The print version of “The Gita In My HomeWork” is out

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The Gita In My HomeWork

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Dipping into the Ocean

The rhythm
of the breath –
like the gentle,
inviting and
invigorating
waves
of the ocean –
takes the mind
and dips it so
gently into that
vast ocean of
pure, blissful and
eternally peaceful
Consciousness.

And in that
infinite ocean
of nothingness,
the mind has no
choice, but to
leave everything
behind;

Bereft of its
usual chatter,
negativities,
prejudices,
opinions and
even its identity;
it emerges,
soaked in the hues
of that
Pure Consciousness

There are days
I am amazed and
awed
by the beauty
and the simplicity
of
The Sudarshan Kriya –
Today was one such day!

[Thoughts after taking the Long Kriya today!]

In the Midst of all

The Rudram
reverberates –
outside
and within
the heart too;

The Mind –
now focused,
now dispersed,
now aware,
now not there!

The chirping
of birds and
the nonstop
cawing of the crow;

A light, lights
the heart up
and disappears;

A pleasant
state of nothingness
arises
– no thoughts,
– no noises
blank and frozen;

And then
the Mind awakes
and latches on to
all the mundane things;

Somewhere,
In the midst
of all this,
I remembered you,
– faintly –
O Lord,
as the One in
those birds,
the light,
the nothingness
and now
I strive to
recognize you
as the One
in the activity too;

Monday 23/Jan| RudraPuja |

The Sankranti Bonfire

The lone
North Star
shimmered even more
brighter;
as it watched
The Mystical One
light a fire
of Consciousness
that devoured
all the thoughts
and minds
of the thousands of ones
who meditated with Him
in the dark, chilly
winter night!

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A Fabric of Love and Devotion!

Gita, 12th chapter

Gita, 12th chapter

In my reading of The Gita, I keep going back again and again to chapter 12. 20 short shlokas laying the foundation for Bhakti Yoga. I am so looking forward to hear Guruji talk about “Madbhatka sa me priye”. For those who haven’t yet read The Gita, this is right after Sri Krishna has given Arjuna a vision of his Cosmic Form. A terrified Arjuna requests Sri Krishna to resume his gentle form. Overwhelmed, overawed, yet intoxicated with longing, Arjuna asks Sri Krishna the path to Unity. Sri Krishna then enumerates the One whom He loves.

Twenty short verses enough to rekindle the Devotion and Love. Reading it is one thing experiencing it another!

That spark of
Love and Devotion
ignited by the One
with a gentle smile
and deeply penetrating
eyes is now
a raging inferno
that I don’t want to be
put off!

Unbridled joy
that springs up
in His presence;
the ache and
the longing
when away;

Tears of gratitude
that swell up
for no reason at all,
tears of anger too
of expectations unmet;

The expanded space
of deep silence and stillness
where He holds us all;

The mystical Kriya gently
pointing to the One within;

The presence that
stays constantly
in the background;

The mystical fragrance
of sandalwood
that breezes in at
unlikeliest of places;

The unmerited grace
overlooking defects
embracing me
again and again;

A thousand such
experiences all
forgotten in no time;

Yet, the Love flows,
like a river,
unabatedly,
refreshing all
that care to take a dip!

And this is what I think it is!

All of us,
yes, every one of us,
a thread each in this
vast fabric of love,
each one of us
dyed with our
own hues of Devotion!

Weaved and Stiched together
by the One who knows,
what it takes to weave
A fabric of
Love and Devotion!

The Gift of Life

A gift – millions and
millions of them;
each one of them
priceless and invaluable
Used and discarded
without a care
in the world;


Till the day,
the Wise One,
showed me
their true worth.


Now, each one,
offered
reverentially,
to The Radiant One,
in the cycles
of Soham-Soham
comes back
sanctified –
gentler,
softer,
caressing – my very Soul
engulfing, rocking and
taking me right to the
depths of my Consciousness;
and drenching me in
the fragrance of
His Grace!


What an awesome gift
the Sudarshan Kriya is!
allowing me
to experience
and
treasure
“the breath –
The Gift of Life itself”!


Thoughts after Sudarshan Kriya
27.12.2016

Those 40 verses

 

Jai Hanuman

Thanks to Alok Kejriwal for sharing this beautiful pic

 

The 40 verses ~
enumerating
wisdom, courage,
strength, commitment,
love, devotion
and service;

 

The 40 verses –
My companion
as I grew up;
chanted at a rapid pace –
with words eating into each other –
mostly at nights
to drive away the
demons and ghosts
that
lay below the bed and
out there in the dark!

 

The 40 verses –
a daily ritual of chanting
somehow became a
weekly
remembered
only on Saturdays.

 

And then, somehow
Those 40 verses;
disappeared
in the labyrinths of my subconscious;
remembered occasionally
falteringly, embarrassingly
going back and starting all over;

 

As we passed them down
to the kids;
those 40 verses reappeared
back in our lives.

 

Afresh, anew
enthused with simplicity
and deep devotion;
no longer a mechanical chant;
but a call that resonates
deep within the heart;
every word and every verse
reverberating and pulsating
with unbounded energy;
taking me deep within
my consciousness
to uncover that the same qualities
of Courage, Commitment,
Devotion, Love and Service
pulsate within Me too!

 

With love, reverence
and devotion,
I pray to the One
who is the most devoted
disciple of Shri Rama
asking for:
Grace,
Strength,
Courage
and Love
to Serve
My Master with
the same Love
and Devotion
as He served His!