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A chocolaty surprise for Ganapati Bappa

“Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa”

O Lord Ganesha of Large body, curved trunk, with the brilliance of a million suns, please make all my work free of obstacles, always.

Ganesh Chaturthi the spectacular festival honors the birth of the beloved Indian elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha , popularly worshiped for his powers to remove obstacles and bring good fortune. 

Sri Sri in Ganesh Chaturthi program at Art of Living Bangalore Ashram

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji explains, “Ganeshji is the lord of all the good qualities in us. So when we worship him, all the good qualities blossom in us. He is also the lord of knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge dawns only when we become aware of the Self. When there is inertia, there is no knowledge, no wisdom, nor is there any liveliness (Chaitanya) or progress in life. So the consciousness has to be awakened and the presiding deity of consciousness is Ganeshji. That’s why before every puja, the Lord Ganesha is worshiped to awaken the consciousness.”

The secret behind making an offering to God

The Sanskrit word “prasada” means “mercy,” or the divine grace of God. IIf, as a meditative discipline, we can offer our food to God with devotion before eating it, not only are we not implicated in the karma involved in acquiring the food, but we can actually make spiritual progress by eating the offered food. Our devotion, and God’s grace, subtly transforms the food offered from material nutrition to spiritual mercy or prasada.

That definitely call for some mouth-watering recipes for the special Ganpatati occasion.

Modak means Part of Bliss

Lord Ganpati is often termed as ‘Modakpriya’ because of his love for Modaks . Actually ‘Moda’  means Bliss … ‘K’ means a part … So Modak is basically a part of bliss . Modak symbolises the Spiritual knowledge. When you look at the Modak, look at its tip.That is what you tend to see first.. It’s tip is too narrow and so is the spiritual knowledge at start , if you start getting more and more into it you tend to realize the vastness of this spiritual energy . The base of the modak signifies the same. Hence, Modak is sometimes termed as Dhyan Modak. 


• 1 cup Chocolate Chips 
• 3 cups Desiccated Coconut 
• 1 cup Condensed Milk 
• 8-10 Walnuts (finely chopped) 
• Silver Warq as required (cut into half-inch squares)

Method :
In a big bowl, take chocolate chips, desiccated coconut, condensed milk and walnuts and mix well.

  • Divide into little portions and press them in modak mould.
  • Wrap the modaks with silver warq and refrigerate till set.  


Can you think of a fruit which looks like Modak?  When I saw the resemblance of between this fruit and modak I thought why not offer a natural modak to Ganapati this Chaturthi?.
Yes, You guessed it right! Now strawberry can be prepared in different ways.

My favourite for modak resemblance, children’s delight and exotic Love is CHOCOLATE COVERED FULL STRAWBERRY 

Simple to make, yummy to taste and is going with the occasion..
Surprise BAPPA with this offering this season:


  • milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • fresh strawberries with leaves


  1. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Add cream
  3. Holding strawberry by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.

Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into Styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

Tip: Wash Your strawberry properly pat dry and leave them to dry on kitchen roll. If they are moist the chocolate won’t stick to

And of course you can use your creativity to make faces with gems or pipe chocolate and even make small ganpatis 🙂

Yet another favourite food of Ganadhakshya is UNDRALLA

As Lord Ganpati is Maa Gauri’s favourite, this recipe is which all mom love to feed their kids::


Rice Rawa – 1 cup
Jeera – 1 tsp
Chana dal (Senaga pappu) – 1 tbsp
Salt – to taste


– Soak chana dal in water for atleast 10minutes.
– Heat about 1tsp of oil add jeera.
– Add 2 cup of water and bring to a boil.
– To it add salt, soaked chana dal and slowly add rawa. Stir continuously to make sure that there are no lumps.
– Cook until the mixture comes together and looks like upma.
– Let this mixture cool..
– Make small balls of the mixture and steam them for about 10 minutes in a pressure cooker.

To prepareRice rava: Clean and Soak the rice for some time and drain it completely and spread over a cloth so that it will drain off excess water and leave it for an hour.Grind it to a coarse rava in whipper mode and then sieve it. Use the rava which is in sieve.
Rice rava can also be prepared directly by grinding it in the mixer in whipper mode and sieve it.

May this 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival fill your life with bliss. As you install idols of the deity with a prayer to ward off evil, may Lord Ganesha, bless everyone with wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.


Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Art of Living Review, Others


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The Parable of becoming extraordinary

There is a difference between education and experience. Education is what you get from reading the small print. Experience is what you get from not reading it! But isn’t it true that great learning comes from both education and experience?

Here is a parable:

A young school teacher had a dream that an angel appeared to him and said, “You will be given a child who will grow up to become a world leader. How will you prepare her so that she will realize her intelligence, grow in confidence, develop both her assertiveness and sensitivity, be open—minded, yet strong in character? In short, what kind of education will you provide that she can become one of the world’s truly GREAT leaders?”

The young teacher awoke in a cold sweat. It had never occurred to him before —any ONE of his present or future students could be the person described in his dream. Was he preparing them to rise to ANY POSITION to which they may aspire? He thought, ‘How might my teaching change if I KNEW that one of my students were this person?’ He gradually began to formulate a plan in his mind:

This student would need experience as well as instruction.
  She would need to know how to solve problems of various kinds.
  She would need to grow in character as well as knowledge.
  She would need self assurance as well as the ability to listen well and work with others.
  She would need to understand and appreciate the past, yet feel optimistic about the future.
  She would need to know the value of lifelong learning in order to keep a curious and active mind.
  She would need to grow in understanding of others and become a student of the spirit.
  She would need to set high standards for herself and learn self discipline, yet she would also need love and encouragement, that she might be filled with love and goodness.

After many years, a woman he knew rose to a position of world prominence. He realized that she must surely have been the girl described in his dream. Only she was not one of his students, but rather his daughter. For of all the various teachers in her life, her father was the best. It’s been said that “Children are living messages we send to a time and place we will never see.”

But this isn’t simply a parable about an unnamed school teacher. It is a parable about you and me —whether or not we are parents or even teachers. And the story, OUR story, actually begins like this:

The teachings that can change every person who walk on this planet because, In ART OF LIVING we see, a future world leader. We see each one, not as they were, but as they could be. We teach each one as if the future of the world depends on our instruction.

“You will be given a child who will grow up to become….” You finish the sentence. If not a world leader, then a superb father? An excellent teacher? A gifted healer? An innovative problem solver? An inspiring artist? A generous philanthropist? Where and how you will encounter this child is a mystery. But believe that one child’s future may depend upon influence only you can provide, and something remarkable will happen. For no person will ever be ordinary again. And you will never be the same.

We at Art Of Livinghave made it most important part of our agenda, come experience the miraculous journey from ordinary to stupendous.


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Independence Day Flavors of the Tricolour

Art of Living Bloggers wish India a very Happy Independence Day. On our 66th Indpendence Day, let us pay our tribute to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives to win freedom for One billion Indians. Today let us renew our commitment to our motherland to reclaim its lost glory from the jaws of corruption and apathy.

Gurudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living has said, “India can be proud of seven things and showcase them to the World – Food, Tourism, Clothing, Music & Dance, Yoga & Spirituality, Ayurveda and IT.” (Watch Video) Nowhere else in the World is such richness found. These are the things that we need to put our attention to boost our economy and the image of our country.

 The beautiful tricolor of India being hoisted this morning at Art of Living International Centre. 

Let the spirit of the tricolour paint our lives with courage and sacrifice (saffron), truth and purity (white), peace and prosperity (green) and righteousness (Dharma).

Here are two recipes make your dining table tri-coloured!

Tri-Colour Idly
Idly mix/batter – 4 cups
Carrot – 3 cups
Spinach(Palak/Cheera) – 3 cups
Salt – As required

1) For preparing tri colour idly, cook carrots and grind it to a paste without water. Pour it in a bowl and keep it aside.

2) Steam the spinach and blend it with very little water. Keep it aside.

3) Take a spoon full of the idly batter and pour it in the carrot mixture with salt. Mix well and keep it aside.

4) Take another spoon full of the idly batter and pour it in the spinach mixture with salt. Mix well and keep it aside.

5) Spoon a little idly batter into the idly mould. Put a little spinach mixture in the centre of the idly batter.

6) Take another spoon of the carrot mixture and put it in the centre of the spinach mixture.(Do not put too much of the spinach and carrot mixture. The tri colours should be seen) 

7) Steam it till cooked.

8) Tri colour idly`s are ready. Serve with chutney.

Tri color pudding

For Green Color
Avocado, ripe-1
Pistachios, shelled-1/4 cup
Milk- 1 1/2 cups
Condensed milk- 4tbsp or according to your needs
Agar-Agar strands- 6gm

Place agar-agar strands in 3tbsp water and heat it by constantly stirring to dissolve in water. Strain it to remove any tiny strands present in it.
Blend avocado and pistachios into a fine paste by adding little water to it.
In a saucepan, heat milk and condensed milk.
When it comes to a boil add the dissolved agar-agar and combine well.
Remove from the flame and when it is slightly cooled, add the avocado-pistachios puree and combine well.

Pour this mixture into a cake pan, dessert bowl or ramekin, after it cools down refrigerate to set.

For White Color
Almonds-1/4 cup
Milk-1 1/2 cups
Vanilla extract- 1tsp
Condensed milk-4 tbsp or according to your needs
Agar-agar strands-6gm

Place agar-agar strands in 3tbsp water and heat it by constantly stirring to dissolve in water. Strain it to remove any tiny strands present in it.
Blend apple and almonds together into a fine paste by adding little water.
In a saucepan, heat the milk along with condensed milk and vanilla extract.
When the milk comes to a boil, add the melted agar-agar to it and combine well.
Remove from the flame and when it’s slightly cooled, add apple-almond puree to it and combine well.
Slowly pour this mixture on top of the green pudding that has already been set in the refrigerator.

Let it cool and place in the refrigerator for further setting.

For Orange Color
Cantaloupe juice or Carrot juice -1 1/2 cups
Milk- 1/2 cup
Condensed milk- 4tbsp
Agar-agar strands- 6gm

Place agar-agar strands in 3tbsp water and heat it by constantly stirring to dissolve in water. Strain it to remove any tiny strands present in it.
Blend fresh cantaloupe and strain it to get the juice out of it and keep aside.
Heat milk along with condensed milk.
When the milk comes to a boil, add dissolved agar-agar and mix well.
Remove from the flame, let cool slightly and add the cantaloupe juice to this.

Pour this mixture on top of the white pudding that has already been set in the refrigerator.
Again, keep this in the refrigerator for further setting.
After the pudding has set well, cut into different shapes and serve.
Happy Independence Day 🙂


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