Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Why you should join Art Of Living Course ?

Hello Bloggers !


Its been quite a few days that I havent blogged ! Well, I was busy pursuing the Art Of Living Course ( World famous course for Spiritual Awakeing and Medidation led by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) here in Mumbai, India.

This course is practised by over 20 million people around more than 132 countries worldwide.

As the title of this post suggests- "Why you should join Art of living course?" - I will talk about my experience and other people experience who completed
this course in my batch.


The course I am talking about is Art Of Living - Part 1 Course. I had been thinking for a long time to join a course which may give me more control over my
own life. So in this quest, I landed up with this course. The course started on 14 Apr 2008 and ended on 20 Apr 2008. This one week has been a kind of self
dicovery for me and many things which I didnt knew about myself- I came to know due to this course.

On the first day, we were told that for one week, we are not supposed to touch Tea, Coffee, Alcohol, Cigarrettes. Now I am the kind of person who takes almost 5-6 Tea Cups in a day. And I thought this is just ridiculous, but now its been over a week and I havent even taken half a cup of Tea. This is just one example of my self control which I was not aware of before attending this course.


On the first day, it seemed tiresome and questionable - will we be able to take out 3 hrs per day for continuous 6 days? Well, I feel this course of 22-23 hrs ( spanned over 6 days) has been a great investment by me for me !!


Coming to what the teachers teach you ? Apart for various Asanas, Pranayam, Sudarshan Kriya, and Fun filled activities, the teachers gave us some great knowledge points and they kept repeating those for all 6 days.



Here are few of the knowledge points we gained.


1. Accept People and Situations as they are.


2. Give your 100% in whatever you do.


3. Dont be a football of other people opinion. ( Meaning- Listen to everyone, but take your own decision)


4. Dont look for intention behind other people's mistakes.


5. Opposite values are complimentary ( Meaning- If good times never last, so will be the bad times which will end one day)
These are just a few points that we would always keep in our mind.

Sunday, 20 Apr 2008 was a day of celebration for all of us. We had successfully completed our course. Each participant brought delicious food from home and we had a great breakfast together sharing food with each other. Imagine how much variety we had, as we were 42 participants and everyone bought something or other from their home.

As a Guru Dakshina( Teacher's Gift), the Teachers asked us to practice the exercises daily for 40 days. So today is my 3rd day after the course. And its a long journey. Lets see how it goes...

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I will surely reply :)

If you loved reading this post, then do attend their course, and hey, pls subscribe to my blog.


For more information about Art of living: please visit : http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/overview

11 comments:

jekin said...

jai guru dev
thank's the article is too good,
and nice to haer that you have found a lot of change inyourself.

jai gurudev
jekin

Anonymous said...

Tell me more about Sudarshan Kriya.
Swapnil

Ankur said...

hi ankit, gr8 to visit ur blog and to read so much about sudarshan kriya. i m myself the follower of sri sri and hv done the course wid satish bhaiya in the workshop from 18-23 march 2008. somehow i m not able to find peace, freedom from stress, restlessness or any other negativity and hence getting so frustrated that i have quit doing the kriya altogether. watsoevevr, i will always be thr when Guruji will need me to serve mankind. if u remember, we have met at a reunion session at kakad kunj, saibaba nagar, whr i was wid my tiny baby girl. nevertheless, it was a gr8 article. keep posting more. Jai gurudev.

ami said...

jai gurudev to all.
no doubt the article posted here is very encouraging,,but there is one thing which i guess will turn out to b offensive for all...but this is one thing which i have heard from many ppl whu had joined d course...n even from the relatives of those ppl whu did the course.
i hv heard dt some ppl turn out to b selfish after the course n self-centred.
i feel this is wrong...but hv heard from many ppl.
n i am about to join the course..

sujatha said...

I have some doubts here.Number 1:How much do they charge for taking part in this yoga practice?.Number 2:After learning this yoga shall v pratice daily at home?.I suffer from depression for more than 10 years.I suffer from this mental illness for more than 10 years.Does it help me for a great future?.I have done B.E.Right now planning to do M.E.Will it help me to continue my studies.I lack behind in concentration skills & memory.

seema said...

hi
it feels gr8 reading ur experience.cud u plz tell ven r dey starting d course,i want to join.prefrably if there is any centre in south delhi area.and i m married n 28 yrs of age.so any specific course or any general one.plz send ur reply on sgseemasg@gmail.com

riya said...

what were the teachings given by teachers ? i mean any golden rules ?

Anonymous said...

ankit hi i wanted to know if i want to join the art of living classes can join what r the propective
how can we join,the limitations and also why should we join and how can we meet guruji
pls do reply
my emailid is akansha.200795@rediffmail.com
thanks for support

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Navneet Golwalkar said...

Hey ankit ,The article is too good dear ,but i want to ask a question that i don't have control on my mind, my mind seldom dominates me, frankly speaking mind think about something which should not come in my mind but it comes and i can't control it so please suggest me a course through which i can control my mind and my thinking please friend

Navneet Golwalkar said...

Hey ankit ,The article is too good dear ,but i want to ask a question that i don't have control on my mind, my mind seldom dominates me, frankly speaking mind think about something which should not come in my mind but it comes and i can't control it so please suggest me a course through which i can control my mind and my thinking please friend