The other day, I was playing with my little munchkin, my cousin’s daughter. She came into our lives nine months ago, making the whole family happy and shimmering us with her joy, making us cherish each moment of being around her. Our little baby loves playing, and what I saw was that she takes every toy in her little soft mouth and starts nibbling it. While thinking that it is something that she can eat. While observing her for a while, suddenly a big realisation dawned on me: we are also like this play, where we are engrossed in everything and really nothing is actually real or of any significance. We go through this life considering whether this is true, this is important or this is not important and not understanding that, after all, nothing really matters. One after the other, we keep frolicking from thing to thing. And we fail to gauge the real nature of life, or even if we find it for a moment, it flies away quickly as a raindrop merges into sand. But this incident paved the way for profound wisdom for life and helped me understand things in a very subtle manner.


Maya is provocative and pompous, while reality settles you inside. It makes you warm and kind. Maya is glorious, while truth is simple and silent. What does it mean when we say uss par jaana, i.e., taar dena? In reality, it means to go beyond Maya or illusion. When one goes beyond Maya, detachment comes naturally. Kuch hai hi nhi. There is really nothing there. Just a state of mind, consciousness. Like a toy is given to a toddler, the baby thinks everything is edible, so she takes it in her mouth and starts nibbling, but in reality, it’s nothing but an instrument given to a baby to engage her in play. So is Maya, which puts situations in front of humans and they get engaged in them thinking them to be real, but unfortunately we fail to understand it’s a bubble in consciousness and an attempt to burst the bubble can lead to reality. But bubble is so real that it keeps light or truth away for many births until truth dawns with the grace of Guru.

When one goes past the Maya, the cause-and-effect of karma does not apply because then you are living in absolute kindness in unison with the universe and in goodness, where one thinks well of all. not hurting anybody by way of words, thoughts, or action. merely living in divine remembrance for God alone. So any word spoken, any thought in mind, or any conduct will naturally be for the benefit of all. 



Neelam Om