What a Bird Thought

I lived first in a little house,

And lived there very well ;

The world to me was small and round

And made of pale-blue shell.

I lived next in a little nest,

Nor needed any other ;

I thought the world was made of straw,

And covered by my mother.

One day I fluttered from the nest,

To see what I could find.

I said, “The word is made of leaves;

I have been very blind.”

At last I flew beyond the tree,

And saw the sky so blue;

Now, how the world is really made

I cannot tell – can you?

Divine Love

The greatest fortune in human life is to be able to say, “I want nothing and I am here for you.”

Three kinds of love

There are three kinds of Love.
1. The Love that comes out of Charm
2. That which comes out of comfort, and
3. Divine Love

Do you see what I am saying?
The love that comes out of charm does not last long. It comes out of unfamiliarity or out of attraction. In this, you lose the attraction fast, and boredom sets in, like most love marriages. This love may diminish and bring along with it fear, uncertainty, insecurity, and sadness.

The Love that comes out of comfort and familiarity grows. But this Love has no thrill, no enthusiasm, joy, or fire to it.
For example, you are more comfortable with an old friend who is a familiar person, rather than with a new person.

Divine Love supersedes both the above. Divine Love has ever newness. The closer you go, there is more charm and depth.
Divine Love has comfort, enthusiasm, and familiarity. There is never boredom, and it keeps everyone on their toes.

Worldly love can be like an ocean, yet an ocean has a bottom. But Divine Love is like the sky which is limitless, infinite. From the bottom of the Ocean, soar into the vast sky.

Reference: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Desire set ablaze!

Buddha said that desire is the cause of all misery. If your desire does not get fulfilled, it leads to frustration and causes misery. Even if it does get fulfilled, it leaves you empty.

Vashishtha said that desire is the cause of pleasure. You get pleasure from an object or a person only when you desire them. When you do not desire an object, you do not get pleasure from it. For example, when a person is hot and thirsty, a sip of cold water gives him pleasure; but not if he is not thirsty. Whatever gives you pleasure binds you and bondage is misery.

I tried experimenting with both and here I arrive..

When you desire for truth, all other desires drop off. Very often you always desire for something that is not there. But, truth is always there! Desire for truth removes all other desires and it itself dissolves. And what remains is complete bliss.

Knowing the truth accurately, I stand exactly as I am!

While contemplating the Inconceivable, it is only thoughts that we contemplate. Therefore, abandoning that state of mind, I stand exactly as I am!

One who acts like this is truly contented. One whose nature is like this is truly contented.

Drop Your Intentions

A strong tendency to keep doing something, whether important or unimportant, becomes an impediment to meditation. Doing starts first with an intention and then translates into action. Though intention springs from the Being, when it becomes doing it doesn’t let you settle down. All intentions, good or bad, trivial or important, need to be dropped for meditation to happen.

Vijay: But isn’t dropping all intentions itself an intention?

Sri Sri: Yes, but that intention is the last and necessary intention. Dropping the intentions is not an act – just the intention to drop the intentions itself serves the purpose. Dropping all intentions even for a moment brings you in touch with your Self – that instant meditation happens.

While you sit for meditation you have to let the world be the way it is. The repetition of meditation is to habituate our system to be able to stop and start activity at will. The ability to do this consciously is a very precious skill.

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Dylan Warner on Meditation

One of my biggest yoga inspiration – Dylan Werner

Do you have a meditation practice?

Dylan: Well is meditation only sitting in one spot with the eyes closed? That’s what people think meditation is. How do you define meditation?

Me: Being still in both body and mind.

Dylan: How do you create stillness?
Me: Through breath.

Dylan: Which is movement.

Me: That’s true.

Dylan: How do you calm the mind?
Me: With the breath.
Dylan: Which is movement. We use the breath to slow down. But anybody who tries to meditate realizes you can’t control the mind.

Me: But I don’t think that’s the point.

Dylan: I’ve been studying “yogás citta-vrtti-nirodhah” (the second verse of the yoga sutra) and trying to understand all the different translations of what it means. The common translations of this sutra basically read: “Yoga is the stopping of the fluctuations of the mind.” Generally something that has to do with ceasing, stopping, controlling the way that the mind vibrates and fluctuates. Vrttis – one of the translations is “modification”. What modifies the mind are emotions, thoughts, anger, happiness, these are the vrttis. Who you are… If it can be taken away from you then it’s not apart of who you are. If it can be taken away, how is that you? What is constantly making the mind move is not necessarily you, they are just things like emotions that come and go. And nirodhah, “cessation” or “removal”… Well the mind or mind stuff (citta) is something that is always thinking. That’s the purpose of the mind. To stop the purpose of the mind is impossibility. Even if you say, “I’m not thinking” you are still thinking. There is a saying: Trying to meditate is like trying to smooth water with your hands. The more that you try the worse that it gets.

Joseph Campbell talks about the mind being a body of water, like a lake. And “reality” is everything that happens above the water while our mind is the surface of the water. The vrttis would be any of the distractions, a lot of it is ego, these things that cause the ripples on the water like leaves and wind, it’s our ego, our emotions, all these things that distract us or change us. So when you look into the water, what you see is a reflection but it is a distorted reflection of reality. And this is where we live.

Meditation is finding stillness, not for the sake of just being still. If you do anything you have to understand what the point is. Why do we want to be still? Why do we want to let the thoughts come to rest? When all the things stop, the water becomes smooth, no fluctuations, it’s completely still and clear. So when you look into the water all you see is the reflection of the truth. Meditation is basically coming to this point of understanding of living in truth. One effective way to do that is to sit there, close the eyes, breath and allow you to come to rest. Another way is to challenge yourself in the most physical manner to bring yourself to the presence so the only thing you could experience is what is happening right now.

Before I started yoga I was a skydiver and I was looking to be present. I found my meditation in jumping out of planes. But once that became routine, my mind went to other places. When I found yoga I was still skydiving, but all of a sudden I had an intention behind what I was doing. To be present, to allow this laying to rest, or allowing to be or in the flow. Everything in nature moves in flow, moves in harmony. The stillness is moving. The stillness is constantly changing. Even if there is no movement at all.

Original yogis who started to meditate, I don’t think they all meditated with their eyes closed. This is what I did when I was on my vision quest: When you sit there in nature, you look out and lose the separation of what separates you from nature and you look to see how the outer nature of your surroundings reflect your inner nature. And then you understand what it means to be in that flow, what it means to settle in, to surrender to that. Meditation is a practice of surrendering to the now, that’s all it is. It can look like anything, but you are surrendering to the now. So however you do that becomes your meditation practice.

Undelivered letters (Book Review)

Undelivered letters is an Amazon Kindle bestseller by the author J. Alchem

J. Alchem is a voracious reader and a critically acclaimed author. He is the winner of StoryMirror- 2015 (a nationwide writing competition), NaNoWriMo-2015 & 2016, and superhero storyteller (2014).

Book: Undelivered Letters

Author: J Alchem

My Rating: 4.5/5

I cried at the end of the story!

An amazing piece of art, beautifully crafted. J Alchem has the potential to be India’s next bestselling author.

The story is about a postman named Aron who sets out to deliver 9 undelivered letters after 20 years and the mysterious stories he come across while delivering them are going to change his life.

Who are the receptions of the letter?
Do these letters still hold value?

Each stories associated with the letters touched me deeply and made an impact on my soul They strike deep inside the Heart and bring out the flood of emotions. They leave a huge impact as they are stuffed with wisdom in the most interesting and catchy way.

The writer of the book successfully delivers life wisdom in the most interesting way without a hint of boredom, in a way youngsters would enjoy reading.

A delightful story with 3 more back stories in it. The flow is very good, the language is simple and lucid yet effective! Story plot is also good.

It’s a short 1-2 hours quality reading. It keep the reader engaged till the end of the story as the takes the reader towards a new mystery at regular phases, you don’t feel like leaving it incomplete. I would love to read more such amazing stories from the author.

I recommend this book to the young generation who are waiting for a perfect chance or opportunities to do certain things, to convey what is there in their hearts and fall in love with the art of letter writing.

Inside the Heart of Hope (Book Review)

Rishabh Puri is an Indian business investor, entrepreneur, author and the executive director of Global Sterling Products Limited.

Book: Inside the Heart of Hope.

Author: Rishabh Puri

My Ratings: 3.5/5

We’re all a little broken and that’s okay!

A must read book if you are going through adversities. This book inspired me and made me wonder if sky is the limit.

The story revolves around the main character, Rick. Rick has a medical problem due to which his perception of life is entirely different. He tries to turns his trials into triumphs and goes on learning rather than regretting from all the bad experiences in his life.

Facing all the childhood problems, break up with girlfriend, visits to the hospitals make Rick more and more wise and he keeps growing when he applies what he has learned. He learns to deal with problems. Accidently, love happens and success follows.

The author pours his heart out into the story and tries to show the audience all the good and bad conditions as they are in the best way possible. People going through the same problem can relate to the story and can learn to value the importance of hope.

The author has beautifully narrated the situation and has used poetic language where required to make a deep impact on the readers heart. Ideas keep developing.

My favourite part is the one where Rick goes through a break up, his discription of all his emotions and thoughts and the ways he deals with it. Everyone who went through a break up can relate with it.

The ending could have been much better if it had some twists and turns, otherwise the story becomes predictable.


It’s a one time read and people going through medical or family problems and break ups should definitely read it.

Never give up and never lose hope, give your 100% till the end.

You are the tenth (Story)

By Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Ten people were going from one village to another. On the way they had to cross a river. After crossing they wanted to be sure all were there. Each one started counting but counted only nine. They were very distraught and began to cry for the loss of the tenth.

A wise man came along and asked them “Oh my dear friends, why are you crying?”

“We were ten but now we are only nine,” they replied.

The wise man saw they were ten, so he asked them to count. Each counted nine but left out himself. Then the wise man made them stand and count, and he said to the last person, “You are the tenth!”

And they all rejoiced for having regained the tenth.

Similarly the five senses and the four inner faculties (mind, intellect, memory, ego) all lament when they lose sight of the Self. Then the Master comes and shows you that You are the tenth! Count, but never stop until you find the tenth. The joy is in finding the Ever Present.

With the knowledge of the Self inside everything is truly joyful.

Q: What did Brahma think when he made this creation?

Sri Sri: He didn’t think before doing. He didn’t take anyone’s suggestion — I would have given him a few.

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Conscious Immortality

I thank my Guruji, Rajesh Narayan for sending such beautiful wisdom in my inbox. I keenly wait for this beautiful knowledge every morning

Q. Yoga means union. But the union of what with which?

A. Exactly. Yoga implies division – union of one with another. Who is to be united with whom? You are the seeker seeking union with something. That something is apart from you. Your self is intimate to you. You are aware of the Self. Seek it and be it. That will expand as Infinity. Then there will be no question of yoga etc. Whose is viyoga (apart from yoga)? Find it. [Talk 211] ‘Stoppage of mental activities’ is applicable to all systems of yoga. The methods differ. So long as there is an effort made towards that goal, it is called yoga. The effort is the yoga. The cessation can be brought about in so many ways:

(i) By questing the mind itself. When the mind is sought, its activities cease automatically. This is the method of jnana. The pure mind is the Self.

(ii) Looking for the source of the mind is another method. The source may be said to be God or Self or Consciousness. 

(iii) Concentrating upon one thought, makes all other thoughts to disappear. Finally, that thought also disappears. [Talk 191] – Conscious Immortality

Rain and Divine Love

You would always be a storm and I would always be a girl who danced in rain.

Rainy days were never as beautiful as they are now. I would go on a long reading vacation for those 3-4 months. The mess that the rains created on the roads, the muddy water and the humidity, ewww. I used to lock myself up in my bedroom, lie on my bed, have coffee and read books. Books were my only companions. But then you entered my life and showed me this beautiful side of monsoon!

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Earlier it used to be books and coffee and now it is You and coffee.

Date: 2nd July, 2017.

My Dear,

Somehow I manage to get up at at 4.30 am. It is raining heavily outside but still I wake up just because I promised you last that we’ll meet. It is raining cats and dogs. Dad nags me and orders to sit at home but I don’t listen to him, like always :p

After battling with unpleasant situations, the wet trains, the puddles, the super clean streets, etc. I finally reached college. It’s 7.15 am. I sit on the 1st bench just in front of the door. Half awaken. The glittery green leaves are rustling and a perfect atmosphere is trying out my patience. Just come here fast and complete this beautiful masterpiece!

You swiftly enter the class and my happiness cross all the bounds. You hold my hand and take me to the late bench and say softly, “first benchers make scholars while the last benchers make memories.” I follow you without uttering a word. We sit on the late bench. “DAMN, please don’t wear that black shirt,” say’s the mini me. “My heart always skips a beat when I see you wearing that one. You make me shy and then you ask why do I always stay quite when I’m with you. Aagh, why don’t you understand?” The sound of the pouring rain and that glittery green around us will definitely give anyone a very romantic high.

We then listen to our favorite rain songs. The feeling that the songs bring along is wordless. Your soft cuddles energise me and takes away all the negative thoughts. But then I get fear attacks. Fear of losing you. Fear of attachment. What if I drown in the ocean of attachment and you take away your boat? But then I feel why ruin this charming moment with such negative illusions?

“No, no, no. I want to leave. You’ll lay a trap, please. Get away from here, just leave,” says the mini me and I get up. Fear starts consuming me.

Then suddenly it starts raining more heavily and I say,”I want to go home early.” you reply, “maybe I can’t stop the downpour, but I will always join you for a walk in the rain. We’ll go together.”

“What? Together? I’m trying to resist you but the more I do that the more close you come. I’m trying to resist your presence. Delete you even from my mind. I’m super scared. Scared of falling in love with you.” says mini me. This small piece of mass above always keeps on chattering. Will you please shut up and sleep for some time?

“Amm, okay. You can drop me till the railway platform,” I reply without making any eye contact.”

“I’ll not leave you so easily”

“How did you come to know what i’m thinking?”

” Lets have coffee first. I know a good cafe nearby. It’s on the way.”

We both start laughing and again I get mesmerized by your smile.

We share an umbrella and it is so cozy to walk with you under it. We gorge on street food. I happily share it with you which otherwise I hate doing. You start staring at me and i couldn’t resist myself further. I stare back at you knowing with certainty that I was falling in love.

“Why do you always put up with me?” my tears are just on their way, I get lumps in my troth. Somehow I try to control.

“Because you’re my fire and I’ve been cold my whole life.”

“What fire are you talking about”

“I love you”

“What? Why? How?”

“Yes, I LOVE YOU. Your divine love always supersedes. The closer I get, there is more charm and depth. Your Divine Love has comfort, enthusiasm and familiarity. There is never boredom and it keeps everyone on their toes. There is music in your silence and I treasure your silence as much as I treasure my music.

Worldly love can be like an ocean, yet an ocean has a bottom. The Divine Love is like the sky which is limitless, infinite. And I see that Divine Love in you. Will you please share it with me?”

A soft voice from behind breaks my sleep, “wake up Prarthana, how long will you sleep?”

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