 of YES+ as - 'Yeh experience subtle tha'.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A course that put the ship of my life on course

Doctrines, dogmas, concepts, conventions, patterns are an integral part of the psyche of a set of people who work for an organization, whether commercial or otherwise. Art of Living is no exception. It has taken me 14 years to realize that a spiritual 'Organization' has nothing to do with 'Spirituality'. However ironical and absurd it may sound, its a hard learned fact.

White dresses, chandan on the forehead, untimely meditations, plastic smiles, flaunting miraculous experiences, unwarranted sweetness in speech, exaggerated expressions of devotion (bhav), saying 'Yes' without proper thought and commitment, etc had become my lifestyle. Its a Maya (illusion) created by the  utterly misguided and ill-mentored volunteers.

Then 'Bawa' happened to 2001!

Masks started shedding and concepts started crumbling. Ideologies loosened their grip on my intellect and the sweet samskaras started getting washed away as though in a stormy river with detergent in it. Doctrines and dogmas were sent tumbling downhill.

It was all happening step by step, layer by layer, petal by petal, day by day I was experiencing a steady, though sometimes exponential, transformation.

I am resisting very strongly now, the waves of praises surging in my heart for Bawa, as all those golden memories of spending time with him since 2001 are flashing, some vividly and some vaguely. I am sure they will erupt on my blog like a volcano of words packed with emotion and impregnated with knowledge, very soon.

Right now I wanted to tell you guys that the YES!+ course was a high point, a steep uphill-cum-downhill transition, on this path of transformation. 28 June to 04 July, 2005.

It brought my focus back to my body making me realize the importance of health, stamina and fitness. It accelerated the above mentioned transformation at the levels of mind, intellect and memory. And it did not stop there. It, first punctured and then fine tuned, my ego.

When Lord Buddha destroyed the ego of the scholarly disciples of his time, they got enlightened. They got established in the next and last level of their existence - the SELF. The enlightenment for me was, 'there was so little implementation of the knowledge I had got used to talking about in the courses I was teaching.' Too much of Shravan and Manan and hardly any Nidhi-dhyasa was being practiced.

A very significant and mandatory switch had got initiated. I had been brutally exposed to the grass roots reality of life. A re-union with my spirit had happened.

It was an abundantly practical and yet a profoundly spiritual experience.
Saleel, the Art of Living teacher had got back his dearest closest beloved... Saleel.......... just Saleel!!!

Thank you Bawa-n-Dinesh, thank you YES!+.

My Guru keeps giving me 'Zarurat se jyada and Samay se pehle'.

Gratefully yours.

Jai Gurudev

Monday, October 10, 2011

Some things just stay with you...

We grew with his voice, Jagjit Singh. My heart skipped a beat when I read about his demise. Feels like I have lost something, am actually sad.

The immortal 'Hoto se choo lo tum' was on the lips of every kid in my school. I still remember watching that song in 'Chitrahaar', the serial on the B&W TV in my house. His reverberating voice in 'Tumko dekha to ye khayal aaya' would instantly create a typical 'Jagjit romance' atmosphere.

Though I have always carried his impression as a melancholy singer, thanks to his first-love-in-music Ghazals, and sometimes even made fun of him by calling his voice depressive; one had to admit his outright supremacy amongst the contemporary singers of his genre, when one had heard 'Kagaz ki Kashti' and 'Main nashe me hun' and 'Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho' and 'Hazaron Khwaishe'.

One of my friends commented, his throat had a built-in amplifier and echo system. :-)

Some things are so much integrated in our lifestyles and ingrained in our consciousness that we notice them when they are taken away from us. I remember I used to spend hours in the balcony of my house, practicing a few of his songs, attempting to sing like him. I am sure it has done a lot of fine tuning to the frequency equalizer of my larynx.

In the last decade (if I am not mistaken), his contribution to the the Bhajan genre through 'He Ram, He Ram' and 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare' has been indispensable.

So, though, I will not say, 'mujhako lauta do bachpan ka saawan', because my Guru has taught me to live in the present, this post definitely is a tribute to a Maestro of one of his kind, Jagjit sahab, Tussi great ho, Tofa kabool karo!

May his soul rest in peace and move ahead towards its merger with the Infinite.

Gratitude and Pranams from a fan, an admirer and a student.

Jai GuruDev

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Being a Sakshi (Witness) is Tough

Yesterday, I had been for a walk in my locality, Garodia Nagar, in Ghatkopar, Mumbai. I went to the Lion's Club Joggers park. It was very pleasant in the park.

Young Gujju ladies, looking like middle aged aunties, courtesy their behinds, gossiping away while making lazy rounds of the park, spoiling the silence of the atmosphere. On the bench, old uncles, discussing the plight of the world and the dangers to come, the sheer disappointment in their tone clearly evident, with traces of a superiority complex as they compared today's times to their days.

Some health freaks, making a leisurely garden walk a serious affair, more than the sweat, their twisted brows were distorting their face, as though they were there to vent out their anger, after a recent fight with their boss/wife.

Young couples on the benches in some shady corner, where somehow the light rays from the nearby lamp post don't reach, because some leaf or flower of a long branch manages to do its job. Some couples exchanging whispered conversations, some struggling to manage some physical contact, just a side hug if nothing else ;-) and yet some others shooting invisible missiles through the sides of their eyeballs, such strong resistance to even look at each other, as though it will leak out some signal of love! I actually felt like going to one such couple and telling them, "Guys, just chill, you never know till how long you will continue to get these moments, hatred destroys love, only love nurtures love."

The tiny tots toddling with excitement in a new found paradise like Alices in wonderland.

I wondered, is this being a 'Sakshi'? I shifted my awareness to my walk, the length of my strides, the movement of the balance of my body. Then to my breath, and thoughts. My pace reduced, i began getting lost in my thoughts. I just shrugged the thoughts and came back to my brisk walk. I realized being a Sakshi while in 100 % action was quite a challenge. Remembered Sri Sri's text on 'Rest in Activity and Activity in Rest'. Wondered, how does HE do it?

I made a few attempts to keep my awareness on the atmosphere, the people around, my walk, breath, thoughts and feelings and something deeper in me, all at the same time, like a parallel processor.

I failed miserably :-(

I need more practice.

Jai Gurudev

Monday, September 5, 2011

Who is the Teacher?

Since as early morning as 00:03, I have been getting SMS and FB messages and emails wishing me a Happy Teachers Day. Some praises about how well I have taught and how my teachings have made a difference in peoples' lives.

These messages set me thinking and I began wondering, "What and who did I teach?"

A chain of thoughts, like one wave after the other, like the gushing flow of a boisterous river, swept my mind. Images of my various teachers starting from my mother, my Std 3 school teacher, sports teachers, dad, my cousins, my uncles and aunts, neighbors, friends with whom I used to play...etc etc. Very soon my mind was congested with images in a fraction of second, similar to how the silver lined clouds of various shapes make the sky look like a multiple exposed screen when lightning strikes supplemented with sound effects of thunder.

Art of Living teachers, my mentors, college guides ..they all came. A sudden realization came the next moment. My so called 'students', who agreed to listen to and receive from me, without whom I would not be called a teacher. Gratitude welled up, various masterstrokes of HIS grace rose the love smeared energy from my heart chakra upward through the throat and further up.

Awareness dawned...

and the answer that came within a few seconds as clear as a crystal was 'NOTHING & NOBODY'. I have taught nothing and to nobody. I became blank and blissed out. Doership had completely dropped and I was re-connected to the emptiness that I am, have been and will continue to BE.

The farmer only provides the earth, water, manure and heat to the seed. The SEED sprouts.

The cook puts the water in a vessel on the heater, the WATER boils.

Someone puts the switch on, ELECTRICITY flows.

You scratch the card, the NUMBER emerges.

Two beings of the opposite sex mate, a new LIFE is born.

The leader inspires, PEOPLE decide to follow.

The master shows the way, the DISCIPLE decides to walk on the path.

A student reads a book, UNDERSTANDING happens.

A painter mixes two or more colors, a new COLOR emerges.

A singer stimulates his vocal chords, MUSIC flows.

We breathe, LIFE continues.

Man proposes, GOD disposes.

Nature is pregnant with knowledge and an infinite organizing potential. Like the designs exist in the kaleidoscope, you just need to move it a bit to create a new pattern, the teacher does just that.

The Guru does not even give you knowledge, he just heightens your awareness. -- H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Gratitude and Love

Jai Gurudev


Monday, August 8, 2011

108 learnings from my 25th advance course


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ramayan Super-Compressed

Once somebody asked Guruji about Ramayan saraansh [summary] and this was his one-liner reply :

"Jab mann roopi Sita, Hiran roopi indriyo se mohit ho jati hai, tab wo Ravan roopi ahankar ke vash me aakar, Ram roopi Atma se door ho jati hai; phir Laxman roopi sajagta aur Hanuman roopi Shwaas ke dwara use Ravan roopi ahankar se mukt karke Ram roopi atma se punah milaya jata hai."

[ When Sita (mind), gets attracted by the Deer (sense objects), it comes under the clutches of Ravan (the ego) and goes away from Rama (the Self); then with the help of Laxman (awareness) and Hanuman (the breath), it is freed from Ravan (the ego) and united with Rama (the Self). ]

Is your Sita with your Rama?


Love n Jai Gurudev

Monday, August 1, 2011


Q: What is Karma?

A: You asked me this question, this is my Karma and your effort. Whatever I answer, is my effort and your Karma.

Q: What is the mind?

A: Is your mind here right now? Yes?...yes? Yes. ok. So you know what is the mind. :-)

Love n Jai Gurudev

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sri Sri's Viraat Roop

More than 5000 years ago Lord Krishna, while giving the Bhagavad Geeta to Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, showed his divine form - the Viraat Roop, to him.

Today while watching the World Culture Festival event in the Olympia Stadium in Berlin, I felt so strongly that Guruji has shown his Viraat Roop, yet again.

So many cultures were presented on one platform, so many communities, all came as one. One global family, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.

When Guruji said not only individuals have to come together, even all the cultures of the world have to meet, I could feel his sincerity and earnestness.

The meditation he conducted invoked so much peace, joy and unity, it was as if the whole world was celebrating inside me through his grace. When the various performances from all over the world, as far east as Japan and as far west as Argentina, happened, the homogeneousness of the entire human species as belonging to one source, one divinity could be felt so prominently.

In today's world, if one expects Guruji to create some thunder and lightning and expand himself and manifest with a thousand heads and a million arms, then it will be very foolish. I think HE has demonstrated and shown HIS VIRAAT ROOP through this event, which no mortal could have done.

What is the world waiting for? When Jesus Christ brought the dead to life, still people doubted him, when Krishna vanquished all his enemies with his miracles, still people did not recognize the divine in him, after bringing such diverse and warring nations and cultures together at one place and sing and dance, are we going to ask and wait for more proof or are we going to bask in HIS grace and shine in HIS glory?

Well, the choice is ours and the blessings are HIS.


Jai Gurudev

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Its been a long walk

After a long time I took a long walk in Ghatkopar, Mumbai on the 90 ft road, Odeon cinema, Hingwala lane, etc.

These were the roads I often visited with my school and college friends in the evenings. The primary objective of these walks was never refreshing the mind and energizing the body, but rather it was soothing the eyes and warming the heart ;-) (watching the babes).

Nostalgia did cross my mind as I watched the lanes, shops and various apartment buildings, but it didn't stay long. What struck my mind harder was that though a couple of decades had passed and everything had changed, some things had not changed at all!

The Gujjus were hogging at the hawkers, people were in a mad rush, tired and stressed, to reach back home, young girls were flaunting their dresses, the boys were ogling at them and passing comments, aunties were gossiping about prices and jewelry, uncles were discussing the stock market and yet some others were expressing their woes of corporate politics.

How long will we remain stuck in the patterns of the past life-times? When are we going to graduate out of the school of desires into the institution of the enlightened? How much more time? How many more births?

Its been a long, long, a really long walk!

Asangohum, punah, punah!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Truth is not Linear

I have no words to express what it is to be staying in the ashram in Bengaluru. The very air is permeated with Sattva and Grace. Its a blessing to be here. Yesterday there were stormy winds followed by heavy showers. I guess one has to have an extremely expanded consciousness to be able to absorb the divine beauty of the atmosphere. My mind fails to comprehend how can some thing or place be so so so good!

The best part of the day is the satsang in the evening with Guruji. His presence engulfs the entire hall with a warm benevolence, so obviously evident.

Today in the Satsang, Brijit asked about some apparent contradiction in the Gita. Guruji narrated an anecdote. Former American president Mr. Nixon once travelled to Japan. He had the occasion to have the company of a Buddhist Zen monk on his left and a Shinto monk on his right. When asked as to how much percentage of the Japanese population is following Buddhism and how much is following Shintoism, both replied 80%. Nixon could not understand how this could be possible.

Guruji said, "The West has always considered Truth as linear. In the East they have understood it as Spherical. If one has to get directions to go to a certain place, if someone says go straight and then left, someone else says go straight and then right and yet someone else says just go straight; all the the three are right depending on where the person who is asking directions is standing."

So Truth is multi dimensional and spherical.

There was another question about the discrimination between 'Paap' (Sins )and 'Punya' (virtuous deeds). Guruji simplified a complex concept by answering that question in 2  lines. A deed that makes you and many others around you sad is bad. A deed that makes you and many others around you happy is good.

Master-Stroke :-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sri Sri as I know him :-)

This must have been in 2003 or 2004. Guruji had stayed back in Mumbai at Sangeeta Jani's house in Juhu. We went there to catch him the next morning before he could leave for the airport. Around a couple of hundred of us were huddled in the drawing room eagerly waiting to get a glimpse of him.

Though the huge 5-storey house has an elevator in it, Guruji came down by the staircase. Heads turned around, some stopped singing the bhajan they were singing, for some others the tempo of the bhajan increased and yet a few others just shouted, "Guruji!"

I could notice that he had just taken a shower. He looked like a freshly blossomed flower with the morning dew drops still sparkling on it. As he walked down, the bottom of his white veshti (dhoti) gently caressed the staircase. His glowing face, radiant like the Sun was partly hidden in his long hair let loose, still a little wet. What a sight that was! A hair brush in his right hand was finding its way through the dark black tresses. Suddenly the brush got entangled and he had to skillfully make his way further. Then with a serene smile on his face, he looked at us and said, "Baal jab bade ho jate hai to ulajh jaate hai, phir Gyaan ki kanghi se unhe suljhana padta hai.." [When children grow up and become adults they get entangled, then they have to made free using the comb of knowledge. ]

When you are blessed with a Master in your life,  every Happening becomes a Learning :-)
Happy Learning !

Jai Gurudev

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My first poem

Nature, God and Me

Flower, flower rose flower,
Who made you so beautiful?
Looking at you, the love in me stirs,
You make me feel so full.

Tree, tree banyan tree,
Who made you so huge and endless with care?
Looking at you, I feel, I too must share,
You bring out the life in me.

Sky, sky blue sky,
Who made you infinite?
Looking at you takes me inside,
You make me wonder, Who am I? Who am I?!

Well, this poem was written by me in 3 minutes, in a desperate attempt to complete my HW (sitting in class when the others were reading out their's :-) ), while attending the NOVICE TTC last week in the Ashram in Bengaluru.

Love n Jai Gurudev

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bhagavatam : An Ocean of Devotion

Ved Vyasa once felt that even after blessing the humanity with the storehouse of knowledge, Mahabharata and the rules of conduct, the four vedas, he had not done enough.  He felt  that his work didn't grant him satisfaction.

Then sage Narada came to his rescue and told him that even though he was interested in the welfare of the world through his works, there was a drawback. Mahabharata talks about Dharma, righteousness in action and the vedas tells about Karma Yoga, the rules of conduct. But none has the 'Exclusive' praises of the Lord.

In all his works, the Lord was 'Incidentally' praised. There was no single-mindedness in his devotion.

Narada told him,  "the praises of Narayana even if they are sung out of tune, will assure man of the Grace of the Lord.The easiest path to the Lord is that of Bhakti. So sing the praises of Narayana. Let nothing come from the your lips except words of praise describing the glory of Narayana and you will find Peace. Unveil to the world the secret behind the avataras."

This is how Bhagavatam came into existence. And whats in it? be continued.