Every once in a while, when the external stimulus from the virtual world (email, social networking, websites and more) becomes excessive, and I start feeling a little overwhelmed by it all, I make a conscious decision to “unplug” myself from it all for a little while.

One such occurrence happened a few days back, after a particularly long day at work, followed by my participation in some twitter ‘chats’ on ‘leadership’ and ‘social media’ that went late into the night.

I woke up the next day, and decided that I needed a break. So, I posted this message on twitter.

The warning light is flashing. System overload. Draining and refilling. With Silence.

Entering the ‘cone of silence’

I followed this by logging out of all social media, email and website, on my phone and on my laptop. In essence, I was in ‘digital silence’. The result? After a few hours, an incredible calm swept over me. I did ten minutes of deep breathing and pranayama at lunch time. I read a few pages of the book, “Silence as Yoga”, by Swami Parmananda. Here is a quote from that book that jumped out at me:

It is the quiet lives, up to which we look, and out of which we gather the deepest calm and courage. Their lives are like the stars, which simply pour down on us, the calm light of their bright and faithful being.

But my mind argued – what good is silence? How can you do anything good if you are just silent? The answer continued via the quote –

It is good to know that we, the silent ones, can be useful to the active ones; to know (and this we may know surely) that no man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.

However, what happened next was even more incredible. I decided to go for a walk, on what was a gloriously sunny day – and a conversation started happening inside me. I have to say that fragments of this conversation had been happening in my mind for a while – but it was perhaps the clarity of ‘silence’, of ‘draining and refilling’, that brought it all together.

So, gentle readers, with great humility, I present this “conversation with the divine” to you.

Seeking Divinity – A conversation

Trees clouds sky

A beautiful day for a conversation
Asleep or awake, in every season.
I dream of You, what is the reason?

Do I need wonder, if You will come?
In Your great kingdom, Thy will be done?

In every breath, lies life uncertain.
Why should I fear, when You draw the curtain?

Lest we forget, You gave us life.
You shed many tears, seeing all our strife.

Why do we fight, over yours and mine?
Did we forget, it belongs to You, divine?

Atheist or believer, some people may say.
But I see Your face, every minute of the day.

My prayer is constant, may You give us light.
May it shine within, whether day or night.

What is my purpose? What is the reason?
Let me dream of You. In every season.

My hope in sharing this conversation with you is that it will encourage you to have such conversations on this blessed day of Guru Poornima – as you celebrate and honor the Gurus and divinities in your life.

Do you have any questions about ‘silence’ or the role of a ‘Guru’. Would you like to see more articles on the ‘power of silence’? Please tell us in the comments.

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13 Responses to My Conversation with the Divine Guru

  1. Nagendhra Rao says:

    Hi Kumud,

    I was searching through the True Meaning of Gayathri Manthra and came across your blog. Thank you for sharing the meaning and also the your conversation with your True Self (The Athman in you). I am also a Spritualy inclined person so I am able to connect with what you have shared. Thanks.

    Nagendhra Rao

  2. sunil says:

    Good Work…

    This earth will be heaven when we will understand that God is one and we should see"One God" in every human..

  3. Kumud
    For the first time uttered your name and there was a grace attached quite diaphonous, lovely, fleeting yet lasting.
    Well, that out of the way…
    You almost put me to sleep here as I read your post…and that is wonderful..Just now emerging from 'The Sleep Of The Post' – LOL
    It is a wonderful moment you have given us here.
    Thank you.
    Wayne

  4. J.J.Brown Author says:

    Such a beautiful conversation with the divine within and without, thank you for sharing this. Relationship between the student and teacher is so precious, Guru Day we celebrate the teacher on this special full moon. My guru called in a silent moment as I studied here alone at work on a project today, a blessed connection, and we talked by phone sharing good wishes. In the quiet times the thread that crosses the whole globe can be felt to be within and without. He's the one person I can always talk to even without a telephone, from anywhere in the world. He's how I know the divine is real.

    • kajmani says:

      Thank you for sharing your celebration of Guru day with us. Yes indeed, the connection between a teacher and student knows no distance – we just have to faith and trust in the teacher. Be well.

  5. wow. This is wonderful. Thank you. Last night (before I ever read your post here) I began a blog post titled “Seeking Silence.” (It’s in draft mode.) I completely relate & your words here are beautiful. Thank you.

    • kajmani says:

      Dear Michelle,
      Thank you for your kind and generous words. I wish you well with your articles on "Seeking Silence" – please come back and share the link with us so we may read and enjoy your thoughts.
      Be well!

  6. Thanks, Kajmani, a lovely text. Congratulations.
    Though I live in Switzerland, I also enter the Cone of Silence at least once every day when I do my full Yoga Nidra practice which I could now never miss.
    Here the full moon today was at 8.40am & I could not have seen it. But I was up on my deck at 4.30 instead where in the silence and stillness of the night I contemplated a perfect bright white full circle, without blemish, surrounded by a milkish, silver halo. I even took photos which I am about to mail to me Guru who lives in India.
    So, I celebrated Guru Poornima as best I could alone, & wish a wonderful Festival to all the true Gurus over Mother Earth.
    Namaskara to one and all who will read me & heartfelt regards across the continents.
    Om Shanti, Jiva

    • kajmani says:

      Dear Geraldine,
      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. What a beautiful observance by you of the holy occasion of Guru Poornima. You indeed have shown that we can honor the Guru, no matter where we are, in our own special way, with love and devotion. I pray that many blessings will flow your way in the coming years….
      Kumud
      P.S. Would love to see some pictures too 🙂 Please share with our readers on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/eaglespace – Namaste!

  7. Kishore Chandra Das says:

    Absolutely inspiring!

    Especially like the following lines from your "conversation"

    My prayer is constant, may You give us light.
    May it shine within, whether day or night.

    What is my purpose? What is the reason?
    Let me dream of You. In every season.

    All best wishes!

    Warm regards

    Kishore

    • kajmani says:

      Dear Kishore,
      My readers inspire me to keep writing – so, I thank you for your kind words and graceful thoughts. Be well!
      Kumud

  8. Claudia says:

    Phenomenal insight! Thanks for sharing. A vessel for the creative flow beautifully put….

    • kajmani says:

      Dear Claudia,
      Thank you for your most encouraging words. May the Grace of Peace always be with you. Namaste.
      Kumud

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