The memory I would always cherish ! writing in love with Rishikesh.

I have traveled in a nice amount for my age. Almost the whole of North India but my love for Rishikesh z unparalleled. I remember how my eyes were moist when we were coming back from there. In fact I remember everything no matter if its been 14 years for God Sake!

The memories of me visiting Rishikesh for the first time z not clear for the reason that I was some 4 years old kid who was travelling with his whole Biggie Big joint family. It was primarily a Chaar-Dhaam yatra! Our travel destinations included Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamnotri, Gangotri, Haridwar and Rishikesh and some other places too. Uttrakhand was still Uttar pradesh then. Now when I see the photos of that time all I make z faces with amazement and love. I can totally guess how difficult it used to be; travelling to these critically located mountain places at that time. Everytime I see my pics of Kedarnath,etc I go aww.

While the memories of my 1st trip to Uttrakhand are mainly supported by the pics I see on  the family album, the Rishikesh trip which I had some 14 years ago when I was a mere 9 z still very very clear and I can bet I will never have any memory parallel to that ever again! Yeah I bet!

The second time when I visited Uttrakhand, the travel plan was confined to Rishikesh and Haridwar and I’m saying it again it was ethereal! ❤ ❤                                                         So it was me with my BABA (granpa) Daadi maa (Granny) Mummy Bucha(my dad) my chahcha and chachi (uncle and aunt) and yeah my lill sister Jhilmil. It was a month and half stay at Swargaashram right in front of Ram Jhula, we stayed at a riverfront aashram “Geeta Bhawan” 2 and luckily managed to find a two room plus balcony stay.

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The view of RamJhula. Going there was a daily thing! we were just across! ❤ ❤

Here are few worth mentioning thing which made this trip the best I have and would ever imagine to have! ❤ ❤

The daily routine and the people there

As far as I remember, Geeta bhawan no 2 was the smallest among all yet we got the biggest place there and were the only people with balcony there. It was a two storey building in the large campus and most of the people used to live in single rooms. There was even a lady who had just one bed placed outside a door but that didn’t actually matter. I never found anybody complaining. How could they? it was so magical afterall!

I remember one friend we had, a litlle girl Khushi from Kolkata, she was quite young and was always accompanied by her baby sitter Rama Dii. Khusi’s parents as her grandfather used to say were in America but we always used to wonder why would they left behind a 4 years old daughter of theirs and would move to a foreign place! I still wonder. Anyway Playing with that little angel was always a joy.

Even when I was just 9 and was living in an alien place yet me and my sister (who was 5!) had no restriction at all. we used to roam all around and would often be going place like Ghaats and temple and no body cared!

A notable routine I remember which everybody in the family and the ashram used  to follow was write names of GOD Rama on a diary provided by someone in the ashram. You could always get another one when one diary gets completed! Everybody used to write and even me! I wrote it for 28000 times! Yeah! However I was far behind my grand parents and other people still It was a huge number. It used to be like a competition and I happily participated! Now I can only dream of that; writing ramnaam even for a single time with the enthusiasm same as that!

everybody from the family used to gather at this shade area where my daddy used to recite Ramayana to everybody else in the family while me and jhilmil used to play on the banks of the ganges.

In the evening I remember how me and jhilmil used to accompany Baba to the Ramjhula and from there we used to feed all the fish! Joy Joy Joy!

and the night was always pre booked for shopping and ganges aarti.

Ganges AArti

GOD it used to be so beautiful! we used to sit on the stairs of  Triveni ghaat and sing Hanumaan chalisa and other aartis with the melodious singers singing with all the instruments. That was not only us but the whole Big crowd including foreigners singing in fluent hindi! I always used to get so mesmerized by the environment! The river, diyas, music, air and everything else! Each word was a blessing! ❤

 

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Ganga aarti Rishikesh  ❤ I feel lucky that I’have witnessed this daily for more than a month!

 

Parmarth Niketan

In swargashram there were mainy two aasrams , Geeta bhawan and Parmarth Niketan. Parmarth Niketan was just in adjacent to the Geeta bhawan and was its richer sibling! 😉 Me and Jhilmil would often go to Parmarth Niketan and would feel envy of the people living there, God It was so beautiful! However I don’t think Geeta Bhawan was any less!

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parmarth niketan
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Geeta Bhawan

Swargashram

As I have said we used to live at Geeta Bhawan. Geeta Bhawn and Parmarth and Ramjhula and the beautiful ghaats, these all places are at this magical area called swargashram. I can say it with full confidence that Swargashram is the soul of Rishikesh! Its beautiful and incredible. with all the aashrams ghaats hotels shops restaurants and amazing temples, I thank my luck that I got to live at this place called Swargaashram!

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How can I forget Chotiwala! They are at Swargashram! ❤

Multiculturalism

Rishikesh is the solid example of that! as we were in ashram, there were a lot of people from different parts of the country/world! There were Marwaris, Gujratis, Bengalis, Biharis, people from south India and all over the places and all mingling with each other, praying and singing together z what an exceptional example of EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat! Also there were a lot of foreigners (too many for a small are like swwargashram), so many as there was one foreigner for every 4 Indian! I had never seen this many foreigners with so this much cultural interest in The Indian culture and religion. Many of them could even speak fluent hindi and some used to wear indian attires! wow!

The emotion!

while I’m writing this I can feel each and every emotions I lived there. Its really tough to make u feel the same just through my writing but believe me a 9 year old was literally crying while he was returning! Though I was too young to go for a rafting or do yoga for which Rishikesh z famous for, I wish I get to feel it again!

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Oh my Love! This place! ❤

 

Rishikesh z always in my heart! Always! ❤

 

Note: All images are taken from the google and I do not hold any right to them! I have not posted my personal pictures given some privacy concern.

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Confessing.

Hey! How have you been? Why am asking? Well, its been months and I have not really been here, no posts , nothing!

When I started my blog a few months back, I was so full of charge and hopes. I decided to be honest with my blog and thus made a promise of updating it daily! But as you know (or may be not) , it didn’t actually happen. After posting like two or three thoughts, I decided to make this duration weakly and then the rest is history! In all this while, (since I started blogging) I hardly wrote some five (freakin) articles!

I remember how I posted something for the first time on my blog and it got some 250 views. It was a big number for an amature (like me specially! :p)  for his first day. I made huge promises, dreamt of becoming some HOT-SHOT Blogger and what not! As I said, I was honest and good for the first few days and then it started feeling like a burden untill I stopped. Had I been regular (since the time I started)…

I don’t know why but am too lazy and too impatient to continue something. Its not that I don’t want to, but It’s only me who acts as the biggest obstacle in my paths.

I seriously salute to all those who have been blogging regularly, those who started like me, were amature but became professional and  have got good following. I respect them and envy them.

I wonder what drives you guys. Teach me??

Think this for once..

Sometimes I’m really very curious. Different things keep popping up in my mind and troubles me like hell! what happens after the life ends? Are you actually dead then, or your soul is alive in some other interface??? what if there is no God! and if there is a God, he is none but some alien who is more powerful and controlling humans! When I saw “The Matrix”, I was completely overwhelmed! It gave such an interesting idea which you never know might be true!

If you are a human, rational questions related to your existence keeps coming your way and you kill that question with one argument and then suddenly come up with some other argument killing your last point! Its a very exciting game to play!

Many times I feel that Someone from a superior dimension is playing a super cool (and advanced for obvious reason!) game which is a sort of the game we play on earth like Age OF Empires. We are nothing but the characters of that game and acting just like the farmers of AOE acts! But what if the game is interrupted and he stops playing the game! scary! no?

There is one more theory which comes from the Hindu mythology which says that there is a Super Being which is sleeping and whatever is happening now is nothing but his dream. We are the characters playing in his dream! Don’t tell me what happens if some day he wakes up!

Or may be the Universe is inside the brain of some person, because if you ll see the structure of a brain from inside, it resembles too much like an universe!

There are many more interesting, exciting, scary and super cool theories but as you know they are just some theories which have not been proved and can never be. I don’t think that human would any day advance to a level where it would have all the answers (Being realistic not pessimistic!)

Don’t Escape

You see, motivation is very much needed to continue and grow. You just cannot forever write something, knowing the fact that no one z actually gonna read it. Someone as impatient as me gets bored and demotivated very easily. Today I’m so eager to pen down something and tomorrow I wont actually give a damn! This attitude hasn’t helped anyone and it wont help me either. I know if I’ll get demoralized this soon, I’m never going to get any success (anywhere)! I was reading somewhere, that you have to be constant,efficient as well as very patient if you are seriously willing to have your aim achieved.

Just because you weren’t able to survive a wave which was not very kind to you doesn’t mean that you have to surrender, instead you can make yourself efficient enough to face the other waves coming your way, because problems like waves ll keep coming and no one can actually stop them from coming, however you can make yourself get ready for the problems. Rise and fight against all the obstacles coming your way, even if u loose, you wouldn’t have anything to regret, but surrendering down will leave you with the regrets of not trying!

Writing/Reading/Saying/Listening/Seeing something inspirational is very very easy but Applying is so damn tough! Though am writing this by myself, I don’t know if I would actually be able to apply on these principles even for a day! I think this happens with everyone, when you are so good at rendering ideas and passing smart views/opinions to others, but when it comes to you, you are nothing but the same demotivated person to whom you just gave the mantra of life.Once an Indian superstar Shahrukh Khan said, ‘Don’t become a philosopher before you become rich(or successful)!’

Hats off to all those person who might not have seen an inspirational movie or read an article full of motivations but were able enough to surpass their pettiness, and rose very high, irrespective of what came their way.

Read it somewhere –  Don’t be afraid to start over. Its a brand new opportunity to rebuild what you truly want.

Isn’t this the biggest irony of the world, that the fools have the extra level of confidence, and the one with the intellect mind have a comfort zone limited to their cell!  Anyways Its never ruined, if you are willing to start today!

Also never forget what Swami Vivekanand said, ” Arise,awake, and stop not till the goal is reached!”

Understanding Shiva

Part I – Shiva Philosophy :

Whenever a common man imagines Shiva, he think of a man (who have a blue throat) with his weapon Trishul (Trident) who must be living at a place called Kailash. Often we forget that the modern image of trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) has already been very polluted and all we do is generalise our God (spcially SHIVA!), we have become so used to these calendar images that no one actually is aware of the full science behind them.

The name Shiva itself means  ‘Nothing’. Shiva is the one who is nothing, he comes from nowhere and goes nowhere, may be the vacuum is Shiva. Shiva has a deep science in to it (or him). Shiva is dark and mysterious and he is very fancy! He is the superhero of all the GODs out there, he is the supreme being and yet out of anybody’s reach. No one in this universe can meet Shiva. You cannot meet it (or him)  but can attain it! Shiva is a state of being. Me, you and everyone out the there is a short of Shiva (millionth part of a point percentage). Every second we are moving forward and becoming a more of the Shiva being. The day you gets to 100 percent, you attain Shiva and becomes him!

The philosophy behind Shiva is very vast, complex and diverse. Everybody has their own idea of Shiva and thus can never be really confined. What does matter is your perception of looking into it. Shiva is “The destroyer” and is complementary to the Brahma “The Creator”. It doesn’t mean that you have to get scared of him. The one who comes must has to go and that is why Shiva destroys to welcome new.

Shiva has always been recognized as the “Adiyogi” i.e, The 1st yogi. He/It is the from of meditation, always still and nothing. Shiva never really took a birth, when you was not there (he always was), when you ll be gone (he always ll be) because he is Shiva!

 Part II – Material Shiva :

Shiva is the coolest GOD, you will ever get to know! He travels, smokes weed, has all the powers, attached to nothing and yet loves everybody. He is someone with an innocence as child, Out of all the Hindu Gods, it is easiest to make Shiva happy! If you ll go a thousand years back , you ll be looking at the temples all denoted to Shiva, It was very recent that we started having the temples of other Gods, (the purpose is not the compare but to state the history).

Part III – Shiva and Shakti :

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SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.
SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.

Whenever a power becomes active, and wherever energy exists, Shakti is working. Other terms for these primal principles are PURUSHA and PRAKRITI; Purusha is consciousness and Prakriti is nature.

Shiva and Shakti are manifestations of the all-in-one divine consciousness – different sides of the same coin. In many pictures these two primal powers are each depicted as being one half of the same image; one side female and one side male. The left side is the Divine Mother, Pārvatī, the “feminine” energy, and the right side represents Shiva, the “masculine” consciousness.

Only when Shiva and Shakti combine can action, movement and creation arise. Until energy is impregnated with consciousness it is ignorant, disordered, aimless and “blind”. Energy alone can produce nothing; consciousness bestows upon it content, form and direction. Conversely, consciousness without energy is dormant power, sleeping energy, and on its own is unable to be the cause of anything. Just as Prakriti without Purusha is unable to act, and vice versa, Purusha without Prakriti is also incapable of creating anything.

  • Shakti is the motherly love of God that surrounds us with warmth, caring and protection.
  • Shiva is the paternal love of God that gives us consciousness, clarity and knowledge.

(The whole part of Shiva and Shakti has been taken fom the Source: https://www.chakras.net/yoga-principles/22-shiva-and-shakti)

Part IV – Shiva Quotes :

“Fire is His head, the sun and moon His eyes, space His ears, the Vedas His speech, the wind His breath, the universe His heart. From His feet the Earth has originated. Verily, He is the inner self of all beings.”   ― Anonymous, The Upanishads

“When Shiva beats his DAMRU- Evil Shakes !! while the Wise Awakes!”

“Only when you go beyond Mind, will you be able to respect the energy that inhabits us; until then you will either exploit others with your energy or will deplete your energy, leading a purposeless life!”  ― Ramana Pemmaraju

This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples  -Swami Vivekananda

Part V – The ultimate Mantra :

ॐ नमः शिवाय (Om namah Shivayya) 

What is your idea of Shiva? leave your comments!