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One of the most beautiful sights at Art of Living International Ashram Bangalore is to see the graceful young Indrani gaily moving around the green campus on her daily morning walks.

The tinkling bells round her neck signal her coming before one actually gets to see her upclose.

Indrani-at Art of Living Ashram

Indrani is the second largest resident at the Art of Living Ashram and probably one of the happiest Ashramites! (Any guess who is the largest ? ūüėČ ) She has the best ‚Äď Lots of fresh air, huge green area all to herself with fresh food of all kinds and frequent pampering by all including Sri Sri.

She is among the privileged ones to get a daily appointment with Sri Sri where Gurudev personally feeds her and plays with her. These are the times she immediately wraps Sri Sri in her trunk and draws him as close as possible not allowing him to move away from her.

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During the Navratri Poojas and Monday morning Rudrabhishekam she is the cynosure of all eyes with her dressed up in best clothing and jewellery.

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Like everyone else in the beautiful Art of Living Ashram Indrani is very friendly and ever ready to bless you happily should you seek it from her. If you hear the sound of harmonica on the Ashram grounds, know that Indrani is around for she loves to play the mouth organ.

Art of Living Stories, Others.

One day during a speaking tour, Albert Einstein’s driver, who often sat at the back of the hall during his lectures, remarked that he could probably give the lecture himself, having heard it so many times. Sure enough, at the next stop on the tour, Einstein and the driver switched places, with Einstein sitting at the back in his driver’s uniform.

Having delivered a flawless lecture, the driver was asked a difficult question by a member of the audience. “Well, the answer to that question is quite simple,” he casually replied. “I bet my driver, sitting up at the back there, could answer it!”

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Albert Einstein’s wife often suggested that he dress more professionally when he headed off to work. “Why should I?” he would invariably argue. “Everyone knows me there.” When the time came for Einstein to attend his first major conference, she begged him to dress up a bit “Why should I?” said Einstein. “No one knows me there!”

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Albert Einstein was often asked to explain the general theory of relativity. “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour,” he once declared. “Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity!”

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When Albert Einstein was working in Princeton university, one day he was going back home he forgot his home address. The driver of the cab did not recognise him. Einstein asked the driver if he knows Einstein’s home. The driver said “Who does not know Einstein’s address? Everyone in Princeton knows. Do you want to meet him? Einstein replied “I am Einstein. I forgot my home address, can you take me there? “The driver reached him to his home and did not even collect his fare from him.

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Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’

Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’

Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.’

Gurus, Saints & Sages.

“Jagat utpatti kartre ca, Sthiti samhaara hetare
Bhava paada vimuktaaya, Dattatreya namostute‚ÄĚ

MY salutations to Dattatreya, who created all the worlds, who looks after all the worlds and who grants
redemption from the bonds of sorrow of domestic life.)

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Dattatreya is a saint well known in Puranas. He was the son of Anasuya and Maharshi Atri. The name¬†‚ÄėDattaterya‚Äô can be divided into two words- ‚ÄėDatta‚Äô and ‚ÄėAtreya‚Äô, where the former means given (by¬†Vishnu) and the latter refers to Sage Atri, His father. He is considered to be the incarnation of the Trinity-¬†Brahma, Vishnu and Siva – a Trimurti Avatar.


There are many stories related to the birth of Dattatreya. Dattatreya is said to be born in Mahur, Maharashtra. One story says that the Goddesses Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati wanted to test the chastity of Anasuya, who was reputed to be the epitome of chastity. So, they sent their husbands Brahma, Vishnu and Siva, who asked Anasuya to serve them food in her nude form. Anasuya made the Trinity take the forms of small babies and then fed them with no clothes on her body. It is said that Maharshi Atri, seeing this, invoked the spiritual powers and transformed the three babies into a three-headed baby, who was named Dattatreya.

Another story says that Dattatyreya was born of triplets as a result of immaculate conception. Later on, they were born as one baby to Atri and Anasuya.

Lord Dattatreya is represented as having three faces, one of Lord Brahma, the second of Lord Vishnu and the third of Lord Siva. He has six hands. The three right hands hold a trident, a rosary and a lotus flower whereas the three left hands have s discuss, a conch and a water pot. The three heads from the same trunk signify the powers of creation, preservation and destruction. It signifies the intimate unity of everything.

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The four dogs in the Dattatreya iconography represent the four Vedas. The cow that is seen in the picture is Mother Earth, who has taken refuge in Dattaterya. Mother Earth is supposed to be under  His protection. Various sects of believers worship Dattatreya differently. In the Nath tradition, Dattatreya is recognized as the incarnation of Siva and as the Aadi Guru of the Adinath Sampradaya of the Naths. He has also been adopted by the Vaishnavaites and worshipped by them.

¬†The Philosophy propounded by Lord Dattatreya is found in the ‚ÄėAvadhuta Gita‚Äô and the ‚ÄėJeevanmukta Gita‚Äô. Avadhuta Gita¬†is a Vedantic text expounding non-dualism. Jeevanmukta Gita gives the characteristics of a liberated soul¬†in 23 verses. Dattatreya is also the teacher who reveals of the secret of life to sage Parasurama in ‚ÄėTripura Rahasya‚Äô, ¬†an ancient treatise on Vedanta. Lord Dattatreya has been mentioned in several Upanishads too.

Dattatreya, in the eleventh book of Srimad Bhagavatha, tells during his conversation with King Yadu, that he is a student of the Earth, ocean, fire, air, space, sun, moon, honey bees, fish, vultures etc. The Earth, he says, has taught him the lesson of immense patience, the ocean has taught him dignity and fixity, fire has taught him purity, air has taught him freedom and the space has taught that a person owns everything, and yet nothing. Similarly, he lists his 24 Gurus and considers himself a simple student of the whole creation.

Since ancient times Dattatreya is considered to be the presiding deity for the path of yoga. The seekers of Truth are initiated by the grace of Dattatreya who remains invisible and hidden.