Friday, December 30, 2011

Truth

A truth beyond my experience is imaginary for me. But still the truth might exist. Only when it comes within the reach of my experience does the truth become a truth for me.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Pursuit of Happiness

We remember our glorious past and dream of a world-at-our-feet future to be happy. We do things that we like and talk to people we love. We try to find more and more ways to enjoy but end up being sad many times.

Life is composed of moments. In order to make the whole life happy, finding ways to be happy for a moment is a good starting point. Now, what can we do to make a moment full of joy? We can eat an ice-cream, see our loved ones, look at a beautiful landscape, and do numerous other things. But still there can be times when none of these happiness seeds is available. What do we do then? If, by any chance, we can be happy just by looking at whatever is present in front of us, that's a good practical solution.

Wherever we are, in office, at home, or on the streets, if we think of nothing but just observe what's happening around us closely, without judging anyone or anything, we will be at peace. If we begin to appreciate the little beauty present in every little object we encounter and feel a sense of gratitude to the existence for allowing us to experience that thing of beauty, we will be happy.

The truth is that even if we do nothing or think of nothing, we will be happy. If our mind is cleared of all possible thoughts, we will feel nothing but an ever growing peace, the true nature of spirit. But our logical mind is always at work to make us feel sad. At this moment, sitting in front of my computer in my room, if I choose to do nothing and think of nothing, I will be perfectly at peace. But my mind won't let me. It will remind me of the many things I need to do to be happy today and tomorrow. It will give me flashback of many things that went wrong in the past. It will try its best to keep me busy and take me away from this peace of nothingness.

We all have had our share of the victory moments when we felt we got that most important thing we had longed for. And we were so happy and at peace at that instant. If we reflect, we will find that our mind had become empty of all thoughts and desires for those few moments. Free of thoughts, we felt absolute peace and happiness. But then mind comes back to work, takes away our happiness, and reminds us of the next list of action items to be happy.

To the logical mind, it may seem that thinking of nothing will amount to utmost stupidity and dullness. But, on the contrary, active or conscious emptiness of mind means leaving logic for intuition, which is the source of all monumental acts and scientific discoveries in the world.

Does this mean we should stop doing everything and just think of nothing, do nothing? Not necessarily. We have been living in a way that we always pursue happiness through actions. Instead of that, if we live in a way that we experience happiness and peace first and then perform actions, we will be ever blissful and more successful. We can keep growing the peace inside ourselves by thinking of nothing but just feeling and observing things around us whenever we can. At all other times, filled with calmness, we can perform all actions and duties with greater effectiveness. Let's find peace first and then pursue the actions instead of the other way round.

Even better than observing things outside is to observe and feel our own body, our breath. That's something we will have with us, wherever we go. If, while sitting or walking, we simply observe air flowing in and out of our nostrils and try to feel it more and more as an observer looking at the body breathe instead of consciously making an effort to breathe, we will be at absolute peace. But of what good are words without experience?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Good & Evil

Any intention or action that inhibits life is evil or negative. That which helps sustain or enhance life is good or positive. There is no any other parameter needed to judge an action or intention.

Morality is a bad joke that keeps changing its definition without informing anyone, bringing about confusion, suffering and untruth. It does more evil than good.

Attention

The most profitable area of investment is spiritual growth. The input is inward attention and the output is immeasurable peace, to begin with.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

बॉम्बे सैंडविच

सुनो तो ज़रा
हुई क्या खता
जो तुम यूँ 
सामने न आते

मेरे गिटार पे
जो धुन सवार है
वो तुम क्यूँ
मेरे साथ न गाते

कहो तो मोड़ लूँ
पल्सर अपनी
तुम रास्ते पे
मुझको मिल जाना

बॉम्बे सैंडविच की
चौक पे
मेरे संग  
स्पैनिश क्लासेस आना

Friday, December 23, 2011

Bihar

My motherland - where humble affectionate individuals address themselves as hum instead of main. Little did I understand the power of we then.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

सागर

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खुली दिशाओं में सिमटा 
हुआ असीम पानी
नीले आसमान से नीला
ये छलकता पानी

मैं भी इसी सागर की 
एक लहर ही तो हूँ 
पानी से बना
पानी में सना 
एक हथेली भर ही तो हूँ 

काश मैं सागर होता
लहर भी होता 
सागर भी होता
यहाँ भी होता
वहाँ भी होता
मेरा कोई किनारा न होता

आज इस सागर के अहसास में
फैल रहा मेरे मन का सागर
पूछ रहा मैं खुद से 

कहीं मैं सागर तो नहीं
कहीं लहर में सीमित 
मैं असीमित तो नहीं