The Love of Shiva

On the occasion of Mahashivratri I offer my salutations to Shiva, the lord of consciousness that pervades every atom of this beautiful creation.

Shiva, ever absorbed in the Self, is the great witness of the Cosmic Drama or the Cosmic Play of creation, sustenance and dissolution popularly known as Life. The Great Shiva does not participate in but merely witnesses the Game or Drama of Life as it is aware of the truth at all times.

The truth that all that exists (also known as Jagat) is the manifestation of the Self or the Absolute (Brahman). So, all that exists on this planet including all human beings are a manifestation of the One Shiva that is formless and attributeless.

All of us who are participating in the Game of Life are all Shiva’s who have forgotten their true identity. This lifetime is for realising the truth of our reality and experiencing our oneness with Shiva.

The Great Witness does not live in a far away cave but in the depths of our Self silently witnessing our life. We don’t need to run outside to temples and sacred places to propitiate the Great Shiva. The greatest of all the treasures lies within waiting for one to awaken to this truth.

Shivaratri, the dark night of Shiva, is the night of awakening and removing the darkness of ignorance. It’s the night when the planetary consciousness is raised to assist mankind to experience the cosmic truth.

Be One with Shiva tonight and become an eternal witness to life, here and now. Don’t let this opportunity slip away. Let the darkness of the night give way to the light of awareness of your divinity.
Aham Brahmasmi !

May the Love of Shiva be yours forever. Happy Shivaratri to all my brothers and sisters.

Love, Light and Awareness,

Vikas Varma


Freewill and Destiny

The wheels of time keep turning and the scenes of the drama of life keep changing. Unexplained and sudden events, whether good, bad or ugly, keep shaping our lives.

We all want to experience joy and happiness in our lives and none wants to face difficult times. But, like it or not there is no escaping the ravages of time as the lessons must be learnt. The objective of human evolution must be met.

So, this then is destiny that keeps changing the scenes in the drama of life. Destiny is fueled by our prarabdhs or the consequences of our past actions.

While destiny is the happening of events, freewill is how we deal with these events. Each individual has been given freewill to react and respond to the dictates of destiny. The reaction and response further creates the future prarabdhs. So, how we respond is of utmost importance in the karmic wheel that prompts life on this planet.

But, the Master says that freewill is not merely to be exercised in our reaction and response to destined events but also for choosing to act in our daily life.

Wisdom gained through lessons learnt is of no value if it is not practiced in life. Wisdom not lived in daily life is like undigested food. It is mere knowledge. It won’t change anything for you.

One needs to be like the lead sheep in a herd that moves ahead in the direction that the shepherd wants the herd to travel. The lead sheep knows what it must do and does not wait for a rebuke, stick or barking dog to remind what it must do. This insight and understanding of what needs to be done without any motivation or prompting is what truly is freewill.

Love, Light and Gratitude 🙏

Vikas Varma

The Gift of Love

And the Guru came, once again, bearing the gift of love for all of mankind to cherish till eternity.

The newborn baby comes to this world with it’s fist clenched holding a gift for the mother. A gift from the other world. A gift so precious that it transforms a woman into a mother.

A gift that the mother experiences but fails to recognize. The mother knows not where it comes from and how it appears magically. The mother feels it’s a natural and spontaneous result of motherhood.

The new born child brings the gift of LOVE and first shares it with the mother. The child is the harbinger of divine love and shares it with the mother as if thanking her for all her sacrifices, pains and discomforts.

It’s a miracle how much love a small fist can hold. The potency of this pure love not only transforms the mother but is experienced by the father and other family members. It soon becomes a reservoir of love that the mother keeps sharing with the child throughout it’s life.

Alas! With the passage of time, both the bearer and the receiver of the gift forget its preciousness. The little clenched fists become large hands holding the objects and persons of endearment and completely forget about the gift.

The mother’s love becomes selfish with attachment. The divine love stagnates and it becomes worldly love that brings pain, suffering and bondage.

And the time comes, the other world beckons, the large calloused clenched fists open themselves. The hands are bare and empty. None of the gifts of the world can be carried along.

You remember the Gift that has now been lost in the myriad attractions and attachments of the world. It’s too late. Another lifetime and another opportunity lost to carry the Gift back to the other world.

Meanwhile, the Creator awaits your arrival and inquires about the Gift. You are ashamed to say you lost it once again. The Creator smiles and plucks the divine love from your heart. You are puzzled at your lack of awareness of the presence of the gift. You want to know the secret.

You are reminded that divine love is the manifestation of the creative life force commonly known as God. Every new born child is endowed with this Gift. This gift is meant to be shared with all that one meets in life.

The mother is the first recipient followed by the family. The transformation of the mother is the proof of the power of divine love. The more one shares this love, the more it grows and remains as pure as God’s love.

Regrettably, after the initial sharing the focus of life shifts from giving to receiving as selfishness creeps in. The gift disappears in the recesses of one’s heart waiting for the awareness to set in.

Thus, the essence of life is to share this pure and divine love. This then is the gift of God to all of mankind. Pure selfless love is God and selfishness is the devil that hides it away.

Be aware, Be love, Be God.

Love, Light and Gratitude,

Vikas Varma

Happy New Year Krishna

As we approach the New Year I am reminded of the words of sage Ved Vyasa after the battle of Mahabharata “Each time a warrior was either injured or killed in the battlefield it was actually Lord Krishna who got injured or killed”. It was his Leela or Divine Play to give the world a lesson in Dharma (righteousness). So, basically Krishna killed Krishna to gives us understanding of Satya (truth) and Dharma.

The subsequent curse by Gandhari, the wife of Darithrashtra, to Lord Krishna was equally the Divine Play to bring curtains down on another scene and change of actors.

And so on… the Divine Play or the Drama of Life continues till perpetuity until the lesson is learnt by every human being. Then, the Divine Play starts all over again, a new series shall we say.

Coming to the present moment, its just another time, another scene, different actors and dresses. The lesson of Satya and Dharma remain unlearnt. The actors haven’t realised that its just a divine sport and that they are all manifestations of the playful Krishna.

But, the good news is that we are pretty close to the start of a new series. This means that time for truth and righteousness to prevail is fast approaching.

The scenes are about to change and the theme of love – selfless love is about to be introduced in the Divine Drama of Life.

Forgiveness will overcome the feeling of retribution and revenge. Non-violence shall prevail as the understanding of oneness of creation has already been scripted by the Divine Director.

Rejoice! my fellow Krishna’s, join me in welcoming the new time of the new year 2018 with hearts full of love for all your fellow actors on this beautiful stage called planet Earth. In the ensuing scenes, unflinchingly follow the path of truth and righteousness shall naturally prevail.

Be the harbinger of Love and Light. Remember it’s only a Drama. Don’t get serious. Enjoy every moment.

Play your part perfectly O’ Krishna. I salute the Krishna in you and wish you a year of joy and happiness @ 2018.

Love, Truth and Krishna consciousness,

Vikas Varma

Love All Serve All

O’ Great Teacher! All through our lives we are constantly caught in the battle of right and wrong, then where does this all end? Please give me the final understanding.

The Teacher looked resplendent in the aura of divine light as he began his conclusive response in this series of conversations on Self-knowledge and Mastery. “My Child! Know that this world is a big stage on which the drama of life is played. This drama is played in perpetuity. There is no end to the drama only the actors keep changing with the scenes.

The characters make entries and exits as per roles allotted by the Director called God or Universal Consciousness. All the actors are personally created by the Director and after their role is over they go back and become one with the Director.

The scenes are created for the growth and evolution of each character in the Drama of Life. Good and bad, right and wrong, light and dark, etc are the polarities created within which the actors have to perform on stage. Both the Right and Wrong belong to the same One! These are the twins of the same creator.

The drama appears so realistic that the actors end up getting attached to their roles, likes, dislikes, etc. They start judging and criticizing other fellow actors forgetting that they too are playing a role allotted by the same Director.

This act of creating personal stakes and observing differences with others, binds the actor in a never ending series of actions, responses and consequences. As such the drama continues and the actors keep coming back again and again in new costumes to perform in the next scenes.

The final act for an actor happens only when the actor realizes that life is not real but a mere drama played on a great Stage and the fellow actors are none other than the reflection of the same Self. The final scene begins when one becomes aware that good and bad, right and wrong, attachments and disdain are shackles that entrap.

So my dearest, Life just IS. Be aware of the illusory nature of the world. Be a witness in the drama of life and play your part without taking sides or seeking results. This is the final understanding of the Self.”

Thank you O’Teacher for your selfless sharing and guiding me on this path of light. In Gratitude I remain to thee forever. I understand completely that;

All is ONE. Diversity is an illusion.

The One is formless and goes by many names.

The essence of One is more important than its names.

The essence of One is Love.

Real love can be experienced by serving others.

Love All and Serve All, is the final scene in this great Drama.

Love, Light and Gratitude,

Vikas Varma

The message of love

O’ Lord it’s your birthday today and I thought of celebrating in a different way.

I decided to have a surprise party for you and started to make an invitation list. I thought who would you like to meet on this special day? You instantly prompted “hearts full of love”. So I decided to invite ALL as I couldn’t find even a single heart without your LOVE.

Now the party needed a venue that could accommodate ALL. I could see you smile as you prompted “your heart can accommodate All”.

I thought what food is the dearest to the Lord that I should serve in this party? Prompt came your inner response “bliss and harmony in your thoughts, words and actions”.

Now, was the turn of party decorations. The message was clear “decorate your heart with flowers of devotion, festoons of truthfulness and colourful balloons of brotherhood and harmony. Red balloon for love, yellow for acceptance, green for forgiveness, white for understanding and tolerance, orange for compassion and blue for patience”.

Now all the party needed was some music. I heard him say “the outpouring of a loving heart is music to my ears”.

I asked him for a suitable time for the party and he said “In a 💓 full of Love I celebrate at all times. Every heart that can host a party like this will carry my message. For love is my message and Love is your form.”

He said I have a return gift for you “I will always remain in your heart as Love. You and I are ONE”

I share this gift with ALL.
Happy birthday to all the loving hearts.

Love, Love and Love,

Vikas Varma

World turmoil or Ignorance?

What is going to happen to the world as there is so much turmoil at present? What should we do?

Everything in this world is realtive to our understanding and perception. What may appear as turmoil to the ignorant may be perceived as a part of a larger plan by the wise or the Janani.

The so called turmoil is actually a part of the Perfect Plan of the Creator. There is harmony even in disharmony. The One sustainer of the world alone knows the Plan and unfolds it for the higher good of this world and it’s existence.

The reason why we get disturbed and distracted by the world turmoil is due to our lack of understanding of our own selves. By developing Self-knowledge one can understand the harmony and interconnectedness of creation for the evolution of human consciousness. To know the world one has to first know oneself.

So, the best course of action is to know the Real Self and not try to change the course of events. It’s advisable to leave the future in the safe hands of the Creator who bears the burden of entire creation.

Thus, it would be most appropriate to focus on the present without worrying about the future. If one takes care of the present, the future will certainly take care of itself. It always has!

Know Thyself and watch turmoil transform into harmony, a much greater harmony. End the ignorance, Know the Perfect Plan of the Creation.

Love, Light and Gratitude,

Vikas Varma

An Apostle of Love

O’Maya the Mother of Delusion, how powerful and real-like is your witchcraft that entraps man forever in the world of relationships and objects of desire?

O’ Mother what magical potions do you use that sullens the intellect of the brightest minds that they forget to inquire about the basic truths of life?

What intoxicating perfumes you use to impair man’s vision that he cannot see the most obvious?

O’ Mother show mercy on me. I am tired and exhausted of endlessly roaming your gardens of attachments and attractions. I am wary of forever getting caught in your churning whirlpools of desires. I am sick of this long never ending slumber of ignorance induced by you.

Grant me the power of detachment that may wean me away from these attractions and desires. Bestow upon me the blessing of discrimination that removes the darkness of ignorance from my life.

Let me reflect on the truth that I came alone in this world. Please allow me to discriminate that I will also bid adieu to this world alone.

So, when none accompanied me in my birth and none will follow me in death then what is this attachment to people and relationships in this short journey?

Then, why am I seeking permanency in relationships when my life itself is impermanent?

One day I will be just a name for my great grandchildren. A mere speck of memory in the vast cosmic consciousness.

Allow me O’ Mother to contemplate that I came empty handed in this world and I shall also leave empty handed.

So, why do I devote all my time in this temporary journey towards acquisition of objects that I am going to leave behind for others to fight for?

Then, why am I seeking happiness from these objects of desire when this happiness is not permanent?

O’ Mother shower your grace on me that allows me to access the fountain of eternal love that flows in my heart. Give me the wisdom to selflessly share this unlimited flow of love with all, without exception.

Confer upon me a boon that I can spend the remaining precious time in leaving behind a legacy of love that can be a source of permanent happiness to all forms of creation.

O’ Mother, I thank you for your past indulgences and for setting me free now. I shall forever remain in cosmic consciousness as an apostle of love. For only love is Real.

Love, Light and Gratitude 🙏

Vikas Varma

The illusory world

Again and again we hear that this world is illusory. But how is that possible when we experience the world to be so real?

The dream appears so real but when we wake up we realise it was unreal. Even in deep sleep the reality of the dream state disappears. Beyond the deep sleep is Turiya, the fourth state, wherein we experience a void or nothingness or shunya. In that state neither the waking state nor the dreams exist.

The world or Samsara appears real as perceived through our sense organs. The notion of its reality is perceived by our thoughts. These thoughts are active both in the waking state and the dream state. The state of no-mind or thoughtlessness is experienced in the state of Turiya or samadhi.

That is the reason it is advocated to practice meditation or dhyana so as to achieve the state of samadhi wherein the truth of the self is realised. In samadhi or Turiya the Samsara or Maya or the world dissolves to it’s true state of nothingness.

This is why the real world or Brahman is nothing but pure consciousness. This consciousness is formless and attributeless. It is like the akasha or space which is formless, attributeless and infinite.

Due to its sheer vastness the sky appears blue. In the same way Shiva is pure unmanifested consciousness and appears blue. He carries out his job of dissolution every day in deep sleep and Vishnu’s maya keep creating the illusion in waking and dreaming state.

So devoid of the illusion, pure consciousness just is and remains. There is no death and no birth. For if death was real than how can birth happen again. We perceive death and birth to be real due to the mind and it’s notion.

It is this notion of the mind that gives birth to karmas. The karmas don’t exist in pure consciousness. It’s the mind that believes the notion of karmas to be real, gives it validity and attaches itself to it. When you overcome the mind and realise your true Reality as the Brahman or pure consciousness the Karma’s vanish.

So, to the awakened one, everything is only an appearance or a notion of the mind and thoughts. He or she deals with the world without getting caught either in its form or in its attributes. Thereby transcending all notions of right, wrong, good, bad, light and dark. Remaining in this state is samadhi.

Love, Light and Gratitude,

Vikas Varma

Full Moon of Love

Greetings on this day of Kartik Purnima (full moon in the lunar month of kartik) and the advent of the great teacher Guru Nanak who undertook journeys far and wide to spread the message of love.

The journey of lovers can be known only by lovers. The beauty of love is that it sets us all free.

The joy experienced of the presence of the Lord or higher consciousness is due to love.

The lord is love incarnate. Love is the reason for this unbridled and perennial joy.

So hold tight and get ready for a thrilling ride on the roller coaster of love. The party is about to begin.

Only love will prevail, all else will drown in love.

Everything is ultimately an illusion. Only Love is Real.

Be a witness to the greatest saga of love.

Love, Love and Love

Vikas Varma