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Love and Forgive – for your own good!!!


Spiritual knowledge can keep your mind peaceful

My son just got back from his exams and there was a nice little story for his language comprehension section. He gave this paper to me (quite unusual and asked me to read the passage – which was a lovely story). It was such a conincidence that the currently active topic appears in the question paper. The theme – why it is better to forgive than nurse hatred within.

He wanted to know what could be the morals… So please keep posting the moral of the story (He can learn ūüôā and he already thanks everyone in advance.

Here is the unadulterated version as it appeared in the question paper.

A kindergarten teacher has decided to let her class play a game. The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes. Each potato will be given a name of a person that the Child hates, so the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.

So when the day came, every child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes.

The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.

Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes. Besides, those having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags.

After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended.

The teacher asked: ‘How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?’ The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they go.

Then the teacher told them the¬†hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said: ‘This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go. If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???’

Apart from some basic story related questions, the last question was “What are the learning from this story?”

Based on listening to  Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during various Art of Living Satsangs and my learnings from the same, My answer to him:

Learnings :

It is better to forgive and love for our own good (rather than carry the stench)

Destiny decides who comes across into our lives and our actions decide who stay on in our lives (Fate vs Heart)

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Size Matters….


Preface:

Those who belong to this unique club, personalize it yourself – Think of you as “I” wherever used in this blog. This Biographical account is a Matter of FAT…Ooopss Matter of FACT. Take offense at your own risk –¬†remember you will be ticking off a 100 kg+ mass.

Body (No Pun intended)

I am a guy (all my friends vouch for it) whose weight in Kgs almost matches (or exceeds) number of friends I have on Facebook (over 5K).

The website of Art of Living founded by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar ji popularly known as the Guru of Joy says, it is spread over 152 countries. I also have have matching number to claim some fame РI have 152 kgs of force acting on me towards the centre of the earth.

I cannot but help be reminded of that skeleton hanging from the hook in the Biology lab, when I see some skinny friends who call themselves fit – Baaahhhh.

People as skinny as a skeleton do not look healthy

As I grew up they also reminded me of those skimpy clothes that move around on FTV. I always thought it was just those 2-3 pieces of rags moving on stage till some one said there are humans inside it. I love when these people give me those very adorable admiring looks ūüėČ **Blush…blush**

I had this “Fats-Challenged”¬†Size Zero¬†poor soul who tried to poke fun about that lovely little paunch. Reader, tell me if a paunch smaller than that Hill where Sumeru Mantap is situated is a Paunch especially an on a lovely chiselled physical structure?

Is a pot belly really not healthy?

I challenged her if she has as much muscles in her entire body? (a friendly Doctor РSwami Hardik of my club asks me to refer it as Muscle, I have to agree that it is medically appropriate too). And she wears clothes that are as costly (if not more) though she just was wearing 1/10th of what I was wearing.

And here is an open challenge. I can hug anyone single handedly. Those Size-zeroes need to assemble ten of them in a Sam-Gachatvam circle to get around me. So who is more enviroment friendly? What a single person like me can do, needs 10 to do. HUGs… and I tell you, when we Hug, it indeed is a real HUG they get!!!

A hug is good for health and happiness also...

Some advantage (those skinny ones call it is unfair and envy me for this) – I never suffer from what some Not-Obese¬†starlets refer to as “food-martyrdom” I mean I dont belong to those folks who say (or atleast think) Oh! No I should not have eaten that extra topping of cheeze on my Pizza, or Which devil had taken over me that I ate that slab of chocolate.

As my Guruji …err Gurudev¬†(after an earlier blog by¬†Aparazzi, I have to say Gurudev, BTW! she very nearly belongs to my club and empathises with my feelings here)¬†HH Sri Sri Ravishankar ji of Art of Living Foundation says – Serve to your capacity and a bit more. I follow it to the “T”. I serve … to the brink of the capacity of my plate and more… Very Obedient follower, Am I not?

Too much food is not good for your health

Why I am popular with the kids. Kids never have to worry about getting bruised by the bones when they sit on your lap, like they do when they sit on laps of say Sumathi or Ashwin. What they experience is a royally cushioned unbeatable comfort on my lap Рand as a bonus a reclining cushion (others call it a paunch)

Suresh is happy with himself

Another ¬†reason why I love every gram of my bulk because my Obesity acts as a “Friend Filter” – Do I need to be friend with someone who cannot ACCEPT ME AS I AM?”

I am mortally scared of Tattooing (rather getting Tattooed) On a trip abroad, while everyone in the team was being forced by the gracious host (yes, Size Zero guy) to get a body Tattoo done at his cost, I was excused – because I had a large body surface to Tattoo (read – the host to dig his pocket into an abyss)

And now, instead of fighting my bulge (did it for so many years successfully – fighting it I mean) I decided to indulge. Only way to fight bulge is to indulge ūüėČ

Another great part – I get tailored dresses not those run-of-the-mill stuff that you guyz/gals pick up as Readymade from local shop.Trying to find clothes to fit me is like a treasure hunt for my wife ūüėČ

Evolution from Laptop to Belly-Top – Now how many of you have this luxuy?

Spiritual knowledge also makes one creative..

I could go on and on about why being Obese or fat is a virtue, but Editors don’t allow the luxury with Words that I take with my weight. So signing off…. with my LAST (BUT ONE) WORD! (I always keep a reserve of Capacity + More)

I can eat what I want, when I want and how muchever I want (the very reason I got here in the first place)

And Final Final Advantage of being FAAATTTTT!!!! Beat this…

Long Love Obesity!!

PS: Copyrights of the Pictures/Video with Respective Owners – If in violation please let us know and we would promptly take it off. (However, read the preface – you will do it at risk of offending a 100kg+ bulk)

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Others, Yoga and Meditation

 

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From Almost to Heaven ‚Äď a Boon(e)


Almost heaven, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River, Country Roads, Take me home, To the place I belong… As a youngster who grew up in Bangalore humming the classic country music of late John Denver, little did I know I would actually have a home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The mountains of West Virginia were ‚ÄúAlmost Heaven‚ÄĚ to¬†Denver. If Denver were to be ¬†in our midst, he would have known what ‚Äúheaven‚ÄĚ truly is.

The Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina have come to life and truly turned into a ‚Äúheaven‚ÄĚ with the inauguration of¬†International Centre for Meditation and Well Being¬†in Boone, on June 30, 2012. Enjoy the story and pictures of the Centre tucked in the lap of the Blue Ridge Mountains:

The International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

The gala inauguration of the International Center for Peace and Well-Being, was led by Gurudev His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji.  Sri Sri was joined by leaders from Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish communities.

Inauguration of the International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

In the inaugural address, Gurudev shared His vision of ‚ÄúOne World Family.‚Ä̬†He said, ‚ÄúIt has been the dream of many to open a place like this in the United States where people can discover how beautiful they are on the inside through the beauty of nature. This Center will tend to each individual’s physical, mental and spiritual needs and turn tears to smiles, dullness to creativity and hatred to love. It is a place where reason becomes sharper, faith becomes deeper .‚ÄĚ

Gurudev at Navagraha Homa during inaugral celebrations at Art of Living Boone Ashram

The story of this stunning Centre sprawling across 381 acres is dotted with miracles.

Apartment Kutirs at Boone Ashram

It seems, the Art of Living Foundation initially couldn’t get the property since it could not offer the highest bid at the auction of this place. Gurudev told the US team led by Nilendu ji not to be disheartened and to keep their sankalpa (intention) strong.  Miraculously, the highest bidder defaulted on the terms of the purchase and as the second highest bidder the Art of Living was able to get the property in October 2011.

Gurudev’s Kutir at Boone Ashram

Renovating the numerous buildings at the site seemed an impossible job in the beginning. But miraculously, the weather turned mild, the local contractors went out of the way to support Nilenduji’s team and the impossible became possible in just six months!

Beautiful view of the International Center for Meditation and Well Being in Boone

Keeping in with the tradition of the other international Art of Living Centres in India, Canada, Germany, the Boone International Centre is likely to generate more than estimated $7.2 million in economic impact on the local economy during its first year of operation.

The Dining Hall at Boone Ashram can serve up to 3000 people at one time.

The Boone Ashram is a real boon.  It is the most beautiful home for  world-wide seekers of inner peace, that forms the basis for long-lasting outer peace.

The Ashram itself started with the most wonderful boon ‚Äď that of hosting Guru Poornima 2012 on July 3rd in the presence of beloved and venerable Gurudev.

Gurudev doing Guru Puja during Guru Purnima 2012 celebrations at Boone Ashram

Gurudev with devotees at Boone Ashram

Here is the amazing video of Guru Purnima 2012 with Gurudev at Boone Ashram:

Wishing you a Himalayan Experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Address: 639 Whispering Hills Road, Boone, North Carolina, United States
Web page: http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/boone
Email: boone@us.artofliving.org

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in About Art of Living, Yoga and Meditation

 

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Divine Recipe shared by Art of Living Bloggers


Not everything is revealed to everybody! That’s why we say, Raaz Ki Baat Ko Raaz Hi Rehne De! Of course, a few (like AoL Bloggers) are blessed to have special entitlements to some of the sacred secrets! Hence, this rare nugget of wisdom is being shared only with the readers of this blog.

Here we go. Sh sh sh….

Art of Living secret

Recently a long-time The Art of Living enthusiast shared a secret given to him by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji . This incident had taken place a few years back, when Gurudev had emerged out of a period of voluntary Agyatvas. According to rules, a person in Agyatvas should not be in touch with people known to him nor should he be identified by anybody. So during Gurudev’s Agyatvas, no one knew where He was and what He was doing.

The AoL enthusiast was among the select few who got an opportunity to meet Gurudev soon after He emerged out of Agyatvas. Gurudev looked quite fit and seemed to have lost a couple of kilos. Our dear enthusiast, who had an impressive build, was struggling for years to get rid of extra kilos with gymming, treatments, dieting and unexplainable creative ways. He asked Gurudev about the secret of losing weight easily.

Gurudev replied that during the period of Agyatvas, he cooked his own food and his staple diet mainly consisted of one dish ‚Äď Ragi Dosas. He was also kind enough to share His recipe for making delicious and nutritious Ragi dosas. Here is the Recipe:

Ragi Dosa - The Art of Living also promotes Ragi
Mix Ragi flour, salt, coriander leaves, green chillies. Add sufficient water to form a batter of thin pouring consistency. Set aside for four hours. Add finely chopped cucumber to the batter. Mix well.

The batter is ready. Make yummy dosas. Relish them hot.

Try them out and let us know of your experience. And of course, remember to tell us how many kilos you manage to shed.

PS: Here are some interesting facts about Ragi:

Ragi (Finger Millet), is a grain cultivated since ancient times in dry regions of Asia and Africa. It is considered one of the most nutritious cereals and is widely used in Southern Indian and Ethiopian dishes. Ragi is a rich source of Calcium, Iron, Protein, Fiber and other minerals.The cereal has low fat content and contains mainly unsaturated fat. The names of Ragi in other languages are Taidalu ( Telangana ), Kelvaragu, Aariyam (Tamil), Panjapulle (Malayalam), Maduva (in some parts of north India) and Nachani (Marathi). It is called Ragi in Kannada and Telugu.

Ragi can be enjoyed in different ways like Ragi Roti, Ragi Dosa,Ragi Porridge, Ragi Upma, Ragi Idli and Ragi Biscuits.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Art of Living Review, Others

 

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