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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shafa’s ‘Free-wheel Burning’ Road Trip to Rajasthan:Part 1- The Ranthambore Safari

On March 21st a dozen bikers embarked on a 3 day road trip to Rajasthan.  Shafa has already set a precedent of being a pioneer of innovative treatment modalities. After the success of “survival in the wild-camping trips”, the next level of social reintegration was obviously a road trip. So we clubbed together some of best minds from our senior residents to chart up a trip on the national highways of India.  The month’s long planning’s and logistics for the event bore fruit in the form of a three day bike tour from New Delhi to Ranthambore and jaipur.
As the sun rays kissed the Delhi sky, the Harley ridden by our CEO, Mr. Ranjan Dhar, thundered thru the streets of Delhi towards NH8, followed by Rakesh ji, Piyush ji, Nitesh, Neelabh, Anuj, Prashant, Deepak, Dhanur,Chetan, Gaurav and Sangeeta ji.  The reason we chose motor bikes was simple. One of the most distinct things about riding is that nothing feels quite like a motorcycle; the thrill of being at one with a two-wheeled machine that weighs only a few hundred pounds is one of the purest ways to get from point A to B, and the risks involve sometimes even heighten that enjoyment. Perhaps Robert Pirsig said it best in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: "You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it any more, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.” If you're a rider you know all about "the wave," the pointed finger or wave of the hand that acknowledges another rider as he or she passes. Motorcyclists often feel like they belong to a big community, and that sensation gives them something in common. What better way to escape than on a motorcycle? The sense of freedom feels more complete on two wheels, and riding doesn't transport you to a destination; it is the destination.

Covering a distance of around 1000 km over 3 days, our first stoppage was the rugged Ranthambore. We reached Sawai Madhopur in 10 hours straight. To our surprise, every one’s face had a shining smile instead of tired or worn out looks. Well, the next day’s Safari trip to the wild forest reserve of Ranthambore sure had us on the edge of excitement. For the night we stayed at hotel Green Valley, and after taking a shower and a quick rest, we hit the streets of Sawai Madhopur. Ah, the smell and the air of rugged town were infectious. We fell in love with ways of locals. After dining out at one of the famous eateries at Madhopur we hit the beds for well deserved rest.
Next day, we woke up early for the safari. Our canter took us on wild, national geographic style open safari thru the forest of Ranthambore. It was our lucky day, as we were able to spot a tiger, that too with our eyes. It was a spectacular sight!!! The royal tiger was enjoying some quality time in the sun- and we were privy to it. It was a special moment for us all. The ride thru the tiger reserve was an experience of the life time for some of us, as we had only seen such a scene on Nat Geo or Discovery Channels.
The innovative social reintegration trip of the day two came to a close with all of us saying farewell to all at Ranthambore and gearing up for our next stop at Jaipur. Our trip to Jaipur and all the excitements that unfolded is coming up in next post. In it we disclose our tryst with the Royal Rajasthan in Jaipur, our night out at Choki Dhani and the visit ot Hawamahal and the Lake Palace.

(To be continued) 

Monday, March 16, 2015

An Evening of Solace and Tranquility with Art of Living in Delhi

Living is an art. To live well a man must have an ideal or a mission in life. Life must be well disciplined and planned otherwise there will be chaos and discontentment. For living well zest, energy, health and a noble mission are essential. A life without a purpose is a life lost.  It is an empty dream and ends without any charm. Life always has both sides, light and serious. It has tragedies and comedies. It has pleasure and sorrow. It has work and leisure. A person should keep up the courage to face the hardships and work for achieving the mission in a planned way. Every man that is born in this world has a desire to live well. The life has various aims for various people. Unfortunately for most of our residents, life was an empty dream without a motive. They had only a single motive…to sustain their addiction and continue, to exist for the sake of living. They had no ideals, no mission for which to struggle and fight.

But all that is changing with Shafa in their life. Shafa rarely misses a chance to improve on the overall aspect of treating our residents, be it socially, physically, psychologically or spiritually. To awaken the sleeping jeeva and the lust for life, we organized a bhajan sandhya with Mr. Dushyant, renowned practitioner of Art of Living.
We had also invited the families of the residents to be a part of the event. It was an evening full of pure joy and vivacity. As Dushyant ji with his wife started the bhajans, the residents soon joined in to sing the praise of God Almighty. Spirituality is the knowledge that allows human beings to reach their perfection, meaning the state in which their primordial nature is realized. It can be considered as a complete experimental science that can guide us toward true knowledge of our rights and duties, which exist in any authentic spirituality. From this perspective, spirituality should be approached with a scientific mindset. Our residents have to learn step by step, understand, practice, experience, absorb, assimilate, and advance until they reach total knowledge of the “self” and the laws that shape its development. Of course, this process does not end with the death of the physical body, which is a temporary albeit necessary tool for laying the foundations of our future development.
According to Mr. Dushyant, spirituality in daily life means that we should feel the Creator’s presence in all of the moments of our lives; that we should remember we are not alone, and a compassionate yet exacting Source is watching after us; and that we should strive to act in accordance with His satisfaction in everything that we do. This state of constant attention to the Source creates a positive motivation and mobilizing energy within us to have greater focus on the acquisition of self-knowledge and greater trust in our relationship with the Source. Likewise, constant attention strengthens our confidence and our sense of inner peace. Practising natural spirituality expands and deepens our field of perception little by little, to the point that we can find answers to our own questions. From a different perspective, the other meaning of spirituality is to respect the rights of others in our interactions with them—that is, to want for others what we want for ourselves. This does not mean, however, that we should neglect to defend our own rights when it is necessary to do so. Spirituality also teaches us that “evil” has no substantive existence, but rather results from the dysfunction of responsible beings such as humans. Therefore, we have a duty to fight against evil, but this does not imply that we should perceive others as being evil or to wish ill upon them. It is in this context that forgiveness and forbearance find true meaning, and tolerance and empathy become important.

These spiritual experiences are both enriching and enlightening our residents. They are now learning how to say no, how to choose wisely and lead a healthy and a productive life. Our thanks go to Mr. Dushyant and Art of Living Foundation for the spiritual uplifting of our residents.