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Love and spirituality


“|Love is the only most talked about word. Somebody said,  “There can be only one happiness in life – to love and to be loved.”        Way back, I was looking at the palm of a

person, when a five-six year old boy, pushing forward his eight year old brother asked me if some girl would love him.  How strong is the instinct of what we call love!!   Some years back, a 79 year old motherly figure contacted me to know if she would get a boy friend and also if he would love to have physical union.

It is said that the libido in a female is awakened between the age of eight and thirteen and in a male between nine and fourteen.  Also it is understood that this libido is the life long companion of both sexes. Being attracted to the opposite sex is seen as love.  Whether we call it love or not, it exists everywhere for all the times.  We cannot think of exceptions.  The moment love turns out to be possessive, it loses its beauty. We may hold debates after debates; the flow of love between a male and a female shall continue to be perpetual. It is real and exists everywhere.  Though not infinitely, though not forever, everyone gets the occasion to love and to be loved.   To be in joy, one has to learn to feel contented with whatever is available and whenever it is available. If one cannot do so, one should be prepared to shed tears or pass sleepless nights.  Alternatively one may seek shelter with tranquilizers.    On the other side some of us talk of Divine Love wherein the beloved is invisible; once realised the joy felt by a lover is infinite. We cannot love the Divine beloved without realising that the mundane love is ephemeral and vulnerable, no matter it may be within easy access for some of us.  In no case security and stability can be granted since life itself is in a flow of uncertainty.  Given serious thought to it, turns one to spirituality

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What is or Who is God?


Posted on August 13, 2011

What  or Who is God?

Nobody can tell  us what God is or who God is .  If we believe there is God, God alone can help us know what He is.   All others are more or less like  us; they cannot tell us anything that will enable us to get the last answer.  The best answer is “Ask Him”.  In other words, Pray to Him”. Prayer is nothing but a call from our heart.  A child cries, ” Mom, where are you?”  We all are happy playing with the toys. Everyone of us is at play with the numerous toys. The dollar, the Euro, the GBP etc., trying to dominate overall of us or some of us  to enjoy the bloated ego, the girlfriend, the boyfriend, the wife, the husband, things like pizza, the dessert, the chiken, the barbecue and a numerous cuisine – – there are countless things to keep us engaged with.

We are the children who do not need the mother but like just the the toys. If we lose one toy,we may struggle and suffer for the half our life or even whole of our life, sometimes.  Seemingly, none of us needs to know what or who God is. We get addicted to toys so much that we never have time to think of our mother,  our Creator,our poor God.

When I was a three-four year old baby, I asked my eldest sister (16-17), “where have I come from?”  She raised her finger towards the starry sky and said,”God has sent you”.  She was successful in shutting up my mouth so much so that I never questioned again and lost the whole life  in running after the toys that only eluded me.

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What is or Who is God

True Story of a Writer: Without Hypocrisy



The following story depicts the traits not only the of an Indian writer but also of others in other parts of the world.  I have been faced with only a very few of them and not all of them.  Not b

any standard does the article aim at casting aspersions on any writer in any manner.  I do not know if the number of such writers is negligibly small.  It is not a problem that calls for any statistical analysis

True Story of a Writer: Without Hypocrisy

 I go deep down into my life when I was a student at a college in Mathura, I am reminded of an interesting story.  My friend was a great admirer of me being a good foreteller, though I believe, I was not and am not.

One friend of my friend requested me to visit his home and just study the birth charts etc. of the members of his family Indian families used to comprise of seven to seventeen members and over.  For me it was an honour.  I agreed without any demur or hesitance.  Having got to his home I said to him that I had seen books written by him in at several stores in some big cities of India.  Being a writer of books on Palmistry and Astrology, why did he need a layman to be consulted?  He replied very politely that writing books was one thing and knowing the subject matter is altogether a different thing. 

I asked him without having knowledge, how was it possible to write books?   He replied that he would bring some books from library and would pick up something from one book, something from the other and something from the third —-. A book would be ready.  

I asked him further how many books he had written.  He replied the number might be about sixteen hundred.  “How many days does it take you to prepare one book?” was my last question.  “Just three-four days,” was his reply. I do not remember what I did for him as a foreteller.

I cannot criticize him; I cannot find faults with him in view of all the candour he had to be clean and open hearted to a friend of younger generation.  I have forgotten his face; I have forgotten his name. But his straightforwardness has left an indelible impression on my consciousness. I am virtually moved to tears at his plight, hard work and honesty. Major part of the worth of his hard work went to the publishers.  With all this untiring labour he could just manage to feed his family.  Why would he, if he were a rich man, look for an Astrologer?  

I do not know what or who god is?


I do not know what or who God is?

The way, people want to understand God, is beyond my ability.  Human mind is dependent only on the senses (eyes, ears, taste smell and touch).  

God is the Creator of all of them but He is beyond all of them.  

That we may know God, the first step is to go beyond all of them, where there are no questions left,  no memories and information are at play.  This done everything follows in its own way.

To begin with we may find it almost impossible.  If we continue to stick to our decision and selfless desire to know Him, the degree of our patience diminishes the the length of the time we  may have to wait.  When patience grows infinite, the time to wait  turns zero.

What the ancient Indian yogis mean by Yog (now misnamed as Yoga)


 What did ancient Indian yogis mean by Yog (now misnamed as Yoga)?

India is the only country where people love to learn English.  Most of the Indians are proud of getting Citizenship of  richer countries.  As a result of  foreign rule  Indians are getting westernized more and more.  They have lost not only the knowledge of  Sanskrit but also of Hindi.  The new generation cannot even talk in Hindi. The modern Hindi is a mixture of  the earlier Hindi (one that had its origin in Sanskrit), Persian,  Arabic and plus a large number of words in English.

Some of the literate persons have developed a habit of  speaking partly in English and partly one of the Indian languages.

I don’t mind people getting westernized.  It is great. But they  have lost contact spiritual knowledge with the loss of Sanskrit or Hindi.  The modern Spiritual Gurus prefer to speak in English to attract heavier following in the West.   Before proceeding further I am keen to let you have some info on what damage India has sustained:

Hindi/Sanskrit        Westernized substitute
yog                                     Yoga

Buddh                              Budha
Ram                                  Rama 
Karm                                Karma
Dharm                             Dharma
Shiv                                  Shiva
Ganesh                           Ganesha
Viveka Nand               Vivekananda
Pranayam                    Pranayam
Saty                                   Satya
Brahamchary           Brahamcharya
Yam                               Yama
Niyam                           Niyama
Gyan                              Gyana 
Mantr                           Mantra
Jap                                  Japa            
Dhyan                          Dhyana
Tap                               Tapa
Adhyay                      Adhyaya  

YOGA     IN THESE PICTURES WHAT THE YOUNG MAN IS DOING IS YOGA AND WHAT THE OLD MAN IS DOING IS YOG

Yoga seems to be a set of postures to be practised regularly to keep health and body in good shape.  In Sanskrit and Hindi this set of exercise is known as asan for which the westernized version may be asanas.   For commercial purpose, some Indians have labelled the asan as Yog or Yoga, thus managing to get easy money from the pocket of the westerners.

Detailed explanation on Yog is beyond the scope of this little page.  The process of adding something to another thing is known as Yog in Sanskrit. If we are willing to add ourselves to God, the process may be termed as Yog.  In spirituality Yog has only one meaning.  If you do the normal karm (duties) of life without thinking of what would be the fruit of your karm (action or doings), it is regarded as karm Yog.  Remembering and loving God alone   and thus willing to unite with God is Bhakti  Yoga. Those who try to understand God through spiritual wisdom and thus lose their own identity are practising Gyan yoga or yoga  based on spiritual knowledge.
There is an immense wealth of knowledge and guidance hidden in fourVed (Vedas) and eight Upanishad (scriptures).  But without the knowledge (and simultaneous practice) obtained from them, our spiritual journey stays quite a  stupendous task. Understanding the significance of the four ved Maxmooler a German scholar learnt Sanskrit and translated them into German Language. Without Love  for God and incessant practice of spirituality the real spirit of  what the Sanskrit Books are architectured to impart to us  stays hidden from our sight.  It continues to stay obscure, no matter how hard we may work with language and wisdom.

We cannot prevent languages from changing.  Some preventive measures were taken in form of Grammar to retain the languages in their original form forever. The intention of our ancestors was not to put us under bondage but to help us with the heritage of knowledge they were leaving for us. We neither knew their intention nor we like to care about our own welfare. Consequently we are unable to understand what they wanted us to learn.

The result is that the spiritual wealth that India had, is almost gone out of our view because of our negligence towards Sanskrit, Hindi and Grammar. Half learned people produced the Hindi rendering. The people, having inadequate linguistic and spiritual understanding, further rendered the Hindi text to English.  Thus whatever little heritage we could partake of is elusive.

Nothing can be done about it. I can propose for all those who are interested to study seriously Ved and  all the Upanishad. I have great liking for Rig Ved  whose mental pronunciation or even listening to it can purify our inner self without even understanding the meaning.

Although nobody can be or could be considered to be an authority over Rig Ved or any of the Ved yet it is worthwhile quoting some text from the brief Biography of Max Müller. obtained from Internet. I learnt from myb friends that Max translated all the Ved into German. He also translated Upnishad.  Max Müller, one of the earliest Indologists, had happily concurred in a letter to his wife: “It (The Rigveda) is the root of their religion and to show them what the root is, I feel sure, is the only way of uprooting all that has sprung from it during the last three thousand years.” Later he also wrote to the Duke of Argyle, the then acting Secretary of State for India: “The ancient religion of India is doomed. And if Christianity does not take its place, whose fault will it be?”    In contrast, the theosophist Dr. Annie Besant was extremely enamoured. by ancient wisdom of India

Alan Leo cannot be forgotten while enumerating the names of hundreds  of western intellectuals   who devoted themselves  to have something of their liking from Indian heritage. We all know we need to be good human beings to be close to God. Being able to resist all temptations may help us have faith in Divine. It is in the interest of the inner being, not to allow oneself to be misled to misinterpretations of the spiritual messages.

 To end this article I would only say that the personal experiences of mine need not be revealed here. One who has deep desire to learn will never find  the doors of the Unseen closed.  Let us knock at, they will be opened.

Do we really love?


&  Introduction of the Book 

I feel all of us are attracted to the word love.  Love is really great and can be considered to be something unique beyond description.   People see love in sex, which is required for reproduction.  We should not forget that we are gifted with many other things for example, sympathy, feeling the pain of the dear ones, willing to help the downtrodden or the destitute.  We feel love also for pets like cats, dogs, birds like parrots.

Let us ask ourselves, who do we love?  How much love for the motherly figure will ooze out and how much will be the  flow of our  love towards the ordinary young woman?  We should be able to judge where our love is stationed?  Women can also asses themselves, if they wish. The scholarly white man and muscular black man are there in picture? One may try judging oneself.

Unfortunately a few of us speak of love in some restricted areas which leads us away from the right track of life.  This book has been written to tell my experiences of love in some other areas of life.  God also loves us but we do not reciprocate.  It is for this reason that we do not feel His Love.  If we do not feel that we get something from Him, It is just because we do not ask Him for .   Though  we ask Him for something at  certain times  but we do not get just because we  do not wait for Him.   We do not wait for Him because we do not have faith in Him.   

Let me agree with all of us, the pull  between man and woman is really love and the pleasure involved in union is really really great?   But it occurs to me: what does it mean to us when we read,God is Love, Love is God?  

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 We cannot stay honestly for  more than a small time with  a single woman. We are  bored and look for another companion.  When I was a student in India, my landlord who was in his sixties told me that  he had slept with  over one hundred women.    West is far  more advanced in these matters.  Examining the star study of a woman in the western world, I told intuitively, You may have slept with 50 persons.  Next day the girl came to me to show the list of the names of the men who had so far shared their bed with her.   She said that it  was exactly 50.   Another  chaste woman was standing nearby. I exclaimed with surprise,Fifty_ _ _.  She replied calmly, in this western world two to three hundred is a normal number.

Let us ask ourselves,is it love? Were we born for this purpose?  What else are we doing here?  Have we not damaged the sanctity of love?  Are we not defiling essence of this word that had to represent something of Divinity?  The selfless love of great mothers for the children, the love of  noble hearts for the suffering human beings.   The love of  Jesus for the sufferers,  the love of a big number of Prophets, saints and many unknown persons  – is absolutely out of our view.   Do we mean to equate our lust  to the only noble sentiment known to us?

Certainly somewhere we are confused.  If sex is love and God also is love, we seem to imply that sex can be equated to God.  Is it the language of infatuation or the language of reality?   Perhaps we seem to speak more than the Freudian understanding of sexual phenomenon. 

The answers are there in the book though not in a direct manner.  On a website we have to post general discussions.  I have tried raising questions for the major part leaving philosophy for future.  

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We all need to study our past and present. Let us ask ourselves individually, “What have I gained through all these years?

What has this act of pleasure given me?  I do know that the pleasure is momentary – will there ever be an end of this proclivity?  Is there nothing superior to this act?  Will anybody get addicted to drug, if this act were so great?  What for, are the people spending a huge amount of money to get a perfect partner for a single day?  Isn’t it something like  mirage?  These words are equally true for both sexes.  If there is no gain why should we spend the precious moments of the precious human life?  We are our own teachers, if we don’t study the book written on our consciousness, no body will be able to help us.  Can God help those who don’t help themselves?”

I have put tacit questions, which you may be able to read between the lines.

to be continued  

Posted on August 21, 2011