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!
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I sit stunned!

A #Janamashtmi #poem

 
What it would be then to listen to
the music your flute would play?
What it would be like to hear you
sing?

Millions, since times immemorial;
The great rishis, sages, monks
sadhus, preachers, poets,
householders, warriors, and all others;
with great devotion,
love and fervor;
have called You in their own ways.

 

A blind Surdas would
sing an accurate description
of your Shringar, captivating
and astonishing us even today.

 

The deeply devotional poems of Meera;
the mystical chants of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu;
the stunning poetry of Purandhara Dasa;
every word steeped deep in devotion and love
tugging our hearts and opening them up
in deep love for you;
yet each aching in their own ways
to hear you play your melodious flute;

 

What would it be like to hear you sing?

 

And a random thought
crossed my mind.
I sit stunned. Recoiling
at the audacity of the thought!

 

How do I say this
with utmost humility?

 

You sang through me!

 

And yet,
I couldn’t recognize
that it was You!
I can’t fathom the reason either
to be so deserving!

 

I sit stunned,
the Radiant One,
passed by,
paused,
sang through me
and yet
I couldn’t recognize
Him!

The Game

Five Thousand years ago
in the midst of a battlefield,
the awareness having gone,
down in the dumps, Arjuna,
had the presence of mind
to ask The Lord this question:
 
How does one maintain a
constant awareness?
 
The Radiant Lord,
creator of this Universe,
compassionately enumerates
his presence in all things
animate and inanimate
in this magnificent creation
of His. 
 
As He lists out his omnipresence
one stops to savor and relish
every word uttered as the creator
talks of His awe-inspiring creation
and His underlying presence
behind the entirety, stirring 
unknown chords in my heart,
as one vaguely recognizes familiar
faces on the street.
 
Passing through the sands
of time, five thousand years later,
I wonder at the same question
as the awareness of the presence
dissipates in the humdrum of daily life.
 
All it takes is an email, 
a harsh exchange,
an unmet expectation,
a plan gone wrong,
tough life challenges,
and hundreds of things,
big and small 
enough to throw me 
out of equilibrium,
and for the presence to
vanish as the mind races
to abysmally low depths.
 
As I sit on the yoga mat
going through the sadhana,
so beautifully laid out by My Master
The practice becomes 
experiential as the breath
recharges the body and brings
the mind back to equilibrium.
 
The Lord tells Arjuna,
recognize My presence 
through My attributes and
in everything.
 
I struggle enormously
to recognize and
to make that Awareness
and Presence my own;
 
I want it – not just in flashes, 
not just in deep meditation,
not just as an intellectual understanding –
but in an unbroken continuum
all throughout, 
on and off the mat.
 
Till then, I have to 
make an effort to see
that presence
in that email,
in that harsh-exchange,
in that unmet expectations,
in life’s tough challenges
and in all the things
that throw me off balance…
 
The game, I guess is, 
to get thrown off balance,
and to get up and say
Gotcha! I caught you there!
and then the Lord will
smile for he would have
found a playmate willing
to play His game on His turf
with His rules!
 
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10. Guruji gave a commentary on this chapter this week and unfortunately haven’t been able to watch it yet. This poem came up today after the Sadhana and I thought I will share it with you. 
 
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An approach to life – Contentment and Generosity

Extract from “The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living” Volume 2 by Eknath Easwaran

Contentment

Sri Krishna says, Tushti: “Be content with what life sends you.” Don’t be a beggar, sitting with your little tin cup and begging of life, “Please give me a few cents of pleasure, or at least don’t give me any pain.” Don’t ask always what you can get from life, but danam: ask what you can give. Stand up to your full height and give freely to those around you – your time, your resources, your talents, extra clothes or vegetables from your garden, whatever you have. It doesn’t matter whether the gift is simple or modest; what matters is that it be given freely, wholeheartedly, without any reservations, without even the left hand knowing what the right hand is doing. You are not wealthy simply because you have a lot, you are wealthy when you have given a lot away; the more you give, the more you will have to give – not in money, but in the richness of your life.

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The Light has come to me

O Lord Vyasa

why do you write?

O man of intellect, as tall as a mountain

like the petals of a flowering lotus

white – in a sea of murky black

O Lord Vyasa, O man of infinite words,

why do you write?

The Upanishads and the Geeta

poems that will live through the millennium

O man of words how imperishable

are thy writings!

The lamp of wisdom burning bright

over 5000 years ago

full of essence of the great poem

about the Great War

that took place eons ago,

But till today the battlefield happens

everyday, in our hearts

as your characters

and their faults and their goodness

war for attention in our everday life

O Lord Vyasa, Lord of the Vedas

why do you write?

 ~ Dr. Swati Piramal in “The Light has come to me”