Apr 28

What have we been up to?!

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!

See you in Berlin!

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.

Part of the Board and some game cards and currency

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

Our new car!

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!

The Vishala Bistro Team (Sushant is missing in this photo)

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?!

Razwid (me) in Sanctum, the Capital city of the Guardians of Telara

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 – srividya@yesplus.org 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 rajeev@wayeonline.org

We are starting a DSN tonight at Jayanagar in Bangalore… You can contact hema – nhema12@yahoo.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!

Jai Gurudeva!

love

bawa (n dinesh)


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34 Responses to “What have we been up to?!”

  1. Anusha says:

    JGD Bawa,

    You really are busy…I am quite excited about the new menu at the Ashram..Really looking forward to the trip now.. (as if there were not enough attractions already!)..

    Razwid – Wizard? :-)

    JGD!

    • Bawa says:

      Yup! You got it!!
      One of my fantasies has always been a fire ball erupting from my hands… or at the very least being able to switch the lights off after reading in bed without getting up :)

      • Abhishek says:

        Jai Gurudev Bau!
        You already have that power Bau! :-)
        Also, Thank you for wonderful ‘Not Sheera’. It was really so yummy, I couldn’t resist myself and finished it off quickly. I will call it ‘Sweet Sin’. I already committed it and feeling happy about it. :-)

        These are all our Dearest Guruji’s blessings on each one of us that we are enjoying our life in best possible way wherever we are. Thanks a lot our Guruji.
        Btw..I watched Rob Dyrdek’s fantasy factory episode (with Guruji) for 3rd or 4th time, I love to watch it everytime. Guruji is so amazing. ‘In Rome do as the Roman’s do’ suits him the most. Rajshree didi also, the way she teaches Rob, Jeremy and Drama Pranayam, it seems so effortless and serene. It empowers you and makes you feel so good especially about Guruji.

        Thank you Bau for such wonderful piece of prose. I always read it and feel that it is verse. I would love to read your verse too. Please do share if you have written any poem.

  2. jaideep says:

    man i would love to be busy like that :)

  3. Sameer Sathe says:

    WOW..!! Bau….you and Dinesh bhaiya both are one of those really amazing people on this planet…and role models on this spiritual path..!! Hats off to both of you !!

    You are superman :) !!

    Jai Gurudeva :)
    Love
    Sameer

    PS: Waiting for ‘your’ 2nd Board Game..!!

  4. raja says:

    mast hain bau…khoob paisa bana raha hain art of living….aur dikh raha hain ki aap kitni samaj sewa kar rahe ho…:P

  5. EKTA says:

    :) :) :) ….:):) :D

    wow !!!! itne saaareeee ache ache kaaamm !!!!

  6. Kamatchi says:

    :’) I am grinning and crying!!!!!
    Grinning cause of all wonderful things happening there and Crying cause I am missing all the action!!!!! Baaaaaaaawwwll!!! :D :D :D

  7. Meghana says:

    Looking forward to come to the ashram as soon as possible…..Hopefully for the YES!+ adv(8-12 June)…….
    Love
    Meghana

  8. Anshuman says:

    bau…!!
    just loved to read this post.. :)
    had a big big :D throughout when i read this post..
    i must say this was the post i was waiting so long from your side.. :)
    love u..!
    will be joining u soon just 1.5 month left and i would be graduate and then full time YES!+ teacher.. :)

  9. Bhavyata says:

    I ll see you there in Berlin Bawu !!!

  10. varun goel says:

    woah!! you have been really working a lot!!!
    guess this gives an inspiration to get up and start working!!
    thank you bau!
    jai gurudev!
    p.s.: i met guruji. was with him in his kutir for nearly half an hour!!
    cant actually define the feeling which i had there.now i want to be with him always!!!! his presence is amazing!
    i feel blessed.

  11. Priyanka Pawde says:

    Hey bawa..awsum post ..I would love to come and visit ashram one day !

  12. Rahul says:

    Very nice to read the post. Congratulations and wish you all the best for the World Culture Festival. I think a 100 people is quite some size to make the trip. Wish you all the best; may you bring glory to our land.

    Great to know about the new board game and the canteen and all the details and ventures. The car you mentioned is Toyota; couldn’t it be from an Indian brand, just as a gesture towards Indian’s domestic manufacturing? Anyways, wish you all the best!

  13. Bharat says:

    JGD!! Bau, i never met you n dinesh bhaiya in person, i have done my yes!+ course last month and have volunteered another yes!+ last week and had awsum trip to vrindavan with saleel da…we miss you bau.. very soon visiting ashram to relish the food and to feel the heaven feelings of ashram, to rock in satsand , to do sewa and to smile with guru ji..i m craving to be dere and giving my 200% to visit berlin..
    JGD!! :) :) :) :) :)

  14. Mrinmayee says:

    Wow.. So many activities.. Awesome!
    I’m definitely coming to La Khana again! :) Will come for the Advance course.. it’s going to be total fun.. (as always!)
    great to know the board game is finally finished.. can’t wait to check it out!! :D

    JGD!

  15. Aditya Dhaka says:

    Wow!!!
    I had been so patiently waiting for this :D
    And it paid :P
    Jai Gurudev!!!
    Lots of love :)

  16. komal says:

    hmm wow what amazing thing syou all have been upto… cannot cannot cannot wait for the yummo food thats gonna hit the canteen….i hope its reasonably priced tough….

  17. Jai Gurudeva!

    have been waitingso long for a post… thanks bau… this post was worth the wait….

    reading this inspires and just feels so good….. really miss being at Ashram

    Love :)

  18. Prashant Serai says:

    Manavathe – SPEEECHLESS!!

  19. Alok says:

    Awesome Bau!!!! And nice ride for sure… ;)

  20. mukta says:

    Jai gurudev.

    It was nice.

  21. Gauri Jinu says:

    Bawu ..

    I have a small kid..7 months…just joined office back ….just shifted to a new house…..
    my last seva was to organize a YES+ a month back…

    I am feeling a lot of separation…especially after reading this post…feeling very sad…

    I wonder !!!!!

    • admin says:

      Please take care of the kid :)
      You do whatever you can on the phone … At this time, relax and enjoy your child, they don’t stay that way very long :)
      Jai Gurudeva!
      bawa

  22. Ekta says:

    Bau,

    Can we meditate with the live webcast from Berlin Event. Is that possible?
    I pray that I could come to Berlin with my hubby and kid to Berlin and enjoy there.

    Jai Guru Dev

    Ekta

  23. Mukta says:

    One more Monday Gone!!!
    Where is my weekly post?

  24. Abhay Karnataki says:

    Superb action and fun !! :)

  25. Vinod M says:

    Congrats on the new car Bau, love the color, same as my bike :-)

    Appreciate your choosing an Indian made music system over any US / china made brands.

    I heard that transcribing the feedback (paper based) received from Manavathe project to digitally consumable format is kind of a big task, is it done ? Else I had the following suggestion – why not employ crowdsourcing techniques whereby you can ask each of the yes+ volunteer to transcribe 10-20 paper feedback each. We would be happy to help and with thousands of volunteers it will all be over real quick…

  26. SAMEER says:

    bhau, u havent posted your article on networking yet…waiting to read that!

  27. Kanishk says:

    Bau, I was a part of our festival in Berlin.

    My interaction with people from so many different nations, just gave me a weird idea.

    We can start a website similar to COUCH-SURFING which can be a center for all AOLites (and also non-AOLites) to share their location for travelling devotees ;)

    1. We can put up regional information about the satsangs and long-kriyas happening around
    2. It would spread more awareness among non-AOLites who couch at these locations. They would attend intro talks and satsangs at such places.
    3. This would promote our One World Family :D

    I would like to know your views on this

  28. Kanishk says:

    Needless to say that if the above idea flourishes. We could have sponsors from different airlines who would advertise on the webpage.
    AOL extends across the 360 longitudes, and we can build up a huge network of surfers who would be ready to host other AOLites

    Which would be a win-win for us :)

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