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Guide map to meditation – Swami Rama

You really do not need to know many things, but you definitely need to practice what you know.

—The Art of Joyful Living, pp. 47

“The point is that you don’t need much external information;
you already have true knowledge within.
You need to learn how to apply the knowledge that you have.
You are taught: “Be good, be nice, be gentle, be loving.”
You have all been taught that, but you should learn
to practice, understand, and to apply that knowledge to yourself.
You need to understand how you function,
and the process that results in your actions.” More...

Soham mantra meditation tutorial video

Breath is a bridge between the body and the mind. When trying to meditate it is common to experience tension in the muscles and noisy thoughts in the mind.

The nervous system is the arbiter between the tense body and the noisy mind. One of the best ways to regulate that nervous system, and in turn the body and mind, is through the breath. This has been known by the Yogis for thousands of years, and has also come to be widely known in recent years by the modern medical and psychological community.

Soham mantra has been called the universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes. Sooooo... is the sound of inhalation, and Hummmm... is the sound of exhalation.

Spring in Bangalore – Jacaranda

Spring in Bangalore is a mixed bag. Flowers everywhere, yes, correct. Roads are strewn with blue jacaranda, and plenty of un-knowable flowers. Unknowable because I don't know their names :-)

That was the good part. Now for the scorching days and cool nights, one never knows when to keep warm and when to shed the socks, sweater et al. Now that takes a toll on health. Sudden changes usually do that. More...

India – Mark Twain

So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.
~ Mark Twain

Kin sang khelu holi – Meera Bai, Lata Mangeshkar

This song is more in the Chaiti spirit of virah. Chaitra comes soon after the month of Phalgun, and we see here a touch of the Chaiti in terms of longing for the beloved in a particular season.

Lata Mangeshkar sings Mira Bai’s Kin sang khelu holi…

Phalsa tree in bloom

Phalsa or Grewia asiatica is a tropical fruit tree/shrub native to South Asia from India east to Cambodia.

I found a small patch of these shrubs in Malihabad - the mango-orchard belt on the outskirts of Lucknow (India). Women from the family that owned this phalsa orchard, took turns at guarding. A herd of goat or a stray buffalo can ruin the annual harvest. The flowers though delicate reach fruition under the hot April sun :-)

The purple-maroon, sweet-sour fruit tastes great with a dash of salt. Phalsa sherbet is also a great summer favourite.

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