2021 β€” The Year of Movement

2021 IS the YEAR of MOVEMENT

The year to LEARN, to GROW, to EVOLVE

THE YEAR TO KEEP MOVING

From weakness to strength

From failure to success

From sickness to health.

From suffering to joy.

2021 β€” The Year of NEW BIRTH

Of a NEW WORLD

With RENEWED HOPE

Launch yourself into it with ENTHUSIASM

TRAVEL

EXPLORE

EXPERIMENT

REJOICE

Dawn of the year of Movement. Pic from my morning walkπŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

With love and encouragement from you, my dear friends, my first book is under publication. It is a self help book, based on my life long learnings and experiences. I need your prayers and blessings that it comes out well and helps readers lead abundant and fulfilling lives. I was encouraged to write the book only because of your sustained love and support.

And the wish from my heart is that you, the reader and my dear friend and follower, have the best year of your life ever!! MAY GOD FULFIL ALL YOUR WORTHWHILE DREAMS AND DESIRES πŸ™

Love and blessings πŸ’–πŸ€—

Ashok

PS: I was away from WP for about 8 weeks to finish the book and rediscover myselfπŸ‘

Sometimes….

Sometimes I don’t want the night to end…

I want to keep roaming in the starry night on the wings of the wind, astride grey and dark clouds!

Sometimes I want to step into the ocean and sink deep into its peace!

Sometimes I want Time to halt just awhile to let me catch up!!

Sometimes I want Time to pause and

Sometimes I want it to go back 4 decades and more!!

Sometimes I don’t want my dreams to end and

Sometimes I don’t want to come out of the stillness of my mind!!

Sometimes I wonder who is the one who is thinking, who am I!!

Sometimes I wonder whether I am living in acceptance and surrender or in denial?

Sometimes I wonder: if I myself am so lost how can I preach and how can I teach?

Sometimes I cry at the pain and the suffering all around, brought by the greed of a few powerful and the rich!!

Sometimes I want to walk away into the deep, dark night; away from all this……

And the day breaks

And I smile

And I think

God knows what He is doing!!

Surrender or denial

Does it really matter….

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All pics on my iPhone

Fearlessness doesn’t mean Recklessness

Some months back, in the beginning of lockdown, I wrote two posts: Fear to Faith I- what the stars tell and Fear to Faith II – What to do!

Chapter XVI of Holy Geeta, describes 26 Qualities of the Soul. And the very first is: Fearlessness: The foundation of spiritual life: having faith in God’s protection, justice, wisdom, mercy, love and omnipresence.

Bible – Job 3:25For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread, befalls me (English Standard Version)

Covid -19 is still active and many countries in Europe are reporting surge in numbers, and have announced further periods of lockdown. We do need to move from fear to faith, but unfortunately many confuse Fearlessness with Recklessness πŸ˜›

Pic is a forward.

I keep witnessing or hearing about two kinds of extremes: First kind have thrown all caution to the wind and have become reckless. Second kind refuses to leave even their rooms!

Middle path is always the best way. That is the Buddha way.

Let us move from fear to faith but still use God given common sense, and keep taking common sense measures.

Let us be Cautiously Courageous. Let us be Fearless without being Reckless. Not only during this time, but always!!

Stay safe. Stay courageous. Stay joyous πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸŒΉ

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One Love infinite Channels

There is

But One Love

And that is Love Divine!

It simply gets coloured

With the feelings of the heart

Father, mother

Sibling, spouse

Friend, beloved

It is the One same Love

The Love Divine!!

But alas…

at times…

A parent abuses

A spouse betrays

A friend turns foe!

Temporarily veiled

Possessed by evil,

Are still His ways

To bring us back home;

To the One Love

Eternal

Unconditional

Divine!!

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Love is a Lubricant πŸ’•

Mother I give you my soul call

For more than a year now we have been having online meditations led by monks of Self Realisation Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. These have been God sent during this period of social distancing and lockdowns, when group meditations were suspended.

My guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, has written so much about God as Divine Mother; and has also composed some beautiful chants around God as Divine Mother.

During last Sunday morning meditation we were chanting: Mother I give you my soul call, you can’t remain hidden anymore…and my thoughts went to my mother and I started to cry. I thought if our mother was such pure love, how loving Divine Mother would be. How loving God would be. Guruji has said that if we could see God once, all of us would leave this world and go to Him πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

We have been so blessed to have had parents like ours. They were poles apart and yet lived lovingly together for 71 years! The only thing they had in common was β€” Goodness and immense love for their children. And they loved my wife, their daughter in law, equally or more.

Our parents in years – 1937, 54, 78 and 96

Our parents represented God so beautifully: Our father as Heavenly Father β€” Wisdom; Our mother as Divine Mother β€” pure Love.

It saddens me no end when I hear of children, who are deprived of this divine parental love and care; which is their birthright. And the worst is to hear so much of child abuse. I hope and pray that no child is ever deprived of the love of his parents. And that we learn to love all children as our own.

God is Love and Love is all there is.

Stay safe. Stay loved. Keep loving πŸ’–πŸ’–

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No half lies

There are no half lies

There are no half truths!

There are your truths and

There are my truths

There are billions of truths!!

Yet all these truths

Are mere lies!

Stories we tell

Yours and mine!!

There is but

One Truth:

God – who is Love!!

Everything else is a lie!!!

Pic credit my niece, Clau – Guatemala

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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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Can’t thank God enough for all His grace. I have been blessed to receive so much love from five generations- grand parents to granddaughter πŸ’–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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THANKSGIVING and JOY

When I had published Small Joys Tag with 15 day to day small things which bring me joy, Sujata had mentioned a few small things which bring her joy. I had realised that those things brought me joy too but I hadn’t mentioned those: I had to list 15 things only and my list was hundreds! But more significantly: I think of many such joys with gratefulness. I am grateful for πŸ’― things everyday πŸ™

And this realisation made me think: how closely related Joy is to our feeling of Gratitude. Once we become grateful for every circumstance, every situation, every happening in our life: we shall always be joyous and at peace. And that this gratitude should not be kept only for big and momentous happenings of our lives, but should be expressed in our day to day blessings. We take so many of our blessings for granted, as our birthright!

Always be Grateful to everyone, everything and every circumstance. That’s what our Holy Books say too:

Every living entity, especially persons in the human race, must feel grateful for the benedictions offered by the grace of the Supreme Lord β€” Srimad Bhagavatam 3.19.36

If you give thanks, I will give you more; but if you are thankless, My punishment is dire β€” Quran 14:7

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christβ€” Thessalonians 5:16-18

Pic of last October near Toronto. Am Filled with joy and gratitude πŸ’–πŸ™

HAPPY THANKSGIVING β€” It is Thanksgiving time in Canada!! Being thankful to God all the time would always keep us happy πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ˜Š

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement and love πŸ’• πŸ€—πŸ™

Stay happy. Stay grateful. Stay loved πŸ’–πŸ€—πŸ’–

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