Sing I your virtues in 40 stanzas every day. Chant with devotion your name ceaselessly. And seek I today your boundless wisdom and strength; your thunderbolt to destroy the diabolical demons that prey on me from the netherworld of my mind. Your grace, my protective sheath.
O! Son of the Wind, I carry you in my heart with adoration in the same way as you do the Lord.
You. Dark of form, with ash-smeared body, gnarnled, matted hair, rudrakhsha and tiger skin.
You. Who resides in the snow-clad abodes of Kailasa, the five Kedars, Mani Mahesh and Shrikhand Mahadev. In Benares and Ujjain and Nasik. And in the hearts of a countless.
You. who are AshtaMurti, Chaumukha, Triambaka, Sadashiv, Omkara, Rudra, Arunachalam, Natraja, Pasupati and Ardhanarishvara. Shankara, Shambhu and AdiYogi. Bholenath and Kalabhairava.
You. Who are without beginning and without end. From whom the holy Ganga emanates. On whose head rests the crescent. The father of time.
You. Who is merged into utter and absolute stillness. Who exists in the emptiness beyond all that is. Who is unbounded and all pervasive. Whom tonight celebrates. A night of intoxication and rapture. Of fixity, enlightenment and dissolution.
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu May All Beings Everywhere Be Happy and Free
Sarvesham Svastir-Bhavatu Sarvesham Shantir-Bhavatu Sarvesham Poornam-Bhavatu Sarvesham Mangalam-Bhavatu Om Shanti Shanti Shantih May there be an abundance of well-being in all, May there be an abundance of peace in all, May there be an abundance of fulfilment in all, May there be an abundance of auspiciousness in all, Peace! Peace! Peace!
Om Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya Lord lead me from the unreal to the real Lead me from darkness to the light From the earth to the open skies Lead me from death to eternal light
Natsukashii is a Japanese word used when something evokes a fond memory from your past. It’s a word you exclaim as a smile creeps across your face.
Having lost my mojo to write in these troubling times, I’m sharing some photos of my bastion of peace – mystical & majestic – where I choose to commune with myself. Some cherished moments between 2015 and 2021…
The lead image is of Bhima Shila – the boulder that saved the Shiva temple of Kedarnath in North India from damage when there was a cloudburst and avalanche a few years ago. The portals of the temple open for the summer today.