Dinesh and Bawa

Dinesh and Bawa


Saturday, May 17, 2008

QnA - 10

Q: What is Courage?

A: A story to illustrate it: (not mine, plagarised shamelessly from somewhere on the WWW)

A psychology professor at the University of Miami knew his students expected a terrifyingly long final exam. To play with their minds a little (what do you expect from a psychology professor?) he only put ONE question on the final exam.

He watched the reactions of the students as they all opened the exams and saw the one question. Initially they all looked relieved, but as the difficulty of the question began to sink in, those relieved faces sagged to confusion and consternation.

All, that is, except for one student. He read the question, tapped his pencil into his palm a few times, then jotted something down on the test paper. He walked up to the professor, handed him the final, and walked out. The professor blinked in surprise, looked at what the student wrote, and smiled. The professor wrote "100%" on the top of that student's test.

The question: What is courage?

The student's answer: This is.

Q:WHAT IS INNOCENCE? Jai Gurudev Bau .. Guruji sometimes keeps telling this - best combination is that of intelligence and innocence .. and always for innocence a child is taken as an example .. But I'm a 29 year old guy and I know and do all those that are expected of a guy of my age .. so what are the qualities that can be classified under this term "INNOCENCE" for ppl of my age ..... Thanks for your time .. waiting eagerly for your answer or something better :)

A: A child has innocence but no responsibility. An adult looses innocence as he gains intelligence and takes responsibility. Maintaining child like innocence while being intelligent and fulfilling your responsibility is quite an Art. That’s what Art of Living courses do for you. Bring back that wonder and amazement and curiosity of childhood… do not confuse with being childish ☺.

Q: Joy Gurudev! bawa... Hope you are doing good!I have 2 Qs
1. If i am good at something and terribly bad in some other thing should i continue trying to be better in a thing i am bad @??

2. Since when and y are you called Bawa Just wanted to know!? Do take care. say Hi to Dinesh Buddy!

A: 1. up to you. Depends on what those things are… its too general a question to answer.
2. Since my days in IIT. It’s a pet name for parsis (zorastrians) and its stuck since then ☺. WIll post a story about that sooner or later :)

Q: I go to college. Guru Ji says, make one friend everyday. How?

A: Umm… go upto someone introduce yourself, smile a bit, talk about yourself, ask them about themselves… most importantly stop asking dumb questions! ☺

Q: Who is your absolutely favorite US teacher?

a.) Patti Montella
b.) Miss Montella
c.) all of the above

A: so many choices. I just cant make up my mind!! :) :) :)

Q: YOUNG GENERATION TODAY Problem 1: It has been observed that young generation are addicted to computer games and cell phone to the extent that they do not know the time. They go on playing till 3.00 or 4.00a.m. They keep talking till middle of night. It has adverse effect on them. It has effected to the extent that they do not get sleep, they are irritated at every small thing. They get late for every thing and they also loose interest in studies.

A: The earlier younger generations used to be addicted to books and other hobbies with approximately the same effect☺

Q: Problem 2: They are readily available for seva at any call from any volunteer of Art of Living. But when it comes to do any work at home they avoid (including their personal work). It is really bothering me the attitude of young generation. Inspite of doing various courses and regularly doing kriya how they do not understand that what they do is wrong. How to handle them please guide. JAI GURU DEV

A: Instead of berating the entire younger generation, maybe you should be talking about a few specific examples of kids? And why does it bother you that your children are going out wanting to make a positive difference to the planet? They are not wasting their time in a pub getting drunk or senselessly partying… they are standing upto their peers to do something positive! You need to be more proud of what your children are doing… and possibly they might start doing what you would wish them to do too?

btw, younger generation please note... doing stuff outside the house and making parents freak at you is not a good idea... why not have a whole group of friends come over to one persons house every 15 days or so on the weekend and help with all household stuff in that house? good idea? Implement it!

Remember happy parents = better seva

Q:Hi I am trying very hard to get a job(almost for the past three years) but the result is zero. What should I do now ? My qualification is MCA (annamalai univ 2007 correspondence course passout, BSc electronics regular mode)

A: Why not start up some business? Or do some e commerce? There are plenty of options out there if you really want to get gainfully employed other than doing a job… You can email rashmin: rpulekar@rediffmail.com for more details if you wish for alternative sources of income and employment.

Q: Jai gurudev bhaiya, tell me how to get rid of fear of failure

A: by succeeding!

Q: i want to be the best. How is that possible?

A: Its impossible if you want to be the best. Just realize that you already are!

Q:Was reading Yog Vashishtha... everything it seems is conjured by my mind...so if I am experiencing you or Guruji or for that matter anybody or anything, is it my mind which has created you all? So where is the You? So whatever you answer would be what my mind already wants to hear and so I am conjuring it to come from you? So whatever you are(or anybody is), is it also my mind? SO when things dont happen the way I think I want them, it is actually that in my mind somewhere I didnt want them to happen? Then why I am feeling sad? Is it that the mind wants to feel sad? Then you seem to be things at your own will, I didnt see you become you - just read ur posts now (;-)) but all the while is it me who is creating you? And so Guruji? IF all is MY mind then what is YOU? (Dont take YOU literally :-)I mean what is the Other)

A: Read the Yoga Vasishtha again! And again and again… its not a book to be taken at its face value. Remember that it’s a dialogue between Lord Rama and the Rishi Vasishtha. It talks about very intricate and profound realities… Do your Sadhana and read it. It will slowly seep into your consiousness and questions like the one you asked above will simply drop away…

Q: TAKING OTHER PEOPLE'S KARMA I was thinking about this today - I have heard Guruji say that if someone "yells" at you or "criticizes" you then be grateful because they take away some of your Karma. How does it work? Any convenient explanations for the intellect :)?

A: Since He is in charge, He should know ☺
Just know this: There is perfect justice in the Universe. So if someone yells at you for no reason, he will face the consequence of it. It would not be fair for you to take another birth just so that person’s karma can get finished with yours… so they simply take your negative karma away. My extremely intellectual interpretation ☺

Q: JAI GURUDEV, bawa bhaiya,i have done part-1 course,did 2 advance course also,DSN,i do seva also(though not much,what i want to ),but from last 3-4 months i mt not at peace,i m doing Kriya regularly but one or the other thing keeps on troubling me,it seems as if i m forgetting the art of surviving in ups and downs,please help me what should i do? Also bhaiya i m engaged and most of the time my fiance never supports me to whatever i say, very recently i have made a decision of having a break in my career/professional life for 4-6 mnths as i m working for 6 years in bank and i m totally frustrated, and he is opposing this decision of mine, what should i do bhaiya, i m in a fix, coz i want to do my TTC-1 also in this time and get involved in spiritualism more. Please advise,m eagerly awaiting ur answer..please guide me and help me.

A: Look for a new fiancé?
If you are seriously interested in doing Art of Living work, and he is already opposing you and challenging you, married life will be hell for both of you… unless you can sit him down and explain your priorities to him and listen to what he would like from you and both of you can come to a mutual consensus…
It’s a tough decision that you have to take… but the sooner you take it, the easier it will be for both of you.

Q: Question on Faith I have one question on Faith. Firstly, I had a breakdown in US two months back and then followed a break in my faith in me and Guruji altogether..... So, somehow, I got to instill faith in myself..... Now, in one of the knowledge sheets, Guruji mentioned that God is not concept for your security or protection. Your faith should not diminish even if death happens to you. Your faith should not be based on events or happenings....And also it is told that you are being taken care of....since faith is based on a concept of security...can you pls explain in little detail....

A: You are being taken care of, doesn’t mean you will have no problems. It only means that problems that may be very difficult to go thru, will be made easier… Knowing that even when you are in deep deep trouble, Guruji is there… this is faith.

Q:QUESTION ON TTC I am a student and i want to become a YLTP teacher. I want to know if the eligibility for YLTP and YES!+ TTC are same or not. Age limit is there or not? I still have a long way to go before becoming eligible for YES!+ TTC itself! But i want to plan now itself for the money for the courses etc ! Thanks bawa...

A: No idea about YLTP. YES!+ TTC eligibility is on the application form you can download from www.yesplus.org

Q: QUESTIONS THAT IRRITATE ME I want to ask sometimes some questions irritate me and i have no ans those questions. about career, my parents are also worried for me but i have no ans. without art of living i do not like anything and this is the reason why i am upset. plz tel me solution

A: Make a career in Art of Living. Become a teacher! :)

Jai Gurudeva!

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Anonymous said...

oie carrier or career?? lol..love u bawa :)
Jai Gurudev!!

Anupam Gupta said...

jai gurudev...good to have u back bau...

and yeah...classic answers...really interesting...

keep posting..

p.s...u still havent seen my blog again have u baau???????

Bawa said...

heheh, sorry that's career :)
thanks for pointing it out, have changed it in the main blog now :)
was typing this at midnight :) :)

Anonymous said...

This is in response to the question asked "Q: I go to college. Guru Ji says, make one friend everyday. How?"

Guruji's advice about making a new friend every day can be counterproductive. It must be stated with some caveats.

There are lot of unspiritual people in this world. If you make friends with such people, they will drag you down into drinking, teasing, smoking, sex, etc.

What is the underlying desire in making a new friend? We must be friends only with those who fulfill our ultimate spiritual goals (Satsang). Lot of people spend time chatting away with so-called friends about silly things [I am like this, you are like that]. Real friends are those who teach you good things, who have good character.

If you exist in a state of silence, you will automatically discover the people you need to make friends with - those who match your spiritual desires.

Anonymous said...

Single line answers.. were just amazing!!! Just like always!

Jai Gurudev!

Bawa said...

Make new friends... no caveats... if they are "unspiritual", make them spiritual!!

Along with being spiritual, you also need to really strong, then the environment you are in doesn't make any difference to you, but you do have a super impact on the environment!!

Of course, there are few people who will simply not learn, or refuse to learn, we keep distance from them, but always have our doors open, in case then wish for Knowledge...

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