Co-Travellers…

We are co-travellers

Traversing the same byways of life!

But we are wearing different shoes,

I don’t know your aches

You don’t know my pains!

Some of us are carrying huge burdens on our shoulders,

Of decades, nay lifetimes!

Of deprivation

Of abuse and neglect!

While some of us are

Overflowing with love

And with care!

Some of us have all the freedom

And live in plenitude,

Others are bound, bombed and bruised

And often go without a meal!

We are poles apart

As if aliens from afar!

And yet we are co-travellers

On this day and this path!

Who is justified in blaming whom

We are all seekers,

Seeking peace, joy and bliss!

And we keep walking

Despite our aching legs,

And pain in our hearts!

If we could but learn to walk

In other’s shoes at last,

We would become kinder

And more caring!

And shall soon watch

Our pains fade,

Our faces aglow and

Love shall fill all our hearts!!

Painting by my wife, Anita (1955-2011)
Another painting by Anita

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Please keep praying for India and the world πŸ™

Related post : We are One

Thank you so much for your love and support πŸ‘

The Little Feather

It was my usual peaceful dawn. I was sitting in the balcony, sipping lime and honey in hot water and looking at the sky. The cloud formation usually gives me a good clue to how the dawn and sunrise is going to be! Early mornings are so divine. The best time of the day for me. Still. Quiet. Peaceful.

All of sudden a small white and grey feather came in my vision. It floated straight for a while and then it started to move up. Smooth, peaceful flight though there was hardly any wind. It was such a peaceful sight, watching the little feather in its flight.

Was it alive or was it dead? Was it cut off from life or was it flying to new life? Was it lost? Was it happy? Was it sad? Was it lonely? Was it at peace? I don’t know. But it left me in pure bliss.

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Wishing you a peaceful day/night. Thank you so much for your love and support πŸ’–πŸ€—

Dawn Meditation πŸ’–

Tuesday dawn was mesmerising. I wanted to sit for my morning meditation, but my eyes were glued to the changing colours of the sky and my feet were riveted to the floor in the balcony and my heart had stopped to beat!! Sometimes when we face nature at its breathtaking best, everything stands still. There is utter peace. It was that kind of dawn. 45 minutes of sheer bliss. Isn’t meditation all about loving God and merging in Him?

God’s grace is new every morning
God is love
God is peace
God is joy
God is beauty
God is bliss
Oh God beautiful at Thy feet oh I do bow

All pics on my iPhone between 5.25am and 6.10am on the 18th of May.

If you too love the sky do check out: My First Love and November Sky

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MAY

May is here!

May it bring you healing

May it bring you peace

May it bring you joy

May it bring you bliss

May it bring you love

May it bring you hope

May it bring you courage

May it bring you faith

Pic of today morning the 1st of May 6.38 am

Stay safe, blessed and loved my dear friends. Thank you so much for your love and support πŸ‘

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Dada Vaswani – Only Love β€οΈ

When I had moved to Pune in 1993 I had the good fortune to pick up a mini book from Manney’s Book store – 108 quotes of Dada Vaswani (like so many other book stores all over the world, this iconic book store is now closed ☺️). I used to carry this mini book in my pocket all the time – traveling in a chauffeur driven car or a public bus!

Dada J P Vaswani

This was the time I had started to seek spiritual wisdom and guidance. I used to love listening to Dada’s discourses in the early morning TV telecasts. Then I came in touch with my Gurudeva, Paramahansa Yogananda, and got immersed in his teachings, and lost touch with Dada.

I had left Pune in 1996 and came back to this city in 2015. My relationship manager at HSBC knew of my spiritual inclination and in August 2017 gave me a VIP pass for the 99th birthday celebration of Dada, at the Vaswani Mission in Pune (Thank you so much Jogen).

I was so thrilled to receive this invite as I used to be so fond of Dada. I used to love him but didn’t know that he was Love. That day in August of 2017 I heard him live from close quarters. And had the immense pleasure and privilege of meeting him after the discourse.

He was so humble and childlike. He was pure love. I have been so lucky and blessed that in our line of Gurus we have Paramahansa Yogananda, who was love incarnate, and Mahavatar Babaji whose nature itself was love. But the only such saint I have had the privilege of meeting on the physical plane is Dada.

I have met a few other popular gurus too, but none of them have the humility and loving heart of Dada.

The likes of Paramahansa Yogananda, Sadhu Vaswani and Dada come on the earth plane rarely. It is such a blessing to be in their presence.

Dada left his earthly existence a few weeks short of his 100th birthday (2nd August 1918- 12th July 2018) I have no doubt he is showering his love and blessings on mankind from whichever dimension he is in now.

A few quotes of Dada:

  • Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality.
  • True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment.
  • People need to know that they are not alone, that they have not been abandoned; but that there is One Who loves them for what they are, Who cares about them.
  • True love bears all, endures all and triumphs!

God is Love. Love is God. Love is all there is!

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There is no God

A few days back I had read a post by Sara, of Life is not an Immune, in which she was saying there is no God. If He was there He would have seen her pain, her suffering. I do understand from where she is coming, and my heart goes out to her. May God ease her pain and give her peace and understanding. And there are so many like her in pain all around. And I keep praying for all.

In my post – My First Love, I had talked of my love for the stars and the sky, and my awe and wonder at the humongous bigness of the universe. I was even more awed or completely bowled when, still in my youth, I learned that ours is an ever expanding universe. My question was : expanding into what? What was there before the universe occupied that space? Nobody could give me any satisfactory answer for decades.

As I matured and started to delve into metaphysics I began to get glimpses of truth. Our rational, thinking mind is too small to understand the infinitude of creation, of God. We can understand it intuitively only. No one can explain God. God can only be experienced.

I believe two opposing forces are continually at work in our universe. One is the attractive power of God, which is Love; and the other is Satan or Maya/Illusion or Iblis. Both these forces came into being at the same time, when creation happened. When the Big Bang happened about 15 billion years ago the outgoing force, the centrifugal force started to pull creation away from the center. That outgoing force is nothing but Satan and is the creation of the Creator only.

The other force is Love, which is pulling us back towards the center, God. And this is a centripetal force. All of creation is subjected to these two opposing forces. And all of us are at different radii from the center, the nucleus; which is nothing but pure love. The further we are from the center that much more restless and unhappy and unfulfilled we are. The closer we are to the center that much happier, peaceful and fulfilled we are.

Love is the cohesive power which is holding the universe together πŸ’•

Though God is Love, He runs His creation with Law, which is unerring. That is His play, His Lila or drama. And this Law is nothing but karma, cause-effect! Our own karma brings us pain at times and we start to disbelieve in His love. But He knows our pain and cries for us but can’t help us till we help ourselves. That is the whole game of creation. Every pure act, every act of kindness and compassion brings us closer to the center, to peace and joy. Every impure act, every act of anger, jealousy, greed and hatred takes us away from the center. And we experience pain and restlessness and unhappiness. It is true, but most of the times it is difficult to understand from our limited perception of one limited life span.

And ultimately the whole of our life, happy or sad, is but a mere dream, a story πŸ˜‡ God is the only reality.

Whole of life is a dream, all of us are actors in the movie of our Creator. As real as any sculpture, any painting, any story; real in their own rights, but never as real as their creator!

God is Love. Love is God. Love is all there is πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’•

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Renewal

You lose love

You lose friends

You lose pieces of yourself!

And out of the blue

Some pieces come back

New love is found

Better friends are around!

And one fine morning

You look in the mirror

And see a new you

Beautiful and glowing

Stars and the moon

Shining in your eyes!

With renewed hope and courage

And a bounce in your steps

You step out

One more time!

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My first Love πŸ’•

If you have been following my blog you would know that I loved my wife the most. She was so lovable πŸ’–πŸ’• But she wasn’t my first love.

My first love was sky 🌌 πŸ’–

I remember one night, just after our marriage, we were strolling hand in hand, after dinner. It was a clear, beautiful night and I started to point out various constellations to Anita. And ever so sweetly she said, β€œ You are supposed to be seeing the stars and the moon in my eyes and not in the sky.” 😍πŸ₯°

If there was a time machine and I could go back in time, I would love to go back to the time when we were newly married. Or the first few years of our married life. God willing some day or in some other life time, or in some other dimension πŸ’–πŸ™

Our 20th anniversary-1995 (I still have this shirtπŸ’–)

My love affair with the sky started when I was still a student. There were no computers and not even calculators at that time. And I used to calculate the distances between stars and the constellations and galaxies with my own hand in my note books! I used to get so awed with the humongous bigness of the universe. It was incomprehensible, the infinitude of creation, of God.

This was also the beginning of my love affair with spirituality! I used to wonder about the infinitude of creation and my nothingness. I am still awed by the infinitude of creation, it’s beauty and freshness. And I wonder why is bulk of humanity running after money and power? Are they blind or what!!

It is not only that I am insignificant or nothing. If the entire solar system of ours got sucked into a black hole, it wouldn’t even cause a ripple in the scheme of things. Our solar system is so small and insignificant. And I think, so is our Milky Way galaxy πŸ˜…

I love the play of clouds in the sky. I love the games clouds play with the moon and the sun. I love dawn. The beauty and the stillness. I love starry nights. I can spend hours and days looking at the sky.

Thank you so much for taking out your time to view, read and comment on my posts. It means a lot to me and that is what keeps me going – the love of the blogging family and friends πŸ’–πŸ‘

All pics on my mobile in last 12 months from our home in Pune, India. Copyright Β© Ashok Wahi

Happy Easter 🐣

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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