…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menosophical; a walk in spirit

Oh my word.... I have again got caught up in other things and find myself faced with imminent publish time without having a post ready... (after yesterday's post, that is rather ironic!!!) No panic though... have been working away at posting up for Aatmaavrajanam all day (scheduled ahead for a full week now) - and the post for today there, will suit here just as much - it kinda sorta relates to the poem I had up last Friday... so here's a taste from the 'real' blog.


'Freedays' are the 'gather our thoughts' days; Q&As; a general review of the week so far…

There are days, sometimes weeks or even years, in life when we feel the whole world
is against us. There is a sense that nothing goes right, that everything we
touch turns to mud and our self esteem plummets. Everyone experiences this at
some point or other.

The difference between people, though, is how they deal with these times. Some have
a natural ability to stick their head out of the mud and see that the swamp
only stretches so far and as long as they keep plodding along, they will rise
above the slurry and nonsense sooner rather than later.  Others surrender their power to the pull of
the mud and sink ever deeper into it.

The lotus flower is the symbol given to Hinduism (and subsequently Buddhism) for
hope. It sets the example of how beauty can develop even from the grimiest
place. Its leaves have a resilience which makes water and muck run off them, no
sticking. The bud of the flower reaches up through all the darkness, high into
the air and opens to the light, showing a glory of colour and purity
unimaginable in such surroundings. The symbolism is that, whatever our
circumstances, we too can 'rise above'. We all have inner beauty and must never
forget this. It matters not where we are and what is happening to us, if we
have worked on our inner personality, we can remain beautiful and unaffected by
it. Indeed, by showing this beauty, even the murk around us begins to glow.

What is more, the lotus plant, having not found better ground, adapted and utilised
the circumstances of its position to ensure maximum potential gained. This is
the request of Gurudev in the quote above. Yes, it got messy just now; but add
that to the compost of life and churn it into something useful, enhancing your
personality rather than twisting it.

You can! You must!


  1. I love the lotus flower and it's symbolism. Lovely post and great advice. Enjoy your day!

    1. Hari OM
      Thank you Eileen - and may your weekend bring you many blessings! YAM xx

  2. I'll remind Mum of this Aunty Yam when she comes in grumpy after her commute on packed, dirty trains!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

    1. Hari OM
      That's the way your Caring-ness... put on the incense or oil burner - or at least a scented candle - get the hot shower working, chant a few shantis... there.... no more swamp! Yxx

  3. That LOTUS comes with LOTSA Wisdom. RIGHT?

  4. Yes you do find beautiful things in mucky places but also you can find yucky things in lovely places, the trick is to know which is which.

  5. We did not know this about the lotus flower!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  6. Well, I will have to think about the lotus flower, while I am treading my way through the sludge to the other side of the marsh. Fortunately there are plenty of firm patches as well.


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