Naini Mata, Mother Goddess of Miracles

Last month, one morning I woke up with an intuition that a college friend, Rajat would be visiting Jaipur. He currently lives in America and it had been a long time since I had heard from him. Excitedly, I rushed an email to him that I am in Jaipur currently and I heard that he is coming here, and it would be nice if he came and stayed with me this time instead of a hotel where he usually stays during his many travels around the world. It would be an opportunity to catch up. A reply came that he was indeed coming to India in early April but not to Jaipur. Then few days later another excited email arrived from him,

Dear Ashok, thank you for wishing me luck. You are not only wise but possess some special powers because of meditating and being a yogi. A good evidence of that is I am coming to Jaipur for a book event on the 6th of April. Initially Jaipur was not on my schedule but magically it is now happening. Love to invite you to the function and call ch up (read catch up) with you aft…

A Lovely Room for a Vacation Rental in India

There have been times during my blogging that visitors from afar have asked to recommend a nice quiet place for a vacation in India for brief or long vacations. There are a lot of commercial services that serve the purpose but as is often the case with such services that run for profit in the rushed modern world, a visitor is disappointed after booking and reaching the location with either the price or the facility or both.
However, if the destination is Jaipur, a historical city in India, then I can personally recommend an excellent cottage especially to visitors from North America or Europe situated in a simple yet beautiful home in a nice part of the city because it is an independent annexe in my own home. If the visitor was from Vancouver or indeed any other part of British Columbia I shall be especially pleased and accord them an extra special welcome. The reason for this bias is that several decades ago, when I joined the University of British Columbia as a student, I was able …

Gifts from the gods

Those who love God and his angels, the gods and goddesses and engage in their service whenever opportunity permits, do not miss out on anything of their own needs. Like a loving parent, God does not give us all we want but He gives us what we need. These are provided with ease by Him and the gods. From time to time, there are special gifts from them, by the love and grace of the Lord.
Every year, during one of the months of monsoons called Savan, village fairs calls melas in local language are held near Siva temples across several towns of northern India. I had described a visit to one in an earlier post. I rarely visit the temple itself on such Mondays because there is long line outside the temple. My own belief is that if you carry the love of the Lord in your heart, one does not have to visit a temple for it. God is everywhere. I just convey my greetings to the Lord from a distance, from a place where just the roof of the temple is visible because of the trees.
Going through the…

Jai Shiv Shankar – Spiritual Mantra from the Himalayas

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 L…