Towards Infinity…My baby steps

12 Aug

When I decided to do the Art of Living course more than  ten years back, I wasn’t looking for any spectacular transformation/miracle to happen overnight. And it didn’t.

But what did happen was the continuous practice or Sadhana and the gradual transformation – in all aspects of life – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

Having attended numerous “Personality Development & Public Speaking” workshops, I was obviously cynical about how different this Art of living course would be – after all they also promised same things – confidence, self-motivation, stress management, pep talks(knowledge), etc.

I remember, as a gawky rebellious teenager enrolling for theArt of Livingcourse – my parents were very very hopeful – they thought finally I was going to sober down.. Did I ? Well, that’s for another post 😉

But when I came back from the course that evening, I vividly remember that I was floating somewhere. My parents had this doubtful look on their face – “err…”  😉

Most of you would recall your 1st experience of The Sudarshan Kriya – that powerful breathing technique which works on your 7 levels of existence.. It was addictive, mind-blowing (literally!), epitome of peace experienced. I was not sure which ‘Aandhi’ had hit me but I was smiling ear to ear J I knew my life had changed.

And what remained with me was this “experience” – of The Sudarshan Kriya. What brought me back again and again to the various higher level courses was also just just that – “the experience”.

I realized this was it!

Reminds of Buddha’s four easy steps to enlightenment:

Kayanupassana, Vednanupassana, Chittanupassana and Dhammanupassana.

Observe the body, the sensations, the flow of mind and nature of truth.

Buddha’s disciples were intellectual prosperous people. (no, am not making any comparisons here 😉

That’s why he never spoke about topics like – ‘God’, ‘where does the Atman go after death’, ‘beginning of the universe’ & such subjects. He kept it simple and at the experiential level.

The above four steps towards ‘Nirvana’ come as one’s own experience – through Sadhana.

He is stressing on the personal experience. When we move beyond the intellectual understanding of things , into the “experiential” understanding, a whole new world opens up.

All the “Personality Development Workshops” had told me to overcome lethargy, be confident and not to get angry. But nobody had ever told me, HOW?

Having crossed 84 lakh births and finally taken a human form, I firmly believe it would be a waste if you cannot experience the Sudarshan Kriya in your lifetime J

In glory of my Gurudev, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, who is the grace behind the experience.

Guru of Joy!!!

The author – Deepika also blogs at She would like to know all your experiences – of the 1st Sudarshan Kriya J Don’t forget to leave the comment.


Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Art of Living Wisdom, Yoga and Meditation


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5 responses to “Towards Infinity…My baby steps

  1. rajkumarbhatnagarr

    August 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Anger and hate was emotions of the old world, the new world that you are heading towards, only has time for love……

  2. mkailkhura

    August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    With Sudarshan Kriya the journey of a thousand miles begins with a big leap :-).
    Thanks Deepika for this beautiful sharing. I found this blog on Sudarshan Kriya useful

  3. neerajsaxena

    August 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Whichever path we adopt towards true Sadhana is a path forward, a step closer to God. Happy your experiment with truth came true due to GuruKrupayog. I know of many who just keep meandering… If life is to be lived in true sense, Sadhana is unavoidable. The good news is after a while leaving sadhana itself becomes impossible due to the sheer bliss one gets, the sat-chit-anand. May God bless you and shower more of it on you Deepika.

  4. kalyanioswal

    September 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Observe the body, the sensations, the flow of mind and nature of truth….

    Observe the Sensations.. thats what in a way ignited my quest :)))) lovely 🙂

  5. Zohan

    September 30, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Reblogged this on You Live Only Once.


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