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

Taking a freshly minted book, smelling the pages, is sure a much different and satiating feeling than viewing an ebook on computer / tablet. I am delighted to let you know that the print version of “The Gita in My Homework” is now available for purchase.

How to purchase:?

The book is available on Flipkart at: http://www.flipkart.com/gita-my-homework/p/itme2rpc3sm7pf74?pid=RBKE2RPCFHT69KPF 

Also, available on Amazon as a paperback and in ebook format: http://www.amazon.in/Gita-My-Homework-Raj-Waghray/dp/B00R32UQ2U/

The Guru Purnima Playlist

Sharing three of my favorite Guru Bhajan’s:

Which are your top 3?

#Guru Poornima

The Presence.

The unmistakable presence,
invisible to the naked eye;
sweet, fragrant, joyful;
waits patiently as it has
since a thousand years!

Worries, fears, anxiety,
insecurity, jealousy, anger
and gazillion other
stuff
so too the nitty-gritty
of the world
blocks it out.

Sit. Wait. Observe.

Be still and let the
silence and stillness
wrap you in its cocoon;
taking you in a journey
deep within your heart;
there arises a faint flutter;
– a hazy remembrance
of the Presence;
eternally pulsating energy
joyful, delectable, enticing
and rapturous….

…waiting with a longing
much deeper than yours
since eons
for you
to remember it!

Waiting for that rain….

Waiting for that rain….

Like a fish in a river
unaware of the abundant
flowing water;
was I floating in an
ocean of grace,
not noticing or
acknowledging it.

The weather changed
and the summer came;
harsh sun, draining every
little drop of moisture
from the parched earth.

Where once the river
flowed abundantly, now
flows barely a stream,
inches high, just about
enough for the
fish to breath.

It seems like a harsh
summer beating down
and parching the practices;

‘Twas grace!
– the meditation,
– the beautiful, healing ujjai breath,
– that deep silence and stillness,
– that scintillating satsangs,
– and that presence
all grace,
bestowed upon
so generously
that I took it
for granted.

As the fish waits for
the clouds to come in and pour
ending its misery;
so do I wait
for the summer to end
and the grace to shower
once again, drenching me,
in all its love!

			

The Supreme Secret of Spiritual Life in One Word!

There are couple of shloka’s  from Gita that resonate deeply with me. One such is shloka 34 from chapter 9. It says:

manmana bhava mad-bhakto

mad-yaji mam namaskuru

mam evaisyasi yuktvaivam

atmanam mat-parayanah!!

and my heart danced with joy when Guruji sang this in a discourse last year.

I also like the translation of this shloka by Eknath Easwaran in his book “The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living – Vol 2“. He writes:

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Integrating Head, Heart and Hand – The heart of Gita

Read this beautiful interview of Michael Lerner on Dailygood and I wanted to snip a part of it where he talks of Gita and post it out here.

When I think about this, when we go back to what the great traditions tell us about what it means to be human, virtually all of them-the perennial philosophy at the heart of all the great traditions-what are we given? We’re given our heads, our thoughts, our minds; we’re given our hearts, our capacity for compassion and kindness, and we’re given our hands, which is acts of service.

If you go back, for example, to the Bhagavad Gita, what are the three great yogas that compete for supremacy? They are jnana yoga, the yoga of wisdom; there is bhakti yoga, the yoga of the heart; and there is karma yoga, the yoga of the hands. I’ve been so fascinated because this is biologically designed; we all have heads, we all have hearts, and we all have hands. And in every tradition you find those three things in one form or another. In Christianity, faith is the jnana yoga; love is the bhakti yoga; hope is the karma yoga. You find the same in every tradition.

And so to me, we each are designed with different ratios, in some sense, of the degree to which we serve with our minds, serve with our hands, and serve with our hearts. But the traditions tell us that the greatest of these yogas, at least in the Bhagavad Gita and many of the great spiritual traditions teach us, that the yoga of love, of compassion, of kindness is the greatest of all three, the yoga of the heart. The mind is a wonderful servant to that-and the hands, enacted in the world.

So to me, it isn’t how I, or others, make the leap from thought to service-to action in the world-it’s that these three things are innate in us. And we each should have different preferences, perhaps at different times in our lives. Awakin, you knopw, this wonderful idea of waking up with kin, with kindred spirits, with those who are aligned with us -when we come together in community like that, we are just impelled towards some form of service.

Being in the world, but not of it!

This is a story that I tell usually at the end of the “Art of Living” programs that I facilitate and it lucidly illustrates the spiritual path.

One day, the king Akbar, asks his witty and clever minister, Birbal, to bring him someone who was “Here and not There”.

Not obeying the order would mean death.

Birbal thought deeply and brings a thief to the King and says “This thief lives here in this world and steals trying to grow his wealth Here. He has no concern for the other world. So he is fit to be one who qualifies for the one who is “Here and not There”.

Akbar, not to be outdone, then orders him to bring someone who is “There and not Here”.

Birbal, ponders and a while later brings an ascetic and tells Akbar: “Here is a person who is concerned only about the world beyond and has nothing to do with the world here. He qualifies for one who is “There and not Here”.

Impressed, Akbar now tells him to bring him someone who is “Neither Here nor There”. Birbal brings a beggar and tells the King that the beggar is neither Here nor There, because he is not participating in the world in any sense and has no concern for anything related to spiritual matters either.

Akbar, then asks Birbal if there is anyone in the world who is both Here and There?

Birbal, brings a simple household couple and says “The man and woman work in the world and tend to their family, but do everything in the world with God in their thoughts. Because they do the work of the world and allow their spiritual practices to carry them through both the good and the bad times, they are a man and woman who are both Here and There.”

Source: The Path of the Everyday Here by Lorna Catford.

Creating Space for People, Events and Things

It was a jam packed hall last night in Los Angeles, where Guruji was giving a talk, and in the middle of the talk, he stopped and saw that couple of folks were standing at the back. He asked the audience to raise their hands if they had open seats next to them and then asked those seated to move a seat so that those standing can be accommodated and then he said spontaneously:

This is what life is all about. Keep shifting your position. Don’t be stuck somewhere….make room, make space. It is all about creating space. Create space for events, for people and for things to happen as and when they unfold. Every event, every person you come across in your life is contributing to your life in some unimaginable way.

Rest of the talk and transcript is here