Just an #Inspiring Thought – What is my shadow telling me?

Have you noticed that Science and Spirituality often appear similar? The underlying laws are so simple and common. Today, I had a curious #inspiring #thought while watching the shadows of people walking their dogs. The size of our shadow in the daytime keeps changing according to the Sun. Now, read about what NASA has to say about the size of shadow under the sun and then, the spiritual observation.

According to NASA – A person or object blocks more light when the sun is low in the sky. And that makes shadows longer. Less light is blocked when the sun is high in the sky, and that makes shadow smaller.

Now read in the spiritual tongue – The lower your spirit (sun), the more light you (person) will block! And your problem (shadow) will become bigger. But the higher your spirit, the more light you will allow. And your problem will become smaller.

So, what is my shadow (problems) telling me? Simple! I should keep my spirit high and avoid blocking this little light of mine! Wasn’t it an interesting connection between science and spirituality?

Have an amazing week ahead and enjoy the brightest news of 2020 as COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Begins.

Likhita Japa – Write Divine Mantras to Reduce Stress

Powerful Mantra Meditation Writing or Likhita Japa is a relatively easy yet lesser known meditation technique and devotional practice for spiritual, mental and emotional wellness. It is tremendously valuable for increasing concentration and depression free life.

Writing the mantra with full concentration is one hundred times more beneficial and powerful than Japa chanting.” – Vaishnava Tantra.

My grandmother first told me about this sacred practice. Sitting in a Lotus position, she would use a red pen to write divine mantras on her brown journal everyday. She taught us the value of this transformational ancient Hindu practice that involves many parts of a person’s body-mind while chanting and writing a mantra. It is interesting how eyes follow sacred words, hands are used to write it down, the mouth recites the pure sounds, ears enjoy, and the mind gets connected to the divine flow of energy.

After filling all the pages of the brown journal, she would offer it to some temple in a holy place in India. Once, she asked me to take few of her journals to Hrishikesh for the offering and I felt privileged to do that. She lived a stress free life for more than a century.

This age-old practice is great for developing great concentration and ensures holistic well-being!

The Method of Likhita Japa – Likhita Japa is easy to practice and has a far better impact than any other technique. Alternatively, you can use the journal to write positive thoughts in any language and make that your mantra!

Step 1: Choose a particular time of a day and be consistent.

Step 2: Purify yourself by washing your hands and feet.

Step 3: Sit comfortably with the spine straight and carefully choose a particular mantra based on your intent or just write the name of your ishtdeva (God) or a positive thought in your own language.

Step 4: You can use different colored pens for writing to make it interesting.

Step 5: Chant gently while you write.

Step 6: You can write as many times as you want (108, 27, 21, or 11 is considered auspicious).

Step 7: Sit quietly for a moment after finishing, reflecting on the mantra. Be grateful for this divine opportunity.

Step 8: Keep the journal and pen in an appropriate place.

Step 9: You can choose to offer the journal to a place of worship after filling all the pages.

The memories of my grandma’s journal prompted me to create one Likhita Japa or Mantra Meditation Journal. So, if you wish you can buy my journal from Amazon .

Hari Om!

The Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award

It’s been long since I last wrote answers to questions posed by a fellow blogger but I thought of writing for Kunakshi Kapoor. I am grateful to Kunakshi for nominating me for ‘The Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award’ (BTW these awards are ways of the blogger community to show appreciation for each other). Please visit Kunakshi’s lovely blog at https://thepennedsoul.wordpress.com/ and explore her interesting works.

Now moving on to the questions she asked me:

1) When were you most scared? I was in a pet store and a huge, black dog came very close and began to sniff me. That was before we got Happy, our pet dog. I felt I was going to get a nasty bite so I reacted rudely and screamed – Take him away! The owner of the dog was pretty upset and muttered that I was not loving and friendly. Well, I was so scared I just wanted to leave the store. Now, that we have a dog I realize why the lady was upset..

2) What does passion mean to you? Passion is the brightest color in a painting, sweetest note in music and mystical words in poetry. It is the driving force behind every kind of creative activity. It is the precious energy that makes dreams possible!

3) Define life in a sentence? Life is a spectacle where only I am the actor, the director and the audience! 

4) What was your most funniest moment? There have been countless funny moments in my life. One of the most embarrassing was when I used a ball pen to sign on iPad instead of stylus, shocking teachers in my son’s class.

5) What does writing mean to you? Writing is my favorite way of expression. Many people use speech or other ways to communicate, I like to write.

The rules of the award are as follows :

  • Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of ideal inspiration blogger award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog/.
  • And finally , the people whom l nominate for this award …

I would like to invite all my fellow bloggers and readers for this award. You are all inspiring and I marvel at the lovely things you write. Do take up the open challenge if you wish. And answer one or all of these challenging questions, if you want and leave a link back to my blog. 

  • Q. What if you could be invisible for a day? What would you do if no one could see or hear you?
  • Q. What would you do if you could stop time?
  • Q. What is the most shocking news item you’ve ever heard?
  • Q. If you were a tree, where would you stand and why?
  • Q. The most amazing life lesson you have learnt recently?

Be well and stay blissful!

The Biggest Reward of being a Krishna Devotee – Joy

Krishna Outline

Hare Krishna! A few years ago, I asked an old Krishna devotee who had faced many unusual and difficult situations in life – How did you cope up with your problems during those difficult times? She laughed and answered – Krishna made it all easy and playful so I did not feel anything.

Her life story appears sad and everyone would be hugely sympathetic to her. But she was just amused and actually full of joy. This is the biggest reward of devotion – joy and bliss for seemingly no reason at all.

When a devotee surrenders to Krishna, the playful god becomes the doer, the action, and the result. The devotee stays just an instrument who enjoys life as it unfolds.

Krishna’s blissful nature rubs on His devotees by default. And he learns what it is to be alive, vibrant and stress free. The melodrama of life dissolves with the ego of the devotee and the rest is all Krishna!

Krishna himself had the most unusual life. There was a constant threat to his life, he was destined to leave whoever he loved (his parents, Radha, Gokul, Vrindavan), and his life was one big battlefield just like Mahabharata. But when do we ever see him, dejected, sad and full of worry? He stayed pleasant and joyful throughout. And the reason for his amazing attitude and demeanor has been mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita, the song of the Lord (so, why not read it to know more).

This Janmashtami is even more special because of the current unusual circumstances. There is a pandemic raging on and unforeseen incidents are occurring throughout the world. But wherever there is Krishna, there is hope. And there is joy. Whatever there is, it will be taken care of!

So dear friend, wishing you a very ‘Happy Janmashtami’. May Krishna enables the surrendering and life become joyful, easy and breezy. Haribol!

Bhagavad Gita Quote

(my sketch, Quote from Google)

How the Mind avoids the ‘Just Be’ state!

The answers to all the troubling questions come when the mind is quiet. But when is the mind still? The mind does everything to take this moment ‘right here’ away from us. Past, present, future entwine! Thoughts, ideas, dreams intermix! Tendencies, work, stress compel us!

They all force us to act with an urgency – an immediate need to go somewhere else, reach something, do anything away from ‘Now’!

The paradox is the time to be still and ‘just be’ is always right ‘Now’. But we don’t have the time to be in the present! Strange.

It is all because the mind would not let us be so vibrantly, blissfully and ‘mindlessly’ alive in the present. You see, the moment we relax into the present, mind (read ego) and its stories lose hold over us. And we experience the unexplored dimension.

The workings of the mind

Undoubtedly, the mind is an important tool for existence. It is needed for survival and helps us with the practical aspects of life. But the problem begins when we start identifying and believing whatever mind says. And we think the mind is what we are. We make the mind our master not the other way round.

We believe that we cannot exist without the mind. But ancient masters point out – We can blissfully exist without the mind!

Consider mind to be just an over eager, over protective, sometimes cunning, constantly advising, over agonizing, talkative friend that can change side and become an enemy anytime.

Mind induces our negative tendencies to act superior, be superficial, jealous, hateful, depressed, agonized, angry as well as the positive tendencies to create, appreciate, explore, be affectionate, enjoy…etc

Dissection, analysis, criticism, perspective, judgement – these are the ways of the mind to help us survive in this world. It is a great tool but just that..a tool!

Now, let’s observe how the mind forces us to run away from the present…

Supposedly, I am observing a beautiful sunset. The moment I start enjoying the ethereal show, and my being aligns with what is there in the present, the mind starts its chatter.

“This sunset looks similar to what I saw last week (past). I must take a photo of it for Instagram (future). Had the clouds been darker, the scene would have been captivating (comparison). I wish my kids were here to watch this (wishful thinking). It is sad I can’t keep watching because I have chores to do (self-pity).”

Hmmm… and the NOW, and the ‘Just Be’ state vanishes. The mind takes over, and I become a puppet of the mind – happy, sad, analyzing, swaying between past and future. The moment passes, a great opportunity is lost – the opportunity to just be!

Take for example observing the same scenery without mind’s chatter – still, calm, open, present, as it is! So divinely blissful, so new, so perfect. There is no I, just what is being experienced… such moments of calmness hold immense potential…

Ancient Indian scriptures point out at ‘I’, the ego. The ego is nothing but the mind – the bad and even the good. Mind is important but we are not the mind.

Why is the ‘just be’ state important?

All the answers to our questions are there in the stillness. Because we become at one with the existence and its mystery. The ‘just be’ state allows us to be aware of our own divinity and the mysteries of existence.

And the great question arises – Who am I, if not the mind and the body?

The great Nisargadatta Maharaj gives a hint – We are not that we perceive. And we perceive our body and mind. Then who are we?

The thing is none of the masters ever give a straight answer to ‘Who am I’. We need to find out!

And the answer to this question – ‘Who am I’ is constantly hidden in the ‘now’ and in the ‘just be’ state. But will the mind let us be…? Never.

Sadly, we all have experienced this ‘just be’ state as children. It used to happen to us naturally. Every child is in that state – accepting and flowing. That’s why children are compared to god.

It happens to us even now. Occasionally, we are in touch with our divine self. We are just not aware.

A moment without the mind’s chatter is a divine experience. And we can still experience that childhood state…Meditation techniques can make it possible!

Life is meant to flow in the present, fully and gloriously. When we are ‘live’ we live.

Even the big, traumatic problems can also be resolved if we allow our true self to take over…

A few moments of calmness, in the ‘just be’ state gives more answers, clarity, wisdom and solutions than hours of mind chatter. It rejuvenates and heals…

But the catch is – we can never be in the ‘just be’ state if we are looking for anything – even solutions, bliss or peace. So, how do we do it?

How to ‘just be’?

We are already in the state but we don’t experience it because we never stop listening to the mind. Just be is just be, as it is. Natural like breath.

But we are scared to surrender and let go. We are always thinking or running. Sometimes scared to stop and experience what those moments of revelations might reveal! We are afraid we might see our wounds which are hiding deep inside us…

Also, many of us are overworked and have many chores to do. There is no time to pause, sit and just be with ourselves.

The masters say that we need to take out time for meditation only in the beginning. After that, the state comes naturally, even in chaos… integrated in everything.

How to ‘just be’? We don’t need to do anything. It is just allowing, accepting and surrendering (to the divine universal power).

The just be’ state is not about dealing with what the mind says or shows. It is just about being comfortable with everything about ourselves and around us. Allowing everything to happen, accepting everything that is happening and surrendering in the now. And knowing that all is being taken care of….

It is just about letting it be, observing everything like a movie, without engaging with it, staying aware and knowing that past or future is nothing. Present is. Even for just a moment…

It is the way to accept things as they are, and not trying to do anything, go, or reach anywhere… There is no ulterior motive. Just complete surrender to what is – is the ‘just be’ state.

Notice, how mind chatter grows louder as soon as we consciously try to be comfortable. The mind tries every trick to make us uncomfortable.

So how do we deal with the mind? The answer is – by not dealing with it at all. Nothing needs to be resolved, done or pondered upon. Just watching and staying aware..

And the strange thing about the mind is – it goes still the moment we start becoming aware of it. Just like a naughty child when caught doing some mischief, stops.

We do not need to silence the mind or do anything about it. We just need to observe it nonchalantly. It has no power without our support.

And then automatically it happens – we breathe deeply, the body goes still and we flow into the ‘just be’ state. Ah, just one moment of that… is enough! The surrender, breathing, stillness and the present…

And we realize we are already perfectly aligned to everything.

“Having never left the house, you are looking for the way home.” – Nisargadatta Maharaj

The irony is the real answers to all troubling questions come, when one is at one with ‘Now’. But we keep running from pillar to post, avoiding that which holds all the answers. Haribol!

(Images courtesy Google)

Now Designing T-shirts on Amazon.com

You have to agree, the good side-effect of the pandemic is – huge surge in creativity. Singers are singing more, painters are painting more, writers are writing more… And I have started a new thing – designing T-shirts to sell on Amazon.

I know many of you are doing it already. It is fun, isn’t it? And who knows we might get lucky. Some great people have already bought my designs and I am so grateful to them.

I am currently a beginner as a T-shirt designer but I like what I am doing. Experimenting, creating and putting it all together… it is awesome!

Do check out the designs and tell me are they good enough for you? Any suggestion would be super helpful.

For Masked Beauties, Wellness Enthusiasts, Aviation Lovers and Cool Techies (US only).

View my shop on Redbubble as well, there are masks in there too and these products are available everywhere. (https://www.redbubble.com/people/Haribol6/shop?asc=u&ref=account-nav-dropdown).

Thank you for checking them out! Stay safe and take care.

Just a Thought – A moment of calmness…

A moment of calmness presents before you hitherto unseen things that have always been there, only you have never been aware.

Acceptance of the moment as it is…chaotic, alive…busy…perfect. Just one moment with yourself, accepting all thoughts, good or bad.. everything. Listening to sounds, vehicles, kids, utensils and the smallest click. Taking in the surrounding, hot, humid, chaotic…beautiful! And staying aware of it all, like an all-accepting observer in a new world.

And then relaxation takes over and you breathe deeply! You breathe! You just breathe.

Calmness covers you like the warm embrace of a dear long, lost friend. It has always been there, you were just not aware. When the moment of calmness passes, the clear mind focusses on only the important things for a while.  

The situation stays the same, circumstances are the same, problems are the same only you start to see them little differently. And that’s all that matters!

(Images Courtesy Google)

5 Quotes that echo my thoughts…

I came across these 5 lovely quotes and thought of sharing it with you. I firmly believe that whatever happens may not align with our expectations but it is always for the best in the long run.

So, acceptance of the situation, gratitude for what we have and the belief that all will be well can do wonders. After all, ‘He’ is there to take care of everything! Stay lively and blissful. All will be taken care of!

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(Images courtesy Google)

Are you really seeing the possibilities?

Possibility quote 1

Are you seeing the possibilities? Yes, the world is opening up again after the pause. The pandemic is still here and there are uncertainties and danger lurking everywhere. There is no concrete plan yet to deal with it but the world has to go on! Hand sanitizers, masks, even toilet papers are available now and things appear to be normal from a distance.

But the closer you get the more you know that it is just an appearance…things have changed! Fear, struggles, upheavals are gnawing at us in the midst of the ‘new normal’. None of us is safe and unaffected. But today, I am not writing about the issues but the possibilities. If you are seeing possibilities despite everything no pandemic can beat your spirit.

An unyielding spirit will never bow down to any calamity, it will rise and shine like it was meant to be. 

I know there is a huge list of ‘what can’t be done’ things so let’s just make a tiny list of ‘what can be done things’ and focus on it for now. There is always a scope of possibility somewhere that hides great dimensions of success. And a calamity like this has great opportunities and possibilities. We just have to stop looking at shutdowns and closed doors.

Somewhere else new doors are opening and ideas taking shape, we will see it if we are open and receptive.

I know, in the current situation, all our efforts are being thwarted and there seems to be roadblocks then why not reroute and look for a new path. We may find a roadblock again but it would be an enriching new path in terms of experience. It is far better than sitting and waiting for roads to get cleared. And what if we fear to lose all in finding the new course? We will always end up with experience! But imagine if we get a breakthrough…we will be discovering a brand new path for everyone to follow.

We are a part of history in the making. An unusual situation needs unusual response, why not use our energies to figure that out. The world may or may not come back to normal but the possibilities for growth would always be there. And if we are that kind of energetic, spirited being, who sees a sculpture in an ordinary stone or an underlying order in the chaos, we have already beaten the pandemic.

I am sharing some of my favorite quotes on possibilities with you and wish that you acquire a great vision to see those unseen wonders that are waiting to be discovered… may be by you.

(Images courtesy Google)