Katja, Christoph, Werner, Neringa, Jaya, Tatiana, Bruno, Urmilla and Aberhard, Tina, Spencer … so many more from the European team were there and they all welcomed us and took such care of us, even pampered us 🙂 It was perfect.
The Kulm is a 4 star Hotel and the volunteers of Art of Living were running every service. From the kitchen and dining to the laundry, even the spa. And they were doing it with a staff of about 30-40 people!
Andreas from Norway more or less adopted us. He is Rashmin’s student and had heard of me and dinesh and he did all he could to spend more and more time with us. He worked in the kitchen and so apart from the terrific food that was anyways served, we would go and cook up even more stuff every now and then.
He really took care of us. And Arosa was even more fun because he was around 🙂
The Advance Course of Arosa was very different. We started with Yoga early in the morning and then had a fantastic breakfast. Croissants, pumpernickel bread, whole wheat bread, a variety of cereals, juices, 2-3 different types of flavoured butter and super delicious swiss cheese… What a spread! 🙂
Then everyone did some Seva or went for a walk in the mountains. From the second day, Guruji went for a walk with groups of people. Then at around 11:00 am we all assembled for a Geeta talk with Guruji in the town hall, the only hall big enough to have all of us comfortably seated. Guruji would talk at length on the selected Shlokas for that session and then lead us into deep, deep meditation after some pranayama.
We would walk or bus back to our respective hotels to a scrumptious lunch which would have some European food and some Indian food along with 2-3 different types of desserts and some of the most amazing fruit flavoured lassi i have ever tasted.
After that meal, it would be time to rest for a bit, have a session of hollow and empty and then we would start off for an early satsang, all of us usually walking from the hotel down to the town hall with Guruji in the lead. There would be just a few bhajans beautifully sung after which Guruji would resume His talk on the Geeta. He would take a few questions from the audience every evening, and lead us into meditation again. The evening takes a long time to fade into night and even when we would finish Satsang at about 9:30 pm, it would still be light. Most people would then bus back to their hotels for a brilliant dinner.
Many people would sit in the lobby around the fire, or just hang around for some time after dinner before heading for bed. I had found a piano and would play every evening for a few people who would find me. Guruji would be meeting groups of people almost throughout the day. He would also take tours of the hotel, going into the kitchens and dining areas and seeing to it that everything was running smoothly and more importantly that everyone was happy.
By now, you will have guessed with all those walks and food and time with Guruji, that there was no Silence on this Advance course. Yet, the depth of meditation and the sparkling wisdom of Guruji was as if we had been in Silence for a few weeks! I have said it myself many times, it’s not the techniques, it’s the Grace, the power and shakti of the Guru that makes things work in Art of Living. Once again, i was privileged to see this in action.
This was really an Advanced Course! 🙂