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.


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???

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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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Romancing the divine!!

These thoughts had been in my mind for so long now. I would request the reader to keep the divine or the purest form of love in mind.

Weren’t you there sitting with me enjoying the ice-cream on the stairs below the church..near the crossing…
Were you not observing when I remembered you reading this book and had tears in my eyes…

The song which popped up on radio and took my thoughts away bringing me close to you…
You were listening to it all when we cracked jokes about you and laughed our hearts out!!!

You walked beside me in the wee hours of the morning when I felt scared of situations unknown…
The raindrops which hit me while I drenched in them, my eyes closed … weren’t you the raindrops?? Or maybe the smile on my face…

The laughter of a child on the roadside who turned and smiled back at me — Ah!! Well!! I knew it had to be you!!

You were present in all the knowledge I absorbed~~ it had all come from you!!
In all my prayers!! In the breath I take!! The work, the fun.. You are me and I am you!! Isn’t it??

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The Raghu who was!! The Raghu who IS!!

Had heard about him for the first time like a gunda of the gang!! The most talked about hero of the whole group!! “Oh raghu.. U don’t know him yet!! Just let him come OK..” and the smirk… was Gautam’s reply. “Hahaha..beta raghu ko aane do ek bar” (said Tani when we the poor fachchas asked for an explanation)…. . “Beta Tani dekhte hai tujhe… bas kuchh din aur… hasle hasle..” Gautam had felt sooo powerful on seeing Tanis fearful eyes 😉

Finally we saw him… on the IGSA welcome dinner… sitting in the first row, with the beautiful girl whom we had heard about. The conversation was hilarious. We had tried to induce suspicion in his girlfriend’s mind that he had been around with many more chicks.

And so the sequence began. From the racket ball games to the black couches in University centre. From the graduate parties to dinner hosting. He was all there. The centre of attraction. You could spot him anywhere and everywhere. Huddled up in a group of girls and wooing them. On one of his friends birthday, getting accolades for his jokes.

Job or no job. Food or no food. Girl or no girl. U would always find Raghu happy. Laughing his heart out!! He would give in 100% in everything he did!! Be it sleeping, eating, playing or for the matter of fact–studying. With the most positive attitude on achieving success. Well he actually did manage to get two jobs simultaneously!!

I remember we were going for a party to the firehouse lounge.. He was teasing me all along during the bus ride!! And finally admitted that the thing he liked most about me was the ability to take humor in positive sense even when it was directed on me!! And that too in large quantities.. Man! I was flattered!!

The party was rocking! We had danced so much! Bollywood music in a disc!! Who could have resisted it!

He accepted the job in California and shifted!! The bike! The car! And you could see the smile!!

And the news came!! He had left us all!! I am sure he would be making fun of somebody or laughing his heart out that time too.

The friend who was!! The friend who is!! He smiles every time we all have fun!! Meet up!! Dance! Perform!!  And as Tani plays… bin tere, bin tere, koi khalish hai hawaaon me bin tere….

–You’re not afraid to die when you’ve lived your life to the fullest!!

Witness Me!!

Seeing you in itself is bliss!!! An inspiration to write… tears welled up I bow down to thee!! With how much simplicity you conquer the hearts of millions…

The knowledge in each word, the balance in each breath… the infinite love in those eyes..
I read all- I see all- I breathe all… but in the end I come down to Thee~~
All to see you in the purest form… the Source is you, the Medium you & the Destination is indeed You…

The presence which makes me feel Im not this name, nor am I this body!! Definitely not the words, nor am I the ego or the mind!!
Ure here on this facebook video…ure there in all those dreams… ure there in all those hearts… don’t know what will I do without u…

Wake up my dear!!! And walk ahead!! The mesmerizing voice… the melodies you sing…. O krishna Im in love…. Its all you I could think..

Ive realized its you!!! In all the sublime forms!! Ive realized u have come for me, Here in this form, this presence is all me!!!