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The only path to serenity — April 14, 2016

The only path to serenity

Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
– Tao Te Ching-Lao Tzu

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Mystery of Love — August 1, 2015
मैंने आहुति बन कर देखा यह प्रेम यज्ञ की ज्वाला है ! — July 30, 2015

मैंने आहुति बन कर देखा यह प्रेम यज्ञ की ज्वाला है !

मैं कब कहता हूँ जग मेरी दुर्धर गति के अनुकूल बने,
मैं कब कहता हूँ जीवन-मरू नंदन-कानन का फूल बने ?
काँटा कठोर है, तीखा है, उसमें उसकी मर्यादा है,
मैं कब कहता हूँ वह घटकर प्रांतर का ओछा फूल बने ?

मैं कब कहता हूँ मुझे युद्ध में कहीं न तीखी चोट मिले ?
मैं कब कहता हूँ प्यार करूँ तो मुझे प्राप्ति की ओट मिले ?
मैं कब कहता हूँ विजय करूँ मेरा ऊँचा प्रासाद बने ?
या पात्र जगत की श्रद्धा की मेरी धुंधली-सी याद बने ?

पथ मेरा रहे प्रशस्त सदा क्यों विकल करे यह चाह मुझे ?
नेतृत्व न मेरा छिन जावे क्यों इसकी हो परवाह मुझे ?
मैं प्रस्तुत हूँ चाहे मेरी मिट्टी जनपद की धूल बने-
फिर उस धूली का कण-कण भी मेरा गति-रोधक शूल बने !

अपने जीवन का रस देकर जिसको यत्नों से पाला है-
क्या वह केवल अवसाद-मलिन झरते आँसू की माला है ?
वे रोगी होंगे प्रेम जिन्हें अनुभव-रस का कटु प्याला है-
वे मुर्दे होंगे प्रेम जिन्हें सम्मोहन कारी हाला है

मैंने विदग्ध हो जान लिया, अन्तिम रहस्य पहचान लिया-
मैंने आहुति बन कर देखा यह प्रेम यज्ञ की ज्वाला है !
मैं कहता हूँ, मैं बढ़ता हूँ, मैं नभ की चोटी चढ़ता हूँ
कुचला जाकर भी धूली-सा आंधी सा और उमड़ता हूँ

मेरा जीवन ललकार बने, असफलता ही असि-धार बने
इस निर्मम रण में पग-पग का रुकना ही मेरा वार बने !
भव सारा तुझपर है स्वाहा सब कुछ तप कर अंगार बने-
तेरी पुकार सा दुर्निवार मेरा यह नीरव प्यार बने

~सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन ‘अज्ञेय’ बड़ोदरा, 15 जुलाई, 1937

Seek the One —

Seek the One

FOR years I sought the Many in the One,
I thought to find lost waves and broken rays,
The rainbow’s faded colours in the sun,
The dawns and twilights of forgotten days.

But now I seek the One in every form,
Scorning no vision that a dewdrop holds,
The gentle Light that shines behind the storm,
The Dream that many a twilight hour enfolds.

~Eva Gore-Booth (20th century), The Quest

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Don’t go back to sleep —
Real — July 20, 2015
Two Kinds of Intelligence —

Two Kinds of Intelligence

There are two kinds of intelligence: one acquired,
as a child in school memorizes facts and concepts
from books and from what the teacher says,
collecting information from the traditional sciences
as well as from the new sciences.

With such intelligence you rise in the world.
You get ranked ahead or behind others
in regard to your competence in retaining
information. You stroll with this intelligence
in and out of fields of knowledge, getting always more
marks on your preserving tablets.

There is another kind of tablet, one
already completed and preserved inside you.
A spring overflowing its springbox. A freshness
in the center of the chest. This other intelligence
does not turn yellow or stagnate. It’s fluid,
and it doesn’t move from outside to inside
through conduits of plumbing-learning.

This second knowing is a fountainhead
from within you, moving out.

~Rumi

 

Happiness —
शकुन्तला —

शकुन्तला

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Shakuntala – Raja Ravi Varma

अनाघ्रातं पुष्पं किसलयमलूनं कररुहै-
रनाविद्धं रत्नं मधु नवमनास्वादितरसम् ।
अखण्डं पुण्यानां फलमिव च तद्रूपमनघम्
न जाने भोक्तारं कमिह समुपस्थास्यति विधिः ॥

शाकुन्तल ।२।१०।

Bansuri playlist —
Bliss —
Bansuri — February 4, 2015
changeless — December 16, 2014

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“There is an indefinable mysterious power that pervades everything. I feel it although I don’t see it. It is this unseen power that makes itself felt, yet defies all proof. It transcends the senses. Everything around me is ever changing, ever dying … underlying all that change is a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates.” – Gandhi

Evening Breeze — August 6, 2014
Varanasi — June 6, 2014

Varanasi

“The city’s sacredness is derived from sets of triads-the trinity of Lord Shiva, Ma Ganga and the Mukti Kshetra Kashi; the trinity of Varuna, Assi and Kashi; the trinity of Ida (Desire), Pingala (Action) and Sushumna (Brahmajnana); the trinity of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism; the trinity of Sthavara (Sthala and Jala), Jangama (Saints) and Manasa thirthas; the trinity of temples, ghats and mathas; the trinity of sadhus, saints and siddhas; the trinity of Karma, bhakti and Jnana; the trinity of Ramanand, Kabir and Tulsi; ….”

— K. Chandramouli
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“Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together!”

– Mark Twain

Rishikesh !! — March 8, 2014

Rishikesh !!

“The land north of Gangadwar is known to the wise as Paradise Ground. Apart from this land, the rest is called Earth elsewhere.”
― Kedarkhand Skanda Purana

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The mountains, I become a part of it… The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters, I become a part of it.
– Navajo Chant

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Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
– Edmund Hillary

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“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.”
― Jeffrey Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

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“You have to get lost before you can be found.”
― Jeff Rasley, Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

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Satyam Shivam Sundaram — February 27, 2014
Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis — September 16, 2013
Evening Breeze — September 7, 2013
Solitude — September 5, 2013

Solitude

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
~ Henry David Thoreau

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Today I am going to talk about Solitude. Now please don’t get it wrong, it doesn’t mean that all human beings who are interested in spiritual matters should run away and sit alone in the mountains or in a cave and remain forever in solitude. This is not what I am talking about.

Solitude actually is a state of mind. It’s the understanding that dawns upon the mind, that one is really alone in the sense, like a great soul once said, Alone, A-L-O-N-E is actually all one. Now alone is not isolation. So the solitude which I am talking about is not isolation. It is not something that is imposed upon us. It is not as if we are arrested and put under solitary confinement. That is not solitude. Solitude is a spiritual word indicating a beautiful state of mind. Where one is ONE. One is ONE… Yes. Meaning, oneself…

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Where the sidewalk ends — August 27, 2013

Where the sidewalk ends

There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

~ Shel Silverstein

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Being & Non-being — August 20, 2013

Being & Non-being

No beauty without ugliness.
No good without evil.
Being and non-being are two aspects of the same reality.
Difficult and easy, long and short, high and low, before and after:
With each pair, two sides of the same coin.
~ Lao Tzu
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The One —
Mount Bonnell, Austin Texas —
Song of the River — August 16, 2013
Truth —
Blessed — August 14, 2013
Shivoham — July 31, 2013
If — July 30, 2013
Soul is but a drop of water… —

Soul is but a drop of water…

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Hindus love Gods, so much so that there are thousands of them (may be even more). People following other religions are often confounded by the existence of multiple Gods in Hinduism, which is in stark contrast to their own belief that there is only one God. However understanding Hinduism is like peeling layers of onion. One layer is revealed after another and as you dig deeper, somewhere during the process, you realize that even Hinduism teaches that God is one.

There is a peculiar analogy that exists between water and soul – just like water is essential for the body, soul is essential for life. Considering the case of water, sea water is no different from distilled water, except for the presence of impurities in sea water. These extra elements or impurities impart their own unique qualities to water – like taste, color, density etc. Additionally, water acquires different shapes…

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Knockin’ on Heavens door — July 28, 2013
Blowing in the wind —
What matters —
Companion —
Why not I with thine ? — July 27, 2013
The Wall — July 25, 2013
Feel.. —
We Know… — July 24, 2013

We Know…

THROUGH THE HEALING LENS

There are
some
things

~

 we
are
born
knowing;

~

We
know

~

we can
touch
the
sky

with
our
heart;

~

We
know

~

the
sea
will keep

 our
secrets
safe;

~

We
know

~

treasures
always
hide

in
places
unexpected;

~

We
know

~

we
are
worthy;

~

We
know

~

we
are
grace;

~

We
know

~

we
are
love;

~

And

~

when we
grow
up

~

all
we
truly
need

~

to
know

is:

REMEMBER

___


©Robyn Lee

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Funny Questions !! —

Funny Questions !!

Think over these questions:

  1. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
  2. What’s another word for synonym?
  3. Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?
  4. When sign makers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
  5. Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?
  6. What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?
  7. Is it possible to be totally partial?
  8. Would a fly that loses it wings be called a walk?
  9. If a turtle loses his shell, is it naked or homeless?
  10. Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
  11. If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?

Courtesy : George Carlin

Nothing is eternal — July 23, 2013

Nothing is eternal

The tree in my backyard taught me to hang on, endure the bad times & bad weather bravely. Nothing in the world is everlasting, one day the sun will shine and seasons of blossom will come.

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I remember a shloka in Bhagwad Gita where lord krishna tells arjuna:

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(~ Bhagwat Gita Chapter 2 Verse 14 )

O Arjuna, only the interactions of the senses with sense objects result in cold, heat, pleasure and pain. These things appear and disappear, none of them are eternal, therefore endure them bravely.

All good things are wild & free — July 21, 2013
Each wish resign’d — July 20, 2013

Each wish resign’d

” How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d ”
~ Alexander Pope, “Eloisa to Abelard”

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In solitude I celebrate.. —
Shadows — July 19, 2013
A memory —
In Love !! —
The mountain and I —
In three words —
The ideas of others —
I believe I will feel —

I believe I will feel

Dr Bill Wooten

“I used to know a sculptor… He always said that if you looked hard enough, you could see where each person carried his soul in his body. It sounds crazy, but when you saw his sculptures, it made sense. I think the same is true with those we love… Our bodies carry our memories of them, in our muscles, in our skin, in our bones. My children are right here.” She pointed to the inside curve of her elbow. “Where I held them when they were babies. Even if there comes a time when I don’t know who they are anymore. I believe I will feel them here.” ~ Erica Bauermeister

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