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!
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Most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtmi

Via [Art of Living’s blog ]

Krishna always stands with a perfect balance – with one foot firmly on the ground, the other foot crossed over, as though it is touching, but not really touching. Life is about balance. Through his life Sri Krishna showed how to balance materialism and spirituality. He ruled the country, advised as minister and so on… and He gave the highest knowledge to Arjuna and Uddhava. Hence the most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtami is knowing that you have to play a dual role — of being a responsible human being on the planet and at the same time to realize that you are above all events, the untouched Brahman.This could perhaps be the secret of Krishna’s ever present smile even though his life was filled with troubles of many kinds.

Imbibing a bit of avadhoot and a bit of activism in your life is the real significance of celebrating Janamashtami.

2D’s – Diwali and Desires – Part 2.

The Buddha talked about trishna – thirst or hankering and he put it so simply as one of the 4 noble truths, the second being “Suffering arises from attachment to desires”. Krishna talks about Desires in the Gita and says they are insatiable; the more one feeds them, the more they arise.

Undeniably, getting rid of desires or hankerings is difficult, had it been easy, then the Masters wouldn’t had to repeat the same message over and over again.

The recommendations?

Buddha says “Meditate deeply, discriminate between the pleasant and unpleasant, and break the fetters of Mara”

Krishna says “…realizing the truth of your True Self (Atma) is your principal weapon for eradicating desire. Self Realization is the true spiritual knowledge.”

Guruji talked a lot about desires, the best quote from his talk on Intention, Attention and Manifestation, is that “Desires fulfilled or unfulfilled, leaves you in the same place.”

That is food for thought, one way is to look back in our own lives and see how many desires we had, that got fulfilled and what joy and satisfaction or misery they brought and how many desires remained unfulfilled and how much sadness, misery or joy they brought and see for ourselves what changed with each of these desires and hankering.

Spirituality, I think, is also intense self-study.

If that is hard, then to quote the old hindi proverb – “Man ka ho to accha aur na ho, to aur bhi achcha” is probably a better way of dealing with what life serves us.

A Commitment to go back to the knowledge!

I thought I posted this on the eve of Janamashtmi, but was surprised to find that this post was still sitting in the draft’s folder. So here it is a belated Janamashtmi post.

Tomorrow is Janamashtmi – Lord Krishna’ birthday. Couple of years back, on Janamashtmi, Guruji had said, everyone should read the Bhagavad Gita, since then the Gita has been my constant companion, and every time I revisit it, it seems so much richer and so deeper. The reading itself becomes a meditation.

guruji-playing-the-flute

In his talk on the Gita, Guruji says

“There is a line in Bhagavad Gita, which is very significant. It will be good for you to remember it, or even memorize it:

anityam asukham lokam
emam prapya bhajasvaham!!

This is called the Secrets of Secret or The Royal Secret.

Anityam: Nothing in this world is permanent. Be in this world, see this world, have this world, and attain

this world, but remember that this world is not permanent. This world is Anityam – not eternal.

Asukham: Nothing in this world is pleasurable, again and again. Krishna does not say that everything in this world is sorrow. He say that things cannot give you joy, they cannot give you bliss. Anything in this world that you consider blissful, will not remain blissful forever…..If you see joy in it, then you will crave for it and that craving will bring your misery back.
So this world (Lokam) is Anityam and Asuhkham

Emam Prapyam: Having attained this, now Bhajaswaham – attain Me.

Being in this glorious world, do not  see permanance or pleasure in it. It’s neither permanent     nor pleasurable. Having attained this knowledge, you now attain Me. Being in the world, attain Me.

Anytime you feel miserable, just think “Oh my God, I forgot!! Anityam, Asukham” – and this centers you again. This dispassion can bring you to your center. It will turn the mind around. It will put the mind, which runs outwards all the time, back into its place. Then, you are back home. That is meditation.

On this day, let us commit ourselves to go back to this wonderful knowledge that Lord Krishna gave us.