Poem – Where We Lived


I often visit the
abandoned house
off the beaten track
Its yard
no longer tended
Here
In the forgotten places
Littered with broken shards,
Rotting leaves, gnarled branches,
Entwined vines and
Dried unruly weeds
I follow the scent
Of unseen blossoms
I trace my fingers
On the ancient walls
Moist with night dew and
On which
Memory has turned mossy green
In places
I look through the dusty windows
That reflect nothing
The sadness of which
Speaks to me
Then, as the seasons change,
In the midst of decay
The tree of sorrow blooms
Night after night
Romancing the August moon

 

First published in ‘Collection Of Chaos‘. You can buy the book from any online book vendor.

New Poem – Home


This poem was first published in Peacock Journal   edited by W.F. Lantry and his team. Do browse the journal for some excellent work.

Home

the shadow of the Oak trees
lies heavy on the grass below
no life stirs in the green expanse
that stretches until it meets the sky
with its cargo of clouds

along the distant ridge of hills
dust rises from a winding road
that looks lazily down upon
the slowly moving river
that crosses the land

along that road is our house
the house we loved and shared
until the day we drifted apart
now that lonely house waits
hoping again to become a home

Travel Poem – Memory – 1


This poem is from a set of two travel memory poems first published in Cafe Dissensus Everyday.

 

 

 A window opens through time
scented by Deodars and Pines,
as I lie on the wooden balcony of our cottage
my eyes linger on the shadow stencils
of the Dhauladhars rising beyond the valley,
the leaves murmur as the breeze tugs at them,
the sun, forgetting to set,
filters through the swaying branches
and meanders along forgotten paths,
a twist of smoke rises to meet the sky,
I breathe deeply, eyes closed,
inhale the aromas that we once shared,
the crackling warmth of wood stove,
the tang of our salt-laced bodies
with their steam rising into the stillness
like the echo of dreams haunting this house,
outside my window time advances slowly

Memories : Two Poem


“This Post is being written for THE POETRY CONTEST at blogjunta.com as a part of WOMEN & BLOGGING month” and link it to www.blogjunta.com

 

1.

Scarred, faded
jaded memories
kept alive
because sometimes
forgiveness is not
what we believe in

In the catacomb
of our hearts
they abound

a penance for loving thus..

 

 

2.

We break

and go our own way

but

tattered remnants

of memories

tangled like shreds of cloth

stuck  in barbed wire fence

flutter

with each passing wind of time

 


If only I could ……


The book of life is brief
And once a page is read,
All but love is dead.
That is my belief.

And, yes, I know how loveless life can be.
The shadows follow me, and the night won’t set me free.

The deep voice of Perry Como  floats with the cool early winter morning breeze . It’s been a week now that I have been lying awake gazing at the glow stars on the ceiling of my bedroom, awake and nostalgic.

Memories fill and make my heart heavy and if at all I close my eyes I go back to those beautiful times as a teenage girl. Remembrance of the time spent together exploring places, singing songs , lying under the clear blue sky or just silently holding hands and gazing at each other  comes back to me as a deluge.  We lived in different cities , lived a different life or at least pretended to live and then suddenly you were gone. Just like that.

You sang to me when we found time and the lines  from Perry como’s song ‘For the good times’

” there’ll be time enough for sadness when you leave me ”  haunt me now.

The memory of first love is a bitter-sweet symphony. Now I look back think what all could have happened if only ….

Sitting by the window I watch the colorful dust motes dance in the early winter sun and  think that the only reason we endure the pain is because the only other option is to be alone.  I feel the warm stream of tears roll down my cheeks and press my face against the pillow .  Although it hurts sometimes we still feel something  even if it is only our own two warm arms wrapped around the soft pillow when everyone else is so cold.  Pain that bitter fruit we got to eat for the nourishment it gives.

When sleep begins to heal and mend my heart I feel your presence. Is it because  they say death brings people closer than what they were when alive. I go back in time and tie all the loose ends. I become the child in my Grandma’s home where we found  love.

The little things we did , those stolen moments of sheer ecstasy, love that had many shades but had no name . It all remained unsaid but not unexpressed because many a times one doesn’t need words . Silently the eyes say it all.

We were first cousins after all.

Summer love, stardust and fireflies

The coming together, the brief stay, the parting and then  your death.

Teri Yadd Sath Hai

Last year was tough and now two years later the ebb and flow of pain continues.

If  I could turn back the time

If I could find a way

If I could reach the stars

If …

Supar Brain Yoga Is Indian “Thorpikarnam”


I want to share this article which my friend and sister Dr.Padmini Sharma sent me as a mail attachment. Do take a look at the video and read the article.

When I first saw it I laughed. It was like a punishment kids used to get in schools for not doing their homework or learning their lessons. Maybe the idea was to sharpen their mind. Choa’s Super brain yoga, or “Thoppukaranam”, the reverential practice done by Hindus in front of Lord Ganesha’s temple. A simple devotional action. This practice has been there in India since ages but it is a new discovery by the Americans which has now swept over the world. One feels sad that many of our traditions are being copyrighted by the western world, and the latest is “Thoppukaranam” being copyrighted as “Super Brain Yoga”.

“Thorpi: Karnam ” is thoppukarnam in its corrupted form.

“Thorpi = means with the hands, and “Karnam” = means ears. Hence “Thorpikarnam” means holding the ears with the hands.

Hiduism has always been a scitific religion and many of its religious postures are part of the yogic exercises. Over the last few years, awareness of Indian Culture and the depth of our academic achievements is being recognised. Our knowledge and achievements are far superior than those of any other nation in the worldbut somehow we are not able to imbibe it in your daily life. We do it only only when it comes covered it the western high profile glam covering.

What a shame ..

It is high time that we research the various ancient practices and got a patent for them before the west steals them and brands them as their own.

The technique however has helped me tremendously and now even my teenage boys have started doing it five min. in the morning and five min in the evening. It has helped me to calm down and breath easy.

Here is the copy of the original article for all my readers.

LAW OF CORRESPONDENCE

Dr. Paul Nogier MD, a neurologist, spent 20 years from 1950 to about 1970 doing medical research. He rediscovered that the ears correspond to the whole body. The ear corresponds to an inverted fetus curled in the womb. The ear lobe corresponds to the head [ref: Nogier, Dr. Paul M. F., Handbook to Auriculotherapy, (France, 1981)]. The correspondence of the ear to the whole body was already recognized by the ancient Chinese acupuncturists and also to the great rishis (teachers) in India, who developed a technique to increase people’s intelligence. Now we know it worked because it was based on the principle of ear acupuncture.

THE ENERGY BODY

Clairvoyants, with the use of their psychic faculties, have observed that the physical body is surrounded and interpenetrated by a luminous energy body, which resembles the visible physical body. Clairvoyants call this the etheric double or etheric body. The “energy body” as they called it was first photographed by Russian scientists Semyon Davidovich Kirlian and his wife in 1939. With the aid of Kirlian photography, they observed, studied and photographed small bioplasmic articles* like the “light” or bioplasmic energy of the fingers, leaves, etc. It is through this energy body that prana or vital life energy is absorbed and distributed throughout the whole physical body [ref: Master Choa Kok Sui, Miracles Through Pranic Healing, (Phil, 1987), 5]

Prana or ki is the life energy which nourishes the whole physical body. The visible physical body is molded after the energy body. They are so closely related that what affects one affects the other. Without life energy, the body will die. If the energy body is depleted or congested, the physical body gets sick. When the physical body is healed, the corresponding energy body also gets healed. This may manifest gradually or may happen almost instantaneously if there are no interfering factors. The energy body, through energy centers (also known as chakras) , controls and is responsible for the proper functioning of the whole physical body including its different organs and parts.

Major energy centers are actually major acupuncture points. Energy centers are very important parts of the energy body.
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Based on the research of Dr. Joie P. Jones, Dept. of Radiological Sciences, University of California in Irvine, California: The acupuncture points are made up of 2 parts: an upper part and a lower part. These 2 parts are constantly moving in opposite directions. When the upper part is moving clockwise, the lower part is moving counter clockwise. This motion alternates from clockwise to counter clockwise.

Dr. Jones calls this the “twisting motion” of the acupuncture point. The major acupuncture points in the Indian tradition are called chakras, which means whirling energy centers.

The major energy centers or chakras are just like power stations that supply life energy to major and vital organs of the visible physical body. They are responsible for the proper functioning of the whole physical body as well as its different parts and organs.

A lot of ailments are caused partially by the malfunctioning of the energy centers. Some energy centers are sites or centers for psychic faculties. When activation of certain energy centers occurs, they can even result in the development of certain psychic faculties.

The energy centers may be understood more easily as energy transformers. When energies from the lower energy centers move upward into the higher energy centers, they are transformed into other forms of energies of a much higher frequency. When higher forms of energies from the upper energy centers move down into the lower energy centers, they are transformed into other forms of energies with a much lower frequency.

HOW TO ENERGIZE AND ACTIVATE THE BRAIN

The Superbrain Yoga technique is described in the book. The complete procedure must be practiced as described in the book in order to experience the benefits. This section describes how the energy connections can be produced to energize the brain.

The physical body is a very complicated subtle electronic equipment. When a proper energy wiring connection is made, it produces the right results. When the connection is wrong, expected results are not achieved.

The right ear lobe corresponds to the left brain.
The left ear lobe corresponds to the right brain.

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When the right ear lobe is gently squeezed with the left thumb and left index finger with the thumb outside, it produces the necessary energy connection. This connection causes the left brain and pituitary gland to become energized and activated.

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Similarly, when the left ear lobe is gently squeezed with the right thumb and right index finger with the thumb outside, it produces the necessary energy connection, which causes the right brain and pineal gland to become energized and activated.

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For energizing and activating the Left Brain and the Right Brain, the left arm must be inside, while the right arm must be outside.

The correct arm position is important for energizing and activating the brain.

SUPERBRAIN YOGA®

Superbrain Yoga® transforms or internally alchemizes the energies from the lower energy centers into higher subtler energies. These energies are then utilized by the upper energy centers. When those centers are highly energized, they energize the brain so it can function with greater efficiency and effectivity.

Superbrain Yoga® not only energizes and activates the brain, but also assists in balancing the energies of the heart, throat, ajna, forehead and crown energy centers. (For detailed information on the 11 major energy centers, their location and function please refer to “Miracles Through Pranic Healing” by the same author)

When energies from the basic energy center and sex energy center move up to the heart energy center, they are transformed into inner peace. When the energies go up to the throat energy center and the ajna energy center, they are transformed into greater intelligence and creativity. When they go up to the forehead energy center and crown energy center, they are transformed into a higher degree of spirituality. The lower energies are transformed into subtle energy, which is utilized by the brain to enhance its proper functioning.

This is why some people have experienced stress reduction by practicing the Superbrain Yoga®

Other benefits noted from the practice of Superbrain Yoga® include greater psychological stability and an ability to regulate the sex drive. This is especially helpful for teenagers. Prolonged practice of the Superbrain Yoga® can make the practitioner, in general, smarter and more psychologically balanced.

There are multiple factors that may affect the results of the practice of Superbrain Yoga®. For example:

* Facing the correct direction
* Positioning the arms properly
* Positioning the fingers properly
* Breathing correctly

Results cannot be predicted if these and other procedures given in the book are not strictly followed.

The effect of Superbrain Yoga on people with severe ailments such as cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), severe heart conditions, is unknown. Any form of physical exercises should not be undertaken without first consulting a medical doctor.

Day 9 April PAD CHALLENGE: “Memory”


April PAD Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, I want you write a poem about a memory. The memory can be good or bad. The memory can be a blend of several memories. I suppose it could even be a memory that you’re not sure you remember correctly. Take your time finding a good one (or good ones).

My contribution to the memory prompt.

On Remembering a story by Guy DE Maupassant which haunts me even now.

She

In Memory of Her

I loved her with the
Depth of my heart
Lived on her tenderness, her caresses
Completely wrapped, bound
Absorbed in everything
That came from her
And then she died
After battling the cough and the fever
I nursed her, prayed for her
Spent sleepless nights
Beside her bed
Where she lay
Her body hot as a burning coal
They buried her
Nailed down in the coffin
Six feet under the earth

Her tombstone said:

“Maria, Faithfully She loved, was loved, and died”

Seized with grief, like a madman
I roamed the streets
Of the city at nights

Many a days I wandered
Aimlessly from one city to another
Her memory burning into my heart

Everything in the house we shared
Contained her
As if possessed by her

I went to the graveyard
Groping through the dark
Among the graves, feeling
the stones, the crosses the railings

I finally saw the marble grave
Surrounded by the violets
And then I saw her too
An apparition in white
She picked a stone and
Scratched the engraved words
Wrote something and
Melted into the thin air soon after

I ran, my heart pounding in my chest
And read in the brilliant moonlight

“Here lies Maria who went into the rainy night
Deceived her lover and died”.

The memory haunts.