Mar 1

Upgrade yourself!

First of all … A Happy Happy Holi!!!!

Do play Holi with a lot of water, don’t worry about “wasting” it… People who eat non veg food will waste more water in a single meal that you and your family will waste playing a full fledged Holi with lots and lots of water … Do be careful of the colours you use though, best is to go organic or simply play only with chandan (Sandal wood powder) …

I was at BITS Goa for the TEDx there and their magazine interviewed me… here is that interview (a little abridged)…


Q. Life teaches us many lessons as we go along, then why does one need Art of Living? What is its importance in daily life?

A. So that you learn the lessons properly! If you have learnt your lesson you will not commit the same mistake again. If we had learnt our lesson in World War 1, would there have been a World War 2? Would there have been the Vietnam, Iraq or all the other wars? We don’t know how to learn the lessons that life has to offer. We need lessons so that you don’t commit the same mistakes over and over again, like a stuck record. Art of living allows you to make new mistakes in life.

Q. In today’s world we see people leading hectic lives, with hardly any time for leisure. How would you integrate spirituality with that kind of a lifestyle?

A. If you don’t have spirituality you will be stuck leading the life you have to lead rather than the life you want to lead. Spirituality makes you efficient, productive, and creative so that things that you have to do you manage quickly and you have time to do the things you want to do.

Q. Are there any myths associated with spirituality that you would like to clear?

A. The biggest myth is that it is not for me. It is for you. There are only three types of people not eligible for spirituality. Type one- you are dead. Too late. Type two- you are enlightened. You are already spiritual. Type three- you are clinically mentally retarded, then Art of Living cannot help you. If you do not fall within these three categories, then spirituality is for you. This is the biggest myth- “I don’t need it”. Until you do it, you have no idea what it is and whether you need it or not.

Q. Sir, you mentioned that this course has helped you a lot. Could you please mention a few transformations that you have seen in yourself that would interest the students of BITS?

A. There are so many things. In IIT while i was studying, I was a four point someone and I graduated as a seven point someone. I think that should interest everybody! Physically my health improved terrifically… And I became a better piano player, a better cook, a better son, a better friend…  a better human being. I was upgraded.

Q. What would be your message to the students?

A. Upgrade yourself!

Q. Not everybody can be Einstein. Can people still have satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives?

A. Every person has some amazing, brilliant thing with them that they need to contribute to this world. The moment they start giving, they get fulfillment and satisfaction. The moment they start taking they feel frustrated and miserable. The whole purpose is to start giving. Taking is such a futile thing- you take a degree, you take money and within a few years, you are dead. But how will you make your mark on this planet? By giving. Like Lata Mangeshkar gives with her voice, Aamir Khan gives with his acting. So, I give knowledge. Guruji gives us spirituality. Figure out what you can give. Don’t waste your life figuring what you can take. Anyway, it is going to be taken away from you eventually. So learn to give. And know that you have an abundance to give. Don’t think that you are poor or have nothing to give.

Right in the beginning there was a big race, a great race… Three hundred million sperms were fighting, and you won. So never think that you are a loser. You are one in three hundred million! You started your life as a winner, and so continue your life like that!

Jai Gurudeva!



Interviewed by Abhishek Agrawal and Basanti Nachine from the Department of Journalism and Media Affairs at BITS Pilani, Goa Campus

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45 Responses to “Upgrade yourself!”

  1. Satish says:

    Bawa, Just incase you dont know, YOU ROCK.

  2. Dhir Shah says:

    Thanks Bau for posting this!!
    I was feeling so confused about this water wastage thingi… Thank you Bau and a very Happy Holi to you!
    Jai Gurudev

  3. annonymous says:

    Dear BawaSir, Dinesh Sir,

    First and Foremost A VERY HAPPY HOLI TO BOTH OF U.
    Lovely answers by the way i enjoyed it seriously after a long time
    What if ur parents are not allowing to do more and more Seva even tough they know that i am more responsible than what i was before? they don’t allow to organise course or they just make u attend one rest days they don’t allow u to go and relatives make one big huge mega emotional drama giving dialouges take good things leave rest , people are highly educated. full time teachers will work somewhere ur just an ordinary graduate. but that does’nt stop me from going out and giving introtalks but i am unable to attend courses

  4. Anupam says:

    HAHA!!!!The last bit was awesome!!!!

    Happy Holi to u too Bau!!!!Played a lot today…had awesome fun!!!!

    Jai Gurudev!!!!

  5. Upasna says:

    *****Spirituality makes you efficient, productive, and creative so that things that you have to do you manage quickly and you have time to do the things you want to do******


  6. Neelam says:

    Woha ! Very crisp as usual !!

  7. Shiv says:

    Awesome BAU……………………..

  8. Jayant Nasa says:

    awsum answeres bau!!!! happy holi. jgd 🙂

  9. Amar says:

    Today i feel very lucky that GURUJI is in my life…….. salute to GURUJI , and bawaji u r amazing…. thanks to upgrading our life threw this blog…. jgd

  10. Achal says:

    happy holi bau

    jai guru dev

  11. harsha says:

    awesome interview bau…the audio transcript is brilliant too 🙂

  12. Pothi says:

    That was another terrific interview. Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

    Jai guru dev!

  13. Janardhan says:

    Good questions. Amazing answers!

  14. Shikhar Mehta says:

    Truly I m one in the millions.
    jai gurudeva.

  15. mukta says:

    great answers bau!!!!
    simple words with the truthfulness and from someone who has actually lived those words..

    hey!!! I give a comment each time and they are nowhere the next time.. i check it to see if i have got your reply… thats not fair

  16. Upgrade yourself… as the punchline… sounds pretty kewl..Bau

    The Art of Living… Upgrade yourself 😛

  17. Gaurav says:


  18. Harshawardhan says:

    Toooo good bau!!!
    Hats offfff!!!!
    Jai Gurudeva!

  19. Suparna says:

    Très, très cool!!!


    awesome…!! 😀

  21. Rahul JOshi says:

    “….Until you do it, you have no idea what it is and whether you need it or not…..”
    Awesome Bau….!!!! Wonderful…!!!

  22. Karishma says:

    wow bauu.. so encouraging..!
    you’re a superstar!
    Jai gurudev!

  23. kumar simha says:

    wah wah…baawaah!!


  24. Minnie says:

    happy happy happy really happy to see the blog upgraded with such an article which upgrades others 🙂 🙂

  25. sne says:

    bau i sent u a mail, please reply me asap.

  26. Monica Tiwari says:

    lol! cool as always 🙂
    but maybe not wasting water at all is the best option.

  27. Vijay Pratap Singh says:

    While people who eat nutrition rich non-veg meals waste enough water for others to play a wet Holi, those who take and encourage others to take Alcohol, Ganja, Bhang, Hashish and other drugs etc. on Holi as a religious and social duty, do a great service to humanity by destroying their lives , being a public nuisance and a burden on their families. Not to forget the able business leaders like those from the Times Group whose ‘intoxicating’ Holi parties are a ‘must’ on the P3 circuit. How poignant !

    Happy Holi !

  28. Akshay says:

    I am also working on a project for my English course in St.Stephen’s College, entitled- Non Vegetarianism:Contribution to Global Warming. Can u please forward me some information you might have come across while taking up this cause. I’ll be presenting it in front of a class of 52 students , most of them are primarily non vegetarians. I hope to convey my message to bring about a change. You can forwars it to-

  29. Arpit says:

    Awesome Bau 🙂

  30. Happy holi to you too bau 🙂
    \\Do play Holi with a lot of water ..nice pinch bau 🙂
    And I dont need to “say great answers to nice questions”..coz when its bau rocking answers is implied !!!
    I loved Not for me and give ans.

    \\Well 4 pt smeone to 7 point smeone is interesting indeed ..but I was thinking how has it helped you ??…no offences just a personal doubt.

    • Bawa says:

      at that time, was a source of a terrific increase in confidence levels … and big smile on face when i showed my final grade sheet to Guruji 🙂

  31. shaloo says:

    the last bit ws jus awesum!!! loved it 🙂

  32. Avinash says:

    Jahapanah… Tussi great ho…:) Bau rocks….

  33. Ramu says:

    As usual you rocked………….

  34. Akshata says:

    “upgrade yourself” ..I will definitely remember that!!!! this was a lovely and a very inspiring interview bawa bhaiya!!! thank you for this !!! 🙂

  35. varun says:

    Dear Bawa

    There is a talk in intimate note to a seeker vol-2 ” Donot be grateful”
    Will you please explain this talk.

    Love/ Varun

  36. Anshika says:

    Haha.. 😛 The last answer is extra cool ! 🙂

  37. savant says:

    what a post bau………..

  38. Swati Arora says:

    Awesome Bau as always!!! 😀

  39. Ekta says:

    Dear Bau,

    I read your post on holi, and it felt nice, but then I thought that we should still do our bit to save water and let them do what they are doing.

    I am still confused about this………. need to get my concepts right
    Please havee some patience with me.
    Thanks 🙂

  40. Arun says:

    Really liked the answer to the last question. Feel invigorated to learn that we were all born winners … we triumphed … 1 in 300 million … we overcame all odds … wow!

  41. darsh says:

    hiii bau…
    Saw ur summer magic pics… they are awesome… Even i want to do a course with u, but em under age…. yet i have been one amongst yes+ organiser in ma town… Can i do this winter break with u, being 17?

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