Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Mystic Yogi Revisited by  Araghu

“Theologians may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language.”
Meister Eckhart

Leaving behind ambitions of world and attainments of the world, most of his wealth and property, keeping only the minimum necessary to sustain his remaining years, he became a recluse. When he entered the forests on the mountains and set up his abode there, he became a hermit, a mystic yogi. At first his sleep was disturbed as he tossed and turned through the night, as he resolved the dilemmas and anguish all of us face while in the world of gain and ambition, in time, the tossing and turning subsided. His sleep became as sweet as it was when he was a child. He would wake up early with the same delight that a child wakes up when it is holiday, for every day is a holiday now, each day with its own new magic.

He now enjoyed the flowers of the forests as a child enjoys his colorful toys. A walk through the trees was as joyous as through a carnival parade. The song of birds, the gushing river was the symphony orchestra and the rock band. Mama and Papa were at hand again - Mother Earth and Father Universe.

On a forested hill side, at a point where there is a little level clearing, sits the mystic yogi now. He sits still on soft ground, under the shade of an ancient oak, by the side of a stream of clear water that runs down the hill. He is oblivious to the dance of butterflies that dance about on wild flowers around him. He is oblivious to the sounds of the gurgling stream as it rushes over pebbles and rocks rounded through the ages, or of the chirping of birds that hop from branch to branch. He is free of fear for he knows now none can harm his soul though the temporary body may disintegrate just as his temporary clothes do, free of any desire now since Mama and Papa take care of that, always providing the best, completely at peace. His eyes are closed as he breathes slowly, evenly.

A single word repeats endlessly in his mind – at times Allah, broken into two syllables – Al with his inward breath and ‘lah’ with the outward one, at other times other words - Hare Rama, Mother Mary, Mother Gaia, Ma Sunanda, Naini Mata broken up in four syllables now to synchronize with his inward and outward breath. He is not a Muslim, nor a Hindu or a Christian for he now thinks those classification are for others still in the world. He knows that he could meditate with help of nonsense words too in order to still the mind but he also knows that when he has all but surrendered his self to the universe in meditation, it is the nonsense of the universe that shall come and reside in his being then. Therefore he chooses holy words - words of beauty, goodness and joy.  He believes in the mystic truth of all religions and that the Almighty has an infinite number of names. His mind is still. It observes nothing but its own breathing. It feels nothing besides the Infinite Consciousness that runs through every blade of grass, flower, butterfly or tree on the hillside and beyond. Perhaps he will permit his mind to think, to make a wish, a wish that does not disturb his peace or raise a desire in his heart, a wish that will not return his consciousness to his small finite body.  What will that wish be? Will it come true? Even Papa makes a wish from time to time as he did in the beginning.
"Let there be light."

The present post is a repeat of an earlier one with the same title with extension

A general note on forest hermits here:

Last image here is quote added to an 'oil on canvas' work by author described at

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Much of World Missing the Point in 1% Versus 99% Debate

In recent times, an idea has asserted that it is only a few in the world that control most of its wealth and power. It is said that even in democratic countries the top 1% own most of the wealth and control how our world functions to the extent that Nature permits. In fact such control is by much less than the 1%. It is by few among the 1% with the rest of the 1% being their families, associates, aids, employees and principal puppets and slaves.  

It has further been concluded by many thinkers that a just world requires that this domination and control of the 1% come to an end and that shall happen in part when capitalism ends and is replaced by communism or socialism. That might be even worse as past experience of mankind has shown because one important point is often missed in all this, and it is as follows,

It is not the control by 1 percent that is bad for the world, it is how that control is acquired and perpetuated. If lies, unethical and criminal means, exploitation, selfishness are used to acquire wealth and power by one per cent, it leads to a society and world full of misery. However, when such a control is based in love, truth, compassion and simplicity then we end up with a heavenly world in which the 99% do not complain about the 1% control of world but are happy for them to take care of the responsibilities of managing the world. It is always the few who must do that job. In this latter scenario, inequalities are not extreme and it is the poorest and most vulnerable members of society that are taken care of before the rich and powerful because the need of the former is far more acute and because that is the way of compassion.

In the most evolved form of this compassionate and democratic 1% world, privilege and power is not centered in the hands of a few by inheritance or long periods of lives but falls on the shoulder of any member of society by rotation. Humans have briefly enjoyed such a democratic society approximately during the Greek Athenian civilization and would do so again in future when goodness and truth establishes once again. That may happen after most humans destroy themselves through their greed and evil as saints have prophesied; for beyond a certain point that is perhaps the only way extreme greed ends.

A model for such a democracy that de-links power from money is described in an earlier note in this blog

Saturday, October 8, 2016

How to Organize the Past, Present and Future of our lives

Our thought processes make a huge contribution to the quality of our lives. If  thoughts are disorganized and unproductive, so shall our life become. It has been observed that humans can spend a lot of time in thinking about their past or worrying about future, thus losing precious moments of their present lives. As a counter to this, a philosophy has emerged in recent times that suggests we should live in the moment because the past is gone and the future will take care of itself provided we utilize our present moments well. However, this last philosophy is a severe approximation of reality and of what is good for our lives.

One does need to reflect on one’s past to resolve emotional dilemmas arising from it or they remain a burden on our souls. We learn much from it. One also has to plan for future. What is therefore required is not to try and ignore the past or future but to structure thoughts about them in the most beneficial and productive way so that we are freed to enjoy and make the most of our present moments. My reflections and experience on the issue has led me to the following that I am sharing with readers here. Consider the day divided in three parts,

Morning hours: These are the hours from the time you wake up to the time you have had your breakfast and from fifteen minutes to half an hour after that. The activities that we fit into these morning hours shall vary from person to person according to life style. We have discussed some in earlier posts and shall not go into those here but in the present context it does seem best not to use these morning hours to either think of the past or the future. Enjoy the present moments of your mornings and do not waste anytime on past or future thoughts. However do reserve around fifteen minutes of it to reflect on the day ahead and plan its activities. You may wish to prepare a do-list for that so that when you follow up on that during the day, it is a productive, enjoyable and useful day. However do not be too rigid about your do-list because you do not know how the day shall unfold and some revision would be required of the initial plan, playing it by the ear as you plunge yourself into the magic of a new day.

Working hours:  A retired person may not have any fixed working hours at all but these hours refer to the hours from after breakfast to around five in the evening, give or take an hour depending on local customs. In some Arab countries the work day ends at around 2 pm. It is followed by the main meal of the day and an afternoon nap which is a wonderful thing to do. Do try and fit an afternoon nap in your schedule or if not possible, even a brief cat nap will help. It is a great way to keep oneself fresh until late in the evening. During these work hours it is necessary that we focus on the present task at hand unless it is a holiday then use some of this time to plan for the future, short term, medium term and long term plans. That is all the time one needs for future planning. As life unfolds it will be natural to revise such plans according to feedback we get from life

Evening hours: These evening hours are the time for relaxing, chatting with family and friends, dinner as also to review the days activities or even reflect on one’s past. It is best in these evening hours not to think of what to do tomorrow or in future but keep it exclusively for relaxation, present moments and past reflection or discussion.

So there you have it friends, living in the moment while allocating appropriate time for past and future too.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Did you forget to change your pillow covers lately

As I changed the pillow covers on my bed today, the thought struck that I may as well share a useful tip with readers, something we all know but forget so often. I also I took a picture of my bed as shown above for this brief post.

All of us know the importance of cleanliness and this begins with our selves and then proceeds to our surroundings. Cleanliness is the beginning of a good quality of life, it is also the beginning of yoga next to basic morality of truth and non-violence ( see here)

A Dust Mite
One item of cleanliness is to change our bathing towels and bed linen regularly. However, due to the rush of life, many of us forget to do that every now and then. That cannot be the best thing for one’s sleep, dreams and health. While one may wait a few days more to change bed sheets, do not forget to change pillow covers more often. They are a small light item of bed linen therefore one can easily afford extra sets that can be washed more frequently. That is what is next to your face, eyes, nose, and lips all through the night. While you might be immune to dust mites, they are horrible looking creatures if you see them under a microscope, best to live without them climbing into your nose and eyes while you sleep. For the same reason while one may compromise by using colored bed sheets instead of white, it is best to stick to white pillow covers.It is also a good idea to sun the pillows without covers in full sun (both sides) whenever the opportunity permits.

In my life I have had to interact with poorer sections of society also and when I told the wife of a laborer a similar thing once, she said, "Sir, we are very poor, how can we afford another set of pillow covers." But she had some old torn sheets in her lodgings so I cut up one, in twice the size of a pillow covers, folded them and said there you have one now, just sew the edges together, I am sure you can afford a sewing needle and thread."

For the picture today, I have used a new set of pillow covers because tonight is celebrated as the first auspicious night in nine auspicious nights of the goddess in a year in South Asia called Navratri. May the Mother Goddess, Mother Universe and Mother Earth bless all readers of this blog and may your dreams be sweet so that you wake up all fresh to the song of birds and enjoy the magic of new beginnings.