These last few weeks have been both utterly relaxing and super hectic!
Guruji was not (physically) in the ashram for almost 7 weeks. Satsang tends to drag a bit… well, a lot when He is not here, and between dinesh, me, kashi and girin, we decided to do something about it… and we did! We had for some time Satsang unplugged – no mikes for the singers… It was very nice, everyone sang and participated. Now only one mike is used… according to me not as nice as no mike, but still wonderful . After the singing, everyone chants 5-7 verses from the Bhagawad Geeta accompanied by just a simple translation. Then we watched the entire series of talks by Guruji on the Geeta, and followed it up with a quick discussion on what we heard and other things, usually led by me
Satsang at the ashram has become really nice
We have been planning our Europe trip. When we announced it, i had no idea what a huge endeavour it was going to turn into… We have around 100 people going with us to Europe for the World Culture Festival and a tour of Europe after that. Tanu has managed everyone and everybody magnificiently and this trip would have been impossible to get going without her patient expertise. All will be applying for their Schengen visas in the next few days… All the Best to everyone!
For almost a year, we have been in the process of designing a board game. When one says board game, people think of chess, snakes and ladders, ludo and monopoly
But there are so many, many different types of board games. They are developed mostly in Europe and the US. Gaming unplugged. They are so wonderful to play.
After buying out most of the best ones available, dinesh and i decided we would start to make our own. Our first one is called “The Mumbai Connection” … and it is ready for production now… Watch out for it in stores very soon.
A good friend has been managing our money for some time and through him, we managed to earn a nice sum on the share market … We spent it on getting ourselves a lovely new 55 inch Samsung 3D TV and a superb speaker set (Indian made) called Lithos. We have been listening to all our music and seeing some classic movies with our new gadgets … btw, we don’t have a cable connection in case you are wondering. The TV is not for watching TV, only for movies and games (we got a PS3 and got gifted an XBox 360).
Rajeev and Avinash totalled our car. They were attempting a theoretically impossible feat. Reaching the airport from the ashram in 40 minutes. They didn’t, and managed to have a spectacular accident. Nothing happened to them, other than bruised egos (and a few stitches). But nothing much was left of the car.
So it was time to get a new car. We have just finished the formalities and awaiting the delivery of spiffy new red Toyota Corolla Altis. It’s brilliantly fuel efficient, 18-20 kms per liter of diesel in the city and supposed to be almost maintenance free. It’s one of the best selling cars in the world, with 40 million cars sold to date! We liked the car, the comfort, the air conditioning, the music system in it, the fuel efficiency… and also figured that 40 million people can’t be very wrong
After a run of a few years serving fairly bad food the canteen in our ashram in undergoing a metamorphosis. It’s going to become a bistro! Run by me and dinesh (recipes are mine, tasted and approved by dinesh). It even has it’s own website (under development but you can check it out)!
We have got a brilliant team of chefs who we have sent to a few places in India over the last few months to learn the authentic ways of making delectable food. They also trained with me in the ashram. Our kitchen had almost become a laboratory
We start today evening. A super limited menu for now, while we renovate and redo stuff to the way we want it to be. Tonight we start with Grilled Sandwiches, Bombaiya Batatawadas and Pav Bhaji. Also Ojasvita shakes and tea. We will add to the menu as we go along. You can look forward to salads, soups, pastas, traditional parsi food, desserts, home made breads… You can rest assured that when you come to ashram the next time and want a brilliant meal, it will be there for you!
I have always been a fan of the concept of network marketing. Next week will post an article about it. I helped milan get Prakriti Network, our home grown direct selling company up and running finally. We will go live sometime today. JD’s contribution to this was invaluable and i don’t think we could have pulled it off without him. I hope many more people will be able to come to berlin and other places to be with Guruji by earning money from this venture. Milan has also promised a substantial part of the profits for the Youth Ashram in Bombay.
Which brings us to the youth ashram. Guruji’s Kutir design is done and the construction will start in a few days from now… Also a temporary meditation hall is getting built and so we will be able to start up the Advance courses there real soon – in a few months from now. We will be starting with housing in tents and maybe bonfire satsangs
I learned a new tango (La Cumparsita) and a waltz by Chopin (Les Adieux) on the piano and playing both quite nicely
Dinesh has been very busy sealing deals with various educational institutions for making YES!+, YES! or Art Excel a part of their induction programs or their curriculum. We did the Manavathe program with the government of Karnataka, where 250+ teachers from all over the country came here and managed to teach YES!+ to 25,000+ people in 3 weeks. Abhi and Gowri made a film about that. Watch, it’s very nice…
We had a pilot program to rave reviews at IIT Kharagpur. We had a course for all the new entrants at XLRI, Jamshedpur which is now a part of their induction program. Many other institutions are joining in and I think the skill of how to give intro talks for YES!+ is fast becoming more or less redundant
Abhiram and Gowrishankar our genius film makers have designed a superb 4-5 day course on film making (with just a little bit of creative interference from me) which they conducted in a few places. People have really loved the workshop and their dates are getting booked left, right and center! Guruji called up and asked them to make a promo on the World Culture Festival event at Berlin. They managed to make this video in 3 days flat! You will get to watch it on TV real soon as well.
After a very long time i found a game that i like… It’s called Rift. Am spending some time in Telara too on the Galena shard. My name there is Razwid – any guesses why?!
If you are an Indian classical trained dancer who is really good, then maybe you may get a chance to perform at the Berlin event. Please contact Srividya – email@example.com for more details.
A YES!+ Advance course is happening at the Bangalore Ashram from June 8th – 12th. Get details from your YES!+ teacher or pop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are starting a DSN tonight at Jayanagar in Bangalore… You can contact hema – email@example.com if you want to do the course or come and volunteer.
Finally, there is a book reading – Suparna’s cute little book – The All Bengali Crime Detectives is going to be read by her, her husband Kanchan, me and dinesh at the Crossword at Residency road Bangalore tomorrow (Friday, 29th April, 2011) evening at 6:30 pm. Be there and buy out her books
So you see, we have been quite, quite busy being happy – and happy being busy!
bawa (n dinesh)