This Is Who You Are

Even hurry is within the crucible of stillness * Even panic echoes in perfect silence * Sadness is hugged from every side by joy so tight. * Not an achievement nor a reward is this: this is who you are – even before you read these words. * See that loneliness can’t help but be […]

How Kind The Universe

* How kind the Universe To allow this belief That ‘I’ am doing this Awareness – And to even provide the Light to see this! How kind the Universe To never point out to me This ‘Hereness’ so solid could never come from my flickering mind. How kind the Universe To never remind me that […]

My Father The Author

I grew up hearing that my father Aabid Surti was a great writer. He had been conferred a National Award for Literature in 1993 so I didn’t doubt it, but his books were mostly written in Hindi or Gujarati languages, neither of which was a fun read for my English-educated self. So it was not […]

Paralysed by Greatness

A few days ago, my brother and mentor GD was talking on the phone about his recent workshop on ‘stuckness’ in life. He felt it was relevant for me to hear about a participant who had topped his class in school and college, and excelled at work. Everyone told him he was destined for greatness. […]

At 14, he had an experience of oneness and clarity that haunted him and eventually changed the course of his life. At 28, he quit his career as an advertising executive to live with his spiritual teacher. Today, he is a pyschic empath and intuitive healer living in Pune, India, with a happy backyard menagerie […]

Look Pa, No Rules !!!

My son is at an age when he creates the rules of whatever games he plays. And still gets that the point of every game is to have fun. So if he dashes into a wall in an online game, he claps with glee. Collecting the maximum widgets doesn’t make sense to him yet. He […]

The Zen of Creativity

Every few months, my creative compass as a blogger goes a little awry and begins pointing towards approval seeking. My writing leans towards the show-offy shortcuts and borrowed genius. My effort becomes to craft that cleverly-written post that will get the maximum likes. The symptoms are familiar: I begin to be driven by a compulsion […]