Wandering in the Himalayas – Part 2

(Continued from Wandering in the Himalayas – Part 1)

The days went by and one day around the people I knew in Rishikesh I heard about a Mahatma (realized soul) living in the jungle of Haridwar. Unlike my city life, I had all the time in the world over here and didn’t want to lose any opportunity to meet such a highly evolved person, so I quickly jumped at the chance to join the group visiting the Mahatma.

The forest in which this man lived is a closely guarded nature reserve with restricted entry. As our group made way through the terrain, the freshness of the wild forest started enveloping us, the sharp noise of the city was left way behind only to be welcomed by the late evening chirps of birds waiting to fly back home. Peacocks seemed to care less of the group but the bird atop the tree did sound a little curious of the arrival of handful of men in this dense forest. The might and grandeur of the forest was evident, humbling us as we walked through the winter chill, reminding me all the time how we humans try hard to dominate the nature and yet how tiny we are in front of her vastness and power. Pondering over this I made my way through the uneven ground.

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Equal Vision & Vedantic Teachings – A thought

As a bomb brings down a sky scraper, as a landmine maims a child, as a youth explodes himself for his “religion” and as millions die of starvation every year I am affirmed that some thing went wrong some where in our evolution as a society. The distribution of population on basis of religion, color, geography and monitory capability has reached its helm.

As we struggle through the vagaries of modern age I can’t help but wonder where the humanity went wrong.
As a bomb brings down a sky scraper, as a landmine maims a child, as a youth explodes himself for his “religion” and as millions die of starvation every year I am affirmed that some thing went wrong some where in our evolution as a society. The distribution of population on basis of religion, color, geography and monitory capability has reached its helm.

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Yoga – Beyond the Mat

Yoga rightly called as the “Sanatana”- eternal has come a long way. Ever along its journey the substance of Yoga has been well preserved and fortified by the experiences of the Rishis, mystics and sadhaks (students). We are seeing a revival of Yoga in today’s age. Millions of us are taking up “yoga”. Yoga is in the magazines, on T.V, in Hollywood and everywhere it can possibly be. But is it really penetrating “Inside” us? We “do” Yoga but do we really “practice” it?

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Oneness

Dear Friends,

I arrived a couple of weeks back from a 10 week long tour across 8 countries sharing the beautiful science of Yoga. The more I travel and meet people the more I realize how similar we are deep within, even though we may be poles apart superficially on  variables of color, language, culture etc.

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