Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bhastrika with the Big Bearded Guy

The concluding part of the summer magic advance course.
After the silence started the next day came sunday. Meaning lots of meditations (Trust me when I say they can be either the greatest pains or pleasures in life, having experienced both) and evening satsang with Guruji at the amphitheater in front of the Vishalakshi Mantap so that we could enjoy Two beautiful sights at the same time. The whole day was in silence when Guruji came in the amphitheater and said it would be the last day of silence " Tomorrow morning you will come out of silence" a bit of a shocker actually.
With a wonderful day the hour before the satsang was quite grueling as we experienced " Life at 40,000 feet", the story of life at Siachal Glacier and various other things that a person who becomes a soldier has to go through. The lesson learned is simple be grateful for having such a peaceful life and the next time you complain about how tough things are for you remember these guys of your age living in hell everyday. After this the satsang was very uplifting even though Guruji spoke mostly Kannada.
Monday started with sadhana and coming out of silence followed by Rudra Puja with Guruji. As if this Divine Experience was not good enough, Guruji met each and every single participant of the course and blessed all of them followed by a Bhastrika and short meditation. Thus ended the advance course.
But wait its not over yet. In the following 2 days we were briefed on the vastness of the projects of Art Of Living, IAHV and WAYE, like Rural development projects. Even so we got a chance to meet 1 more time that day.
On the last day I went to Sumeru Mantap for doing daily Sadhana, expecting the rest of my group but finding only 2 unknown people and couple of monkeys. Nevertheless I did my sadhana, by the time I finished others had come (btw I had started at 5 AM and Yes I had taken a cold water bath before going) so after they finished we did a quick photography session and half of us went to see BnD only to find Bawa praying and Dinesh da talking around on his phone looking full stud in full blue sweater and track pants. After that heard Bawa play a nice piece on his piano( I think it was a sonata). I discovered Gate no. 3 and after a short discussion with Priyamani (refer previous posts) and a smell of a tomato recipe, made from the tomatoes I had just bought (hehe) we left for breakfast and soon leaving Home to go for Home.
Thats all for now

Jai Gurudeva!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Date with the Divine (Summer Magic Part2)

After a ridiculously long break all thanks to my exams I can finally add the Part 2 to Summer Magic Part 1
After the first day's amazing morning sadhana, there were quite a few surprises for us in SM some of the most prominent being sessions on Kaara Thandav, Bharat Natyan, Sri Sri Rural Development Program etc etc.
As usual the Magic started with Amazing (G)race modeled after the Amazing Race (although this was a much cleaner version, except maybe for Cina) designed by none other than our beloved Priya Subramanian (as usual). If you have done a single YES!++ or have been around bawa and you still don't know her then go ki....ahem go and do an advance course in Banglore Ashram.Now that being its usual difficult self (its not called Amazing Grace for nothing you know) I was on the other side this time that is to say I was volunteering this time, so it was fun to tort... em irritate others rather than get irritated :).

After that the 1st evening I got to see Him, finally it was complete, the day, life , enjoyment etc. He came in, in His awesome graceful manner sat down on His chair and closed His eyes for meditating and for the first time ever I went into a deep meditation at the same time He closed His eyes. A Perfect Date with the Divine. Of course just because this is Art Of Living doesn't mean there aren't people who will interfere in other peoples dates just for their own greed, as was the case where some one started shouting "I love u Guruji" over and over while He was meditating. Again there was simultaneous breaking of meditation(no way to confirm, but I saw His eyes were only half open when mine were little more, so assumed). Overall it was an awesome first day and the awesomeness continued for the following days.
The next most interesting thing was the session with Rajeshree Patel. For those of you who don't know she is a very senior teacher born and brought up in the US, and by Senior I mean Senior (she's BawanDinesh's teacher so you should get what I mean). At the end of the hour it was a very elevating experience and the value addition is indescribably magnormous. Although the Knowledge is, so if any one wants I will put up a summed up version of the hour on the blog.
That evening after satsang the silence started and this post ends :)
Jai Gurudeva!

Sneak Peek: Tomorrow new post Bhastrika with the Big Bearded Guy (SM P-3) keep smiling keep loving, Keep doing sadhana,satsang,seva