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Pandit Birju Maharaj Kathak classes at Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, India

Kathak workshop with Pandit Birju Maharaj 2014-11-27 to 2014-11-30 Bangalore

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The Programmes integrate Pandit Birju Maharaj ji’s Kathak dance training with simple Yoga, powerful breathing techniques, Meditations, rejuvenating Ayurveda (an ancient healing science) and much more!

Programmes: Basic and Advanced Levels

Dates: 27th - 30th November 2014
(Check-in: 26th evening, Check-out: 30th 6 pm onwards)

Eligibility:  Basic for Beginners: Is open for all above 17 years of age
                 Advanced: Is open for all above 17 years of age having a minimum 3 years training in Kathak

Pre-Registration Required.

For More Details
Email: aolnrityasadhana@gmail.com
For Details call: 080 67262637, 8123474509
Register at: www.bangaloreashram.org

Pandit ji belongs to Lucknow gharana of Kathak, and I have been privileged to attend a training workshop withhim at Kathak Kendra, Gomtinagar, Lucknow in the year 2006. It was unforgettable! Dance is a wonderful therapy. Kathak is an eminent classical dance of India, and it is amazing to learn it with such ease from the legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj.

Kathak students still visit his ancestral home in Lucknow to seek blessings. His lineage

Unveil Thy Face

Who art Thou that walkest

before me and behind me

And in the hour of sleep

standest in watch beside me?

Wilt Thou not unveil Thy face whose

love hath already made me captive?

Freely I am bound to Thee;

Freely do I remain bound;

For Thou hast poured upon me Thy

unbounded love unasked.

Unasked will I make my offering unto Thee.

~ Swami Paramananda

Inspiration

Thou art born of Spirit,

Not created by thought,

Nor moulded by fancies,

Thou divine spark of unfathomed origin!

As vision Thou enterest in the heart of the prophet;

In the soul of the poet Thou dwellest as raptures of inspiration;

And in the throat of the singer as music.

Soul art Thou in our life;

Life art Thou in our body.

Who can know Thee, Thou subtlest of subtle?

How can we ever know Thee,

Save when Thou dost come to us in Thy glory

And grant unto us our sight?

~ Swami Paramananda

Fire Of Truth – Part 2

Disciple

Compassionate Sire, what nature is this fire

Teach me how to kindle it.

Master

It is flame, without smoke;

It burns without fuel, save what is not visible to the eyes.

It burns in the mouth of the wise.

It dwells in heart of love.

It is the perpetual altar fire where saints pour their oblation of worship.

It is eternal life.

It dwells in thee, though thou knowest it not, dormant, hidden at thy inmost recess.

When thy uncovered heart will catch the spark that cometh out from the mouth that speaketh the Fire of Truth,

Then will be lighted in thee this smokeless, eternal Flame.

~ Swami Paramananda

There is only one Reality

It is because God wants you that I am here with you, calling you to come Home, where my Beloved is, where Krishna and Christ, and Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwarji and the other saints are. “Come,” the Lord is saying, “they are all rejoicing in Me. No worldly joys-the taste of food, the beauty of flowers, the passing pleasure of earthly love-can compare with the divine joys of My home.”

There is only one Reality. It is He. Forget everything else.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda, “ Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda”

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