What you mean to me

Can the inexpressible be ever expressed? Can we form words that truly depict what we honestly feel within our heart?

I have tried but no matter the language Or the words, I have failed to highlight what I truly feel.

It’s not because you are an enigma, but the subtle bond that we share is.

You…When I remember your name, it reminds me of the purity and innocence of a child.

You…When I remember your voice, it ignites a positive vibe  which reverberates “Everything is possible” deep within the confines of my heart.

You…When I remember your presence, I remember the constant pull, to be with you, to be near you, to know that you are there.

You…When I need inspiration, I remember your journey, your sacrifices, your struggles and your achievements. I feel a sense of pride and immense joy for you are a conqueror of Positive over Negative.

I don’t know what you mean to me.

But what I do know, is that you are an inspiration for the achievers, beacon of hope for the failures and a balm of compassion for the weak.

You… are my hero, my pride, my aim and my guide.

 

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The tale of Seven Indian Cities

Seven cities in India correspond to seven centres or chakras in our body:

Ayodhya Mathura Maya Kashi Kanchi Avantika Puri Dwarakavati caiva saptaide moksha dayika

Maya or Haridwar corresponds to the Mooladhar Chakra situated at the base of the spine. When the jadata or lethargy goes and enthusiasm begins, you commence your journey. Haridwar, the starting point, is the door to the house of the Divine.

Kanchi corresponds to the Swadhisthana Chakra situated behind the genitals, as the presiding deity here is Kamakshi, the goddess of kama or desire.

Ayodhya corresponds to the third chakra, the Manipura, situated in the navel region, where joy, generosity, greed and jealousy manifest. All these emotions are connected to Ayodhya.

It was the jealousy and greed of Kaikeyi that made Rama take vanavas. Ayodhya is also known for the generosity of Rama. The joy of Rama’s return to Ayodhya is celebrated as Diwali. Joy, generosity, greed and jealousy meet in the nabhi pradesh, Ayodhya. Ayodhya also means where there is no fight, where it cannot hurt.

Mathura is Anahata, the heart chakra. The heart is associated with three emotions: Love, fear and hatred. Mathura symbolises the love and devotion of the gopis for Krishna, as well as of the fear and hatred of Kansa, all matters of the heart.

Avantika, also called Ujjain, is related to the Vishuddha or the throat chakra. Ujjain is the city of art and literature. Poet Kalidas hailed from Ujjain. It is also the city of Vikramaditya, of grief and glory. We feel gratitude in the throat region – we get choked.

Kashi represents the Ajna Chakra situated between the eyebrows. Kashi has always been the seat of knowledge. That’s why the ajna chakra is also called Gyana chakshu, the third eye. Kashi is the city of pundits and scholars.

Dwaraka represents the Sahasrara, the crown chakra on top of the head. Dwarka literally means: ÒWhere is the door?Ó The door is irrelevant if there are no walls. Infinity has no walls. Krishna left his body in Dwarka. Sahasrara also means thousand avenues. It means the pathless path. The path to liberation begins at Haridwar and culminates at Dwarka.

The soul is called Purusha. Pura means a town. Purusha means one who lives in the town. The Purusha is unbound and infinite. But the Purusha experiences bondage with all the negative emotions. Positive feelings with knowledge are liberating. Positive feelings without knowledge create negative emotions that are stifling, hence one experiences bondage. When you observe the prana moving through different centres associated with sensations, the negative feelings cease to exist and one is liberated from bondage.

The microcosm and the macrocosm are interlinked. Planet earth, home to many organisms, is itself a large organism. It is not just a place for living beings; it is a living organism as a whole. This is what the Gaia theory says. Materialism considers everything as objects. Spirituality, on the other hand, discovers life in everything. So do children. For them, the moon talks, the sun smiles and the mountains hear. Everything comes alive. Chicken, cows, and mice – all are perceived to be in communication mode. Even cities have collective consciousness. A Street where unethical people conduct their business is believed to emit heavy vibrations whereas an educational institution or a place of worship emits positive and light vibrations.

The seven sacred rivers are the Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Godavari, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri.

Together with the seven sacred cities, they are linked to the seven sacred spots within you.

The Meaning of Navratri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The festival of Nine Nights or “Navratri” known to us from time immemorial is finally here. It is said, Maa Durga killed the demon king Mahishasura who had a boon that no man could kill him. My Guruji, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji explains the concept of Navratri in a beautiful way.

Sri Sri:

What is the meaning of Navaratri? Ratri, “ra” means giving solace. Solace from three types of problems, that is “tri” – physical, ethereal and causal. Ratri relieves you and puts you to sleep. No animal needs to worry at night. Whether happy or unhappy everybody goes to sleep. In Sanskrit, words are connected to the meaning. This leaf (tied on the stage) is “parna”. It absorbs sun rays and photosynthesis happens. Similarly there is “aparna”. That which doesn’t absorb but radiates – like a mirror. This white cloth (pointing to his white robes) is “aparna”. White color doesn’t absorb, it reflects. Similarly green is “parna” as it absorbs.

Navaratri has two meanings – “New Night” and “Nine Nights”. It takes nine months for a child to be born. The child rests in the womb during this period. Similarly in Navaratri you get back to the Self – self referral. Dip into yourself and then you come out with more creativity and are victorious. Negative forces – craving and aversion – get relief from all these. Go to the source of energy.

Craving and aversion are two asuras (demons) like “Madhu” and “Kaitabha”. Then there is also “Raktabijasura”, that which is in your genes. “Rakta” means blood, “bija” means seed. Raktabijasura is like gene in the blood. Sometimes your behaviour is not in your control – it’s in your genes, Raktabijasura. Medication and meditation are required to tackle Raktabijasura. When such energy comes to you, transformation happens, the genes change.

Then there is “Mahishasura” – dullness. Dullness like a buffalo. You need “Shakti” (energy) to deal with this. When Shakti comes, inertia is lifted out. “Shumbha” and “Nishumbha” – doubting on everything. “Shumbha” means doubting oneself and “Nishumbha” means doubting others. Doubting at every step. These days people are so busy. Mind is so clogged, so occupied, no time to think of oneself. If someone insults you, don’t think it as intentional.
“Chanda” and “Munda”. Chanda means opposite head. Chanda will oppose anything you say. One who cannot agree with anything. “Munda” does not have a head at all. Whatever you tell them, it will all go in air. Then there is “Dhumralochana”, “Dhumra” means smoke and “lochana” means eyes – smoky eyes. They see everything hazy.


All this is due to lack of Shakti. When you are full of energy and enthusiasm none of these rakshasas (demons) can come in you.

My Life!

The past week was very tiring both physically and mentally, but thanks to my regular practice of padmasadhna, meditation and kriya which has helped me immensely at office. I am so grateful to Guruji for for the valuable knowledge he has given me. I never understood the importance of sadhna until i joined office. The tools taught in the YES+ workshop are very practical, which not only helps in reducing stress but also in maintaining our inner peace and calm. ‘Life is beautiful’ , everyone says it but very few live it. Living this line in today’s world is only possible through Art Of Living! There’s so much to life than office, targets, salary… We fail to realise this because we are caught up in our small little mind and end up losing our inner peace over petty matters. Forget everything for a moment and look inside and you’ll find all the answers to your queries. We have forgotten that we are part of the divine and have the knowledge buried deep within ourselves. We only need to water it from time to time with sadhna, seva & satsang to help it grow. Then notice how your life changes for the better! If you are looking for that ‘perfect life’, go do the YES+ course and enjoy a life full of unlimited oppurtunities!