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In the Vedic lore it is said that its only one energy
expressing itself in millions of forms around us . And in the more modern times; the string theory, which says “the
entire world is made of strings” and these strings are nothing but vibrations (energy). One can only wonder and ask really! Because
what meets the eye is a completely different reality, isn't it. Even when we
wake up, every morning the first feeling can be so different .The same cycle of
morning, afternoon, evening, and night can have millions of different experiences
to offer, again and again.
And this “one energy” and its infinite forms is what is worshiped during the festival of Navaratre. Navratre the nine- days & nights, are
celebrated every year. Each year this celebration has opened up to mean
something very new. And a deep feeling of wonder, seeing this magnificent play of
“one energy”, is growing every moment ,within
I was standing in front of the most beautiful Deviji’s idol
at Lokhandwala, my heart filled with reverence by the beauty expressed by the
artist. As I looked up carefully at all the idols placed around Durga.
Deviji's Idol at Lokhandwala
Ganesh, Laxmi, Saraswati, Kartik, the lion, Mahishasur (the
demon) and the magnificent Durga herself in the most abhorrent and angry mood.
The anger which is always looked down upon, the sign of ignorance, the symbol
of the unwise. And this form is being worshiped???
But even in the state
of outrage, with her eyes convulsing, her tongue sticking out, and venom
pouring out of each and every cell of her being, she looked so beautiful, so
The most 'cruel
expression' of the Goddess(energy) in which she is doing the heinous act of
killing was being worshiped with great reverence!
To me this meant, that even the opposite is a sacred part of
that “one energy” and it has its place in the creation. Every aspect and every
expression of the Devi is to be accepted because it is for a purpose.
Opposite is a part of the whole and the circle is incomplete
without it, Good /bad, truth/lie, peace/disturbance etc; all a part of the whole.
For what would be the value of RAMA, if it wasn't for the
Would we remember Krishna after thousands of years , if
he just came and played with the Gopis? Isn't he also remembered for the great
Mahabharata war. Would the Bhagwat Gita be given without the confusion in Arjuna's mind, or the confusion in yours and mine.
If Jesus were not crucified so cruelly, some of us wouldn't have believed that he was God, isn't it?
The same energy takes different roles of the villain and
hero, and plays and leaves a moral to direct the lives of the generations that
are to come. Taking different roles again and again only to establish Dharma (that
which upholds life) to give a direction to the life force and protect its
Protecting its Creation:)
For the first time I can feel great grateful towards,
Ravana, Duryodhana and so many others who by their presence gifted us such
moral stories to learn from.
Gurudev says, the ignorant at their own cost teach us
lessons, by the mistakes they commit.
And as I stood , worshiping the Great Durga Idol ,the entire
story looked complete with the presence of Mahishasur in it. And that’s what this Navaratri revealed to
That every particle in the creation is permeated with the
divine energy of the mother, the one who protects, nurtures, destroys, and
creates and so it is sacred and respectful.
Today I am all geared up to be a part of such a war for the
sake of dharma but with a small difference , instead of hatred for those on the
other side I have compassion for them.
As a kid I always admired a certain set of people. Abdul Kalam, mother Teresa, Albert Einstien etc. Something about them felt so right. I wanted to be ‘like them’. Even in the film industry I would love Kajol. I would spend hours looking at myself in the mirror making myself look the way she does. But did that make me akin to her? Ofcourse, No!
wanted to be like them. I wanted to posses ‘that something’ that they had which
I didn’t. I would recognize it, but I didn’t know how to get that ‘something’
in me. Nevertheless I grew up with different and more things to occupy me. And this
game of ‘copying-other-peopl took a seat back.
years to come, a secret revealed. Do you really want to know this secret? It’s
very very precious! So along with this secret, a promise comes to live this,
every moment. I finally found that Missing ‘Something’ J
thing that was attractive about them, was the virtues (formless) but to my
naked eye it was the person comprising it (the form). I got attached to the
form & left the formless. I tried copying their lifestyles, their behavior,
the way they talk, they way they act and so on.. but that didn’t make me
acquire their innocence, humbleness, simplicity, intelligence, passion, confidence..
when this secret is revealed, another secret is, where & how do these
virtues grow? Ummm…Lets see.
you seen a tree? Have you seen the flowers on them? The fruits on them? How do
you think they grow? If we want the tree to be sturdy, beautiful, fruit &
flower bearing, what do we do? Aha! Yes I know you got it ;)
treat the roots. The deeper the roots, the stronger & fuller the tree. The
stronger the roots, the more shade it can offer. When the roots are deep, the
branches grow wider & higher. Just like that, the deeper you dive within,
the more virtues come to you. J
rightly my teacher vasudha jhunjhunwala shares, “The apple, if made to shine
from outside will it make the apple sweeter, tastier? No. what gives the apple its
value is what it has inside”
when you give attention to that ‘Inside’ the shine that shows on you is
irreplaceable, unmatchable! Then the only person left to copy & be is-
YourSELF! It’s the easiest & the most lovable person to be, full of virtues.
mummy ko bolo complan ke saath, Meditation bhi deno ko. It makes you taller,
sharper, stronger and much much more ;)
Dear All, Janmashtmi has always been a turning point in the life of this blog. The first and the last post on this blog were published on Janmashtmi in the years 2008 and 2010 respectively. Now its Janmashtmi 2012 and since we have survived the holocaust and the world doesn't cease to exist, we thought of bringing you the same old spice of wisdom and fun and intend to give you a renewed experience of Life and its lessons as decoded by our teachers, Virat & Vasudha. Watch out for this space while we clear some formalities for bringing this blog up again. Wishing everyone a Happy Janmashtmi! Jai Gurudev! In Service, Rishabh K. PS: The only reason for giving new life to this blog is YOU! We happened to know that even yesterday there were some 21 random views of this blog which was discontinued 2 years ago! A sincere Thank you for the love & honor given by you. This is the single most important reason for us to start this blog all over again!