As the first blog entry got exhausted. My second book
|Evolution of Love Part 2|
|Doctor explaining the pandemic to a coma patient who just woke up…
Dr: “They shut down the world because of a worldwide pandemic.”
Patient: “OMG! How many people are infected?”
Dr : “About 11 Million.”
Patient: “OMG! 11 million people died?”
Dr: “No, only 500 thousand… Kind of.”
Patient: “What do you mean ‘kind of’?”
Dr: “Well… they keep halving the number of deaths due to double counting, inaccurate tests and mislabeled death certificates. Also, most of the people that die are elderly and dying of other things. There are also people who died because of incorrect ventilator use and other treatments because no-one really understands the virus.”
Patient: “I don’t get it. So how many died from ONLY the virus… like literally dropped dead in the street?”
Dr: “No-one. Only in hospitals and nursing homes”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I, it’s a very confusing time.”
Patient: “So they cured the other 11 million people then?”
Dr: “No, most didn’t have any symptoms and in fact they didn’t even know they had it.”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I.”
Patient: “It doesn’t sound very deadly. If the other 11 million people didn’t have symptoms then how do they even know they had the virus?”
Dr: “They were tested.”
Patient: “But you just said that the tests are inaccurate.”
Dr: “They are. No-one has isolated the virus so the tests don’t really test for that.”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I.”
Patient: “Ok. So when will this pandemic be over?”
Dr: “When they develop a vaccine to stop the virus.”
Patient: “The virus that nobody gets or dies from.”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I.”
|Disappeared are my suns to wake up to you.
Gone are my suns to wake up to you.
Every space in my heart embraces you.
You are here and not here,
This line of confusion brings in a little fear,
Said someone “there’s nothing to fear”.
Oh my father, how do I stay clear?
I know things will be rough,
Now that you and I are not on the same turf.
But I promise not to wither, I have no jitters,
I will carry us from bitter to better.
And, I will always keep my head up,
May whatever be the mix up.
For that is how you would have cheered up.
Now I shall face all my fears,
Say goodbye to these tears.
But before I end, let’s make one thing clear.
Dear papa, you and I are forever.
This is my time to steer until the next dawn appears.
|A large lotus was growing in a pond. A wanderer passed by, who had never before seen a flower of this kind. Struck by its beauty, he stopped to admire it.
He noticed that a frog and fish were swimming in the water just below the lotus. "What is that wonderful plant right above you?" he asked the frog.
"Well," was the answer, "what should it be? It is nothing very special, just an ordinary thing," and he turned away to hunt for insects.
Disappointed, the man addressed the fish, who replied "Have you not heard what my friend the frog told you? It is just a common everyday thing, nothing special." At that moment, the wayfarer saw a bee flying swiftly towards the lotus. He tried to stop it in order to find out more, but the bee cut him short, "I have got no time right now, wait a bit."
So saying, the bee plunged right into the heart of the blossom, drinking its nectar for a long time. Then he flew over to the man again: "Now you can talk to me." The wanderer repeated his question and added: "tell me, what were you doing there for so long?" "Don't you know?" said the bee joyfully, "this is a marvellous flower, full of delicious nectar which I have been drinking so that I now feel completely refreshed."
It is possible to live for a long time in close proximity to sadhus and mahatmas, sages and saints, without being able to recognise their true quality. Whereas one who is inwardly prepared and ready for such a contact, may come from a great distance and within a minute know the great and holy for what they really are, it depends on one's capacity to penetrate to the essence of things.
Question: We listen to so much that is beautiful.
Answer: Beautiful? As long as you make a distinction between beautiful and ugly, you have not listened.
Question: . . . and some we understand .
Answer: "We understand" that is useless, for he who understands and what is understood have remained separate.
Question: . . . and some we forget .
Answer: Forget? Forget the forgetting; death must die.
Question: . . . and some we remember . .
Answer: remember? That means you keep it in your mind. Throw it away; lay it at His feet. What I say is: keep satsang. Satsang in reality means the realisation of What Is. Remain in the shade of "trees" trees meaning Mahatmas, seekers after Truth, those who do not call anyone, or send anyone away.
Listen to them.
Who can tell when you will learn how to "listen" and when you will hear the Eternal Sound, so that there will be no more listener and no listening.
A similar thing holds good for what is called "darshan," - the blessing of presence. People come, have "darshan" and go away again.
But real darshan means that one can never again be apart from the vision.
|Viriya (determination and strength)is a mental thing, not posture. When you are dying your body has no control, it’s the mind that stays mindful.
Sitting and lying meditation is good exercise for viriya because you have to apply more viriya without the support and aid of posture, but you must not keep falling asleep!
When you are not doing sitting meditation, and you don’t have the support of the posture but instead you are sitting on a chair or lying down, the mind relaxes and you need to try mentally harder to keep your mindfulness.
If your viriya is really strong, no matter how your posture is, it doesn’t matter. You can be upside down!
Keep kilesa noted regularly, don’t let it accumulate. Keep relaxed, check for tension now and then, check your emotions.
Are they involved? Are you in control? Don’t panic if you are not, just relax and get in touch.
The Buddha is not the statues and images in the pagodas that people go and visit all day long. The Buddha is inside you.
Just observe whatever the mind can be aware of at the moment, see how it goes to objects how it feels, be aware of it.
When it gets stronger it will be aware of many objects.
Save your energy to last you until the end of the day. Never think like: ‘In the morning it is best, let’s put all the effort then.’ Just practice. Save your energy to go through the whole day, until the end of it.
The mind needs to slow down, become stable.
Q- Ma used to give yoga or meditation exercise to some of her disciples or visitor. When she was alive, she asked then to be kept secret, but now she has left her body ,why we do not write them, like for example one has written the ‘Six yogas of Naropa ‘ after his death?
V: Ma used to give kriyas to some of her disciples and she asked this teaching to be kept secret and not be communicated to anyone .It is difficult to know if she asked for secrecy from all the people who had received these instructions, because probably there are certain people who have received them and will not even speak about it .That is why I can only speak with certainty of my own case. When she was teaching me a kriya, she was always telling me at the end: ‘kisi ko mat bolna’ ’you can’t tell anyone’ .One time she even added: this is a secret kriya. You asked me if now that Ma has left her body, these secret instructions could be written down and published. I do not think that it could be possible. The recommendations of a guru does not lose its authority when the guru leaves his body .Anyhow, the guru is ever present even if he has left his body .If one of his disciple has attained realization himself and has disciples, he could then communicate these instructions to them, but that would probably be done also under a vow of secrecy.
Q. How can it be, and is it true, that Ma had to surround herself by pure people, purity providing her nourishment ?
V. This is like saying that the doctor must be surrounded by healthy people, because that is the way he earns his living. Ma had taken a physical form, mainly to help people in their search for the Supreme Being. This search can only be undertaken through mental purification. Ma was surrounded by people who needed to be purified. She did not have anything to do with perfectly pure people, because they did not need Her. Of course, the people surrounding Her were not (except in rare cases), vicious individuals, because these kind of people do not wish to entrust themselves to a sage. It is true, nevertheless, that those who served Ma had to be capable of observing certain rules of physical purity : chastity, pure food, personal hygiene etc ... but if Ma kept them by Her side, it was because they needed Her help for the purification of their minds. Ma used to say that it was our good conduct that would keep her in good health, but alas!, she fell ill quite often. It is also true that Her body was an extremely sensitive instrument. If she had assumed a physical form, it was not to protect her body, but to absorb the bad ‘Karma’ of her devotees. And it is astonishing how much that body could absorb, and yet maintain a relative equilibrium.
Q. Bhaiji says that the Name of Ma is a unique Mantra, but he also says that the Mantra should be learnt from a teacher, and should be pronounced correctly in order to bear fruit. It seems that the result can be obtained by faith (the Name of Ma), or knowledge (the correct recitation of the Mantras). Which of the two is it?
V. There are two elements in the Mantra. One is its intrinsic value as a word of power, the other is the faith that the disciple has in the force of his Mantra. These two elements strengthen each other mutually. That is, the more the disciple has faith in the Mantra, the more he is infused with power, and vice versa. If a Mantra is known as being a source of power, the faith of the disciple will come naturally. More so, if the Mantra has been passed on by a guru one loves and venerates. When a Sadguru gives a Mantra to his disciples, he passes on spiritual power to them at the same time. Then the repetition gives power to it. Thus the repetition of the Mantra and the awakening of the power will be completely linked. But the essential part is always the faith and the spiritual intensity of the disciple. Any form can lead to Realisation, if the sadhaka firmly believes that it is a powerful Mantra. For those (as in the case of Bhaiji), who are intensely devoted to Ma, just saying her name is enough to evoke her presence, and it will lead them towards an union to the Sadguru personified by the physical form of Ma. However, for the ordinary sadhaka, it is preferable that he repeats the Mantra given to him by the guru during of his initiation. By repeating his Mantras assiduously, true faith will come to him, and his spiritual intensity will progressively increase.
|Me and my beloved Broom .... Short n long of it....
1st month of lockdown was our honeymoon phase.... we enjoyed each other's company, swung together, travelled to previously unexplored corners of the house, and basically had time for each other.
2nd month of lockdown was the phase of adjustments.... we were both so busy that we spent little but quality time together and felt guilty when not together....
3rd month of lockdown was the time when boredom slowly began to creep into our relationship... broom felt i was not giving it enough time, that i ignored it for days together, and even began to suspect if there was a new mop in my life.... but the unattended cobwebs and dust spiralling around backed my loyalty..
4th month of lockdown, there is no doubt but the likelihood of an impending separation.... both of us cannot see eye to eye, there is no possibility of pushing things, dust included, under the carpet any more.... its time to go our separate ways... broom sulking in the corner.. me nonchalantly watching TV..what's the pont?!.. so we both decided to start life on a clean page... We found our solution.
August 1st, enter Lata tai....
our Mary Poppins...
So life will soon be all about....
A broom swung with vigour
Will make the dust go down..... the dust go down....
Until then... i have calmly accepted.......
We go from Dust... To Dust..... so let the spiralling dust lie....
|"Goat no 3"... *
It all started one lazy Sunday afternoon in a small town near Toronto in Canada.
Two school-going friends had a crazy idea.
They rounded up three goats from the neighborhood and painted the numbers
1, 2 and 4 on their sides.
That night they let the goats loose inside their school building.
The next morning, when the authorities entered the school, they could smell something was wrong.
They soon saw goat droppings
on the stairs and near the entrance and realized that some goats had entered the building.
A search was immediately launched and very soon, the three goats were found.
But the authorities were worried, where was goat No. 3?
They spent the rest of the day looking for goat No.3.
The school declared classes off for the students for the rest of the day.
The teachers, helpers, guards, canteen staffs, boys were all busy looking for the goat No. 3, which, of course, was never found.
Simply because it did not exist.
Those among us who inspite of having a good life are always feeling a "lack of fulfilment" are actually looking for the elusive, missing, non-existent Goat No.3.
Whatever the area of complaint or dissatisfaction, relationship, job-satisfaction, finance,achievements, ......
An absence of something
is always larger than the
presence of many other things.
Let's Stop worrying about goat No.3 and enjoy the life...
Life would be so much happier without the worries...
And don't let the non existent imaginary goat number 3 waste your time and happiness.
Enjoy life with what you have.
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Just look at awareness watching awareness as enough, just as it is.
Continue your practice every day.
When will you fall in love with awareness watching awareness?
It may be after one month or after many months of practice.
You will have plenty of confirmation along the way. Once you have started to experience even a little joy or peace from awareness watching awareness, the practice progresses very rapidly after that. It does not take long to reach the point where just closing your eyes brings awareness-joy to you even before you have started the practice.
Some people might not like the practice for the first week or two. Just persevere and keep practicing. You can look upon your awareness as something that wants you to watch it without expecting anything from it, like someone who wants to be loved just for what they are and not for what they can give you.
Just continue to watch awareness, and don’t be expecting peace-love-joy. Let peace-love-joy come on its own, without your expecting it.
What you truly are is: Infinite-Eternal-Awareness-Bliss-Love. However, by having your attention turned towards the world, the body and thought all the time, you imagine you are a body subject to disease, death and suffering.
By turning your attention towards awareness, you are for the first time observing what you are.
When you practice, do not think about what you are.
Just watch your awareness without expecting anything.
Don’t watch your thoughts.
Turn your attention away from your thoughts and watch your empty awareness.
Observe the observing.
Be the observing.
|My daughter feels this about so many challenges of posting a picture on face book. I always felt this but could not put it into words, so sharing her thoughts!
I see a black and white picture of a young girl and think "oh she's gorgeous!". I see one more of another woman, then a few more and yet some more, till my timeline is flooded with them. They are all beautiful, and yet, this "challenge" makes me uncomfortable. There is something flawed with it fundamentally.
You are not beautiful only because you look pretty. And you certainly don't need me or anyone else to validate it. You're beautiful because of what's behind that pretty face. You're beautiful because you're kind, you're smart, you're shy or you're not. What attracts me to you is not your perfect nose or crooked teeth, it's the way you hold a conversation and the way you snort when you laugh, or when you burp unexpectedly. You're beautiful despite the shape of your eyes or your perfect cheekbones, you're beautiful because of the way you think. You're beautiful when you carry on with your life ignoring the cramps your period brings you every month. You're beautiful when you cry because you feel someone else's pain and you're beautiful when your mind is coming up with new ideas. You're beautiful when you fart freely and giggle endlessly.
Such challenges are counter productive. We are asking women to put out pictures on social media so others can validate that in fact they do look beautiful. How far do we have to progress to recognize that you're not beautiful because of your looks alone? That your confidence shouldn't stem from it? And anyway, people don't need to tell you that for you to believe so. When you think of the most beautiful person in your life, how often is it their looks alone you're thinking of? Is it not more about how they make you feel?
We are in the twenty first century. Women are scientists, politicians, doctors, engineers, artists and financial analysts. They've managed to break shackles of how they look and moved past it, why can't we?
And here's my final pitch, if you want to show solidarity and support to the women in your life, go talk to them. Listen to them when they tell you their stories, about how they struggle to just be themselves, in a blatantly patriarchal world. And for that matter, reach out to the men in your lives as well. Patriarchal values are harming all of us.
So put out whichever photo you want to, unapologetically. But let's not be naive enough to believe that it will act as a substitute for solidarity. The problem is not with people thinking they are not beautiful. The problem is with our definition of beauty. It's just not wide enough to be inclusive and all encompassing. Let's start by changing what we think is beautiful.
|A young couple had neighbours who were senior citizens, the husband around 80 years old and the wife about 5 years younger.
The young couple were very fond of the elderly couple and made it a point to visit them and have coffee with them every Sunday.
They observed that the old lady would bring the coffee bottle to her husband to be opened, every time.
The thoughtful young man gifted the lady a gadget, without her husband's knowledge, to easily open the bottle, and showed her how to use it.
On their next visit, the old lady once again brought the bottle for her husband to open! The young couple was amazed! Had she forgotten about the gadget?!
When the opportunity arose to be alone with the old lady, they quizzed her about this. Her reply made them speechless.
She said: "Oh, I can open the bottle myself, even without your gadget! But I get him to open it so he feels he is still stronger than I am and thus the man of our home.......that he remains useful to me as always; that I still depend on him; that togetherness is the main ingredient of any marriage....we don't have many more years of life in us, and togetherness is of utmost importance."
Moral: Never underestimate the wisdom of the elderly. Our parents/grandparents may not be bringing in money any longer, but their guidance alone is priceless.