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EDUCATE

When we decide to be born, when we choose to live life on Earth again we without say accept to be educated. I did not intend it to be like this but I guess this one line itself speaks for itself by suggesting that we are students ( which we should be) for LIFE.

Un-learn and Re-educate

Through the process of nature and nurturing we pick up many ideas. As we grow we may choose to let go of some views, modify some or simply adopt new ones. Some we wonder why we even stuck on to. What has happened in the process is that opinions that we may have adopted from immediate family has been un-done or un-learnt from the system. We do not find the necessity to further subscribe to that belief. This unlearning is something that is an ongoing process if not day in and day out, at least a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or whatever basis. We may not be sitting in a classroom setting but education does transpire and that too beyond classroom settings. So, are we not students for LIFE? We are.

Education-break the cycle

I remember a talk given by Joel Osteen where he shared something about breaking the cycle. Just because our parents thought and acted in a certain way and subsequently ailed due to their thoughts and actions (after all, you are what you think), we, the next generation did not necessarily have to follow in their footsteps, we had the choice to break that cycle. As we grew, many a time we may have thought to ourselves that when we become a parent we would not want to be like ours. Next time just observe your language. We probably use the same phrases our mum used to scold us.

Education+Experience= Evolution

We don’t know how to be an original parent, friend or lover. We stop being students when we leave, say, college. Originality and creativity is lost. We find it convenient to tread the known path that our parents once took. We fear change. So what do we do? We stagnate in the same muck, in the same mistakes that our parents did. Were our parents wrong? Not in the least. They did what they knew best. I would not be sitting here sharing this if it were not for the ‘philosophical evenings’ spent with the whole family. Our parents have actually released us (my brother and I) and made us independent. ‘Go do your thing!’ is how they have educated us. I’ve had it good, you say? Yes, I choose to see it that way. But whether we like it or not we live in a world of dualities and I too have made choices to evolve from the education received and thereby experiences perceived.

Vertical-Horizontal

I have come across many people who have built towers in their field of specialization but have forgotten to simultaneously work on the walls for all round support. So life after lives we come specialize, bloat with ego and leave embittered. Our whole life we live off that tiny ledge on our tower. Where is the room for growth? An allopath chooses only to be an allopath. Very few equip themselves with other methods to bring about a wholesome treatment.

Less trodden path

Dare to be original. Let’s not build another tower. Let’s remember to add the walls this time. There is always room for growth.

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My silent friendship (rather communication) with little squirrel began a few weeks back. One of the windows in the kitchen would be half closed. At first I thought it was the wind so would reach out and open the window. Again it would get closed. After a few attempts I just left the window half closed as it didn’t really bother me. A few days later I noticed a little squirrel hanging around the window, sniffing, waiting and hearing. Next, time I saw a small piece of rope made of coconut fibre was wedged in the half closed window. Little squirrel was on the window sniffing the air and waiting. I understood what it wanted to do. I just smiled.

Squirrel and the Others

Over the next few days a lot of coconut fibre got wedged in and my silent friend would move in circles inside its nest. I guess that is how it makes room for itself and its circular entrance. It is quite fascinating to watch them in action. They move so fast. They are not stealthy like the rodents nor are they heavy like the large variety of garden rodents, their specific name fails me (maybe someone can help me with thatJ). They are light like the mongoose (yes, we have them too in our garden and needless to say some meter long snakes too!) For your information, I do reside in the city.

Mr. Hygiene

At this point I think it would be interesting to share with you that once the babies move out the parent comes and cleans out the nest. I mean just as it wedged in all that material (their preference seems to be coconut fibre-maybe coz of the area they are in) they come and shove it all out and yes, clean up the area (very considerate of them, really) (unlike the smelly pigeons….). They build a new one each time (very hygienic).

Nature and Nurturing

So, this lil friend of mine is outside the nest around my tea time. When I am making tea he sniffs the air and listens. I guess he knows he is safe. I call out to my kids who get to view a part of nature up close and from the comforts of their home. Wow! They get to see a squirrels home from their home. How cool is that! But my lil one cannot contain her squeals and off dashes the squirrel. So, I experimented with him.

The (What) Sense

The next time I saw him lounging on the ledge I understood that our thoughts either send out signals to their sensitive senses or our smell gets transmitted when we think.  Sounds crazy? Not really. When I thought….well, thoughts, he would sniff the air like his nose would fall off! I stopped thinking (yes, it can be done with practice) and he would again be at rest. So, I guess it’s safe to conclude that our thoughts have energy and this energy which we may not be able to perceive (even though it originated from us) is easily picked up by these cute lil critters. If we accept that the word nature is derived from the root natus which means to be born, then I would say if we follow and understand nature it will allow us to remain innocent just like the new born babe. After all, the babe too is an eager student.

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I am back to the nautilus shell’s spiraling mystery. My facination has not waned. The more I look at it the more information seems to flow intuitively. So amazing, fantastic, mind boggling….any number of adjectives can be added but the best is humbling. Yes, the simplicity of Divinity is so humbling that it is an emotion that has to be experienced.

When a babe comes into this world we rejoice the arrival of a new life. We comment on what we see manifested. Along with the life in the baby, it’s counterpart death also exists, unmanifested. As we grow we Radiate outwards. Our energy is thrown into LIFE. With increasing age, deterioration sets into the physical. We begin our return journey to the centre , the bindu, from whence we began. Now, approaching DEATH is manifested and LIFE slowly becomes the unmanifested. The cycle of birth and death continues.

Having radiated outward in so many of our lives, if we can gravitate to the centre especially when the LIFE energy is at its greatest then we live in continuous bliss. Heaven on earth. Difficult? Yes. It requires determination, focus and perseverance. Impossible? Not at all. We break the cycle of birth and death. Then Lord Shiva stops wearing the mund mala as Devi Parvathi will always be by his side. That is the story of Amarnath.

Our rishis of yore, shared with us the benefits of the yantras. They are diagrams, usually geometrical and symetrical. They are symbols, the language of life. Meditating on a chosen yantra, makes you understand what it conveys fully. Egyptians and the Orients too used and use such techniques. Becoming the yantra itself , is going deep into the chosen object where no separation exists. The yantra is you and you are it. The first part, that is experiencing the separation, is radiation. The experience of oneness is gravitation.

Our breathing too is in cycles. We don’t have to go externally looking for yantras. If we can experience us by becoming the inspiration and expiration we will have attained oneness. There is a completely new and exciting realm within our own selves waiting to be explored. It’s inexplicable!

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Why we FALL in love

Sometime or the other all of us have fallen in love, but very few have managed to Rise in love. Love, actually is supposed to liberate. When love is ONLY for the sake of love it is liberating, thus we Rise in love. But with the majority love becomes as much a bondage as untold wealth to the rich. So, one ends up falling in love rather than rising. The same insecurity that plagues the wealthy is present in the one who loves and also in the one who is being loved. They want to hold on to love lest it slips out of their fingers.

Through love we try to find that ‘something’ that we feel is missing. That something is UNITY. We seek it through love, through sex, but deep within we know we have not attained it. We exchange energy with whomsoever we meet and interact. The other’s energy can touch us at any level. When there is a similar vibrational frequency we wish to interact more often. Our energy  creates an impression on the mind of the other just as the other individual’s has created on us. The impressions created are our own presumptions. What we have done though is to love the impression and not the person at all. So, the delusion sets in and we end up Falling in love.

Love for the sake of love and that love shall liberate. Don’t love for the feeling of ‘completeness’ for we are already complete.

My journey goes on….from the lotus pond.

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