All religions have from time to time produced great men, prophets, saints, seers and mystics whom we have venerated and worshipped. All of them have come with messages for us and these messages all have commonalities and whatever path we choose to take, in the end all paths are not dissimilar and lead us to the same Truth.
Essays and ReflectionsIn this, my older prose, you will see the passion with which I write and the articles that formed the basis of Imagine and my Poetry
Leter on Harmony
India in 2005
When I first started to expand my thoughts
Fictionalized Furure (The YM Mandate)
Thoughts on Quality in Religion - rtying to integrate the static (dogman) from the dynamic (individual)
Fictionalized Furure (The YM Charter)
The author appeals to God to give man the understanding that all paths lead to him. Let man embrace his brethren, accepting his limitations as he has his, and walk together towards a world filled with love and peace with the understanding that all paths lead to the one same God.
Random jottings on a New Age and the thoughts it inspires
Truth Alone Triumphs
Who is God? He is the all loving all-pervading spirit who watches over us and is there in our sad and happy moments. At times we feel abandoned by Him when we really do not understand and accept life with all its ups and downs. In this transient world let's accept and embrace change, let's evolve bearing in mind that his Divine Spark is within each of us in body, mind and spirit.
Religion is the one area where we clash rather aggressively and furiously with our fellow beings. We are taught to believe that only our faith is right and that all others are wrong or flawed. We are all but swimmers in this vast ocean of spirituality, learning to dive, standing on the diving board, yet reluctant to take the plunge lest our faith and beliefs be ridiculed and condemned. The author implores us to take the plunge and face the future - one which stands for Liberty Brotherhood and Harmony - so let's help create an orchestra out of this battlefield is his plea to mankind.
Here the author ruefully examines the causes for man's failure to be happy viz. bad examples, past hurts, our complexes, our fixation on wealth and power and of course stress. All these trivial pursuits rob us of a rich and contented life. There is still hope for mankind to recover from these maladies of division and dissimilarities and establish a "religion of love" where we can love and live as brothers and sisters.
REG - Written for a woman I wanted to marry and couldnt because too many notions got in the way.
Written for John's wedding in 2011, this remains my standard wish for any couple and forms a part of other writings like Valima and Fray
Why do we have to be so brittle with our religions and ideologies? Lets be more tolerant and loving esp towards ourselves.
Imploring the reader to love him/herself as I beg myself the same
Musings Interrupted (thoughts on the way to Pondicherry in 2013 - spiritual pilgrimage)
On the rebound from love and questioning everything.
Short essay on Islam (not Atheism) as inspired by my own teacher.
"What makes a writer tick" - All my sources of Inspiration over the years
Notes for HCLC in Bellevue and read over 2 Sundays - this includes Cliff Rihcard's Sing a Song and Kansas' Wall
Written in America, a CURATOR imploring Authors to make their more profound works free
Naazesh - At a cousins wedding - a reading out of Gratitude mixed with a few other thoughts and quotes.
Random trip on love and caring for our fellow human.
Fictionalized Romance where it takes a couple a whole year of bonding before igniting the sexual spark.
A plea not to judge other on religious grounds, but to let a true spirit of harmony reign
128 atributes of the Divine - Mahakala and Mahashakti (Lords of Time)
Planned selection of prayers and my own "Harmony" prayer - unspoken at Hussain Day, Bangalore
Puja - Few thoughts on romance and partners, ends with a note to my cousin on her wedding day.
Thoughts on death - for the Jim Reeves song
3 separate essays for 3 people (at the hospital)
Another random trip on a day at the hospital
Imran's personal affirmation in 2017
The 3 types of expectation (essay written at Veena's request)
A plea to everyone strive to be deemed good enough
Written for Edlusion, my former employer, this underscores the need for inpired teaching - seeing it as a calling rather than yet another profession.
Kinda cryptic love note, this one inspired by "Will and Lyra" in Philip Pullman's Dark Materials
Written for Edlusion, my former employer, this talks of the Intangibles in Teaching Frameworks.
The YM Join Us Video of 2018
Short appeal to people not to be indifferent to each other's pain.
Long message to students about "never losing that fire" and making life spectacular.
Some random trip on "Devalaya" - the Abode of the Gods
Imran's message / video of Independance Day 2018
For a friend when her cousin got married - a mix of various essays and prayers for partners.
A short prayer as we "undertake to manifest our very Heaven on Earth".
A barrage of questions based on characters of the book of Richard Bach ie: Curious Lives
Messages on Independance day and 2020 Eid
In anger at the state of oligarchy and of our complaisance.
Wondering what a world of AI military robots could do to us - posing them a few rhetoric questions.
Wondeing the purpose of fantasy as we expose our children to it all.