Monday, 31 March, 2008

My Beloved Beautiful souls,

I intend to take a break from blogging for a couple of weeks. I need some time to reflect. I will be back with some better posts which take us closer to Him and help us decipher His endless Love and Glory :)
I cant possibly put into words the unconditional Love that you all have showered me with..I humbly thank you all for your heartfelt blessings and goodwishes and making me a part of your beautiful world.
Till I am back, you all are with me in my prayers…May God bless you all with unceasing happiness : ))

Keep Shining and do take good care of yourself..You are all very precious ;))

My Love and hugs for each of you,
Krishna :)

Saturday, 29 March, 2008

God makes rivers to flow. They tire not, nor do they cease from flowing. May the river of my life flow into the Sea of Love that is The Lord.


May I overcome all the impediments in my course. May the thread of my song be not cut before my life merges in the Sea of Love.

Guard me against all danger, O Lord. Accept me graciously, O King of Kings.


Release me from my sorrows, which hold me as ropes hold a calf. I cannot even open my eyes without the power of Your Love.


Guard us against the grief that haunts the life of the selfish. Lead us from darkness into Light.


We will sing of your Love as it was sung of old. Your laws change not, but stand like mountains.


Forgive me all the mistakes I have committed. Many mornings will dawn upon us again. Guide us through them all, O Lord of Love.

Prayers from The Rigvedas (The Holy Scripture of Hinduism)

Tuesday, 25 March, 2008

Take Refuge Within

When The Buddha was about to die-as a physical body- he worried that a number of his disciples would cry, and that they would suffer, because they had not seen his dharma body. They had only seen his physical body.
So he gave this teaching to all his disciples in the hope that they would somehow come to realise that what is physical is transient, so there was no need to feel sad over physical losses
: “ My dear friends, there is a beautiful island within, that you may take refuge in every time you suffer. Don’t take refuge in anything, in anyone, except in the island Inside.”

At that time The Buddha was in the city of Vaishali. And there he met with the groups of students, and he visited sanghas, and met with the monks and nuns ; he met with dozens of groups of friends and disciples and he spoke about taking refuge in the Island Within.

He said to them, “The Island within is for you to discover. It’s a safe place where you feel calm, you are not disturbed and you feel happy and protected. Every time we feel we suffer, we feel we are attacked on every side, we feel that no one loves us, that everyone wants us to suffer, everytime we fail in everything we do, then we have to remember there is a very fine, beautiful place that we can go home to, and that place, you have to discover…it is not located in space.”

Why is it so easy to go to Paris or any other city or town whereas it is so difficult to go to a place within oneself? You look at the map, you follow directions and you find Paris, but this island of Self, this refuge where you can feel safe, happy, connected, calm, that island of Self you have to discover by your practise.
There are days when you feel that its not your day, everything goes wrong. In fact, there are days when you feel that whatever you do, it was sure to go wrong. And the more effort you make, the situation only becomes worse.
Of course, you have gone through days like that in your life.You fail, you suffer, you get angry, people blame you, you are not happy, you are frustrated. And you tell yourself that you have to make more effort, but the more effort you make, the worse the situation becomes and then you know that its time to stop everything ; its time to go home to yourself and take refuge. To go home and take refuge in The Island Within.
You have to close your windows, the eyes, the ears, you have to close the five windows. You should not be in touch with the outside any more: you have to close the windows of your hermitage. Because there is a Hermitage within- that is the Island of Self you must discover.

If you continue to be on the outside, then you continue to suffer. That is why in moments like that, you have to go home within.
Everyone has a hermitage within, very safe, cozy, comfortable, calm. The espression that The Buddha used is , “dmpa atta dmpa sarana.” “Atta” means Self, “dmpa” means island, and “sarana” means refuge……Taking Refuge in The Island of Self …if you rely on the outside you get lost.
The Buddha gave this Dharma talk when he was 80 to many disciples.

- An Interesting Article published in The Times Of India

Saturday, 22 March, 2008

Samadhi

Vanished the veils of light and shade, Lifted every vapour of sorrow, Sailed away all dawns of fleeting joy, Gone the dim sensory mirage.

Love, hate, health, disease, life, death :
Perished these false shadows on the screen of duality.
The storm of maya stilled
By magic wand of intuition deep.

Present, past ,future, no more for me,
But ever-present, all-flowing,..I..I, everywhere.
Planets, stars, stardust, earth,
Volcanic bursts of doomsday cataclysms,
Creation’s moulding furnace,
Glaciers of silent X rays, burning electron floods,
Thoughts of all men, past, present, to come,
Every blade of grass, myself, mankind,
Each particle of universal dust,
Anger, greed, good, bad, salvation, lust,
I swallowed, transmuted all
Into a vast ocean of blood of my own one Being.
Smouldering joy, oft-puffed by meditation
Blinding my tearful eyes,
Burst into immortal flames of bliss,
Consumed my tears, my frame, my all.

Thou art I, I am thou.
Knowing, Knower, known, as One.
Tranquilled, unbroken thrill, eternally, living, ever-new peace.
Enjoyable beyond imagination of expectancy, Samadhi Bliss!

Not an unconscious state
Or mental chloroform without willful return,
Samadhi but extends my conscious realm
Beyond limits of the mortal frame
To farthest boundary of eternity,
Where I, the Cosmic Sea,
Watch the little ego floating in Me.

From joy I come, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.
Oceans of mind, I drink all creation’s waves.
Four veils of solid, liquid, vapour, light,
Lift aright.
I, in everything, enter the Great Myself.
Gone forever, fitful, flickering shadows of mortal memory;
Spotless is my mental sky, below, ahead, ahead, and high above:
Eternity and I, one united ray.

A tiny bubble of laughter, I
Am become the Sea of Mirth Itself....


- The poem “ Samadhi ” which Sri Yogananda wrote to convey a
Glimpse of The Divine Glory.

Saturday, 15 March, 2008

The Mystical World of Rumi


You've no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You.

Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold
to the gold mine, or water to the Ocean.

Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient.

It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these.

So- I've brought you a mirror.Look at yourself and remember me.

- Jalaluddin Rumi
(World's Beloved Mystic, Poet, Philosopher)

The Search of My Beloved

Brothers, my peace is in my aloneness.
My Beloved is there, with me, always.
I have found nothing in all the worlds
That could match His love,
This love that harrows the sands of my desert.


If I come to die of desire
And my Beloved is still not satisfied,
I would live in eternal despair.


To abandon all that He has fashioned
And hold in the palm of my hand
Certain proof that He loves me...
That is the name and the goal of my search....

-Rabia al Adawiyya (Islam's Greatest Woman Saint)

My humble Salaam to Her Blessed Soul.

Sunday, 9 March, 2008

His Fathomless Abyss

“If we would meet God above the natural world, we must enter into Him by a quickened faith ; and there, in simplicity, in peace and freedom, we shall dwell, confirmed in love, in perfect nudity of spirit.
When Love has lifted us above objects, above darkness, into the Holy Light, we are transfigured by The Eternal Word, like unto the father….

We contemplate what we are and we are what we contemplate…Contemplation of the super essential passes into communion. Yet this contemplation has a furthur stage when life dies and love fails. For as we enter the darkness we are seized by the single ray, which : shining from the ocean of light where dwells our peace, immerses us in The Super Essential…

Words cannot reveal it, silence has no power to hold it within its bounds; intelligence, reason, the creature itself, all are transcended.
This simple possession By God is life eternal enjoyed in the fathomless abyss. It is herein, beyond reason that we await the Peace of The Divine changelessness."

- Van Ruysbroeck (17th Century Mystic)

Sunday, 2 March, 2008

Thoughts from my Spiritual Diary -10

Spirituality has its own intriguing way of imparting life’s lessons. Twenty seven years and I feel Life has endowed me with so many experiences, visions, feelings, events and the agonies and ecstasies which have accompanied with all of them. The Eternal Canvas of the Master Painter which I call life has been so colourful : ) I did share a love- hate relationship with Him during my earlier years. Every single blow or an unfortunate happening came with some bitter feelings for Him : doubting His intentions and Hisjustice and questionng the perfect order of His Kingdom. But an ignorant and immature me, I didn’t realize those hidden agendas and meanings..also the mysterious ways in which He works.

And I have always believed that its all written, "Maktoub” as its called in Arabic, predestined. Unless and until your Bad Karmas haven’t been washed out, you don’t have any right to cuddle up to your Beloved Father . He makes sure you clean up your act and learn all your lessons thoroughly :)

The death of my dearest father, acute loneliness, unexpected failures, business upheavals, discord in relationships, family betrayal, changing colours of the human soul, seeing my hand which no one held after daddy......all brought about major personality alterations and my soul didn’t help but evolve day after day and absorb everything in totality.
All these happenings moulded me into the person I am today and how ungrateful I am to all these teachers! I avoid greeting them with deep gratitude and often shut these chapters of my life with a numb face even today. Not that I am bitter about them but maybe that somewhere I have buried all these pains for a permanent closure.
They do come up uninvited at times and I am still left emotional trying to hear unspoken words from Him: )

Growing up came blessed with lots of sensitivity to understand the pain..not only mine but everyone else’s. This understanding broadened and deepened my relationship with God : I too started understanding Him a lot more better.. I guess I started falling in Absolute Love with Him. It started becoming a little unconditional as time passed by and I realized that I am so blessed in comparison to others. It dawned upon me that He is always there with us in our joys as well as sorrows as our sole protector.

I tried to see His small mercies and blessings in disguise which we so often take for granted and ungrateful that we souls become at times…forget to hug Him and say our sweetest Thank-you’s for providing an umbrella when we are stuck in stormy rains : )

I do have to pay up for all my Karmas –good and bad and as time flies like a butterfly out of my hands, I have the biggest satisfaction that I am not alone, He is always there besides me witnessing my trials and tribulations.
Now, its me with my dear father’s blessing that I tread along this Path to Him…" The woods are dark and deep, and I have promises to keep...... and miles to go before I sleep…” these famous words always keep ringing in my ears.

I am still a tiny learner, taking baby steps, yearning to be a better human being ..thats my only desire and ambition, to make good use of Life- His best Gift to me…to one day meet my beloved papa in heaven with all my work completed and with my head held high..to hug him tight and hear these only words from him… that I have been a good daughter…:)

I don’t know what Life has in store for me but I have my eternal Soul Mate to celebrate this journey :)
And spirituality is all about LOVING HIM, unconditionally…isn’t it !! That’s my biggest lesson!