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Calm Eternity

From Holy River Ganges @ Varanasi 2016
From Holy River Ganges @ Varanasi 2016

Close all the senses
Hold your mind on untouched breath
Calm eternity

Haiku from the first song of the Monk, based on Bhagwad Gita’s Shloka, first published in the book Songs of the Mist (Pg 14).

The Monk in his wandering across Himalaya, alongwith Ashutosh, sings 9 songs, which he called the songs of the mist, to make Ashutosh see the reason of life and about the way of Yogi. In this Haiku, as advised by Krishna in Bhagwad Gita Shloka from Chapter 3, to find the peace within one has to get away from sense desires and focus on inner self. This, as the monk says, can only happen through the yogi’s breathing practice.

A reader’s view…

An email from a reader about my book “Songs of the Mist”.
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“When I opened the parcel itself I could find that a sort of peace surrounded my mind in a sort of awareness. As I started reading it, I felt very gloomy and sorrows filled my heart – I don’t know why. But as I continued reading I could understand that it was (may be) because of the agony Ashutosh underwent. Later on after few chapters my mind became peaceful and in the very next chapter itself Ashu could come out of that slowly.

Kyaka – a manifestation of the Monk in a certain mental plane to help Ashu to come out of his agony and Karma to enable him to renounce, is an interesting character.

When I was reading about the Kali at the Mountaintop, even before Ashu reached the peak, strangely tears started coming out of my eyes. As I went on reading Ashu also cried. It created a longing feeling that I should see Kolkata Kali once again.

The landscape of Badrinath – Kedarnath / Alaknanda was described wonderfully, especially the mountain paths the Monk preferred to take, as if the reader could visualize it. (I wondered why few photos were not inserted). It makes the reader to long for a lovely holy dip in Alaknanda. Really you are very lucky to have travelled far and wide in Himalayan Region.

Anishka – lovely character.

After finished reading the book, it gives a sort of fulfillment. To be preserved, I kept the book along with my yoga books to read again later.” – Revathi Chari

The most powerful Bhagwad Gita shlokas for Karma Yogi / Students

In the book Songs of the Mist,  the mysterious Monk takes the protagonist Ashutosh along with him in his journey across Himalaya. During these wanderings, he used to breakout into singing some songs, which as he explained to Ashutosh is based on the teachings of Bhagwad Gita.  The 3rd Songis about the most powerful Shlokas of Bhagwad Gita from Chapter 3 in which Lord Krishna talks about Karma Yoga.

In the shloka 33, Krishna talks about the natural tendency of a person to do things according their nature (prakriti), so what can one gain by repressing those sense desires born out of ones own nature… but then Lord Krishna goes on to say in the next Shloka 34, that the naturally experienced desires and its fulfilment, should not control us.

Window of opportunity
Window of opportunity

The mysterious Monk explains the process of Karma Yogi, to overcome these natural tendencies to Ashutosh, as he says…

There is a small gap (window of opportunity) between the subconscious desire and the subsequent action (karma) to acquire that sense object. This is where a you as a Karma Yogi or a Seeker has to focus. This is where all meditation, practice of abstinence, filtering our thoughts, choosing positive thoughts etc. works, because this momentary gap alone, which is in between transition from subconscious desire to action, is controllable.” – The Monk

Bhagwad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 33
सदृशं चेष्टते स्वस्या: प्रकृतेर्ज्ञानवानपि |
प्रकृतिं यान्ति भूतानि निग्रह: किं करिष्यति || 33||
sadṛiśhaṁ cheṣhṭate svasyāḥ prakṛiter jñānavān api
prakṛitiṁ yānti bhūtāni nigrahaḥ kiṁ kariṣhyati

Even wise people act according to their natures, for all living beings are propelled by their natural tendencies. What will one gain by repression?
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Bhagwad Gita Chapter 3 Verse 34
इन्द्रियस्येन्द्रियस्यार्थे रागद्वेषौ व्यवस्थितौ |
तयोर्न वशमागच्छेत्तौ ह्यस्य परिपन्थिनौ || 34||
indriyasyendriyasyārthe rāga-dveṣhau vyavasthitau
tayor na vaśham āgachchhet tau hyasya paripanthinau

The senses naturally experience attachment and aversion to the sense objects, but do not be controlled by them, for they are way-layers and foes.
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NOTE from the Author: Only 2 songs of the mysterious monks are published in the book, all 9 songs are going to be published soon…