Nirvana Shatakam

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Two years back I attended an Inner Engineering program by Sadhguru in Mumbai.

The program gave me the opportunity to explore the basics of life, imparting practical wisdom to manage my body, mind, emotions, and the deep life energy within. It was the most wonderful 3 days that I invested in myself. It was here that I heard the Nirvana Shatakam, played by the Sounds of Isha –Sadhguru’s own group of musicians- for the first time. The fusion music with awesome drum beats was mesmerizing and I completely fell one with it. Since then it has become part of my daily worship. It calms me and helps me connect with my inner energy.

Nirvana Shatakam, composed by Adi Shankaracharya over a thousand years ago, is one of the most well known among Sanskrit chants.

The word ‘ Shiva’ literally means ‘that which is not’ or nothingness. Shiva is the Supreme Consciousness, and is also called Para brahmam (the highest Brahman” that which is beyond all descriptions and conceptualizations, which is formless, and that eternally pervades everything, everywhere in the universe and beyond). Shiva is one who is omnipotent, and has omnipresence.

This chant emphasizes on our true self as SatChitAnanda –ever existing, ever consciousness, ever bliss.

Nirvana Shatakam

mano buddhi ahankara chittani naaham
na cha shrotravjihve na cha ghraana netre
na cha vyoma bhumir na tejo na vaayuhu
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na cha prana sangyo na vai pancha vayuhu
na va sapta dhatur na va pancha koshah
na vak pani-padam na chopastha payu
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am not the breath, nor the five elements,
I am not matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na me dvesha ragau na me lobha mohau
na me vai mado naiva matsarya bhavaha
na dharmo na chartho na kamo na mokshaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,
I know not pride or jealousy,
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na punyam na papam na saukhyam na duhkham
na mantro na tirtham na veda na yajnah
aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhokta
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,
I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,
I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

na me mrtyu shanka na mejati bhedaha
pita naiva me naiva mataa na janmaha
na bandhur na mitram gurur naiva shishyaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,
I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

aham nirvikalpo nirakara rupo
vibhut vatcha sarvatra sarvendriyanam
na cha sangatham naiva muktir na meyaha
chidananda rupah shivo’ham shivo’ham

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Shiva…

 

Lyrics and meaning credits:- https://isha.sadhguru.org/in/en/blog/article/mystic-chants-nirvana-shatakam

 

Enjoy the chant here ->  https://soundcloud.com/soundsofisha/nirvana-shatakam-1-hr

 

Enjoy the blissful rendition.

Madhavi

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Age is just a number

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Growing up with a lot of female relatives around me, I heard so many dreadful stories, when my aunt’s would describe how turning 30 had changed their world.  It was so funny how they would recall, that right down from the neighbourhood kid to their local vegetable vendor had started calling them “Aunty.” So naturally that fear remained with me in my 30’s, and they were bang on right, you know. How the tables had turned!

Of course what followed was inching our way into the 40’s, which of course smashed all of that nonsense to pieces.

And then some years down the line, one day you wake up, the clock has ticked, and lo and behold, you are sitting on the edge of being 50.

Holy Molly!!

Feels really old doesn’t it? Well what do you know; you have lived for more than half of your life, if statistics are to be believed.

But you can’t escape Time. It will catch up with you sooner than you say Happy Birthday to me. And this is the looking glass I am peeking into presently. In about a couple of weeks I will be celebrating yet another year lived on this planet (and no I won’t reveal the big secret.) But in spite of my growing years, I still am a “young , full of starry dreams in her eyes girl.” I don’t think I can ever let go of that unique personality trait of mine. I am an Aquarian after all.

But the fact is, I love being older. I love this feeling of wholeness that’s deepening every year. I feel rooted in who I am, and while I still get tossed around on hormonal tidal waves, at my core I know myself. I know what I’m capable of. I know my worth.

Although the changes in my body and face are not particularly welcome, would I like to erase 10-15 years off my face when I look in the mirror? Yeahhhh, some days I really would. But would I actually want to be 30 again? Naahhh, absolutely not.

I deeply appreciate knowing how much strength I have in me to survive things. And it’s not just because I experienced such a life changing bereavement in my early years. I guess I am made of more steel than frill. And also it makes me realize how strong we are as individuals and can tide over any obstacle as time moves forward. And that heart breaks will be survived. And that bad memory will fade. And that you find the forgiveness to bestow.

But I do love the empowerment I feel in this season of my life. I care less about what other people think of me and walk down the street like I own it. I also hide in my bedroom on the days I need to, but the beauty of getting older means not having to ask for anyone’s permission to do what you need. I don’t know who that permission giver was, mind you. I want to be my own biggest cheerleader, because after all these years it finally hits you that no one else is going to do it for you. And if there is one thing that I truly believe in and try as much to follow is the mantra of “less interference, less drama.”

So even though there may be those rare days when I would give anything to have had my life turn out differently, 99.9% of the time I don’t think I would change a thing.

I love that fact that I had the courage and the gumption to keep evolving and growing in this life that’s all mine. I have enjoyed and embraced the ride of the roller coaster of endless emotions of, Love, Heartbreak, Happiness, Laughter, Tears, Anger, Loneliness, Friendships, Adventure, lots of Travelling, and so many more.

And if my 40’s were this good, I hope my 50’s, 60’s and beyond (if I am lucky) will ROCK.  Coz like they say Age is just a number!

Cheers to that !!

Madhavi 🙂

Dope words Millennial’s use

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If you’re in your 40s, 50s, or beyond, you’d be forgiven for not knowing what on earth “spilling the tea,” “Lit,” or “fleek” means. That goes especially for the latter, since no one seems to know what exactly “fleek” means. However, if you want to decipher what the millennial is saying it would be better for you to learn.

Today there are so many new slang words floating around on social media and live conversations that it’s confounding to many people, and you find them walking around with a blank look on their faces. Some of these words are a mix of shorthand, conjoined words, abbreviations, and phrases that came about because of a meme or even a mistake on social media that people found funny and useful for communicating in a digital age.

And thanks to the Gen Z’s obsession with texting and Twitter, a lot of abbreviations have become common speak. Sometimes, it almost seems like people are speaking gibberish. All you need to do is to take a quick stroll through the streets of Instagram and Twitter and you’ll come across a word or two, or three that will make you feel lame for not understanding them.

Although some of these words have existed for a while, here are a few that are still trending. This may help the parents to decipher the foreign language of the millennial and not be in a state of total disillusionment.

Adulting –All the boring crap that grown ups do. if you’re slogging to work and paying your mortgage and cooking your dinners and washing and ironing your clothes, you are definately in the adulting world right now. It sucks sometimes , but it’s a reality for all the big boys and girls. Yes, even for the millennial.

Bae- No, it’s not short for babe or baby. The letters actually represent the phrase “before anyone else,” usually referring to the speaker’s significant other.

Bougie-A disapproving term for people obsessed with wealth or its trappings.

Bruh – It is slang for bro or brother.

DM –DM’s are direct messages on Twitter and Instagram.

Extra– If someone calls you extra; you’re either trying too hard or being over the top. However, anyone from a teacher who gives too much homework to that loud, drunk birthday girl stumbling around in a plastic tiara can be described as extra.

Fam: A shorter form of word family.

Fierce– When someone is looking so beautiful and powerful at the same time, this word is used to describe that feeling.

Finsta– This is slang for “Fake account of Instagram”.

Glow Up– It means to upgrade appearance to a better version and enhance looks.

GOAT- Often accompanied with the requisite goat emoji, GOAT is an acronym for “greatest of all time,” and pops up a lot when people start arguing about sports.

Guac- It’s just guacamole. That’s all.

Gram– Instagram

Hangry- The feeling of anger or irritability you get when you’re hungry.

Hundo P- This means 100%. That’s it. Use it instead of “of course” or “definitely.”

It’s me- This version is often used as a term of agreement and self identification. It means the person identifies with the topic, and can relate to it, without wanting to explain at length.

Jelly- It is to say “jealous.” not in a negative way but said as a compliment.

JOMO- We’ve all experienced FOMO, or the “fear of missing out,” but JOMO describes the opposite. If you’re more than content to stay in and watch Netflix, that’s the “joy of missing out.”

Kk-  Kk originated in online gaming forums as an abbreviation for “okay, cool,” except the two Ks refer to the more informal “k, kewl.” Put it together, and it usually signals “messaged received,” or “gotcha.”

LB- Instagrammers know that LB stands for “like back,” while FB similarly means “follow back.” If you start seeing these all over your post’s comments, know that some people want tit for tat – essentially I like your photo, you like mine.

Lit –“Lit” can mean cool, amazing or awesome, especially when it comes to parties but some people also use it as a synonym for drunk or high. Get Lit-It is used to say “party hard”. Moms, you’ve been warned.

OG- It means original gangsta. But it is used for someone who is quite popular and famous among the group or at school. It is used in a positive way as a sign of respect.

OTP- Stands for One True Pairing. Your OTP is a couple you are emotionally invested in. It is could be any celebrity couple.

Predictive-Describes something that is generated based on predictions made automatically often by some sort of algorithm.

Roasted– this means to argue with someone verbally to the extent that they are somewhat defeated in your quick tongue battle.

Ship- Ship is one of the most important terms on the Internet. It comes from the word relationship. Do you just know that two people belong together? Well, you’re by definition “shipping” them.

Spilling the Tea- It basically means pretending  not to notice when something crazy or scandalous is happening around you. when you are spilling the tea that usually signifies that gossip is being shared, and therefore the tea is a little more difficult to swallow.

Snatched– Snatched is the new fleek. It’s used to describe anything that looks really good or on point. Anything from your eyebrows to your outfit can be snatched.

Sus– Sus comes from the word suspect. It’s the Internet’s word for sketchy or shady.

Sis-Sis is the new bro. However you’d use bro, just replace it with sis and you’re good to go.

TBH- This one is pretty easy to guess. It means “to be honest” and is usually followed by either a joke or a more sincere comment.

Time suckAn activity that takes a lot of time you could have used to do more productive things.

TL; DRThis abbreviation stands for “too long; didn’t read.” It’s used to summarize the key point of a long text.

Throw shade– its meaning is quite opposite from its literal one. It means to disrespect someone.

Thicc– It is latest slang came up and used to describe people having bigger body parts that are bigger than usual. Normally describes someone’s booty.

Trolls-They don’t live under a bridge and they won’t ask you to answer three riddles before passing by. They are just jerks who say awfully nasty things to strangers on social media.

Yass- This one is best expressed “YASS!” and maybe even with a few extra s’s — for added emphasis. That said, this one’s pretty simple: It simply means “yes!” in a more enthusiastic and slightly more annoying way.

Have I covered it all? No? Then be so kind and do Educate me. Post them in the comments if you please.

Ciao 🙂

 

Live your life in ‘Awe’

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Have you ever wondered about your life and the direction it’s headed? Do you find yourself wondering how to make your life less mundane and more meaningful? Do you find the popular notion that ‘meaning’ is mysterious and hard, and it feels big and scary?  Yeah, right?

So what does this ‘meaningful life’ look like to you?

Do you picture wise sages cloistered in remote caves meditating on the deepest questions of the universe, or larger than life crusaders changing the world with their heroic acts of will.

It’s no wonder that so many of us worry that perhaps our smaller scale lives don’t measure up to a ‘meaningful life’. And to top it off it seems like every self-help blog harps on the idea of finding ones purpose. Without it, life seems pretty meaningless.

When you were younger you enjoyed the freedom to have a lot more fun. You enjoyed your work life and found time to enjoy with your friends. Agreed, that fewer responsibilities earlier allowed you to make the most of your time and your life. Nobody in their youth ever gave much thought to this pertinent question on the meaningfulness of life.

But as you matured, the responsibilities also took on a whole new level; not only are you looking after your children but some of you are also faced with the additional responsibility of taking care of your aged parents who are now unable to take care of themselves. This makes it rather impossible for you to take time off at will and enjoy your life to the fullest, like you did when you were younger.

But come to think of it rationally, isn’t whatever you are doing everyday valuable to someone? Whether it is for your children or for your parents? Don’t you feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction at the end of the day when you retire for bed, as you see your family completely at ease and contented?

It is the values that you have imbibed from the previous generation, the values of Authenticity, Dependability, Integrity, Selflessness and Reliability that make your life exceptionally priceless and meaningful.

Don’t forget to recognize the fact that your life is already way more meaningful than you give yourself credit for. Rather than focus on the questions to live a more meaningful life, you should stop and reflect to recognize the many moments that already give you a sense of direction and accomplishment.

Simply having a lot to do around the home while you are a stay-at-home parent such as indulging in some hobby to tap on your creativity can keep you and your mind busy. Occasionally, meeting old friends or even chatting with neighbours can cause people to feel their lives are much more meaningful.

Sitting in nature and enjoying the beauty of the trees changing colour, watching flowers of different hues or even people-watching can relieve the stress of the day to day life and boosts peoples’ sense of meaning.

Stop trying to find yourself. Life itself is trying to teach you something.

The meaning of life is to find the moments of awe.

What is awe, you ask?

It’s the pauses you take between sentences. It’s the moments of silence when you’re watching the rain outside. It’s the moments where you breathe. It’s the moments where you can be human.

When life get too overpowering and you feel lost, all you have to do is stand still, watch and listen to the world around you. There is awe everywhere.

Awe is the spark you feel when you meet a lover.

Awe is the conversation between long lost friends.

Awe is holding your newborn baby.

Awe is the piping hot food on your table after a hard days’ work.

Awe is the feeling of restfulness after a good nights’ sleep.

Awe is your dog wagging his tail when you return from work.

Awe is the exhilaration of screaming “Yes!!” after you’ve completed a challenging task.

Awe is looking out at nature and cherishing its raw beauty.

Awe is being grateful.

Awe is whatever you want it to be.

So if you frequently fret about the meaning of your life, rather than worry about finding a grand purpose, spend some time to look for the moments of ‘awe’ that already exist all around you. Simply noticing them is all you need for a much greater sense of meaning.

Life does give you many moments to be and more importantly feel beautiful.

madhavi:)