Taking the Plunge: The Call of the Himalayas

3 years back, fresh out of my college (IIT-BHU), i had left the conventional career path and opted for social work. Back then, I was answering the call of seeking answer to a question: “Why i wasn’t in the place of the child i saw stealing in the railway station & Why wasn’t he in…

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जाने खुद से ही क्यों भाग रहा हु मै

जाने खुद से ही क्यों भाग रहा हु मै   ढूंढ रहा था जो बरसो से, निकट ही है वो जाने कही एक एहसास मात्र है जो , जैसे चिपके ही खड़ा हो पीछे कही चाहा है पुरे दिल से जिससे, बस हाथ बढ़ा के पा लेना है अब उससे फिर भी न जाने क्यों, मस्ती…

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The heart that simply wants to Fly

ऐ दुनिया वालो  खेल ये तुम्हारे निराले हमरी समझ से परे है प्यारे एक नन्हा सा नथकत दिल है हमरा  चाहता सिर्फ वो उड़ना रोके न तुम्हारे न हमारे अब रुकेगा वो वो तो उड़ेगा उड़ेगा उड़ेगा उड़ेगा  The poem though, short is still extremely special as it captures a long present yearning of my…

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Experiencing Nothingness through Dancing

My first spiritual experience resulted from my losing myself in dance on the b’tful Sufi qawaal Man Kunto Maula of Amir Khusrao, sung by the master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself. I was so immersed in the melodious rhythms of the qawaal that beyond a point, I didn’t even realize where or how my body…

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Seeking Freedom : Jumping off a Cliff

On my recent trip to the hills of Kumaon, I realized yet again how trapped I feel in this body, how trapped and bound I am because of all the things I wish to control, because of the desire present within to shape things my way or to influence the outcome somehow even despite being…

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Maintaining Noble Silence & Fasting once a week

Beginning tomorrow i.e Wednesday, i will be starting with maintaining noble silence(मौन उपवास) and fasting(उपवास) once every week. I have specifically chosen Wednesday’s because in my memory, it doesn’t have any religious significance and thus, will not add any such flavor to my act.  I am starting with the fasting because i want to understand…

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I want to be a NOBODY

I want to strive towards being a nobody, i don’t want any fame, any recognition, any sort of credit whatsoever for anything that i might have done or might do.  I simply want my individuality to totally disappear, to merge with the whole, to be one with it. The yearning to be one with my…

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Volunteering with Goonj in Uttarakhand: Experiencing the Extremes

Volunteering for Goonj in Uttrakhand floods was an overwhelming experience as I encountered so many different extremes. Right from seeing a so-called mentally challenged person helping out with unloading to seeing fully fit people being bystanders. From seeing hungry villagers line up to collect food (and not leave even in heavy rain for fear of…

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The Desire to Control

My biggest learning from a Vipassana course was a simple observation about breathing that i had on the 3rd day and understood fully on the 8th day. This learning was extremely powerful as it was experience based and wasn’t a result of any intellectual activity. Vipassana is a meditation technique wherein one concentrates one’s mind inwards…

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