Oct 11

New Year’s Celebration

For 7 years, every week Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) used to send out a page of Knowledge to be read out and discussed at the satsangs happening all over the world. He used to call it the Knowledge fax … This was before email became popular enough for everyone to use :)

Every week we waited eagerly for what Guruji would say through these Knowledge Sheets, many times we would be with Him while He dictated them out and we compiled them. The atmosphere would always be full of wisdom coupled with big doses of mirth. And the Knowledge sheets themselves are always profound, sometimes quite funny…

Dinesh and i decided to do a commentary on them, reliving those precious moments spent with Guruji, reading them out for you and peppering them with stories and examples of how this Knowledge from Him has come alive for us in our lives.

Re reading them now, after so many years of Sadhana, Seva and Satsang has made us realise just how beautiful and precious these words from Him are … We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we know you will love watching them too.

Knowledge sheet no. 30

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Oct 7

Smoked Broccoli

A recipe after a long time!

While i was with Guruji in Goa, we were served broccoli with a delicious smokey flavour. While eating it, i wondered aloud how they managed to “smoke” the broccoli. Mrs. Jai Khanna was at the same table and she very graciously told me how to do it.

Here is my version of that delicious broccoli that i had a few weeks ago at the Hyatt in Goa.

1 big broccoli head

2 tablespoons fresh cream

Olive oil for sauteing

2 dried red chilies

1 pod of garlic finely chopped

salt to taste

2 pieces of charcoal

Smoked Broccoli

Wash the broccoli thoroughly. Break the broccoli into bite sized chunky florets. Steam it till just tender. Don’t over cook, it should remain crunchy.

In a frying pan heat a few tablespoons of olive oil. Put the dried red chilies in and sauté for a minute. Add the garlic and cook until slightly browned. Add the broccoli and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the cream. Cook for 1 minute more and remove from heat.

Just before serving, take 2 pieces of charcoal and heat till red hot on the stove, approximately 5-8 minutes on full heat of a big burner. Put them in a small steel container. In a big vessel that has a tight lid, put the vessel with the cooked broccoli and the container with the coal. Add a teaspoon of butter to the hot coal. It will start to smoke. Cover the big vessel with the lid for about 5-7 minutes.

Remove the lid and let the smoke clear. The broccoli will be infused with a yummy smokey buttery flavour.

Serve immediately.

People ate it up before i could get a photo of it … But am cooking it again tomorrow, so hopefully photos should be there by lunch time :)

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps btw, i hope you guys are following my facebook tweets every evening during Satsang. www.facebook.com/khurshedbatliwala

pps Remember to “Like” the page. There is a “Like” button just next to my name right at the top of the page.

Oct 4

Divine is All Celebration

For 7 years, every week Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) used to send out a page of Knowledge to be read out and discussed at the satsangs happening all over the world. He used to call it the Knowledge fax … This was before email became popular enough for everyone to use :)

Every week we waited eagerly for what Guruji would say through these Knowledge Sheets, many times we would be with Him while He dictated them out and we compiled them. The atmosphere would always be full of wisdom coupled with big doses of mirth. And the Knowledge sheets themselves are always profound, sometimes quite funny…

Dinesh and i decided to do a commentary on them, reliving those precious moments spent with Guruji, reading them out for you and peppering them with stories and examples of how this Knowledge from Him has come alive for us in our lives.

Re reading them now, after so many years of Sadhana, Seva and Satsang has made us realise just how beautiful and precious these words from Him are … We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we know you will love watching them too.

Knowledge sheet no. 29

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

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Sep 30

The Roar of the Enlightened

How do you know you are sleeping?

You are sleeping and you get a dream. In the dream, a ferocious lion is chasing you, you run and run and run… and then the lion pounces on you with a deafening howl… and you wake up!

Then you know it was just a dream.

And you can laugh at it and yourself to be so scared of just a figment of your own imagination. And you know you are now awake and not sleeping or dreaming.

All the Sadhana we do, all the Knowledge that Guruji has bestowed upon us is like the lion. Roaring loudly at us to wake up to the Reality. We think that this world that we can see, touch, hear, smell and taste is real. The Sadhana is the roar, which is telling us not to get fooled by the five senses. The Knowledge commands us to question this seemingly solid existence and reach out for what is truly Real.

Guruji once defined “Truth” as “That which does not change.”

If you look around you intently, you will see that absolutely everything is changing. But, it is changing so slowly that you feel there is no change, you feel everything is the same, until you get an old photo of yourself out and look at how you used to look like 10 years ago :)

The point is, that you don’t notice the change. It is very subtle and very slow. And anything that changes is illusion. Illusion doesn’t mean that it is not there. It is there, but it changes. It’s not real and it is not the Truth. What you perceive with your five senses is not reality.

A Changing Universe

The good news is that when you realize that everything is indeed changing, then you also realize that there is some part within you that is not changing at all. You do need a stable point from which you can witness change.

If everything is changing, you cannot notice the change! It’s only when you can connect to the non changing aspect of yourself, that you actually perceive the change. Sadhana connects you to that non changing, eternal Reality residing within you. It gives you a glimpse, a hint, a whisper of infinity while you are still in your very finite body.

An actor acting a part as Romeo in a play knows he is acting. Once the play is over and curtains are down what if he still stays in character and refuses to accept that he is not Romeo. Keeps wanting his Juliet.  What can you say to that person? How can you convince him that he is actually not Romeo, he was simply playing the part of Romeo in a play…

You too are like that. So caught up with the illusion of the world and the illusion of who you think you are, that you refuse to accept the Truth about Yourself. You cannot see yourself as pure Bliss, radiating peace and joy. You have become an actor who cannot stop acting.

Sadhana, Knowledge and the Grace of the Guru rouse you up from this Grand Illusion. They make you notice how many roles you have already played and are still playing. They bring to your notice how there is something eternal, beyond all these roles that simply doesn’t change within you, regardless of which roles you have played, are now playing or will play in the future.

Like the lion, Sadhana and Knowledge wake you up from your slumber. Then you can laugh at the world. Then you can play with Maya.

Awaken. Listen to the roar of the Enlightened One.

The Wakeful One is the Enlightened One.

Jai Gurudeva!

Love

Bawa

Sep 27

The Washing Machine

For 7 years, every week Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) used to send out a page of Knowledge to be read out and discussed at the satsangs happening all over the world. He used to call it the Knowledge fax … This was before email became popular enough for everyone to use :)

Every week we waited eagerly for what Guruji would say through these Knowledge Sheets, many times we would be with Him while He dictated them out and we compiled them. The atmosphere would always be full of wisdom coupled with big doses of mirth. And the Knowledge sheets themselves are always profound, sometimes quite funny…

Dinesh and i decided to do a commentary on them, reliving those precious moments spent with Guruji, reading them out for you and peppering them with stories and examples of how this Knowledge from Him has come alive for us in our lives.

Re reading them now, after so many years of Sadhana, Seva and Satsang has made us realise just how beautiful and precious these words from Him are … We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we know you will love watching them too.

Knowledge sheet no. 28

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Sep 23

Fever – Epilogue

One night when Bawa was staying in the hospital, he woke up thirsty in the middle of the night. One thing for Bawa that lies on that razor line between preference and boundary (basically he hates to hate it, but he does anyways) is coconut water. And another thing he doesn’t like is to drink warm water. Since that day he was brainwashed to drink warm water, he took hot water from the thermos and added some water from the mineral water bottle. Groggy eyed that he was, compounded with dim lights, he didn’t realize it was coconut water in the mineral bottle. So what he finally gulped was hot coconut water! It was so disgusting that he immediately went to sleep thinking it was nothing but a nightmare with a bad taste.

One day Dr. Muralimohan who was part of GOD (Gang of Doctors) and also their leader was going out for a few days. I had been wanting to show him our article that had appeared in the Go Air Magazine so that he would get to know us and the work we were doing. A few days later when he came back and he tells me, I saw some familiar faces, you and your other colleague in the magazine on my flight. Good work you are doing… It’s quite cool, how these coincidences (?!) happen :)

Today GOD came to visit me utterly exited, like small children who have just found the sweets they thought someone else had eaten up. They had found the bug from the blood culture tests!

The very offending Salmonella Paratyphii had been caught!

It was Salmonella Para Typhii. Dr. Muralimohan had been right all along. Now they could stop throwing darts in the dark and actually do a concentrated attack on this offending colony of germs that had decided to take up residence inside me! A few new medicines were introduced, along with a shot to rule out malaria as well (i had been shivering remember?)

The temperature started to stabilize at around 99, we started counting the days to discharge.

Feeling better after a long time...

As the medicines worked on me, all my counts started to inch their way back to normal. The platelets rose, the WBCs stabilized, my liver which had become a trifle enlarged shrank to its normal healthy size and i started to look forward to the day when i could leave the hospital…

On Day 12, I took an early shower, dressed up in non-hospital clothes with tilak on my forehead, projecting subliminal messages to GOD to give me leave to go back home. GOD agreed and after a long day of completing various formalities, I could finally leave. There is nothing quite like the heady smell of fresh air and i inhaled deeply as I walked to the car and got bundled in there. how nice it was to sit in a car and be driven. And how much infinitely nicer it was to sleep that night in my own snug bed at the Ashram…

Many people stayed with me at the hospital.

Ms Emergency aka Dr Sangeeta (4 ft something and 40kgs) who had taken emergency leave from her emergency clinic for couple of emergency nights. Any moan or sound from me in the night would be responded instantaneously by Sangeeta being right beside me. Devang who would be on the bed adjoining mine would tell her everything is ok and with the same lightning alacrity she would go back into deep sleep in 2 seconds. (In Africa, I was told that the Masai warriors train themselves to go from a state of deep sleep to battle readiness in 3 seconds). I am sure they have a lot to learn from Ms emergency.

Devang would arrive at midnight, and be fresh as a daisy till five in the morning. He may be watching some movie of something. To the smallest of my needs, he was ever vigilant like Legolas in the jungle. But come sunrise, and he transformed into a Kumbhakarana, his sleep untouched, unaffected by the nurses, doctors, cleaning women or the 11 O’clock sun. We had many a laughter sessions instigated by him and on him.

Dr Seema, her contribution was invaluable. She knew how to skillfully maneuver through my stubbornness and my fever induced idiosyncrasies. With a no nonsense attitude, yet sweet like her homeopathic medicines, she would ensure that I eat, drink, sleep and do necessary exercise on time. She would even award me stars for good behavior. One day i got 4 of them! :)

Neetha and Gokul and Rajiv were ever ready for anything and everything (with Cars). They must have gained a hell of a lot of Kar-ma points.

Then there is Dr Hema, our YES!+ teacher and pillar of Bangalore. She is also the Annapoorneshwari. She and her house is blessed with an inexhaustible source of food. A visit to her house is a gastronomic delight!

Back in the ashram, Tanu and Rupal (Bawa would chef in at times) cooked food for everyone with the utmost love, care, sincerity, and 10x chanting of mantras. If you eat and spontaneously end up spouting mantras, know you have been eating Tanu’s food.

Now I am back home, breathing the fresh cool ashram air, spiked with high prana. It should not take me long to get my energy levels back to kicking football or tickling Rashmin or pulling JD’s dhotis :)

I was well and truly overwhelmed at how many people did prayers and chanting for my good health. I am sure I recovered so fast because of all the wonderful good wishes all of you sent my way… Thank you so very much!

Jai Gurudev!

love

dinesh

Sep 20

Overcoming Events

For 7 years, every week Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) used to send out a page of Knowledge to be read out and discussed at the satsangs happening all over the world. He used to call it the Knowledge fax … This was before email became popular enough for everyone to use :)

Every week we waited eagerly for what Guruji would say through these Knowledge Sheets, many times we would be with Him while He dictated them out and we compiled them. The atmosphere would always be full of wisdom coupled with big doses of mirth. And the Knowledge sheets themselves are always profound, sometimes quite funny…

Dinesh and i decided to do a commentary on them, reliving those precious moments spent with Guruji, reading them out for you and peppering them with stories and examples of how this Knowledge from Him has come alive for us in our lives.

Re reading them now, after so many years of Sadhana, Seva and Satsang has made us realise just how beautiful and precious these words from Him are … We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we know you will love watching them too.

Knowledge sheet no. 27

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Sep 17

God’s 5 Jobs

Q. In a video Guruji says God has 5 Jobs

1)Creation
2)Maintenance
3)Dissolution
4)Blessing
5)Hiding

HIDING!! Hiding???

A. Ya, so He cant be blamed by various indignant  species as He does the other 4! :)

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Sep 16

Knowledge from a Fever

A lot of Knowledge got reinforced again and again. Pain is inevitable, so is the gain. I felt I gained quite a bit of wisdom.

I deeply realized the complementariness of opposite values. The fever made me appreciate the value of good health and energy. One walk around the floor would leave me drained and I felt grateful for a millions things that I usually take for granted. I realized what a charmed life I live and the blessings I have, to be an instrument of such beautiful and liberating knowledge, a source of joy inducing techniques and a fountain of love.

Acceptance – after a while acceptance is a non-issue, it happens without choice. You simply have to accept that people are doing the best they can for you, however much you don’t like it. Now that I have recovered I am so grateful to Seema and Bau for force-feeding me, when I didn’t want to eat a single thing. The fever and the drugs totally took away my appetite. In retrospect I can see how important it was to eat then. I am so glad i did :)

Don’t be a football was a tough one. Great opinions were offered with paramount  love. So I slept one night with 4 fresh cut onions stuck on a fork placed in glasses. It looked pretty artistic if you manage to vacuum shut your nose. The next day I had onion flavored everything, from toothpaste to water, to medicines to food and of course the breath.

Another opinion led me to have a guava leaf concoction and since my family had prepared me for this day with neem leaf and bitter gourd juice, I drank it by simply fading my smile a bit and not actually wiping it off. Then I was very charmingly offered payapa leaf potion, which quickly wiped off whatever was left of my smile and made me conclude that only a worm would have come up all these recipes; to leave the fruit and go for the leaf.

Ugh!

Live in the present moment – I always taught it’s the coolest place to be in. But presently it was very hot. But I don’t mind hot, so it was cool. But the throbbing  headaches which came as a package deal with the fever were truly terrible. But Thank God for ujjayi breath, adi mudra, Om Namah Shivaya (and crocin of course).

Pain and suffering usually go together. However, Guruji had remarked that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Ill health can be a matter of wrong choices, but happiness is a matter of choice. Ill health and happiness is a perfectly workable partnership.

In those couple of weeks, I must have been poked so many times for blood, i have lost count. My IV entry points were changed 5 times. My life was becoming a numbers game. Everyday, I had to fill a chart of the water volume I had and how much i peed. Then fever levels were monitored at least 10 times a day and 5-6 times in the night. Blood pressure and pulse was checked 4 times (I thought it should be checked for the people staying with me). Blood and Urine culture test was done. Blood tests were done twice daily. The whole conversation would rotate around there numbers! Is the temperature less than 101, how much did you pee, what’s the platelets count, what’s the WBC and so on… Everyone around me became like they were bit by an OCD bug (Obesssive Compulsive Disorder) about numbers, even I felt like that at times. I would wake up in the middle of the night and ask, “what’s my temperature?”  :)

Seema would give me stars for being a good boy :)

Sometime in the middle I went in a phase where my sense of smell was enhanced a million times. The hospital dispenser soap smell bugged me no end. Then a lotion to reduce inflammation after they around the IV was awarded the world’s worst smelling thing (though Dr Seema begged to differ and said ‘blood smells worse’). Then, if I would see food lying in the dustbin, it would irritate me. Most of the times, I didn’t want to eat anything. “Don’t even talk about food”. I went into a phase of don’t want to see anything red or yellow in my food (this was really difficult for Bawa and the cooks to comply with, nevertheless, they did a brilliant job). On top of all this, one day, I was made to drink almost a litre of water and then they took me for a long drive on a wheel chair for sonography. I was doing driving motions which some of the security guards found very amusing. I kept looking around trying to see the screen and make sure there was no baby inside (remember all those mood swings?!).

The nurses were simple Malayali girls who would do their work diligently, whether it was blood sucking or sponging me (sometimes the fever would not come down, even after a paracetemol and i had to be sponged for the body to cool down). They would talk very little. So Bawa once asked whether there are any good eating joints around. And this nurse went on for about 10 minutes explaining every food place in the vicinity. That’s the power of food, it can make the silent ones talk, the lame ones walk. Its almost like Grace…

Gazing...

When I got a little bored of the ceiling’s intricate philosophical whiteness stretching to infinity on all thousand sides, I would entertain myself looking out of the window. I would see the tress with each and every leaf joyfully dancing to the breeze, soft light of the sunset or the sunrise, happy cows grazing blissfully oblivious to the cares of the world, small children standing in the lines for the school assembly and a lone eagle far away gliding on the air currents. There is abundance of joy and beauty ever present in nature for us to partake of, any moment.

More next week…

Jai Gurudev!

love

dinesh

Sep 13

All are searching for the Sweets

For 7 years, every week Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) used to send out a page of Knowledge to be read out and discussed at the satsangs happening all over the world. He used to call it the Knowledge fax … This was before email became popular enough for everyone to use :)

Every week we waited eagerly for what Guruji would say through these Knowledge Sheets, many times we would be with Him while He dictated them out and we compiled them. The atmosphere would always be full of wisdom coupled with big doses of mirth. And the Knowledge sheets themselves are always profound, sometimes quite funny…

Dinesh and i decided to do a commentary on them, reliving those precious moments spent with Guruji, reading them out for you and peppering them with stories and examples of how this Knowledge from Him has come alive for us in our lives.

Re reading them now, after so many years of Sadhana, Seva and Satsang has made us realise just how beautiful and precious these words from Him are … We are thoroughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we know you will love watching them too.

Knowledge sheet no. 26

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

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