The Presence

The Presence

While driving today morning, I had this sudden awareness, that all that I’m experiencing is within this indescribable Presence. The first thing I did was to pen this down.

A recognition dawned
that all that is –
in the animate
and the inanimate –
IS The Presence.
A billion names it has,
Yet, indescribable it is.
In a minute I’m in awe,
the next, I forget.
A minute later, I open my twitter stream to find this tweet quoting Guruji
That space in which we are, into which we have come, into which we will go back, that is Brahman, that is divinity, that is the Self. NOW
Talk of synchronicity!
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Happiness is.

This comes a day late.

Guruji tweeted “What does Happiness mean to you? #WorldHappinessDay”; rather than replying in 140 characters, I thought, let me pen down a poem. It is also the #WorldPoetryDay today

Dear Gurudev, I found
Happiness when

– I did my
first Art of Living course
and experienced the beautiful
and sublime Sudarshan Kriya

– I found health
when I so needed it;
through the practices of
Kriya and Meditation;

– I am immersed in Satsangs;
the joy, beauty, and grace
that flows…how
does one describe it?

– I become an instrument
in spreading peace and knowledge;
so very grateful for it;

– I got an opportunity to
contribute a bit towards the society;

– I discovered the deep joy 
that Meditation has to offer

– I attended the joyful festivals at Ashram;

– in the mystical Monday morning Rudra Puja’s

– in the deep silence in those
advanced meditation programs
so satiating, yet the longing for more;

– I had the rare opportunity to travel with you

– I was beyond happiness when we
were fortunate to host you at our home!
That was seismic 10 on a Happiness Scale!!
and I could go on and on!

Yet, beyond events,
Happiness right now is
the recognition that –
despite the ups and downs in life;
despite the stumbles on the path;
despite everything else –
I belong to you!

That recognition
and remembrance
is Happiness for me
and that is enough!

Coaches can only guide.

In the midst of the battle;
when it came to killing Bhishma
Arjuna dithered;
angering The Radiant One -
forcing him to jump in the field;
and almost breaking his vow
of not fighting the war.

Yet, just days before,
Shri Krishna had sung
the song divine to Arjuna!!

Such a compelling lesson
that knowledge has to be applied!
Mere listening and intellectualising
won't move a needle!

Coaches can only guide,
not do it for you!

The Cosmic Breath

That gentle cyclical breath
set to the cosmic rhythm
takes me deep within –
in the ocean of nothingness

Time loses its meaning
and a stillness so pure
engulfs me;
In those fleeting moments
of eternity; the breath
gently caresses my Soul;

It’s a different world
still, calm, silent and tranquil
just a breath away from all
the cacophony of this world;

Pure, Unalloyed and Divine –
An unfathomable nothingness
and I so ache to bathe in it,
again and again!

02/March/2017:: With a hundred things happening simultaneously in life, I did today’s Sudarshan Kriya with gratitude, devotion, and awareness of every single breath! What a magnificent blessing it has been to receive such an awesome gift!

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