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Karma Bhel

I booked ticket to pune few hours before the bus was to start. I thought ohh, I should inform Seema di and Amit dada, that I am coming to Pune, if there is some seva or interesting activity happening there, I can take part in it.

I reached the bus stand, looked around here and there, the bus was yet to arrive. And who calls up! Amit dada and Seema di were traveling to Pune by the same bus, along with one more volunteer who stays in the Ashram!!

They had booked a night earlier, and their seats were right next to mine! It was a great time with their company, as otherwise its a boring long journey. We ate food together, chatted around and Dada dropped me on the way when I got down at Pune.

I spent couple of days in Pune with parents. Basking in the love of family and a totally taken care off atmosphere of home, relishing the delicious food made by Aai. Then we drove our Indica to Mumbai. I drove for more than 100 km! quite fun driving the car!

It was a great time to be with Advaita again, my brother Anirudha’s son; about 8 months old now! We played and played and had a timelessness feeling. I went to the swimming pool for some rounds.

It was a terrible shoulder ache that arrested my movement for sometime. More about it later.

I went to Long Kriya and took Deva Vati for relief.

In Long Kriya, our teacher told of someone in the same building  who has done AoL course. I thought of visiting them.

I came back, and Swati, my bhabhi, told about someone from 9th floor coming to meet us, since she her child is of the same age as Advait. She was the same lady mentioned by our teacher in the long kriya! ! She was also pleasantly happy to have met someone from AoL.

The two kids had great time! And more so, Ajoba – Ajji – my parents!

On the way back, in my train from Mumbai to Bangalore, there were some kids playing around, roaming in the bogie. I talked with them, played around. Asked them which school you are from. And they told they are from SSRVM!! Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir. I met their parents and it turned out they were all traveling to Ashram for Navratri!

There was one more pretty girl in the next compartment. I was wondering how to talk to her.  🙂  She ate just one apple and slept most of the time. I think that is a secret to beauty.- Eat apple, and go to sleep!! Then I saw her reading one familiar book. It was none other than Bharath Gyan series of books, the book on “Understanding Shiva “! When I talked to her, I came to know that she was also traveling to Ashram for Navratri! !! 🙂

Then there were five more people in the same compartment, they were all expert classical singers. They were going for a performance in Mysore. We had a great ear-tainment. They appeared in a different world altogether. the world of music: Naad-brahmam!

There were few more macians – so of course they were software engineers. I kept away from them!! 🙂

Then there was a bunch of totally masti boys group, from 7th standard, from a school in Mumbai going to Bangalore-Mysore Trip. They kept playing games and it was very lively time.

Indian Railways are such a fantastic Karma Bhel. And so is life! Imagine what a terrific machine god must be, to put together people of such diverse life backgrounds together!!

Another conclusion I came to was, Wherever I go, Guruji has already reached there and left a mark of his presence! I am just following his footprints.

Posted in Books, Diary

Bought some books

Found this Geeta Press Gorakhpur stall on platform number one of Bangalore Railway station.

The beauty of this press is they sell the most precious spiritual knowledge books, their translations at such a take away price! even 10 Rupees and so on you can get a Geeta. Making the spiritual wealth available for all population.

Code no.s of the books Geeta Press Catalogue are written in Brackets (). Using these you can also order these books from their website linked above.

I bought

Ekadashi Vrat Ka Mahatmya – Importance of fasting on Ekadashi. (1162)

Sri Hanuman Chalisa(1528)

Premi Bhakta Uddhava – I wanted Uddhava Geeta, but that was only in Tamil, so I took this book on Uddhava.


Tulasidascharit Srikrishna Geetavali – book on Krishna by Tulasidas ji

Sri Durgasaptashati Sachitra – A translation and verses book on Durga Sapta Shati- the 13 chaptered song you hear on Chandi homa on navami in the Ashram. (489)

The Story of Mira Bai – I had this book,but misplaced somewhere. its fantastic collection of Mira’s lifestory as well as songs, so I bought one again.  (1414)

Vedic Sookta Sangraha – Collection of verses from Vedas(1885)



Vivek Choodamani – by Adi Shankaracharya (133)

Soor-Vinay-Patrika(61) – Soordas ji’s verses  


Adarsh Kahaniya.(1093)

Lots of grace has come home! 🙂

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A Prayer

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयः |
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चित् दुःखं आप्नवेत ॥
sarve bhavantu sukhinah
Sarve Santu Niramayah
Sarve Bhadrani Pashyantu
Maa kashchit Dukkham aapnavet
may all be happy
may all be healthy
may all see good things
may none get the sorrow
काले वर्षतु पर्जन्यः
पृथिवी सष्यशालिनी
देषोयं क्षोभरहितं
सज्जना सन्तु निर्भयः
kaale varshatu parjanyah
pruthivi sashya shalini
deshoyam kshobha rahitam
sajjana santu nirbhayah
May there be timely rains
may the earth be well endowed with greenery
may there be no anguish in this country
May the good people be fearless
लोका  समस्तान्  सुखिनो  सन्तु
लोका  समस्तान्  सुखिनो  सन्तु
लोका  समस्तान्  सुखिनो  सन्तु
Loka Samastan Sukhino Santu
Loka Samastan Sukhino Santu
Loka Samastan Sukhino Santu
May all the people be happy (3)
ॐ  शान्तिः  शान्तिः  शान्तिः  ||
Om Shantih Shantih Shantihi ||

May there be peace, May there be Peace, May there be Peace.
Any Samskrit meaning/words/pronunciation corrections are welcome.
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The whole life is Sadhana!! :)

Scene:- Ashram Satsang.

The Vishalakshi Mandap. More than 1500 happy people. The source of happiness – His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar!

Guruji:- hmmm. so we will speak in Hindi or English!?

{He started out in English, but then Swami Pragyananda entered. }

Guruji:- aapke aanese to Hindi mein hi bolenge! Swamiji ke aanese Bhasha badal gayi!! 🙂

Guruji :- hmmm. to kaise hai sab!

Everyone:- happy!! {lots of laughters, giggles and waving to Guruji!}

Guruji :- तो अभी हम कन्नड़ में ये ही कह रहे थे , की इस दुनिया में सब कुछ बदलता रहता है | कुछ ही दिन पहीले हमने सोचा की देखते देखते आर्ट ऑफ़ लिविंग को तीस साल हो गए! आज हम इधर है, तीस पैतीस साल बाद कहीं और होंगे, फिर जनम लेंगे , नया शरीर नया जीवन !  फिर  कहीं  मिलेंगे , फिर  से  सत्संग  करेंगे !

Everyone:- गुरूजी next लाइफ टाइम में भी आप का साथ चाहिए!

Guruji :- hmm . अभी तो हम है | इस जीवन में समय का सदुपयोग करें |

Guruji :- देखो तुम ऐसे सोचते हो ना, की   जीवन है और उसमे आप साधना करते हो कुछ समय के लिए | फिर बाकी समय जीवन जीते हो  | पूरा जीवन ही साधना है  ! तो अगर आप कोई भी activity कर रहे हो, तो वह साधना है| अगर कोई आप पर घुस्सा कर रहा है तो वह  साधना है|

Guruji :- और साधना परिश्रम से नही करनी है | विश्राम पूर्वक साधना | परिश्रम से शरीर तंदुरुस्त होगा , मन थोड़ी हद तक तंदुरुस्त होगा, लेकिन जो अपनी अन्दर की क्षमता है, वह विश्राम से उभर आएगी |

Guruji :- इसका मतलब ये नही, की बैठे रहे या सोते रहे ! कार्य करते समय विश्राम करना है |

Guruji :- तो  क्या  याद   रखोगे   !? जीवन  में  सब  कुछ  बदलता  रहता  है , और  पूरा  जीवन  ही  साधना  है ! 🙂

……. Flowers, claps, songs, birthday celebrations followed …….