Why Not

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Two little words.

Why not ?

They changed my perspective of life.
Taught me to accept life in all it’s flavours.
The positive and the negative.
The here and now.
And to go with the flow.

A remembrance of a long ago exchange….
The duet of one I had with Swami.
So gentle were the teachings.
Like dew falling upon a rosebud.

Friend Francis Bennet, put up this two word post the other day.

“ Pour quoi pas?
Why not? ”

Giving an explanation he said :

The founder of the monastic community I was in recently used to always say this with a big smile and hands raised in a shrug!


These two beautiful words. Many years ago, as I sat in quiet and silence, for darshan, Swami came out and tears just started pouring in an uncontrollable stream. I asked him within my heart, " Swami, you shower me with so much grace and this love divine, I don't even feel I deserve it...have never done any sadhana, nor prayer, nor the rigorous practices I see all these people around me doing, why me......" And just as quietly , with a smile, he answered, within my heart, "WHY NOT?"

Much later I understood. "Why me ?" is a state of feeling separate from the whole, from the flow of life, whatever that is at that point. I was at a juncture in my life where I felt nothing good could ever happen. Conversely there are people, who feel nothing negative can ever happen to them , and when it does, they too say "why me ?".... Why not?? This is life happening...anything and everything is possible...!!!

A comment :

Michel Sauve': The "why not" in context with not trying to argue with the here now!

So aptly put.
To be able to accept life in totality….
As it’s happening…
No matter what….
Two sides of the same coin….
No quarrel with whatever shows up…
In life, in me…

Why not…???

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Kyon nahin?!


I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Fri, 05/17/2013 - 05:38
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One with life

Thank you, Asanga.

Swami's gentle way of bringing me back into the world that I was running away from, finding it too unbearable.
Awakening to reality happens in a flash, where the "I", falls away, and one melts into the expansive, all encompassing ocean.

Then starts the journey of relating afresh with life,co-existing of the wave and the ocean, never two, never separate, the relationship of oneself with oneself.

Accepting all the varied hues of life...

One with life....

Yeh zehan mein utar jaati hai....

{ This settling into the heart }


MAI | Fri, 05/17/2013 - 05:56
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which swami was it?

which swami was it?

happy together | Tue, 05/21/2013 - 23:19
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Sri Sathya Sai

Dear happy together,
I refer to Sathya Sai, as Swami.
At his feet I received immense grace.
Externally, there would be the exchange of a piercing look or a gentle smile...his constant guidance within and the immense bhakti, and love I felt, which then spontaneously unfolded the gyana within.
The guru worked mysteriously, within and without...and whatever I needed to know or understand at that moment would unfold spontaneously, as gentle as a bud opening and unfolding, as in the above post.


MAI | Wed, 05/22/2013 - 02:21
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swa, meaning The Self
Ami, meaning the Amness, the Beingness


MAI | Wed, 05/22/2013 - 02:40