Apr 29, 2010

Sanatana Dharma

Guruji Often Says “Deepen your roots and broaden your vision”

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.

Krishna told Arjuna in Geetha ,Chapter-4 ,verse-7

Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata

Abhutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham

"Whenever and wherever a decline of righteousness and a predominance of unrighteousness prevails ; At that time I manifest Myself personally, o descendant of Bharata."

“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(vasuaol@gmail.com) 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)


Apr 9, 2010

Dude n Dudette of the Month!

Team; here is starting a new practice! Every month, we will have a ‘Dude of the Month’, and a ‘Dudette of the Month’! These are people who have done something really cool in the month, either in the AOL world or their personal/professional lives!

This month, The ‘Dude of the Month’ is RAGHAV and the ‘Dudette of the Month’ is Aditi!!! (yayyyy!! Cheers!! Claps!!!)


We all know how cool our Bhaiya from UP (Khatauli to be precise) is! He has been with us for almost 2 years now, and it has been amazing to see him transform to his current avatar!

Raghav is the Dude of the Month, because for the 18th March course, he got the highest number of registrations from our zone!! (yayyyy!! Cheers!! Claps!!!). And, he did this while excelling at his work place also! For those of you who don’t know, Raghav works for one of India’s best software/IT companies called Directi, and amongst his peers, holds the record for the highest paid employee in Directi for his category! And although our hero has informed his manager that he wants to work for the best Boss in the world (Guruji of course), he keeps getting promotions at his office also! In fact he was recently offered a “Project Lead” role, something which is only offered to very experienced people, and is a Big Deal!

The reason for his success both in YES!+ and his professional life is a secret we all know very well – but seldom apply. It’s the ultimate trident – the Seva, Sadhna, Satsang formula!! And of course one thing I really like about him – a quality so so rare to be found in our team – Punctuality!  There are many other amazing qualities he has, but I will leave it for you to know him more and discover them!

I am sure he will go a long way in his life, and will do all of us proud! We will wait for the day he starts teaching this knowledge and reaches out to millions with this wisdom!!



Have you observed a quiet shy girl who slips in and out of kriya and satsang every Thursday and Sunday?! You won’t find her talking much or socializing, but in the silence of her presence, is a loud sound of success!

Aditi Rawat is the Dudette of the Month because, out of hundreds of TFI (Teach for India) teachers throughout the country, she has been selected to represent TFI in New York, and has won herself a fully sponsored trip to New York for this prestigious conference!! (yayyyy!! Cheers!! Claps!!!).

For all of us comes a day, when we have to decide what we are going to make of our lives! What after graduation? Aditi had many options after her degree from St.Xaviers. Like her friends she could have picked up lucrative options like going abroad to study, or a glamorous corporate job! But she chose to spread the light of education in some of the darkest homes in our city! She chose to teach the under-privileged toddlers so that one day they can get rid of this label ‘under-privileged’!

I think we are really privileged to have people like Aditi in our city!

At her school, she also organized a free ‘Bal Chetna Shibir’ [The Art Of Living kids course taught free for poorer sections of the society] for all the students of her class, and is committed to bringing more people to Guruji’s knowledge in her own unique way!!

We wish her all the best at the conference in New York! Go Shine NYC~!

Love n Jai Gurudev,
Virat n Vasudha
PS: People, you need to share with us anything cool which you did, so that you may become the next ‘Dude’ and ‘Dudette’ of the month!  You can also nominate others!


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