Sunday, December 5, 2010

Isha - The journey to the inner world begins here

My experience with Isha:
I first heard Sadhguru on "Sanskriti TV". His speech was absolutely clear and piercingly logical. Sadhguru occurred to me at the lowest ebb of my life. Immediately I decided to do the Inner Engineering program the very next month.

The basic program with Isha Yoga is called Inner Engineering. This 7 day program was full of surprises for me. I was full of energy and enthusiasm throughout the week. I was probably one of the very few participants who would argue with the teacher when I found something being said was unacceptable to me.The classes made me think a lot. By the end of the class, I had already made up my mind to keep up with my practices no matter what happens.

I was so enamored by the program that I began volunteering for the subsequent classes. The volunteers looked even more interesting to me. They were doing everything with a sense of offering without whining. I tried to be like them but to my utter disbelief, I was getting more frustrated and irritated for the smallest of issues. Especially volunteering for the initiation class was a challenge for me. I could not believe the people sacrificed their Sundays to make this class happen for other people. And these were not some people somewhere from some Ashram, they were people like you and me who had a family of their own.

As I began volunteering more regularly, I began to notice significant difference in the way I react to situations and people around me. I observed that the more I involve my self into any activity, I became more joyous and more alive.

The homework during the program made me do all the stuff I hated to do. I began to talk to my father, with whom I had a fight and vowed never to talk to him unless it was absolutely necessary. I started to talk more sensibly to my sister with whom I shout at, if she does not listen to me. My lungs got cleared up after few months of practicing the Shambavi Maha Mudra. Now I am free from clogged nasal passage that gives me sound sleep. The thirty minute practice leaves me rejuvenated and fresh everyday.

There are many other experiences of the inner world that simply cannot be put in words. Isha has been the greatest gift of my life. For a person like Sadhguru and for the possibility that he is, I bow down.

Sadhguru in Bangalore:
Sadhguru is visiting Bangalore on 21, December 2010.
Venue: White Petals, Palace grounds near Mekhri circle, Bangalore-560006.
Time: 6.30 pm (Be seated by 6.15 pm) - Open to all.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Lab :D: Sadhguru's Bangalore visit

My Lab :D: Sadhguru's Bangalore visit: "Primarily, I would like to tell you all about my trip to Thiruvannamalai. On 26th of November 2010, we went to Tvmallai. The usual scorching..."

Friday, October 29, 2010

Isha Vihdya Kiosk in Yahoo!

Since a long time i was wondering about the possibility of doing something in Yahoo! about Isha.. Ideally i wanted to do the Inner Engineering program.. somewhere it still remains a dream.

However, last week we managed to show case Isha Vidhya in Yahoo! It was a wonderful experience for many of us. One learning from the kiosk was that when you present the right cause, people do take it up. It was evident from new people expressing their keenness in various ways... Its often times evident that, its us, who need to present it right to them for them to respond to it. The number of people turned up and the actual donations to me were immaterial.

One thing about Isha, distinctly is that when i volunteer and take up something for Isha, I utterly feel inadequate. I can only think of things i could have done better. This works very well for me personally, though. Last week also was such... In the end, it gave me a glimpse of what i need to do.. a reminder that i just need to do what is needed for the situation.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nothing Could Disturb Me.. BSP Sharing by Velsankar

Though many people’s sharing inspired me a lot, there was not enough thrust to push me into the program. But these words of Sadhguru - “Most damage in this world is done out of good intentions, Once you experience another being as a part of you, whichever way you are, you will be fine; Bhava Spandana is one possibilty for that.. ” took me into BSP...

The first day, In fact I was afraid. I was not really involved with what’s happening there on the first day evening. On the second day, it was the first time in my life when I was able to be with “That usually really disturbing, unpleasant” thought without any pain. The feeling was literally like coming out of a cage. Though it was a teacher who conducted the program, I already started thanking Sadhguru for what happened to me. I was only trying to thank. But could not really thank. Tears were just flowing and there was a feeling like "It is good I came for this program"

Then in the same day evening, at one point All the pretensions I had till then were just removed one by one. There came a point when I just could not pretend anymore. Till that point in my life, love means only the feeling of missing somebody or something. But here this process delivered me into a state of emotion where I was just crying out of love. Nothing could disturb me. I was afraid my mind would bring this emotion down. But for the intensity of what was happening there, my mind actually almost disappeared. It could not disturb me at-least. The experience was so beautiful... so beautiful that I started regretting for the way I was living. When life could be so beautiful, all that I was doing just seemed stupid to me.

Those few beautiful moments had just changed the fundamentals within me. After coming back from BSP when I was sitting in an Inner Engineering program as a volunteer, the very teaching felt completely different within me. It was so overwhelming that I just wanted to touch the teacher's feet at the end of the session. The same is true with the practice. I would say I started tasting Shambavi only after my Bhava Spandana.


It was not me who was walking and climbing... Dhyanyatra Sharing by Abinaya

When i registered for Dhyanyatra, i was worried about the temperature and my stamina. I need jerkin even for Banglore weather.

But No words can ever explain the beauty of the snow-capped mountains of Badrinath, that too in a full moon night. It's still fresh in my memory. Not only about the beauty of the place, the kind of energy i felt there was amazing, particularly the trek to kedar was something that swept me off the feet. Physically i was tired and as we climbed, snow fall started and i could clearly sense it wasn't me who was walking. It felt like somebody was taking me. The experience of climbing Kedarnath was so overwhelming and the moment i reached there, i was so touched and broke down. It was a great privilege to climb Kedar. I could clearly feel that Sadhguru was with me in every step i took.

One thing that surprised me was in those places, even a few hours of sleep made me so fresh and i could manage the weather also. The mountains were wonderful and none of us wanted to come out those mountains.

One thing i could clearly understood from my dhyan yatra was, how much ever i physically prepare for these things the way i am within makes the difference. The whole trip was so wonderfully organised. It was fun and wonderful travelling with meditators . I am eagerly looking forward for my second Dhyanyatra.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

THE Mountains still living with me.. - Dhyanyatra Sharing by Jana

"It has been one of the turning points of my life. The way I experience life changed from then...” Ever since I have been yearning to go there to be in those powerful places one more time.

Those 13 days in the mystic and enormously beautiful mountains, has been unique in several ways. Every moment, every look its impossible not to be overwhelmed by the beauty of what's surrounding me... be it the mountain cliff that sparkles gold from the first rays of sun... The ever-flowing Ganges in various tunes, curves, shapes and sound... the mountains in various flares, varied vegetation, different colours... Any one of this was sufficient to sweep me off my feet. It was a journey in silent admiration of how life is much bigger than me.

Like Sadhguru said in the sathsang in Uttarkashi:

"The reason why we take you to these kinds of places is, even if you do not understand anything... via the spaces energy and other kind of possibilities is that the body will imbibe and retain it.... Body has a very strong memory...
you may forget Himalayas, but the body will never forget." - Sadhguru

... several weeks after we came back, the mountains were with us. The impact of it is still there in different ways. "

- JANA, Volunteer, Isha Bangalore

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

BSP Sharing - A Glimpse on my True State of Being..

BSP happened to be my last left-out program which was needed for attending Samyama. That was the only reason which lead me to BSP registration. But i can clearly split my life into two.. Life Before BSP and Life After BSP. I was really hesitant to go, as I was having strong pre-judice about crying! I had seen only tears of suffering, hatred and had never experienced tears of love or gratitude till then..

As the program progressed.. all my resistant buildings which I had towards people,acts,things started loosening up, base of everything started getting shattered.. I was able to mingle with a lady of 75 years old, as easily, i will be with my college friend.. Those which i had gold platted as my biggest achievements like "Sitting in the last row of the class","Never take a mike in hand to speak", "Always go late to an event","Don't participate in anything but always mock up one who does" .. started breaking up. As it was going, i started feeling very light within myself. But with all these going in at 50% involvement, rest 50% was trying to make sense out of what was happening there, with my 21 year educated mind!!!

At one moment in the hall, i completely broke up and i found my mind was stumbling to find a reason for it .. and the first time tears started flowing out of me due to pain of ignorance. Front of my t-shirt was fully wet in tears and i found.. am missing something really basic in life. That moment was an eye-opener!

And the last day, till that point, I had always looked Sadhguru as the most intelligent, wittiest person i had seen in my life. But for the first time, i raised my head to look up with reverence and bowed down to him with tears of gratitude. When we were asked to share by Lalitha ma.. I said, "With 50% i have become like this.. So am definitely going to come back to BSP as a volunteer to throw myself with 100% involvement"

The Bus travel in which we returned back from Ashram was nothing but a grand "CELEBRATION" ..that too with such a mix and variety of ppl. Everyone left me with a loving nod.. and first time, i found that i was in a state of acceptance and joy where in people who don't even know my name were reciprocating the same love and joy.. I found the secret of unconditional happiness and joy :) and as i keep this ON within me.. where-ever I'm.. the place is full of joy, love and natural sense of sharing is there.. BSP has added the ONLY missing color to my life :)


Friday, July 30, 2010

One more step with ISHA - ISHA ANGA Sharing by Srinath

"Being touched so deeply by Isha, I always wanted to share my experience and spread the word about Isha among the people I know. The Ishaanga training helped me to present Isha to people very effectively. We visited a hospital run under Action for Rural Rejuvenation Project during the training. It was a very humbling experience when we met dedicated Isha volunteers who are serving the rural people. Being Ishaanga is a wonderful way to know more about Isha and involve ourselves more deeply with it."


Growing together through Sharing - ISHA ANGA Sharing by Allwar

"There happened many process; though it happened in joyful and funny way it went in minute level as well, so it gave me deep understanding of each and every step of taking Isha to people around us. After Ishaanga it was more clear to me in the class activities about importance of keeping ambiance the way it is been said by Sadhguru. Also I come to know many things to improve when other center volunteers shared their experiences which was very unique and rare learning to me. For example when one of volunteer from Goa shared how he managed to get intro session in a very resistant community and the teacher who gave intro shared her experience on the same."


Insight on Intricacies of ISHA - ISHA ANGA Sharing by Naveen

"The 5 day Ishanga Training helped me to understand the importance of every small aspect in Isha.
When we offer such a great possibility for a human being ,every little thing will hold a great amount of importance.We also have visited the Action for Rural Rejuvenation Hospital ,Which is a great experience to know more on how people involved in serving the rural people. Overall the 5 day training is a wonderful opportunity for people who wants to involve a little more with Isha."


From LIMPing to LIMB of ISHA - ISHA ANGA Sharing by Vijayan

"Ishaanga - Becoming the limb of Isha
I have been volunteering for more than 8 years. Though i want to take Isha to many people, when it comes to expressing i always failed. I was struggling to express my experiences. Ishaanga came as a gift and helped me in this. It trained me what to speak, what not to speak and how to speak. Besides I learnt a lot - from finding the venue, to organising the class, to winding up.

I also experienced a glimpse of being a teacher.

To be precise - i was LIMPing and Ishaanga made me walk efficiently and made me the LIMB of Isha."



Many thousands of years ago - after Adi Yogi Shiva first imparted Yoga to the Saptarishis, Agastya Muni who was one of the them, then came towards Southern India. He moved around to wherever there were people, and put this element of spirituality into them. He did this to such an extent that in South India, people often say “Agastya Muni came here, meditated here, he did this there”. Just by walking, all over this area, he planted the seeds of spirituality. And today, we are still reaping the benefits of his work.

We have a wonderful piece of the lineage with us now. As Sadhguru says, Isha means tremendous energy, it is the energy that rules over everything. But it needs limbs to travel and spread.

What you have received is priceless. Timeless.
Would you like to offer it to others?
Would you like to be the limbs of Isha?
Do you want to deepen your involvement with Isha and further your growth on this wonderful path?

Sadhguru has opened the possibility of being an Ishaanga- a limb of Isha.

This training is being made available to those who are willing.

Ishaanga training (English)
14th July to 18th July 2010
Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore.

Those who registered for Ishaanga at the “In the Lap of the Master” or "Sadhguruvin sannadhiyil" Sathsang in April 2009 can attend the training. Otherwise to attend the training, you must have volunteered for three Isha yoga programs / Inner Engineering programs and volunteered for one Bhava Spandana program.

On the day of the program, registration will start from 6am in the morning and closes at 6pm in the evening. All the participants must have reached the ashram before 6pm in the evening. There will be an introductory session at 8.30pm on the first day.

For enquiries or to register for the training, please contact Abinaya - 09980998777.