Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Eight Forms of Yoga and the Science of Enlightenment

I’ve been getting a lot of questions from workshop participants on the relationship between the different forms of yoga. With increased coverage by popular media in recent years, most have heard of at least a half a dozen different forms of yoga. Does chanting have anything to do with meditation? How do breathing techniques contribute towards transcendence? Can I pick any yoga form and will it do the same thing?

Yoga literally means a connection. People often tend to identify the term with bodily postures, which is actually hatha yoga abbreviated. In this discussion, we will look at the yoga with oneself, the life-force and the cosmic forces. The goal of the ancient yoga practice is spiritual enlightenment and link with the Supreme consciousness.

When we ingest food, it transforms into energy in the liver. From the region near the navel, this freshly created energy has three options. Depending on which way it travels, this energy will determine your motivation - sensual, material or spiritual. We have choice of this energy either moving up to enhance spiritual consciousness, down for sensual pleasure or staying in the abdomen for materialistic pursuits.

The eight main yoga forms contribute towards moving upwards to the energy centers in the body, also referred to as chakras.

There are eight forms of yoga:

Friday, July 31, 2015

It's Tough to Get Depressed

It's tough to get depressed when you're helping someone. This was the key take away from the talk I attended by Kelly McGonigal, a psychologist at Stanford, on ‘How Compassion Creates Resilience’ at UC Berkeley campus. The buoyant presentation linked cutting edge scientific benefits to the basic human virtues of compassion and altruism. A refreshingly different scientist, Kelly started the talk with a meditation exercise to allow everyone in the room to become present.

Stress is an aspect of life that we notice is on a steady rise across the globe, but we don’t seem to know how to cope with it. Kelly argues that stress is in fact good for you, and you can get good at it in ‘Upside of Stress', the title of her latest book. She rolled off a series of studies that demonstrated that stress could be a good thing if you know how to channel that to motivate you to doing something good.

Friday, May 01, 2015

A Story on After-death and God by Dr. Wayne Dyer

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

Art & Science of Happiness Workshop in San Francisco

Why am I doing what I am doing? What drives me? This workshop focuses on the wisdom and research on perhaps the ultimate pursuit of humans - Happiness . Use insights from this workshop to enjoy better health, relationships and all-round success in life. Art & Science of Happiness workshop was delivered at the Brahma Kumaris Meditation center in San Francisco in April 2015.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An unspeakable tragedy – and a lesson for you. You cannot pretend that all is fine

I'm sharing a thought provoking note I received from a friend and mentor, Prof Srikumar Rao.

An unspeakable tragedy – and a lesson for you
You cannot pretend that all is fine

I read this in the New York Times last week and my throat tightened.

India Tries Evacuating Citizens in Yemen

There are several thousand Indians in Yemen. Quite a few are women – mainly nurses working in hospitals and

An Indian Navy destroyer was sent to evacuate them. Since the port of Aden is subject to heavy shelling, the destroyer anchored outside while small boats ferried them aboard in groups of thirty or so. Many have not been able to make it out and are stranded.

Quite a few want to remain there despite the danger because of the heavy investment made by their families to get them there in the first place.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Would Your Hero Do? - Guided Meditation Commentary

In this guided meditation you will learn a simple technique for resolving situations that seem too big to handle. You will know how to resolve conflicts that are beyond your capacity. You'll go from overwhelm to confidence.

Monday, March 30, 2015

SPIRIT Summit CXO Dialogue in Pune, March 2015

I was in Pune last week to host the CXO Dialogue as a part of the Second SPIR-IT Summit at the Four Points Sheraton hotel on March 21st. It is part of the initiative to create structures of wellness in organizations, to develop inner resilience and outer agility by shifting the focus from the human 'doing' to the human 'being'. This dialogue was sponsored by Amdocs India.

The gathering included Sister Jayanti, BK representative at United Nations in Geneva, Anshoo Gaur, President of Amdocs India, Dr Ganesh Natarajan, CEO of Zensar, Arun Wakhlu, Founder of Pragati Leadership Institute, Bala Kishore, co-founder of SPIRIT Summit, and executives from other organizations including Barclays, HSBC, Volkswagen, Zensar, Cybage and Searce.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Guidance - Guided Meditation Commentary

When you find yourself in a dilemma and cannot see through the situation clearly, when the head is muddled with many thoughts, use this short meditation to help to invoke higher guidance to help you make the right next step.