Shiv Sutras.

  1. The amount of inertia in Child is very less than the one who is Scholar. A Scholar is more inert than Child and the reason is we are slowly-slowly moving from an experience to information.
  2. A child smiles approx 400 times a day, whereas an adult smiles only 70 times a day and a aged person doesn’t smile at all.
  3. Celebration – Love – Happiness and Creativity are the signs of Consciousness.
  4. And the one who is stubborn (or inert) lacks Consciousness.
  5. Thus it is said It is the knowledge that makes you free and it is the same knowledge that binds you.
  6. If you say “I know everything” then you have not known anything. You are not free then. You are bound by knowledge.
  7. The Inertia dawns when you say “I know everything” and you become like Stone (not ready to accept anything) and Consciousness dawns when you are “ready to gain knowledge” because you remain more aware at that time.
  8. That’s why we should just smile when someone ask “Have u seen God?”. Because you cannot see god. The Shakti with which you are trying to see God is itself God.
  9. Next Sutra is . When you are not proud of the knowledge that you know; Consciousness awakens. That knowledge makes you free.
  10. Next Sutra is . Wake up and see. All the bodies that took birth from different cunt are all made up of one Consciousness. Its all ONE.
  11. If you want to understand that “Our Consciousness is different from this Inert body” then first of all you will have to understand what body is. Thus in Yoga Nidra we take our attention to each and every part of body and thus we come to know that mind and body are not the same.
  12. The making of our body is nothing but the Art born out of five senses. With just one drop of sperm and egg the whole body is formed and it is nothing but an art of five senses.
  13. A Stone cannot give respect to anyone similarly an Inert person cannot show respect to anyone. Only a person in whom consciousness is awaken can be humble. And when we become humble to everyone for which all belongs to us we become free.
  14. Knowing this we become free from the bondage of knowledge.

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Shiv Sutras.

  1. – We often hear or say “If it is God’s will, it will happen”. But have you noticed? We usually say this when we are not enthusiastic in any work we want to do.
  2. Many say “We will do Sadhana, when Guruji will want us to do but We don’t say “If it is God’s will that I should eat food, it will happen” nor we say “If it is God’s will that I should see movie, it will happen”, but we often say in work that we are not enthusiastic to do.
  3. Somewhere if we win we say “I have won” and when we fail we say “it could be God’s will” such people are called one who only love to stay in their comfort zone.
  4. We misuse this beautiful sentence and apply it to our own comfort zone.
  5. There is a saying ; Saint Mulka has said this to some other relation and we took this up and messed up everything.
  6. Whatever effort you do 100% physically and by being mentally with it is itself called Shiva.
  7. If you are considering Lord as Dourer then you are not Sufferer as well. If you say “It was Lord who made thief to steal” then it will be the “Lord who will suffer in Jail”; then where does the thief come in between.
  8.  – Whatever task you want to carry just complete it out. Thinking on it again and again will end up nowhere.
  9. The work which you want to complete, complete it and the work which you want to leave, leave it and relax. That’s it.
  10. The will to do in you is itself  Shiva.
  11. Krishna says to Arjuna means “Having an equal mind in happiness-sorrow; gain-loss; victory-defeat; engage in battle and thereby you will not incur sin”.
  12. Knowing that everything is happening by itself you become observer. The digestion process in you is happening or you are doing it? It’s happening, right. So knowing this that everything happens at God’s will; You become ” (witness)” of it.
  13. But at the same time Never remain inactive. First Work and then Relax.
  14. . You become God’s messenger by carrying out some noble work.
  15. You don’t make luck if you don’t work; similarly by just doing work you also don’t make luck. You need skill at the same time. A smart work is always appreciable than hard work.
  16. Many people ask me “Guruji, why do good people suffer and bad people enjoy”. I tell them “Good people never suffer, if they suffer then its because lack of skill in them”.
  17. You don’t need skill to become unhappy? Do you? No. But you need skill to become happy. Thus it is said means Become aware and skilful for the unhappiness that may come up in future.

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Shiv Sutras.

    1. We usually think that ‘When all my desires will get fulfill, I will be Happy’. But this is not true. Those whose desires get fulfilled go more into depression. Thus we see rich are more depressed than poor.
    2. People whose desire doesn’t get fulfilled don’t go more into depression because they keep themselves engaging into some work.
    3. Thus in developed countries like Europe out of 10 children, 3 children consult Psychologist.
    4. – When you become aware of the fact that ‘Even if all your desire will get fulfilled you won’t attain that endless happiness’ then you bloom up into endless joy. Because desire keeps arising continuously. If you fulfill one desire another will pop-up immediately.
    5. Next Sutra is . This has two meanings:
      i) When you see mountain, then mountain becomes scenery for you and you become the one who is observing. But again we feel that our body who is watching ‘Drishya’ is ‘Drishta, is it true ? No. It is the mind who is watching mountain and not even body. Suppose your mind is somewhere else do you hear what other person is saying ? No.  Thus Mind becomes ‘Drishta’ and not body. That’s why in Yoga Nidra we take our attention to each and every part of body seeing our body as ‘Drishya’ and our mind as ‘Drishta’. This is first step to dive within. To become .
      **Sorrow comes when you become one with ‘Drishya’. That’s why many a times fans who are watching movie become one with scenes so much that they throw eggs and tomatoes if hero doesn’t win in fight with villain.
      **The life should be a perfect combination of  emotions and intelligence. The person who are more emotional will never think and person who is more intelligent will not have a drop of emotionality in them. Both are incomplete.**If you want to become happy . See your body as Drishya.
      **Have you noticed if you look into past and observe all those thoughts that occurred in you before 10 years you will feel that most of them are garbage and useless to you now. And you will thank god for it didn’t happen. The thoughts in you keep floating. It has no meaning at all.
      ii) Another reason is you consider even ‘Drishya’ as your own body. Suppose if air in environment gets polluted, will you be able to breathe? So we should consider Nature as part of our own body. You should respect to Nature as much as you respect your body. Universe has beautiful meaning ‘Shwa’ means ‘That moment which passed’ and ‘Vi’ means ‘Not’. So the moment which has not passed away which is still lively and which is THE PRESENT is called Universe.

 

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Shiv Sutras.

  1. You are part of Nature as well as Nature is part of you. The whole Nature is our body. The vegetables which we see today will become our body tomorrow and thus mind. So Nature is also our body. Do not differentiate between Nature and Body. They are one. Next Sutra is  means we should embrace our mind into our heart. Then you will see the world as yours. You can witness the world in two ways 1) from mind 2) from heart. When you witness world from mind you see things as object but when you see it from heart; respect for that object comes from within and world becomes lively to you.
  2. Often in Army, Soldiers are instructed to see enemy as object, so that they can attack easily. If they will see them as human then they will become emotional.
  3. Now what is benefit of seeing world through your heart? Then it is said  . The purest Consciousness in you dawns. Violence only happens where there is no sense of belongingness. But when you see everything from heart then you see God residing in them too.
  4. Especially in India we call Nature as ‘Mother Nature”. Even we see Himalayan Mountains and Ocean as ‘Himalaya Raja & Samudra Raja’
  5. Next Sutra is . When we see everything as part of us then we become free from beastly nature. Those animal elements don’t override us. A consciousness which is purest of all dawns in us. The consciousness which is purest of all also dominates. Thus you would have noticed small kids at home do dominate because they are purest of all.

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Shiv Sutras.

  1. Next sutra is – Intellect is divided into three parts:
    *Tark (logical): is responsible for Science hence when logic changes scientific estimation changes too. For example :- Science has said that usage of pesticides in farms can help destroy pests but then again another logic came up that usage of pesticides can also destroy crop. Thus when logic changes scientific estimation changes too.
    *Kutark (ill-argumentation): will only give rise to ignorance. Here you may win through words but you may not win the actual situation. Kutark is filled of useless arguments.
    *Bitark (illogical): is something which is inexpressible. When you go on asking a question ‘Who am I?’ and when you receive answer but not in words then it is called Bitark. When somebody is snoring that itself describes that person is sleeping. If a person can answer ‘yes he is sleeping’ then he is not sleeping in real. So that which can be understood in silence is bitark.
  2. The logic that doesn’t catch up in words is called bitark.
  3. Bitark is to experience and not to express. Hence it is said you change tark into bitark and not into kutark.

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Shiv Sutras.

  1. Through bitark you can know yourself. Leave all other questions aside and stick to ‘Who am I?’ until you attain self realization.
  2. What happens if you get self realization? Then it is said  you attain that infinite bliss/happiness which no one can snatch away from you.
  3. The bliss you attain from ‘Samadhi’ does not just raise you but also raise living beings near you.
  4. Like the characteristic of Light is to spread up, similarly the characteristic of bliss is to spread up.
  5. If flu or infection can catch you, why can’t bliss which is thousand times more powerful than those negative energies!
  6. It is said that ‘Mahavir Swami’ when would sit for Samadhi; living beings around him in radius of 20 miles would leave violence.
  7. All the people in this world directly or indirectly work for happiness. And the happiness that they are looking for can only be achieved in Samadhi.
  8. And when you receive highest degree of happiness then small happiness around you cannot shake you. Like when Sun rise you don’t care even if candle is lit over there.
  9. It is not necessary that each and every person on this earth should experience ‘Samadhi’, it’s not necessary, even if some people attain; rest will be benefited from it.
  10. ‘What is this?’ is Science and Who am I? is Spirituality.
  11. Next Sutra is  means The body comes into existence when union of two energies (male & female) happens. Here you can’t say Male energy is dominant than Female energy. Both the energies are considered equal, only then it can form body.
  12. And then consciousness enters into body making it lively.
  13. It’s all deep science you can only know when you go deep into ‘Samadhi’.

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About Art of Living, Art of Living Wisdom, Yoga and Meditation.

A few years back, a young guy of about 30 years came to meet me at my office. He was an Art of Living teacher and I had absolutely no interest in spirituality back then. But the moment I met him, I knew instinctively that I wanted to be a part of Art of Living. He was irresistible. He didn’t have to say a word. I could feel the peace in his presence. I could see the glow on his face and I was overwhelmed by his aura.

Do you want to be irresistible? It has nothing to do with age or being beautiful. It is quite simple. All you have to do is follow some simple tips:

1.Smile Have you noticed how little kids befriend everyone? And yet,all they do is flash their cute smile and even a stranger can’t help falling in love with them. A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.People seldom notice your clothes if you wear a big smile.People look perfect when they smile.Wear a smile and win friends!

2.Be kind It’s important to be kind.Treat everyone with politeness.Kindness is a language which everyone understands.Sometimes we are so caught up in our busy lives that we forget this basic human trait.Be kind and gracious to everyone.In a world full of people who don’t care,stand apart by being the one who cares.

3.Be natural You are beautiful as you are.Don’t try to be someone who you aren’t.Have you noticed little children? How they are at ease everywhere!They don’t try to impress anyone.

4.Be attentive If you genuinely want to be irresistible, then be attentive to others. Be an attentive listener.The best gift you can give someone is that of your undivided attention.

5.Silence We live in a world of noise and distractions, which continually tug our attention out of ourselves to the material world. To reconnect to our true self. Take time now and then to be still. Meditate or simply sit away from distractions and relax. A few moments everyday in silence not only helps you connect with your inner wisdom but also helps in increasing productivity and creativity.

6.Simplicity Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.Simplicity in dressing up,simplicity in behaviour, simplicity in living,simplicity in your thoughts is what catches the eye.

7.Be non-judgemental Stop labelling people just because they’re not like you.When you are judging people,you are creating a distance.

8.Be honest Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess.When you are sincere and honest,people are drawn towards you because they know that they can trust you. Few delights can equal the mere presence of the one whom we trust.

9.Be rock solid Ups and downs are a part of living but smiling through the ups and downs is the art of living.Don’t let the life’s unpredictable moments shake you.Events may come and go but you be rock solid.

10.Celebrate life Honour the big moments of life but also appreciate the little moments of life and enjoy them as well.Celebrate the spontaneity of life.Live each day as it comes to the fullest.Remember life is beautiful and so are you!

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tzu

About Art of Living, Art of Living Projects.

Sharing a part of my lifestory… written a couple of years ago on my personal blog…. 🙂

I was 12 or 13 years old when I was gifted a book called ‘ The Art of Living’ on Vipassana Meditation by William Hart. I had already done the Transcendental Meditation course and as children my age would do, never practiced it again, though I still remember the mantra I was given!! 🙂

I must say, that all through this journey called life, spiritual books have found their way into my life.. 🙂 All this talk these days, about attracting things into life, going by that philosophy, maybe I must have wanted them in some previous birth 🙂 I have a story for each one entering my life in very interesting and sometimes, not so happy, circumstances. Always making me realize the presence of the divine around, taking care of me! 🙂

Coming back to the book ‘The Art of Living’! It’s a beautiful book on Vipassana Meditation with an outline of the basics of Buddhism, short stories and an ‘Intellectual Commentary on Experiential Wisdom.’ I loved reading that book, especially the short stories, every now and then. Must have read it 30-40 times but I never understood parts of the ‘Intellectual Commentary,’ and I wished I could find someone who would explain the meaning of quite a few things the book mentions. In vain!! I found no one near me who could understand it, or for that matter, was willing to read ‘SUCH BOOKS’ at my age :))) Definitely none of my friends, classmates or even elders.

Though I enjoyed the book immensely, I could not relate to all the experiences narrated in the book. However, I did not associate that with any form of disbelief on the writer, or Vipassana or Buddhism, nor did I ever doubt any of the experiences. I always felt there was truth behind those words. I knew that somewhere something in my own experience was lacking that prevented me from understanding the book completely. I always thought I would go to a Vipassana centre someday to experience it myself…

However, instead of Vipassana, something else happened!!! “The BEST thing that could have ever happened”!! The Art of Living Part 1 Course.. then YES!+ Navratri Advance Course at Ashram with Gurudev H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji ..then Sahaj.. DSN…

After I began practicing meditation regularly, that ‘Intellectual Commentary’ has become an ‘Experiential Reality.’ (An everyday affair) Transformed my life, attitude, thinking and continues to do so.. And now when I read that book, or other books on spiritual experiences, I comprehend a lot more of what they imply.

The Limitation of Words
Words sometimes (or maybe most of the times) fail to reflect experiences. (Try explaining the pain in your head, to someone who has never experienced any pain. Can you find words to express it…..We all want easy answers, but nothing can ever satisfy our highest quest, if it is genuine, except our own experiences. To add, Meditation is not a one day affair, although I have seen and continue to see hundreds of first time phenomena and miracles all around me.

The Cure for Restlessness
Most people say they are unable to close their eyes and relax even for a few moments. The absence of a person or thing that we love or want can definitely make us restless and feel lonely, but imagine, if that’s the restlessness in and around us, where we cannot sit with ourselves for some time, why would people want to be with restless people like us?
We are all energy transmitters, so it’s very important to see what kind of energy we are emitting.. 🙂

Not to say, that there are no restless moments, but mindfulness, the very awareness that we are restless, works to bring us out of it. The very moment we become aware of it, we begin to break the cycle and understand that ‘being alone’ and ‘being lonely’ are two completely different perspectives. In simple words, just a conversion!! The ability to experience the difference, may come after a period of practicing mindfulness or meditation, or can happen in a fraction of a second. 🙂

All is ‘Energy’
The quantum physicist and the saint say the same thing – All is ‘Energy.’ The former talks from a scientific and experimental perspective and the latter from an experiential perspective! Feeling the vibrations, electricity and energy in and around him! While there is no change in the temperament of the quantum physicist when he makes this proclamation, a true saint’s mere presence reflects the bliss, radiance and resplendence that comes from experiencing reality as it is!

Remembering Celine Dion’s song –
‘….When you wanted the most, there’s no easy way out,
When you’re ready to go, and your heart’s left in doubt,
Don’t give up on your faith,
Love (I call it the highest possible manifestation of energy) comes to those who believe it,
And ‘That’s the way it is’!! 🙂

About Art of Living, Yoga and Meditation.

Almost heaven, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River, Country Roads, Take me home, To the place I belong… As a youngster who grew up in Bangalore humming the classic country music of late John Denver, little did I know I would actually have a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The mountains of West Virginia were “Almost Heaven” to Denver. If Denver were to be  in our midst, he would have known what “heaven” truly is.

The Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina have come to life and truly turned into a “heaven” with the inauguration of International Centre for Meditation and Well Being in Boone, on June 30, 2012. Enjoy the story and pictures of the Centre tucked in the lap of the Blue Ridge Mountains:

The International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

The gala inauguration of the International Center for Peace and Well-Being, was led by Gurudev His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji.  Sri Sri was joined by leaders from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish communities.

Inauguration of the International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

In the inaugural address, Gurudev shared His vision of “One World Family.” He said, “It has been the dream of many to open a place like this in the United States where people can discover how beautiful they are on the inside through the beauty of nature. This Center will tend to each individual’s physical, mental and spiritual needs and turn tears to smiles, dullness to creativity and hatred to love. It is a place where reason becomes sharper, faith becomes deeper .”

Gurudev at Navagraha Homa during inaugral celebrations at Art of Living Boone Ashram

The story of this stunning Centre sprawling across 381 acres is dotted with miracles.

Apartment Kutirs at Boone Ashram

It seems, the Art of Living Foundation initially couldn’t get the property since it could not offer the highest bid at the auction of this place. Gurudev told the US team led by Nilendu ji not to be disheartened and to keep their sankalpa (intention) strong.  Miraculously, the highest bidder defaulted on the terms of the purchase and as the second highest bidder the Art of Living was able to get the property in October 2011.

Gurudev’s Kutir at Boone Ashram

Renovating the numerous buildings at the site seemed an impossible job in the beginning. But miraculously, the weather turned mild, the local contractors went out of the way to support Nilenduji’s team and the impossible became possible in just six months!

Beautiful view of the International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

Keeping in with the tradition of the other international Art of Living Centres in India, Canada, Germany, the Boone International Centre is likely to generate more than estimated $7.2 million in economic impact on the local economy during its first year of operation.

The Dining Hall at Boone Ashram can serve up to 3000 people at one time.

The Boone Ashram is a real boon.  It is the most beautiful home for  world-wide seekers of inner peace, that forms the basis for long-lasting outer peace.

The Ashram itself started with the most wonderful boon – that of hosting Guru Poornima 2012 on July 3rd in the presence of beloved and venerable Gurudev.

Gurudev doing Guru Puja during Guru Purnima 2012 celebrations at Boone Ashram

Gurudev with devotees at Boone Ashram

Here is the amazing video of Guru Purnima 2012 with Gurudev at Boone Ashram:
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Wishing you a Himalayan Experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Address: 639 Whispering Hills Road, Boone, North Carolina, United States
Web page: Boone AshramEmail: boone@us.artofliving.org

Art of Living Review, Movies to Watch, Others.

Have you ever had this experience that you were doing what you always do, following your daily routine, and suddenly you become aware and wonder what the purpose is of all this? It is like you suddenly ‘wake up’. Most people might never question their existence, but once this happens in your life, it becomes difficult to just continue living the way you were doing before. You want to know more, find out what the purpose of your life is, of this existence. The more aware you become, the more this ‘thirst’ keeps growing…

In The Matrix, Neo has the same question. “Have you ever had this feeling where you are not sure whether you are awake or still dreaming?” His urge to know the Truth about existence is very strong, and just like any sincere seeker, when the thirst is strong enough, the Master, or Guru, appears in one’s life. Morpheus and his team keep scanning The Matrix for people that are ‘ready to be woken up’ or ‘to be unplugged’. Those people are like spiritual seekers, who have reached that level of maturity that will allow their intellect to be open enough to consider the possibility of the Truth: that all this is Maya, an illusion, created by the mind itself. If you watch the movie from this point of view, and if you have some experience with Sudarshan Kriya, meditation and spiritual practices, you will find many interesting dialogues and details.

Trinity tells Neo: “It is the question that drives us. It is the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did: “What is The Matrix?” And the answer is out there. And it will find you, if you want it to.”

Sudarshan Kriya can wake you from The Matrix

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When Neo gets a glimpse of The Matrix, he is not sure whether he wants to go through with it. Trinity tells him: “Neo, you have to trust me. Why? Because you have been down there, Neo, you know that road, you know exactly where it ends. And I know that’s not where you want to be.” Neo then realizes that his thirst to know the Truth will only get quenched if he takes this leap of faith.

When they finally meet, Morpheus tells Neo: “Let me tell you why you are here. You are here because you know something. What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You felt it your entire life. You don’t know what it is, but it is there, like a splinter in your mind. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about? The Matrix. Do you want to know what it is? The Matrix is everywhere, all around us, even now in this very room. Unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. After this there is no turning back. Remember: all I’m offering is the Truth, nothing more.”

And a little later, Morpheus tells Neo: “Have you ever had a dream Neo, that you were so sure it was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”

“I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You are the one who has to walk through. You have to let it all go Neo – fear, doubt and disbelief. Free your mind, “ Morpheus tells him.

And my favorite part is when Neo meets a small monk boy when visiting the Oracle. The boy is bending a spoon with his mind, and then tells Neo: “Do not try and bend the spoon – that is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth. What truth? That there is no spoon. Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”

Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya help you to transcend the mind

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Finally Neo realizes the Truth, or reaches self-realization. He is now able to do things nobody even thought possible – he is able to bend, or even break, the rules of The Matrix. It reminds me of the amazing things a fully enlightened Guru, like His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar does. The Sudarshan Kriya taught in The Art of Living Course is like the red pill that has already unplugged millions of people – and that without the pain, slime and nasty plug points all along the spine!

Those who have read the ‘Yoga Vasistha’, the crown jewel of ancient Vedantic scriptures, can recognize instantly how the knowledge in the book has been tweaked intelligently to create The Matrix.  According to Sage Vasistha, “Creation is what one sees and is aware of, and this is within oneself.”  The Yoga Vasistha provides delightful insights into the ancient Vedanta wisdom, the nature of existence, reality, governance and dissolution.

It seems fitting that the theme song at the end of the Matrix Trilogy is the ancient Vedic mantra ‘Asato Ma Sad Gamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya’ (which means ‘lead us from untruth to Reality, from darkness to Light, from death to Immortality’).

Enjoy watching the movie (again)! And post any other interesting perspective or dialogues of this movie that you find, as comments to this post! There are many more 😉