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Happy 17th Anish


This may perhaps be over the top cheesy….fair warning in advance…

Anish is 17 today. usually I write out a few funny memories I have of him on his birthdays…

I was cleaning out book closets last December, and chanced upon a kindergarten report of Anish…in full detail; by his Merck daycare giver. She had painstakingly written out so many little anecdotes for my consumption, since I was a working mom and lost so many of his growing moments….

a few lines stuck out at me….

  • Anish has learnt to bike-ride this week…he rides up a slope of the park. He has learnt to walk his bike uphill and come sliding downhill with feet off the ground, and jump off the bike when he reaches the bottom of the hill. He has also taught his friends this trick and they laugh uproariously when they jump off…

this at two years old….

That’s Anish for you…’precocious’ just does not sum up the extent to which Anish jumps the gun at times….

  • it is not everyday that one witnesses a 16 year old organize an International OAKMUN, pooling up a cool 60 lakhs of sponsorship in the process…I was amazed at how driven he was, talking to each sponsor for hours on end, selling the MUN theme, persuasion hour after hour each day for months on end…
  • Macbeth was another journey of drama, and theatre; he learnt 700 lines of Shakespeare for the lead role…
  • one fine day, he mustered up a bunch of friends and went on a 60km bike marathon on ORR Hyd, thirsting and sweaty at the end of it…
  • he went through a 14 hour Hindu procedure full of Sanskrit prayers for his Upanayanam; with patience that made me proud…there were 250 guests; and  he made time for each of them with so much courtesy
  • he lived and breathed DOTA in a maniacal fashion, and just with a click; turned it off completely another fine day..
  • he had his first, hopefully one of many – TEDTalk on Math..a family first..
  • he started turning into an insomniac, Skyping people into wee hours of the night..
  • he conducted his entire US and UK application process solely on his own. No help was solicited for the multitude of application forms with varied and diverse Statements of Purpose, questions that dug deep into his psyche and made him introspect and research like never before…

More than the super achiever feats, what I realized was that the boy has quietly, in his uniquely special style; just grown up…into a responsible, sane, rational and balanced human being, loved by  a lot of people… clearly my role as parent has waned off before I even realized it..

like his sister Sahiti says – the boy lives everyday like he wants to make you feel inadequate half the time…

Next year begins his college journey, and the Lord knows what that can bring….I am sure more fun, tremendous learning, ongoing friendships, and hopefully a great lot of happiness…

Many Happy Returns dear Anish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016, my wishes…


  1. Finish the Veturi book – I wrote Messages in Meditation. +1
  2. Get better and add to my music – Zilch. I did not at all add to this. -1.
  3. Get much wider circle of healing. I certified as Reiki GrandMaster and have begun healing in earnest. + 1.
  4. grow into a nicer Sharada – Again Zilch. I daresay I have cognitively done much here…yes,  -1.

These were the goals for last year. 50% Achievement ratio.

Given this, what ought to be proper, good goals for this year?

  1. Education – A focus for the last year also has been to take rural India education up by several notches. I’m influencing this, and yes; talks are on here…more on this only once they land.
  2. Write more. Fiction this time, and yes this is a work in progress.
  3. Give more. Any solid ideas ? pls msg me….
  4. Change completely. Reinvent aggressively.

2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog.

82 countries in all hold my visitors. India, US and UK are the largest readership geos. I am most grateful for the patronage. Thank You!!

Keep visiting ReachSharu.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Saraswati.


She has been my faithful companion all through my life. In fact my name is Her. My thoughts are Her. My entire rational self is Her. My favourite Goddess. My prayer to Her is that She never leaves my hand in my life, here is a poem from my book –

Prayachha Prayacchanubhaava
Pracheena Vadanath
Praveenyatha Pravruddhaya
Parama Purusha Pranamaath
Pavitra Pavitranaam
Parama Ounya Paranaara
Pravruddhaye Prachathu
Praranirvaana Vachathu
Om.

Haranaarivarana.
Haraniyamaana
Harasukhada
Harasaadhunaam
Hamsavaahana Hamsavardhana
Hamsaniyataanu Hrudaya
Pranamaam Yat Sarva
Yat pa. Yat Prakaasa.
Yat Suchalaam.
Sisilam. Sisilasya.
Sidhvi. Sichuyath.

Sometimes, there is an experience of purification so profound
So significantly changing to you as a person
That it forcefully, ardently, vociferously catapults you into a realm of
Understanding and comprehension that is a language
Of words and meter and prose that is beyond
Your usual words, your regular speech

It is the communication of your silence, of your breath
Of your prana, the music of your Soul
The delightful garland of color that is the mantra
Of sacred emancipation that will finally liberate you from
The maya of the earthly weave of magic that materialistic
Matter crafts around man everyday.

This language, this precept, this mantra is what rishis
Hear from the Gayatri who rides the swan of purity.
I bow to the queen of Veda, the Gayatri that rules the cosmos
The sanctified abode of heavens that she graces with her virtuous
Omnipresence and sprinkles with her gentle happiness.

The Great Upanishads's photo.

Go within.


All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.

 

         I stand amid the roar

         Of a surf-tormented shore,

         And I hold within my hand

         Grains of the golden sand-

         How few! yet how they creep

         Through my fingers to the deep

 

Is all that we see or seem

But a dream within a dream?


									

Navrathri Festival


The impermeable Mother which rules the layers of illusion is called Durga in the East. The sound GA stands for movement. DURGA means ‘impossible to move’. She is worshipped as the Light in the darkness of matter.

The ritual of the Durga festival celebrated in India in the month of Libra is carried out for 9 days, beginning with the 1st ascending moon phase, to reach its culmination on the 10th day. On the 9 days the 9 aspects of the Mother are worshipped, so that she might grant the liberation from matter on the 10th day. Libra stands for the time of midnight where it is darkest. Durga is particularly worshipped during this time that she might help us to dispel the dark parts in us and that she might guide us through the darkness with her Light. The moment we think of the Mother, she gives us a spark of Light and that is enough not to lose the path in the darkness.

The 1st ascending moon phase in Libra starts on Tuesday, 13 October, 02:05 h (Central European Summer time)

About the Durga-Mantram:

Durga represents the impermeable Nature. She is the fortress and is the chief protector. She is the protector of the Universe too. Without Her favour, entry into any aspect of wisdom is difficult. She is the veil and is also the cause of illusion. It is Her spell of illusion that keeps the world going.

The Truth is veiled by Her. It is not one veil, it is veil after veil, and She presides over every veil. She is therefore the “Deity of the Threshold”. She is also the “Dweller on the Threshold”.

Worshipping this Intelligence of Nature, Nature gives way. Until Nature gives way, nothing can be seen, nothing can be heard and nothing can be experienced relating to the subtler world.

She is also the destroyer of ignorance and is the terror of the evil doers. She is popularly invoked to subjugate the beastly nature in the Truth-seekers. She is the Exquisite Jewel, The Star of the Sea, The World Mother who is said to be moving on the lion.

DUM is the seed-sound relating to it. GA stands for movement. Durga means: “Impossible to Move”. When invoked She arrests the movement of ignorance and evil within and outside. She is also known as Kali.

DUM DURGAI NAMAH is the mantra.

The mantram may be uttered in multiples of 8. The most propitious time to invoke the mantram is on the first 10 days of the ascending moon in the month of Libra. It represents all colours.

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Just this? Yes. Done.


Who Am I?

ReachSharu

what are you to me, you asked
i am fluidity, replied i;
i am whatever you want me to be
fine as simple, formless and free
what am i to you, i countered
you are a fundamental emotion of life
you answered in surety, my unsketched
silent connection, my inner vastness
my alchemy to create
my intuition to perceive
my truth to live
my purpose to achieve

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