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From Bird-watching to Lord Shiva -Inspirations from Daily Life

I was bird watching a few months ago at home when the lady who sweeps asked me in Tamil, "ஏனுங்கதன்னைபோலஇருந்துடீங்க?"
The literal translation may closely be "Why are you being by your SELF?" (This is a very common utterance)

The words "தன்னை", which means 'Self' and "இருந்து", which means 'Being' struck a cord.





Similarly goes the saying in Tamil, "சிவனேனு இருக்கிறேன்...", which closely may be translated as "I am being engrossed with Siva," or may be "I am inhering in Siva." (Also a very common utterance)

Language seems to be reminding us of the 'essence', the 'being'.... May be all Indian languages or all languages for that matter. 


Random musings....
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As I Falter as I Fly.....

Attachment binds,
Love sets you free,
Attachment masquerades in the mask of love,
The Master's love is unalloyed,
For He teaches you to be free,
He touches not the mind,
He sits in the heart (as the very heart)
I may not have realised complete freedom,
Like the early efforts of a little bird
that makes its flight in the sky,
I may falter as I fly 
before I realise that flying is my natural ability,
But His glance has bestowed me with the glimpse 
of being uncaged in infinity.




Waking Up To Reality!

The Embrace of Grace on Mahashivratri

Grace humbles one utterly. This poem is a simple and a humble narration  of the immensity of  the Grace of Lord Siva as Panchavarneshwara abiding in an ancient temple in Uraiyur, near Trichy on Mahashivratri. 

In Shiva’s sacred night, Thousands thronged at His Feet, Into the massive temple that night, The timeless in time stood; to the eyes, an utter treat!
I walked my way in the precincts, Of sculpted splendour of magnificence! In the ancient abode of Uraiyur distinct, Where Siva abides as Panchavarneswara, the significant!



A form so small, yet with immeasurable might- I stood almost mute to address, With eyes fixed on Him in sheer delight, “Appa”, “Appa” were all that I could express!
The priest waved the lamp to the light of all lights, For the earthly eyes to behold, Lost in the fanciful world of ethereal heights, To merge with Him within in bliss untold.
I took a few steps turning around,                                     To make my way out, at the ritual’s end, While some re…

A Little Conversation on Reality

We were on a holiday. The surmounting silence of the place tuned within, while I sat in the surrounding wilderness. Rocky peaks peeped behind the clustered treetops; a little river with emerald waters flowed with soft gurgles; monkeys and Malabar squirrels scrambled up and down the branches; a variety of birds chirped continuously as they nestled in the trees. As I partook of nature’s glory silently, my two little nieces joined me on the little stone bench and started a candid conversation.
B: What are you doing Priya?
Me: Just sitting silently
S: You do not come to Bangalore these days….
Me: Hmm… yes…. Will visit you sometime soon.
B: Do you like the place where we stay now or the one that we stayed in Tadoba?

Me: Both are fine, but the location of the one that we are staying now is good. Look! There are three big Malabar squirrels on that tree….
B: But, tell me which place you like the better of the two?
Me: Ok let me tell you something interesting.
The question that you are asking me is of …

Musings on 'Never Mind the Mind' of Ramana Maharshi

The only burden that we have is the mind. Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi asks one to "Never mind the mind". This saying (Talks - 97) of Bhagavan Ramana is popular among devotees. The conversation between Bhagavan Ramana and the devotee goes thus:
D.: How to control the mind? 

M.: What is mind? Whose is the mind? 

D.: Mind always wanders. I cannot control it. 

M.: It is the nature of the mind to wander. You are not the mind. The mind springs up and sinks down. It is impermanent, transitory, whereas you are eternal. There is nothing but the Self. To inhere in the Self is the thing. Never mind the mind. If its source is sought, it will vanish leaving the Self unaffected.

D.: So one need not seek to control the mind? 
M.: There is no mind to control if you realise the Self. The mind vanishing, the Self shines forth. In the realised man the mind may be active or inactive, the Self alone remains for him. For the mind, the body and the world are not separate from the Self. They rise from a…

My Master's Feet O River Ganges...

This poem glorifies the Master, Sri Ramana Maharshi's Feet as more sacred than the River Ganges. While it is a belief that the River makes one pure of one's vices, the Master's Feet takes one beyond virtue and vice to experience ultimate freedom.


O ancient river, purity's door, Multitudes march to Thy shore, Your holy waters wash the sins to emerge clear, While my Master's Feet bestows it now and here!
In your waters, breath arrested, heads dip and rise, To remove the accumulated vice, But virtue adds ensuring continuity, At my Master's Feet dissolves both in eternity.
Arising from Shiva's locks, You make pure of those who flock, But seeds of deeds after, impregnated in future, At my Master's Feet no space nor time, No seeds to nurture.
Virtue and vice arise from ego(individual self), Traced back to the source to forgo,        The phantom ego which emerge from the heart, With it the two dissolve in, from the place of start.
My Master's Feet, O Ganges, It is but the He…