Learn to listen please….

Really difficult to follow this line! isn’t it?

But somewhere down the line we deeply think and try to make out then we understand that it is equally important to Listen and must first give a patient ear. This is too difficult to be done but let me assure you it is not impossible. How many times we listen patiently? The answer is certainly doubtful because we know that rather than listening we impatiently wait for our turn to respond feverishly without thinking and interrupting the other person.

Listening is a virtue, always remember. Can we practice it from today? The worst sufferers of this problem are our own children whom we take for granted as we think that they are our property and are born to listen. We inadvertently give them shocks by imposing ourselves on them and by not listening to them. I am not saying that they are always right but atleast first of all can we sit down for a while and give a patient ear. May be in that conversation we might catch up and see an important point which they are trying to convey. So by being rigid we are not only closing the doors of understanding but we are shutting ourselves of new ideas, beliefs and at times beautiful conversation.

Think of this and try to be a blissful listener and you will realise that you have opened the windows of your mind which were being shut since time immemorial.

Change begets creativity

It is a proven fact that the moment we are calm and composed we tend to make something beautiful which is at times surprising for ourselves too. Creativity, as far as I am concerned and feel is the basic thirst for one’s feelings to be poured out. The stress handling tool can be named the term Creativity. But I feel we are born creative creatures which comes from nature. Mothers, as we see since the child is born use creative ideas so that they can introduce their child to the new world which should be far better as she had been introduced to. Every designer want to use and create a master piece like Mona Lisa which was created centuries ago. Every writer want to write a piece of writing which is not written by anyone in the past. So, all these instances show that in order to bring something new to their loved ones and to the world a change is tried to be introduced which ultimately brings a change and which definitely begets a creative version of any thing introduced. But it is not at all wrong to say that this creativity changes the human perspective and help him or her come in contact with a new world, new belief, new vision and a new and beautiful creation.

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Guru Hargobind sahib…..Sixth master of sikhs

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Guru Hargobind singh ji was conferred Guruship today in the year 1606.

As the sixth guru, Guru HarGobind Ji occupies a special place in the history of the Sikhs because he gave new direction to the future of Sikhism after Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s martyrdom.

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The concept of Miri and Piri (the temporal and the spiritual) was introduced by him which was only after the martyrdom of Guru Arjan when it became all too clear that a defensive military stance might be required to bring justice to people.

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Injustice, oppression, and exploitation were the order of the day. Guru HarGobind Singh Ji used the power of worship and the power of the sword to fight this oppression.

Several efforts were made on the life of HarGobind, even in his infancy. A snake-charmer was bribed to let a poisonous snake loose onto him, but the young Guru overpowered it.

Guru Ji was born on June 19, 1595 to Mata Ganga Ji and Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji in the village of Guru Ki Wadali within the Amritsar District. He was only 11 years old when his father, Guru Arjan Dev Ji, was martyred. Guru Arjan had been jailed, fined, and tortured while under arrest as per Jahangir’s orders.

Contrary to the prevalent Hindu and Muslim traditions where the new ruler was donned with a sword (as a symbol of his role as the ruler of the state) Guru Ji asked to be donned with two swords, and explained that one signified his temporal power and the other his spiritual power.

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In this way, Guru HarGobind clearly separated religion and politics.

According to the chronicles, Guru Arjan Dev Ji and Mata Ganga Ji did not have a child for a long time. Mata Ganga Ji went to seek the blessings of Baba Budha Ji for an offspring. Baba Budha Ji told her that she would give birth, but to an extraordinarily chivalrous son. Shortly after that, HarGobind was born.

As the sixth guru, Guru HarGobind Ji issued many edicts.

  1. He set up an army, acquired arms and horses, hoisted the Sikh flag.
  2. He ordered the construction of an exceptionally large and thundering drum called the nagara, which was used to gather the people for announcements.
  3. In 1663 he assigned the task of building the Akal Takht in front of the GOLDEN TEMPLE to two of his most trusted devotees.
  4. On this platform, seated with all the regal adornments of a Mughal or Hindu ruler, he listened to the woes and complaints of the people and gave orders.

Upon realizing his scheme to harm Guru Ji had gone awry, Chandu Shah grew fearful of the developing friendship between the Guru and the Emperor. Chandu Shah played on an illness of Jahangir and had the court astrologers falsely predict that only a holy man praying at a shrine at Gwalior Fort for a lengthy time could save the Emperor’s health.

Moved by jealousy and superstition, Jahangir thus ordered the Guru to be imprisoned at the Gwalior fort (other versions have the Guru volunteering to undertake the task).

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The famous Muslim, Pir Hazrat Mian Mir was among those who reminded Jahangir, who had long since gotten over his illness and had seemingly forgotten about the Guru’s confinement in the Fort, to release the Guru. The Guru’s immediate release was ordered, but Guru Ji refused to leave the fort unless the 52 Princes who had long languished under confinement at the fort were released as well.

Jahangir agreed with the Guru’s request to take the princes to freedom, as long as he could hold onto the Guru’s clothing. Guru Ji had his tailor prepare a coat with 52 ribands and left the fort with the 52 rulers trailing behind him, each holding onto a piece of the Guru’s coat. That is why Guru Ji is referred to as the Liberator (Bandi-Chorh) in history.

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Bandi Chorh Divas is celebrated in honor of the day.

When the Guru Ji reached Amritsar, his Sikhs lit lamps to welcome him. His arrival coincided with the traditional Indian festival of Diwali. Since then, the festival of Diwali (lighting of lamps) is celebrated as Bandi-Chorh Diwas by Sikhs.

Guru HarGobind Ji carried the same light of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, and he added to it the luster of the sword.


Our beloved Gurudev

Today is GURUDEV’S 64th birthday. He is our guiding light and a true visionary who has guided us to be on the right path with reverence with his mantra of SERVICE TO HUMANITY, MEDITATION & COMPANY OF TRUTH.(SEVA, SADHNA AND SATSANG)

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is an Indian spiritual leader,a humanitarian and global personality. He is well known for his holistic healing therapy ‘Sudarshan Kriya’. Gurudev envisages a stress-free, violence-free society and millions of people across the nations have joined his mission through various service projects and HAPPINESS COURSES.

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As per the Gregorian calendar GURUDEV Ravi Shankar was born on 13 May 1956 at Papanasam, Tamil Nadu in India. He got the prefix ‘Ravi’ (a common Indian name meaning ‘sun’) because his birth was on a Sunday. As the village was famous for its Shiva and Vishnu temples, he acquired the name Ravi Shankar Narayana. At the age of three, HE took his lesson from a teacher, who desired to commence her lessons with a sloka (passage) from the Bhagvad Gita, an ancient Sanskrit scripture. Incredibly, the young Ravishankar completed it for her outstandingly.

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In times of social upheavals and political turmoil, His spiritual programs have helped the society to a great extent. His programs are aimed at reaching the people from all backgrounds and relieved them all. With his grace on volunteers, the projects have reached far-flung conflicted and poverty-stricken areas of the world.

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His breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya is a major step towards achieving a stress-free, violence-free society. The kriya has helped million in unearthing their innermost peace and control. The technique involved in the Sudarshan Kriya emanates bountiful energy and tranquility in one’s daily life. In mere 29 years, his programs have brought valuable changes in the lives of millions across 151 countries.

Undoubtedly he is an Ambassador of Peace as his crucial role in bringing the opposing parties to the negotiating table in Iraq, the Ivory Coast, and India (Kashmir and Bihar) had been highly applauded in the past. He was also elected Chairman of Reception Committee for the 500th anniversary celebrations of the Coronation of Krishnadevaraya (a Government initiative in Karnataka, India). He is also amongst the core members of the Amarnath Shrine Board and has been specially appointed by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to look into the public-admin clashes occurring every year during the pilgrimage. Ravishankar’s initiatives put humanity above social and political values.

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His works rise above the religion, cast and creed to build a ‘One-World Family’ – the inner-outer peace; and assert that service to humanity can only reawake the lost human values.

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Sudarshan kriya as explained by Gurudev:

One of the techniques that I advocate and teach everywhere is the Sudarshan Kriya. Sudarshan means the right vision of who I am.“Kriya” means purifying action. It produces a deep calm in the mind while every cell in the body becomes enlivened with energy. This cleansing process powerfully dissolves stress.

In one hour’s time, after the very first practice, you will see how the energy, the mind, and oxygen penetrate deep into every cell of your body and cleanse you on a very deep level. Every cell of your body gets cleansed, energized, and more oxidized.

The pituitary gland has a connection to the hypothalamus gland which is the seat of your consciousness, your mind. Even today, scientists don’t know what is the real function of this hypothalamus, but it is connected with the pituitary gland, which carries out order throughout the body.

Thousands of years ago people had written about this. They had not known anything about pituitary glands but they said, “Here in this place in the body is a center where just a little focus can affect the whole nervous system in a very positive way.”

Consciousness works through these glands and brings energy into the immune system, strengthens one’s immune system. In Sanskrit, health is said to be “swasta.” “Swasta” means health and also means, stabilized in one’s Self. Health means centered. The very word indicates if your mind is focused, centered, free of disturbances, solid. That is health.

Have you ever wondered how does a negative thought arise? If you attend to the source of negative thought you will realize that they come because of tension and stress. A relaxed, happy person will not get negative thoughts. You see? The more miserable one is, the more negative thoughts come. Instead of rubbing the mind with a positive thought, go deep into yourself, through the breath, through meditation, and cleanse the system. Go to the root of it, eliminate the cause, the very root of negativity. It doesn’t take a long time. Especially with the Sudarshan Kriya, it’s so immediate. Just two days of practice, one hour each day, cleanses the body so much, makes you feel so light.

Visit www.artofliving.org to learn Sudarshan Kriya. It is offered online!

Gratitude to my Master, Mentor, Friend, Guiding light and so on…..

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