9 Nights of Bliss

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Over the next few days my ashram will turn into a Fortress of Bliss, however unlike a fortress in which everything remains contained, the energy generated by all the Navaratri pujas and homas will spill out into the Universe, so that if you could draw a picture of the invisible you would see this great orbit like machine that generates something akin to a silent atomic explosion. But with one fundamental difference!

Unlike an atomic explosion that creates widescale destruction, this explosion sets off layers of joy that unite all creatures, spreading a shield of loving protection around our planet.

Every chant, every mantra, every silent sankalpa releases something beautiful into the Universe. Special herbs with distinct potencies will be offered as oblation to the happy lapping tongues of the fire Gods. And these herbs will purify the air for miles arround, adding positive energy and cheer to those attending the pujas as well as those quite unaware of the grand scale of celebration in the ashram.

Celebration is a part of the Indian genetic code, and since time immemorial we Indians have perfected this art – welding science, art, astronomy, music, dance, astrology and gastronomy into our celebrations. Navaratris have now become an International celebration with people travelling great distances to be a part of the celebrations in Art of Living’s International headquarters in Bangalore, India.

What makes Navaratris so special in my ashram is that people from all over the world, from distinct religions and cultures, come together as one big family to exchange love and absorb peace, bliss and wisdom.

The level of sattva reaches its peak during the last 3 days, the joy that rebounds all over is unmistakable, even to one unaware of spiritual bliss. You can see it in the twinkling eyes and smiling faces of the people around you. There is an air of relaxation armed with alertness, joyful camaraderie holding hands with self awareness. This is celebration with mindfulness. Joy with stability. Stamped with the indelible mark of the sadhak, the sincere seeker.

Navaratri is a time when humans collude with the Gods and Angels, a meeting on the invisible realm with our higher selves, embracing the good, bad and ugly, celebrating the diversity of the Universe, embracing all things as part of the great universal Consciousness.

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Come, be a part of this grand meeting of spirits!

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On a Wave of Bliss!

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I’m on this Sea of Delight! Can’t explain it,

Just his sight – takes me to an incredible height!

I see him and it’s stillness, euphoria and expansion all at once!

The effect of seeing him and its after-effects : pure delight!

The sight of my Guru…makes me explode

Blessings far and wide.

In his absence…I feel his Presence

I’m stable – I’m the Seer,

Yet always with a tear and a smile from ear to ear!

I’m welded to Him, as He’s welded to me!

I’m His crazy ball

If I slip and fall,

I laugh and bounce up, Up,UP!

Yes, “my” Sri Sri often throws me

To a super new dimension!

Towards His flower petalled feet I bounce again and again

There’s a secret I will share:

I DON’T CARE

If I’m on the peak or trough,

Because either which way –

Straight up or topsy-turvy –

I am in Bliss!

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Boredom Is a Good Sign

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Boredom….

Life stretching from one yawn to the next

Days pile high

like unread bills

Life

drops

into

the

empty

Bone

China

plate

of

Death.

On the spiritual plane Boredom with life, the world, with job, relationships and whatever else signifies Spiritual Awakening. The first step on the spiritual path is feeling bogged down by daily routines, wondering “What’s next?” or “Can there be something more to life than what I’m experiencing now?”

Boredom gets you thinking, sets you searching…

Animals never get bored. They eat, sleep, procreate and finito, life is over! Humans are gifted with an intellect and a mind that gets bored quickly.

So, next time you find yourself sleeping over a meeting, don’t get anxious. Simply smile…

Wake up and see – your boredom will take you somewhere!

This is what Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has to say:

“In one sense boredom is a blessing. Because you get bored, you move on, you look forward, you become a seeker and you rise higher. At the same time, boredom is also a curse because it doesn’t allow you to be stabilized in one place; stabilized in yourself, and your mind keeps jumping from one place to another aimlessly. You get bored about everything and you can’t enjoy anything.”

“Boredom is a blessing when it leads you to wisdom. And boredom is a curse when it leads you to frustration and depression.”

See which category you fall into. If it’s the second, meditate, serve others and rise in Bliss. Either which way, keep moving forward, keep rising towards the Light! (( ;