Thursday, June 17, 2021

That Silence


“Higher than quietude there is no achievement; higher than quietude there is no effort; higher than quietude there is no tapas; higher than quietude there is no deathless life.” Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi

Who can speak of that silence that is the source of all language and all wisdom?

Who can begin to describe its secret ways, its magical power of  transformation ?

In the light of that grace, the divine shines in effortless splendour.

One sip  from that fountain bestows eternal, immortal bliss.

 Like a still lake reveals its translucent depths, the still mind reveals the shining Self.

This is the Heart, the divine silence that is the source of all that exists.

Turn within and surrender to this source that is the very core of being.

Dissolving in that silence, rest unshaken in deep and perfect peace.

He who stays forever anchored in that Self is a sage who has no wants.

Though he appears to inhabit a body, he is formless, boundless space.

Though he appears to speak, it is the Self alone that speaks:

The only words that transmit timeless truth are those that arise from that silence.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

I am what I am

 (dedicated to Tarini, my dearest daughter, who lights up my life.)

You cannot begin to understand me, to capture me with your definitions, your classifications and projections; do not seek to mold me or groom me or change me – I will always be what I am.

I am as solid as a mountain yet as ethereal as air,  I am boundless space and fathomless ocean, I am thunder and lightning and storm.

I am the source and the goal, the beginning and end of everything, I am forest and fire and sky.

I am body and spirit, musician and instrument, artist and canvas, I am the writing on the wall that foretells all fates.

More beauteous than the dawn, I am invisible yet omnipresent, I am a secret power, take me lightly at your peril!

I am whole and I am strong, I am singer and song, I am the light in every living eye.

I can soak up my sadness, flow through my madness, dance like Shiva in my joy!

Softer than a mother’s kiss, yet sharper than a scimitar, I cut through all attributes, all limitations and bindings, to be forever free.

I am more than me.

Some  may praise me, some, condemn me: I do not give a damn!

Beyond rhythm and rhyme, beyond space and time,

I am what I am!

Friday, May 28, 2021

Nothing Is As It Seems


“Heart, the source, is the beginning, the middle, and the end of all. Heart, the supreme space, is never a  form, it is the light of truth. The death of the mind drowned in the Heart is the eternal silence. The real ‘I’ is the supreme Heart-space which is the great ocean of bliss.”
Sri Ramana Maharishi, Guru Vachaka Kovai

Unconscious on the steps of this tavern called samsara, life has forgotten me, even death has left me behind.

Forgive my intoxication – I have drunk the wine of eternity and forever lost my mind.

Though my companions are serious and determined,

I am like a puppy gambolling on the grass, a frail wisp-of-colour butterfly, a soft breeze, a hint of summer rain.

I fall so willingly into that divine madness again and again.

Alas! I am gone…you cannot meet me anymore; 

now my travails are over, I have reached that distant and indescribable shore.

I am the moth burning in the flame; in the nectar heart of the lotus, I am the drowning bee.

I am the dewdrop that slipped gladly into an endless sea.

Now all that’s left is a whisper, a distant echo of lost and stolen dreams.

Listen, my friend- I will tell you a secret : nothing is as it seems!

“Dissolve the self in the supreme Self as the space in an empty pot is dissolved in infinite space; then, as the infinite, be silent forever, O Sage!” – Adhyatma Upanishad

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Wake Up !


“Whenever wars have occurred, whenever there has been bloodshed in the world, whenever there have been revolutions and upheavals in life, all the various disasters that have taken place are due to these same causes: on the one side man's selfishness, and on the other his lack of understanding of the law of nature and the law of happiness. Our limited self is like a wall separating us from the Self of God. God is as far away from us as that wall is thick.” Hazrat Inayat Khan

O wanderer, dreaming your way through a thousand lifetimes..when will you awaken?

Lost in this vale of ghosts, the very air you breathe is fear.

Crouched trembling beneath the shadow of death, here all you will find is dread and despair.

Trapped in  a terrible nightmare, seeking salvation in any form within the dream is of no use;

There is only one way to escape: wake up!

The trick lies entirely in the perspective : where are you seeing from?

As long as you are stuck in identification with the ego, you stay trapped in a fearful, limited, petty and separate self. This is a lie that your mind has cultivated through all the years of your life. It is a story of inevitable suffering, despair and death.

Even though it is totally unreal, this lie dominates you and warps your perspective.

If you do not see through the lie that is your world, the nightmare will never end.

So break the illusion of the story, shatter the mirage: shift your attention from outside to inside, to the center of your being, the very ground of your existence.

Dive deep into your own being to discover who you truly are.

This is when the miracle happens – you wake up !

Everything changes- you discover the glory of the kingdom of heaven right here and right now.

All suffering ceases.

In that blissful tranquility, only the Divine exists.

You may still see the mirage, but you no longer identify with it.

At last, you are awake.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Dance Goes On


“In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.”      Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching.

Listen, my friend – do you want to know true happiness?

Your learning, your cleverness, your pride- throw it all away!

Stop thinking, planning, doing, achieving.

Drop everything.

Be still. Be silent. 

Dive deep into yourself.

Reach that state of blissful peace that is the Tao in you.

What a mystery! A tiny lotus-bud at your center contains all the galaxies!

Hold fast to this center -then, miracles happen.

Now every day is auspicious and wonderful.

Everything unfolds just as it should in perfect harmony.

The web of nature is a living masterpiece:

All that you see is  beautiful and sacred.

Joy overflows- you are so glad to be alive!

Give thanks and embrace the Tao.

Live simply and naturally in each moment.

Whatever needs to happen, happens.

What will be, will be.

With effortless grace, the  dance goes on.

Do not wander outside, eating the scorching sand of worldly pleasures, which are non-Self; come home to the Heart where peace is shining as a vast, everlasting, cool shade, and enjoy  the bliss of Self. Having annihilated the delusive mind which always dwells upon worldly things, having killed the restless ego, and having completely erased the worldly vasanas, shine as Shiva, the pure Consciousness itself.”Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, Guru Vachaka Kovai

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Soul Spring

 “Arise! Awake! Approach the wise and learn. Like the sharp edge of a razor is that path, so the wise say—hard to tread and difficult to cross.” – Katha Upanishad

Sometimes, a soul must face its worst fears in a terrifying dark night that seems like it will never end. Steeped in sorrow and regret, this seemingly unbearable torment can drive a human being to the very edge of madness or death.

In this impenetrable gloom, it is hard to still step forward bravely, with faith that the Light will somehow emerge.Fortunately, even the longest night must end with the rising of a new dawn.

"There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fount of action and joy.  It rises up in wordless gentleness and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created being, welcoming me tenderly, saluting me with indescribable humility."  Thomas Merton

There is a spring that comes to the soul, a warm green flowering after the long, bleak cold of winter, an ecstatic explosion of sunshine and colour and joy.

Now the breeze feels like liquid happiness flowing warm upon the world and the fragrance of sat-chit-ananda is wafted gently upon the air. 

Here the voice of God speaks in the wind and the thunder, in rustling leaves and birdsong, in the murmur of the river and the ocean’s long sigh upon the shore.

Like an arrow released from a bow, the soul flies into freedom, into endless skies of unconditional, blissful love.

Like a mighty eagle soaring on the mountain wind, the soul celebrates its  awakening, its resurrection and renewal in the eternal now.

This alert awareness is original consciousness.

This freedom is perfect, infinite and unchanging .

This wholeness is absolute fulfilment and deep unshakable peace.

How good it feels to come home!

“Only when Self, the truth of love, is known, will the knot of all the problems in life be severed. Only when the pinnacle of love, supreme love or para-bhakti, is attained can even liberation be said to be attained. Love is verily the heart of all religions.” Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi

Monday, March 22, 2021

I Just Sit


“The heavy is the root of the light.
The still is the master of unrest.
Therefore the sage, traveling all day,
Does not lose sight of his baggage.
Though there are beautiful things to be seen,
He remains unattached and calm.
Why should the lord of ten thousand chariots act lightly in public?
To be light is to lose one's root.
To be restless is to lose one's control.” Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching.

I just sit.

Like ever-devoted Nandi at the feet of Lord Siva, I sit in single-minded surrender.

Like Siddhartha beneath the bodhi tree, with unshakable purpose, I sit.

Like an idol carved from monolithic stone, unmoved by sun or wind or rain,

I sit untouched by fear or need, attachment or greed, doubt or desire.

By the Guru’s grace, beyond time and space,

beyond waking and sleeping, beyond living and dying,

firm as a mountain, I sit on the lion-throne of Self in the blossoming lotus of the Heart.

Just sitting, here have I found perfect rest: in stillness, in silence, in bliss.

There is nothing to do, there is nowhere to go, the poise of jnana is just this!

Upon the rising of this sun, the mind dissolves like mist. 

Simply being is my true nature – nothing else can exist.

So,  quietly,  I just sit.

“Higher than quietude there is no achievement; higher than quietude there is no effort; higher than quietude there is no tapas; higher than quietude there is no deathless life.” Sri Ramana Maharishi