Jul 8

Arosa – The Advanced Course

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 πŸ™‚ It was perfect.

Tina, Spencer, me and Andreas

Tina, Spencer, me and Andreas

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!

Neringa was the over all coordinator for the course and she did an absolutely fabulous job!!

Neringa was the over all coordinator for the course and she did a fabulous job!!

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.

Dinesh, me and Andreas on one of our walks

Dinesh, me and Andreas on one of our walks

He really took care of us. And Arosa was even more fun because he was around πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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.

Bruno and Tatiana were in charge of the Western Kitchen...

Bruno and Tatiana were in charge of the Western Kitchen...

...while Sundar Mama did the magic with all the Indian Food

...while Sundar Mama did the magic with all the Indian Food

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! πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!



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32 Responses to “Arosa – The Advanced Course”

  1. Rahul Joshi says:

    WOW.. No Silence but an Advance Course..!! πŸ™‚ Sincerely, it’s the grace not the techniques..!!!

  2. Suparna says:

    Sigh! Does it get any better than this…

  3. Deepak says:

    Thanks Bau. It reminded me my last years Arosa course πŸ™‚

  4. Vinod says:

    Not jealous at all…:-D going for the Gurupoornima adv course..:-D and dissolve there..

  5. anon says:

    sighhhh… remembered all my meditations with him… sure its the grace that does it all.. we on our own are incapable of reaching those depths of Self….there is nothing more important in the world than the Grace..

  6. anon says:

    hope entrancement continues.. πŸ™‚

  7. Krishna says:

    wow Bau..was enchanted while reading this post…Guruji rocks…and so do u and Dinesh bhaiya…it was amazing to see Sunder mama in action too…he is a sweetheart…missinh Guruji…Jai Gurudev πŸ™‚

  8. Gautam says:

    “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.”- Something runs through the body everytime I listen to this!!

  9. Deepti says:

    Absolutely fantastico Bau! The way you have expressed those precious moments of advance course in Arosa with Gurudev, in spite of the fact the that i couldnt be there it really gave me the feel for a few minutes as though im actually out there in arosa experiencing those glorious moments. Hope Guruji gives me the financial freedom to be able to afford an Arosa trip:)Thanks a ton Bau !

  10. Renu says:

    Now this is called celebration in true sense.

  11. Mridu says:

    >>it’s not the techniques, it’s the Grace, the power and shakti of the Guru that makes things work in Art of Living

    How very true! I have experienced it myself. When I went for my first basic course, I went to learn the Sudarshan Kriya as a breathing technique and didn’t bother about the bearded Person in the photo. I meandered for 6 years before realizing the importance of Guru’s Grace and only then I got the benefits of the Kriya which everyone was talking about πŸ™‚

  12. Smita says:

    really really really wanting to be with my guru now…. u were in my dreams last night and dinesh particularly .. very freaky as i don’t really think of you guys… tell dinesh to stay away from my dreams please πŸ™‚ it sort of freaked me out…………. his role in the dream……………….. do tell him who said this πŸ˜‰ humre initials sbd hai yaar. anyway wow the food.. wow.. u are too cool and i love ya! jai gurudev.

  13. anita says:

    gurudev’s photograph is really beautiful, just looking at it, and the heart is pounding, beating n longing……….so strange, something empty, something full…………………….

  14. Shruti-Mehra says:

    Amaazzingg weather…….woping hospitality…..Krishna narrating Geeta…What can be bettr than that in this universe!!

  15. Murtaza says:

    Very Beautiful.

    Thank you.

  16. Satyajit says:


    There is a scary-looking man in sunglasses standing in the center in the third photograph. Who is he? Some mafia don?


  17. Shruti poojari says:

    yes bau…very true…its HIS grace that makes things happen….soo trueeeeeeeeee………

  18. Ekta says:


    Can I do the advance course with Guruji (during gurupoornima) if I have not done any previous advance course?

  19. Shrinivas Deshmukh says:

    …Jai Gurudev Bhau..!!!!!!!!!!!!…. reading this i felt like i have completed the advance course rite there in Arosa

  20. Amarja says:

    This particular post is my most fav post from your Arosa series. It’s like the icing on the cake. It’s got Dinesh dada and your pic looking like two whacky saints, G’s beautiful side profile, a happy and laughing Sundar mama (my first time) ;). It also steels a resolve to make it to the next arosa.

  21. anon says:

    I am just curious. Who pays for all the travel that you and Dinesh do? Where does the money come from? Do you get a stipend for teaching? How much?

    • Bawa says:

      Most of the money of our travel comes from conferences we attend, or if it is an official trip from the Art of Living, meaning we are travelling to teach, then of course Art of Living pays for it… very rarely we use our personal money for our travel

  22. Shruti says:

    “Money comes from Conferences” how? does it mean that where u go for a conference…they pay for ur travel?

    • Bawa says:

      We are invited as speakers to various conferences … strange as it may seem, people actually pay to hear us talk πŸ™‚

  23. Neringa says:

    Dear Bau and Dinesh,

    What a sharing!
    It was great honor and joy to have you both around! Arosa was really something special and beyond words! I wish more people were so fortunate to have such an experience!

    Hope to see you next year in Arosa or some time sooner! πŸ˜‰

  24. Madhuri Dinde says:

    That was great event for who was there and enjoy advance course, they were really lucky people to enjoy with Guruji, Bawa n Dinesh bhaiya.
    when guruji ,bawa n dinesh bhaiya will come to Nashik together, n when we will enjoy like that….Please Guriji, Bawa n Dinesh bhaiya come to nashik…Please……..Jai Gurudev!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. milan says:

    Bau you said “it’s not the techniques, it’s the Grace, the power and shakti of the Guru that makes things work in Art of Living.”
    can you plz tell me how do i get Guru Grace? plz rep

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