Dec 23

A Navjot, an Anniversary and 2 Birthdays

December 6th and 7th were very special days this year…

Prama Bhabhi and Ranji Bhai celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the ashram. When someone asked Prama bhabhi what the secret of their beautiful, long marriage was, she very seriously replied, oh we fight everyday! :)

A Happy Anniversary to Prama Bhabhi and Ranji Bhai!!

Guruji met the happy couple and gave them His blessings.

The next day was the Navjot of my twin nephews, Aarman and Ahun. In ancient Persian, Nav means new and Jot means one who offers prayers. An initiation into the Zorastrian faith.

Aarman and Ahun - A Rite of Initiation into the Zorastrian Faith

It is an age old ceremony, done with great sacredness and solemnity amidst celebration and laughter. Our Bangalore ashram was the perfect place to have this beautiful ceremony, where celebration and spirituality effortlessly merge.

Guruji very graciously offered us the yagyashala, where the navaratri poojas happen, a place already charged with sublime mantras from so many navaratris for the navjot, and He came and sat thru almost the entire ceremony, to our eternal gratitude and delight.

The older priests of the community hand hold the younglings into the faith while family and friends shower the children with blessings for a great, valourous, happy, peaceful, enlightened life ahead… as well as gifts!

All our very parsi relatives who had come quite reluctantly to the ashram, most of them for the very first time were utterly bowled over by the beauty of the ceremony. Many of them commented that this was one of the best navjots they had had the privilege to attend.

The evening food was fabulous… There is a brilliant parsi must-have dish called patra ni macchi, where they smother a pomfret (fish) in a spicy and slightly sweet coconut chutney and wrap that in a banana leaf and then steam it for an hour or so. The only problem is that it is non veg … we had patra nu paneer. A humongous piece of fresh paneer is lightly fried and treated the same way. It was toooooo good, i think better than the fish! :)… It was accompanied by a very nice dhansakh, lagan nu aachar (a sweet and spicy carrot pickle, you can eat almost only at parsi functions) and a waldorf salad, among other things.

Dad n Mom - December 7th 2010

We got an Xbox 360 for them … it is an awesome console gaming machine and in it’s newest avataar with the hands free controllers, basically your body becomes the controller for the game, it translates to a fair amount of exercise while gaming… and  since there are no controllers, there is nothing to break! :) … So if anyone is thinking of bringing belated navjot gifts for them, please get them more xbox 360 games :)

December 7th was also dad’s birthday and in the evening during satsang, Guruji called him to the stage and after feeding him a small piece of cake Himself, got mom to stuff a huge piece of birthday cake into dad’s mouth :)

Birthday Dad, Proud Granpa - Super Young! :)

Dad shares his birthday with Vasudha who had come to ashram to celebrate her birthday with Guruji … She had a grand time with Him and it was great having her here for the Navjot.

Happy Birthday Vasudha!

A super Happy Birthday to you Vasudha!

A very happy anniversary to Prama Bhabhi and Ranji Bhai, a joyous, peaceful time ahead for them both.

A Happy, Happy Birthday to my darling dad… like he once told Guruji, keep me busy Guruji or i will grow old! May you be ever young, hyper busy and super happy!!

And all our best wishes to Aarman and Ahun … May they take the best from all of us and make it even better…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa (n dinesh)

ps Thanks a ton to everyone who worked behind the scenes to make these days really special for all of us!

Dec 20

Faith and Love

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. 40

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Dec 16

Happy Birthday Urvi!

Suparna wrote this poem for her daughter Urvi’s birthday … It was sooooo good, i wanted to publish it here too, not just put a link to her lovely post :)

I think all our parents did this shopping…

Enjoy :)

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

‘Twas nine long years ago
That we went shopping for a daughter
Daddy and I searched far and wide
Behind the hills and yonder

Above the screen of fluffy clouds
Beyond horizon’s border
Is a little shop that calls itself
Babies Made to Order

We leafed through the catalogue
Unsure of what we wanted
An artist? A scientist? A professor?
Long and hard we debated

‘Madame et Monsieur, may I ‘elp you?’
Asked a charming little fairy
‘We ‘ave babies of every kind ‘ere
From cute to naughty and scary

‘Ow about za little boy
Whiz hair all brown and curly
You could zing togezer ‘appy ballads
While he played ze ukelele

Or ‘ow about za scientist
Whiz an inquisitive, questioning mind?
A philosopher, poet or painter?
Ze reflective, sensitive kind?

An acrobat? A ventriloquist?
Or zomeone whiz an artistique bent
A doctor, engineer, cartographer?
May be a future prezident?’

The choices were many and all too tempting
And it would take but a simple spell
But our list was long, so we custom made
Our little mademoiselle


A little streak of mischief
A dash of girly charm
Spoonfuls of courage to face her fears
With dignity and calm

A herb for all the strength she might need
The go-get-what-you-want-now potion
(In hindsight though, we should have used this one
In absolute moderation)


A kind heart, a warm smile
Eyes that were filled with wonder
(The fine print in this label had read
May have a temper like lightning and thunder)

For nine long months we waited
While the fairies did their thing
Then on a starry night in November
The stork delivered an earthling


One look at this little bundle
And we knew we had done it right
There was no doubt, this was very definitely
Love at first sight

Happy birthday, little angel
May your life be filled with laughter
May you find all that you seek
Thank you for being our daughter!

Dec 13

Desire and Joy

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. 39

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Dec 9

God, Bananas and other Things

Q. Why do we Indians worship so many Gods?!
A. We don’t. We only worship God in many, many forms. Just as white light when passed through a prism or a dispersive medium, breaks up into it’s 7 constituent colours, and each individual colour is really the same light, similarly many, many different forms of God are worshipped.

Each individual expresses His adoration and Devotion to a form he or she loves best… It may seem to be different, but it is the same. Indians are monotheistic, meaning they worship only One God albeit in so many different forms.

Q. ummm … Why do they do that?!

A. ummm… Why do you make so many things out of a banana? Banana milkshake, banana smoothie, banana chips, banana sweets, banana parfait, banana ice cream, banana  wada (you get that in Kerela, among many other unpronounceable stuff made out of bananas).. Why don’t you simply eat a banana as it is?

Because you CAN! and it is just so much more fun and it is not against any law!

You are welcome to worship God how you wish… in whatever form you wish!

Q. What is the difference between the Jeeva (individual soul) and the Brahman (God)?

A. The Jeeva is one who thinks that it will end when the body ceases to be. Who is enthralled by the illusion the world is, utterly lost in the Maya (illusion) of the world. The same Jeeva when it realizes that it is infact the same as the all pervading Divinity becomes (or realizes that it is) Brahman. Going from Ko Ham (meaning Who am I?) to So Ham (meaning I am That!) to Shivo Ham (I am The Ultimate) is the journey to the Self.

Like the air inside a balloon is no different from the air outside a balloon, the Jeeva is in reality no different from the Brahman… Like a wave is no different from the Ocean.

What can you tell a wave searching for the Ocean?

Be still! Then you will realize that you are the Ocean!!

Be still…

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa

Dec 6

Respect

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. 38

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Nov 29

Knowledge and Faith

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. 37

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Nov 22

Abiding in the Self

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. 36

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

Nov 16

A Diwali Gift

A Diwali Gift

You can watch the video on Youtube as well

Nov 15

Indebtedness or Abundance?

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. 35

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa n dinesh

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