Oct 31, 2012

THAT- "One Energy"

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 me.

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 very full…..

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 great RAVANA.
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 creation.

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 me.

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.

|| य देवी सर्वभूतेषु भरन्ति रूपेण संस्थित नमस तस्यै नमस तस्यै नमस तस्यै नमो नमः ||

|| ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शन्तिहि ||

|| Ya Devi sarvabhuteshu bhranthi (doubt) rupena samsthita 
namas tasyai, namas tasyai, namas tasyai, namo namah ||

|| Om shanti shanti shanti ||  

-Vasudha Jhunjhunwala
Jai Gurudev!

Sep 10, 2012

Grow Within!

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!

I 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.
In 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
The 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..
So now when this secret is revealed, another secret is, where & how do these virtues grow? Ummm…Lets see.
Have 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 ;)

We 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
As 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”
And now 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. J

Toh mummy ko bolo complan ke saath, Meditation bhi deno ko. It makes you taller, sharper, stronger and much much more ;)
Have a ‘Wonder-full Insight’ this week J
Be authentic.
Jai gurudev.

- Lavita Singhania.

Aug 10, 2012

A new Beginning!

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! 


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