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Many of us have the UPS at home. It is always on and connected to the Mains. When the power supply from the Mains turns off, it supplies power , and then gets re-charged when the Mains turn on. It’s very simple; we just need to buy the UPS and connect it to the Mains.

Similarly , in this human birth, all of us have our own Main Connection to keep life going…whether it be by visiting temples, churches or dargahs, or, be it chanting prayers or mantras and counting the rosary, we have all experience the Life-Force current sustaining us in every situation in life.

Yet, sometimes ,nay, many a time, in life, and especially, due to the stress levels going up-day-to-day in today’s environment, we become victims of stress and don’t realize it till such time as it takes its toll on the mental, physical…

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Stress, Its Repercussions & Remedy



Bad experiences, failures , disappointments and disillusionment in life lead to stress and ultimately to poor physical and mental health.
Why do they lead to stress? They do so because we don’t know how to control our mind, how to control our emotions so as to be able to have a say on our thoughts, words and actions. We don’t have the skill to filter what we hear , what thoughts we let pass by, what thoughts we entertain and absorb to become words and actions.
We are human beings exposed to different environments, starting with the immediate environment of family, then school, kith and kin, peers, colleagues and so on.
These environments have been instrumental in making us what we are today….each of us…but they are only instruments not the root-cause., which is the identity crises – a projection of the human ego leading to a ‘self-image’.
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Animal Rights


When I was in Delhi in India, once, on my way to my place of work, I saw a big monkey tied below a cart full of goods. The monkey was roped to the cart in such a way that the entire weight of the goods was on the poor monkey. I couldn’t forget the horrible sight for a long time and it kept disturbing me.
In the early days of evolution on this planet, when man was struggling for mere survival, the horse, the donkey , the elephant , the cow, and the sheep were considered godsends by him,but not any longer. For, if he continued to do so, he would not be meting out such harsh injustice to them. The horse would carry him uphill on its back; the donkey would carry his load of clothes to the riverside and back; the elephant would carry timber for him to build his hut and his fence to protect him; the cow would give him milk , and, the sheep would give him fur to keep him warm. That was fine for man co-existed with them in peace and harmony , may be, with a live-and-let live attitude, but most likely to be so because he had no choice!
But, nowadays animals are exploited by man for his selfish interests. When will man realize that animals also have an equal right to live peacefully on this planet and without uncalled-for interference from him?
Dogs, cars, cows and goats are generally comfortable to be domesticated but they can be used only to the extent that they are comfortable and happy in their surroundings, and , provided we just modify Nature’s laws to suit the times and don’t go totally against these, to own these animals . We need to look into ourselves to understand if we are doing the right thing by taking animals away from their natural habitats for our entertainment alone , be it a circus, or, be it a snake-park. If the animals we use for this purpose are happy and peaceful ,and, are looked after like one looks after one’s children, it’s fine. I don’t think there ‘s any harm in it. But, if the animal seems unhappy and agitated and out-of-place, we need to keep its happiness as our priority and do the needful!

Keeping pets and training them doesn’t mean you starve them and tie them up day in and day out in a kennel and sometimes even beat them up when they get agitated and tend to be violent due to being tied up all the time and due to feeling neglected and orphaned, may be. To just give them food for their stomach , to give them a kennel and a bed to sleep on is not enough.

Animals ,,when taken as pets need to be taken care of as infants need to be. Let’s take dogs, for example. They are part of the home and are so unconditional in their love that they wag their tail and come to you and lick you all over and comfort you when you are in one of those pits of depression or when you have had a hectic day and you are tired. Sometimes, even when your spouse and your children , or, you siblings and your parents, can’t stand your foul mood, they will be there for you, always ready to give, give and give love.
Those of us who constantly interact with animals or have pets at home need to make sure that the pet is happy with us and is well-treated and is nourished with not only food and shelter, but also lots and lots of love and fond care.


polytheism--1      monotheism

I remember an incident in my younger days when I used to be skeptic and question some beliefs and their practices done by the elders in the family.
One such was when we were moving to our newly-rented house and each had to give a hand in setting up the house. I was giving my mother a hand in doing up the prayer room. She gave me about twelve photographs of different Gods and told me to hang them on the wall. My immediate response to it was a question I put up to her. “ Mom, why do you have God in so many forms? Don’t you get confused?” She just looked at me, may be, a little perplexed at this reaction of mine, but, then, smiled at me and told me that she would tell me about it before retiring to bed. She kept her promise and called me to her room before bedtime.
She asked me, “ Well, before I answer your question, I would like to say something. It’s dad’s birthday next weekend. We have planned to go out for dinner . We are going to the new restaurant nearby that serves only North Indian cuisine.” I said, “ No, Mom, I like Italian; Tony likes Chinese, and you and dad like North Indian, Whey don’t we go to a multi-cuisine restaurant? We will have a variety to choose from. “ My mom said, “Great idea. Now let me come to your question about polytheism( worship of more than many forms of God). When we are so particular about our choice of food and are sure of what we would like to have, why would we become confused when it comes to choosing our form of God ?
As are the appetites, so are the foods…be it for the stomach, or, be it for the soul. All the forms of God are actually either symbolic of some traits such as courage, Mercy and compassion, or, are symbolic of virtue winning over vice, good overcoming evil , etc. When we see those pictures everyday, the quality or qualities they represent surface in our consciousness and it absorbs these , and, hope, positivity, faith, bliss and peace dawn in us, or, are reawakened in us . The rituals of worship using sandal, turmeric, vermilion, sandalwood , fire, water, flowers, camphor etc. are all such that they purify and sanctify the atmosphere by the effect they have on our state of mind….as they lift the consciousness and result in pure thoughts and a clutter-free relaxed ,blissful and peaceful mind . And, as for choice of the form or forms of God, there are no restrictions…it is not a your choice by your senses or the intellect or shallow emotions and feelings….but a choice by a dictation from within….you may like to pray to all the Gods and still not get confused, or, you may like to pray to just one of the forms( monotheism). Doesn’t matter whether you believe in one Form or more, or , if your believe only in the Formless or just symbols, the forms , the rituals and the symbols are just means to an end and not ends in themselves…they all to one truth, which is within you,and, they just trigger that spark in you so that you can recognize what you have been seeking for, within yourself. It’s not where outside you; it’s all within, but that doesn’t mean you ridicule and condemn all types of worship with forms of God. How does it matter what means you adopt as long as you don’t disrespect and condemn other forms of our Faith or others; as long as you don’t burn places of worship and thereby hurt deeply-embedded sentiments, and, as long as you don’t take others’ lives, in the name of religion and God!
Let’s take the example of your friends, Only Gita is like us ; Tony doesn’t believe in any image or worship and not even prayers and visit to holy places, George goes to Church; Ali’s family are very regular in going to the mosque and doing their Namaaz, without fail, and, Harjeet goes to the Gurdwara for prayer and service. Aren’t they are wonderful ? One needs to remain open-minded.. Have I answered your question?
I could not answer her for I was just deeply touched by her expanded awareness and her all-embracing nature. I thanked her and planting a kiss on her cheek, left the room.

Addiction & De-Addiction

I. Addiction: What does one get addicted to, generally?
Additions may be many but let’s look into those addictions which can create problems in life:-

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This addiction may be for the love for alcohol itself as it appears to give temporary pleasure and a false sense of well-being and the fastest way of escape from problems in life. Any one of these factors can be a cause for addiction and this leads to one drinking day in and day out and losing all control over one’s senses, emotions, feelings ,rational outlook due to a dulled intellect . All these may overpower him and make him their slave. In such a situation, he not only loses his self-control, but also his health and it mostly leads to problems of the lever, etc.2.



This may have become an addiction may be due to taking to it at an early age, or, may be, due to some external factor being instrumental in leading to it. Addiction to this can again lead to cancer,, etc.


Mostly this becomes an addiction for those who , I think, have been victims of some sort of abuse in the teens or in youth , and, have not realized the power within that gives them the strength to survive under all circumstances in life, and thus victimized themselves.. have lost faith in themselves, in the Power above, and, who doubt the power Supreme and succumb to the life-situations that have caused them agony and heartache. They slowly but surely remain lost in an unreal world of escape from misery and end up as psychological wrecks.
4) Food: The gluttons who live to eat instead of eating to live are addicted to it and hence can’t resist food. They not only become obese but develop all problems of health related to it.

5) Wealth, Power and fame : Many get addicted to these due to their desire to get fast money, name and fame and they can go to any extent …even to the extent of corruption and crime to get what they want. Wealth can also lead to one’s addiction to comforts and luxuries that one becomes a slave of and hence can be happy only in their own world. Where they don’t get the comforts and luxuries they are used to,because of a change of circumstances or a turn of destiny, they become unhappy and find life it too difficult to cope up with and this may result in drastic reaction.

6) Sex : This addiction may be a result of some abnormal experiences in early childhood or adolescence leading to a hormonal imbalance, can be a consequence of addiction to alcohol, smoking or drugs. Addiction to sex means that you are never satisfied in sex nor do you ever find fulfillment in it, forget about satiety in it. Hence, you may have a marital relationship but still run from pillar to post to gratify your lust, it may even lead to even committing rape.
7) Work,Television, music, shopping, partying: Such pursuits can also become addictions if one crosses the limit. A workaholic may possibly neglect his spouse and children and not give them his time though he may give them all material comforts of life. A TV addict will become so lethargic; a killing inertia may set it, be it addiction for Bollywood/Hollywood movies, be it for cricket matches , or, be it for religious or spiritual programs, after a certain time, his reflexes slow down, he or she will become very temperamental if not earlier so, he may lose his precious time to pursue some outdoor hobby, to spend time with his family, and so on.
Those who get addicted to shopping and partying may not be able to restrain themselves from overindulgence which can lead to the inability to save for a rainy day . And in such a situation, when one is faced with some unprecedented problem like an illness calling for a huge financial investment, one is at a loss! Some people like to live for today; and don’t believe in saving for tomorrow; fine,as long as all goes well. But then this life is so unpredictable , who knows when you need money to save your relative’s life, to cure someone of a chronic illness – who knows?

8) Spirituality:- Spirituality, if understood and practiced in life in the right way, can never be an addiction in itself. But, if it is misunderstood as separate from day-to-day life and as contradictory to it, then, it can be an addiction. Spirituality and practical life are so integrated into one another that they complement and supplement each other. True spirituality is the life of one who ‘walks the talk’ and integrates it into his own life. In fact, spirituality is not a means in itself; it’s a means to an end…to live this life in love, peace , bliss and contentment , in harmony with one and all….at home, in the society, in the world . Many in this world also use spirituality as an end in itself, which will only create havoc in their and others’ lives. Many others practice it as the means to an end, which is of course right…..but the end is mostly our vested interests….of personal growth in terms of wealth, fame, power , etc. What a pity!
If practical life of a well-balanced individual is the wheel, spirituality is the axle.
Even if one gets addicted to spirituality for one’s own peace of mind it is not the ideal situation for man is not an island in himself. Married or unmarried, he has a family and has responsibilities and addiction to God, Faith , Form, Religion , may not be the love of Shabari or Meera, it may most probably be an escape from the reality of this world and inability to accept the world as it is. Such people attach themselves only to the spiritual organization they believe in. They may be working for a living , but, they detach themselves from all family members even parents. This is not dispassion…it is detaching oneself from something and attaching oneself to something else. The mind is still’s one and the same thing…doesn’t make any difference whether it is to alcohol or to a spiritual organization, Religion , etc. The only difference is that the one addicted to spirituality ( as he perceives it to be, for, anything that takes you away from this practical world is not spirituality) enjoys good physical health. He may be happy, himself, but others around him may not be, due to a wide gap of interests between the others and him. Insensitivity to the other on both sides can keep a family together, only in the literal sense.
9) Physical beauty: This weakness not only led to the battle of Troy but also has led to blindness to the beauty within, the beauty of the soul, which God has equally gifted all with .This addiction to beauty can lead to desire to possess another’s wife, sister, daughter or niece and can lead to crime of the gravest kind. Weakness for physical beauty can drive a parent or an elder in the family to compare one of his own children or family members with the others and thereby cause a lot of emotional hurt to affect the child’s self-esteem, and consequently, personality when he or she grows up.

All these habits or pursuits are okay if it is within the limits. But one never knows when one will cross the line between a hobby and an addiction and bring uncalled-for problems to oneself and one’s loves ones.
Those of us who are fortunate to have families who love us and care for us need to think of our duty towards them. And, especially, those who are parents and have children still growing up and need careful and fond handling need to put their welfare and happiness and optimum growth in a conducive environment , need to be aware of the consequences of every word and action of theirs on the children and the entire family.
Even given the fact that one is single and one doesn’t have any family or relatives, one still is not alone in this world, one goes to work , one has a social circle, one has to make a difference to this society and this world at large, in a small way, at least, as much as one can. And, addiction is certainly not going to help one in life, in will only take one away from the right path.

I am not dreaming ( at least, for the time being) of a Utopia where everyone leads a normal healthy life without any addiction….I am not dreaming of a time when all those who manufacture hard drinks , cigarettes etc .would be out of their business. But I can dream of a total ban on manufacture of killer drugs can be the first step to rehabilitate the victims of this addiction. The others can follow in course of time.

II. De-Addiction: Of course there are De-addiction centers only for alcohol, smoking and drugs,
But, whether you have a remedy or not, the most important and lasting solution is the realization of this fact that it is an addiction and will only lead to unhappiness for oneself and others around.
And, then, when this realization dawns, a deep longing to be rid of it and not to be a slave anymore to it, sets in. This will pave the way to some introspection and along with spiritual practices, and a strong will, one can overcome any addiction over a period of time…how soon depends partly on oneself and partly on how much one has drowned oneself in the’ mire’.
All these addictions result in illnesses of the body and mind, and the hormonal imbalances set in and even the nervous system collapses.
Regular spiritual practices can bring one’s hormones back into the right balance and give clarity of mind and a sharp intellect to handle one’s addiction and get over it sex, be it drugs. In fact, one’s intellect can’t find a solution to it. With spiritual practices the Power within takes over and brings the individual back to normalcy. Yoga and meditation, and , especially Sudarshan Kriya done on a regular basis, can go a long way in helping the individual to be free of his or her addiction. I strongly believe that every De-addiction program should have Yoga, meditation and Sudarshan kriya integrated into its framework. This can bring faster and lasting results to bring the person back to leading a normal life, for, whether an addict to anything has been harmed or not, definitely, his nearest kith and kin bear the brunt of his addiction.
It is not fair to have a temporary experience of pleasure, escape from mental agony or whatever one experiences by the object one is addicted to, at the cost of one’s loved ones. It’s gross injustice.
We need to be sensitive towards those who love us and care for us and those who are financially, morally dependent on us and we need to shift our focus from our need of the hour to their needs.
Also, most of those who are victims of some addiction or other, are helpless and don’t intentionally want to hurt their loved ones .
From my own experience with such addicts who were very near and dear to me is that they are usually highly sensitive people with the capacity to love and hence, hate also may be with more passion that others and are emotionally too susceptible to take bad experiences lightly. They take it deep in and store it in some dark corner within them which they don’t want anyone to see, and, a time comes , when they can’t take it any more and something explodes within and their addiction goes from bad to worse till it ruins their lives! What a pity!
But, a lot of emotional and intellectual maturity is required of a person or persons, their loved ones, who need to stand side by side with the doctors and the healers to bring them back to normalcy. A sense of guilt induced by a wrong understanding of the situation by people around can create a grave crises. Hence, they need to be given a lot of love, and need to be handled with a lot of patience , compassion and understanding . Medication, the counseling sessions for both the addict and his close relatives and of course spiritual healing and practices can go a long way in bringing about the recovery to normalcy.

All the loud thinking I have done above is known to all, but , then, what we know needs to be reinforced again and again to keep us aware. It’s never too late! Let’s wake up and save ourselves from addiction/addictions and save others by an awareness campaign!



Fear is synonymous with death and to be free from fear is synonymous with life.
It’s rightly said , “ A brave man dies only once; but a coward dies umpteen times before his death.

”How does one get over fear?
What or who is it that one fears?
There may be many types of fears…fear of a problem, anger, criticism, ridicule, insult ,failure,slander and the people who are the instruments for such fears, or, some phobia of heights, snakes, or, fear or the unknown like ghosts, darkness etc. There is no end to what man fears
How can one overcome fear? There is only one way – to confront the person or thing you fear.
What happens then?
Whatever the end result, it is a double-victory. For, the fear you had of the problem ,and ,fear of those who targeted you, is no longer there. And, consequently, the problem , whether solved or unsolved,and the people who targeted you, no longer wield any power whatsoever over you.

Again,phobias can be overcome only be going through the experience and overcoming it..for example, if one has water phobia, one has to learn swimming and master it.

There is no one and nothing on this planet and beyond that man needs to fear . Anyway fear is going to make things worse. So, one needs to become aware of this, sit up and say, SO WHAT? Nothing can be worse than fear, so why not face it all and see what happens?

And, fear of God or the unknown? You need to meditate, go deep into yourself, introspect and a new dimension in you that has the power to overrule all fears, phobias, inhibitions…the POWER IS WITHIN YOU.

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Befriending Your Mind & Sudarshan Kriya


Silence is not that where the tongue doesn’t ‘wag ‘ but the mind does!
It is a natural phenomenon where the mind becomes totally still ; hence, no thoughts and no words ensue other than what is absolutely necessary in day-to-day life.
If at all thoughts come up, they arise from the Pure Consciousness and in such a state of mind, creativity bursts forth like a fountain . Positivity manifests in every thought , word and deed to spreads to all around .
Such a person becomes an instrument of the Divine to make a marked difference to as many lives as possible.
It’s also possible that a person cannot be in this state of mind always; there may be times when he experiences this state of mind, But , there may also be other times when his mind is agitated and says ‘blah-blah’ all the time. In such a state of mind, whatever one speaks and does, even if done with the best intention, will turn turtle and affect one and all those around in a negative manner.
All these opposite experiences in life happen because of the undulations in the mind.

Then what is the answer? What is the solution? Isn’t it to keep the mind-monkey at bay so that one can keep it under control? And that can be done only by calming the mind . A restless mind is as heavy as lea;, hence, it is necessary to lighten it and that can be done by lifting it to the highest realms of consciousness…i.e. the Big Mind.
It can’t be done by human effort. The Divine has to reach out to lift the human mind to its realms. How can this happen? This can happen only by aligning the body and the mind through certain rhythms of the breath. And these rhythms are those orchestrated by the Sudarshan Kriya, the wonder of wonders!
Regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya for a certain period of time depending on one’s evolution in this lifetime results in the well-balanced individual…..with an empty head ( doesn’t mean ‘no brain’ …it means empty of thoughts that disturb it),full heart and busy hands….the ideal combination required for today’s scenario of rising stress levels in day-to-day life in all walks of life.

Stress, Its Repercussions & Remedy


Bad experiences, failures , disappointments and disillusionment in life lead to stress and ultimately to poor physical and mental health.
Why do they lead to stress? They do so because we don’t know how to control our mind, how to control our emotions so as to be able to have a say on our thoughts, words and actions. We don’t have the skill to filter what we hear , what thoughts we let pass by, what thoughts we entertain and absorb to become words and actions.
We are human beings exposed to different environments, starting with the immediate environment of family, then school, kith and kin, peers, colleagues and so on.
These environments have been instrumental in making us what we are today….each of us…but they are only instruments not the root-cause., which is the identity crises – a projection of the human ego leading to a ‘self-image’.
It’s easily said than done – “Drop your self-image.” The techniques are given – but there are times in life when even these don’t work. I mean – one has to struggle through these times and survive . And, the most difficult situations are those that are deep-rooted ; having taken their roots in the subtlest layers of the mental and emotional realms at a tender age.
A child starts laying foundations for its self-image between 6 and 8 years of age, depending on the subtle stimuli given by the environment in his tender years. This self-image is like a safety-shell for the child just like a tortoise shell is to the tortoise. But, if, even before the shell is formed, and, even before the child is convinced of its own defences and not needing a shell , this shell is forcibly broken by the mishandling, insensitivity, lack of tact, lack of understanding of parents, family members, friends and the school environment. Then that child desperately tries to hold on to its self-image but it’s only a facade, not its true identity.
Such a child grows up to be an adult and apparently may lead a normal life. Out of sight, out of mind. But when the flashback happens; when the individual goes back to the same surroundings that he or she had spent his or her childhood in and is thrown into interaction with the same people who had been instrumental in the child’s shaping such a childhood,the mind retracts into the same state of mind that it had been in as a child, and, the same patterns of thought, word, action and reaction surface themselves, to create havoc.
But,, if by the Grace of the Supreme that sees, hears, understands everyone and everything, if such an individual has been , to a great extent, healed over a period of time by breathing techniques, meditation and Sudarshan Kriya, the individual , when thrown into the same situation, becomes aware but helpless and just remains a witness to what is happening outside and how he or she is reacting within and manifesting the same reaction in his or her own thought, word, action. This is similar to that situation in which a tortoise may feel partly insecure due to the fact that its shell has been partly broken . The open side of the shell makes the tortoise susceptible to danger.
This is the story of an individual who has been healed but not completely. But when the healing becomes total by the shower of Grace or by the cycle of karma or sins that are a factor leading to his or her experiences, an outer- shell or shield of Infinite Strength and Grace is formed around the self-image shell . This is a natural phenomenon that happens by the regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya followed by meditation. But, if one discontinues the Sudarshan Kriya, depending on how long one had been doing the practice, the shell may remain intact and protect the individual from external factors leading to mental and emotional stress. After a certain time, the shell gives way to again expose one to such external threats – threats as he or she had perceived some persons and situations in life to be .
So, don’t ever forcibly break the still-forming self-image of any child. If the child is handled with a lot of sensitivity and care, sometimes during teenage, the shell (self-image) will break by itself, or, the child will shed it himself or herself, for, such a child wouldn’t need a self-image.

One who doesn’t have a self-image doesn’t have problems in life. The earlier generations accepted themselves and others are they were which was possible only because life was so simple . Their desires , successes and failures did not matter as much to them as they do to most of us nowadays. They lived a simple life finding fulfilment in small joys, kept their body and mind fit and strong by more of physical work leading to a natural rhythm of breath and a natural balance between body and mind ,and , hence less of mental exercise . They were able to confront their disappointments, failures and sorrows and get out of them before these could finish their love for life, before these could kill the zest in them, before these could kill the love and peace within.
But, today, the scenario is different. The wider the exposure, the more unwieldy the desires, the more disappointing the failures because of a wide gap between what one can desire and whether it is achievable. It’s okay to say “ The sky is the limit” , but practically , in life, the one who desires something also must know how much he can achieve…is he wishing for something far beyond what he can reach or is he wishing for something just a little more than what he can achieve? That makes all the difference.
This inability to understand oneself, one’s desires, one’s capabilities and what and how one must achieve what one desires is because of one’s Ego, when it become a projection of one’s self image.
Our life-car runs out of fuel many a time, or, is fast running out of fuel but we don’t realize it…we realize it only when the fuel light goes red…i.e. some external trigger s of people and situations warn us .

What do we do?


And then we need to do re-fuelling by learning Sudarshan Kriya and practising it regularly to be keep our life-cars running at its optimum efficiency, with the optimum mileage. Once bittern, twice shy”. So, when with experience we learn that our life-car should never run out of fuel, so we get convinced to do the regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya.
Sudarshan Kriya can be learnt only from the age of eighteen or so. Now what about the unnecessary muck that forms a clutter in the mind and emotions of a child and a teenager due to his or her experiences at home, in the family, with peers at school, etc.?There is only one way to handle this. And that is to be able to handle one’s mind and emotions from an age when one starts the ‘ detour’.That’s why a little bit of breathing practice which controls the mind should be started at the age of 8 years of age.
The earlier we learn how to cleanse our mind , thoughts and emotions, the earlier will manifest our optimum potential…the god-given gifts. And besides, the negative emotions can lead to depression, suicidal tendencies , crime, terrorism and what not, all the result of deep-rooted imbalances or rather dis-balanced energy.
So why wait for the illnesses to manifest become contagious and pave way for the world of unnecessary hate, crime, rape, bloodshed, war, mental disorders?
In the Art of Living, we have courses for children between 8 to 15 years. It is called the ART EXCEL Program.
And we have Youth Empowerment Programs (YES) for youth . We have basic and advance courses for all in general starting from the age of 18 ( The Happiness Program & the Part II or Advance Meditation Course)which are highly beneficial for people from all fields, be it homemakers,or,be it professionals.
We also conduct rehabilitation courses for trauma relief during natural calamities or post-war situation.
We have corporate courses customized to the requirement, so also we run courses in jails which have brought about a transformation in many .
WE also conduct rural development programs and train youth in the villages to assist in improving the living conditions in villages.
Our programs are as varied as the requirements in different places at different times and for different purposes.
Our Sri Sri Yoga courses along with the other courses have paved the way to an improved quality of life, to a happier and more fulfilling life, to a stress-free or less stress-ridden life to millions all over the world.
Along with the courses, the knowledge videos and the books of knowledge published by the Art of Living go a long way in keeping one steady and moving on the path.
I can say that every since I came to the Art of Living in 1996, not many changes have happened in people around me or in the life situations I find around me, but, certainly, a change for the better , has happened in my outlook on life, in the way I handle life-situation, be it joys and sorrows, or be it successes and failures. I can’t claim to have become perfect but I have improved markedly for earlier I had been desperate to change the world, now, when I am in a negative situation, an alarm rings within – I change what I can and leave the rest for the Supreme Power, to sort things out. People and situations do affect me still; but, I am able to get out of these much sooner than I could have otherwise.

And it is a balanced individual who can take stress in life as launch-pad for progress and every time a new situation crops us, he realizes that people and situations don’t give stress, its our mind which perceives people and situations in a pattern it is used to and thus internalizes then to stress.
A Prayer

O Lord! Please bless me with unshakable faith and indefatigable strength of mind to confront those people and situations that still disturb me and dislocate me to move me out of my centre. Please bless me so that I am regular with my spiritual practices without a single day’s break till I drop dead.

Sudarshan Kriya is the life-jacket for me to remain floating in this ocean of samsara or world-consciousness.

The Homecoming

In most of the situations that we are unhappy or stressed out in, we become victims , not of others’ thoughts, words and actions, but, of the vagaries of our own minds.
Our mind is like a vagabond that wanders here and there, sometimes out in the wilderness, cocooned in the seasonal cocoon that it has created. But there is nothing and no place that can be called its home – its eternal abode. This is because it has no identity of its own. It is not an entity in itself, though it experiences it – just an illusion….till realization dawns.
Prayer, Spiritual Practices and visits to holy places – all these may help for some time to rest in the Abode within and live our lives happily, peacefully and in the spirit of service….But in the day-to-day circumstances that are tribulations of our Faith and Innate Innocence, the mind again breaks out of its cocoon and is all out, everywhere in the ‘wilderness’ of the world…the senses, the immediate environment of family and destiny- relationships and the society at large.

wandering mind

But, this mind-matter illusion is required to live in this world. Hence, the mind needs  to become strong and hence needs to build its own shelter – an abode of peace, bliss and Faith – and that’s possible only be losing its identity – by dissolving itself in the Power Supreme. When the little mind dissolves in the big mind, it loses and finds itself!
And how is that possible? Of course, one can continue to follow whatever religion, faith and form as one has faith in. One can visit temples, churches, dargahs and gurudwaras and attend prayer-meetings and satsangs. But the effect of this will last only for a certain period of time, after which, again, when thrown into the same day-day -day circumstances that unsettled the mind earlier will bring it back to where it had been earlier. I

One can do regular spiritual practices and go a long way in controlling the mind and thus gaining good physical and mental health. But….But, this is not enough in these times……The impressions made on the subtlest levels of the mind and emotions can be removed only with regular meditation and Sudarshan Kriya. Hence.One needs to learn the Sudarshan Kriya and practise it regularly along  with meditation,  to be able to keep oneself anchored firmly in the Power Supreme…the one and only power that can steer and navigate one through this journey of lifetime or lifetimes till one is BACK HOME.

Lead kindly Light!

The Mind-Conundrum

It  is generally believed that fortune calls at your door, it brings a series of fortunate incidents in your life.
Similarly, when misfortune strikes, it follows the same pattern.
It’s not FATE.Actually, It’s a conundrum.
The mind takes a first dip into murky waters of fear, doubt, restlessness, anger and negativity and the negative pattern gets reinforced again and again in a series of negative occurrences – a manifestation of the happenings within. Thus, misfortune is not a happening by Divine Will but a “Frankeinsen” created by the mind in life when , during its journey in a human body, goes through many life-situations and experiences captivity in this body with the senses, emotions, feelings and so on.

Similarly, the mind bathes in the Ocean Blue of the Consciousness, it is re-energized with positivity and what follows is a series of fortunate happenings in life. Thus, good fortune is also created by the mind when it goes through certain life-situations and experiences infinite love, peace and bliss.

Hence, fortune and misfortune in life are just a result of the mind-conundrum.

Now, when we become aware of the this conundrum aspect of the mind, what can we do?

We need to find a way to practise equanimity of mind in all circumstances in life, positive or negative, the best or the worst as we see them.

What is the way?The solution is  in the right understanding of the little  mind , which is not possible, for, it is just an illusion….that appears real as and when it takes up an identity and hence attaches itself to the memories of fortune or misfortune as it comes in life and weaves its own pattern of life’s journey.

It is easily said that done that one should rise above these experiences of pleasure and pain, happiness and misery, heaven and hell. How is it possible…not by human effort, for sure. But it is possible by this little mind naturally dissolving into the Big Mind or the Pure Consciousness – the answer to this riddle …..the true purpose of human life……But, how is that possible?


We can’t manipulate our mind by knowledge, wisdom , prayer and visit to pilgrim centers, alone – we need to sustain the positive pattern.

And, that can be possible only through regular Sudarshan Kriya and Meditation.

So, isn’t the human mind the biggest conundrum of all times and ages?


O Lord! Pray dissolve this mind in YOU

May it lose itself in YOU

To find YOU and find ITSELF Again!

From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained!

Amen! Amen! Amen!