My poem got published!

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I have been away from this blog for a while due to various reasons. Work and my astrology classes have been keeping me busy but that doesn’t mean that I have forgotten all my precious readers here. Life has been pretty tough since last couple of months but challenges have made me stronger and wiser (I think so!). But God has been kind and through all the ups and downs, faith is what kept me going.

Earlier this month, I went to Rishikesh to meet my master H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar and yesterday, I got the most amazing surprise when a friend called up to congratulate me. Through her, I came to know that my poem ‘An Ode To The Master’ has been published in the April edition of ‘Rishimukh’- Art of Living’s monthly magazine.

My poem in Rishimukh with a beautiful picture of Guruji in the backdrop! It’s like a dream come true!

Thank you Guruji for everything!

Wisdom bytes (Sri Sri on 8 ways to peace of mind)

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Editor’s Note : True personal enlightenment begins with knowledge. Anybody seeking the universal truth would do well to familiarize themselves with the wisdom by the ancient sages and the great thinkers of today. Wisdom bytes are for you to read, inspire and challenge, shed light, help keep perspective, energize, lead to thinking in a new way and enjoy some immediate gratification. Get inspired…inspire other

8 ways to peace in mind – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

  1. Smile – Only 4 muscles are used to smile. To have a serious face 72 muscles are used. Intelligent people work less by keeping a smile. Doesn’t matter if it is not natural. Fake it till you make it.
  2. Meditation/Sadhna– Why we should do sadhana every day? Our body has billions of cells and these cells function in rotation. The cells that are on duty today will get their slot to work only after some days. That is why we cannot afford to miss even a day’s sadhana. Do at least 20 minutes of meditation daily.
  3. Sing for a few minutes every day. Just for yourself. During this time you need not have to bother about your voice (just like during satsang) and what others will think of it(we have done enough thinking for others lets now take a break from it).
  4. Take a walk for yourself. Sort of Nature work. Feeling the surroundings and feeling our own Self.
  5. Have a bigger goal in life – ‘I want to know the TRUTH’. ‘I want to realize myself’ etc., would be worthy goals.
  6. Service/Seva –Gurudev says – If you do not do seva, you are a burden on the planet. No where He speaks harsh like this. To that extent seva is important.In one of the AMCs, some one asked Guruji how to attain Equanimity of mind.Gurudev answered if you feel sad then Meditate; If you are happy,do seva
  7. Once in a while reflect your life in the context of time and space– Who am I? What i am doing to this world?It makes our worries insignificant and makes us realize how tiny our problems are.
  8. Have faith, shraddha in ourselves, in the Divine or/& in the Master.

All these eight ways are equally important and should be followed daily.

Inspiring links (from Spirituality to Art of Living)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on spirituality!)

Secret of life is how to balance discipline with compassion. The Chess Game

Our shastras have described this entire creation as a play and display of one consciousness, one energy that manifests itself in infinite forms while being essentially formless. The symphony of creation

My 7 P’s of happiness

Give me more. Spirituality is not anti-money, anti-fame or anti-power. If we use it for the good and for others, we will be blessed with more and more.

Hopelessness is freedom. Hopelessness is Peace. Hopelessness is joy. Hope less.

You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece.

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from Art of Living)

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(Every week, I  publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy this week’s round up on stress-free living!)

A unique and entirely different approach to losing weight – Don’t lose sleep over losing weight

Breathe out exam stress with yoga and meditation (A must read for all the parents whose kids are appearing for exams next month)

Learn how to keep a relationship alive and exciting by knowing the Fastest ways to break-up

Promise – a beautiful poem by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of Art of Living

Do it now: A child knew it long before NIKE

Alternatives for boozing, alcohol & addiction  A talk by Khurshed Batliwala, director of World Alliance for Youth Empowerment on how to come out of alcohol & addiction.

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

Inspiring links (from simplicity to happiness)

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(Every week, I will publish a series of inspiring links. I hope this week’s round-up inspires you to embrace simplicity and happiness!)

10 ways to have peaceful, loving relationships

Simplicity begins in us

Use it or lose it

The new year ( from the offical blog of Sri Sri Ravishankar which was launched earlier this month.)

The 3 habits of happiness

When you are going through difficult times

Colours of the Ashram (An amazing video showcasing the scenic beauty of the Art of Living International Centre in Bangalore.)

The unbearable brightness of being

Love and blessings,

Shaloo

 

Wisdom bytes (Sri Sri on Reason & Faith)

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Editor’s Note : True personal enlightenment begins with knowledge. Anybody seeking the universal truth would do well to familiarize themselves with the wisdom by the ancient sages and the great thinkers of today .Wisdom bytes are for you to read, inspire and challenge, shed light, help keep perspective, energize, lead to thinking in a new way and enjoy some immediate gratification. Get inspired…inspire others…

Reason & Faith – H.H.Sri Sri Ravishankar

Reason is reeling in the known. Faith is moving in the unknown.

Reason is repetition. Faith is exploration.

Reason is routine. Faith is adventure.

They are completely opposite, yet an integral part of life.

Not having faith itself is misery; faith gives instant comfort. While reasoning keeps you sane and grounded, no miracle can happen without faith. Faith takes you beyond limitations. In faith you can transcend the laws of nature but it needs to be pure. Faith is beyond reason, yet you need to have faith in your own reasoning! Faith and reason cannot exist without each other. Every reason is based on some faith. Whenever reason or faith breaks, confusion and chaos prevails which is often a step for growth.

There are two types of faith. Faith out of fear, greed and insecurity; and faith born out of love like the faith between the mother and the child, the Master and disciple. Whereas the faith out of love cannot be broken, faith out of fear and greed is shaky.

An atheist bases himself on reason, and a believer on faith. A believer uses God as an insurance policy! He thinks he is special. In the eyes of God there is no “mine” and “others”; all are the same. An atheist rationalizes to keep his eyes shut to reality. Death shakes them both! When someone close dies, an atheist’s eyes are opened, and a believer’s faith cracks. Only a Yogi – a wise one – remains unshaken. For that person has transcended both reason and faith.

You need a balance between faith and reason.