Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Bhava Spandana Program

I feel blessed
For me Bhava Spandana was a very natural possibility. It was the obvious next step. With the kind of changes I can see for myself which were the result of the earlier basic programs, the decision to go for Bhava Spandana was an easy one. Nevertheless, sometimes our life situations are not as uncomplicated as our intuition is. I am guilty of weaving a long almost laughable story to my parents to make BSP happen to me. I was pretty much sure that if I say I am going to an ashram in Coimbatore, the imagination of my parents will run wild and they will not let go of me. When I even utter the word ‘Guru’ all that could be possibly come to their minds are hyper-sexual maniacs who make newspaper-reading such an interesting affair these days. I for a moment don’t blame them. I would have heartily agreed with them had I not got the opportunity to attend these courses from Isha Foundation.
Leaving out the juicy details of how exactly I made the trip to Coimbatore seemed plausible to my parents, I will describe the program itself. First I will describe the Ashram. For anyone who wants to truly understand the beauty of this place, I warmly extend an invitation to come to this place. (Yes I invite you, don’t you realize that I have crossed-over and became one of THEM) It was a truly enchanting sight. The ashram is at the foothills of Veliangiri mountains. When you travel from Coimbatore to the ashram in the bus, you see the fertility of the place. This was the place it seems where nature’s bounty seems to be hidden away from the urbanites. Every shade of green juxtaposing to inspire even the most unmovable soul. Well I came, I went through all the formalities and braced myself for BSP to happen. Before I came here, I have heard lots of people ranting about how BSP moved them to tears blah, blah, blah… Well if you half-expected me to contradict them, then you are on for a terrible disappointment. It sounds hackneyed but when you are through BSP and you sit down before a laptop trying to express BSP in words, it indeed seems an onerous job. Without going to the specifics of the program (whose details I should not disclose), let me explain the aftermath of BSP: I simply could not gaze at any human being like the way I did before I attended BSP. After the program, I am moved to tears even when I look at someone long enough. Idiotic Sentimentality I would have concluded some days ago. It is not that I am crying; it is just that I am so full of acceptance for the other person. So full of joy. It is as if you really felt that the person you are seeing is having a handful of you and you have a handful of him. Insane right? I concur. But I don’t care if this sounds insane to the logical mind. This gives me so much joy and makes a lot of stuff so effortless. Let me quote Sadhguru here: “I want you to stop looking up for divinity and start looking at yourself and revere it as the Divine.” How can a person act irresponsible to him when he truly tastes his divine nature? I think it is little difficult for him to do that. That is you cannot but do good to yourself if you really feel that you are a part of something divine. Similarly you can’t do anything stupid to some other person when in your experience you feel that what is you is not very different from what is him. Preaching morality to such people is an exercise in futility. I could not have spent 3 days any better. I don’t know how much of my experience I can share in this forum. But I must see to it that one experience is shared. During one of the days when we were supposed to do a certain thing, I felt something that I never felt before. I don’t know how to call it. But I can tell you one thing: Whatever I felt in those moments strengthened my resolve to continue in the direction I am walking. In some ways I needed this reinforcement to continue in the path that I have chosen. In some ways I was in fact hoping that something like this would happen.
My most humble gratitude to Swami Charan and Swami Raja. For me these Isha yoga teachers are really God-send. They seem to be like any other person off the field; but once they take the stance of a teacher, they command an almost insurmountable love and respect from me. I am unable to see their own individuality. I am able to only perceive Sadhguru’s presence and hear Sadhguru’s words from them. For me they represent Sadhguru as much as Sadhguru himself.
When the program ended, I made my first phone call in 3 days to my parents. When I actually reached home, I could not but marvel at how I had carried myself. If I am been my old self, all hell would have broken loose. I watched in amazement at how coolly and effectively I tried to explain away one of the craziest things I have done in my life.
I am doing what Ramasamy once did:
I once again invite all of you to allow yourself touched by this Grace. You need not conform to any belief. You can be a complete skeptic and attend the first Isha Yoga program. In fact I know a lot of people who are reading this might want to prove what I am doing is bullshit. I heartily invite these Catholics or whoever they are to prove me wrong. But first they have to Isha Yoga program to know what it is before they start any debate. It is my hope that this Grace will touch you too.

14 comments:

Deepak said...

Dear Anto,

I feel very happy for you. Samyama is on during March 2006 - which I plan to attend. Any possibilities for you? The pre-meet is @ Hyderabad.

A.J.Anto said...

Hi Deepak,
I will really want to come to Samyama and in fact i am attending the Hata Yoga program and the pre-samyama meet in hyderabad for this to happen. Only one concern: My office. :-(
But let me try to do as much work as possible so that i can come. How about you? Are u coming too?

crsathish said...

hi deepak, i was lucky enough to attend bhava spandana program th' sadhguru.i really dont have any words to say.what all i wish to blog, u have done it.great posting.

Deepa Prem said...

thts reel kool .. i wil b goin ther .. wil experience it as soon as possoible .. am missing them already .. am waitin for them to com bak ..hop i can see them soon ...

merridian said...

Dear Anto,

It was great to happen upon your blog here. I attended BSP recently, this past June at the new center in the USA. It was so incredible! Also, I'll be attending Hatha Yoga next month (and the month thereafter) so that I can go to Samyama sometime in Feb/Mar 07.

I found this so interesting to read, "...but when you are through BSP and you sit down before a laptop trying to express BSP in words, it indeed seems an onerous job." I had that same feeling for a couple days afterwards. And then an email showed up in my inbox with a story that told it better than I could have myself. I originnally posted it here: http://www.xanga.com/merridian/501855382/bhava-spandana.html But, you'd have to sign up for a free xanga account to read it. I've just now posted it at my blogger site here: http://merridian.blogspot.com/2006/07/bhava-spandana.html

On to read your Samyama post :-)

Much Love,
Theresa
(merridian)

(I have a blogger blog, but don't really use it.

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k said...

Hi Anto.Am brindha frm chennai..happnd to pop into ur blog acdntly..enjoyed peepin in all the segments..so din want to leave without tellin u tat these below words (copied & pasted from urs)...BSP: I simply could not gaze at any human being like the way I did before I attended BSP. After the program, I am moved to tears even when I look at someone long enough. Idiotic Sentimentality I would have concluded some days ago. It is not that I am crying; it is just that I am so full of acceptance for the other person. So full of joy. It is as if you really felt that the person you are seeing is having a handful of you and you have a handful of him. Insane right? I concur. But I don’t care if this sounds insane to the logical mind. This gives me so much joy and makes a lot of stuff so easier....
every single line as if pourin from ma mind thru ur words effortlessly...Same feel same tears for almost all of us, for thousands of ishaites..wow!! i marvel at how culd tz b possible only with ISHA & with Sadhguru's grace..i feel complete at this very moment..thanks anna:-)

Prabhu said...

Really feel happy for you.

Archana said...

Anna,

I am just back from BSP. Today is my first day at work. It is such a task to move away from the serenity of the ashram and the calmness that thas engulfed into me so seamlessly. Anna, I truly say - I am so overwhelemed by your blog anna. It is so wonderful to see this. I am at work, i talk to people, they crib about their problems and their troubles. True, ar this time of recession and downsizing, it is natural. But, you know, I am just oozing with love and compassion, that I dont feel a tad bad when something goes wrong. The solution was so simple - just attending BSP. And, giving my complete self to it. The last 3 days have been the most moving moments in my life. Never have i felt something before. It is like throwing 22 years of my life into a slush and beign re born again. What a divine experience! I would say each and every being should experience this in his life.

Blessings Abundant!

Archana

shobhit said...

Hi Anto,

If i am not wrong, you came to dwarka this november to conduct inner engineering program....

A.J.Anto said...

Yes! Good to see you here!

Lou said...

Hey guys.

Sounds like you had a great experience. Thats so good.
I am really keen to do the BSP. The only thing stopping me is that I am not very confident about talking in front of people. During the course how mant people do you have to speak in front of at any time?
Your advice, or anyones, would be really appreciated.
Thanks so much.
Lou.

Lou said...

Hey guys.
I am really keen to do the BSP. The only thing stopping me is that I am really nervous about speaking in front of groups of people- is this something that I will have to do, and if so in front of how many people?
Your advice would be really appreciated.
Thanks so much.