May 04, 2011


"I know of Dharma, and have no tendency for it;
I know of Adharma, and I cannot cease from it.
By you, Hrishikesha, who are seated in the heart --
I do what I do - just as
I'm directed by you..
~ Suyodhana, Mahabharata

An enlightened Duryodhana, acknowledging the all-inclusive, unequivocal, outright, absolute, sovereign will of the Lord....

Dharma = morality
Adharma = immorality
Hrishikesha = ruler of the senses

Also, Duryodhana (duH-yaH-dhana: that which is hard to win) was really Suyodhana(su-yaH-dhana: the best win/prize). He renamed himself Duryodhana from Suyodhana. Only Krishna calls him Suyodhana in the entire epic.
Hare Krishna!!!

May 01, 2011

īśāvāsyam idam sarvam

A wonderful duologue with Aanu connected dots - between Ishopanishad, Narayan Murthy and Vittap ajja, among others. The very first verse of the Upanishad goes:

īśāvāsyam idam sarvam

yat kiñca jagatyāḿ jagat

tena tyaktena bhuñjīthā

mā gṛdhaḥ kasya svid dhanam


īśa — by the Lord; āvāsyam — controlled; idam — this; sarvam — all; yat kiñca — whatever; jagatyām — within the universe; jagat — all that is animate or inanimate; tena — by Him; tyaktena — set-apart quota; bhuñjīthāḥ — you should accept; mā — do not; gṛdhaḥ — endeavor to gain; kasya svit — of anyone else; dhanam — the wealth.
courtesy: vedabase


All this is full of the Lord, who dwells in & controls 'Jagat' ("that which moves/changes" - Everything! i.e; all that is animate and inanimate in the universe). Accept that which is left to you by the Lord(also, renunciate and enjoy "jagat") , be not greedy after another's wealth!
Accept your lot, as left out by the Lord, and mind your business - "Lust not after another's wealth"

fact-of-the-matter idea, that to be driven home here, is that All This, EVERYTHING, belongs to the Lord - literally! All this is full of the Lord, is soaked in the Lord and verily all this IS the Lord: "Sarvam khalu idam brahma!"

Our notion, idea that we process, own or have anything, or that something belongs to us is verifiably untrue! We are fated to loose grasp of everything. Sooner or later... including our very bodies!

We've done only so much to literally create our eyes, ears, nose, limbs, organs - hearts, lungs, brain, cells etc. So it would not be blasphemous to say we don't really own our bodies, we only use them, lent to us by the Lord, as they are. Same goes for our every talent, ability, weaknesses, strengths - all part of the package!

Osho so beautifully puts it in his discourse on the Upanishad, "All things belong to God. But our human mind tries to argue that it is all ours, and we live in this delusion throughout our lives. Something is mine. The idea is of ownership and possession – it is mine!......
"As we go on throwing down each ’mine’ the base of ’I’ is simultaneously eroded away. If not a single ’mine’ is saved, then there is no foundation on which the ’I’ can stand. The ’I’ needs a resting place, a shelter, a house of ’mine’. The ’I’ requires a foundation stone of ’mine’ otherwise the whole structure of ’I’ will tumble down."

Vittap ajja was speaking the exact same language when he said, "Dittalo devu.." - "The Lord is the Giver (of all that you have), he knows what to give you and when.. "

Narayan Murty, in a popular speech on his life-lessons said, "When, one day, you have made your mark on the world, remember that, in the ultimate analysis, we are all mere temporary custodians of the wealth we generate, whether it be financial, intellectual, or emotional. The best use of all your wealth is to share it with those less fortunate."

Aanu directs me to the fact of how Narayan Murty instigates voracious creation of wealth, while at the same time maintains a humbling awareness of such sublime truths as above!
Dad says, social icons like Ammembal Subba Rao Pai etc, were all philanthropists who had similar precepts & principles.

When we learn that we possess nothing, that we only use everything - that everything literally belongs to the Lord, a sense of honor and respect springs up for all that we have near and use. We become contended with our lot and hence peaceful in our minds. We appreciate our blessings and become more happy. Our complaints subside. Our greed for another's wealth evaporates. We tend to make the best, most judicious use of all that we have (that was otherwise taken for granted). We begin to happily regard our blessings and set out to utilize everything, for the highest good of all.

Jai Guru Dev!

April 24, 2011


"That which upholds the spirit" | Removing & preventing Deeper Pain

"Everyone tries to remove superficial pain, but there is another class of techniques concerned with removing suffering on a deeper level--aiming at a minimum to diminish suffering in future lives and, beyond that, even to remove all forms of suffering for oneself as well as for all beings. Spiritual practice is of this deeper type. These techniques involve an adjustment of attitude; thus, spiritual practice basically means to adjust your thought well.

In Sanskrit it is called dharma, which means "that which holds." This means that by adjusting counterproductive attitudes, you are freed from a level of suffering and thus held back from that particular suffering. Spiritual practice protects, or holds back, yourself and others from misery.

From first understanding your own situation in cyclic existence and seeking to hold yourself back from suffering, you extend your realization to other beings and develop compassion, which means to dedicate yourself to holding others back from suffering.

It makes practical sense ... by concentrating on the welfare of others, you yourself will be happier." (p.52)
-- from Mind of Clear Light: Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, translated and edited by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.