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Spirit and Spirituality

It is only when I want to draw some inspiration I inclined towards spirituality and religion. I am a Hindu but it is always the other religions I draw my inspirations from. We have so many religions that it is tough to cherry pick which one would inspire me today. No religion offers bad teachings, however due to some disturbing elements in society Islam has been looked with distrustful eyes. At times, a dimension of Islam that is Sufism has brought solace and inner peace to me so, I have all good things to say about this religion. It is not Islam which is inspiring me today but Buddhism. I have to admit that I am sort of biased towards this particular religion and I have no specific answer to that. Umm. may be I do. The whole protocol of this religion inspires me in a way that I start feeling disassociated with the materialistic life (that’s a different thing that I rebound to same materialism once I’m overfilled with spirituality). I have been fortunate enough to visit many (like really many) Buddhist Monasteries in India and abroad, some even too difficult to reach!! but I don’t get bored of them. I don’t see them as temples or tourist sites but for me they are more of places I look to relight myself.  India being an ally of Tibet is quite influenced by Buddhist culture so it’s not tough to find a Buddhist Monastery.  From the time I have started visiting them , the enchanting aura of the Buddhist temples, the monks in red-orange robes, the perfumed incense sticks, huge idols of Buddha, the Golden etched pillars and lots of open space for meditation has always called me back again and again. I have been to so many Monasteries that the whole scene is like engraved on my mind.

Last Christmas, I went to the Monastery in Mcleodganj also called as ‘Little Lhasa’ as it is an official residence of Dalai Lama. And the moment you enter the temple you are filled with the tranquility. I just sat there for two hours and meditated (only I didn’t levitate). I like the Buddhist idea of praying or remembering God in utter silence unlike other religions where there is not much quiescence you’ll find in a public place, even in my religion, we celebrate God with more music and dance, it’s a more grand affair. However, Buddhism teaches you that the God is nowhere but inside you so shut up and listen to your inner self (atleast for some time).

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It’s my time to just sit back, put some Buddhist chants on my phone and let the images of it flow in my mind.

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Our Musical Lives…

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Music is not only a gift but a savior to our oscillating troublesome lives. Thanks to all those artists who have created music that fits aptly for all moods and congratulations to all the music lovers, we now have applications to listen songs depending on our moods. Zillions of songs (I hate to call them “Numbers”) have been composed so far and it is certainly not possible for one soul to listen all of them in one life. I’m sure each one of us has their own playlists where we seek solace. There are songs that define us ditto and some you feel are made for you, for me it is She’s got a way about her by Billy Joel. And then there are songs that brings exact emotions at times, for example if I am watching a movie or reading a book on Jewish catastrophe by Nazis’, In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley, fits best in my mood or may be Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley on Black resistance.  

I like to kick-start my day with an exuberant song like New Day by Alicia Keys, but my spirit sobers down by the evening and makes me listen a sombre song like Shaam Tanha (a hindi song) by Agnee. When I’m hitting the road, I am listening to On the Road Again by Willie Nelson. After whole day toiling, I need something such as A Good Day to Run by Darryl Worley to inspire myself on the treadmill and the feeling continues till late night when I end up with We are Young by Fun.

This is my best part, songs for every weather conditions (so they never leave you alone) a rainy day song has to be Raindrops keep falling on my head by B J Thomas or Rainy Days and Mondays by Carpenters; a wintry song California Dreaming by The Mamas and The Papas, a peppy Summer in the City by the Lovin’ Spoonful for summers. This makes me think I haven’t come across any brilliant autumn song as of yet. Do let me know if you have one.  

Relationship songs, now there are like infinite number of them but only quite a few stays in your heart, classic like Casablanca by Bertie Higgins, or a new world song Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum. We also have quite nice break-up songs, the recent famous Somebody I used to know by Gotye and my all-time favorite You’re so Vain by Carly Simon. Certain songs are made in heaven (figuratively); they fill you with tranquility and high degree of spirituality such as Lazarus by Porcupine Tree. I can listen to this song over and over. And then stress-buster songs that soothe you and brings smile like none other than Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bob Marley.

So you see how music revolves and intricate our lives. Without it, I imagine this world be just like the movie Equilibrium. I’m thus grateful to all these music pieces that have consoled me at some point of my life.

Keep listening. Keep humming.