Art of Living Experiences.

The horror of living with a spouse addicted to alcohol is unimaginable.

My husband was an alcoholic. I say ‘was’ as now he is off drinks. I paid the price for this with the life of our only son who left us at the tender age of 10 in 2011. My husband had lost his job and had a labor case against his employer. With his only support being alcohol he eventually became an addict, turned paranoid and deluded. He saw things and people following him the family. While visiting a mall he picked up our only child and flung him down from the first floor of the mall and jumped down himself. I was watching in disbelief, as if detached from my body.

The mall was decorated for Christmas celebrations with white angels and fairies. There must have been real fairies and angels present as my son was leaving this Earth.  They must have all been there in millions to take him away, only I could not see them.

From the first floor of the mall I saw my son on the ground and my husband lying a little away from him. I came running down the escalator and when I went near my son there was already a big crowd around him. I was pulled away from my son and made to sit down. I called up my family in India and told them what had happened.

The ambulance came and took my son and husband away to the hospital. To help me go to the hospital one of my Art of Living friends came to the mall with his family. By the time I reached the hospital the entire Art of Living family from Bahrain was there.

My son was unconscious with a fracture on the head. My husband had a fractured leg and surprisingly he was conscious. I gave them healing through a technique learnt in the Art of Living blessing program.

Later my husband was taken into custody and put in a special security ward.

This was the horror I was facing and yet I remained totally detached and witnessed it all as a happening. Was that me? I wonder now!  How did I manage to stay centered and calm? I surprised the doctors and nurses as I refused to take any tranquilizers. It was as if a Divine force had taken over me.

I had become an Art of Living teacher just 3 months before this tragedy.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar my gurudev

My son came into my life with my Guru and soon after I became an Art of Living teacher, he left. He was my little guru, giving me all the knowledge points of Art of Living. My husband and son had a very loving relationship and it was the little one’s sacrifice that cured the dad of his addiction.

Like a concerned friend Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar telephoned me at the hospital and asked what happened. My husband was in police custody. I lost my son 4 days later when love of whole Bahrain was around me.  My husband did not know we had lost our child. He was not allowed to know as he was being assessed and interrogated.

The doctors expected me to be rolling on the floor, pull my hair, take a dagger and kill my husband. Nothing like that happened. Throughout my son’s passing away and his cremation it was the presence of the Guru that kept me in a sane, calm and centered state. People around me wondered, how is she managing to do this!

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I went to meet Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji soon after the incident and with his blessings made the decision to be with my husband. Do not see intention behind others mistakes- I knew he was not responsible for the act.  The knowledge given by Gurudev kept me centered and strong. I accepted the present moment as it is. I was not a football of others opinion who told me to leave my husband and let him go to jail. Opposite values are complementary, I was sure this had happened for a big reason. I kept hearing my son’s soul telling me “mom, I am leaving you as you have a lot of good work to do. I am setting you free, you don’t have to worry about my school, my eating and my extra curricular activities. Mom I will see you soon. I love you”.

My husband was acquitted of all charges and set free. It was a miracle in the legal history of this country. I KNEW WHOSE POWER WAS BEHIND IT.

It is now two and half years after the tragedy and I can say I AM HAPPY!! But for my Master and his wisdom I would not have been writing this today.

- Jayashree
Bahrain

Art of Living Experiences.

Any form of substance abuse is criminal. It makes you dead, even while you are alive.

One in four children in our country is exposed to alcoholism and drug addiction in the family. Thus one in four children in your vicinity might be hiding their embarrassment, confusion, hurt or shame about what’s going on at home.

An alcoholic or drug addict can cause big problems for his his/ her family.  Families of alcohol dependent persons risk facing violence, disruption of family rituals, separation, divorce, inappropriate role models and economic difficulties.

A child living with an alcoholic lose his/her childhood. With a higher rate of emotional troubles like anxiety and depression they face issues at schools such as difficulty in concentration and behavioral problems.

In the case of a teenage addict, the family faces insurmountable trauma. The parent child equation is completely strained in such a situation. Parents fear that they may lose their child completely and often get emotionally blackmailed.

 Addiction also comes in the way of a happily married couple. Your addiction to alcohol or drugs will make you see your spouse as a means to get that which you really love – drugs and alcohol! And when you don’t get it, you will get violent, stressed, depressed and dump all that frustration on your innocent spouse.

In this dark world of addiction, there is still HOPE!  Sudarshan Kriya is the journey from a harmful dependency to a healing experience. Yoga, Panayam and Meditation help in erasing the craving in you and take you to a happy world.

In fact hardcore addicts who have completely healed and transformed because of Sudarshan Kriya vouch for it. Sameer, from Bihar who consumed all kind of substance abuses including sleeping pills says, “Even if you meditate for five minutes in a day, you cannot do anything wrong”. Ashish Sachdeva, an alcoholic from Haryana, shares, “While Yoga helped me reduce weight tremendously, 35 kgs in the first year of practicing it; Sudarshan Kriya was positively influencing and working on my mind”. Narayan Agrawal, an addict from Orissa said, “Doing Sudarshan Kriya bought in stability in his life”.

It has been conclusively been proven that the Art of Living techniques developed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar wipe out the inner void, due to which an addict turns to substance abuses. In fact, with the regular practice of Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya and meditaion, these addicts no longer crave for instant gratification from the world of substances. Instead, by gradually going inwards and they truly fall in love with themselves!

~ Sunita Nair

Art of Living Experiences.

 

I always was hale and healthy, until January  1998, when by accident, I discovered a lump in my  right breast. I went for a general check up in an endocrinal department, had a mammogram and FNAC and lumps on both the breasts as well as in the armpits were found. It was an advanced stage of cancer. I was admitted into the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduates Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Lucknow and operated upon on the 27th of Jan. 1998….only the lumps were removed.

 

After a month I had to go for 32 sittings of radiation, followed by Breaky therapy once a week on alternate breast..(one sitting  for each breast)

After a gap of one and a half months, I again underwent 12 rounds of chemotherapy (24 sittings), you have no idea what this these radiations therapies do to the body and the mind… I was put on Temoxifin (10 mg)  two tablets a day from Nov  1998 to  Nov. 2003 ( for five years) and went for check ups every three months, which included bone scan, liver scan, mammogram and chest xrays.

 

Initially, the reports were not too satisfactory and everything looked petty bleak…

 

Then, I did my first Art of Living Course in February 1999  and began practicing assiduously my Sudarshan Kriya. From that time on, my reports started showing improvement! In 2001, I went to Rishikesh  for Maha Shivratri and did my second Advanced Meditation Course in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.  I had the good fortune of spending a good half hour with Gurudev. When I mentioned my health problems, he said, ..”Tumhe cancer hai? Samjho nahin hai!” (“You have cancer ? Think you don’t have it’) !

 

On my way back from Rishikesh, I went to Lucknow for yet another checkup. To my utter amazement, all my reports were NORMAL, and have remained so till date! I am now off all medication. The doctors were surprised at my complete recovery and admitted that only a miracle could have brought about this!

 

Today, I feel very grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shanakar, because it is only  because of Him that I  have overcome cancer!

 

Uma