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 😊

Monsoon clouds …

Pre monsoon clouds

Have started to gather

And my heart

And my soul

Are beginning

To smile.

Longing to hear

The sound of

Falling rain drops

And the rustling

Of the leaves.

And the divine

Fragrance and the

Gratitude

Of Mother Earth

As the first drops fall

On its thirsty breast.

Sky and the earth

Rejoicing together;

And I am in love

With the monsoon

And whole of life …

Photos by Ashok June 2019

Enchanting evening in Goa ❤️

I never ever thought that I will come to Goa in summer. But what all one wouldn’t do for love 💕

I like Goa but I wouldn’t have said it is my favourite holiday destination in India. And I realised it is my 6th visit here – the highest! And the first was 50 years back in the final year of my engineering- with my college friends 😇

All my earlier visits were in winter. Though the season starts here in October, best time to visit Goa is December- February.

Saw the sunrise in Pune today and the sunset in Goa. An amazing evening with breeze and waves and the setting sun. Not only on the beach but the sun peeping through the trees. Absolutely enchanting.

I was humming Guruji’s chant all through :

So do Thou my Lord,

Thou and I never apart;

Wave of the sea, dissolve in the sea,

I am the bubble make me the sea.

So do Thou my Lord …

It is so amazing Guruji (Paramahansa Yogananda) not only wrote poetry, he composed so many chants and spiritualised them. One can easily touch divinity singing these chants.

As it is the evening was so enchanting, this chant made it divine ❤️🙏

That is what I think is the ultimate aim of all life … to realise our oneness with our creator…I am the bubble, make me the sea. To realise — I and my Father are one. But this is going to happen only with His grace. So I Hope and Wait and :

Love Travel Meditate

Filled with Life .. our Park…

Another glorious sun

Setting in the West,

In the East

Children having a blast.

And in the middle

Seniors exchanging

Words wise,

Sharing their joys

And regrets a few,

There are so many

Ifs

and so many

Buts.

A mother and child

Playing

In joy,

Filled

with love.

Housewives

Sharing their stories,

Happy and sad.

A young girl

Studying,

To make her

Future right;

A little more

Bright.

Life in its fullness….

Just Another Evening in the Park… 🌹💕🌹

I used to enjoy taking my grand daughter and her friends to the Joggers Park in Kalyani Nagar, Pune. They always preferred to go with me as their parents would always keep telling them to do this or don’t do that; but with me they were free to do whatever 😊 and on our way back I will get them ice creams 🍨.

It is the privilege of grand parents to spoil their grand children 😇

Such fun. These small pleasures of life 🙏

If the Path is beautiful…💕

If the path is beautiful – Keep walking

If the destination/goal is worthy – Keep walking

Movement is life…..

Pics are from my travel around the world …

Lumbini, Nepal
Mount Coot Brisbane
Rio Dulce Guatemala
Tikal National Park Guatemala
SRF Mother Center LA

I see Thee Painting…❤️❤️

O Cosmic Light, every day I see Thee painting the sky in bright colors. I watch Thee clothe the bare soil with green grass. Thou art in the warmth of the sunshine. Oh, Thou art so plainly present everywhere!

Paramhansa Yogananda

Pictures are from my travel around the world and at home – India, during the last few months.

Sky on Fire 🔥

Nature is God ❤️🙏

Kathmandu 😊❤️

Pune India 😊
Chandigarh Lake ❤️
Pune ❤️
Brisbane 😊
Guatemala 😊❤️

SRF Mother Center LA ❤️❤️

There is no God ..

Oh yes : There is NO GOD. There is no God sitting in a temple or a church or a mosque or any other place of worship. There is no god sitting on Mount Kailash or in any heaven!!

My God is….

….Love in your heart. If you are kind, If you are compassionate; you are godly. And I love you and I bow to you…

Yes my dear : There is no God outside of you. There is no God outside of me.

There is no God which can ever be explained or defined. God can only be experienced.

Hindu scriptures describe God as: Satchitananda — Sat Chit Ananda

Sat : Ever Existent

Chit : Ever Conscious

Ananda: Ever new Bliss

That is my God. That is the God I worship. That is the God I love. And that is the God I see in temples and churches of all faiths.

There is no God of vengeance and There is no God we should be fearful of..

God is Love

God is Peace

God is Joy

God is Bliss

God is Patience

God is Compassion

God is Light

God is Purity

God is Beauty

Unselfishness is God

Nature is God

God is in the fragrance of the flowers.

God is manifest in every sunrise and every sunset.

God is manifest in the smile of the child and in the hug of a friend ….

God is there in every pure emotion and thought …

The easiest way to experience the ever new bliss is : Meditation. Guruji (Paramahansa Yogananda) has taught very scientific yet very simple techniques for all of us to experience this ever new Bliss. Do check out Self Realization Fellowship or Yogoda Satsanga Society of India

Thank you for reading this post🙏 What is your God?

For more on God may also like to go through May the light of Thy Love….

Am sharing a few pics of places of worship I have visited in last few months, during my travels around the world :

World Peace Stupa, Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal

Lumbini, Nepal

Kathmandu

Pune, India

Brisbane, Australia

SRF Lake Shrine, California

Tikal, Guatemala

Guatemala

Melting in Love 😍

Melt in Love 😍 anytime ❤️ any day 💕

This was prompted by a post on FB – You could freeze together in love…..

We don’t freeze in love. Time freezes in love 😊❤️ When there is no separation how can time exist?

Love is not just being together. And love is surely not just about making love. Love is a quality of the soul. It is much more expansive. It is divine. And yes it does include being together and also making love.

But much more than that it is : Becoming love. And when we melt that is what happens : we become one. There is no separation. There is no competition. All struggle stops.

The egos melt.

We are lost.

We are no more.

And yet we are much more.

And can we really love any human being like this? By letting go of ourselves completely? Yes, we can. When we become love and see the same love, same divinity in the other …..because:

God is Love & Love is all there is ❤️🙏❤️

Talking of love, you may like to read one of my earlier blogs:

Love is a One Way Street ❤️❤️

Oh God Beautiful at Thy feet oh I do bow ❤️🙏

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