Give rest to our Earth please! 

Today as I sit in my balcony, 

With a cup -o- tea in my hand,

I hear so many birds.

From all directions,

Non stop.

Uninterrupted they enter my ears,

Giving me immeasurable joy.

It is a grand musical, trust me! 

Watch how the brain relaxes,

Vessels open up, 

The heart beat slows down,

Trying to match their frequency.

I feel one with them.

They bind me to nature.

Not vulnerable or weak, 

Not wanting supremacy or control.

Simply blending in the pure existence,

Where we have no existence! 

You know why? 

Today mankind is forced to withdraw indoors.

And all the noise the artificial 

mechanics make, are gone.

A few minutes can leave such an impact!

O Man! Then to heal thyself, 

You will have to let the earth rest.

She is compassionate, caring, tolerant.

But tired now. Let her replenish.

She cannot continue to absorb

The mindlessness in the name of progress.

Slow down now.

Match the steps with nature.

Tune in the rhythm with other life forms.

And you will experience an eternal dance. 

Else, earth doesn’t need your intelligence.

She will find her way to heal herself.

She doesn’t need you, you need her.

Deepti Vishwanath

Traditional Habits

Few habits I want to carry forward…

Covid19 has put mankind in its place, even if it is temporary. The fast paced, selfish attitude has been held by the hook! We are cornered, the worst in a long time.

Few habits I am planning to carry forward once we go pass this.

1. I am going to worship the sunrise and sun set again. This brought discipline in my life. Made me be grateful for the time here. Made me recognise, any sunset could be the last I see! Made me recognise without this first fundamental ‘being’ life here would not even exist! Forget me being here!!

2. I will leave my footwear outside the house and have a different one only for inside, however difficult it may be for me to keep changing them every time! (And it is difficult most of you would know!) It makes me recognise I have people living with me, while I may be more healthy, they may not be to fight the germs I bring in.

3. I will, without fail wash my hands every time I come from outside, having touched many places and objects unknowingly. I have fully understood its importance now.

4. Keep mum during defecation! Germs do enter through that opening as well!

5. I will recognise acutely other nature born beings as existent also. Like the animals, plants etc. I will consciously further minimise my consume which harms them, especially violently.

6. Above all! I will deliberately keep some proportion of social distancing. Social distancing has added some days extra to do more things which are directly meaningful to me. Before I see the last sunset!

Truly, these habits are not new which I have formed recently! These few habits from the past I plan to reinstate in my lifestyle which my older generations swore by! Breaking which we were reprimanded strongly. And which I have witnessed the transition of loosing and replacing them with more conceited, careless aka modern approach and thinking has brought in.

I am going to reinstate those traditions, call hereby habits, which were by far more scientific than science will perhaps fully fathom!

Oh! Yes!! I don’t need to reinstate namaste! I still fortunately have that habit!

I have missed any which I need to consider again? Let me know.

#sayingyestotradition. 🙏🏼

– Deepti Vishwanath

Why is it difficult to define a Hindu and Hinduism?

Man’s attempts to figure out his existence has been ceaseless since time immemorial. This has resulted in the formation and dissolution of various ideologies and religions around the globe. These ideologies and religions have also majorly determined the systems of societal habits and shaped pursuits which can accommodate the struggle for survival. Many devastating wars have been fought and conquests claimed to establish dominance by usurping the existing systems. Sometimes in the name of religion and sometimes in the name of advancement; the common force has been to dominate. And the need to dominate, psychology suggests, springs from insecurity. Insecurity has direct relevance to existence. It implies a fear of losing one’s existence.

The oldest known literary compilation in the world is The Veda. Wherever Veda got transmitted, there it influenced human thinking so deeply that it shaped the identity, culture and ways of living for those people. The knowledge therein remained irrefutable even to the wisest. And it’s content ever attractive, since it spoke on life. This made it popular in society as it spread through word of mouth. But, as humans, people also want quick, easy solutions and applications. They do not have time, leisure or inclinations to engage in growing the understanding first, which should propel the life direction. They are left with the choice to accept what is told and fall risk to becoming rigid, and prey to blind faith. Or another choice remains, is to just reject it, and keep searching for different ways and methods, untried before, fuelling newer ideologies with an attempt to restructure society.

A society which had embraced the Veda’s way of life, over time, shows all the three firmly established. Currently seen as well there are people who have the availability of the correct knowledge and understanding of the Veda with which they lead their life.  Then there are people who have blind faith on prevailing systems with which they lead their lives. And then there are the new systems emerging every now and then with a defying vision to direct lives. There are people who understand what their roots uphold, and they are happy to abide in it. There are people who have no understanding what their customs and rituals or festivals truly meant but they blindly follow it, and there are people who are rebellious about it and try to restructure their life with a recent or experimental ideology. It is this amalgamation which makes it difficult to define Hindu and Hinduism.  For all of them come under the vast canopy of The Veda.

Geography was not concretely laid out when The Veda ruled the thought. As time advanced, and man globally continued to find meaning to his existence, intermingling with other regions became accessible. The ‘force of domination’ on geography became essential. For once you travelled to another land, your survival and insecurities had to play up and find their ground! Geographies tried to become distinct and people started to group to preserve their ideologies which sustained their predecessors.

Bhārata was the name of the area where the Veda ruled the life. And in the knowledge of the Veda, is the knowledge of one’s existence. Thus, these sets of people had a very low sense of insecurity, almost none. And hence they did not feel any need to dominate. To the extent that they did not even feel the need to travel to another land except to trade! Worse still, so lacking the sense of insecurity was, that even the need to defend when attacked was sparse! But, Bhārata was advanced due to the liberal way in which Vedās had educated man. This became a focus of many invasions. Every invasion brought with it new diverse ideological thoughts, customs, habits to be integrated in the mainstream. The fallout was that the method which educated the correct understanding of The Veda got intercepted by diverting energies to giving explanations to the non conformers. This added layers of contextual reasoning and integrated it to the main body of knowledge. Making it more and more difficult for the blind believer to get educated. The distance between the three sections, knowledge based, faith based and defiance based kept growing. And in the present, the latest invasion of Britishers almost broke the link of transmission of correct understanding of the Veda! Making it very difficult to define or even explain who is a Hindu and what is Hinduism especially to the one who have been integrated to this land by their ancestors but were not rooted here in the times when knowledge prevailed life!

Our ancestors in the form of great visionaries struggled hard to uphold and teach the correct understanding of The Veda. Only because it is that system of thinking, following which one knows the Truth of one’s existence, which alone ends all insecurities and miseries. There is death of the urge for violence and birth of compassion. This is Hinduism and the knower of it, A Hindu!

Wishing everyone a Happy Sankranti! Invoking the grace of Surya Devata to shine once again upon Bharata! Only this time, the lands have merged! Sarvebhya sukhino bhavantu! May wisdom prevail in all the beings! OM.

© Deepti Vishwanath. 🙏

15.1.2020

Pic courtesy – google.com

Life and me

I wake up in the morning,

Wondering what do I want from life!

I go to sleep,

Wondering,

What does life want from me?

The circular existence cannot be

The soul of life!

The trenches of pain,

Or the floating high happiness!

The comfort of company,

Or the irreconcilable separation!

The frantic search

For fulfilment,

Or the subtle joy of the moment!

Varied and variegated outlooks,

Broken, struggling to mend.

To whom does all this serve?

Or to whom does it belong?

All I have understood so far,

My vision is incomplete, fragmented

In which, is how

O life, you show yourself!

I go to sleep, wondering

Will I get an answer,

When I am awake?

Or will the answer

Awaken me from an eternal sleep!

©️Deepti Vishwanath

वापिस – Return

Describing in minimum words, the rarity of the culmination of a spiritual pursuit. Home referring to one’s starting point. Destination is reaching Home again. Pointing to the search of happiness which begins with a journey of searching outward of oneself and culminating it in discovery within one’s self as one’s very nature .

क्या है यह इत्तिफ़ाक़

कि मन्ज़िल आ पहुँचे

वरना घर से तो सब निकले थे !

A difficult translation this is!

What chance is this

That destination is reached

Else,

Everyone left a home!

©️Deepti Vishwanath

Life

Life, as I mystify on your existence
You rule over me.
Chain me, anchor me.
Deep down in the soil under the water.
As much I want to float – like a lotus.
You encage me in a body,
as much I want to set free and fly past.
©️Deepti Vishwanath.
A poem scribbled on 10.5.1985.

From the balcony

Overlooking. From the balcony.

One sees

The hustle, the bustle,

The juggle, the struggles,

For a meaningful existence!

And I sit there,

Wondering!

If this is all it was!

Unsatisfied

By the gains and loss.

The whole vast universe

Is this it – all?

©️Deepti Vishwanath

Empty thyself.

How much has been collected?

And the end so near!

To empty it all,

Is there time enough!?

At the thin brink

Between life and Death;

I will be checked,

For what all did I bring back.

All that is collected so far,

Belongs to heather world!

Surely, it is going to be rejected;

While I enter through the thin door.

On this side

it all seems mandatory.

On returning home,

It is all but nugatory!

Wait!

Let me carry what I can carry home.

For all I see

Only myself is allowed to be.

But alas!

the frivolities are too heavy a baggage!

Accumulating I did not see!

Empty where now will it be?

©️Deepti Vishwanath

Significance of a religious life.

In Vedās, a religious life is prescribed for all those who have :

a. Absence of Ātma Brahman Aikya jñanam.
b. Who have rāga-dveśa.

Absence of knowledge that the real nature of oneself- Ātma, is in fact, Brahman – the vast. Popularly referred to as Self-knowledge. The Self here is Ātma as oneself, and not the notion that I am an individual. This absence is referred to as Self-ignorance or simply ignorance. Ignorance is not referring to absence of any objective knowledge, like that of Physics, Economics etc. But it is stating the ignorance regarding Self-knowledge.

In the absence of Self -knowledge, the obvious outcome is “I am an individual”. And in such a notion of individuality, obvious is the presence of rāga-dveśa, likes and dislikes.

Man is afflicted by his Self ignorance primarily. It is the root cause of “ALL” the sorrows. Sprouting from it, man then gets afflicted by the likes-dislikes. In essence, the Vedās point out that a human being, irrespective of his gender, race, colour etc. spends away his life being constantly disturbed. Sorrow is encompassing all the felt disturbances.

But, an human being, again irrespective of his gender, race, colour etc. also has the equipped faculties, to gain this Self-knowledge. In the presence of which the root of Self -ignorance gets uprooted, there is then no locus for the individuality, and thus, no likes and dislikes get formed. The person of Self-knowledge, Such a human is referred to as “liberated”. Having fulfilled his human birth potential.

To uproot Self-ignorance, a lot of internal preparation is required. Just as to sow a seed, the soil is tilled; so too, for Self-knowledge, the human mind needs tilling.

This tilling is the job of a religious life.

Does every religion then take one to Self-knowledge?

No. Though ALL religions, when followed, cultivate the soil.

Vedic vision held the performance of the Vedic Karmas as religious. This was the karma-kanda, portion of Vedās detailing the knowledge regarding Karmas to be performed as per your notions of individuality. Abiding in the performance of the prescribed Karmās was being religious.

What was the advantage of this vision? The uniqueness of the vision of the Vedas? To the extent a person abided in his ordained karma, to that an extent indirectly his internal preparation took place. The source of sorrow coming from likes-dislikes got managed. And as one got prepared, the Vedās effortlessly revealed Ātma-jñana, through the Vedānta part, also called the Upanishads. Knowing which the final source of sorrow was destroyed. The one with Self-knowledge, now is the One. Where there is no sorrow. For sorrow to be, there has to be duality. But, for the Ātma-jñani, where is the other?

Thus, Vedic Karmās relevance as a religious life. And as with any knowledge, the chances of it being understood is relative, so too with Vedic knowledge. And the non-understanding leading to misunderstanding gets compounded when the knowledge is regarding the very Subject, the person, who has to re-know himself. This leads to layers and layers of deep-rooted superstitions, fanaticism, blind beliefs, rigid adherences, which more often destroy the very purpose of knowledge. And moreover, destroy the very potential of a human existence.

By the Ghats

By the ghat, standing I,

saw the river flow by.

Telling me tales of many a times

forlorn by us,

She remembers it all.

I turn to look at the people behind me,

busy, hustling, bustling…

in need to get somewhere,

go somewhere,

get something,

achieve something,

a rush!

Then, I took the plunge!

One last thing I did;

took the boat

to the other shore.

I stand here,

where I hear the tales from the river,

been eternally there,

of the same ceaseless hustles,

been eternally there,

I see on the other shore!

only, from the other end!

© Deepti Vishwanath

Dreams

Dreams, are you meant that I chase you,

or, are you chimeras meant to mislead?

Are you the guiding light

or, are you the blockages?

Dreams, are you separate from me

or, are you me?

If you are separate,

I can leave you or chase you.

But, if you are me, or even a part;

then what is your significance?

I see you clearly;

so, you cannot be me!

You can neither be a part!

You have no physiological role.

Arms, heart, head and all

have a part they play.

If I dream to live on moon,

amongst all the celestial living beings.

Where there is no hatred, no competition,

no jealousy, no malice,

where only compassion exists!

Love for all.

Where God is not used,

For every God damn excuse.

Where coolness of the moon is

in everyones’ nature.

Where the waters are pure,

refreshing the skin.

Where a gentle breeze,

teases it constantly.

And there is no fear.

Where giving is more important than taking;

where love is essential for survival;

where sorrow is not known;

and the galaxies echo back the laughter!

Dream!

The respite.

From this predominantly

disturbed world.

Here,

what I dream as real

is only a rare exhibit.

How do I chase you, O Dream?

Your premises are all false!

You are only a figment of imagination!

Ahhhhh!

The milk just spilled over the boiler!!

 

© Deepti Vishwanath

Photo credits : web space.

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimate Love

The more I want to know,

the more I know;

it is not going to be easy to know you.

Your depths….

Your layers….

You’r a maze…

Truly amazes!

How will I unravel thy mystery?

You are the closest;

Seem the farthest.

You are ever there,

But, I never see you!

How will I know you?

You make everything known;

tell me, how will I know you?

Tell me, O ONE! THE ONE!

I want to know!

 

When I wake up,

You are here.

Before I woke up,

also,

while I sleep,

I know you are there.

Never have you left me!

But, how are you there?

before I am awake?

What stuff are you made up of?

How are we related?

You don’t need me!

And I am not, without you!

Oh! how will I know you?

 

You, O Consciousness!

you are also known as ‘Awareness’

Reveal to me,

What are you and who am I?

Who are you and what is ‘I am’?

 

-Deepti Vishwanath

The primitive Man.

On my tablet,

screen flashing data.

And  pictures,

music and all.

Everything in this one!

Movies, calendar and maps,

documents and sheets,

contacts and mails,

all in one!

man has advanced & how?!

 

The hunger of

the old man down the street,

Unable to move much!

The child running in the barest,

what improves his future?

The lady hugging her child close

to keep her baby warm…

The merciless butchering of pigs

and cows and chicks and all…..

The forests seen parse.

The rivers shallow.

The winters short and less severe,

the frequent droughts and floods

Ah! But yes, the MARS mission !

 

Man in space!

Planning to inhabit another planet!

When this is destroyed!

this I read on my tablet…

and the nuclear power generators!!

 

I wonder,

When this. Great Man!

Inhabits another planet,

will they, not experience the inequality?

No Humger, or Cold, or fear?

nor insecurity?

 

Nah!

Then it seems;

the rule of power.

Destroy, to rule, and yet again.

As seen in animals too!

 

Man has advanced the use of matter,

But Man has not advanced Man!

Or even attempted yet!

AS primitive…. he remains…. in fact!

 

© Deepti Vishwanath

Pic – Web

 

The Bud

The bud seeing the flowers around

said to herself,

“I am also blooming!

Like all, I will also grow!

I may even be really beautiful.

For I know I belong to the “lovely flowers”

But, when I look at others’

I do wonder,

If this was all I was meant to be?

Can I not be ….”

 

And just then,

the flower looks at the bud and thinks,

“Ah! Those were the days!

Now I wait, only to wither,

My petals away.

But as a bud, I was so happy.

All I have now is wait.. and some fear!”

 

And the plant said,

“have i not survived many a buds and roses,

and thorns?

Each being a part of me!

And they never recognised,

all that I go through

for them to grow!

Ah! I also get noticed because of them!

But, they are that part of me

which blooms and withers.

And there is that part of me, which is to protect them while they grow.

I hold them both equally, for them to bloom!”

 

And the soil said,

“in me all exists.

what you see on the surface is,

because I exist.

All the many plants, the trees…

are all me!

Yet this plant does not recognise me?

But, I protect it while it grows

by holding strong its roots.”

 

And the water said,

“Oh soil!

you do not recognise me.

Where I soak you, there you let the plant thrive.”

 

And the fire said,

“Oh water!

If I do not

collect you from the oceans,

you would not soak the soil?”

 

And the space said,

“Oh fire! I accommodate you.

So you are able to collect water high up in the skies.

 

And the water said,

“wait, I let you collect me,

I surrender,

when you come to collect me.”

 

And the soils said to the water,

“wait water! I surrender when you come to soak me, drench me.”

 

And the plant said,

“wait soil,

I surrender my seed and exert to grow upwards;

propelled by the rays, perhaps of the Sun, I am told.”

 

And the bud said,

“I can only surrender to what fate has for me!

I wait to grow like the flower next to me, I see.”

And the flower said,

“but I wait only to wither…

or wait in fear!”

 

And they all sat and thought and discussed openly,

and wondered, “for whom does all this happen?

whose will is it, that we express?”

 

And as the discussion was escalating,

A child came and plucked the flower which

was then talking.

And all went silent!

Wondering now, what this child will do with the flower?

Was this the end of the journey for all?

 

© Deepti Vishwanath

(Photo from web)