Dosa recipe

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There is nothing more redeeming than hot dosas on your plate when you are hungry! Apart from the gastronomical pleasure that dosas provide, they have a great lesson to teach. In Kannada we have a proverb, “ellara mane dosenu tute” meaning dosas made in every house have holes in it. Like Sri Sri says and we all… Read more »

Kaamana Habba – Holi in Karnataka

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Kaamana Habba, as children  that is how we knew Holi that falls on full Moonday in phallgun. Growing up in Mysore, I did not know there was anything called Holi. Kaamana Habba was celebrated in an unique way in Mysore. Custom had it that boys should ‘steal’ logs and cow dung cakes from neighbours during… Read more »

Ragi ball for health and strength

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Art of Living founder Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji often talks about how villagers in Karnataka stay healthy and strong by consuming a millet called ragi. In His discourse on Ashtavakra Geetha, episode ‘You are not the Doer‘, he tells us of the strength one gets from eating ragi balls. And some of us… Read more »

Shakti Kriya with Sri Sri

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On Monday the 17th of December 2012, my husband and I hit a jackpot! We had just come out of Rudra Puja and were having breakfast in the Annapoorna Dining Hall at Art of Living International Ashram  when Naga Nandini ji, a senior Art of Living teacher from Mysore, bumped into us and said, “let’s hurry…. Read more »

Art of Living Guru Puja

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Performing pujas as a ritual was an integral part of my growing up years. Belonging to Madhwa Brahmin community meant there was a ritual almost every month. Yes, ritual, that is all it was to me. Significance of every ritual was told to us ,children , but hardly do I remember feeling merged with the… Read more »

Navabrindavan Visit – a sacred experience

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Recently, we visited Nava Brindavana located on a small mound-like island, east of the Anegondi village on the banks of Tungabhadra river.  Anegundi village is about 8 km from Gangavathi, a taluk in Koppal district of Karnataka, India.   The nava Brindavan island is a very sacred place, for it houses the nine tombs of… Read more »

Art of Living and sheikha of Bahrain

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As an Art of Living teacher I have experienced how Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar touches the core of every heart, even of those who are hard-core skeptics. One time, I was giving an Art of Living program to a group of sheikhas in Bahrain. Sheikhas are Arab ladies from the royal families. One of… Read more »

If I can make churmuri, so can you!

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One evening this December, we had a rare opportunity of staying home after a long time. My husband eagerly spread out the scrabble board, our favorite pastime, while I pottered around in the kitchen  to make cups of  nice and hot  filter coffee. A big plastic container full of puffed rice sitting demurely on the … Read more »

Sri Sri and Mysore pak

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One time, in a blessed moment of being in his presence in Ganga kutir at Art of Living Ashram, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gave me a piece of freshly made Mysore pak as Prasad. Not a person particularly fond of sweets, I must admit Mysore pak is an exception.   Once out of kutir,… Read more »

I want life, not a lifestyle

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I want life, not a lifestyle. I long not to get lost in the ‘madding crowd’ running after empty pleasures. I long to be amidst flowers and trees, butterflies and birds, music, dance and meditation. I long to see children playing , in mud, with pebbles, on the sea shore building sand castles, tongue twisters,… Read more »