This is from twitter account @SriSriSpeaks
1) Reflect on ur life in relation to the Cosmos. This will drop the smallness in u & u will b able to live fully.
2) Remind urself of the highest goal in Life. You r 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.
“A plum once said, ‘just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into a banana.
Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange.
When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes.
Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am.
How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover.’
Just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself off your originality.
You need to think Good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. Never stoop down in order to gain recognition.
Never let go of your true self to win a relationship.
In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest Glory – your uniqueness, for momentary validation.
Even Gandhi was not accepted by many people.
The group that does not accept you as YOU is not Your world.
There is a world for each one of you, where you shall reign as king /queen by just being yourself.
Find that world… In fact, that world will find You.
What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot.
The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted.
Everything and everybody has been designed with a Proportion of uniqueness to serve a purpose that we can fulfil only by being our unique self.
You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I Alone can serve my purpose. You are here to be you… Just YOU.
There was a time in this world when a Krishna was required and he was sent;
A time when a Christ was required and he was sent;
a time when a Mahatma was Required and he was sent;
a time when a J.R.D.Tata was required and he was Sent.
There came a time when you were required on this planet and hence you were sent.
Let us be the best we can be.
In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinity of time to come, there will be no one like you.
Existence should have loved you so much that it broke the mould after making you, so that another of your kind will never get repeated.
You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece. .. Your Master’s piece. Celebrate your Uniqueness.”
You are you, your own self, don’t change for others, for this is NOT even their world.
— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (The Art of Living)
For Part 1 of this post, click: https://arpitk.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/changlang-special/
I decided dates for my first Part 1 course there and got chance to announce it on Republic day. I took permission from District Collector (DC) who was very supportive. While I was meeting people for this Part 1, somehow I met SP (Superintendent of Police) and Prison Course got decided. To take YES!+ in college, I met DC again and YES!+ got decided. Meanwhile I got call for TRM (Teachers Refresher Meet ). And there was a week time that I had! So I announced one more Part 1 and Navchetana 🙂
So each week, that I was there in Changlang, there was an AOL course happening :). I experienced the fact that many people had told as Guru Stories – YOU just have to be there, work is already done by HIM :). It’s such an amazing experience!
Everything there was so different: Culture, food, clothing, shelter. Once I bravely eat Cho-Cho which was pathetic in taste! With all affection I was offered ‘Pahadi Sabji’ (Mountain Vegetable), as I was not going to get it in my area! Having Pahadi Sabji, my tongue used to cry ;). Other than that there were normal vegetables too. And good thing was crops grown there were completely organic.
Society there was completely polarized – either Cristian or Hindu (following Rangfrah). Rangfarah is the deity worshiped by the major population of Changlang district, an indigenous god. Very few people are open minded. Most of innocent people were deceived so that they can be converted!!
Language was not a problem. Almost everybody understands Hindi there….
Overall it was a fantastic experience 🙂
I read the poem below in one of the Jewelry shops. I loved it 🙂 It was there in Hindi. So first the hindi version of it and then my translation!
धन से दवा मिलती है,
किन्तु सवासथय नही।।
धन से साथी मिलते है,
किन्तु सचचे मित्र नही।।
धन से एकानत मिल सकता है,
किन्तु शानति नही।।
धन से बिसतर प्रापत कर सकते है,
किन्तु निंद नही।।
धन से आभुषण मिलते है,
किन्तु रूप नही।।
धन से सुख मिलता है,
किन्तु आनंद नही।।
अतः धनवान हॊने के साथ साथ
चरित्रवान हॊना भी आवशयक है ।।
******************** English Translation in my Words ********************
Money can get you Medicine,
But not Health!
Money can bring people to you,
But not true friends!
Money can take you to peaceful place,
But not peace!
Money can get you bed,
But not Sleep!
Money can buy you Jewelry,
But not Beauty!
Money can get you comfort,
But not Happiness!
So with being rich,
Be a man of Character!!
Changlang, a district in Arunachal Pradesh, on mountain, where you will not find even half a kilometer plane straight road. It’s all ups and downs, hilly, curvy, with greenery all over and water falls in between to amuse you. Needless to say it’s North East India.
This was my first visit to North India. And I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there. The place is awesome, people are so innocent, helpful, relaxed. But they have different kinds of challenges there. And I was there to take ‘The Art of Living’ workshops.
When I was in Chennai I already googled Changlang. And though it’s a district place, population is still less than my hometown, a village in Maharashtra and there is only one college for graduation. So it gave me an idea that it’s not going to be so advanced. And I was already told that it’s Cristian dominated area. It anyway doesn’t matter as I was there to bring back smile on their faces! Also I came across some of the problems while browsing about Arunachal Pradesh – Arunachal Pradesh and Assam border dispute, China and Arunachal Pradesh border dispute, opposition to hydroelectric power plants, etc. and on my way to Changlang, people told me about insurgency problem.
But when I actually reached there, challenges were little different. By the time I reached Changlang, there were three check-posts (after entering Arunachal border). And armed forces ( gun men) checking everybody. And I already started feeling little different! The place where I got down, opposite to SBI ATM, there were gun men. It made me little insecure. But I knew I am taken care of :). After 3-4 days, these gun men didn’t bother me anymore ;). I was habitual to them!
I was staying there with one of the middle school Principals who already had done Part 1 and Part 2 courses of Art of Living . And as unexpected it was house made up of Tin!
And then as I was meeting people to organize the course, the first big challenge that came was walking. In fact it’s not walking, it’s climbing hills and getting down. As I already mentioned it’s situated on mountain. So it was so tiring and time consuming! And then I came to know that more than 90% people there are drug/alcohol addicts!
The only thing I used to think was let me be hollow and empty and give my 100%. And rest all is in HIS hand.
And so I got Amakaji’s number who helped me more than expected. And in few days I just became like family member. Mingtu, her
hubby, who has already done the course, and left drug habit, gave me the bike (one challenge solved :)) and introduced to many people.
People there are so relaxed. They so casually take break from school, for a year! Students in higher secondary are 18-19 years old. Office timings are morning 9am to 1pm and then lunch break for an hour or two and then by 4-4:30 office gets over. Shops also gets close by 6pm as it becomes so dark by then. People have so much time, free time! They hardly have any source of entertainment, no theatres. So probably they tend to take drugs, etc. however people are very helpful. They prepare their Bambu house on themselves and almost everybody from young to old, know how to make house. And there are no carpenters!………………………………………………… to be continued
The post below is what I wrote on 16th Jan before reaching Arunachal Pradesh. As I didn’t have net access, I was unable to publish it!!
I reached Guwahati station at around 11:30am and as soon as I came out of station it started raining heavily and in just 2minutes it started snow.ing 😉 . It lasted for about 7minutes. And the road was all white. What a welcome for me in Guwahati. This is HIS style of welcoming!
This was the first rain of the season in Guwahati. And it started with snowing! Wow!
I took Auto to reach our Art of Living Ashram here and it’s so beautiful, more than what I imagined it to be! – on the hill by the side of river Bramhaputra! WOW! 🙂
Evening I went for shopping in nearby area – ‘Rest Camp’ and ‘Bara Bazar’ and got Thermocot and raincoat for myself.. very essential here 😉
After dinner, my room-mate Sawant who recently became teacher – Dec, 2010 batch, wanted me to discuss YES!+ manual. We did it so. We finished discussing about first 3 days. And day ended. Good Night! (because I am writing it just before I go to bed 😉 ).
I was on Fantastic tour of Rajasthan with my Ma, Pa and Aunt last month for 13 days. This tour of ours had journey by passenger train to AC coach, flight, car and temples to National Park, dessert to Taj Mahal. And what made it very special was – I was on tour with family after 7 years!
We started from Dhamangaon (my hometown) to Nagpur, stayed overnight with aunt and early morning took flight to Delhi. We were there in Delhi just to catch a train to Jaipur. Meanwhile we went to one of our relatives there.
In Jaipur, The Pink City, we stayed at one of our aunt’s place. It was first time in my life, one of our family member welcomed us without any formality, I just loved it 🙂 . It was so much like at home only. There we went to famous Bapu Bazar and Ram Mandir. It was shopping day only. My mom and aunt AND in Bapu Bazar. What more these ladies want!! Almost whole day we spent there 🙂 And a thought came to my mind – On the day of shopping, girls/ladies should do Kriya in the evening only. Otherwise they get so much energy…… 😉
Next day, we started from Jaipur by Car and in next few days we traveled 2100+ km. This includes 14 famous temples, a day in Bikaner; which was again a shopping day, Ranthambhor National Park and sunset in Khudi near Jaisalmer. I know GOD is there in bangalore these days in body form. But anyway my parents wanted to visit all the temples so I went and thoroughly enjoyed it, different rituals and customs and ways to worships and different beliefs :).
I loved the old fashioned houses in Bikaner specially the doors and windows 🙂
Sunset in Khudi/Khuri near Jaisalmer was awesome. It is the real dessert area
left now. First time in my life I sat on Camel and it was fantastic experience :). I wish everybody gets chance to do camel riding :). It’s so much fun :). Night stay over there included traditional folk dance and Rajasthani food in well decorated huts.
Jaisalmer, The Golden City, is really golden city and it’s still golden :). Jaisalmer fort is good, specially Jain temple inside it. Superb was Kothari’s Patwa Haveli – expensive decoration, gracefully carved pillars, balconies. It was full of artistic work in each corner.
to be cntd….
Before I write about my ‘Tour de Rajasthan’, some jokes for YOU….. at your own risk 🙂 (this time, all in Hindi)
1. Do dost tour par ja rahe the, raste me raat ho gayi, woh tent laga kar so gaye, raat ko ek ki aakh khuli aur usne dusre ko jagaya (frnd 1) Aasman ki taraf dekh kar batao, tumhe kya najar aa raha hai? (frnd 2) bohot sare tare… (frnd 1) isse kya pata chalta hai? (frnd 2) aasman khoobsurat lag raha hai… (frnd 1) abe saale, koyi tent utha kar le gaya!! 🙂 ….. okay it didn’t happen with me 😉
2. Santa ko Exam me answer nahi aata tha. To usne answer me ” !!!!! ” aisa kar diya aur likh diya, scratch karo aur answer pao 🙂
3. Shaadi me plate par tissue paper dekh kar Banta ne socha, ye bhi khane ki cheez hai, jaise hi khane laga to sab sardar chillaye…… oyyyeee, na kha, phika hai 🙂
4. Santa bulb ke niche muh khol kar baitha tha.. kyo???????????? kyoki doc ne kaha tha, tumhara pet kharab hai aur light hi khana 🙂
5. Santa ko ek machar pareshan kar raha tha, tang aa kar woh bed ke niche so gaya, tabhi waha ek jugnoo aa gaya, to Santa bola, Kamina ab torch lekar dhoond raha hai 🙂
6. Ek aadmi telescope se aasmaan dekh raha tha, Santa dhyaan se usse dekh raha tha, Tabhi ek tara toota, Santa Chillaya, “Wah boss kya nishana lagaya….” 🙂
7. Tin dost bed par so rahe the, un tino ko jagah thik se nahi mil rahi thi. Phir ek dost bed se niche sone laga. Dusra dost, ab jagah ho gayi hai…. upar aa ja 🙂
8. Boy: Uncle, Detol soap hai kya. Shopkeeper: (naak se ungali nikalte hue) Ha hai na!…. Boy: To haat dho kar ek cream roll de do 🙂
9. Do Sardar train ke piche bhaag rahe the, Ek chaadh gaya, to train me logo ne kaha – “Well done”‘. Sardar: Khak Well done.. Jaana to use tha 🙂 🙂 mai to chodne aaya tha :):):)
10. Santa ko Vodaphone me operator ki job mili. Pahle hi din use maar-maar ke nikal diya gaya… coz… 1st caller: mera Vodaphone ka sim block ho gaya hai… Santa: Toh pagal, Airtel ka le le 🙂
Below are the questions asked to my master and his answers: