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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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 Gita Jayanti Poem

It is Gita Jayanti today and I penned this today afternoon!

The Radiant One
sang a song
so luminous;

a thousand suns
ablaze;
illuminating every
step;
brightening the very life!

The Radiant One
sang a song
so melodious;

the music,
reverberating,
pulsating and
infusing life;

The Radiant One
sang a song
so indelible;

the words
permeating deep
in my
Consciousness
leaving an imprint
impossible to erase!

#GitaJayantiDay

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 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.

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.