Have you heard the sound of silence?

Silence..a word heard so less often these days.
I know we belong to a generation that loves noise, or maybe everything thats too loud.
But I would like to share a short experience that I had years ago.
I was never acquainted with the real meaning of silence, until I met this man at the airport while I was travelling to Dubai.
He was carrying a bundle of books in his hand, which got fallen by me, by mistake, as I was walking lost in my own world of thoughts. His name was Mihir and he seemed to be quite an intellectual man, and when I picked up the books for him, I found one of my favourite books amongst those, which I asked him to lend me for a quick read. We were sitting in the airport lounge and reading our books respectively. And then soon enough, a casual conversation started in between us.
He seemed to be quiet (maybe just too quiet) during most of the conversation, or maybe during almost the entire conversation, as in he would ask a question and then just listen, very quietly and calmly, till I was left with no single word or thought left in my mind to express.
This somehow made me ask him finally(after a couple of minutes), that “Why are you so quiet? Are you like that always or are you depressed or lost right now? Is there something thats bothering you? Is there some problem? As in, Is there anything really wrong?
Not much surprised with my questions, he answered patiently, I’M really fond of staying silent. Silence doesn’t signify depression, hurt, agony, stress or any such thing. In silence, I find solace.
When I’m silent, I’m listening. And when I’m listening, I’m learning. I’m paying my due respect to you by listening carefully to every word that you said. Silence gives meaning to words. If I had not been silent while you were doing all the talking, probably your words would’t have held any meaning to any of us, because they would not have been heard by any of us. And right now when I’m speaking, if you had not been quietly listening, my words would have gone completely unheard.
In silence, we find peace. In silence, we find truth. And in silence, we find our self.
And I found his every word so practically true. As long as he was telling me all this and I was silent, I could comprehend his words so much more carefully. Silence really adds so much more meaning to words.

He added, that though we can never stay silent forever. Nature makes sure that we speak somehow. Sometimes it suggests us words, sentences and expressions to ease ourselves and sometimes to ease others.

But words hold no significance without silence. If you haven’t experienced the power of silence, you’ll never really know the power of words.

When Lord Buddha experienced the light of the mighty God for the first time, He kept silent, altogether for 7 days, and experienced the zenith of true joy and contentment. The messengers of God themselves had to come to him to make him speak, so that he can pave a way for others to follow, and so that he can guide other lost and eager souls and make it easier for them too to experience this light.
So, silence gives limitless joy.

When Lord Buddha left his young wife, Yashodhara, with a 2 day old son, to seek enlightenment, She kept silent over all the fury that her father had for lord buddha, She kept silent over everything that the world had to say. She used her words only to calm herself and everyone around. She inspired and continues to inspire every one with her definitions of faith, true love and forgiveness.
So, in silence, we find wisdom, compassion and the art of forgiveness. Silence is a complete remedy in itself, and can heal all our wounds, scars and pain in the most comforting way.

And as a popular verse in the Holy Bible says,
Isaiah 53:7

“He was oppressed and He was affiliated, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.”

His silence told and continues to tell us that Yes, He was the Son of God.

So, silence is much more powerful than words, and what words can never explain, silence does it at its best.
In silence, there is life. There is a music in our soul that only a silent heart can hear, and that only a silent mind can comprehend and that only a silent soul can contain and preserve inside it forever.
Before he could add more to this conversation, the last boarding call for his flight came and all of a sudden, I felt like I woke up from a deep dream like situation, and then he had to leave.
I never saw him again, nor ever heard from him again, but His words still echo inside me. Some conversations with the right people are really priceless and can last forever.
And now somehow, I find silence as the most comforting expression and emotion ever. Now I know how does it really feel to hear the sound of the silence.



Guru! Do we really need a Spiritual Sailor?

Guru! Do we really need a Spiritual Sailor?

Anurag was in 3rd standard of his school, when he sat down one evening with his father and started asking him several questions. He asked him,”daddy what dream should I have in my life?Today in the class, our teacher asked each of us about our dreams.
And I had just no answer to it.

Is it really important to have a dream daddy?
My life is already so cool daddy, I am happy while getting up, going to school, coming back and playing games and doing my home work and going off to bed.
Then what is the need of having any dream daddy?
My teacher told me to think over what is my dream and come and tell her tomorrow morning in the class. Why is it imperative to know or decide my dream daddy?”

His father, pondering over Anurag’s questions, told him after a while, that “yes son, we all have some dreams in life and you too should have one.
A dream gives direction to one’s life, it becomes the guiding light, and it tells us which roads to take and which ones to bypass.
What will you do once your studies are completed? Which trail to take on after that?
Who is going to decide that for you then?
Here comes into play the role of one’s dream.

Your dream will guide you throughout, your dream will set you on a beautiful journey leading you towards utmost happiness, both on the way and after you achieve it, I.e. when you reach your destination.
So, yes its really essential to have a dream and chase it then till you accomplish whatever you dreamt of.”

Anurag quietly heard all that his father said, trying to absorb the very meaning of his father’s words and then started thinking about his dream with the best of his brains.
He told his teacher next day that,”I want to become a doctor and cure all the physical problems that I see people around suffering from, I want to cure all the disabled beggars on the street lights, all the elderly people suffering from various problems and when I grow up, I want to work towards making this world a really beautiful place to live for everyone who is alive.”
The teacher was astonished upon hearing this from such a young innocent child, and that made her ask Anurag,”who helped you figure out your dream Anurag”?
To which he replied that,”my daddy told me the significance of having a dream in life and that dreams bring us real joy while trying to accomplish them and even more joy after we succeed in achieving them. So then it became easy for me to decide on striving for what would bring me a lot of happiness. Daddy’s words helped me figure out that this is what I always have been unknowingly dreaming about, and attaining this would give me immense happiness, to see everyone around me healthy, happy and frolicking.”
Anurag’s story made me ponder over the significance of a Guru in our life.
Isn’t a Guru as important to our soul, as our dreams to our body?
We are happy right now just as Anurag, leading our lives the way we want to, fulfilling our responsibilities, sometimes rejoicing and sometimes cribbing over our circumstances.
But what after this life? When the time comes for our soul to change its clothes i.e. its body? When the time comes to cross that dark tunnel and look over our own karmas?
What then?
We know that we have come from somewhere, and that we will go somewhere, we do not belong to this country ,city or town. This place did not form us, it is just nurturing our body of mud. Our soul has been brought into existence by an unknown Creator, at a place which belongs to us, but is still unknown and unseen to our sight.
There is a purpose for which we have been sent here and once it is fulfilled, we have to move on and leave our clothes i.e. our body and move on to something greater than this life, something real, where each of us really belong.

As Guru Nanak Dev Ji appropriately said,

 “Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru no-one can cross over to the other shore. I bow at His feet constantly, and pray to Him, the Guru, the True Guru, has shown me the way.”

This should help us comprehend the bigger picture, that as important was his father’s guidance for Anurag to discover his worldly paths towards happiness, the same way is vital to our soul and our being, our Guru’s guidance, to discover our parts and paths beyond this world, towards an ocean of emotions greater than worldly happiness and satisfaction. For only our Guru’s words can be our true guiding light, revealing to our soul for what has it been sent to this place and amongst these people, Our Guru’s healing words can only comfort our unending thirst of something unknown throughout our lives and only our Guru can make us believe that we are a soul, not just a body, and can help us clap our eyes on our true destination and purpose and its pathway.

He can only open our eyes, that have been blinded by the illusionary realities of this world ever since, to a world that is real and can help us keep them open forever, to the greater truth, true beauty of a soul, of its existence and its role.

As Sant Kabir Saheb described beautifully when asked about His Guru,

“Make the whole of the land surface into paper, all the timber of the woods into pens, and all the waters of the oceans into ink, it is still impossible to pen down all the virtues of the Guru”




How to awaken the Kabira..Inside you?

How to awaken the Kabira..Inside you?

So, here comes..the most difficult question..how to find the Kabira inside you?

Though its answer is very simple..how can something that is to be found within our own self can really be difficult?

As precisely quoted by Kabira, “ Jaise til Mein tel hai, Jyon chamak Mein aag, Tera Sai tugh Mein hai, Tu jaag sake toh jaag”

It clearly means that as the seed contains its oil, as the light contains fire in it, the same way Our
breath has our Kabira, we just need to look within.

With the technological advancements, the world has become a really small place and now its not difficult to find and get anything from any distant nook and corner of the world.
We have widespread road, rail and air connectivities across all the borders and boundaries of the world and it hardly takes a second to watch, find and get the glimpse of whatever strikes our mind.
But what still seems so far is our own self within. There seems to be either no connectivities or maybe hidden routes to go inside our own beautiful body of mud.
Our entire life we keep hovering around this question as to how to go inside, how to attain a state of complete peace and contentment, but there seems to be no easy way out, it seems to be really complex because this is one route which we cannot see with our eyes open.
Instead we need to close our eyes, still ourselves, focus on self calming thoughts, to see an explicit image of something so powerful somewhere inside us, something that is more true than our body and which cannot be separated from us even by death.
So, here I’ll discuss 5 easy steps to help you find the Kabira inside you:

1. Close Your Eyes.
Its necessarily not mandatory for everybody to close the eyes to find and feel our pious,  pristine soul within. But it holds weight in today’s world, where we are surrounded by so much noise and distractions around us that we are hardly able to concentrate on anything other than what we can see with our eyes and listen with our ears. So, here it becomes momentous to close your eyes for a while to all that you see in order to see the unseen.

2. Be still.
Again, its very difficult in today’s world to be in a still and calm state, when there is a never ending race that we have become a part of, when the competition is so intense and this lifetime seems to be so short for outpacing the ones sharing the same boats as us. We need to understand that there is nothing wrong with growth, in fact growth is very vital to our existence. Our Creator has sent us here so that we can grow each moment beautifully. We need to spring up and become the most beautiful image of our Almighty. The competition should be with our own self, and the growth should be at our own physical, mental, moral and spiritual level. But we have forgotten the true significance of growth in our lives, and so we really need to be still to know what has always been unknown to us.

3. Try to visualise the most beautiful image of what gives you peace.
It can be your Guru, or the God that you worship, or something like a beautiful blooming flower, or your spirit guide, it could be anything, anything which you can visualise in all its beauty and you want to see more of it and you just don’t want to take your eyes off it. Try and focus on its light, on its shine, its glow. Is its blaze brighter than those of a million candles kept together at a place?Does it want to tell you something? Is it trying to portray some part of your real existence? Keep focussing. It is the light within you, it is the real you. And it’ll keep getting brighter and coming closer to you as you’ll keep concentrating.

4. Try to listen that is unsaid.
The beautiful and peaceful image that is in front of you, may not talk like we do and may not use a language that you use. But it will communicate with you and through a very powerful medium I.e. your own mind. As you’ll keep on focusing on it, it’ll let you know how beautiful you are from inside, and for what purpose have you been sent to this place on earth and why have you embarked on this journey and how far you still need to go. It’ll give you all the answers that you need to know, it’ll show you the ways and worlds beyond the mysteries of the Universe, it’ll show you your own inner self that you have forgotten long ago.

5. Don’t break the connection that you have created.
Yes, you have finally formed a very deep and pious connection with something so pure and peaceful, yet so powerful. You have found your Kabira, who talks to you, who has answers to all your quests ,who gives you immense peace, and whose light has outshined everything outside you that you see with your naked eyes. Here’s the Kabira shining inside you. Now you just need to nurture this bond that you have formed, and never let the Kabira inside you die till you are alive, for Kabira is the breath in your breath.

Now, its upto you..how soon you find the Kabira within you.

Do share your experiences after practising the above mentioned steps.


Kabira… breath of life

Kabira, as the name suggests, being noble.
His name appropriately defines who he was. A man whose culture was humanity, whose brother was mankind and whose motive was to plant the seed of nobleness in his entire brotherhood I.e. the mankind.
A man of substance, God’s own child, who didn’t need a mother’s womb to come to this Earth and to bless his brethren, as he belonged to just One Father,His Father in Heaven.
A weaver’s adopted child, for whom the Lord Krishna had woven a cloth with the beams and rays of the Sun as threads, Kabira only had the ways and powers to weave the hearts of the people for the ages to come with threads of love, mercy, sacrifice , simplicity and nobleness.

Neither was he a brahman nor a muslim, his religion was just love, pure love. He realised that the ultimate reality and religion of all beings is Atman I.e. one’s own soul. One cannot call him/herself religious by dressing up like a saint and saying things like a saint, until and unless one has had enough self realisation to preach just one religion and that is Atman, I.e. to free one’s own soul from the clutches of ego, lust, greed, selfishness, hypocrisy and lies. The soul has to be freed and purified with love, nobleness, and simplicity from within.

Just as we see ourselves living in a world so full of dissimilar people like chalk and cheese, some rotten and some righteous, some woeful and some virtuous, we struggle each day to connect with the good and well behaved people around and smile and live happily amongst our society.

Similarly our unseen and pious soul lives in a body that eats and thinks such contrasting kinds of food and thoughts respectively, sometimes saatvic food and sometimes nasstic food, sometimes good and magnificent thoughts and sometimes bad and wicked thoughts. And our soul keeps struggling inside to get the best of food for the body and the thoughts, so that it too can nurture freely, purely and candidly in this body of mud beautifully designed by our Father in Heaven.
Today, in the hustle and bustle of city life , we have lost our peace of mind completely and self realisation has now become a distant dream. We do not realise that words hold no value until they come out from someone’s mouth, and once out ,then they can never be taken back. We do not think at all before using our words powerful as swords before hurting others,  neither do we stop our hands from doing the wrong of others, nor do we close our ears from listening to the immoral words of others.

We have lost all control over our senses that our almighty had blessed us with.
This day reminds me of Kabira, who used his words, his songs, his poems to just preach love, devotion and purity amongst all those who ever were around him and those who ever heard about him in the generations that came after him and those that would be coming.
I would like to wrap up with the fact that there is a Kabir, a beautiful and untainted Kabir inside all of us, who needs to be unmasked within and focussed upon, to enable us to live the lives of fulfilment, contentment and merriment.

We need to close our ears to the outside noise to listen to the beautiful hymns of kindness, benevolence and love that Kabir still sings inside us.

Kabir was neither a saint nor a Sufi, neither a hindu nor a muslim, neither a human nor a God.
He was a pure soul, and he still lives within us, inspite of all the foulness in the world around, he is as fresh and as pure inside us as the first drops of morning dew on the still grass.

To be continued next week : How to awaken the Kabira..Inside you?