Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rumi Omar Khayyam Aspi Mistry Poetry club Kitab khana

Attended a most enjoyable evening at Kitab Khana located near Flora Fountain.
I love the way the place has been done up. It is a must visit whenever you are visiting Mumbai.
I have always wanted to understand poetry better...Ms Supriya Rai felt the same way...so she initiated a small group. For the last few turns we have been reading and trying to understand what  drives the poets?
I was particularly pleased at the way the attendance has grown...

On July 18th 2012 Aspi Mistry presented an evening of Sufi poetry where masters like Rumi, Hafiz, Omar Khayyam were read and discussed.

It started six years ago. A small group of people in Mumbai, led by Aspi Mistry, a practising Buddhist, decided to meet every Saturday. There was no real agenda: the Dharma Rain Centre was established to discuss in a lively manner all aspects of ethics, spirituality and its practice, to study religious texts and to meditate together.
Anita Anand believes: The shift to spirituality is attributed to the pressures of modern life, in which marriages and families are breaking down. People are realising that material comforts may be fulfilled but emotional needs are not. “Once the children leave the house, and job responsibilities are routine, midlife crisis strikes. People start to wonder what their life is worth,” 

As Aspi puts it, most people usually turn to spirituality after some trauma, a common enough occurrence in this age, asking two versions of the same query—‘Why me?’, or the more general ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’

Perhaps modern-day urban living is making people ask the eternal, existential questions at a much earlier age.

Load the ship and set out. No one knows for certain whether the vessel will sink or reach the harbor. Cautious people say, "I'll do nothing until I can be sure". Merchants know better. If you do nothing, you lose. Don't be one of those merchants who wont risk the ocean."

Friday, July 20, 2012

Gerard Senehi

Attended a session at Ms Maya Shahani residence. Google Gerard Senehi to know more about him. He reads minds, bends spoons...Here are some of the notes that attended the session including mine!

As usual the evening at your house was electrifying and awesome,Gerard not only amazed us with his unique and amazing powers,but also enlightened us on the subject of evolution and its connection to spirituality.
Combined with your lovely persona and wonderful hospitality,the evening has been immortalized in the minds of those who have been lucky and destined to be a part of it.
I thank you for the experience
Love and Best Regds,
Umesh Pherwani
Sent on my BlackBerry® from Vodafone

Dear Maya,
 The evening with Gerard was very enjoyable and I truly wish that I had been able to stay for a longer time.
 I agree with Gerard when he says that there is an unseen force at work once one perseveres in the Spiritual path.
 I believe that various doors of opportunity open as we go through the path. Most of the time people do not 'enter the door' because of fear of ridicule, rejection, failure...and these all manifest due to our 'ego'...and we lose great opportunities to grow...
 Thankyou Gerard and Maya...
Dear Maya, persevere in the path that you have chosen and I will follow...and also be by your side.
Much love
Shakun Narain Kimatrai

Dear Gerard,

It was truly an  'out of the world experience'  having you with us. Now that we know what Andrew and you are all about, I am sure collectively we can achieve some positive results.

I am copying your mail below to all the participants who came that day, so that we get inputs from everyone as to how they see themselves as catalysts in this movement.

I would request Linesh to forward us Emails of his student invitees who I have not been able to copy in this mail as I do not have their contacts. They had made some profound observations.

Look forward to receiving some inspiring inputs from all of you.



On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM, Gerard Senehi wrote:

Dear Maya,
Thank you very much for organizing the afternoon at your home! It was a beautiful and meaningful time where you created an atmosphere where everyone had the chance to take important questions very seriously. I really appreciate how you hold this atmosphere of deeper values and meaning...
Gerard Senehi, Founder,

Monday, July 16, 2012

Attended a talk on Spiritual Healing at Dr Anand's home. 
I personally believe in Reiki and Christian Science, but mostly (more, and less stressful)  I prefer to believe in the curative power of medication. I like the fact that one of the Ratnas (gems) mentioned in the Shrimad Bhaagvad is Dhanvantari (physician for all Gods, power of medicines)
So, in acute or chronic cases, I take medication. Rather than stress that I have more faith in God than in medication, I prefer to visualize the Lord in medication and 'believe' that the medicine will not harm me.
There is a mantra which you may use before taking medication:
Om Rum Rudra Rog naashaaye
dhanvantarye phat

Sunday, July 15, 2012

How to know God

The larger will that rules events always tries to make itself known. If you align with it, the path through this phase is smooth. If you don't there are many ups and downs and your ability to manifest your desires can run into as many obstacles as it overcomes... The way to power is to give up power. This is the great lesson the ego is confronted with... Deepak chopra in How to know God.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Had a marvelous May/June
Attended the Graduation ceremony of my 1st Grandchild in the US and then visited China (Beijing) to explore the unexplored spots in my life! I had started to think that I was slowing down, but these trips really made me realize that you can do anything if your heart is in it! I walk, but am not a great walker...and I 'conquered' the 'Wall of China' Like the latter 'Life is full of 'ups and downs' but yet 'Bahut diya dene wale ne tujhko, aanchal hi na sammaye to kya keeje, beet gaye jaisey yeh din raina, baakee bhee kat jaaye dua keejey'

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunita Godbole, Trustee of Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity (WMPP) and President of Women's Forum for Justice CHS organised a seminar on Housing Society related issues & Redevelopment on 27th june 3pm to 7pm.Times of India Nalanda

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Trip to Alibaug

Dear friends,
Here are some of the great activities I have participated since the last month or so that I have not shared in my dear blog.
Ms Amla Ruia celebrated her birthday in such a lovely way. She invited us to her lovely home at Ali Baug. She invited Vikram Hazra. How very well he sings! One cant help dancing to his tunes!
Amlaji also recited her compositions on Narad Bhakti Sutra.
What better way than to enjoy a 'day'
Thanks Amlaji and Happy Birthday