Reflections

Daily Meditation Challenge

My Guru once pointed out that my only problem in life is Pramaad (Laziness – lack of discipline). There has always been a resistance in me to initiate movement even towards that which I desire the most. The need to stay inert has always been stronger than desire to achieve and accomplish. As a result even though I LOVE meditating I have never developed a habit to meditate.

Tomorrow morning that changes. You see I realized something. Not meditating requires activity. If I want inertia, if I want to be lazy, I should meditate. What can be lazier than closing my eyes and finding beauty within!

Yes I know what you are thinking and don’t say it. THIS is what I am telling my mind and THIS is what I will believe for the next 21 days.

Now, I promised to daily experience compassion, love and beauty with Unmukt, so he and I shall do this together for 21 days.

Pray for me people.

Reflections

Messages from Jasper

Because Nature is the best Muse and Teacher

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Grace

Beauty Compassion and Love cannot be explained, only experienced. This is where we started our reflective journey. Last week we joined my sister, her husband, a friend of hers and my parents for a vacation of 4 days. During this trip Beauty Compassion and Love amalgamated to present themselves as Grace.

My sister Somu often spoke of Bow Lake in Canada as a mystical place of stillness where all thoughts cease. Last time I visited Bo lake with her was in November 2017. During that trip I experienced no such stillness and attributed it to traveling with my toddler son Unmukt. Therefore, this time when someone expressed hope of a similar experience my knee jerk response was “I doubt it since we are traveling with this loud one.” A few moments later the highway began running parallel to waters of Bow River and despite utter chaos in the car I found my mind still. It lasted for a minute till the water was visible. After that every time waters of Bow became visible my mind stilled.

I understood it as Bhagwati’s grace. Lovingly she was reminding me that the stillness within is ever present unaffected by the chaotic cacophony around us. It simply waits for us to be felt. That evening she sent me another message through my little one.

Unmukt asked for the story of Kanakdhara Stotram as we waited to be served at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. At the end of the story he wanted to hear the stotra. Since I don’t have it memorized my father pulled it up on YouTube. The video had Lakshmi’s image and Unmukt asked “Why does Devi hold the Lotus?”

Mother holds a Lotus flower to remind us that just as a Lotus is born in muddy waters but never immerses in it so should we live in the Sansara (world). Never immersed always floating above it spreading the fragrance of our essence.

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Work is Love Made Visible (Divinity & Gender Roles)

Khalil Gibran has written “Work is Love made visible.”

These lines struck a chord with me today as I sit and read articles about Homeschooling. (Yes I hear your responses. Stay with Gibran for now.)

My son Unmukt is my work and everything I do for him an expression of love. This recognition sent a jolt of fear through the Feminist inside me. She raised her head and said “They will use such statements to say This is why Women should stay at home and raise kids. This is why they should not make their jobs a priority. This is why they can not be paid equally because they might have to quit and go home because that’s where they should be!”.

Next, to raise her voice was the little girl who frolicked in Abu’s forests climbing rocks, hugging trees, wind in her messy hair, dirt on her clothes, sap on her face singing made up songs about how special she felt about being a Girl. How Blessed she felt about being made in the image of The Goddess herself. She didn’t say anything. She just laughed.

Finally awoke the Samvit Sadhika and this is what she said to me –

Work is a visible expression of Love when it’s an Expression of You.

As an intern of Law College working at Consumer Education Research Center (CERC) my work was truly an expression of love. Love for justice, service and community. It was work that expressed what mattered to me. It expressed a part of me.

As a fresh graduate I declined the job offer at CERC to work at Bodhi Global in Mumbai. There was no love there. It’s because my work was not an expression of me. I chose it for the money. I was MISERABLE.

Self Expression – It is a beautiful sight to see a Human Soul express itself. But it can only happen when it’s free from duress. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman choosing to express herself as a Mother. It is as close to divinity as we can get on a daily basis. BUT it can only happen when that decision is made consciously and freely by HER.

You wish to see stronger families? You wish to see more mothers respecting their motherhood? Raise boys who respect everyone regardless of gender. Raise children who value principles over money. Teach children Shankaracharya’s “Bhaj Govindam” not BeediJalaiKe or whatever Rihana is singing these days. Tell them stories of our child heroes like Markandeya, Prahlad, Dhruv, Arjun, Bheem, Kanha, Shankaracharya before you pick up the Fairy Tale book or Mickey Mouse’s Adventures. Then let them binge on Tom and Jerry. Raise children on Advait principles. Raise them so the first book they study is not Robinson Crusoe but Tatva Bodha. Then let them read Robinson to their heart’s content. Raise them so the first biography they read is not Bill Gates but Shankaracharya or Vivekananda!

I will summarize in 3 words

Raise them Hindu