I get quite a lot of mails and comments about Art of Living doing no “seva” … that its a sham, only for the rich, etc …
I usually tell people to come and experience the courses, or go and check out the Service initiatives for themselves before making judgements…
As part of an NSS camp a group of students from IITB, visited Kapshi a village in Maharashtra
Most of them had not done and Art of Living course…
One of the students names the person who took major initiative as Dr. Paul, its actually Dr. Madhav Pol … an Art of Living teacher, and a tireless worker, he has transformed many villages in that area…
Thousands of villages all over the world have been touched this way by many inspired people… But there is a long way to go
There had been some server malfunction and so the blog had been down for 4-5 days … There was simply nothing i could do about it, am sorry for the inconvenience.
Also some comments, etc got messed up, so please if you have commented in the past 10 days and dont see your comment, blame it on hardware acting funny … not me
The Monday Video is ready, hopefully it will get uploaded on time …
Knowledge Sheet no. 2
Watch the video
The Marathas were never in possession of the Bombay group of islands. These were the territory of the Sultan of Gujarat. He was forced to give Bombay to the Portuguese. Unfortunately, these very proselytizing Portuguese murdered Sultan Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. There was no Indian ruler claiming ownership of these soggy, disease-prone islands of Bombay. Not only the Moguls but also the Marathas never claimed this piece of land as their own. They had no interest in the barren wasteland.
The wasteland of Bombay was given as the dowry by Catherine of Braganza (Portuguese princess) during her marriage to Charles II of England. That is how the British got possession of the islands.
Even for the British Crown, this remained a useless piece of land. It was passed on to the East India Company. The East India Company had no particular interest, nor could they see Bombay’s potential as a great port. Surat port was becoming congested and the Surtis of Gujarat were the first people who moved to Bombay in pursuit of their trade and commerce.
It was not the British East India Company but the Parsees who put their own private money in the development of the port. Major economic actives were initiated by the Parsees, Gujaratis and Bohras from Surat, which set into motion the process of evolution of Bombay and its becoming the financial capital of India. (Historically, meaning when Bombay was soggy, disease ridden place) There was no or negligible contribution worth the name from Marathas in development of Bombay.
Some people who never studied (or at least didn’t pay much attention while studying) history have renamed it ‘Mumbai’ and demand exclusivity to make political gains …
So i call Mumbai Bombay
Many years ago, Guruji sent us a fax (this was before email was popular) to be read out on the Thursday evening Satsang. It was a Knowledge fax (as He called it). And the first line was, This begins a new practice…
For 7 years, every week there would be a Knowledge byte from Guruji. These were always profound, and many times very funny too. The satsang groups all over the world would eagerly look forward to reading the few paragraphs of Knowledge from Him… and magically for most of us, it would be that exact thing we needed to hear that week…
I was involved in writing many of these Knowledge sheets out, as were many others all over the world, and we would always be in wonder about what Guruji would pick up that particular week to talk about… These scintillating little pieces of Knowledge have been collected into 7 volumes, one for each year, entitled “An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker Volumes 1-7″… 7 precious gems of books which everyone should buy and keep!
They have also been compiled together subject wise into Celebrating Silence and Celebrating Love, but unfortunately someone took it into their heads to “edit” the language, etc and personally i don’t like the final result.
On the courses that Dinesh and i teach, many times we read and talk on a few of these Knowledge Sheets at random… and everyone loves those sessions a lot. So, we have begun a new practice… Every week, we will record our commentary on the Knowledge Sheets and post a video on the yesplus tv channel on youtube as well as over here…
Our blog has now gone talky!
bawa (n dinesh)
I have been a regular reader of this blog, albeit anonymous:), for quite a while now.I have done the AOL courses and trying my bit in getting more people to gain the same knowledge/happiness in this part of the world.
Can you post your views, on Guruji’s take on MF hussain? I saw the video and was slightly taken aback by the tone, which is so uncharacteristic of Him. Guruji has taught the world that “even in a hardened criminal,there’s a victim crying for help .”
So for an all embracing, compassionate, noble soul, shouldn’t an artist’s indiscretion been inconsequential?
Guruji (and me) dont approve hypocrisy… and the taking advantage of a tolerant, forgiving, accepting people… a cartoon created death sentences.
His paintings showing India insulted, the deities worshiped by about 20% of the world’s population disfigured which is no less a sacrilege than what was done to the ancient temples by people like auranzeb… or what was done to the Bamyana Buddha statues a while ago… its not an artist’s indiscretion as you so mildly put it, its an act of pure terrorism using the gentle medium of art. Its an assault on all we hold dear and sacred…
While having a soft stance on things, we shouldn’t go soft in our heads as well… We need to be able to recognize a threat where there is one
Like Guruji said, let mr. hussain go and paint stuff even remotely against Islam and then lets see how long his qatari citizenship remains!
This guy is clearly anti India, and and so all my blessings to him to go and stay in qatar!
he will not be missed…
ps If you want to read up more about how much exactly this guy has tried to harm India through his art, i read a nice article here … I may not subscribe to other stuff on that website (i have not read any of it), it’s just one of the first few that google threw up when i searched, and i really dont have the time to read more
pps Rashmin has been uncharacteristically vociferous about this whole thing, you can read his views here
We will be writing at freshersworld …
it started out with writing a “little bit” about us … and it turned out to be a little more than little … so go ahead and read it
All people who love fine Italian food are going to rebel when they read this. But, hey its tasty, and I didn’t want to call it Tarragon and Smoked cheese khichidi
2 cups of rice washed and soaked for about an hour
2-3 bunches of fresh tarragon, leaves separated
4 strands of green garlic finely chopped
2 carrots, a small broccoli, handful of french beans, half a zucchini, mushrooms all roughly chopped from chunky to small sized pieces
A big piece (50 gms) of smoked cheese grated
Olive oil and a small piece of butter (10 gms)
2-3 tablespoons of basil or tomato pesto
Put some olive oil and the butter in a cooker, and heat until the butter melts. Add the garlic and 1 dried red chilly and cook until slightly brown, add the tarragon leaves. After it sputters for a minute or two, add all the veggies and cook for a few minutes. Add the pesto.
Remove the red chilly.
Add the rice and salt to taste. Add water to cover the mixture by about an inch.
Add the grated cheese.
Pressure cook for 3 whistles. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
Wait until the cooker has cooled down enough to open it, about 15 minutes or so.
Serve piping hot. It’s really tasty!
Have been making a few videos from the Knowledge Sheets (yes, yes you will see it as soon as they finish editing) and one quote stayed with me …
If you are open, then you are close to me…
If you are close to me, then you cannot but open up!
very cool na?!
ps We have been recording a lot in the past few days in Bombay… There is a nice talk (if i may say so myself) that i gave at Ruia College… Please watch The Technology of Spirituality … as well as all the other experience videos we have created
pps we now have a dedicated YES!+ Tv channel on youtube, where we will be fairly regularly uploading Experiences, Knowledge talks, and other cool stuff … keep checking
First of all … A Happy Happy Holi!!!!
Do play Holi with a lot of water, don’t worry about “wasting” it… People who eat non veg food will waste more water in a single meal that you and your family will waste playing a full fledged Holi with lots and lots of water … Do be careful of the colours you use though, best is to go organic or simply play only with chandan (Sandal wood powder) …
I was at BITS Goa for the TEDx there and their magazine interviewed me… here is that interview (a little abridged)…
Q. Life teaches us many lessons as we go along, then why does one need Art of Living? What is its importance in daily life?
A. So that you learn the lessons properly! If you have learnt your lesson you will not commit the same mistake again. If we had learnt our lesson in World War 1, would there have been a World War 2? Would there have been the Vietnam, Iraq or all the other wars? We don’t know how to learn the lessons that life has to offer. We need lessons so that you don’t commit the same mistakes over and over again, like a stuck record. Art of living allows you to make new mistakes in life.
Q. In today’s world we see people leading hectic lives, with hardly any time for leisure. How would you integrate spirituality with that kind of a lifestyle?
A. If you don’t have spirituality you will be stuck leading the life you have to lead rather than the life you want to lead. Spirituality makes you efficient, productive, and creative so that things that you have to do you manage quickly and you have time to do the things you want to do.
Q. Are there any myths associated with spirituality that you would like to clear?
A. The biggest myth is that it is not for me. It is for you. There are only three types of people not eligible for spirituality. Type one- you are dead. Too late. Type two- you are enlightened. You are already spiritual. Type three- you are clinically mentally retarded, then Art of Living cannot help you. If you do not fall within these three categories, then spirituality is for you. This is the biggest myth- “I don’t need it”. Until you do it, you have no idea what it is and whether you need it or not.
Q. Sir, you mentioned that this course has helped you a lot. Could you please mention a few transformations that you have seen in yourself that would interest the students of BITS?
A. There are so many things. In IIT while i was studying, I was a four point someone and I graduated as a seven point someone. I think that should interest everybody! Physically my health improved terrifically… And I became a better piano player, a better cook, a better son, a better friend… a better human being. I was upgraded.
Q. What would be your message to the students?
A. Upgrade yourself!
Q. Not everybody can be Einstein. Can people still have satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives?
A. Every person has some amazing, brilliant thing with them that they need to contribute to this world. The moment they start giving, they get fulfillment and satisfaction. The moment they start taking they feel frustrated and miserable. The whole purpose is to start giving. Taking is such a futile thing- you take a degree, you take money and within a few years, you are dead. But how will you make your mark on this planet? By giving. Like Lata Mangeshkar gives with her voice, Aamir Khan gives with his acting. So, I give knowledge. Guruji gives us spirituality. Figure out what you can give. Don’t waste your life figuring what you can take. Anyway, it is going to be taken away from you eventually. So learn to give. And know that you have an abundance to give. Don’t think that you are poor or have nothing to give.
Right in the beginning there was a big race, a great race… Three hundred million sperms were fighting, and you won. So never think that you are a loser. You are one in three hundred million! You started your life as a winner, and so continue your life like that!
Interviewed by Abhishek Agrawal and Basanti Nachine from the Department of Journalism and Media Affairs at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus