Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Comprehensive Information for Nainital Tourists

SATTAL, the seven lakes near Nainital town

The District of Nainital is one of the most beautiful ones on Earth. Many who hear of it wish to visit. The present blog is confined largely to spiritual and other special interests from Nainital but an interested tourist can find a large amount of information useful to a tourist on the Web. One Excellent website for this information is

http:/// is another site where you can find exhaustive reviews by public of individual locations that you happen to choose for the visit for cross checking Many of my own reviews would be found on that website.. If you wish to visit Nainital head straight to this comprehensive website for most all information you might need for the trip. It would be wise to skip the rainiest of months from mid June to mid September as well as the coldest ones of December, January and February. This still leaves half the year fro the tourist to visit in different seasons, each having its own very special charm unique to Nainital and to be ssen no where else in the world..

Monday, January 8, 2018

A Magical Mantra Recital of Nainital

Among the various single word mantras for meditation and chanting, the divine name Ram is one of the most excellent and easiest to practice.

In my mystic travels through Nainital District in the summer of 2007, I learnt a particularly beautiful and rhythmic way to recite this mantra. Its effects were magical. Some of those effects have been described by me in another blog devoted to spirituality. This recitation was recently recorded by me in three YouTube videos so as to make them available to any interested person. One of them is as shown with this post.

Ancient records describe that Ram was also the favorite mantra of Lord Hanuman a divinity revered highly in Nainital, India and all over East Asia. Ancient recorded descriptions of Hanuman ji vary from nation to nation. It is because, no human can fully know or understand the divine and therefore all human words about Him and His Angels are approximate attempts. However, through love and devotion, one can sense His love as also of His Angels as well as the blessings in one’s heart. One may experience magical effects in physical life.

One can find an exhaustive summary about Lord Hanuman and his worship throughout India and East Asia in Wikipedia. Our Universe is inhabited with many different life forms and humans are neither the most evolved nor the only intelligent life form in the universe. There is greater description of this from a scientific standpoint in another blog of mine. It is only limited knowledge and ego of humans that make some think they are the only intelligent race in the universe. Even on Earth different intelligent races have appeared in past. One of them as per literature was the Vanar race. It is now extinct. This race had some characteristics similar to humans including the ability of speech like humans and some similar to monkeys that included a tail as well as some of the physical characteristics of monkeys. The Divine Hanuman to appear on Earth was born in this race.

The impact of any mantra woul differ somewhat from person to person since each personality is unique with its own storehouse of unique experiences. For me this mantra appears to drive consciousness towards divine parts of the created universe as compared to another single word Supreme mantra,  Om, that for me drives consciouness towards the eternal infinite consciousness.

Jai Ram, Jai Shri Hanuman
For a beautiful traditional rendering of this mantra please see

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas and Children

Humans err in trying to find the worthiest among rich and famous. They are just like many among us, many are just better at feathering their nests, often by exploiting other humans. The worthiest of humans may more easily be found among simple hermits and others living in quiet isolated abodes. No wise and compassionate human can accumulate a huge amount of wealth and be proud of that when there are millions of children suffering from hunger or malnutrition. Saint Kabir has stressed this point.

Only a few humans can find contentment in the simplicity of a hermit. Most must continue to strive in the world for needs they perceive as essential for themselves and their families. But all can strive to reserve a portion of their time and energy to serve the world around them. It is only then that one becomes deserving of help from the Universe. Little can be achieved without such help. Our very breath comes because the Universe cares for us every moment of our lives. It is because we are children of Father Universe and Mother Earth that is but a part of him. Would we not become more worthy if we similarly care for children, not just ours but also others that we encounter and can help even in small ways?

Children are the most precious of all life on Earth and it surely pleases the Universal eye when we make some happy. If one finds enough wealth to spare, then one can help children and others in need with a portion of one’s wealth too. Some of the richest persons have switched to a ‘give’ mode from a ‘gimme’ mode such as Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. Others are still trapped in it. Hopefully they too shall change their stance, for greed is one of the doors to hell according to the Bhagvat Gita or as the folk lore puts it metaphorically yet accurately,

Gimme, gimme, more, more
To the bottomless pit opens a door

Yet there are few humans who are divine or angelic beings born on Earth to help distressed humans or others on their way to becoming one and it is such as these that can find joy in utter simplicity and spend all their time in service of others or in purifying their souls so as to become worthy of becoming angelic companions of the Lord some day.

Jesus Christ was a divine being that took birth on Earth on Christmas day to rescue humans from their distress. He reiterated that when one serves the needs of a child one serves the Lord.

An ancient Sanskrit, Bhāgavata Purāna, record, From Canto 4, Chapter 12 , describes the tale of another that became an angelic being through purification  as described in an earlier post in this blog and repeated here.

King Dhruva realized that this universe consisting of God's  external energy was just like a dream. He considered everything created comprising his body, his wives, children, friends, his influence, riches, the pleasure grounds, the facilities for his women and the beauty of the earth with its oceans, as something transient and for that reason he left for the Himalayan forest. There he purified his body, bathing in pure water and in yoga postures, controlled the breathing process by withdrawing the mind from his physical senses. Concentrating on the Lord he constantly kept in mind, he thus became fully absorbed in the Lord. Constantly engaged in his devotion for Lord, the Supreme Personality he attained everlasting bliss and again and again overcome by a stream of tears that made his heart melt and all the hairs of his body stand on end. He no longer remembered that he had a body and was thus liberated being materially bound. 

Dhruva then saw a very beautiful heavenly vehicle descending from the sky which illumined him and the ten directions as if the full moon itself had appeared. Therein he discerned two beautiful demigods with four arms, a blackish skin, being quite young and with eyes as pink as a lotus flower. They held clubs and were attractively dressed and decorated with helmets, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Understanding them to be two Angels of the Lord, he stood up, respectfully joined his hands offering his respects while Nanda and Sunanda, the two angels of the One smilingly approached and addressed him. Nanda and Sunanda said, “Oh best of kings! All good fortune to you! Listen attentively to our words. You are the one who greatly satisfied God by doing penance.  You have achieved the world of the Lord that is so difficult to achieve that not even the greatest of enlightenment could reach there. Come and see the supreme abode around the moon, the sun, the other planets and the stars are rotating. Then in having paid his obeisance to the two associates, whose form shone with golden effulgence Dhruva got on board”

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kingdom of Piland Chronicles
The Kingdom of Piland Chronicles is a record of the doings of a new Kingdom established in a seemingly unclaimed portion of the Antarctica in July 2014. As stated in the chronicles, due to the remoteness and cold nature of the kingdom, no significant activity has taken place  in the kingdom, at least as yet. Nevertheless, some of its stated policies are significant enough for the rest of the world to draw inspiration from. First is the policy of running a democracy by creating the parliament from a random selection of citizens and not permitting the concept of a political party or elections. This idea has been drawn from ancient Athens. In this manner the kingdom completely avoids the role of money in elections and selection of persons who work for money rather than people. The chronicles contain detailed arguments for this policy. The second significant initiative is to tie its currency to gold. The five hundred dollar coin of the kingdom is a ten gram coin in fine gold. In this manner manipulation of the currency by banks and governments is overcome and wealth of the citizens is safeguarded. A third significant initiative is the complete and full legalization of cannabis considering it just like lettuce or any other herb. It is pointed out that for thousands of years that is how it was with humans and created no significant problem. All of its modern problems seem to be because of its illegal status.

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The reader of this blog may wonder what connection the kingdom has with Nainital. The king has been inspired much by Babaji Haidakhan and his message of Love, Truth and simplicity is inscribed on the coat of arms of the king. The coat of arms also depicts the roof of the Naini Mata temple of Nainital along with images of lions as accompany the Mother Goddess.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jai Shiv Shankar – Spiritual Mantra from the Himalayas,_Kedarnath_and_Neelkanth_peaks_from_Ukhimath,_Rudraprayag.jpg
The Almighty, beyond comprehension of finite minds has been referred to by an infinite number of names through the universe, wherever intelligent life capable of worship of the Infinite Lord exists. One of these names, popular in South Asia is Shiv (Shiva).

The almighty beyond form and comprehension has also been worshiped in an infinite number of forms in the universe, some human, for the Lord everywhere has an infinite number of faces and forms too

Some hold that for ease of worship of human devotees, who wish to visualize the Lord in human form, the Lord appeared as the sage Shankar in Himalayas. Others hold that having attained the most advanced stage of yoga through worship of the Lord known as Shiva, the sage Shankar merged his soul and identity with Lord Shiva and was then known as Shiv Shankar. The true mysteries of Almighty are not known fully even to the loftiest of beings, the angels of heaven. Only He knows Himself. Nevertheless, for ordinary human wishing to worship the Lord as Shiva in human form, the name used is Shiv Shankar.

Some hold that the Sage Shankar has reincarnated many a times in Central Himalayas around the currently named districts of Nainital and Almora and that the most recent such appearance was as Baba Haidakhan (1950-1984, in public 1970-1984) also known as Babaji to devotees. Babaji recommended the value of reciting holy names as a path of spiritual attainment. The recitation of holy names aloud or silently without sound is known as Jap in Sanskrit tradition. It is a recommended practice across spiritual and mystic traditions of the world and elsewhere in the universe where life capable of recitation exists.

The recommended holy words or spiritual mantra by Babaji was

Om Namah Shivay

It means Almighty I praise thee (or offer salutations) as Shiva

Due to its Sanskrit words and somewhat difficult meaning some find this mantra difficult and perhaps you might like to begin with a simpler one. There is is a favorite of this author whenever one wishes to visualize the Lord in human form for worship. It is,

Jai Shiv Shankar

Its meaning is praises upon the Almighty as the Lord Shiv Shankar

If you choose this mantra for Jap then consider it in four syllables, with one syllable each recited with an inward or outward breath. Stabilization of breathing and thought is a necessary perquisite for deriving benefits of mantra recitation. The four syllables are

Jai- Shiv -Shan- Kar

This mantra is exceedingly simple and exceedingly beneficial, capable of raising mundane human existence to the level of gods. It can be practiced anywhere but lonely mountain or forest surroundings are the best for highest levels of attainment.

Note: For those new to this mantra and wishing to cultivate friendship with it, a good place to begin is some of the popular songs and dances it has been incorporated in ( skipping the commercial ones) A favorite of this author available to all on YouTube is

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hanuman Chalisa in English

The importance of Hanuman Chalisa has been described in an earlier post. (click on link to see). It was originally composed in Hindi (Awadhi) by Tulsidas. At the present time there are many persons around the world who would like to recite this mantra but are unfamiliar with the Hindi Script. Many transcriptions in English are available on the net, each with some variations. The present version is a fresh attempt that has tried to remain as close as possible to the original pronunciation. However the interested person can get many song versions of this on the net to learn the correct pronunciation while using this text to read simultaneously. After a few attempts, just reading will suffice to yield, more or less, the correct pronunciation.

It is not necessary to be able to read the Hanuman Chalisa in the original or any other script. Many illiterate persons have derived full benefit from it after learning it by heart. What is necessary is to pronounce the words as correctly as possible. Feel free to copy and make a print of this if you wish. The Hanuman Chalisa consists of forty verses along with introductory and concluding verses. The numbering and titles are for clarity, not pronouncing while reading.


Shreeguru charan saroj raj
nij manu mukuru sudhaari

Baranau raghubar bimal jasu
jo daayaku phal chaari

Buddhiheen tanu jaan ke
sumirau pavan kumār

Bal buddhi bidyā dehu mohi
harahu kales bikār


Jay hanumān gyan gun saagar
Jay kapees tihun lok ujaagar

Rām dūt atulit bal dhāmā
Anjani putr pavansut nāmā

Mahābīr bikram bajarangī
Kumati nivār sumati ke sangī

Kaanchan baran birāj subesā
Kānan kundal kunchit kesā

Hāth bajr au dhvajā birājai
Kāndhe mūnj janeū sājai

Shankar suvan kesarī nandan
Tej pratāp mahā jag bandan

Vidyāvān gunī ati chātur
Rām kāj karibe ko ātur

Prabhu charitr sunibe ko rasiyā
Rām lakhan sītā man basiyā

Sūkshm rūp dhari siyahi dikhāvā
Bikat rūp dhari lank jarāvā

Bhīm rūp dhari asur sahānre
Rāmachandr ke kāj sanvāre

Lāey sajīvan lakhan jiyāe
Shrī Raghubīr harashi ur lāye

Raghupati kīnhī bahut badāī
Tum mam priy bharathi sam bhāī

Sahas badan tumharo jas gāvain
As kahi shrīpati kanth lagāvain

Sanakādik brahmādi munīsā
Nārada sārada sahita ahīsā

Jam Kuber dikpāl jahān te
Kavi kobid kahi sakai kahā te

Tum upakār Sugrīvahin kīnhā
Ram milāy rājapad dīnhā

Tumharo mantra Vibhīshan mānā
Lankeshvara bhae sab jag jānā

Jug sahastr yojan par bhānū
Līlyo tāhi madhur phal jānū

Prabhu mudrikā meli mukh māhī
Jaladhi lānghi gaye acharaj nāhī

Durgam kāj jagata ke jete
Sugam anugrah tumhare tete

Rām duāre tum rakhavāre
Hot na āgyā binu paisāre

Sab sukh lahai tumhārī saranā
Tum rakhchhak kāhū ko daranā

Apan tej samhāro āpai
Tino lok hānk te kānpai

Bhūt pishāch nikat nahi āvai
Mahābīr jab nām sunāvai

Nāsai rog harai sab pīrā
Japat nirantar hanumat bīrā

Sankat te Hanumān chhurdāvai
man kram vachan dhyāna jo lāvai

Saba par Rām tapasvī rājā
Tin ke kāj sakal tum sājā

Aura manorath jo koī lāvai
Soi amit jīvan phal pāvai

Chāro juga pratāp tumhārā
Hai parasiddh jagat ujiyārā

Sādhu sant ke tum rakhavāre
asur nikandan rām dulāre

Asht siddhi nav nidhi ke dātā
As bar dīn jānakī mātā

Rām rasāyan tumhare pāsā
Sadā raho raghupati ke dāsā

Tumhare bhajan rām ko pāvai
Janam janam ke dukh bisarāvai

Ant kāl Raghubar pur jāī
Jahā janm hari bhakt kahāī

Aur devatā chitt na dharaī
Hanumat sei sarb sukh karaī

Sankat katai mitai sab pīrā
Jo sumirai hanumat balabīrā

Jay jay jay Hanumān gosāī
Kripā karahu guru dev kī nāī

Jo shat bār pāth kar koī
Chhūtahi bandi mahā sukh hoī

Jo yah padhai Hanumān chālīsā
Hoy siddhi sākhī gaurīsā

Tulsīdās sadā Hari cherā
Kījai nāth hriday manh derā


Pavantanay sankat haran, mangal mūrti rūp

Rām Lakhan Sītā sahit, hirday bashu sur bhup

Note: For more on the history of Hanuman Chalisa and meaning of verses see :

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Naini Mata, Engineering Education and the Amrapali Institutes

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Some things are best kept private in silence at the time they happen but with passage of time one may reveal them as in this note, seven years having passed. Before we begin with the stated topic, it is necessary to say a bit about myself and my involvement in all of this

From childhood, I have been interested in the spiritual and mystic side of life.  As completion of high school neared, the question arose in the family as to what career I should take up. My father was interested in an army or administrative career for me. It was the best practice in the family. However noting that such careers do not permit freedom to travel or choose places where one would live and work, I was against it.

Therefore, I joined a program in engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology. During some training programs in industry, I was aghast at the confinement in narrow cabins or shop floors in high walled security compounds that engineers had to spend eight hours or more a day in. To me it seemed like a prison for slaves. My soul was not born for it. Therefore I decided then and there to continue studies up to doctoral level in USA or Canada. It would give me an opportunity to travel that I looked forward to much when younger as also lead to an academic job later where one has the freedom to move about on green university campuses. It may bring less money than some other pursuits, but money has never been a priority for me in life. I have repeatedly turned away from opportunities for more money all through life, if it implied compromising ethics, freedom and environment of living. That is how I ended up being a professor and scientist in some of the finest universities on our planet.

Through a life full of many events and adventures, many a time, I came close to grave danger but all those times a mysterious force, a loving hand, saved me from trouble. I recognize that now as the Love of God in His various facets and manifestations, a prominent one among them being Naini Mata, the goddess of Nainital because I had spent my childhood in Nainital. However on my part a debt remained. I left Nainital early in childhood and although returned on brief visits, I had not made any contribution to the beautiful district of Nainital over which the goddess presides. My educational contributions in both science and mysticism had been in the wider world. In 2008, I realized that although I could make spiritual contributions to the district all through my life, it would not be possible to do much on the technical side beyond the age of sixty and here I was, already 58 years old.

I rushed to the internet to check the status of engineering education in the district of Nainital. I could not find any institute or university involved in that in the district as existed at that time, except for a restricted effort in Bhimtal, but there was one that had begun in this direction. It was called Amrapali Institute of Technology and Sciences or AITS for short. Immediately I sent a letter to their management with my resume, that I would be happy to come to the Institute and serve them in a senior capacity towards improving technical education in their Institute, while in my heart in the District of Nainital.

While humans believe that they do whatever they do, it is only the spiritual who realize that behind it all is the mystic power of God and the numerous gods and goddesses through whom this power flows. In Nainital it is Naini Mata or Goddess Nanda often accompanied by her younger sister the goddess Sunanda in times of peace, for while the goddess Nanda surrounded by her lions is ever ready to go to war on evil, her sweet sister Sunanda surrounded by lotuses prefers to take care of the well being of her human children in times of peace. The mystic secrets of how Naini Mata organized the development of the district beginning in 1840 , as appropriate for the modern age, soon after Queen Victoria ascended the throne in England has been revealed in earlier posts of this blog. The goddess had to involve the British for this for the Indians of the time had no technical skills to develop a hill district.

By the 1900’s Nainital town and the surrounding district had been developed to the best standards in the world as existed at that time. It was time now for the goddess to train her Indian subjects in engineering skills too, so that they need not depend on foreigners from far away. Unfortunately, there was not a single place for engineering education in all of South Asia at that time. Soon after, the goddess inspired a conference in Nainital in 1908 of educationists and administrators of that time as to how to begin it in India. As a result of this conference the first institutes of engineering began to be established in India at  HBTI in Kanpur and the Thomson College in Roorkee. Thus began technical education in India too.

However in my survey in late 2008, I found that while technical education had become widespread throughout India there was hardly any to speak of in Nainital District itself except AITS and that is how I entered the picture. My letter had been sent and soon after the goddess entered the hearts and mind of the management of the Institute to come all the way to Jaipur and to ask me to come and join them. The Institute is largely looked after by the son of the founder - Professor Sanjay Dhingra. The father himself had other educational work to take care of in distant Modi Nagar. Two other partners who were roped in were One Mr. Monga with background in Timber business and familiar with land acquisitions required to set up the Institutes. One more was a cousin Mr. Narendra Dhingra roped in to help. The latter two had nearly no previous background in education so the task of developing these Institutes fell largely on the shoulder of Professor Sanjay Dhingra. It was he who came all the way to Jaipur to organize my appointment at AITS and I readily agreed. He asked me what salary I might need and I mentioned that was irrelevant for in my heart was service for my goddess mother  except for facilities as required for my work such as dedicated transport, adequate office and furnished accommodation in secluded green area that had become my life style since the age of forty or so. Nevertheless, Sanjay was generous and urged me throughout my stay as to why I do not claim expenses even as he does but I replied that it was not necessary.

The Institute had begun admitting students three years prior to that and the first batch was to graduate in 2010. When I arrived at the Institute I was aghast at the mess the place was in. The building was partially unconstructed, unsecured, equipments being stolen, students rebelling and indulging in fights as young persons will when not channeled in positive directions, no sense of order at all. A computer science faculty member was sharing a room with one from English and so on. There was neither nay department, nor any office of the Institute. Students were being asked to go sit in any class and few were taking place. The central office of the group of Institutes sent me printed forms called Transfer Certificates as required in high schools but not university level education and the class timings were also organized as high school class periods of 45 minutes each. No one here had any idea of what university level technical education is. Much of the faculty was young graduates and the senior ones were from sciences etc. not engineering. There was construction rubble all over and in the corridors too where a series of constructed but unoccupied rooms lay with no one knowing what to do with them. Nevertheless, the buildings were of good quality, thanks to the dedication of Mr. Dhingra and a very competent expert, Professor K K Pande who had contributed to the design but left before my arrival.

But with grace of the goddess, I was able to fix it all within a year beginning with ethical education to students in a fatherly manner, training the faculty in teaching methods, organizing offices and furniture for them, fixing labs and central offices, appointing deans, heads of departments, foreman, faculty in charges, organizing a developmental conferences, time tables, and administrative procedures. fixing corridors, gardens and pathways around the building and so on and cultural activities for students ending with a grand farewell party for the first batch that graduated in 2010. I had become sixty years old now and it was time to bid goodbye to it all, leaving its future fate in the hands of the gods even as Naini Mata left the fate for her beloved district in the hands of those who followed the British. For while the gods intervene they give freedom to their human children too with a saying from South Asia – Ab sanwar lo ya bigad lo, tumara hai – or to quote from my book, Mystic pathways to peace, love and happiness,

“Like a gentle mother, who allows her offspring to play and mess about in a yard, even trample down her precious beds of painfully nurtured flowers, Mother Earth too allows her children that freedom. It is because of that we have filthy oil spills, scarred and strip-mined patches of land, mercilessly logged forests, spills of chemical wastes from our factories, filthy slum habitations of Latin America, European Gypsy camps, slums of India and Indonesia with rape and hunger infested refugee camps of the world. These ugly scars and spots on Mother Earth do not for a moment mean that Mother Earth is ugly. It is just a temporary thing, like the flowerbeds trampled upon by unruly children. When the play is over and children back in bed, mother would come around and fix those flower beds and forests once again. Like every good mother, Mother Earth is stern from time to time. When she gets angry, she shakes her bosom like an earthquake, roars like a hurricane or thunders like the floods drowning her children into a corner stool as temporary punishment.”

I do feel that the Mother was pleased with my effort, for soon after I returned, she granted me the honor of naming one of the most sacred Mountains on earth as Sunanda Devi Mountain. It had earlier been called Nanda Devi East. Perhaps with this my name has entered the eternal records of heavens, the heavely abode of the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda, for as long as the Himalayas stand. While in Nainital too she looked after me as every loving mother would look after her beloved child who has come from far to visit her in old age. The Senior most and most powerful administrative officer of the district and neighboring districts ( I G Ashok Kumar, came to visit me and left his contacts and numbers to say they were at my beck and call for any need that may arise as was the senior most police officer of the District.

Every month I climbed the hill to pay my regards to Naini Mata at her shrine besides the lake and while in Naintal she arranged the grandest lodging for me to stay each and every time – The Raj Bhavan – a place that was built for Queen Victoria, were she to visit India as the Empress of the district while she lived and used as summer residences for governors since. It is a large facility in Nainital and has buildings and rooms for other select guests who might be chosen for stay.

From a parallel hill, Babaji Haidakhan her beloved son was always by my side. I had last visited his ashram in Haidakhan in 2007. The ashram provides free meals and rooms for all who choose to visit just as in Sikh Temples from voluntary contributions. I had mentioned that the lunch could be improved if Dahi (yoghurt) was added to it if they could manage the funds beginning with a small contribution myself then. A training and placement officer of the Institute who had been visiting the place insisted on coming along with me on the new visit. On the way, I stopped our car and said, we need to buy glucose biscuits for the dogs. This officer was disgusted and remarked,

“I have been so many times to the ashram, but I have never seen any dogs.”

When we arrived at the ashram the dogs came running out and jumped and squealed in delight all over me to get the biscuits. In the temple room the priest handed me the tray of Bhog, Prasad to carry to the mess where all had gathered for lunch and waiting. A grand lunch was served and a yogini ran out to get a can of dahi that was still not a part of the lunch. It was a small one but she poured it out herself in plates of all sitting for lunch and a hundred and one persons had gathered the, more dahi she served, the more was left in her can, In the end she sent it to the kitchens for the staff.

Jai Mata ki

Jai Baba Haidakhan