May 3

Fire

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 throughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we  know you will love watching them too.

Knowledge sheet no. 7

Watch the video on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Apr 29

OTC for Andheri

The person in charge we call the OTC

OTC = One Throat to Catch! 🙂

Puneet was elected to be the OTC for a course in Andheri, here is his take about the experience, as a poem!

i was told
becoming the otc
is like managing
a shaadi chhoti si.

shaadi was alright
but chhoti si was wrong.
enough excitement happened
like when a punju marries a bong.

the length of the venue address
became a source of torment.
i mean have you ever heard of
an all india institute of
local self government!

The Andheri Team :)

The Andheri Team 🙂

when our hero rushabh
from his heart did share
people simply asked
course location…where?

ankita malik
has been given a new name
she is sachin tendulkar
for that is her style of game.
“one registration cancelled…
i will get you two more”
in fifteen minutes she would get them
as if a common household chore.

jatin was flying
as if a magic carpet genie
no registration escaped him
whether big or teeny weeny
he was forever available
on a single phone call
nothing could have stopped him
including the great china wall.

manu was the man
with the golden bike.
many ladies have graced it
and given him a happy spike.
this time however the agenda
was a little different misters.
ankita was a groupmate
and so were the dasari sisters.
oh he ran the show
phenomenally smooth.
and demonstrated why
he’s done the course for the youth.

pooja made those beautiful
posters and pamphlets all.
the day we had them put up
my mobile started getting calls.
when can i pay the money
all of them would say
i would just look heavenwards
and pray a little pray.

neha verma the little
is as sweet as a doe.
we heard her speak
and collectively went
whoa!!
oh she ran
the thane bandra circuit
off she went searching
each time she was told to work it.

the dasari sisters worked
with their unique flair.
with one mother to get
they fought for whom
was she fair share.
in the end however
the sisterly competition did the trick
they got a pretty granny
who we could easily call a chick.

dhanajee was the man
with the intense punch
always organizing talks
be it breakfast dinner or lunch.

anagha the physio
was very very busy.
but she registered patients
and even doctors in a tizzy

priyanka the great bagaria
with the sixteen year old smile
gave intro talks to unsuspecting joggers
as they rested a little while.

shweta rai was the cutie
who called the databases all
visited the neighbours
and hung out at the mall.

nihar was the one
who suggested
the original idea rather.
think of this as a marriage
and yourself the brides father.
as time went by
it turned out the soundest advice
i saw the event as a dish
and slip ups as just spice.

fifty was the intention
and it was demonstration of gurus grace
overnight we shot to fifty
from a mere twenty eight
of course rohit bhaiya
was instrumental in making happen this
once group takes a sankalpa
no way can it target miss

so then the shaadi got over well
3 stage, bhastrika started
then soham cast its spell
when people expressed gratitude on discovering
that life is a playful match
that is when i felt the beauty
in being the one throat to catch.

Congratulations to the Andheri team and all the others working and playing all around the world for the little miracle you guys pull off week after week, helping us whisper infinity into the souls of beautiful people…

Jai Gurudeva!
love

bawa

ps will add photos and beautify later

Apr 27

Prank Call

i simply couldn’t resist this one … please listen to it

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Apr 26

Doubt

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 throughly enjoying ourselves making these videos, we  know you will love watching them too.

Jai Gurudeva!

Knowledge sheet no. 6

Enjoy 🙂

love

bawa n dinesh

Apr 22

How to Train Your Dragon

is a superb movie

Please watch it… and if possible watch it in 3D… unlike most of the other movies out there in 3D, this one actually uses the 3D effects many, many times.

If you are a viking, then dragons are bad news … they carry off your food and clothes (sheep) and torch your houses. As Hiccup, the very unlikely hero narrates right at the beginning of the movie:

“This is Berk. It’s twelve days north of Hopeless and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It’s located solidly on the Meridian of Misery. My village. In a word? Sturdy, and it’s been here for seven generations, but every single building is new. We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunset. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitoes. We have… dragons.”

if you are a viking and you are clumsy and skinny and scrawny and awkward and are the chief’s son, then thats even more bad news, especially if you want to fight and kill a dragon… and only get in everyone’s way and you are not even 13, and on top of that you like “inventing” stuff, well then, you are quite the outcast.

And then if you manage to down the most dangerous dragon, the elusive night fury, and no one believes that you did that, you are going to feel bad enough to go and investigate… you are a viking, you are brave right?!

And then you find out that everything you were taught about dragons is wrong … What happens then?!

Hiccup with his Dragon

Hiccup with his Dragon

Oh yes, there is also that cute girl you have your eye on who hates you, or thinks she does … Could you do something to make her think otherwise? and save the dragons? and your village? and your father? and your romance? and of course your dragon?

It’s a superb movie, funny, feel good, uplifting (pun intended) … the animation is spot on, the voice acting is fantastic and the music is brilliant! … Pure Entertainment!!

If you know some kids, take them with you when you see this one…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps btw, it’s also showing on the imax in 3D

Apr 19

Master is the Door

Knowledge sheet no. 5 – Dinesh’s Debut

Watch the video…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Apr 15

QnA – 27

Q> I have heard so much about you and your clear thought process.

I am a staunch follower of Art of living and have done part 1, part 2 and Sahaj Samadhi courses. I thoroughly enjoyed them and love Guruji. But I always felt the courses are  expensive. I thought spiritual knowledge should be distributed at the minimal cost and it is upto the seeker to offer how much ever it pleases him/her for Guru Dakshina. There were a few other situations when I was a bit under financial pressure to donate atleast $300. This has bothered me quite a bit even though I am a philanthropist. If people are rich and can afford it, it is a different matter. Sorry for my ignorance. I am not really clear. But if you can please explain to me in detail, I would really appreciate it.

A> Spiritual Knowledge has never been at minimal cost .. earlier you would have had to go and do Seva in an Ashram for 10-15 years before you even got a whiff of learning about meditation… Then after all that, you would give a Guru Dakshina if at all 🙂

The Art of Living courses are typically 18-40 hours in length, assuming you are paying $300 for an approximately 25 hour course, you are paying $12 per hour which is utterly exploitative … Would you even be able to get your toilet fixed for $12 an hour? Are you not willing to spend more money on getting your mind fixed, than you would on your loo?! 🙂

You talk about yourself, but you do realize that there are so many teachers and an entire organisation to run which has expenses… No government, corporate, UN agency funds Art of Living. When teachers travel, they have to pay the bus/train/air fare. In our homes we have to pay telephone and electricity bills, and for the food we eat.

We have to pay for the hall rent, the rent for the audio system used on the course, etc … Many people work to make an Art of Living course happen, we have to pay them at least their expenses. There is a pretty big bill thats there at the end of the course.

$300 is peanuts to pay for a course that you know gives you so very much.

Another thing that we wanted was that we did not want people to be obligated and pay. We charge a certain fee for a service rendered. Its nice and clean.

Finally, if you want to buy yourself a car, a solid education, a home… at this point you dont say its too expensive do you? You take a loan and get it. An Art of Living course is on par with these big investments of life. If needed, take a loan… you know its worth it.

Finally, some of the money collected on courses is pumped back into society, it doesn’t line anyone’s pockets. It could be used to rehab prisoners, or in some disaster area, or in some war zone to help people. It could be used to help children, women, etc … It could also be used to take care of our full time teachers and their families whenever needed, It could also be used to build up our Ashram infrastructure so that when you come there, you can be taken better care of…

Our idea of doing Seva is not out of an empty bowl, so that we have to go to various people to get us money so that we can do Seva. Our teachers and volunteers work hard to make courses happen, a solid value is given to the participants in the course and then out of the profits that are made on the courses, our bowl are filled. Out of a full bowl which has been made so by dint of hard work, we do philanthropy. (Though of late, quite a few funding agencies have finally woken up to the fact that Art of Living is doing some great work and have expressed a desire to partner with us towards mutual goals… and thats a nice feeling too 🙂 )

I think thats quite noble, and you should feel privileged to give money to such an organization… even if it means a bit of a stretch for you.

Q> What is the meaning of total surrender?

A> Do you sleep? For sleep to happen, you have to let go of anything and everything about yourself and your life. You do it routinely every night. You have no idea at all that you will wake up in the morning. Yet you let go, and willy nilly goto bed. Nature more or less forces this upon you, so that your system can get rest and you are refreshed for the day ahead.

Doing this when you are wide awake is called surrender. You anyways do it for 6-8 hours every day. Doing it for the rest of the day is Surrender.

Q> Bau if we get sexual thoughts and all , we need to do creative stuff to overcome the same. Well this works wonderfully! Incidentally i hardly ever get such thoughts these days, and of course i can see myself being more creative. But my apprehension is that when and If I get married will i face problems? …hehe…lol…

A> Don’t worry … once you get married i am sure your wife will be able to creatively make you forget all those creative thoughts and start you off on getting creative with her 🙂
Q> I just wanted to ask that some people say “There was never a person like you born and there will never be one like you in future”  AND others say that “Till u achieve desirelessness there is just one lifetime after another till you clear all your impressions” … Seems contradictory and confusing, I really cant understand which one really exists… Can you please explain?

A> The DNA patterns that you have will never ever be replicated … of course, there is a very very slim chance that it could, but its highly improbable … the same probability that if a monkey sat at a typewriter and hit keys at random the result would be Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet 🙂

The second is true as well … but you become a different type of person every time you are here (take a body) … very much like an actor takes on different roles in different movies … so they are the same person, but they are not 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Apr 12

Find Comfort in Conflicts

Knowledge Sheet no. 4

Watch…

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Apr 8

Movie Time

After Avatar and Three Idiots, the other movies we saw were quite flat…

Clash of the Titans is the story of the demi God Perseus who yearns to be only a man, and who has one burning desire to kill off Hades the God of Death, but as a man. Meanwhile the city of Argos has become too big for its boots and goes around openly defying the might of the Gods… Zeus the King of Olympus finally unleashes Hades on Argos who for reasons unknown says that he will unleash the Kraken (super big huge sea monster who even the Gods are terrified of) on Argos unless the Princess Casseopia is sacrificed…

Perseus and a Pegasus

Perseus and a Pegasus

Perseus with the help of Io (she has been cursed with agelessness) sallies forth to find out a way of killing the Kraken while he is figuring out a way of killing off Hades…

It’s a superb story really, with a cast of fantastic characters and a terrific scope for brilliant fights and special effects, but the movie skips out utterly on the development of the characters, suffers from really bad acting (except for Medusa who is done really well) and focuses solely on special effects which are not as good as they could be and the fighting which is poorly choreographed… You don’t feel even a twinge of sadness when a few of the main characters die, it’s like they were expendable anyways, nor do you feel great at the end of the movie when all is well. The music is pedestrian and does hardly anything to add to the atmosphere.

The original Clash of the Titans released around 20 years ago was a MUCH better movie, at least of what i remember of it… This one is strictly for people who have absolutely nothing to do and want to escape the heat for a few hours in the cool darkness of a movie hall… The air conditioning of the theatre is far better than anything in the movie.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is about another Demi God, who is a teenager in New York city. If you have read the books and enjoyed them as i did, you will love the movie.

Zeus’s Thunder Bolt has been stolen, so there is a lot of thunder but no lightning. He is pissed of course, and accuses his brother Posiedon’s (the God of the Sea) son Percy of stealing it… and decrees that unless it’s returned to him in a few days time (i forget the exact number), there will be a war of the Gods in which the planet will be upturned etc etc… and the task of finding it is left to a very endearing Percy Jackson who so far doesn’t even know he is a demi God…

Percy and his Trident! Who needs a thunder bolt?!

Percy and his Trident! Who needs a thunder bolt?!

He starts to get a clue when his class teacher turns into a fury (a vampiric woman who can fly) and attacks him… He is saved and taken to Camp half Blood where other children of the Gods stay to train and figure out how to fit in.

Percy’s mother has also mysteriously vanished to add to his woes and his high school principal (Pierce Brosnan) tuns out to be a centaur in charge of the camp.

At Camp Half Blood, he meets Anna Beth, daughter of Athena and his long time friend Grover who he thought had a walking deformity but was actually a satyr (upper half human and lower half goat) at Camp Half Blood and they go on a quest to get back the stolen Lightning Bolt. Luke a camp veteran agrees to help them through a bit of technology as well…

A lot of the camp scenes from the book which made the characters endearing are deleted from the movie, it focuses mainly on fights with various computer generated monsters… and somehow even the hounds of hell only elicit a ho hum response. They have become too common these days to be scary 🙂

Touches of humour, pretty good acting and very nice music make this movie watchable once. Btw, Uma Thurman plays Medusa here, and she is perfectly cast… But if you have better things to do you won’t miss much by skipping to see it. Definitely read the book though, it’s really nice!

We also saw Alice in Wonderland which was whimsical, creative and quite funny. Everyone knows the story (or should) so i won’t go into it… suffice it to say that Johnny Depp was fun as the mad hatter… however the accents that the actors use in the movie somehow makes the dialogue which is brilliant difficult to follow.

alice-in-wonderland

A Tea Party

The final fight again against a pixel monster is nice, but not scary and in no way convey the urgency that’s evident in the book. The story has been adapted from both the books by Lewis Caroll really, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and is nice. It plods a bit here and there, but overall it’s a great movie to watch once or twice (you understand the dialogues more the second time).

The Princess and the Frog is all about Voodoo in New Orleans… and what happens when a kiss turns the lady into a frog instead of the guy into a Prince. Harmless pass time fun movie, can be watched on DVD when it comes out.

Kiss me!

Kiss me!

Like i said in the beginning, Avataar and Three Idiots are far better movies than all these put together, and if all you want to do is escape the heat, go watch these again 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Apr 5

Prarabdha and Sanchita Karma

Knowledge Sheet no. 3

Watch…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

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