I just completed 70 hours of one of the most amazing experiences of my life – the DSN course of the Art Of Living (AOL). I am a dedicated AOL follower and worship Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as my Guru.
I checked into the course at 1630 hours on Thursday and checked out on Sunday just around 12 mid-night – with a few hours allowed in between to go home to shower and nap. In effect, 3.5 days of non-stop action.
The experience was simply amazing. Just imagine the place to be a military-yoga la ‘miliyoga’ camp. The almost non stop sessions of 19 hours comprised classic yoga, meditation, introspection, self-development, ego bashing, sharing and caring, acting, spontaneity, improvisation, singing and dancing, serving and even spot fund raising… a mélange of the most intense of emotions all served ‘red bull’ style. The thoughts that emerged in my mind in random order were ‘wow’, ‘what the ****’ , ‘god, thank you, ‘ I’m a CEO – what the hell am I doing here’, ‘what was I waiting for’, ‘how do masters become masters’, ‘isn’t this what life was supposed to be all about’, ‘thanks for all that I have’, ‘get me the hell out of here’….
There was one (non physical) session in which I cried non-stop.
At night my level of energy was so high, thanks to the special and almost magical meditation that just 4 hours of sleep was enough to move on to the next day.
I would recommend this to everyone. You need to start with a basic course to qualify. A must for all of us in the bad bad world. You come out like a phoenix.
Interestingly, the Art of Living seniors describes the course thus :
‘if you think you are tough, come and find out how tough you are, and if you think you are weak, then check out how tough we make you’
Originally posted on Sept. 14, 2009 on rodinhood.com