Sunday, January 22, 2012

Breaking the mental barriers - The DSN course - A talk by Sri Sri

Art of Living ashram at Bodh Gaya

Jan 22, 2012 | GAYA
With the performance of the Rudrabhishekh rituals, the Bodh Gaya ashram of Sri Sri Ravishankar, the Art of Living (AoL) founder, was off to a splendid start on Saturday evening. The rituals comprising hymns and bhajans were performed in the presence of a sizeable number of Sri Sri Ravishankar's followers, including nearly 200 foreign devotees - mostly Chinese and Japanese. AoL's European followers were also present.

The ashram at village Shekhwara near Bodh Gaya off NH-82 is spread over 13 acres of land with facilities for meditation and stay in a serene ambience. The centre is likely to attract visitors from different parts of the world as Sri Sri Ravishankar has followers in over 150 countries across the world. Besides spiritual programmes, Sri Sri Ravishankar's Bodh Gaya ashram will also focus on social services, including development of leadership qualities among youths, programme to save girl child and other training programmes.

Earlier on Thursday, while addressing a religious congregation at Gaya Gandhi Maidan, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar announced programmes to promote organic farming so that farmers shun chemical fertilizers and sell off their products at lucrative prices. He also announced the creation of an employment bureau to help the unemployed lot of the region.

The AoL founder, who spent Friday night at his newly built ashram in Shekhwara village under the Bodh Gaya block area, began his day on Saturday with a visit to the world famous Mahabodhi Temple, the seat of Buddha's enlightenment where a wandering prince attained enlightenment and graduated to divinity about 2,500 years ago. Throwing light on his choice of Bodh Gaya for his ashram, he said there was something very holy about Gaya and Bodh Gaya on account of the Vishnupad (footprints of Lord Vishnu, the preserver) and the seat of Buddha's enlightenment.

After visiting the Mahabodhi Temple, Sri Sri left for Madanpur in Aurangabad, which is considered a hotbed of Maoist activities. Madanpur is infamous for the second biggest massacre in the state next only to Laxmanpur Bathe in Arwal district. Sri Sri Ravishankar led a satsang in the Maoist bastion. Reports reaching the divisional headquarters say that at Madanpur too, Sri Sri urged Maoists to shun violence and join him in the task of nation building.

Source: Times of India

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10 Jan 2012: Satsang with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

1.This Begins a New Practise

Patanjali Yoga Sutras Knowledge Sheet 1

Mahasatsang with Sri Sri at Vellore!

Sri Sri:
Om Namah pranavarthaya. 
Shuddha gnanaika moortaye 
Nirmalaaya prashantaaya 
Dakshinamurtaye Namah

Q: What is spirituality?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Spirituality just means knowing that it is oneconsciousness. One world family - this thought came from India.One side there is slum, the other side is scam. We have toremove slums. For that first we need to remove alcoholism. Nearly 60 percent ofa poor man’s income goes in alcohol.

Q: How does Yoga help one in life?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yoga increases our qualifications - Yogbrings 'yogyata (Talents)'. Whatever we think that starts to happen.People have started recognizing this secret all over theworld. Even in china, where they don't believe in God, they have asked us tostart spreading the knowledge of yoga.Krishna says, “Do your duty. I will take care of your sins.You just surrender. If you surrender then it’s my responsibility to take careof your sins. Don't worry. That's what I also say. Just come and participate inmeditation, yoga and Satsang, you will not have any worries in life. Justmeditate and believe that you have left your sins here.Human beings have responsibilities and needs. If needs aremore and responsibilities are less, that is not a rich life. Meditation andyoga makes our body and mind active, our life rich. We have to have a qualitylife, a joyful life.If our life is not joyous, there is no way we can take careof others. That's why we should use Yoga, Ayurveda and Siddha techniques.

I have a dream - everyone should have a proper house tolive in.
The second is that casteconflicts should be erased. We should increase the love between human beings. Wehave forgotten these practices, and it is time to renew these.Let us meditate now!
(22 minutes of meditation passes away in less than 2minutes!)
We meditated for 22 minutes. Did you notice the timepassing by? 
You should learn this, become teachers and take this knowledge toevery village.
If you have any worries, you have to leave it here; That’sthe rule of Satsang, you cannot take your worries back. You can go onlyafter you drop them here.How many of you are ready to do some Seva?
There is a village in Maharashtra - Kathewadi whereeveryone gets together to do Satsang. There are no locks on the houses. It hasbecome an ideal village! Now 188 other villages are inspired to become likethat. Villages in Tamil Nadu should also walk towards this. I am sure you cando this. If possible, you visit this place.
Our work is happening in 36,200 villages.
We should adopt more villages in Tamil Nadu.
When you sleep, make one wish and then surrender that wishalso.
How many of your wishes are being fulfilled since you started meditating?
If you can win your mind, you can win the whole world! For this, meditation isnecessary. Purpose of human life is to know who you are! This is spirituality. 
There can be no appreciation for good forces if there areno bad forces. It is presence of villain which makes Hero a Hero. So, life isjust a game.

Q: If God is everywhere, why there is evil?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: If there is no evil, how can we recognize good? 

Q: How do I listen to everybody?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: With patience!

Q: Is Growth in technology blessing or curse?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Technology is a blessing. How we use it can make it a curse.

Q: What is difference between God, Guru and me?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Let's talk of the common thread. The same Divine is in me and in thewhole universe. There is no place which is not permeated by the divine. In Sanskrit,
Ishwaro gurur atmeti murti bheda vibhagine,
There is no difference between Guru, Divine and me. What iscommon in all three is what I am!

Q: What is surrender?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: A child playing a game goes to its mother and plays or cries. That issurrender. The state of mind of the child is surrender. Another way to look atit is if there is something that we can't handle any more, we give up to thehigher power. That is surrender. 

Q: Why is there so much sorrow in the world?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Even with so much sorrow we are not able to let go in this world. Howwe would be able to let go if it was only full of joy. So, surrender in sorrow,do service in joy. 

Q: Please talk about karma.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Some karma we have to experience, and some we can change. E.g. when wecook some sweet, if there is too much sweet, we add some rava, if it is less wecan add sweetening agent. But once you have put the rava on the fire, you can'tturn it back. In the same way, some karma can be changed, some can’t. 

Q: We worry about future and cry about the past. How can wechange the pattern?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Take past as a lesson, and see what you can do in the future. That iswhy we should take past as destiny and future as free will, that isintelligence.

What is yoga ?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2. Close to the Master

Guru Punch 10 Jan 2012

"Creative impulse
Sri Sri Ravishankar | Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It is very important for us to probe into the source of thought. Often we are called great thinkers, but what is a thought? Where does it originate? Is there any way that we can improve the thought process? What is the source of creativity?
Thought is nothing but an impulse of energy and intelligenceThat impulse of energy and intelligence, for it to arise and a correct thought to come, you need 16 impulses to meet at a point in the cerebral cortex at a certain speed. In that short interval of timeall the 16 impulses in the cerebral cortex, when they meet, is what we call a correct thoughtWhat do we do about it? We need to train our brain, our mind.
There is always dialogue going on in your own mind. We all have a filter in our mind through which we listen and we accept only what we already know. Something which doesn’t already fall within our belief system, we straightaway filter out. This tendency in the mind to take things which it already knows and reject that which it doesn’t know, is one of the main blocks of creativity.
The second aspect for creativity is imagination.
Many inventions happened through certain imagination and linking that imagination to the present state of ground reality. If you are thinking only of the ground reality, then no creativity will come. And also if you base yourself purely on imagination, then there is no creativityA balance is needed.
So, when such blocks come into us, there is a way to eliminate themHow? By studying our own seven layers of our existence. What are they? The body, breath, mind, intellect, memory, ego and Self. Are you all breathing now? Many times we are not even aware that we are breathing. We don’t care to look into something that keeps our body alive. Our breath has great secrets to offer.
little bit of knowledge of these seven layers of existence makes a big, big difference in our lives. It brings cheer, freshness and we become so alive and childlikeIf you are cheerful, you will be creativeInnovation and creativity spring from within us andspirituality — study of our Self, is the technology to tap that source."

Unquote .... 

Food for thought:

We are the fortunate ones to have experienced the secrets breath can offer and have little bit of knowledge of the seven layers of existence. Being cheerful, fresh and alive, What is our progress in study of our Self? Are we satisfied with only the beginning? 

How we can put the innovation and creativity springing from within us for the benefit of others?

Jai Gurudev!

Monday, January 9, 2012

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Guru Punch

Q: Could you talk about the sound OM and its significance?
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: It is also called the sound of one-hand clapping. The sound which is generated in the universe, not out of friction! Om is universal sound, so when people went deep in meditation, they heard it and they’ve been using it for millions of years. Recently, scientists who mapped the sound on the computer said that it has the same frequency as earth’s rotation around its own axis.
In the sound Om, our Prana covers our whole body. Om has such a resonance with nature - if you stand by the ocean and listen to the waves rolling, you will hear the sound Om. Before meditation, when we sit and chant Om three times, and then use our mantra – whatever mantra we have been given, then, meditation goes very deep.
In China there is a very famous doctor who was suffering from seven major illnesses and he shared his experience. He said that it was his experience that he used to have 500 grams of medication every day to no avail. Then, he started singing Om for one to two hours every day and in two years he was relieved of all diseases that were thought to be incurable. And his colleagues were surprised. Now this gentleman is calling it the music therapy and he is teaching this to people in China on national television.
Maharishi Patanjali has said in the yoga sutras - Ek tatva abhyasa (practice the one tatva, one principle that is Om)

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

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Guru Punch

Q: Guruji, Is the meditative state that comes with the practice of Sudarshan kriya different?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Sudarshan kriya leads you to that inner space - a state of thoughtlessness, a state of stillness and the art of meditation helps you go deep into that state. So, they complement each other. 

If you meditate after the Sudarshan kriya, your meditation is deeper. 

And if you are meditating regularly, the kriya becomes easier and more natural.