#AOLShivaratri 2014 – All about Expansion

This journey in Art of Living and walking to keep pace (or sprinting) with His Holiness Pujya Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has never ceased to Amaze me (I am sure many who have been here would feel the same)

From the Old Ashram which in those days was considered to huge enough to accommodate the entire AOL family, was not enough to take in a minuscule percentage of the Ever-growing One World Family, that it is today.

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Amphitheater in the Old Ashram

Then came the Vishalakshi Mantap and the Amphi Theater which we thought would definitely cater for ever expanding family atleast for 50 years, and Lo! It was rendered too small even for a weekend Satsang these days.

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Vishalakshi Mantap – The Temple of Meditation
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Amphitheater in Front of Vishalakshi Mantap

Action moved to the Yagyashala (which was further extended) and even that today appears to be like a One-Room Tenement accommodating 30 member family in a Metro.

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Yagyashala

And came up the Marquee Location in the Art of Living International Ashram, Gurupaduka Vanam last year. I was certain that it would be enough “for ever”

Gurupaduka Vanam – Eve of Shiva Ratri 2013
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Gurupaduka Vanam – Eve of Shiva Ratri 2013 – 260 Gram Devata Pujas

I ate the humble pie in exactly an year. From comfortable crowd that was accommodated last Shivaratri, every inch of the front stage and back stage was packed with sea of Humanity. Shivaratri 2014 saw record crowds participating in the Maha Rudrabhisheka – 75 countries, and every single state (29) of India was represented here. Presenting Shivaratri 2014 in 4 Collages below:

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Gurupaduka Vanam – Shiva Ratri 2014
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Gurupaduka Vanam – Shiva Ratri 2014 – Ashramites and Sevaks
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Gurupaduka Vanam – Shiva Ratri 2014 – Sea of Humanity
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Gurupaduka Vanam – Shiva Ratri 2014 – Speechless :-O
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2 thoughts on “#AOLShivaratri 2014 – All about Expansion

  1. agnyaa February 28, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Truly Amazing.. Thanks Sureshji for the wonderful collage of pics and blog 🙂

  2. preitythomas February 28, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Amazing in true sense of the word! Heart Qns filled with awe, gratitude & love, after reading this.

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