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Compassion is forgiving someone without them knowing it

Buddha was in an assembly and then a gentleman came and he was very furious. He thought Buddha was doing something wrong. He was pulling people away and people were all meditating now and they were very calm and quiet. He was a restless businessman and he found his children going and sitting with Buddha and meditating, two hours every day. He thought that if his children would engage themselves in business at that time, they could make more money and they would be better off. Two hours of going and spending with somebody with your eyes closed! What will anyone get? So he was very upset and said, “I am going to teach a lesson to this man”.

So, with furiousness, he came and looked at Buddha. He  walked straight to Buddha. You see, he was a well-known businessman of that locality. As soon as he came near Buddha, all his other thoughts disappeared but anger was still there. He was shaking. He could not speak. Now words wouldn’t come out of his mouth, but he spat on Buddha’s face. Buddha simply smiled. All his disciples around there were so angry but they could not react in front of Buddha. So, everybody held their lips and fists tight. They wanted to ask him, “How dare you do this?”, but could not say anything. This man could not stay any longer. After he spat, hethought that if he stayed a few minutes longer, he would burst out. So he ran away.
Buddha did not react or say anything. He just smiled. For the first time in his life, that man met somebody who would just smile when he spat on his face. The man could not sleep that night and his whole body underwent such a transformation. He was shivering as if there’s an earthquake. His whole world became upside down. The next day, he went and fell at Buddha’s feet and said, “Please forgive me. I did not know what I did”. Buddha said, “I cannot excuse you”!

Now, the disciples were shocked. Then Buddha had to explain again what he meant because everybody was in a state of shock. He said, “Why? When you did not do anything, why should I excuse you? What did you do? What wrong did you do?” He said, “No, I spat on your face yesterday. I am that same person”. Buddha said, “Oh! That person is not there now. If I ever meet that person whom you spat on, I will tell him to excuse you. To this person who is here, you have done no wrong”. That is compassion.

Compassion is not saying, “Oh! Make somebody a culprit and then I will forgive them”. That is not compassion. Your forgiveness should be such that the person who is forgiven does not even know that you are forgiving them. They should not even feel guilty about their mistake. This is the right type of forgiveness. 

If you make someone feel guilty about their mistake, then you have not forgiven them. That guilt itself is the punishment, that itself is good enough. Guilt is good enough to eat you, swallow you. Knowledge takes you away from the guilt and puts you on a pedestal where you do not see the world at all. You do not see the world in the sense that you do not see all this complicated chit-chat of this small world. They all appear insignificant.

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There is no wall!

Q: How to conquer ego?

Sri Sri: Ego is just a feeling of having a wall between you and others. There is no wall. You belong to me and I belong to you. You are accepted the way you are. Naturalness is the antidote for ego. Be spontaneous! Ego cannot stand spontaneity. Children are so spontaneous. Be like a child…


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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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Clickiesta -Online photography contest


** Online Photography Contest **
You got a chance to Win an iPod !!

Have you got ‘The Moment’, intricately captured by your lens at the time when your creativity blossomed??

 Well we give you a chance to portray your skills in an arena of talented youth from across India. WAYE (World Alliance for Youth Empowerment) presents ‘CLicKiEStA’, an online photography contest, inviting young, ignited minds from across the nation to come to the forefront and showcase their hidden talents.

The rules of the game are simple:

1. Register online for ‘Own the Future and the Present’ at and get your PIN. Registration is absolutely free and takes 45 seconds of your life.
2. Next, you send your precious picture(s) to with your Name, contact no. and PIN. Your PIN acts as the ID of your picture, which we upload to the desired page within no time. The theme for the contest is “Shades of grey”so please send pictures strictly complying to the theme !
3. The picture with the maximum number of ‘likes’ win the contest.

And guess what you take home on winning : 
An Apple Ipod !!!!!!!

** Wait! Its not that simple!
                      Even the winning picture needs to have a minimum of 300 likes
(To view the entries, visit, and click on ‘Photos’ tab.)                                                 

The results will be announced on 26th Feb, 2012 at 7.00 p.m.

 And it’s done !! See how simple it is? So choose the best amongst your most loved pics and send it to us right away. Meanwhile, stay tuned to for more updates.
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Love is the greatest strength

In love, even objects are elevated to life.

 Stones and trees speak to you; the Sun, the Moon, the entire creation becomes alive. 

When there is no love, even people become objects.

“If you are not free, you cannot love – freedom is the first thing. 
So, when you become free, you are able to love unconditionally. 
When you can love unconditionally, you will be skillful in your dealings.”: 
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Being in utter love,yet undisturbed;caring yet not worried;persistent yet not perturbed; are the obvious signs of the Self shining.” SriSri

Open your hearts to love…

Qualities of Leader – 5th International Women’s Conference 2012

Qualities of Leader as described by Guruji shared at 5th International Women’s Conference 2012

1) One who sets example for others
2) One who does good things to others
3) One who creates leaders and not followers
4) One who does not depend on authority
5) One who does not worry about position
6) One who becomes alert when challenges come
7) One who does not care to only be in her comfort zone
8) One who never judges herself
9) One who is multidimensional – never defends on one side of information
10) One who is good communicator
11) One who has direct approach

Every moment is making you grow

‎”Upanishad says when we start on the path, let there be no rejection. Acceptance is the path. Let there be no rejection at all, of any sort, because everything, every moment in life, pleasant and unpleasant, good and bad is making you grow. Let all this righteousness, this knowledge and this wisdom that is contained in the Upanishads and that is present in my soul, my being, blossom.” 
Sri Sri in Kena Upanishad

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.”

Achyutam Keshavamvam,

A lovely friend asked for this today… had almost lost the song… but I foundit again…. lovely .. I simply love it 🙂

and here go the lyrics… sing along :):)
Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram,
Rama naraynam Janakivallabham,
Kaun kehta hai Bhagvan aate nahi
Bhakta Meera ke jaise bulate nahi,
Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram,
Rama naraynam Janakivallabham,
Kaun kehta hai Bhagvan khaate nahi,
Ber Shabri ke jaise khilate nahi, …
Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram,
Rama naraynam Janakivallabham,
Kaun kehta hai Bhagvan Sote nahi,
Maa Yashoda ke jaise sulate nahin,
Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram,
Rama naraynam Janakivallabham,
Kaun kehta hai Bhagvan naachte nahi,
Tum Gopi ke jaise nachaate nahin,
Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram,
Rama naraynam Janakivallabham,
Naam Japate chalo kaam karte chalo
Har samay Krishna ka dhyaan karte chalo
Achyutam Keshavam Krishna Damodaram,
Rama naraynam Janakivallabham,
Yaad aayegi unko kabhi na kabhi
Krishan darshan to denge kabhi na kabhi ….. Achyutam Keshavam…
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Lord Krishna says:
“Love my creation and you love me”
Free your heart from hatred and you love me…..

Sattva or purity

The more sattva/purity rises in your life, the more easily your tasks get accomplished. 

The amount of sattva/ purity in us decides the productivity of our input.

 If you put in a lot of effort and the result turns out to be less or below your expectations, it means that there is a lack of sattva/ purity in life. 

When we meditate, then our work happens easily. People are unaware of this secret. It is very important to meditate whenever we get time, so that you accomplish your tasks more efficiently and with ease.

-Sri Sri