The Secluded Cave.

A two-hour journey involving a bus ride from the temple town of Palani and an auto ride from the nearest town takes you to this small village tucked in wilderness. The mountain arises like a pyramid near the snout of the village resembling a linga. The steep mountaintop is a magical destination and houses Shiva…

Never Born, Never Died.

This was my first trip to Tallinn, Europe’s newest capitals. The capital city of Estonia has some striking structures based on decades of Soviet influence. I had taken a tram as the first choice for transportation from the airport to the city centre. My hotel was booked three kilometres from the city in the historical…

Tara.

The Tibetan mall in Bangalore’s Brigade road is rather disappointing. I had expected a mini version of Lhasa’s Barkhor street. Lhasa’s Barkhor street encircles Jokhang temple in the heart of Lhasa. This street is filled with numerous shops selling fascinating Tibetan craft. In contrast, this Tibetan Mall is a rundown place selling cheap apparel. I…

The End of Knowing.

I just finished a simple rice-gruel breakfast in the Ashram kitchen. I was told the Swami will meet me at 10:30 AM. I sat down on the stone bench and waited. I was eager to meet a Swami steeped in non-duality. The call came minutes later. A short walk brought me to the hall and in…

Kirtimukha, The Desireless state.

Hinduism is abundant with mythological stories. The aim of mythology is to convey a concept through stories, rituals and symbols. Mithya is the concept or idea conveyed by mythology. From mythology arises sects, religion and customs. From mithya arises several belief systems. Behind mythology and mithya is absolute reality or truth. The aim of Hinduism…

The Seer.

It was past noon as we sat with our hungry tummies in front of the banana leaves waiting to be served. The dining area was filled with about 50 people. Men and women sat opposite to each other on the ground in two rows. The place was airy and neatly maintained. The meal was simple…

The Blue Mountain

  Rising majestically at 11,000 feet stands the Neelakanth peak in the Himalayas. This peak has close association with Shiva. Neelakanta is the blue throated Shiva and the entire region is filled with his personality. The Neelakanth peaks rise dramatically over river ganga. The glaciers and eternal snow represent Jata, the matted hair locks of…