In Spiritual search, What is my path?

What Path is my Path?
In walking the Spiritual Path, how do I decide what is suitable for me?
In doing what do I feel peaceful?

There are various spiritual paths, different  gurus, unlimited spiritual books,

Deep scriptures, different  forms of God, numerous  preachers,

many religions, contradictory  theories, many different religion groups,

very sacred  pilgrimage places;

and I could go on with the list endlessly.


Maybe the ultimate goal and the final

experience would  be nearly the same.

What’s important to introspect is

“How will I reach there” What path is my path?



How to decide  what is suitable for me?

These few questions to your own mind might help in the right direction

Or an entire life could continue in the wrong kind of pursuit.


“What image of God comes in my mind when I shut my eyes in prayer”?

“Which path am I able to spend my maximum time in?”

“Which scripture or spiritual book am I able to read multiple times

 without boredom”?

“What Master’s teaching is it that I can identify with the most?”

“Time spent in; what type of reading, doing which ritual,

praying to which God, following which Guru’s understanding

creates the so longed for peace in my mind?”.

Which Sants teachings touch my heart?

“What type of meditation helps me go deep enough?”

In what do I feel peaceful?

(The above photograph is of the divya Himalayas,which has been the Tap Bhumi since 1000’s of years)

ShreeNathji Gaushala – Nathdwara

ShreeNathji’s most favorite place – His Personal gaushala is situated about 3 km from His Haveli, at Nathdwara. 0   1 Surrounded by hills it is a very picturesque place; with a lot of open grounds. It was planned and built with the Haveli. As you see, numerous peacocks live in these surroundings. In the above picture, they seem to be feeding on freshly harvested wheat It houses about 2000 cows with a staff of 50 guwals to take care of them. 4

A lovely view of the Gaushala

3 Any visit to ShreeNathji is incomplete without a visit here. It is as important as the Mandir. Shreeji likes staying here – in the midst of His beloved ‘Gaumata’- as He calls them. DSC07412   Shreeji’s Personal cow is Lalitha today; her mother was Rukmani who died about 5-6 years back. 9 This personal cow is in direct lineage of the original herd of the Nand-vansh. She had appeared in Jatipura when the Ardh-Bhuja of Shreeji first appeared from Giriraj Govardhan, at Mathura. ShreeNathji Himself confirmed this to Shri Vallabhacharya. This cow also recognized her Gopal and would go on top of Shri Govardhan daily and feed her milk to Shreeji. (Cows can feel the vibrational levels and the fragrance of their loving Govinda, more than any of us humans). Since then the hierarchy has been maintained very strictly, and the cow came here when Shreeji moved from Mathura to Nathdwara. 5 At this time, Lalitha is called the wish fulfilling cow – any wish whispered in her ear after doing the aathada in full faith will give guaranteed results. The whispered words are received directly by Shreeji Himself; provided the shraddha is there!! 9a I was here first time with gurushree in February-2005 – did the aathada under his guidance and supervision. The aathada done in the presence of a Sadhya is totally clearing of all negativity of the past – our spine crosses totally through the surya bindu of this sacred cow. At the same time gurushree stands there with his mantra shakti and blessings – he granted me total mukti on this day from all the past births and the movement towards merging with the Divine Thakurjee. Since then I have been lucky to visit Nathdwara several times; each yatra has opened me, taking me closer and deeper to Divine ShreeNathji and my own true reality and identity. Many times I feel Shreeji likes to be away from His mandir; and He spends time with us at the Gaushala. This I can feel at times when His sweet voice tells us about some incident at His gaushala, and how much He loves being here with His beloved Gomata, as He calls them. 7



There is daily two thuli offered here from the mandir to the gaushala. This can be sponsored if one is lucky enough to get the required date; as only two people get the opportunity daily. This as I witnessed is cooked in the most ancient manner at the gaushala itself. Apart from this if any vaishnav wishes to offer food they can do so directly here by buying grains from the shops. But this is also monitored as extra feeding would have a bad effect on the health of the gaumata.




Gaumata, feeding peacefully.

  12 My Gurushree and MahaGurushree, both take delight in watching the gaumata feed in perfect discipline. Without any fight they come and stand in the designated spot and finish their food totally. No grain is wasted. “They should also take a lesson of not pushing around when doing My Darshans and take care to follow a proper queue; then all will get a chance to do proper Darshans”; Shreeji’s voice echoed. 16 (2)

There are paintings all over the gaushala, donated by bhakts.

Whatever offering is made to Shreeji Himself at His mandir in whatever form, He returns back savaya (25% more) to the donor. Finally nothing is actually kept by Shreeji. 17

The look of this place has been maintained in the original form.

It is only at the gaushala bhent that He accepts all totally and nothing is returned to the giver. Shreeji does the karm of taking His cows to graze; if anyone helps Him in this karm of His, He is the happiest and only blessings are returned. Not that we do this offering for return of blessings, it is with the bhao of doing some work for Shreeji; as ultimately in devotion to Thakurji it is only the purity of bhao that matters. Nothing else will help you get closer to Him. 19 20 My Dear Shreeji, Thank you for all Your kripa on this bhakt.. IMG_3425 Shreeji ki Jai ho!

Shree Ganpati Baba Visarjan

Ganpati  Visarjan is a big festival in our city. But as you see from these few photos, the same Idols, which once adorned our homes and worshiped with a lot of love and bhao, today lie alone and desolate in the midst of dirt and grime.

In Ganpati festival, there is a pratha of doing Ganeshji sthapan at home or in a community mandal. Bhakts celebrate with a lot of bhao; and depending on the desire of the family, keep this murti from 1-10 days. It is really sad to see what happens to some of these Ganpati after the family has done visarjan of this same Ganpati Baba Idol which they had bought to their home with so much love.

I feel extremely disturbed (and so would all of you) when I come across these God Idols (I have many more photos of other God Forms too), lying helpless and alone in dirt and grime.

For future Ganpati festivals, if we wish to  avoid subjecting our Gods to this situation, I can think of two solutions.

First is to use only Murti made of clay, as this dissolves completely and, according to our scriptures is the right material to be used. Plaster of paris etc materials should not be used.

Second solution is to use a metal Murti which can be stored and used again for many years.

(It’s just a suggestion, I mean, there can be as many arguments about this)


(These photos which you see here are from March 2014; so even after 5-6 months of Visarjan the murtis are yet being tossed back by the sea).


Ganpatiji lying with the dirt and filth from the sea. Is this the right kind of immersion? We need to be very careful about how we treat our Gods


Alone and lonely, This Murti has been in water for months without disintigrating


Devi Maa, She has been disfigured, yet not merged in the earth


This looks like a leg which belonged to some amazing Ganpati

4Ganpatiji, maybe waiting for the sea to take Him back, so that He might be saved from this disrespect


As He stands here, with the crow to keep Him company, does it not cause your heart to feel the hurt of watching God in this dirt and filth. 



7Lets commit to ourselves that henceforth we will be more careful


 Devi Maa, looking out to the sea, as if requesting it to take Her back as soon as possible. These murtis which are not made of natural clay, do not disintegrate and merge with the water and earth, which is the correct type of Visarjan


Why does this happen? Does anyone really care?


Lets become more aware, do the right things for the right reasons. If you only buy smaller natural clay Murtis, this will stop happening. Gods will not be subjected to such humiliation. Its all in our hands, its the bhakts decision, of how he wants his Bhagwan to be treated.


1 – Using only clay Murtis

The word “visarjan”, in the context of worship or ‘puja’ it refers to the formal concluding rite, in which the presiding deity is requested to depart from the physical embodiment, specifically utilized for the puja (usually a murti) in which it was initially invoked.  This ‘temporary receptacle’ is then discarded, most often by submersion into running water, such as a river or the sea.

The predicament of the washed up discarded murtis after the visarjan is due to our own negligence.  The images depicting discarded murtis of Ganeshji as detritus are highly distressing for Hindus, but are partly of our own doing.  It requires re-educating the masses and insisting that the constituents of the murtis (as instructed by our scriptures) should be of a biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally friendly nature.

This way the material (clay) used for the deity will naturally dissolve in water, which is the original concept described in the scriptures.

Furthermore, the discarded murtis should be completely submersed (and not just immersed) out at sea, or at that point of a river or lake where it is deep. This will prevent a humiliating fate for the remains of the revered murti.

The most popular images seen during the Navratri Durga Puja and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are elaborate murtis made primarily from clay and straws. Clay is formed from sediment including the physical remains of once living organisms, including humans.

In the case of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, it commemorates the creation of Ganapati Baba and he is venerated for ten days with great fervor.  According to Puranic texts, Devi Gauri molded His original form from exfoliate of her own skin.  She then invoked her consort, God Shiva to breathe life into the inanimate sculpture.  Hence, the process of creating and worshipping Shri Ganesh in the aforementioned method is highly significant and analogous to his actual genesis described in our scriptures.  The Goddess Gauri is represented as mother earth and the clay symbolises her body’s exfoliate from which Ganapati was formed. On the tenth and final day of the festival (Anant Chaturdashi), the transitory embodiment of Ganesh is respectfully requested to depart (visarjan) and then the remaining depiction (now inert) is submersed into water.

(Above matter taken from the website):

 2– Bringing a new metal idol and worshiping it: 

Where there is paucity of water, consecrate a new metal idol for Ganesh Chaturthi. There is no need to immerse such idol in flowing water. At the time of immersion, place a few unbroken rice grains on the hand of Ganapati and move the idol slightly from the place. Thereafter keep the idol at some sacred place in the house. Next year the same idol can be consecrated and worshipped.

The reason underlying why the metal idol need not be immersed in flowing water: By consecrating a new metal idol and worshipping it, the Ganesh Principle infuses in the idol. For immersion purpose when the idol is shaken slightly, this Principle is expelled. It is not necessary to worship such idol daily. Next year the idol can be re-consecrated and worshipped.

This matter is taken from the website:


 Jai Shreeji!

ShreeNathji's kripa







Surrender in bhakti

Shree Krishn, in the Chapter 18 of Bhagwad Geeta, asks all seekers to “Surrender” themselves to Him.

For being able to do pure surrender and renunciation, one needs to understand what true surrender means, because correct understanding only, will give the correct results.

Complete surrender would mean following ONE; not blindly; but with the right understanding. Which would mean: to follow the One Guru with total belief in his path and way of bhakti towards One Form of God.

“At the same time maintaining respect for all other Forms and Paths and Religions”.


( I took this photo where a pujan kalash and a puja supari are thrown back from the sea, on the beach; on a low tide day.)

Jai Shreeji!

Dancing Peacocks-Vraj Mandal Pictures

These few peacock pictures are from the holy land of Vraj Mandal.

The peacocks are a very intimate part of the Divine ShreeKrishn and ShreeRadha leela. In some way they might belong to the generations of peacocks whose ancestors would have been a witness to Shree Radha and Shree Krishn leelas on this pavitra bhumi thousands of years ago

Peacocks are by nature very shy and hide away from intruders, I feel fortunate to have been able to catch them in the very natural surroundings. Unfortunately due to unplanned development in the holy Braj Dham and with an increase of the monkey population in the surroundings, these beautiful peacocks have dramatically reduced in number.

This is also an appeal to all, not to kill these beautiful birds for recreation or meat. They are as close to Shree RadhaKrishn as Their beloved sacred Cows!

I have selected a few dancing peacock pictures from my vast collection of peacock photos.

Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I have been delighted to photograph and present them before you.












merged swarup (2)

Shreeji Ki Jai Ho!


Vraj Mandal Pictures – Shri Yamunaji


A beautiful sunset on the sacred Yamuna river flowing through Vrindavan.

Yamunaji flows through entire Braj Dham and is the Leela Sthali of many Shree RadhaKrishn Leelas.

These pictures are from a monsoon evening, with the rainy grey clouds ready to shower heavily.

On the Parikrama maarg, many bhakts gather to say a small prayer to Shri Yamunaji.






abha shahra



Jai Shreeji!

(All photographs in the blog are copy right)


What is the Thought behind your Action!


“God cannot be cheated – Intelligence cannot be fooled”

All is known in the fields of Intelligence;


The result one receives back in life, is always on the “intentions” behind your every positive or negative action – Karma

abha shahra