Buddham Sharanam Gachhami

Is there another personification of peace as inspiring as the Buddha, wonders artist ANNU KALRA… Buddhism has often baffled me. Buddhists do not believe in the existence of any eternal soul, yet there are Jataka kathas about the previous lives of Gautama the Buddha, both in human as well as animal forms. Many a lessons have I learnt in childhood from reading those tales; lessons in...

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LIFE’S TRIBUTE TO THE SOUL

When the weary body rests in deep sleep, the true self rises to merge with its source and rest for a while. Upon awakening the same body –mind feels recharged, rejuvenated. Ready again to face the trials and tribulations of the manifest world. While we may seek pleasurable experiences and seek to avoid all that we deem sorrowful and sad, this soul is always rejoicing; Rejoicing in the...

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Understanding Shani Dev

Shani or Saturn is one of the most feared planets in the Horoscope. Typically most people in power are feared, but the ones who do not succumb to sycophancy are feared even more. Shani is one such entity. He creates extreme circumstances in people lives where they are tried incessantly and they either collapse or transform . His brother Yama, also the son of Surya is responsible for judgment in the afterlife and Shani for...

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Decoding Hanuman

As a young kid watching mythological films and serials one thing that used to disturb me the most was the portrayal of Hanuman in Ramayan.  I couldn’t understand what I thought was the servile attitude of the supposedly most powerful monkey man. This really powerful monkey man was shown singing praises and uttering the name of his most beloved Shri Ram. Though he was the one with the strength and the power, he was constantly...

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Don’t be limited

  Don’t be limited By the weight of the sand That pleasant softness on a beach Sandcastles breaking in the hand Don’t be limited By the weight of the scale That glass holding the wine Following a molten trail Don’t be limited By the weight of the world That metal under the earth Gold, Sapphire, Ruby or Emerald Don’t be limited To just a coloured gem on a crown Or a diamond of clear hardwork...

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Salutations to Ma Saraswati

There are so many aspects, interpretations as well as rituals associated with every Deity that the Scriptures are replete with stories and anecdotes. Each one of us can derive that which most resonates with our own inner self. As the many WhatsApp messages and FB posts were surfacing today with greetings and blessings for Basant Panchami  & salutations to Ma Saraswati, I remembered a conversation between my Mom and I....

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A Tribute to Yukti

When I learnt this morning that Yukti had passed away, along with the sadness which is inevitable at the passing away of someone known, I also found myself smiling fondly. She and I weren’t particularly close, even the relationship wasn’t too direct, more like a Basanti relationship from Sholay. She was the daughter of my late ex husband’s first cousin, though the same age as him and also his classmate in school for many...

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Time of your Life

As many of the 90 odd women came and spoke to me after I ended the workshop with them a few days back, I realized I had touched a chord in them. They had been so caught up being Mothers and wives and daughters in law and the many other relationships that defined them, that they hadn’t come face to face with themselves in a long time. Some underlying discontent had tormented most of them from...

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Learning to transform

The Samundar manthan (Churning of the Ocean) story is a very well known one. I had many years back written an interpretation of the same from the perspective of a Spiritual aspirant. But like all stories of traditional wisdom there are alternative interpretations and not merely from the spiritual perspective but also many other. The Leela of Kanhaiya(story of Krishna) can be a lesson on child psychology as well as advice on...

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Till the Cows come Home

My very dear friend complained this morning about my lack of response on a post she had recently done about the lynching of the man in Dadri for allegedly eating beef, cow slaughter and the upheaval in all echelons of society, especially the targeting of a certain section of society based on their religion and eating habits. Commenting on politics and religion and social at a collective level, I have mostly refrained from,...

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