Wisdom I’ve gained this day:
Your first responsibility is to try and be open and vulnerable to yourself. Admit any aspects of shame, fear, anger/anguish, etc. you are carrying around. Explore ‘weaknesses’, don’t hide from them. Connect to everything about your self.
That’s when true, integrated strength, a sense of purpose and connectedness begin to emerge. You begin to ‘flow’ in the world again.
Start exploring the interior landscape. The rewards are myriad!
Did you know that blood smells of rust?
That our starburst mangled bodies die to awaken?
That in all the liminal space of time—
Truths unfold in ontological puzzlement,
Amazed at their own impertinence?
For what is anything amid infinity?
And where’s the space for infinity in our small is?
The renderings of visions wild,
All these data streams of forever dreams—
Will we ever truly reconfigure?
There is a silent, screaming, streaming smile—
There is a thunderous rapture building—
Just out of reach.
Walk into the whirlwind—
It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? Started as a way to feel creative, like me again, Light Under Shadow was originally called ‘From Deep Under The Shadows’; exactly what I felt like, that I was hidden somewhere in shadow.
From tentative beginnings to finding validation for being all that I can be, to this amazing milestone, of a 100 blog posts! It’s been a blessing to be a part of the WordPress blogging community for all these years!
I want to thank you for daily doses of inspiration and soulfulness and for the amazing support you have shown this whimsical little blog of mine.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane with a recap of a few noteworthy posts:
3 Most Visited:
3 Most ‘Liked’
3 Most Commented:
A Few Personal Favorites:
I hope to see you here for the next hundred posts! 🙂
Poetry lives in all of us…
How do you know what takes root?
Know that you can be absolutely rich, absolutely happy without any money at all!
For in you, in me, lie the seeds of all art, all science, all thought, all craft.
But sometimes you must love, grieve, laugh and cry – live – before you can create.
Be patient, listen…
A little feather came to be my teacher one day. It came to my window and said to me, look! I came to tell you a story, a story about me and you —
I am fragile but I am beautiful! And I am strong.
I persevere even when the wind is harsh and wants to carry me off with it.
But I hold on! So can you…
This video is for all of us who hold on!
Who sends the mind to wander afar? Who first drives life to start on its journey? Who impels us to utter these words? Who is the Spirit behind the eye and the ear?
– Kena Upanishad
(Translation : Juan Mascaro)
We were once all one.
Swirling embraced in a space infinitely small.
Then we separated into galaxies.
And now on this earth—
We have become ‘other’.
Why is that?
Durga Puja in Kolkata
Green open spaces
These are my talismans. They make my life rich and full of meaning. If I hold them close, I smile…
What are your talismans?
Everyday, the sky lights-up some new delight for me.
The halo of the dawn
The bright sun peeking out from the clouds
At sunset — purple curls of clouds march across a pink-orange festival.
There are entire worlds hidden in sunsets!
What a wonderful teacher the sky is.
Look-up, look out and there it is:
Infinity within reach.
The closer you get to art, the more you open your heart, the more tears gather and fall. You heal and you feel your humanity that much more keenly!
Let’s stop over-editing ourselves to achieve some sort of perfection.
In our life stories, or looks, weight or careers or relationships—
We lose so much in the process!
Cats are perfect.
We are humans, we can’t be perfect.
We don’t need to be.
Humans are uniquely beautiful messes and it’s our absolute right to be that way. Proves that we don’t have to mould ourselves to some robotic template devised by mindlessly moronic alien overlords.
Go on, go out there and celebrate your quirks –
Your not-quite-perfect nose,
Your food fetishes,
Your people issues,
That little (or not so little) bulge over the waistband of your jeans,
Your out of tune rhythm of speaking,
Your signature convoluted sentences,
Your special, non-cliché love story,
Your crooked smile…
Don’t let anyone tell you what to be.
Or how the world is and should be.
Find out for yourself who you are,
Which world you would like to create,
What you like and who you want to be –
That might just be the path to bliss!
Do you agree?
What is the special brand of kookiness you celebrate in yourself?
How do you redefine the world we live in?
Please share in the comments!
Fragments of worlds floated in the void.
There was just one little girl,
Dancing in the ruins.
Blood-red, swung her hands,
Little silver bells in ankle and ear.
A diamond spear, clutched tight.
Light tore in shards
Ether coalesced into nothing;
But there was music – everywhere.
And from the tip.
Of that diamond spear—
Bubbled the ghosts of worlds.
Delighted, that little girl,
Dropped the spear
To catch a bubble.
As soon as she touched,
That one shining bubble—
It became real again. Alive.
This is my preliminary list: (Just a snapshot!)
- The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand (Excellence as a philosophy.)
- Thud – Terry Pratchett (Hope for Peace.)
- Witches Abroad –Terry Pratchett (Pure fun and magic.)
- The Tiffany Aching Series – Terry Pratchett (And all the other Discworld novels.)
- An Equal Music – Vikram Seth (Excellent writing.)
- Red Earth and Pouring Rain – Vikram Chandra
- The GameWorld Trilogy – Samit Basu (Tolkien, Pratchett, and Indian Myth mixed quite well.)
- The Power of Nice – Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval (Good for a jaded soul.)
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho ( Pure Inspiration.)
- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman ( Other books by Gaiman are good as well)
- Hitchhikers Guide Across the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (Too cool!)
- LOTR (Still Great) – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Dark is Rising Series – Susan Cooper
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carre
- Smilies People – John Le Carre
- The Little Drummer Girl – John Le Carre ( Le Carre’s early work is the best!)
- The Bridge Across Forever – Richard Bach
- Illusions – Richard Bach (Bach, is sublime.)
- The World of Suzie Wong – Richard Mason
- Angelique – Sergeanne Golon (Glimpse into a forgotten world)
- The Secret Countess – Eva Ibbotson
- Lirael – Garth Nix (A great series.)
- Hawaii – James A. Michener (What breath of History!)
- Life of Ramakrishna – Romain Rolland (Truly Excellent, a journey for the spirit.)
- The Discovery of India – Jawaharlal Nehru (Insightful)