Wednesday, August 29, 2012

You are at your best when you 'Rest'



They have no idea what hit them on Sunday evening 26th August, the last day of the Divya Samaj Nirman course of the Art of Living at Amravati, in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Well, I know it was purely the Master's stroke of grace, but am still wondering in amazement about what I witnessed. Minute by minute, they were opening up, petal by petal, layer by layer. My one pointed focus was to offer the best to them and I offered myself fully into my sankalpa and my sankalpa was offered to my Guru and while totally immersed in the action, in the role that I was playing, I was also a 'Sakshi' to the phenomenon of the Guru's Grace taking over not only the hearts, minds, intellects and souls of all of them, but also the whole atmosphere.

How does this work? May be, Kena Upanishad can answer this question or Yoga Vasistha.

The grace did the job of a catalyst, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.

The grace did the job of an amplifier, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.


The grace did the job of a carrier, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.

The grace did the job of a elevator, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.

The grace did the job of an energy booster, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.

The grace did the job of a celebration installer, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.

The grace did the job of a peace inducer, and I was simply an instrument and a witness.

....and I did the 'rest' ;-)


Cheers
Saleel





Friday, June 8, 2012

Satsang with SriSri Fri 8th June 2012

As I walked by the Ganga kutir, on my way to Yagyashala for satsang I came to know that Guruji is not in the ashram and will come late to the satsang. Like a over-ripe fruit drops from the tree my enthusiasm went down in a moment.

I met a few friends on the way and they wanted share something with me but I was just not interested. I dragged myself towards the Yagyashala. When I reached Guruji's car arrived and the rocket we light in Diwali in bottles, which goes up when ignited, my enthusiasm shot up in a moment, the smile expanded and I felt so energized and happy.

Was this prana going down first and then up or was it just an emotion or a past pattern or something else?

Cheers

Saleel

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Full Moon Satsang @ Ashram with SriSri

As HE arrived the beats and claps on Guru Om, Guru Om, ...became louder, even before he had come onto the stage. How such energy can exude from a 5ft5inch body has always amazed me. As Sri Sri says, 'experiencing the infinite in this finite body is the purpose of human birth.' HE rightly lives it to the tee and has enabled millions to have the same experience.

Mani bhaiya's Shiv Raja Maheshwara in a high pitched and upbeat tone was complementing Guruji's silent pose with eyes closed. Just couldn't take eyes off HIM.

Like a rose essence that spreads itself in a glass of milk, Chitra didi's rendition of Rom Rom me Om Om hai...sublimely melted itself in the sweet aura created in the entire amphitheater by Guruji's divine presence.

When HE opened his eyes it felt like mother nature had opened the doors of its warm heart to welcome all of us in.

HE conducted the Full Moon Meditation, it was very short, I wondered why? But when HE asked us the crowd, "did you realize it was 18 minutes", I continued wondering how easily HE takes thousands beyond the dimension of time and space...so GRACEfully!

Cheers

Saleel



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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Murud Monday...contd

The meditation in the water gave us a lot of rest. In no mood to take bath and get into clothes, we had hot upma, which was terribly dry, and owing to the amount of salty water that passed our tongue, it did not taste good at all.


After that chota recharge we were ready for a game of flying disc. The power and balance of our wrists was put to test. I realized that different sports bring out different aspects of one's personality and its so necessary. The current generation kids are completely missing out on this.

Just before the game we did a running race in knee deep waters. Rohit Ranjan, Deep, Deepak, Pramod and me; guess what? 2 of them fell down and I came first. This is our YES!+ youth from
metros in their early 20s! This is not it, later we had a 100m (might have been 80meters) sprint. No chocolates for guessing that I, a man who has entered his 40s, came first!!!

Now I don't know whether the credit goes to 15 years of Sudarshan Kriya and Padmasadhana or it was a mischief played by junk food and internet addiction!

And then came the best part - Padmasadhana on the beach in shorts. What a feeling it was to feel the sand on arms, legs, stomach chest, face. Had never felt such intimacy with the earth, to some extent like a foreplay! With the rhythmic sound of the waves in the background the Hari Om meditation was magical. Man, how would it be doing Hollow-n-Empty on the beach?


More might follow in the next post :-)

Cheers

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Entrance of the Janjira Fort

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Well, here I am, in a Hammock on d Murud beach :-)

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Are these Trees fighting?

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The Murud sea in d morning

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Guess where I am?

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Soothing evening Sun @ Murud beach

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Murud Monday

My best Monday of year 2011 was my birthday 16 May, as I spent it in the physical presence of my Guru His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. It started with the RudraPuja with HIM and HE putting HIS garland around my neck...and a lot more expression of love followed in the rest of the day :-).

This year so far, the best Monday has been 28 May, that's yday! Started with Padmasadhana, then packing for the Murud trip and then Sudarshan Kriya followed by meditation on the Rudram.

Fast fwd....we reached Murud at 330pm, booked into a very modest resort on the beach. 5 of us, all boys...that made a lot of things easy..well you know what I mean ;-).


From 4pm till 9pm we were in shorts bare-chested either on the beach or in the water.

As you enter the water you are greeted by the small waves like playful kids running towards you. As you go deeper you meet the ruffians who literally rag you. One after other the huge waves were slapping our backs or stomachs or chests, many a time even stripping our pants!

But when you go even deeper, the romance with the sea begins. The wave gently hugs you and shyly passes away. You just jump to keep your head above the water and glide back down to land your feet.

Later we sat cross legged in the shallow water, which was just above the naval, occasionally reaching the chin, and chanted Om Namah Shivaya. The meditation that followed was a revelation of how much the five elements love us. The depression created by the receding sand beneath us, made the earth hold us as though not wanting to leave us. The water was gently rocking us back n forth as though playing mischievously throwing us off balance. The air was caressing our skin as though wanting to cool it as the fire in the Sun was warming us with its affection. And we were surrounded by space all over.

Bliss unbounded...:-)

And that's not it.

More later.

Cheers
PS: about 200ft away from where I am lying down, the silvery waters are reflecting the half moon making a soft whisper.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

When GOD Ditched me

*Courtesy Puneet Dawar on BBM

‎​Me: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise You won't get mad
... ... ... ...
God: I promise

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do u mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all off, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one
of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn't want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed):Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm Sorry God

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to Trust Me.... in All things , the Good & the bad.

Me: I will trust You.

God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I Love looking after My Children.

:-)



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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thoughts about Satsang



Satsang is that which kindles the trust. -- Sri Sri

As literally understood, it is the company of truth.

Satsang is the best companion to the destination. -- Sage Vaistha


So, apart from the above and music, sound and vibration, what crossed my mind, while pondering about what satsang means to me, I have penned down here.


Satsang ....
                 is a game of communication.



Satsang ....
                 is a play of the 'Prana'.


Satsang ....
                 is influenced by the three 'Gunas'.


Satsang ....
                 is founded on devotion.


Satsang ....
                 runs on participation.


Satsang ....
                 is a cry of the soul.


Satsang ....
                 is the culmination of an intensely burning longing.




Satsang ....
                 is an act of letting go.


Satsang ....
                 is surrender, merging with the Infinite, dissolving in the Existence, union with the Divine.


Satsang ....
                 is realizing that 'I don't exist', 'only the Truth exists'.


Satsang ....
                 is becoming the 'Sat' - 'Truth'.


Satsang ....
                 is realizing that 'I am the Truth - SatChittAnand'





Shivohum, shivohum, shivohum, shivohum....
Amar atma Satchidanand main hun.


:-)



Thursday, February 2, 2012

GI GR GD

What is Seva, Satsang and Sadhana?
Its GI, GR & GD!

Seva is a Grace Installer
When you do Seva, you earn merit. Seva is an expression of gratitude. When gratitude is expressed through good deeds, more grace flows; rather, you become more eligible to soak in the grace which is already flowing every moment.

                                                       

Satsang is a Grace Retainer
Satsang acts like a protective shell, an insulator, which does not allow the earned merit to dissipate through unwanted thoughts and deeds. Satsang is that which kindles the trust, thereby eliminating negative thoughts and doubts.


Sadhana is a Grace Distributor
Sadhana increases the size of your cup, so that you can empower yourself with more sattva, which makes you strong enough to be able to distribute the grace through Seva. And seva deepens your sadhana.
                                                                                 

Monday, January 16, 2012

MasterTip on Relationships



Such depth and clarity only Sri Sri can give.

Q: Guruji, you have told us how to be in a relationship. Please tell us how to come out of the relationship.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You have already come out of it! When you want to come out of it, it is already gone, it's already done! Isn't it? 
Main thing is to relate yourself to the universe, to the Divinity. If you have a relationship with the Divine, you have a relationship with everyone. Then the question of establishing or breaking a relationship with anyone does not arise. In attempting to break also, one may get stuck badly. The more the mind tries to break away the more it gets pulled towards the relationship, and experiences pain. 
You neither want to stay nor leave. 
In leaving one feels as though some comfort is being lost, and in staying, the pain gets too intense and it is hard to stay on. So it is better to secure a relationship with the One. This way, relationships with everyone else is automatically established.




Q: Guruji, I am in love with a girl who wants me to prove my love to her by asking for expensive gifts. You had said that love is absolutely free, but this one turned out to be extremely expensive for me!
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Come child, just learn the lesson! What love and friendship is, you will learn within a few days, as you grow older. 
Maybe she is testing you to see how much you can sacrifice. Love does demand sacrifice. So maybe she wants to see how miserly or generous you are.
The true lover can never be greedy. A lover is joyful, peaceful, and generous. But that does not imply that you squander all you have. Use your discrimination.





I was reading http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/what-sri-sri-said-today and thought I must enhance my blog, found the above answers just too good.



Cheers