Friday, November 19, 2010

Sangeeta Kapoor's Art of Living Experience

Art of Living Teacher, Dubai, UAE

I was born in Delhi and brought up in different parts of India. Had a very comfortable and secure childhood with loving parents and a younger brother. I was loved and pampered never spoiled. I realized early in life all what I was blessed with and Gratitude to God was a part of my daily prayers. I studied in a convent and hence gained some insight into the Christian faith. Most of my school lunch breaks I would definitely visit and spend time in the church in the school.

My grandparents used to spend a lot of time with us at Pune where we were based. My grandmother would pray and do Aarti every evening. Gratitude to knowledge and the Divine was a part of my life from early childhood. There was some element missing which I was still searching for. That search came to a culmination on my meeting with MY GURU.

Meditation and Sudarshan Kriya Experience

I was seeking for something soul fulfilling for a long time before I came into Art Of Living. I was into Yoga, Reiki, Merkaba Meditation, Taichi and A Course in Miracles. I was leaving one of my Reiki meetings when a friend of my asked me to drop her off  home. On the way home, a discussion regarding the Art of Living course came up. Next morning, when I opened the newspaper there was an article on Michael Fischman - an Art of Living teacher visiting Dubai from USA and giving an introductory session. I decided that  nature was sending me a signal and decided to attended it with a few of my friends.

The course was starting the following week and my husband and I decided to go for it. The course went on and I had some beautiful experiences in my meditations and Sudarshan Kriya. One that I cannot forget is when I was lying down after the Sudarshan Kriya, I felt a bearded man with a beautiful smile and long white flowing clothes came to me, smiled at me and blessed me.

I did not know who he was as there were no pictures of the founder displayed throughout the whole course. It was only much later when I came across the book, “Intimate Note to the Sincere Seeker” when I saw His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji’s picture and realized it was his presence I had felt and his picture I had seen. I repeated the course and started volunteering for Art of Living Foundation. That is when I realized LIFE started happening to me. I was just existing before Art of Living and had now started living life.

Teaching Art of Living Courses in schools, colleges and prisons 

In the ten years that I have been with Art of Living I have never felt the need to look anywhere or do any spiritual shopping. I feel everything I have ever wanted to know, needed in my life was present on this path. Knowledge, Love, Celebration, Peace and Joy. I feel so blessed to have discovered Art of Living and Guruji. I cannot even begin to imagine a life without all the precious tools given by him - Sudarshan Kriya, Sahaj Samadhi (Art of Meditation), knowledge. He is a great inspiration in my life as he is not only transforming millions of people but also continues to spread the message of love and peace with his presence. A year and half later, I became an instrument in teaching this knowledge, tools and precious skills to many in prisonsschoolscolleges and different forums in different countries around the world, especially in middle-east.

Teaching Art of Meditation in Abu Dhabi
I have learned to serve, to give by being in close quarters with Guruji and Bhanu Didi (Bhanumati Narasimhan - Sri Sri's younger sister) - the two people who made such a difference to my life and my world. My observations reveal that Guruji  is continuously and selflessly giving all of us more and more with one objective of taking all of us to true liberation. A giver of spiritual knowledge, love and bestowing our lives with gifts which only a sadguru can do. A being who walks the talk and lets us learn by his example, giving each one of us enough time and space to unfold and blossom naturally. Just being in his presence is learning to live life every moment, to give love every moment, to be in a state of awareness every moment. I have learned to LOVE unconditionally which I do not think I would have if it had not been for meditation, Sudarshan Kriya and knowledge opening my heart.

Art of Living Course Participants
I learned the Art of Giving unconditionally from Bhanu Didi (Bhanumati Narasimhan). She broke my small mindedness and got me out of me, mine - without me even realizing it. She has always given me and continues to give me so much love and guidance. In her, I found an older sister (Didi)  which I always wanted.

I am forever indebted to Sri Sri for filling  my life with so much understanding of my mind, Love, Joy and Happiness. I feel his presence with me continuously guiding me like a beacon of light, taking me on my journey of life like a pilot at the helm of his plane. Today I feel that I take his vision of a stress-free, violence-free world to people across the world. I now have the faith and confidence that whatever is necessary to take the work ahead will be bestowed on me to finish it. Whatever is needed will be provided. I believe, in life, to be in the presence of a Sadguru is truly a blessing - a culmination of good deeds of many lifetimes. 

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