Sadhana – Uplifting the Mind – Part 2

Hari Om and Welcome back! 🙂 Thank you so much for all the love on the previous blog – Sadhana – Uplifting the Mind. It really means a lot when your audience reads and relates to what you write. 

I missed putting up a blog last Sunday due to other engagements. I hope not to do that again. 🙂 

The last blog had spoken about 4 Sadhanas that can help our mental and spiritual well-being – Japa, Yogasana, Meditation and Arpana Buddhi. Today I’ll be writing about 5 more of them to conclude this series. 

  1. Satsang – This is a practice at one level but from a higher standpoint – it is a blessing that gradually unfolds. Which allows us to unfold the layers covering our true nature. Satsang translates to company of the good and noble. In the beginning we associate ourselves with brilliant books that elevate our minds and with seekers who are determinedly walking this path of inner upliftment – this itself causes tremendous spiritual growth. At one point with grace alone, we are blessed with the company of spiritually elevated Masters – a sage or a Guru as we know them. In Sri Ramcharitamanas it is said, “Binu Satsang Vivek Na Hoyi” – Without Satsang, you will not be able to discriminate between the Real and the Unreal! 
  1. Svadhyaya – Translating to Study, this practice takes time and patience. Here, we reflect upon the scriptures of Sanatana Dharma – like the Bhagavad Gita for instance. By slowly absorbing what these manuals for right living are trying to convey – we bring their instructions into our lives, thereby enriching it. It requires guidance after a point – which in my own experience comes by itself if we are sincere in our efforts. One doesn’t need to start right from the top – for today we have tons of material online in different formats. Below is a list of 3 books you can begin with. In my humble opinion and experience – the Bhagavad Gita is a scripture all of us can begin our study with to know our own selves better. 
  1. Bhajana – In popular parlance, Bhajana or Bhajan is devotion expressing in the form of divine music and dance, which is a beautiful sadhana and experience by itself. Another interpretation is given by Shri Adi Sankaracharya in his famous composition, the Bhaja Govindam as whatever we do with an attitude of service to Bhagawan with our body, mind and intellect. That could be singing or any other action – what matters is the attitude of loving service. True Bhajana is therefore becoming an instrument of that Universal Consciousness – knowing, experiencing and living it! 
  1. Prasada Buddhi – After Arpana Buddhi which is offering of actions – we come to Prasada Buddhi – that is acceptance of actions. It is a Sadhana that applies to both the practical and emotional mindsets. It means accepting the fruits of our actions as Bhagawan’s Prasada or as the natural fruit of whatever we ourselves had sown. This mindset bestows peace and humility, for we do not dwell too much upon the should-haves and could-haves, the pain or failures then. Imagine the amount of stress we could reduce! 

I had thought of including Shravanam (Listening) but that will take another extensive blog. It also led me to Mananam (Reflection). It will only make sense if I give justice to both of them in the upcoming blogs.

I hope this piece adds value to your life and inspires you to keep working on connecting with your inner Self! For me, all these practices have been helping in fine-tuning my mind to be more receptive to the cosmic energy and make it relatively much more peaceful than it was say a few months ago. 

But my favourite is Satsang! People who know me would know why. 🙂 For associating with the good, is extremely powerful. 

Since we spoke about Bhajana, whenever you find time, do listen to this beautiful song on Shri Krishna as we approach Janmashtami. 

See You Next Sunday! 🙂

Love and Om,

Lakshmi. 

Shri Adi Sankaracharya – The Youth Icon

Hari Om, Namaskaram and Hello! I had written this special piece on Shri Adi Sankaracharya’s Jayanti which was on April 28th in 15 minutes – at midnight for a competition held by Chinmaya International Foundation just before the deadline ended! And it did receive the 3rd prize with His Grace. 🙂

Do have a read, and let me know how you find it. 😀

I do not know much about Shri Adi Sankaracharya’s life history.
I do not know much about his spiritual education or sojourns.
But I do know what Bhagawan stood for, where his heart was and what was in his heart.


In one of his devotional music videos, Shri Kuldeep M Pai, a popular classical singer says how we would be much stronger and fulfilled human beings if we would worship iconic real heroes like Bhagawan Sankaracharya instead of mythical ones like Superman and He-man!

Shri Adi Sankaracharya at Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Maharashtra


That sentence has stuck in my heart. Much like how Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda extols this great Master – for that is what he is – The Icon of All Icons! And for us youngsters, A YOUTH Icon.

How is that possible you ask? How can some Master of an age gone-by be our Icon? Well, the fact that he lives on millennia later, is proof enough of a life of incomparable greatness! And that is what we crave for isn’t it? A life of purpose.


Shri Sankara was the epitome of fearlessness and national pride. When our beloved Bharat was lying decapacitated in the hands of Pundits who loved the Word more than the essence, a society that was struggling in the clutches of decaying Buddhism and ritualistic Hinduism – with no real soul to it – it is in this state that Sankara found his dear country and its people. His heart bled at that young age. And he fought. He fought his entire life to re-establish the essence of Hinduism in the lives of people.

He went across the country, defeating self-acclaimed Pundits and reclaiming Sanatana Dharma from their clutches – with his debating skills and experiential knowledge of the Highest! He composed basic texts explaining the highest philosophy of Advaita Vedanta in the terminology of us common people.

Commentaries on the Upanishads, establishing 4 Mathas and much much more- his life was one of invincible love for the timeless tradition he belonged to, of Oneness with the Supreme, of great compassion and love for his people and of utmost humility!

To us he is an exemplary example of how we must live a life of Integrity, Love, Oneness, Absolute Fearlessness, remaining strong in our convictions and offer ourselves at a Higher Altar – only then will the subtleties of life reach us in our meditation!

Perhaps, I do not know much about Bhagawan Sankara, but I do know that I want to know more and more of this Great Guru – until I attain His lotus feet! What about you?

Crux of the Universe

 

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Everything flows and nothing abides. ~ Heraclitus

Hello Dear Readers! 🙂 Firstly, my apologies for being inactive for such a long time. I hope to write regularly from now on. Enjoy this one! 🙂

All is flux, nothing remains still. Everything changes and everything flows. Our thoughts keep flowing.And life? You never know what may happen in the next moment! And I mean it. Who knows what you will be doing the next minute? You could be smiling now and crying the next second. You could be down in the dumps an entire morning while something may happen which keeps you enthusiastic for the rest of the day. The person who hurts you could be the same one who gives your heart peace. The person you have dedicated your life to, may be no more the next day.

Change is the law of the universe. But there is one power which does not change. For it rules all hearts. It is even more powerful than the all-powerful time, for time cannot touch those depths of your soul where love resides. For instance, your house may not exist in the future, but it remains in your heart as a memory. A memory you will always treasure. Because love had made that house a home. It is the breath that sustains as well as the fire that burns. It is the core of the universe and is the very nature of every creature.

It manifests itself in your life in some or the other form at every stage.Your parents,friends, family, strangers and as God in your heart. It always teaches you something. Remember, no love ever goes in vain. It is always a blessing. Love never hurts, it is expectations that hurt. And why do we harbor expectations? Because we do not realize the temporary ways of our life! It is said when you love someone, their happiness always comes first. An ideal example is the mother’s love or a beloved’s true love.

You mourn the death of your loved one, not realizing that all along he lives in your heart. He can never die, for his spirit lives on. Love inspires. It is a beacon of light. When the time arrives and it has to dim, those last rays of light soak your being in a manner in which they shine radiantly in your soul forever. Such love is meant to be emulated, not mourned, for it is rare.

In what is a personal experience, I was blessed, in fact many of us in the company of the soul I am going to talk about were.

Our Guruswamy (a person who guides you on your path to Sabarimala, the abode of Lord Ayyappa). With powerful Eyes like those of a Tiger (the vehicle of the Lord) he was a soul who dedicated his entire life to the feet of the Lord, acting as a guiding light to hundreds of people. Such was the grandeur of his life that it did not diminish even during his last hours. Having prayed to the Lord with his wife just minutes before his passing away in his sleep on November 18th, 18 being symbolic of the union of the individual soul with the Brahman also indicating 18 steps of Sabarimala, just when Lord Ayyappa’s month had begun,  the splendor his face held never decreased till his last rites were performed. I would rather say it had increased manifold. His glorious legacy lives on.

While thousands mourned including me, I also learnt the final lesson, the last grandfather figure in my life had left: Live your life well and never shun anyone away. Love sustains. Nothing else does. Love Yourself. The love of the Lord within your heart manifests in humans around you. That the flame of love provides hope even when darkness threatens to envelope you.That everything may change, but your source of energy does not.

Even then, it is okay to grieve.Everyone does that. What is important is to look within yourself and realize even your grief is temporary. Embrace the changes that take place. Nothing remains except for the love which empowers you. That energy at your core.  Let it flow both within and without and look at your life change. The tiniest gesture of love can brighten up a dejected face. 🙂

Always remember, you are your own beacon of light. Give yourself the love you deserve! You yourself are an inspiration! 🙂

Love, because when you love you are using the greatest power in the Universe. – Rhonda Byrne.

P.S. Even if I have been able to pay a trifle of a tribute to our Guru, I am thankful for that! Please feel free to leave your feedback! 🙂

Ayyappan-A Gnana Yogi

Presenting Part 2 of the Ayyappan Blog series.In the previous one,I spoke about the Lord’s teachings.In this one I will be writing about some of the spiritual symbolisms inherent in this timeless tradition and some views on why women aren’t allowed to enter Sabarimala.
Disclaimer: I do not aim to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments or beliefs.

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The tradition of not allowing women between the age of 9-50 into Sabarimala is still being debated endlessly.And most people are stuck on ‘menstruation.’ While it isn’t possible to change everyone’s mindset,I will put forth my views further into the blog.

Let us start with the 41-days ‘Vratam’ observed by the devotees. Absistence from all vices,sleeping on the floor,bathing in cold water are some of the rules followed.All of these inculcate within a person,the virtue of self-control the willpower to move away from material comforts..It purifies the devotee from both the within and without.Slowly,all desires vanish and he connects to his center,his soul or Ayyappan,call it whatever you want.

One of the most basic rules is abstaining from sexual activity.It is well-known that the sexual urge is the most primal of all and this sexual power arises from the very core of man.This tremendous potential can both destroy man in the form of lust or help him rise to higher spiritual levels.The very aim of this vratam is to help man use all his energies include his sexual energy in better ways,which will help him attain the Ultimate goal of every individual soul.
This is one of the reasons why men stay away from their own wives and why women are restricted from entering Sabarimala. If women were to enter,the very aim of the vratam would be nullified,right?? And this has got nothing to do with the purity of a menstruating woman. Definitely not.
Also the vratam is of a difficult nature if adhered to sincerely and unsuitable for a woman because of her monthly cycle.Simply because her body goes through many changes and many women experience extreme discomfort during this time. Two reasons covered.

Coming to the climb till the Sannidhanam or the sanctum sanctorum.If seen from a spiritual aspect,it symbolises the long path a soul undertakes for its reunion with the Supreme Soul.It has to shed all its inhibitions,desires,attachments and take a leap into absolute nothingness.This requires lot of courage.The physical tedious climb up the Sabarimala hills,requires complete surrender to the Lord and a strong willpower. The chant “Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa” which literally means ,”My Refuge is in You,O Ayyappa” is symbolic of this surrender of the Jeevatma or the devotee to the Paramatma.

Similar to this is the significance of the ‘Pathinettam Padigal’ or ’18 Steps’ which lead up to the Sanctum Sanctorum. Firstly,they face the rising sun,once again associating light with enlightenment.
The 1st 5 steps represent the 5 Karmendriyas(5 senses): Smell,Sight,Touch,Sound,Taste,which are part of the physical body and demand instant gratification.
The next 8 steps move into the mind representing the 8 Ashta Ragas or 8 Demonic qualities : Kama(Lust),Krodha(Anger),Lobha(Greed),Madha(Arrogance)Moha(Attachment),Asooya(Being blind to the good others do),Matsarya(Jealousy) and Dhumba(Dullness).The next Three steps move into Prakriti or our nature which is made up of three Gunas : Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. The 17th Step represents ‘Vidya’ or wordly knowledge.The Ego is still functioning here.The 18th and the final step represents ‘Avidya’,the ignorance of the divine nature of the soul. Above these 18 Steps resides Lord Ayyappan.

Thus overcoming all these obstacles,the Jeevatma unites with the Paramatma.
The sacred 18 steps represent the spiritual pathway to the Ultimate Truth.This number ’18’ is considered to be a mystic or divine number where 1 represents the Jeevatma and 8 represents Infinity or the Infinite Paramatma.

It is often said that Lord Ayyappan,high up in Sabarimala,is a Brahmachari.I would like to use a much more appropriate term. Swami Ayyappan is a Gnana Yogi.If you look at his posture,it indicates the same.
His posture is the Yogamudra,with is legs crossed and raised a little and tied with what is called a ‘Yogapattam.’ Ayyappan is in a state of ‘Dhyana’ or meditation and is the ‘Sat-chit-ananda Swarupam’ or the ‘Truth-Consciousness-Bliss Absolute’ Himself.

His right palm is held in the ‘Chinmudra’ hasta where the thumb and forefinger meet and the other three fingers are pointing away from the body.This is also called the ‘Gnana Mudra’ and according to ancient Yogic knowledge indicates the union of the Paramatma and Jeevatma as also the complete surrender of the devotee to the All-compassionate Lord through the meeting of the index finger with the base of the thumb. This union happens after the three impurities, ‘Ego,Illusion and Lust’ have been destroyed which is indicated by the other three fingers. Pure devotion arising from one’s heart,leads to the destruction of these.
His left palm with all the five fingers pointing downward indicate the five elements or Panchabhoothas – Air,Water,Ether,Earth,Fire which form the gross environment. Ayyappan is also known as Bhoothanatha-The One who is the Creator and Protector of the Earth.
The lotus pedestal on which the Lord is seated symbolises our world,beneath the Lord’s feet.This is symbolic of the finite nature of this manifested world and the infinite nature of the Paramatma. The lotus flower although flourishes in muddy water,remains pure and beautiful.Similar to this is the Atman,the Soul.The Soul is covered by the gross body and the mind’s insecurities but never loses its purity.
Finally the garland made of a single length of flowers begins from Ayyappan’s right foot,goes around His neck and ends at His left foot.The flowers in the garland are the beautiful and final evolution of the seed.Similarly every human soul undergoes spiritual evolution. This garland thus represents the Timeless and Unconditional grace of Lord Ayyappan without which no evolution is possible.

Ayyappan is often addressed as ‘Nei(Ghee) Abhisheka Priyane’.This ghee represents the timeless soul of the devotee.When poured on the idol of Ayyappan,it symbolizes the total dissolution of this Jeevatma with the Supreme Soul.

The last symbolism I can cover with this blog is that of the ‘Aazhi Pooja’.There is a huge ‘Aazhi’ beneath the 18 Steps,where coconuts,rice,etc are thrown in.These articles representing our desires and aspirations are set to fire in the Aazhi and pilgrims circumambulate this holy fire. This symbolizes the burning of all their desires and impurities,the purification of their minds and complete surrender to the Lord. The dancing flames are believed to be Lord Ayyappan,as the Annihilator and Bestower of Grace.

Sabarimala is one among the ancient temples of India.Our ancients strongly believed that a woman when menstruating is prone to absorb any negative or positive energies in her surroundings,which affect her cycle.And ancient temples are often places with high positive vibrations,which can end up affecting a woman’s cycle drastically. This is the third reason,though today has been wiped away from people’s minds.

Also,why should a woman fight this hard to enter Sabarimala? Ultimately,the journey till there is nothing but a symbolism of the journey you take to enter within You,to eternal bliss.

And Lord Ayyappan’s purest abode is his devotee’s own heart. The fourth and the final reason.

Finally, if beyond all these reasons and logic, if a woman wishes to enter out of fervent devotion for the Lord, no one can deny her that right. It is her choice.
Your Heart is the True Sabarimala. 🙂 Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa!! 

 

My aim was to only put forth reasons that made some sense and not because menstruation is ‘unholy.’ 🙂

Credits To Blogs: Mythri Speaks,Ayyappa Kshethram.

AYYAPPAN-A Guiding Light

“The Makara Jyoti in its true essence is the the Light of Lord Ayyappan Within You.”

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The lines above were written by me this January.Soon began the controversy around allowing women into Sabarimala and everything that is still going on.A lot has been spoken about it,some positive and others negative.But thousands of devotees remain steadfast in their faith and devotion.And that definitely includes women.

 
Deviating from all of this,I wish to write on Ayyappan’s teachings and the symbolisms interwoven in the traditions of the Ayyappan Cult.There is so much to write!!Although I can’t cover all aspects, I will try to cover some of them in a 2-series blog.At the end of it,I am just a humble devotee of Lord Ayyappan,sharing what I have learnt and felt!

 
Within Lord Ayyappan also known as Hari-Hara sutan or the child of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are unified the powers of creation of Vishnu and the powers of destruction of Shiva.
He is hailed as Vanpuli-Vahana and Kaliyuga-Varadha. The tiger being His vehicle symbolizes prakriti or nature being His manifestation.When He sets out to get the milk of a tigress to cure his mother’s headache,He fulfills the aim of his Avatar or birth on Earth.That of killing demonness Mahishi,thus aiding Mother Earth and vanquishing evil.
Nature shows complete surrender and respect to Him,in the form of the tiger.Herein lies one of the most important lessons for modern man. One must always respect nature and not destroy her blindly.You arise from nature,survive because of it and go back to it. You are forever indebted to her.Respect her and she returns it back.Destroy her,you are doomed.

 
Another very important lesson is fearlessness.One must attempt to face all difficulties head-on. After all what is Life without difficulties?? Also,one must fight against any injustice being meted out.Someone or the other has to do it,today or some other day. Why fear??Everyday,in corners around the world,people are fighting their own battles.
The other lesson is Compassion.Everyone has their own story.Every being is part of the same universe and the same Supreme Soul as you are.No one here is different.Then why hate anyone or any being?? While it is difficult for us to practice on all levels we can do it at the human level atleast.

 
As Kaliyuga-Varadha,Ayyappan assures his devotees that all those who seek him during the age of Kali will always remain protected and strong enough to sail through all difficulties.The devotee will be able to follow the path of goodness even during the Iron Age. He is His devotee’s friend,father,mother and the Shakti-the power and the guiding light within his soul.

 
When Ayyappan is sent away be His mother on a seemingly impossible mission,he harbours no grudges or ill-feelings toward her of his fate.On the contrary,through this fate his life-mission is fulfilled.
Here,we learn two timeless lessons.1) Never harbour any resentment toward anyone.Forgiveness is the virtue of the heart.
Why should we harbour a grudge in the first place??It causes us more pain and agony,steals away our peace of mind.We suffer more than the person we dislike.The person will realise his/her mistake at the destined time.For an essentially happy and carefree life,forgiveness is extremely important.It purifies your heart and rids your mind of unwanted garbage.
2) Not everything you wish for happens.Sometimes,even in what is seemingly bad,remains hidden a larger good.Do not curse your fate.Instead learn to go along with the flow when needed..you will see it makes a huge difference!!You are left with much more positive energy and happiness!

 
Coming to the ‘Petai Thullal’ tradition.Erumeli is an important shrine for all the devotees embarking on the Sabarimala pilgrimage.Here,in Erumeli,Ayyappan is worshipped as Lord Dharma Sastha,The Upholder of Dharma.Opposite the temple at Erumeli,is the mosque of Vavar Swami: Ayyappan’s devotee and dear friend.

 
In this ‘petai thullal’ custom,devotees dance in divine ecstasy,smearing colour on one another,completely drowned in the Lord. This symbolises the boundless energy lying dormant within you.The innocence and divine energy,which causes the individual soul to realise its one-ness with Ayyappan,the Supreme Soul. The tradition also teaches one to live life to the fullest,to smile with all heart,abandoning all worries and placing complete faith in Ayyappan.

 
Lastly,the friendship between Ayyappan and Vavar.We know that Vavar Swami is a Muslim and even today at his shrine in the Sabarimala temple complex,a Muslim priest performs all the rites. There are many stories about Vavar,but the most prominent one is that he was a warrior who was defeated by Ayyappan as Prince Manikantan.He then went on to become the Lord’s most loyal confidant and devotee.

 
What is heartening in today’s times filled with strife and intolerance is this beautiful relationship,which is proof to the fact that humans may be seperated by any number of barriers,but ultimately love joins us all.We are essentially one,our origin being the same.Man may have caused this division,but nature finds a way to remind him that he is but a reflection of all his fellow humans.
The petai thullal starts at the Vavar mosque,going further.Even today,before proceeding to the sanctum sanctorum at Sabarimala,devotees pray at the shrine of Vavar Swami. The Lord thus tells his devotees,that heart-felt devotion is the only way to reach Him.He asks them to respect and love one another,as to Him all his devotees are equally dear.
The Sabarimala temple visited by thousands of aged women,children and men of every caste and creed is truly a beacon of light,in these times when darkness in the form of religious intolerance has plagued the world.

 
Hidden within the layers of any legend or tradition,are valuable teachings which empower and enrich a person’s life!!Understanding and absorbing these life-lessons,we gain true knowledge!

 
That’s it for Part One.Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa! 🙂

Mystical Relations

“Some people are related not by blood but by pure love.Some relations are deeper and more divine than familial ties.”
I had two people in my mind as an inspiration while writing these words.
We all have our immediate family that comprises of parents,husbands,wives,children and siblings.Other than them there are nieces,nephews,cousins and so on.
We love all of them and may or may not share a close bond with them.

But somewhere,at some point in life,we come across one or more persons with whom we begin to share a bond and slowly but surely,that bond becomes deeper and deeper.
Suddenly a total stranger enters our world and our hearts.An undefined bond exists with that person.The bond between these two hearts could be romantic,friendly,brotherly or sisterly,father or motherly or something just beyond an explanation.
Do you not have if not many at least a single relationship in life which is much deeper and stronger than your relationship with your kith and kin??A better-half or lover,with whom you spend your entire life is one such person,gifted by God through destiny.

Such relationships need no reason to exist.They are destined to exist.They are what you call platonic or divine.Special and beautiful.They enrich your life and allow love to overflow within you.Nothing can ever lessen the depth of love in these relationships or the value they hold in an individual’s life.

For an orphan it could be the family or that person who gives him the care and love he always longed for. For a depressed person it could be someone who walks into his life and fills it with happiness and laughter. A person who meant absolutely nothing just a minute ago,now shares a special relationship with you.
A believer in the Law of Karma would say its a connection from lives that have passed by.That your souls are connected due to your life’s Karmas and purpose.Yes,there is a connect.It could be a past life connect.But mainly there is a connect of trust and love.

Lord Krishna in The Bhagavad Gita says,”Love everyone.The entire Universe is yours.Your very center is Love.” When He gifts you such a person is He not trying to tell you that every person is special in some way or the other?? Is He,through that person not trying to teach you the value of divine love??
His relationship with Arjuna and Shri Rama’s with his devotee Hanuman,are the best examples.

 
For me,I was blessed with two such people at a very tender age.The two people I spoke about in the beginning. One being our neighbor who is like a mother to me and the other one being my brother,not by blood but by heart.Due to whose love I understood what a perfect elder brother is like!
Such people leave a permanent mark on your heart and give you a bond to be cherished for lifetime,or even beyond that.

 
They teach you that Family isn’t always about blood.That it is about those who love you for what you are,who want you in their lives.Who love you no matter what.Whom you love for what they are,whose presence causes your heart to smile and whose absence only deepens the bond.
They are precious blessings meant to be valued forever. Isn’t it readers?? 🙂

Silence Heals

 

Since a long time,the idea of starting a blog was running around in my head.

But I was clueless as to how to go about it plus the question that every writer has to inevitably face: Who will want to read what I write??
However after writing fictions on another site,here I am starting a blog!I have these thoughts on spirituality and stuff like that on my mind wanting to be written down..so the blog is going to be all about this and a lot more!!

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The world is a complete chaos.Our lives are chaotic as well.And we feel a dire need to straighten this chaos,to find a certain peace.It often happens doesn’t it??It happens to every one of us. Right from teenagers struggling with their adolescence issues to adults dealing with hectic work schedules and looking after their homes.
How we wish to head away from all of it for a while!Do we not cherish that vacation,short or long??Even a moment of calm,of silence does wonders for our stressed minds and we want to remain there for the rest of our lives.And then,Bang comes our life knocking on the door again.

And we go back to the chaos.Because we can’t escape it.

But do we realize,that all of this external chaos is but a reflection of internal unrest??I go back to the moment of silence I spoke about.
How many of us find the silence of the night or of the early morning healing??Some soothing and calm music or even a good book at such hours can work wonders for a tired soul,right??Or just being silent,being in the moment and doing nothing else for a change is another good idea.

Meditation!One of the most sought after relaxation techniques.However,it offers much more than relaxation.If any of you has ever tried it out,you will know it helps you connect to your soul.A deep sense of peace prevails.That is when the transition from chaos to contentment happens.
Such is the healing power of silence.Because silence is that which exists.It is primordial.Hence you find silence in nature,because nature is primordial.Silence is within you.You only have to realize it.Accept it.

It possesses the ability to bring about harmony in chaos thus changing a person’s world.A person who understands this and utilizes this power becomes internally calm which reflects in his external activities as well.His priorities are sorted and he ceases to panick or go on an emotional over-drive.This is because he has touched the tranquility of his internal soul which makes the world appear much less chaotic.
This is our actual state of being.Once we realize this,life becomes a joy.Even chaos becomes a joy.Because we are better equipped to deal with it.That eluding sense of peace is suddenly achieved.

The desire of transforming our lives has now become a glorious reality.

 

And we understand why our ancient seers said,“Silence is tranquility.”

 

Do not run away from life to find this tranquility.It is right there within you.Just spend some time with yourself.Probably an hour or even 20-30 minutes a day will make a huge difference!

The formula is that simple.

For Mumbaikars it could be a quite walk by the sea at Marine Drive in the wee hours of the morning or even at night.For others it could be just about anything.

A sincere heart praying experiences this Silence.

Because this silence rests within your heart.All you need to do is embrace it.And it will embrace you.