Sunday, September 27, 2009

INTER RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

An Inter-Religious Dialogue: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar & Maulana Wahiduddin Khan



War & peace, it’s in the mind
The Times of India, 26th September, 2009

Islamic scholar and peace advocate MAULANA WAHIDUDDIN KHAN and Hindu spiritual guru SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR talk about jihad in the Qur’an and Kurukshetra in the Bhagavad Gita. Sadia Khan, the Maulana’s 24-year-old granddaughter, adds a youthful perspective with her questions. The dialogue was moderated by Narayani Ganesh

TOI: What do the Qur’an and the Bhagavad Gita say about violence and conflict resolution in the context of jihad and Kurukshetra?

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan: Let’s discuss the misunderstanding of the term jihad. Jihad is an Arabic word that has neither a mysterious meaning nor relation to any sacred duty. Jihad is a simple word; it means to struggle, to strive. Jihad is to achieve a positive goal in life through peaceful means.

The Prophet of Islam has said: “Do jihad against your own desires.” That is, doing jihad against yourself. So jihad means to control your desires. Jihad is to discipline your own behaviour. The Qur’an says: “Do jihad with the help of the Qur’an” (25:52). The Qur’an is a book of ideology; it is not a weapon. So doing jihad with the help of the Qur’an means to try to achieve one’s goals through an ideological struggle.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: The perpetual enemy of an enlightened person is agyaan or ignorance and desires. The shatru or enemy is desire. Our own mind behaves as both friend and enemy. When you have control over your mind it is your friend; when you don't have control, the mind is your enemy. The mind is the cause of your bondage and liberation. The mind you have no control over is frustrated and so is self-destructive. That is the mind you need to wage war with before dealing with outer war. Before getting into outer war Sri Krishna said to Arjuna: There is Daivi Sampath and Asuri Sampath — those that take you to higher evolution and those that take you down — the divine versus the demonic aspects in you.

MWK: You’re right. According to the Qur’an every individual must inculcate spirituality in himself to control his desires. You have to win over yourself by seeking guidance in divine knowledge enshrined in the Qur’an. To control one's desires with the help of spirituality is the gist of all religions.

TOI: But isn’t the desire to control desires also a desire?

SSRS: Don’t you put alum in water to clean the water? After it cleanses the water, the alum dissolves itself. Similarly, one desire of the highest helps overcome lower carnal desires and then dissolves itself.

MWK: The desire to control is a positive desire. We try to discipline our negative desires through positive thoughts. The most important thing is to be positive always.

TOI: How does one reconcile higher spiritual goals like enlightenment with the responsibilities of daily life?

SSRS: Highly regarded spiritual goals should not be thought of as being too highbrow and impractical. And bookish knowledge alone is not enough. You need to also connect to day-to-day life and its responsibilities. You need to have a bigger vision and know also that it is possible to achieve that higher goal with the help of spiritual experiences. For instance we find that children come up with great ideas — but they might suddenly find that their ideas are not working out and that it is difficult to be honest, to speak the truth… they become frustrated. At such times spiritual and religious reinforcement becomes necessary. To close the gap between idealism and practicality, spirituality is necessary. Youth can greatly benefit from spiritual guidance.

MWK: Coming back to the subject of jihad, every aspect of life involves (peaceful) struggle. Islam wants us to always remain positive. This goal can be achieved only through continuous spiritual effort. This is called jihad in Islam. But jihad is different from qital. Jihad is peaceful resolution while qital is to go to war. In Islam, war is permitted in defence alone. No other kind of war is allowed in Islam.

SSRS: I’d like to add one point. There is the chatur upaya or four ways: Sama (tolerance), Dana (forgiveness), Bheda (indifference) and Danda (to wield the stick). When the first three ways fail, one has to be strict to deal with injustice or unrighteousness. All the four upayas are used to discipline children, too, because discipline is absolutely essential in childhood as well as in a larger sense in society. It is not violence, but a stringent method to deal with the necessity of defence and discipline.

MWK: All these are part of peaceful struggle. But qital refers only to war in case of armed aggression from outside. But even in qital you cannot kill non-combatants. Also, in Islam there is no room for guerrilla or proxy warfare or for undeclared war or aggression. At present some Muslims are engaged in violent activities, which they claim to be jihad. But these people belong to non-governmental organisations. In Islam, only the state is allowed to go to war; all non-state warfare is unlawful. Even proxy wars between governments are unlawful.

SSRS: I totally agree with you — the two big epics of India, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, had wars as prominent features but they are called “Dharma Yuddha” — where righteousness reigns. The parties fight till sunset, and after that they visit each other’s camps to enquire about each other’s welfare. These wars were not waged in an inhumane manner; they kept virtues and values intact. When Rama fells Ravana in the battle, he tells his brother Lakshmana: “Go, learn from Ravana.” And when Lakshmana goes to Ravana to learn as a pupil, Ravana gives profound knowledge to him. Thus wars were fought because of inevitable reasons and to uphold righteousness and defend the people.

MWK: In Islam, there is no war against injustice. The problem of injustice must be resolved only through peaceful means. The only exception in this regard is when a country is attacked. Then, it can wage war in self-defence.

Sadia to SSRS: You say that youngsters have grand goals but they soon find themselves facing frustration and that spirituality could help them achieve their goals. Could you explain how?

SSRS: Spirituality gives you strength; it helps you become more enthusiastic; it increases your energy levels and gives you a broader understanding of life. You would be able to face conflicts and resolve problems peacefully. Spiritual guidance could give you broader vision, more hope and faith and enforce the importance of service to others. When you serve others, your problems appear small and you can handle them better. It will help you to cope better with setbacks.

Sadia: OK, so how different would that be from going to a psychiatrist?

SSRS: Well, psychiatry might be a modern version of what was once only spiritual counselling. However, spirituality would possibly do more than help you resolve your current problem since it promotes the importance of service and looks beyond the situation at hand. Psychiatric counselling, in the process of helping you recollect and remember past anger – maybe anger at parents, friends or the system – in order to overcome it, might end up making you even more angry! Or, at best it could provide you temporary relief, but the soul remains dry. Spirituality, on the other hand, nourishes you from deep within.

Sadia: Dada, what would you say?

MWK: I’m not an expert on psychiatry but as far as my knowledge goes, psychiatry is an external discipline, just like other disciplines, while spirituality deals with your inner capacity. So when you try to unfold your inner potential you become spiritual. Perhaps this is the difference between internal and external healing.

TOI: In Islam, God is perceived as being formless whereas in the Hindu tradition, there is a whole pantheon of gods in human and other forms. There is the concept of ishta devta.

SSRS: God can be adored in all forms. He is also formless. Ishwara is Satchitananda. He is chaitanya, consciousness, beyond name and form but he can be adored in 1,000 names and 1,000 forms. However, whatever devta you choose, your chant says divinity is beyond form as well as it represents form: One in All and All in One. When propitiating Ganesha, the chant says: “You are Rudra, You are Shiva, You are Vishnu, You are Devi…” So in one form you see all aspects but for purpose of celebration you might choose a particular name and form for convenience. Many aspects of the Divine are forgotten, so these are ways to remember them. You cannot understand Vedic rituals without understanding Vedanta, the ultimate knowledge. Maulanaji?

MWK: There are two different concepts of God: the impersonal God and the personal god. The impersonal God is a philosophical concept of God, which has become a part of different religious traditions. Some Sufis have also adopted this concept of God, in the name of Wahdat al-Wajud. The concept of a personal god is called Tauhid. That is, there is no God but One God — “La Ilaha Illa Allah.” Most philosophers were believers. In Islam, the Creator and the created are two different entities. In monism, both are one and the same.

SSRS: God is considered Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent. There is Purusha and Prakriti, personal and impersonal. The Ashtada prakriti are: Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ahankar or ego. Personal form is important for ishta devta but that’s also the One universal God, the Devta. The Vedic concept is of saakaar and niraakaar, that we are a combination of form and formlessness — the body has form, the mind is formless. The universe is a form of the Divinity. Yet the universe itself is not God. But Divinity also is part of the universe. It lives in it and comes out of it as well. In the Bhagavad Gita chapter 9, Sri Krishna says: “The whole of this universe is permeated by Me as unmanifest Divinity, like ice by water and all beings dwell on the idea within Me. But, really speaking, I am not present in them.” This is pretty much in tune with quantum physics.

Source: The Times of India

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A DSN Experience

A beautiful DSN experience shared by a participant who experienced it with Vishwas Bhaiyya

MY DSN EXPERIENCE

DSN-Do Surya Namaskar

DSN-Do Seva Now

DSN-Do Seventy five Nadishodhan

DSN-Don’t Say No

DSN-Damn it Salt Nahi

DSN-Daily Sleepless Nights

DSN-Dull Sombayrees Not-allowed

Also DSN-Divya Samaaj ka Nirmaan

These are the underlying Abbreviations of DSN.

WHAT I LEARNT: When your mind says NO it’s kidding with you. So smile at it and say YES.

DSN for me has been 3 days of non-stop unleashing of the beastly courage in me; I have realized that there are no boundaries in life if one consciously decides to break all the physical and mental barriers. Now I feel that real freedom is when we step out of the comfort zone to the courage zone. An indescribable joy which swells with every brave step we take with a pure intention and commitment, this is what DSN is all about. It is as simple as this, it’s always easy to let go than to hold on.

I feel so lucky to have done this DSN under Vishwas Bhaiya; it’s like learning the law of gravity from Newton himself. I have never in my life seen a person who is so much from the heart. He has such a unique presence which made me feel so connected throughout. His rawness and the intensity in his words just surpasses the head and directly reaches the heart. A sweet is called sweet because it is Sweet. So is Vishwas Bhaiya he is called Vishwas because he is the personification of faith.


JAI GURUDEVA!

Gowrishankar

Friday, August 14, 2009

"Ayurveda can effectively counter Swine Flu": Sri Sri

"Ayurveda can effectively counter Swine Flu": Sri Sri
Urging people not to panic, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder
of the Art of Living said in a press release, “India has a wealth of
knowledge from Ayurveda to counter swine flu”.
Elaborating on this, Dr. Manikantan and Dr. Nisha Manikantan, senior
ayurvedic doctors at Sri Sri Ayurveda centre said, “Swine flu invades
the body because of a breakdown in immunity. And Ayurveda offers
simple & effective remedies to boost immunity & build resistance. Tea
made from Laxmi Taru (botanical name: Simarouba)leaves, Tulsi, Amla
and Amrut (Giloy) acts as an immunity enhancer. Alternatively &
additionally, Ginger and Turmeric (haldi) powder mixed with either
lime juice or honey can also be taken twice a day.”
“To counter air-borne swine flu viruses, Sambarani dhoop (loban stems)
should be burnt in the house twice a day. Sambarani is a very potent
atmospheric sterilser”, the doctors added.
Sri Sri also said, “In addition, our mind also plays an important role
in our immunity. Whenever we panic and have fear, our immunity level
goes down. Practices like
pranayama and meditation play a vital role in reducing panic / fear
and keeping ourselves calm. Independent studies conducted at the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS) and National
Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru (NIMHANS)
have empirically proved that practices such as pranayama and
meditation boosts immunity at least three-fold. If we can integrate
these practices in our daily lives along with the simple Ayurvedic
remedies, we can effectively counter swine flu”.
Dr. Manikantan & Dr. Nisha Manikantan from Sri Sri Ayurveda can be
contacted on : info@ssapd.org

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gurupurnima Bliss in Mahavir Nagar Kandivili W


On the 7th July 2009, all present felt the divinity engulf them as we sang beautiful soulful bhajans followed by Gurupuja. Here are a few pictures of the blissful evening.

As I entered the hall the energy was at its peak., it was like a flow of devotion. The Art excel, Yes and Yesplus group added the brightness to the whole show. The slide show was a show stopper in itself. The venue was full to its brim. We all took a sankalp that for nexxt Guru Purnima the ground opposite KVSC will be filled. Also a lot of Angels came and blessed eveyone present.
This lovely picture and a lot more pictures are taken by our own Krish!! Yes the one with the lovely and sweet voice .

For more pictures visit:

Gurupurnima 2009, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivili (W).

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Five signs of a Guru.




Five signs of a Guru.


1. Dukha Kshaya

Sorrow Diminishes. Just give all your botherations toGuruji.


2. Sukha Aavirbhaava

Without any apparent reason, joy wells up... happinesssimply wells up in life. If it does, know that either the Guruis in your thoughts or you are in Guruji's thoughts! Wheneverthere is a Satsang or a course, go and help out. Samvridhi and Samvardhan(see below)happen on their own.


3. Gyaan Raksha

Knowledge gets preserved. You know many things but suddenly when you sit in the course,it comes back. Protecting the knowledge that you already have.


4. Sarva Samvridhi

There is no lack or dearth. The feeling of lack diminishes. With a child, if you go and askthem 'what do you want?'. They will say 'nothing'. Abundance starts happening... in mindand heart. This indicates you are getting closer to the Guru.


5. Sarva Guna Samvardhan

Talents start coming out. Peoplewho have never written poemsstart writing... skills whichyou never have had beforestart coming out. If you doTTC, all these skills start comingout. For example, in TTC,you are given half hour to gocook for 100 people. <<>>.This indicates Samvardhan.


These are the five characteristics of the Guru.... five qualities.And coming near the Guru doesn't mean just sitting near the Guru. In the heart you need tofeel close.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

GURU and a TEACHER!!



GURU - The one who leads us from darkness to light.


A teacher takes responsibility of your growth.
A Guru makes you responsible for your growth.

A teacher gives you things you do not have and require.
A Guru takes away things you have and do not require.

A teacher answers your questions.
A Guru questions your answers.


A teacher helps you get out of the maze.
A Guru destroys the maze.


A teacher requires obedience and discipline from the pupil.
A Guru requires trust and humility from the pupil.


A teacher clothes you and prepares you for the outer journey.
A Guru strips you naked and prepares you for the inner journey.


A teacher is a guide on the path.
A Guru is a pointer to the way.


A teacher sends you on the road to success.
A Guru sends you on the road to freedom.


A teacher explains the world and its nature to you.
A Guru explains yourself and your nature to you.


A teacher makes you understand how to move about in the world.
A Guru shows you where you stand in relation to the world.


A teacher gives you knowledge and boosts your ego.
A Guru takes away your knowledge and punctures your ego.

A teacher instructs you.
A Guru constructs you.


A teacher sharpens your mind.
A Guru opens your mind.


A teacher shows you the way to prosperity.
A Guru shows the way to serenity.


A teacher reaches your mind.
A Guru touches your soul.


A teacher gives you knowledge.
A Guru makes you wise.


A teacher gives you maturity.
A Guru returns you to innocence.


A teacher instructs you on how to solve problems.
A Guru shows you how to resolve issues.


A teacher is a systematic thinker.
A Guru is a lateral thinker.


A teacher will punish you with a stick.
A Guru will punish you with compassion.


A teacher is to pupil what a father is to son.
A Guru is to pupil what mother is to her child.


One can always find a teacher.
But a Guru has to find and accept you.


A teacher leads you by the hand.
A Guru leads you by example.


When a teacher finishes with you, you graduate.
When a Guru finishes with you, you celebrate.


When the course is over you are thankful to the teacher.
When the discourse is over you are grateful to the Guru.


JAI GURUDEV!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Launch of Art Of Living Shop on HomeShop18

Launch of Art of Living Shop website:
http://www.artoflivingshop.com and Art of Living Shop on HOMESHOP18

Live a healthier and happier life – Start your day with H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar everyday only on HomeShop18 · Art of Living in association with HomeShop18 launches an exclusive “Art of Living” show that will feature products from the Art of Living foundation · The special show is aimed at encouraging viewers to delve deeper into ones inner self and refresh the body, mind and spirit· Viewers can watch the “Art of Living” every morning 7:00 am, starting from June 25, ’09The exclusive show will feature different products such as Yoga CDs, Chants, Shlokas etc. that will remind customers, the basic concept of living and enjoying a healthy & peaceful life. The Art of Living foundation offers several stress-elimination and self-development programs based on breathing techniques. The show will have meditation and yoga experts, where viewers can just switch on HomeShop18 and follow the meditation and yoga techniques as shown on the channel. Once they have understood the techniques, they can buy the CD and practice the same at home every day. Announcing the launch of the Show, Sundeep Malhotra, CEO, HomeShop18, said, “The teachings and principles of Art of Living is so necessary for today’s lifestyle. By launching this show, we are trying to bring about a change in our customers’ lifestyle. It is all about adding value, the aim here is to ensure our customers lead a healthy and tension-free life”About the show, Prasana Prabhu, Trustee, Art of Living foundation said, “Our vision at the Art of Living is to create violence and stress free society. And to achieve that we aim at transforming the lives of each individual. Our products – Yoga, Pranayams, Shlokas, Chanting and Bhajans inspired by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar help calm and focus our minds. Tying up with HomeShop18 is yet another step in our endeavor to make our products reach the masses.”

Friday, June 26, 2009

Triple eclipse doesn't bode well for humanity.

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Bangalore: If India is racked by tumults from its restful neighbours in the near future, blame it on the universe. This year, starting from July 7, the world will witness a rare celestial drama of a triple eclipse over a period of just one month. If history is any indication, this does not augur well for the world, say the authors of the book Will History Repeat Itself, brought out under the Bharat Gyan series. There could, however, also be positives to emerge like Kurukshetra's great lesson and the divine Gita message, say the authors.
July 7 will witness a lunar eclipse followed by a solar eclipse on July 22 and another lunar eclipse on August 6. Six more triple eclipses will occur over the next decade, point out DK Hari and Hema Hari, the authors. Basing their arguments on arche-historical-astronomical analysis, the authors say the three eclipses that occurred during the first recorded triple eclipse in 3067BC brought the Kuruskshetra war; the second in 3031BC submerged Krishna's Dwaraka and saw the internecine war of the Yadavas.

The Kuruskshetra war killed 47 lakh men and beasts in two weeks. And, it is believed that the war used nuclear-like weapons (even weapons so fearsome that they could kill a baby in the womb, while leaving the mother unharmed). The 20th Century eclipse series saw two world wars and the world's first and only nuclear attack. "It was a war of clans; of brothers -- India and Pakistan are like brothers. Could there be a parallel?" The authors wondered aloud at a media-briefing held in the city on Monday.

Triple eclipses are also linked to Biblical stories of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Pleading not to dismiss the celestial happenings as "exotic tales" Hari said the effect of the realignment of heavenly bodies are based on a scientific fact. "When the Earth is caught between the Sun and the Moon, a huge gravitational pull between the Sun and the planets affects the speed of the Earth's rotation. This, in turn, will affect the motion of tectonic plates that could fall out of sync with the Earth's rotational speed. Tremors are the result."

Commenting on the book, Art of Living founder, Sri Sri Ravishankar said man is powerless in the cosmic scheme of things, but his spirituality could save him from a cataclysmic impact. "The microcosm and macrocosm are interconnected. Nothing exists in isolation," he observed.

Courtesy:Daily News & Analysis - Mumbai,India.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Be happy right now!!!



Be happy right now!!!

We die to finish school.........

Die to start college

Die to start working

Then die to marry

Then die to retire

AND

finally while DYING we realise we forgot something

WE FORGOT TO LIVE.


Narad Bhakti Sutras - H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar


In 1990 at North America, His Divine Grace Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji gave a series of beautiful talk on eighty-four aphorisms of the Narada -Bhakti - Sutra - The Aphorism of Love. In ancient days there was a sage - A Rishi whose name was Narada - one who connects you with source - who is at the centre as well on the circumference. Guruji very beautifully have explained and expressed the thoughts of Narada that lives revolved around love. The origin of Life is love and the Goal of Life is also Love. Yet, the seeking for Love that bring freedom, comfort and peace, is ongoing.

We will be sharing this knowledge given to us by our dearest Gurudev from tomorrow 23rd July 2009 at the following address : A41 Dwarika, Happy Home Dwarkesh Soc, Behind Bhatia School, Poisar, Saibaba Nagar, Kandivili (W) Mumbai.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Knowledge from the Divine.

The mind can be slippery. Yet, faith should not be slippery. Life is about faith, though sometimes it becomes shaky. Whenever you have been in trouble, haven’t you received help? You will keep receiving it.

You all are like flowers which will never die, never wither. Today there is not a single person who does not have sweetness in his heart. Even if you visit a prison, there are people who have sweetness in their hearts. This joy and happiness that we have received should be reached to others. The aim of mankind is to reach towards happiness and joy. From joy, two things are born in you: a smile and a desire to serve.

There are two kinds of devotees. Have you observed a cat and a monkey? When a monkey walks, its child will cling to it. The monkey is not bothered about its child because the child follows the mother. Whereas a kitten does not follow its mother. The mother has to keep an eye on the child, and takes it in its mouth wherever she goes. Are you a cat or a monkey? Do you cling to the Divine or let the Divine carry you?

Also, for those who are on the path, remember to relax.

Again, there are two types of devotees.
Those who are just starting on the path are like those who are running to catch the train and those who have already begun are those who are already sitting inside the train. People who are just starting are worried about their ability to catch the train; they have to catch a taxi from home, rush to the platform on time, find the right platform, and then find the correct coach, and then get on the train. Until they get on the train, they cannot rest.

If those who are on the train already run from one compartment to the other, will they reach their destination sooner? What is the use of running inside the compartment?
After getting into the compartment put your luggage down and relaxes. And then you will get to your destination.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Eternity Process



Eternity Process Course. ( Past life Regression)


Lot of us have heard about it and want to do it but don't know much. This is a good eye opener.
The soul is eternal. Our existence has been timeless; we have beenhere before in the past and will come in the future too.



The eternity process is a past life regression technique thatprovides a tool to relive events that lie the at the root of apattern, whether mental or physical. The pattern can be something thatneeds to be changed or merely understood. A past life regression alsoprovides a gateway to a vast, invaluable resource of information onprevious times, places, and cultures. It helps the individual clearmental impressions that may block one's progress.


The actions of body, our words and thoughts all leave imprints on ourconsciousness. The mind stores these imprints as Samskaras or impressions. These impressions remain latent in the consciousness fora while before they emerge as mental waves, which produce desires,fears and other emotions. Our past impressions carry weight anddetermine how well we face the present moment and how well we can livelife to its full capacity, free from fears and negative emotions.


To help us to overcome past impressions, our beloved Guruji - Pujya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji has designed the ETERNITY PROCESS, a process that enables us to view past experiences in this and past lives to erase karmas in a space surrounded by his love and grace. We emerge having lived through our past impressions, more alive to the present moment and open to celebrating life. The process has given deep healing experiences to many people.



Sessions are conducted one to one and last two to three hours.



To do this process you should have done the Part one Art of Living course and should have been regular with your Sudarshan Kriya practice


For experiencing this process in Mumbai or to know more call 9967365345

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A small story ....HOPE it makes a BIG change.


When you have a MASTER in life ......everything is taken care of .



Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students "How much do you think this glass weighs?"
'50gms!' ..... '100gms!' .....'125gms' ...the students answered.
"I really don't know unless I weigh it," said the professor, "but, my question is:
What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?"
'Nothing' ..the students said.
'Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?' the professor asked.
'Your arm would begin to ache' said one of the student
"You're right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?"
"Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!".. ventured another student & all the students laughed
"Very good.
But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?"asked the professor.
'No'. Was the answer.
"Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?"
The students were puzzled.
"What should I do now to come out of pain?" asked professor again.
"Put the glass down!" said one of the students
"Exactly!" said the professor.
Life's problems are something like this..Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK.
Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache. Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.
It's important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, But EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to 'PUT THEM DOWN' at the end of every day before You go to sleep..
That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh & strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!
So, tonight before sleeping,Remember to'PUT THE GLASS DOWN !'


Thursday, May 7, 2009

An Interview with Vishwasji

Q1 ) How can the urban youth contribute the nation?

The urban youth should start realising that they also shouder the responsibility to contribute for development of the nation. Confining themselves to their comfort zone wll not help. A shift in attitude has to happen from complaining to claiming , taking responsibility and moving foward.


Q2) What to do?
Every time is a 1st. The 1st step is, do you feel something for our country?; and taking this forward you vote. The moment you know you have voted, that action for the country has started. Now, after that don’t stop- go ahead. Just like you take interest in Love and Career- it was new and you didn’t know what to do- but you take the jump. So once you start owning the country, then you think more- meditate/ take responsibility. Politics is not bad or good, only what people make out of it. System is never corrupt, corrupt people sit in the system. So when value-based people join the system, there is a positive change. “A knife has no significance of its own, it depends on the one who holds it”- a thief who does harm or a surgeon who does good.


Q3) Voting is the 1st step, whats the 2nd step?

Youth should take politics as a career.


Q4) How?

Just the way you took Engineering by going to a college, the same way- join a beautiful NGO, that takes such important activities like Rural development, and train yourself to be one.


Q5) What about money?

So generate- just like you take care of your family- you do whatever for your family- so just expand this.

There are 3 types of Daan:

Shram daan , Arth daan ,Vidya daan.

Infact, youth should start a life with this beautiful thought. Just thinking of themselves they stop- but when you think more and give more- the more you get- just like a musician- the more he shares, the more appreciation he enjoys and it’s a cycle. The same with wealth- there is so much money just lying in the Swiss bank. But if you only expand and think of others it can be put to such good use.


Q6) What about my parents?

Do you have an inclination to do what they are saying? It is very important that you make them proud and if you really love them, then do something good. The first thing is to convert your Love to Commitment. Eg. Jagjit Singh gave the IAS examination but is now a great singer and we love his music.Listen to your heart; your insight says something and when you do that, you make your parents proud. Eg. Bhagat Singh was the son of a farmer, and his parents also wanted that he be one, get married and settle down. But had he done what his parents wished, our country would not have been free and we would not have such a great inspiration to look forward to.


Q7) How to tackle angry parents?

Use your skill, but deal by heart. Just the way you fight with them for a bike.


Q8) What are the educational qualifications that are required?

Most of our greatest politicians are from a rural background and they have learnt by serving.


Q9) What is the relevance of Spirituality and Politics?

An ant’s house can grow tall, but will be destroyed with the wind.So true strength to serve comes out of Spirituality. All politicians come up with the intention to serve but without spirituality they either become corrupt or tired. Look at all the honest IAS/IPS Officers around- so the intention with spiritual value gives you so much strength. Spirituality brings such a good balance between strength (courage) and sensitivity (compassion). Santo ka sangati bahut zaruri hai. Isi sangat se who vishwas ata hai ki mere saath koi hai.


Q10) What is your vision for the Youth of our country?

I see Youth making this country TRULY YOUTHFUL.Pehle jab Kuruksetra hua tha- uss Kurukstetra se Mahabharat hua. Agar iss Kurukshetra mein Yuva uthte hai, to ek MAHAN BHARAT khada kar sakte hai.

Maharshi Vashista se Ram Rajya hua tha.

Sri Krishna ke maarg darshan se Mahabharat hua.

Swami Samarth Ramdass ke aashirwaad se Chatrapati Shivaji ne Hindvi Swarajki stapna ki. Guru Chanakya ke maarg darshan se Bharat ka uddhar kiya.

Aur Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji ke marg darshan se MAHAN BHARAT hoga.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Postage stamps in honour of Sri Sri...








Netherland releases postage stamps in honour of Sri Sri...TNT Post, the postal department of Netherlands, affiliated to the Government of Netherlands has released four postage stamps to honour Art of Living founder, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s contribution to humanity.Two of the stamps carry photographs of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The third stamp has a photograph of Vishalakshi Mantap, the main meditation hall at Art of Living’s International Centre in Bangalore while the fourth has pictures of children from the rural school run by the Art of Living foundation at the outskirts of Bangalore, where 2000+ rural and less-privileged children are provided free meals and education.This honour comes as Sri Sri is on a tour to Europe where he is visiting Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands. Sri Sri is currently in Netherlands where, among his other engagements, he is conducting a meditation camp for about 1000 people.source:http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/other/2009050424603.htm
All budding stamp collectors (philatelist)........hope u get all of these real soon!!!!







Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"I have committed myself to building a violence-free world because of my love for humanity"Bulgaria, Europe, April 25(Saturday):

Sri Sri is currently in Bulgaria.On his arrival, he was interviewed on 'Seismograph', a prime time show with Svetla Petrova, a leading Bulgarian journalist on the television channel BTV.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. You said in an interview that you see the world as one family?

A.: The world is one family - language is no barrier, religion is no barrier, culture is no barrier. It's the love in our hearts. The love in our hearts connects us all with one another.

Q. Then why is religion the reason for so many conflicts?

A.: I would say the differences should be celebrated. If you don't have distance you can't breed conflict out of nothing. Multiple cultures would bring in more tolerance, more learning and you have to relieve yourself from stress. We all need to create a stress-free and violence-free society. Actually violence is an outcome of stress. If someone hasn't slept well or is stressed they become aggressive. With the breath you can calm yourself. When the mind is calm and the person is happy it's impossible to commit crime. It's all in the mind. We don't learn anything about the mind at home or at school. We tell people don't be angry, don't get upset but we don't teach them how not to. This is how the ancient Indian teaching has helped people and should be available for everybody. It's so useful. A violence-free society. Disease-free body. Confusion-free mind. Inhibition-free intellect. Drama-free memory and a sorrow-free soul. This is the birthright of everybody.There is a lot of violence in the media and in video games. Every emotion is connected with the breath. If you change the breath, change the hythm, you can change the emotion.

Q. Is it possible to breath in a different way without thinking about it?A.: We all have talents. We all have ten fingers but some can take a guitar and produce music and some can’t. But, everybody has abilities. If we learn about the different rhythms in our breath, we are able to have control in our lives. Take long deep breaths in and breathe out as slowly as possible. Deep inhalation and slow exhalation calms the mind. When one is working with a computer the eyes start worrying and it's good to do some eye exercises. This will build up the circulation. I just landed now from India after eighteen hours of flight. Do I look tired?

Q. Can you comment on the recent crimes over Easter in Bulgaria?A.: There is violence in the youth today because they have emotions trapped inside and they are not taught how to handle their own minds so they just burst out into actions such as this violence you have recently seen in Bulgaria. It is absolutely essential to teach our children how to control their mind using their own breath. We have done experiments in America, in India, and people have been saying, in prisons for example – “If I had known how to handle my emotions I would not have had these problems..”And the process is very simple, just four or five days and you learn the relationship between breath and the mind. I would like all the teachers to learn it. Many schools have started this program so that children learn how to handle their minds.

Q. What can we expect from the meetings you are having with Ministers?A.: I would want to know how we can help. Probably we would like to train some youngsters who would like to volunteer and help prisoners get a peaceful, calm mind.

Q. What made you commit your life to building a world without violence?A.: I do this work because of my love for humanity. When you have something precious it's natural to share it with everyone. It's a natural instinct to share.

Q. What did you have to sacrifice?

A. Now what did I have to sacrifice in order to do this! In the beginning there was a lot of prejudice, East-West prejudice and North-South prejudice.. People outside India criticized but I said – “No, this is very good and everyone needs it.” I did not mind what people thought.

Q. Can you tell us about the process to discover the techniques you teach?

A.: For me personally, it was with limited food and ten days of silence and going with fruit juice and cleansing the body but, it's not for everybody. One has to listen to their own body. What they feel is good for them. You don't need to do all that; you just need to learn a little bit about your breath. That is for everyone.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Glimpses from the YES! course at Kamala Vihar sports club






Waiting to read all your experiences and comments in the comments section!!! Your comments will be considered for the volunteer training programme.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Bali Bliss with GURUDEV!

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We spent four days in Bali with Guruji, each moment was fulfilling. Sharing with all of you some moments from Bali.

On the last day we had a grand feast and celebration with loads of Indian goodies which Inodnesian and balanese people loved. We asked them to have masala dosa.....masala dosa means a combination of the good and evil for them....so they did not want to have this combination.

Guruji ended the session saying,"During the day find some or the other reason to be greatful, make a shift from grumbling to greatfullness...the more greatful the more grace flows."

Guruji said next year lot of people should come to Bali. The people of Bali are very loving and sweet. For the shopholics......you can go and enjoy and get loads of stuff back home....the dates are 7th,8th,9th April 2010. So you can start to earn more and save more and plan more.....hope to see you there.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Are you busy?

Are you busy?
A professor stood before his Philosophy class and had some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.
He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with an unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.
The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.
"The golf balls are the important things - your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.
"The sand is everything else--the small stuff.
"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.
"The same goes for life. "If you spend all your time and energy on the small
stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
"Play with your children"

"Take time to get medical checkups".

"Take your partner out to dinner".
"Play another 18".
"There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal"
"Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter"
"Set your priorities"
"The rest is just sand."
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked.
"It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a cup of coffee with a
FRIEND "

Art of Living Courses in Kandivili West - YES (Youth empowerment Seminar)

YES!
"Just information is not education. It is culturing our behavior, culturing our attitude and the ability to perceive things better. Perception, Observation and Expression - the three aspects of education have to be improved”- Sri Sri Ravishankar

Today, more and more youngsters are visiting psychologists, psychiatrists and seeking help from counselors. Clearly stressful factors like an arduous education system, rising competition, increasing parental pressures, common teenage issues, tough careers and large expectations from the youth are taking their toll on these young minds. The present day youth has no direction. He/she is totally confused. Lacks guidance.

The Art of Living has recognized the need of the young adults in society and has a program, which is specifically tailored to the youth. Called the ‘Youth Empowerment Seminar’ or The YES Program, this workshop teaches teenagers how to accept themselves and other people, handle all situations in life, makes them responsible and efficient, tackles problems like depression, lack of confidence, loneliness and lack of concentration. All these are the very problems the youth face and are not able to bring to the fore. By subduing their inner feelings, they become reserved, shy, reticent and depressed. Through fun processes, games, laughter and meditation, the teens are taught to tackle various issues. The Young Adults Workshop prepares all youngsters for a better life ahead, no matter how confident, responsible they already are. Gone are the days when yoga and meditation were considered activities for the middle aged and old generation. Today, more and more youngsters are enrolling in the YES Program to get a grip on their lives.

YES is both fun and challenging, this 18 hour seminar provides teens of the age group 14-18 Yrs with a comprehensive toolbox to both manage their own emotions and stress as well as dynamically navigate through adolescence. The program broadens youth's vision of the world and provides practical knowledge and skills they need to realize their highest potential. Independent research has also shown that the processes learned on YES! reduce anger, violence and depression, as well as improve focus, clarity of mind and concentration.
MEGA YES!
21-26TH APRIL ‘09
KAMALA VIHAR SPORTS CLUB
KANDIVALI (W) MUMBAI
CONTACT: 9320244556/9821551936
Courtesy:Navin Uncle

Art of Living courses in Kandivili West - ART EXCEL


To truly excel in life is an art, and though much emphasis has traditionally been placed on higher academic achievement, more can be done to give children the tools to handle stress and live life to their fullest potential. The true measure of success is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child that is able to deal effectively with life’s challenges. The ART Excel course is a highly effective stress management and human values training program for children.
A unique aspect of the program is a specific set of breathing techniques that systematically release emotional and physical stress.

Children can use these techniques in any situation to bring about a state of calmness and relaxation, and human values such as joy, friendliness and compassion that are naturally present in children but may have been hidden by stress become apparent.

Practice of these techniques also increases mental clarity and focus. With the ability to thinking clearly, manage their emotions and release stress, children are able to excel in all aspects of life; academic, social, and extracurricular.

The course starts on 21st April to 26th April at KVSC from 11am to 2 pm
Courtesy:Navin Uncle

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Art of Living courses in Kandivili - Basic Course (Part 1)


Discover Your BREATH!! Transform Your LIFE COMPLETELY!! - Learn the Art of Living!!
WHY The Art of Living Part I (Basic) Course???
Because, throughout our lives, we learn many skills such as reading, writing, science, music, & arts but very rarely have we been taught how to handle our negative emotions- anger, stress, fear etc. in short, how to handle the everyday stresses of today’s fast-paced life. Regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya (taught in Basic Course) brings about
a) Greater joy in personal relationships;
b) Increased fulfillment in work;
c) Deeper sense of community and belonging to society, and
d) Enriched spiritual life
This course also brings about such profound changes in individuals from “within” that the company/business that they work for benefit greatly from their much higher focus on work, improved productivity levels, leading to a higher sense of task ownership, responsibility and commitment to meet and surpass organizational goals!

COURSE STARTS ON 5TH MAY 2009 TILL 10TH MAY 2009 Kandivali (w) From 6.30 pm to 9:30 p.m.

Courtesy:Navin Uncle

Pictures from Voters awareness campaing 12th April 2009 near Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Prabhadevi Mumbai.


LET US ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!! LET US ALL VOTE!!!


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Guruji's message from Bali !!!

'Comfort is not just a nice bed and room, its inner comfort’

Bali, April 8, 2009 (Wednesday): The beach, open skies, gentle breeze and meditation: the biannual advanced meditation program in Bali began on April 7. Thousands have flocked from different parts of the world to listen to Sri Sri’s knowledge and experience the program in his presence. Sri Sri’s talks and programs appeal to people from diverse backgrounds, bridging together diverse communities and ideologies.

An excerpt of Sri Sri’s talks during the satsang this evening:

Prakriti & Purusha

Our consciousness has three qualities, the whole universe has got five qualities.

    * Asti: Existance
    * Bhati: There is consciousness, it feels
    * Preeti: love
    * Nama: Name
    * Rupa: form

For every name, there is a form. In the material world, there is name and form. The body is a matter, mind is energy. The whole universe is made up of body and mind, matter and energy.

Energy exists, it is conscious and is love. Matter is just the name and the form.

The ancient people called this whole universe as prakriti and purusha, matter and consciousness. What do you think you are? Are you the body or mind? Most of the time we think we are the body. Our body is like the wick of a candle, the mind is like the glow all around it. Our mind or consciousness exists and it is called love.

Prakriti or matter changes. Everything is changing in the world, right? Purusha, the reference point, doesn’t change.

So, think for a moment. Just wake up and think, “I am not the body, I am not the mind, not the matter.” It brings such a shift, in your behaviour and in your interaction.

When you interact with somebody, who are you interacting with? That somebody is the body or mind, body or spirit. You don’t know the spirit. You are simply caught up in the outer behaviour.

Obviously, you cannot communicate with a dead body. That is because the mind has gone from that body. Suddenly, you find your communication has got cut off. This is because you’ve been communicating with the complex called the mind.

A change in our attention is required. When you see the whole universe as the wick of a candle and the unseen consciousness as the glow, it makes a lot of difference in our lives.

It is important to understand that there is a distinction between the body and mind. Everyday, our body is changing. Many cells are dying and new cells are being born. This body is changing all the time and the spirit is unchanging. It’s alive, it’s love, it’s consciousness.

It is the breath that connects the body and mind. It is the breath that brings you deep relaxation and good rest.

Astrology

The science of astrology is called jyotish which means the knowledge of light. Now, suppose all these are the bulbs, glowing bulbs. Astrology is the science of knowing the color of this bulb. It recognises that the bulb is glowing and understanding its light. Not that light (points to a tube light), but the light above called human light. Astrology will recognise whether this light is Capricorn, whether this glow has come from Capricorn or a Sagitarian. The science of astrology will explain the glow, how big or small it is, when it’s going to blink. You see what I am saying?

Save the Mind

Events in our lives come and go. Right now, wake up and see. All that happened till now, is it not like a dream? Or is it, in anyway, more than a dream?

Yesterday you came here on an airplane. Those who came 20 days ago, you were packing your suitcases to come here, then boarded the plane. This moment when you wake up and see - it’s like a dream, isn’t it ?

The fact that a doubt never arises shows that it’s a dream. When you dream, there is no logic. You are on a horse, suddenly you are in an ocean, you are driving into the ocean. There is no logic, nor doubts in a dream. I tell you, the same thing is happening in this world. We don’t doubt what we need to doubt. This happening, is it real? All the conversations that you have in your own mind, or about the people around, are they real? All these years, we have blamed so many people. It has made you and others miserable. Is this what we need to do in our lives? We are miserable and make others miserable too.

Wake up and see, another 40 years. Doesn’t it seem like a dream? We always want some perfection, we want the way it should be. So what? You will be here for a few years and the world will continue. There will be imperfections the way that are now. Your children and their children will do things that you don’t like. So what? Is it going to change? Our hanging on to perfection, brings stiffness to our own minds? We are spoiling our health and causing misery around. Is this the way you want to live?

Wake up and see that all that has happened is a dream - some pleasant, some unpleasant. Will you get angry about the past? Is there any reason for getting angry about the past? Can you justify it? You can’t be angry about the future, right?

You can be angry, but it shouldn’t stay longer than the time you need to draw a line on water.

You should drop it and move on. Can you do that? That’s it! Then you have won the race. Save that consciousness. Save this mind. When you meditate, how do you feel? Like a delicate flower within you. This mind needs protection. What can protect it? With knowledge, we raise to a higher level of awareness. That makes us so strong to deal with any situation, right now. And we will be able to do that with a smile.

Skill through silence

Suppose your mother is nagging or complaining all the time and you don’t know how to handle her. It could be your niece or spouse too. You need skill to handle that. Right?

You get that skill by inner silence of the mind. Silence enhances our skill. In life, you need both. Comfort is not just a nice bed and room, its inner comfort.

Spiritual knowledge gives depth and comfort. Comfort to the soul and mind. Silence enhances our skill. Skill in dealing, working and in doing everything. Skill in speech, skill in action.

Divine Love

You know, when we think, I have nothing to do, just remember when you were a child, you couldn’t even eat your own food. A baby needs to be fed by the mother, right? Somebody needs to feed a baby or an old person. Nature has made arrangements in such a way that you are taken care of, in the beginning and at the end.

If you see reality, divinity is taking care of you throughout your life. You were taken care of when we couldn’t walk. Someone fed you, someone comforted you, someone put you to sleep. Somebody will take care of you towards the end of your life. That’s not a person, who is taking total responsibility for everything.

That consciousness gave you love as a father, a mother, a teacher, a sister. It is the big mind that has been comforting you as a friend, a partner. One consciousness has played all those roles.

If you cannot understand this right away, just have some patience. You can go deep in meditation or study physics.

A physicist will call different substances or particulars as one wave. It’s one electricity that is becoming the fan and the light bulb. The mind can argue: what does the fan have to do with light? This mind is not intelligent or informed enough. Almost everything - the television, fan, air conditioner, light bulb, water system - is run by electricity. In the same way, the whole universe is run by consciousness.

What we have always wanted, the deepest desire of every living being is to attain this higher level - right here, right now.

Q. Guruji, will divine love take care of my worries? Will divine love cure the illness of my loved ones?

A.: Divine love is not a currency that you can use for whatever you want. You cannot even use the same currency everywhere.

Definitely, divine love will take care of you but don’t keep thinking about it as though that is the main problem. You know, love means letting go, not trying to grab. If you think god loves you, then god knows what is best for you. He doesn’t need your recommendation. You see what I am saying? Nature knows. It will take care of things. We do our best, leave rest to nature.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Mega course 17th -22nd March 2009

Sharing with all of you the pictures of the Mega course held on 17th March 2009 at Kamala Vihar Sports Club, Mahavir Nagar, Kandivili (W). It was wonderful being with all of you for these six days celebrating knowledge together. Waiting to see all your comments and know your experiences.
















Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Fly HIGH with the MASTER!!!


Fly HIGH with the MASTER!!!

Course schedule

ART EXCEL and YES at Mahavir Nagar Kandivili from 21st April 2009. 
Sahaj Samadhi course from 23rd April 6:30-8:30 am.

19th May 2009 - MEGA Part 1 course. Evening 7 -10 pm

Narad Bhakti Sutra - 14th - 19th April 2009

Sahaj Samadhi: 3-5 April 2009  Mulund.
    29th - 1st April 2009  Bhandup.

DSN with Vishwas Bhaiyya - Sun 14th May - Mulund.


As the angels sing....!!!



On 11th march 2009 we had a divine satsang at Akshay Bhai's Society. Grace flowed on all of us as we sang alongwith Dr. Bimal. Even angels sang with us......the camera captured a couple of angels who blessed us.....sharing the love and grace with all of you. 

Chaitra Navratri


Since the chaitra navratri is going on we had a DEVI pooja at home. We did Guru Pooja followed by Ganesh Stuti and Lalita Sahasranaam and Devi bhajans. All our eyes were filled with gratitude to the Divine Mother.

As the Divine Mother takes care of her devotees; similarly a mother takes care of her children. She nurtures them, protects them, points out their mistakes and showers them with love and affection.

At the same moment the thought of my mother came to my mind. She stood by e against all odds on the path I had chosen. The path of "ART OF LIVING". With all the members of the family on one side and me on the other, she stood by me as a pillar of strength. At times explaining to the family that she would like her daughter to follow the spiritual path and participate in Satsangs rather than drain her self by being a part of the pub culture.