Sep 5, 2010
We had started this blog on 28th August, 2008 with a Janmashtmi special post. As our dear teachers, Virat & Vasudha scaled new heights with ever growing YES!+ team, this blog also gained popularity and within a year we were on Bawa's blogroll - An honourable achievement!
This monday, i.e. 6th September, 2010 we will be launching our Wordpress blog. And the most amazing fact is, the first post here will be again about Janmashtmi with VnV!!
The VnV team proudly announces the official migration from Blogger to Wordpress!
Until now, our blog was an independant link on the World wide web. Now we will be a part of YES!+ blogs from all across the country.
All the YES!+ blogs now have a common link - http://yesplus.in/
Our Wordpress blog will have the following link - http://yesplus.in/vnv
From tomorrow, this will be our new address. This post shall remain the last post on blogger.
The VnV team sincerely thanks all those who have appreciated and contributed in our efforts to make this blog what it is. Special thanks to the 125 followers who gave us the opportunity to deliver the best write ups and experiences. We seek your unconditional support and blessings in the new endevaour.
With Immense Gratitude,
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
And If you think "it" isn't, Even then you are Right
The Power of the Mind can make anything possible or Impossible.
To most of us the words above are not just words but an experience at some point or the other in life. Isn't it? Just close your eyes for a moment and look back, at some point or the other in life you for sure have surprised yourself by what you achieved.Something that your experience said is impossible for you to achieve...
I will tell you a short story from my own life.
I was in my 7th standard then and was an average student. But I was damn scared of Maths. It was like a torture for me to even open the book and do my homework. I would procrastinate till the last minute to complete my math studies. Till the moment when, if now I didn't put some efforts, another red line would come in the report card.
A terrible thing about the Red line in the report card was it gave your enemies one more chance to mock at you. Which was the worse feeling a teenager can go through.
The one whom I considered my greatest enemy at that time was my cousin brother who had this awefull expertise in making others feel lower than him. We had had several exchanges including some outrageous ones because of which we maintained a healthy distance between each other.
One day I was sitting on the swing and as usual he decided to irritate me with his words.The exchange of words led us to a point where we were ready to bet lives to prove who was superior.
And then the challenge was thrown at me, If you out beat me at Maths in the 8th standard I will consider you more intelligent than me, he said. Without even weighing the possibility of a victory I just accepted the challenge to win the war at that moment.
What!!!! What did I accept, 80% or more in Maths in the 8th standard. My GOD!!!!! To someone whom the sight of this subject could create distress, scoring 80%, was like climbing Mount Everest without warm clothes or skydiving without parachute or reaching moon without a space ship.......
But the challenge was taken and there was no way that I could let HIM Win.It was like mater of life and death for me.
So I started studying.Studying morning, studying noon, studying evening, studying night, I gave myself no choice. I decided I had to do it! My parents were is a state of constant wonder seeing me studying so hard.As the drastic change was completely unexpected by them.
The whole year I studied,like engineers do just before there exams, taking no rest at all. What drove me i think was the firm decision that I had made to reach there.
And the exams came and the paper went good. But I was not sure and was waiting for the results desperately.......
I scored nothing less than 99% in Maths that year:) :) :)
WOW! I could do it. It was the greatest feeling ever for me .Everyone around me was equally surprised and I gained a new respect in the eyes of all. Also I experienced a new confidence in myself that If i decide I can achieve anything.
I am sure we all have had experiences like this in life. But what stops us often in life is our memory. Memory which has this weird habit of sticking to the negative. As, if we let that one excellent experience govern our life, every moment would bring a new possibility for us.
As kids we were gifted. As we had a short memory. We tried to walk and fell,got hurt, cried and yelled. Then forgot..And again walked, and this continued till we learned to walk.
But while growing up we kept accumulating the impressions in our memory,and the memory kept governing our present. With the result the goals that we set for ourselves of reaching the moon,being in the air-force etc looked like a distant reality. And we settled with being an engineer and working for Infosys.
This is where the Art of living course helped me. Practicing the Kriya over the years cleared a lot of clutter in the memory. And new possibilities emerged in me. The MIND said yes and the memory did not obstruct my way any longer.
Today when I saw this video ,the power of the MIND came alive in front of my eyes.
If you think its possible, You are Right
and If you think it isn't, Even then you are Right
The Power of the Mind can make anything possible or Impossible.
I would like our readers to share some of there inspiring life stories on the blog. It may help the mind to open up to newer possibilities:)
This video sent by Jainil , inspired me to write this article.
Jul 12, 2010
It was something definitely beyond the intellect, but not beyond the memory, because it’s going to stay in the consciousness of the participants for the rest of their life. But saying this much will not do justice to the 9 day long affair that over 2000 youth had. If you are a Summer Magic grad, this will be a memorabilia for you. But if you are not, you are going to need a lot of knowledge to come out of regret and to stick to the present moment :P
Bawa’s unrealistic target, Virat Bhaiya’s stupendous conviction and Akhil’s rock-solid ground work – All this together got a strong crowd of over 130 people for Summer Magic from our zone alone!!
- It was the last exam for the Engineers :) …
…and for some reason, while writing the exam, most of the engineers had exceptionally more faith in Guruji on this particular day. Let their result tell the rest of the tale…
4 compartments, packed with Summer Magic participants for over 24 hours with games, music, masti, locomotive kriya and lots of food!! It was 24 hours of nonstop fun! And with YES!+ people around, how can one miss our super rocking satsang. Amidst a lot of chaos and commotion, the minds of so many people were brought to a sudden halt by the meditative songs. The journey was a memorable experience, not only for us, but also for the co-passengers :P
Monday morning Rudra Pooja by Guruji awaited to greet all of us.
Ashram tour couldn’t have a better start than this!!
22nd June, 6 AM – Morning Sadhna had participants dancing on Zoobie Doobie song followed with Padmasadhna and kriya. BnD had planned a series of surprises for all of us. Through out the day we were kept busy either by some crazy fun filled activity or some equally crazy speaker.
Those visiting ashram for the first time couldn’t resist the enchanting greenery in and around the ashram.
The superhit musical- Anand & Benifer was presented again in front of the entire ashram crowd. This time, it had a few modifications in the roles, but was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
24th June – Another surprise awaited us, The Upgrade -2. With superb creativity, the WAYE office had put up a great puzzle for the 2000 participants. The entire show was spread all across the ashram and we had to run from one corner of the ashram to the other to find a small but crucial clue. Endurance, Acceptance, Intelligence, Reconnaissance ….all of them were tested in one go. It did take away a lot of energy, but not enough to rob away our smiles!!
First day had one of the sessions conducted by the legendry Rajrshi Patel, BnD’s teacher. For few of us, her session was beyond comprehension and for others it was a magical experience that left them awestruck.
Silence inside, Silence outside- The energy of 2000 youth clearly dominated the entire ashram but as the silence started, all the energy was contained, nourished and purified for the next 2 days. 2000 minds were shut and every one of them experienced the power of silence. It made us super aware and not only could we notice a minute disturbance outside, but could also address to the small voice inside, that often went unheard.
Like Rajshri had told, shove deeper within yourself and go as much deep as you can while you are in silence. All of us, especially the first timers kept a very good silence.
Guruji’s meet- The silence was cut short because Guruji was going to meet everyone on the 3rd day. Rudra Pooja in the morning increased the longing to meet Him. A day before, Bawa had given instructions on how to behave when Guruji is around. It must be the silence that made 2000 people wait with utmost sincerity and discipline. Guruji met each and every one of us, blessed us with his naughty smile, twinkling eyes and a rose (which he used as a prop).
The ashram rule – You can bring all your problems to the ashram, but you cannot take them back with you.
The smiles and the glowing faces of the participants was enough to prove that this rule was followed by everyone of us.
For those who missed it, we can sing this for you…
“Here comes the Sun, Here comes the Sun…
And I say…it’s all right…(there’s always a next time) ;) ”
Dude of the month!
This month’s Dude of the month was undoubtedly Mr. Akhil Patel. Everyone knows his involvement in handling the accounts and registrations of Summer Magic. From following up with everyone for the payment to handling the entire cash, Akhil has truly served us with a smile.
Here is what Virat Bhaiya wants to say about Akhil : -
“Akhil did a marvelous job with Summer Magic coordination! One thing I realized was that throughout the process of coordinating SM, I spoke to him a million times (He was on my speed dial!) - and not once did he say No for anything!! He was 100% in the YES consciousness! And I was really really happy with the way his birthday unfolded!! Our home-grown snooker champ is truly the dude (or should we say Dudette (remember Anand and Benaifer) of the month! :)”
We leave you with the following picture of Akhil as the 'Gay Daku'...Please stay assured that Akhil has come out of his role ;)
Jul 9, 2010
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May 27, 2010
Infact every single moment of life is an opportunity to learn and express that which we have learned, isn't it...
English Book translation-When a man ceases to have any attachment for the objects of senses and for actions, and has renounced all ' Sankalpas', he is said to have attained Yoga.
Guruji says-For the one for whom the journey on the spiritual path has just begun ,effort is the way. For example- If I have to take a train ,I have to go to the station,buy a ticket, and sit in the right seat. This much action is needed.But once on the seat you need to relax. knowing that the train will take you there. But generally people either do nothing or they dont relax. Like people who do rosary day and night. After the stepping stone you need to let go. Effort is required to do Pranayam and then effortlessly meditation happens. Love and Happiness is given as a gift to you.Its a gift for the merits you have earned.Merits are earned through good gestures. Charity has been a part of our tradition.
We are fortunate to be provided with so many opportunities to serve in the art of living. And its our experience that the meditation becomes so much deeper when seva is done isn't it:)
English Book translation-One should lift oneself by one's own efforts and should not degrade oneself; for one's own self is one's friend,and one's own self is one's enemy.
English Book translation- One's own self is the friend of the soul by whom the lower self (consisting mind ,senses and body)has been conquered;even so the very self of him, who has not conquered his lower self, behaves antagonistically like an enemy.
English Book translation- The supreme Spirit is rooted in the knowledge of the self- controlled man whose mind is perfectly serene in the midst of pairs of opposites,such as cold and heat, joy and sorrow,and honour and ignominy.
Guruji says-Whether your mind acts as a friend or an enemy ,it reflects how your life is moving.Work on your own mind so that it becomes your friend ,unwavering. If mind is bombarded with multiple impressions it becomes your enemy.Depression is one such case.
On the poornima days(full moon), I have observed that the mind can be more restless than other days.Have you observed this too? And instead of blaming myself or others for the conflicting situation that may arise,I am being able to witness the play,knowing that its the moons effect on the mind and no ones fault.Now the mind does not go on a blaming trip,either blaming myself or others .
Guruji has given us the three fold path 'Seva', 'Sadhana' ,'Satsang' to be able to befriend the mind.Reminds me of the title of the movie "Taming the dragon" Even a dragon can be tamed with effort this is only our mind:)
Guruji says- Around 50% of the population is said to be depressed in the world.This is alarming . We are simply moving outwards.Its the mind which perceives through the senses.Inward journey is Yoga outward is Bhoga. Unless inward journey is taken you cannot even enjoy the outer. Nothing appeals to you. When union with inner being happens, mind becomes your friend, otherwise it can be your greatest enemy. "Save the mind at any cost" is the message of Bhagvad Geetha. If the water is still reflection can be seen. In that mind the universal mind reflects. And because you are anchored within, 'the opposite do not touch you'.
Wow! That's quite a statement Opposite do not touch you.One is centered no matter how good or bad the situation may be.And that possibility is within each one of us. Like Guruji says, only the husk has to be removed from the paddy,the rice is already there. My question to Guruji will be how much more husk is there to be removed :) ???
Guruji with Art excel kids at Arosa. YES!! that is Shashwat in the center ,the youngest art excel student in his class:)
How does he manage to look soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Good in every headgear???
Our dear teachers BnD
The 1st picture of the moon at the top of this post. Where has that picture been taken from? The 1st answer with most details will win a surprise gift!!
May 18, 2010
8th May 2010, I found myself surrounded by yet another crowd gathered in Arosa, a town which is best suited to represent heaven. In the midst of snow covered mountains, was the meditation hall called Krishna hall (by AOL people), where the modern day Krishna sat, one more time to explain the 6th Chapter of Bhagvad Geetha
Guruji began to explain…..
Geetha means a song. Krishna sung the Geetha to Arjuna .
WOW!! Imagine being in the middle of a battle ground, the biggest war ever witnessed by mankind at that time, surrounded by weapons, on both sides warriors of highest rank gathered ready to shed blood for their cause and here, our dear Krishna right in the middle singing away to Glory.
Only one who has mastered the five senses, the intellect, the memory & the ego, who rests only in the self, for the one for whom all is a play is capable of such ease, such poise, such strength of mind.
When I look at Guruji all those qualities come alive. The ease with which he carries himself through one action to another, weather its an address to highly intellectual group , or a bunch of religious fanatics , or a group of devotees for whom only love & no reason exists. He is completely rested & so aware. WOW!! This is to aspire for.
He continues to explain as babies we were free, but as we grew we were surrounded by conflicts. Conflicts between choices, And sometimes these choices can be very Very VERY confusing (like being in Mahabharata yudh) that is where having an enlightened master, who demonstrates the highest possibility of human consciousness through his actions, can help by showing the right path.
English Book Translation: One who is unattached to the fruits of his work and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic: not he who lights no fire and performs no work.
Krishna says – One who acts without expecting fruit of action is a Yogi. Guruji tells exactly how you do this, There are two attitudes while performing any action. 1. Performing an action expecting joy out of it. 2. Doing an action as an expression of joy.
I have observed this many times myself. It’s a very thin line but makes a lot of difference to the quality of mind. As in the 1st case the mind may become feverish, restless, sometimes greedy as a result the speech or the action may become pervert & leave you empty handed.
Yogi is one who’s actions are an expression of joy.
He explained, you do care about the result “Thats why you are performing” but you are not dependent on the result to give you joy.
An action is fruitful in both cases, An action giving adverse result can help you in improving or enhancing some skills in you. And if result is of your choice it gives you satisfaction.
Double edged sword.
“WOW did you ever think of it this way,I didn’t !”. Meaning if we perform our duty its only win win ☺.
Para – 2 Sanskrit: English Book Translation: Arjuna, you must know that what they call sannyasa is no other than yoga; for none becomes a Yogi, who has not abandoned his "Sankalpas" (thoughts of the world)
Sankalpas keep coming to our mind, that is natural. But holding on to it does not let us rest. Before sleeping you anyways drop all sankalpas, So that you can rest. Golden principal of meditation – which is wakeful rest 1. I want nothing 2. I do nothing 3. I am nothing This is mental renunciation, Running away from the world does not make one a Yogi. The actions become effective when you are centered.
“What a Management Principal, no B- school can deliver this point as effectively, and why not ,after all it is straight out of horses mouth, oh no! God’s mouth….:) ”
Will leave you with some pictures now, for more on Bhagvad Geetha keep blogging as more is awaited soon…
Photographs courtesy-Siddharth Jhunjhunwala
Typing- Sanket Tibdewal
May 14, 2010
Folks – Please welcome our ‘DUDES’ and ‘DUDETT’ of the month! Put your hands together for Prashant, Vibhu and Purvi!! (Yayy!! Clap Clap – Cheer Cheer)!
Prashant (aka Joshi from Dindoshi)(in white) and Vibhu (aka Khabri or Rishi Vibhudhar ji)(in purple) are the DUDES of the month because of their superb job at organizing yet another DSN in Goregaon!! Out of the 7 DSNs that have happened in Mumbai over the last 2 years, 5 have been in Goregaon – thanks to our DSN SWAT Team – Vibhu and Prashant!! This includes the most challenging SKYPE DSN!!
It is amazing how these two are always up and enthusiastic about DSN! Never have they shy’d away from this huge responsibility! Organizing a YES!+ DSN is not a joke – you should ask these two what goes on behind the scenes! For the participants – the DSN begins the day the course starts, but for the organizers, it begins a month in advance and finishes a few days after the course ends! Even during exams you get to sleep more than when you are on the DSN team!
Of course it is possible because of the superb support they get from the entire VnV team – but none the less, they are the OTCs!!
Special mention this time of Sunil – who impressed me thoroughly with his diligence! It was awesome how he was there every morning and effortlessly took on so many seva tasks with a smile! Mark of a great volunteer!
And now give it up for the lady – our DUDETT of the month – PURVI!!!! (Yayyy!! Clap Clap – Cheer Cheer)!
Purvi is the DUDETT of the month because of the superb job of organizing GURUJI’s Birthday bash (read Satsang) at her magnificent bunglow and taking such good care of us (and not charging Akhil for breaking the showpiece)! Also, for the fact that although she is new to the team, she has demonstrated the zeal of an old-timer and has managed to get more than 5 registrations for our YES!+ courses!!!
Purvi – you will go a long way! (You may begin by going to the Bangalore Ashram ;)
And finally – what a time we had last night!
Guruji ko bhi Germany mein itna maza nahi aaya hoga jitna hamein yahan aaya!! (Who says I am jealous of Vasudha for being in Germany with HIM!!)
Divya's beautiful rendition of the Guru Paduka Strotram
We had more than 200 (Yeah u read it right)!!! people present, and each one of them was so obviously in bliss! The VnV Satsang Team did a super fabulous job last night!! Kudos to all the singers and musicians – Sid, Jainil, Karan, Shivangi, Dippak, Akhil, Divya, Raghav, Kuldeep and Virat!! So many people came and told me they had an amazing time!! We then celebrated Sagar’s bday with ice-cream, and later went to Juhu beach for GOLA at 1am!!
Guruji - in the form of many little angels, cutting the cake!!
Here’s to another smashing SSS Year (Seva, Sadhna, Satsang) and to many more DUDES and DUDETTS!!!! Vasu should be back soon – and I am eagerly waiting for the Guru stories and the snaps!
Apr 29, 2010
A reminder of this knowledge for me was yesterday when Chaaya Anna(Swami Suryapaadji) stated that its not enough to only be proud of what you have, but it is also essential that we have enough knowledge about it.
From my very childhood I felt proud to be an Indian, as in inheritance came the glorifying history of more than 5000 years of the most ancient civilization. I feel proud that I am born on that land which welcomed and embraced every visitor without discriminating against him or her in anyway. The country where love and tolerance have proven to be its strength . Our land which survived the most brutal attacks by its enemies, who had no idea about the strength of its people and had to return empty handed.
The mental strength of our people can be contributed mainly to our ancient scriptures that are our true wealth as they contain knowledge about the entire creation. But this wealth for me was like inheriting a Box of gold without having any access to it. As this knowledge for me was a deep secret and I had little clue how to reach it.
Lifetimes or more will be needed for crossing this large ocean of knowledge. And so ,a guide ,a satguru is needed who has mastered these great epics and can direct us to the relevant knowledge required to live a meaningful life.
Guruji has decoded and gifted us a small part of this in form of the weekly knowledge sheets ,which for me is a manual to live a happy life.
Swamiji also said that we should not depend on information provided by outsiders to learn about our own roots. It’s like asking ones grandparents names from the neighbors .As this information could be corrupted for selfish purpose or born out of ignorance.
He said we should resort to only Vedas, Puranas and Itihaas (Mahabharata and Ramayan) for the right information.
He explained Sanatana Dharma , (Sanatana meaning eternal , Dharma is that which upholds life, Adharma is that which degenerates life) is not claimed to be given by any single prophet. It is the compilation of that knowledge which was present in the universe and was received by several Rishis in their meditation in form of mantras, which collectively form the Vedas. “Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, Sama Veda and Yajur Veda”.
One unique thing about Sanatana Dharma is that it does not discriminate between humans with different faiths but says every human is capable to attain enlightenment or the highest. It also allows the student to experiment first and then to believe.
We in the Art of Living are blessed to be given the experience first through the Sudarshan Kriya , so believing becomes effortless. Isn’t it...
As humans we are bestowed with several choices.Choices which can often be confusing. Its like being stuck in a maze and constantly looking for the right direction. We are fortunate that the map of the maze with directions and signposts have come to us in form of our scriptures.
I feel its right time now that we pay attention to learn more about our roots as Gurudev is here to guide us.
Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata
Abhutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham
“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” One world family is the vision our Gurudev has giving us. To reestablish peace and love in the society.
Every month we will have an article dedicated to the secrets of Indian history. And I invite all our readers to participate in this article. Please research and email(firstname.lastname@example.org) facts that are worth knowing by all, also you can challenge any misinterpretations that we may be following, like that about Aryan Invasion.
Lets together unveil the glory of our past and deepen our roots so that no storm can uproot us and we become like a shade giving tree for others.
Sangh Gachhatwam (lets move together)