Archive for January, 2011

Well, after the miraculous love-story still in its infancy plonked on my lap from heaven, I spent a week staring at it with utter disbelief. And I believe that I didn’t breathe or even close my mouth for that whole period. It was like child-birth…except for the fact that, I didn’t even know about the pregnancy! Now you get the emotion?

What was I supposed to do with it? What name do I give it? How do I raise it?

Many times in life, when we assume that we won’t fall in love with a certain person for whatever reason. May be thoughts don’t match, nor does physicality or political views neither does anything else. And it’s such a shock that then this very person becomes the central theme of the rest of our living days. These days we even calculate the possibility of love turning into a “successful” love story based on facts and figures. But I tell you from experience, none of that really works in predicting anything. That’s probably the singular reason why the prospect of falling in love is so scary! The wanting to know of what’s going to happen next doesn’t help here. On the other hand, that’s also what makes it so charming; just like gambling. How exciting it is to know that you might lose everything that you have earned in just one shot.

Hence, it’s  very interesting to know that we can’t even then blame God, Nature, Karma, Oprah or Astrology for being in the soup that we are because of love. Oh come on! If you have not been scalded by love even once, then you have been playing too safe. In fact then you haven’t gambled…or even played snakes and ladders!

So, coming back to my story, I had a word with God. I spoke to Him at length about the situation. And He listened as though He had never known anything about it. All ears! Didn’t say a word. When I told Him that His help and support is badly needed, all He said was this, “See what happens”.

So, He didn’t say “Let go of it”

He didn’t say “It’s not meant to be”

Nor did He diplomatically say “The choice is yours, Blessings are mine”

“See what happens”.

So, yes…we’ll see what happens.

Beware! You might get what you ask for!

In April 2010, it was just another day when I was AGAIN wondering about where my life was heading and what I really wanted. So, I sat down with a nice big notebook and started jotting down things that I genuinely wanted in my life. Like a 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet and an ‘extra-ordinary love story’ were two of them. Apparently, Bullets take much longer to manifest! Yes, so the love story came gate-crashing soon. And yes, it’s still there…alive and kicking. Now wait. I know that it sounds like a complaint that it’s still there. But I ain’t complaining. Because I know that it’s never helped. Well, now that it’s here I realized that it’s more than I had asked for. I have seen a lot of personal growth in that and so has my loved one.

Yet, the point is that one must be extremely careful before asking for something…because we might actually get it! More about this soon. Till then, the love story continues it’s roller-coaster ride…

Dear Logic…where art thou??

It’s so amazing to see that the ones who know the least, speak the most about even people who know the most! I’m talking here about random people talking more random things about H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I have seen my growth through the change that earlier I would be angry, now I am amused. In fact if I’m in the mood, I laugh on their faces too.

I agree that there’s freedom of speech and thought and all that. But freedom of ignorance?! Never heard that one before!

For instance, I get asked questions like, “Why do you follow him?” or even better, “I hope you are not his follower!”. So that is to say that “following” someone is bad. But as far as I remember we have been following something or someone right from childhood. We followed our parents. Then we tried to follow Mathematics-most of us didn’t follow. Then in our teenage we followed Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd or Bryan Adams? See, now the teenagers are left with just a Bieber…pathetic. Anyway, then for our professional aspirations we followed some role model. So we have been a follower anyway…whether we know it or not. But far beyond teenage or professional role models is a Guru. A Guru is an embodiment of selflessness and wisdom. Why wouldn’t a sane person become a follower? In fact I would like to ask a question, “How is it possible to NOT follow such an amazing Guru? HOW? HOW??” And by the way, if all Gurus were selfish, this knowledge of the self would never reach us! They already have the state of mind and being that we want to reach…what need do Gurus have to reach out again and again to the common people? Ok, now if the your mind has just said “for money”, you should take a long hard look at Sri Sri. No rings, jewellery, designer clothes nor shoes. He needs nothing, because everything belongs to him. Belongingness with total responsibility. Because trust me, taking courses in Naxal areas or talking to prisoners and ex-terrorists is not a “fun” idea for most of us!

And being on the path of spirituality takes courage. It’s not for the meek. Not for geeks. It’s for the ones who seek…something higher, better, subtler and deeper than the ordinary. More the number of people who come on this path, more peaceful the society around us will be. Simply because today we need more and more people who realize this once and for all that buying that 3 BHK or having that lavish wedding are not the only worthwhile events which will happen in our lives! People put their everything last penny and every ounce of peace and happiness behind ONE wedding…you know why? Because they believe that that is the only memorable thing that’s ever going to happen to them! Sad. And it’s sad because we are capable of so much more…each one of us. Is having a 3-day-multi-crore wedding great or getting permanent peace in  life for rest of our living days great? Not to say I am against lavish weddings at all! But priorities, people! Priorities!

So, yes, I am not just a follower, I am an ardent, happy, blessed and grateful Devotee of his. I have raised my standards of whom I am following, now up yours(pun is purely intended).

Jai Guru Dev!

Do we?

Do we ever become what we always wanted to be?

And then what do we do thereafter…if we become what we always wanted to be?

If I were a tree, I would be: Banyan

If I were a musical instrument, I would be: a Flute

If I were an animal, I would be: a Dog( Labrador-they get pampered sick!)

If I were a sound, I would be: Silence

If I were a scent, I would be: of a baby’s hair

If I were a religion, I would be: Humanity

If I were a facial expression, I would be: on Guruji’s face

If I were a subject in college, I would be: Philosophy

If I were a color, I would be: White

If I were a thing, I would be: a Mirror

If I were a book, I would be: in someone’s hands

If I were a monument, I would be: Conserved

If I were an artist, I would be: a Guitarist

If I were a collection of poems, I would be: moving people

If I were an element, I would be: Space

If I were a Word, I would be: “Dude”

If I were a watch, I would be: dictating lives of millions

If I were a theory, I would be: Relativity

If I were a cartoon, I would be: Calvin

IF I were a technology, I would be: making myself extinct every second

If I were a super hero, I would be : What does this mean? I AM one already!

If I were a Shakespearean Character, I would be: deciding to be or not be

If I were alone, I would be: even Stronger