Monthly Archives: January 2015

Bedi the Poor Politician

Last week when Arvind Kejriwal challenged Kiran Bedi for an open debate, Bedi said, “I accept the challenge, but I will debate with him in the assembly.”

This shows how poor is she as a politician, though a good Police Officer and administrator. Her comment suggests that she wishes Arvind to win the election and come to the assembly to debate with her. A seasoned politician would have never responded like this and would have given some other excuse to avoid the debate. He/she would never want to confront the opponent permanently inside the assembly. Perhaps since they both belong to Team Anna, she still has a soft spot for Arvind and wants him to be elected for the assembly.

Politics is equal to devshyabhakti (bhakti of hatred) in which the politician should always be more conscious about her opponents than her own idealism.

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Sannyasa: Peril or Blessing, Part 3

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Advantages of Being a Sannyasi

I find one distinct advantage in being a sannyasi: I need not pretend before others. While living as a family, people have to maintain a certain status quo in society. They have to ‘act’ before others. Once, one of my shisyas exaggerated his position to a third person. When I confronted him on this, he said, “What to do Swamiji? In this world we cannot be 100% transparent and on several issues we have to exaggerate a bit. This is not telling a lie, but part of life. As a sannyasi, people never expect you to be successful in your endeavor. But we as family people, are always compared with others in life.” Continue reading

Fanaticism in the Name of Freedom

The recent killings in Paris against the cartoonists who mocked Islam is condemnable in every way. But what I cannot understand is that in the name of ‘freedom of the press’, how is it a fundamental (human) right to hurt the religious sentiment of others? If anyone has disagreement with the fanatic expression of any faith, there are so many ‘gentle’ ways to oppose it rather than hurting their sentiments.

For most religiously minded people, their faith is not merely understanding or confession of some doctrines on their belief. It is more a personal relationship with the deities and/or founder(s) of that particular faith. Any attack on their deity or founder is not considered an ‘objective’ critic of their status, claim or position within that particular faith but mocking the relationship of the followers with those deities or with the founder(s). Some more liberal followers may be able to ignore such mocking (which is noble), but others may not. I want to say again that this does not mean I am justifying killing those who mock their faith. Continue reading

Sannyasa: Peril or Blessing, Part 2

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Putting on the Saffron

When I became a ‘disciple’ of my guru Muktinath, I began to wear the saffron robe with some ritual, but not following the traditional one. No one knows what are the actual traditional rituals for a sannyasi, as each order has its own tradition. Above all putting on saffron cloth was more central to having an ‘identity’ more than declaring that I had become a sannyasi.

Of course I could have lived a single secular man. But Indian society doesn’t accept a single person, whereas it easily accepts a ‘sannyasi’. If I continued to remain as a single person with civilian clothes, the opportunity and openings to serve others would be restricted in many ways. Continue reading

Bhakti Songs 271-280

271 அருளும் தருவாயே

 

தடுத்தாட் கொள்வதே

உன்தன்மை யாதலால்

அடுத்தாட்கொள்ள வேண்டி

அடியேனும் வந்தேன்

 

கெட்டொழிவதே என்

தன்மை யாதலால்

பட்டழியும் முன்

பாவியும் வந்தேன்

Continue reading

Bhakti Songs 261-270

261 உன்னுடன் இருக்க அருள்வாய்

 

தெளிந்த நீரோடை போலவே ஓடுதே

தொடர்ந்து உன்னருள் வந்திடும் போதிலே

இடையே என் சுயம் எழுந்திடும்போதிலே

எத்தனை அலைகள் மோதுது வாழ்விலே

 

அருகில் அமர்ந்து அன்புடன் பேசி

ஆதரவளித்து காத்துமே வருகிறாய்

உனது முகத்தை நோக்கியே வாழ்ந்திட

எல்லா கலக்கமும் நீக்கியே காக்கிறாய் Continue reading

Bhakti Songs 251-260

251 வென்றவர் இல்லை

 

வென்றவர் யாரோ உலகை இங்கு

வென்றவர் இல்லை அதனை நன்று

ஒவ்வொரு வாழ்வும் தோல்வியின் விளிம்பு

சென்றுதானே திரும்புது இங்கு Continue reading

Bhakti Songs 241-250

241 பேசவேண்டுமோ

 

என்னவோ சொல்ல உன்னிடம் வந்தேன்

ஏதுமே சொல்லாமல் திகைத்துமே நின்றேன்

எதைத்தான் சொல்வது என்றுநான் எண்ணினேன்

எல்லாம் நீ அறிந்ததால் மெளனமாய் ஆனேன் Continue reading

Bhakti Songs 231-240

231  மொளனமாய் உறவாட

 

 

மொழியின்றி உரையாட

மொளனமாய் உறவாட

உள்ளாக உன்னோடு

ஒன்றாகி மகிழ்ந்திட

மென்மையாய் நீதொடும்

உணர்விலே கரைந்தோட

மென்மேலும் பணிவேன்

உன்னையே நாட Continue reading

Sannyasa: Peril or Blessing, Part 1

Editor’s Note: The following is one article that has been broken up into three articles for the purposes of this blog.

 

Last evening (December 13th, 2007), I completed Chaturvedi Badrinath’s, The Mahabharata: An Inquiry in the Human Condition, New Delhi, Orient Longman, 2007. I liked the last chapter on Moksha very much, as I have several common agreements with the author.

As I review this book, instead of giving some objective views on the concept of renunciation, I would prefer to discuss my life as a sannyasi as a case study. I don’t do it to brag about how good I am, or how I am better than other sannyasis. However, since I only agree with the author not only in principle but also in practice, I thought I would share a series of thoughts on my life as a sannyasi. Continue reading