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!

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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.

Wisdom bytes (Sri Sri on uniqueness)

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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…

You Are A Masterpiece – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“A plum once said, ‘Just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into a banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am. How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover.’

Just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality. You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate.

Never stoop down in order to gain recognition. Never let go of your true self to win a relationship. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest Glory – your uniqueness, for momentary validation. Even Gandhi was not accepted by many people.

The group that does not accept you as YOU is not Your world.

There is a world for each one of you, where you shall reign as king /queen by just being yourself. Find that world… In fact, that world will find You.

What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted.

Everything and everybody has been designed with a Proportion of uniqueness to serve a purpose that we can fulfill only by being our unique self. You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I Alone can serve my purpose.  You are here to be you… Just YOU.

There was a time in this world when a Krishna was required and he was sent; a time when a Christ was required and he was sent; a time when a Mahatma was Required and he was sent; a time when a J.R.D.Tata was required and he was sent.

There came a time when you were required on this planet and hence you were sent. Let us be the best we can be. In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinity of time to come, there will be no one like you.

Existence should have loved you so much that it broke the mould after making you, so that another of your kind will never get repeated.

You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece…. Your Master’s piece. Celebrate your Uniqueness.

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

Wisdom bytes (Sri Sri on Virtues)

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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…

Sri Sri on Virtues

(Do it till you become it ! )


Virtues have to be practised till they become your nature. Friendliness, compassion and meditation should continue as practices till you realise that they are your very nature.

The flaw in doing something as an act is that you look for a result. When it is done as your nature, you are not attached to the result and you continue doing it. An action that arises from your nature is neither tiring nor frustrating. For example, daily routines like brushing one’s teeth or bathing are not even considered actions because they are so integrated into one’s life. You do all this without doership. When Seva (Service) is made part of your nature, it happens without doership.

Question: When do you realise that compassion, meditation and Seva are your nature?

Answer: When you cannot be without it.

Wise men continue the practices just to set an example, even though for them, there is no need for any practices.