Journey of the soul

Today had been to see the mortal remains of a departed soul – How strange it feels to refer to this known person as “soul”, “mortal remains”.

I knew this person  well, but had not met for a couple of years now, unfortunately this person had become a victim of one of the dreaded diseases on the planet. I paid my respects and tried to do some small talk with the most dear ones. I kept thinking about how luxurious a life this person had, no worries about wealth, love and affection, but health was the only score which failed here. It pained me to think that this person though with good finances was battling the disease, yet nothing could be done to overcome it and all the wealth, the caring people are all left behind.

I recently read a saying, “It is what we do while we are Here that is important and not what we Have”… so true isn’t it. We can have enormous amount of wealth, friends and so on… but nothing or none can change our destiny or come along with us. But what we do here,stays with us and also behind us forever.

But, the what we do is also important. We may do plenty of social service, which will remain and go down in memories of people — yes, go down, since with passage of time, people and their causes are forgotten and memories are diluted. So, what then is that we have to do which stays with “US”, the “Soul”.

It is time now to realise that this “Soul” cannot be destroyed and also that it has repeated cycle of Birth and Death… yes, we will continue to be born again and again… maybe as Humans or as any other living being and the cycle of learning and educating ourselves starts all over once again. But, what we have done in our past, i.e. in terms of spiritual advancement continues to be with us all through in all births. After all we are carrying Krsna seated in our hearts always in all forms of our births!!!

I prayed for the departed soul and hoped that the soul had been enlightened, self realised in this birth so that the onward journey would be easier and it would reach it’s ultimate destination – the Lord’s Lotus feet.

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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…

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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