Prayer of Oneness

My wise and dear friend, GD, has been my primary guide in understanding and imbibing Advaita teachings. This he has done not only through his clear articulation but also with his being. Most happy to share this wonderful and somewhat unusual prayer from him. Feel the presence…

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There are times, when even the most sincere seeker experiences ‘disconnection’. This disconnection can last hours, days or even weeks. Many seekers hence follow a daily ritual. Some follow a particular meditation style, some a breathing technique, because a daily ritual has a very simple purpose – it brings you back home.

This prayer was originally written by my brother GD to help a few friends who said they kept forgetting the core teaching; who kept getting disconnected… and needed a simple, short, crisp reminder of their true nature. So GD created this small reminder – in the form of an ‘advaita’ prayer – to help them stay connected to their essence.

Just one suggestion… please don’t rush through it.

Go slowly… and savor each line to experience the true power and energy of this unique prayer. It will reveal deeper meanings each time you connect with it.

PS: For those of you…

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9 Buffet Tips That Can Be Applied To Life

The end of the year can be a time of over indulgence in more ways than one. I felt revisiting these tips would be relevant and useful at this point.

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Even if the menu says ‘All you can eat‘, what you get out of the meal is largely up to you.  Much as is the case with life. Like the generous spread on offer at a lavish buffet, we are offered a wide variety of experiences.  And just as we can navigate the meal in different ways with varying consequences, so it is with life.  It has taken me a while to learn the ‘art of eating at buffets’ and I felt many things understood there are equally relevant to the way we move through life.  So here are 9 parallels one could draw between enjoying such meals and life:

  1.  Run a quick survey first:  Instead of loading up the plate from the start, an observant glance around the table will give a good idea of what is on offer.  While it may be tempting to think one can…

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What If It’s Not All As Difficult As You Think?

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I laughingly told a friend today that I stopped making plans a long while back. I found life had other plans. And it was much easier to go along with life’s plans. But it has taken me a while to be able to say this so lightly.
The truth is that there are moments when the burden of responsibility seems agonizingly ours alone. To trust that you will be where you are supposed to be, doing what you need to do, being who you need to be… seems like a good plan, but one unlikely to materialize.

It is difficult to remember that when you are driving someone to the hospital. Or holding a newborn in your hand. Or cradling someone precious in your arms as they worry about what awaits them beyond the veil. How do you trust that you will be there when your aging parent calls out to you for the last time? Or you will call back the friend the very night they need to hear someone say that they matter, to choose life?

We take credit for the heroics and the blame for the pitfalls. We make it all personal. If we allow ourselves to believe that it is our job to figure all this out, anticipate and prepare for all possibilities and consequently go around feeling guilt, shame and regret for the times that things went different from how we would have liked – how much of this burden could we bear?

For many of us, surrender starts with resignation. When sheer exhaustion convinces that one cannot possibly continue in this way. But this need not be the case. If one single assumption can be erased, surrender would be easier.

If we can let go of the arrogant belief that we, with our limited senses and awareness, have actually figured out all the answers and can confidently dictate how things should be – we could all relax a little.

We could then devote ourselves to doing our best. Sincerely; to the utmost possible. Leaving no stone unturned.
And then accept whatever happens.
Finally discovering the peace that comes from such concurrent action and surrender.
When the outcome become neither cause for crippling self blame, nor excessive pride.

Only by doing our best, do we learn to trust ourselves.  
When we trust ourselves, we are not busy proving or defending ourselves.
Then we can finally begin to allow ourselves the room to acknowledge the presence of something larger than our limited self.

Life itself. Lightly carrying us all along.

Photo Credit: Badal Suchak