Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Love, My Flower

California Poppies have come to my garden

While our conscious minds contain some knowledge, far more is knowledge is contained in the depths of our being. It is from here that intuitions, sixth sense and feelings arise. We may not be able to explain or understand the source of our feelings but they drive us much through life. One of these feelings is what is known as love at first sight. This love at first sight does not take place for another human only; it can take place for other things too such as flowers. Two flowers that have grabbed me thus in life are cosmos and California poppy. I had chanced upon a bed of California poppy in childhood somewhere and it grabbed my attention much. Everything about it - ferny leaves, pointy buds like hats of some elves in story books and delightful gentle flowers were delightful as is with everything about someone we love deeply. Even their flaws add a special charm as long as we remain in love with them.

In the years since I have grown lovely cosmos flowers in my garden but as regards California poppy either opportunity did not arise or I could not chance upon seedlings or seeds. For much of my life I have lived in India and it is not a common variety of poppy here. However some months back, I procured poppy seeds in a packet that showed pictures of the red, white and pink poppies and planted them. Some days later tiny hair like leaves of the plant appeared and I immediately knew they were the California poppies. One may recognize a loved one from the tiniest appearance often.

Now a small patch of flowers has begun to bloom beside a path in a garden. It has taken more than half a century for the Lord to grant me this love of my childhood. He always does in the right season and at the right time if the love is a true one, a love just the sake of it and not any other selfish interest.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Journey of a Soul

We look at a lovely rose and say, look how beautiful it is. At other times we look at other parts of the world, individually focussing our attention on that part. All these parts of the universe,  some lovely, others ugly  are part of just one single entity, the created universe, as is our physical body, every part in it changing with time, some rapidly, others slowly.

There is something beyond the created Universe; it is the consciousness of the Universe.  As parts of it look at created parts of itself, some of those parts develop attachment or aversion to those parts and seem to develop their own individual identity in this vast infinite ocean of consciousness. Developing a desire to make changes in the observed part, shorn of their infinite power that can make changes by mere will, these parts acquire a physical body. From this is born life, an individual soul, and an aperture through which a part of the universe looks at its other parts.

But, alas! The physical part of the created universe is temporary and transient, not eternal like the Universal Soul. Physical bodies that are born must die. Individual consciousness with its experiences and character that it has developed through these experiences, its desires and aversion,  survives and moves on to acquire other bodies in keeping with its character, experiences, and consequences of its actions in the physical world i.e. its karma.

The language that humans use to communicate with each other is a creation of the physical mind. It is not the language of the soul that records its experiences and memories in a more universal language not made up of finite words but in an infinite continuum of impressions and feelings, a far more powerful language than one of the mind. The Universal consciousness remembers everything that happens in the created universe and its individual parts; individual souls remember only their own limited experiences similarly. While a human lives he remembers some of his past learning but not all that is in the soul. It is because the soul focuses on inputs of senses and workings of the mind. Mystics that learn to still thoughts to the deepest levels of the mind to varying extents are freed from such limitation to varying extents. They can begin to read some of the language of the soul, the knowledge in their hearts and remember their past lives too as well as events yet to come. From this is born prophecy and from this, mystics in parts of the world have been called prophets. When this freedom from the physical mind is complete, as it may happen to the rarest of souls such as Buddha, then it notes its original bliss it forgot in its long journey through the created universe and returns to its source, merging in infinite consciousness, first perhaps some the stars as its physical body as did the ancient king Dhruva of lore as the Pole Star, and eventually the entire universe as a part of the universal consciousness.

The created universe is made up from pairs of opposites, hot and cold, light and dark, good and evil. The Eternal soul is above and beyond this all. Evil souls that live on lies and the filth of the universe use this knowledge to justify their evil actions. However saintly souls realize that the path of goodness is the path of light that leads to greater knowledge and freedom from the world of opposites, both good and evil, while that of evil is the one of darkness that eventually leads evil souls to prolonged bondage or the bottomless pit, those parts of the universe that may no longer ever exercise their freedom to appear as life again. Of these latter parts are made stones, mud and the shit of living creatures. Here must evil dwell eventually until this creation comes to an end, but only for a temporary reprieve when the created universe goes to sleep. That is where they must return when it wakes up again in a new creation.

Do note that this note too has been devised by an imperfect mind and expressed in an imperfect language. It can at best be an approximation. The language of God is silence. Still your body, still your mind and listen to it in your heart. Praise the Lord

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Planet needs more food trees

While the planet needs humans to grow many more trees and forests to make up for the loss of last hundred years, food producing trees must be the choice now for the huge human population at present time.
Walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, apples, mulberry family trees, bananas, coconut, drum stick trees are excellent choices depending on location and a grape vine on home walls is a near must for the modern age.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Ram Ram Musical Greetings

Ram Ram is a common greeting in central Himalayas and elsewhere that invokes the divine. Here is one from me as a musical video with best wishes for the new year for all