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July 9,2012: The pavitra month of Saawan has begun, and today was the first Somvar (Monday) of the same.

As per ancient texts when Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Rama, he established Shiva Lingam at Rameshwaram before crossing the sea. He performed Rudrabhishek to express his devotion towards Lord Shiva.
This Pooja, where Lord Shiva is worshiped in His Rudra form, is known as one of the greatest Poojas in Vedic scriptures to remove all evils, attain all desires and for all-round prosperity and peace.

In this puja Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Linga or Lingam and abhishek is performed with different materials like panchamrit, flowers, belpatra, milk, coconut water, honey, curd sugarcane juice etc.

The ancient mantras that are chanted by the Veda boys, get absorbed in the environment and the offered materials.This is then offered to Shiva with love, devotion, reverence, and gratitude.

The world is a play of energy: negative and positive. When we pray to Shiva – the Lord of transformation – the entire negative energy around us in form of disease, depression, and unhappiness gets transformed into peace, prosperity and joy. Then peace surrounds us in body, mind and soul.

I, with my family,  got the opportunity again to be part of an amazing Rudrabhishekam at Guru Kuteer, Noida on July 9, 2012.

In all my years at Art of Living,I have loved the concept propagated  – that of One-world-family and this is evident at any event organised at Ashram, or outside. People known, unknown work towards a common goal with Seva bhavna which ranges from invitations to actual event management – including setting up decorations, and post-and pre-event chores.

My eyes quickly looked for the lovely, smiling picture of Guruji, found it and we started preparing for Gurupooja.
After inviting the Guru, the beautiful chanting of the auspicious ancient mantras started, and
soon after the chanting began, I dipped into deep transcendental meditation ( YES, the powerful chanting has that mesmerizing effect 🙂 ), soaking in the rain of Shiva tattva and Guru tattva, my eyes opened with the start of the awesome bhajan singing ( our very own Lokesh aka Lauki bhaiya as we lovingly call him sang many beautiful bhajans and kept the bhakti flow going:):) Pavitra shravan rudrapooja completed,
Wish it just keeps continuing…
The beautiful shiva arti was circulated to all attendees, and then Swamiji gave prasadam and blessings to all.

About 200 people from all over Delhi NCR attended the Pooja with around 51 Sankalpas wih reverend Swami Tejomaya Ji.
It was great to find so many AOL teachers like Vanika Gupta, Mamta Singh, Preeti Bhatnagar, Gunjan Narain , Radheshyam Yashi , Neerav Narain, MehraJi, Mandakini, Alka , Lokesh pandey,  Ghanshyam,  Poornima Ji to be around.  

While writing this short note, my mind still wanders back to Yagnashala at Art of Living International Ashram at Bangalore, where it takes place at a much larger scale every Monday morning.
The memories of this out-of-body experience still lingers on thinking of the benevolent Lord Shiva….
Do attend it if you have not yet:)
Om Namah SHivayah!


Meditation makes you a delicate and beautiful individual

Attaining higher states of consciousness does not require any complicated strategy; one just needs to learn the art of letting go.
The confluence of knowledge, understanding and practice makes life complete.
When you grow into higher states of consciousness, you find that you are no longer thrown off-balance by different situations and disturbances. You become strong yet soft
— a delicate and beautiful individual capable of accommodating different values in life without any conditions.
As your consciousness opens and the whole system gets physically, mentally and spiritually elevated, your life truly becomes worth living.
Sri Sri

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Padma Sadhana – its importance


I’ve been with yoga – off and on :D:D for various reasons… sometimes for health benefits, sometimes for tranquility.
Yoga means a beautiful “Yog” or “union” of mind, body and soul.
There are various padvatis or forms or paddhatis of yoga giving various benefits and experiences (Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga etc), and would like to highlight the importance of Padmasadhna here.

Padma Sadhana is a sequence of yoga asanas specially designed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the DSN (Divya Samaj Nirman) Course. Padma means lotus and Sadhana means effort.

In the Agama tradition, it is said that the Devi (Goddess) sits on a 5 layered seat or asana. The base of this seat is a tortoise, which represents stability. The second layer is the snake, which represents awareness. Above the snake sits the lion, it symbolizes grace. Above the lion sits the Siddha, The Perfect Sage. And above the perfect sage sits the lotus, the symbol of full blossoming.
When our asanas have all these 5 qualities – Stability, Awareness, Grace, Perfection and Full blossoming, then the divinity dawns in us and that is Padma Sadhana.

Padma Sadhana refers to the blossoming of the mind, body and soul through the practice of these asanas. It releases many optimum hormones in the blood stream and induces tranquility and harmony, improving one’s alertness, dynamism, courage and commitment.

Doing Padmasadhana before Sudarshan Kriya deepens our experience and takes us deeper in meditation. It helps in centering our mind and consciousness.

Make Padmasadhana a daily part of your morning and evening practice.

Sri Sri’s 7 Mantras for 2012

Wishing all dearones a very happy and blessed new year!

Sri Sri’s 7 Mantras for 2012 🙂

“1) Reflect on your life in relation to the Cosmos. This will drop the smallness in u & u will b able to live fully.” 

2) “Remind yourself of the highest goal in Life. You are not here to grumble/complain. You r here for something bigger.”

3) “Serve! Engage yourself in community service to whatever extent you can.” 

4) “Have faith & trust that the Divine loves you dearly & is taking care of you.”

5) “As we flip the calendar,we need to flip our mind too. Don’t fill future dates with past events. Learn & move on.” 

6) “Smile more! True sign of prosperity is an unconditional smile on your face.” 

7) “Nurture yourself with music,prayer & silence. Meditation, pranayam & yoga rejuvenate; give depth & stability.”