She was Love ๐Ÿ’•

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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God is not a scholar

God is not a scholar. He is a LOVER ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•

Today is the birthday (Janamasthami) of Lord Krishna. He sang His eternal song of love through the divine melody of His flute more than 5000 years ago.

God is Love and Love is all there is ๐Ÿ’–

When you pass on to the other side, God is not going to ask you: How many houses you had, how many cars you had, what was the last position you held. He is not going to ask you –How much you loved your parents, your children or your spouse. He is not going to ask you whether you loved Trump or Obama; whether you loved Modi or Nehru; whether you loved Kohli or Cook; Messi or Ronaldo! He is going to ask you only one question, ” How much did you love Me, My child?”

Love God, your Lord with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•u

And the only way we can show our love to God is by loving and serving all His children — of all colours, classes, creeds and religions and of all nations. And by loving and nourishing nature and our environment. There is no separation. One Consciousness, One Love pervades the whole of creation.

BECOME LOVE ๐Ÿ’• ยฉ

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Pic is from a friend’s mail. Thank you K

Curious and the Enlightened๐Ÿคฉ

Thank you so much my dear friends for sharing your thoughts on the pic of the kitten and the puppy. So varied and so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

A few of them were:

Joana, Laxmi, Kamal, Nilesh : Friends and friendship๐Ÿค—

Lauren and Barbara: Cuddles๐Ÿค—

Natalie and a few others : only love๐Ÿ’–

Radhika: Living in Harmony๐Ÿ’•

Saba: Care and Compassion๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—

Ragashree: He is cute; why is camera pointing at me๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ’–

Alisha: hey humans don’t get confused…. subtle art of not giving a F…๐Ÿ˜น

Atul: leave animosity and live in peace๐Ÿ’•

Girlwithatroubledmind: love! Shall keep troubling you even when sleeping๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ’•

Patricia: Just keep it between us! I am the king of my castle๐Ÿ˜Ž

Liz: We are happy the way we are ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—

Perth Girl: different yet get along๐Ÿ˜‡

Lookoon: Confidence and vigilance

Ashwani: It gives inspiration to co excist with different views & even your enemies

Armaity: Trust. Friendship. Peace and naughtiness too. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Omatra: Looking simply โ€ฆ is adorable ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ how sweet is that!

Looking deeperโ€ฆ no matter how different we are โ€“ we CAN come together, appreciate and love with what the other has to offer. Find comfort and kindness

Ruelha: Comfort and familiarity ๐ŸŽ€

Heather: Cat’s rule ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜น

Mia Winhert: โ€œFinding comfort in the unlikeliest of places!โ€๐Ÿค—

Ankush: Fearless and alert attitude โ€ฆ

I P Singh: I will take care of my loved ones๐Ÿ’•

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For me the cute kitty represents Curiosity. Curiosity of a child or a seeker. And the sweet puppy has found his peace. He is Enlightened.

One sweet pic and most of us see it differently. Isn’t it unrealistic to expect a common and agreed view of our complex lives ๐Ÿ˜‡

Life has NO MEANING. It takes on any meaning we give it. Life doesn’t judge. Life simply IS.

Stay happy. Stay safe. Stay strong. Keep loving

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PS: would love to know — What do you think is the meaning/purpose of life?

My Nature is Love ๐Ÿ’•

Today, the 25th of July, is Smriti Diwas (Remembrance Day) of Babaji (deathless Himalayan Yogi) And 100 years ago on this day he had appeared in flesh to Paramahansa Yogananda (author of world famous – Autobiography of a Yogi) to bless him on his journey to the US to spread the sacred science of Kriya Yoga in the west.

Babaji had appeared in a vision to Sri Daya Mata (Faye Wright) in 1963 and had told her: My Nature is Love ๐Ÿ’•

Babaji is love. Paramahansa Yogananda is known as love incarnate and had said once, “After I am gone only love can take my place!”

There are two saints from Pune, where I live, one is Mehr Baba and the other Dada Vaswani – both were love. I have been blessed to listen to Dada and meet him once – utter humility and pure love ๐Ÿ’• And I am sure there must be many saints and prophets from all over the world and from all religions, who are love.

I have written in so many of my posts: My God is Love and Love is all there is.

God = Brahman = Allah = Love ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’•

Shams of Tabrizi asks us not to just go with the flow but to become the flow. And that is what we need to do: BECOME LOVE ๐Ÿ’•

If we want to live in peace and harmony in this world there is no other way than — to become love ๐Ÿ’•

Pre COVID or post COVID or no COVID — Only Love can Heal.

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PS: Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings, Scientific Meditation to realise we are Love; are given in Home Study lessons available from SRF and YSS

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My Love affair continues ๐Ÿ’–

It has been 4 months now that I have been at home and my love affair with the sky continues ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜

I love the sky and the ever changing cloud formations. They tell so many stories. The way they play hide and seek with sun and moon is so endearing. I can sit and watch them for hours ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Sky is exceptionally beautiful during monsoon ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

In a way every day is new and every cloud formation is new. And yet there is nothing new.

I have been watching the dance and play of swifts in the mornings. And same crows and pigeons – at times observing social distancing completely and at times throwing all caution to the winds๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’–

They are my new found friends. In fact my only outside physical contact with the world just now. I wonder what they talk about? Do they discuss the peaceful new environment? Are they scared of going back to the restless and noisy world of yesterday?

Oh how I love the mornings:

Stillness

Peace

Beauty

And the whole of nature performing for me; its only audience….Alone yet not lonely…

Sky, Birds, Me and my thoughts…..and the love affair continues ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Social distancing

Lovey dovey ๐Ÿฅฐ

All pics with my iPhone

End of the World

Yes it is the end of the world — as we knew it pre COVID – 19

A BRAVE NEW WORLD IS RISING:

A world that is filled with love and joy.

A world that is filled with compassion and kindness and understanding.

A world filled with faith, hope and courage.

A Brave New World. A world without boundaries. A world held together and ruled with LOVE ๐Ÿ’•

Come and join me…

All pictures on my iPhone in the past week, Pune, India

Black lives matter

Black lives matter. And so do brown and yellow and yes, even white.

Every life matters – Of every cast, colour, culture and creed.

Muslim lives matter, Christian lives matter, and yes, even Hindu lives matter.

Lives of the poor matter as much as those of the rich.

Life of every animal, bird and insect matters.

EVERY LIFE MATTERS

But sadly there is discrimination all over the world and it has always been there. Only degree varies. And unfortunately we always find justification for our misdeeds.

The root cause of all this is: that have lost contact with our our own selves. We have lost sight of the inherent beauty of our souls. We have lost sight of our true nature. Going to the church, temple, synagogue or mosque every week is not the answer.

There is only one way out if we want to address this malady, and that is:

By raising our consciousness! To know that we are all ONE. Same consciousness connects us all and running through and sustaining us all.

We forget that when we hurt another, we are essentially hurting ourselves; for there is no separation!

We are all ONE CONSCIOUSNESS and we can raise it:

By becoming kinder,

By becoming more compassionate,

BY BECOMING LOVE

No Separationโ€” No Social distancing โ€” Only Love ๐Ÿ’•

Today would have been our 45th wedding anniversary.

One year back I wrote a post on this day: Time Heals nothing ( Do read it to know a little more about my beautiful and talented wife). On one hand it looks like it was just yesterday and on the other it looks ages ago! So much has happened …

I have been wondering how would she have reacted to Corona. She was very creative and filled with love. She was very pragmatic too. With Godโ€™s grace our son has got the best of both of us – so one can say he is doing what she would have ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• It is such a blessing to have loving children around and three generations to be living together ๐Ÿ™ Am so thankful to Gautam and Rashmi for what all they have done in the past 2-3 months.

Oh yes there is No Social distancing between Anita and me. There is no separation. We are as close today or rather closer than we ever were. The physical is such a tiny part of the Whole, of Universal Consciousness โ€” LOVE. She lives in my heart – and not only mine; she lives in all the hearts she touched ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

She is very much around me and in me ๐Ÿ˜Š Let me share a story:

We have converted our old apartment in Pune, India into a meditation center for Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (SRF) My eldest sister visited us two years back and said that the center was done very beautifully; and if Anita was around everyone would have thought it was her work ๐Ÿ˜Š Anita was very artistic and had good aesthetic sense. I think she must have worked through me or guided me from whatever dimension she is in now to get it done ๐Ÿ˜‚

I am sure she is happy and spreading her love and joy even now, as she did when she was on our plane.

There is no Separation, no Isolation, no Desolation โ€” when we have LOVE in our Hearts ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ’–

United in Fear

Am so happy

To see us all

Standing United!

Families and Friends,

Communities and Nations,

Of the World

At large!

Yes, I am happy

At the same time sad;

That we stand

UNITED in FEAR

And shall soon scatter

And depart!

So sad but true

Just wait and watch;

For we have more Fear

And much less

Faith and Love

In our Hearts!

A day will come

Maybe in times

Distant and far;

When we shall

STAND UNITED

But never again

Scatter and Depart !

For then we

Shall be together,

Once again;

Not in Fear but LOVE,

For One and ALL!

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I Feel Guilty

It may sound strange but I do feel guilty at times — I feel guilty for all the love, joy, friendship, care, health — all kind of abundance I have — when there is so much pain and suffering all around. God has always been so kind to me ๐Ÿ™

There is child abuse, spouse abuse, sickness, joblessness, all kinds of addictions, poverty and what not. There is no end to pain and suffering ๐Ÿ˜Œ There is so very little that I can do and it hurts.

Decades ago my father had gifted me biography of Helen Keller. And her saying: I am one person and I can’t do everything; but just because I can’t do everything doesn’t mean I will refuse to do what I can…. has been my guiding light for decades now.

I have learned to do my best for anyone and everyone that I can, and then let go. And in my meditations (During all SRF and YSS meditation we pray for others and world peace) and I pray for others– family, friends and world at large. Can I or we do anything more?

As I keep writing often : For me God is Love and Service is the active expression of Love. And my religion is Kindness and Compassion. And I also know that in our world of duality Pleasure and Pain coexist. But still there are times when I feel a little guilty of all that I have and see so much lack all around.

If I was given a boon: what is it that I would want different in my life than what I had; I would say – NOTHING. If I could go back all the way and re-live my life, I would want nothing different.

I was blessed to have divinely loving parents, loving and caring siblings, a beautiful and loving wife, loving and caring children, scores of good friends and relations, reasonably good health, enough of material comforts, a divine guru in Paramahansa Yogananda….no, I wouldn’t want anything different.

The only thing I would pray to have more of is – Wisdom. I would have liked to be wiser so that I could have been more appreciative of my good fortune when I was younger.

Even these past few months of being at home all the time have been so blessed. I can read, write and meditate all the time. I have no responsibilities. I am tempted to take credit for the decision to quit the corporate rat race long back in 1998 and the decision to leave Mumbai and move to Pune to be with children in 2014; but even these thoughts and decisions were His grace ๐Ÿ™

I hope and pray, my friend, that God gives you an equal or more abundant life.

Peace unto all ๐Ÿ™

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