All posts by Bhavani Ramani

Hi Everyone! To give you all an update about myself: A Palakkad Iyer hailing from Kerala in India, I lived in a bicultural environment of Tamilians(Tamil Naidu, a state in India)and Malayalis(Kerala, a state in India) till 21 years when I got married and moved to North India with my husband. I am a trained Post Graduate in English, and I worked for almost 25 years teaching and imparting training in English language skills till 2012, when I signed off. Since then, , I have been a homemaker only. I love taking care of my home and family, and, serve society, whenever I can, and in whatever way I can, as health and wealth permit, though heart wants to do more and more, for the multitudes of the less fortunate in my country, as, ‘charity begins at home’. Now, a miraculous transformation for the better, for me and for all who are my near and dear ones in my immediate environment. Earlier, till a few years back, I used to be mentally weak and emotionally so vulnerable that I just could not ‘sail through’, ‘wade through’, ‘cut through’ and ‘fly across’ - ‘rough weather’. In such situations, I used to die , it is rightly said – “A brave man dies only once. A coward dies many times”. So was I a coward – I dreaded being scolded, shouted at, teased and ridiculed . I used to live in a make-believe , illusory world of ideal relationships and an ideal, perfect world of only love and peace , and hence could not accept the relationships as they had been. This tacit imbalance that had been for many years, say, from early adolescence till that moment when healing started with Sudarshan Kriya. But, now , a miracle has happened, I am unbelievably strong now, mentally and emotionally – a welcome change for me, and for all who love me and care for my happiness. This has led to marked improvement in my closest and hence the most challenging relationships in life, and in my approach to this world. This has been possible only by the regular practice of Sudarshan Kriya and Meditation, under the canopy of the Art of Living, and, solely by The Grace Infinite of My Beloved Master His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I started writing after a decade’s practice of Sudarshan Kriya when the healing process ‘took off’. And, it continued to flow in torrents of ‘unpremeditated thought’ for a few years, Then my writings became rare, I published almost all of those when I started blogging. Now, again, the Muse of poetry, the thinker, the philosopher, the ‘witness’ or the ‘observer’, ‘The Self’ is waking up after 'a long slumber.'. Dear All! Please don’t hesitate to like and follow it, giving your Email IDs , to get updates on new posts.And, please, don't hesitate to like and follow my blog. If , for you, the credibility of His Grace has to be stamped by visible credentials of this world – say, in terms of name, fame, riches, status, and other worldly connotations for success , you will be disappointed. I am very ordinary, simple, many a time, stupid, and many other time, a bit crazy or eccentric, at least as it seems to appear to many, who are confused and cannot understand me. But I am helpless about one thing. Most of the time, I cannot stop smiling. Very rarely does my smile turn into a frown or a grimace. And, even if it does, it is back where it belongs, in no time. It is ‘ NOW OR NEVER’. I am now secure in the womb of this Moment. I don’t know how long I will be there; I don’t know when I will come out. And it is ‘The Womb of the Mother Divine’, the Mother of all Creation!!!

MY LAST WISH


O dear ones! A last wish that I share with all
For I don’t know when the last moment will come to leave this body
I don’t know if it will be too sudden to give me time for even this
So here goes !


May I be bid farewell to by my near and dear ones
The way they would like to do it!
It does not make any difference to me
For I will only look for the love in their hearts
That will light my path to my next destination !


They are wonderful!
And they love me dearly!
And they have made my life a blessing
By their unconditional love and fond care!


I may not hoard these memories when I leave
But will surely carry these vibrations along with me!
For I believe in the quality of life that I live with them
And the number of years don’t matter to me!


HE will take me to HIS ABODE
When the time comes!
When my purpose of taking this body and this lifetime is fulfilled
What else is required?


It is not the wreaths, the garlands, the tears of farewell that I care for
Though it is okay
If others feel good about it!
So they may cremeate my body!


But they need not do last rites and ceremony year after year
For fear that I may believe in these and I may be sad !
I promise them I will be blissful wherever I will be!
For there is nothing else to wish for in this life !
That they could have but have not given me!This goes from my heart and soul!


But my last wish to all my countrymen and all Mankind
That is yet to be shared!
For this can be fulfilled by my near and dear ones
But only with your support!


I surrender this to you but will be happy
With whatever you do and whichever way you do it!
May all that can be of use to mankind of this matter-body
Be used for the same but on one condition alone!


If my body gets infected with any virus or disease
And if it remains a grey area about the risk of my brethren getting infected
If it is cremated near a residential area
Please may this not be done!


For I don’t ever think of
Or done harm to anyone while I am alive
I would not like to do that after death!
Of course it is my right to be cremeated !
But my rights end where
others’ start!
This is all about it!


I hope and pray to the Almighty
And to the Lawmakers across the globe
That every human being be given the right
To be sent off from this planet in the way he or she deserves!Be he or she a doctor a nurse or a Healthcare professional,
Or be it anyone else!


I hope and pray
That the Highest Court of Law
And the Human Courts of Law
Uphold and protect this right of every human being!


For, most of us lose our rationale
When we have baseless fears and inhibitions

When it comes to risk of life for us And for all we love in a selfish way Which is quite natural!
But it leaves scope for a shift!

From exclusive rights of each and responsibility of all
To all-inclusive rights and responsibilities!
May the Almighty and the Lawmakers across the globe address loopholes if any
In protecting Human Rights!
Especially when we have to face unprecedented crises
That can be highly contagious !


A line needs to be drawn by Law
Between what is the sure empirical fact
And what is mere baseless fear and panic!
May not sensitivity rule out sense
And may not man be driven by emotion alone!


To be blind to what is good for the majority!
And may punishment for harm done to anyone
By anyone driiven by irrational acts of violence To the living or to the dead
Be stopped at all costs !
To maintain peace and sanity
And to stay united as ONE!
Lokaa samasthaa sukhino bhavanthu!

(You may tend to think that I am infected with some deadly virus or I fear of being so and am dying soon! First of all there is no fear of death for me for it is the simplest truth and the most natural.I don’t believe in death as death!

And secondly I know that nothing.. no disease.. no virus ..can take me away without My Master’s permission.
And if you think I am sad and that Iove death more than life, you are mistaken. I am very peaceful and blissful and I celebrate Life and will continue to do so even when I leave this body .
I may live for another 100 years and still celebrate life or I may die the next moment and continue to celebrate! )

VANDE GURU PARAMPARAAM

At this point of time in my life and in the current scenario, I cannot but be ineffably grateful to all the Gurus..all our spiritual Masters who have invoked their entire spiritual Power Within and are spreading powerful vibes all around to defend us .

I prostrate before all those greatest Masters down the line from Sri Ramana Maharishi Ashram, Sri Ramakrishna Mission,The Adi Shankara Mutt, Swamy Chinmayanand Mission, the ISHA Foundation, the Sahaj Marg, the Brahmakumaris, Maa Aanamdmayi Ashram, the ISCON and many such that I may not know about, whose pioneers are leading millions across the world in collective prayers for the world!

At the core of my BEING, I know no language of Divinity ‘ within ‘ vis-a-vis country, religion , Name and Form. But I can connect to any Name and Form and see all as ONE through the vibes that my friend devotees of different Forms and Names give me and others around and the human values that they uphold and live ‘walking the talk’!
And do I pay my respects and kneel down in gratitude before the Pope and all the churches, all those praying to Allah, all those of the Guru Pant, the Dalai Lama and all Buddhist Missionaries, and many more who, from their homes, are offering individual and collective prayers from the temples, churches, mosques and gurdwaras of their hearts for these testing times to pass by and for all humanity to get back to the tempo of life with renewed enthusiasm, to a detoxified and purified atmosphere ‘within’ and ‘without’
of our planet, and with reawakened human values to live in bias-free togetherness!

Last of all, I prostrate before My Master His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of The Art of Living who, along with all as above, is leading millions across the globe through meditation and spiritual practices.

We are able to face this grave situation with strength of mind and unshakable FAITH because of you all!

Our planet is still God’s own land because of YOU all guiding us, leading us by your wisdom.

Prostrations !

WHAT THE WAVE SAID TO THE OCEAN

The wave asked the Ocean
“Why did I rise on you and flow away from you
Carried by the wind and the current it transmits to YOU?
Why did I lash against the shore
Then flow back to merge into you?”
Could I not have been just YOU
I am part of YOU anyway!
But why the name and the form?
For I am not called the Ocean
I am known as the wave
YOU are a VAST EXPANSE OF WATER
I am just a small infinitesimal distuturbance
Caused on YOUR surface
Which rose out of YOU again and again!
And every time I progressed in up-and-down movement towards ‘the shore’
Lashed against it and receded !
Now also I rose up, flowed
And now am flowing back towards YOU!
I want to merge into YOU and never ever rise again as a wave!”
The Ocean replied “Who rose out of me as you?
Who flowed and receded and merged into ME as you?
Where are you and who are you? What are you?
You are no-one! You are nothing! You are nowhere!
I AM EVERYONE AS you. he, she, and all CREATION in different forms and names!
I AM EVERYTHING.. The Sun, The Moon, This planet
The human body with its mind, the breath, the Senses, the intellect, the ego!
All are ME yet I AM MUCH BIGGER THAN THEM!
So drop your wave identity and just be here and now!
You will merge into ME when the time comes
You have no choice !
So also will I decide whether I want to rise as you again! “
The wave heard the Eternal Truth from the Ocean
And now quietly flows by on its predestined course!

BON VOYAGE

Peace may not be that which is experienced in peaceful times
But it is surely that which keeps one strong and stable when everything around is falling into pieces!
Peace is valued most by those we have experienced war, extreme unrest or riot within and without
Peace comes with a price
The price that you buy peace with is nothing other than helping others find peace within
For unless one is peaceful within, one cannot find peace even in heaven!
In fact, the one who is not at peace within spreads only ions of restlessness wherever one goes
And hence one needs to dive deep into the fathomless depths of the SELF to find peace within
And that is not possible for all but for those who are well-equipped for the journey within
And pranayama and meditation surely keeps one afloat and buoyant on ‘the seas’
But Sudarshan Kriya can equip one with the skill to dive into deeper waters
To know more about one’s mind and how it works
So that in course of time one learns to brave the storms and navigate the ship of life
Deftly through unprecedented storms and rough seas!
Bon Voyage ! May you enjoy the thrill of adventure all the way like a ‘seasoned sailor!

AN ACCOLADE TO ALL HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL

A doctor sees the ailing patient
He or she starts the recovery process
By listening to the patient from the heart
To put the patient at ease
This feel-good factor allays the fears of the patient if any
And calms him or her down
And soothes the nervous system
Then he or she inspects the patient and diagnoses the ailment
And prescribes the medicine for the cure
And the medicine works like magic
To cure the patient sooner or later
But if it happens to be graver than that
The doctor prepares the patient

For what he or she may have in store
He or she always assures the latter
Of all that love and care and medicine can do
And gives hope of a miracle cure
That may happen beyond the realm of science and Medicine
Such is the noble profession of doctors
So do I salute all those doctors who ‘walk the talk’
And practise what they swear by
But when the patient is advised to be hospitalized
It is the nurse’s turn for care and cure assisted by his or her attendants
Every nurse who loves his or her profession

Lives it because he or she loves to care for the sick
He or she is an image of ‘The Lady with a lamp’ of love and care
A lamp that has been passed on to her and millions like her
By the Mother of Nursing the Great Florence Nightingale
In the current scenario they are our Godsends
Who treat Covid 19 patients
And put in their best to save lives but at own risk
O Noble saviours of the Medical Profession
We acknowledge your service with heartfelt gratitude
And salute you all !

“Pranayama, Meditation & SUDARSHAN KRIYA are to the mind what ‘FOGG’ is to the body”

I asked my friend “Kya chal raha hai?” He said “Bus, FOGG (popular deodorant/perfume)chal Rahaa hai! Making Lockdown interesting.. Dating my wife ..having candlelight dinner at home! “
That uplifted my sinking spirits and I told him “You lazy bones! If you are acting it out, do it 100%! Have a bath before you put deo or perfume!”

If one has a bath before putting perfume or deodorant, it will stay longer than if one just sprays it on one without having a bath. For, in the case of the latter, the body stink will come back with a vengeance after the perfume wears off.

This is analogous to our experience when we pray and offer worship to our beloved Form of God or to the Formless. When we pray, we experience such joyful, peaceful and positive vibrations within us which naturally spread to the environment to bring similar vibes in others.

But,generally, it stays markedly only during those moments we pray from the core of our being. It may stay for a short time, long, or, longer after that, but, when one returns to the inevitable roles one has to play in one’s life-situations, one’s mind goes back to the same old patterns of thought,word and actions as reactions to the situations created by those of others. (given room for exceptions)
So how to sustain the same state of mind while practically living in this world and still prevent oneself from being ‘afflicted’ by the collective consciousness of equally stressed individuals and afflicting the environment in return?

It is possible! One has to first cleanse one’s mind of all muck collected unawares through the ego matter-body that clouds the intellect and putrefies the feelings, emotions and thoughts that cloud the vision to such an extent that one starts seeing everything with ‘coloured lenses’. Relationships start rotting at least in the mind, greatest friends or/and closest relatives turn greatest enemies overnight ,criminal and suicidal thoughts words and actions follow!

One cannot work on one’s mind and change it oneself like how one works on one’s body by workouts at the gym etc and makes it strong and healthy.

But when one becomes attentive to the effect the different feelings and emotions have on one’s state of mind, one realizes that that one can change the breathing pattern and consequently bring a corresponding positive response from the body and the entire nervous system to ultimately affect one’s physical well-being. Psychosomatic?

Now is there a way to control this? We cannot directly control this by using our intellect. But we can learn to work through conscious breathing to change the state of mind and hence feelings, emotions and thoughts !

This can be done by regular practice of pranayama and meditation, and markedly, Sudarshan Kriya, the wonder of wonders technique that, over a period of time, can bring such a wonderful change in the way one reacts to situations and stress in life that it keeps one healthier than otherwise one would have been in body and mind!
This is indispensable for every individual for his or her own sake and so for the sake of a healthy society. .. the earlier one learns and starts doing this practice,the better. For one saves not only one’s body and mind from illness but saves the collective environment from pollution by negative vibes which can bring equal degree of devastation or may be even more than viruses and bacteria!
It is my belief that a healthy powerful collective consciousness can wage a strong defensive battle and ultimate win over any virus with as less harm as possible to mankind !