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Sacred Chants………….

YES!+ Bangalore organized the first ever Mantras workshop, with Bawa and Dinesh, in India. Here is a write-up on it by the organizer, Rehana.

It is said that there is a secret way to connect with the source of strength, courage, unity, peace and love. From ancient times, people guarded these secrets with utmost sanctity and honor. And these precious strings of words are what we call as Mantras.

Mantra is that which takes the mind inward and connects us to that source within from where one experiences peace and love. for every action in life, there is a mantra that one can chant and mantra makes every action sacred. Hence life becomes sacred and when life is sacred, it naturally becomes honored and joyful.

When 112 of us gathered at the Mantra workshop in Basavanagudi, we certainly had very little idea of the what to expect. All we knew was that this workshop had been conducted in London earlier and that it is good to learn mantras.

But from the moment we closed our eyes and Dinesh Bhaiyya began with the chants, the quiet and completeness we began to experience is inexplicable. It is then that I realized that even a mantra is a meditative experience coded open with sounds and with a super short time span.

Bawa was simply amazing(as always… ). He so beautifully helped us, the beings of 2012 era, relate to the most ancient language, through simple and mundane examples. Now none of us can ever forget any of it… ..

Bawa n Dinesh conducting the mantra workshop

As the team that put it together, Priyanka, Rohit, Suraj, Ashitosh, Maithri, Ujwal, Nilanjan & Farrah have no doubt earned the wishes of all in the workshop. Aditya, Asha, Sudarsan, Vinod, Darshan, Crispin too.

Hema di, in all Big mama style, backed us up with guidance all along and did the precious last minute support too.

It feels wonderful to be part of a family that works tirelessly on bringing love and peace to the world. This is ONLY a START!….

I’m glad to have begun




Winter Break 2009-10

1400 Youth celebrated new year eve together on the Art of Living International Center. They had gathered there for the winter break from 26 Dec to 4 Jan. Check out Bawa’s excellent article on Winter break 2009-10.

SMS – Study Made Simple!

In a move that is likely to revolutionize the study patterns of  the students, the Directors of World Alliance for Youth Empowerment, Khurshed Batliwala and Dinesh Ghodke launched a new workshop – SMS – Study Made Simple! 

In an impromptu organization by the YES!+ team, fortunate 50 learnt some fantastic techniques, ideas and concepts in this power packed two day workshop in Jayanagar. 

The study can be a very joyful and enlivening activity – instead of boring and dull. After all, the topics the students study have been the lifetime works of geniuses! A balance of right and left brain activity, learning how to concentrate, a creative method to memorize the subject, skill to understand the topics, were some of the highlights of the SMS workshop.

hypnotized by a Mathemagician…!

We had a great time with Bawa in the Mathemagic workshop yesterday in BIT College. He has this zeel to teach which makes even a subject like Mathematics so exciting! We had a tour in Algebra – simplifying it, Geometry – visualising it, Graph theory – how a practical problem can be phrased in simple mathematical terms, Calculus- demystifying it, Topology – how simple things can be totally counter-intuitive, and Number theory – the easy to understand problems don’t necessarily have trivial solutions, and much more!

We were studying mathematics for more than two hours, and didn’t feel it was that long!

Apart from Maths, Bawa also told stories about mathematicians and the world around them at that time. How the great library at Alexandria was burnt down and then shifted sources at Egypt also got destroyed and this crime against humanity set back the progress of human society a thousand years behind, starting a dark age of ignorance. How shy was Fermat, the story of Pythagorus, ancient Indian mathematician who discovered the Pythagorus theorem much before him, the story of why there is no nobel prize in maths!

Most importantly, Bawa gave that enthusiasm to learn new things, study the subject with all drive. 🙂

YES!+ at Lalbagh – II

Check out the wonderful articles and photos by Srikanth and Santosh. WAYE to go! Cheers!

Valentine special morning YES!+ in Koramangala!

We had a fantastic time with a first ever morning batch of YES!+ in Koramangala!! Some moments :-


Daily morning 6-9:30 sessions gave a great drive for the rest of the day! 

yes plus in koramangala

YES!+ in Jayanagar – I

It was a great time in the first week of new year in the YES!+ in Jayangar!

Learning new techniques, exploring a new dimention to life!

Learning new techniques, exploring a new dimention to life!

Learning presentation skills

Learning presentation skills

Music - Food for left brain!

Music - Food for left brain!

Celebration and serenity

Celebration and serenity

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