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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Friendship πŸ’•

Friendship is God’s Divine Law Of Attraction…

“”””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””‘””””””””””

Two stranger meet, and by an instantaneous choice of their hearts they wish to help each other. Have you ever analyzed how this happens? The spontaneous mutual desire to be friends comes directly from God’s divine law of attraction; cumulative mutual acts of friendship between two souls in past lives gradually create a karmic bond that irresistibly attracts them to each other in this life.

Friendship is a great universal force. When your desire for friendship is strong enough, though an unknown person who is spritually attuned to you be living at the South Pole, the megnetism of friendship will never the less draw you together. Only selfishness can destroy this magnetism within us. He who thinks of himself all the time wrecks friendship. Such persons cannot attract friends, because they are unable to expand and receive the good in life.

Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.

When I read this text from my Guru, I could immediately relate to it. Some amazing friends I have made in my life. A few of them as close or closer than family.

And I have experienced this in the virtual world of blogging too. I started to blog four months back and have already made some good friends. And one of them now is just like family😊

To become so close to some people in a short time and to be able to feel their pain and to share their happiness: has to have its roots in past karmic blue prints. And in our willingness to give and share and love : unconditionally. There is no other way …

3,2,1 Quote Me Challenge: Empowerment

My so very sweet niece, Saba, has chosen me for this challenge. Thank you so much πŸ€— Saba is so kind and is filled with love. Love for life, her family, country, friends and above all God. It is our mutual love for God that has cemented our relationship. We have one difference, though. I love mangoes and Saba loves apples 🍎😊🍏

The person behind this challenge.

This thoughtful challenge’s been created by Rory.

His opinion about this challenge

He says,

β€œOnce a week, I will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and nominate 3 bloggers, who in turn will post 2 quotes on the topic and nominate 3 bloggers of their own”.

Rules:

1: Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2: list the rules.

3: Share your favourite quotes on the relevant topic.

4: Nominate other bloggers.

The topic for the challenge by Saba:

Self Esteem

My Nominees (a few of my new friends)

Mellisa

Monica

Lydia

My topic for the challenge :

Love

My favourite quote for self-esteem

Grow Silently…

A seed grows in stillness

But a tree falls with a thud.

Destruction has noise,

But creation is silent.

There is enormous power in silence.

Grow silently…..

All photos on my iPhone 8 Plus 😊

My Love-Hate relationship with USA; Infinitude of God-2

It was end of June 2014 and I was on my way to NY from Mumbai. My thoughts drifted again to my love-hate relationship with USA πŸ˜‡

In 1960s we loved USA. My father loved president JFK. I loved JFK and all of us loved him. I finished my engineering in 1970 and went out into world – A world run by Power and Money. I started to dislike USA for their lopsided materialistic outlook on life; dollar was their God 😌 and I wasn’t comfortable with that.

My first visit to the US was in 1983. I found fruits and vegetables were tasteless; there was no peace; everyone was always in a rush and I thought : see how right I was about my views about this country 😌

And then the Iraq war happened. And my dislike turned so intense and it could be called hate. I knew and the whole of world knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction- WMDs. The war was wholly driven by petro dollar situation/reality!! It was all about money. It was all about control. There was no love. There was no concern for the lives lost outside of USA. And this pained me no end. And my dislike persisted.

The trip in 2014 was to attend our SRF/YSS World Convocation. As I had already quit my work completely, even advisory role; I could undertake a long trip. I had decided to go first to the East Coast to meet my nephew and niece in NY and DC and then to Chicago and Cincy, two more nieces; and finally to LA for the Convocation.

My thoughts turned to my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. He had spent most of his adult life in the US; sharing his love for the Divine and teaching the people in the US Kriya Yoga; the scientific way of God realisation. And I thought : God is love. Guruji is Love (he was Love incarnate). And Guruji spent decades in the US. Didn’t Guruji teach Oneness of people, of nations, of whole of humanity? If we are all one, part of that Great Spirit and God is love; why am I getting lost in this play of light and shadow? I kept talking to myself for hours in that flight. And with the passing of every minute and hour, I became more and more peaceful. At peace with myself. By the time I landed my acceptance and transformation was complete. Just love πŸ’–

And I found fruits and vegetables were tasty. People very friendly and kind 😊❀️ We drove down to see Niagara Falls from NYC; and I said : I would never have thought NY state was that greenπŸ˜‡ My perception, my thoughts had changed my reality. And wherever you are in your life today, my dear friend : It is your perceptions and beliefs which have brought you here. And it is only you who has domain over your thoughts. Not your parents, not your children, not your government… you are responsible for your life ..you are RESPONSIBLE πŸ’―

Coming back to now; am sharing a paragraph from my post Infinitude of God

The humongous size of the universe itself was so humbling and left me in a daze for months. But I was completely bowled when I learned that the Universe is ever expanding. My question was what is it expanding into? What was there before ? Nobody could give me any answer. I got my answer in my own way some years back and shall talk about it one of these days.

I had said I will share my perception of what is our universe or the cosmos expanding into. Jyot (JJ’s Blog) you had commented that you will be waiting to read this; am dedicating this post to you; with love πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

COSMOS IS GOD’S IDEA OR DREAM

In my visit to the US in 2014, my learning was not only : that the world takes on the colour of our perception or thoughts; IT WAS THAT MY WORLD IS MY DREAM. IT IS MY IDEA. AND BEING JUST AN IDEA THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT OF SPACE AND THE UNIVERSE IS NOT EXPANDING INTO ANYTHING. IT IS JUST GOD’S IDEA, HIS DREAM. IT IS MAYA – AN ILLUSION. PURE CONSCIOUSNESS. AN ENERGY….IT TAKES ON THE SHAPE AND SIZE AND COLOUR OF THE DREAMER…

UNIVERSE KEEPS STRETCHING ITSELF

When I had posted Infinitude of God

Observation Blogger had commented that the universe is not expanding into anything. It just keeps stretching itself and that galaxies just keep drifting apart. I loved this. Stretching itself could also mean that it is just a thought, just an idea??

When I had finished writing I realised that words can’t really describe what I had felt and realised. I keep sharing my experiences and my truths. And what I have shared above is perhaps the greatest of my truths. But I also understand and accept that you have your truths to accept and live by; and that no words can ever describe God, His Infinitude; this Immensity. God and Love are a feeling that can only be experienced; just like the fragrance of a rose ….

Flammarion engraving, Paris 1888; photo credit Wikipedia

Hate consumes the Hater πŸ”₯

Body is composed of about 70 trillion cells. And each cell has Supreme intelligence, God’s intelligence. We need to give the body right environment and it self heals. I had written this in my blog last month.

Am a happy Fruitarian ..πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

I was talking to my sisters about healing and we talked about all what I had written. My sisters are equally or more enlightened and aware. And our discussion drifted to love, healing, God, Dr. BM Hegde, Bruce Lipton, Dr. Venkat….

My thought went to the beauty and complexity of our bodies. And it’s vastness. Trillions of cells and billions of kms of blood and life force carriers and the tissues and organs; the mind and the brain; it’s complexities. And my thoughts again went to the infinitude and immensity of creation. (You may like to read Infinitude of God)

INTERCONNECTEDNESS

In a way our body represents the whole universe. Whatever is there in the outside world is within me too. And I have the intelligence of the Supreme, just like every cell of my body.…God for me is Love. God is Omnipresent. Same God and same love is there in everything in our lives. We are all connected. Same Love, same consciousness runs through the whole of creation. There is no separation.

It is He and His love that is percolating through all hearts, through the pores of the earth and through the sky ..

Our body Cells live for other cells. They are alive because they care, because they give. Their first job is to help any and every other cell that needs help. And they not only love the other cells in our bodies they love the cells of other bodies and other things too. They know nothing but love. For them there is no separation. There is just love and oneness.

HATE CONSUMES US

And when we start to hate someone or something our cells get confused. They don’t understand this emotion. They try their best to make us love. But when the hate persists they start to think that they too need to change. They stop caring. They stop to love and help other cells in our body. And our bodies start to degenerate. Autoimmune disorders set in. And our own body starts to consume itself.

The only way out is LOVE

LOVE HEALS US

Hate is nothing but absence of love. Fill yourself so much with love that there is no room for hate. You will radiate love and health and happiness. You will not only heal yourself; anyone who comes in touch with you will get healed too πŸ’•

LOVE HEALS US….HATE CONSUMES US

What are you choosing?

Science is clueless…

With all the advances science has made in last few centuries, it is still so clueless about life …

Came across this quote of Gus Speth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Gustave_Speth) and it so resonates with me (thank you Sanjay)

Oh yes! Top environmental problems are:

Selfishness

Greed

Apathy

And science is clueless on how to handle these.

There is no end to human greed, and selfishness. Apathy is an epidemic.

There are only two people who can do something about it. They are: YOU and ME

Let you and me

Become selfless

And giving

Let you and me

Be loving and kind

Let you and me

Be compassionate

And caring

And it is only

You and Me

Who can

And have the power

To save mankind

Father is Law and Wisdom

My Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, says that: In creating this universe God revealed two aspects: the masculine or fatherly, and feminine or motherly.

If you close your eyes and visualise vast, illimitable space, you become overwhelmed and enthralled – you feel naught but pure wisdom. The hidden, infinite sphere wherein there is no creation, no stars no planets – only pure wisdom – is the Father.

And Nature with her diamond-dazzling stars, the Milky Way, the flowers, birds, clouds, mountains, sky – the countless beauties of creation – is the Divine Mother.

So God is both Father and Mother. Jesus spoke of God as Father. Some saints speak of Him as Mother. In His transcendental aspect, God is neither Father nor Mother; but when we think of Him in terms of human relationship, He may become for us either Father or Mother. God is both – infinite wisdom and infinite feeling. He gave His wisdom the form of a father and His feeling the form of a mother.

(I have seen this to be so true in case of our parents. Father as wisdom and reason (loving reason😊❀️) and mother as pure feeling; just πŸ’•)

On this Father’s Day let us affirm our love and loyalty to the Heavenly Father. While the human father’s love is not always unconditional, still it is guided by wisdom, regard for law, and the will to protect others. Guruji says; The Divine Father of wisdom, law and protection, who is represented in all good human fathers, we honour today.

As an instrument of Divine Being, the father plays his greatest creative role when he implants in his children thoughts that will lead to God-realisation. Fathers should become good role models for their children.

God is Love. And Love is all there is. It takes on the colour of consciousness we bring to it. It can be the love of the spouse, a friend, a sibling, mother or father….

I hope and pray

That all fathers

Strive to create,

Balance;

To bring in

The mother’s love

In their hearts,

Without losing

Their wisdom and the law.

Happy Fathers Day 😊❀️

Mother Divine πŸ’•

There is no you

And there is no I,

There is only love

Love divine.

How very often

I may get lost

In this illusion

This show

This drama of life.

However big a sinner

May I be,

And how very often

May I sin;

My Mother is

Ever forgiving,

Her love is eternal;

She is my

Mother Divine.

There is no you

There is no I

We are One

Love Divine πŸ’•

Feeling Sad and Lost…

Am feeling so sad

To see a friend lost

But am in not

The one more lost?

I see her struggling

And can do nothing

Except

Hope and Pray,

For her and for me

To understand His play.

And for wisdom

To be able

To do my part well

In this play Divine.

Just to remain

A witness

Knowing that He

Is the Doer

Not I,

Let His will be done

Not mine ….

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