Ardhanarishvara – half man half women !!

Ardhanarishvara – a form that depicts Shiv and Parvati together, in one body. The most loved and revered God – Shiva is said to have given a part of him to Parvati or in some writings, Parvati willingness to experience Shiva’s energy made her pulled in Shiva.

I guess because of the male skewed society since ages, the emphasis has been given to Shiv more just because He was a male first. All writings that i have read says that Shiva shed a part of Him to accommodate Parvati.

I have something more to add on to the understanding that has been said and written since ages.

Prior to your reading ahead, do give a read to Sadhguru’s explanation to Ardhanarishvara. He definitely has given a nice explanation, but there are some more that i would want to add on to his explanation and also there is something that i might want to really differ to.

http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/ardhanarishvara/

Ardhanarishvara is a form that holds Male(Shiva) and Female(Parvati) in pure balance. This form that is usually said to be of Shiv, could also be said to be of Parvati. So to say that Shiva gave his body to accommodate Parvati does not really sound too perfect to me. Male has been given undue weight-age since ages and its time that a better understanding needs to be developed. The male biased mindset could be seen in everything around.  And is one of the reason for the major turmoil going all around. Why? (Shall write on this in my next chapter)

Everything in nature is at sheer balance. The entire solar system is at balance, nature itself is in balance with everything. This is exactly what Ardhanarishvara signifies. A complete and wholesome balance – half male and half female. Sadhguru mentioned in his article very clearly that this form doesn’t mean two people getting connected – the “feminine” and “masculine” are certain qualities, but he could not be more clear to his audience.

What are those qualities ? What is that balance that even the God depicts ? Does this balance has something to do with the kind of world that have been created today ?

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To go further we need to understand the true nature of a Male and a Female.

Male is all intellect and strength.

Female is all love and beauty.

Ardhanarishvara – is a unison of the true male and the true female. Ardhanarishvara is intellect, strength, love and beauty in one body –  the body of God – Shiva and Parvati signifies these qualities in a male and female. This is the balance of life that God depicts. Every male should have the true nature of female imbibed in him and every female should have the true nature of male imbibed in her.

The world at large is not in balance today. I feel this form, that even God depicts has much much to do with every human being on this earth today. There are many divine souls who have found this balance and have a very good understanding to the balance – inside and outside. The Gods are not just to worship – the Gods are to be lived !!

Maternity Photo shoot – a photo blog.

Hi friends, lot of things or i must say majority of skills i have self taught myself. The best part is that you have the entire knowledge around you – in people, books, internet and so many. It has been an amazing journey whether it is with my art or writing or photography. I am sharing a photo shoot done for two beloved people – Suraj and Bhagyashree. Hope you guys like it.

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Winning and Losing – Know your testosterone .

We all know this 2 very very important words in our lives – Win & Lose. Now these are not “just” two words for 99.9999% of the world today. Its a far more important and sensitive term – because winning is not only a Win – its pride, ego, happiness, pleasure as far as –  life for some. On the other hand losing is not only a Loss – its depression,ego, frustration, loneliness, as far as – life for some.

I shall not speak of the extremes here. Taking a Win or Loss to as extreme as throwing your precious life over it – is foolish – extremely foolish.

I shall talk about how much winning and losing is important in ones life. When a person wins a competition – he feels good, confident, smart and happy. On the other hand the person who loses – feels timid, upset, frustrated at times and sad. Its most likely that the winner will win again if faced with the same competitor in future. These are more likely termed as the “winners effect” and the “losers effect”.

The interesting fact is more biological than behavioral. The winners always tends to have a testosterone boost at end of the game and the losers testosterone level dips. This inner biological changes makes the winner smarter, confident and with improved cognitive functions and the loser more timid, less competitive and low on energy in long run. Ideally people who participate in the competition – both have this small boost of the testosterone . After the competition the large differences in the level is visible.

On the other hand for people who do not participate in the competition at all – there is a total loss. Neither they get the benefits of winning nor do they taste the experience that comes from losing. In times of competition, hardships or challenges – the 3rd kind is likely to fail miserably. They are the ones who fall to their knees before even the bells are rung.

There are further more than interesting facts that might help us all to know about winning and losing. Winning continuously gives strong boost to the testosterone level and after a peak one might become over confident and make mistakes in their decisions. So it makes lot of sense to celebrate all wins with more sensibility and understanding.

Not that losers don’t get their bit. The losers should be sporting and realize what their mistakes are and should work to improve them and start preparation for the next competition. Holding on to the loss will make life worse.

And people who keep running from the competition and challenges – You should take a chance – you shall always be on the better side.

Now that you know how testosterone effects you in so many ways and how you could manage the “winning & losing affect ” – i shall also let you know that there are lot of natural ways to boost ones testosterone. Check the link below.

Its a small insight to give you an understanding of how your external behavior and environment stimulates the inner you and also how inner simulation could help you better reciprocate to the outer environment. The study of hormones and their magical affect is pretty vast and complex. None the less knowing whats important is worth.

** A piece of note : People watching their favorite team play on television shows a similar effect when their team wins or the teams losses. So be careful of how you attach your self with the ones on the screen.

Please do comment and share the blog. It might be of help to many.

 

 

 

FREEDOM !!! ??

Today is the day when we see all Hindustanis and many more people celebrating the Independence Day. A day when India got Independence, a day when the Indians wrestled out themselves from the chains of slavery of the Britishers. A day when the breath of freedom surrounded India’s atmosphere. A day when justice was made to the effort of all the heroes who sacrificed their entire life for the Freedom of the country, for the Freedom of you, for the Freedom of us – all.

But for all the fight, all the sacrifices, for all the doings and all the struggle that lead to this glorious day that we call The Independence Day – just a day of celebration ? Just a Day !

I ponder over this day today. I want to see the Freedom that my country men are celebrating. I see not that what you celebrate today. I understand not what you define as freedom. I see different freedom for different people. Freedom is conditioned on your status, money, power, identity and so much more. Should i call this Freedom ? A man kills and he is set free and another man kills and he was hanged. So could we say – one has the freedom to do whatever they want and another cannot ? A women fears to walk the deadly path where she knows an innocent girl her age was raped and killed . Is she free ? Education today chooses pupil, the child cannot choose education – so is this freedom ? People kill each other in the name of religion – is this freedom ? Superstition still prevails in entire country and people live life on those superstition – is this freedom ? You are overburden with emi’s, with things that you cannot afford – is this freedom ?

OPEN YOUR EYES !!

Where is the Freedom that you are celebrating ? Lets face it – don’t mock yourself – you are more enslaved than you ever where and than you ever think you could have been. You are slave to everything around you. You are like the bird who thought it was free – until one day it thought of flying and realized that the wings are no more – cut long ago.

It is no more the Britishers that are enslaving you. They have gone long ago. You could celebrate as many freedom days as you could – nobody stops you from doing that. But its time you – all – ask yourself – Am I FREE?

You were free – once – in the womb of your mother, not any more. The world was not designed for Freedom – it is only designed for slavery – at large. People who realized the true meaning of freedom – designed a new world around them with others who understood that freedom – many of them.

FREEDOM is the language of heart. A language only a free heart could understand .

 

 

GOD WHERE ARE YOU !!

Everybody worship and everybody tends to search for that intangible – the God. The more people search the more It has been hiding. May be people are looking at the wrong places, may be something is missing in the prayers or may be the search needs to come to an end.

Today i see God everywhere and in everything. The divine is all around us, in the sound of the barking dog, in the feel of the swift breeze, in the singing of the birds, in family, in friends and in me. Today i am no more in search of the divine, the God. I have realized It and that brings an end to the search. The end of search is a new beginning of our relation – His and mine. Until you stop your search, you will not realize Him and until you don’t realize Him – you cannot enjoy the relationship – neither does He.

This blog is a small journey of me – in search of the Holy.

My belief in God was very very strong as a kid. As time passed the belief was challenged many times. Every time something went wrong i challenged my own belief in God – that had been my learning from my environment. People blamed God for all mis-happenings and i followed. After my college a small incident happened and i stopped all belief in the God – i became an atheist (as the society knows it). Couple of years of this behavior, a small bait for the ego mind, this continued.

I don’t exactly remember when, but as i grew up i saw myself visiting to temples again, started chanting some mantras too. There was something which was around me and my prayers became more regular. The mantras always had a soothing effect on me and i did more of it. I had found my God – the Shiva. Everything about Him was so appealing and i could only relate to Him – deeply. I became a Shiva worshiper.

During the same time i also hit upon meditation, a tool to help me come closer to Shiva and also to bring more peace – in and around. My rituals started changing with time. I was meditating more and the prayers were vanishing . Every meditation brought me closer to Shiva. My imagination was running high and i was loving every bit of it. Meditation initially was like kinder-garden  to me. I was playing around in my thoughts and my imagination. One thing i had realized was that no matter what your initial meditation practice be like – it will always make you better – clearer .Even a small concentration or an attempt will show you a path. No matter how much cloudy and vague this path may look, you will always have an inner urge to go further , to explore more, to learn more and to question more.

With every meditation and the with the rapidly changing world around me, i started questioning Shiva. As He was near me i had every right to get the answers (as i was thinking) . Never did i receive any answer from Him. As my mediation kept going deep and my questions becoming louder – a strange thing started happening – Shiva was losing his form. May be because i never got any answer, my belief and my mind both started its own game. There were no answers for rapes, no answers for killing, no answers for corruption –  nothing – nothing at all. Finally one day i lost Shiva – as a form, but there was something new that was arising . As Shiva got dissolved – a energy form took His place. I could feel it very clearly, the energy – without form – no structure – just energy. I dropped my idea of any God in any form. I started talking to people that there is no God – its only an energy. With time my belief in any form of God just evaporated. God became formless for me – It had lost all its identity. With this new energy that i found in place of God, i felt more connected , more in harmony – no form – no identity to remember – that meant no form to concentrate to. This was possibly the first stage where i was moving close to meditation – not my playful form of meditation – but true meditation. My inner was becoming calm and serene. The questions that i had – i never got any answer – but then they also disappeared.

That was 3 years ago. I still meditate, with more serenity and purity. There is no search today for the God – because Divine is everywhere, in everything and in nothing. I have felt Him within me, i have felt Him in my parents, i realize Him in the garden of flowers, i realize Him in the air, i realize Him in birds, i realize Him in the sky, i realize Him in everything and i realize Him in nothing.

Drive away – 5 awesome drives near Pune

Most of us love driving, may be not in the traffic of the city, but on the highways. I am a hard core lover to driving. Most of day i spent on the roads – in my car. Being in love with the highways every now and then i tend to take small road trip away from the hustle bustle of the city crowd. It not only gives me my time but also works to keep me motivated, fresh and energized. The short drives has given more to me than just a small road trip.

I have been in Pune for 10+ years now. The best part of this city is that it is so well connected to all near by places by roads and also that there is enough for one to explore on the outskirts of the city . Driving around Pune could be one of the best thing one could do. Be it on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, or the Pune – Banglore highway or all the trek destinations near Pune – its just too much fun here. For who really want to enjoy small road trips near Pune, here is a list of places you could head to –

  1. Tamini Ghat – A 2 hours drive from Pune, this place is a must during the monsoon. The entire trip from Chandini Chowk – Pigrangut – Mulsi – Tamini to the ghat is filled with amazing scenic beauty and mesmerizing weather.
  2. NDA road – Just adjacent to the city (Kothrud) one could drive to the least crowded road within the city towards Garden Court restaurant.
  3. Lonavala – Drive through the old Pune-Mumbai highway to the famous lions point in lonavala and beyond. Its beauty and beauty all around.
  4. Saswad – Exactly opposite to the Lonavala highways, this place is on the hilly side of Pune. Drive to the top and see the entire city lighting .
  5. Lavasa – hit the roads to Lavasa for an amazing drive experience.
  6. Panshet – A right on the Pune – Blore highway towards the khadakwasla .
  7. Malshej – I call it the land of waterfalls. A drive to a paradise.
  8. Purandar – from kondva to saswad-bopdev pune road
  9. Khopoli – exit the expressway to get on the roads of Khopoli
  10. Dehu gaon – From pimpri drive towards Pune gate resto. A right through the army area to Dehu road towards Dehu gaon. Enjoy villages and farms on your drive way.

For all the drives mentioned above – there is no destination as such….one who loves driving could go as far as one wants to before making the u turn. Every km is worth exploring 🙂 🙂

SAFE DRIVING !!

 

The Land of Kings

Rajasthan etymology:- Raja: King; Sthan: Place

Last minute cancellation of plans by my friends to Bali prompted me to take up a solo trip to Rajasthan. Rajasthan, as we all know, has been the home to numerous emperors. Even now, when one visits this place, one can fell that aura around, the grandeur, the architecture can still be seen.

Mine was a 5-day trip to Rajasthan during which I had covered only 2 places: Udaipur and Jaipur as I wanted to cover 2 places thoroughly during my 5-day visit.

I was welcomed by a cool breeze the minute I stepped out of the airport. The owner of the home stay that I’d booked was kind enough to pick me up at the airport. I did not do anything that day as it was already a bit late to explore Udaipur. I crashed early so that I could gather all the energy and see the wonderful city of Udaipur in full swing.

Homestay: Chandra Niwas

Day 1:

I had booked an auto for 2 days that would take me around Udaipur. Trust me when I say that the best way to explore Udaipur is in an auto.

  • Lake Pichola

My first stop was Lake Pichola. It is one of the most famous lakes in Udaipur.

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  • Chetak Smarak

I then headed to the building adjacent to it which is a memorial built in honour of Maharana Pratap Singh and his horse called the Chetak Smarak.

 

  • City Palace

It is built on a hill and one can see a culmination of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. It provides a panoramic view of the lake city that Udaipur is. The famous Lake Palace, the Jag Mandir and the Jagadish Temple are in the vicinity of the City Palace.

The beautiful mirror work and gem work that adorn the walls provide a standing proof of the skilled artisans that were present during that era.

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Jal Mahal, City Palace, Udaipur

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  • Sunset Point

The sunset point is THE place where one should go if one wants to summarise what Udaipur is all about: lakes, boats, forts, hills. It provides a panoramic view of the entire city.

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Day 2:

  • Srinathji Temple

Day 2 started at 10 a.m with my first stop at Srinathji Temple. It is dedicated to lord Krishna. It is situated in Nathdwara which is around 50 mins drive from Udaipur. It opens at 11 in the morning. There is a separate enclosure for men and women where they wait for the temple doors to open. Once the visiting hours began, there was a huge rush which at one point of time did remind me of the Mumbai local train.

  • Nagda Temple

The Nagda Temple is better known as the Saas-Bahu temple. It is basically a Vishnu Temple which is made in 2 structures: one by Saas (Mother-in Law) and the other by Bahu (Daughter-in-Law).

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  • Eklingji Temple

As the name suggests it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being a Tuesday, there was no rush and my darshan ended in no time.

  • Shilpgram

It is basically a Govt. run establishment that promotes the local artistes from all over Rajasthan—be it handicrafts, folk singers, folk dancers. I was lucky enough to catch a performance as well.

  • Sajjan Garh Fort

It is also known as the Monsoon Palace which overlooks the Fateh Sagar Lake. It was built by Maharana Sajjan Singh atop the Banswara Hill. From the base of the mountain, there are small buses that take you up to the palace. The journey to the top has some breathtaking views to offer.

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Day 3: Travel from Udaipur to Jaipur

I did not do anything that day in Jaipur as by the time I had reached my hotel I was famished and by the time I could satisfy my hunger, I realised that the visiting hours for most of the sightseeing places was over.

Day 4:

I was warned by everyone not to take an auto around Jaipur as they charge a bomb if they get to know that you are a tourist. Hence, Ola to the rescue!

  • Hawa Mahal

Built in red and pink sandstone, it is basically just a high wall from which the women used to observed the street festivals. The main purpose of the wall was to keep the women veiled.

  • City Palace

It is the royal enclosure which houses the famous Diwan-I-Aam and the Diwan-E-Khas and other structures as well.

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  • Jantar Mantar

It is located within the same vicinity of the City Palace. It has the world’s largest sundial and is quite aptly named as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Jal Mahal

Situated at the centre of the lake, it has been a hub of many celeb weddings. But I found it a bit disappointing. Unlike the Jal Mahal at Udaipur, there are no boats that take you close to the Jal Mahal. You have to appreciate the structure from a really far-off distance with probably a pile of garbage and the stench coming from it next to you.

  • Choki Dhaani

I had been to Choki Dhani in the evening which is nothing more than a village resort.

 

Day 5:

  • Amer Fort

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  • Nahargarh Fort

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If you are a foodie then you must definitely try out these places in Jaipur

  1. Tapri (tea house): It is a roof top cafe which serves amazing chai.
  2. Copper Chimney: One of the oldest restaurants in Jaipur, it is famous for its Laal maans (mutton) preparation. It is just “finger-lickin-good”.

 

 

This Day Is My Day!

This day is my day.
I wud do anything in my capacity to do what I love to do. This day is the only day that I have.

This day I wud spend for myself, this day I wud work to be happy. This day is precious, this time is precious. This day I wud not let things happen to me; rather this day I wud make the happenings. This day I wud take charge of my life. This day I wud bring most value to my life and to the life of others who are around me. This day I become aware of my doings, this day I seek for what I am, this day I do things that my heart & soul wants me to do. 

This day I give away the fear, fear of everything, cause the fear will hold me back from living my life. This day I give away the worries. This day I take one more step to create the world that I have always believed in. This day I put one more brick to the making of my world – My World !

This day I bring something better for me. This day I do something better for me. This day will not come again, this time will not show up again. 

This day, I write my own story, this day I decide. This day, I stand for myself. This day I believe that I am better, this day I believe I can do much better. This day, I realize my dream. 

This day I will not let go. This day I will not pass again. This day I will not walk that road which is not meant for me, this day I will explore the road that I always wanted to walk.

This day, I will clear the clouds, this day, I will move the mountains – stone by stone. This day I will fly, this day I will open my wings of freedom. This day I will dance, this day I will sing.

Live not surviveThis day I will live. This day I will do more than just survive .

This day is my only day, this day will not come again, this time will not show up again –

This day is my day !! This is my only day !!  

Be Happy !! Be Sexy !! Always !!

So when people ask you, how are you ? What is your reply ? I am good ! Ya…doing good ! I am fine ! For me surviving another day on this planet, breathing, being healthy and some one being there to ask me – how i am ? are way too many reasons to be just awesome, great, beautiful and sexy 😉

So being fine, good, happy or awesome is not that is decided by our environment ( Prison tamed him, taught him to hone his theatrical talents, his seducer’s arts, towards realistic political goals. He went in angry and came out wise .- Nelson Mandela).

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Nelson Mandela in prison

Yes agreed their are moments of grief in life, but these are momentary or i would say, the grief stays as long as we want it to and so does happiness !

Its imperative for all of us to understand this to really lead a happy life every moment, every minute and every second. No matter what, you could be happy. Learn to inculcate the habit of being awesome everyday. Walk with awesomeness, smile with awesomeness, talk with awesomeness and even be silent with awesomeness. Feel the energy of life within yourself.
ba9f4f36ca9dc038b6b62c62d78370f9Acknowledge the beauty of your own life. Your work should make you amazingly awesome, but being awesome is something you could always walk with, no matter what you are doing.

Best part of being happy is that it creates your environment to suit your mood. It attracts beautiful things and people around you. It brings reasons right in front of you to be more happy. You create your environment and learning the art of being happy is one of the key to create a happy environment, not for anyone but for yourself. A happy mind always  keeps everyone happy.
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Life is not to lead a great path or to do something extra ordinary or to earn big money or to get fame, these are only a small part of your own extra ordinarily amazing life, a life that you want to live, a life that makes sense to you….so be happy…be amazingly awesome even in just “being”…..Rest is a journey its a doing in process……So smile today, laugh with love, admire with passion, you have all the reasons to be happy……

JUST BE HAPPY & SEXY & AWESOME !!!

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I am in the midst of my FIRST FUNDRAISING SOLO ART & PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION in Pune ( https://www.facebook.com/events/1612030825535578/ ). Right from the very beginning of my life, i always had this strong urge of helping people. My heart always wanted to reach out to the needy and i always tried to do my bit in some or the other way. I was always a call away to my friends and still am, never felt why should i ever turn down any ones shout for help, no matter how small it was.

The best part is that i have received a lot in return and when i say a lot..its really a lot – in terms of love, faith, support and friendship . So the good work that we do always comes back and if someone who knows my life closely will always have reasons to support this statement.

Today i write this for 3 reasons :

Firstly, i want more and more people to come and help me in my endeavor to raise 3,00,000 for PROJECT NANHI KALI, an NGO that supports education of underprivileged girl child. Please click and donate. http://ket.to/ForACause  . Every single rupee makes a big difference.

Secondly, i want to tell people that helping some one is easy and beyond any images (1)contentment, all you need is a willing heart and a small effort. We all have big dreams, bigger goals and our own commitments in life and accordingly the priorities are set. A noble work done comes back in various ways to help us to be closer to our dreams & goals. And yes it works magically. We are here to make each others life easy – helping, supporting, laughing and dancing together is what i visualize a community to be like.

Thirdly, i am a very happy man today. With friends, family,known & unknown people coming forward to help me in my journey to make a difference in somebodies life. Every small help makes my heart open three folds in love and gratitude. I am thankful to all who has been supportive & i thank in advance to all who would be supporting. Every small contribution is such a massive help to ones who need it.

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