Jun 19

Man of Steel

A new Superman movie!!

Wow!!!

In Krypton it means Hope

I grew up with the Christopher Reeve Superman movies (and comics) and had throughly enjoyed them, and was quite looking forward to seeing this movie… and unfortunately it didn’t live up to what it could have been.

Superman is a fairly happy, funny, upbeat super hero. Not like batman who was basically a nutcase who got over his nuttiness and in the process saved the world.

However, Chris Nolan might have got confused about his super heroes and he almost managed to make Superman into a loony.

Superman has to come to terms with being a freak. He knows he is super strong and all that, but until he is a grown man, he has still not figured out that he can fly. There is actually a scene where he asks for a lift! He wears a pained expression almost throughout the movie – Like the one you would have if you were presented with a badly cooked lunch and had to eat it.

There are possibly 7 funny moments in the entire movie, none of them getting more than a polite smile on your face.

The first half of the movie is Clark Kent struggling to not be superman. The second half of the movie is coming to terms with being Superman and breaking up almost all of smallville in the process. Seriously, the second half is almost all action – like one of those action PS3 games, only you are not in control and you know for sure nothing is going to happen to Superman or absolutely anyone who matters. I don’t think any extras got injured in the movie either. The only things that got brutally smashed were buildings, mountains, cars, roads and windows PCs.

The music was almost a direct lift from batman, with no character whatsoever. Just loud. Everything in the orchestra playing as roaringly thunderously loud as they possibly could (almost) all the time.

So should you see it?

Yes, If you are turned on by Henry Cavill’s muscles.

Henry Cavill as Superman

Yes, if you are one of those who liked/loved batman.

Not really otherwise.

Please someone make a Superman movie that us grown up kids can watch! :)

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

PS He wears his undies inside! :)

 

May 5

Give me more!

Wealth or Money can bring laziness, misery, arrogance, disease, greed, insecurity, jealousy, anger, fear, indulgence, ego and enemies.

So, a more precise prayer to the Guru/God would be…

God give me Money;

Money that brings

Enterprise and not laziness,

Joy and not misery,

Confidence and not arrogance,

Good health and not disease,

Discrimination and not indulgence,

Generosity and not greed or insecurity,

Belongingness and not jealousy,

Peace and not anger,

Valor and not fear,

Compassion and not ego,

Friends and not enemies,

Give me money, that brings me closer to You.

PS: Spirituality is not anti-money, anti-fame or anti-power. If we use it for the good and for others, we will be blessed with more and more.

 

A cute story shared by Rashmin…

 Gurudev

A little boy went on stage and asked for chocolates Gurudev had a box of, beside Him. Gurudev gave him a handful, which the kid promptly went down and distributed. He came back for more and Gurudev game him again, which repeated a few times. One volunteer near Gurudev’s seat prompted that the kid is coming again and again. Gurudev smiled, “I know. As long as he keeps sharing, I will keep giving him more”.

Wow! There is a learning of a lifetime in this…

Jai Gurudev!

love

Dinesh

Jan 30

My Inward Journey

The journey from head to heart is just a few inches, but it is quite a journey!

I was giving my entrance exams for IIT. I had studied enough, knew most things I needed to know, but the morning of the exam, I had a terrible headache.

Dad had learnt some touch healing, spiritual thingie and so far I had steered clear of it, but that morning I thought why not?! And asked him to help relax me.

He did. And my headache and tiredness vanished and I had a great exam, got into IIT for post graduate studies in maths… But more importantly, for a 20 year old who thought he knew everything – a certain faith in the Unknown and Unknowable was ignited.

I underwent a few courses and self development seminars, but always felt there was something missing, something not all there… Until a good friend of mine bulldozed me into an Art of Living course.

(phone rings)

Me: Hi!

Shamal: Hey, what you doing over the weekend?

Me: Nothing much really…

Shamal: There is this course on breathing…

Me: C’mon Shamal, breathing is boring!

Shamal: Look, I don’t have time to talk to you, I have to call hundreds of other people. Just see to it that you are there or else…

Me: ok, ok, will come… How much does it cost?

Shamal: Tere ko kya farak padta hai, tera baap bharega!

Me: Riiiiight :)

And that was my introduction to the rest of my Life. I didn’t even know the name of the course I had enrolled for! :)

The Art of Living course was amazing. To experience a state of consciousness, a reality unlike any that I could even begin to dream about was a blessing and a gift. All concepts about what I thought life was all about were shattered. A serenity came that I never knew I had. Art of Living had given wings to my heart!

Very soon after my Basic course, I went to the Bangalore Ashram for my advance course. Only when I reached ashram did I get to know that the advance course was a silence program. I was the last one to leave the meditation hall that night the silence started and I think the last one to start speaking again when Silence opened.

I was soaked in the Bliss of me. What a wondrous thing to be able to do!

I was in love. And there was no going back. The Art of Living series of courses introduced me to me. That sparkling enchanting quiet space which all of us have within us. Gurudev’s gift to the world.

I will not say that after the Art of Living courses and even becoming a teacher, problems went away and everything was always great. That I never got angry or never felt bad. Sometimes life did suck. Problems did come, but along with them came the quiet confidence that I could handle them. I was simply amazed at how my inward journey so positively affected my outward expression and ability to deal with the challenges that life threw at me.

So begun my journey from head to heart… There were many other adventures on the way and I am sure many more to come. Maybe I will write a book about it all someday :)

Meanwhile, if you have not yet embarked on this voyage inside of you, you have no idea what you are missing out on… Nothing on this planet outside you can even begin to compare with what you have inside of you. Please do yourself a favour and learn to meditate. And if you already know how to meditate – See that you practice every day. It is a glorious thing to blossom, to love, to smile and to be able to spread that to others.

Gurudev was so very patient with me. Totally accepting of who I was and gently moving me to who I could be. It’s one thing to force a rose open, its quite another to give it the time it requires to blossom – That is what Art of Living and Gurudev have done for me and countless others on the planet.

Thank you.

Jai Gurudeva!

Love

Bawa

Nov 27

Life of Pi

3 word review?

Go watch it!

Another 3 words?

It’s absolutely Brilliant! :)

In 3 sentences?

A writer has a chance meeting with Pi’s Mamaji who tells him to go meet Pi. Tells him that Pi has a story that will make him believe in God. Pi tells his story to the writer…

 

More?

 The movie is in  4 parts:

Part I:

How Pi got the name Pi and about his childhood. Their family run a zoo. You will meet the tiger. Super charming, endearingly funny with one or two very  scary (for me, the kids sitting around didn’t even flinch) moments thrown in. As the grown up Pi says, I am a Hindu Catholic, we get to feel guilty in front of 33 million Gods! :)

Set in Pondicherry in India, will make you want to go visit right now.

Part II:

Father of Pi decides to move to Canada. Pi doesn’t want to go.

Father: We will sail forth like Columbus.

Pi: But Columbus was looking for India!

Part III:

Suraj Sharma as Pi

Storm and Shipwreck. And life on a boat with the tiger. Or rather how to have a life on a boat with a tiger… And a very strange island.

The most beautiful and stunning visuals I have seen in a movie for a very long time.

Scary and funny and sweet and innocent and wondrous… (add adjectives here after you see it), all at the very same time!

Part IV:

Land. And Rescue.

And one line said towards the very end by the grown up Pi. The line that will make you believe in God.

What a movie!!!

May not be suitable for kids below 13. There are some extremely scary, heart wrenching scenes, but i think everyone else will just throughly enjoy this absolute gem of a movie!

Fabulous acting by the entire cast, but especially by Suraj Sharma as the teenage Pi stranded in the Pacific on a life boat with a Tiger who would love to have him as a tasty snack… How both survived the sea and each other, is what the main part of the movie is all about.

There are many, many spiritual overtones and I will not discuss them here because they will be spoilers and i don’t want to spoil even a second of the movie for you… But, do watch out for them! :)

The song right in the beginning is a hauntingly beautiful tamil song called Pi’s Lullaby, sung by Bombay Jayshree. Made me want to learan Tamil, just to understand it. Gowri was sitting on my right and translated it for me in hushed tones. The music through out the movie is so perfect. Utterly spot on!

I will not be surprised if it bags all possible Oscars.

But don’t wait for the Oscar guys to make up your mind. Please go see it now!  It’s one of the most perfect movies I have seen in a very, very long time. You leave the theater quite refreshed and rejuvenated… Belief in God is a powerful thing :)

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

 

Sep 4

Colours of the Ashram

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Aug 22

4000 Years of Medicine

2000 BC: Here eat this root

1000 AD: That root is heathen. Here, say this Prayer…

1865 AD: That prayer is superstition. Here take this Potion.

1925 AD: That potion is snake oil. Here take this Pill.

1973 AD: That pill is ineffective. Here take this Antibiotic…

2012 AD: That anitbiotic is poison. Here eat this Root! … And say a Prayer :)

Om Namah Shivaya!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Aug 16

Raw Papaya Salad

I used to think that the only sensible use for papaya was in Body Shop’s foot cream… until Tanu made this absolutely fabulous salad for me. That’s when I finally understood why God created the papaya! :)

1 Raw Papaya

2 limes

2 tsps sugar

a pinch of salt

1 generous handful of peanuts

a bowl of ice

 

Raw Papaya Salad

Raw Papaya Salad

With a peeler peel the papaya. Cut in half. Then with the peeler scrape out thin slivers of the papaya. Use mainly the green part, don’t use the inside red part.

Put the slivers in the ice bowl and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

Roast the peanuts without oil until nice and crunchy. Let them cool. Rub them to remove the husk.

Just before serving, squeeze the juice of the limes into a small bowl. Don’t over squeeze otherwise the juice will turn bitter. Add in the sugar and mix well till it dissolves. Add the salt.

Add the chilled papaya slivers into the serving bowl, add a few peanuts to it and drizzle with the lime juice.

Serve immediately.

Have it on hot summer afternoons as a prelude to a light soup or lunch.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 9

Wanna Cook?!

Dinesh and I have been running the Cafe at the Bangalore Ashram with a fair measure of success, thanks to our tireless and super dedicated team who totally own the place as their very own … And we thought we should now do something more than just cook food and serve it for our very loyal foodies who come to eat there.

Starting this Friday 13th evening thru Sunday 15th afternoon, we are going to be teaching people how to cook. Simple stuff with a high show off quotient :)

Some of those recipes are already there on this blog …

Yet another excuse for you to come to the lovely Bangalore Ashram!

I made it all by myself ... like it? :)

Details are as follows:
Report to 8:15 pm at Cafe Vishala on Friday 13th. Come a little earlier to get your room and settled in please. We will start at 8:15 pm sharp.

There will be a welcome dinner already ready, but participants will learn to cook 3 things that evening:
Fruigitable Salad
Tomato Basil Soup (Zuppe Pomodoro)
Mashed Potatoes with butter and cream
Saturday morning 6:00 am Sadhana after which everyone comes directly to the Cafe for breakfast which will be fruit and cereals.
They will cook their own lunch which will be:
Green leafy Salad with a home made dressing
Tzatziki
Broccoli Soup
Purpose of Potatoes
Paneer in tomato butter sauce
Soya nuggets with pineapple chunks
Veggie Pulav and Dal
Bread Pudding
There will be a brief meditation just before lunch.
Retire for a well earned rest and come back at 4:00 pm for Dinner preparation, with a break for Satsang:
Potato Apple Soup
Sweet and Sour Veggies
Yogurt Potatoes
Sambhar and Rasam Rice
Parapa Usulli (French Beans south Indian style)
Bhindi fry and Pachadi
Potato fry south Indian style
Curd Rice
Coconut Kisses
Sunday morning 6:00 am Sadhana after which everyone comes directly to the Cafe. They will learn to make:
Puri Bhaji
Hot Chocolate (trust me, no one knows how to make this!)
Lunch will be:
Pinacolada
Clear Veggie Soup
Penne Pasta Salad with buffalo mozzarella and olive oil and lemon dressing
Basil Pesto
Hummus
Baked Potatoes and Tomatoes with sour cream and chives
Fettucine in a red sauce
Aglio Olio Spaghetti
Breadzza
As usual there will be a short pre lunch meditation. After lunch the workshop will be over and they are welcome to attend Satsang before going back home. They will need to vacate their rooms by 7:00 pm.
The all inclusive cost of the workshop is Rs 5250. 

This includes all the food, 4 sharing room for stay in the ashram on Friday and Saturday nights, a full printout of every recipe they learned and a complimentary Vishala t shirt. Participants may also invite any one friend/relative over to lunch with them on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm to show off their new found cooking prowess.
They will need to bring their own chopping boards and knives.
Note that we have exactly 20 seats on this workshop.
To register for the workshop please contact Tanu. Her email is is tanushreebishnoi@gmail.com 
Jai Guurdeva!
love
bawa
PS Please do tell everyone you know! :)
PPS There will be Part II as well – more advanced and complicated stuff… Watch out for that!

Jul 5

Jilted Lovers or Mercenary Creative Writers

For some time now there have been a few people writing nasty stuff about Art of Living on their blogs. These people are alleged ex-Art of Living people who are on a self appointed mission to  “expose” the Art of Living Foundation and Sri Sri and almost every senior teacher/swami/office-holder you can think of.

Here’s my take on it.

Don’t you at least have one friend in whose life you were a part of the beautiful times he/she were experiencing in a relationship for months or years – the high of life, the wonder of love… But if and when it ended in a break up, weren’t you also party to the tirade from that same friend about how lousy the whole time was, how everything from the word go was a pack of lies, how their partners used them, psychologically played with them and their emotions, how they were naïve then and they are wiser now, and how their naivety was taken undue advantage of, etc, etc …

The age-old case of the Jilted Lover.

Or is it the case of the Mercenary Creative Writer?

I urge you to take a creative writing challenge. You can choose any person really. Mother Teresa, Mahtma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, George Washington, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth or any other respectable and revered person of your choice who had contributed immensely to the world in any field.

Closely study their lives, their writings, their biographies, the history of that time and now write a story of how you were their secret girlfriend/boyfriend, or their right hand man/woman and in the backdrop of historical facts (provable), what genuine people  around them (names confirmable) used to say all sorts of negative things (unprovable) about that person and how the leader’s entire life was a well hidden pack of lies and deceit.

More points for how you and other gullibles were exploited, abused, traumatized and victimized and it was only your innocence, stupidity or helplessness that made you stay with them for those “horrible” 10/12/15 years of your life.

Such is the plight of about a dozen or so teachers of the 15000+ teachers worldwide who have “finally chosen” to stop being part of the Art of Living.

Wikipedia defines their activity quite well:

poison pen letter is a letter or note containing unpleasant, abusive or malicious statements or accusations about the recipient or a third party. It is usually sent anonymously. Poison pen letters are usually composed and sent to upset the recipient.

These people write poison pen blogs.

Why do they do it?

Are they Jilted Lovers or Mercenary Creative Writers?

Though driven by volunteers, the Art of Living Foundation has a proper organizational and financial structure in compliance with the Laws of the Land.

The Art of Living wisdom or techniques do not compete or conflict with anyone’s ideologies or beliefs, but in fact, beautifully complement them. Because of its principle of  ‘deepen your roots and broaden your vision’, people of all religions, countries, background and social status, feel at ease. Its vision of a one world family and making life a celebration on our planet and its mission of a violence-free, stress-free society with peace, prosperity, good health and happiness for all the Beings on this planet resonates with one and all.

Well, not all. A few bloggers, anti social elements and terrorist organizations may beg to differ, but we don’t mind.

So there are two options left for us to consider.

These bloggers are cowards (to hide behind anonymity) with purely malicious intent. Of course they justify saying, if they come out in the open, they will be target of violence or victimization from a multi-national globally strong organization with a solid well-wishers’ base like the Art of Living.

Or they may be brave and have the most benevolent of intentions like – lets write all this garbage, and if people trust it instead of the Art of Living and Guruji, then they are not qualified for spirituality or for Guruji’s Grace or Wisdom. So they are in effect filtering the ‘chaff from the grain’, “inspiring” those who are faithless or in doubt and on the fence to move away so that only the sincerest of seekers remain…

Inspite of all they have written, somehow, a bit of compassion for them comes and I see it this way: The more these people try to malign Guruji, the more they are thinking of Him, the more they will become like Him and will find a good spot in the heavens just like the demons of yesteryears, whose one-pointed focus on killing Lord  Krishna uplifted them to the best places in heaven.

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

ps We have not provided links to these blogs because we don’t want you going to those sites to read the poison they have written. We don’t do Sadhana to clean our minds everyday to go and get our minds polluted by the filth on these sites. Besides, going there increases their “hits” and their “popularity”. So if you ARE a part of the Art of Living, please don’t visit these sites and inadvertently and mistakenly help them by increasing their hits. It is unfortunate that this will happen, the way Search Engine Optimization works on Google.

Jul 3

Happy Guru Poornima 2012!!

Guruji is at Boone Ashram in the US. There are many people who say … it doesn’t matter, He is always with us and all that. I don’t really agree with them :)

To be with Him physically is something else :)

But when He is not there physically with us … all that longing can turn into poetry … Dinesh wrote, i didn’t edit! :)

 

One who has made me say goodbye

to all sorrows and anxieties as we ply

thru life, before and even after we die…

To that Guru’s lotus feet,

my heart and mind I apply.

 

When we smile, sigh or cry

there’s one unblinking eye

which is watching us all

with a loving presence

very strong and nigh

on who,

one can faithfully ever rely.

To that Guru’s lotus feet,

my heart and mind i apply.

 

 

One,

who had given me this Eye,

of knowledge and an eternal

unconditional love supply…

making me effortlessly move

from small i to big I…

To that Guru,

a million pranaams my

heart does, and whereby,

all my feelings blissfully lie…

 

A very Happy Guru Poornima 2012

Today’s Guru Poornima,

The 3rd of July

This sensation i can’t deny

of feeling feather light & flying high,

knowing even the beauty of the full moon,

I can defy,

Which Makes me wonder why,

was I the one chosen by,

My master, My Guru,

who to my

Being,

Is the very essence,

of the earth, the waters and the wind,

the sun and the infinite blue sky.

 

Jai Gurudeva!

love

dinesh (n bawa)

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