Pedro and Rosita are gazing at the beautiful full moon. Extreme romance is in the air.
Pedro turns to her and huskily says, “Hey mamacita, let’s do weeweechu…”
“Oh no, not now, let’s look at this gorgeous moon!!”, says Rosita.
“Oh c’mon baby, I love you soooooo much… let’s you and I do weeweechu, it’s the perfect time”, Pedro whispers into her ear.
“But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon!” replies Rosita.
“Pllllleeeeaaaasssseeeee corazoncito, just once, my little calabaza, do weeweechu with me.”
Rosita looks at Pedro. Deep into his eyes. “Ok, one time, we’ll do weeweechu.”
Pedro grabs his guitar, strikes a chord, and they both sing…
“Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas…
and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!”
bawa n dinesh
Q. How do Grace and Seva make things work? Shouldn’t commitment and hard work also be taken into account? I am a big believer of commitment and perseverance. For example, if I have done a lot of Seva, which is supposed to make Grace flow in my life but if I do not study much, how can the Grace get me great grades on my exams?
There are people who say they are super committed but do not do much (Art of Living or otherwise), and simply rely on Grace to make things work for them. Are they wise?
I know these are painful questions. Will it be all right for you to answer these questions of mine? I am not many years old in Art of Living, thus this whole idea of Seva, Sadhna and Satsang is very slowly getting seeped into my system. Thank you.
A. Grace is all about making the impossible possible… Only after through your perseverance and hard work you have already achieved the possible.
Grace is about going to a level you can’t even dream of.
Sadhana, Seva and Satsang are definitely not going to help you clear that exam if you have not studied. They will, however, definitely help you crack that exam beyond your expectations if you have been sincere with your work.
When commitment is not coupled with action, it is no commitment. It’s just a lot of hot air, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
These are by no means painful questions, but they are painfully learned answers when Grace is misunderstood or used as an excuse for laziness.
I don’t like Chris Nolan’s movies. There, I have said that out, however blasphemous it may sound to many, many people reading this. I didn’t like the Batman series – too dark and dismal for me and I felt that Superman was made into an unnecessarily psychotic, depressed and slightly confused person – Hardly the Hero I have always thought him to be. Inception was for me strictly ok types.
When I heard about Interstellar, at first I decided not to watch it. Dinesh, Abhi and others went and watched it and said I might like it… And so one afternoon Gowri and I went and saw it.
What a movie it is!! It is one of those rare gems of movies that come along once in a decade or so. It unfolds itself at a grand leisurely pace – slowly, surely and masterfully. There is no hurry at all and yet the pace can become quite frenetic. A movie for the discerning viewer and the junta all at once.
It’s a movie that leaves you relaxed, sitting back in your seat, and on it’s edge with excitement at the same time!
At it’s core, it’s a simple love story. Father and daughter. Circumstances drag them apart. Will they meet again? And, if yes, how will that meeting be? Given wormholes, time dilation, quantum mechanics and the imminent end of life on Earth as we know it – the answers at the end are complicated but ultimately satisfying. There is a lot of science in the movie and overwhelmingly difficult ideas are explained in the simplest of ways – What would the 4th dimension be like? Why is a wormhole spherical?
There are many nods to classic sci-fi films – Close Encounters, Contact and 2001 – A Space Odyssey were the ones I caught. The special effects are outstanding. Everything seems so very real. I later learned that very little green screen was used in the movie and it shows. This movie misses a perfect 10 from me only because of the music. It’s good but not great. Everything else is absolutely flawless. This movie is going to sweep the Oscars and for all the right reasons!
There are moments of utter exhilaration and abject disappointment and to me as audience both felt fantastic. I wouldn’t watch this movie in a big group. I would watch it with just one or two really close friends. It leaves you teary eyed, contemplative and smiling at it’s end… and wishing it went on for just a little longer. I am so glad I watched it with Gowri.
I hope it kindles interest in outer space again and the governments of the world restart their space programs in a much bigger way.
Interstellar is not a movie, it’s an experience.
I am asked this question on almost all courses I teach and as usual it popped up in the DSN Dinesh and I were teaching in Delhi.
Here is my answer:
Have you ever had a really good lunch on a Sunday afternoon? There was all this delicious food and you overate. And then after the meal is over, all you want is a nice comfy bed? When you get on that bed, what do you do? Because you have overeaten so much, sleep doesn’t come, but you manage to daydream sweet nothings… Right?
Look at Lord Narayana here. He is surrounded by goodies, someone is pressing his feet and he is on a beautiful ocean… seems like He just had his lunch and by the looks of it, He has eaten a tad too much!
What do you think He is doing?
He is daydreaming of course! And you and me, we are in that dream. We are figments of God’s imagination after a superb Sunday meal!
So, do the characters in your daydreams have any purpose? No. Isn’t it?
Similarly, we the characters in His daydream, you think we have any purpose? Not really!
But now that we know we are His daydream, our purpose is… to make His dream interesting!!
PS Don’t overdo it and wake Him up!
I have been taking CST for years and it has made a huge difference to me. Right from the time I had my back issues to in the last few years, when my health had been a little delicate, the CST touch always used to rejuvenate me and make me feel great.
Sri Sri University is poised to be the first government recognised educational institution in the whole of Asia to offer a Master’s program in Osteopathy. Cranio Sacral Therapy is a subset and a fairly refined version of Osteopathy and I found out that even non doctors can learn it. So Dinesh and I decided to take the plunge and learn this fantastic therapy. BTW, you cannot learn it from Sri Sri University unless you are a doctor or equivalent. Basically, to be really effective you need to know anatomy and physiology really well.
As homework for my next session, I had to draw out the vertebrae of the spine and write out my thoughts about them … Being the sincere student that I am, I finished everything more than 10 days before the due date and was happy enough with my work, to actually share it with all of you!
After staring at the entire spine and the individual vertebrae for quite some time, I cannot help but think about the entire system like some sort of a giant zipper that holds everything in place!
The cervical vertebrae are small and delicate and their shape seems to allow all the stuff the neck is supposed to be doing – ability to rotate the head left, right, up and down seems to be primary function. They have so brilliantly adapted themselves to the space constraints that are intrinsically in the neck region.
As we proceed down the spine, the thoracic vertebrae flare out creating a fabulous skeleton (pun intended) for the back and the chest. They are not carved out for much movement, more to create shape and give a solid backbone (pun intended again!) to all the life suport systems in the body.
The lumbar vertebrae are more solid. They have to give support to the abdominal organs in the front of the body as well as give suppleness to the body to be able to bend down as well as backwards… So that people like Dinesh can show off how flexible they are! Suryanamaskars happen really well when these vertebrae are doing good.
The sacrum – It is leaf shaped or heart shaped depending on whether you think of yourself as an environmentalist or a romantic. It seems to become a solid base for the rest of the spine holding and grounding the structure, and amazingly is made to fit comfortably into the palm of a hand. Coincidence? Perhaps the Creator had thought about Cranio Sacral Therapy…
The coccyx, seems to be some sort of an after thought… if we had a tail, it would start from there. Thankfully we don’t, otherwise we would need to learn the names of so many more bones! When the coccyx is aligned properly somehow at least in my body, I feel a sense of balance and ease. It seems to be the zip of the zipper, the one you would pull to make everything come apart.
An interesting thing happened while I was drawing the bones… Suddenly I feel much more aware about my own spine. This was a fun exercise!
We are coming to Delhi in a few days time.
I learned a lesson in cross cultural management the first time I went to Delhi. I still remember I flew there on Rajshree’s ticket. This was before security checks and photo ids. When the world was a simpler, safer place.
After teaching 2 or 3 courses in Delhi, I found people shunning me, giving me a royal cold shoulder which was quite shocking to me, because I was (and still am) a very warm person who vibes pretty well with all sorts of people.
Later when Gurudev came there, He told me that many, many people had complained to Him that I was utterly rude!
He assured them that I came from a very good family and that I would never be rude to anyone… They insisted, to the point of asking Him to remove me from Delhi. Then He asked them, what exactly was the problem. They still went on saying in typical Delhi style, no, no … we would rather not talk about it. He is rude, especially to older people. Everyone on his courses have complained about it. After much cajoling, it finally came out – I used “tum”(you in hindi typically used to address young people) to address everyone, not “aap” (you in Hindi, used to address older people or when you want to show respect).
He roared with laughter and said, oh that’s all?! He said, Bawa comes from Bombay and on top of that a parsi family. They don’t use aap in Bombay, it’s almost an insult. Aap in Bombay means you are old. In Bombay they would use aap only for a really elderly person. He said woh to mujhe bhi tum bolta hai (He refers to me also using tum).
In Delhi, they use aap to address even a 2 year old child. No wonder they were so angry. I learned to say aap, and things became much better.
There are more Delhi stories, but we will save those for another time…
Dinesh and I will be in Delhi from 27th October to 4th November and here is our schedule:
I> 27th October: An interactive session with teachers and volunteers on the lawns of 8, Padmini Enclave, Hauz Khas from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
II> Effectiveness Workshop (limited seats, just 60 people):
28th October and 3rd November: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
30th October 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm with a short break for dinner
1st November 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
3rd November: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue not yet fixed, but will be in and around Hauz Khas
III> Divya Samaj ka Nirman (DSN): October 31st, November 1st, 2nd and 3rd reporting at 6:00 pm on October 31st at Sarvoday Enclave Hauz Khas.
IV> Sahaj Smadhi Meditation: October 29th, 30th and 31st around Hauz Khas from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on all days. Limited seats, just 60 people.
V> Satsang for Sri Sri University from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at TOK, Noida.
VI> Career Fundaes and Educational opportunities at Sri Sri University – a talk in West Delhi, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Community Centre, Paschim Vihar.
For more details about any of the above programs please contact:
Mahika – firstname.lastname@example.org , Lokesh – email@example.com or Dr. Poonam Guila – firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s always the same. And it’s always different. This year seems to be more different than same.
Gurudev is not speaking any Knowledge at all. This year it’s all about sit back and experience. No one is saying anything much on the mike. It’s just the chants of the Poojas.
On Dinesh’s birthday, Gurudev gave him a gift for all of us. Just 2 sentences of Knowledge. A little bit to tickle the intellect. Dinesh shared the Knowledge with such Power and Grace.
1. Don’t fight with the mind. Just let it be. Your fight is only with your mind.
2. Drop the mind, intellect and ego outside with your shoes, so you can experience the Beauty and Bliss of the Shiva Tattwa within you!
When Rajshree heard it, she said, that’s already a contradiction!
How can you drop the mind without fighting a bit with it?!
Virat said thank God I don’t think like Rajshree!
What do you think?!
Today as part of the Poojas, Gurudev played the Veena. It’s just so beautiful to watch and listen to Him play …
Tomorrow is Chandi Homa. The grand finale to the Poojas of Navaratri. The invocation and praise of the Mother Divine.
It’s a nuclear explosion of Sattwa…
A very very Happy Navaratri to everyone…
Shanti Rustu, Pushti Rustu, Tushti Rustu in advance!!
BTW, for those in the know, Dinesh and I finally found the tree!!
bawa n dinesh
PS Just a week before Dinesh’s birthday, I had my 45th Birthday
The ultra super best thing to do is come on over to Bangalore Ashram and be part of the Navaratri celebrations here. There is absolutely nothing quite like it. Gurudev in silence is some ethereal, exquisite Being. Words cannot possibly convey what I feel as He seemingly floats in and out of the Poojas every evening.
The air seems to somehow come alive. Meditation is deeper, smiles are broader.
If you cannot make it here for whatever reason, still come!
A pathetic alternative is www.artofliving.org/navaratri … Watch what’s happening online. It’s better than nothing
The best thing to do is a silence program. The first few days when Gurudev is in silence, sit on an adv course and do some hollow and empty meditations.
If this is not feasible, then take things a little easy at least for the first 5-6 days. Eat less. Have more fruits and juices. Slow down.
Do Yoga. Meditate more. Sit on satsangs. Sing, chant, go inwards to the celebration that is happening in your own core.
After the 5th day, it’s time to really soak in the Sattwa and prepare for the grand celebration coming up. Little more outwards now. Start eating food, dance in the evening to the infectious garba. Decide what you are going to wear on the Ashtami (8th day).
The 10th day, Vijayadashami is day for all out celebrations… Have a party! Go for a long drive… Go wild!
I have written many posts about Navaratri and various significance of whatever happens in these days. They are on this blog. Read them up!
Have a great time going inwards and outwards…
Absolutely fantastic movie. Useless book.
Do yourself a favour, Watch the movie, don’t read the book.
It’s magic in the kitchen when the spices of India flirt with haute french cuisine. Sparks fly and the heat is on.
A muslim family who passionately run a restaurant in Mumbai are victims of a riot. They loose everything and flee to Europe to begin anew. While driving around the continent looking for the perfect place to settle down in, their car breaks down in the most inconvenient place possible. A beautiful little french hamlet with a Michelin star restaurant. But Indians are Indians and Michelin star or not, the family decides to give the extremely hoity toity neighbour a run for her money…
And then things get complicated, and soooooo much fun!
Om Puri as papa – Mr. Kadam head of the Indian family is at his ferocious best as a crusty old man with a heart of gold. Helen Mirren, the snooty owner and chef extraordinaire of the french restaurant, plays her role to perfection. She makes an omlette in the movie… It’s like watching a ballet perfectly executed. Sheer Brilliance.
Manish Dayal as the son Hassan, and the star acts with understated elegance, exuding charm and passion for anything culinary and Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite who sparks his passion into a fire…
Amazingly A.R. Rahman’s music is fabulous and spot on. Though I am sure he sneaked in bits of Mozart here and there … Just like Hassan sneaks in some Indian masalas into a 200 year old cooking tradition!
It can be!
What does a really nice game have?
It has quests to do which make you better at whatever it is you are doing.
It has the monsters that stop you from completing your quests.
It has Power-ups that help you combat the monsters.
It has allies. They help you battle your monsters and you in turn, will help them to fight off their monsters.
A quest needs to be challenging otherwise it’s just a grind. The monsters need to be tough otherwise they are just yard trash. The power ups need to really help otherwise they are a waste of time. And your allies need to care for you and you for them otherwise the monsters win.
No quest should be impossible. No monster unbeatable. There is always a way, always a weakness. You have to look for it with your allies. Strategize, then strike! A defeat teaches you new things, or at least how not to do things, and a victory after many defeats is really sweet.
And this whole process is such fun! So much fun, that in a game you go out looking for trouble.
So… What do you want in your life? What’s your quest?
Who are the monsters? What’s stopping you?
What makes you stronger in your challenge to defeat the monsters? What is your power up?
Who are your friends? Who are the people who will stand by you and fight with you?
If life could be a game, you would be actively looking for challenges!
Getting my drift?
Gurudev always says, “Life is a game.”
Take Him seriously. Gamify Life!!
PS Jane Mcgonigal is the inspiration behind this article. Read her book and watch her videos. They are brilliant!