Aug 20

A Precious Skill

All action comes from the seed “It’s not ok”.

Whenever you do anything, you do it because somewhere, there is an “It’s not ok”. For example, I am writing this article because “It’s not ok” that there is nothing new on the blog for all of you to read. You are reading it because “It’s not ok” that you don’t read it 🙂. We exercise because “It’s not ok” to be out of shape. We eat because “It’s not ok” that we are hungry…

For any action to happen somewhere there needs to be an “It’s not ok”. This spurs us to do.

"It's not Ok" spurs us into doing stuff...

However, if you want to rest, you have to make everything ok. “It’s not ok” will never allow you to rest. If you need to sleep, you have to accept everything exactly the way it is, only then sleep will come. If you want to meditate, you have to agree that for the time being, everything is ok. Only then can you dive deep into meditation. Only then can you rest.

As soon as you wake up, or you are out of meditation, then you have to go back to “It’s not ok”. Only then will you act. Only then can you act. Whenever you have to act, you have to accept that “It’s not ok” the way things are. At this time, you cannot say everything is alright.

Everything is Alright allows us to Rest

"Everything is Alright" allows us to Rest

When you are deeply involved in a project, then that seed of “It’s not ok” will not allow you to rest. Without rest it becomes really tough to sustain peak performance, and so the skill to switch to “Everything is alright” when you need to rest becomes vital.

The ability to effortlessly shift gears from “It’s not ok” when you need to act to “Everything is alright” when you want to meditate and rest is precious and rare. It needs to be learned and practiced into an art form.

In fact this is precisely what the Art of Living is!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Aug 17

Winter Break 2009

Guruji gave us the dates for Winter Break 2009 just last night… Here they are:

December 26th 2009 to January 4th 2010

Reporting on December 25th or 26th anytime before 11:00 pm

Dec 28th 2009 to Jan 1st 2010: The Advance Course (YES!++)

Jan 1st to Jan 3rd: Sahaj Samadhi Meditation

Jan 4th: Rudra Pooja and departure

We will also run the YES!+ DSN from Jan 7th to 10th in Bangalore City (accommodation will be provided at the ashram if needed for people doing the DSN, there will however be some charge for this)

If you have any other queries for the Winter Break 2009 just write to wb2009@yesplus.org with all your questions. The course donations will be announced in a few days…

Also for this Winter Break, we are having something new:

Jan 2nd and 3rd: A Youth Festival (We need a name, so please send in ideas) … People from all over are welcome to come for the festival, regardless of whether they have done the course or not. There may be very limited accommodation on the ashram for these people, so they may need to arrange their own. There will be music, dance, drama and sports competitions. Details to be finalized, as well as many, many workshops from resume writing and how to give good job interviews to learning how to make earthen pots. Of course there will be lots and lots of (vegetarian) food 🙂

We want many ideas from all of you. Please write to wb2009@yesplus.org with subject festival for the Jan 2nd and 3rd event.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Aug 15

Janmashtami 2009

Janmashtami is the night Lord Krishna took a physical form.

If you have still not read the Bhagavad Geeta, start right away. The Highest Knowledge in all its Glory is here… Don’t read any commentary on it. Simply read the translation or the original Sanskrit (if you understand sanskrit). This is one of Lord Krishna’s greatest gifts to us. Read one chapter a day. Never more.

Have a great weekend!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

ps looking back i saw that i have written some really nice posts about Lord Krishna. Here they are:

Janmashtami

Krishna!

Radha

A Divine Romance

Krishna and Kaaliya Pt I

Krishna and Kaaliya Pt II

Aug 14

Peaceful Warrior

I had heard a lot about this movie, so finally saw it last night … and it was really nice!

A cocky, brilliant American gymnast Dan (I get straight A’s, my dad has tons of money, i am going to be selected to represent America for the Olympics, and i don’t sleep alone unless i absolutely have to) goes to a Gas Station to have his bike refuelled, meets an enigmatic old man there who does something that he cannot explain  … no i am not going to tell, watch the movie 🙂

 Dan

Dan...

The Old man (This is not a gas station, it’s a Service station. There is nothing higher in life than to Serve!) at the station is quirky, eccentric… and an expert on the mind. He is Erudition personified. Dan has found a private Guru. He goes through all the usual doubts. What do you get out of this? Are you part of some cult?  Are you some kind of hypnotist or magician? etc … Lines that we in Art of Living have heard so many times 🙂

and the Old Man

...and the Old Man

But, Dan cannot deny what he has seen. Nor the experiences the old man gives him every time he almost wants to quit… And slowly he starts to learn. And his gymnastics performance shoot through the roof…

But, the Old man remains a riddle, an enigma Dan cannot fathom.

Then something else happens that completely changes Dan’s outlook and attitude towards life…

It’s a fantastic movie. Of course there is some superb gymnastics on display, along with very nice music. But it’s so much more… Touching, tender and full of Life and Wisdom. Tastefully sprinkled with a few great laughs.

And perhaps the closest a movie has come to teaching the Art of Living course points! I especially loved the walk up the mountain towards the end 🙂

Please watch it. And it’s even better when watched in a group. Also don’t see the trailer and read anything else about it other than what i have written. Watch this movie without knowing anything about what its about, and let its charms unfold at it’s own pace…

BTW, it’s based on a true story.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Aug 9

Karjat to Khandala

or Bombay to Poona at this time of the year is enchantingly wondrous… torrents of rain, rolling wispy clouds creating a magical mist, fresh, fresh air, lush grassy mountain sides with that fresh, new bright, happy green and achingly beautiful gushing waterfalls… some of them splashing right into your face as you stand at the train door…

You wish that the train would stall… that you could jump out and bathe in this delicious treat Mother Nature lays out for us every year …

A few photos…

If you have not done this glorious trip yet this year, go now, before the rains stop…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Aug 3

God’s Own Country

If your body is a cell phone, then your phone number, which is unique is your jivatma, your Self.

Guruji was in top form yesternight and this was one of the sentences He said. The satsang was out in the open with the grand Vishalakshi Mantap providing a backdrop. There is a Teachers Training Course going on with 900+ participating and Guruji was giving some beautiful Knowledge which is as usual tinged with practicality and some uproarious humour.

Someone asked whats the difference between happiness and satisfaction. To begin with Guruji laughed it off. Then He continued by saying that it is possible to be happy and not satisfied…

Even before Sudarshan Kriya came to me (Guruji), I was totally ‘mast’ (blissful), but somehow there seemed to be a small hitch to being satisfied, because I knew that there was something that i had to do for the World. Once Sudarshan Kriya and the Art of Living came, there was total satisfaction, and happiness and Bliss was anyways there.

So for satisfaction do things for others, do Seva, contribute … to be happy, meditate.

In Kerela, the King would always have the title of ‘das’, meaning servant. The monthly reports were traditionally read in temples to the presiding Deity. The King would rule on God’s behalf. This was to make sure that the “doingness”, the ego would be eliminated.

What a person without the feverishness “to do” can achieve is incomparable. So the tradition of reading the reports in temples came about. To remind the King that he only rules by proxy. That the Kingdom actually belongs to God and so that the King can get out of “doingness” and become really effective.

And that is why Kerela is called God’s Own Country!

To read up more, and what exactly Guruji said in His own words head over to the Wisdom Blog (it is the first link in our blogroll). Most days, whatever He says, is carefully transcribed and uploaded there… Make it a habit to visit everyday 🙂 and stay in touch with what He said today!

Jai Gurudeva!
love
bawa

PS The YES!+ Adv course at the Ashram has ended, 150+ very lucky souls got to do it… Guruji was supposed to go some place, but He cancelled and stayed back, so we all had Him for Satsang every evening of the course! 🙂

Jul 30

I have sinned

An Italian teenager enters the confessional. “Bless me Father, for I have sinned. I have been with a loose girl.”

The priest asks, “Is that you, little Joey Pagano?”

“Yes, Father, it is.”

“And who was the girl you were with?”

“I can’t tell you, Father, I don’t want to ruin her reputation.”

“Well, Joey, I’m sure to find out her name sooner or later so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?”

“I cannot say.”

“Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?”

“I’ll never tell.”

“Was it Nina Capelli?”

“I’m sorry, but I cannot name her.”

“Was it Cathy Piriano?”

“My lips are sealed.”

“Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?”

“Please, Father, I cannot tell you.”

The priest sighs in frustration. “You’re very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you’ve sinned and have to atone… You cannot be an altar boy now for six months. Now you go and behave yourself.”

Joey walks back to his pew, and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, “What’d you get?”

A six months vacation and five good leads!!!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 27

This is Heaven!

A young couple on their way to get married, met with a fatal accident and found themselves standing in line at the Pearly Gates.

When they met St. Peter, they told him, that they wanted to get married before going into Heaven. He looked a bit harassed and said that it was the first time anyone had asked, and that he would go find out… and left.

The two of them waited and waited … a month passed, then another … And suddenly they got to wondering, supposed the marriage doesn’t work out, then what? Would they be stuck to each other for ever?!

After two more months of waiting and talking and doubting, a  fairly bedraggled looking St. Peter returned.

“Yes!” he tells the couple,” you can get married in Heaven…”

“Great” they say, “but we were wondering, just in case, if things don’t work out between us, can we also get divorced in heaven?”

A very red faced St. Peter slammed his foot on the clouds and there was loud thunder and a few sparks of lightning

“Whats wrong??!” asked the frightened couple

“Oh come on!” St. Peter fumed, “Don’t you know this place is Heaven?!”

“It took me 4 months to find a priest here… Do you have any idea how long it will take me to find a lawyer?!!”

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 24

You are so Lucky!

In response to the Doubt series of posts, it’s quite interesting to see how so many of you have written “you are so lucky” and “i feel jealous” …

Is it really lucky to get puked upon? 🙂

What’s lucky is that after being puked upon, you can still live the Knowledge, you can still care…

What’s lucky is that in the darkness, you can become the Light!

And this any and all of us can do, if we choose, when we choose… So everyone can be lucky and no one needs to feel jealous… if we choose, whenever we choose!

It’s pointless making a hero out of me.

Next time trouble hits you in the face, Live the Knowledge that Gurudev has given us.

Oh and if you don’t (notice i didn’t say can’t), don’t waste time feeling bad and guilty that you didn’t … Just move on 🙂

Have a lovely weekend…

Jai Gurudeva!
love
bawa

Jul 23

No more Doubts!

I forgot my Sudarshan Kriya tape in Bangalore city and decided to hitchhike from Ashram in the middle of the night to get it back…

I got a ride in an old, broken down truck and absolutely everything that I abhor and detest happened to me all at once…

And just when i thought nothing more could go wrong, it did!

The guy sitting next to me turned his head towards me… and vomited… all over me. It was not a polite little barf… oh no… His puke had range and force… He splattered me…  All over my entire right side, from my face onto the only expensive good silk kurta I possessed!

They stopped the truck and were yelling at this guy and at this point I did something that amazed me (in retrospect). I was concerned about how this guy was feeling. First, I emptied a small pack of essential salts I usually carry around with me into a bottle of water and made sure this guy drank it and started feeling good.

Only then did I make any attempt to even clean myself…

Soon we were all back in the truck. They had cleaned it out and thankfully shut the music… We reached the city, I got off. Thanked them and made my way to Gyan Mandir, let myself in (we used to keep the keys under one of the flower pots)… Had a long, long hot and cold water bath… Really scrubbed myself 🙂

Went to the hall to check up on my tape. Sure enough it was right there under Guruji’s photo. Felt incredibly good about seeing it and then went and had a good sound sleep.

The next morning, finished my Sadhana, gave the kurta for dry cleaning, and made my way back to the Ashram. On the way I started to think about how I had behaved the night before and just felt very nice about myself. Things had gone horribly wrong as far as I was concerned, yet when someone was sick, I could naturally and effortlessly think about that person and not myself, even though I didn’t even know that person at all. The Knowledge was alive in me and effortlessly expressing itself through me.

I had not known it, but all the time I thought I had hit a plateau, there were profound changes happening within me, making me a better, stronger human being. And the best part was that this was happening all by itself! Even without me knowing about it…

The twinkle in my eyes was back.

I reached the Ashram and barely had I entered the gate, that someone tells me where were you?! Guruji has been asking for you… Go straight to His kutir. Excitedly I started going there, when three more people at different points told me the same thing … go go go, He is calling you!

I ran to Him and went into the kutir. As I was bowing down, He says to me gently and softly, almost with pride in His voice, So now you know that you are growing and moving on the path. Right?
I had not talked about my nighttime adventures with anyone at all. Yet, He knew.

He had engineered the whole episode. I learned that I was learning, even when I thought or felt that I was not. That I was being taken care of. That Guruji cared for me so deeply.

I also learned that troubles that come may be His gifts to us, and that they may seem terrible while they are there, but when tackled with Knowledge and Love, leave quite quickly, never really touching us… Moving us into realms of possibility that otherwise would never have existed for us.

Making us blossom and sparkle with Life.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

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