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When emotions are a fountain of colours, they add charm to your life. In knowledge, emotions add colour

Holi is a festival of colours. This whole world is so colourful. Just like nature there are different colours associated with our feelings and emotions: anger with red, jealousy with green, vibrancy and happiness with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with saffron and knowledge with violet. Each person is a fountain of colours which keep changing.

Puranas are full of colourful illustrations and stories and there is a story related to Holi. An asura king, Hiranyakashyap, wanted everyone to worship him. But his son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Narayana, the kings sworn enemy. Angry, the king wanted Holika, his sister, to get rid of Prahlad. Empowered to withstand fire, Holika sat on a burning pyre holding Prahlad on her lap. But it was Holika who was burnt, Prahlad came out unharmed.

Hiranyakashyap symbolises one who is gross. Prahlad embodies innocence, faith and bliss. Hiranyakashyap wanted all joy to come from the material world. It did not happen that way. The individual jivatma cannot be bound to the material forever. Its natural to eventually move towards Narayana, ones higher Self.

Holika symbolises past burdens that try to burn Prahlads innocence. But Prahlad, so deeply rooted in Narayana bhakti (devotion), could burn all past impressions (sanskaras).

For one who is deep in bhakti, joy springs up with new colours and life becomes a celebration. Burning the past, you gear up for a new beginning. Your emotions, like fire, burn you. But when they are a fountain of colours, they add charm to your life. In ignorance, emotions are a bother; in knowledge, the same emotions add colour.

Like Holi, life should be colourful, not boring. When each colour is seen clearly, it is colourful. When all the colours get mixed, you end up with black. So also in life, we play different roles. Each role and emotion needs to be clearly defined. Emotional confusion creates problems. When you are a father, you have to play the part of a father. You cant be a father at office. When you mix the roles in your life, you start making mistakes. Whatever role you play in life, give yourself fully to it. Harmony in diversity makes life vibrant, joyful and more colourful.

Celebration is the nature of the spirit and the celebration that comes out from within is real. If sacredness is attached to a celebration, it becomes total, complete. Then, its not just body and mind but also the spirit that celebrates.

In a state of celebration, the mind often forgets the divine. We should experience the divines presence, the divines light around us. You should have a desire to experience something by which the whole world is running. To experience this, you should be in a total prayerful state of mind, there should be total involvement. If the mind is preoccupied elsewhere, then that is no prayer at all. The feeling that “I am blessed” can help you overcome any crisis in life. Once you realise that you are blessed, then all the complaints disappear, all the grumbling disappears, all the insecurities disappear.

Only then you will be able to understand the uplifted state of the being and see that the whole world is all spirit or consciousness. And in that state of being, celebration dawns spontaneously and life becomes colourful.

By Gurudev His Holiness  Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Thanks to nirmit19@yahoo.com for sharing Holi Experience with Guruji at Bangalore ashram few days ago.

It was ‘holi celebration’ at yagya shala in ashram with sri sri today evening…as usual my steps just at the outskirts of the ashram..made me forget the whole day chaos of work …

It was time to enjoy relax and be in total bhakti and presence of my master..after hard days work…i was walking down the big road at the entrance of the ashram …and just thought once…oh guruji..i dont wanna walk so much today…and u take me soon inside…and a car stopped..and gave me lift…till the ashram..inside. ..amazing …i thought !!!!

Well the yagya shala was getting fuller with people joining in..slowly slowly… guruji had just come..perhaps and was asking everyone..how is everyone..he was seated on his seat..he looked as fresh n smiling as ever like a baby’s never ending smile…his bliss was flowing everwhere in those surroundings. .and in me too…

I just went ahead and kept moving in..till i reached the first row where everyone was seated down on the sand..so misty n fragrant…. there were big flat baskets of roses kept on stage in front of guruji..guruji asked everyone to pluck the petals from them…and collected them together again…he said today we will play hi tech holi…and smiled again…he said holi is a festival of colours..and we should wash ourselves off of all the past and play holi wih
fresh new colours…he said we should accept all the colours of life and know that life is not “neeras” it is full of “ras’..the juice …he said this is the message for the youth of tday on the day of holi…And he played holi with chandan water and flowerpetals ..he kept pouring the petals on all of us…as and when he kept moving from the stage from one side to another…the spirits of the atmosphere were high there was satsang going on with bhanu didi and others..full swing satsang…and most of us were lost along with guruji in the masti of satsang with we all getting wet with the holy water being sprinkled on us from above…as per the usual arrangement in yagya shala…thats what guruji meant by hi tech holi….water sprinkling on all of us from above ..in the form of his blessings… and we danced and danced and danced…full absorbed in the great satsang with all fast bhajan like narayan narayn jai jai govind hare..krishna govind govind gopala…nand ke lala lala..nad ke lalala..oooo nand ke lala ..nand ke lala…and many such lively bhajans…also we sang rang barse bhige chunar waali rang barse…and danced away… i found the aura so much soaked in supreme oneness…it was different, whatever it was..it was so beautiful… i was so lost in dancing away …so lost in the guru bliss…in that deep oneness …

some people from russia federation and a member of parliament from russia had come to meet guruji and they were so happy seeing all of us in that vibrant atmosphere.. .they thanked india and all present here to set an example that we all can unite in happiness too and said that this is an example for them to carry home…guruji also felicitated each of them with garlands..and said this is your second home..

He also said that artofliving is being asked for greatly in the countries outside india and people at international level are so much into spirituality meditations pranayams and yoga..we have to do lots of work here in india towards this..he said we have to revolutionize the spiritual movement in such a way that a huge wave of this knowledge spreads all across the world…to bring about total harmony and peace in the world…

Guruji said we all have to do lots of work together on this path..it was an amazing experience today..

Guruji’s smile was so deep and never ending so many got cured of their aches and pains when the expressed their physical suffering to guruji amidst
question and answer session…ya many got cured of their pain..and guruji said jahan main hoon wahan dard kahan?..( where i am there ..how can there be pain)

Guruji called dinesh bhaiyya and swami pragyapadji on stage and the following are some of the questions i remember him answering…

Q guruji i love a girl but cannot express to her .what to do?
A (LAUGHS) i dont know..you should ask this question to experienced people out here who have expressed multiple number of times to many people and be
prepared and go with a helmet on…(laughs again)..

Q guruji how to get out of this cycle of birth and death?
A u are at the right place . just keep doing what you are practicing here regularly..

Q
guruji if i have just to meditate n be in bliss and peaceful..then what is the use of all this studying and doing business?
A
guruji laughs…

Q guruji in silence no thought are coming in my mind.. i have become blank,how will i answer my mother when she knows i did nothing in the advance course..
A
guruji laughs

Q guruji can i become a swami or a rishi?
A guruji laughs..and says i will make u whatever u want to become…and laughs again

Q guruji can two people connect to each other via thoughts even if they are physically away?
A guruji said yes they can

Q guruji how do i know what is right or wrong for me?
A whatever u do if that makes u cry later know that is wrong, and that makes u peacful and happy , know that is right

Q guruji before my marriage i used to get along well with my parents but not any more what to do?
A u should either go and convince them or just express ur love to them and ignore all the negativities that occur between u two… the love is already there but u have to express it sometimes to them

Q guruji from childhood i was taught that i should love everyone and help everyone.. but gradually as i grew old i realised i am being used by everyone..what to do..
A.
. see u cannot be monotonous u have to be multi faceted personality if u want to succeed.. if just on past impression of some one using u , u wrong the
person next by thinking they are using you, then that is not right..now will u like it if somethinks like this about, based on their past impressions with
others?

Q guruji i am leo by birth sign and leo are born leaders? but i just keep escaping and shying from leadership?
A see if u are integrated, then the quality of leadership comes in you effortlessly, so just be natural..and dont make an effort to become a leader

Q guruji if you have attained spiritual dimension 1000th times more than me, then how come u say u and i are one?
A at gross level we all may appear as different and seperate beings, but at subtle level, we all are connected in unity with each other, at subtle level, know that i am a part of you and you a part of me

Thanks to nirmit19@yahoo.com for sharing her Experience with Guruji on holi celebration in ashram last evening,

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