Home….. Permanent Home

Every form, be it for any purpose, school/college admissions, at office, obtaining your Passport and so on… always has a section asking for “Permanent Residence”.  As a youngster always wondered what that meant, since we were the less fortunate family to not own a permanent residence, kept moving from city to city or homes within a city. It was always a challenge to say that I don’t have a permanent residence.

Years later when I connected with Spirituality a little strongly, my dearest friend was asking me about my permanent residence and I said, I don’t have one, I am like a wanderer, shifting homes. My friend’s reaction and explanation made me feel so happy.. for the first time, not having a permanent residence was just not only my problem, but of the entire Universe itself! Yes, we are all here in a temporary world, which is a temporary residence away from our true and actual homes…. our permanent residence. Where is this permanent residence then?

Krsna reveals in the Bhagavad Gita about which is our Permanent Residence and how to get there…. it is a very simple process of just taking to Spirituality by chanting “Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”

By doing this one can easily go “Back To Home”, “Back to Godhead”… our Permanent Residence, where the address is the same for all of us… universally!

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Understanding…(Mis)understanding?

Life sometimes throws in such challenges when you least expect. When I met my dear friend years ago, there was so much of love, affection, trust, care, concern for each other. But, Poof!! everything just vanished, some owing to others poisoning the thoughts and some by wrongly understanding situations.

Misunderstandings can mar any relationship easily. To bring back the earlier charm, and life into the same, can really take a very long time, depending on the inclination of both the people involved. But why do we give our understanding a mis—why don’t we understand that the person who was so closest to the heart could not have meant or thought bad for us.

manyase yadi tac chakyam
maya drastum iti prabho
yogesvara tato me tvam
darsayatmanam avyayam

If You think that I am able to behold Your cosmic form, O my Lord, O master of all mystic power, then kindly show me that universal self.

The Lord cannot be understood or perceived by our mere senses. Arjuna could understand that for an ordinary person understanding the Supreme is next to impossible. One can understand the Lord only if and when He reveals himself to us.

I hope and pray to Lord sincerely that the truth be revealed soon and my dearest friend comes out of the (mis)understanding and our lovely friendship, a cherishable relationship is always strong in the bond of Krsna consciousness. Only miracles by the Lord can make this happen. Counting on miracles..

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Results…..Success or …..

It’s results time… so everyone abuzz with “What’s your score?” “Congratulations” and so on…. All gleaming and happy faces, full of joy for all the hard work put in… 90%, 80% scores are the priviliged lot, who enjoy all limelight. But what about those who were not fortunate to get a good score? Are they really not good? do not have the required intelligence? Well, a question long since my school and college days in my mind… I chanced to meet a lot of my school and college mates and realised that many of my friends who have tasted success, never tasted good scores way back then!!!

Success in scores alone is not the measure for a successful life. You may choose any profession, but dedication, focus and determination will help you achieve success. Ofcourse in the end all the material success hardly matters, true success is defined by our understanding the Supreme, the creator. Because in life we may have many tests and exams, but life itself is just one big exam and the result can lead to re-exam or SUCCESS to His Abode!

Success in a friendship or relationship is not controlling someone, but receiving an equal amount of love and affection from the other without your having to ask or worry. Let go of the relationship, leave it free, if it is yours, then it will always be back to you with renewed and stronger bonding. If it was never yours, it will always find a way to slip out.

I have also decided to let go and watch… I sincerely hope Krsna will bring it back……

karmaṇy-evādhikāras te mā phaleṣhu kadāchana
mā karma-phala-hetur bhūr mā te saṅgo ’stvakarmaṇi

You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.

So, do your duty, study well, work hard and in any relationship, strive to keep it good and well. Never give up…

Tranquility

The very word brings in calmness.. Something which all of us crave for and me so in particular. The mind being the monkey that it is, never stays calm for me. The root cause for this I identified for myself is my attachment– yes attachment in an email means so much, but attachment is life to people or things means so differently! Attachment causes pain as it is directly related to expectation. Our expectation of people owing to our attachment is the root cause for all disturbance. When expectations fail, is when the attachment hurts and pains.

My attachment to my dearest friend has also made me feel the same, go through pain and loose all my mental calmness. No, not blaming.. just feeling bad that similar attachment is missed at the other end.

Buddha gave up all attachment and attained tranquility, but all cannot do similarly. We cannot give up and search for tranquility. But can experience the same by treading on the spiritual path and experience tranquil showers. More simply put, just chant

“Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”.

So, simple chant and be happy, merry and take in the tranquility. Miracles do happen…. waiting for some. Today is Buddha Poornima… chant and experience the calmness.

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Clearing Obstacles

Today is Narasimha Chaturdashi. Lord Narasimhadev is the remover of all obstacles. I sincerely bow down and pray to you O’Lord, the slayer of Demon HiranyaKashipu and protector of Child Prahlad, to clear all my obstacles and be firm and strong in my path.

Many a time we know not what we have lost until we loose it. I too have learnt my deepest lesson in the same way. This is making me humble, but the fact that a deep, true loving friendship, a very sweet and cherished relationship has gone sour has pained me a lot and brought lot of sadness in me. It is very difficult to fathom this idea and thought. I know not how the friendship can be revived to its original form, that is a miracle which you alone can perform O’Lord.

svasty astu vishvasya khalah prasidatam
dhyayantu bhutani shivam mitho dhiya
namash cha bhadram bhajatad adhokshaje
aveshyatam no matir apy ahaituki

“May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other’s welfare. Therefore, let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 5.18.9)

May this day bring joy to all and all obstacles be removed from the path to achieve success, and may that success lead us all strongly in the spiritual path. I can only offer my small prayers to this magnificient form of the Lord.

namas te narasimhaya
prahladahlada-dayine
hiranyakashipor vakshaha
shila-tanka-nakhalaye

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, Lord Nrisimhadeva. You are the giver of pleasure to Prahlada Maharaja, and your nails cut the chest of Hiranyakashipu like a chisel cutting stone.”

Hoping that you will set right all that has gone wrong since last few years. Only you the performer of miracles can do this.

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Forgiveness in a Relationship

IMG-20150212-WA0035“Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you stand alone”

How true, everyone likes to be a party to joy and cheer. When you are sad, even your shadow leaves you behind.

A question that has been troubling me since a few years, is it very difficult for a person to forgive another despite their seeking an apology and asking for forgiveness? Despite the fact that the person values the relationship more to actually prove the right and wrong?

Many a time, we see the story from our view point, however good a judge you are of human character and can understand people’s mentality, one does err at some point. That is how it is with me… I have made my share of a mistake, sought apology but, my dearest friend feels, I have done much more and deserve no forgiveness. All the joyful times spent together, the care, the joy, the affection is all forgotten. Somewhere I have been judged a little wrongly I feel. This friend who knows me in and out, can understand me so well, has also made an error, which has now made the friendship, the relationship dry and has lost its charm and lusture.

Why does such a thing happen Krsna? I wanted to just ask, am I such a person, who cannot be forgiven? Are the mistakes so bad that one doesn’t want to forgive but wants to carry the anger forever? Aren’t we loosing out on the time which we could spend together sharing thoughts, caring for each other?

he krsna karuna-sindhu dina-bandho jagat-pate gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo ‘stu te

O my dear Krsna, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the gopis and the lover of Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

Why is this happening to me? Why only the faults are being highlighted and the true love, affection of a friendship and the good relationship is forgotten? I have called out to you in distress….. with the hope of an answer soon.

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