Saturday, January 24, 2015




25th,Jan,2015 : I wrote the following Blog Post on 24th,Jan,2015 after seeing News paper Reports about possible Padma Awards for Baba RamDevji and Sri Sri Ravishankar. 

One of the things I some times (but not always) disliked about some (but not all) previous government leaders (especially after Indira Gandhi) was their SAFFRON AVERSION. They were exhibiting, in my opinion, some times explicit and some times implicit aversion towards Hindu saints, even while cultivating leaders of other religions. 

It is true that there are some fake swamis and fake Babas in India who were and are taking advantage of gullible Public's belief Systems. 

There is need to get educated about the Good and the Bad among the religionists and spiritualists. . That said, becoming a true renunciate, is a great achievement in life. An ordinary person does not renounce  any thing. 

We are all acquisitive. We want all possible comforts. We want name, fame, recognition, comforts, following and every other darned thing on earth, that we can possibly possess. We are acquisitive and Possessive. Most of us are GREEDY. Some of us are also  JEALOUS of what others Possess. Amongst this category, some of us also try to somehow possess what others possess. 

Very  few of us  also know the JOY OF GIVING. But, we can give only when and if we acquire. So, we acquire first; then, we give part of it. This, possibly is second best thing we can do, after people who are just possessive and acquisitive. 

But, India can also boast of another class of people who are not only jealous of others' possessions but make all-out efforts to take away others' Hard earned Possessions by hook or crook, by force or threat or by any other foul means. Such people exist among Politicians, among criminals and among Police forces too, to a certain extent. I have heard of some Powerful Politicians who slap even cases of murder, or any other case on some others, to force them to give up their possessions in the former's favour. 

So, world consists of all types of Greedy people. In the midst of all of us - also exist the likes of Baba RamDevji, Sri Sri Ravisankar, Jaggi Vasudev and a few like them - for whom, material possessions mean nothing; and material possessions exist only to wipe off others' sorrows;

The Government of India, it appears, offered both baba Ram Dev and Sri Sri Ravishankar - PADMA AWARDS this time. Earlier Governments, anyway, would never have done that. But, this Government recognized their Great Services and decided to honour them with these awards. On seeing this news, i also expressed my happiness through the Blog Post dated 24th, below. 

But, today's News Papers report that Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar, who were offered these awards - expressed their THANKS to the Government and politely declined to accept these awards. Well. That is why they are what they are. I offer my respects and Pranams to them once again - for this clarity in their life. Now- please do read my Blog Post dated 24th also.

Blog Post dated 24th,Jan,2015 :

There are News Paper Reports that of many others, Sri Sri Ravishankar and Baba Ram Devji are also being considered for Padma awards this Independence Day.

I personally will be very happy if a beginning is made in recognizing the Great social services being rendered by these great spiritual Gurus. I have been a keen watcher and follower of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation, Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living Foundation and Baba Ram Devji of Patanjali Yoga Peeth.

The three of them have influenced my life in many ways - and have influenced the lives of millions of other people in India and abroad in many, many ways.

I have attended the Yoga Programs of all of them. I follow all of their trainings and practice whatever I learnt from them.  I and my family members follow the Ayurvedic medicines of Baba Ram Devji's Patanjali Yoga Chikitsalay. They work wonders to ensure our Health. Millions of people take these medicines and find them extremely useful compared to Allopathic Medicines. Not that, I hate Allopathy. Not at all. Allopathy is also a Great Science. I only regret that as a science, Allopathy is a TOTAL FAILURE, in not recognizing another Great science like Ayurveda.

All these three Great spiritualists are also rendering EXTRAORDINARY SOCIAL SERVICE  in India and abroad. If there are any secularists who also follow religion, I would name these trinity. Their teachings rise far beyond isolationist religions.

Jaggi Vasudev has contributed immensely to environmental protection and upgradation in Tamilnadu - the magnitude of which, no Government is even thinking of.

Sri Sri Ravishankar is breaking all walls between different religions and creating Harmony between India and other countries.

Baba Ramdevji's Yog Sibirs are attended by all religionists and all of them profit from his yoga teachings. Every word spoken by Baba Ram Dev in these Yog Sibirs transcends the boundaries of all religions and attracts every body of every religion.

If there are any persons striving constantly for inter-religious harmony, I would name these three Great Masters.

We are honouring Film Stars, Sports persons etc, whose social contribution is close to zero. They are doing great job in their respective fields – and are being paid well for it. I do agree that they can be honoured for their achievements in their respective fields. Nothing wrong in it.

But, the Nation must learn to honour selfless service to the people and the nation. These three masters are people who are doing Yeoman service to people of India. Their contribution to Yoga itself is immense. Their contribution to Ayurveda is another Great service to India. The schools run by them are yet another. Their social service is PAR EXCELLENCE. The poorest people who have benefitted from their service are in millions.

It would be a Great Honour to India if these people are honoured in a befitting manner by the Government of India.

Media and Opposition parties need to understand that Saffron was always the hallmark of renunciation and service. There are fake doctors, fake advocates, fake Politicians and fake ones in every field. Therefore, the existence of some fake ones among Saffron robes also is bound to be there. It doesn’t mean, saffron robes are to blame. SAFFRON stands for selflessness always.

Also, reaching out to millions and crores of people today – needs physical, moral and monetary support and contributions by many people. So, we should not merely see the millions - of people and money pouring in – but we must also see how the crores of rupees of money are being spent. Every rupee going to these Masters is going back to people in a more productive ways. It is More Productive than every rupee going to any Industrialist or to any Government.

Their disciples know all this. Media must taste the benefits of their training programs themselves. Then, they will understand how these Masters can strip the falsities off, from their lives also and make their lives truly enjoyable. Ditto with Politicians. If you are not practicing Yoga, You are missing a LOT in your life. You are missing the REAL JOY of your lives.

Don’t criticize Yoga or Ayurveda from a Distance. Come near. Get into them. Listen to the teachings of these Masters. Learn them. Practice them. I personally assure that you will not regret getting into either Yoga or Ayurveda.

Therefore, I wish that the NATION truly and adequately honours these Great Masters. Not that they will want them and rejoice thereby. These Honours are immaterial for them.

A Nation with true Gratitude must learn to honour Great social service. It is as simple as that.

= yours sincerely


Tuesday, December 23, 2014




Spirituality is an individual’s Journey to liberation from Samsara, which means, all life problems. 

Spirituality is for the highest evolvement of the Individual. It is beyond religion – beyond all religions, in fact.

It has Gurus, but no prophets. It goes beyond the teachings of all standard religious Books and all Prophets. Yet, most of spirituality has evolved from the roots of religion.

Religion , on the other hand, has evolved out of mundane life, includes mundane life and thinks beyond it. Heaven, Hell, God, Satan, good, bad etc are all part of religion, but, not much of a part of Spirituality. Spirituality neither accepts not denies these religious concepts. But, it seeks to take man beyond the limits of all these concepts.

While Spirituality existed in all cultures, Indian spirituality is a marvel in itself. Its evolution and attainments are tremendous. It goes beyond Indian religious tenets in a very natural fashion, yet smoothly denying all of them in a beautiful way.

One of the best proponents of both religion and spirituality in India is Adi Sankaracharya. His Nirvana Shatkam, a 6 sloka exposition of the Highest spiritual Guidelines, lays down an extraordinary and extremely explicit Human Goal – much beyond the commonly known 4 Goals of Dharma, Artha, kama and Moksha.

Probably, his disciples recorded this from their Guru’s words and there are some, very slight variations in what they handed down to us. Despite small differences, whichever composition we look at, it is a great beauty.

Here is one Great version of Nirvana Shatkam :


Mano Buddhyahankaara Chittaani Naaham; Na Cha Srotra Jihve Na Cha Ghraanna Netre |
Na Cha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vaayuh; Chidhaananda Roopah Sivoham Sivoham ||1|| 


1.1: Neither am I the Mind nor the Intelligence nor  the Ego,
1.2: Neither am I the organ of Hearing (Ear), nor that of Taste (Tongue), nor that of Smell (Nose) nor  that of Sight (Eye),
1.3: Neither am I the Sky, nor the Earth, nor the Fire nor the Air,
1.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness;
I am the Siva, I am the Siva, I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.


Na Cha Praanna Sanjno, Na Vai Pancha Vaayuh; Na Vaa Sapta-Dhaatur Na Vaa Pancha-Kosah |
Na Vaak-Paanni-Paadam Na Chopastha-Paayu; Chidhaananda Roopah Sivoham Sivoham ||2||


2.1: Neither am I the Vital Breath, nor the Five Vital Air,
2.2: Neither am I the Seven Dhatus (Ingredients of the Body), nor the Five Sheaths of the Body,
2.3: Neither am I the organ of Speech (tongue), nor am I the Hands, nor the feet nor the organs of Excretion,
2.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness;
I am the Siva, I am the Siva, The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.


Na Me Dvesha-Raagau, Na Me Lobha Mohau; Mado Naiva Me Naiva Maatsarya Bhaavah |
Na Dharmo Na Chaartho, Na Kaamo Na Mokshah; Chidhaananda Roopah Sivoham Sivoham ||3||


3.1: Neither do I have Hatred, nor Attachment, nor Greed nor Infatuation, 3.2: Neither do I have pride, nor Feelings of Envy and Jealousy,
3.3 I am Not (limited by) the four (commonly recognized Human) Goals of Dharma (Righteousness), Artha (Wealth), Kama (Desire) and Moksha (Liberation) ,
3.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness;
I am the Siva, I am the Siva, The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.


Na Punnyam Na Paapam, Na Saukhyam Na Duhkham; Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Vedaa Na Yajnaah |
Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhoktaa; Chidhaananda Roopah Sivoham Sivoham ||4||


4.1: Neither am I bound by Good deeds nor Sins, neither by Worldly Joys nor by Sorrows,
4.2: Neither am I bound by Mantras(Sacred Hymns) nor by Sacred Places(of bathing Ghats), neither by Sacred Scriptures nor by Sacrifices,
4.3: I am Neither Experience (or enjoyment), nor the experienced (the object to be Enjoyment), nor the Experiencer (one who enjoys),
4.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness;
I am Siva, I am Siva, The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.


Na Mrutyur Na Shankaa, Na Me Jaati-Bhedah; Pitaa Naiva Me Naiva Maataa Na Janmah |
Na Bandhur Na Mitram, Gurur-Na-Iva Shishyam; Chidhaananda Roopah Sivoham Sivoham ||5||


5.1: Neither am I bound by Death nor by its Fear, nor by the rules of Caste  Distinctions,
5.2: Neither do I have a Father nor Mother, nor a Birth,
5.3: Neither do I have Relations nor Friends, nor a Guru (Spiritual Teacher) nor Disciple,
5.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness;
I am Siva, I am Siva, The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.


Aham Nirvikalpo Niraakaara Roopo; Vibhu-Tvaaccha Sarvatra Sarvendriyaannaam |

Na Chaasangatam Naiva Muktir Na Meyah; Chidhaananda Roopah Sivoham Sivoham ||6||


6.1: I am Without Change, and Without Form,
6.2: I am Everywhere (as unseen substratum) and within all Sensory Powers,
6.3: Neither am I Attached to anything, nor need to get Freed from anything,
6.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness;
I am Siva, I am Siva, The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.

Further Comments :

Readers need to delve deep into the subtle meanings of each and every word of these 6 slokas. The Greatness of Indian spirituality is epitomized in these slokas.
Adi Sankara, for instance, condemned Caste distinctions, caste consciousness and Untouchability many times, in many ways, in his life time. His views are in line with what was practiced by Lord Krishna and Lord Rama, in their re-incarnations on earth. These are also in line with the way Lord Siva himself is .
But, somehow, untouchability and caste consciousness are very badly entrenched in our society and need to be demolished smoothly and well within the tenets of Adi Sankara’s teachings. We need to come to the stage of Universal compassion and then move on to Universal consciousness.
Just to indicate a small, immediate change that is needed,  every Temple and every Mutt and every Ashram needs to make all-out efforts need to attract ALL PEOPLE, irrespective of CASTE (including people of other religions) – subject, of course, to norms of decency, cleanliness, silence and sanctity of the place.


If Hinduism and its places of worship are made places where we all can feel the godliness, all will come. If the House is clean, all will feel comfortable and happy. Else, any other type of welcome or invitation – will not work.

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