The Giant Tree

There was once a giant tree

Stood there completely carefree

Making food without paying a fee

Best business don’t you agree

The King decided this cant be

Real estate is ample rupee

How dare the tree be lessee

Without the royal decree

He ordered cutting with glee

Thinking only money no inquiry

The job fell on a novice trainee

Tried to chop it with a machete

Mighty blows did the wannabe

Give the giant tree third degree

With a lot of pain did end the fallacy

That saw collapse of the prodigy

This was the only tree you see

For over thousand acre territory

Taking toxins and in absentee

Giving oxygen for life plenty

The foolish King made a key

To timber all the wild tree

Not learning from the enlistee

Killed all of God’s greenery

It is said O! Rama Dasa

That it took Rama Dasa

Less than a lapse Rama Dasa

For Mankind’s Extinction Rama Dasa

Plant more trees Rama Dasa …

Plant more trees Rama Dasa …

The one that is …

 

A dream that seems real is still a dream

Awakening that seems a dream is still a dream

Above these is a sleep deep with no dream

Then there is the one reality that is no dream

 

To react is the possible scheme

When the world comes in full steam

Through the senses flows the stream

Mind fools you in logical scream

 

Comparing with the next Ibrahim

Who has the biggest playing team

Is by far your silliest daydream

Keep away such grand extreme

 

Know that you are but a theme

In the eternal illusionary gleam

Here now in the mainstream

Tomorrow  is another sunbeam

 

Dream in a dream in a dream

You are just a thought it seam

Then why do you look for scheme

Gestalt et al of the supreme

 

Just relax and let it be Rama Dasa

See the reality in the absentee Rama Dasa

The one that is Rama Dasa

Is all that is Rama Dasa

Adhyathma Ramayana by Sri Rama Dasa Manish – Part 6

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Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Sri Rama to his beloved Parvati

As soon as the Lord of Goddess Lakshmi took birth in Ayodhya, Lakshmi herself started living in the very land of her beloved. Abundance and affluence started flowing in every house. The fields were always green with rich bountiful harvests, the rivers and ponds were full of fish, the earth revealed all sorts of metals and minerals. The citizens were never this happyy and they renewed their pledge of living a life of Dharma. Right from that day onwards every thing in earth heightened its existence and the world was a happy place.

The brothers grew in years and childhood made their parents very happy. Gradually  their youth also approached, there upon the Kula Guru and great sage Vasishta who was  also the son of Brahma ensured that all important Samskara Dharma of the Upanayanam and taught them Vedas along with all of its branches. As also the human law book as well as their branches.
Unsurprisingly the brothers learned them without any real effort, even though these subjects were very difficult to teach and learn. The world witnessed in Guru Vasistha the divine Brahma himself from whom Vasishta has learned and got enlightened; and the disciples were divine beings including Lord Vishnu himself. Never has the universe been so fortunate to so much divinity in a Gurukula.

In time they returned to the palace, King Dasharatha was extremely happy to see that his sons had mastered the Sciences of Vedas, Administration, Warfare, Weaponry, etc as expert sailors master the seven seas. A unique result of the “buddy-system” of martial training that prevailed in the Gurukula had resulted in unbreakable bonding between Rama and Lakshmana on one hand and between Bharatha and Satrugna on the other. What Dasharatha did not know was that mother Sumitra has also tutored her twins to serve their elder brothers this way.

Prince Rama took the affairs of statecraft as a fish takes to water. He and Lakshmana immediately got around to arresting the thieves and  killing the cruel & dangerous animals in and around Ayodhya. Bharatha & Satrugna immersed themselves in foreign affairs and recruitment of civil servants.

their Dinacharya or daily schedule consisted of waking up at very early morning, taking bath, performing with great devotion the Suryanamaskar ie., salutations of dawn, Meditation, then doing saluting like feet of their father and mothers, devoting their time to affairs of ruling of the state along with his buddy-brother. Leading Dharma and upholding Law and then only after solving the problems of the citizens did they partake in food along with relatives and elders. The evenings were designated for hearing of Dharma Sasthras and historical events. The evening twilight was earmark for Shiva-Vandana and arts.

It was wonderful to watch the omnipresent and omnipotent Lord Vishnu person the mundane activities of a human on a daily basis. The one who needs no further evolutionn or involution was seen doing in the absolute quality all the actions needed by humans to the yardstick of every endeavour, that earned Rama the title of “Maryada Purushottama” the limit of Human endeavour.

#SriRamauVijayate #JaiSriRam #JayaSreeRama

Adhyathma Ramayana by Sri Rama Dasa Manish – Part 5

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Sri Rama to his beloved Parvati

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Hearing the news of the birth of a son, King Dasharatha was in bliss with divine joy.  To all those servants who told the news of son’s birth; He gifted new cloths, ornaments and plenty of wealth. As per the orders of the Guru Vasishta, he performed the ritual of birth and also meditated afterwards.

To Kaikeyi a son was born the next and to Sumithra twins sons were born. Dasaratha w also performed ritual of birth to all the children. The citizens who witnessed this divine serendipity shed tears of joy. Charity to countless Brahmins and innumerable Sadhus was given in Cattle, gold, jewels, cloths, land etc. Even the chief of heaven lord Indra had a grand festival to celebrate the Avatara of Rama on earth and gained much punya.

Guru Vasishta noticed that all sentient beings of all of all the worlds were joyous and merry  and the dark infant had an extremely powerful attractive power, so the first born son of Dasharatha was named RAMA. The guru foresaw that the second son was going to be an expert administrator, he was named BHARATHA. The third son born of Sumitra had all the features of good qualities (Lakshanas), therefore he was named LAKSMANA. In the younger twin, Vasishta  foresaw the quality of annihilation of all enemies, so the last son was named SATRUGNA.

After giving these names to all his four sons, King Dasharatha lived happily along with his  three wives.

#SriRamauVijayate #JaiSriRam #JayaSreeRama

AdhyathmaRamayana by Sri Rama Dasa Manish – Part 4

Adhyathma Ramayana is essentially a Puranic work demonstrating the inquisitiveness of Parvati and clear, unambiguous explanation by Shiva. But in the orthodox circles of Rama devotees, the Adhyatama Ramayana is considered to be a Mantra-sastra, a sacred book, each stanza of which is revered as a Mantra (mystic syllable) and devoutly repeated in a ceremonial way. And Shiva continues the story of Sri Rama to his beloved Parvati

When ParamVishnu, Mukunda, Narayana, the divine soul, lord of the universe, one who is never born and never dies, having lotus like eyes was born along with the symbols of Lord Vishnu. Mother Kausalya saw him as thousand rays of light coming together; as if a million Suns had risen up as one over the horizon.

Mother Kousalya clearly saw in the infant the unmistakable symbols of Lord Vishnu. He possessed the aura as the  one wearing a honourable crown representing the highest and incomprehensible reality; which is venerated and worshipped by Lord Brahma and sages like Narada, Sanaka, Sanadkumara and others. Rama Lala (Baby Rama) possessed long and pretty hair with lovely curly tresses. He eyes has the gleam of the nectar of mercy. wrapped in the yellow dhoti (Pitambara)  his hips resembled the rising sun in the sky. She visualised four hands shining with  Abhaya Mudra, conch , wheel and mace; His conch like neck shone with the necklace of Kousthubha gem. He was wearing ear rings, pearl necklace, anklets, girdle and other decorations. He face resembled the full moon and reflected a divine calm and serenity unseen in the human kind. Rama Lala also had the Srivathsa mole on his chest clearly visible to all, so that his devotees who love him would be have no difficulty in identifying the Avatara.

Mother Kousalya understood him as the real God Narayana; the one who is endless, timeless  and omnipotent. She knew in the heart of her hearts that Sri Rama was the manifestation of the eternal. Shesaluted him and started singing his praises.

“Salutations to god of gods who wears the conch and the wheel, Salutations to Vasudeva, the killer of Madhu and Hari, salutations to Narayana, Salutations to killer of Naraka, salutations to the archer, salutations to Lord of universe.  Using the goddess of illusion maya are always  Creating , looking after and destroying this universe.”

With great devotion Kousalya  did pranam and asked him, “How do you come be my Son?”

The darling of his devotees, the great Purusha-Avatara replied, “Oh mother , I do not have any problem in taking a form. I have taken birth for killing Ravana who is roaming around with great pride, destroying Dharma. I have come to usher a happy and good life to all the people on earth. I decided to be born in the clan of Manu, as your child taking the form of a human being. And I was born as your son because you served me once in your previous births with a wish in your mind; That I only should be born as a child to you, due to that reason I have now revealed to you my real form.”

Rama Lala continued, “Seeing me in this form can only be done rarely and this is meant for getting salvation to you. If you can meditate on this form with devotion daily,
Then do not have any doubt that you would get salvation. That the man who reads or hears with devotion, this discussion that took place between us will attain my Saujya (salvation) definitely, And at the time of his death he will remember me.”

Saying this he took the normal form of a little baby,  immediately started crying waving his arms and legs in the air. He looked resplendent with skin the colour of blue sapphire. Thus the supreme Lord Vishnu had incarnated in this world as Human.

#SriRamauVijayate #JaiSriRam #JayaSreeRama

Open Letter to BBMP Commissioner Sri Sri N Manjunath Prasad, IAS. 9 Aug 2016

 

Open Letter to BBMP Commissioner Sri Sri N Manjunath Prasad, IAS

Based on frantic calls received by those effected by the Demolition Drive.

The writer honestly has not visited these areas (verified facts through Media reports though)

Respected Sir,

No government can survive being anti-people. I have known this to be the only truth for governance; however we routinely see many actions that are not only anti-people but blatantly against the spirit of humanity.

I’m not talking of some remote Syria-Iraq-ISIS controlled area or Russian occupied Ukraine or even about China occupied Tibet & Xinjiang province. I’m not even referring to some dictator ruled banana republic. Here I want draw attention to the largest Democratic country and it’s eight largest state ‘Karnataka’.

My state Karnataka, that we are so proud of.

Karnataka that produced Raja Rishis like Basavana, Vidhyaranya and Krishna Raja Wodeyar has been reduced to a fascist state. You think I’m exaggerating?

Let me tell you a few happenings in the capital city of Bengaluru. On Shatter-day 6 August 2016 our great BBMP woke and decided to clear the Raja-Kaluve illegal occupation and bulldoze all the buildings built on these important storm drains in some areas of the city.

Nothing wrong, in fact commendable work by the officials.

Oh! however they forgot to inform (Official term Notify) to the residents that the houses that they were living in for 40 years or more; the house that was sanctioned by the previous BBMP Engineer (In some cases the serving one), the house that still carried an EMI from the re/construction loan to the nearest bank, the house that they paid property taxes to the same BBMP for so many years, the house that they had tried to make a home by working 15 hours a day in their small petty tea shop, that the same home would be demolished in less than 20 minutes.

Why Mr. Commissioner? why are so insensitive, why are you so anti-people? why are you so Storm drain loving that you forgot that the monsoons started two months ago (Even the Met Dept got the dates right this time)? Why did you not give them enough time make alternative arrangements?

IS THERE A METHOD TO YOUR MADNESS SIR?

I would like know now; since you have so chivalrously continued with your Raja-kaluve clearing drive for 3 more days after shatter-day, What scientific methodology has been followed in your pursuit of water conservation that this city needs so badly?

Like I said earlier no Government can survive being Anti-people, so why is common man feeling that you are going against the small fish while the land-sharks and whales are left out of your demolish-net?

I request you to kindly publish a plan of action of your demolition drive and explain why the choices of location have been in the that order of priority.

Even if you say that the BBMP are moving in concentric circles from the centre of the city to the periphery or vice-versa is good enough. The people of this great state and this punyakoti-like city (all Kannadigas will ‘get’ this) would like to know the method to your madness sir.

Also, isn’t it true that the government having received taxes from these properties for so many years must also take responsibility of relocating them, even though they sell tea they don’t want to be the Prime Minister, they just want a 20 feet by 20 feet plot on which stood an even smaller house.

You can guess that I’m writing this because hundreds of houses have been demolished and  thousands displaced. I’m made to understand that some pregnant lady was thrown out her home and dozens of senior citizens spent their first night (after Demolition!!) under the open starless night, sorry Bengaluru sky is too polluted for the stars to be visible.

Well! Nothing new, we have had Kashmiri refugees all over the country for 25 years now (never mind that its an oxymoron to be refugee in one’s own nation). So what if a few Benglaurians have become refugees in their own city; we can not give them camps because they are not political refugees from neighbouring counties. So sorry no such luck.

You might be reminded that yours truly while playing news analyst on television had repeatedly hammered the importance of clearing Raja-Kaluves and collection of monsoon water. I still stand by it, the natural drains that populate our lakes must be protected and illegal occupants must be evacuated.

However, this must be done in a humane manner. Mr. Commissioner; give them adequate time to find alternative dwellings if not homes. Return the Illegal-Taxes collected with interest, fire the officials who sanctioned the plans, start legal actions on land-shark-illegal-layout-developers and more importantly do all this before monsoons, so that the purpose for which you are running this demolition drive is more fruitful.

We have only 1/3rd of the monsoon left this year, so my suggestion is that you stop these demolitions now and plans for next year that way you and those future refugees both will have enough time to plan your opus to a grand success. what say??

If you like my ramblings, I request a 10 minute appointment to speak about the other side of story. What say, will you humour me with an interface??

Manish Mokshagundam

SreeRamDasa

9 August 2016

Also mailed to comm@bbmp.gov.in (Don’t know if it can still be called open letter)

WHEN I’M BEING, THERE IS NO ME….

Aum

 

WHEN I’M BEING, THERE IS NO ME….

 

I was born, yes it was me

I eat and sang, yes it was me

I grew and grew, yes it was me

I developed in mind, yes it was me

I developed in body, yes it was me

I built a self, yes it was me

I went to school, yes it was me

I fell in love, yes it was me

I thought of sex, yes it was me

I craved of senses, yes it was me

I gave respect, yes it was me

I vowed to parents, yes it was me

I take care, yes it was me

I fought for my country, yes it was me

I wanted money, yes it was me

I spent it quick, yes it was me

I coveted cars, yes it was me

I owned them nine, yes it was me

I lusted everything, yes it was me

I fancied watches, yes it was me

I yearned cloths, yes it was me

I desired all I saw, yes it was me

I lived only for me, yes it was me

I dreamed enterprise, yes it was me

I employed dozens, yes it was me

I grew an ego, yes it was me

I expected praise, yes it was me

I needed glory, yes it was me

I demanded superlatives, yes it was me

I got married, yes it was me

I had kids, yes it was me

I loved them, yes it was me

I they loved, yes it was me

I and I always, yes it was me

I was and nothing else, yes it was me

I yet didn’t know me, yes it was me

I am and was ignorant, yes it was me

I knew all but self and me, yes it was me

I wished one day, yes it was me

I to be, just be me, yes it was me

I was in being and then there was no me

O Rama! When I was in being, there was no me…..

You are me and I am you, but there is no me…..