When I go through the word “Above“, there is a feeling of divine presence because we normally connect the divine presence somewhere at the highest point in the Universe. I feel if we are really connected to the divine presence in our heart even with a single stretch, a lot of emotions will flow automatically with the mention of the word “ Divine”. It’s a very pure and raw emotion that comes straight from the heart without any rational interpretation of the mind. Perhaps that’s why it is said “When there is battle between the mind and the heart, follow heart”, because it never misguides you. The path of the heart may seem illogical to follow sometimes and may be difficult to travel by , but there is the presence of utmost peace and purity in the thoughts that the rationalization of the mind is no longer functional after some time. It leads us to a way where we are supposed to be by the Divine plan. A balanced mind gives the proper approach to travel the way that the Blissful Heart decides to follow. We are asked to control the thoughts of mind; maybe not to control but to align them in a constructive manner because mind has interpretation of everything and anything that get converted into thoughts. Some of them act like guide while some may act like poison. I believe that’s the time when the divine interpretation comes into picture; when you are connected to this energy, it will guide you from engulfing the poison. This interpretation comes from the voice of the heart; the choice is always ours.
“Calling,“ a notion that symbolizes a lot of emotions at the same time concerning many things. It represents a strong emotional bond over certain connects, maybe with a place or a person. It is an eternal feeling which holds a substantial bonding which could not be ignored. Bonding with Mountains, Rivers, any particular- place or a person can be so strong that if they call that call could not be unheard.
Mountaineers take all the risk to reach those heights. These risks are threats to life. It may wonder many for whom its nothing other than madness. But those who could not resist this calling understand the significance. Even the violent wind of those hilly terrains seems to be a reminder of Heaven. A strong urge is developed to envelope yourself in the raw beauty of nature, no matter how harsh it can turn out to be. Every pain and every risk taken to cover this journey seem a small price in exchange for the boundless beauty of nature. One who has this bonding with mountains can understand this calling.
For few, books can also be an addiction. If you develop the bonding with books, then it’s an ever-lasting bonding which will never leave you alone. They have their own magic. The magic of taking the readers to an entirely different land. A land which is created out of the thoughts of the author and sheer satisfaction of the reader. The world of books is indefinite and magical; one who enters into this land will never find him alone after that. Because that longing to pick something new and start turning on the pages will always persist.
Calling can also be of a person, with whom you are connected eternally. Be it your parent, friend, beloved, any relative or maybe some stranger. This is a strong communication which does not require any physical presence, the intense emotion of the person is enough to pull you from your zone. And above all is the calling of God who always calls you when you need him the most. This is a spiritual bonding which connects the human soul with almighty.
God loves equally to everyone?
3rd september, tuesday: For 2 years I have been living in Bombay (sorry it’s Mumbai!) yet have never realised that how steadily I have developed an affection towards the city. Life is a hell lot hectic here but still mumbaikars never miss the chance to celebrate any festival irrespective of the religion, caste or culture. Personally, I enjoy the zest with which they celebrate the festivals, whether it’s navratri with dandia night, onam with celebration of exotic south Indian food, Janmashtami with dahi handi (Krishna leela), Christmas, or their very own Ganesh Chaturthi.
This year I have been finally privileged to receive the blessing of Mumbaicha Raja. Although entire Maharashtra is covered with the aura of bappa morya ( Lord Ganesha), Lalbaghcha Raja has its own air. For last two years I had been thinking to push myself in the long queue to feel the celebration that is so vast , so grand and at the same time very pious.
Finally this year on 6 th day of the celebration I started for Mumbaicha Raja ( Mumbai’s king) at 4 a.m from my place accompanied with my office colleagues; and really that 70 minutes drive to Lalbaugh was fun. Although all of us were half asleep but office gossips never get over. With all the chit chat we finally reached the door for the darshan. I must tell you, though it was a working day but the crowd over there!! Everyone was prepared to pull themselves straight to their cubicles after the Bappa Darshan. Meanwhile the unpredictable Mumbai’s rain started. That slight rainfall anyhow was a blessing at that time. As we expected the queue was not that long, given our timing. Usually it happens to be 5 – 8 hrs drive, sometimes even 2 – 3 days long.
In the slight rainfall ” Ganpati bappa morya , Mangal Murti Morya!” was echoing. Every eye in the crowd was straight to the last spot on the path searching for a glimpse of Bappa; And yes! I finally managed to have a glimpse. That feeling is a bliss really. Everyone took out the cameras to record at least one image of Bappa this year.
God is there or not; it’s all upon faith. I felt serenity in the air, calmness in my mind when I had an eye to eye contact with the huge elephant god. I was so timid in front of him…Although I can’t say that those two seconds of interaction were enough; but yes they were enough to the mark the rest of my year with his blessings. In minutes we evacuated the place, as we were followed by thousands of people behind us by then. But I was happy… as if I have achieved some target, and certainly it was no less than a target to have the Bappa Darshan in less than an hour during Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai.
Filled with energy we moved towards our pavilion. Office , of course is not fascinating, but in spite of getting at 3.00 a.m in the morning, I was wide awake throughout the day and filled with energy and enthusiasm.
He left the city after 10 days but I am sure next year when he will return I will again carve for those calm and serene eyes of lord.