And when the son meets the father !!


We all know the story of the Buddha that he went in search of knowing himself. He went in search of enlightenment. And in the process he left everything behind - his own family, his father, and his kingdom. In the past there was this tradition of renunciation. One has to give-up everything in order to attain to enlightenment. One has to give-up oneself in order to become a Siddha. Siddhartha was a prince. He was the son of a king Śuddhodana. Siddhartha had all the comforts and luxuries that one can imagine. Since childhood he has seen only one-side of life, the life of all comforts and luxuries. And he had no idea about the other side of life of poverty and deprivation. And when he had grown-up, the side which was absent and suppressed started attracting him in the form of renunciation. This is a common psychology of life that a thing which has been absent in life shall soon start dominating its presence. The one that we suppress will try to surface with a greater force. If we see only one side of the coin the other side of the coin will gather all the energy to show-up at some other time in life. And every coin is made of two sides. I think it is better to see all the perspectives possible to know the whole thing.

On the path of discovering himself, Siddhartha went through all the austerities possible. He had gone through all the troubles and tribulations of life. He did Yoga. He starved himself. He begged. And he did everything that was expected of him on the path of renunciation. He saw the utility and futility of the other side of life, that is, the other side of life of poverty and deprivation. And he could have the right perspective of life because he has already seen the side of all comforts and luxuries. He could now stand in the middle of life and see things as they are. Life taught him the art of mindfulness. And he could see the reality of life as it is. And this is how Buddha’s path has been known as a “Middle Path or Middle Way”

I think this is similar to the way of a tightrope walker. Just observe the game of the tightrope walker. Initially while learning and practicing the game, the tightrope walker falls off the rope. He is not able to walk on the rope. He is not able to balance. He slowly learns the art. In order to bring in balance he takes the help of a big bamboo. He holds the bamboo in the middle. While he is leaning to the left he takes the bamboo to the right, and while he is leaning to the right he takes the bamboo to the left. This way he slowly and steadily attains to balance. He then throws the bamboo and tries to walk on the rope without the bamboo. He is able to do it quite well now. He then further practices the game without the bamboo and brings in perfection to his game. He then becomes an excellent tightrope walker. 

I think the same is true when it comes to our lives. The mystery of the whole existence is that it is a perfect balance. Life is like a wave with equal crests and troughs. And the whole existence is like a circle. The reality is like a perfect wave embedded in a perfect circle. And the whole life is like the art of a tightrope walker. I think this is the true “Art of Living” and not the “Art of Leaving”. And Siddhartha was able to perfect this art. And on mastering this art of balance he was called the Buddha. 

On following the journey of his heart Siddhartha is awakened one day. His following grows into millions and millions. A Sangha (an organization) comes into existence around him and his teaching. And Siddhartha is finally known as the Buddha. He now wanted to meet his father, wife and son. Buddha’s father was still angry. He was angry because his son was not ready to walk on his path. He was not ready to become a successor to his throne. He watered on all the succession plans of his father. The father was still angry. The vision of the father was different from the vision of the Buddha. There was a clash of the values. Buddha wanted to follow his own heart. He wanted to pursue his own dreams. He wanted to be his own person. He could have served the people of his kingdom as a good king. He could have served the people of his kingdom as an empathetic and compassionate king. He could have served the people as an enlightened king. He was very well aware of this value. And it was too late. He had already discovered his own path by then. He had been into the hearts of millions. He had millions of followers by now. And he did not want to deceive the aspirations of all his followers. 

Siddhartha looks at his father. The father was still very angry. The king Śuddhodana says, “Siddharth, the deal is still open. You can still decide. I am still ready to pardon you for all that you have done. You can still look into your future as a king like me. My son, the whole kingdom is yours. The only condition is that you leave everything on your path and come back home”. 

Siddhartha says, “Pa, look into my eyes. I am no more the same person. I am not the same person who had left the palace. I am totally a different person now. I am totally transformed into a different human being. Please pa, look at my whole being. It is vibrating with a different energy. Please look at my whole being which is now totally filled with a consciousness of love and compassion. I want to serve the people with a different vision”. 

Siddhartha could convince his father that he wanted to follow his own heart and own dreams. They both cried for each other. They both hugged each other while they are still crying and weeping. The tears wiped out all their earlier differences. The so called bloody generation gap has come to an end. 

Siddhartha is now free from one emotional hurdle. He is now free from one emotional bondage. Now comes the second hurdle. Now comes the second bottleneck. He had to speak to his beloved wife. He had been away from her for years. His wife Yasodharā was a brilliant and a beautiful woman. Siddhartha was very well aware that he was at fault. It was too heavy to handle the situation. Yasodharā asks Siddhartha a simple question. She says, “You left the palace and went into the woods in search of Nirvana. Hubby, please tell me honestly, is your Nirvana not here in the palace? Can’t it be found here in the palace? Can’t Nirvana be found in the thick of the market place? What is the value of that Nirvana which can be found only in the woods? What is the value of the Nirvana which is not of this world? What is the value of Nirvana which is only a part of the other world?”

Siddhartha was very silent. He did not utter a single word. He wholeheartedly listened to the feelings and emotions of his wife. She was struggling with these emotions for years now. And she was absolutely right in asking all the above questions.

Siddhartha says to Yasodharā, “Honey, I am really very sorry for all the pains that you have gone through. It was all my mistake that I am away from you for all these years. You are very right in your anger and frustration at me. You are absolutely right at your disdain towards me. Your question is also very right and pertinent. Nirvana has nothing to do with a physical place. It is independent of a physical place. Yes, it has something to do with a mental state. And honey, frankly speaking, please believe me, I was not aware of this then. I was not aware of myself. I was searching for my own being. And all this could have been done and achieved in the palace itself. There was no need for me to leave the palace. Honey, my sweet heart, please forgive me for all this. Every situation and every indication was hinting at the other side of life that I have avoided since childhood. I was living in the world of comfort and luxury. The other side of of life of poverty, hunger and deprivation was not shown to me. It was kept away from me. I am a very sensitive person. The other side of life had slowly started surfacing. It started attracting and created a craving in me. And moreover, there was this wrong tradition of renunciation. And all these have somehow contributed towards my leaving you all. It appears to me that everything has somehow conspired to make me a better human being. I think it is only the life which knows her ways. I think we are all just like pawns in her hands. And today I am a different person. Now I have experienced what is true love. Now I came to know of a real responsibility. I can today understand what is a true relationship. Please honey, forgive me for all this”.

They both talked out their hearts. It was a heart to heart talk. They cried for each other. And all the anger and frustration of Yasodharā is then dissolved in the new being of Siddhartha.

There was this third emotional hurdle to come over. The second emotional hurdle somehow had come to an end. The third was between Buddha and his son Rāhula. The wife of Buddha was very much concerned for the future of Rāhula. He was a growing young boy. Everybody was concerned for his future.

Rāhula was very happy to see his father. He simply wanted to see his father. He was very young. He had no idea of asking anything except the love of his father. He was more than happy when Buddha pulled him towards his heart. Yasodharā was very concerned. She asks Buddha, “What do you have for your son in inheritance? What should be his path? What should he do in his life? What should be his life’s goal”. Life seems to be a mystery. It moves in circles, it seems. The same situation again comes back in a different form. Earlier it was in the form of the meeting of the son Siddhartha with his father Śuddhodana. The whole issue of the meeting was relating to the career and future of the son. Now again the same circle repeats in a different form. Now the situation is in the form of a son Rāhula meeting his father Siddhartha. Buddha does not even think for a while. He simply hands over his begging bowl to his son Rāhula.

I think the begging bowl is only a metaphor. It is symbolic for something higher and deeper. It is not a begging bowl in a literal sense. It is a metaphor for seeking knowledge and wisdom. There are two kinds of capitals. One is money as a capital and the second is knowledge as a capital. And both of them are related. They both are conjoined. They can’t be separated. They are not isolated compartments. Knowledge is needed to earn money. And knowledge is also needed to safeguard that money. Knowledge is also needed for that money to grow. Money can be used to know more knowledge. And knowledge is also not a static thing. It is a dynamic thing. It keeps on changing. And again the knowledge is objective and subjective. The knowing is objective and subjective. How much do we know really? Big Bang, String Theory, etc. are all just concepts and ideas. What is known is very little when compared to what can be known. It is just like a drop in the ocean. And what can be known is just nothing when it is compared with that which can not be known. It is again like a very small drop in a big ocean. There is something that can only be felt. There is something that can only be realized. There is something that can only be experienced. It is like the fragrance of a flower. It is very delicate and subtle. It requires inner sensitivities of a human being. I can reduce and deduce the flower in a lab scientifically in all its aspects. And still I can not catch hold of the fragrance of the flower in a lab. To hold the fragrance of the flower in a test tube is meaningless. I have to smell it to know it. I have to feel it to know it. It is also like the fruition of the fruit. I can reduce and deduce the fruit in the lab scientifically in all its aspects. And still I can not catch hold of the delicious taste of the fruit in a lab. To hold the delicious taste of the fruit in a test tube is meaningless. I have to taste it to know it. I have to eat it know it. There is no other way.

I think Buddha’s begging bowl is only a metaphor for this knowing. I think it is a metaphor for this seeking. I think it is a metaphor for this experiencing. Shudhha Chetana or Supreme Consciousness is that ever flowered state of the divine. Let us move with our begging bowls towards that goal.

Is there no God? Buddha answers the Question


I heard that one day a person came to Buddha in the morning and asked, “Is there no God?”. The person was a theist. A theist is a person who believes in the existence of God. A theist only believes and does not try to know anything. He is just a believer. Buddha said, “Yes, there is no God”. The person got angry. He became violent. He went nuts. He became crazy. He actually came to Buddha to get a confirmation of his own belief. Buddha was aware that this guy is a believer and he needs a confirmation to his belief. Buddha took him to the other extreme. The person carried a belief of “Yes” and Buddha shown him the power of “No”. The person was holding on to only one bank of the river and Buddha shown him the existence of the other bank of the river. It is a great psychological insight that a person is always searching for a confirmation of his own belief from others. 

By now the news has spread to all the disciples that Buddha has said that there is no God. Some disciples were very happy and some were unhappy. The disciples who were just believers in the non-existence of God were very happy. The atheists in the camp were very happy. And they all got confirmation from Buddha that there exists no God. 

The same day in the afternoon another person came and asked Buddha, “Is there a God?”. The person was an atheist. An atheist is a person who believes in the non-existence of God. An atheist also only believes and does not try to know anything. He is also just a believer. Buddha said, “Yes, there is a God”. The person was very angry. He also got a confirmation that went against his belief. And this confirmation he got from none other than Buddha himself. The person carried a belief of “No” and Buddha shown him the power of “Yes”. 

Again a new news spread in the camp of the disciples that Buddha has said that there is a God. The theists have felt at ease. They were feeling very happy at Buddha’s confirmation. Now the atheists were feeling uneasy at the new disclosure. A small number of the agnostics in the camp were unperturbed. The camp of the agnostics thought that Buddha is only playing a practical joke and they all knew the truth. 

There are three kinds of believers - a theist, an atheist, and an agnostic. A theist believes in the existence of God. An atheist believes in the non-existence of God. And an agnostic believes that the existence or non-existence of God can neither be proved nor disproved. An agnostic is a person who disbelieves in the belief of a theist and an atheist. He is a person who does not believe in the “Yes” and the “No”. He looks like a quantum physicist. 

In the evening another person came to meet Buddha. This person didn’t ask any question to Buddha. He did not ask whether God exists or does not exist. He sat with Buddha for a while. He looked into the eyes of Buddha. He closed his eyes and went deeper into meditation. He felt the silence within him and outside of him. In the presence of Buddha the chattery of his mind stopped and he felt his own silence within. He opened his eyes, touched Buddha’s feet and left the place. He did not ask any question to the Buddha. And Buddha did not give him any answer. It was very clear from the attitude of the person that he was not a believer. He was an adventurer. He was an enquirer. He had a quest. He wanted to feel the experience on his own. He wanted to do something on his. He wanted to know on his own. He was not a closed door. He was not a dead-end. He was an opening of infinite possibilities. 

When Buddha used the word “Nirvana”, he simply meant that one should not be a slave to the belief of “Yes” and “No”. He also meant that one should not be a slave to the belief of neither. There are some who believe in the illusion or Maya that neither the existence exists nor they exist. According to these people nothing really exists. They are there, and they may say they are not there. And this could be their illusion and delusion.


The river of life has two banks - yes and no. One should not jump to the conclusion that the other bank of the river does not exist. And for some the other bank of the river exists and it looks greener. The other bank gives a new perspective which could be looked into. In order to go to the other bank one has to go through the waters. One has to travel from this end to that end. And in the process one has to travel through the river. And without travelling through the waters one wouldn’t know that the river has two banks opposing each other. Are these two banks opposing each other? Or, Are they complementing each other to allow the river to flow? 

I think it is the same thing with the ocean of the mind. I think the mind has two streams of thoughts. One thought says “Yes” and the other says “No”. And without these two divisions the mind can not flow. And without these two divisions the mind can not move. And we all need a mind to move in life. And we all need a mind to flow in life. The chattery of the mind is because of the collision of these two thought waves. They are not opposing each other. They may be complementing and compensating each other. We can rise above these waves and bring in observation. And when we become mindful of the waves of thoughts, they disperse and dissolve in the ocean. And in the process of mindfulness we experience the unification of the thought waves with the ocean. This gives the experience of tranquility and oneness, and the barriers of the mind of “Yes” and “No” are frozen. This gives the illumination of going beyond the dark corners of the mind. Now, the mind is bestowed with a unique experience of crossing the barriers. And this experience is out of the box. It is not boxed in the walls of “Yes” and “No”. The mind is now filled with the experience of Nirvana. The mind can now flow in the river of life with tranquility and stillness.

When we become mindful of the waves of thoughts, they disperse and dissolve in the ocean. And in the process of mindfulness we experience the unification of the thought waves with the ocean. This gives the experience of tranquility and oneness, and the barriers of the mind of “Yes” and “No” are frozen. This gives the illumination of going beyond the mind. Now, the mind is bestowed with a unique experience of crossing the barriers. And this experience is out of the box. It is not boxed in the walls of “Yes” and “No”. The mind is now filled with the experience of Nirvana. The mind can now flow in the river of life with tranquility and stillness.

What is Truth? What is Reality?


Truth is beyond words. It is beyond time. In this sense it is ancient. It is the experience of a non-duality. Truth is transcendental. It is the experience of the state of a spiritual singularity. What is transcendence? It is going beyond the duality. All duality is a relativity. Relativity is not reality and reality is not relativity. Truth is transcending relativity. The first duality is space-time curvature. This is a part of the outer universe. This is an objective reality. What is the measuring rod? The light is the measuring rod. Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity can be of immense help to know the objective relativity. The second duality is the space-time curvature of the mind. This is that inner universe. And what is the measuring rod? A pure thought is a measuring rod. The Vedas and Upanishads which are the eternal resources of Advaita can be of an immense help to know the subjective relativity and then to experience the absolute truth as it is. Truth or reality means to transcend the objective relativity and subjective relativity. The absolute truth is beyond the objective relativity and subjective relativity. 

Truth is One. This “One” does not mean a numeric one. It only means that the truth is non-dual. It means it is beyond duality. It means it is transcendental. One means the existential experience of Oneness. It is the experience of the union. It is just like how a dew drop from a lotus petal slips into a pond and becomes one with the pond. This merging is one. It is just like how a river falls into an ocean, merges with the ocean, and becomes one with the ocean. What is then left out is only the ocean. The experience of this merging and becoming one is Oneness. It is in this sense the truth is One. 

Truth is eternal. It was same to my parents. It was same to me. It will be the same to my son. And it will be same to anybody, anywhere, and anytime. Truth can be experienced but can not be expressed. Truth can be known but can not be made into a knowledge. Truth can be known but can not be described. Truth can be realized but can not be given. Truth can be seen but can not be said. Truth can be smelt like the pleasant fragrance of a flower. Truth can be felt like the taste of a delicious fruit. It can never be given like a chocolate or an ice cream. But yes, it can be shared. The method can be shared. The way can be shared. The approach can be shared. The path can be shared. Because spirituality is a science of experiencing the truth. Anybody who is promising you that the truth can be given is a fake. Anybody who is assuring you that the truth can be given is a sham. Truth is non-negotiable. Please beware !!

Everything can be said in words except the truth. The truth is beyond words. And still the words have to be used to say the unsayable. This is the biggest dilemma. The truth can be heard when the chattery of the mind stops. The sound of truth echoes in a silent state of the mind. Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya (Move from Untruth to Truth), say the Upanishads.

Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti !!


Today is the day of the “Guru”. Guru Nanak Dev was the founder of the Sikh faith. There is a legend behind his becoming a great Guru. He was once working for a merchant. And while counting numbers he made a small mistake. I strongly feel that such mistake should happen in everybody’s life. He was counting numbers. He was supposed to count up to twelve (12) and by mistake he counted up to thirteen (13). The moment he counted this number thirteen there was a sudden flash of a thunder in his whole being. It was a miraculous moment of his life. In fact divinity descended in him in that very moment. And at the same time, in that very moment, he ascended to divinity. In that very moment everything in his life has changed forever. 

In the Eastern tradition the word “Tera” means the “Supreme”. It simply means “Yours” and not “Mine”. The word “Tera” means everything is yours (that of God) and nothing is mine. Now, the world of me and mine has come to an end for the first time. Unless ‘my’ world does not come to an end, ‘His’ world can not start. Unless ‘my’ territory does not come to an end, ‘His’ territory can not begin. And unless ‘I am’ not absent, ‘He’ can not be present. And this moment was such a mystery to him that he almost lost himself in the very being of the whole universe. In that very moment he became one with the cosmic being. In that very moment he became one with the whole and all the division and discrimination has disappeared forever. In that very moment he found his own being completely in sync with the cosmic being. And in that very moment he also experienced that oneness with the divine. It is just like how our digital devices are in sync with the web in the presence of an internet. When the WiFi is on, the digital devices get in sync with the web. And in the same way when the divine WiFi is on, our individual beings get connected with the cosmic being. And in the presence of a divine WiFi the individual beings get connected and be in sync with the cosmic being. 

In fact all our divisions are only up to twelve. Twelve hours, twelve months, twelve zodiac signs, etc. Just look at the time piece that we use for all our daily reminders. Every moment and every second the time clock is actually reminding us about this division. The time clock is actually a great reminder. What happens at 12 O’Clock? How do we know that it clocked 12? In fact we come to know this in the moment when all the three hands of the clock come to become one. They all accurately come one upon the other to become one. They merge into each other and become one. The angle between them for the first time becomes zero degrees and all divisions of time and space disappear. The time clock is also a metaphor for the mind. The three divisions of the mind, that is, the past, present, and the future come to an end. And for the first time it is a zero hour (00:00). And zero in the Eastern tradition means “Shunnya”. It literally means a state of deep tranquility and stillness. It is a state of infinite silence. It is a state of being one with the One. And this state is possible through mindfulness and meditation. It is a state of being one with the divine. And for the first time all the divisions of the past, present, and future come to an end. What the hands of the clock are doing? They are dividing the space of our life into time. They are dividing the time of our life into distance. They are dividing the space of our mind in twelve (12) equal zones. And after this twelve (12), comes the number thirteen (13). And for Guru Nanak Dev this number thirteen (13) is not just a numeral, but a mental state in which all the divisions of space and time have disappeared. It is a state in which all the divisions have dissolved into the eternal. It is a transcendence of the space-time object. It is a state of no-time and no-space. All our divisions are of the space and time. And beyond time and beyond space there are no divisions. The scientists are also talking about an unbounded cosmos. Our earlier thinking was that the universe is finite and bounded. We are slowly moving into a new understanding that the universe is open-ended and boundless. In fact the moving time is space. In fact the moving mind is space. The moving thoughts in the mind give rise to a subjective space-time object. The mind is a subjective world. And in the process of counting the numbers up to thirteen, Guru Nanak Dev transcended this world of the mind. And to indicate this state of our being, Guru Nanak Dev used the word, “a-man-gati”, a state of the mind where the thoughts have dissolved into silence. It is a silent state of the mind. He said that in a silent state of the mind we can experience the glimpse of the divine. 

There are two states of an ocean. One state is that the ocean is noisy and turbulent. This is because the waves in the ocean are colliding with each other and making a lot of noise. The waves of the ocean are fighting with each other. The waves of the ocean are dividing the space of the ocean into “mine” and “yours”. And this gives rise to a conflict and chaos. And this results into a disturbance. And the second state is that the waves have dissolved into the ocean and the ocean has become a silent ocean. All the turbulence in the ocean has gone. And in a silent ocean the boat can sail through smoothly. The same is the case with our mind. The mind is like a factory of producing thoughts. An average man produces some 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. These thoughts are like the waves in the ocean. These thoughts in the mind can divide the space of the mind into “mine” and “yours”. And this can give rise to a conflict and chaos. Just imagine what will happen if all the thoughts in the mind are negative? And also imagine what will happen if all the thoughts in the mind are positive and creative? The whole territory of the mind can either become “mine” or “yours”. And it is a great benediction if the mind becomes “Tera (13)” or “yours”. So please remember in all your dealings that the number thirteen (13), “Tera” is a lucky, magical, and mysterious number. 

All numbers were also divine to the great mathematician Pythagoras. To him, the whole universe was like a divine number. And it is a very surprising thing that in some parts of the Western world, number thirteen (13) is considered to be a superstitious and unlucky number. They have many reasons for such a belief. And just like Pythagoras, all numbers are also divine to the Eastern tradition. The largest number that is being used in the digital world of information today is “Tera”, (10^12, that is, 10 to the power 12). For example, “Tera Byte”. The root of this number “Terabyte” is also from the Eastern tradition. The root word is “Tera” or thirteen (13). This number means all is “yours” and nothing is “mine”. When this number thirteen (13) could enlighten Guru Nanak Dev, why can’t it enlighten us all? I do not know why some people associate superstition with this number? In the West in some buildings there is no 13th floor. After the 12th floor comes the 14th floor. This appears really very strange. There is also a superstition attached with “Friday 13” in the West. And this day is looked down upon and unlucky. 

Let us try a small trick of numerology here and see the miracle. Let us associate all alphabets in “Friday 13” with the corresponding numbers. The word Friday gives us a number sixty three (63). Now add this number to thirteen. This gives us 76 (63+13). Again add the two digits 7 and 6. Wow !! This again gives the same magical and lucky number thirteen (13). 

You will be surprised to know that even the word “Guru” stands for number “Tera”, thirteen (13). Let us again try the trick of numerology here also and see. Let us associate all the alphabets in the word “Guru” with their corresponding numbers. This gives us number sixty seven (67). And just add these two digits. Voila !! Even this word “Guru” gives us the same magical, mysterious, and lucky number.

Our being and the cosmic being are not two different things. Our physical being is numeric and our spiritual being is Nirvanic. The quantum science says that the particle of matter has a dual or quantum behaviour. It behaves both as a particle and a wave. The same is the story of the human being. Our physical being has a particle nature. Which means our body is here and there. And our spiritual being has a wave nature. Which means our Nirvanic body is everywhere. Spirituality is a path to know that our mind is numeric and our soul is Nirvanic. Spirituality is a way to know that our physical being is numeric and our spiritual being is Nirvanic. 

Guru Nanak Dev says, “God is One, but he has innumerable forms. He is the creator of all and He himself takes the human form.” 

I think it is very clear now that number thirteen (13), “Tera” is a universal and divine number. It is a number of the “Guru”. Let the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev and the magic of his number “Tera” enlighten us all. I dedicate my this day, the day of the Guru Nanak Gurpurab to “Satnam Shri Waheguru”. Happy Guru Nanak Jayanti !!


Emotional Quotient and Spiritual Quotient


Let us talk of the whole structure of our being. At the periphery of the being are our thoughts. This layer is of positive thoughts and negative thoughts. This is the mind of the being. This is an intellectual layer of the being. This layer can be purified through mindfulness and awareness. This layer can be purified through the process of Dhyana or meditation. This layer is called the Intellectual Quotient (IQ) of the being.

There is a layer below the intellectual layer. A layer below this is called the emotional layer. This is the heart of the being. This layer has negative emotions and positive emotions. And this layer can also be purified through mindfulness and awareness. The energy at this layer can be purified through the process of Dhyana or meditation. This layer is called the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of the being.

Emotions, thoughts, and actions are not three different things. They are three different forms of the same energy. The emotions are moving in the heart. The thoughts are moving in the mind. And these emotions and thoughts manifest through the body as actions. The emotions in the heart trigger as thoughts in the mind, and the same thoughts manifest through the body as actions. One can slap somebody with the hand or one can shake somebody’s hand with the same hand. It all depends on us as to how we use our thought energy.

A thought is an object. It is an energy. And this object creates its own world. It creates its own space and time. It creates its own world of thoughts and emotions. It creates a world of the mind. And this mind can be transformed into a creative mind. A moving thought is a space. A moving thought is time. A mind, therefore, is a space-time object. The mind is a space of moving thoughts. A moving mind creates an illusion of time.

The whole structure of an individual being is like that of an atom. The atom consist of electrons, protons, and neutrons. The electrons are negatively charged particles and are moving in the outermost orbit of the atom. This is the periphery of the atom. The protons are positively charged particles. And the neutrons are neutrally charged particles. The protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom called the nucleus. As we move from the periphery to the center of the atom, the power increases. The center of the atom is the most powerful place in the atom. The protons are more powerful than the electrons. And the neutrons are more powerful than the protons and electrons. The center of the atom, called the nucleus, is the most powerful place in the atom. According to science, the electrons, protons, and neutrons are not three different things. They are three different manifestations of the same energy.

The thoughts are like particles. These are moving in the mind at different energy levels. They have their own properties - position, speed, energy, etc. The thoughts are moving in the space of the mind. And these thoughts create their own world of the mind. And these thoughts - past, present, and future, create the mind. The past, present, and future are the three dimensions of the thought object. And the space and time is the fourth dimension. The past time is our memory. The present time is the time that we are living now at this very moment. And the future time is our imagination. And the sum of all this is nothing but our mind. Our mind is nothing but a four dimensional subjective world. If the past is responsible for the present, then with the same analogy the present will also be responsible for the future. Therefore, the whole objective is to create a world of positive actions and creative actions.

The outer layer of our being is the layer of negative, positive, and neutral thoughts. This is the periphery of our being. This is the mind of our being. The quality of the thoughts determine the quality of the mind. This is an intellectual layer. This is a layer of intellectual energy. This layer determines our Intellectual Quotient (IQ). A layer below this is a layer of negative, positive, and neutral emotions. This layer is below the intellectual layer. This is an emotional layer. This is the heart of the being. This is a layer of emotional energy. The emotional energy is more subtler than the intellectual energy. The quality of the emotions determine the quality of the heart. There is a layer further deeper. This layer is that of silence. This is more like a field. The thoughts and emotions are like particles. The thoughts and emotions are continuously interacting with this field of silence. And in a silent state of the mind we can experience the soul. The silent state is neither positive nor negative. It is a neutral state. It transcends the negative state and the positive state. The silent state helps us to know the utility and futility of both the states, that is, the positive state and the negative state. As we move deeper in our being the power increases. The positive thoughts are more powerful than the negative thoughts. The neutral thoughts are more powerful than the positive and negative thoughts. The Atma or soul is the center of our being. It is the most powerful place in our being. It is a center of infinite empathy. It is a center of infinite love and bliss. This is our happiness quotient. And this state determines our Spiritual Quotient (SQ).

The Spiritual Quotient (SQ) is the sum of our Intellectual Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ). And mathematically, 

Spiritual Quotient (SQ) = Intellectual Quotient (IQ) + Emotional Quotient (EQ).


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Jai Jai Ganesha !!


Ganesha does not mean only the wall portrait of Ganesha. Ganesha does not mean only the idol of Ganesha. But Ganesha means much more and beyond. Shiva and Parvati do not mean only the wall portraits of Shiva and Parvati. Shiva and Parvati do not mean only the idols of Shiva and Parvati. They mean much more and beyond. There has to be a far deeper meaning to these mythological stories. Let us explore and uncover the myth hidden in these stories. 

There are four dimensions to the existence. The first two dimensions are existence and non-existence. Matter is existing and non-matter is non-existing. We can perceive matter but we can not perceive the non-matter. We can perceive the body but we can not perceive the soul. The first two dimensions of the perceivable matter are Physics and Metaphysics. We can see the physical matter but we can not see the metaphysical matter. We can touch and feel the physical matter. But we can not perceive the subatomic and metaphysical world of matter exactly the same way of the matter. In order to perceive the subatomic and the metaphysical matter we have to dive deep into the matter. And this is possible only through sensitive and precise experiments. 

In the same way, there are two dimensions of the non-physical. And these two dimensions are Metaphorical and Spiritual. Spirituality is the depth of everything. Spirituality means a path of experiencing the truth or reality as it is. Now this experience of truth can never be expressed directly. This is always expressed indirectly through symbols and myths. We say that reality bites. Reality is always expressed indirectly. A doctor gives us pills when we are sick. All the pills are bitter in taste. Since we can not take them directly the bitter pills are always coated with sugar. So the bitter pills are given to us indirectly. The same is the story with the eternal truth. The sages and Gurus have always given the reality in sugar coated pills. The ancients have expressed the eternal truth through mythology. All mythological stories are symbolic and poetic expressions of the existential reality. Since truth or reality can not be expressed directly it has always been expressed through mythological stories. The research in communication reveals that images and pictures convey seven times more effectively than the words. Expression and communication through images and pictures is more effective and powerful. It seems this was true even in the ancient times and this is also true in the modern times. 

Now let us try to understand the story of Ganesha, the elephant head God. Let us uncover the true meaning of the story. Let us uncover the truth hidden in the myth. Let us unlock the truth hidden behind the symbols. 

Shiva and Parvati (Shakti) are known as the God and Goddess of Tantra. Shiva is a masculine energy and Shakti is a feminine energy. Shiva is an active energy and Shakti is a passive energy. These two energies are the energies of the whole creation. These two energies are complementary to each other. They are not antagonistic to each other. They are not opposite to each other. They complement and complete each other. Therefore, on the path of Tantra, the two divine energies Shiva and Shakti merge into each other and become one energy. This one energy is called Ekalinga. Ekalinga is a union of Shiva and Shakti. The same duality is again transformed into non-duality. The truth or reality is One and it manifests into duality – existence and non-existence, matter and spirit, Prakriti and Purusha, etc. The reality in order to manifest has to be always in dialectics - existence and non-existence, matter and non-matter, physical and non-pysical, creation and non-creation, etc. 

Parvati is preparing for her bath. She used the bull Nandi, her husband Shiva’sconsort, to guard her while taking her bath. But the bull Nandi was always loyal to Shiva. He always allowed Shiva to get in. This has happened every time Parvati took her bath. This is a symbolic story. How bull Nandi can guard Parvati while she is taking her bath? This can not be a true story. She could have just locked the door from inside. This is just a common sense. Then there was no need for the bull Nandi to guard her while she was taking her bath. Moreover, Shiva and Parvati are considered as God and Goddess. Anything could have been possible to them. Please also understand that this story is before the birth of Ganesha. In the life of Shiva and Parvati their son Ganesha has yet not come. It seems they were in their honeymoon days. It appears that they were newly married couple. They must have just started their newly married life. In the life of a newly married couple this thing is quite obvious. During the honeymoon days this thing is quite obvious. The bathing of a woman has always been used historically and portrayed as a sensuous symbol. All the modern movies and films use this method of showing sensuousness. This is also a natural thing in the life of a newly married couple. The man always tries to see his woman draped in sensuous clothes. It is quite natural to see her in drenched clothes. The man wants to see his woman while she is taking her bath. He also wants to see her while she is wearing her clothes. If she does not allow him to see her and bolt the room from inside, he will try to peep her from the peep-hole. Let her do whatever, he will find his own ways and means to see her without clothes. All this is natural on the path of Tanta. The path of Tantra means to move from lust to love. The journey of Tantra means to move from sex to super-consciousness. It is a journey to move from lust to love. And just getting stuck only at the level of lust and sex is dangerous. The whole journey of Tantra is to move from Muladhara to Sahasrara. Tantra is an inner journey to move from the lower energy center to the highest energy center. On this path of Tantra, Muladhara is the beginning and Sahasrara is the goal. On this path of Tantra, lust is the beginning and love is the goal. On this path of Tantra, sex is the beginning and super-consciousness is the goal. Shiva says that Shakti is Agama. And Shakti says that Shiva is Nigama. Only through Agama (Tantra), the Nigama (Veda) is explained, understood and experienced. The ultimate knowledge is that of the Vedas. Yoga, Tantra and Upanishads are the detailed explanations, experiments and experiences of the same Vedas.


What does the bull Nandi stand for in this story? The bull Nandi is a symbol for our mind. It is only our mind that can safeguard us on this journey of Tantra. If you ask the psychologists they say that there is no sex in the body but only in the mind. The mind of a man is full of sex. The modern research says that 80% of the man’s mind is occupied with sex. The mind can be a friend and the mind can also be an enemy. It all depends on the individual. Sex and lust are more powerful than the mind. They have always overridden the mind. The history has witnessed wars for want of a woman. The history has witnessed wars for the sake of love. We have a saying that says that everything is fair in love and war. So the bull Nandi represents the mind. And the bull Nandi was Shiva’s consort and hence was loyal to him. It is quite obvious. My mind is loyal to me always. In the past the Nandi has always allowed Shiva to get in. In the past it always happened like that. But this time Parvati wanted a proper safeguard. That means this love affair was going on continuously. Parvati was taking bath and Shiva was getting in. His bull Nandi was always allowing him to get in. It is quite obvious. To control one’s mind is not that easy. To transform one’s mind is not that easy. To transcend sex is not that easy. To go beyond sex is not that easy. And this time Parvati wanted to fix the problem permanently. This time she creates Ganesha out of the turmeric paste of her body. Turmeric paste is used by women for enhancing their beauty. A woman has always been a symbol of love and beauty. God has made her like that. Unfortunately the man has nothing to show but to see her beauty and appreciate. The man always says her : I love you. It is always her choice whether to accept or reject. Man has no other choice really. 

Let me reveal some secrets of Tantra. In the beginning the whole existence was in a state of singularity. This was called the non-existence. It was in a state of absolute inertia. This was the initial state of Shiva. The primordial God Shiva was in a state of absolute inertia. The whole non-existence was non-dynamic. It was in a state of eternal rest and relaxation. Shakti came and started dancing around Shiva. Shiva could not bear his inertia. He had to praise her dance. He had to praise her beauty. He had to accompany her in her dance. He being a man had to appreciate and reciprocate her love and beauty. Shiva comes out of his state of inertia and starts doing Tandava Nritya. They together dance to create the whole visible and perceivable existence from the non-existence. This is how the existence has emerged out of the non-existence. 

Carl Sagan was a great cosmologist. I am a great fan of this guy. He was a great cosmologist but he died of cancer at an young age. He said that the whole existence is a dance of Shiva as Nataraja. Now the string theory says that the whole existence is an interconnected vibration of invisible strings. These invisible strings are dancing all the time. These invisible strings look like the rubber bands. The vibrations are like the octaves of music. One vibration gives rise to another vibration. One octave gives rise to another octave. This is how from the vibration of these invisible strings the atoms and other subatomic particles are formed. String theory is also one of the emerging models of explaining the creation of the universe. This is how the universe is born out of the dance of Shiva and Shakti. This is how the creation is born out of the intense love of the two energies – masculine energy and feminine energy. 

This is how Parvati gave birth to Ganesha from the turmeric paste of her body. Giving birth to a baby out of the turmeric paste can not be acceptable to the biologists. This goes against our science of biology. This must be a metaphor. Let us try to decode it. The whole human body is made of billions of cells. Each cell in the body is a body itself. The cells of the body have immense power. There is a far bigger program embedded in the cell of a body. The test tube baby and a baby out of a surrogacy are becoming old concepts now. The scientists have now discovered that a baby can be created out of the individual cells of a woman. A man is no more needed to create a baby. All men, please beware! The one aspect of this story is that this technology must have existed at that time in some form. But this must be far from the truth. Because if this is true then Parvati could have bolted her bathroom from inside. This is a much smaller technology. There would have been no need of a Nandi and Ganesha for Parvati to safeguard her while taking her bath. That means there must be a metaphor here also. Let us unlock it. Let us unlock the metaphor. The birth and reproduction involves the Muladhara Chakra. All new life is out of the sex energy. In some Tantra scriptures this Muladhara Chakra has been depicted by a yellow colour. This yellow turmeric paste is a metaphor for this Muladhara Chakra. On the path of their life journey they might have decided to give birth to their child. It is quite possible that Parvati must have given birth to a baby boy. This is again a strategy on the path of Tantra. In order to deviate oneself from sex the couple on the path of Tantra can think of giving birth to a child. This is a good strategy to transform the energy flowing at the Muladhara Chakra. It can now flow to other higher chakras. The highest chakra, Sahasrara Chakra, is a chakra of infinite love and compassion. You may then ask, how giving birth to a child is a strategy on the path of Tantra? Just think! When a wife gives birth to a child she is no more a wife but becomes a mother too. And when a husband gives birth to a child he is no more a husband but becomes a father too. The old energies of the old husband and wife move into a totally different dimension. The energies move in the direction of parents. This is a shift that happens in the earlier energy field. This is a turning point in the life of the couple on the path of Tantra. This is what should happen actually. 

Please remember that Shiva and Parvati both knew the whole secret of the Tantra. They both are simply sharing the secrets to the whole world for the benefit of the mankind out of their love and compassion. This is how the Gurus and sages of the Upanishads and Puranas have created these stories for the common benefit of the mankind. 

Now the second hurdle starts. Sex does not ordinarily go out of the mind so easily. After the childbirth a woman is more engrossed in the upbringing of the child. More of her energies are involved in the growth of the child. And she shows less interest towards sex. And the small child sometimes comes in the way of the man. The man feels that his woman is not giving much attention to him. He feels that much of her attention is moving towards the child. Sometimes the child becomes a bone of contention between the couple. Through this process also the man learns. Both the husband and the wife have to be very careful while planning for their child. 

In the above story, the child Ganesha must have come in the way of the lust of Shiva. It may be such that Shiva was behaving in the same old fashion. It is a scientific fact that most of our habits are robotic. It appears that our instincts and habits are programmed. This time his bull Nandi (his own mind) could not do any trick because the child was in the way. The child was not an ordinary child. The child was Ganesha. The child was born out of the purest love of Shiva and Shakti. The child must have been immensely intelligent. It is a fact that the children are normally very honest and straightforward. They say whatever comes to their mind. They don’t think twice. Ganesha must have been intelligent but must have been immature being a small child. There must have been some discussion and argument between the father and the child. As a child, Ganesha might have argued with his father with lot of intelligence. The word Ganesha is made of two words – Gana and Isha. Ganas means the followers. Ganas means all the resources at the bottom of the pyramid. Isha means the supreme commander. Isha means the Master. Isha means the supreme God. Isha means the Leader. Let us just peep into our own being and understand as to who is the Master and who are the Followers. Our soul is the Master and all the other parts of the body are the Followers. The mind is a follower of the soul. The soul is the master and the mind is a follower. The soul is the Leader and the mind is the Follower. But unfortunately we have made our mind as the master. The mind has its own misery. The mind is like a monkey. This is really a sad story. The mind has to be transformed from a smaller mind to a bigger mind. The mind has to be transformed from a lower mind to a higher mind. What is the bigger mind? What is a higher mind? A mind that is calm, composed, and centered must be a bigger mind. A mind that is blissful and compassionate must be a higher mind. A mind that has experienced Isha or the Supreme Consciousness must be a higher mind. 

There are three metaphors here. The one is the chopping of the head of boy Ganesha. The second is chopping of the head with a favorite weapon of Shiva called the Trishul. And the third is substituting the head of baby Ganesha with the head of a baby elephant. These are the three metaphors here which need to be understood. You will be surprised to know that in India you can not even kill the mad dogs in the street. The animal lovers will drag you to the court if you kill the mad dogs or other animals. The local municipal corporations are not able to take any action on the mad dogs in the streets. And all over India there are many cases of dog-bite-deaths. Very recently the Supreme Court of India has expressed shock at all this. And Shiva being a God, there does not arise any question of killing an animal or a boy. And Shiva being a God there does not arise any question of killing his own son even without the knowledge of Ganesha being his son. If the God can kill then He is not a God. Shiva being a God can not even think of killing an animal. God gives us only life. God gives us life to know and experience that the source of life is immortal and deathless. God means life and life means God. As an intelligent boy, Ganesha must have defeated and refuted all the arguments of Shiva. Shiva must have noticed the intelligence within Ganesha. And Shiva must have also noticed that his mind is innocent and immature. As a father and Guru, Shiva must have given all the divine knowledge and wisdom to Ganesha. In Indian scriptures they have used a very mysterious word called Dwij. This word Dwij means twice born. One birth is the physical birth that we get through our parents. And by default there is an ego and ignorance. Nobody is enlightened by birth. This ego in a human being can become as big as infinity. A Guru can come in our life to kill this ego. The death of the ego is the beginning of a new life. And with the death of the ego we are again born anew. This new birth is a birth of Enlightenment. When the ego is out, the God is in. When I am not, the God is. And when I am, the God is just impossible. This is the whole mystery. Ego and God can not stay together. The first metaphor of chopping the head of Ganesha means that Shiva must have killed the ego of Ganesha. Shiva must have helped Ganesha in transforming his mind. Shiva must have been a Catalyst and a Change Agent in transforming the lower mind of Ganesha to a higher mind. The weapon that is used to chop the head is called the Trishul. This is a favorite weapon of Shiva. Trishul is a metaphor for three Gunas or attributes. The three Gunas are Tamas, Rajas and Satva. Tamas means inertia, Rajas means motion, and Satva means balance. Tamas means motion, Rajas means acceleration, and Satva means Dynamic Equilibrium. Satva means a higher state of the mind. Satva means a balanced, composed, and blissful mind. The head of a baby elephant is a metaphor for this higher mind. Look at the elephant. He has a big head. This is an indication of a higher mind and an evolved mind. It is an indication for no-mind. The ears of the elephant are very big. This is a metaphor for listening-ears. We have ears but we don’t listen. And if we don’t listen silently to a Guru then the knowledge of the Upanishads is not possible. The very literal meaning of the word Upanishad means sitting down under the feat of a Guru or Master. This is a listening quality that is needed on the path of divine knowledge. The elephant has very large eyes. The large eyes is a metaphor to see the invisible. This is a metaphor to see the non-existence. With the help of the perceivable existence we have to see the non-existence. With the help of the eyes we have to see the invisible. With the help of the outer eyes we have to move to the inner eye. The big eyes of the baby elephant is a metaphor for the inner eyes. The inner eyes means the third eye. Look at the scientists. They are all scratching their heads. In the recent CERN experiments they have reached to the Boson. In the ancient scriptures they have talked about Dur Drishti and Divya Drishti. Dur Drishti means a distant vision and Divya Drishti means a divine vision. Divine vision means to see the invisible. Divine vision means to see the seer who is seeing through our being. Look at our being. It is not the eyes who are looking outside. Somebody is looking from within. The God is looking from within. The creator has created the creation and looking at his own creation. The creator is creating and looking at his own creation. The large eyes of the baby elephant are a metaphor for this vision. The large eyes of the baby elephant is a metaphor for an Enlightened Vision. The baby elephant has a large mouth but with one teeth. Ganesha has also been called an Ekadanta. This is another name of Ganesha. He is formless and yet has many forms. He is nameless and yet has many names. Ekadanta means the one who is having only one tusk. This one tusk is a metaphor for One Truth. There is only one science on the earth but there are more than 300 religions. There is only One Truth but there are hundreds of scriptures. The big mouth or throat is a metaphor for the realization of the Throat Chakra or Vishuddha Chakra. It is said that one must speak only after the realization of this Chakra. With the realization of this Vishudha Chakra one will be capable of speaking only one truth and the eternal truth. The one tusk is a metaphor for One truth and the big mouth is a metaphor for the Vishudha Chakra. So we have covered all the metaphors that are involved in the head of the baby elephant. 

This is how Shiva has helped Ganesha to transform himself to a higher level of consciousness. This is how Ganesha has acquired the divine knowledge through their parents. He was young and also intelligent. He was a young enlightened being. Through his parents he became an Enlightened Leader. He was innocent but with lot of awareness. He was innocent and intelligent. He was a young God. This is the reason why Ganesha is worshiped during the school and college days. He is worshiped during the learning days of life. Life is in fact an endless learning. Ganesha is a God of knowledge and wisdom. He is not only a God of the young but also a God of the old. He is not only a God of the beginnings but also a God of the endings. 

This is the reason why in India we begin everything with Ganesha and end everything with Ganesha.

Let us uncover the last metaphor. All Gods including Ganesha have four hands. This is a metaphor for having multiple skills. This is a metaphor for doing multiple tasks. This is a metaphor for multi-lateral thinking. This is a metaphor for multi-dimensional knowledge. The four hands indicate the knowledge of the four Vedas. The four hands indicate the four dimensions of existence – Physical, Metaphysical, Metaphorical and Spiritual. 

Ganesha has the knowledge of all the four dimensions of existence. Such is the greatness of Ganesha. Jai Jai Ganesha !!
The path of Tantra means to move from lust to love. The journey of Tantra means to move from sex to Supreme Consciousness. It is a journey to move from body-body love to soul-soul love. It is a journey to move into the higher dimension of the beings. I may not know my body through my body alone. I may need the help of the other to know my body. I may not know my own feelings. And I may need the feelings of the other to know my own feelings. Shiva says that Shakti is Agama. She is a way to know oneself. He says she is a process to know oneself. And Shakti says that Shiva is Nigama. She says that he is the goal to know. He is the goal called the formless Ekalinga. This is the science of Tantra. Just getting stuck only at the level of the lust and the sex is dangerous. It can be a starting point. It can be a triggering point. The goal is still far ahead. The whole journey of Tantra is to move from Muladhara to Sahasrara. Tantra is an inner journey to move from the lover energy center to the highest energy center. On this path of Tantra, Muladhara is the beginning and Sahasrara is the goal. On this path of Tantra, lust is the beginning and love is the goal. On this path of Tantra, sex is the beginning and Supreme Consciousness is the goal.

What is Love Jihad?


Love is the result of the transformation of one’s ego center. Love has to be created in one’s own inner being to share it with others. And this sharing creates a relationship. And the whole life is a web of this relationship. This is how we create a society and the world. Love is a bridge between two individuals. It creates an unbroken bond between two individuals. It is a cohesive force. There can not be anything greater than love. Leo Tolstoy says, “Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because of love.”

What is Jihad? To me Jihad has to be a method to transform one’s ego center into a conscious center. To me it has to be a method to transform one’s lust into love. It has to be a method to transform one’s anger into peace. It has to be a method to overcome the enemies within. It has to be an inner transformation.

Almost all the religions in the world have recognized these as our greatest enemies - lust, anger, greed, attachment, pride, and jealousy. These are our greatest inner enemies. And these are there in every individual without any exception to a certain degree. And every religion prescribes certain methods to overcome these enemies. And these methods are meant for an individual inner transformation. For example, prayer, contemplation, and meditation are some of the methods. And this transformation is an individual inner change. This change has to be voluntary and it can not be forced on anybody. One’s faith has to be an individual decision and it can not be forced. And it should not be a blind faith. A change has to be like the transformation of a raw gold into a 24-carat gold. It has to be like the transformation of an egg to a fluttering butterfly. It has to be like the transformation of a seed into a flower and a fruit. It should create a higher value within you. It should move you from ‘who you are’ to ‘who you can be’. We can evolve into our infinite potential within. We can experience the cosmic consciousness. 

There are news reports, FIRs, and cases in some parts of India saying that Love Jihad is being used as a modus operandi by some boys and men of Muslim religion to convert the non-Muslim girls and women in India by hiding their true religion. Wikipedia describes Love Jihad, also called Romeo Jihad, as an alleged activity under which young Muslim boys and men reportedly target young girls belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion to Islam by feigning love. One recent case of this kind is that of shooter Tara Sahdev. These cases are to be probed and investigated by the authorities thoroughly to know whether they are just allegations or there is any truth in them. And these have to be probed on a war footing. And every affected individual has to be protected from this modus operandi and conspiracy. 

One has to understand that conversion on any ground is not an inner transformation. Any kind of coercion is an offence. And every kind of forced religious conversion is a crime and has to be stopped. The faith has to be left to one’s own individual prudence and wisdom. Moreover, one should not follow a blind faith. Don’t make Jihad a weapon to kill love. Death of ego is true love. And death of love is true death. Life is a means to move towards love, and love is means to experience life. Therefore, live life and love life, and don’t kill life by killing love. Rather, kill your inner enemies. And to me, this has to be the aim of true Jihad. 

It is better to say something !!


Is there a cause and effect in everything? There is no conclusive and definite answer to this. There are always two answers to this question. One answer is coming from the depth and the other answer is coming from the surface. The scientists believe in everything that has a cause and an effect. They strongly believe that there is no effect without a cause. They have infact done a great experiment in this direction. They created an emptiness. They removed all matter and created emptiness. And they found to their surprise that there are quantum fluctuations even in that emptiness. What caused these quantum fluctuations? They have no clue on this. There is no definite and conclusive answer for this. There is nothing in that space and still something causes these quantum fluctuations. Is emptiness really empty? Is emptiness fullness too? In fact emptiness and fullness are two perspectives of the same reality.

There is a story similar to this in the Upanishad. There was a crow and it was cawing. There was also the wind blowing. The crow sits on a tree and the fruit falls. The cawing of the crow, the blowing of the wind, the sitting of the crow on the tree, and the falling of the fruit off the tree, all these happen simultaneously. They all happen at once. The question is what caused what? What caused the fruit to fall off the tree? Has the cawing of the crow caused the fruit to fall off the tree? Is the falling of the fruit a cause for the cawing of the crow? There can not be a definite and conclusive answer to this. The duality is a manifestation of the reality. And hence there are always two answers to this. One answer is coming from the depth of the reality and the other answer is coming from the surface of the reality. At the depth of the reality the answer is, nothing is causing nothing. And at the surface of the reality the answer is, everything is causing everything. These are the only two possible answers. 

The same is true when it comes to words and silence. Has the silence caused the words or have the words caused the silence? The same is true with words and silence. Is it better to say something or just keep quiet? People say that the silence says everything. No, silence can not say everything. The silence may create a misunderstanding. The words also can create a misunderstanding. And the words can also be used to remove that misunderstanding. Therefore, it is better to say something than say nothing. Can the words say everything? No, the words can not say everything. The truth is far bigger than the words. Whatever you say, something is always left out. And it is always better to say something than say nothing.

Tantra, Mantra, and Yantra


There are three ways: Tantra, Mantra, and Yantra.

Tantra means transforming through the body. Mantra means transforming through the mind. And Yantra means transforming through the vehicle.

Tantra means transforming through the body. That is, using all the energy centers of the body including the sex center. One energy center is a stepping-stone to the other energy center. It is an upward movement of the energy. The energy moves from Muladhara (Sex Center, Root Center) to Sahasrara (Crown Center). As the energy moves up, we experience a higher dimension of the consciousness. At the highest level, that is, at the crown center, the energy becomes the consciousness. Consciousness means a purest form of energy. Now there are no divisions and no identifications. An individual experiences the “Shuddha Chetana”. This is the ultimate state of a climax. After this there is nothing. This is the state of a Sachitananda.

Mantra means transforming through the mind. The gateway is through Dhyana or Meditation or Mindfulness. Though this process also starts with the body but not necessarily in union with the other body. So, Yoga can be of a great help here. Yama is to start with the body and Samyama is to discover the union of the body with the divine body. My body is a subset of the divine body. My mind is a subset of the divine mind. And my soul is a subset of the divine soul. And everything is interconnected. It is only the identification of the mind that creates compartments. It is only the perception of the mind that creates duality. The mind is like a prism. When the ray of the Consciousness passes through the prism of the mind, the mind creates various perceptions of the Consciousness. The mind has to pass through all these perceptions to understand the reality as it is. This process of moving into all perceptions as an observer, watcher and a witness is called meditation or mindfulness. And in Samadhi all these divisions are dissolved. In Samadhi we experience a state of no-mind. In a state of no-mind we experience silence. And in a silent state of the mind we experience the divine.

The third path is that through Yantra.

Yantra means transforming through the vehicle. This is a path to those who are part of an adventure sport. For example, you can not transform Arjuna without a bow and an arrow. You can not transform Bheema without a wrestling match. You can not transform Ekalavya without a bow, an arrow, and a statue of his Guru. And in a near death situation they may experience the glimpse of the divine. And this experience could be a turning point in their lives. And they may then walk on either of the above two paths.

Only in three situations an individual experiences a state of no-mind or thoughtlessness. And this experience is divine, and this experience is blissful. And these three situations are: (1) a state of no-mind through dhyana or meditation or mindfulness, (2) a state of ultimate climax or trance through sex, (3) a state of an almost death-like experience through a vehicle or an equipment or Yantra. In all these three states the thoughts cease and we experience the state of no-mind. And this experience is divine. And this experience is blissful.

All paths ultimately culminate towards the center of the divine. It is just like how a dewdrop slips from a lotus flower and merges into a pond and becomes one with the pond. There is now no difference between the dewdrop and the pond. It is just like how all the rivers fall into an ocean, meet and merge with the ocean and become one with the ocean. Now there is no division between the rivers and the ocean. It is just like how in a silent state of the ocean all the waves disappear in the ocean and become one with the ocean. Now there is no difference between the waves and the ocean. The existential experience of this union is called Enlightenment.

Emptying the Mind


Being empty means not to have preconceived ideas. Being empty means not to have a prejudiced mind. Being empty means to have an attitude of receptivity and learning. Being empty means to be devoid of any priori idea. 

The whole life is a life of learning. Learning begins and it never ends. But there are many fake Gurus, Swamis, and Pandits who claim to be great learned ones. They claim to be knowledgeable. This is a sheer stupidity. It seems that they have arrived at a dead-end. Enlightenment is a beginning of true learning. Enlightenment means now there is only knowing and there is no knower. You are a pure witness. You are a Shuddha Chetana. You are a pure consciousness. And this experience is enlightenment. 

The literal meaning of “Veda” is knowing. It is a state when the knower is no more and only a pure state of knowing. On the path of learning there are three things: Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn. If the learning is new and fresh, and if there is no space in the mind, then we have to empty the mind to relearn. So, these three things, that is, learning, unlearning, and relearning have to happen continuously and simultaneously. 

This is where Socrates says, “The only thing I know is that I know nothing”. And what do we do? We poison him. When we kill a genius we kill ourselves. We must never forget this. This is how we stop our spiritual growth. 

Life is available once. And we can not afford to waste our time. See, if we are interested to experience timelessness or eternity, then we can not afford to waste our time. We should neither waste our time nor should waste other’s time. Everybody is free to be ignorant or wise. It is everybody’s choice. 

I learn only when I have the courage to say that I don’t know. This is being empty, and always. This is the true art of emptying the mind.

A Woman of Substance


You were Shiva’s Shakti.
You were Vishnu’s Lakshmi. 
You were Rama’s Sita. 
You were Krishna’s Radha. 

You have taken many Avatars. 
You have played many roles. 

When needed you became Durga. 
When needed you became Chandi. 
When needed you became Kali. 

You also helped the God’s to destroy the evil. 

How many Avatars you have? 

You are a mother. You are a sister. 
You are a wife. You are a friend. 
You are many more in just one. 

Past times are past times. 
You are nothing less in the modern times. 

You take care of the home - a sweet home. 
You take care of the kids. 
You take care of the office work. 
You maintain harmony between the home and the office.

You are a woman and yet you have achieved the highest. 

You excelled in art. You excelled in science. 
You excelled in technology. You excelled in politics. 
And you also excelled in spirituality. 

A man is incomplete without a woman. 
A man is half without a woman. 

You are not a robot and not a machine. 
Because, you have the highest emotional quotient. 

How do you do all this? Amazing !! 

You are truly an Ardhanarishvara
And you are a woman of substance. 

To all women, all over the world. 
A Happy International Women’s Day !!