May 29

Why you cannot understand meditation?

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Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

May 26

8 Lessons on Life from Cricket

What a ironical way to end the blogging silence than a post on Cricket :-)

 

I was asked to write ‘Lessons on Life from cricket’ for the Speaking Tree. My first thought was that the only lesson that can be learned is ‘Life is precious, don’t waste your time, Do something worthwhile”. But I felt i need to rise up to the demand… and this is what came out…

 

8 Lessons on Life from Cricket

1)   Pitch n weather: Having your facts right will help you plan your strategy effectively.

2)  Toss and Turn: Luck plays a little role in life, but not much if you are talented and willing to work hard. Just in case, it plays a big role, be good and do good in life; Karma catches up.

3)   Best batsmen bat first, Best bowlers bowl first: Play to your strengths, put your best foot forward.

4)   Field setting, Bowling, Batting: Live in the present moment and be spontaneous and willing to change and improvise.

5)   Chasing/Setting targets: Play the game of life without the burden or feverishness of getting somewhere so you can play your natural game and enjoy it too.

6)   Records: Individual achievement is good, but put the interests of your team first.

7)   Regrets: If you give your heart and soul into something (really put your 100%), there is no room for regrets.

8)   Game: Life is a game and full of glorious uncertainties. Meditation and Spirituality makes you player not a pawn.

 

Love,

Dinesh

Aug 18

Nice People – Switzerland

We were on board the beautiful Golden Pass trains in Switzerland to get to Gstaad from Milan and everything was so beautiful, that i almost forgot about the pain in the ankle. Was reading a book by Guruji, He was saying “What is that which propels our mind towards the senses and the senses towards the objects of senses? … Why is a question asked in misery … Why me? What starts an enquiry. What? … What? … What? Your breath is moving in and out, What is it that makes it do that?!” … It was truly wonderful to ponder on this while looking at the gorgeous beauty all around me.

We reached Gstaad to Hotel Steigenberger. A very pretty little place. And sky high prices, and definite touches of racism.

Our kids didn’t know the “European way” of doing things – for example, they would hold the bread at the breakfast buffet with their hands (omigod!!) while cutting it. And they talked loudly while eating. The manager complained to us about this horrible behaviour. So I gave them a quick lecture about table manners and told them to observe other people and how they were eating, and learn how to fit in with keen observation. Turned out that many of the europeans were also holding the bread with their grubby hands. But that was ok. An Indian doing it was not …

Then there were the peanuts. They served a bowl of mixed nuts (mainly pea) when anyone ordered any drink in the lobby. Many people of course emptied the bowl into their pockets :) … The manager had very strong exceptions to this. I really don’t know why. Clearly those peanuts had been touched by hands (thankfully they didn’t give spoons along with them), so they were “soiled” and by rights the hotel shouldn’t recycle them to other customers given their don’t touch the bread policy. And if they did recycle them, then why would they have any problems with people touching bread? :)

When some of our kids ordered pizza in the restaurant, and asked if they could be cut and bought to the table, a snooty type of a waiter replied, you have knives on the table. Use them! It was shocking that anyone could talk like that to any guests in their own hotel.

All this unpleasantness was offset by the pianist at the bar. A guy called Michel who played beautifully and sang pretty well too :) … We became good friends and he invited me to play many times.

We found out later that Gstaad is one of the most expensive places in Switzerland. Why our travel agent would book us in such a place when she knew all were on a shoe string budget is quite beyond me – It was another one of the sucky things she did. BUT, the place was really amazing, and in town there was this fantastic Italian restaurant called the Rialto which welcomed our business and fed us the most delicious food. Their casata ice cream was sooooo yummy. And the manager there – he was the perfect host! The first time we went there in a small group, me, dinesh, shavina, her baby, devang, vishu and JD. So we said we wanted a table for 6 adults and a baby. He said nope. You want a table for a baby and 6 adults!

He said, that (the baby) was the future, then pointing to himself (he is 75 years old) said i am the past … and you are all the present. But that baby is the future! He went on to fuss all over Aadya. His parting shot was, we will make anything you want for the baby – not for you, but for the baby. Baby wanted to eat french fries … And so did vishu, so vishu chimes in saying the baby is very hungry :) … First time i ever heard of the future feeding the present :)

We had dinner there 3 times during our 5 day stay in Gstaad – And what a welcome we always got when we compared it with the place we were staying at…

So cheers to Michel and the manager of Hotel Rialto in Gstaad for making our stay there so much more fun! :)

We had a trip to Jungfrau one of the tallest peaks in Europe and a boat ride on Lake Lucerne. Jungfrau was my idea. Lake Lucerne was the travel agents’.

Jungfrau was brilliant – everyone had loads of fun playing in the snow – except for me who mainly looked at the lovely snowscape for some time before pestering Dinesh to go one level down where we could wait it out for the others to come. Dinesh being Dinesh made not one word of protest and me, shavina, aadya and him went down to     where we had a superb long lunch with nice haagen daaz ice cream while we waited for the others to finish their frolick in the snow :)

I had originally asked that we stay somewhere in Interlaken, she put us in Gstaad. Then for a 2 hour boat ride, she makes everyone drive 6 hours back and forth to Lucerne when there was a perfectly good, huge lake 15 minutes from where we were which also had boats. And the boat ride was just the local ferry. I did mention that our travel agent sucked right? :)

From Switzerland, we went on to Paris… But that’s for next week…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Aug 11

Nice People – Berlin and Venice

Berlin was fantastic, the World Culture Festival rocked… There are videos and photos and write ups and stories all over the place, so won’t say much about that… except that it was REALLY fabulous! :)

Dinesh and i can now claim that we performed at the Olmpic Stadium in Berlin! We were part of the chorus that opened the celebrations on both days. Chandrika Tandon and Michael were brilliant at teaching us how to sing as a team… Everyone said we sounded fantastic :)

Dinesh and me ... singing! :)

The lazer show at the end was mind blowing, no video does any justice to it … You HAVE to have been there!

Wanted to buy kitchen stuff and we went to this really nice kitchen shop in Berlin (Kochtail on Invaliden strasse) that was run by an american called Joe.

Kochtail on Invaliden Strasse, Berlin ... ty Joe!

It’s a charming little shop and has many, many things for baking and some really nice nifty gadgets. We bought a lot of stuff there and paid and were about to leave when we realised that Joe didn’t have the VAT form with which we could claim our VAT back. He very graciously asked me to pick up more things for free to offset the VAT. And he gave us a nice discount too! Yay Joe!

After Berlin, we went on to Venice, where i had a spectacular fall… Various passer-bys stopped looking at pigeons and went a horrified ooooohhhhhh… no one laughed. Was looking at hats in a road side stall and walking down the steps of a bridge. Bad idea. I fell and kept falling for a few seconds more than i thought a fall should last. Result was a super sprained ankle which had swollen to the size of a small apple or a big tomato in 6 seconds and was Painful (note the capital P). I had blurring of vision, the whole world seemed to become extra bright and fade to white… and then it came back… with Pain.

So somehow hobbled back to hotel, where we iced it and i had arnica and belladonna and waited for Seema to come. Seema is hot shot homeopathic doctor… also an adv course teacher :)

She was very proud of me and the way i had taken care of my ankle.

So, a lot of Venice was just 4 walls in my hotel room (on the ground floor, next to the urinals) which overlooked a garbage dump. I had asked our travel agent to get us a room with a view in Venice. My fault that i had not specified the view… Our travel agent was pathetic, and i can say right away that we had a super great time in Europe inspite of her. Almost seemed as if she went out of her way to make things as horrible as possible… but that’s another story.

Decided to go visit Massimo (one of our super teachers in Italy) in Milan, and left Hotel an hour before the train. It’s a 7 minute walk, but with the ankle the way it was, figured it would take an hour. When we reached the sidewalk, we could see the station tantalizingly across the canal. We had asked the hotel manager (not nice person at all) if some water taxi could take us across, he said 60 euros for a 10 second ride. I said no, we will walk. Hotel Capri sucks.

While hobbling along the sidewalk, a water taxi guy who was parked, took one look at me and asked me to hop (?) in. We were at the other side in less than 10 seconds :) … I promised him his photo on our blog and here it is. If you are ever in Vencice and he is driving you, please tip him extra :)

A friend in Venice ... Thanks a lot!

So, was 40 minutes early for the train and there was nothing to do except sit on the steps of the railway station and pose for a few photos. The smiles were quite tough to do, but the pain had become much lesser, no need to use capitals any more. Next to me, sitting on the stairs was a guy holding his wife’s ankle. I asked her if she too had twisted it … She had not, however, he turned out to be a trained physiotherapist from Delhi, who had done his schooling in Jayanagar, Bangalore!

He asked if he could help. I said Be my guest. He made me do a few moves and declared that it was not a fracture or a torn ligament, only a super bad sprain. Keep it raised and iced. It will take it’s time to get alright…

Hobbled to the train and got to Milan. Massimo managed to get me a wheel chair, and i was spared the long walk from the train to the car. His wife to be had made delicious khichidi with nice thick dahi, we tucked in and had a great night’s sleep… Next day was the journey from Italy to Gstaad in Switzerland…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Jul 25

Don’t Be Grateful

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

Knowledge sheet no. 60

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Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Jul 19

Doing Versus Happening

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

Knowledge sheet no. 59

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Jul 15

Happy Guru Poornima!

Dinesh wrote a lot of this out while watching the nature in Switzerland… I added and deleted a line here a word there :)

Oh Guruji!
The mountains reflect Your grandeur and glory,
The sea, Your energy and activity,
The snow, Your pristine purity,
The rails and roads, Your connectivity,
The trees, Your ever green generosity,
The sun and moon, Your delicious warmth and beauty,
The rain, Your predictable unpredictability,
The wind, Your playful levity,
The sky, Your all encompassing Grace and Infinity…

Oh Guruji...

…In case if You have still not figured it … We are MISSING YOU desperately!!!

Jai Gurudeva!
love
bawa

Jun 13

Respect Everybody as You Respect Me

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

Knowledge sheet no. 58

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Jun 7

Surrender and Responsibility

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

Knowledge sheet no. 57

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

May 30

God is a Thorough Businessman

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

Knowledge sheet no. 56

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

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