The first time I beheld the beautiful face of Sri Sri Ravishankarji was on a pamphlet advertising the Basic Course of The Art of Living. I was struck by the smiling face framed by the long flowing hair. “What a handsome and attractive face. How charming and wise he looks!” I exclaimed. Then and there I decided to find out more about this benign young man in flowing white robes with his oval face framed by a flowing black beard. A little research showed that Sri Sri Ravishankarji had an ashram in Bangalore from where he strove to uplift souls and show them how to live a happier and a more fulfilling lives. His way was through self purification by doing the Sudarshan Kriya, a breathing technique devised by him to cleanse the body, mind and soul.
I went on http://www.artofliving.org/ website and learnt that “Sudarshan Kriya is a powerful yet simple rhythmic breathing technique that incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath, harmonizing the body, mind and emotions.” The website further explained how I could use the technique to get rid of negative emotions such as stress, anger and depression and increase stamina. “Wow!” I thought, “This is exactly what I need at this stage in my life”.
The year was 2011. It was the darkest phase in my life. That year everything I did seemed to be going awry. I was completely shaken and disheartened by repeated failures. Despite my hard work, the desired results were not forthcoming. Luck had deserted me completely and my world seemed to be a dark, dense forest of failure from which it was hard to exit.
Although a qualified doctor, I had set my heart on the Civil Services Exams much against the wishes of my family members. There was a lot of pressure on me not to pursue my dream but I was determined to do well and serve the nation. But no matter how hard I worked for the exam, I could not clear it. I started developing negative emotions and felt that the whole world was conspiring against me.
This was extremely discouraging for me as hitherto I had been a very successful student and had passed my medical exams with flying colours. I was totally dejected and became disinterested in my studies. It seemed that luck had totally deserted me and I started slipping into depression. I could not sleep and had no idea as to what was going wrong in my life.
As mentioned earlier, I came across an advertisement for the Basic Course of The Art of Living. I learnt that the Art of Living Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar guruji had emerged with the Sudarshan Kriya technique after a ten-day silence. The technique was so powerful that it had transformed millions of lives all over the world.
I was inspired to join the Basic Course just to pull myself out of the quagmire of despair and self-pity I had fallen into. On the first day of the course itself my mind opened out to new possibilities. Then things began to change drastically after each new day. I became more focused and relaxed. My mind became more intuitive and my memory power improved tremendously.
I worked hard for this year’s IAS preliminary exam despite a niggling sense of self doubt. But the daily practise of Sudarshan Kriya and meditation lay to rest all self doubt. I felt that luck would favour me again. The lessons learnt at the Basic Course came crowding into my mind pushing out the clouds of doubt and despair. I kept praying to my Guru Sri Sri Ravishankarji and reposed complete faith in him. I also received blessings from Art of Living teachers.
When I appeared for the exam, I was gratified to see the question papers. “Luck”, which I used to lament about, was in my favour this time! Most of the questions were from portions which I had read and studied well. And questions which I had not read myself, my friends had asked me just before the examination. As a result, I had covered the entire portion quite well. When the results were announced I was jubilant! I had scored far beyond my expectations. I never thought, even in my wildest dreams, that I would score 307 out of 400 marks, that too in such a prestigious and difficult exam as that of the IAS! I was surprised at my score. Even the good students among my friends had failed to score such high marks. I am 100% sure that this is the work of Guruji. It is only His Grace. He has shattered the myth of lack of luck in me. His Grace is my Luck now.
I have realised that we just need to drop all our inhibitions and have faith in our Guru then he will perform miracles. Just work hard, give your 100%, and then surrender everything at His lotus feet. Do not ever fear as He is right there looking above your shoulders.
Right now I am preparing for the IAS final exams and I am very optimistic that Guruji’s Grace won’t let my hard work go waste ever. I am confident that I will achieve all that I want to with his divine blessings.