Close all the senses Hold your mind on untouched breath Calm eternity
A 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.
“Our inner consciousness is the most basic thing, like your God Particle. It is as natural as the natural world around us and to put it across the intellectual microscope is like trying to find which part of the thread has the whole design of cosmic fabric. And when one understands that there is something beyond the scope of our search, it may do well to go with that understanding. It is most natural to do so. The problem with most of us is that we infer our understanding with imagination and logic, and not accept as it is.” – Anishka to Ayan in the book “Songs of the Mist” (Page 172)
KYAKA from “Songs of the Mist”
“I did not want to wake the other bhikshus around your room. I just waited for you to sleep and I wished you a nightmare so that you wake up and come out.”
I was startled by her words. Did she really do that? Does she have this kind of psychic ability? I swept this feeling aside as coincidence. A simple village girl will not have that kind of practice to perform a telepathic action. She says she talks to nature, roams the mountains in middle of the night. Maybe she did. I was getting confused. That cannot be. She is just a girl trying to find some meaning to her grown-up feelings and physical needs. However,￼she does not look like a girl who is unsure of her womanliness; in fact she was quite sure of herself, her body, and her needs. She did what she desired.”
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
From my book “Songs of the Mist”
“Yogini sat down with her cup of tea on a stone next to me and looked far away at the Neelkanth Peak.
“When I am with people in the village or in meditation, I lose the awareness of myself. I don’t relate with my physical self as I have always thought it to be different from me. Somehow, I am entangled within it, like a tree that is covered all over by snaking vines. It flowers and has large leaves, shading and seemingly protecting me from the external elements, but deep down I know it’s devouring me. This constant struggle with my own mind of uprooting and throwing those vines away all the time has blurred the vision of my own existence. I feel that there must be something horribly wrong with me to sprout such a flowery vine and wear it all the time. Coming over to the ashram was part of the exercise to come to terms with it and I still have not. There’s always something, some need, some feeling that takes root and grows out into existence.”
“Everything takes time Yogini and you have taken the first step. Take another and then another. We live our life in the steps, not at the end. When the time is right, you will find your space in universal design. That space is the reality of our consciousness; rest is layers upon layers of memories, desires, and insecurities of mind. The problem is that within these layers, we lose the sense of our purpose and drift along like the clouds in the sky, inadvertently bringing rain or sunshine in our lives. But if we dive deeper into the awareness of our being, we will find the true purpose of our living.”
The 3 Part Book Series, follow the life of a mysterious Monk and a young heart broken boy in Himalaya, who is on the path of self discovery. The first book "Songs of the Mist" has been published in Dec, 2015 to wide critical acclaim.