Friday, July 25, 2008

The Ultimate Muse

I bow down to the truth;
Beyond forms and names,
worshipped through forms and names,
and with no form and no name!

I seek that which is the ultimate muse -
So close yet so far;
Perceived in many ways,
By many great seers everywhere.

Between the brain and the words,
There might be many a gap!
Oh! I wish there was a simple map,
For that will end all fights!

Whether it is a place or state or a stage,
You cannot really define,
But seek you shall in your heart -
This state of bliss.

Ways there are many to seek,
only the seeker will know,
Be pure at heart and you shall see,
this dazzling light of love.

Beyond words, beyond names -
Beyond forms, beyond thoughts;
Beyond everything, but still very close -
is this conscious, bliss of love!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Eternal vs. Ephemeral

The key to respecting diversity in humanity is for the individual to reflect on what is eternal and what is ephemeral. When you read the multitudes of stories and myths of the past, you might differ with others on your interpretation of the ephemeral aspects but if you reflect deep the eternal aspects will have a much greater degree of correlation.

Focus on the eternal aspects; then loving your fellow being will be easier for you.

Monday, April 28, 2008


In ancient Indian myths a mystic swan is mentioned. The swan is called "Hamsa Pakshi" in Sanskrit. When given a bowl of milk and water, the swan is supposed to be able to consume the milk alone and ignore the water.

May be the story of the swan will help us practice being good finders.

The above parable might have been intended to be a guide to living here for the individual and should not be taken literally. For one could ask: How can the swan ignore the water; does it eat just the milk powder?

For a spiritual seeker, the parable of a Hamsa is meant to be a guide in the process of realizing the truth; by the process of contemplation on the difference between the eternal and the ephemeral (Nithya anithya vivekam).

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Eternal Path

Note: This article has been published with permission from the original author, Koti Shreekrishna Tatachar.

HINDUISM (Sanatana Dharma or The Eternal Path)

H stands for Harmony
Hinduism respects all religions and thus aspires for mutual tolerance and respect.
Hinduism does not encourage hate or distrust.
Hinduism is intolerant of intolerance.
It does not actively seek converts.

It has the capacity to assimilate all the Faiths and the Philosophies.

I for Incarnation (Avataara)
God descends to Earth in any form and under any sky as may be needed to uphold DHARMA (righteousness). There is no space, time, form or numerical limitation to Avataaras. Another way to look at this is: History has shown that during a great crisis, someone rises to the occasion, assumes leadership, and brings about change.

N for Non-Violence (Ahimsa)
Hinduism recognizes that life supports life. One should avoid causing unnecessary injury (in thoughts, words or deeds) to one-self or other fellow beings including other life forms.Vegetarianism is glorified by some Hindu sects, but never a prerequisite to be a Hindu. While eating, it is recommended to eat with an attitude of gratitude and without a sense of entitlement.

D for Dharma (Righteousness)
We should always protect Dharma (support what is right). This is regarded as a necessity, because Dharma is the basis of harmonious life. If we don't support Dharma, it will be as if chopping the very branches of the tree (of life) we are resting on.

U for Unity of existence
Everything and all beings are inter connected or inter related and are essentially the manifestation or extension of the one Supreme Being. Hindu worldview emphasizes conduct more than creed. It celebrates the diversity of existence and embraces the world as part of a big family.

I for Inherent Value
The God is Omnipresent & Omnipotent. Both the manifest and the un-manifest are a projection of God. They are supported, directed and controlled by God as well. The God can be worshipped in any 'Form' or 'No Form'. Just as the Flag is a symbol of a Nation, an Idol for the Hindu is symbolic of the God. A Hindu worships the God enshrined in the Idol, not the idol itself.

S for Supreme Reality (Brahman)
Supreme Reality is both unmanifested and with form, impersonal and personal, transcendent and immanent. The Supreme Reality is known by many names.

M for Moksha & Mantra
Dharma (Virtue), Artha (Material prosperity), Kama (pleasures) & Moksha (liberation from cycles of birth & death, harmonious union with God) are the goals of life.
The secondary objectives (Artha & Kama) are sandwiched between the primary objectives of (Dharma & Moksha).
Adherence to one's own inherent talents (attitudes & aptitudes) in achieving these goals is suggested.
Moksha is the ultimate goal of Hindu life.
There are numerous paths and innumerable opportunities.
It can happen by one way or the other and in one life or the other.

The various paths for Moksha include:
Karma Yoga - Selfless good deeds
Gnaana Yoga - Knowledge of Brahman
Bhakti Yoga - Faith or Devotion
Prapatti (sharNaagati) Yoga - Total Surrender
Raaja Yoga - Control of body, mind and intellect
Mantra Yoga - Union with God through repetition of a Mantra, etc.

Mantra is a sacred word or a verse used for prayer. Some examples below:

The most sacred Mantra of Hinduism is AUM/OM. AUM represents our beginning (Spring), being (Summer), passing away (Fall) and immortality (Winter). The A, U and M are followed by silence.
OM iti Brahma, OM iteedam Sarvam (Shiksha Valli, Taittireeya Upanishad )
OM is Brahman, All this is OM (OM is The One - OM is The Many)
(OM is the WOMb of everything)

sarvE bhavantu suKhinah sarvE santu niraamayaah.
May all be happy, may all be healthy
sarvE bhadraaNi pashyantu ma-kashchit dhuhkha-bhaag bhavEt.
May all be prosperous, may none suffer

Om shaantih shaantih shaantihi
Om Peace Peace Peace. Peace in all our 3 realms of existence
(Surroundings, body and mind)

Koti Shreekrishna

Shree Koti Shreekrishna's Hinduism write-ups can be found at:

Shree Koti Shreekrishna's translation works can be found at: - A New Bhagavad Gita Translation by Koti and Hari

Monday, January 7, 2008


Real freedom is recognizing that the spirit within is free, eternal, unfettered and blissful. You, the atman (self) are already free and the body is but a vehicle in this lifetime.