Oct 21

A.C. / D.C.

Came across this absolute Genius of an answer… Enjoy!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Oct 18

The Wrapping Paper

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. 31

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Oct 14

Navaratri 2010

Navaratri is a time for Celebration. The joy in the ashram is palpable, the happiness a living entity. But, it is not Celebration as most people think it to be… a mad party, a movie, or any such thing. It is the Celebration that effortlessly manifests itself when thousands of people go deep in meditation in the presence of their beloved Guru, and in that atmosphere the grand Yagyas are performed by skilled priests with great devotion.

Guruji keeps a Silence for the first five days, and on the fifth night opens His Silence by whispering an electric Jai Gurudev… to the jubilation of the devotees who have been waiting and waiting to hear Him speak. On the last day of Rajas, in the evening He speaks and gives a short talk… Here is what I can recall of what He spoke this year…

Guruji, just after He opened His Silence

There are three realms of consciousness: The material world, The world of the Subtle Energies and The Absolute Divinity.

The Poojas and Yagyas when done correctly and in an atmosphere of meditation and faith enliven and enrich the Subtle. This is not an exercise for your intellect, it will never understand what’s going on. But your subtle body will be refined by your participation here. Only when you are in deep meditation, these mantras have an impact and are effective. They enhance the subtle creation and the subtle world.

We all gather here as one body, one mind, one spirit and be totally immersed in all that’s happening with love and devotion. You totally relax. Everything is fine here. Everything is perfect.

Since this world of subtle energies is between the material and the absolute, enriching it brings benefits on both sides. If you want material gains, comfort, peace and happiness, you will gain that through being here. And if you want spiritual advancement, establishing yourself in the Ultimate Truth, for sure you will get that by partaking in the Yagayas.

These Yagyas release bad karma. Desires get fulfilled when there is strength in the Subtle. These mantras make the Subtle tremendously strong.

Though the Divinity is everywhere, every atom of creation is bursting with Divinity, it is dormant. The mantras in this grand atmosphere of meditation and faith wake up this sleeping Divinity. Blessings are showered on you and in the World…

And in some wonderful, secret way, our planet becomes a better place to live in.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

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

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