Around the World with Love πŸ’•

It all started on that beautiful Sunday morning, the 14th of January 2018. Looking back, our meeting was divinely ordained.
I shouldn’t have been in Mumbai that day. And if yes, certainly not in Gordon House Hotel in South Mumbai.
And Clau and Blanca told me, when I met them in Guatemala a year later, that they too had made the change of the hotel at the last moment.
And again it was a coincidence, that we were at the same long table at the same time for our breakfast.

Clau is a shy young lady, not like the extrovert Blanca! And when we met, a year after our first contact in that boutique hotel in Mumbai, Clau told me that she had heard a voice in her head telling her to talk to me!! She had said hello and told me that I had very peaceful aura about me! And then she asked me what do I do? And I told her about our YSS (Yogoda Satsanga Society of India) cruise the previous evening, my Guru – Paramahansa Yogananda, and the Autobiography of a Yogi. And that was the beginning of a beautiful and loving friendship, which eventually led to my visiting Guatemala a year later.

First and last I had heard of Guatemala, before this, was in my childhood when I used to collect stamps, about 55 years ago!! I love traveling but visiting this country wasn’t even at the bottom of my wish list. It just wasn’t there! But it happened. And I am so glad that it did.

It was such a beautiful and enriching trip around the world. Pune->Mumbai->Los Angeles->Guatemala->Los Angeles-Brisbane->Mumbai->Pune. Three very long flights and a very long stop over in Auckland. Every place I visited and every person I met was so different from the other. Australia and Guatemala are poles apart! 180 degrees!! And Los Angeles another story of divine love and friendship altogether!! But this trip strengthened the world view I have had for many years now. And that is:

People, at the core of their hearts, are same all over the world. Everyone wants some love, some respect, some appreciation…..every one wants to be happy …..they have similar fears, worries and insecurities…… However different people may look and whatever language they may speak; and whatever may be their food habits and lifestyles; essentially they are all same.

 

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Love is a Lubricant πŸ’•

Love is the lubricant

Of the machine

Of our life!

Let the stream of love flow

Let it flow full and

Let it flow free

It heals

It renews

It redeems

It purifies!

Think of love and

Speak of love;

Sing of love and

Dream of love!

What have we

If we have not

This gift of love

Both human and divine!

Love is the lubricant

Which softens

The aches and pains

Of our lives!

It is divine essence

Its inbreathing

IS LIFE

Let the stream of love flow…

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PS: it is our father’s birthday today – he would have been 108πŸ’–. I have been blessed to receive so much love from 5 generations- my grandparents to my granddaughter. Deep gratitude πŸ™

Happy Birthday β€” and Love Continues to Flow πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–

Let the stream of love flow

In Life or Death

In Pleasure or Pain

In Loss or Gain

These dualities

Ever at play!!

But let your stream of love flow!!

Life is but a dream

Of shadows and light

But why look at the mud

In a star filled night

Let the stream of love flow!!

Those who love truly,

They live!

For love abounds

In unending life!!

Let the stream of love flow!!

And merge with the sea

Into One

Eternal Love

Anita would have been 65 today but am sure she would have still looked 31πŸ’–

All pics from her portfolio of 1998, the year she started to act. She was 43 at that time.

Related posts:

She was love

There is no separation

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Let Love Flow πŸ’•

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It renews

It Heals

It Redeems!

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It is Harmony

It is Joy

It is Peace!

Bury thy Ego and sink thy Greed

They Differentiate

They Disharmonise

They Divide!

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It brings us Hope

It gives us Courage

It fills us with Cheer

Let the Stream of Love Flow

It Purifies

It Sanctifies

It is Sublime!

Let the Stream of Love Flow

With abandon

It is the very essence of life…..

Dawn: renewed promise of love and life πŸ’–

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She was Love πŸ’•

She loved and she lived

She lived and she loved

She was beauty

She was love!

From love she came

One fine September day,

To love she went back

This very day!

Where love reigns

Death can never be!

Love and live

Live and love

Because God is Love

And Love is all there is!!!

Anita: 25.09.1955 – 17.09.2011

To know more about her and love do read:

No Separation

Time Heals Nothing

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I am in Love πŸ’–

I am in love with Love!

Beauty of the face

The mind

And the soul!!

I am in love with Love!!

Beauty of the sky

The mountain

And the sea!!

I am in love with Love!!

Beauty of the flower

The blooming tree

And the fallen leaf!

I am in love with Love!!

It is beauty I love!!

In love and with love

I seek the Maker of the beautiful!!!

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All pics on my iPhone

Am I a Robot or what πŸ˜…

Looks like I am in a Auto Repeat Mode πŸ˜€πŸ”

MONDAY

Wake up early ➑️ Spiritual Reading ➑️ Beautiful Dawn ➑️ Fruits ➑️ Walk ➑️ Bathe ➑️ Meditate ➑️ Breakfast ➑️ Calls ➑️ Social Media ➑️ Writing ➑️ Lunch ➑️ Chat with princess ➑️ Siesta ➑️ Walk ➑️ Tea ➑️ Meditate ➑️ Social Media ➑️ Dinner ➑️ Chat with princess ➑️ Meditate ➑️ Sleep

TUESDAY πŸ”

WEDNESDAY πŸ”

THURSDAY πŸ” with Silence and without Chat

FRIDAY πŸ”

SATURDAY πŸ”

SUNDAY Morning Long Meditation and πŸ”

MONDAY πŸ”

AM I A ROBOT or what πŸ˜…πŸ˜‡

WHAT AM I WAITING FOR πŸ€”

It has been going on for months now πŸ˜… and 6 months have passed in the blink of an eye πŸ‘ πŸ˜‡

Grateful for a loving and caring family, friends (including virtual), my princess – virtually real πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

LIEBSTER AWARD πŸŽ‰ πŸ’ πŸ’–

It has been a pleasure knowing Cherryl and am thankful to her for this award. A visit to her Travel and Lifestyle blog is always refreshing, to say the least πŸŽ‰πŸ’

Well here are my answers to Cherryl’s 11 thought provoking questions:

  1. If you were forced to leave the country you live in, but you could choose any other country to be relocated to for the rest of your life, which country would you choose?

Oh that would be sad. But ..

If I have to move it would be to USA, because my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, spent more than half of his life there. I would live in LA. Weather in California is great and we have our SRF Mother Center there πŸ‘‡

2. Which animal do you admire the most?

Cats…..Because my princess loves them.

3. If you could dis-invent one thing, what would it be and why?

Money

Money is the root cause of most of the greed, misery and heartburn in the world.

4. If you had the entire world’s attention for five minutes, what would you want to say?

Be aware of the politicians. All of them. There are no exceptions. They manipulate. They distort reality and they play with your mind.

Keep away from media – TV/Newspaper; They thrive on negativity and are completely controlled.

God is Love and Love is all there is. Be kind. Be humane. Serve. Share. Appreciate. Respect. Understand. Don’t run after money and power and sex …. they never ever give lasting happiness. In the end they bring suffering only. Be kind and humane and serve others. This brings far deeper and enduring happiness.

5. Do you think the blogging world is changing in any way?

Everything changes. Blogging is no exception.

6. Is there anything you’d like to do that scares you at the moment?

Parachuting πŸͺ‚

7. What’s your favourite dessert?

Caramel Custard : because my father used to love it.

8. Which social media platform do you use the most?

WP and Whatsapp equally 😊

9. Are you more of a morning person, or a night owl?

Very very morning person 😊

Peace

Stillness

Meditation

10. Share one song that always puts you in a good mood.

It is a Hindi song my wife used to love – Kisi ki muskarahton pe ho nissar (to lose yourself in someone’s smile 😊)

11. Share one random fact about yourself.

Coffee is not my cup of tea β˜•οΈπŸ˜…

I love Lipton Darjeeling tea. Brewed 4-5 minutes. With one teaspoon of sugar and one spoon of milk. Next best is Earl Grey Darjeeling.

Nominations:

I was keen to nominate Lia and Radhika for the Small Joys Tag but that award had limitation of 5 nominees. I would like to nominate them both now and would request them to tell us 11 things: 5 things/thoughts/facts about themselves and 6 Small and Big Joys — Total of 11 πŸ˜‡

Cherryl I do hope you will forgive an old man for not following the Tag process completely.

And all my dear friends — I would so love to hear your answers too, to the questions Cherryl had asked me.

Stay safe. Stay happy. Have more Faith.

My Forgotten Love and Joy πŸ’•

This post is dedicated to my beautiful and creative niece: Barbara. In her response to the nomination of Small Joy Tag of mine, she had mentioned her love for the sea 🌊

And this made me think: I love the sea so much but hadn’t mentioned it in my list of 15 Small Joys πŸ€” One reason of course is that there are hundreds of things that give me joy 😊 and the other was: I had mentioned only those joys which have been around me these past 5-6 months 🀩 and had completely forgotten my amazing last year and my love for sea. Out of sight, out of mind πŸ˜‡

It was just last year and it appears like another life time! Less than a year ago I had gone to East Coast of North America to see the fall colours. It feels like a dream now! And my visit Around the World and visiting 4 continents in 4 months was earlier last year, and it feels like another life timeπŸ˜‡

I love the sky. I can watch it for hours. But the sky doesn’t give me the feeling of infinitude, which the sea does. I can sit for hours watching the vast expanse of sea, lost in a reverie. Sunrises and sunsets on water bodies are simply divine πŸ’–

Guru Nanak Dev, founder of Sikh religion, in his Sukhmani Sahib has mentioned:

Water = Heavenly Father

Earth = Divine Mother

Wind = Guru preceptor

And I have had so many amazing experiences of wind and my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. When I am in any water body with wind blowing and hills around – for me that is Heaven.

Sharing some pics of my love with the sea during my 2019 travels around the world:

Guatemala – January 2019

Brisbane – January 2019

Chandigarh – February 2019

Pokhara, Nepal – April 2019

Montreal and Toronto – Sep, October 2019

Niagara Falls, Ontario – October 2019

Istanbul – October 2019

Cosmic Delivery System

Cosmic Delivery System – CDS works perfectly and it works 24/7!

Once a prayer has been said or a wish has been made – He will deliver. The CDS God has set up is infallible. πŸ’― percent satisfaction guaranteed 😊 Whenever we pray for something with a still mind and an expectant heart it is bound to manifest.

But still so very often we feel that He is not listening or is something wrong with ourselves. Why is it that so many are so lucky – everything comes to them easily; and nothing ever works for me πŸ€”

It happens because our wishes or prayers are not clear. They are jumbled and fragmented and they confuse the CDS.

Let us say that you have prayed for a particular house that you desire. And you have also prayed for happiness – happiness for yourself and your family. God in His Infinite wisdom knows that this house will not bring you happiness. If He gives you that house you won’t be happy. So the CDS gets confused.

Let us say that you are desperately praying for a particular job and that you have also been praying for healthy life. And again God in His Infinite wisdom knows that the job you are praying for is going to have adverse effect on your health. So the CDS gets confused.

I went through all this struggle and eventually figured out that it is best to go with His will. Tell Him that this is what I would like to have — the house, the car, job, life partner, a child, a holiday … But then ask Him to grant it only if it is for the highest good of all. And then rest assured that your wishes would be fulfilled in much bigger and more bountiful ways.

Let us say you wanted and prayed for a 3 bedroom 2000 square feet apartment. You also prayed for happiness. If you leave the fulfilment to His will, He might give you a 4 bedroom 5000 square feet penthouse 😊 or a beach house 🏠

I had covered this in detail in my post Intention and Uncertainty.

So my dears pray with single pointed devotion and desire; trusting that CDS never fails and that His will is always more bountiful πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ’–

For last 15-16 years my only prayer to God has been: Give me wisdom.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto thee.” Mathew 6:33

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Small Joys Tag

I would like to thank James for nominating me for this Tag. I am honoured and humbled to have been nominated by an immensely talented writer. James is an extraordinary writer and has self published 2 books. Anyone who likes good stories and good English must read his posts. James is not only an immensely talented writer he is also a very kind person:

Thank you James for Nominating me for a blog where I can describe some things that make me happy. This subject of finding joy in our small day to day happenings is so close to my heart πŸ’–

Rules and Regulations of this Tag :

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. List fifteen of your small joys.

3. Nominate Five other Blogger Friends who bring you joy.

Here I go:

1. Dawn: I love to watch dawn. It is such a joy to sit in my terrace and watch the changing colours of the sky and beginning of life. Early mornings are so divine – I love the peace and the quietude and the serenity of the mornings. Pure bliss. Chirping of the birds; listening to their chirping and witnessing their joyous dancing and flying around to entertain me – brings me heavenly joy.

2. Fruits: Eating fruits in the morning is another source of joy for me. How can one peel an orange and not get filled with love and joy of God. I am a happy Fruitarian πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

3. Meditation: The days my meditation is deep and sweet brings such joy. I look forward to this joy every morning and evening. From Joy I have come; in Joy I live and in that sacred Joy I shall melt again. πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

4. Tea: A cup of Darjeeling leaf tea is heavenly after the morning fruits and meditation. I look forward to this joy with my breakfast everyday β˜•οΈπŸ˜Šβ˜•οΈ

5. Watching my granddaughter laughing and giggling when she is streaming 😊😍

6. Arms around my neck from behind by my princess πŸ€—

7. Family meals and light hearted chatter 😊

8. Smell of Freshly baked πŸŽ‚

9. A hot cup of tea with pakoras (popular Indian snack) during rainsπŸŒ§β˜•οΈ

10. Reading a good book or a blog and writing

11. A clear starry night 🌌

12. Watching a rainbow 🌈

13. Walking with cool breeze brushing against my face.

14. Watching clouds. The way clouds play with each other is mesmerising. They tell so many tales.

15. Watching flower laden trees – Gulmohar and Magnolia

My nominees: There are so many bloggers from all over the world who bring me joy. As per rules I am nominating these 5, with whom I have interacted more recently with so much joy πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

1. Sweeti’s Saba is the sweetest, my princess and my soul mate. We started our blogging journey about the same time last year. I love it when she calls me her beloved uncle πŸ’–

2. Noorien: Have met this young and fun loving blogger recently. It makes me so happy when she calls me her young friendπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

3. Barbara: She is the twin sister of my soul mate and is bound to bring me joy. She is immensely talented and full of energy πŸ˜‡

4. Sushmita: When I thank her for her kindness and love she always tells me not to thank her all the time. She tells me: Uncle it is natural to care for people one loves. What a joy.πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

5. Karlien: Have met her recently and have had many joyous interactions.

As per rules I could nominate only 5 bloggers but you too bring me joy 😊 Would love to hear which small day to day happenings bring you joy.

Wishing you all the joy you can hold πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

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