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Padma Sadhana

Description of Padma Sadhana or Lotus Meditation:

The ideal time to do Padmasadhana is between 4 and 6 o’clock in the morning.

*  Always do Padmasadhana on a blanket or mat – not directly on the floor. If you wish to do additional yoga asanas, you can do them before you begin Padmasadhana.

While combining with Home Sudarshan Kriya practice you need to finish padmasadhana practise and then do 3 stage pranayama , bhastrika, OM, and Sudarshan Kriya. 

THE SEQUENCE  OF ASANA FOR PADMASADHANA  PRACTISE :

Yoga asanas:

1. Body Rotation, 4 times clockwise, 4 times anti-clockwise, sitting in Lotus or half Lotus posture.

2. Crocodile Asana, Makarasan, lie down on stomach, left leg bended the to the left side

3. Half-Locust Asana, Ardh Sulbhasan, ie on the stomach, lift right leg one feet off the floor, then left leg

4. Full-Locust Asana, Purna Sulbhasan , lift both legs at the same time one feet off the floor (palms in fists(thumbs inside) under the pelvis).

5. Cobra Asana,Bhujangasan hands near the shoulders, bend back backwards, keep navel on the floor, look up

6. Superman Asana, Viprit Sulbhasan , lift arms (in front of the body) and legs, only stomach touches floor

7. Bow Asana, Dhanurasan, hands hold feet, only stomach touches floor

8. Rest in Crocodile Asana, Makarasan

Turn from your right side and lie down on your back

9. Dead body Asana, Savasan…lie still with out moving

10. Boat Asana,Naukasan.  lift leg and upper body up off the floor, hands point towards the knees, hand palms facing each other

11. Alternate Knees Press, Ardh Pawan Mukt Asana: to chest, first right knee, then left knee, and touch your nose to your knees.

12. Full Knees Press, Purna Pawan Mukt Asana : Bring both knees to the chest and lock arms over the knees and touch nose to your knees.

13. Shoulder-stand Asana, Shulbhasan, Bend your knees and raise your body to the sky and support your waist with your hands.

14. Dancing Shiva Asana, Natraj Asan: right side: right knee on left knee, make right knee touch floor at the left side of the body, right arm stretched away and then do the left side.

15. Rest in Dead body Asana

Turn to your right side and sit and go into the next asana

16. Spinal-twist Asana, Ardh Macchendra Asan : Right side: right foot is placed under the left hip, left foot is neear the right knees, right elbow touches outside of left knee, right hand holds left foot. and then the other side

17. Mountain Asana, Parvat Asan , Sit in Lotus or half Lotus, raise hands from the side to make palms join each other, clasp the thumbs, stretch palms away from floor.

18. Yoga-Mudra, Sitting in Lotus or half Lotus, right hand in adi mudra (fist with thumb touching root of the ringfinger finger), left hand holds right wrist, bend over with head touching the floor.

PRANAYAMA.

Do Alternate Nostril Pranayama, or Naadi Shodhan Pranamaya Breathing for 5 minutes. Sit in full lotus or half lotus position ie Ardh or Purna Padma Asan. Left hand placed on left knee in chin mudra (thumb touches index finger, three other fingers stays stretched).

 Right hand: index finger and middle finger touch lightly between the eyebrows, thumb and ring finger alternately press the nostrils (the nostrils don’t close completely). Breathe in normal breath exhaling and inhaling at the count of 6.

Meditate for 20 minutes.

If you don’t know Sahaj Samadhi meditation you can do ujjayi-breathing with the different mudras or calmly observe your breath.

End the meditation with 5 minutes Alternate Nostril Pranayama, or Naadi Shodhan Pranamaya Breathing.

As descibed, one round of Padmasadhana is:

 Yogasanas + Alternate Nostril Breathing (5 minutes) + Meditation (20 minutes) + Alternate Nostril Breathing (5 minutes)

During menstruation DO NOT DO ANY ASANAS:

Four principles during asana’s:

1.. Yoga is union of the : body -breath -mind

2.. With contraction: breathe out

With expansion: breathe in

3.. Steady, joyfull, relaxed postures

4.. 4 long breaths in each pose (asana)

Preferably avoid for better sadhana:

a.. Cigarettes and tobacco in any form.

b.. Alcohol (including beer and wine)

c.. Non-Vegetarian  food of any kind ( including fish, meat, eggs)

d.. Fermented cheese, Onion and Garlic

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  1. Kitapati permalink
    August 11, 2010 5:22 am

    superb. so the hallowed secred of parama padma sadhana od aol advanced course is out. This is the traditional sequences of relaxing yoga postures. The mudras to be done as part of padmasadhana along with ujjayi breath are:
    Chin Mudra – affects navel center
    Chinmaya Mudra – affects chest and heart center
    adhi mudra – affects the face and third eye center
    meru danda – affects spinal column and
    maha mudra – affects whole body

    (google these mudras for details)

    These mudras are very popular and it was quite in vogue in bangalore yoga circles and was popularized by swami poornanda theertha in the 60s and 70s. When ravi ravi was still growing his beard. Incidentally poornananda the yoga teacher came under the influence of UG krishnamurthi and used to meet him often in bangalore. Till poornanda’s death due to brain tumor.
    Rishi Prabhakar picked up these mudras and added them into his sidda samadhi yoga from where ravishankar picked it up. Even the sahaj meditation is a lift from rishi prabhakar. prabhakar practised TM for 7 years. he met his other guru vishweshwariah who told him not to just do mental mantra chanting japa as in TM and practise non doing. prabhakar improvised on it and combined non doing with intermittent mantra recall. that’s sahaj for you. Ravishankar is quite notorious in picking up from other sources and claiming it as his revelation and building a secret around it.
    great job done on this blog. I suggest we make a pdf of all these and put it in document sharing sites.

    • Yogaphiliac permalink
      August 27, 2010 11:10 am

      @ Kitapati

      There is nothing original in any type of Yoga as you may be knowing very well. New techniques evolve only once in a while. Your Rishi Prabhakar , Mahesh Yogi and their TM technique is taught by the Jyotishpeetha established by Adi Shankaracharya.

      The Jyotishpeetha is the source of the salutation “Jai Guru Dev” and every Guru or disciple affiliated with this Himalayan seat of Yoga and Sri Vidya uses this salutation.

      This knowledge was meant only for the Brahmin caste till Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, who became the Shankaracharya in the 1920s after the seat of Shankaracharya lying vacant for 300 years. Swami Brahmananda started offering Diksha of Mantra i.e. TM or Sahaj Samadhi to householders of other castes also though the position of Brahmacharis and Teachers of this knowledge was strictly reserved for Brahmins as per the code given by Adi Shankaracharya.

      Mahesh Yogi was the Private Secretary of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. This is because Mahesh was a Kayastha by caste and hence Shudra in the eyes of the powerful Brahmin Yogis who controlled the Jyotishpeetha and against whom even Swami Brahmananda Saraswati could not go. So he admitted Mahesh as a disciple by making him his Private Secretary and teaching him all that he knew.

      Kindly note that Brahmananda Saraswati is regarded as one of the most learned scholars of Yoga and Tantra and the most accomplished Master of the Sri Vidya, a science that is supposed to be difficult to understand and learn and meant only for the most advanced Yogis.

      The bearded Swami you see in Mahesh Yogi, Rishi Prabhakar and the AOL Guru Parampara photos is Swami Brahmananda Saraswati.

      The TM & AoL is a poor copy of the Jyotishpeetha in the Himalayas and not of the fancy Pranic Healing etc techniques you mention. Pranic Healing and AoL began at almost the same time.

      All said, if you are a Hindu, the importance of your family deity and your Guru will always be there. And you would need to be careful and more studious in spirituality than you are now to get a better Guru than your Poornananda, Ravi Shankar, etc etc

    • S.Karthikeyan permalink
      September 26, 2010 2:15 pm

      Dear Sir,

      Just because, certain things are common, you cannot doubt that they were lifted. Anyway, every Guru has to quote Patanjali Sudras, probably the most authentic Text on Yoga. Can we say that all the Gurus are lifting from Patanjali Sudra? Ultimate Truth and atleast a part of the methodology for realising it has to be same everywhere. If not, that cannot be truth at all.

      All said and done, the ancient wisdom of India had to be spread for the well being of mankind. Guruji Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a leading Icon among those, engaged in this yeomen service.

      Like everywhere. a few followers of Sri Sri may not be perfect, in the opinion of some. If someone is perfect, he need not come to AOL in the first place. One need not judge AOL based on another practicioner.

      So, let us have a holistic assesment of AOL, what they have done for the millions of people all around the world, instead of emphasising too much on trivial issues, truth of which needs to be verified.

      When something big like AOL is being run, we can easily point fingers. If we keep blowing things out of proportion, and act as a barrier, it will be a huge loss for humanity.

      In this website, it has been said about the illicit links to Sudharshan Kriya. Having done that what moral authority is left with those in charge of the website to question Someone like Sri Sri.

      Please try to do something like AOL, without those minus points, highlighted by you. Then you will agree that it is easy to blame anybody than actually doing something.

      I do agree that people are entitled to their opinions. But it is not fair to run such a false propaganda. Let the people come to AOL with an open mind and decide for themselves.

      JAI GURU DEV.

      • Shallow waters permalink
        September 26, 2010 6:23 pm

        @ S.Karthikeyan

        You really seem to be a nice guy just the way i had started here and the Doctor. Yes i agree completely with you. It is far more difficult to create and support something than to critisize.

        The people here appear to argue about some silly stuffs. And there is no end to it. And truely speaking we even forget and dont even remember what we argued few days back.

        I am sure by this time you have also read the “partial compilation of charges against the art of living activities” on the page “The Prosecutor”.

        Each allegations when seen individually appears quite silly. But just like an archaeologist if u try to join all those broken links it will create a different picture. Sure enough to make you think twice.

      • Abhilash Shastry permalink
        September 27, 2010 10:38 am

        “All said and done, the ancient wisdom of India had to be spread for the well being of mankind. Guruji Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a leading Icon among those, engaged in this yeomen service.”

        What type of ‘yeomen service’ is this where you have to pay through your nose to purchase this ‘ancient wisdom’? By this logic Coke and Pepsi are doing much greater ‘yeomen service’ to the mankind by quenching thirst of millions.They have even kept their products affordable to masses unlike SSRS who caters only to elite market.

        “Like everywhere a few followers of Sri Sri may not be perfect, in the opinion of some. If someone is perfect, he need not come to AOL in the first place. One need not judge AOL based on another practitioner.”

        Most of the AOL volunteers are idealistic youth who have joined the organization with the intent of genuine seva.

        It is not the followers who are the problem. It is the leader who is the problem. Bottleneck is at the top of the bottle.

        “In this website, it has been said about the illicit links to Sudharshan Kriya. Having done that what moral authority is left with those in charge of the website to question Someone like Sri Sri.”

        Illicit links to what? To plagiarized version of ‘ancient wisdom’ that is being used to loot non-suspecting victims? Ever heard of a “whistle blower” clause?

        “Please try to do something like AOL, without those minus points, highlighted by you. Then you will agree that it is easy to blame anybody than actually doing something.”

        SSRS has created an organization to fill his own coffers by fleecing others. What is so noble about this? Why should anyone even aspire for creating an organization like this? People here may not have created behemoths like AOL but at least they are not cheating others.

      • goneagain permalink
        September 27, 2010 12:33 pm

        @S.Karthikeyan

        If you have gone through this blog and KLIM’s, you would have figured people are criticizing not the lackeys or gullible folks got into AOL just like everyone here. It is the master himself is to blame for anything/everything wrong with AOL, the buck stops with him. Of course, there are few like sad swami’s even then he is just releasing the press statements dictated by the master himself. It has been said before and again for you, people in this blog are doing great service by exposing the cult AOL.

      • S.Karthikeyan permalink
        September 29, 2010 5:34 pm

        Shallow waters, Your comment reinforced my belief that everyone cannot be brainwashed just by mudslinging. Thanks.

        Abhilash,

        “Coke and Pepsi are doing much greater ‘yeomen service’ to the mankind by quenching thirst of millions.They have even kept their products affordable to masses unlike SSRS who caters only to elite market”

        My friend, your mind is hell bent on criticising AOL. Hope that you are aware that coke (or the main substance of coke that gives a unique taste) is used for cleaning the Roads, before laying the Roads. Friend, you can use natural water for quenching thirst instead of Coke. A few hundreds of Milli Litres, which gets sold at umpteen percent margins is affordable for you and AOL is not affordable.

        I can tell you any number of examples, where the practicioners have immensely benefitted physically, psychologically and spiritually, because of AOL, which they could not get through the latest medicines, available. Is this not something worth spending? Please note that poor as well as rich people have benefitted thanks to AOL. You might have seen that a significant number of dedicated AOL volunteeres belong to middle class.

        Next comes what you call “plagiarized version of ancient wisdom”. All the great traditions of Eastern world know of the importance of breath and its connection with one’s emotional and physical well being for so many thousands of years. Here in the modern world, how to make use of this wisdom? Can we study Pathanjali or other texts on our own and find out how to deal with our breath? Chances for someone to get mentally retarded are fairly high by doing so.
        Secondly, Sudharshan Kriya and some other practices are unique to AOL. These techniques were not mentioned in any ancient literature. May be there is a common underlying principle. The whole package from basic course, AMC and others were meticulously designed by SRI SRI keeping the common man in mind, which one and sundry cannot do.

        I and most of the people do not feel looted after coming into AOL family. What I have given is negligible in return for what I have received. We have paid a nominal amount once for something, which will be immensely useful throughout the life time.

        As far as Yoga is concerned, everybody is following the ancient wisdom and do you mean to say that all these have also lifted?
        Friend, Let me ask you another simple question? What if it was original or something followed from times, immemorial? If someone does not help us out with this wisdom, the whole wisdom may get lost.

        The kind of social work, that AOL does is amazing, which gets appreciated by most of the people except a few. AOL gives free education to needy children(around 100 free schools in India alone), health and peace of mind to all those who are ready to receive. Please say something about this also.

        “SSRS is filling up his coffers”. Please give some credible proof. If you do not have one, please refrain from making this allegation.

        You are entitled to your opinions. But this kind of malicious campaign will definitely poison the minds of innocent seekers or those needing help.
        Friend, because of your misunderstanding, if you go on spitting venom on AOL, and if someone, who actually needs AOL also starts thinking like you people, will you be happy? Is this the great service of this blog? Can you help such people on your own?

        Final request. Please see AOL without any prejudice and you may find the truth.

        Regards, S.Karthikeyan

      • Bling Bling permalink
        September 29, 2010 5:56 pm

        Hey Karthikeyan

        “SSRS is filling up his coffers”. Please give some credible proof. If you do not have one, please refrain from making this allegation.

        Click on the Prosecutor link on the top right of this web page and read the following from an AOL forum.

        http://www.artofliving.co.in/general-discussion/y-asking-4-money-again-n-again-for-kosi-ashram-t140.html

        y asking 4 money again n again for KOSI ASHRAM. ??

        Postby sagarbhatnagar on Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:32 am
        im a gr88 follower of AOL…I ASKED MY FRNDS RELATIVES TO BE A PART OF DIS GR8 ORGANISATION…
        i wanna know your views on dis….
        i tried influencing some people 2 go 2 aol basic course …they did it n liked it so mch..bt after tat…teachers startd announcing for the donation of the newly started KOSY ASHRAM….!!!!
        AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN….and insisting people to donate………..this isnt right
        donating 4 d ashram can be once own wish….insisting soo much created a wrong impression on d the people….dey din not see what i was trying to show them….. just saying tat “”please donate…donate …baaki sab gurji dekh lenege”” is not right…..!!!!

        PLZZ SHARE YOUR VIEWS

        sagarbhatnagar

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        Re: y asking 4 money again n again for KOSI ASHRAM. ??

        Postby himanshu on Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:15 pm
        I completely agree with you Sagar on this. Now a days, I have also seen that AOL is getting money centered rather than spiritual center but it’s not the Guruji who is doing it, it’s there chellas who have done this. We need to be connected with Guruji and his offerings only so go ahead of these rubbish things and feel the joy of AOL.

        himanshu

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        Re: y asking 4 money again n again for KOSI ASHRAM. ??

        Postby sagarbhatnagar on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:19 pm
        himanshu will u believe it…my mother is a teacher of AOL……..
        N ME myself is such a big follower of AOL…..
        they are relle nagging people for money

        ART OF LIVING IS A NON PROFIT ORGANISATION……
        WE DONT SAY TO TAKE COURSES FREE OF COST….but atleast construction of kosi ashram should be done by govt. aid..or any oder means………..

        sagarbhatnagar

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        Re: y asking 4 money again n again for KOSI ASHRAM. ??

        Postby bharadwajbalaji on Thu May 27, 2010 9:30 pm
        Money is a big complaint of most people. Why should spiritual things be money-oriented?

      • Aol_insider permalink
        November 9, 2010 5:33 pm

        karthikeyan,
        I don’t think that this blog is attempting to malign Sri Sri. It would be a sin according to the same scriptures that give us yoga sutras to doubt the motives of guru. It is Guru’s part to give us direction and student’s part to be sincere.
        On the same note I feel that the blog is targeting the corporate structure built around the fundamentals. This is in part the root cause for the bad image being propagated. if you read the posts and the comments, majority of them revolve around swamis’, senior teachers and members with power.

        I even don’t understand when you say what you give back is negligible. Who, sir, decides what is negligible. The fees charged in US for courses along with the accommodation and ‘satvik food’ is on higher note personally for me and a lot of people who open up and speak. This tends them to doubt the grandiose of the events organized and the venues.
        When you say that the pranayama and sudarshan kriya have been put together by Sri Sri, then how can the organization claim the trademark and threaten to run a suit against people sharing them. I understand that people doing deep sadhanas’ of any kind run into a risk of not able to come back from that state without proper guidance. But pranayam and kriya of part 1 are indeed basics and I doubt one would run into risk performing them without proper guidance, because some of the courses I saw run into 100s’ of students with no one specifically watching us(to correct us in case).
        Bottom line, I am with the people who hate this being turned into a corporation and the alienating people, when the roots on which this was formed was against that(the reason I heard from a senior teacher is that the reason Sri Sri moved away from the TM movement was that he disliked the technique being turned into a money making machine).

      • Anonymous permalink
        February 18, 2012 11:06 am

        why so much of “Jai gurudev,,,!!”,,,,, may i humbly ask,,,,,

      • anand permalink
        May 11, 2012 6:59 am

        ohhh so people of aol spreading there propaganda ‘guru is god’ ect ect. that is right? why we must say jai gurudev why cant we say jai shree krishna or jai mahadev….why do he allow to quote himself as god?

      • Anonymous permalink
        May 11, 2012 2:28 pm

        Anand, since time immemorial Guru’s have been given the status of God. even Kabir said it (Guru govind dou khade kake lagu pau..Bali hari guru aapne govind diyo batay.) we call him guruji because he is a guru to us. and when we say jai gurudev it isn’t for him to derive cheap thrills by feeling that he is God, but for us to show gratitude that he has taken those, who can see, from darkness to light. a guru is anyone who does that. plus you can say what ever you want. what he emphasizes upon is that one should hail a guru, that is someone who has enabled you, could be a parent, friend, counselor.. anyone..

  2. Kitapati permalink
    August 11, 2010 5:42 am

    next post i guess would be on hollow and empty and also blessings course. that is a lift from pranic healing twin hearts meditation.

    • WhistleBlower permalink
      August 11, 2010 9:58 am

      Dear Kitapati,
      Please do share with us everything you know regarding these. You seem to be very knowledgeable in this matter. Thanks in advance.

    • Yogaphiliac permalink
      August 27, 2010 11:11 am

      @ Kitapati

      Your self-opinionated ignorant comments about Yoga amuse me to no end. People like you deserve the Ravi Shankars of this world.

  3. WhistleBlower permalink
    August 11, 2010 9:56 am

    Thanks Kitapati for your comprehensive and illuminating comments. Once I started observing SriSri lying so easily again and again, then I realized I could not trust anything he says. I asked myself if this guy is lying about A & B & C & D, etc. , what else he is lying about. Once I found out he has stolen every piece of knowledge/technique from somewhere or from someone, then I started to ask if he is teaching anything at all which is not stolen!! Maybe we should have a contest to see if someone can come up with anything that AOL teaches and is not stolen from somewhere else!

    Knowledge of Mudras, with full explanation can be found on the internet for free, also in many spiritual books. It is an amazing field of study and contains many more Mudras than the 5 taught by AOL at exorbitant fee!

    It is only SriSri who makes these to secret knowledge and asks Adv/part2 participants not to share this knowledge with others. Many times I wanted to share some Mudra with someone to help them with their headache or heart problem but I was so brainwashed by SriSri/AOL that I wouldn’t or if I would I would feel guilty! Until I saw an email circulating (from a non-AOL source) with comprehensive info about different Mudras.
    What a relief! I could now share Mudras with others without feeling guilty, breaking SriSri code of silence/secrecy!!

    • nizam kazi permalink
      September 29, 2010 10:25 am

      Even the word we use to express our words belongs to someone who introduced English..!
      Is that make claim that we stole it?

      “Knowledge is there in consciousness(i hope you have heard word “consciousness” in AOL), but you need to arrange it properly..”

      very similar to making a sentence out of collection of word..

      the better your grammar and vocabulary is.. the better you can express yourself…

      No objection if Sri Sri(i prefer to call Him Guruji) is teaching which belong to the ancient knowledge or scriptures.. but i will call him GURU because he is introducing/rekindling this knowledge…

      “Discussion improve the Knowledge of both, Argument only increase the negative emotions like Anger and Ignorance..”

  4. Yogeshwari permalink
    August 12, 2010 6:48 pm

    A small correction in the name:
    ” 13. Shoulder-stand Asana, Shulbhasan”
    The shoulder stand is called Sarvangasana and not Shulabasan

  5. get back permalink
    August 12, 2010 7:48 pm

    Blessings course is such nonsense. Four days of sharing your innermost sexual desires and fantasies in a group of 5-7 people, thankfully of the same gender!!
    once again, its a vehicle to promote blind faith in the guru rather than look and have faith in the self, which is ultimately the teaching of the vedas.
    When u bless, all you do is chant Jai Guru Dev three times, followed by om namah shivaye three times, believing that the shakti of the Master is flowing through you. that’s it!

    • John permalink
      August 16, 2010 8:49 pm

      Do they explain why sharing of sexual fantasies is required in order to learn how to bless?
      Is the blessing course teacher required to document these fantasies and keep them in AOL files. I can see how these can be used to black mail a teacher later in case he/she misbehaves 🙂

      • Jacob permalink
        June 29, 2011 3:51 pm

        Yes, we want to make sure that Blessers don’t have sexual fantasies about Sheeps and Goats.

        To let people like you in would be a Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad Idea….

  6. Atanu permalink
    August 18, 2010 6:24 pm

    There are 1000’s of yoga postures, 112 kinds of breathing…Padma sadhana is the set of yoga asanas culminating in meditation…from body to breath…from gross to subtle…it is very powerfull and keeps mind & body fit & peaceful…
    Ultimate!!

  7. August 26, 2010 1:11 pm

    In above post. Step 14 is – Nataraj asan.
    But, we were taught – Halasan. (After Sarvang Asan – Bring legs towards head, knees near face, and fingers of foot touching the ground)
    which version is latest?

    • Manvi permalink
      December 13, 2011 10:03 pm

      @Ram- I did the Yes+ advanced course in June. I was taught nataraj asana. But traditionally, in all the yoga classes I’ve attended, the bridge (what you’ve described) followed the shoulder stand. I don’t think you need to change what you do. If it works, why fix it right? 🙂

  8. Shanti permalink
    August 26, 2010 4:52 pm

    Ram – Halasana – the plough pose requires a degree of supleness. It was taught in earlier versions in advanced course. It was replaced by natrajasan in some courses because some of the not so fit folks got neck injuries due to practicisng halasana. The latest or rather the safer one for people with untoned bodies is Natrajasana.
    One thing I want to highlight this is even this change was suggested by an AOL teacher and proposed to Ravishankar which he accepted.

  9. Anonymous permalink
    September 15, 2010 5:36 pm

    @Kitapati
    “Ravishankar is quite notorious in picking up from other sources and claiming it as his revelation and building a secret around it.”

    In this video children are doing the same three stage pranayamas which are being taught by AOL. Walking with eyes closed with another person’s help is also one of the AOL processes.

    http://www.ssy.org/videos/detail/20/children-ssy.html

  10. Happycamper permalink
    September 22, 2010 4:13 pm

    Yes this tricky Ravi fellow doesn’t have an original bone in his body apparently. I also hear that tears the tags off of mattresses and has several over-due library books! The nerve of this man. He even stole his name from my friend from India who’s name is Ravi too! Will the crimes of this God-intoxicated fellow never end! I also hear that he steals people’s unhappiness and ignorance. How dare he do such a thing. Why can’t we be miserable? All I ask is this simple question. The next time I see this beautiful fellow I’m going to give him not just a piece of my mind, but the whole thing! That will show me, won’t it?

    • Peaceful Warrior permalink
      September 22, 2010 5:20 pm

      We are not miserable – we’re very happy without art of living. Happiness is not something that someone can give – it is for us to find for ourselves.

      Just because Ravi Ravi teaches meditation and gives talks on vedic wisdom does not absolve him of financial and other wrongdoings – or for that matter gives him right to plagirize and claim material as his own. The taliban also does a lot of good (probably more than AOL) – just ask the people who were stranded in the floods in Pakistan. Their good work does not mean that their fundamentalist outlook is good – and same is true in case of RS.

    • freethinker permalink
      September 22, 2010 5:26 pm

      “I’m going to give him not just a piece of my mind, but the whole thing!”

      Please do, give your mind, wealth, family whatever you got, no one is stoping you. He would love to have slaves like you till the time you are useful to him, Good luck friend.

  11. Svetana permalink
    September 26, 2010 4:59 pm

    @ S.Karthikeyan
    “Like everywhere. a few followers of Sri Sri may not be perfect, in the opinion of some. If someone is perfect, he need not come to AOL in the first place. One need not judge AOL based on another practicioner… ”

    You should advertise AOL somewhere else, because the aim of this web site is Critique of The Art of Living and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Clever people learn from other people mistakes, you know. So, they can save a lot of life time and money reading about negative experiences of a lot of people presented on this web site, instead of being sucked into AOL cult to judge by themselves.

    • goneagain permalink
      September 30, 2010 1:24 am

      “You should advertise AOL somewhere else”

      Agree or run a Sri Sri Sweepstakes to get more gullible, this may help grow your business. Sure it is free here but this blog is very bad place for AOL advertisements.

  12. Rish permalink
    September 29, 2010 5:47 pm

    I would like to thank you for writing the steps of padama sadhana. Would any of you (commentators) please write in more detail on asanas hold time or repetition of them? What about kapalbhati would not this be beneficial for loosing weight? Or sri sri does not like include as it is mainly focused by Ramdevji ( from Pattanjali) !!

  13. Shallow waters permalink
    September 29, 2010 9:54 pm

    @ S.Karthikeyan

    “SSRS is filling up his coffers”. Please give some credible proof. If you do not have one, please refrain from making this allegation.

    Follow the link where crores of Rs have been invested by Mr Arvind Varchasvi, Narasimhan and Nikhil Sen.

    https://aolfree.wordpress.com/the-prosecutor/#comment-2239

    https://aolfree.wordpress.com/the-prosecutor/#comment-2241

  14. Rajan permalink
    October 4, 2010 11:10 am

    Knowledge leasd to silence, ignorance to noise (arguments). My dear friends, you can read between the lines & come to your own conclusions if all that has been said is knowledege or ignorance. God bless you all & may you find peace.
    Jai Gurudev

  15. October 5, 2010 1:10 pm

    I have a query, about Padmasadhana.
    In yoga Asanas, there is breath in for one step and breath out for subsequent steps.
    But, in Padmasadhana, one has to remain in one posture and take breath in and breath out for 6 to 8 times. Is this right ?
    In certain postures of Padmasadhana like Pawanmuktasan (when knees are pressed against chest) it is difficult to take breath.

    • Rajan permalink
      October 6, 2010 2:26 pm

      Jai Ram,

      I presume you are having doubt about breathing during holding a position, such as whilst holding position of pavanmuktasan. While holding posotion breath normally. Needless to say breathing will be in short gasps during postures such as pavanmuktasana, but continue to breathe as normally as you can under the circumstances until you are ready to leave the position. Thereafter breathe in or out as per instruction at the begining of this post.
      Trust this answers your queries.

      Jai Gurudev

      • October 7, 2010 1:18 pm

        Not like that.
        I am asking that in Yoga we take one step with breath in and next step with breath out. Like in TADASAN, we move our hands above our head while breathing in, then we hold the breath – stretch our body upward and while moving back hands in original position we slowly breath out.
        But in Padmasadhana, we are taught to take 6-8 breaths in one posture. Is it right?

  16. Rajan permalink
    October 10, 2010 6:50 pm

    Yes dear Ram. In Padmasadhna breathing has been included as part of the posture during, while & after achieving each & every posture.
    Even names of asanas such as natrajasan for eg is not same. If you check BKS Iyengar’s book “light on Yoga” pose shown under Natrajasan is not same as in Padmasadhana. However whats in a name? Benifits flowing from such an asana will not change a bit, name it whatever.
    Question is, is Padmasadhana better then yoga thought for several thousand years? Answer: I do not know!
    All I can say is my personal experience with Padmasadhana has been good.

    I hope my intentions to help you have not increased your doubts any further.

    Jai Gurudev

  17. smurthy permalink
    October 18, 2010 1:32 am

    Folks, breathe normally, be good, do good and enjoy life with the free things that come to us without the agency of a crook like Sri Sri. You don’t need to pay a dime to anyone damn fool to learn to live in bliss. Gurus galore, self-help books galore, teachings galore, everything you want for this life and a thousand more are available for a song everywhere. Don’t fall for the glamour of “belongingness” that this crook advertises. You suck in air, he sucks money out of your pocket.

    Regards
    Ex-Ashram Official (1995-2007)

    • October 18, 2010 1:31 pm

      You looks very hurt. Welcome back to Normal Earth from a Cult life.

  18. gretchen permalink
    October 29, 2010 11:15 pm

    Its so sad. Sometimes I also laugh reading things here but at other times it is just sad and hopeless.
    I have started questioning, why are we all here? Would any real avatar come to slay the wrong doers, fake gurus etc or would nature take care of it by itself? Why do we need to do yoga? If so, there must be someone with complete authority and authenticity. It is strange that these people do not teach the dos and donts of yoga and teachings of the same courses are highly variable and they buy food from outside in many courses making people sick…who are they? They are volunteers and teachers—victims of their own sadness, emotions who had come to AOL for solace and then got stuck in SEVA…they are overstressed, overworked, worked up….warriors that are not so peaceful and so full of themselves…running from the mundane world to the spiritual world made them more mundane..Thanks to the blog that asks them to stop by, take a breath and re-think..

    • Richard permalink
      March 16, 2012 4:52 pm

      Hi dear

      You are the only one, who seems different.
      I belong to your thought
      I picked you out from the whole list of replies
      I am the same, my answer is the same to all the list.
      reach me at richardiicm@yahoo.co.in

      • Richard permalink
        March 16, 2012 4:55 pm

        Wht are you doing da
        wht are you involved with
        i m searching for something new
        but stuck with life practically
        sourrounded by stess n sorrows n failures at my end
        dont know, why i have told u all this,
        it was just a feeling ……. felt like sharing
        i m frm india

  19. HARISH RAWAT permalink
    December 21, 2010 1:02 pm

    realy very wondeful knowledge. so many topic has clear after reading.
    i m very thankful to all of u who done this great job….
    jai gurudev.

  20. Vikas bajaj permalink
    February 21, 2011 3:44 am

    I think padam sadhna is best of our body helth,mind and soul,

    • Dayalu permalink
      February 21, 2011 10:24 pm

      For those who have limited exposure to yoga, it is.

      • Dayalu permalink
        February 22, 2011 1:35 am

        Well I should have said “it may be” instead of “it is”.

  21. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    February 22, 2011 1:18 am

    Actually – it is quite a debatable issue, if hatha yoga is ancient, or a relatively recent phenomena. While people obviously derive benefit from it, and it does help build awareness and a strong body – the fact that it is an ancient practice rooted in hinduism is quite debatable. See: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/living/not-as-old-as-you-think

    • Dayalu permalink
      February 22, 2011 1:42 am

      @ Peaceful Warrior
      I would question the credibility of the author to have made such an argument. She is not just raising questions, but trying to establish her opinion as facts. The problem is that in the modern and western worlds, yoga is synonymous to Hatha Yoga. They are not much aware of the principles of Ashtanga yoga of which aasanas is only one aspect. The author needs to do more research on vedanta before she attempts to sound like an authority on these matters. Her claims are as credible as Dan Brown’s claims about Jesus in Da Vinci code.

  22. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    February 22, 2011 2:57 am

    Well – you can draw your own conclusion…it does seem to be a well researched article to me. We tend to accept dogma as truth, sometimes not even willing to question our assumptions. The author makes strong points to back up the claim that hatha yoga is a recent phenomenon – none of the ancient texts mention it. One need not be a philosopher to expose revisionist history – being a good historical scholar is enough.

    The point at which I sort of agree with you is that it can still be part of vedanta and yoga, because vedanta is a philosophy which permeates life, and that it is a living breathing ( pun intended!) tradition – new ideas and techniques are constantly evolving. The article in question alludes to it, but does not expand too much.

    Again, it is disconcerting that these untruths go on in spiritual places. It shows a defensive attitude that believes dogma to be the truth. Either that, or people promulgate these lies in service of “greater good”. Ultimately, all it ends up doing is creating an us-vs-them attitude that is very unhealthy.

    A sincere seeker welcomes critique and is willing to face facts which may seem unpleasant, as a way to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the truth.

    • Chamiyaar permalink
      February 22, 2011 3:31 pm

      @peaceful warrior

      One can’t reconstruct history accurately just by looking at existing books. As you may know, knowledge was traditionally passed down the ages orally from Guru to disciple in hermitages. Gurus were not known to publish their knowledge in books for everyone to see. They only accepted disciples who were qualified to understand (not those who had money to pay!)

      Search the web for Siddha Siddhanta Paddhati, an extant text on Hatha Yoga written by Gorakshanath in the 11th century.

  23. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    February 22, 2011 4:23 pm

    I did find the book online. It does mention various pranayams and yogic practices, but makes no mention of any of the asanas that people practice these days.

    Read the article carefully – the author does not find evidence of yoga asanas in any ancient literature, or traditions of nath yogis, but does find people experimenting with various asanas during the hindu renaissance period of the 19’th century, and royal patronage for these activities. Co-incidentally, these people were precursors of modern hatha yoga exponents like Pattabhai Jois, B.K.S. Iyengar and T. Krishnamurti. I do have respect for the practice of hatha yoga and its pioneers – but the evidence does not seem to suggest that it is ancient in origin.

    • anonymous permalink
      February 22, 2011 4:51 pm

      http://bharatendu.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/yoga-asana-the-hindu-legacy/

      Perhaps this link which relies on the sanskrit from various ancient texts would be helpful in pointing out the origins of some of these postures. It’s possible that the person doing the research which negates the Indian origins from the past of yoga is not a sanskrit scholar, and would not, therefore, know of these quotes, some from the Mahabharata, etc. Some are of Rishi Vyasa, and other rishis. Clearly, Yoga comes from ancient India.

  24. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    February 22, 2011 5:36 pm

    Still not convinced – the blog you mentioned lists at most 10 asanas, while modern yoga practice is clearly much more exhaustive, with over a hundred asanas. No body is doubting that yoga asanas were part of indian tradition – it is mentioned by patanjali and other texts.

    But yoga we practice today is a much more extensive system that result of synthesis of the older indian system, and a more current system which incorporated elements from other parts of the world. The blog post does not contradict this assertion – in fact it strengthens the assertions of the original author who says that traditional indian yoga system was limited to a handful of asanas, which were meant to prepare body for meditation .

  25. Peaceful Warrior permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:53 pm

    New Wrinkle in the debate – fascinating read. See rebuttal: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/international/the-audacity-of-ignorance

    • anonymous permalink
      March 1, 2011 2:10 pm

      the quote in the article is “Nanda argues that asanas, even pranayama, are not found in the Vedas.”

      She clearly doesn’t know the Rig Veda, or the associated Upanisads, which contain the Sandyavandam (worship of the Sun) practice, in which, several times throughout the practice, one is chanting “and now pranayama” and one is to sit and do a particular type and length of pranayama before proceeding to the next phase of the worship. These really are very old practices, handed down in villages through the centuries by people who never even saw a westerner until very recently, much less learned pranayama and yoga asanas from one.

      The whole debate strikes me as a bit silly.

  26. April 21, 2011 10:06 pm

    Awesome work! In Krishna’s era there was Kans, in Rams era there was Ravana. In Budha’s time, there were the pandits and now we welcome you with our entire heart. Your life’s passion to belittle Sri Sri is just amazing, what energy and with what passion you bring about this hatred~ Giving 100%. I bow to you in peace and may you in your next lifetime progress to a slightly higher state. Meanwhile, here is a little note that may (very little probability) bring you back to your senses:

    I have taken the AOL courses and let me tell what a bunch of idiots we are. We tend to not take anything seriously; I mean not even things like unemployment, cancer, earthquakes, crisis, stock market crashes! Another problem is that we look thru people directly into the shining eyeballs and just seem to find the same person looking back, weird, I know. We do a lot of breathing, sometimes slow and sometime fast in a corner by ourselves. And this is the cause of all the problems. It tends to make us feel happy for no reason at all and this really drives me nuts. I mean, come on, how ridiculous is that, you get up from your bed, do some breathing and then you are just happy for the rest of the day?

    We are a major cult group and we worship the humanity in each of the six billion humans on the planet. It’s just so happens that whenever there is a natural disaster, out cult group led by our “Guru” is the first to reach Japan, WTC, Iraq, Tsunami, war zones, natural disasters, you name it. While we have been looting people using our course money, we have adopted villages in India and transformed them to cities with electricity, running water and safe housing. Many poor people rip us off as we teach them these breathing techniques for free.

    We have infiltrated prisons, war victims, people with depression and trauma and in fact we have special more rigorous breathing program for them. Cornell University doesn’t hand you the degree without learning how to breathe first (can’t imagine why). We are definitely doing something wrong, because we started with 1 man, 30 years ago and have spread to 200 countries

    We worship our Guru, it just so happens that each one thinks, he has got a personal connection with the Guru, and this is the most confusing part to me. How can one man belong to so many people? He has definitely done something wrong because it is completely illogical for one man to be in 100 places at the same time. Around 10 million weirdos have done our courses because this man is unstoppable, he travels constantly, all year round, teaching people how to breathe right, live life and be happy.

    Dude, if you are not ready to lose your mind, don’t even come near Art of Living because that is what we are all about. If you are ready to find out that a crappy days is just an old gramophone record stuck in your head and you can start from scratch any time, any day, just by……. breathing, may be, just maybe you can be a part of our crazy group.

    • Peaceful Warrior permalink
      April 21, 2011 10:40 pm

      Firstly, please stop with all the historical comparisons. Comparing themselves to avtaars and preachers of the past seems to be an AOL special. They have not left anyone – Krishna, Jesus, Ram, Moses. So whoever opposes them is bound to be labelled a ravana, a kansa.

      I have taken the AOL courses and let me tell what a bunch of idiots we are.
      You are not an idiot, but the moment you go from me to we, you become a tool. Lack of ego does not mean that you lose your identity in a crowd or a movement. You have been mislead. Lack of ego is about seeing your ego as an illusion, and thereby not taking yourself too seriously – being natural in your action and not seeing boundaries – what it is not about is being a doormat for “guruji”

      I mean, come on, how ridiculous is that, you get up from your bed, do some breathing and then you are just happy for the rest of the day?

      Clearly you are so happy now – your joy knows no bounds. Why be bothered by a silly little blog ? Seriously, I’m not jealous of anyone’s happiness. If being in AOL makes you happy, please continue to be part of it. You need not come here. But if for some reason, you feel trapped and not quite comfortable with the whole thing, I would recommend you go through this blog.

      We are a major cult group and we worship the humanity in each of the six billion humans on the planet

      Oh thank you for worshiping us. Humanity is so starved of your love and attention!!!!. Do you realize that you are not doing any charity by loving other people. It is good if you love people unconditionally, but clearly you feel that it puts you on some sort of hallowed ground – and that is not cool. You are just same as the people who have not done the AOL course. They may not make a big song and dance about how they love humanity, but most people do.

      Secondly, every politician in the world pretends that he loves and cares for everyone – but we all know much of it is an act. Many of them, just love power. One has got to judge people by their actions – not just words and token gestures.

      We worship our Guru, it just so happens that each one thinks, he has got a personal connection with the Guru, and this is the most confusing part to me.

      The “we” always thinks the same way – crowd mentality. If it is “I”, your personal connection I can respect that, but when you make it “we” – you force your thinking on to others – that is not cool.

      If you are ready to find out that a crappy days is just an old gramophone record stuck in your head and you can start from scratch any time, any day, just by……. breathing, may be, just maybe you can be a part of our crazy group.

      No thanks, my life is great . Friends are always welcome, but I don’t need to be part of an exclusive clique to feel that I belong.

      And please don’t refer to Sudarshan Kriya as breathing. We all breathe – AOL does not have a patent on it.

      • anonymous permalink
        April 22, 2011 12:47 pm

        PW! What an elegant reply! You should write a book! Whoops, you’ll get sued for that!

    • Adyut permalink
      April 22, 2011 3:09 am

      Dude, you seem so happy within this cacoon. I feel almost jealous.
      Don’t just go by what you read on AOL websites or claims made by AOL teachers. After all they’er competing with other AOL teachers to sell more courses and in the process end up bending the truth a bit. Try to verify some of it yourself.

    • anonymous permalink
      April 22, 2011 12:44 pm

      Actually, Priyam Singh, all of Ravana’s Kingdom worshipped him also, followed him, thought they were so blissfully lucky/happy. They deluded themselves until Lord Rama came along to cure their delusions. Siddhis and ability to control other’s minds do not an enlightened make, my dear. I hardly think you are all blissful. I’ve seen the beatings and disrespect and hatred given between senior teachers of the Kriya, so I know there is lots of illness in the upper echelons of the organization, all the way to the top (himself). Don’t worry, your master can do all the Rudram he wants, just like Ravana, attain the limited powers Lord Shiva must grant him for those pujas, but in the end, somewhere, somehow, a Lord Rama will come and teach all of you the real Truth, and some one of you will recite something akin to the Vishnu Sahasranama as Bhisma did when he saw the error of his ways in his last breaths. Since you like history, that’s my take on all of this. :-)) I bow in actual peace to you, my dear, unaltered by hyperventilation, hero worship, and cult affiliation now. My Lord is God, not some man claiming he is God. My Divine Mother bless you all and make you see the Real Truth.

    • Original Observer permalink
      April 23, 2011 10:52 am

      @Priyam:
      “…It’s just so happens that whenever there is a natural disaster, out cult group led by our “Guru” is the first to reach Japan, WTC, Iraq, Tsunami, war zones, natural disasters, you name it. ”
      First to reach ? Really ?
      Come on, you probably meant “First to reap” !

    • Shanti permalink
      April 26, 2011 2:33 pm

      Priyam Singh

      Why can’t you accept these people in this blog as they are, do not be judgemental.

  27. Observer Jr. permalink
    April 22, 2011 12:43 am

    We see it over and over again – people from AOL claiming they are in bliss and yet, they are so disturbed by this blog. What they don’t know yet, is that they are on their way to recovery for AOL. This little seed of doubt is planted in them, and will clear away the duality in time.

    • April 22, 2011 10:16 pm

      You know what I love the most? Really that seed of doubt is within all the time. A false faith may worm its way to the deepest realms of your soul, and snakelike coil around your very core– but your core remains. Eventually the guru’s cobra grasp is broken and your core reemerges, reminding you of what you knew all along, but struggled to ignore. something in you always said something isn’t right here. something in you, despite the overwhelming awesome floods of good feelings, said…please, please don’t forsake me. He’s not the real deal, he’ll only hurt you. Please.

      and even if we don’t listen, that piece within, that peace within, is there to come home to. Years of damage, neglect and suppression do their work. Certainly. Sometimes excavating the authentic self is an enormous, overwhelming task to face. But the fact is it is always there. We can deny it, bury it, undermine it or even come to fear and hate it– but it remains ours. More than anything in life, that essential self, and likewise that seed of doubt, is ours.

      something is very wrong here, we heard it say. for months, years, maybe decades. and deep within, all along, something is very very right.

      that Self no one can truly surrender to another, it simply IS. It remains, eternal and untarnished. and that’s a miracle i’m deeply grateful for right now.

  28. Prakash permalink
    April 22, 2011 4:32 am

    @Priyam:

    You are on the wrong blog. Run away to the safety of JGD before it shatters your nice little cocoon. Trust me. Its the beginning of a slippery slope. Once you start listening to the other side of the story, no amount of advanced courses, kriyas or guru’s grace will be able to help you. Run while you have time.

    • anonymous permalink
      April 22, 2011 4:45 pm

      I found this online — it is identical to the SK practice. Someone who is “India Karnataka Dharwada’s Sri Basavanda Swamys disiple developed a dhyana called “Soham Kriye” Heart Patients and BP Patients Should not practice this dhyana experience in yogasana and pranayama is…
      00:09:44
      Added on 7/29/10″

      has posted it on that date, and claims it is their technique. See for yourself — at about 4 minutes into the video they begin the Kriya itself. Before that is some bhastrika, then some jumping around as a warm up I guess. Very interesting. I wonder if this swami scares Art of Living as much as this tiny blog does! I wonder if he’s also being sued? They don’t use a tape, the disciple of this Swami sits and says “so Ham” and even claps his hands, just like the Art of Living tape sounds! Here is the You Tube link:

      • Observer Jr. permalink
        April 22, 2011 5:23 pm

        lol, someone obviously stole it from the other. Let the war of the kriya rights begin.

      • Chamiyaar permalink
        April 22, 2011 8:47 pm

        Someone who is “India Karnataka Dharwada’s Sri Basavanda Swamys disiple developed a dhyana called “Soham Kriye”

        I made some inquiries about Chethan Guruji who is shown teaching Soham Kriya. Get this guys, he is for real !

        It seems the technique came to him during a five day retreat in Dharwad… He got an advacned degree in physics at the age of 17 … he was reciting the Upanishads at the age of 4.

        I was told he is looking for teachers… Anyone here needs a job ? 🙂

      • Kitapati permalink
        April 26, 2011 2:14 pm

        It was actually a teacher called Rangaraju who broke away from AOL who created this soham kriya yoga.I had even attended the wedding of Rangaraju which was graced by Ravi Ravi. This Chetan Guruji and Basavananda were part of the same gang.
        AOL goons gave a tough time to Rangaraju. Obviously vasudaiva kutumbakam does not work in AOL.
        But AOL would not dare touch Basavananda as he has the support of the powerful lingyath community. He is a caste leader of sorts.

  29. Satyanarayana Rao Adiraju permalink
    April 26, 2011 9:32 am

    My Dear friends who are crying foul, please realise the fact that many persons who earns Rs. 100 to 200 per day would spend half of it for vices such as alcohal and tobacco etc., and thereby contributing hard earned money for spoiling health, social life etc., holding the families to ransom. Instead if one is made to spend a little amount of money which benefits the life of the individual for a life time and transforms him/her into a humane being, it should be welcome. After all, anything coming for free has no value nor would the individual take it seriously if he is made to contribute .

    • Peaceful Warrior permalink
      April 26, 2011 10:59 am

      Sir,
      You contradict yourself. Those who earn Rs. 100 to 200, need not have to shell out Rs. 2000+ for spiritual knowledge. Art of Living is not the only spiritual organizations – so many other spiritual and service organization, work tirelessly to bring knowledge and wisdom to the same group of people.

      “After all, anything coming for free has no value nor would the individual take it seriously if he is made to contribute .”

      That is disputable. I guess you feel all the masters of past were idiots to give away knowledge cheaply. In fact your attitude reinforces the idea that we value and should value, everything in terms of money. Your mother also has come in to your life without you paying for it – do you think you have no value for her ? Should she charge a fee for you to value her ?

      Any mature adult will value spiritual wisdom, whether it has come for fee, or not. It’s allright to charge a fee to meet expenses, and needs of a teacher – but to claim that you charge a high fee, so people will value knowledge is ridiculous. Divine is self-effulgent – people realize his value when they see it. The idea that to spread spiritual knowledge, you need to make it a business is ludicrous – and also against all traditions of spirituality.

      • Prairie Princess permalink
        April 26, 2011 2:02 pm

        So love shouldn’t be valued because it is free? Only things that you pay for have value? When you pay for “love” in North America it is a crime in most places. Spirituality is a gift from the creator and not a commercial transaction.

      • kevin permalink
        February 18, 2012 11:15 am

        well said dude,,,, and i’ve heard of some “prajapita brahmakumaris” or something which conducts spiritual classes free of cost,,,, its rajasthan based as to my knowledge,, and is not very well known,,, credibility is doubtful,,,,,,

      • Anonymous permalink
        February 18, 2012 4:43 pm

        Bhramhakumaris are very well known and highly reputed in India. And it requires tough discipline to become a bhramhakumari .. Majorly a women central spiritual movement though men are also present in good numbers. They conduct free workshops and are also involved in many service projects ..

    • Anon2 permalink
      April 27, 2011 3:55 am

      “…please realise the fact that many persons who earns Rs. 100 to 200 per day would spend half of it for vices such as alcohal and tobacco etc…”

      Same elitist and patronizing tone as his master Ravi who insists that there is no unemployment in India and if people are unemployed it is only because of their laziness.

  30. goneagain permalink
    April 27, 2011 2:18 am

    Welcome @Priyam and @Satyanarayana , hope you get what you came for. I am sure you didn’t come for inner peace/bliss but to get all those nagging questions answered. While our dear Harshal is missing others are stepping in with regular talking points, at least are civil.

  31. Anonymous permalink
    July 4, 2011 9:23 am

    I pray for all those out here who are ignorant. Ignorance is the biggest disease. May you all be cured. Who cares what is going on, if they are bad, they’ll will reap, if they are good, it will still go. No offense brothers and sister, but your “baseless blames” and finger pointing, does not affect anything, the universe will still do what it has to do. So chill out, and shut your mouth. Let the divine take care of it. JGD

    • Dev D permalink
      July 4, 2011 10:48 am

      “Who cares what is going on, if they are bad, they’ll will reap, if they are good, it will still go.”

      Then what is ur point here.

  32. M K Sunderam permalink
    August 7, 2011 1:29 pm

    For how long one should hold pose ?

    • stupidseeker permalink
      August 8, 2011 12:33 pm

      Until you acheive enligtenment.

  33. Anonymous permalink
    August 10, 2011 7:23 pm

    Love is the way!

  34. Vidya permalink
    August 19, 2011 12:52 am

    @Rajan
    “Knowledge leads to silence, ignorance to noise (arguments). ”

    I will accept the otherway around.
    Knowledge leads to arguments but ignorance not.
    If you are ignorent, what the hell you can argue about.

    • Anonymous permalink
      November 19, 2011 5:30 pm

      HAHA. Good one !

  35. Thinker permalink
    October 8, 2011 8:28 pm

    hi all, so many thoughts from all , nice to see them …
    my view and experience. I was struggling to become organized and manage time and health. I found Sudharshan kriya was amazing.

    so went to do next level. DSN . But here mr. Anand so called Anandjeeee spoiled my interest in the field of spirituality.

    He was addressing 250 members in bangalore. He was just shouting screaming and acting like a mad market sales man, forcing us to get more enrollments.

    I got pissed off with this attitude. even teachers also do the same, force to get people inside. its like getting all in one group.

    I am happy with the yoga and sadhanas they do and teach.
    But not happy with the Fees structures and marketing ..

    Felt irritated when this Anand started walking out of hall since some of us had not got enrollments. some idiots in the group , fell on his feet to stop him and the scene was pathetic. I dont feel any teacher or guru to act such silly way ….

    Idiotism never ends in life…

    Finally understood the morale of life.

    Do good and get good. Do yoga, if you dont know that or anything still fine. do not do bad to others, just accept what ever comes in lfe. do meditation.
    its fine what ever god you beleave, just meditate thinking of the divine, no need to join any sungs or satsangs 😛

    • wanderingsage permalink
      February 19, 2012 4:07 am

      I had the same kind of experience in DSN, where there were asking to get enrollments and pitching people to give donations. I dont think that getting people to enroll for their programs is self less service. They are just selling spirituality like a product. Service means helping out people in need and not getting people in to AOL courses. All these brainwashed AOL folks and teachers try to make new course participants believe that enrolling people to courses is selfless service. What shame!!!

  36. Anonymous permalink
    October 25, 2011 8:40 pm

    I guess I am kinda of asking this question to you all – if he is just about the money….don’t you think he had more than enough at this point? He could just fake his own death…cut his hair and just live out his life somewhere? Why keep going thru and answering more questions to people. Honestly, travelling is not always fun..to keep going from one place to another..don’t you think he coudl just find a way to disappear and enjoy his wealth if it was JUST ABOUT THE MONEY? I’m not saying I’m 100% follower or believer..just raising my thoughts…

    • Dayalu permalink
      October 26, 2011 4:04 pm

      If you get the idea that the blog implies that SSRS is just about money, then you either haven’t read enough or have not understood the gist. Adulation, fame and influence are the biggest drivers for him and whatever he does through AOL can be attributed to this – his ambition for himself to be seen as a messiah by the whole world. Step out of the shoes of a devotee and observe his public performances. You will realize that every action and every word of his is driven by that motive. Money is just one of the many tools.

  37. stupidseeker permalink
    October 26, 2011 12:36 pm

    Fame nd adulation can be much more intoxicating than money

  38. stupidseeker permalink
    October 26, 2011 3:54 pm

    I mean cant we give enlightened beings a break ! Cant we give them the right to be just as jealous just as spiteful and just as greedy as the rest of us.

  39. November 7, 2011 9:43 pm

    It’s good to pay some money for Course, it’s just normal. You do it everywhere. If you want this knowledge, you will find a way to get it, if you don’t want this knowledge you will never get it. Price is not an issue- I don’t do Kriya but i do Bastrika and Om Namah Shivaya slow chanting, and i LOVE it. And i LOVE Sri Sri Ravi Chankar. Educate and Ignore. 🙂

  40. November 9, 2011 3:07 am

    I’m and Indian astrologer, i know that in 2005 up to this date it has been an bad astrological influence in the world, where many people lost there spirituality. Saturn was in Cancer and sun. This may have influenced the list owner alot, made him to quit Art of Living. But if you do Slow Chanting of Om namah Shivaya or/ and Padma Sadhana as advocated bye Art of Living you will not be so influenced bye the stars. It reduce bad karma, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a man that can remove bad Karma in you and make you smile from within. Saturn is now coming to Libra(14.november 2011), this will benefit spirituality for the next 2.5 years. Just do whatever you like in Art of Living, and leave the rest, thats good.

    • Anonymous permalink
      November 9, 2011 11:20 am

      @Geir Ove Edie

      A nice and sensible comment. No judgments, no attacks, plain and simple Vedic science.

    • Dayalu permalink
      November 9, 2011 4:18 pm

      @Geir Ove Edie

      It looks like you learned Astrology from SSRS.

    • Suraj permalink
      November 10, 2011 7:16 am

      I hope Saturn in Libra will help, Ravi Ravi to comes out of his bad plaentary position and become more spiritual and less greedy. I hope art of living foundation stop grabbing poor farmers land and stop money laundering.

      • Kitapati permalink
        December 8, 2011 11:40 am

        Suraj – To this I want to also add that all those people who have been conned by Sumeru Reality get their money with intrest back.

  41. Jacob Ezekial permalink
    November 9, 2011 11:27 pm

    Ahhhhhhh just finished spending quality time with the Master over the past month.

    As stated in the Upanishads – A Guru is needed to pass along the Truths to the Disciple.

    As Geir Ove Eide has stated – AOL’s yoga, pranayamas, breathing techniques and meditation is the key. These have also been stated in the Bhagavatam that prior to meditation – preparation via Yoga & Pranayamas is the proper routine.

    I have to admit AOL has packaged all this in a wonderful way in the 21’st Century.

    Truth be Told – Art of Living has done more for me than what I’ve been able to give back (Service/Money for Courses). The Money i’ve paid for the courses is paltry compared to the peace of mind gained.

    I wish all of you luck in finding your path – and if you’ve found it – Good betide yo

  42. Anonymous permalink
    November 11, 2011 2:15 pm

    1500 part1
    4000 dsn
    1500 astavakra gita
    1800 gurupuja
    500 cd..keep counting

  43. stupidseeker permalink
    November 12, 2011 9:37 am

    And those ashtavakra gita CD’s are of such poor quality that it seems AOL hardly cares about such things as clarity and quality

    • anonymous permalink
      November 14, 2011 6:29 pm

      What happened? Did Art of Living lose a lawsuit with the blogmaster? Why else are they suddenly bombing this site with all their “positive” statements of how much good AOL and Ravi Ravi have done them?

      Get a life people. If you love AOL so much, go do it. Find out who Ravi Shankar really is. Those who have posted here are honest, brave, and I haven’t seen anything here on this site that looks false except the glowing accolades coming from the brainwashed zombies who have not yet escaped Sri Sri and his minions.

  44. December 5, 2011 1:23 pm

    very useful.

  45. December 5, 2011 1:34 pm

    3rd one salabhasan or sulabhasan. what is the total time to complete padmasadhana.

  46. December 7, 2011 8:21 am

    My spiritual quest started in 1993 with
    (i) TM, then TM-Siddhi,
    (ii) SSY(Rishi Prabhakar),
    (iii) Reiki I and II,
    (iv) Silva Mind control(Jose Silva) and
    (v) Sahaj Yoga(Sri Nirmala Mataji).
    (vi) Kapalbhati (Baba Ramdev)
    Then there was a phase where I was doing nothing connected with meditation or spirituality.
    Finally I returned to Sahaj Yoga and I now know I have found my Guru at last.
    I have an open mind and have therefore benefited from all of them. Every organization has its share of issues and problems. Issues need to be addressed and problems need to be solved but unfortunately most people choose to shy away from issues and problems and resort to talking behind the backs, so to say. What most of us lack is the courage to voice our grievances. Most of us do not know how to give a feed back and end up judging, maligning, criticizing,abusing, gossiping and bad mouthing. So, instead of discussions we have arguments and fights.
    In sahaj yoga we have our share of issues and problems but I choose to stand up and confront the issues and problems. We have discussions and disagreements but whatever I do and say, I am careful about safe guarding the sanctity of the collective(satsang), regular meditation and daily cleansing.
    (i) If you are sitting for meditation regularly it is a good start, meditation may happen.
    (ii) if you are experiencing thoughtlessness it is good, the meditation is happening effortlessly.
    (iii) if you are experiencing doubtlessness, Your meditative level is going up
    (iv) if you are experiencing the divine connection and divine love you are blessed. But the blessing begins when you start to sit regularly for meditation.
    The parama chaitanya is the awareness that we all are small drops returning back to the vast ocean called paramatma.
    I practice Kapalbhati taught by Baba Ramdev, Padmasadhana by SSRS, Suryanamaskar by Rishi Prabhakar, visualization by Jose Silva.
    For meditation, collective and daily cleansing I depend heavily on Sahajyoga.
    So, now it is 90% Sahajyoga and 10 % all others. It is a conscious choice and I am happy about my spiritual progress. But what is most important is that I know that I am finally on the path of self-realization and progressing well.There are hurdles and there will be obstacles and temptations and distractions but I am spiritually well grounded to manage all these and reach my goal of self realization and liberation!!!
    I have no complaints against Mahesh Yogi, Rishi Prabhakar, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Baba Ramdev. All these souls have helped me reach the lotus feet of my Primordial Mother!

    • Kitapati permalink
      December 8, 2011 11:38 am

      “I practice Kapalbhati taught by Baba Ramdev, Padmasadhana by SSRS, Suryanamaskar by Rishi Prabhakar, visualization by Jose Silva.
      For meditation, collective and daily cleansing I depend heavily on Sahajyoga.”

      OOps do you really practice Sahaj Yoga. That is one notorious cult. BTW in one of my personal interaction with Mataji in 1993, she had called out Mahesh Yogi, Prabhakar and Ravishankar as Mahishasuras progeny. Evil Monsters. She was one helpp of a heavy cult guru.

  47. Anonymous permalink
    December 31, 2011 7:40 pm

    i forgot sequence of padma sadhana..thanx 4 remind me back

  48. Anonymous permalink
    February 18, 2012 1:37 am

    Posture 13 is sarvang asana, its written shulabh asana.

  49. bishal permalink
    April 22, 2012 2:33 pm

    if your father teaches you somthing that has benifited him in his life and then you decide that all people should learn it so the whole society is benifited whats wrong in it only in this case guruji is our father and we r his child and just like the all we accept u critisists cause u dont know what u r saying and u will be forgiven.jai gurudev may u attain peace and knowledge.

    1 point i want to mention that if guruji has learnt somthing from others or him self and is teaching people the what is the problem with u people as if u are paying for them and the way u have written shows that u have done a lot for the society and i am sure that u have not so dumboooos just get on with ur life and stop bugging other …..jgd

    • VSS permalink
      April 22, 2012 3:51 pm

      @ bishal [April 22, 2012 2:33 pm]

      Question 1: Is Guruji a human being or an avatar of a God?

      Question 2: Do father’s charge an advance fee for teaching their kids what they know?

      Question 3: If this blog bugs you, why do you read it?

      • Harshal permalink
        April 22, 2012 8:10 pm

        Question 1: Is Guruji a human being or an avatar of a God?

        He can think anything. Why is it that your ass burns because of what he thinks?

        Question 2: Do father’s charge an advance fee for teaching their kids what they know?

        Fathers do what is good for their children.

        Question 3: If this blog bugs you, why do you read it?

        If AOL bugs you why do you do potty about it?

      • VSS permalink
        April 23, 2012 10:25 am

        @ Harshal [April 22, 2012 8:10 pm]

        I know you have the potential to be a truly spectacular human being. I believe in your ability to stop being abusive. I really do. Take care.

    • Anonymous permalink
      April 22, 2012 5:37 pm

      @ Bishal

      Wake Up sid. AOL is not teaching, its selling dear.

      Please observer clearly whats going on inside organization.

      I wake up after i seen they are asking for donation even if they got enough money.

      Senior teachers are cheating people on the name of spirituality and they dont follow the knowledge.

  50. susan dimitrov permalink
    May 5, 2012 4:02 am

    for someone who is not hungry, even the most sumptuous meal holds no value. seek and you shall find.. for those who sought, it is available.. for those who think they are better without it, its absolutely your take.. when you create an organisation the size of AOL, it is not a one man show anymore. it calls for serious delegation. and then it is up to those to whom the responsibility has been transferred to see it through.

    imposition of a view point is not the most logical thing one can do. If AOL has millions of followers in over 140 nations and growing, it must really be worth its salt. random no-body’s comments dont change that.

    regards
    susan dimitrov

  51. Freedom Found permalink
    May 11, 2012 6:10 pm

    Teacher like Anandji and other are busy pressurization volunteers/people to organize courses for them and effectively make them feel like worms when they are unable to achieve the desired numbers for the DSN course.
    Then collect donations in the name of Dharma Stamba Yogana, Travel in luxury abroad , and go on cruises and collect heavy donations and enjoy a large portion of it for personal use without accounting this to the organisation.

    Ofcourse !! All this is due to personal attention and training by SSRS !!!
    True followers of SSRS lineage.:-) 🙂

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