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Despite the superficial differences between us, we need to have a sense that all 7 billion human beings belong to one human family.

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The Catholic Hindu Link – Day 8: Seek, Ask and rid Ignorance

I was going through a number of interesting blogs today in my reader and (not surprised) read beautiful blogs that are so useful. Recipes, insights and a whole lot of interesting articles – unlike mine. All the same, I feel the urge to record what I am going through, as I am still in my spiritual journey. I am a big fan of St. Ignatius and his spiritual exercises, and his advise too was to keep a diary or a journal of insights, ‘signs’, visions, dreams or anything significant that moves the spiritual being into finding your sole purpose in life…or in catholic terms ‘finding your call’. His disciples – the so called Jesuit Priests also encourage us to think in this similar fashion. The ones in India have been particularly helpful, and I now have 2 priests of this order advising me in this relationship.

All this began ofcourse, only after I met Jaan. I still remember the night when he asked me what would happen if he wanted to marry me, and all I could say how impossible it was; not because of his personality, character, family or background but solely for his faith. “I can’t believe our faith could be that bad?” was his innocent response. I tried to tell him, its not your faith, but our faith that is downright mean in selecting potential life partners. Having said that, and not being able to digest the fact myself, it became the foundation for my search towards the spirituality of mankind. “There has to be a link, some connection” I thought. With it came several less-known facts that I will share over the course of these blogs. I know these blogs may not be useful to anyone, but perhaps someday down the line, this could give a ray of hope to someone who is struggling in a similar dilemma as myself.

For starters I would recommend people (catholics) to read A Jesuit’s Blog while doing Bible Study. This priest gives awesome insight into how the Gospels should be interpreted. Next, I would recommend avid readers to purchase or download the book: How Big is Your God? By Fr. Paul Coutinho SJ. This book encourages us to look into the other wider dimensions of God that we feared to look at, simply because we were conditioned to think that God existed within the dimensions of our knowledge of Him….within our box of thoughts. Thinking more than that was probably punishable by hell. Reading these books / blogs liberated my sense of faith and I began to meet God in the very realm of existence itself.

Coming back to what happened the other day, my mom has still not got over the 10 tier cake demand, and I have been equally stubborn. After much meditation, I realised that we both have a tremendous sense of insecurity behind our actions – my mom fears that I wont be carrying out any of our wedding traditions, and I fear that my mom may intimidate all of their wedding traditions! And hence the stubbornness from both of us. It was the weekly day off, and thankfully they all left to Dubai for the afternoon and left me to myself. They expected me to go out anyways, which I did. Jaan thought of cheering me up by taking me to the movies to see Man of Steel, but despite the multiple shows, all the best seats were taken. So I changed my mind and suggested he take his mom out grocery shopping. She mentioned to me earlier that her food stock had depleted at home, and she was looking for some kitchen gadgets to make her work easier, now that she has to cook by herself. I didn’t expect Jaan to take me along, and I fretted because I was dressed in Jeans which I thought his mom might not be too approving. Seems she didn’t bother at all, and quite immediately got immersed in the fruit market at Mina Street and purchased bulk food stocks – fruits, vegetables and herbs of all kinds. I assisted her in carrying, and moving around. I even learnt a few things about fresh fruit selection and yes – bargaining!

We watched the sunset at the Corniche, and then turned towards the Hypermarket at the Airport Road as I had suggested for the kitchen gadgets. For some reason however, she was not too impressed, and ended up buying only the apple slicer, and other groceries. I was afraid to turn home late, fearing that my folks had come before me and to avoid the awkward question of who I was with, so they hurried through everything and loaded the car. Jaan told me he’d drop me off first. While driving, the song ‘Om Jai Jagdish’ played in his music list both to his and his mom’s surprise. She was so happy to have heard it, and said that we should listen to it as the first thing every morning. This statement settled on my mind for a long time….much after I reached home, after my folks came, and during my meditation at night. I have known this ‘bhajan’ (hymn) to be only for Hindus, probably addressing a particular diety? I googled for its translation, and was surprised to find that not only were its words so beautiful, but this hymn addressed the God most High, the formless, omnipotent and Supreme Creator of the Universe. Its asking for the grace to remain protected, happy and blessed for the day. Sometimes ignorance can lead us to miss the most beautiful meanings to some actions. The translations have been posted below:

Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Mighty Lord of the wholeUniverse
All Thy devotees’ agonies
All Thy devotees’ sorrows
Instantly Thou banisheth
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
He who’s immersed in devotion
He reaps the fruits of Thy loveLord,
he reaps the fruits of Thylove
Floating in a cloud of comforts
Floating in a cloud of comforts
Free from all the worldlyproblems
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Thou art Mother and Father
At Thy feet I seek eternal truthLord,
at Thy feet I seek eternaltruth
There’s none other than Thee,Lord
There’s none other than Thee,Lord Guardian of all our hopes
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Thou art Godly perfection
Omnipotent Master of allLord,
omnipotent Master of all
My destiny’s in Thy Hand
My destiny’s in Thy Hand
Supreme Soul of all Creation
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Thou art an ocean of mercy
Gracious protector of allLord,
gracious protector of all
I’m Thy humble devotee
I’m Thy humble devotee
Grant me Thy divine grace
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Thou art beyond all perception
Formless and yet multiform Lord,
formless and yet multiform
Grant me a glimpse of Thyself
Grant me a glimpse of Thyself
Guide me along the path to Thee
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Friend of the helpless and feeble Benevolent saviour of allLord,
benevolent saviour of all
Offer me Thy hand ofcompassion
Offer me Thy hand ofcompassion
I seek refuge at Thy feet
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Surmounting the earthly desires
Free from the sins of this life Lord,
free from the sins of this life
Undivided faith and devotion
Undivided faith and devotion
In eternal service unto Thee
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Mighty Lord of the wholeUniverse
All Thy devotees’ agonies
All Thy devotees’ sorrows
Instantly Thou banisheth
Oh Lord of the whole Universe