Krishna.. the lovable god

Oh Lord Krishna, thy one embrace is all I seek…one embrace of paramananda… one embrace of solace…one embrace of eternal love, just the thought of it makes my heart leap with joy, that one embrace where I cease to exist and go back to where I belong, oh but a tiny part of you.. for I have wandered for eternity through this creation of yours, aspiring more with every birth, just thy one embrace

– a small something I penned down 3 years ago.

Ever wondered why is that when we utter the name Krishna, we feel such joy, such love… No other god evokes so much comfort as Krishna… He is divine, yet he is a lover, he is a child, he is a warrior, he is a friend, he is a husband, he is a brother… in any relation, you imagine him, and that pure bhakti just flows out. I am not a mainstream Krishna devotee, my Ishta devata is Goddess Kaali, but Krishna has always been special. Listening to his bhajans or just muttering hare Krishna absent mindedly brings comfort. I love Bhaja Govindam written by Adi Shankaracharya and Meera bhajans (Listen to Meera Kahe and Flute music of new Mahabharata… by Ajay & Atul, the music is divine)

I think the answer lies in what I described above, he can be imagined in any relation you want or need at that stage of life. He is someone we can converse with, he is a Guru at the same time a friend who play pranks with you. Someone who realizes he is god yet is human in every-way, he doesn’t demand anything, he just is.

Is this the purpose of our lives? To realize our divinity and yet remain human? I haven’t read the Gita entirely nor can I recite all the slokas in it, but I have tried to grasp some of its teachings. They are not very complex when you take a hard look, they are relevant to this day and age and seamlessly guide through any difficult situation in life. I have experienced this several times as I struggled and asked the question why? Why me? Why now?…

I would highly recommend watching or reading the Mahabharata (the latter is easier 😊). Throughout the Mahabharata, Krishna never directly tells anyone what to do, he only hints or nudges, he never comes between anyone’s free will. I think that is what truly makes him approachable in a sense, there is no judgement, there is no rejection, you don’t have to look or be some way to love him.

How do we manifest this in our lives? Bhakti Yog is just pure surrender to this love and it is as simple as it gets. It is not some delusion that you use to escape reality, it a path of connecting with that source energy that powers all. To survive sane in this world where everything seems to be just sadness, devastation, abuse and senseless killings (when you accidently watch the news).

Can we make someone feel safe and completely accepted? Even for a short while, setting aside our judgmental ego, and just connect on the plane of love? If we can do this every day, for a small but sincere moment, I think we can manifest him in us and let that tiny amount of love flow to the other. Start with yourself, when you hear that voice in your head start the self-negative talk, just stop and accept yourself, then extend it to anyone around. The beauty of this is, its internal no one needs to know, but am pretty sure it is empowering. Let us try and be the Krishna for someone today, completely present, completely accepting 😊.

Demystifying Tarot… Or Not 😉

Tarot came into my life a couple of years back, and I started out as a skeptic. I would watch YouTube videos for my sun sign and would always doubt what I heard, these people felt like they were just spinning some vague story. But something kept pulling me back, I decided to invest in learning Tarot. The best way to demystify something is to study it. I bought my first deck of Tarot cards (Tarot of Dreams by Ciro Marchetti) and leapt straight into learning and memorizing the cards and their meanings. I started with small personal readings and then forced my family members to get their readings done (not that they had a choice in it😉). My amazing set of friends came forward and let me give them personal readings, slowly but steadily this world of the tarot cards unfurled, and I stepped into the enchanted forest of intuition.

It was pure magic, and yet it wasn’t. Scientists have found out that our brains work 13 secs in the future and many times people escape accidents by quick reflexes signaled by their subconscious brain. We are so much more than our brains and if you truly aspire and pursue, your higher self will respond. One may wonder, how does my higher-self know about another person’s life path? For anyone who has watched the movie ‘Avatar’ this will be easy to visualize, we are all connected to the universal consciousness. When reading for another person ask guidance from this pool which is very much alive, ask and ye shall receive.

Tarot is not so much a predictive tool, then a guidance mechanism. It is the GPS lady telling you what is ahead on the path and how to reach your destination, whether you take that right turn or keep moving straight is up to you. Isn’t that exciting? truly empowering? Ultimately is our freewill, in Mahabharata, Krishna imparts the wisdom of Gita to Arjuna and in the end says “yathechchhasi tathā kuru” which means Do as you wish. We all have life lessons we need to learn and once you know what they are, you can easily navigate the waters of life. Responding to life instead of reacting to it. I continue to explore tarot, experiment with it, I fail sometimes or sometimes things are not very clear, but this is not about perfectionism, this is about getting a different perspective on life.
I welcome you to join me on this new journey as I share my stories, thoughts and lessons learned and as promised it will be more that just Tarot.