Monday, December 17, 2012

The Auctioned Violin

A post after a long time. As usual I am  going to start with a story, a short one but one of my favorites.

It was an ordinary day with an ordinary auction going on. The auctioneer was doing his regular job selling the belongings of the late Carpenter. He was not really a famous man, the Instrument maker, only known possessing a few items of worth. In truth, him having objects worth auctioning was a mystery to the simple town folk, yet here were people paying thousands of euros for them.

Among his possessions was a violin whether made in his free time or bought, the auctioneer was not sure. The Bidding started at 2200 Euros. 2500 bid one, 3000 another and yet another bid 3200. Then walked in a man, not part of the auction, straight to the violin. He looked closely at it, picked it and started to play and when he played it was a very pleasant tune, melodious, soft and soothing. He stopped, kept it back, and the auctioneer asked "shall we start again?"

And again the bid started "10,000 Euro" "15,000" "25,000"

During this a man asked his neighbor "It is the same violin yet the bid is so high, what happened?"

The man next to him replied "The Touch of a master"

The End 

Friday, March 30, 2012

January the 14th

Something I have been meaning to post for a long time. If you came here because of my rampant tweeting, to know the conclusion of Mahabharata, Haha u r gonna have to wait till the next post. This one is all about Guruji's Pune visit
There I was sitting in my office mournful I might not get to go to Pune while my parents had already reached in the morning. By 3:15 I was totally downed and my started to play Guru Puja on its own. Suddenly my boss came, few minutes later I had permission to leave. It was 3:32 no way I was reaching in time for even end of Satsang. I reached my house, 15 mins walking distance quickly packed a few things, grabbed a rickshaw to the bust stop, another 5 mins. Upon reaching I inquired about the bus going to Pimpri. the conductors pointed at a nearby bus,"This one leaves at 3:50 next one is at 5". It was at that moment I realised it was still 3:47. Now reaching home itself should have taken till 3:45 add 5 minutes off packaging, another 5 for reaching bus stop 2-3 minutes lost in searching for rickshaw. This was the minimum time needed for everything, yet here i was doing in 15 mins that which required atleast 25.
So I am in the bus and off to Pimpri by 4pm. Now reaching the venue, I got down at the bus stop and my parents picked me up from there, amazingly I was still in time. meaning I had reached before 8.
Now Satsang goes great and I am looking for the girl who was supposed to bring my pass for the next days event. She Forgot!!! capital. so I go around the Satsang venue and find a stall for the event. Asked one of the volunteers for a pass of 1100 Rs the volunteer starts going through his bundle, looks up with a shocked smile "Last one".
next came the question of accommodation. I would definitely stay at my uncles but then how do I reach the next venue? Turns out the Satsang venue was actually 15 mins walking from my uncles house. Again I had a car to take me home :-)
Next day went to the venue with my father driving and uncle guiding, and returned the same way. In short I was extremely comfortable from beginning to end. (I also had a car to go home )
Guru of Joy ? Add Guru of comfort as well
Jai Gurudeva

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I am Back

Sorry For the long gap people, but as Arnold would say, "I'll be Back", so am I. Quite honestly this post is not going to have anything interesting so you can stop reading Right NOW!!!

Its new year time and Santa has already visited. Got lots of stories to share, knowledge to upgrade oneself, Guru moments, Love bytes, and lot of my usual rambling.

When I logged in on blogger after a Long time( note the capital L) I saw my followers have gone up. Now I have 10 followers, God bless you people( No idea whatsoever,what they found so interesting :P ). Got a lot of things to do now, One of them being reading Stumbling Into Infinity( the bloody thing costed 850/- !!!!!!! but then again the awesomeness sets off the price). Going to end this here hope to get Five posts in three days (Damn Double shifts!!!)

For now lets just remember a simple Funda - Zero complaints Only Praises.

Jai Gurudeva

Monday, August 29, 2011

Facts about Engineering

Engineers I want your honest opinion on these jokes sent by an engineer. Others can simply enjoy the fun

Engineering College : Place where you're punished for getting good HSC marks.

Senior : guys who got ragged as juniors and wanna get some payback...

Fresher : Guy who has to ask where the canteen is...

Really Dumb Fresher : Guy who asks a senior where the canteen is.

Really Really Dumb fresher : guy who follows the senior to the canteen.

Ragging : the unfortunate fate of the previous idiot.

Evasive action: watch the juniors when any seniors come nearby. (No one
runs faster than a fresher. NO ONE.)

Babe : After two years in Engineering, anything remotely female qualifies for that title.

KT : makes you suicidal..

Year Drop : makes dad homicidal.

Rereviewuation : Cruel joke... (results of rreview come after you give the KT exam).

Principal : Biggest Idiot on campus. Unfortunately, also the most powerful idiot on campus.

Lectures : waste of time..

Tutions : what you take when you don't waste enough time.

Professor : person paid to put students to sleep.

Vernac Prof : Unusual variant of previous individual who comes packaged
with his own brand of english ("Now you check me your journal." "You Out get from class." "Are you understand, Beta?" )

Practical : 60 to 90 minutes in which you discuss Pamela Anderson's assets, watch the girls do your experiment, and usually destroy a considerable array of lab equipment.

Hopeless Practical : The practical in which there are no girls in your group (simply look blankly at each other, fiddle with the equipment,and finally copy the readings. from the girls of course...).

Fear : what you feel when the prof who's signature you forged on the journal hesitates to turn the page...

Irony : The guy who copied your entire paper passes and you flunk.

Critical Calculation : Summing up the marks you attempted in the exam...

Sleep : Huh! What the heck's That?

Jai Gurudeva,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fear of loss..... Shadow of greed it is

Yoda's rather cryptic words from Star Wars episode III quite simple to understand like most of his statements are ;-) I have always wondered how Lucas got hold of such
knowledge one liners. This one (The title in case you haven't figured it out)
has got a whole new meaning to it again an instant post-kriya post. I so love Vikram Hazra for using Iphone apps for making posts to his blog, thanks to which I can make posts to MY blog using My Phone so this is also my first mobile post :-D
In my previous post I have given some, not so subtle signs of possesiveness and wanting of...... well m not gonna tell what or who as people have been asuming to know and understand me (Yeah right !!) and it had been bothering me along with other things, now here's where the fun begins
Going back to Guru Purnima with Mahesh Giriji (remember the last post B-) ) he had said that you should be able to let go "Chodna ana chahiya" interesting to hear, absolutely frightening to impliment. By no means is it impossible to implement but one where the intellect and mind are not ready to accept. A thousand excuses come up like 'what will be the purpose of my life if i lose this?' or 'whats the use of working so hard and then having to let it walk away?' 'Why to live if we can't get what we want?' etc etc..
Now all these excuses are quite logical and very convinient to follow but as Dumbledore says at the end of Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire "We all will have a choice between what is right and what is easy"
Now comes the big question why is it a right choice in the first place ?
Why is it so difficult to let go of things? Love? attachment and entanglement? why is there a fear of loss?
Those who have done an advance course will know the relation between fear and love.
All our actions are governed by fear
When we are sick we go to a doctor because we fear dying
People marry because of the fear of dying alone
They have children because they are afraid that they will not leave behind anything significant. Now the fear of loss is, like all the above are actually motivated by attachments which is very much NOT the same as Love at all. Now this is what Yoda says in Star Wars when you are attached to objects people or events the tail of misery follows but when you can love without being attached its a completely enjoyable regardless the result of the event or reaction of the person.
So whats the big deal with that you get to enjoy a little? but you can get to enjoy it for longer if you get to keep that object/person so why should you be ready to let go? Simple so that you can be happy without being miserable.
Now according to my experience events are the easiest to let go as they have already become "had beens" Already being in the past  there is not much that can be done about them so they are the easiest to let go
Then comes objects. Many things 'give' us pleasure, make us comfortable and "happy". So how to let go of this? The honest answer is that none of this is yours to begin with all that is "Yours" is actually a gift from the divine even your body is not your own and one day you will have to let go of that as well so whats the point of hankering to objects that are not yours.
The toughest are people to whom attachment, atleast for me, is highest and I for one still can't let go of a few people, despite the pain it causes and yet at times the knowledge overpowers the small mind and brings freedom so the only way to be truly free is to keep the prana high.
Incase you have not noticed all these put you in bondage where as being able to let them go sets you free to enjoy without reason.
So now the choice is yours be bound and enjoy with a limit or be free and enjoy limitlessly.
Now this does not mean that you should not want anything in life, it simply means knowing that whatever you need in life will be given to you AND whatever that is lost is not necessary for you.
So finally I will shut up and let you decide how this post is
Jai Gurudeva

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kriya and Puja

Back from the end of a course not having done my kriya feeling tired. Reached after a long walk and a last minute Rickshaw, not having told anyone the real reason I had to leave so quickly (don't bother guessing, well actually u can but i wont tell :) ) Finally after the delay of the entire a day did my Kriya and this post came up ready made.....

Often I have heard Guruji and many teachers say 'Puja' means that which is born out of completeness or fullness. Today while doing Kriya I remembered something. "Sit to do your Kriya with an attitude of Gratitude" but even when I was getting through First stage of Pranayam "Gh**** gratitude how do I deal with all the pain that has been building in my for the entire day" and now it has reached a peak after something that happened at the course. Suddenly I couldn't feel the pain in my legs (General effect of Vajrasan, especially since I was sitting on a chair) as it was replaced by a pain in my heart region for a moment I thought I had a heart attack but realized it wasn't almost the next moment.

I could feel all the sadness and pain accumulated over the years that I have managed to hide with quick smiles and acting stupid started coming up. Some of the things that I had REALLLLYYYYYYY wanted to hide even from myself started coming to the front. By this time I had lost all control, half way through Second stage of Pranayam I started breathing normal breaths instead of Ujjai breaths. Now I though this embarrassing, what I didn't realize was the Really embarrassing thing is yet to come. Almost in tears because of all the suppressed memories I was not even sure I would be able to continue any further, I was just moving forward.

Somehow I managed to get back into Ujjai before finishing Second stage itself. Hear is where something interesting started happening. Even though the pain was still there I remembered what I had heard on Guru Purnima this year. Suddenly there was no effort in Third Stage and Bhastrika and the pain intensified, with tears from my eyes and mucus from my nose and sweat forming a horrible mixture on my face which very thankfully I could not feel because of the pain. The actual Kriya was a different experience all together something had changed dramatically and after a short meditation I got up and was already ready with this post in my Mind.

Now the important part, the knowledge that came to my rescue in my time of need. Mahesh Giriji had said that "We offer flowers, fruits, 'chandan' etc while doing the Guru Puja but you should do something else. Offer your anger, offer your Jealousy, offer all the negative qualities and you'll see that Puja happens by itself and such a Puja will be higher then any other simple Guru Puja". Today I was able to apply this.

Coming back to the starting of the post
So for the first time on this blog I am going to give everyone a task to experiment on. Here's the deal if you can't sit with an Attitude of Gratitude, gather all your anger, hatred, jealousy,greed, fear, laziness and sit for doing your short Sudarshan Kriya. After you finish your 3 rounds of slow-medium-fast just offer it to......... whoever you want, it doesn't really matter. Do tell me your experience, waiting to hear from you all (comment hear or mail me)

Jai Gurudeva,
P.S. Please excuse the length of the post :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Now awaiting my Graduation results so nothing much to give here. A course with Anjana Di today in Thane(Yeaaaaa) and DSN with the ultimate duo Bawa N Dinesh, also in Thane (*Lack of words to express excitement*) . A few jokes i got from here and there

Girlfriend(to boyfriend): What can u do for me?
Boyfriend : anything!!!!
Girl : Can u leave ur family for me?
Boy : Yes
G : Bring me money, clothes, jewelry as much as i want?
B : Yes
G: Get me stars, the moon, the sun?
B: Yes
G: Delete ur Facebook account?
B: Now really !! You ask too much

After the death of his wife, man asks friend " Quick get me a laptop"
Friend asks "Why?"
"I want to set my status to Single"

A boy was walking on road in the rain a girl comes to him and says why don't U share my
Boy- No thanks sister I like it this way

Moral............ nothing the Girl was not good looking :)

Jai Gurudeva,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Story Time

Well its story time again and this time I got a Love story (ooooowww) Without further adieu let the story begin

Some seriously long time ago, when India was under the rule of the Moghul Emperors, in a small village came a young man barely above mid twenties for some work. He stayed there for two months, during that period he fell in love with a local girl and she loved him as well, only her love for him was beyond that of just the regular long gazing in eyes and romantic talks and all the other silly things that people in love so often do. When his work was over he left the village suddenly and no one could tell of whereabouts. The girl, now madly in love lost all sense and of what others would call sanity.
She left the village to find her lover, having lost her mind on her lover, she would ask ever person she passed about him but she didn't stop there she would ask every tree, every animal, every bird that she could, not a single rock did she pass without asking the location of her lover. Walking, walking, searching, searching, she was lost in a forest.
In the same forest was the then emperor of India, out for a hunt with his royal guard with him. In the evening it was time for Namaz. Now this an emperor sitting so of course there was a royal, silk mattress with the finest quality cushion. With guards waiting at one side the emperor began his reading.
Then suddenly the love struck girl marched into his camp and walked past him. This angered the guards, who caught her immediately. The emperor himself was outraged at the disrespect this lowly woman had shown him and towards his most sacred text.
At the height of his anger he asked her "Who do you think you are to insult me while I am praying you lowly woman, to disrespect my Namaz is to disrespect GOD himself..". Before the emperor could continue the woman asked "Is your God important to you? do you love HIM?
The Emperor replied with a prompt 'Yes' Despite being chained and at the mercy of the emperor the girl laughed and said "What love do you speak of? when a lowly girl like me is loving just an ordinary man and so lost that she couldn't even see an emperor, whereas your love for God was so short that you saw this lowly girl just because she passed you by. This is your love for God? Even now your ignoring your lover for a lowly girl and you claim to love God?"
Hearing this the Emperors angered shattered and shards of shame fell on him. He released the girl and immediately sat for Namaz.

Here the tale comes to an awkward end, most would expect a love story to be something different but this is the kind of story that awakens you to a new reality. Where do we spend our time, how involved are we in every act we do, are we really being 100%, to go out of our "hectic" schedules and spend time with those whom we love, to actually Live life rather than get through it
I end this post with a line from Guruji
"Love is not just an emotion, it is your very being"

Jai Gurudeva,

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kung Fu Awesomeness all over again

Now I am sincerely sorry for the long silences i have been keeping but I am back again so for this post I have a Film review to share
The much awaited Kung Fu Panda 2
Truly an Epic peace of work and full of Sheer Kung Fu Awesomeness fortunately as Po (the lead Panda) says in the first movie "There's no charge for awesomeness". The cast is quite star studded with Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Lui, Jackie Chan, Jean Claude Van Damme and many more. The animation is much beyond good however the story had a few points which could be exploited more like the hints given about Tigress's past (no more spoilers). This time around Po is more confident in his Kung Fu but now faces the ultimate challenge of defeating something that can destroy Kung Fu so Master Shifu sends Po and the Five to destroy the machine.
Po's history is revealed (Yea i know how can he be the son of a goose right?)
more kung fu awesomeness
A soft side to Tigress is revealed
more kung fu awesomeness
A lot of humor and more kung fu awesomeness
Overall more kung fu awesomeness movie :)
One thing I noticed about Po's talking and behavior was that he was more like Bawa ( Yes the one and only Khurshed Batliwala) though laking Bawa's super cool-ness but he did have some resemblance in many scenes. All in all a very good movie and would definitely suggest for everyone to watch it atleast once

A bonus joke for the end of the post

A sign outside a petrol pump says
Smoking Not allowed
Your life may not have much value but Petrol costs a fortune

Jai Gurudeva,

Friday, April 1, 2011

End OF Exams

Finally m done with my Graduation exams :). Now m Freeeeeeeeeee
Changed the look of the blog significantly to suit the mood for may release of Kung Fu Panda 2.
Nothing Much in this post about anything else. However Upcoming post includes miracles in exams which will again have to wait a few days due to .... well I got things to do :)

Jai Gurudeva,

P.S. A special surprise coming up in the next post so stay tuned and sorry for the long silence

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

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Summer Magic- 1st part

Now firstly sorry for being this inactive for last few months. This is a post i have been working on ever since I came from Summer Magic but just couldn't get it up and running for the blog.
Now the Journey to Banglore Ashram was not packed with exciting events but was nonetheless very exciting to begin and end with. One reason was that there were a lot of familiar faces this time unlike Winter Break(my 1st advance course) like Jaydeep and Neha. Neha was the volunteer in my group during my 1st YES!+ and I was meeting her after a long while so you can imagine this part of the excitement. Another reason was that I was going for a huge Advance course 1500 atleast, apart from that I was gonna meet BawaNDinesh(Big Smile) again and to top it all Guruji was going to be there for the entire course (Extremely Big Smile). Not many events to describe in the train apart from the fact that I was sleeping on top of the goodies that were going to be given during Summer Magic and had the props for Anand & Benaifer in front and Bau's pillow nearby (A big smile for all that).
Coming to the Ashram at midnight is just as exciting as it is in daylight, perhaps a bit more so, yet that wonderful feeling you get upon entering remains just as strong it was the last time I passed through those gates of gate no.5 Ok if I start going into details beyond this, it will become the longest post in the history of blogging so fast forwarding. To my fortune I was in 5 people sharing which turned out to be 4 people sharing and Jaydeep was in the same room with me so again it was quite easy to become friends with the remaining people. Sadhana 1st morning was in Yagyashala, my usual Kriya and Sahaj was never so deep and profound.
Since there is so much to tell I have decided to break it into parts so more next week
Jai Gurudeva!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Philosophers Stone

Now I know I am a few posts behind. Did an advance course at the beautiful Triveni Ashram in Pune, some YES!+ experiences, been traveling a bit, off to Banglore Ashram on Sunday, some great Guru Stories, and the list goes on and on. For now I would like to start with very interesting story.
Jai Gurudeva!

In India a Guru is compared to a Philosophers stone, now for those who haven't seen or read Harry Potter, its a legendary artifact that can turn any substance to Gold. This is said to be the similarity between the Guru and the Philosophers stone, that a Guru can, by his mere presence turn even the most ordinary of person into a Golden Soul.

During a debate between some scholars (Pundits basically highly knowledgeable people) one of them asked "What is the difference between a Guru and a Philosophers Stone?" All of them were baffled and argued that the comparison is correct that there was no point to debate such a thing. On this the scholar replied that the comparison is indeed correct but incomplete. A Philosopher's Stone can merely turn any substance to gold but cannot give that substance its properties, whereas a disciple through the Guru's infinite wisdom can bring about a transformation in other people's lives even if the Guru is not with him physically.

So what would you like in your life ? A Philosophers Stone or A Guru?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Second post for the day

A few jokes from here and there and one from Bawa. Enjoy

Jai Gurudeva!


A man got a new Ferrari for his birthday and went to test drive it on the highway. As he was driving he wondered how fast it could go, but before he could get very far he heard sirens. He sped up thinking he could outrun the cop, but then he came to his senses and pulled over.

The cop walked over and asked for the man's license and registration. Then the cop said, "Listen Mac, it's Friday, I'm tired, and I just want to go home, so if you can give me an excuse I haven't heard before, I'll let you go."

The man thought for a minute, then replied, "My wife ran off with a cop the other day, and I thought you were trying to give her back to me."

The cop nodded and said, "Have a nice day."
Whats the difference between a terrorist and parents? You can negotiate with a terrorist.
Is Insanity hereditary? Yes, Parents get it from their kids.
Did you hear about the blind man who went bungee jumping? He loved it, but it scared the poop out of his dog.
A lawyer was on his deathbed in his bedroom, and he called to his wife. She rushed in and said, "What is it, honey?"

He told her to run and get the bible as soon as possible. Being a religious woman, she thought this was a good idea. She ran and got it, prepared to read him his favorite verse or something of the sort. He snatched it from her and began quickly scanning pages, his eyes darting right and left.

The wife was curious, so she asked, "What are you doing, honey?"

He shouted "I'm looking for loopholes!"
The Reverend tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was.

When the boy had told him, the reverend thanked him and said, "If you'll come to the Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to Heaven."

"I don't think I'll be there," the boy said. "You don't even know your way to the post office."
Why is God A Parsi ? because we call him Upparwala.