What is Your Religion??

 I am a Hindu by birth. But if someone asks me what is my religion, I would say:

  • It is KINDNESS
  • It is COMPASSION

And my God is: LOVE

 My God is not sitting in a temple or a church or a mosque or any other place of worship. There is no god sitting on any mount or in any heaven!!

The love in our hearts is God! If we are kind, if we are compassionate; we are godly; we are spiritual!

 There is no God outside of you. There is no God outside of me.

There is no God who can ever be explained or defined! 

Love doesn’t need any language. Love is a feeling and it can only be experienced. Love only needs loving! And God Being Love needs only loving. God too 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 and feel in the places of worship of all faiths and religions. Once we are filled with love we shall always be blissful. 

And ultimately my Father and I are One.  Indian rishis and scriptures had said that too, millenniums ago: I am He. My soul, my love is a vital and inseparable part of the Great Spirit, of Divine Love.

I have made friends and love bloggers from all religions and all countries! (And that is so in my personal non blogging friends too!!) To name just a few: Saba is a Muslim from Pakistan; Jyot is a Sikh – An Indian living in the US; Yeka is a Catholic (believe in a personal God) and lives in Philippines; Huguette lives in Lebanon and doesn’t believe in an orthodox God; Dawn lives in USA and loves Jesus Christ; Betul is from Turkey; Vee is from Canada; Helen (Eilidh) is from England/Belgium, Kamal is from Mumbai and so on ….. I love them all because they are filled with love and kindness.

 The Holy Geeta, Bible and Quran sit side by side on the shelves of the bookstores and they never fight! Those who fight are the ones who have never read them or have not imbibed their message of love, universal peace and brotherhood!

There is not and there can’t be any difference in: Christ Consciousness or Krishna Consciousness or the Consciousness of Prophet Muhammad and Buddha; or any self realised being.

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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. 

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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.

 We are going through very turbulent times. There is so much unrest and uncertainty in the young as well as old. The only way we can help the world is by changing our consciousness; and by not getting sucked into the negativity being spewed by media, the politicians and their allies. Once we raise our consciousness, once we become love; once we tear the veil of separation; we help whole of humanity. 

I will love till my last breath πŸ’•πŸ’•

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PS: For more on Love and God you may like to read:

Love is a One Way Street and

Infinitude of God

In fact my blog is filled with Love and God and Life posts πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•πŸ™

copyright Β© Ashok Wahi

It is Beauty I Love πŸ’• πŸ’– πŸ’—

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!”

Paramahansa Yogananda

“Whenever you see a beautiful sunset, think to yourself: “It is God’s painting on the sky.” As you look into the face of each person you meet, think within: “It is God who has become that form.” Apply this trend of thought to all experiences: “The blood in my body is God; the reason in my mind is God; the love in my heart is God; everything that exists is God.”

Whatever I am today is a gift of my Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda. One of these gifts is my love for nature and travel. Nature is God πŸ’•πŸ™

Some of my earlier posts which might interest you are:

Monsoon Love πŸ’•

The Red Rose 🌹

Mornings are mine 😊❀️

Paramahansa Yogananda had composed so many divine chants, like:

Oh Thou Blue Sky

Frozen Sky

I will be a gypsy

It is beauty I love. In love and with love I seek the Maker of the beautiful”

Swami Paramananda

This quote of Swamiji has been a favourite of mine for years. Read it first in 1998 πŸ’•πŸ™

How can one see a flower, a sunrise, a sunset, a sky filled with different coloured clouds, the smile of a child, a beautiful face and not think of God πŸ’•πŸ™

Friendship πŸ’•

Friendship is God’s Divine Law Of Attraction…

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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 …

Cyclicity of Life πŸ˜‡

In this pic except me everything else is more than four centuries old πŸ˜‡

Ever since I visited Braganza house and Kala Chitra in Goa last week, I have been thinking about:

Whole of life is cyclic! And that nothing lasts…

Take 1 Goa

Located in Chandor Village, Braganza House was built in the 17th century. This huge house is situated on one side of the village square. It has now separate houses, with a common entrance. The east wing occupied by the Pereira-Braganza family, has a small chapel with a relie of St. Francis Xavier, which is a fingernail. The artefacts collected by the family over a number of years, have added to the beauty of the house. There is a Great Salon, a big ballroom with the floor made of italian marble antique chanderlier from Europe adorning the ceiling, and heavily carved , ornate rodewood furniture. What stands out among the furniture is a pair of high-backed chairs, beating the family crest, which was given to the Perira – Braganza family by King Dom Luis of Portugal. Most of the furniture dates back to the 18th Century and is made from local seeso (martel wood), lacquered or inlaid with mother of pearl by craftsman from Curtorim Village. For antique aficionados, the house holds many delighful finds. 

The west wing of the house belongs to the Menezes braganza family. Apart from its exquuisite furniture and Chinese porcelain from Macau, it also houses a collection of family portraits, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The library is believed to be the first private library in Goa .It has almost 5,000 leather bound books collected by Luis de Menezes Braganza (1878-1938), a reputed journalist, renowned for the part he played in Goa’s independent movement.  

The family has excellent lineage and awesome history. But today they don’t have enough to maintain this huge property. They depend on the tips/donations of the tourists to do the maintenance.

Nothing lasts. Whole of life is cyclic. What goes up, must come down.

Take 2 Family

I have seen this cycle in our family too. Our grandfather was very well off and our family lived in Lahore, now in Pakistan. All my older sisters were born there but I and my younger brother were born in India. Big family πŸ˜‚

My father had a decent government job and as it was a joint family and our grandfather was rich; my father’s pay was his pocket money! All was well and all of a sudden partition of India happened in 1947 and our family had to leave behind everything in Lahore and move to India.

To digress a little : My grandfather was an amazing person. Always calm and smiling. He was the one who should have been hurt the most, with the partition and loss of his fortune. But I never heard him complain and talk of good old times.

Fall from affluence to scarcity. The struggle started. We had a roof over our heads and decent food. Nothing else. We studied in Hindi medium, government schools. And slowly, very slowly in the beginning and pretty fast laterlife again went into an upward cycle. Because of my father’s insistence on education and no other diversions all the siblings did very well.

Nothing lasts.…Whole of life is cyclic

Take 3 Spiritual

That life is cyclic, I had known for a long time. I knew ups and downs is part of life. But two years back I was exposed to a new thought altogether. I learned that – Falling down is a MUST!!!

We had a discourse from a visiting YSS monk and one of the things he said was : “Spiritual path is never a straight line. Falling down is a MUST to learn and scale higher heights. I was a little shaken and surprised but realised that it was true. I could see this in my own life.

And I could also relate to it with the stock market. If it keeps going up it will lose all meaning. It must fall to scale new heights.

Yes my friend, nothing lasts. If good times didn’t, bad too won’t. Whole of life is cyclic.

And as I am writing this post, I am enjoying the monsoon clouds and the sunrise. The short cycle of day and night; and a little longer cycle of the seasons. Can’t thank God enough for His grace.

Embrace the Cyclicity of Life my friend and stay blessed

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 postπŸ™ 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

Babaji’s Cave: Donagiri Kumaon Hills 4❀️

For seasoned trekkers one km uphill trek to Babaji’s cave won’t be something to rave about. But for devotees like me, it is divine and uplifting 😊❀️

For more details about Babaji pls read : Autobiography of a Yogi. Am sure it is available in your language 😊 This book has changed millions of lives and has the potential to change yours. SRF

We (Yogada Satsanga Society of India and SRF) have an ashram in Dwarhat, Uttarkhand. It is simply divine. I was blessed to visit the ashram twice last year. In April ( thanks to Neha) and in September with my older sisters.

Dwarhat ashram, like all our Ashrams, is simply divine. But the vibrations even outside the ashram are so good. Whole of Kumaon Hills are so vibrant. So many saints like Babaji have lived and meditated here. Every inch of the hills has divine vibrations. And it is picturesque too. Heavenβ€οΈπŸ™

Crank’s Ridge πŸ˜‡ Kumaon Hills 3 ❀️

Kausani- Switzerland of IndiaπŸ’• Kumaon Hills – 1❀️

1st visit APRIL 2018

Met her carrying heavy load up the hill with a smile. Beautiful 😍

Darling Sheru. He accompanies all devotees to the cave

At the cave with another devotee from Lucknow. Was pleasantly surprised that she wanted a pic with me😊

Just outside the ashram. Morning walk time 😊

12th century ruins near the Ashram

YSS Dwarhat Ashram

Ashram runs a free school for children upto class V

2nd visit SEPTEMBER 2018

My second trip to the Cave last year was with my older sisters. It was even more divine. My oldest sister is 80 and has had her knees and hip transplanted. And on our way to the Ashram, drive to Dwarhat from Kathgodam station, she hurt her wrist. We had stopped at Kanchi Dham (Neem Karoli Baba) and she slipped and hurt her wrist. With all the love and care we got from all at the Ashram (including Swami Vasudevanandaji), and her devotion and determination- she went upto the cave. It was drizzling a little but it rained only after we had returned safely. Can’t thank God and Gurus enoughβ€οΈπŸ™

The moment we alight at Kathgodam we can feel the vibrations changing and see beauty all around. The railway station itself is so beautiful.

Towns of Bhimtaal and Ranikhet on the way and the hills all around are simply divine.

View from a little above Bhimtaal 😍❀️

Kanchi DhamπŸ™

With my beautiful sisters 😍

Sheru accompanied us even in this trip. He is so devoted 😊❀️

A big SRF group from Mexico too was visiting the Cave

Made friends with this gentleman, who was accompanied by his daughter and son in law; part of the group

Aum Babaji ❀️ Aum Christ ❀️ Aum Guru ❀️

There is so much to see in India. North, North East and South have awesome hills. But Kumaon hills are my current favourite ❀️😊❀️

Contentment n Compassion πŸ’•

Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, gave us so many simple yet profound teachings. One of my favourites of his teachings has been : Contentment within and Compassion without.

What he is trying to say is that any pain or suffering of our own we should accept with equanimity. Accept everything as His grace. We should always be content. But we should have compassion for other’s pain, for their suffering.

My wife passed away very young, at the peak of her life. I need to accept it, I need to be content. But if someone else loses a spouse I can’t say this happens, be content. I need to have compassion for their loss and their pain.

Can God accept the worship of one who has not loving-kindness in his heart?

Live with compassion

It will fill you with love πŸ’•

If we don’t have compassion what have we?!

Compassion is a divine soul quality and it can be cultivated; watch this :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4a66aFaIME

Love is a One Way Street β€οΈβ€οΈ

I got this learning from a very unlikely teacher😊❀️ We have been very close to a family in Delhi for decades – Narangs – In fact they are more like family than friends. All of them – auntie, her children and grand children. A beautiful and loving family ❀️

Auntie was very happy when I started to meditate regularly. Whenever I visited them in Delhi she would ask me to join her for satsang, Spiritual gathering, and listen to her didi, her spiritual teacher. One day I had done my meditation rather early and decided to go with her. Before we entered the hall I prayed to Guruji (Paramahansa Yogananda) that he should give me the lesson he wants me to learn that day through this lady. And after that I listened to the discourse with devotion. She talked of many good things but the thing that touched the very core of my being, was:

Love is a one way street. If two cars come from opposite directions in a one way street, it will result in an accident. Similarly when we love and we expect love in return it results in pain and suffering πŸ˜‡

Most of us know how expectations and attachments are the root cause of our pain, our suffering; at the same time we tell ourselves – after all we are human 😊 I had been a loving and giving person even before I heard this discourse. But that day it sunk in completely. Can’t thank God and Guruji enough.

I have been sharing my travel experiences around the world. This trip to LA, Guatemala and Brisbane was so divine, so filled with love and joy. And this was the result of the unconditional love that I carried in my heart. I had no expectations whatsoever. Kept going with the flow. Giving – whatever and wherever and to whom so ever I could. And I got back in equal measure or more β€οΈπŸ™

But I sincerely believe that we can’t have unconditional love for others till we have the Love of the Divine in our hearts πŸ’• And the divine can be Divine Mother or Heavenly Father or Mother Nature …and once we are filled with this love divine we carry it to all the hearts, all the souls we touch β€οΈπŸ™β€οΈ

Every morning, every evening He paints the sky anewπŸ’•πŸ˜ Every sunrise, every sunset, every phase of the moon; the soft and cool breeze, the stillness of the morning and the night, stillness of the trees ….all awaken and fill us with pure love, Love Divine❀️❀️ And once we have this love in our hearts there is no way it won’t manifest in our lives and the lives we touch. This love brings so much joy and peace and happiness.

Our lives begin to expand, to grow, get enriched once we begin to love unconditionally. Life becomes beautiful once we are filled with love and more we share and give more blissful we become.

Love is a Universal feeling – it takes on the colour of the conscious channel through which it flows – father, mother, friend, beloved, child …..Love a quality of the soul. Its fruit is bliss.

We are so stupid, such misers that at times that we are scared to love and even to express our love. Love is a binding force which is holding the world, the universe together. And if we don’t have this love, Love Divine in our hearts … are lives are barren, dull and meaningless…

I love you 😍 πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

More of Love πŸ’• Brisbane 1

Love in Guatemala ❀️ – 1

Love in Los Angeles ❀️

Around the World with Love

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