|A woman prays during new year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea|
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Leaving NYC again, towards Metropark NJ. To pick up my car and drive to the Himalayan Institute.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Here I am at the Colonial House Inn, in Chelsea. It really really feels like a home. Manifesting at the opportunity or maybe a possibility to come and stay here for longer periods of time. I am told by front desk that January to March are the slow months hence better rate. Winter time in NYC? If its in my bucket list, then I guess it will happen.
Meanwhile the next few days will be a "revelation" time. That is the theme of this trip.
|Rooftop at Colonial House Inn|
|View of NYC fire escape|
|Lower East Village, LES|
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A Desi* living a lifetime in Canada, and the accent sounds "European"?, this was the comment from a passerby with a heavy New York accent asking me for directions.
A warm day and it's just so nice to go to sleep on a bench, surrounded by the Hudson breeze.
*Desi is a term people from the Indian subcontinent use to refer to their cultural identity.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
"We often hear people say that behind every successful man is a woman. I will modify this by saying, behind every success, there is the Divine, saying, "I am behind you". The Divine dawns in you when you pray for Grace; when you cry for it.
Prayer is a vital tool to improve your life. What you can do, do it. What you cannot do, pray for it! When you feel the obstacle is too much to handle, deep prayer can work miracles. Whatever you do, know that a higher power has the final say and you can tap that power through your prayers.
You don't need any special qualifications or abilities to pray. Whether a fool or a wise person, rich or poor, anybody can pray. Prayer doesn't mean just sitting and chanting some words. It's about being in that serene, calm, meditative state. That is why, in vedic tradition, dhyana, meditation, is done before prayer as well as afterwards. When the mind is focused, prayer becomes far more powerful.
Prayer is the cry of a soul. To whom you pray is not so important. Whereas religion puts words to the prayer, and adds symbols and rituals to it, prayer itself transcends them. It happens at the subtle level of feelings; feelings transcend words and religion. The act of praying itself has the power to bring transformation.
When you pray there should be total involvement. If the mind is preoccupied elsewhere then that is no prayer at all. When there is pain, there is more involvement. That's why people turn to prayer when they are in pain. Prayer happens when you feel grateful or when you feel utterly helpless. In either case your prayers will be answered. When you feel helpless, prayer happens by itself. That's why in Hindi we say 'Nirbal toh Balram'. If you are weak, God is with you. Prayer is that moment when you get in touch with your limitations, your boundaries.
Usually when you love something, you want to possess it and you pray for it. True prayer, however, is just the opposite of wanting to possess. It's about honouring and offering everything to the Divine. Honouring brings devotion and leads to surrender. Devotion heals.
True prayer can't happen without devotion and faith. Having faith is to realise that God's protection is there for you. Devotion is inner flowering; it starts from where you are. Unless you are lit in devotion to the Divine, your life will remain restless. In devotion, longing will arise in you and true prayer happens by itself.
Be sincere in your prayers. Do not try to outsmart the Divine. What type of time do you give the Divine? Usually you give time that is leftover; when you have nothing else to do, no guests to attend to, no parties to go to, then you go to the Divine. This is not quality time. Give prime time to the Divine. You will definitely be rewarded. If your prayers are not answered, it is because you have never given quality time.
There are four types of people who go to God -- first, those who seek the truth (knowledge and freedom); second, the wise ones (gyanis); third, the ones who seek material comforts (wealth) and fourth, ones who are in misery. The wise one does not pray for something. His life itself is a prayer.
If at all you have to pray for something, pray for happiness of all the people in the world."Loka Samastha Sukhinou Bhavantu"-- May everybody be happy."
Monday, May 12, 2014
For me it seems to be by seeing, with honesty, without any mask of right or wrong, what each interaction, comment and encounter brings up.
In that seeing many layers of "old" stories emerge. It emerges by my noticing that it is after all a story created by parents, families, societies, cultures, nations and so on.
Its not about discarding the lives and thoughts passed down through traditions, it is just seeing it.
As myself, as others, souls live in third dimension bodies of time and space, or do they?
What happens after, this is the logical mind grasping. Each question is not followed by an answer, the answer can be unto itself.
How many lifetimes and how many "lessons" from life does it take to see those stories, once again is not where I dwell.
The seeing is in the present, its what i am doing or being in any moment. Those moments and that present begins to live and weave its own story.
A fabric of life, each sutra or thread is the moments. And I wonder can each sutra become the one light, seeing beyond the spectrum of the rainbow.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Is the answer always to a question; or is the question itself the answer.
Jan 25, 2014 5:25 pm (Rancho Margot, Costa Rica):
A knowing which happens in void in silence!
Feb 2, 2014 4:05 pm (Rancho Margot, Costa Rica):
The falling rain and the calm within.
Feb 6, 2014 8:54 am (Rancho Margot, Costa Rica):
Feb 7, 2014 6:15 am (Rancho Margot, Costa Rica):
Dark allows the light to shine.
the travel to UK, the perfect journey, arriving in the familiarity of a city I had visited many times, all signs of feeling safe and grounded…then the sense of adventure…i was buying one way tickets, only the first destination from London was pre-determined, affordable price of air ticket plus lodging in Malaga, Spain was the choice…arriving late into the evening in Malaga, the cab to the hotel and the inner voice said "this is beautiful, its flowing"…that was how the next few days were spent in Spain. I enjoyed the bus rides, and at one point when a person sat next to me, and kept talking to himself, I allowed myself to speak up, and politely asked him if he would not mind going to another seat, the bus was empty, and he was in his own world in his conversation with himself, so I chose to be in my world and sit alone. A little voice in me said "what if I have offended him", but I sensed his energy and he was not bothered.
Watching this movie, brought forth many thouughts to the forefront. what is a beginning?
is it when something ends, or do we begin out of nothing...........or is there a continuous cycle
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
from DEAD POET's SOCIETY
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer. That you are here--that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
Tom Schulmanfrom "Dead Poets Society"
Walt Whitman, the old master and son of Manhattan, pictured in approximately 1862.
the above comes from the poem "O Me! O Life!" from Whitman's Leaves of Grass: