The Breath is the link between the Body, Mind and Spirit. When the mind is free of fear, guilt and anger, and is more centred, then it can heal the system of any ailment. The consciousness that creates the body also has the power to heal. Pure consciousness is pure love and love is the highest power on earth.” – H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
I did the Art of Living (AOL) Basic – 5 days work-shop in August 2000. Very uncanny incident that preceeded this was that I had bought a book on Silva Mind Control – and I had started practicing what was being said in that book. I had always been interested in miracles and things of the unknown.
While reading Silva, I was staying with my sister in Salt lake (also doing my Post Graduation in Public Relations) , when my sister’s closest friend & neighbour Swati (sathi) Chakraborty suggested this Workshop that was going to be held in her house.
Now I had read way back in 1992 ..in Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, that Pranayama cleanses the nadies and only then the Kundalini Shakti arises and one reaches one’s spiritual heights ! So me and my sister readily agreed and Kirti Bhai came to address some 30 of us seated in Sathi’s Drawing Room.
We were then told the fees for Basic ie. Rs. 800/- per head. It came to us as a shock actually but then Kirti Bhai explained that people do not value things they get for free and moreover its a kind of Guru Dakshina and utilised in some cause – like Relief Funds, visiting villages etc. so it sounded convincing and we agreed.
For the first two days, Kirti Bhai spoke to us about the ways of this world and that first we must look in our own selves and mend ourselves then try to mend others..etc.Then we did the Pranayama where Sri Ravi Shankar’s cassette was played with “So-ham” chanting – it continued for some 45 minutes and when it got over …well I thoought I have become crippled for LIFE !!- Kirti Bhai went on instructing us on lying down and relaxing – I could not even move – I had kept my eyes tightly shut – out of fear actually …as Kirti Bhai had told us that it might be fatal if we open our eyes in the middle – anyways after about 15 minutes I became normal.
We were taught other things as well – praying to all the Directions with their respective Deities, respecting own Parents & ancestors etc.
We were asked to practice Kriya at home – taking about 45 minutes – everyday for 60 consecutive days.
The meditational steps and imaginations that were being said was quite similar to Silva’s Method of Mind Control …like spreading love world wide..Universe Wide…
I did it.
Kriya Incidents :
One day after finishing Kriya, I lied down and was semi asleep – half awake – I felt that a man wearing boots (shoes) walked in my room (I stay upstairs alone and my room is locked from inside all the time ) and the man opened a Brief case – took out a scalpel and made a kind of incision on my Sahasrara region ! I kept my eyes tightly shut – as i was afraid of what was happening !
Another day I open my eyes and saw a pink lotus floating above my head – it gradually vanished in thin air.
One day I saw – with my eyes closed – as if my eye-lids were TV screen – I am in a huge green meadow and surrounded by very tall trees…I quickly opened my eyes….as it frightened me. It had happened before also..a different scene though…where I had seen that I am among huge lions!!
Later I did Level II under Kishore Da – We were silent for 4 days.
One thing that was uncanny was the moment I used to enter the hall, my head started aching and throbbing like as if my brain will just pop out of my skull ! I told this to Kishore da but he said that it will be okay !
He taught some mudras to us where he showed us different mudras with the fingers – I asked him for he significance of each mudra – he said that he will tell later after he finishes the mudra teaching session. But as soon as the session finished, some TV Interviewers came in with camera, light and action and we all enact the Brhastika and Pranayama – it was the last day so everyone started dancing and singing and I just sat in the corner of the room.
We were also made to wash utensils saying that it awakens the selflessness in us. To this I even heard comments where one Lady was saying that “Maid servants are therefore the most selfless creatures on earth “!
This time I had paid Rs. 1000/-. I had taken leave without prior notice..to which my boss at CMC was pretty perturbed ! – After seeing his attitude I too was pretty perturbed ! Here people go for outings, sight seeing etc. and I had just gone for spiritual pursuit – but it was seen as an irresponsibility on my part !!
I had then decided to leave CMC. That was in March 2001. I decided to leave CMC and join Arena Multimedia Kankurgachi to learn web designing as “Web Designing” was ruling the IT / designing world at that point of time.