I offer my obeisance to you Rev. Sri.Om Swamiji🙏🕉

Today was a very  beautiful day, of sharing mindfully, with my best friend, and we struck deep conversations on the spiritual journey, and life’s experiences. In the midst of a serious discussion, her take on what life is, took a hilarious turn and I could not stop myself from shaping the exact word, which she used…Poppadum ( papad) into a light hearted article…yet so close a reminder to life. Total credits to her…

True… we have to roll Papads/ Poppadums, from a very young age starting from school, college, university and then the ultimate university of life be it a career , home maker or for that matter even our spiritual growth.

True… nobody is spared the irony of rolling Poppadums/papads, be it a lay person or an icon, papads you have to and got to roll…

True … depending upon your exploration, mood towards life, you will roll papads/Poppadum of different shapes. If you want it simple in life and are content, they would be roasted or fried with patience under right temperature and the outcome is  simple and good and if you  choose a more adventurous way, roll it artistically, roast it dramatically and top it with a fusion of herbs , you are surely into the holy  limelight, for the invention of its newness.

True… there are some who would show impatience in rolling and grilling, find it unworthy a task, loosing focus,  to which part of the papad/ Poppadum, remained over or under-roasted. It surely would be a total mess if the edges of the papad had been turned into carbon experience which could have been elating otherwise…( imagine the taste of a burnt papad)

Myth… You can buy the mastery of perfect poppadums, it’s experiences and skills and tag them as your own.

Truth… we eventually have to master the skill of  rolling and grilling the Poppadum like a true experiential seeker.

Mullah Nasrudin, the wise fool of Sufi tradition, passes in front of a cave, sees a yogi in deep meditation, and asks him what he is seeking.

I am contemplating the animals, and I learn many lessons from them which can transform a man’s life – says the yogi.

Teach me what you know. And I will teach you what I have learned, because a fish has already saved my life – answers Nasrudin.

The yogi is surprised: only a saint can have his life saved by a fish. He decides to teach everything he knows.

Now I have taught you everything, I would be proud to know how a fish saved your life.

When he finishes, Nasrudin says:

It is simple. I was almost dying of hunger when I caught it, and thanks to it I was able to survive three days.

The truth is, there are no short-cuts to our very seeking or learnings. The journey towards our daily spiritual evolution , is sans hierarchy , whether we advance or delay consenting to the process, depends entirely on how we conduct ourselves. For our very soul, we have to constantly choose , to energise our wholesome Poppadums with mindful garnishing , at times experimenting with the right balance of flavours of our sweet virtues , rolling and roasting them with love and prayer of our heart, served graciously on the platter of life with a smile, and enjoy the taste that leaves a lingering and Divine effect on the well being of our palate .

“Life”, is but a Spiritual Poppadum!

Thank you for taking your precious time in reading this post.

Hari Om🙏🕉

Siddhika Umesh

Note: Papadum (also papadam, poppadom, papad, and appalam) is an Indian flatbread. Typically, it is prepared using black gram bean flour, rice flour, or lentil flour with salt and peanut oil added. The ingredients are made into a dough and formed into a thin, round shape similar to a tortilla.

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