Q. Why is it taking you so long to come back to New Zealand?
Hmmm… New Zealand would be nice to go back to for sure, but dont u think it would be nicer for all of you to come to India?! YES!+ Winter Break will be last week of December… See that u are there with bindi and anyone else who cares to come!
Q. Why is it that we lack self confidence, and have a low self esteem?… however, when a person is confident, and has a high self esteem, they appear as egotistical (or at least we perceive them as being so).how is it possible to be half – half…. to have confidence in ourselves, and to not be/seem as though we have a big ego?
Lack of confidence and low self esteem happen when you regularly do not fulfill commitments that you have made to yourself and others… When you are ruled more by your feelings… So simply seeing to it that you do what you said you would do, will bring a tremendous boost in your confidence levels and your self esteem, and other people’s comments will not bother you, or even if they do, not for any considerable time.
There is a vast difference between a person who has confidence and self esteem and someone who simply has a big ego… An ego is that which separates, a confident person will be able to win people over and take everyone with him… Infact usually an egotistical person is a person who has almost no confidence or self esteem and tries to cover that up with being arrogant!
Do your Sadhana, Seva and Satsang and come on a few Adv courses a year and you will find that you start to become what you want to become a confident, wonderful human being!
Q. Is it right to trap a cockroach in a container, and suffocate it to death? – slow death, but that way, it prevents them from spreading their eggs, were we to squash them)… are we still liberating them?
According to me, better to squash it and clean up…
Q. I am a volunteer for YES!+, and due to family conditions i get depressed a lot, doing the course has helped me a lot but still my problem exists and it affects my health and becomes a hindrance when i try to concentrate while doing Kriya… Please help.
Depression happens when you think too much “What about me?”
Do your Sadhana, Seva and Satsang… Consciously think and do more for others and you will find that your depression will quickly vanish!
Also DONT concentrate while doing Kriya, just do it effortlessly and easily, and do Kriya everyday, be very regular with it. Whatever thoughts that may come do not resist… finally, check your diet… see that you are eating good healthy veggie food at proper time and that u are drinking plenty of water… other than that, just relax and smile and you will be fine!
Q. Jai Gurudev Bau…Is ORGAN DONATION justifiable spiritually???Isnt it better if you donate your body organs to someone in need then bury it in the ground???Does it affect your spiritual growth or harm the recipient soul???
Really no idea about this, but when the intention is clean and you wish to help, I don’t think that it could harm either the person who is donating or the person who is receiving
Q. Its like this. I feel in aol lots of politics happen in each centre and i actually get discouraged. why not we youngsters do seva at villages? we need to bridge the gap between rural youth n urban youth. I feel after coming to aol I get hurt more and demotivated especially here when staying away from my family.
Please Help…jgd bawa
Lets take this one thing at a time:
We do Seva because we love Guruji and we want to spread His precious Knowledge to the world… Guruji doesnt exclude anyone, and do some troublemakers may crop up time and again… If this stops you from doing Seva, it means that these people, and their actions and opinions matter to you MORE than your love for Guruji or your commitment to spread His Knowledge… Is that really true?
Here is where all our course points can be experienced in action!
And yes, if you wish to do Seva in villages you are welcome to join the YLTP team but do remember that there may be politics there as well :)…
As far as staying away from family is concerned, just redefine “family”, and you will never be away from them!
Soooo accept the problem, and take intelligent, appropriate action and do remember to relax and smile…
Q. In life many a times, we know that somethings are not good for us..! but still we go ahead and do it.,..! when we all know that we have to work hard & smart to become successful, why is it that only a few actually follow the path and get there??
Laziness? Compromising long term pleasure for short term apparent joy? Plain vanilla stupidity?
Cmon, buck yourself up and get to work and get where you want to be… Anything is possible with hard/smart work… And dont worry Guruji will provide the good luck… Thats whats called Grace!
picked this little gem of a book from Crossword the other day and finished it in 2 days… really nice read… its too short to even write a review about
Its about the Queen, reading, books, a Kiwi Private secretary jealous of books… all put together very engagingly and simply and delightfully
ps also picked up another book called Measuring the World… nice but not as great as others make it out to be… read if bored (i read it on my flight from nagpur to poona to bangalore)
someone asked me this recently:
Does Guruji care for me and love me? Does He even know that i exist?! He seemed to ignore or not even notice me when i saw Him
When people meet Guruji, they separate out into 2 types:
1. YAAAYAA!!! i saw HIM!!!
2. shit! He didnt see me
for Him all of us are very dear, and He knows more about you than you know about yourself
this you will have to believe and this is where faith comes in…
Do your Kriya, some Seva, Satsang and you will find Him where He truly resides… in your heart!
For all of you who are still having sugar, here is a very nice recipe for a superb cake
Condensed milk 1 tin
Flour 250gm(You can use only whole wheat flour and it turns out perfectly)
Baking powder 1 tsp
Soda bi Carb 1 tsp
Butter 200 gm
Vanilla essence few drops
Milk ½ cup
Walnuts 100 gm
You can also use 100-200 gms of raisins
add 3 tsp cocoa powder for a chocolate cake
BAKING TEMPERATURE: 180*C
BAKING TIME: 35 MINUTES
Zero: Read the entire recipe
Step 1: Get all the ingredients, measure them out and set them aside
Step 2: Set the Oven at 180 deg Cel
Chop up the walnuts and dates to nice crunchy small size.
Grease the baking tray, add flour, and then tap it out, so that the baking tray is greased and powdered.
Now in a mixing bowl, sieve (pass thru that fine jaali thing) the flour, baking powder and soda. Do 2-3 times. Add the condensed milk, butter and vanilla essence and use the hand blender to beat it up. Slowly add the milk until it form a dropping consistency .. it should kind of plop down from the spoon. This mixture is done.
Stir in thoroughly the chopped dates and walnuts WITH A SPOON, not with the hand blender. We will NOT be using the hand blender again ?.
Add entire mixture to the greased and powdered baking tray. Very important over here is not to overload the baking tray. It should be only half full, coz the cake will rise when cooking and if there is too much mixture then it will get burnt at the edges and not get cooked in the middle. So please remember that you put the mixture in the tray such that the tray is only half full.
Put it into the oven and BAKE away!!!
Once it starts to brown a bit (about 30-32 mins, don’t open oven door before that), poke a knife in the middle of the cake, all the way down. Careful the oven is going to be very hot indeed.
If there is some debris stuck to knife, the cake is not yet done, but another 5 to 7 minutes should be enough to cook it completely. Again test with knife, once the knife comes out shiny and clean, the cake is done. Remove from the oven immediately and let it cool.
Call everyone, take a photo, think of Guruji, think of me, pat yourself on the back several times… And remember to eat the cake after all that ?!
BTW, you don’t need to add the dates and walnuts if you are wanting to make just a basic sponge cake. You can add anything in approximately that proportion of the dates and walnuts that catch your fancy. Bananas, apples, etc work great. Don’t add any juicy fruit like grape or watermelon. You can also add those chocolate chips.
PS This cake has been drizzled with chocolate sauce
Guruji, what is meditation?
Did u get it?!.. This is it!
Waiting for something its restlessness, simply waiting is meditation!!
What a surprise we had tonight!!
The Satsang was shifted from Vishalakshi Mantap to the Yagyashala… we had no idea why
Guruji resplendent as ever got on stage and then He talked a little bit about Holi, coming of spring, things like that and then He went outside and lit the Holi fire (which was still blazing when i came back to write this).
He came back on stage after a few minutes, the bhajans started and then He said lets celebrate Holi today with flowers… and promptly got up and tossed fistfuls of coloured flowers into the swinging mass of satsangees!
and then without any warning the sprinklers in the entire Yagyashala came on and it was a full scale shower inside the hall… Guruji is still tossing baskets of flowers into the crowd… He mentioned this is a hi-tech Holi Celebration
Buckets of cold water in which lots of sandal wood paste had been mixed suddenly made an appearance and Guruji was sprinkling this heavenly scented yellow water onto everyone…
Showers from the Sprinkler system, loads and loads of flowers, buckets of Sandal wood water, lots of mischievous people emptying their water bottles on everyone, coloured people going and hugging the clean ones who were trying to stay out of the way, the burning blazing fire outside the hall made a fantastic Celebration… AND we came to know later that it was being telecast live on ZEE TV!! so the whole of India and some parts of the world were watching us as we welcomed Spring!!
Its said that one should make seven rounds of the Holi Fire and we did just that… The hot blaze dried up a lot of the water… then everyone settled down and Guruji did a few question answers in His usual inimitable one liner way and then introduced to us some leaders of the communist party of Russia who talked for a few minutes and said he would like to take this celebration and caring and love that he saw back to Russia… They had also been taking full part in the celebration and were soaked with sandal water and smiling away as if they did this everyday
a few snatches of Knowledge:
Q. I am born under the star sign Leo and am supposed to be a born leader, but i hate to lead and dont like taking responsibility
A. Dont bother about when you were born… you can lead when you are an integrated personality, just relax and be yourself thats all…
Q. Since childhood, I have been told that i should be nice to people… but then they take me for granted… now some of my loved ones tell me i should be practical… what should i do?
A. There are many many different types of people, you need to realise that you are a multi faceted personality not monotonous… so with different people you need to behave in different ways and definitely its not a good idea to stop being nice just because few people don’t appreciate it…
Dont remember much else, was too busy being blissed out
Happy Holi and Navroz Mubarak too!!! (its the Parsi New Year as well today)
Jai Gurudeva !
Before i write about Surat, Mumbai, Nashik and Nagpur, here are 2 things that stood out in the Knowledge that Guruji gave yesterday night…
Q. How do i handle the situation when i want to do stuff that my elders dont want me to do?
A. Prayer, Skill and Time
Q. How relevant is Meditation in a young person’s life who wants to achieve a great many things?
A. If you want the arrow to fly really far, you need to pullit back quite a lot… similarly if you want to build a really tall building, you have to dig that much deeper into the earth to lay the foundation isnt it?! If you want to have great success and be really dynamic, then you need to learn to be still as well… The greater the Stillness of the Self, the greater the Dynamism and Success you will have!
The process of becoming still is also so very very beautiful! ….
He answered in Hindi, the above is my translation of it and whatever i can remember
326 very blessed souls on the YES!+ Adv course happening right now in the Bangalore Ashram!!
Jai Gurudeva !
Oooo yes, i am quite a fan of asterix and obelix… though i think the characters that are the most endearing to me are Chief Vitalstatistix and the Druid Getafix
So, yes if anyone has that CD with that entire collection on it, i would love to have it!
was it really 3 days we spent there? it seems to have gone at breakneck speed…
Rudra Poojas during Shivaratri, early morning Kriya and meditation with Guruji, sneaking past all the “security” to meet Him, few glances and seconds with Him, Knowledge ranging from studying and scoring well on exams to the sublime Karma Yoga chapter in the Bhagwad Gita, glasses of cold sugarcane juice, hot sweltering afternoons, ridiculously cold mornings, Guruji playing the synthesizer on stage with wild abandon, shoes getting stolen, LCD screens not working, fasting on Shivaratri, mad rush to catch the train to surat, even madder rush to catch the train back to Mumbai… and its already time for the Mumbai events to take off…
Its an absolute whirlwind when He is around and if you are not centered, you get thrown all over the place
Will write more later… its off to see Him here in Mumbai now…
Jai Gurudeva !
Saw Him at 3:00 am today morning at the airport… am really proud of the way all our Mumbai devotees were over there… all disciplined and bursting with joy… He met everyone there, and then did a repeat of meeting everyone downstairs at KK’s house… He flowed into the hearts of all of us there all over again… gave me and dinesh a naughty wink and a glorious smile…
went to meet Him at KK’s home right then and He gave me a hug, some really yummy German Pastry which we shared and shared with so many people and it still refused to get over (i have some still left in the fridge) and a BIG loaf a really super German Bread which i am going to have for breakfast!
Booked in a train to Surat for Shivaratri leaving in an hours time…
If there is a net connection there, will write and tell all
Jai Gurudeva !