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Vashistha’s teachings

Ashram days were filled with many interesting things including the sessions on Yoga Vashishtha by Nakul Bhaiyya . Movies like matrix, inception are inspired from this scripture. but careful! If you are not meditating regularly, this book is not for you, except for chapter one may be! Else you will go coockoo or think like you are playing jumanji. You can see the videos of talks by Nakul bhaiyya here. The original scripture is huge and the english translation is available in this book.Page 87 is particularly interesting! I laugh out loud reading it 🙂 Only a saint can think or write like that !

The book with its perplexing stories and words of wisdom about brahman takes you out of misery of mind caught up in small small things and concepts about life. The dialogue of this scripture happened between Lord Shri Ram and Vashishta Rishi in the royal court of King Dasharatha. The maturity of questions asked by Ram at the age of 16 and detailed answers by the sages are of great value and wisdom at today’s world too.

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Arcadix

One fine evening my friend introduced me to CEO of Arcadix and a whole new avenue opened up in my life.

Arcadix is a very interesting company, providing adaptive examination suite to European clients. Based in Europe, the company has a Development center in Bengaluru. My work was an interesting collaboration with Cambridge university. I learnt lot of psychometry – science of measuring ability of a student and difficulty of a question – and used it for application in the company.

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The company is really cool and filled me with lots of knowledge. The productivity went up higher as team expanded, I made many new friends and it was a great team.

We played Holi together, had great time on fuss-ball table and celebrated colleagues birthdays with lots of fun. Friday evenings was a party and game time. Company HR organized one cool picnic too!

The company went up as we got new clients.  We completed our projects much before the due date. Overall it was a great new learning and experience.

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Shivamogga Trip – 2

Next day we woke up early for the Bhadra river dam, place where Guruji Meditated. The climb was bit unexpected but became pleasant when I saw Guruji walking around with a hundred plus crowd! I joined them too and we had a great stroll around the place. the Dam has some wonderfully lush green islands with resorts on them. the breeze flew so well, and masters gestures and smiles were all too good!

After a truly close meet with him, we did the long sudarshan kriya, and took a bath in the river. the water was so inviting, first I thought I wont take the whole bath, but after wetting feet, I just got into it fully and enjoyed the cold water thoroughly, splashing water on those next to me! we also took a darshan of the temple there.

Whole trip I had the stomach upset, emphasizing to me how much more sadhana I need to do for fitness! Especially the stomach related exercises are getting missed out, so will add them.

The bus returned to Shivamogga town, where we rested and had meals.  Evening we went to another town Sirsi, this time the bus had an added flavour of Truth and Dare game challenging the people beyond their comfort zones! We reached the place just when Satsang got over. The view of Jog falls on the way was awesome. In Sirsi, we visited Marikamba Temple, where it was so wonderful to sing the Devi songs we sing in Satsang. The temple has such serene blissful energy, and the deity has such innocence and beauty!After meals we returned to Bangalore with a fully filled trip and a truckload of Sattva !

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Shivamogga trip – 1

The Art of Living foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. We visited Guruji’s mahasatsangs in Karnataka last two days. The journey began from an early morning bus in Bangalore, packed with some 50 YES!+ graduates, volunteers and teachers. The bus carried with it laughters, singing, puzzles and stories ranging from ghost stories to Guru stories! The first stop was at Arasikere, a town north to bangalore. The school grounds was packed with seats under a shamiana, and we had lovely music by Chayanna – Swami Suryapada going on. His singing is like fresh water in the fast flowing river! The songs, samskrit shlokas, just flow through him.

Guruji soon arrived and after a couple of formalities, and songs, spoke about keeping cleanliness, removing ignorance, fighting against corruption and such important things. He said by practicing pranayama, meditation, one automatically gets into doing good work effortlessly.

After Satsang we had delicious curd rice made with hot boiled rice and some other dish, served with love by the volunteers for all the satsangees. They must have served thousands of people that day!

Then we moved on to Shivamogga, often called as Shimoga for short, and got into our lodges which were booked by our local organizing team there. It was all made so much comfortable!

Shivamogga satsang started at 6 pm in a huge ground again filled with chairs. Guruji made it a point to invite and give seats to all the Math incharge swamis, who had came to grace the occasion.

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The Twenty Second Januaries

Here I came

in the 1980s

on a 22nd January

And it becomes

such a special day

every year

and again.

They say its a day

When the universe showers

A thousand blessings

And a gift to cherish

The fact that you were born

is recalled and rejoiced

For the presence got a form

and is seen so bright!

Especially with art of living family around, the birthdays are a boon!

Expected as well as un-expected calls came! Some were so much amazing. Then it was like I was full of wishes and happiness, and couldn’t take anymore! Then on I just left it on others to keep wishing for their own happiness!

Many cakes got cut! Starting with one in Elita followup! Then one at BTM Center. Then Third at home when our YES!+ Gang had dropped home. then evening Satsang I got nice mala in Bal Mandir Satsang and came back home to get a surprise party! The preparations were ON, and to my surprise they were even decorating the hall! They were writing HAPPY BIRTHDAY with those paper designs. Since time was less, I said leave it at Happy itself. The design still clings on our walls!

Then we danced and danced till we got tired, Aditi sang Gurupuja, we ate and ate the tasty dinner made by Jai and Divakar, Rohit. Aditi – Shailendra gifted one nice T Shirt. All in all a great day of birthday celebrations.

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September, October, November, December

Typing this blog in a moving bus! Now that’s a power of modern technology!

So the year began with knowing that the day we celebrate the new year is not the correct beginning of the year, traditionally, seasonally and nomenclature wise.

Do you know why September, October, November, December is called so?

Is there Any meaning to these words in any language? One wouldn’t have named them just like that, for the names of the month.

It turns out that it has roots in the Samskrit language. Sapta-Ambar meaning 7th sky, Ashta-Ambar, meaning 8th sky, Nava-Ambar, meaning 9th sky, Dasha-Ambar, meaning 10th sky. These got mispronounced as September, October, Novermber, December. And just like Bengali’s call Vinod as Binod,  Shastha became August.

Sri Sri elucidated this connection to us. If you don’t agree, post your meaning of the words of the month!

Also, if you look at it, if December is 10th sky, then January becomes 11th, February becomes 12th and we begin the year in March- Marching forward in life. in March you will see most of the Indian calendars having the new year, and celebrated all over India in different dates depending on local manners of calculation.

That reminds me that in India there were more than 3000 calendars available at the time of independence, to choose from which to take as the National formal scheme of calendars. There was a committee formed to find out which is most scientific.