June 30, 2008

Technological Generation Gap

This started with an incident - an acquaintance of mine was panicking as her kid was traveling with her mother (kid's granny) and they were not carrying a cellphone with them. The granny was not able to understand the reason for panic as the cellphone was not an integral part of her life - whereas the next generation could not think of a day - leave aside travel - without a cellphone. This made me think about the technological gap between generations.

The need to communicate and be connected seems to be as old as life itself. However, the modes have changed over time. The new generation gives way to the newer generation! This is even more true about technology. As technology takes a center stage in our lives, communication has taken a different dimension. For me, mobiles, emails, IMs may be the way to communicate - but for the newer generation, all this is old! Blogs, SMS, MMS, online forums, communities, SecondLife/ Lively is the way to go...

I can always stand away and say that all these new technologies are not for me - my life is going on without it and I am fine. But this thought could potentially develop into an aversion towards change and new things. I believe that all of us - old or young have many things to share with each other. It is only a matter of communicating in a manner (medium and content) that the other person understands.

So, if I want to share and express my ideas and views with the new and newer generation, I have to use the appropriate medium... Else, I would be sitting and complaining to myself that "nobody listens to me" :-)

This was my little story on overcoming the technological generation gap. I will update this space frequently - so keep coming back for more...

Till then - enjoy life!

June 08, 2008

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - an inspiration...

From the head to the heart

I could have never imagined that life can change so much. And, the best part of this journey has been that there were no turning points - it was a gentle curve under the loving guidance of Guruji. Having done my education from the premier institutes in India, I was a bit intellectual. I was not ready to accept the existence of the Divine. Yet, the irony was that I used to do all the chanting in the pujas at my home. I was looking for something more - link that could put all my understanding together. And, then I met the Divine itself.

I remember fighting against torrential rains and wading through knee-deep water on my way to the temple where Guruji was to come. That was my first meeting with Him and there was something that just pulled me towards Him. I can still feel the vibrations in my body when I first hugged Him that evening. After that there has been no looking back.

I continued on my intellectual quest of understanding the scriptures and meanings behind it for quite some time. By Guruji's grace I used to get good insights into my questions during my sadhana. Then one day, a realization dawned upon me - "You may know everything in this world - So what? You may know the entire secret of this creation - So what? Till there is no love, no devotion in your heart, till you do not share this joy and happiness with others - it is of no use!" That was the actual beginning of my journey - from the head to the heart.

Always be with me

On a flight to Ahmedabad, I was seated next to Guruji. I asked him if there was something that I need to do. He said, "Just be with me, always." It was like receiving a blessing in the form of a command. He is always there for all of us. By keeping our focus, it reduces the overtime He has to do.

A couple of months later, when He was leaving Bangalore, I asked Him when we would meet next. He paused for a moment and said, "Come with me to Paris and German ashram. You anyway have work in at your German office". I replied that I would surely come, but I did not know of any work at my office. He started talking about something else and in the afternoon, He again asked me, "So, Vinod, what do you say - the Paris and Germany plan is good, isn't it?" I was more puzzled than ever. My confusion increased when He again reminded me about it in the evening.

I found out if there was some work at Germany - there was none. But, I was I was mentally prepared for anything now. Two days before Guruji was to leave, I got a call from my manager that I had to go to Germany immediately - And I could be there with Guruji! When I told Guruji about this, He pretended as if He did not know anything - He's got the style!

And, I must admit, He has done this many times after that!!! - rather, I became aware of it only after this incident.

You are the best

What would you say when Guruji asks you, "Can you pack these bags? Do you know how to do it?" I said, "Yes, I can do it. I know it a little bit" - wanting to be a bit modest. And then, there was a stern voice, "What do you mean little bit. Say you know it the best. No one can do it better than you. Stop this, something, little bit..." It was a lesson well learnt. That single incident has put in so much of confidence and fearlessness in me. It is amazing how Guruji transforms you with each sentence He says.

Doing things 100%

I had this wish that He should scold me in a satsang - a crazy wish maybe. But, He is there to fulfill even that. One evening, He asked me to type out the knowledge sheet. I just typed out the content and did not bother to get the continuous flow into it. I thought it would be edited later. And, to my surprise, He asked me to read it in the satsang. I did - and got nicely reprimanded for doing such a shoddy job, for not being 100%.

It really takes a Master like Sri Sri to make sure that each and every one devotee is able to totally integrate the knowledge in his/ her life.