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
While under COVID lockdown, and on a walk, I came across this striking metal mural of Lord Shiva – the Destroyer. I thought it apt for days like these when the end of the world seems nigh. And here below is my poem inspired by it: Continue reading →
“The world is my family”, originally comes from the Upanishads, ancient Sanskrit tomes.
In this time of a global pandemic and near-universal lockdown, it has salience in that we’re truly all in it together – East, West, rich, poor, black, white, brown, Hindu, Muslim, young, old – and the only way to overcome, recover, heal it is by forming a brotherhood.