Covid, the Mind, Meditation and Yoga

Sars-Cov2, Covid-19 or Cornovirus, there is no escaping the effects of it this year, whether negative or positive. It’s such a strange disease, in the way it spreads, affects the body and the mind and the people around you. In my experience, it is more of a mental challenge than physical, affects the psyche of... Continue Reading →

Seva, meditate through Service

An essential teaching of Sikhi is Seva or service to everyone. Seva can be done in any form towards any living thing in whatever way possible, as per an individual's capacity. The most visible form of Seva for Sikhs, as prescribed by the Sikh Gurus, is Langar Seva or the community kitchen. In the Gurudwaras (Sikh Temples)... Continue Reading →

Harr. Jap. Sat.

Sat da TapHarr da Japkar tu abb Jap wich SatSat wich Tapruk na abb Harr hi SatTap hi Harruth ja abb bol abb Satkarda Jap Harr. Jap. Sat. Poem signifies the journey of the sadhak, the student striving on the path of their teacher. To the Hindi/Punjabi language speakers, the poem is to read in... Continue Reading →

Nurture the Body, heal the Soul

Have you ever nurtured a house plant or a garden. If you give it too less water, it dies. But there are also plants which will die if you give it too much water, same for manure, sunlight. Each living creature has a delicate balance as dictated by nature. Humans are no different, but lot... Continue Reading →

The Journey

In this journey, the sadhana (prayer-meditation) is giving experiences that are hard to explain or describe. The best one can do is, express it through art - as gratitude to that Universal Energy that binds everything. For the first time today, I have written a poem in my mother-tongue Punjabi and put it down in... Continue Reading →

Yogisthaan – Rules for being a human

My favorite café in Bangalore is in a quant little house in a quiet lane in Indiranagar. Yogisthaan is a Yoga School and Café with healthy food options and amazing hot and cool drinks, mostly all traditional Indian. I often have my meetings there; and miss meeting people over a nice cup or chai or... Continue Reading →

Letting go

After sharing my last post with a few friends, there was a debate on some of the points expressed in it. Mainly, the concern was around the nature of the apology and if there is the right intent or proportional weight behind it. Some expressed feelings that there is no way to forgive and especially... Continue Reading →

Passion, Flow and Meditation

"There comes a point at 7000 RPM where everything fades. The machine becomes weightless. Just disappears. And all that's left is a body moving through Space and Time. 7000 RPM. That's where you meet it. You feel it coming. It creeps up on you, close in your ear. Asks you a question. The only question... Continue Reading →

Guru Prem: Loving the Master

It has been a decade since I last wrote here and the practice has brought me back. In the meantime, I have got married, had a kid, changed careers, jobs, houses and states of mind, many times over. Almost seems a different lifetime. But such is the circle of life, it tends to find its... Continue Reading →

Mool Mantra, The Beginning

Mool Mantra is the fountainhead of spiritual wisdom of Sikh philosophy. Ek Ongkar. Sat Nam. Karta Purakh. Nirbhau. Nirvair. Akal Moorath. Ajooni Saibhang. Gurparsad. - Guru Nanak  Devji One Eternal Light. Word is Truth. Creator Of All. Without Fear. Non-Vindictive. Timeless Image. Without Beginning and Breaks. Guru's Grace. Mool Mantra, Guru Nanak Devji It is... Continue Reading →

Chardi Kala, the art of living in High Spirits

One of the central teachings in Sikhism, that in my mind signifies a really deep philosophy in just one word,  Chardi Kala which literally translated means "high spirits". Our daily prayer ends with Nanak Naam Chardi Kala, teraa bhane sarbat da bhala. "Nanak, with Naam comes Chardi Kala and with your blessings, peace for everyone".  Sikhs consider... Continue Reading →

Thoughts and Meditation

Couple of months back I earnestly started meditating again in the morning. I have tried this couple of times in my life and the longest stretch lasted for about 3-4 months.  I was at a stage in life where almost everything was set in my life. However, there were issues and desires that troubled me,... Continue Reading →

Oneness

We are all part of the One Awwal Allah noor upaya; Kudrat ke sabh bande Ek noor te sabh jag upajya; Kaun bhale kaun mande - Bhagat Kabirji, Sri Guru Granth Sahib One perfect lord manifested the first light; And of the same nature are all beings Though one light was the world created; so why worry who is good... Continue Reading →

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