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The Self Within

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The Self Within

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“Having crossed the river,
where will you go, O friend ?

There’s no road to tread,
No traveler ahead,
Neither a beginning, nor an end.

There’s no water, no boat, no boatman, no cord;
No earth is there, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford.

You have forgotten the Self within,
Your search in the void will be in vain;
In a moment the life will ebb
And in this body you won’t remain.

Be ever conscious of this, O friend,
You’ve to immerse within your Self;
Kabir says, salvation you won’t then need,
For what you are, you would be indeed.”
(Kabīr – mystic poet and saint of India, 1440-1518)

A few days ago this timeless sadhu was enjoying the winter sun along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), not far from where Kabīr used to write his poetry.
Kabir was influenced by the prevailing religious mood of his times, such as old Brahmanic Hinduism, Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, the teachings of Nath yogis and the personal devotionalism of South India mixed with the imageless God of Islam.
Eminent historians like R.C. Majumdar, P.N. Chopra, B.N. Puri and M.N. Das have held that Kabir is the first Indian saint to have harmonised Hinduism and Islam by preaching a universal path which both Hindus and Muslims could tread together.

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The Soul Keeper

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The Soul Keeper

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“This is the ultimate end of man, to find the One which is in him; which is his truth, which is his soul; the key with which he opens the gate of the spiritual life, the heavenly kingdom.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This man was sitting at the gate of the center of the universe which is the shrine standing at Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) where burns the oldest fire since the begining of mankind.
This is the place where any Hindu comes face to face with life and death, it is called “the great cremation ground” (Mahasmasana) and a legend says that there Lord Shiva gives Taraka mantra ( “Prayer of the crossing”) in the ear of the dead.
The name Manikarnika derives its origin from the dropping rings of Siva during His transcendental dance here.
“Having become Time itself, I destroy the world here, O Goddess !” (Lord Shiva – Padma Purana 1.33.14)

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O Arjuna, be a Yogi

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“The Yogi is greater than the ascetics; he is thought greater than even men of knowledge.
The Yogi is greater than men of action.
Therefore, O Arjuna, be a Yogi.”
(From the Gita, Upanishad, the Ordinance of Yoga, the discourse between Krishna and Arjuna)

A yogi (Sanskrit, feminine root: yogini) is a term for a male practitioner of various forms of the path of Yoga, maintaining a steadfast mind, the process of transcending the lower self through daily practices.
This word is often used to describe a monk or a householder who is devoted to meditation.
The Shiva-Samhita text defines the yogi as someone who knows that the entire cosmos is situated within his own body, and the Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad distinguishes two kinds of yogins: those who pierce through the “sun” (surya) by means of the various yogic techniques and those who access the door of the central conduit (sushumna-nadi) and drink the nectar.

This Yogi who seems to be ageless was in a little house made of one single room with opened walls which is near river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras).

I was rooming around the ghats with my friends Rajesh, Eloise and Prabhat, showing them a few places I like in the city and by chance we met this Yogi.
There was so much of peace around him, he was smiling gently as if  he was in another space, in another  time, as if we were not really there.

He didn’t mind that we took his portrait.

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