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Over Labor Day weekend, Sept 2012, the Art of Living center at Metuchen, New Jersey hosted an Art of Silence course with senior teacher, Azah Mulchand. Combining guided meditation, silence, yoga and breathing techniques the course gives us much-needed rest in our hectic lives.

Congratulations to Leena, Sumathi, Amrapalee, Nilima, Sunil, Kumud and the other volunteers for organizing the course and thank you to Azah Mulchand for teaching it! Here are photos by Satish Balasubramanian of Meru Designs.

“In meditation you get access to the quiet mind,
to that something in you which can bring more energy to you,
In meditation you get access to the intuitive ability
which is deep within you.”
~~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Huffington Post – Is Meditation Important?
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On Feb 17-21, 2011, the Art of Living center at Metuchen, New Jersey hosted an Art of Silence course with senior teacher, Azah Mulchand. In the Art of Silence course participants experience deep rest with guided meditation, silence, yoga and breathing techniques. It gives the body and mind a real vacation rejuvenating the whole system. Congratulations to Sumathi, Naval, Amrapalee, Selva, Kandavel, Dixita, Mark, Preethi, Prashanth, Mahalakshmi, Kaarthiga, Sunil, Kumud and the other volunteers for organizing the course and thank you to Azah Mulchand for teaching it! Here are some experiences of participants and organizers.

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“The course was outstanding. The biggest thing for me is when it is over. I feel so peaceful, so calm and so much at home with myself. It was just a beautiful experience. So many good things happened. I met so many good people. Somebody came from Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s a beautiful group, very dynamic and a lot of fun. I feel definitely deeper and deeper in touch with myself and who I really am. I am looking forward to doing it again a few months from now. I advice anybody if they want to take a vacation. This is the best vacation they can take. Art of Silence.” ~~ Faisal

“I am Soma. This was the third time I did this course. What I am taking away from the course this time is an understanding of the tendencies in us. It felt like that we are such so pure inside and the outside tendencies are just a covering. It almost felt like all those things are totally separable from the inner Self. That experience is coming more and more and I hope I am able to use this understanding when the tendencies actually come into my mind and am able to understand that it is a passing phase and will go away.” ~~ Soma

“I am Ruchika. I’m from Secaucus. This is my sixth course and the third one with Azahji. Every time it is different. This course was an amazing experience once again. And Azahji has done such nice things on the course this time and I had a lot of fun. Its never boring. So its amazing that after six times its still got its ras(juice).” ~~ Ruchika

“I was very sick for the past two and a half months. I came home from college. I was going through a lot. I took this course for the third time and each time I feel like it unravels something new in me and exposes me to the innocence that I am and its great to be able to come back to that. My body feels a lot better. My mind feel healthier. I feel more connected with my heart and who I really am and there is a lots less fluctuation in my mind so its been a really great experience for me. I think everyone should keep doing this.” ~~ Megha

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“My name is Satish. I am fortunate to be attending this course, Art of Silence with Azahji. I came from Raleigh, North Carolina and I feel so happy that I made the journey. These four days I learnt a lot, I grew a lot, I evolved a lot. I am sure that I’ll continue this evolution, this change in me. Hopefully I will not just do good to myself but I will do, as Sri Sri has adviced and suggested, I will do good to others as well. One of the good things I learnt from Art of Living and Art of Silence courses is “let it go”. And the meditation is really touching. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I advice anybody new to Art of Living that this is a very effective course and it will bring about a change in you, a change in your circumstances and make a different person out of you.” ~~ Satish

“My name is Pragnya. This is the first time I did this course. This course taught me a lot of things. The first thing is that my patience level has improved a lot. I am able to sit still for meditation for a longer time. The meditation is amazing. Overall I got some tools, some nice tools, with which I can move forward in this world with a lots of confidence and overcome my problems peacefully and easily.” ~~ Pragnya

“It was an amazing course. I feel so blissful and a lot of realization came to me about certain issues in my life. I see them from a different angle now. I really feel so joyful and grateful. There are no words to express. I am speechless. That’s the beauty of it.” ~~ Nimish

“My name is Raj Tirumalai. Its been almost a year since I did the course. Last time also I did the course with Azahji. The course is absolutely absolutely great. I have a one and a half year old baby at home so I didn’t get a chance to do the course in the last one year. He is in the present moment and we are not. That makes it a little interesting. The course is fabulous. I wish I could do this course again and again and again as many times as possible.” ~~ Raj

“I would definitely recommend Art of Silence course to people. The best part is seeing what being in silence means. You’ll enjoy the three days. You can accomplish a lot more things with silence. The best thing is the peace of mind that you get out of that and you probably won’t want to talk much afterwards once you’ve been in the silence. If you really are looking for peace of mind I really would recommend this course. And especially seva  (volunteering) with lots of groups. You’ll have lots of fun. I definitely recommend it” ~~ Srinivas

organizers

“Hi, I am Sumathi. I am a teacher with the Art of Living foundation. This is the first time I am one of the main organizers of the Art of Silence course and it gave me tremendous happiness and an immense pleasure doing such wonderful seva (volunteering, service). I feel nothing in this world can bring fulfillment in one’s life other than being in knowledge and in seva (service), being instrumental in bringing people to this knowledge, boosting their confidence and making them experience their real potential and strength. Getting connected to people, showing them meditation is the only way to get back to their inner calm serene nature and to live with that innocence and the undying smile that they are bestowed with. It was such a fulfilling experience throughout. There was a feeling of abundance in all the participants and so much belongingness towards each other as the course started unfolding. Everyone had such a deep experience with the meditations in the presence of the wonderful teacher and so did we, as organizers. If one gets an opportunity to do seva (service) in life, I will say don’t miss it, just go for it.” ~~ Sumathi

“Hosting Azahji is always a pleasure for me. This time it was a unique experience. It felt like my body was being purified just by being in the presence of a senior teacher like Azahji. At every moment there was learning and with every word and every gaze. I would love to host him again or any other teacher since being with them is like being in knowledge. It was like I was swimming in knowledge during the last few days and I am looking forward to the next time.” ~~ Sunil

“My name is Naval. I helped organize the course. It was really a pleasure because it changes the state of mind completely when you take the responsibility for the well-being of everybody. The experience is just so amazing and fulfilling.” ~~ Naval

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Swami Pragyapad with partipicpants


At our center, we celebrated Thanksgiving in silence with an Art of Silence course taught by Swami Pragyapad. The Art of Silence course, (also called Part II Course) provides optimal conditions for going deep within, quieting our mental chatter, and experiencing deep rest and inner peace. A big thank you to Swami Pragyapad for honoring us with this visit as his last stop in his tour of the US. Congratulations to Manoj, Kandavel, Selva, Dixita, Vamsi, Prashanth, Atul, Shivani, Ketan, Anushka, Vikram, Santosh, Nandini, Annapoorani and the other volunteers for organizing the course and making it so enjoyable for all of us. Here are a few photos and participant/volunteer experiences.

What brings you here? “I am a school teacher in New York City so to try to let go of some of the stress from the classroom. It can be quite exhausting and intense. I teach in New York City in the public school system.” Thanksgiving is a major holiday, so what is the attraction? “My family gives me a free pass every two or three years to go on a mediation retreat. This time of year I get quite tired and in just a few days I feel very restored by doing some meditation and relaxation practices with some yoga. I feel quite cleansed in a short amount of time. It can take much longer otherwise. It’s a very efficient way to practice. We did yoga and the breath and we talked about different ways to process information to be more relaxed.” How do you feel? “I feel very well. Thank you for asking! This is a very happy holiday.” – Paul Okin

Manoj leading yoga in the morning

“It was one of the most memorable courses of my life. In my 10 years with Art of Living I’ve never seen such a course where I announced the course and within 3 days the course was full. I had to literally put people on the waiting list. Eventually everyone got in. There were 60 people on the course: the largest ever Part 2 in Metuchen center. And I am happy that everyone had a good time. Thank you!“ – Manoj Warrier, the lead organizer.

“What was I but a dirty piece of rag when I entered the center on Wednesday: feeling heavy and fatigued with layers of dust on me. A good spin into “hollow and empty” and other meditations, in Guru’s amazing grace and in the presence of beloved Swamiji, today I am completely refreshed, contented and HAPPY! Words sometimes fail to express our true feelings. Especially after silence I find myself struggling to say what a unique experience it was. Full of joy and in complete gratitude,” – Madhuri

“My name is Ilona. I am a social worker in New York City. The course was amazing. I know I’m not supposed to have any expectations but I did expect that it’s going to be amazing because Swamiji is teaching it. I have taken a Blessings course with Swamiji and it was great and Swamiji is an exquisite teacher. It was beautiful, just beautiful.” – Ilona

Volunteers Kandavel and Annapoorani serving lunch

“A deep dive into the spirituality processes. Felt very calm and peaceful. Thanks to everybody for organizing the course” – Suresh

“It was a great experience. We had to set up all the food items. It was nice. I love seva (service). It was wonderful.” – Selva, volunteer

“It’s great. It’s beautiful. Every one of these courses is fun. I come back because in 6-9 months you build up enough garbage to come and do this program and clean up and go back.” – Anand

“When I started off, the first day, I had a headache and I went to Swamiji and told him and he said it will go away by tomorrow evening. And exactly that evening when I slept and when I woke up in the morning I had this whole different level of energy. And that day my meditations were very, very quiet. I felt very nice.” – Jaya

Participants, Sonpreet and Vidur cleaning blinds

“I am Sonpreet Bhatia. I run a company. I am a co-founder of a company called “MyCityWay”. We do mobile applications for cities. About Art of Living that’s where I met my other two co-founders and ever since then it’s no looking back. Meditation is one of the things that has made all three of us, all three co-founders of MyCityWay, very successful. I hear a lot of good stories about health and meditation and Art of Living. Personally myself and my family have gone through a lot of health benefits with Art of Living. With these Art of Living courses and especially with the Art of Silence course we connect. We connect more with the world, with our families and we go deeper into mediation. What that means people need to experience for themselves but from my side, it is highly, highly recommended.” – Sonpreet Bhatia

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