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Longing to see YOU

Longing to see you
I left home for home
Thrilled to be greeted by
A mix of rain and shine
Bringing forth the resplendent rainbow
Arched across the sky
Simply beautiful to behold
Pink orange hues at sunrise
A treat to starving eyes
The reflection of trees on the still lake
Leaving me breathless
All in serenity, smiles and silence
I waited to see yours
And can never get enough
Sadly, I left home for home
Longing to see you again.

by Revathi Raghavan
After returning from an advance course with Guruji in Montreal, 2004

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Enthusiasm

by Vikas Chawla

We talk about enthusiasm in the Art of Living Course. However, a little mulling over the readings and thinking about the knowledge helped me reach a deeper understanding. The word Enthusiasm has an interesting background. It is formed of two Greek words: “en” + “theos”. “En” means within and “Theos” means God. “Theos” is also the root of the word theology.Thus the word, enthusiasm means “Feeling the presence of God within”, in fact, implies “being possessed by divinity”. Enthusiasm is the our very life force energy. Something that clearly differentiates the children from the grown ups. Children have boundless enthusiasm while us adults ration it. I clearly remember Guruji once saying “For most people growing up is a process of gradually losing one’s enthusiasm. There are only a few people who retain their enthusiasm and those are the people who make a difference on this planet”. In the Art of Living Course we talk about the four sources of energy ( i.e. Prana ), namely:
1. Food
2. Sleep
3. Breath
4. Knowledge
The first three sources are quite obvious. The fourth one requires a little more explanation. How could “knowledge” be a source of energy? Well, anything that uplifts us, transforms our negative state of mind. It could be a book, a movie, a conversation, speech and of course, being in love.

So, does enthusiasm uplift us? Absolutely!!!. In fact, the source could be knowledge, but the final product is enthusiasm. Hmmm, so are we equating Enthusiasm to a source of Prana?

Just remember the times we are really enthusiastic about cleaning (are you kidding me !!), cooking ( No, never ) , fixing the garage or the basement (Not me ), writing code (Sometimes ), blogging (Oh, yeah, baby, now we are talking ) , working on a hobby,…… Time just seems to fly and we are not tired. In a nutshell, it feels like we are possessed, we become an energizer bunny (Just remember the definition of the word Enthusiasm in the beginning of the blog post)

Now, let us analyze it from a slightly different angle.

I am assuming that you know about the seven chakras (“energy centers”). By definition, chakra means a wheel and every chakra ( except the 7th) has opposite qualities of energy associated with it. The first one is called “Muladhara Chakra”. The word “Muladhara” means “root place” or in other words, the very foundation or basis. If you have done the Part II course or listened to the Hari Om, meditation you know what energy the root signifies and that is “Inertia or Interest in Life”. Hold that thought: “Interest in life”. Isn’t interest in life the same as “Enthusiasm”? Think about it. The life energy starts with Enthusiasm. Without Enthusiasm it is a dead start either in the material world or the spiritual world.

The main aspect of this chakra is innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditioning’s. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. Again, let us go back the example of children having boundless enthusiasm and we always equate innocence with children. Isn’t it interesting that Guruji always says that he has never grown up and we all have to become child like again.

“Child like” meaning regaining our innocence and moreover our enthusiasm. 

Bottom line, “Be enthusiastic” about everything and support other peoples enthusiasm (I hope my wife is not reading this one )

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This little body…

by Birjoo Vaishnav
The forest, the leaf and the flower
The jaguar, and the butterfly…
What makes them massive,
And subtle and bright
Not the water, that nourishes
Not the earth holding them tight
Not just the morning sun
shining bright

The air feeds the leaves,
giving the trunk the girth
and the might…
Astoundingly at the bottom
of the foodchain
lies not the rabbit nor the fowl
nor the peas and potatoes…
but the very breath that is life…

More than the fish is made of water
Are we made of air…
Such a wonder of the creation
what appears, is not
and what is appears not…

The breath, the body
and the life
Appear so different
But are so not!

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