Connecting Back to Organic

26 Jul

We have a beautiful organic garden that is carefully tended in our Canada ashram as part of a project called “Deepening roots”.
Gurudev visited the gardens yesterday. organic farming can give such fantastic yields. it is time to educate ourselves and make the switch from GM foods.

I was recently reading about the impact of genetically modified food on our health and the research is alarming. Prabhakar Ji was explaining it in very simple terms saying, “When one tries to introduce a gene from a frog or fish into a tomato and give it to people without testing the long term effects, warning bells should be ringing loud and clear.”

environmental sustainability

I strongly feel we should increase our awareness about it.

GM crops are supposed to help the farmers, but end up making them more dependant on the MNC’s producing the seeds for them.

While children and babies consuming GM foods ( several ready baby foods etc) are attaining physical maturity faster, research has show that cattle fed on the feed made from BT Cotton seed became sterile. This impact could possibly be felt in people consuming their dairy products over a period of time.

Besides the problems of new food allergies in humans who eat GM foods, the potential downside is that organisms in the ecosystem could be harmed. By removing one pest that feeds on the crop, you could be removing a food source for an animal. Sometimes GM crops have proven toxic to an organism in the environment, leading to reduced numbers or even extinction of that organism.

37 million bees lost their lives in Canada after a large GMO crop planting. Being the most important food pollinators, scientists were forced to research and identify the cause which eventually turned to be the increased use of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. They play a major role in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the ongoing demise of honeybee colonies.
Nearly a third of the world’s food crops are pollinated by bees. Apples, mangoes, coffee, cucumber, cabbage, watermelon, flax, sunflower are all examples of foods we would not have without bees!

It is really time for us to wake up and bring a drastic change in our lifestyle and food habits. We have to consciously move towards organic food and actively educate and support our farmers to make a u-turn and return to natural chemical-free healthy farming methodologies. When we are aware, and the demand for organic food increases, the market will naturally encourage farmers to produce using organic methods. Let us do this in the interest of our own health, our families and to protect our environment from large scale depletion.

Guru Purnima Quotes Collection

7 Jul

9 Benefits of Meditation

25 May

sahaj samadhi meditation

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation benefits the the practitioner in following ways;

  1. Reduces pain and enhances body immune system.
  2. Reduces feeling of depression, anxiety, anger and confusion.
  3. Increases blood flow and reduces heart rate.
  4. Provides sense of calm, peace and balance.
  5. Helps reverse heart disease.
  6. Helps control thoughts.
  7. Increases energy.
  8. Reduces stress.
  9. Keeps you happy.

Meditate and live a holistic healthy life.

Story with a Knowledge

25 Apr

Kabira was raised in the family of a Muslim carpet weaver in Benares. Though the cultures were very different, Kabira had a deep affinity for Rama and wanted to learn the Rama mantra. He knew that only a guru can uplift you, the experience of the Self could come only with the grace of the Master.So he sought a guru. He went to the ashram of Sri RamanandJi. However he was sent away due to differences in his background and culture. When water comes from a shankha (conch) it is teertha ( holy water) – a sanctity is created. If you take someone as a devotee you are responsible for them here and hereafter. So they were very selective in the olden days about the qualification of the seekers. Ramanandji were very compassionate. So the disciples sent people away knowing this. Kabira left the ashram feeling very broken-hearted. He went to the ghats by the bank of Ganga in this state. It was nightfall soon and Kabira simply laid down on the steps of the ghat in tears. ‘Rama, I thought I was born only for you! But I haven’t even been able to receive diksha of your name!”In the ashram, when Ramanandji went to rest, in his dreams he saw Rama turning away from him at his doorstep. Lakshmana says, “everyday we come here. why are you not coming today? Rama says, ” I do not go to places where my devotees are ill treated.” Shaken by the dream experience Ramanandji immediately enquired from his students. They told him that there was no one of repute who had come by that day. “The only one was Kabira who wanted initiation from you. We sent him away because you would have initiated him and society would have never accepted it.”
RamanandJi left saying, “I am going out of the ashram now. I am going to find Kabira and initiate him in front of all in the morning. Let society say what it wants.” He then walked towards the Ganga. It was night time and with every step he took Rama’s name. Walking along the ghats at one point he stepped on Kabira who was sleeping on the ghat. Realizing that he stepped on somebody he exclaims”Siya Ram!!” Kabira jumps up in joy saying,” I am so fortunate! Not only did I get the mantra but also charan sparsh ( touched by the feet) of my guru!”

From that moment on Kabira has sung so many songs. When someone came to buy a carpet from him and asked him for the price, he sang saying this carpet is priceless because I have woven Rama’s name with every thread!

“When I ran behind Rama, he was running away from me. But when I stopped, he ran after me.” When the mind is running here and there, scattered, the divinity eludes you. When your mind is still, you are established in the Self, then you experience divinity in every particle of creation.
Every saint emphasizes on the importance of presence of the Master in our life. Only the Master can uplift you. ‘Guru bina gati nahin’

Guided Meditation for Relaxation by Gurudev

20 Mar

Guided meditation by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The sound to silence meditation helps in cleaning all the clutter accumulated in mind and takes you from all hustle bustle to pleasant joyful silence.

Check out more Guided Meditation by Sri Sri.

Why Do We Meditate on Shivrati Day

15 Feb

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar explains on why it is important to meditate on the day of Shivratri.

What is the contribution of Guru in our Lives

14 Feb

Meera was a princess. One day, When she was a young girl, she was looking out of the window, and she saw a wedding procession. The mother pointed out the bride and the groom to Meera. The child asked her who her groom will be and her mother playfully pointed to the beautiful idol of Krishna and said, ” He is the one for you!” Meera takes this to heart and Krishna becomes her best friend, soulmate and companion.

A few years later, an unexpected turn of events takes place. Meera’s sister’s hand is promised to two different kings by the brother and the father. To prevent the impending war between the three kingdoms Meera’s sister powders and swallows a diamond from a ring which her father gives her and sacrifices her life to stop the war. The Bhoja king, admiring the courage of the young princess asks for Meera’s hand in marriage for his younger brother in her sister’s place. The king obliges and Meera is married off in a daze. She tells her husband that you are my king but Krishna is my Lord.

In her innocent way, she brings major transformation in the kingdom. When they were about to sacrifice a goat as part of a custom to welcome the new bride, she very confidently proclaims that the divine does not accept such sacrifices and violence of any kind. She emphasizes that it is the duty of man to protect and preserve nature. She makes an offering of sweet kheer instead. While the rest of the family is shocked, the Bhoja raja admires her innocence, courage and compassion and changes the custom.

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She had carried the Krishna idol whom she always considered as her Lord with her. Even though married, in her mind she was married to Krishna. The King’s sister is unable to understand the depth of her devotion and thinks that she is neglecting her duties towards the King because of the ‘other man’ in her life. At her behest, the Krishna idol was thrown into a well and Meera feels it immediately in her heart. The sister-in-law tells her that now your husband is your God ( pathi hi parmeshwar hai) and Meera replies saying, “God is my husband!” ( Parameshwar hi mera pathi hai).

Though raised as a queen, she does not mind the physical hardship or discomfort as she leaves the kingdom and goes in search of the divine. She meets several saints in the process. She spent time in their company, learnt from them. The company of the wise is essential to nurture and nourish devotion. When she came to Sant Raidas, he asks, “who are you?” She says, ” I am Meera.” ” where am I if Meera is there? And where is Meera if only I am there?” Replies the Saint. In a flash she realized that there is no two, that there is no separation from her Lord. You can never find your Lord in duality.

A guru is necessary even to uplift our devotion and bring freedom. Meera’s devotion was focused outwards on an idol. Only with the grace of her guru, she recognized that the divinity, her Krishna, is within her. You keep searching for the divinity outside till you meet your guru who turns everything around and puts you on the inward journey where you are not separate from the divine. This is the biggest gift from the guru. Raidas was a cobbler turned into a Saint. The Guru can come to you in any form. That is why the guru is a tattva, a principle, and not just the physical form. The guru principle is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. When you are connected to the Master, then you can feel his presence always with you, wherever you are, whatever you do. This connection uplifts you and is the indication of the presence of the Master within you. Whenever Gurudev goes to anyone’s house and they tell him, “please don’t go”, he says, ” I only come, I never go.” Even if you have not met him physically for years, just thinking of him, you feel his presence even thousands of miles away.

With a devotion that had ripened and matured, wherever she went, Meera’s voice evoked the depth of love and longing in all who heard her songs. It is said that even King Akbar came to her in disguise to hear her bhajans. However, as he was considered an enemy of their kingdom, Mira was imprisoned, forced to drink poison, yet nothing touched her. When she was freed, she went straight to the sanctum of the Krishna temple where she merged in a flash of light. Only the tanpura and her dupatta(stole) remained. There was no trace of her body. This extraordinary life is not possible if you are caught in the mundane.

Often people think that aggression is strength. But Meera showed how you can move through the toughest situations without losing the softness. Meera’s devotion is exemplary. Faith is the essence of devotion. Her devotion made her soft. Her faith was her strength. She never doubted that she will be united with her Lord.

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