moko kahan dunde re bande

Sant Kabir says The best place to look for God is in the heart of your heart.

 

Lyrics :-

moko kahan dunde re bande
main to tere pas mein
na tirath mein na murat mein
na kanth nivas mein
na mandir mein na masjid mein
na kabe kailas mein
main to tere pas mein bande
main to tere pas mein
na main jap mein na main tap mein
na main kriya karm mein rahata
nahin jog sanyas mein
nahin pran mein nahin pind mein
na brahmand akash mein
na mein prakuti pravar gupha mein
nahin svasan ki svans mein
khoji hoye turat mil jaun
ek pal ki talash mein
kahet kabir suno bhai sadho
main to hun vishvas mein……
main to hun vishvas mein

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The hidden power of smile!!!

From Celebrating Silence- His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar

A plum once said, just because a banana lover came by, I converted myself into a banana. Unfortunately, his taste changed after a few months and so I became an orange. When he said I was bitter I became an apple, but he went in search of grapes. Yielding to the opinions of so many people, I have changed so many times that I no more know who I am.
How I wish I had remained a plum and waited for a plum lover.

Just because a group of people do not accept you as you are, there is no necessity for you to strip yourself of your originality. You need to think good of yourself, for the world takes you at your own estimate. Never stoop down in order to gain recognition. Never let go of your
true self to win a relationship. In the long run, you will regret that you traded your greatest glory – your uniqueness, for momentary
validation. Even Gandhi was not accepted by many people. The group that does not accept you as you is not your world. There is a world for each one of you, where you shall reign as king /queen by just being yourself. Find that world… in fact, that world will find you.

What water can do, gasoline cannot and what copper can, gold cannot. The fragility of the ant enables it to move and the rigidity of the tree enables it to stay rooted. Everything and everybody has been designed with a proportion of uniqueness to serve a purpose that we can fulfil only by being our unique self. You as you alone can serve your purpose and I as I alone can serve my purpose. You are here to be you… just you.
There was a time in this world when a Krishna was required and he was sent; a time when a Christ was required and he was sent; a time when a Mahatma was required and he was sent; a time when a J.R.D.Tata was required and he was sent. There came a time when you were required on this planet and hence you were sent. Let us be the best we can be. Don’t miss yourself and let the world not miss you.

In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinite of time to come, there will be no one like you. Existence should have loved you so much that it broke the mould after making you, so that another of your kind will never get repeated. You are original. You are rare. You are unique. You are a wonder. You are a masterpiece. .. your Master’s piece. Celebrate your Uniqueness.

Bachpan.. the childhood days

When I sit back near my window, basking in the warm rays of the sun..
The day reminds me of the lovely spring,
The beautiful days and the bright memories of the past
The magical smiles of the kids take me back to my prime time!!

The exams had finished and the holidays begun!!
Nothing better to do than watch TV or play outside…
No rush to brush or to wash the muddy feet!
The day would pass reading champaks and nanhe samrats!!
While I waited for the evening to dawn, I watched chhutti chhutti all along 🙂

The day of the result and the dreadful moments pass..
The new books with illustrations would take all my thoughts!!
The summer would knock while I took the evening walks..
The new uniform, the bag and the tiffin box was ready to spread its charm!!

The trump cards or the snaky ladder, we all were ready to plunge!
The heart wishes to go, play statue or steppu in the front yard!!
The school would begin and the fun was so much more!
The laughter of your girlfriends made up for the studious day!!

Come the annual days and the excitement had no bars!
The dance practice and the award ceremonies would take your breath away!!
The attention of cute guys made you feel so special!
The stolen smiles and the dreamy world was so nice and pleasant to be!
Inside still feels a child!! As would always be!!

The world I believe is changing… the mind wants to wander ..
Take a stroll which was…. Which is … the most adorable times to be!!

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Colors of Holi


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We all have great memories of Holi. Few things which comes to my mind are- great fun , friendship, diversity, new perspective about life…readiness to march in new year with high energy. (in many parts of India and world new year begins just after or before holi (month of march. So March ahead)

What is Holi?
‘Holi’  celebrated in India, meaning to offer oblation or prayer to the Almighty as Thanksgiving for good harvest. It has traditionally been celebrated in high spirit without any distinction of cast, creed, color, race, status or sex. It is one occasion when sprinkling colored powder (‘gulal’) or colored water on each other breaks all barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same and universal brotherhood is reaffirmed.

As Sri Sri says:

Holi is a festival of colors. This whole world is so colorful. Just like nature there are different colors associated with our feelings and emotions: anger with red, jealousy with green, vibrancy and happiness with yellow, love with pink, vastness with blue, peace with white, sacrifice with saffron and knowledge with violet. Each person is a fountain of colors which keep changing.

~In ignorance, emotions are a bother; in knowledge, the same emotions add colour. Like Holi, life should be colourful, not boring. When each color is seen clearly, it is colorful. When all the colors get mixed, you end up with black. So also in life, we play different roles. Each role and emotion needs to be clearly defined. Emotional confusion creates problems. When you are a father, you have to play the part of a father. You can’t be a father at office. When you mix the roles in your life, you start making mistakes. Whatever role you play in life, give yourself fully to it. Harmony in diversity makes life vibrant, joyful and more colorful.

PS: Use of toxic and dangerous colors, criminal waste of water etc can make holi unproductive experience and loose the real significance. Let’s celebrate holi with  non toxic colors, flowers, fun and as signified above.

Only colors & no dyes….
Only fun & no worries….

I remember one marathi poem by Suresh Bhat:

रंगुनी रंगात साऱ्या रंग माझा वेगळा !
गुंतुनी गुंत्यात साऱ्या पाय माझा मोकळा !

कोण जाणे कोठुनी ह्या सावल्या आल्या पुढे;
मी असा की लागती ह्या सावल्यांच्याही झळा !

राहती माझ्यासवे ही आसवे गीतांपरी;
हे कशाचे दुःख ज्याला लागला माझा लळा !

कोणत्या काळी कळेना मी जगाया लागलो
अन्‌ कुठे आयुष्य गेले कापुनी माझा गळा !

सांगती ’तातपर्य’ माझे सारख्या खोट्या दिशा :
“चालणारा पांगळा अन्‌ पाहणारा आंधळा !”

माणसांच्या मध्यरात्री हिंडणारा सूर्य मी :
माझियासाठी न माझा पेटण्याचा सोहळा !

Mahashivaratri – day of happiness, celebration and meditation

Mahashivaratri is auspicious day celebrated widely in India. Please read bellow compiled article about Mahashivaratri. This will give you good insight into know abouts and how to celebrate shivaratri. This has deep connection to our daily life. Todays day is special for reflecting on our own self, celebration, happiness and meditation.

Knowledge about Mahashivaratri from Sri Sri Ravishakar

SHIVA

Shiva is not any person sitting in some hill, kailas hill, he is not that. What does Kailas mean? Kailas – ‘Las’ means what, where there is celebration, happiness. Where there is a festive atmosphere. Where there is frolicsomeness / intoxication. Where there is celebration and only celebration. That is Kailas. Vaikunth is where there is nothing short. Kunth – is shortage. Vaikunth is where there is shortage of nothing. Where there is only celebration that is kailas. So, Shiv ji is seated in such kailas. Aatma only is Shiva.

If you meditate on shivaratri then the power of meditation is 100 times more, it is said like that. At least do it on that day, it’s okay if you don’t do it on other days, at least do it one day. It’s said for the sake of saying. So that which is always(nitya) and which is (shashwat), that is shiva tattva. It’s said beautiful in that shloka:

Shivaratri is the day of Lord Shiva. Shiva is the lord of meditation and therefore the lord of awakening. Shiva Tatva means to be awakened. Shivratri is thus an occasion to awaken one’s self from all sorts of slumber. Shivaratri is not a night to be slept over. One should try and be up through the night. It signifies being aware of everything you have and being grateful about it. Be grateful for the happiness which leads to growth, and also for sadness which gives a depth to life. This is the right way of observing Shivaratri.

For the pious, the following method of Shiva worship is advisable – sit down in lotus posture, do some Pranayam to stabilize your breath, then indulge in Dhyana, followed by chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya”. It is the greatest mantra and the devout should drown himself in its Kirtan. Shivaratri worship leads to fulfillment of a devotee’s wishes.

There are certain days and time frames in a year that enhance one’s mental and spiritual faculties. In such times, whatever one wishes, materializes. Shivaratri is one such day. All this is very scientific. Going to temples on this day is OK but you should remember that Shiva is everywhere.

The meaning of Kailasa (legendary abode of Shiva in Himalayas) is celebration. So where there is happiness and celebration, Shiva is present. Whether in Sanyasa or Sansara, you can’t escape Shiva. Feeling his presence all the time is the essence of Shivaratri. That is the real Sanyasa. No worship is complete without offering something to the deity. Shiva is a very simple lord, he is innocent – Bholanath. One just needs to offer bel-patra to him. But in this simplicity is a deep message. Bel-patra offerings signify the surrender of all three aspects of one’s nature -Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. You have to surrender the positives and negatives of your life to Shiva and become carefree! The greatest offering is your self. To offer one’s self is the key to happiness in life. After all, why do you get sad? It is mainly because you are not able to achieve something in life. At such times you should surrender everything to the all knowing God. The greatest power is in surrender to the divine. It’s like a drop owning the ocean. If a drop remains separate, it will perish. But when it becomes the ocean, it is eternal!

Your true nature is Shiva. And Shiva is peace, infinity, beauty and the non-dual One. Ratri means “to take refuge.” Shivaratri is taking refuge in Shiva.

Shivam, Shantam, Advaitam: Shiva means your very Self your innermost core, the purest Self. Shanta is quiet, peaceful, very innocent. Advaita is non-dual, only One. So, Shiva means good, benevolent, Ratri means that which gives rest, takes you into its lap and comfort. Night is always comforting, all activities have stopped, everything is quiet, peaceful, environment becomes quiet, body gets tired, goes to sleep. Shivaratri — a rest which is so deep. When the mind rests with the Divine, that is the real rest, only in the Divine lap.

Any meditation we do on this day has a manifold effect, for this is the day when spirit touches the earth.

The first sound when creation manifested was Om. The second sound was So Hum. The third sound was Om Namah Shivaya.

By chanting Om Namah Shivaya, it is said that one gets rid of all the sins. Even if one has never chanted the Om Namah Shivaya mantra, it is worth just listening to it and soaking in it. It is called Mantra Snanam (bathing in Mantra). It elevates the consciousness.

SHIVA TATTVA

Q: Guruji (Sri Sri), please tell something about shiva tattva and what is the importance of mahashivaratri?

A: Shiva tattva is something that is total, complete. If you see Shiv ji then, he is sitting in meditation, immersed in meditation and also doing tandav. You won’t find this completeness in any other form or gods and goddesses. He is sitting in meditation, peacefully and also doing dance, shiva-tandav. There is innocence and he is having the knowledge of three lokas (trilok gyani), he is a guru also. He is a beggar as well as eshwar, master of everyone. Is it possible that one can be both – master of everybody and beggar at the same time. We can find this in only Shiva tattva. That’s why he is called ‘Har’ – (jo har ek mein hain) one who is there in each and everyone. (jo har jage hota hain woh har hain) – one who is present in every place. Har means everything. Who is pervading every place, who is there in everyone, in all forms.

It’s said in the Upanishad:

“Shivam shantam, advaitam, chaturtam, mannyante sa aatma sa vigyeya.” Shiva is, shanta – which is quite, advait – which is non-dual, there is no other of it; chaturth – which is the fourth state – it’s not awake, nor dreaming or nor sleeping (sushupti). It’s not sleep, not dream nor awakened state. That which is beyond these three is called “Shiva avastha”. When you are in meditation, you are in what state? Tell me. Are you awake? You are not sleeping and you are not dreaming also. But there is something pleasant. That fourth state is called shiva avastha, shiva tattva. Shivam, shantam, advaitam, chaturtam, fourth state, it’s auspicious state; manyante sa atma sa vigyeya – that is atma and you are that, we have to get known to it, it’s the only thing to be known. After knowing that, then you say – “Shivoham Shivoham”. The person who says “aham aham” that is “me, me”, when that person melts after going inside him, then he stops saying ‘I, I’ and says “Shivoham Shivoham”. So I am Shiva. Shiva is me. The ever new existence (satta) of the consciousness that is shiva satta. You start experiencing that. After experiencing also, you should sit quite. It’s not that once you experience shiva tattva, then you should start roaming with a trishul. Then you have some mental problem. Keep the experience in your heart, keep it there only. With your own mind if you start saying shivoham shivoham, put bhasma and start roaming around by putting a snake around your neck and holding a trishul – no. The significance of snake is, that it is the wakeful state. Shiv ji is sitting with eyes closed. One may feel he is sleeping. No. How is he from inside – like a snake, wakeful, the consciousness is wakeful, fully awake. The snake gives the message of wakeful consciousness.

And some days, some special days, the experience of shiva tattva is very easy. Like on purnima and amavasya, the mood of mind fluctuates as the moon waxes or wanes. Does it happen or not. It’s said that the mental diseases increase during purnima and amavsya in mental hospitals. So in the same way, on pradosh, or Mondays the wakeful state of Shiva tattva is more, it is said like that, it’s a recognition. If you meditate on shivaratri then the power of meditation is 100 times more, it is said like that. At least do it on that day, it’s okay if you don’t do it on other days, at least do it one day. It’s said for the sake of saying. So that which is always(nitya) and which is (shashwat), that is shiva tattva. It’s said beautiful in that shloka:

“Namami shamishaan nirvana rupam, vibhum vyapakam brahma veda swaroopam.”

Which is in the form of veda, means in form of knowledge; vibhum vyapakam – that is all pervading. So it is said it is nija also, nirgun also, sagun also, all gunas are there in it, everything is there. After saying this then they say “you can’t describe it, now keep quiet. How much will you talk? How much will you describe?” “Chidakasham akasha vasi…” That ‘chid’ chaitanya also, how is it? It’s not a flame or not any object also. It’s the chidakash, it’s the sky. It’s pervading all the chidakash. It’s the form of chidakash. Akashvat. That’s why shivji is always painted blue in picture. It’s not that he was blue colour, it means blue like the sky. And moon on the head, and how is the jata like whole digambar all the digmandal is the jata. There, moon is also inside him. Everything is inside him. So all the ghosts, dead, devil, everything was included in his gana. Nothing was left out of him. It’s not possible also. They say that Shivaji’s procession. All types of people are there. So in this world, there are all types of people, all belong to that supreme soul. There is no one else here. It’s said “Sarvam shivamayam jagat”. This whole world is Shivamaya.

The soul of Krishna is Shiva. When shiva tattva took the form of body and became Krishna. That’s why it is said that, when the Gita was given, Shivaji had given. Means, staying in Shiva tattva, Krishna had given the message of Gita. That time he didn’t give Gita while doing raas-leela. He didn’t give it while playing, but that time being in his own self, in his vishwa rupa he gave. So there’s not a little bit of difference between Shiva and Krishna. The difference is imaginary. Krishna was a historical personality. Shiva tattva – Shiva never came on this earth. But Krisha came, stayed and then went. That’s the difference. In Krishna, shiva tattva took a physical body and in shiva tattva there is no body.

Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are called vibhutis, so if there is no person here, then what is the relation?

Shakti hai vyakti nahin. These are three forms of omkar. That’s why it is said ‘Ek Omkar’. Everything comes in one omkar. Three different qualities of one parmatma are called as Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. In our body there is place of Brahma – below abdomen, Vishnu – middle portion, Mahesh – head region. The reproductive organs are situated in stomach and below. From the naval to throat – is the place of Vishnu, all organs for sustaining the body and Shiva tattva is above on the head. Any devastation, destruction happens by head only. And also any transformation happens by head only. The strength (shakti) of shiva is called as Devi shakti. Shiva tattva can’t stay without shakti.

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A visual tour of the 275 1st millennium Shiva temples of India. The 275 Tevara sthalas of India are a national heritage. Templenet is proud to present a visual journey through these 275 temples to the accompaniment of the compositionnilakantha vamadeva sung by Vidita Kanniks.

FYI: LIVE Webcast of Maharudra Puja and Mahasatsang with Sri Sri on www.artofliving.org/satsang or http://live.aofl.eu/ from 6:30 pm IST (5 am EST) onwards

Lets go deep within and celebrate self today.

Every Moment

“If you are aware, if you are open, if your heart is open, you’ll see that every moment you can live in the knowledge—no matter what you are doing. You don’t have to have to get away from all this and sit in some corner, on some mountain, in some monastery somewhere. No, no! You can be doing your work, be on your job, do all that you want to do and yet maintain that inner awareness. ”  SSRS

I experience this so much every moment…Everything we do is meditation, sadhana,yoga. In fact every act or life itself  becomes expression of yoga,sadhana,meditation . You take some time out for that everyday – that is good.. necessary in the beginning for discipline and for the body..but after while everything you do is part of it…You don’t do something you are part of it..You don’t  love..you are love itself..

 You don’t have any restriction, it’s so much open that you don’t have choice but to live knowledge each moment. And you can experience this in whatever you do whichever field you work,research business, service, corporate, job , student …

Know that you are already special and free…this very moment ..you don’t have to wait for years and years to get enlightened. It takes only a moment for that shift to happen and yes you are there.  I feel lucky to realize and live this each moment and want to share this with everyone.

Life is just unlimited joy , each breath is so special , we are moving in the sea of energy. Sometime it might be just that moment you are down and with some negative thought but it’s not you…Its just that moment you have that layer of that thought ,some stress or  emotion here and there .. Once you see beyond that, you are so beautiful..everyone of us is so beautiful ..unique..masterpiece (masters piece)

One more one line from my friend Prabhu: Foolish people live for the moment; Coolish people live in the moment.

What is Love ?

What is love? Is it some emotion, sensation, feeling, attachment, sex, relationship, pain? Is it a sensation that magically generates when Mr. or Ms. Right appears?

How can we express love?

Love is not an emotion! It is your very Existence!! It is the most basic need of life.

It is the origin of life, and also the goal of life. Seeking for love brings freedom, comfort, peace, also all the problems in life comes because of love too… In love ordinary things become extraordinary.

We are made up of substance called LOVE…There is nothing but just love…My Life, my breath is my valentine.. Everyone wants nothing but love in some or other form.. may it be relationship, respect, money, fame ..some or other form of love. If you have everything in material world but no love..Is it of any use. No. Right ?

Love has no completion… because it is infinity. It doesn’t have any boundaries. You can also never express love fully through words, feelings, expressions. You may try but is will not be complete. It is inexpressible. So do not questions or doubt love…just let it be.

Let love be. Don’t give it a name. When you give it a name it becomes a relationship, and relationship restricts love. Love is your nature. And because love is your very nature, you cannot but love.

The ability to receive genuine love comes with the ability to give love. Love and authority are totally opposite values yet they co-exist. ..(Subtler )

As Fromm puts it in his book “The Art of Loving” : The full answer lies in the achievement of interpersonal union, the most powerful striving in man.  It is the most fundamental passion; it is the force which keeps the human race together…  Without love humanity could not exist for a day.

We must lose our self, in order to gain our self.  What we must lose is our selfishness, our self-centeredness.  We must lose the ego, in order gain the soul.

When there is a conflict between love and truth, love always wins, that is why spouses lie .

Some Quotes :

“Seeing God in the person next to you is love. And seeing god in yourself is meditation.”  Sri Sri

“The visible sign of utter love is an undying smile.” Sri Sri

“Let love be. Do not give it a name.”  Sri Sri

“Love is that phenomenon of total letting go.” Sri Sri

“Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”  Mark Twain

mera mujhmein kutchh nahi..kuch nahi

jo kutch hai so tera

tera tujhko saup de kya laage hai mera…..Kabir

Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

Bellow is  3 minute interesting video that talk about leadership and how the movements are started.
Summery from video:
  • When you find the lone nut doing something great..have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.
  • Leadership is often over-glorified.
  • It is first follower who converted lone nut into movement.

 

The rise and fall of Inquiries!!

The thought has struck me often. Only that I was reluctant to put it in words and share with the world. But I guess now is the time.
Knowledge- what is it??? A broad term I guess!! How about knowing oneself?? Isn’t that the highest one in our lives? Who am I ? What am I here for? What is the purpose of life?

Its been easier for me to gather a solution to a math problem ( math- which is actually Greek for me) 😉 than knowing answers to these questions. When I was in 4th standard, I thought I would be happy if I stood first in class in this term. And then the next. Then finally the whole year. Well, I actually did. This scenario continued for years. When would I win the best dancer’s award. The 10th standard was worst… the whole year I was worried more about marks and less about studying. Whenever I tried studying, the fear of the huge syllabus didn’t let me concentrate.

It was in college that I noticed it was a routine for me. Procrastinating stuff, just worrying, thinking about work while I was watching TV and wondering about how I would look in the black dress while I was trying to pay attention in the class. Life was frustrating. Not getting good marks in the class. I was losing self-respect.

It is said that certain events change your life forever. Well, I would say that holds true for me too, but the impact on my mind is gradual. Certain happenings, certain revelations. I always thought it would be nice to have someone guide me through this paradigm as I was not capable of doing so myself. But the contradictory thought that the human mind is capable of coping up with any situation too surfaced.

And then it struck. My mom taught me to walk. She is my first guru in life. My dad taught me math on the abacus. My second guru. My nani guided me through applying butter on bread and teaching me counting in Hindi. Each school teacher who gave me soo much knowledge. The pundit ji in the temple, who told awesome stories from the scriptures, wasn’t he a guru??? I guess the word has been stereotyped too much in the oriental world.
If these small things need a trainer, the answers to biggest questions in life but obviously had to be guided by a guru, moreso a teacher. ( I guess the youngsters don’t like the term too much). The presence did give me so much I had never expected I would get.

The realization did actually open many doors for me. Instead of receiving any thought with skepticism, I rather opened up my mind. The path wasn’t too easy, I would say it still is not. Accepting your shortcomings and working on them. I do get angry and mad at people  I don’t complete my work efficiently, I accept a lot. But I tell you, accepting all these issues had solved half the problems for me.

Things started changing, I could see myself improving. And then when you traverse the emotions and are with oneself, that we have the time to ask- who we are??? What am I doing in this world for chrissake??? And we dive into knowledge. Does helping people makes me feel happy? Why? Maybe because my ego gets satisfied!! My inner self expands!! So wasn’t it for our own sake that we helped someone???

Situation zoom out::
Wasn’t it all the work of a master??? Who actually is a part of me? The knowledge from the scriptures??? The understanding of me to answer both the big and small questions? How can we decline the presence?
The witness of self is the witness of the master. The presence which helped me break away from patterns big and small, aren’t we all stuck in these??

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