Dec 21, 2009


It’s beautiful to note that for many of our volunteers these days, the sun rises with Guruji’s melodious voice echoing through their drawing rooms, and illuminating the darkest corners of their minds, while the sun rays are satisfied with removing darkness from the corners of the house! We have Narad Bhakti Sutras at Shivangi’s house, Ashtavakra at Neha and Jainil’s, and Yoga Sutras at mine!

Knowledge – to me is like a cold dip in the holy Ganges! Every time I hear Him talk, on the secrets of this creation, I feel so grateful to be on this path! Sometimes there are goose-bumps, and sometimes a smile. Many times a loud laughter when He cracks one of his unique jokes in a south Indian accent! What better than the Master himself explaining how his own creation works! So patiently, so affectionately and with so much love!

It is said, “Rishinaam yatha chittanaam vaacham arthanu dhavate “ meaning, “When a Rishi speaks, experience runs along with his words”! This is the reason why it so powerful to hear/watch these knowledge sutras from Guruji’s! Its not the words, it who says it! Some things we hear Guruji talk about in these tapes are same as what our elders have told us a million times before, but when Guruji says it, the ‘AAHA’ happens! Bole to -- Chamakta hain!

We have been watching Patanjali Yoga Sutras at my house, which is my Favorite set of knowledge tapes!

Maharishi Patanjali

Here are some nuggets of wisdom from PYS:

Today Guruji spoke about Tapas:
What is Tapas? Willing accepting an uncomfortable situation, for some long term gain, is tapas! Yes, 5th Sem. Engineering Mathematics qualifies as Tapas! And there are 3 types of tapas:
1. Tapas of the Body: This means maintaining the physical hygiene of the body, and having a say over the senses! So you decide “I will not eat today” and that’s it, you don’t eat. Fasting is a part of this.

2. Tapas of Speech: This means watching what you speak. When you talk, what is happening to the listener? Are you creating disturbance in his mind, or are you creating peace and silence? The purpose of words is to create silence! And now that you are on this path, your words carry a lot of power! So if you curse someone, it actually might come true!

Speak truth – but pleasant truth. There is a way to say the truth! Some people have a habit of saying the truth in a very harsh way! Like, you can call a blind man “Oh Blind Man” – it’s the truth, but it might hurt him. Alternatively, you can call him “Oh Pragya-Chakshu” – which means the one who sees with his consciousness – whose eyes are his consciousness!! Now you only tell me – which is better??

3. Tapas of the Mind:
There are 4 things here:
• Maintaining a pleasant state of mind – its quite a tapas!
• Being calm and composed – Often when we are pleasant and happy, we get very excited and loose our center and become insensitive! But maintaining calm composed centered and yet a pleasant state of mind is a tapas.
• Silence – Keeping the mind silent, not distracted with the noise all over the place – is a tapas.
• Taking the mind inwards – Generally the mind is outward, with all the activity – and bringing it back to the self, inwards, skillfully – is a tapas!
Guruji also explained that tapas does not mean torturing the body! All these people who walk on fire, and sleep on nails, and stand on one foot etc have misunderstood Tapas! Saves me – I was planning to renounce everything and stand on one leg right outside VM starting Jan 1st ;) !!

The beauty about this knowledge is that it comes handy just when you need it. I am sure this would have been your experience too. Please be in a habit of listening to knowledge, and discussing it. Next time you are sitting with other volunteers, instead of discussing mundane bits, and gossiping etc, do take up some sutra and discuss it!

You have no idea how fortunate you are to hear these words at this age!!
Please leave comments with your own ‘Knowledge Nuggets’ from whatever you remember of any of the knowledge you have heard on the path!!

Jai Gurudev!

Dec 14, 2009

JOKes and RiDdLes!! :D

1. A policeman asks his son- Itne kam marks kaise aaye??
Aajse tera khelna, T.V dekhna sab bandh!

Son- papa ye lo 50Rs... Baat ko yahi pe khatam karo!!

2. Quote for Life:

Come like a Racer!
Sit like a Yogi!!
Go like a Kingg!!!
Actually this was written on a Toilet Door!! ;-)

3. Quote of the day:

" The financial situation at the moment is so bad that
WOMEN are now marrying for LOVE!!"

4.Height of disappointment!!!!

A woman after a long search on google finding out that
Philips 21 inch is actually a T.V!!!

5.The Ultimate Killer:::

Before Wedding =

He: I waited so long for this.

She: Do u want me to leave?

He: No. Never!

She: Do u love me?

He: Ya I did, i'm doing & i'll do

She: Did u ever cheat me?

He: I'd rather die than do it!

She: Will u kiss me?

He: Surely, thats my pleasure.

She: Will u hurt me?

He: No way! I'm not that kind of a person!

She: Can i trust u?

He: Yes.

She: Oh Darling!

To know After Wedding =

Read from Bottom to Top!

:D :D

Some Riddles Now:

1. What is it?
The maker doesn't want it; the buyer doesn't use it; and the user doesn't see it.

A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

3. Think you're good at English?
Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

4. Captain Frank and some of the boys were exchanging old war stories. Art Bragg offered one about how his grandfather led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brilliant maneuvers, he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription "To Captain Bragg for Bravery, Daring and Leadership. World War I. From the Men of Battalion "Captain Frank looked at Art and said, "You really don't expect anyone to believe that yarn, do you?" What's wrong with the story?

;-) Jgd


Dec 7, 2009

The Princess's Birthday!

Vasudha Jhunjhunwala is a special person. And she deserves to be treated so!

My house was buzzing with activity since 5pm on the 2nd of December. Her birthday was 5 days away, but we didn’t have the time. She was leaving on the 4th and so we decided to celebrate her birthday on the 2nd.

It’s not an easy task to plan a surprise party for a YES!+ teacher. The benchmarks around the world for such birthday parties are very high! If you ask around, you will hear amazing stories on what royal treatments YES!+ teachers get on their birthdays! So we needed to make sure we keep the tradition up!
So here was the plan – WE WILL COOK FOR HER!!

Whoever said too many cooks spoil the broth – was not doing sadhana regularly! The many cooks with their many ingredients and vessels poured into my house, and the aromas and the laughter arose, and the celebrations had started. One of the only birthday parties where the party started many hours before the birthday girl showed up! Vegetable cutting, peeling, music, jokes, Guru Stories all mixed together to create the perfect setting for an AOL bash!

By the time we finished, we were ready to feed a small army! For the first time after I left the US, I cooked – and to my relief – the pasta turned out to be decent!

Here was the menu:
Dish 1: Starters: Vegetable Cutlets (Shweta); Muthiyas (My Mom); Corn Salad( Neha Kothari)

Dish 2: Pizza (Sanjay Khandelwal); Pasta (Virat Chirania); Multigrain bread (Hyper-city;)

Dish 3: Neer Dosa (Smita)

Dish 4: Paneer Makhanwala (Shivangi); Rajma (Raghav); Tandoori Roti (Ruchi – that’s not a person but our default fast-food joint)

Dish 5: Jeera Rice; Tadka Dal (Neha Khandelwal)

Dish 6: Biryani (Mamta)

Dish 7: Custard (Aditi Rawat)

And in between all the dishes, the Princess received many gifts too! After each dish, the tables were cleared, and a gift was presented, and then the next dish appeared!

The Starters

Pizza and Pasta

And the gifts kept pouring in...

And there was LIVE MUSIC playing her favorite bollywood oldies.....

More food: Roti, Paneer Sabzi and Rajma (Raghav taking the credit for something which his mom actually cooked ;)

With Mamta - the head chef of the evening, and the Biryani-Maker!

More Gifts.....

And a special guest - HARSHAL PULEKAR!!
Harshal travelled all the way from Ghatkopar - and sang for us! After feeding him so much, we sat him down and we all sang some really nice and old hindi numbers late into the night!

My life (Our life) is more colorful because of YOU!!


Jai Gurudev!

Dec 1, 2009

From DG's Diary

Finally, a new beginning!

The last month heralded the beginning of my 10th year in the art of living. It was around this time that I become aware of HIS grace in my life-not that it didn't exist before. That's when I stood up for awareness-awareness of all the good things in life and how to enhance it and awareness of all the not so good things in life and how to vanquish them. The Art of Living arrived. It came, saw and conquered me 100% -didn't even leave an atom to myself, to call it my very own. It became everybody's. But it was a fair exchange, because the whole world became mine too. What has the art of living really done to me?! It had taken my life

AOL brought a new love in my life, which reminds me of an ancient tale… Once upon a long long time, in a place far far away, there was a Charming prince called Val: Valiant, strong, mighty, loyal and faithful, devoted. And Tine was a tiny little simple flower girl who loved to laugh and was innocent and playful and had a perennial naughty twinkle of mischief in her sparkling eyes. Destiny free willed itself to let these two meet and cupid did his part of the game and a budding romance flowered which only grew with time. They were complete each by themselves and yet when together, they created magic and complemented each other perfectly. Being strong and sensitive, being tender and loving and yet being firm, being mighty and being humble. To make a long story short, they are living happily ever after. The world celebrates their romance as the Val 'n Tine's Day.

Guruji says the mechanics of love start with an infatuation. Many a times when we look back we think of a person and feel, "my god, how was I ever attracted to THIS person". Well, you can blame it on the angels. And what is at work in this process of infatuation is more than the history of the person or their geography. It’s more than mathematics (calculating how much he earns or adding up his gifts). It is more than simple plain chemistry; it is, let’s call it metaphysics that's at work. More than the matter, it's the spirit that matters most. And that infatuation leads to Loooooooonging and that leads to love and that love when matures becomes Devotion. How many of us can really say 'I am devoted to my beloved'. If your beloved is the divine then it’s so natural to say so. It’s easy in a divine romance. Love sets things in motion (nowadays lots in eMotion). Gurudev says love is not an emotion; it is your very existence. It's the love that makes the world go around - at an inclination of 23 and a half. It's the love of the earth that makes us grounded. We are made by love, we are made of love and we are made for love! Everything is love anyway. Our hate is love turned sour, jealousy if love turned bitter, our fears are love standing upside down, greed is love gone overboard, over attachment is love gone sticky, lust is love gone gross (lust is just 2% love and love has 2% lust).

But I still wonder who came first, longing or love. Love makes you long your loved one or is it the longing that leads to love of the longed one. Speilberg solved the age old mystery of who came first, the chicken or the egg. It was the chicken of course (because the Chicken could Run J). Or some say it was the chicken because God couldn't have laid eggs. Anyway, Guruji says we all have an in-built deep-rooted longing for a love that's so big, so infinite, so beautiful, so blissful, so divine, so like the Guru.. So longing (Radha) comes first and then comes Love (Krishna). Hence Radha is older than Krishna. So it goes Radhe Govind, Radhe Govind, Radhe Govind; the longing leads to love which leads to more longing which leads to more love until you BECOME the beloved. There remains no difference. Devotee becomes God. Till a time comes as that, my highest identity remains that I am part of the divine, a part of Him. Which part? I would like to be His heart. Your choice?!

Dinesh Ghodke

Art of Living International Teacher


(C) Art of Living Foundation

Nov 23, 2009

A YES!+ Marathon

Last 3 weeks have been a roller coaster ride for us (and our goregaon YES!+ team).

Bawa and Dinesh were in town for 21 days!!! And we had a blast! Lots of work and lots of masti!!

Here is what we did in those 21 days:
4 YES!+ courses - reaching out to a total of about 700 students! (This includes the 1st ever 3 day YES!+ course - called the YES!+ Foundation course)

Fruit salad competetion at GSC)

The highlight was the finale (last day celebrations)at the upcoming Vasind Ashram

1 DSN for 55 students (we did some amazing innovative stuff on this DSN)

(On the left ,Bau consoling the poor dog who was traumatized by the enthusiasm of the seva warriors.On the right,Dinesh da sharing his musical skills)

2 Sahaj courses for about 60 students
Other programs like Financial Literacy and Mathemagic for about 150 students. A brilliant talk at IIT Powai for 400+ students!

And of course, our very first, YES!+ TRM - now called the 'YES!+ Huddle', at a unbelievably beautiful beach in Maharashtra where we spent crazy time playing in the sea and chalked out our game plan for the next 1 year!! 140 teachers and volunteers from all over India attended!

Of course we spent hours learning how to play board games with bau, and we are now good at this superb game called 'Ticket to Ride', and ate some magestic food that Bau cooked!
It was truly learning and fun going hand in hand!

We are missing them and all the action!


Nov 19, 2009

YES!+ Huddle, experience no.2

Siddharth shukla –Yes + faculty 

 The 2 day trip to Murud for me was the first TRM experience. It was a gathering of the finest teachers and volunteers from across the country. There was exchange of ideas and thoughts, some of them simple but absolutely brilliant.

 The masti sessions (mostly about half day long) were spend on the beautiful clean beach , with Bau and Dinesh bhaiya (those who cud not make it ,pls don’t feel jealous ;) ).

And specially being on dinesh bhaiya’s team when the task at hand is to harass our beloved Virat was a trueeeeeeee delight!!! J J .


To keep the masti experience short let me tell you we played games like Frisbee, football on the beach, volleyball and random games involving throwing and catching the ball.


On the first day it was sunny and hot, but on the second day it turned cloudy the weather was so very beautiful. There were grey clouds covering the sky while we had fun in the sea, to add to this we had a flock hundred seagulls flying in the pattern of  a tornado , breath taking view . Intermittently we joined in our bliss by a group of fishes (size of a thumb) who jumped out of the sea water to go back into it again as if rejoicing in our bliss. Infact Dinesh bhaiya caught one in mid air (which was released later safe and sound) to show us, they were the color of green emeralds.  


Oh and how can I forget that champions rather all India champions for “stand on one foot and push” game (if that’s what it is called!) was Virat (mens category ) and Vasudha (women category). Their prize was a game with Dinesh bhaiya which I am sure they enjoyed even more than the spectators who were watching in rapt attention.


The knowledge sessions were rather short but simply superb, so profound yet so filled with humor, I felt like two divine beings have come down just to address us (Bau and bhaiya looked divinity personified).

A lot of things were discussed but a few things which I would like to share from those sessions:

Bau said “Whenever a mistake happens by say a volunteer, and the teacher points it out to him/her , the volunteer should not feel that oh “I am being called stupid” , but should understand that his wrong action is being criticized and not him. Similarly while pointing out a mistake the teacher should say “what a stupid thing to do”  rather than “You are stupid you did this”


Something beautiful that Dinesh bhaiya shared.

Once some one asked Guruji “Ram did all that he could to uphold truth but people around him like his wife Sita ma and his father king Dashrath suffered so much, similarly after Krishna the entire yadav clan was perished ,Guruji what will happen this time ? ”

Guruji said” Is baar hum sab ko mast karne aayen hain ,saab acha hi hoga”.

 Dinesh bhaiya said something that really stayed with me, he said talking about Guruji

“Divinty has come and will keep coming in small bits but it is only this time that divinity has come in such full bloom (purna padma; which is only said to be in case of Narayana ,the lord himself)  .And whenever divinity comes in such full bloom it comes with a bigger plan and is accompanied by various angels and divine beings, we all  and all our volunteers are a part of this plan. You are here with Guruji only by his grace and nothing else , all that you have to do is  feel grateful.”

This got my throat choked and eyes a little moist, going through the same even now.

My dear ones I hope to see you all on the next Huddle  (that’s what the YES!+ TRM is called!)J J

Loads of Luv ,

Jai gurudev

Siddharth Shukla

Nov 18, 2009

YES!+ Huddle, experience no.1

I have no words really how thrilled i was to be a part of this Huddle even not being a teacher...I have a lot of things to share about this huddle but to sum it up, i'll like 2 mention one thing about Bau which really touched me..

Bau told me in vasu di's kitchen once that i shud come in the huddle which was a week away then..on being asked if i cud manage the expense of trip i said yes i had some savings for winter break but right now this is the big thing for me so i'll pay here and wait for guruji to set some other setting for my winter break fund..the topic got changed then..

Now after everything was going cool bau announced in a session there in murud that student volunteers who have money crunch right now can collect back the refund (1000 bucks that were collected with that rip expense extra for reserve and were supposed to b given back if not used) and others can donate it for youth ashram.

When i went to collect my refund , anjana didi and manisha didi who were giving the refund back told me that bau asked if Jainil wants give him full refund of his trip not paying could be managed by WAYE surplus funds and i shud not feel ashamed for that..I was taken by sheer surprise, even as I only took the official refubd back, I was soo happy.

I was sooo touched by these words as i never expected Bau to remember our small conversation 10 days back in a super action packed week in progress that too me being just a volunteer among almost 100 teachers present there...I wasnt even expecting that he wud remember my name....This only showed how Bau soo much like Guruji makes every1 of us feel special in his own ways.

I also got acquianted with Bau's funda of "Work really hard and Party even harder" throughout those 3 days looking at how much excited he was when he taught almost everyone to laze and float in seawater after our lunch.

A lot of other things like Dinesh da's exercise on day 2 morning literally almost paralyzed all of us for coming couple of days.
Our lodge where we (me vibhu prashant n raghav) were staying, was almost a km away from our Headquarter Golden Swan resort (where BnD and senior YES!+ teachers were staying) so we had walk it up and down almost 3-4 times a day either through beach or by road..Me and Raghav got overambitious on 2nd morning and decided to jog/sprint from our room to the HQ were Dinesh Da had his morning exercise session on the beach..I pushed to my best to reach there..I was so proud of myself...Little did I know that movie was yet to start..The exercise session excruciated my thighs and calves completely with pain...Dinesh da had begun that 1 hour session straight with a km long running on the beach!!!!! But it was all worth it for the meditation on the beach that followed..

Bau's sessions were as usual very interesting, imspiring and ambitious.

Also felt that more and more of us should attend upcoming Huddles as its really gives us a great motivation and exposure through lot of reall heroes with you in the trip with their amazing stories and experiences!!

I owe a lot to Vasu di, Virat Bhaiya, Bau, Dinesh Da (and Guruji of course) for giving me this experience.
Jai Gurudev.

Nov 7, 2009

First ever Youth Ashram

The 72nd mile stone from Mumbai at Vasind is where we have the 1st ever Art Of Living Youth ashram coming alive.

It was the concluding day of the mega Yes+ courses happening across mumbai on 1st of November when more than 300 students came together to celebrate at Vasind.

Meditation happened effortlessly and as Bau says we all checked out!:)

The Ashram is going to be a center where Fun weds Knowledge and the youth get a chance to have clean fun.
Proposed is a badminton court(I mention it first for selfish interests) :) , a basket ball court,a swimming pool,a football field, a meditation hall for seating 400 students,a recording studio,Class rooms,a dancing room and lots more...
Its your chance to become a part of this movement and contribute to making of the first ever youth Ashram.

If you are from India, please make a cheque(s) or DD(s) out to WAYE. On the back write “for the Youth Ashram”. You could even send post dated cheques.

Post them to


c/o Art of Living International Ashram,

21st Km, Kanakpura Road,


Bangalore 560082


We will send you 80G certificate which will give you some tax rebate.

Pretty soon, we should be having a link that will allow Indians to donate using a credit or a debit card, we are working in it :) But please don’t wait for it… Knowing how banks function here, it could take a lot of time.

We should have a website up about the Ashram in the near future, and everyone will be updated about whats happening there...

To know more check out Bau's blog (

Jai Gurudev



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