Inspiration

Anyone can borrow money
Anyone can borrow a thought

Anyone will get a leader
to lead a battle to be fought

Anyone will learn a technique
or may invent

Anyone will manage anything
or will do a lot

But will like to salute
The Inspiration Burning deep in a Heart

– pranavyantra

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Romancing the divine!!

These thoughts had been in my mind for so long now. I would request the reader to keep the divine or the purest form of love in mind.

Weren’t you there sitting with me enjoying the ice-cream on the stairs below the church..near the crossing…
Were you not observing when I remembered you reading this book and had tears in my eyes…

The song which popped up on radio and took my thoughts away bringing me close to you…
You were listening to it all when we cracked jokes about you and laughed our hearts out!!!

You walked beside me in the wee hours of the morning when I felt scared of situations unknown…
The raindrops which hit me while I drenched in them, my eyes closed … weren’t you the raindrops?? Or maybe the smile on my face…

The laughter of a child on the roadside who turned and smiled back at me — Ah!! Well!! I knew it had to be you!!

You were present in all the knowledge I absorbed~~ it had all come from you!!
In all my prayers!! In the breath I take!! The work, the fun.. You are me and I am you!! Isn’t it??

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Praising This World

One day my mind ask to me,
What is beautiful ?

My conscious replied,

Let your brain think about it
Let it come through your Heart

Let your eyes break the barriers
and shed the tears apart

when your senses feel it sweet
when your tongue start to tweet

when you think your dream is big enough
and accomplishing the same is task tiresome

when you die for a reason
when you cry without reason
when you pray all the season

when you became happy and all the things that make you happy
so many and many more

Yes this world is beautiful ….

Oh lord, don’t stop me praising this world.

— pranavyantra

The Raghu who was!! The Raghu who IS!!

Had heard about him for the first time like a gunda of the gang!! The most talked about hero of the whole group!! “Oh raghu.. U don’t know him yet!! Just let him come OK..” and the smirk… was Gautam’s reply. “Hahaha..beta raghu ko aane do ek bar” (said Tani when we the poor fachchas asked for an explanation)…. . “Beta Tani dekhte hai tujhe… bas kuchh din aur… hasle hasle..” Gautam had felt sooo powerful on seeing Tanis fearful eyes 😉

Finally we saw him… on the IGSA welcome dinner… sitting in the first row, with the beautiful girl whom we had heard about. The conversation was hilarious. We had tried to induce suspicion in his girlfriend’s mind that he had been around with many more chicks.

And so the sequence began. From the racket ball games to the black couches in University centre. From the graduate parties to dinner hosting. He was all there. The centre of attraction. You could spot him anywhere and everywhere. Huddled up in a group of girls and wooing them. On one of his friends birthday, getting accolades for his jokes.

Job or no job. Food or no food. Girl or no girl. U would always find Raghu happy. Laughing his heart out!! He would give in 100% in everything he did!! Be it sleeping, eating, playing or for the matter of fact–studying. With the most positive attitude on achieving success. Well he actually did manage to get two jobs simultaneously!!

I remember we were going for a party to the firehouse lounge.. He was teasing me all along during the bus ride!! And finally admitted that the thing he liked most about me was the ability to take humor in positive sense even when it was directed on me!! And that too in large quantities.. Man! I was flattered!!

The party was rocking! We had danced so much! Bollywood music in a disc!! Who could have resisted it!

He accepted the job in California and shifted!! The bike! The car! And you could see the smile!!

And the news came!! He had left us all!! I am sure he would be making fun of somebody or laughing his heart out that time too.

The friend who was!! The friend who is!! He smiles every time we all have fun!! Meet up!! Dance! Perform!!  And as Tani plays… bin tere, bin tere, koi khalish hai hawaaon me bin tere….

–You’re not afraid to die when you’ve lived your life to the fullest!!

Witness Me!!

Seeing you in itself is bliss!!! An inspiration to write… tears welled up I bow down to thee!! With how much simplicity you conquer the hearts of millions…

The knowledge in each word, the balance in each breath… the infinite love in those eyes..
I read all- I see all- I breathe all… but in the end I come down to Thee~~
All to see you in the purest form… the Source is you, the Medium you & the Destination is indeed You…

The presence which makes me feel Im not this name, nor am I this body!! Definitely not the words, nor am I the ego or the mind!!
Ure here on this facebook video…ure there in all those dreams… ure there in all those hearts… don’t know what will I do without u…

Wake up my dear!!! And walk ahead!! The mesmerizing voice… the melodies you sing…. O krishna Im in love…. Its all you I could think..

Ive realized its you!!! In all the sublime forms!! Ive realized u have come for me, Here in this form, this presence is all me!!!

Into the blissful unknown

And so the world rolls on further a bit..
Time flies when you dont care about it..
When feelings and emotions offer pleasures as a bait..
Our commitment is the thread which holds our fate..
Its an old saying which I actually found true..
Focus on charity and the Divine manyfolds gives back to you!

The joy and sorrow come unannounced, unexpected, unknown..
In such moments, we realize how much we have grown..
Untouched I am from everything around me!
The feeling comes and sets me free..
Unfathomable is this happiness that freedom brings..
Enlivening is this melody that Nature sings..

Something timeless which has been witnessing me..
Is actually me whoever whatever I may be..
Something serene has been always with me..
It is my Self, this I myself see..
Somewhere I always wanted to be..
I have been always there, wherever I may be..
Whatever I need, God will surely give..
Keeping this faith, Thats how I live!

Qualities of a healthy romantic relationship

Sharing one interesting QnA from Bawa.

Q:What are the qualities of a healthy romantic relationship?

Bawa: The first thing: for a healthy relationship, both people must be focused on something bigger than themselves. Your boyfriend or girlfriend can’t be your focus. If you’re focused on each other, the relationship breaks. The second thing: you need to give and take. Give generously and take graciously. If you only give and don’t take, the other person will feel obligated. Just look at romantic movies. When they are focused on each other they die in the end. Like Romeo and Juliet. But, in Indiana Jones, he was focused on getting the stone. There was a girl, but she was just there.

From Guruji:

Q: Comment about attraction, desire and entanglement. How can we avoid entanglement?

Sri Sri: You are the source of energy.  Attraction happens when the energy on you wakes up.  It is just electro-magnetic energy. One energy manifests at various points in the body (the seven chakras) as different flavours, different colours.  When attraction gets satisfied very quickly, then love does not blossom in life.  When attraction is difficult to attain, it turns into love; and when that love matures, it becomes unconditional, it turns into dedication or devotion, the ultimate.

Love and longing go together.  If there is no longing, if u kill the longing, then love also slowly dies way. How can you keep the longing alive? By being centered, by being in yourself. Do not get completely lost in the other person, this becomes too much for the other person as well. Getting lost in the other person is called entanglement. If two lines run parallel, with some goal ahead, they will always be parallel, but if they focus only on one another, they will meet, cross and go in opposite directions! So, with attraction, you come together, meet and then separate; but if there is a goal, then the attraction remains forever. That’s why, in life, your charm is never lost when are well-founded and centered, when your attention is on the knowledge.

Love has no completion… because it is infinity.  Something which has no boundary also has no completion. Radha is the longing, and Krishna is the love. Sometimes, the longing brings pain.  To avoid the pain, you try to fill your space with something, but that pain makes you deep.

Every breath you take is a form of worship

Notes from talks by Sri Sri Ravishankar :

“The wise are happy with what they have and happy with what they don’t have. Fools are unhappy with what they have and what they don’t have. Misery is not given by anyone or anything in life. It is your own mind which makes you miserable or happy and uplifted.

If you are absolutely content with what you have there is no aspiration in life. It is important to have aspirations but if you are feverish about your aspirations, that itself becomes an impediment. If a cup is held under a tap that is running at full force that cup will never be full. Run the tap water at the right speed and the cup fills up. This is what happens with people who are too ambitious or feverish. Just have the intention, “This is what I want” — and let go.

Your whole life, every breath you take is a form of worship. Worship means loving with regard and honour. Adoration alone is not worship. Adoration is loving a person because of certain qualities they have. The truth is always simple and it permeates the simplest forms of creation. Know the change and see the non-change. Know that which is changing and you suddenly become alive; with this you can overcome inertia or death. The changing universe charms you by lifting you away from death; the unchanging universe gives you a glimpse of immortality. “

Sources of Enthusiasm and Energy

Sign of Life is enthusiasm and sign of Success is smile.

I am working for about  15 or more hrs a day for last couple of days along with other activities (volunteering etc ) and then too never felt dull, lack of energy and still charged for party , sports or doing 108 Sun salutations. I find myself joyful, ever fresh and enthusiastic. I can feel the energy vibrations each moment. I was just pondering over that and thought about the sources of enthusiasm.  Usually in life there will be certain moments, certain things which will keep us High on life, which will bring spark to life to your presence. Those will be the time when you will be in your SELF (touch your being) and that moment will take away all the dullness, boredom, any negativeness. It will flood you with lots of energy, enthusiasm.

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And I bet you can be high on life every moment. (Without Alcohol…which keeps you high for some time, them makes you completely drained for more time)…Here once you touch the high you can maintain it forever. (I mean with breathing techniques like Pranayams, Sudershan Kriya).

Just to start with let’s think about the sources of energy.  There are four sources of energy – food, sleep, breath, and calm /clear state of mind or meditation.

Food: Always eat food with high Prana/energy. Vegetarian food is the best. Eat the food which makes you fresher than the food which will make you dull (oily, sweeter, deserts, meat). Just I want to quote one rule of thumb which I follow from Aurveda. Don’t eat anything for 3 hrs after you eat anything (i.e. Eat whatever you can digest in 3 hrs) and don’t be hungry for more than 6 hrs.

Next Sleep: better if you can take for 6-7 hrs. More or less will make you feel dull again.

Breathing is very important; without breath, there is no value for our bodies. MOST IMPORTANT.

A few minutes of deep meditation gives so much energy.

Following are few secrets of maintaining your enthusiasm, dynamism, keenness of mind and well-being :

  1. Breathing:Breathing is life force of life. It s the most important source of energy. Anyways we take breath till the last moment. Better be aware of it and understand it. I feel energized with every incoming breath. Breathing techniques like pranayama channelizes the life force energy in our body. We all float in a sea of prana (life-force energy).
  2. Meditation: Meditation gives complete rest and enthusiasm.  More the peaceful we inside are we become more dynamic outside. Inner Peace = Outer Dynamism (IPOD). Few minutes of meditation gives me so much of energy.  For being dynamic enthusiastic first you have to be at complete rest at home.  It’s like deeper the foundation of building taller it can go. It is said that 20 minutes of deep meditation is equivalent of 4 hrs of sleep.
  3. Physical Exercise/Yoga /Gym: It will flush your system to liveliness. Everyone must have experienced this. Yoga stretches removes the toxins in your body. So take time out jog, stretch and do some yoga.
  4. Creativity : Notice that whenever you do something creative, new, not routine; you feel enthusiastic lively completely in present moment. So be creative and do something new every day.                                              Creativity brings a new beginning for “time”. When you are creative, you break the monotony of time. Everything becomes fresh and alive. Creativity brings along with it a new round of enthusiasm. When you are enthusiastic you are closer to the creative principle of existence. Deep silence is the mother of creativity. No creativity can come out of one who is too busy, worried, over-ambitious or lethargic. Balanced activity, rest and yoga can kindle skills and creativity in you.
  5. Reading inspirational quotes, stories, blogs, articles… When you are upset, sad and you read some inspiration book/article you start feeling good. Something happens inside you. You start feeling good and get courage to do something. Knowledge is great source of energy. It can motivate you and generate enthusiasm.
  6. Being with Loved ones: you feel more relaxed, calm and yet uplifted more enthusiastic.
  7. Challenges: Challenge yourself everyday. A challenge take away boredom caused by monotonous tasks and keeps you pumped up.
  8. Service, Stretch helping hand: Observe how you feel when you help somebody. It is help to others but more than that see how feels.  When service is expression of your joy, love it brings lots of enthusiasm, energy and can never tire you.                                                                                                                                                                                   “If you are unhappy, go out and serve. You will become happy…Unhappiness comes when you sit and think about yourself and brood about yourself and worry about yourself. The candle is burning for you, you don’t have to do anything. The sun is shining for you, there is nothing to do. You have to be grateful, sit below it and serve. Be in love. It’s as simple as that.”  – SSRS
  9. Music of Life: Your favorite music track running, favorite drink (for me its water) in hand, perfect weather…how does it make you feel?  More energetic more enthusiastic. Right!                                                          Music unites all our hearts. Like music is the rhythm of the sound, the harmony in the sound, life also has to move in harmony. When all the different aspects of life are harmonized, life becomes music. Otherwise, it is noise!
  10. Let it go: Process of letting go is amazing. It is 3 step process.  Breath in, Hold and let go.  Take energy from the cosmos with each breath in (and there is lot of it …unlimited). With each breath out let go off all the worries, stresses, negative thoughts. The moment you let it go you are free and full of energy.
  11. Be 100% : In present moment. Right now right here. (Thoughtless mind, heart full of love n hands always busy).
  12. In the presence of more energetic, enthusiastic person.
  13. Deep Rest: There is one saying in Chinese which says: If nothing works , you are confused just go and sleep. Take deep rest, go for vacation etc. This will recharge you.

The above things keep recahrging battery of my life. Do comment and share the things that keeps you energetic and enthusiastic.

Our nature is joy, and enthusiasm. However sometimes it gets clouded but it can never go. Our consciousness is ‘nitya-nutan’ (ever fresh). This is with us forever.

Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy

Become one whose enthusiasm never dies, come what may.

enthusiasmJoy Gurudeva 🙂

The 4 truths that Buddha Discovered – Sri Sri Ravishankar

When Buddha got enlightened on that full moon day in the month of May, it is said that he maintained silence for the whole week. He did not say a word.. Mythology says that all the angels in the heaven were frightened. They knew that it was only once in a millennium that someone blossoms like Buddha. Now he was silent! The angels then requested him to say something. He said, “Those who know, they know even without my saying and those who do not know, will not know even if I say something. Any description of light to a blind man is of no use. There is no point in talking to those who have not tasted the ambrosia of life, and therefore I am silent.

How can you convey something so intimate and personal? Words cannot. And as many scriptures in the past have declared words end where truth begins.”

The angels said, “What you say is right. But consider those who are on the borderline, who are neither fully enlightened nor totally ignorant.( Refer The way to get rid of the obstacles – SriSri ) For them, a few words will give a push, for their sake you speak and every word of yours will create that silence.”

The purpose of words is to create silence. If words create more noise, then they have not reached their goal. Buddha’s words would definitely create silence, because Buddha is the manifestation of silence. Silence is the source of life and is the cure for diseases. When people are angry, they maintain silence. First they shout and then comes the silence. When one is sad, they ask to be left alone and retreat into silence. Similarly, silence is the recourse one takes to if ashamed. If one is wise too, there’s silence.

When Jesus was asked, “Are you the son of God?” he kept silent; it was the wisest thing to do. When you are telling someone you have a pain in the leg and they want you to prove it, how is that possible?

When you cannot prove something as deep as pain how can you prove something like enlightenment or divinity? Joy and fulfillment bring silence while desire brings noise.

Look at the noise in your mind. What is it about? More money? More fame? More recognition? Fulfillment? Relationship? The noise is about something; silence is about nothing. Silence is the basis; noise is the surface.

From the very beginning Buddha lived a very satisfied life. Any pleasure was at his feet the moment he wanted it. One day he said, “I would like to go and see what the world is.”

He started thinking when he saw someone who was sick, someone who was old and someone who was dying. These three instances were good enough to bring in him the knowledge that there is misery. When he saw someone sick, he said, “enough! I have experienced it.” Just one glimpse of an old man and a corpse was enough Buddha said, “there is no joy in life; I am dead already! There is no meaning in life. Let me go back.”

Buddha set out in quest of truth, all by himself, leaving his palace, wife and son.
Stronger the silence, powerful will be the questions that arise from such a silence.

Nothing could stop him. He knew he wouldn’t be able to get away during day, so he quietly escaped at night and his search continued for several years. He did all that people told him to do, he went from place to place, fasted, and he walked many paths, before discovering four truths.

1 : “There is misery (Dukha) in the world.”
In life, there are only two possibilities: one is to observe the world around us and know from others’ suffering and futile exercises,
the second is experience it and find that it is misery.
There is no third possibility. If you are sensitive, you don’t need to go through all that yourself. You can look at those who are suffering and become wise.

2 : The second truth is, “There is a cause for misery.” You can be happy without a reason. Joy does not need a reason, laughter does not need a joke but misery has a cause.

3 : The third truth is, “It is possible to eliminate misery.”

4 : The fourth truth is, “There is a path to be out of misery.”

Following the four truths, he gives the eight-fold path of right equanimity, right vision, right silence, right meditation etc. Buddha also said that the three things to do are Sheela, which means conduct, Samadhi, which means an equanimous meditative state, and Pragya, which means awareness.

Buddha was born at a very interesting time in India’s history, at a time when India was prosperous and had reached its height in philosophical thinking. In a highly intellectual society, people think they know it all, but in fact, they have not known at all. This was the case in India. So Buddha said, “Come, I have a simple technique for you. Keep your concepts to yourself, but just come and sit.” Then Buddha gave them four steps.
They are:

1 : Observe the body (Kayaanu Paschana)

2 : Observe the sensations (Vedananu Paschana)

3 : Observe the flow of mind (Chittanu Paschana)

4 : Observe your true nature (Dhammanu Paschana)

So, Buddha spoke and taught for years. Thousands would sit still, observe and meditate and become free. Buddha would not indulge in any philosophic discussion.

I think it is mandatory for every psychologist to study Buddha! . Buddha has propounded all that there is to know about the mind and its functions in such a methodical manner.

Mind is noise; the source of the mind is silence. That’s why Buddha said, “no mind”. He was referring to the chain of thoughts that simply wander in the mind all the time.

At a time when there was so much prosperity, Buddha gave a begging bowl to his main disciples and asked them to go and beg! He made kings take off their royal robes and take a bowl in their hand! Not that they were in need of food but he wanted to teach them the lesson of becoming ‘nobody’ from being ‘somebody’. You are nobody; you are insignificant in this Universe. When kings and geniuses of that time were asked to beg, they became embodiments of compassion.

Observe your true nature. What is your true nature? It is peace, compassion, love, friendliness and joy and it is silence that gives birth to all this.. Silence swallows the sadness, guilt, and misery and gives birth to joy, compassion and love. Buddha came to take away the misery, the guilt, the fear, the arrogance, the ignorance, and bring back wisdom, strength, beauty, knowledge and peace.

Joy Gurudeva 🙂

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