Narmada , the river which originates from Bhagwan Shiva. She is the daughter of lord Shiva. It is where the very humble Ganga Maiya visits every year to cleanse herself from the impurities she collects from all the sins she washes of all the people who take a dip in it. A parikrama around Narmada grants many boons to an individual. Many sadhus undertake it. As I rewrite a few words from (http://akn-narmadaparikrama.blogspot.in/) , she is not just a river but an unbroken stream of Divine Consciousness which has continued to flow through several creations. An individual who calls her name everyday in the morning is said to have no harm from snakes. It is blissful to hear her stories (http://www.teachersofindia.org/en/article/story-river-narmada). Looking at the numerous photographs on the internet leave you in awe.
My parents were fortunate to get to meet her at Bedaghat and my brother got a nice gift from one of our caring neighbors of a CD describing a journey of the parikrama.
Narmada flowed during the time of dinosaurs and even before it. The way a river as divine as Narmada flows , we could let our lives flow. It seems so much easier without any wants in life. We just have to make ourselves purer to be merged into the creator. Happiness comes from filling one’s heart with love, from faith and hope and dispensing kindness (http://mindguruindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MP056_many-lives-many-masters-brian-weiss.pdf) .
A very peaceful creation of Lord Shiva by Rashmi Killedar. The light use of colors and the way the chin is drawn is nice.
Rashmi , a very sensible and controlled man. We just talked casually and he told me about himself, how he started off from an art school Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in Pune and now is in a firm where he also has to take care of some management stuff. A few words from him moved me. From his words, he gave me a sense that we never know about the way our life goes , it just goes on, and flows as it is destined to. He is very interested in art and after 16 years now at work , it feels a lot different from his art school days, so things just carry on. Its like the way the ancient river flows.
Sometimes we are guided by the divine in different ways, unknowingly we pass them. The way we met was a little embarrassing as he helped me set my baggage straight. But it so happens, had I not embarrassed myself by some incident it wouldn’t have given us a way to start our conversation.
He took out some of his artistic material and then he drew an amazing piece of Lord Krishna. He teasingly called me and said to me “look your colleague”. Then I had to tell him I don’t play the flute well, I am just learning. This he said since, I was carrying a flute inside its case, which was strapped to my bag. Then I felt like showing him a sketch of my mom somehow, as I felt I had made myself look miserable now, and that destiny was carving a new way out of nowhere for me these days.
We then talked about some usual getting to know each other stuff. I found him a very controlled and focused person. He asked me to continue to draw if I had interest in it, and to do it without any guidance as it will be all natural.
Here is the master at work.
Without saying much we finally bid adieu, as he rushed to attend a parent teacher meeting at his daughters school. We met in the flow and the river of life keeps flowing. We keep coming across people, some come and go while some stay with us for time, destiny tells us to say good bye’s. We must continue with the flow , keeping it simple wanting only bare minimums from it.