Mar 10

Brinjal Bliss

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Prep 8 to 10 small brinjals by washing them and cutting them into chunks. Float the chunks in wter so they don’t oxidize and go black. Boil 2-3 largish potatoes and cut into chunks. Keep aside.

For paste:

½ coconut grated
1 bunch spring onions chopped well
4 tbsps dhania (coriander) seeds
4 whole dry red chilies
5 cloves garlic roughly chopped
2 inch ginger coarsely chopped
2 inch piece of cinnamon

Put all these in a heavy bottomed pan and dry roast for a few minutes until fragrant. Let cool, then blend in a grinder and make a smooth paste adding about ½ cup water. Keep aside.

For Gravy:

3 tbsps ghee
½ cup roasted and powdered peanuts
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsps dhania-jeera (coriander and cumin) powder
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tej patta (bay leaf)
3 tbsps of jiggery or palm sugar
1 packet coconut milk
8 medium tomatoes peeled and cut into chunks

On a medium flame in a heavy bottomed pan, add the ghee and let it melt. Add the rest of the gravy ingredients except tomatoes and cook for a few minutes. Add the paste. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, potatoes and Brinjals.

Cook on a medium flame, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Add coconut milk and simmer for another 15-20 minutes. The gravy should be thick, you may add water if required.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Serve piping hot with rotis or bread.

You can use the exact same gravy with paneer and potatoes or for a mixed veggies casserole.

Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa (n Dinesh)

 

Mar 9

Tackling Exams Part-II

21 tips for people who are not prepared for their Exams

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The following has been adapted from a few chapters of our book Ready Study Go! – Smart Ways to Learn published by Harper Collins. For more insights and details, you can buy the book from almost any bookshop and most online portals that sell books. For buying it from amazon.in click bit.ly/readystudygo

If you are one of the people who suddenly woke up today and had a crashing realization that you have an exam tomorrow for which you are just not prepared… Read on!

Follow these tips and there just might be hope for you.

  1. Accept that you may be utterly unprepared for the upcoming ordeal. Do not waste time giving gaalis to yourself and others around you. Just plain simple acceptance that you are not prepared is enough. Acceptance brings a sort of peace and this peace in the mind is critical to be able to function in a crisis.
  2. Start as early as possible in the evening.
  3. Pray. Help from anywhere is welcome. If you know how to meditate, meditate for 20 minutes. Don’t zone out longer than that.
  4. Don’t count the number of pages left. Simply work.
  5. Don’t waste time on any pointless activity. The ONLY thing you need to do is work. No facebook, no tweeting, no Instagram, no nothing. Just you and the books.
  6. Don’t bother about making a schedule. The only schedule you have is to work till you can’t and then push it a bit more. Then sleep and wake up early enough so that you can at least revise whatever you have done before the exam.
  7. Keep all the things you need handy. Textbooks, blank papers, pens, pencils, whatever… Clear your work area of any distractions. Mobiles and other electronic gadgets that you don’t require at this point should not be visible.
  8. See if you can have someone else join you while studying. If one looses focus, the other helps get it back.
  9. Drink water and stay hydrated. Not tea or coffee. Or aerated soft drinks. Just water.
  10. A light dinner and simple munchies will take care of the hunger pangs that might arise.
  11. Start by skimming over the entire notes two to five times at the very least. This will give you some idea of what’s coming at you and will give your brain a bit of time to assimilate stuff.
  12. Don’t count the number of pages. Just work!
  13. If there is something you particularly like or know from that subject, first finish that off before you move to other more challenging stuff. Finish easier things. One thing done is one thing less to do.
  14. Review whatever you do every hour to hour and a half. This will help it settle in your mind.
  15. Don’t count the number of pages left. Just work!
  16. Taking a 10 minute break every two hours will help a lot. Just take a quick walk and come back.
  17. Write stuff out. In the exam credit is given for writing not reading. So make sure you write things out twice or thrice. It helps it stick. Draw rough diagrams and label them. Make flow charts if required.
  18. Did I mention not to count the number of pages left?
  19. Read my earlier post on tackling exams. Especially the During the Exam and After the Exam Sections.
  20. If a friend can help you, reach out and ask for help.
  21. When you are through with your exams, buy our book Ready Study Go! – Smart Ways to learn and follow the techniques and tips in it so you don’t keep getting into this mess again and again. You can buy our book from bit.ly/readystudygo

 

All the very Best!!

Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa (n Dinesh)

Mar 8

Tackling Exams Part – I

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The following has been adapted from a few chapters of our book Ready Study Go! – Smart Ways to Learn published by Harper Collins. For more insights and details, you can buy the book from almost any bookshop and most online portals that sell books. For buying it from amazon.in click bit.ly/readystudygo

There is a wonderful attitude to adopt when you are giving an exam. Think of an exam as a game. One which your teacher has set up for you to play – exclusively for you to figure out exactly how much you know of a particular subject. By the way, it also points out to the teacher how much they have succeeded in teaching the required knowledge. Your teacher challenges you with a series of questions that will determine if you have understood the knowledge and its application. You rise up to the challenge and see if you can win…

An exam is just a game a teacher and student play with each other. When you think of an exam like this, all the stress vanishes and your brain works at optimum levels. Here are a few tips to help you play the game really well. These tips assume that you have studied well through the semester and you are not on a last minute studying binge. I have a few tips for that calamitous state, which I will share in the next post.

Meanwhile, if you are in a hurry to get to that post or get more tips than the ones outlined below please buy our book Ready Study Go! – Smart Ways to learn from bit.ly/readystudygo and read up the chapter on Emergency Studying.

The Day (or Evening) before the Exam:

  1. Drink plenty of water, totally avoid white sugar and refined flour. This means no soft drinks, ice creams etc. Eat 5 smaller more frequent meals than 3 big meals. Do not fast.
  2. Get some sort of exercise done. A short 20 minute walk will do.
  3. Set out all the things you need for the exam the next day. Pens (make sure they have enough ink and are writing smoothly), pencils (sharpened), erasers, rulers, colours if you need any, hall ticket, etc. Have a check list and make sure everything is in place. Decide what you are going to wear the next day and lay out the clothes. Wear loose comfortable clothes.
  4. Revise everything you have studied. If you have created mind maps or use flash cards, go over them now and enjoy the instant recall of the most important things you need to remember. If you don’t know what mind maps or flash cards are, don’t worry about them, just revise stuff the way you normally would. Draw out rough diagrams, remember to label them if your work requires that. Don’t try to learn anything new at this point. Plan to finish this latest by 11 pm. Go to bed then. Sleep is critical to success.
  5. Get a good night’s sleep.

 

The Morning of the day of the Exam:

  1. In the morning, definitely have a bowl of fruits. You may have whatever you like to eat for breakfast about 30 minutes after the fruits. Eat lightly.
  2. If you know how to meditate, meditate 20 minutes. This will help you more than anything else today.
  3. Just skim over everything you have studied. Stop looking at your books at least an hour before your exam.
  4. Get to the exam hall 15 minutes before the exam is due to start.
  5. Use the toilet if required.

 

During the Exam:

  1. Pray. Help from all quarters is always welcome!
  2. Keep a bottle of water with you and sip occasionally. It’s nice to stay hydrated.
  3. Take a few minutes to read the entire question paper before beginning to attempt anything.
  4. You DON’T need to answer the questions in sequence. Start with stuff you are utterly confident about. Finish that. Then move to stuff you think you can handle. If you get stuck anywhere for more than 4 to 5 minutes abandon the answer and move to the next question. You can come back to it later if there is time. Attempt all the things you know or you think you know before going to the more challenging parts of the paper.
  5. Attempt everything. Write something – even if it sounds silly. Write it out. Many times examiners are looking for excuses to give marks, if there is nothing written, they cannot give credit.
  6. If you have finished answering everything and there is time left towards the end, spend it on beautifying your answer sheet. Underline key words, draw lines to separate answers, highlight key points, etc.

 

After the Exam:

  1. Don’t hang around discussing the answers. You have written what you have written and there is no way to change that. Results will come in their own time.
  2. Go home.
  3. Eat a nice meal and rest.
  4. Rinse and Repeat.

 

There is quite a bit of research and our own personal experience at tackling exams embedded in these tips. More in our book Ready Study Go! – Smart Ways to Learn which you can get from bit.ly/readystudygo or almost any bookstore in the country.

All the very Best!!

Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa (n Dinesh)

Feb 15

Maha Shivaratri

Maha Shivaratri is the night when the Shiva Principle is closest to our realm of existence. On Maha Shivratri, when people sit together, chant and meditate, everyone can get a glimpse of unity with the infinity.

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Shiva was not a person. Shiva is a tattwa, a principle, that is eternal. Everything related to Shiva never happened on this physical realm and has never ceased to happen in the subtle plane. Shiva never sat at Mount Kailash – however, the Shiva principle is accessible in Kailash… Kailash is the place where there is only Bliss and Inner Celebration.

The Rudram is an ancient Vedic hymn glorifying the Shiva Principle. Chanting the Rudram, or hearing it being chanted bestows everything you may desire in this world and the next. the here and the hereafter. The Rudram when chanted in a meditative space, with the right intonations sets up powerful vibrations in the environment which nullify the negativities that may be present and uplifts one’s spirit. It is said that even if just one devout reciter of the Rudram lives in a village or a town, the entire community reaps the benefits, and becomes free from disease, droughts, thefts and other ills.

The mantra Om Namah Shivaya is the basis of existence of all that is, that was and that will ever be.

The Art of Living is organizing the biggest Shivaratri celebration in India. Thousands of pundits will be chanting the Rudram at 40 locations across the country. For 20 minutes, from 11:40 pm to 12 at night everyone present will chant Om Namah Shivaya followed by a midnight meditation with Sri Sri.

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Join us at any of the venues, or online on Mahashivaratri, this February 24th from 10 pm onwards to listen to the magnificent Rudram, chant Om Namah Shivaya and meditate with millions of people.

Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa (n Dinesh)

Feb 14

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Q. How did Valentine’s Day start?

A. The history of Valentine’s day is shrouded in mystery.

A Roman emperor – Claudius II, somehow got it into his head that single men make better soldiers than ones with wives and children. So, he outlawed marriage for young people. And that’s a sure-fire way to get young people committed to each other. Tell them no and they are going to want to do exactly that. Marriage became the hot thing to do and a priest called Valentine defied the emperor’s decree and performed marriages for young lovers in secret. Imagine an entire underground movement overtaking ancient Rome filled with desperate young people wanting to get married. Of course, the priest in question was caught and killed by the Emperor. The church declared him a saint for being martyred and Valentine’s day was born. February 14th became St. Valentine’s day. A day dedicated to love and lovers and all things related to love.

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There are other possible stories as well, but this one caught my fancy.

Q. That’s nice to know. But what exactly is love?

A. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says – Love is not an emotion. It is your very existence. If you think about it, everything is born out of love. All the wonderful, positive traits that anyone can have, they have because of love. All the terrible things that we Humans do and have done, amazingly are also from a distorted type of love. Young Love can be like fresh champagne – all bubbly and energetic and full of verve and disarming. It will leave you breathless. It will make you so weak and so strong. The only problem with this type of love is there is an accompanying sense of insecurity to it. Mature Love is like old comfortable shoes. No zip and zing, but solid comfort. Indian tradition says there is a third type of Love – The Divine Love. One that has all the scintillating energy of young love coupled with the comfort and security of the Mature Love. This Bliss of this Love can be tasted when one meditates…

Q. Whooo… Sounds great. A little deep, but great! Does this kind of ideal love actually exist?

A. If you have delved even a little bit into spirituality you have had a whiff of it and you know for sure it is there… The normal human love is like diving into the depths of the Ocean. It can be very deep, but it’s finite. Divine Love is like the sky. Infinite and goes on forever. Rise from the depths of the sea and soar into the infinity of the sky. Q. Flying sounds wonderful… But let’s talk about diving. Could an ideal lover exist? Are there soul mates? A. Hate to disappoint you, especially on Valentine’s day. But the answer is no. Let me tell you why. Your soul mate – the one you would want to spend the rest of eternity with is a super special person. Right? He or she needs to totally meet a list of criteria that you have in your head.

Q. Flying sounds wonderful… But let’s talk about diving. Could an ideal lover exist? Are there soul mates?

A. Hate to disappoint you, especially on Valentine’s day. But the answer is no. Let me tell you why. Your soul mate – the one you would want to spend the rest of eternity with is a super special person. Right? He or she needs to totally meet a list of criteria that you have in your head.

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We do have almost 8 billion people on the planet, so there is some chance that such a person may actually exist… However, the chance that you will actually meet that person, and that they will in turn like you (they may have their own soul mate criteria, that may not be a match with you) is infinitesimally small. Even so, you will argue, some chance is there. I would agree, except that the list of things your soul mate should be and have that you got in your head keeps changing. Doesn’t it?! Who you thought your perfect soul mate should be at age 18 is vastly different at age 20 or 25. Not only do you want someone who has all the traits you have listed, you want someone who has all the traits you have listed and this list dynamically changes with time! This becomes a little impossible. Don’t you think?

Q. Oh no! No soul mate. Then what? I was saving all my love for them.

A. Instead of looking for a perfect person, you focus on being a perfect person. A wonderful human being. If you are that, you will attract the perfect person to you. They may not be all that you thought you wanted, but there is a high chance that they will be all that you will ever want!

Q. Ok… so found him. How do I keep him?

A. Mostly men love their egos pampered. You want to keep your man, take care of their ego. Tell them they are the ultimate. The very Best! If you don’t they will stray to another who does.

Q. Hey… We men are reading this as well. How do we keep our girls?

A. Take care of their feelings. Never mess with a woman’s feelings. Make her feel loved and taken care of. If you don’t, she will go off to someone who makes her feel that way.

Q. Ok… Sounds simple. Is that all? Any other secrets to make sure my Valentine stays my Valentine?

A. It’s simple, but it can get complicated.

First rule of having a great relationship is to make sure you communicate with each other. Don’t think if he loves me, he should know. Tell him. Make sure he knows!

Secondly, respect each other’s dreams, goals and ambitions in life and support them. These need not be the same. One could want to clean up the Oceans, the other may want to create wealth for a super comfortable life. That’s ok. As long as both respect each other’s dreams.

Lastly, keep your focus on the bigger things in life. If the focus is narrow, only on each other, both will feel suffocated and the relationship will stagnate and die. Focus on stuff much bigger than the two of you. Then you will stay together and enjoy each other to the hilt. If you are feeling bored in your relationship, there is no more zing left, this is perhaps the reason.

A little secret from one who knows – Learning how to meditate and meditating together is one of the most romantic things you can do!

I have written more on relationships and working in teams (those are relationships too) in our book Ready, Study, Go! You can buy it from most bookstores and online portals that sell books. bit.ly/readystudygo to get it from amazon.in

Q. Sounds interesting. What to do when it comes to money? Does he pay? Does she pay? Do they both get their dads to pay?! 

A. Goddess Laxmi is capricious. Here today, could go tomorrow. That’s why she is depicted sitting on a lotus floating in water. Kabhi bhi doob sakti hai!

Focus on Goddess Saraswati. She is the one with the education portfolio. She sits on a rock. When you learn a skill well, it’s yours for a very long time. Rock Solid. So even if that whimsical Goddess Laxmi abandons you for a bit, with the help of Saraswati, you can easily lure her back.

When Knowledge and Wealth are yours, it really doesn’t matter who pays. You know you can get back whatever you have spent!

Meanwhile, as the father told his son before going to an expensive restaurant – “Order something cheap!”

Q. Thanks. That was nice. Not what I expected, but a really cool perspective on Valentine’s day. Any parting words?

A. You need not limit the scope of Valentine’s day to a couple of human beings. Think bigger. This year, how about making the Country your Valentine? Or making Learning your Valentine? Or best of all, making Spirituality your Valentine??? Then you can go flying!!!

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Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa (n Dinesh)

Jan 20

Bye Aban Mummy

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My darling mother passed away yesterday. She was called Aban mummy by everyone. She was more or less the universal mom. She had been a victim of paralysis and it’s terrible consequences for a very long time and finally she is pain free. She is in a much better place than she was while her beautiful body was wasting away.

Even though she must have been in horrible pain all the time, she used to come to ashram for satsang and she sat through the entire Poojas last Navaratri.

Though she went through immense pain, Gurudev gave her a royal exit.

On the morning of January 19th, she woke up, was given her bath and settled in her bed. She had her chai. Chai was very important to her 😃.

A few years ago, when she was critical in the ICU and we all thought she would die, she asked for chai. The doctor refused saying that we don’t serve chai in the ICU. My sister told the doctor, if she dies without drinking her chai, I will kill you! The doctor allowed the chai to be given…

After having her chai, she had a bit of breakfast and then dad asked her if she would like to watch some Knowledge Video of Gurudev. She nodded. For some reason, the video wouldn’t work. So, dad asked her if she wanted to listen to the Guru Pooja being chanted by Bhanu Didi. Again, she nodded. Dad put the Pooja on and sat to meditate with her. When the Pooja was over, dad came out of meditation to see that she had stopped breathing. She died listening to that beautiful sacred chant, peacefully, while meditating!

Dinesh and I were at the ashram and we rushed home as soon as we got the news. The atmosphere was serene, quiet and light. Her face looked rested and bright. Dad had a few tears in his eyes and so did I… but it was more from sweet memories that we shared than any sort of grief. It was a very different state of mind I was in. Tears and happiness to know that finally she was out of pain and free, and gratitude for the way she left, and relief that she was not suffering any more, and a sort of a joy that she was now with Gurudev.

Many people came to pay their last respects. They all commented at how light and easy they were feeling. Bhanu didi and Anna came as well, with some flowers that Gurudev had sent for her. We took her body smelling fragrant and sweet amidst the singing of Jai Jai Radha Ramana Hari Bol out of the house to the waiting hearse.

Even in the hearse, with her body lying there, we were either meditating or talking normally. Even cracking a few jokes which I am sure she would have giggled at, if she had heard them… perhaps she did.

We reached the Parsi Tower of Silence. My sister who was in Bombay had flown down to Bangalore and came directly there. She did cry quite a bit. But by the time the beautiful farewell chants were over, she was more or less fine. Many of mummy’s dear friends from the Dadar house satsang days came there. Everyone was in Bangalore for the Teacher’s Refresher Meet happening here… All the ones she really loved happened to be in Bangalore at the time of her passing… We all sat and meditated while the chanting was being done.

Then they took her body onwards where it would be consumed by birds of prey and whatever would remain would be swept into a pit where it would be made into manure which would then be released into the grounds making them lush and green and beautiful. We come from the Earth and go back to Her.

And then it was over. The chanting, the meditation and the genuine love of the people who were there made Aban mummy’s funeral a lovely, serene, enchanting experience. There were tears and laughter as we recalled some lovely memories of her… as the sun set, we all departed from there… Lucky to have known her, loved her and felt her love. Somewhere I actually feel safe that she went on ahead, and will be there waiting for me when it’s my time to go…

I am pretty sure she is having a great time with Gurudev now, wherever she is. So I am not going to say may she rest in peace or anything like that – Mummy was never one who wanted rest or peace… She was full of love and laughter and a bit of mischief…

I am going to say may she have an absolutely fabulous, fantastic time on this new adventure she has embarked on … wherever she is and will be … and keep a good spot for me, and all of us when we eventually get there.

Bye Aban Mummy…

Jai Gurudeva!
Love
Bawa (n Dinesh)

 

Jan 5

Incredible You

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You are such a coincidence, it’s a miracle you even exist. You are an adventure four and a half billion years in the making. You swam against 250 million sperms to get to the egg deep inside the fallopian tube and you managed to fertilize it first. You won the most important race… In fact, the only race that would ever actually matter right at the very start. You and me, we all start off as winners.

The prize for winning that race is called Life.

We get to be on this amazing planet called Earth and every year we get a free trip around this massive yellow star we call the sun. We get to love each other, fight with each other, hate each other, be angry at each other, feel jealous of each other, be nice to each other, enjoy each other… most importantly love each other and maybe learn from each other.

I have been doing most of these since 1969. These days I devote more of my time to loving and learning and having a blast. Maybe everyone else should too.

A super-duper Happy New Year 2017 to all… To Life. To Love. To Learn.

PS Dinesh and I wrote a book about learning. It’s called Ready Study Go! – Smart Ways to Learn and it has made a few ripples in the last part of 2016. We have sold more than 20,000 copies. It was on amazon.in best seller list for a few weeks and it has made it to the amazon.in memorable books of the year list. If you have still not read it, you may have a treat waiting for you. And if you have read it, I hope you are implementing the stuff we have written about. It could well pave the way for you to the realization of your dreams…

We hope for big things for our book this year and know that with your support, we could get this book in the hands of all who would like to make learning a simpler, more meaningful activity. You can buy it from most book stores across the Indian subcontinent and almost all online portals that sell books. To get it from amazon.in click bit.ly/readystudygo and from amazon.com click bit.ly/readystudygointl

Jul 19

The Mind Map for Ready Study Go!! Talk in Poona

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Mar 23

Holi Water

As the winter months come to an end and the chill in the air has lost its edge, the time to welcome spring has come. As nature recovers from the freeze, tiny blossoms and hints of fresh green start to pop up all over the place. Life is renewed and soon there will be a riot of colours, fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere… Spring is here!

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That’s the way it is supposed to happen. These days even in a place like Bangalore, the winter is short. So short one could hardly call it winter. It’s really not cold. Nothing a light shawl couldn’t handle at it’s very coldest. And there is hardly a few hours of spring before the full on assault of summer heat starts.

 

This is the hottest March that I remember in the last 20 years. And the warmest winter. I don’t remember spring happening at all.

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Towards the end of March, Holi is celebrated. It’s the usual good triumphs over evil – the darkness and chill of winter fading into the brightness and warmth of summer festival. It is celebrated all over India with colour and water. People drench each other in copious amounts of water and apply all sorts of colours all over each other and celebrate the coming of spring. Top that up with great food, meeting friends and a few days off from work right at the start of the year and you have got a festival that’s a super hit. It’s crazy, colorful and ultimately supremely satisfying.

 

I personally stay far away from the horrific synthetic colours that are used these days and prefer the naturally made colours and sandalwood powder to play Holi. What I absolutely love about Holi is the water. Getting soaking wet and spraying water on friends is just soooooo much fun… or it used to be until the environment conservation watch dogs started talking about the scarcity of water and what a sin it was to waste so much of it on Holi.

 

I do enjoy the water and I do really care for our planet and the environment. So I sat down and did a bit of research.

 

Prof Pimentel is a celebrated professor of ecology and agricultural science at Cornell University, who has published over 500 scientific articles, 20 books and overseen scores of important studies. He says to produce 1 kg of beef, it requires 100,000 liters of water!! Compare that to around 200 liters of water required to produce 1 kg of potatoes. The meat industry of course denies this and says it requires just 1500 liters of water to produce that 1 kg of beef. They use a lot of fuzzy maths and subtract the water that is “given back” to the earth from urine and cow dung and so forth.

 

Further poking around revealed that 51% of the planet’s surface is being used by the meat industry. That’s a LOT of land being used for all the animals that some humans want to eat.

 

Apart from that more than 90% of the meat consumed is produced in factory farms where animals are kept in the most horrifying conditions. They are genetically modified to yield more produce and are given tons of antibiotics, which are still floating around in their flesh when they are consumed. This makes treating diseases a doctor’s nightmare because the bugs inside a meat eaters body have already developed immunity to a lot of drugs.

 

There is plenty on this planet for everyone. The resources are vast… they only need to be managed well. A few people need to realize the unusually high price everyone else has to pay for their greeds. If the population of the US of A went vegetarian (and they account for just 5% of the population of the world), there would be no hunger left in the world!! There would be more than enough food for 800 million starving people.

 

I could go on, but let me come back to Holi and water.

 

If you do a bit of calculation, the amount of water required to take a shower for 6 months, flush your toilet for 3 months and have 1 (!!!) non-vegetarian meal is about the same.

 

You could leave your shower on, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and still not use the amount of water that a person having a meat based diet manages to consume.

 

These very same presstitute “environmentalists” that tell us it’s a sin to play Holi with water because water is so scarce never ever say have a meat less Eid or Thanksgiving. One meat less Eid, Thanksgiving or Christmas would save far more water than quite a few waterless Holis.

 

I sincerely feel that the paid media is continuing what the British and the Mughals had been peddling here in India for a few centuries – discrediting India and her customs and traditions. Fooling the common people into believing that their rituals, festivals and the way of celebrating them are barbaric and outdated.

 

Do not get taken in by these lies. Any one who says they will eat meat shouldn’t ever even talk about conservation.

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There is absolutely no need for the celebration and tradition of an entire country to die just so a few people around the world can get to eat animals.

If many more people turned vegetarian, maybe we will have cooler winters, pleasanter summers and Spring may get a chance after all.

 

Do play Holi with a LOT of water. Just don’t eat meat.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Feb 23

The Five Signs of a SatGuru, and a chance to win a MacBook Pro

Someone once asked Gurudev, How do I know that you are a real SatGuru and not fake?

He replied there are 5 things that manifest in your life when the Grace of a SatGuru touches you.

  1. For no reason at all, you feel happy. A common experience of all who visit Bangalore Ashram or are in the physical proximity of Gurudev even for a few seconds.
  2. Your problems and challenges seem trivial and manageable. You feel empowered.
  3. Abundance dawns. There is no lack. There is contentment, but there is no complacency.
  4. The words that the Guru speaks are relevant, appealing to your life circumstance and crystal clear. They sparkle with the magic of Knowledge. Even the most mundane thing can teach you how to live life if you know how to wrangle that Knowledge out of it…

When Gurudev said this, I picked up a chocolate from the basket near His feet and asked Him, How can chocolate teach you how to live life?

He replied in a blink – Be like Chocolate! Firm, but Sweet!!

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Be Firm, but Sweet!

Here is a question for everyone – Pick up a random object in the room you are in right now and see how it can teach you to live life more effectively. Please share it in the comments below for this post!

  1. All your talents manifest. People who never even dreamt that they could do wonderful stuff, amaze themselves by what they manage to accomplish!!

I saw a quick video end of December 2015 where the speaker taught the audience how to draw pretty neat stuff in about 10 minutes. I kept drawing almost every day since then… And I am quite surprised at how nice things turn out!! Here is a watercolour I drew today…

Watercolour Apple by Bawa

The Get Your Voice Heard Contest of WCF is just such an opportunity to let your latent talents manifest for the world to see – And if manage to get the world to like what you did… You could win a MacBook Pro!! Which is one of the 18 supercool things you could bag.

Create, Share on Facebook, Promote and get the maximum likes and shares you can. 10 points for each like, 20 points for each share. Person with maximum points wins!!

All details on bit.ly/get-your-voice-heard

All the very Best!!!

Jai Gurudeva!

Love

Bawa

 

 

 

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