Divine Nonchalance

I came across this exciting phrase in the TV show "Dispatches from Elsewhere," a quirky, feel-good, mystery comedy, sort of in the spirit of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. So the narrator, towards the end of the first episode, says - "Follow your Divine Nonchalance, and what do we really mean by it anyway?" "It is... Continue Reading →

Self-Love and Ram-ness

Have you ever caught lamenting your self? "I shouldn't have done that" or "I shouldn't have said that" or "Man, I lost my temper again." If not, then this post is not for you. It is for us lesser mortals who are struggling to improve and be a better version of ourselves. It turns out... Continue Reading →

Vand Chakko, Share with others

Guru Nanak Devji, the first Sikh Guru, defined 3 pillars for living a moral and just life for his students. They are Kirat Karni or earning a righteous living, Naam Japna or meditate on the Universal Energy and Vand kay Chakko or share first and enjoy together. In this is encapsulated most of the temporal... Continue Reading →

Five Virtues – the essence of Sikh Philosophy

Previously I wrote about the Five Thieves, the five human weaknesses that rob one of its consciousness and disturb their being. The Sikh Gurus didn't just expound on the disease, they also prescribed medicines to fight it - The Five Virtues - Sat (Truth), Santokh (Contentment), Daya (Compassion), Nimrata (Humility) and Prem (Love). Though there... Continue Reading →

Doing vs. Art

Doing is pre-meditated, there is a plan, an element of "I am doing" and its "me" who has done. Art, happens. It is an expression of the inner consciousness that wants to shine and bring forth. Its is a communion with that Universal Energy Flow. So, Siblings of Destiny, let go of "Doing" and embrace... Continue Reading →

Righteousness and Indignation

Over the last couple of days I have come across instances where people have expressed outrage over an insult of their religious faith or cultural knowledge, whether real on imagined. Sometimes, this has resulted in unconscionable behavior of tormenting the offending party. These people express righteous indignation at any perceived disrespect or misuse of "their"... Continue Reading →

Men and their houses – A parable

Once there was a village which had four kinds of houses - green, blue, orange and white. It was a peaceful village where all the house owners loved each other and treated each other as brothers. They would share duties and each would become headman of the village through mutual consensus and in turns. One... 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 →

Devotion and Work-Life Balance

My last post led to an interesting discussion with a friend on how does one stay on the spiritual path and yet perform worldly duties. As we start to lose the sense of our identities and merge with the all encompassing oneness, is it really possible to continue to have interest in day to day... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Guru Sutra

Hingori ji has written in a lighthearted, simple and engaging manner about his journey from the first discovery of his Gurudev to his own realization as a Guru. It is rare in current times to read such a frank and matter of fact account, peppered with self-deprecating humor and pearls of wisdom alike. The fragrance... 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 →

Triggers, Anger and Ego

Have you heard of the Puffer Fish? Its a tiny fish species that has a peculiar defense mechanism when it perceives a threat. It Puffs up! To protects itself, it menacingly increases its size, almost instantly. Now just keep this in mind as you read further. I come from a long line of Angry Men,... Continue Reading →

Dukh, Suffering and its Meaning

What is Suffering and why is there so much of it, I have often contemplated it. There is of course pain which is part of the existence of all living things, even plants. My wife has a health condition and goes through terrible bouts to pain on a regular basis. She has suffered through it... 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 →

Pebble and The Sea

So I was coming down the mountain and saw a waterfall and wondered what the.. Then came along another like me and said, "Dude have some fun it's all good to be" and I thought why not lets give it a try so we both came tumbling down and liked the ride A little while... 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 →

Kirat Karni, earning a Righteous Living

We watched a Bollywood movie this weekend, Badmash Company or Fraud Enterprise.  I enjoyed watching it as it was funny and entertaining. The main premise of the movie revolves around a bunch of young guys who want to get rich quick, get into scams and eventually realize their mistake. They turn a new leaf and... Continue Reading →

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