Tag Archive: Guruji

It’s not about money, honey!

“Why does Art of Living charge money for courses?” “If Baba Ramdev can teach it for free, why can’t Art of Living?” …and other such expressions need to be given a very satisfying answer.

For one, I am very grateful to my Guru, H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, for teaching us to respect and revere all Gurus…in fact everybody- whether Guru or not. So, there’s no one-up-manship involved in desperate insecurity to prove whose Guru is the better one! It’s so ridiculous. In fact Guruji himself cites ample examples of Lord Buddha and Jesus Christ in most of his talks!

What Baba Ramdev does is absolutely brilliant too. But there CAN be two ways of approaching the same summit. When Nature herself is full of variety why shouldn’t Gurus be two or more of a kind? There’s place for everyone and everything. And I personally have always thought that to prove the greatness of one’s self, one doesn’t need to demonize the other. Art of Living is largely misunderstood and there’s nothing that can be done about it- unless of course the prejudices are set aside.

I think it’s an amazing thing that Art of Living charges a donation because that enables it to provide courses(and much more-it’s not “mere breathing”) for FREE where it’s really needed; prisons are one such example. But as one would know, volunteers go there and teach and they need to have some kind of money in hand to do some really basic stuff. To organize medical camps, for example or to build temporary shelters in some affected areas or to travel in remote areas to teach pranayama- everything needs money. And if people like you and I can spend it as Dakshina, why not? By us paying the donation someone completely unrelated in perhaps some tiny village in Tamilnadu might get to go to school! One such example, right under our nose is the Dharavi School. Please check out the outstanding work that happens there: http://www.dharavischool.org/ Many students over there are the first ones to ever go to school! And NOTHING is charged for their education, mid-day meals, uniforms, books, stationery etc.

In fact, I think it’s superb that not only is Art of Living a spiritual organization but it is also mighty efficient 🙂 I am a proud and grateful Art of Living Volunteer…what about YOU?

Beyond Me

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Dear Logic…where art thou??

It’s so amazing to see that the ones who know the least, speak the most about even people who know the most! I’m talking here about random people talking more random things about H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I have seen my growth through the change that earlier I would be angry, now I am amused. In fact if I’m in the mood, I laugh on their faces too.

I agree that there’s freedom of speech and thought and all that. But freedom of ignorance?! Never heard that one before!

For instance, I get asked questions like, “Why do you follow him?” or even better, “I hope you are not his follower!”. So that is to say that “following” someone is bad. But as far as I remember we have been following something or someone right from childhood. We followed our parents. Then we tried to follow Mathematics-most of us didn’t follow. Then in our teenage we followed Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd or Bryan Adams? See, now the teenagers are left with just a Bieber…pathetic. Anyway, then for our professional aspirations we followed some role model. So we have been a follower anyway…whether we know it or not. But far beyond teenage or professional role models is a Guru. A Guru is an embodiment of selflessness and wisdom. Why wouldn’t a sane person become a follower? In fact I would like to ask a question, “How is it possible to NOT follow such an amazing Guru? HOW? HOW??” And by the way, if all Gurus were selfish, this knowledge of the self would never reach us! They already have the state of mind and being that we want to reach…what need do Gurus have to reach out again and again to the common people? Ok, now if the your mind has just said “for money”, you should take a long hard look at Sri Sri. No rings, jewellery, designer clothes nor shoes. He needs nothing, because everything belongs to him. Belongingness with total responsibility. Because trust me, taking courses in Naxal areas or talking to prisoners and ex-terrorists is not a “fun” idea for most of us!

And being on the path of spirituality takes courage. It’s not for the meek. Not for geeks. It’s for the ones who seek…something higher, better, subtler and deeper than the ordinary. More the number of people who come on this path, more peaceful the society around us will be. Simply because today we need more and more people who realize this once and for all that buying that 3 BHK or having that lavish wedding are not the only worthwhile events which will happen in our lives! People put their everything last penny and every ounce of peace and happiness behind ONE wedding…you know why? Because they believe that that is the only memorable thing that’s ever going to happen to them! Sad. And it’s sad because we are capable of so much more…each one of us. Is having a 3-day-multi-crore wedding great or getting permanent peace in  life for rest of our living days great? Not to say I am against lavish weddings at all! But priorities, people! Priorities!

So, yes, I am not just a follower, I am an ardent, happy, blessed and grateful Devotee of his. I have raised my standards of whom I am following, now up yours(pun is purely intended).

Jai Guru Dev!