Open – Chirag Patel

Open – Chirag Patel

Hugged by womb of darkness,
With gentle flow of words in melody,
Dumb-found directions witnessing,
Iota of existence started journey
towards non-duality!

Swollen red lips playing tag,
Tip of tits bloomed with beats,
Thirst of impatient body
Exploded like waves of
bees enjoying nectar!

In the midst of boat thumping,
With wand moving to meet navel,
Opened petals of lotus
With juice of life which
Allured whole cosmos in union!

Slowly rising splash of joy,
Listening to floating music of non-dual,
“Lamp” and “Light” hid existence
In the heart of time and
Lost selves!

Love Story – Chirag Patel

Love story – Chirag Patel

Into unsatisfied fireplace of time,
Letting self sacrifice is Love!
With hurricane of life,
Letting wishes go is Love!
Into mirage of happiness,
Letting lust drown is Love!
Into thunder of departing,
Letting loneliness break is Love!

With infinitesimal moments of union,
To bloom as Rose is Love!
With dew drops of delicate touch,
To flood heart is Love!
With sweet beacons of eyes,
To calm thoughts is Love!
With two dear words,
To live story of life is Love!

With continuous destruction of lamp,
To remove darkness of world with light
Is Love …

My Dream – Chirag Patel

My Dream – Chirag Patel

I keep searching for you
In every moment of my life,
And try to gather torn pieces of my existence.

I breathe
And you float
Nourishing all of my cells.

I satisfy my thirst
And you swim
Enriching all of my body parts.

I eat food
And you form
Strengthening all of my muscles.

I reflect
And you ring
Enlightening all dark corners of my mind.

I look deep in heart
And you brighten
Creating my soul.

I fall in love
And you dance
Materializing every atom.

Moon Yearns – Chirag Patel

Moon Yearns – Chirag Patel

O Moon,
I am thirsty of
Velvet rays dropping from
Your silken body.

On full moon night,
I drank like mad
As one thirsty of ages.

Filled with elixir
Of moments
When we were together
I cherished dark nights.

Pouring rain
Volcanic hot days
Shivering nights
Frightening tornadoes
Wild sands
Strange forests
I waited for you everywhere.

O Moon,
You exist thru me
You transforms my evil look
You converts my roars into whispers
You cools down my heat
We play hide-n-seek as I run

I am you, O Moon.
I am sun and you are my moon
Like lamp and its light.

Bhagavatam 1 – Chirag Patel

Bhagavatam Booklet 1 – Chirag Patel

 

1-1-1

 

janmaadyasya yatoanvayaaditaratashchvaartheshhvabhijnah svaraaT |

tene brahma hryudaa ya aadikavaye muhyanti yatsoorayah ||

tejo vaarimrudaam yathaa vinimayo yatra trisargoamrushhaa |

dhaamnaa svena sadaa nirastakuhakam satyam param dheemahi ||

 

Meaning:

 

One who taught the vedas which confuses learned scholars to brahmaa; One who creates, retains and destroys this world; One who knows everything and who is knowledge; such is God whom we meditate. Like mirage is seen thru’ sun rays, still water is seen as glass, or glass is seen as water – are all illusions but truth; similarly this world created by One with three guNas – sattva, rajas, tamas is illusion and seen as truth. Also, whose grace removes treachery of  maayaa that is ignorance; One who is present as truth in all three states (creation, retention, destruction) and in all three times (past, present, future); we meditate upon such God.

 

[These very first shlokas mention three states of existence – creation, retention, destruction. It talks about some physical phenomena – mirage and glass. At that time, such observations and terms were in use. God is a concept which does not have physical or any other type of existence. If God exists, God is subject to creation and destruction. The entity which is subject to existence cannot be ever present or cannot be the source of all. The goal of bhagavatam is thus set to find this eternal truth.]

 

When vyaasa were thinking of future generations, he guessed that in kaliyuga, humans would be short lived, feeble, non-believers and lifeless. So, he divided veda into four divisions. Then, he created mahaabhaarata. He was still agitated internally. One day naarada visited him and asked him to write a book which would describe krushNa‘s glory in detail.

 

This whole world is naaraayaNa and every soul is also naaraayaNa.

 

1-5-37 vaasudeva gaayatree mantra given to naarada by sages:

 

namo bhagavate tubhyam vaasudevaaya dheemahi |

pradyumnaayaaniruddhaaya namah sankarshhaNaayacha ||

 

Meaning:

 

I bow to and meditate upon God as vaasudeva, pradyumna, aniruddha, sankarshhaNa.

 

[These 4 forms of God are grouped as shreevigraha. krushNa or vaasudeva was son of vasudeva. pradyumna and  aniruddha were krushNa‘s sons. balaraama or sankarshhaNa was krushNa‘s brother. sankarshhaNa is considered a form of ahamkaara (self indulgence) to meditate upon, aniruddha is for mind, pradyumna is for intellect and vaasudeva is for consciousness.]

 

When karmas are offered to God, they do not bind to samsaara (worldly deeds and attachments).

 

Root cause of every sorrow is mind.

 

There are seven notes – shhaDaj, rushhabh, gaandhaar, madhyam, pancham, dhaivat, nishhaad.

 

bhakti (devotion) brings peace to mind and soul effortlessly.

 

bhaagavata avasthaa is the state when one forgets self (and soul) while remembering brahman such as saakara (sugar stone) melts into milk and becomes milk.

 

[People at that time had sugar stones made by lumping melted sugar of canes.]

 

keertana (singing songs in praise of God) detaches one from world and brings to God.

 

In kaliyuga, praying God’s form brings faster results.

 

[Praying God in any form is fine. God is above any form. So, any form that one can have the highest regards is the one to devote to.]

 

vyaasa sat in meditation in his aashrama (specially built huts) named shamyaapraasa at the bank of river sarasvati. He realized God and maayaa and found the truth behind naarada‘s words on bhaagavatam.

 

vyaasa selected following two shlokas and asked his disciples to keep chanting around son shuka to bring him back to learn bhagavatam. They are:

 

3-2-23

 

aho bakee yam stanakaalakooTam jighaansayaapaayayadapyasaadhvee |

lebhe gatim dhaatryuchitaantatoanyam kam vaa dayaalum sharaNam vrajema ||

 

Meaning:

 

Alas, how shall I take shelter of one more merciful than One who granted the position of mother to a pootanaa (she-demon) although she was unfaithful and she prepared deadly poison to be sucked from her breast?

 

10-21-5

 

barhaapeeDam naTavaravapuhu karNayo karNikaaram

bibhradvaasaha kanakakapisham vaijayanteem cha maalaam |

randhraanveNoradharasudhayaa poorayan gopavrundai –

rvrundaaraNyam svapadaramaNam praavishad – geetakeertihi ||

 

Meaning:

 

shreekrushNa had dress like the best actor, he had crown with peacock feather, he had two karNikaar flowers (kanak champaa or bayur tree or dinner plate tree or muchookund) in ears, he wore peetaambara (loin cloth) with golden yellow color, he had vaijayantee (grass seeds found in present day Uttar Pradesh state in India or panya grass seeds or white bead seeds) garland around neck. He was filling flute holes with nectar from his lower lip and gopas (cow herders) were chanting his praise. Such shreekrushNa entered beautiful vrundaavana (region in present day Uttar Pradesh) and started playing flute.

 

History of Bhagavatam – Chirag Patel

History of Shrimad Bhagavatam – Chirag Patel

 

naimishhaaraNya (present day Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh State of India) was the forest where rushi (sage) shaunaka asked narrator suta of bhagavata. It was on the bank of river gomati. There were some 88,000 rushis gathered there.

 

vyasa rushi wrote bhagavata which is one of 18 major puranas. His son shuka narrated bhagavata to raja (king) parikshita. Afterwards, shuka lived on one bank of river narmada (present state of Gujarat in India) and vyasa lived on the other bank.

 

There are total 18,000 shlokas (stanza) in bhagavata. The whole book is written as poem. It is divided into 12 skandhas (booklets). Every booklet has adhyaayas (chapters) with many shlokas. There are various chhandas (meters) – more than 35, used in this book. Some chhandas used : shaardoolavikreeDita (first 1-1-1 and last 12-13-19), vasantatilakaa, mandaakraantaa, lalita, aaryaa, narkuTam, anushhTupa, indravajra, upendravajra, vanshastha, svaagataa, pramaaNika, shaalinee, staaviNee, ruchiraa, mattamayoora etc.

 

There are 84 stutis (praises) in the book. There are many upadeshas (teachings) in the book. Some important ones : kapila to mother devahuti (booklet 3), sanatkumaaras’ (booklet 4), rushabhadeva’s and jadabharata‘s (booklet 5), jiva‘s to king chitraketu (booklet 6),  hiraNyakashipu to family members and prahlaada to friends (booklet 7), krushNa to devotee uddhava (booklet 11). Lord krushNa‘s teachings to his friend and devotee uddhava is the best of all.

 

satyam param dheemahi – we meditate upon the utmost truth. This is in the very first shloka and in the last shloka of bhagavata. The goal of bhagavata is to find the truth.

 

Let us begin our journey in search of that eternal truth.

Preface to Bhagavatam – Chirag Patel

Preface to Bhagavatam – Chirag Patel

Namaste!

I was reading The Grand Design by respected Mr Stephen Hawking. He was suggesting that in olden times, philosophy was basis of scientific discoveries. But, in modern times, philosophy has stopped contributing and aligning with scientific discoveries. For recent centuries, philosophy has evolved into theoretical realms. Philosophy is no longer influential force on human life.

Indian scriptures and philosophy is still in practice in modern India and in Indians across the world. People still follow ancient doctrines today unlike the then contemporary cultures (if there ever were). That means those principles and philosophies are as relevant today as they were in ancient times. So, there is some eternal aspect in these philosophies.

There are many commentaries written on Indian philosophical scriptures. This is my attempt to evaluate ancient mind with modern approach. I would like to attempt philosophical avenues of ancient mind into practical life today.

This is the first book in a series of books on the subject. What is better than Shrimad Bhagavatam to begin with! This book has influenced numerous people over millennia. This is my tribute to universal mind. The original text is written in ancient language Sanskrut(Sanskrit). I have made attempt to translate typical words into English to the most truthful manner per my capacity.

I dedicate this series to all who touched me in this life, in previous lives and next lives if any.

May eternal truth flow thru everyone’s mind to ignite yearning so that all experience the one and the truth!

INRANGE – Chirag Patel Aug 22, 2000

INRANGE – Chirag Patel Aug 22, 2000

In this beautiful place, all we unite and work.
Nightingales chirp here near Mount Laurel.
Road is full of rocks yet inspires to be supreme.
Actions, like water, flow through these rocks.
Nothingness gets realistic foundation mass here.
Ground of hopes and land of attainments, this;
Establishes in our hearts, inveterate relation, truly.

અંતર પ્રવાસ – ચિરાગ પટેલ Journey to the center of “I” – Chirag Patel December 28, 2011

અંતર પ્રવાસ – ચિરાગ પટેલ ડીસેમ્બર ૨૮, ૨૦૧૧

હૃદયના કોઈ કોણે વિચારોને અંકુરિત કરી,
ક્યારેક હું નીકળી પડ્યો એકલતા ઓઢી.

આ ધરતી, આ નદી, આ પહાડ, આ વનરાજી,
આ આકાશ, આ અલ્લડ પવન; પ્રશ્નો પૂછે મને.
હું નથી મારામાં અને નથી આ વિશ્વમાં ક્યાંય,
તો કોણ, કેવું અને ક્યારથી અહી પડઘાતું?

આ સૂરજ, આ ચાંદો, આ તારકવૃંદ, આ નિહારિકા,
આ નક્ષત્ર; જોઈ રહેતા મને વિસ્ફારિત નયને.
નથી કોઈ મારું અને નથી હું કોઈનો,
તો શીદને આ સૃષ્ટિમાં હું અમથો ઉગ્યો?

આ ગ્રંથભંડાર, આ અર્થવિસ્તાર, આ જપ-તપ,
આ ધ્યાન; ઢંઢોળીને મારા ઘેનને હચમચાવતા.
નથી કશાયનો અંત અને નથી કોઈ શરૂઆત,
તો કેમ રહું લીન હું મારા અંતર પ્રવાસમાં?
એક દિવસ અચાનક તું આવી મળી સૂનકારમાં,
પ્રિયા, પ્રકાશ ઉમટ્યો દશે દિશાનો અને હું ગૂમ.
દેખાઈ માત્ર તું, પ્રેમ મગ્ન, ભક્તિ લીન, વ્હાલી,
અને ઘનીભૂત ઈશ્વર તારા પડછાયામાં સાકાર.

મારું વિશ્વ મને મળી ગયું, સમજાઈ ગયું સઘળું,
તું છે તો હું છું અને હું છું તો તું છે ચોક્કસ.
આપણે છીએ તો છે આ વિશ્વ અને છે ઈશ્વર,
અને તો જ છે આ ખેલ બધા ભાત-ભાતના.
દોરીસંચાર એનો જ બધો અને આપણે રમકડાં,
કોઈ વાર દોરી આપણે ખેચી પણ રાખીએ,
અને કોઈ વાર આપી દઈએ ઢીલ.
સમજાય છે મને હવે દ્વૈત અને અદ્વૈત,
વળી, વિશિષ્ટાદ્વૈત પણ પીછાણ્યું મેં એમા.
તારો પ્રેમ, તારી ભક્તિ, તારો વિશ્વાસ,
તારો સાથ; પછી શાથી રહું હું અધૂરો?

Journey to the center of “I” – Chirag Patel December 28, 2011

At unknown time, started my journey wearing solitude
With some thoughts sprung from some corner of heart.

This soil, this river, this hill, this vegetation, this sky,
This breeze; kept asking me.
I am not within and I am not outside in this world.
Who else was echoing here then? How long? Why?

This sun, this moon, this galaxy, these nebulae,
These constellations; kept looking at me puzzled.
Nobody is mine and I am for nobody.
Why did I rise in this world unnecessarily then?

These books, this outstretching of words, this penance,
This meditation; kept shaking my sleep.
There is no end and there is no beginning.
Why did I start journey towards inner self then?

All of a sudden, you came to this vacuum one day.
Sweetheart, dazzling light filled all directions and I disappeared.
Only you were seen, love bound, devotional, adorable;
And God materialized in your shadow.

I found my world, I knew everything then.
I exist if you do and you exist if I do for sure.
If we exist, this world does and so does God.
And hence, this play with myriad hues exists.
That is what controls everything and puppets are we.
Sometimes, we pull the strings;
And sometimes, we let them loose.

Now, I know duality, non-duality and special duality.

Your love, your devotion, your faith, your company,
For me; how would I be incomplete then?

Grow like a flower forever

Grow like a flower forever – Chirag Patel

Take care of your health. Yes. Why not. But, how?

Some simple tips:
1. Eat whenever you want to (I am not kidding).
2. Eat whatever you like (Have I gone mad?).
3. Eat enjoying every bite and chew as many times as you can (now, you are talking).
4. Stop eating when your stomach says you are full (sure, you are not fool).
5. Do light aerobics for 15 minutes everyday.
6. Take as much slow and as much deep as possible breaths, atleast 5 such breathes everyday.

And, enjoy your healthy life.