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

Meditation and Fun ๐Ÿ˜น

A month or so back my son suggested that I should watch a Netflix series he had recently seen. He told me that it was the kind of stuff I used to enjoy. Maybe he was a little concerned that I was meditating too much during lockdown ๐Ÿ˜น

I started to watch the series and it was rather good. But I stopped watching it when it had reached the climax. My grand daughter asked me one day why had I stopped watching the series, and I told her that it had started to interfere with my meditation! Her response was: “Dadu (grandpa) do 5 hours of streaming one day instead of 5 hours of meditation and you will forget your meditation ๐Ÿ˜น

I didn’t take her advice ๐Ÿ˜Š Last week I wasn’t so well and she told me again, “Dadu do 5 hours of streaming and you will get well immediately!”

Children are so beautiful and it is such fun to be with them. I was reminded of another incidence of 6 years back when I had gone to US. I had visited a niece in Washington DC during that trip. One day we went out with her daughters. At one place there were some small water showers/ falls kind of thing and kids wanted to go and play there. I took this opportunity to sit at a little distance and meditate. After a while I felt someone touching me. I opened my eyes and found my niece’s younger daughter, 6 years old Sanajana, staring into my eyes; and she pulled my arms and said, “Come and have some fun. Don’t meditate all the time!”

How sweet, simple and loving children are! I did join them and had such fun ๐Ÿ˜ป

I can’t explain to my granddaughter that playing hide and seek with my Beloved, during meditation is so much fun too ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š

But I so appreciate the love and concern of children. Can’t thank God enough for His blessings ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ™ Yes, balance is so important – Meditation and Fun ๐Ÿ˜Š

God

Family Friends Fun

This period, when all are at home all the time has been God sent. I have been able to get so much time with Raayna and have been able to understand and appreciate her much more. Soon she would enter her teens and I don’t think she would have much time for her grandpa ๐Ÿ‘ด

Dadu and Raayna ๐Ÿ˜

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PS: would love to hear of : Any new learnings and experiences that you have had in this new world of ours

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?

Separation Hurts

It does. Separation from our Source, the source of all joy and happiness does hurt. And it is this separation that causes pain and unhappiness in our other relationships too.

Till the time we realise and live this truth: I and my Father are one; we can’t be truly happy.

Once we realise that He is the nearest of the near and dearest of the dear, no separation hurts. Once we start to see Him in all and love all — all separation ceases.

In my post: My Nature is Love I had talked about — Becoming Love. I think the process starts by loving our own selves first and then our immediate family. We keep expanding the circle of our love to include extended family and friends and then our community, city, country and the whole world- including all species. God IS Love and love is all there is.

This world is His dream and merely a Reality Show. Do your part well and above all love Him. Become Love. And you will see there is no separation and even the so called end, is so joyous…truly –happily ever after ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

Once we become love we realise the truth: From Joy we come, in Joy we live and in that Sacred Joy we shall melt again ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’• – together in life and death …Never separate ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

I am scared…

Corona is much more than a virus – it has made the mighty kneel and brought the world together like never before.

Our minds have still not been able to process the ups and downs we have experienced. We like much about the new way of life and yet are scared to let go of the past.

We are dying to go back to The Normal. And this scares me.

What a colossal tragedy it would be that humanity chose to go back to its greedy and avaricious ways. That it chose to continue to plunder and destroy Mother Earth and all other species. That it chose separation, hate and war over oneness in love, joy and peace.

Yes, I am so scared to go back to the NORMAL…

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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

Life, Death and Corona

15th July was the death anniversary of Naseem. May her soul rest in peace. (Do read my last yearโ€™s post : Naseem is no More)

Naseemโ€™s death looks like it was only yesterday. In fact it looks like she is still around. Her sweet smile is so real in my heart.

COVID has been around for a while and I have been at home for 4 months now. So much has happened and nothing has happened! Journey has all been within. And it has been some journey! This period has been God sent for me – I am more alive and am more aware than I ever was!

Why has COVID created so much fear? Is sickness and death something new? Donโ€™t thousands of people die all over the world everyday even otherwise?

Naseem died so very young. My wife died young. A dear nephew of mine died young. My parents lived well into their 90s and they were together for 71 years! And this despite the trauma and heartburn of partition. A sister of mine has lived most of her married life in and out of hospitals and in a couple of years she would celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary- God willing ๐Ÿ™

That is life and we know so little about it! Some die young and some die old. Some lead happy, healthy and joyous lives and some are born sick.

Many cultures, societies and even some religions believe that we have no control over life and death. The moment we are born the date and time and how we shall die is fixed. So why are we so afraid of Corona?

I believe only those are afraid to die who have never really lived. Those who truly live are never afraid of death. And only those who lack faith are the ones who fear death more. Death remains the only certainty in this uncertain world, but why die everyday!

Corona has saved thousands of deaths by road accidents alone in my city and my country due to lockdown. Must be so in other countries too. I believe the person whose time has come is going to go. The cause could be an accident, normal flu, any other disease or Corona.

We should and we must take common sense measures but not be afraid of Corona.

We should and must make lifestyle changes and build our immunity but not be afraid of death.

We must think about death and make friends with it rather than not understand it and be afraid of it.

Whole of life is cyclic. Nothing lasts. Life and death are two sides of the same coin. And it is only death that really gives meaning to life. If there was no death would life have any meaning at all! We should rather embrace life than be fearful of death.

Donโ€™t take life so seriously my friend. It is just a dream๐Ÿ˜ธ

I eat when I am hungry. I drink when I am thirsty. I sleep when I am sleepy. And if heavens donโ€™t fall I will surely live till I die ๐Ÿคก

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You may like to read my other posts on Corona:

Corona to Compassion

Fear to Faith part I

Fear to Faith part II

https://ashokwahi.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/naseem-is-no-more-%f0%9f%98%8c/?preview=true&preview_id=2584&preview_nonce=ca83b4b2ce

Thank you so much for your reads, likes and shares ๐Ÿ‘

Reality Show we call Life ๐Ÿคก

  • Oh yes, Life is just a Reality Show. It is a play, a movie, an act … whatever … but it is not real. It is THE BIGGEST REALITY SHOW ever made. It could also be called THE GRANDEST ILLUSION ๐Ÿ˜‡
  • Truman Show:

    This was a Jim Carey movie and is the story of an insurance salesman, who discovers his entire life is actually a television show and that even members of his family are mere actors!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loTIzXAS7v4

    I saw this movie more than two decades back and it resonated so well with my thoughts. I loved it. What a concept! The whole city was a set for this life long reality show. At one stage Truman (JC) finds out about the show and tries to escape but is unsuccessful. He then confronts the director, who tells him about his dream about this immense reality show. The whole world is glued to their TVs to see what will Truman do the next day.

    He opens his front door as usual, comes out and says Good Morninggggg ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    Life my friend, is a reality show only. I have no doubt in my mind. It is not real. But it is so well made that it looks very real. Oh the reality of unreality!!

    Life is like a Movie

    Life could also be compared to a movie. We know movies aren’t real. Movies are movies ๐Ÿ˜Š But someone has produced it, directed it; edited it and we are watching it. In a way it is real. Life, like a movie, is real and unreal at the same time.

    Our lives are a work in progress. Life events are happening and shall keep happening. At the same time whatever has to happen has already happened. It wouldn’t have happened, it couldn’t have happened if the Cosmic Creator Director hadn’t already created it in His thoughts. We are a finished product or WIP – All a perspective. Never real.

  • I had talked about the software of God which creates our life story in Life is a Cocktail ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท That is the plot or the story of the interactive reality show, we call life.
  • At some time or the other all of us have felt the unreality of life. The holiday we took a couple of years back looks like a dream. That surprise meeting with the person of your dreams; did it really happen? Does not the utter unreality and at times the utter uselessness of all action strike all of us at some time or the other?

    We do keep getting glimpses of this play but are too scared to probe it further. We get scared of what life will be like if the life as we knew it is not real! The fear of the unknown keeps us trapped in this endless drama, this never ending cycle of pain and suffering; with some happiness and pleasure thrown in to keep the act going.

    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

    William Shakespeare

     If we start to become aware of this play, this drama, we start enjoying it. Worry and tension go out and we get filled with joy and laughter.

     Ultimately good or bad; hero or villain, rich or poor, beautiful or uglyโ€ฆ..it is all maya, an illusion, a play โ€ฆ.never realโ€ฆ..

     Paramahansa Yogananda had said,โ€ When you die, you are going to say; Thank God it was a dream!โ€ Same as we get up from a bad dream and say : Thank God it was a dream!! It has happened with me quite a few times during this lockdown period !!

    “It doesnโ€™t matter whether we scrub floors, or whether we are leaders of great nations; unless we know that we are merely playing a part on the stage of time, we will suffer from the dualities inherent in the consciousness of being identified with these different stations and conditions. Stage actors do not bemoan their particular parts, but enact their roles to the best of their ability, knowing they are temporary portrayals. Do you see? It is only when we take life too seriously that we suffer.” Paramahansa Yogananda

    So many times I think I should walk away from all this : this dream, this show, this endless drama of life; and then I get up in the morning and like Jim Carey, say :

    GOOD MORNING WORLD ๐Ÿ˜‚

    And the show goes on ….

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    I am reposting some of my old posts as I feel they are relevant in current situation we are all in. It helps me in regaining my own perspective! You may like to read a more detailed post of last year : Life is a Reality Show

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