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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There is no God

A few days back I had read a post by Sara, of Life is not an Immune, in which she was saying there is no God. If He was there He would have seen her pain, her suffering. I do understand from where she is coming, and my heart goes out to her. May God ease her pain and give her peace and understanding. And there are so many like her in pain all around. And I keep praying for all.

In my post – My First Love, I had talked of my love for the stars and the sky, and my awe and wonder at the humongous bigness of the universe. I was even more awed or completely bowled when, still in my youth, I learned that ours is an ever expanding universe. My question was : expanding into what? What was there before the universe occupied that space? Nobody could give me any satisfactory answer for decades.

As I matured and started to delve into metaphysics I began to get glimpses of truth. Our rational, thinking mind is too small to understand the infinitude of creation, of God. We can understand it intuitively only. No one can explain God. God can only be experienced.

I believe two opposing forces are continually at work in our universe. One is the attractive power of God, which is Love; and the other is Satan or Maya/Illusion or Iblis. Both these forces came into being at the same time, when creation happened. When the Big Bang happened about 15 billion years ago the outgoing force, the centrifugal force started to pull creation away from the center. That outgoing force is nothing but Satan and is the creation of the Creator only.

The other force is Love, which is pulling us back towards the center, God. And this is a centripetal force. All of creation is subjected to these two opposing forces. And all of us are at different radii from the center, the nucleus; which is nothing but pure love. The further we are from the center that much more restless and unhappy and unfulfilled we are. The closer we are to the center that much happier, peaceful and fulfilled we are.

Love is the cohesive power which is holding the universe together πŸ’•

Though God is Love, He runs His creation with Law, which is unerring. That is His play, His Lila or drama. And this Law is nothing but karma, cause-effect! Our own karma brings us pain at times and we start to disbelieve in His love. But He knows our pain and cries for us but can’t help us till we help ourselves. That is the whole game of creation. Every pure act, every act of kindness and compassion brings us closer to the center, to peace and joy. Every impure act, every act of anger, jealousy, greed and hatred takes us away from the center. And we experience pain and restlessness and unhappiness. It is true, but most of the times it is difficult to understand from our limited perception of one limited life span.

And ultimately the whole of our life, happy or sad, is but a mere dream, a story πŸ˜‡ God is the only reality.

Whole of life is a dream, all of us are actors in the movie of our Creator. As real as any sculpture, any painting, any story; real in their own rights, but never as real as their creator!

God is Love. Love is God. Love is all there is πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’•

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Thank you so much for your continued love and support. I am indebted πŸ‘

Renewal

You lose love

You lose friends

You lose pieces of yourself!

And out of the blue

Some pieces come back

New love is found

Better friends are around!

And one fine morning

You look in the mirror

And see a new you

Beautiful and glowing

Stars and the moon

Shining in your eyes!

With renewed hope and courage

And a bounce in your steps

You step out

One more time!

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My debut book – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

I appreciate your taking out time to read, comment and follow my blog. Am so grateful for your love and support.

My first Love πŸ’•

If you have been following my blog you would know that I loved my wife the most. She was so lovable πŸ’–πŸ’• But she wasn’t my first love.

My first love was sky 🌌 πŸ’–

I remember one night, just after our marriage, we were strolling hand in hand, after dinner. It was a clear, beautiful night and I started to point out various constellations to Anita. And ever so sweetly she said, β€œ You are supposed to be seeing the stars and the moon in my eyes and not in the sky.” 😍πŸ₯°

If there was a time machine and I could go back in time, I would love to go back to the time when we were newly married. Or the first few years of our married life. God willing some day or in some other life time, or in some other dimension πŸ’–πŸ™

Our 20th anniversary-1995 (I still have this shirtπŸ’–)

My love affair with the sky started when I was still a student. There were no computers and not even calculators at that time. And I used to calculate the distances between stars and the constellations and galaxies with my own hand in my note books! I used to get so awed with the humongous bigness of the universe. It was incomprehensible, the infinitude of creation, of God.

This was also the beginning of my love affair with spirituality! I used to wonder about the infinitude of creation and my nothingness. I am still awed by the infinitude of creation, it’s beauty and freshness. And I wonder why is bulk of humanity running after money and power? Are they blind or what!!

It is not only that I am insignificant or nothing. If the entire solar system of ours got sucked into a black hole, it wouldn’t even cause a ripple in the scheme of things. Our solar system is so small and insignificant. And I think, so is our Milky Way galaxy πŸ˜…

I love the play of clouds in the sky. I love the games clouds play with the moon and the sun. I love dawn. The beauty and the stillness. I love starry nights. I can spend hours and days looking at the sky.

Thank you so much for taking out your time to view, read and comment on my posts. It means a lot to me and that is what keeps me going – the love of the blogging family and friends πŸ’–πŸ‘

All pics on my mobile in last 12 months from our home in Pune, India. Copyright Β© Ashok Wahi

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Book Review – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life – Ashok Wahi

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Life is full of ups and downs and it does offer flips and flops. In this fast-moving life, it is easy to find and buy materialistic things but difficult to find happiness. Whenever a building is constructed, the base should be strong enough or else the building is expected to collapse. The pillars of the building should be efficient enough to construct and complete the building. So is the case with life which is also build on some pillars.

Today, I am reviewing a beautiful book for living a happy life. As presented in his debut book titled β€œ4 Pillars of Abundant Life”, author Ashok Wahi had presented the 4 pillars of life or better to say β€œabundant” life. The author had tried to explain the building blocks of life by these 4 pillars.

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Ashok Wahi had a very successful corporate career spanning four decades…

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And He keeps showering His grace πŸ’–πŸ™

Weather has been strange in my part of the world. January, supposed to be the coldest month, was hot like March πŸ˜› February was its usual cold self. First half of March was summer hot as in April and that made me write my post – And I was waiting for the Spring

But God has always been so kind to me. He answers even my unasked prayers. In His unconditional, all seeing love he saw that I was missing the spring πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– Yesterday evening out of the blue there was thunder and lightening and dark clouds with a bit of rain. And today morning there was this cool and pleasant springlike breeze that touched my soul πŸ’•πŸ™

Am eternally grateful. Thank you God. Thank you my friends πŸ™πŸ™

Amaltas – Indian labarnum, pic from my morning walk

GRATITUDE is the Pillar 2 in my book πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– The book has been received very well. Deep gratitude πŸ™πŸ™ Please do check it out πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

And I was waiting for the Spring πŸ’•

Looks like Corona is not only effecting our health it has changed our seasons too!!

We had a mild winter and now it is hot hot summer!! Where is my beloved springπŸ€”

Luckily, mornings are still pleasant but days have been unusually hot since end February. Yesterday morning was so beautiful πŸ’–

All pics on my iPhone on the 13th of March. Copyright Β©

Thank you Thank you Thank you πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

Two amazing years of blogging gone by – as if in a jiffy πŸ˜‡

2700+ Followers; 80,000 views; 40,000 visitors πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Thank you so much my dear followers, family and friends. You know in the beginning every small stat was so meaningful and important! And then I completely stopped looking at stats. I got so busy writing and interacting with the amazing blogging community.

A few of my recent posts got more than 600 likes and 300 comments. This is so heart warming. What I like most about blogging is the personal touch and interaction. Content is important but for me it is more important to have that feeling of kinship! 40-50 bloggers interact and encourage regularly and I love that.

And a handful of bloggers have become more than friends – they are family now. And that is the biggest gift of WP to me and am so grateful πŸ™πŸ™

Thank you so much once again my dear friends for all your love and support and understanding. It is this love and support which has helped me publish my first book – 4 Pillars of Abundant Life. And so many of you have already bought and acknowledged it. Deep gratitude πŸ™

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