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Mar 23, 2011

THE READER: Secret life of Chaos - BBC Four Documentary

The secret life of Chaos
BBC Four Documentary

This particular documentary has changed the way I think about life and I must recommend every one to spend the time (ok, it’s a long film of about 58 minutes but worth every second), if you are interested in knowing answer to a simple question .. How did we get here? This film is a story about bizarre and interconnected discoveries to reveal a hidden face of nature. Same laws that make the universe chaotic and unpredictable can turn simple dust into thinking human being.

You will come across in this video, a great mathematician’s Allan Turing’s – (Who created the foundation of Modern Computers) tragic story as well as his search for a mathematical basis to human intelligence. In this video, you will also find the “God Equation” as well as an interesting “Thumb Print of God” along with famous “Butterfly Effect”

In the end, an exciting research by the founders of “Natural Motion” as they say, ‘Evolution took 3.5 billion years from first sign of life to us ‘human kind’. Computers can now simulate evolution. More precisely, computers now can use the principles of evolution to shape and refine their own program in the same way evolution shapes and refines living organisms. Today now the scientists believe that this evolved software’s can solve the problems that are beyond the smartness of human intelligence’

Hope you enjoy and inspired by the beautiful video about life and its secrets.

The.Secret.Life.of.Chaos. by costello74

Documentary Daily Motion
Presenter: Jim Al-Khalili
Director & Producer: Nic Stacey
Executive Producer: Paul Sen

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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WHISPERS: Seed and Senseless living...

Some of my Haiku below from the last week, hope you enjoy them... 
...and followed by long verse about life and futility of living 'enslaved by senseless desires', overlooking the reality of soul and the power of love to free oneself from all of it....

Seed, in giving birth
Didn't die; just changed
Into 'being' the tree. It already was

Don’t look back
There's nothing left of the present
Its all past

Cherry blossoms know
How to flower
Eyes don’t know how to speak

Loving hides a pain
So profound
It’s enlightening


Reason is master minding
The living
According to a warped sense
Of preservation – for a body
That is bound to perish

Emotions, Passions, Desires
Overwhelms sensuous mind
Soul is reduced
To mere puppet
Of chaotic ‘being’

Moment by moment, past empties
Present – off living
A leaf floats around
In ever changing winds of dream

In constant occupation
Of being alive
Every one ultimately stops
Dead in the track
An eerie stillness echoes in living

As life’s pyre
Consumes sweat, blood and hopes
Specs of burnt ash
Settles softly on the path
Of dead memories

Only an axe of detachment
Could cut a path across deep forest
Of desires, needs and dreams

Only love could churn out
From depths of soul;
Freedom from senseless living

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

Submitted to One Shot Wednesday WK 38

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Mar 16, 2011

WHISPERS: Love and insignificance...

Fearless flowers of love
Carry the scent of ocean within
And hues of passion, rising in the heart

Love is more obscure
Unknown, Unrealized
Suffering is more precise

Everything begins and ends in nothing;
In between rainbows of living, burst forth
Universe has a warped sense of humor


The emptiness
That fills
My whole being
Is non-emptiness
Of being
A little insignificant

As blood pours out
Off the bruises
From living
A life of emptiness
Loving forms a scab
Of insignificance

No need to care
No need to bandage
With belongingness
It’s not even festering
Of pain
Just an etch - insignificant

Few scratches of slow
Bit by bit
It will merge with the dirt
Waiting for your foot steps
Just being insignificant

Loving has been
A search for meaning
Of my being!!!

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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Mar 10, 2011

WHISPERS: Memories from Living

Journey from Past life

To the Future; has been a Present
Revelation of love

You paint love
All over my body
With red hues of wet desires

Your lips, whisper
Poetry over my senses
Passionate words tattoo my skin

I wrote the first part (In Italics) more than a decade ago, which came back to me with an answer, which is the last part of the verse below (In Italics again). In between I have put the living… hope you like it.

Memories from living

Small brush with feelings
Takes a long time
To fade
On the lips
Or on the memories of life

As the moments flow
Towards a destiny that is neither there
Nor here
But within - all at once
There is no path
Just the shadows of desires
That my mind dreams of

Tearing-up my living
Into pieces of past and future.
Mind is bleeding memories
And dreams
Lost in the wilderness of my being
I search for you
For a path of actualizing me

There is none
Past is a memory
Future, just a dream
Present is what exists
Without you – Lifeless
There is no where to go
I am already ‘am’ - That is it

Stars of the deepest sky, know
What is right to happen
When and how
We just need to trust the flow
And let ourselves go
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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Mar 2, 2011

WANDERLUST: Searching Spirituality in the Oldest Living City in the world - Varanasi

Today is Maha Shivaratri (Great Night of Shiva). The day is celebrated with rituals, prayers and festivity around Lord Shiva’s wedding with Goddess Parvati. I think this is also the right opportunity to share my impressions from a recent trip to Varanasi, the Lord Shiva’s abode. I hope you will be able to feel the powerful positive energy that this holy land emanates all around… through the impressions that I have had gathered there and sharing at this blog.

Till recently, there were no direct flight to Varanasi from Chennai, where I currently stay, hence my all other trips to the place has been a combination of all kinds of transports, including bullock carts. But this time, I could get direct flight and the Varanasi Airport was a nice surprise. From Airport to the city was a 15 KMs drive towards history and spirituality started making its presence felt on the way. But before I take you further on my journey, let me give you a back ground on this city.
Varanasi is also known as Kashi. It is regarded as a holy city by Buddhists and Jains, and is the holiest place in the world in Hinduism (and center of the Earth in Hindu cosmology). It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. According to legend, the city was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, around 5,000 years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. Below are my impressions from the city for you all to enjoy…

The city is also known for its belief that any one leaving his / her mortal body here, goes to heaven in after life. So many of the old folks from country side, come to this city, to live off their last years as well as bathing every day in the holy river Ganges to cleanse off their sins.

My first stop in Varanasi was to the Holy River Ganges for a ritual of bath at Dashashwamedh Ghat which is the most famous with people visiting Varanasi. As I had plans to come back to this place again, I started for my trip to Sarnath, 13 KMs away, through the narrow roadways of Varanasi, to spend some time in the peaceful environment of Buddha Temple.

Sarnath is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. The Buddha went from Bodhgaya to Sarnath about 5 weeks after his enlightenment. Here he found his five former companions and taught them the way of Buddha and they became enlightened too. At that time the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones, was founded. The sermon Buddha gave to the five monks was his first sermon, Isipatana is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage which his devout followers should visit.

After spending some time here, I had to leave for a village, 40 KMs away for a private ritual. This village is known for its fertile lands and as a result its called Rice Bowl. The evening there was dazzling and the morning mist refreshed me with its icy cold breeze and dew drops.

Image from Wikipedia
Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the Holiest existing Place of Hindus, where at least once in life time, a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage, and if possible, also pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here on the River Ganges. The temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga’s, the holiest of Shiva temples. The main deity is known by the name Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara meaning the Ruler of the universe. The temple town that claims to be the oldest living city in the world, with 3500 years of documented history.

There is Annapoorna (Goddess of Food) temple nearby which is famous for the belief that because Her being in Varanasi, no one in the town goes hungry. After walking the narrow lanes of Varanasi, we came across Lalita Ghat. Here we spend some time in Pashupati Nath Temple, constructed on the lines of the famous Pashupati Nath temple of Nepal. In front of the temple, there were lots of devotees along with one of the Swami Ji, in kind of discourse as well as savoring the warmth of afternoon sun. The view from this temple is one of the best for the whole of the town along the banks of river Ganges. So after some time for meditation, I took lots of pictures of Ganges in her pristine glory.

Then it was time for my favorite spot at Dashashwamedh Ghat to sit. There is a famous Hath Yogi who never sits. He is believed to be standing for decades. He was quite nonchalant to get his pictures taken as I believe he is the most photographed person on this Ghat. After some time, I crossed the river in a boat to the beach on the other side. It was less crowded and perfect place to soak in the vibes of positivity coming from simple folks involved in various activities. Some were bathing, some dancing to the drum beats, to celebrate a new wedding in the family. With a cup of tea for company, I watched the life softly flowing along the river side.

In and around the city there are many temples and I visited few which I believed to be having strong spiritual vibes. First on this journey was the Sankat Mochan Temple of Lord Hanuman. He is believed to be remover of all difficulties and its here, where Tulsi Das wrote the Epic Ramayana. It’s a popular belief that Lord hanuman – the most devout of all followers of Rama, himself completed the epic Ramayana.

There is another powerful temple of Lord Shiva’s Angry form – Bhairav. It’s believed that most of the Aghori sects are devotees of this form and when we were there, there was a Yagna being performed.  By sun down, the temple looked quite mystifying and beautiful.

The other famous part of Varanasi is its evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat. It attracts a large gathering in the evening and many of the priests join in to pray to Ganges with lights, Conch sounds and bell ringing with Vedic chants. Many of the nights around this Ghat is always full of peace with serene river flowing by.

After few days of spending time, there I had to leave for Chennai and this time, it was difficult to get the direct flight ticket so had to catch a train from Mughal Sarai 20KMs away. And the station was in the stark contrast with the first impression I have had of Varanasi airport. Fully crowded, no place to sit, with many of the visitors waiting in the hall to buy tickets to go their respective destinations.

Finally caught my train to Delhi, delayed as usual by 6 hours in total journey time of 12 hours to Delhi. And having said that, it was refreshing to have this time extra time, to reflect about the visit as well as soak in the positivity that the city fills you in, without you ever actually realizing it.

Wish you all have the blessing of Lord Shiva on His most favored day of Maha Shivaratri. To see more images and my impressions of the city and the visitors, please click here…

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

Sources: Wikipedia

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WHISPERS: Winter dew...

Some recent free form Haiku

 Manifesting flowers
At the altar of love
My verses have no other meaning

How did I ever found you?
I never believed
In Cosmic Designs

Life is wasted
In Living
Death is more precise

Winter Dew
Scent of senses
Linger long after
My thoughts
Memories, yearning
Have died in living
Within the emptiness
Of you

You float
In your own desert spaces
Finding you
And I run after every mirage
Sands of time
In your foot prints

I thirst for meaning
In every word
That lingers
From your lips
Just like
Winter dew
Cold winter dew
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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Mar 1, 2011

STILL LIFE : Impressions from Oldest City in the World - Varanasi

I have recently been to the Varanasi, also known as Kasi in northern state of India. It is regarded as a holy city by Buddhists and Jains, and is the holiest place in the world in Hinduism (and center of the Earth in Hindu cosmology). It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. According to legend, the city was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, around 5,000 years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. Its also believed by Hindu's that once in a life time, a visit to this place is must to cleanse one's own as well as ancestors bad karmas.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Lord Shiva
The Temple Dome is made up of pure Gold
Image Curtsey WIKIPEDIA
May you have the same feeling of positive energy that this city gives to every one who goes there.... Below are my impressions from the city, hope you will enjoy this visual trip as well as I enjoyed being there....

Home of Shiva - Kashi

Also known as Varanasi - Situated on the banks of Holy River Ganges

Attracts visitors from all over the world...

Some even from Siberian lands...

But the common life goes on....

On and on... 

Some come here to wash their sins in Holy river Ganges...

Some shower blessings....

Some sharing tips of nirvana... to gullible tourists

Some have their own view....

Some to take some family photographs...

Each one, to one's own pleasures... Massage on the Ghat

Some are just lost in their thoughts....

Some catch up in the market place...

And some are caught up in traffic jam...

Some one like me, stuck floating in the river of life... in living.

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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