Friday, 24 February 2017

Shiva - Tat Tvam Asi!




Yadyatkarma Karomi Tattadakhilaṃ Sambho Tavārādhanam

Whatever work I do, all that is your worship, O Shambho!

                         -          Adi Shankaracharya


Shiva pervades the entire Universe. Shiva is the eternal tattva (principle) that is the essence of everything. It is the principle from which everything has come, in which all is sustained and in which everything dissolves. 


IT is said that the entire creation is the ‘Dance of Shiva – The Tandava’; a dance believed to be the source of the cycle of creation, preservation and destruction. Nataraja – the dancing form of Shiva, is a fascinating symbol of the interplay between the material and the spiritual realms of creation. It reminds us that the manifold forms in the world are not fundamental, but illusory and ever-changing. Modern physics has shown that the rhythm of creation and destruction is not only manifest in the turn of the seasons and in the birth and death of all living creatures, but is also the very essence of inorganic matter.

Many stories and tales talk about Shiva who took a human form and walked this planet. Limiting Shiva to a form confined to time and space would be undermining the omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience of this Eternal Principle. Shiva was never born, never died, has no beginning and no end. Shiva is Anadi –birthless, and Ananta – deathless. There is no way that you can even step out of Shiva at any time because Shiva is the summum bonum of the whole creation. That is why Shiva’s body is depicted in blue because blue signifies the sky; the all-pervading infinity which has no limits, and no shape

“Shivam shantam, advaitam, chaturtam, mannyante sa aatma sa vigyeya.”
Shiva is, shanta – which is quite, advait – which is non-dual, chaturth – which is the fourth state – “Shiva avastha’ the auspicious state; the atma – the source / soul, and that is what you are!

 Shiva stands for benevolence or that which blesses without any preconditions. Shiva is the most innocent and only believes in the essence of truth, beauty & self! He can easily be pleased with the smallest penance; hence he is also called ‘Bholanath’! 

The consciousness which is bliss and innocence, the consciousness which is the bestower of dispassion - is Shiva. The whole world is moving in an auspicious rhythm of innocence and intelligence - that is Shiva.

#Mahashivaratri is believed to be the day when the Shiva tattva touches the earth! The divinity that is hovering a little above the earth actually comes and touches the earth on the day of Mahashivratri. It is this union of the material with the spiritual that is celebrated on Maha Shivaratri! For us, seekers it is the most conducive time for spiritual practices. Meditating / Resting in the ‘Shiva Tatva’ in you is the best way to celebrate Shivratri!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Only if you'd care to LISTEN!


In these tiring and trying times, there seems to be a run for almost everything. From work & money, to love & relationships, from friends & family, to health & healing, from knowing & learning, to even just being & experiencing. Everything needs to be 'worked on'! Nothing seems to come naturally and easily.. Though there are exceptions...people so warm and loving that 'cuddles' is probably their nickname! But that's a rarity!

In this crazy 'run', we seem to be losing the 'moments' in and around us...and as and when we do realize these 'moments' we have very few people to share them with, cos almost everyone who matters is running their own race. So as an when you get an ear, all you want to do is TALK'! All of us are so full of our stories, our moments and us, that we can explode at the minutest ear that is willing to just LISTEN! 

Whenever i talk to someone 'new' to me, i tend to 'listen' more than talk. Yes, i have observed this. Because one, their stories amaze me & two, i think i am playing counselor! Seriously! I keep getting a feeling that this person has been waiting to just tell his/her story since eons and i really need to help! So i tend to just listen! And once they've emptied their heart out and are ready to gather more tales..they leave..cordially...and i keep waiting for my turn..coz i have my stories too, you know! Brilliant ones for that matter. Better than theirs, well mostly! 

In this entire 'exchange' (hardly and exchange..no?), i either am inspired to share my story with the other person, if he/she are willing to listen, or i am too bored to dwell further.. There's hardly a time when the exchange is mutual, and i tend to make 'Friends!' 

Friendship is a two - way lane.. and 'listening' is the road map! So while you are on the prowl to find a perfect ear, make sure you keep cleaning yours well enough to not just 'hear' but 'LISTEN!" 

Coz only if you'd cared to also listen..there would have been so much more to 'US'..  

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Universe Conspires..

They say when you want something really bad, the entire universe conspires to make it come true..

I am standing at the brink of an overwhelming experience yet again..and this time i want to take the plunge with faith, positivity & unlimited, unconditional love.. No, i am not wanting to do it under pressure, or desperation. I want to do it , because i feel it sinking into me. It's given me a feeling i haven't felt in years..I don't know what this is.. It's a risk, a chance, or just a leap of faith. Whatever it is, i want to take it.

For once in my life, i am not scared of facing something, i am only scared of not facing what it brings in. I am scared of not getting a chance to live this experience. I am scared of not giving it my complete self, before it saturates me. I am not asking my self, 'What happens if i do not grow up to love it?'. I am asking my self, "What if i kill it with my love?". I am scared of losing my sanity.. I am scared of exploding with joy! I am scared that it might not last..

So Dear Universe,

I have been good to you. And have never really bothered you with many desires or wants. On the complete contrary, i have helped you fulfill a few for others. It's payback time. And since you are the bigger being, i expect you to be generous. For once in my life, i want this to happen, and i want this to be joyful and the most pleasurable experience of my life, and i want it to last. If you do not know what i mean by now, i'd like to tell you that this is making me feel like i can be complete & whole; that the fragments in me can be put into place & the rhythm in me can play a song. I need your help. I need your blessings. I need you to make it come true. So conspire all you can. Reach out to every element that can connect us & urge them to do this with care, caution and nothing less that pure love. I deserve this, and who knows this better than you. I want this, and who understands this more than you.

Before this beautiful journey is over, dear universe, make sure you complete me, so i am liberated.

In complete Surrender
Anamika. 

Friday, 22 April 2016

Earth Day! Celebrate it your way!





Robert Swan, a noted polar explorer once said that, the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.  Marked recognition of environmental threats like global warming, climate change, over population, waste disposal, natural resource depletion and more, are proof enough that the world is rising in unison to address these issues in every capacity, large or small.  We are in a state of planetary emergency, with these issues piling up high around us. Unless we pay attention to our planet prudently we are surely doomed for disaster. 

An extremely effective way to draw attention or globalize a concept is to mark a ‘Day’ to commemorate it, and hence the ‘Earth Day’ is much deserved and called for. On Earth Day, cities, businesses, and individuals all roll out the green carpet. Big brands, corporate houses or organisations are often found touting Earth Day initiatives, or selling products more organic than the other options. But that’s what they do. And you? Did you know there are lots of easy and fun ways to celebrate Earth Day that can actually make a difference all year long?

I've listed a few below, and would love to hear your ideas in the comments!

  •       Watch Your Water Use! The little things can make a big difference. If you are not watching your running taps or leaky toilet, you might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day! Using the bucket instead of a shower and the RO drain water for the garden can all be small ways of contributing to save the planet!
  • ·         Plant Trees & Grow your own food! This Earth Day, plant one thing that can be consumed by your family. Maybe it’s just a few basil plants, or maybe it’s an entire garden. Put it on your windowsill, your fire escape, or your kitchen wall. But no matter what, get something growing. It’s organic, healthy & adds green to the planet!
  • ·         Go Solar! You’re probably tempted to skip right over this option because you either don’t own a house or don’t have the finances to install solar panels on it. But Wait! Smaller solar harvesting devices are now the talk of the town, from pocket-sized phone chargers to portable multi-panel kits. Switching just one or two devices to solar power can save you some serious money and take some pressure off the grid.
  • ·         Share a Ride! Or simply cycle or walk to work! Carpooling, using public transport, or simply hitch-hiking to save fuel for maybe 2-3 days a week can make a huge difference!
  • ·         Explore the Earth! Despite the environmental threats our planet is facing, mother nature is still a wonder to explore. Earth Day is about enjoying and taking care of the planet. Go for nature walks, hike, explore star gazing, or scuba diving! Reconnecting with nature is the best way to remind yourself why we’re fighting so hard to protect it.
Good Planets are hard to find.. don’t blow it.. besides our’s is the only one with chocolates and coffee!  

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Why Have a Meditator Life Partner?




Spending the rest of your life with another person can be a joyous and fulfilling experience provided you pick someone with whom you are compatible.  Looking for and finding a life partner is like getting ready for an adventure of a lifetime and not always knowing where it may lead. Having compassion as a guide map, meditation as a compass, and love as a light to show the way can help.
Discovering the regular match points like feelings for each other, exploring each other’s ways of living and like and dislikes, turn ons and offs, and talents and quirks usually take a toll on us, and leaves us hanging in the hugest dilemma of “To Do or Not To DO” for a time that seems longer than eternity!
But believe you me, you can easily survive through this, with a smile and make the wisest choice for you and your partner if you share this common trait; Meditation! In this article we will talk about why Meditation should be an essential trait to seek in your partner and how it can make your relationship harmonious.

Being Friends First!
Meditation gives you deep relaxation and contentment from within. When you are relaxed and content in your own life, you become sensitive to others’ needs. Friendship is all about being sensitive to each other’s needs. When we meditate, we rest in our nature and silence the unrest within.  Meditation is a return to silence, where two people can rest in their nature and nurture peacefulness.
As good friends, Meditation allows you to be on the same wavelength at the same time in supports you in your own individual quest.

Just Being together at Peace!
Meditation is a process of deeper cleansing. It is a great stress booster and reduces your need to use words to resolve conflict or to simple create some noise. When two individuals share quality time meditating, unsaid thoughts and unexpressed emotions are silenced and peace dawns.  Majority of conflicting situation and negative emotions can be dealt with by just being! Time is the best healer.
Appreciating Differences!
How often have you heard the expression, “opposites attract”? Like yin and yang, sweet and sour, winter and summer, one simply complements the other. Sitting in meditation once or twice a day can give you the sensitivity to enjoy the oppositeness!

Tolerating conflicts & Enjoying a Laugh!
A Meditating mind is usually very tolerant. Being established in positivity and calm in yourself one tends to become tolerant and accepting of small conflicts in everyday life. Enjoy the Happy space within has become your nature and everyday issues are just tiny pebbles in your stride which are worth a good laugh! Unexpected delays, problems and difficulties are now dealt with wisely, together as a couple even lots of laughter!
Meditation helps us respond to conflict with a sense of humor. Aha, the switch! Becoming more relaxed and at ease, through meditation, we can realize that this “switch” comes from somewhere within.
Recognizing From the Heart!
 “The heart knows to recognize. You cannot recognize your life partner, your guru, from the outside appearance, but through your heart. Something happens in your heart, you feel in your heart that he is honest and good, he belongs to me. So, become peaceful,” says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Effective Communication!
Good Communication is the essence of Great Relationships! Meditation connects you back to your natural state, your very existence. With a sense of peace that is getting strengthened by your meditation practice every day, your naturalness comes through in your expressions. Communication spontaneously rises from the heart. Authentic sharing begins and it takes more than just baseless words and expressions said in a moment of stress to shake your bond of love and togetherness!
The Sensitive “US”!
Over attention and involvement and even expression can suffocate a sane relationship. Love needs some space to grow and blossom fully. Meditation makes you sensitive to the space that you need for yourself and your partner co-exist in peace and love. With that sensitivity, clashes are less likely to happen.
Make Your Home Meditation Friendly. Here’s How!
* Make a Meditation corner at home with good lighting and lots of fresh air together!
* Just as you allow quiet time for yourself each day, respect quiet time for your partner
* Support one another by allowing each other to attend meditation retreats or even better take retreats together!
* Know that sitting in silent meditation rejuvenates your capacity to care for others

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Happy Human’s Day!

“We’ve chosen the path to Equality, don’t let them turn us around.”.. ;-))


The Bible says, “Eve was created from a bone taken out of the rib-cage of Adam…” and according to Hindu Mythology, both Manu and Shatrupa emerged on their own from the body of Brahma thus, there is an Equality of Sexes…and hence all my life, I have heard my teachers and parents teach me that “God made it a point not to create woman from the bones of the feet of Adam, or from any tissue on his head”…thus interpreting…that God did not want women to be dominated by men nor did HE want women to be above men…instead, he created Shatrupa or Eve in equality or parallel to Manu or Adam…to be by his side and walk equally with him….side by side.
It’s that day of the year again, where we count and recount, collect and recollect all sacrifices, efforts, patience and fortitude, the women in our life have put in forming us. Is that what we are saluting??? Or are we just creating an inequality ourselves, by booing and shooing the men thus creating an automatic salutation! Our celebration of womanhood in most cases, if not all, is done by comparing the successes and achievements with the opposite gender. Why? Is that really “healthy competition”, or are we trying to bridge the gap or is it creating an even bigger rift?
Me thinks this complete gender discourse should not be about ascertaining equality or inequality. Women are just special…Like Mother Nature…there’s no beating that. Period. And Men, they are the best thing that could ever happen to us…If a woman is a Dream, the Man is the Power to make it come true.. or vice versa..Their completeness rests in their co-existence.
A very feminist friend of mine once remarked, “some of us women are becoming the men we wanted to marry”……women, do think about this one…I am sure you will strike a chord ….and Men, see where we are getting to?? The sooner we realise and understand the essence, meaning and reasons of our creation the better it would be…Our Future lies not in fighting for Equality, it rests in understanding and celebrating our differences.
So the battle of the sexes continues, the humour continues and the inequality (in good humour)…continues too.
To all my male buddies….try to be good to her, all days of your life…forget treating her equally, just treat her real. Happy human’s day.
To all the women in my life..who’ve loved me, held me, inspired me, dealt with me, nurtured me, pampered me, coaxed me and criticised me, encouraged me and driven me, all those who’ve prayed for me and stood by me…to all those women….!! Happy woman’s day!!!
Btw.. the International Men’s day is celebrated on the 19 Nov…Thank your stars, men are bad with dates!  :p !!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Sometimes....

Sometimes things don't happen..plans don't work out..anticipation fails you..excitement dies down..you are disappointed and hurt..given up, and still hanging in..sometimes it takes a while and a lot of efforts for dreams to come true...and its still ok.
Sometimes you want to stop proving your sanity...act impulsive and random...and careless...wish upon stars and be damn sure its going to come true..believe in tooth fairy and cupid...sometimes you want to yell at the world for all that went wrong and laugh at destiny...sometimes you want to cry your heart out...but you can't..and its still ok.
Sometimes you want to just dive in..deep into your soul and just listen to your silence...you want to love yourself more than you expect anyone to...sometimes you want roses, without thorns...sometimes you want it all, without a bargain..sometimes you want to prove the world wrong and give a sheepish grin...and it may take while..and its still ok.
Sometimes all you really need is a hand to hold and a heart that understands...and they are both missing..and its till ok.
Sometimes...its just ok to BE. Its OK.