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Where Art Thou My Lord?!   Leave a comment

Prayers, religious rituals and rites, austerities, fasting… all these are of no use unless the mind is tamed and held in proper control. They’re all just the means to an end, the end which is a new beginning of our life, the second birth. We have been clinging ourselves to the means and have forgotten the end long back. One has to discard the means after reaching the goal. Those means can be preserved and passed on to those who lack them or don’t know about them at all. But the sad thing is, all those means to the great end have been held in hostage by some megalomaniac sections of the society. They never reach the goal nor allow anyone to aim for the goal!

God wants us to live in Him and make Him live in ourselves. Then, there arises no need to pray to Him frantically. What’s the need of prayer when the one who prays and the one prayed are one and only? What’s the need of searching for happiness all around when you’re one with the happiness itself? What’s the need for you to be avaricious of gold and diamonds when you yourself are pure gold and an ever luminous diamond?

It’s God’s wish, everyone of us reach that stage where there’s no need for begging Him through intense prayers, rather, He wants us to be the masters of our own selves with His permanent abode firmly established in the core of our hearts. This is the ultimate state where there’s no need to communicate with God with any sound or with the chanting of any sacred mantra or with any prayer resorting to intense austerities. Where’s the need for you to resort to all these when you’re in constant communion with the ever resplendent Lord Almighty? This state is nothing but ‘Advaita’ (Monism or Non-dualism) where there is no need to communicate with Him with any word or sound and no need for searching for Him in any internal or external object. There’s only one sacred sound out of which all the sounds are manifested and there’s only one ‘eternally formless one’, omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, by / through whom all the forms and shapes are manifested.

Reaching Him and being one with Him is so easy and so simple provided we are simple and not hardened by the external influences. Not become impure by our attachment to the ego, selfishness and other such enemies.

The more outward we go for peace and happiness, the more distressed we end up. The real happiness and peace is just deep inside us. The more you delve deeper, the greater will be your joy, peace and bliss!

Believe me, this is out of my own experience, the more we pray to God to have His grace and blessings, the more distant He goes from us, the more we look for Him, the more obscure He becomes, the more we search for Him either inside or outside, the more He evades us!

He just wants us to own Him, to feel Him as being One with us and to live in Him and let Him live in us forever and ever!

How merciful is the Lord Almighty!!!

God is nothing but Love… You love Him by loving one and all… You get to know Him by knowning yourself… You live in Him by letting Him live in you…!!!

ॐ नमः शिवाय l

अल्लाह मालिक l

सब का मालिक एक l

God is One & Only One! He is that ‘Eternally Formless One’ manifested in myriad forms!

The ‘All Pervasive and Complete One’, to whom I pay my heartfelt obeisances…

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Swami Vivekananda   Leave a comment

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– Swami Vivekananda

 

Noble Souls and the Caste Frames   3 comments

454_Prof_JayashankarThis is originally conceived and meant as a comment to my post about Prof. K. Jaya Shankar sir on his death anniversary on my FB timeline. As I kept on typing this comment, I got more and more ideas and it has become so lengthy and (I feel) meaningful that I persuaded myself to post it on my personal blog on WordPress.com with the title “Noble Souls and the Caste Frames” so that it reaches the wider circles.

 

I appreciate further meaningful and intellectually driven views and comments which I humbly try to imbibe and internalize them.

 

Here it goes,

Feel sorry to say this that there are some caste zealots those who belong to the caste in which our Jayashankar sir was born, trying to confine him in that narrow caste frame and misappropriating his name, his stature and his noble contribution to the Telangana society. This is nothing but degrading the zenithal image of the towering giant of the Telangana movement and its beacon light, and the father of Telangana. Jayashankar sir never liked to be identified with his caste in academic and public life. I don’t know much about his personal life, but one thing I can say with much confidence that he was an acclaimed economist, social scientist, political philosopher, and an orator / public speaker par excellence. He was an avowed bachelor and dedicated his entire life for securing justice to the people of Telangana. He is a father figure for all the Telangana people cutting across caste, class, religious and racial barriers.

 

My humble request to all the caste zealots in the entire length and breadth of our country is, please don’t play caste cards with great mythological and historical figures, freedom fighters, social reformers, mass leaders, spiritual leaders and masters, and seers and sages. Just leave them alone and let them have their own special and revered space in the public memory. Please see them in the much larger picture, without any sort of boundaries, and keenly study their lives, their struggles, their trials and tribulations and how they overcame all their obstacles, setbacks and misfortunes and made a distinct mark of their own in the mythological, cultural, traditional and historical ethos of our country by dint of their sheer hard-work, dogged perseverance and indomitable spirit and thereby got their unforgettable memories etched in vast sociopolitical and spiritual consciousness.

 

There is no harm in making an objective analysis of the personality traits of the greatest historical figures in the context of the times in which they lived and in the backdrop of the various sociopolitical, economic, cultural, traditional, racial, regional and linguistic factors that influenced their personal growth as individuals and as the leaders of the society. Here, the caste of course, can be an effective tool in studying the shaping of the personality and the approach of the individuals towards their society as a whole since Indian society is infamous all over the world as highly fragmented characterized by innumerable caste equations. India is ever notorious for abuses, human rights violations, discrimination, monopoly, hegemony, oppression, suppression, exploitation (and this list can awfully be long!) etc., just on the basis of caste!

 

But just one and the same yardstick can’t be used to gage the personality traits of all the individuals. There are some who go beyond all kinds of yardsticks, and their life itself is a yardstick for others and they themselves are the most powerful and the most potent yardsticks for their lives. They are the ones who set an enviable example for others to follow by their highly imposing and exalted personalities and life stories.

 

So the caste can just be a fraction of the whole lot of factors that influence the personality and the life of the noble souls who come onto the earth with some noble purpose and leave after they have achieved the high goals set by they themselves for themselves, and the myriad sociopolitical, economic, cultural, traditional, racial, regional and linguistic factors surrounding them including the caste can just act as triggers and propel them always guarding against the deviations and anomalies of life. They can never decide the destiny.

The destiny always takes care of itself, as it had already been decided by the noble souls!

 

Kindly make your caste identities and equations purely a personal and private affair and don’t mercilessly and foolishly rub them on the greatest mythological and historical figures no matter which caste/religion they were born in. It was purely out of their choice, not by chance at all!

Noble Souls are for all and for/in all the times; and hijacking them on the name of caste, race or religion is an historical blunder and the biggest sacrilege!

 

It’s a pity that we still have to live in this beautiful world (In India especially) with narrow and parochial mindsets!

 

Any meaningful change and transition must come from above since bottlenecks are always located at the top and the bottom is always the strongest base!!

The Truth   1 comment

the-truth‘Truth’ is always harsh and bitter, and can be sweet for those who accept it wholeheartedly. There are some fools amidst us who have been taking shelter under ‘falsehood’ for ages in utter disregard to ‘the all mighty truth’. Those hard core morons will definitely have to pay the price sooner or later for their historical blunders of non-compliance with the truth which is eternally supreme and permeates all through the universe going beyond time and keeping a constant watch on all our thoughts, words and deeds.

 

सत्यमेव जयते l

Truth alone triumphs!

Nothing happens without reason   Leave a comment

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Everything that we feel, think, say and do are meticulously recorded in the Universal Cosmic Registry; and they are the strongest bases for our behaviour and all our consequent actions. The action good or bad, will have its own reaction.

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Everything happens for a reason and that reason is the reason for some remote reason. It’s only TIME that’s the eternal witness and the supreme arbitrator and adjudicator. Greatest are those who go beyond  time and reason and be a strong reason for others to have a reason to live on!

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Swami Vivekananda, the Universal Cosmic Soul and the Greatest Spiritual Master   1 comment

Swami VivekanandaLet’s pay our heartfelt reverence and homage to the great Soul who rekindled the spiritual, intellectual and moral consciousness of India and the World, raised the drooping spirits to unimaginable heights with his reinvigorating words, the greatest master who proclaimed with trumpet voice- “Expansion is life and contraction is death; Strength is life and weakness is death”. Hope we all emulate the noble traits of the greatest son of the soil. Happy Youth Day to All those who always carry the YOUTH in their being, and strive for the uplifting of the intellectual, moral and spiritual consciousness of the world.

Being Physical, Intellectual and Spiritual, All in One Time and at One Place   2 comments

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Any normal and sensible human being initially starts his/her journey of life with physical plane and later on, takes up intellectual and eventually moves to spiritual by the various lessons they learn from their interaction with the world and the experiences they have through it. All men/women differ in their level of mental caliber and in their power of discrimination and that’s the reason why they drastically differ from one another in terms of the time span they take in order to elevate themselves.

There are some who totally discard both their material longing and intellectual prowess after reaching the highest state of spirituality.

There are some intellectuals for whom spirituality is a total abhorrence and always strive with their intellectual prowess for material enrichment and expansion, and derive satisfaction from it.

Still there are some for whom both intellectual and spiritual planes are total anathema to their perception of life and drag on their lives only through their physical plane and find their own happiness out of it, and can’t dare to think beyond and never dream of more brightful world.

My head gets dizzy when I contemplate on such things as,

why only spiritual at the cost of physical and intellectual?,

why only intellectual at the cost of physical and spiritual?, and

why only physical at the cost of intellectual and spiritual?, and

how can all these be made into a perfect blend?

Being raised in an environment of the highest ideals and healthy discussions of the pure Guru-shishya parampara/tradition, I got myself initiated into the spiritual path at quite an early age not because of some external didactic or hypnotic or indoctrinating influences, but purely on the basis of my subconscious affinity with the greatest tradition of the world/universe which is found only in India in its purest and heightened form. So I commenced my life’s journey when I started feeling (with) my conscience, through the spiritual plane unlike those of my age who enjoyed in/through their physical consciousness.  It was a big struggle for me to come down (or may be going up (as per the material standards), as I couldn’t exactly make out) from my spiritual consciousness to the pure physical passion and from there ascending up to the intellectual heights.

Let me be more candid and emphatic here, I’ve seen men/women of the highest order and yet with down-to-earth perception of life, from whom I started getting solace for my ever inquisitive and impatient mind which had always been struggling to find out the way through which all the planes that our mind perceives can be fully compensated with one another and be struck a proper balance. I bow my head to those greatest souls I have practically seen, for whom all the planes, physical, intellectual and spiritual are strikingly equal and they never showed the smallest of the small difference or discrimination among them throughout their life time. Moving from one plane to another, for example, from physical to intellectual and from there to spiritual and vice versa, and from spiritual to suddenly physical is a child’s play for them. They carry the most primordial self which they are very much aware of, in their ordinary human bodies like ours and can make it resonate at will, with the ordinary selves (self or soul always is one. The difference as we see is only through our perception or the level of awareness, and this perception differs from one person to other because of the surrounding layers of the strong mental impressions born out of our experiences of physical interaction with the world both outside and inside) of ours. Blessed are those who have reached the highest spiritual state and yet retained their childlike innocence. Intellectuality is never a conscious attempt for them, it’s rather a free flow without any cognitive or contemplative brooding and analysis.

I always make it a point to visit such noble souls whenever I go to a new place and try to get connected with them spiritually through my physical interaction of touching my head to their lotus feet and the holy sandals.

We are all totally misinformed and misguided by the modern pseudo-intellectuals of our society that spiritualism is only for those who totally renounce materialism, and by some spiritual quacks that spirituality is to be attained by compromising our intellectual reasoning and analysis. These are far from truth and sheer baseless arguments.

Spirituality without going through the litmus test of intellectual reasoning and analysis can never survive and the intellectuality without spiritual motivation cannot stand. It’ll collapse like a big house of cards at the slightest disturbance.

Intellectuality is to make our material life pragmatic and sensible and spirituality is to make it meaningful and insightful. Material is to manifest the both!

 

 

Being in a state of equanimity, and enduring whatever come, whether it is hot or cold, good or bad, praise or criticism, is tapasya (penance or austerities).

The universe is in one body. You see the sun, moon, stars, mountains, trees but you don’t see GOD, which is the life of the whole universe. 

~~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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