On Monday the 17th of December 2012, my husband and I hit a jackpot! We were having breakfast in the Annapoorna Dining Hall at Art of Living International Ashram after attending Rudra puja when Naga Nandiniji, a senior Art of Living teacher from Mysore, bumped into us and said, “let’s hurry. It seems Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji is calling all the teachers and senior sadhaks present in the Ashram for a meeting”.
We rushed to Mahaveer Hall on the first floor of Vishalakshi Mantap, and found it already jam packed with Art of Living teachers.
Dr. Divya said, “grab some cushions for lying down”. I looked at her quizzically and said, “lying down? During a meeting with Guruji?”
“There will be a new process”, she said quietly.
Instantly it flashed through my mind that a year back Gurudev had said that something new was coming. Would Sri Sri be sharing the “new” gift now? I took my place and waited with excitement.
After a few minutes Sri Sri walked in, majestically, brimming with energy. With the irrepressible enthusiasm of a child, He led us through the “Shakti Kriya”, in the first ever session. Bhanu Didi resplendent in an orange saree looking like Shakti Herself participated along with all us. Swamijis, senior teachers and the stalwarts — Vinod Menonji, Dr Manikantan and Dr Nisha – everyone participated.
Kashi ji and Brijit ji assisted Gurudev during the process. Feeling totally new after the Shakti Kriya, I looked at the faces of others. Some exuded calmness, some exuberance and some more a mix of both.
Gurudev asked us to share our experiences. Swami Brahmatej said, “I felt like something took over me, I was floating in the air. I feel so light now”. Shreya Art Excel TTC teacher said, ” I feel some kind of new Shakti in my body”. Channaveera ji, a full time teacher with a squint in the left eye said ” I felt intense vibration in my left eye and left eye brow. The experience was more powerful than my first Sudarshan Kriya.”
Another teacher said, “I have so much energy that I want to break something very heavy!” Gurudev looked at my husband and he sais ” Guruji I feel totally empty. My head has no thoughts at the moment.” How lucky to experience a state of thoughtlessness! I look at him with envy.
Sameer Mehta said that he felt like dancing non stop. Nakul said he felt so light that he could fly.
Another teacher shared that in just a few minutes of Shakti Kriya, he experienced the deep rejuvenation and silence of an Art of Living Advanced Meditation Course.
As far as my experience is concerned, I felt like this vehicle, my body had gone through a supersonic wash and then fed with fuel of Shakti! After the Shakti Kriya, my seva became more powerful, my intuition sharper, love and compassion more tender, my faith stronger, my gratitude deeper.
Vinod Menonji in his inimitable playful manner asked,”Gurudev, when do we come for a follow up?” On that note we came out of Vishalakshi Mantap. Sun was shining brighter, breeze was cooler, flowers more pretty. On the whole the world seemed a much more beautiful place after the Shakti Kriya!
DATES FOR UPCOMING SHAKTI KRIYA PROGRAMS
Art of Living Interntional Ashram, Bangalore : 13 – 14 March 2013
International Center for Meditation and Well-being Boone, North Carolina : 5 – 8 April 2013
International Art of Living Center, Canada : 10-14 April 2013
Art of Living Interntional Ashram, Bangalore : To be Announced (May-June)