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This country is at risk not because of Islamic terrorists but because of Hindu terrorists.               – Rahul Gandhi, Vice President of Indian National Congress

People will forget the coal scam like they forgot Bofors.                                                                                  – Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister of India

By killing cows we do not harm the country. India will face a huge problem if we don’t kill them.                                                                                                                                                                                  – Sharad Pawar, India’s Minister for Agriculture

If there is no water to drink then should I pee in the dams to bring water?                                – Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra               

Inflation is high because people purchase gold.                                                                            – P.Chidambaram, Finance Minister of India

I will not say Vande Mataram.                                                                                                                               – Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India

The poor are responsible for inflation.                                                                                                                    – Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

So taking off from those very little precious words that have somehow escaped from our ever silent Prime Minister’s mouth;  if the poor are responsible for the inflation in this country, then THIS CURRENT GOVERNMENT is responsible for where the nation is today and how badly it is being represented and perceived globally.

The doubt is never there when we have to choose between good or bad; one would obviously choose that which is good. The doubt arises only when one has to choose between bad or worse.

modi

And in this case, though all the three parties seem to be equally doing their fair share of KEJRI(U)-turns and verbal attacks; i see one man who is at the centre of all this yet marching ahead with total commitment to the task that is their at hand: “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” And i feel that he should be given a fair chance and for which he will need all our support.

More coming your way..

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Abhi

Lalkila to Lithuania, Shuru ho gaya Modi Mania

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A true story shared by Virat Chirania (my mumbai kadi buddy :p) when he was on a flight a day or two back.

 

Here is why I will vote for Modi:
(True incident that happened with me today):

Today I flew from London to New York. There was this girl from Lithuania (small country in Europe) sitting next to me. We started talking and she said she spent 8-9 months in India last year working on an NGO project. 

Me: So how did you like India?
She: I loved it. I lived in Delhi but got to travel a lot.
Me: So where all did you go?
She: Travelled most of North India and also visited Gujarat! I found a huge difference between Gujarat and the other places in India. The roads were so awesome and the infrastructure was much better. I felt I was outside India while I was in Gujarat!!! (I didn’t ask her for so much detail – she herself said all this)
Me: Yeah Gujarat is doing really well. The guy who heads that state is very pro-development.
She: Yes I know. In fact I used to remember his name also, but am forgetting it now. What his name again?
Me: Narendra Modi
She: Yup! Modi!! I think he is a good politician (This girl was a student from London School of Economics, with a specialization in Political Science)

NEED I SAY MORE??!!
MODI IT IS!! From Lalkila to Lithuania!!

Narendra Damodardas Modi

Narendra Damodardas Modi

So Mr.Kejriwal out there making your outbursts. Big Hi to you. 🙂 🙂 🙂

 

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Abhi

Satsang with The Master – 22nd May 2012

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Satsang with Guruji at the Bangalore Ashram, 22nd May 2012

 

Q. In the yogasara upanishad you have said the divine is impersonal. How is God impersonal?

A. It is both. You are form, yet you are formless. Does your mind have a form? No. Similarly the manifest universe is a form of God, similarly the unmanifest too is a form of God.

Q. Everything has side effects. What are the side effects of enlightenment.

A. There is no side effect. It is straight effect. Impacts straight away.

Q. Are you planning to have any course for our politicians?

A. It is the silence of good people that is bothering our country today. Everyone should take an active role and show the way out for these corrupt criminals. Don’t vote for them.

Q. Why do so many knowledgable people behave in weird ways.

A. There are all types of people in this world. There are good people, there are mediocre people and there are hopeless people. Good people will anyway keep supporting you. Mediocre will help you learn skills and hopeless people will help you keep your resolution strong.

Q. If everything is a game played by the divine, then how do we become a good player?

A. Leave that also with him.

Q. What is Shiva Tattva?

A. When discard everything(not this, not this, not this….); what remains is Shiva Tattva.

Q. I invested in a company and i lost of money and now i am feeling really hopeless. Please guide me.

A. Usually what happens: first you die and then your business goes. In your case your business is gone and then one day you are going to die.

Whatever is gone, is gone. There will be temporary sadness, but that is fine – life will continue. When you were small there was someone to feed you and take care of you. In future also there will be someone like that.

When something bad comes in the way, do not step back nor wait… gather more strength and march ahead.

Q. Is there any end for greediness?

A. Yes, in the burial ground. You can’t more greedy over there. It is unfortunate that greed has taken over our society and the world. Don’t think corruption is only in India. The whole world has been affected by this: Russia, Ukraine, Greece.

Jai Gurudeva!

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Abhiram

Satsang with the Master

Hello Everyone

Yet another revival post for the blog and this time my Guru has come to my rescue. So the Art of Living web team have started sending out daily updates of what is happening at Guruji’s satsang’s. So i thought that for people who do not access that, i would paste it for them over here. But i would suggest that you guys go and subscribe for it. I have also been writing in satsang for all these days, but it never got on to the blog. So i will be constantly keeping you guys posted as to what is happening.

 

Q: As a mother, how can I make my children more creative and less of information junkies?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: More human interaction. Allow the children to play with more kids. Get them to do some service activities. Make them do some work and make them mix with people of all socio-economic strata.

Q: Guruji, I am a young girl and a student. When I ask my parents, what should be my dharma, they say studies. Isn’t playing part of my dharma? Please guide.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes! Study while you study and play while you play.

Q: Guruji, if I do your work, can I get some discount on my bad karma and bonus on my good karma?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Definitely!

Q: Guruji, you always say that when we are close to the divine, our desires get fulfilled. It is so true, but desires of people who are not spiritually inclined to God are also fulfilled without any struggle. Then what is the difference?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You should ask them how they feel.

You know when you are awake, when you are spiritually inclined then you are able to enjoy that more. You turn back and see in your own life, before you did any meditation, you also had your desires fulfilled but that was not the same. Isn’t it?

You enjoyed, you went on a trip, and you watched the nature. But now after your meditation, after your entry into the spiritual knowledge, there is a significant difference.

Q: Guruji, I would like to know what is Shivaloka, Brahmaloka and Vishnuloka? What makes them different from each other?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: There are many worlds and many dimensions of time. And so it is said, one human year is one day in Pitraloka. What is one year for us, of that, six months form a day and six months form a night in another dimension.

If you are a student of astronomy, you will be fascinated to know that there are different time dimensions, it is very interesting. You should study more of astronomy – both classical astronomy and modern astronomy. Then you will get a lot of information about time and different dimensions of existence.

See for example, the light of the star you see today is not coming today. It is from four years back. That light has started four years ago and today you see the star. You are seeing the star today but it may not be there today. It is a four years back picture that you are seeing.

Have you heard about this?!

Q: Guruji, how to live in this so called professional world? I find myself lonely and secluded when I feel people are friendly only when they need me. Today professionalism means no love and no true smile. What to do?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: At least you give them. If they don’t have, you have it. So you can shine there like the moon.

Q: I cannot know life without death. Guruji please tell me how to know death while I am still alive.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Meditation. Deep meditation is like being nothing and being nobody.

Q: It has been said that this world is not real but an illusion of the mind. With this perspective, how do we view Lord Krishna and his teachings in the Bhagavad Gita? Were they also an illusion?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Is this question real or an illusion, first tell me?

If the question is real, answer will be real. If the question is an illusion then everything is an illusion. Your spirit of enquiry is also an illusion, then why should an answer be given for it. Got it?

There are two dimensions. I keep saying all the time. One is the quantum dimension.

In atomic level, everything is the same. In the quantum mechanics, everything are just atoms, the floor, the chair, the door, the window – it is all made up of just one matter, one substance. And on the classical level, these are all different. The chair is different from the door. You cannot go and sit on the door or use the chair for the door. So they are all different.

In chemistry, the periodic table is there which speaks of the different elements. Then there is quantum physics, which speak of all being just a wave function. So both are essential and both are true. Got it?

This is Dvaita and that is Advaita, and Bhagavad Gita connects to both. It takes you to Advaita and connects you to Dvaita – the duality as well as makes you understand the ultimate. Both!

 

Date: Feb 06 2012

Find the orginal post over here http://bit.ly/AdJ39Y

 

Jai Gurudeva!

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Abhiram

Happy Guru Poornima

The Guru Parampara

The following lines were got from one of my friend’s status message on Facebook:

Today is Guru Purnima – the full moon where the disciple expresses his gratitude for all that he has received from the Master.

In the Upanishads five signs of a fully-realized Master (Sadguru) are mentioned. In his presence:
-Knowledge flourishes (Gyana raksha)
-Sorrow diminishes (Dukha kshaya)
-Joy wells up without any reason (Sukha aavirbhava)
-Abundance dawns (Samriddhi)
-All talents manifest (Sarva samvardhan)

When a satguru comes in your life, these five things have no other choice than to happen. An example, well…
a) the person who is writing this
b) a million more who are associated with the organisation
c) scores of people who had, have and i will also include the ones that are going to have a satguru in their life.

Just like how there is calender new year, financial new year, a new year for each state in India, today is the day when a spiritual seeker celebrates his new year. It is a day of reflection; reflecting on the balance sheet of what you have done and what needs to be done. To be grateful for what you have done in the past year, and to prepare for what needs to be done in the coming year.

So i’ll end it with what Swami Sathyajodha sent from his Blackberry – “On this significant day repose on the vastness of your own self, review your progress on the spiritual path, renew your focus on the goal, and resolve what you want to do in the coming year.”

We had a superb padmasadhana followed by Long Kriya today morning in the ashram. Now off to Rudra Pooja followed by Satsang and live webcast of the celebrations with His Holiness from the Canadian Ashram.You can watch it over here http://www.artofliving.org/satsang or on television on MH1 Shraddha.

Happy Guru Poornima… 🙂 🙂 🙂
Jai Gurudeva!

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Abhiram

Judgments and Good Company

Here is Knowledge Sheet 55 – Judgments and Good Company

A knowledge sheet about what we have been doing all our life – Judging: things, people, situations …… which has led to so many outcomes; some pleasant and some of them not so pleasant.

“See the possibility that people and things can change at anytime and don’t hold on to the judgment”

and it ends with Guruji saying
“Your company can create hell for you in heaven – or heaven for you in hell. Judge for yourself.”

And what is there in between; find out for yourself by watching the video… 🙂

Knowledge Sheet 55

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!
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Abhiram

When We are Joyful

After almost a 3 month layoff(or more than that), i’m once again pushing myself to start writing. So the revival of the blog starts with the new series of videos by Bawa and Dinesh – their commentaries on “An Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker Vol.2”

It’s got a new intro video as well…. 🙂

Here is Knowledge Sheet no. 54 – When We are Joyful.

When we are joyful, we don’t look for perfection. If you are looking for perfection, then you are not at the source of joy.
Perfection hides; imperfection shows off.

Watch the video to know more… Enjoy.

Knowledge Sheet no. 54

Watch on youtube

Jai Gurudeva!

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Abhiram

Faith and Love

Hey all

Here is Knowledge Sheet 40: Faith and Love.

Meditation is seeing god in yourself.
Love is seeing god in the person next to you.
Knowledge is seeing god everywhere.

These immortal lines were given by Guruji in this knowledge sheet. Go ahead and check what Bau has to say in this knowledge sheet.

Knowledge Sheet 40

One of my favorites. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Jai Gurudeva!

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Abhiram

Finally…..A New Post.

It’s been almost a month since i disappeared from the blogging scene, but yes i do have a lot of content that has churned up during this time to make up for my absence.

Well, it’s just been a hectic one month with a lot of traveling happening. I went on my first so called official trip for work with Bau and Dinesh Bhaiyya. A lot of things happened more than recording courses and experiences(as usual.. :-)). The trip started of with a Bhakti in Bombay and ended with a Yes!+ in Bombay. And in between all this, i had my first experience of chasing Guruji around India and also meeting the most charming and loving couple: The Bhandaris.

So how did the trip shape up?

Bombay – Baroda – Ludhiana – Jalandhar – Amritsar – Delhi – Bombay in a span of 3 weeks.

So much to tell, but i shall have to start off writing which i shall.. 🙂 Until then, revisit the knowledge sheets since i have not been updating it over here…

Knowledge Sheet 34: The Most Beautiful Spot in the Universe

Watch the video to know more…

Knowledge Sheet 34

Jai Gurudeva!

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Abhiram