who is a mystic?

Who is a mystic? A seeker or someone who intuitively knows? Exploring the only path I know I conclude.

Mystics are neither drop outs nor escapists; they are scientist of catharsis and conversation. Now and then they do claim unqualified communication with god.

They interpret the world with a different eye than an ordinary one. They have an internal way of seeing, knowing an eternal way of gaining knowledge they value experience.

Mysticism does share a common area with magic, prayer, workshop science and metaphysics. It is based on the magic view of life though the mystic does not possess miraculous power a mystic is not interested in being a miracle man, prayer and worship exists despite of being the essence—of mystical complex. Mysticism may take help form metaphystisics or theology but is not indispensable. The definition that I like the best was”consiousness of the beyond

The mystic’s final goal is to return to the root or source, this faces psychological and semantic blocks.

Mystics have inspired cultures and revolutions.

The mystic gathers news from nowhere for he has the conscious of the beyond of an unseen reality that results in freedom.

The chandogya Upanishad puts it beautifully

in this body is a spirit, there is a little house shaped like a lotus in that house is a little space there is as much pace in that house as there is in this world. What likes in that world des not decay when body falls, the space is that of the spirit

It is only we have strayed away from the path to this house, finding our way back to it is a quest, the mystic knows the path.

Another concept the mystic Red Indians have is “every part of this earth is sacred. Every shining pine needle, every mist in the dark woods, every sandy shore every clearing and humming insect they are all sacred we are part of the earth and earth is part of us. We are siblings—the flowers the horse and I—but in the modern city there I no quiet no place or time to hear the unfurling spring, or the rustle of the wind Bu I do not understand for I have become savage.

For a mystic everything is holy what brings romanticism and mysticism close to each other is a sense of beyond. They are sensitive to both sensuous and non sensuous.

Without the mysticism the aesthetic education of an artist incomplete.

Mystical may be part of the ordinary or heightened awareness

Mystics have affinity towards the magical and mythical

At the end of the day mysticisms and literature meet because both deal with creative set of man and both need special language or semantics may be one should forget questions and experience the wonderment of the poetry. To quote Rumi, what I have got to do with poetry there are moments in life when

A nameless marvel fills motionless hours

Its spirit mingle with the eternity’s heart

And bears the silence of the infinite.

Can I call the mystic as a psychic traveler on the quest for a meta-physical city?

the geopiety of the vatavriksha.

            Under the banyan tree is a favorite saying. Since traders sit under the banyan tree the British called “Banyan” after the Bania—the trades people who used to sit under the tree to sell their wares. Or just take break during their travel.

The full moon of June saw the vata savitri vrta again an ancient concept of geo-piety.  This comes at the onset of rains, in the west coast of India this does not have as much promininece as the nariyal poornima, that heralds the new cycle.

             The vatavriksha, which is usually at the southern side of the village or the south facing wall of the temple, is the symbolic representation of spirituality.    The Banyan belongs to the family of the fig, whose most popular member is the ficus religosa or the pipal tree. This is particular significant to the Buddhist because the Gautama not only had his enlightment under this tree he also achieved Nirvana there.

            The vatavriksha tends with its vast limbs and Ariel roots make an eerie visual. The tree is non fruit bearing making it an outcaste in the frame work of a family oriented society. But it houses many birds, creepers and sometimes even plants. (The vatavriskha at Bhim Taal houses a cactus.)

            This tree symbolizes the eternity of the soul and the parallel mortality of some parts of the tree, or other dependent plant and animal life allows saprophytic cycle. This has made people believe that it houses vetal’s and Pischaas

            The Indian psyche recognizes the transient nature or rather the cyclic components of life everything immortal is revered so is the Banyan tree, it symbolizes immortality security and survival who better than lord of souls Yama is the person the tree is dedicated to.

            The banyan with is vastness marginalizes the sunlight thus it is not possible for smaller trees or grass to survive beneath it, this also makes not so comfortable for the grass eating animals. The story of vata savitri vrta the tale of savitri the daughter of the sun, the supreme symbol of knowledge, with the grace of wisdom again symbolized by the tree, rescues the lost soul of satyvan.

            The binding of the tree with a rope, and going round a tree that symbolizes immortality is again linking immortality to the marriage.

            There are two kinds of sacredness in the Indian ethos one of continuity the material reality and the other associated with spirituality the banana and its fleshy fruit symbolizes the former and banyan is the hermit of botanical life.

            Shiva is placed facing south as the south is the direction of change or death. He sits under the banyan tree the embodiment of eternal soul, unafraid of the change as he understands the world. At his feet sits the sages who seek wisdom so much so Shiva the dakishnamurti is always placed on the south wall of a temple.

            Vishnu the second of the Hindu triad accepts change, in a dynamic pattern; hence we refer to his work as “leela”. More dynamic, constant rejuvenating and re-inventing he is associated with fragrances, tulsi, champa and kadamba. He was pictured as the

Vata-patra-shayin

The baby on the banyan leaf was a vision seen by rishi Markendeya saw the vision of the dead flood and the entire world, symbolizing the transitory nature of life and the baby symbolizes the capacity of the new life to replace the old generation. This is possible only by the grace of Vishnu. The banyan leaf again represents eternity.

Hello world!

hosa chiguru, hale beru kudiralu marasobhagu

hosa yukti, hale tattwa dhodhagoode dharma.

this small poem in kannada has inspired these pages.  Basically the poem translates to

the new leaves on an old tree, makes it beautiful

new techniques to work a old principle

makes it fruitful.

 Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start with.

I have been blogging for a while now, it was a kind of mein aur mere tanhai when I started, I remember my tag line being,

”sab le gaye anmol rattan ghere paani doob, mein baawari dhooban dari rahi kinare bait.”

Somewhere I figured no the about column is about who I am, and I really needed to look, all that I could come up with “ A gypsy meandering through  a mystic journey to a mythical land,” well I realize I am a gypsy and I do meander, but I am not really lost,  so then came the current tag line

A travelogue through life.

My last journey to Bangalore to meet other wonderful women at #BreakingBarriers, an event by www.Women’sWeb.in I reckoned, yet my blog is a chronicle a vine, with Wine, Whine and Win. Maybe that is great place to be in.

When I began this journey it was hands on, I did not really know the difference between category and tag. So now it is time to set the act right, I have given myself about 100 days to do so, so help me Lord. Maybe I should just stick to those as my let me get back on this one, the challenge for me is to classify what I have. hmm not bad, let’s see where I go from here.

April.12.2017 —

Here I am trying to find something very witty or rather to be impressive, the bottome line I have to answer is why am I blogging?

I began precisely I felt left behind as the rest of the world went on, I wanted someone to talk to and unburden, who better than the unseen to the hear the voice of the unheard. Actually categories and tags seem so irrelevant. But thousand odd blogs later more for myself I realize i need to make categories.

There was the traditional one,

Pataskala about dishes, adhikaprasangi about being a busybody, tailor-made about tailoring, etc. etc. but then I would need to explain the terms to people, here, what is my blog about?

  • Complaints about my pet peeves,
  • Venting out nastily
  • Some things l learnt along the way
  • Amazing people and places
  • Epiphany
  • Book reviews

I do sound all over the place but then lets see let me create the Mandala of life, and see what I can put there and build things on from there, that Kind of sounds more workable. Some of my initial categories have grown into being independent blogs. I need to have those links in place too. hmm, that a lot of work.

 

 

 

 

 

Plebeian Woe”s — Autorajya.

picture courtsey internet
picture courtesy internet

Pedestrian Woe’s

In this great juggernaut of development the most forgot person is the plebeian.

matter. first and foremost his royal highness refuses to ferry you to the destination.  After a while some auto driver will be condescending enough to do so, but wait he decides the fare. It is usually one and half times what would show up in the meter.

The other day I wanted to go some place, I asked the people at the building where I stay about the fare,  I was told no don’t take a rick, they’ll charge you around 200/- well due to circumstances  I had to take the rick, I to driver “meter lagao” two auto men refused the third  agreed and fare was 95/-Rs. we are resigned  to paying 200/- we avoid taking the auto because we know it is overpriced but we do not stand up for our rights and ask  for the meter.

This seems a pattern, people crib and complain but don’t really do anything constructive about it.  The citizen’s forum at Hyderabad ran an invitation to the public about handling this here were some interesting suggestions.

  • Designated Auto rickshaw bays at theatre’s, bus-stops, railway station, malls, prayer houses.
  • Pre-paid auto facility, organized not by middle men or vendors but by the RTO.
  • Autos without meter should be declared unauthorized. And unauthorized vehicles should not be allowed to ply.
  • Based metering system the app. being released by the RTO.
  • One stop helpline for auto users – how exactly this will function well I’m not sure.
  • GPS based security – again how exactly it works I am not sure.
  • Period education and upgrading of auto drivers. Those who do not go for this will be declared unauthorized.

Implementation of declaring someone unauthorized because he has not gone for a refresher does seem very improbable.

Frequent changes in the fuel hike effects the traveller. While the auto’s hike the price when the fuel prices hike they do not reduce it when it falls. Again each auto driver hikes on his pleasure.

Before we invite “foreign investor” and talk “development” we need to put our house in order. The house includes plebiscite, who is as much the citizen of the country as the person on who zooms by in the two or four wheeler.

Hexagons in spirituality.

Hexagon-Tessellation-pic. courtsey internet
Hexagon-Tessellation-pic. courtsey internet

Like I have already mentioned in my two other blogs, hexagons play a great role in every field of life. here are links to some spiritual aspects of hexagons.

http://www.runehealing.org/runichexagon.htm

http://www.new-territories.com/blog/india1/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/kabbalah-sacred-geometry.pdf

http://www.hexagonalwater.com/

This is part of Hexagon awareness month