The mirror is getting wiped clean

What magic has
Grace unfolded
that Your Name
is now etched
in  the deep recess
of my heart
Pulsating vibrantly!

Can you hear it?
It calls me even before
I could call It!
Embracing me
in the
resplendent
Light of Love!

A bit by bit,
slowly but surely,
the mirror
is getting
wiped clean;

In the humdrum
of daily affairs
He seems so far away;
Forgotten, neglected,
and hardly remembered;

Daily thoughts, Actions
and Behaviour -
a far cry
from what He wills;
yet,
in that space of
meditation;
I find Him
over and over again;
day after day;
waiting
with infinite patience
to embrace me
in that blanket of Grace!

[28th Nov 2017; SKY/Meditation]

It reminded me of two brilliant shloka's from the Gita, 
in 13:17 or 18 depending on 
which version you are reading. 
Shri Krishna says:

"jyotisam api taj jyotis
tamasah param ucyate
jnanam jneyam jnana-gamyam
hrdi sarvasya visthitam"

He is the source of light in all luminous objects. 
He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. 
He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, 
and He is the goal of knowledge. 
He is situated in everyone's heart

And in 18:61 He says:

"isvarah sarva-bhutanam
hrd-dese 'rjuna tisthati…"

The Supreme Lord is situated in everyone's heart!

 

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The Paradox of Awakening and Profitability

The Paradox of Awakening and Profitability

Building a business is extremely hard.

Building a business on the foundations of Selflessness, Authenticity, Love, and Service is even harder. And one can do that only if one is deeply authentic, generous, selfless and in touch with her/his deep self.

Conscious Capitalism, Servant leadership, love leadership etc. do not happen in isolation. These are, but an outer manifestation of a leader’s inner life. One who doesn’t live by these principles can never bring this to fruition in real world.

Living a spiritual life, living a life based on true north principles, balancing the paradox of individual awakening and business pressures is tough in a corporate environment, so, my respect for those who have been able to translate these principles and bring them to life in businesses is immense.

I stumbled upon “Meaningful Work: A Quest to do great business, find your calling and feed your soul” by Shawn Askinosie last month when 800-CEO-READ featured it in their upcoming books to read. Today’s blog post by Seth Godin calls out this book. A peep into the book traces Shawn’ career trajectory from being a successful lawyer to praying hard daily for years to find a meaningful calling, ultimately resulting in entrepreneurship. I found it fascinating for the references to the Trappist Monastery.

While I know very little about the Monks and the Trappist Monastery, I had read about it earlier in a fascinating book titled “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks” by August Turak. Turak writes about how the principles of service and selflessness can be the foundation on which a wildly successful business can be built.

Closer home, I am aware of Aravind Eye Care, Cipla (do read this post) and Hare Krishna exports from Surat whose founders have built their businesses on these principles.

While there is so much talk today in the papers about VC’s, funding, how to make profits etc. There is hardly any talk about how to build sustainable, relevant and meaningful businesses. Businesses built on true north principles. Professors who are called to talk about business, regurgitate the same old tales we have read in the business papers, hardly anyone talks about this personal journey. I have actively sought out stories like these in my readings and they fascinate me no end. Walking the path of deep spiritual values is hard and guess that’ the reason we hear very little stories like these! So when I do find them, I feel like celebrating and sharing their success!

In my view, Shri Krishna in The Gita, lays out a very clear, unambiguous path, that can be used as guiding principles and I will share it in the next few posts.

But for now, given that we are talking about Monks and Businesses, I would like to end up with this beautiful story narrated by another monk who heads an Asset Management Company. We can all start with this parable and come back to hear how Shri Krishna answer’s the question about What kind of business/product/service to build in the next post.

Update: This series may have to wait for some more time!

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!

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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