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The Master takes us to his Tapobhoomi

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Beautiful 3 days spent in the land of Rajasthan with the Master.  Every nook and corner we travelled in Lalsot had posters of the shivir at every locations including taxis and markets. One thing i was surprised with was the heights of hospitality in a world where one thinks of so many excuses or shrinks away to even offer someone a glass of water or tea and here are the Rajasthanis, who go beyond anything to serve their guests. All the while i was thinking that the home next to the venue, where we ate food, was a place arranged by people for us as done in other locations we travel to. To my surprise while we sat on the ground and ate our food in the huge compound of this home, i saw many new people walking into this compound inside which sat ladies of the house making rotis. When people walked in, they were asked to sit, paper plates were laid and food was served immediately. The lady making rotis asked all those seated continuously whether they wanted rotis. If it was a yes, she would

Tests of the Path

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Greetings everyone... Had been busy for a while, still am.. Was just peeping on FB and found some posts by few who are disillusioned by the experiences of others. Though i did not want to give any gyan on this, but still thought would write a few things for those who are confused, sad, depressed or bewildered by the way so-called freedom of speech or freewill sharings keep floating around the social media. It's close to 8 years that i follow my Guru, though before i was an avid reader, an explorer, a curious one. i have traveled many paths before, almost visited every center of all paths that you can name of. i learnt a lot and still do respect every Master and every path for they are all working so wonderfully and divinely for uplifting souls to the Supreme. But just that i decided to follow just one path and Guru till my last breath not because it is already written in the great scriptures the need to follow a Master faithfully but just because of the sheer love of

What's in my name?

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Long time... i returned to my blog, my passion of writing my heart out, sing my heart out, smile my heart out :) It's been about two years i added a surname to my name or you can call self-christened myself. Those days very very few people added the name Shivanand to their name. After that i read and heard and saw many times the different definitions given for one choosing to add their Guru or lineage's name. Call it a fancy or a "the thing" going on, i was but sure that whatever reasons one did, that heart must surely be carrying a lot of love. For me it was not a "one fine morning decision", it was a very, very personal thing. i had previously also thought many times to add the name of my Guru, but something pulled me back. i would like to share what was that. It was certainly not because i lived in the vicinity of my Guru. I have been around Him for two years before that too. The path of truth and love and light is not as easy as it's

Who will give me what I want?

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Someone asked me why people leave one Guru and go to another? Why they try one practice and seek another? Why has someone left from somewhere and come to my Guru? i mentioned that it is not in the coming and going that is going to help but in the doing. Is one doing... whether coming or going? Doing refers to working on oneself. Karma is something that is entirely my creation, be it something that i realize or something forgotten. Every single incident and every single moment is unbiasedly one's own returns. Maya is the illusion that gives a feeling that things happen to us due to something or someone. It gives us a clear-cut feeling that everyone or everything other than myself is responsible for what i am going through today. This leaves a scar of deep hurt and injustice or anger and resentment. It makes us blame. At such times, we forget, thanks to maya, that the Guru has absolutely nothing to do with anyone's karma. He is untouched and unperturbed by anything. He is in

Tuning with your Guru

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Wish to share with you something important today. On and often i come across friends, who are sulking because they have not been able to attend the ongoing shivir and miss Baba. Rather, if you have to know that at a particular time, Baba is in a shivir, far away from you, there are some wonderful ways to get the most. The subtle presence of Baba is very powerful and it does not really matter where you are sitting - whether in the hall, right in front or right at the back or outside the hall or in your room. A little shift in the thought and idea of how powerful the Guru is, can bring a sharp change into this feeling of "i cannot receive if i am not in a shivir". If you can actually tune in, everything changes. Baba has various facets as a walking Siddha and He is the most powerful - not when He is in front of you and maybe even physically talking to you or when you get His darshan, but He is the most powerful when He is at a shivir. That is when He is carrying out His divi

Once you make one your Guru, He will not leave you

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I was looking at my prior post on FB "Once you make one your Guru, He will not leave you......" So true this is. i would rather put it as "Because you made one your Guru (in some lifetime) He has still not left you :) The bond of a Guru and disciple is beyond any imaginable relationship. Most of the time, this is understood by the just the mind due to the heavy curtains that the mind and sanskars put upon the soul. It is for so many lifetimes that this bond is created over. i know of few friends of mine, who never knew anything about Baba but suddenly had strange affinity towards Him and His teachings (just like i had in 2008).  Many of them do not even know who the person (Guru) is but still find themselves being guided. i have a couple of friends who are connected with Babaji more subtly. They have not attended shivirs, but they find His guiding light in their lives. He comes up in their dreams, guides them in various ways, comforts and heals. Some end up havin

You are the Miracle

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As Baba says everything in nature itself is a miracle if looked at carefully as to how intrinsically each and everything in the Universe functions. It is amazing to even ponder on the "automatic" functions of even the smallest thing invisible to us to the visible gross forms to the largest things hidden to our eyes and minds, every bit is a miracle.  This automatic mode is what makes us all part of that miracle. This picture reminded me today how even you and me are miracles.  The baby and all it's "automatic" functions are the flow with life, the surrender. i realize that babies are wholesome miracles because they are fully on auto-pilot until they learn something externally. Slowly the miraculous part part of the human starts shrinking once it's own identity and ideas are generated. However, that miraculous quality, though shrunk in quantity and quality, can never completely be eradicated for i sense that little flame is the essence of the soul. It

Oh Gurudev

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