Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Be the river that calmly flows
Be the moon that quietly glows
Where that water, that light go
Or where they come from,
Only the Almighty Source knows

He is the word
And that which is written
He is that on which is written
by the writer He is and
He is the creative mind

Every step is He,
Entire path He is
Every tree is He
And the entire forest He is

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Adivo - Annamayya

Sankeertana in Telugu by the great saint Annamacharya who lived in the 15th century, parama bhakta of Lord Venkatesa of Tirumala

I have retranslated it poetically (in italics) basis a translation I found on web: http://www.gaudiyadiscussions.com/topic_2382.html

Adivo alladivo Sri Harivasamu!
Padivela seshula padagalamayamu!

"Behold the holy adobe of Sree Hari! I see the ten thousand hoods of Adisesha!"

Over there, look over there lies Sri Hari's abode
Wherein ten thousand hooded Adisesha, I behold!

Ade Venkatachala makhilonnatamu
Adivo Brahmadulakapuroopamu
Adivo nitya nivasamakhila munulaku
Ade choodudade mrokkud anandamayamu

"There it is! Venkatachalam! The most holy of all places! It is most precious to gods like Brahma. That is the permanent abode of all the munis. Behold! Anandam!"

There is Venkatachalam -  the holiest
Precious to gods like Brahma, as it is
Where all munis stay forever in peace,
See, feel! That eternal abode of Bliss

Chengata nalladivo Seshachalamu
Ningi nunna devatala nijavasamu
Mungita nalladivo moolanunna dhanamu
Bangaru sikharala bahubrahmamayamu

"Behold- Seshachalam! The true abode of the devas that are said to dwell in the sky. Here, it is! Right before us - the hidden treasure! It is the form of absolute spirit, with the shining golden sikharam."

Where even devas of heaven verily reside
Look at Seshachalam - that hidden treasure
Behold the Ultimate, Imperishable spirit
crested with a glittering gilded shikhar

Kaivalyapadamu Venkatanagamadivo
Sree Venkatapathiki sirulainadi
Bhavimpa sakala sampada roopamadivo
Pavanamulakella pavanamayamu

"Behold! The Supreme Abode Venkatagiri! It is the treasure of Lord Venkateshwara. If rightly perceived, it's the form of all the treasures. It is the holiest of holy things."

Venkata hill is the last step to Salvation
The invaluable gift of the Lord Supreme
The essence of all the world's treasures,
Anything holier, you can't even dream

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Four ends of life

The child does what it likes best
Growing up with likes & dislikes

The youth nurtures likings into skills
And learns to convert skill to gains

The adult uses the wealth to fulfill desires
and enjoy the pleasures of world

Finally, the unending desires & fleeting enjoyments
make the old man turn within for lasting peace

Thus is dharma followed by artha, kama, moksha
Making a man realize all his purusharthas


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Parents who remove indiscipline
Teachers who remove ignorance
Lover who rids one of hatred and anger
Friends who help keep loneliness at bay
And children who give purpose to life
Above all the everpresent Grace of God
A man who has all of these is blessed indeed!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Let roar the lion within

Like wind and water, chip, erode and shape a rock, we are shaped by the forces of environment we live in. A lion cub raised among sheep will surely grow up to become like one.

However all it requires is a roar to bring out the lion within him, for there was always the lion within.

Being quiescent & unperturbed by Destiny is wise,
but not being resigned to it, which is cowardice

One fisherman rests patient, quietly determined
While another sits frustrated and resigned

Monday, October 1, 2012

The only difference between nutcases and "normal" people is that the nutcases are unable to hide their craziness, while the "normal" people can.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Why do I wish to be disciplined

So that I can decide what I want to do, instead of being a slave of my mind
So that I can follow diligently habits I consider good, and avoid bad habits
So that I can be active, energetic, prepared to meet the challenges of life
So that I can be serene, calm, contained like an anchor in a raging sea
So that I can avoid negative, unhealthy rumination, unnecessary fears
So that I can be happy & cheerful and spread mirth around
So that I don't hesitate to do what is right & oppose what is wrong
So that I can have strong, unshakeable faith in true Yoga
So that I can concentrate at will, drawing my senses within
So that I meditate on that One Supreme Being for ever and ever
So that I can achieve Yoga with that eternal Truth & Bliss

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Is Bliss there?

And there in the depths of the hell of cynicism
The former idealist wondered, if the utopian heaven was but another illusion

Whether his mind now exposed to the morally reprehensible
Can ever find belief in the strength of a high moral position

Can a dirty cloth be truly cleaned,
A broken mirror be cleanly rejoined

Is darkness the eternal reality
Or but time's ephemeral triviality

Is there a dawn, is there light, is there God, is Bliss there?
And all a man requires is a leap of Faith to reach there?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Believe in God

Physicists haven't understood the mysteries of universe
Neuroscientists still find the brain & mind an enigma
The outside is not clear, the inside is not clear
Yet we dont believe in God, though ridden by fear.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Psychoanalysis of Desire

Ref. Gita 2.62-63

Here desire (kama) is defined as arising out of an attachment to some object, want for it gives rise to greed (lobha) and denial of it gives rise to anger (krodha).

I would like to elaborate this concept of desire more. Desire is of two types IMHO - static & dynamic. Dynamic is the desire which wants to possess objects one doesn't have, Static is the desire to maintain possession of what one has. This static desire gives rise to even greater krodha than dynamic desire. Another very important emotion involved because of static desire is "fear" - one fears loss of possessions. Then when one is separated from one's possessions, it potentially can give rise to anger. For e.g. if someone were to humiliate you in front of a lot of people, then one is shorn of one's key possession - prestige, honor and that gives rise to anger. When one finds his position helpless, anger gives way to sorrow and dejection. From this arises the desire for revenge, which then evolves into higher complexes like obsession etc.

Dynamic Desire ---> Greed to get----> Anger when one doesn't get
Static Desire ----> Fear of Loss
Static Desire----> Anger on losing the object----> Sorrow when one is helpless and can't prevent the loss

Ego (Ahamkara), of course, is the root cause of all desires. When one sees oneself as separate, as a separate "I", then one wants to relate with objects outside. This causes attachment (sanga), which leads to desires (kama).

Bhagavad Gita says that lose your Ego by recognizing the Supreme Lord in all beings and recognizing the Supreme Lord within oneself

"Sarva bhutastham atmanam, sarvatra sama darshanah
Yo mam pasyati sarvatra, sarvam cha mayi pasyati
Tasyam cha pranasyami sa cha me na pranasyati"

"He who sees Me everywhere, and sees everything in Me,
to him I am never lost, and he is never lost to Me"

Parts of Gita 6.29-30 as translated by Swami Krishnananda

Then the question emerges in the enquirer's mind, like an Arjuna as to how would he go about killing enemies at war, when he is supposed to see God in them.

This is partly answered in the 2nd chapter and also in later chapters. In the 2nd chapter the concept of soul or atman is explained and the Lord tells Arjuna that the "soul never kills, nor is killed. it's only the body that perishes". So Arjuna is not really killing anyone or acruing any "papa" by desireless action. The other part, as explained in later chapters is that Arjuna has to discharge duties as per his svadharma, offering everything to God, surrendering to God, without any desire for fruits for himself. he is but a devoted instrument of God, doing what is expected of him, as per his Nature (makeup of Gunas)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Preliminary to Meditation

There is no point doing meditation to find peace, without first calming the mind. Meditating with an unsettled mind is like surfing in a raging ocean. Now one would argue - isn't that what meditation supposed to do - calm the mind; how then can it be said that a calm mind is a precursor for meditation.

The answer is that attaining mental peace and calm is a long process and meditation is one albeit an important stage in it. The propounders of Yoga system of thought have given eight stages of attaining Kaivalya or Ultimate Liberation. Some of these eight stages can be concurrent, however you cannot start (according to them) unless the first 2-3 stages are successfully passed. These are Yama, Niyama followed by Asana.

What are these first two stages. They are nothing but following a proper code of conduct socially and preliminary internal purification of mind. One has to gain some basic level of control over mind so as not to give in/overindulge in physiological impulses like gluttony, sexual drive, uncleanliness, anger etc.

If a person is obsessed with infatuation for beloved, or if he harbors hatred for someone or some people - his mind will be naturally turbulent. Such a mind is not amenable to meditation, concentration etc without dissolving these emotions. People who are slaves to their senses and mind find it repeatedly difficult to gather their thoughts inward in one direction & meditate over the lord or Supreme Idea.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hidden by clouds

As I sat to meditate one day
I saw the wide expanse of sky
Light blue was it end to end,
Some dark clouds passing by

It was like a picture of mind
End to end, all electrified
With perturbations of vrittis
Causing occassional spikes

When all covered by raging clouds
They seems the sky to naked eye
So a chitta clouded by vrittis
Is lost to an untrained mind

So ye seeker, seek that True Self,
behind the escapades of the mind
That hidden fount of Ultimate Peace
awaits to be recognized.

Happiness - ultimate objective

Happiness is the ultimate objective of life
Ego identification is the source of all unhappiness
Freedom from ego will lead to eternal bliss

But ego binds us with strong rope
It shall be cut only gradually
Daily, if only little by little,
meditation will be enough
To slowly & surely rid off the bonds of ego

That's why the Mritunjay Mantra says
"...Urvarukamiva bandhanat, mrityor mokshiya maamritat"
"...Rid me of bonds of death get the nectar of liberation"

Our mind is habituated to respond to the whims & fancies of the ego