The forms without uniforms…

        Inner Spiritual peace or the blissful in them self. These words themselves have the power to express human feelings. Those who are blissful with nature and close to nature are inspiring many of us. They love nature and their presence is loved by nature. They don’t need any dress to show others and live their life with minimum requirements. Those places where the common man is afraid to go during the days, those blissful persons have the guts to go there in dark nights.. They haven’t learned from the schools as they learn from nature. Though schools are teaching us that discipline we need in life but those are learning the discipline from nature. They know the ultimate pronunciations from nature and are very well aware about the future. 

Painting by Navin Soni, Bhuj-Gujarat

       Today I want to describe those two great blissful characters of Geer-Gujarat. The way Girnar changed my perspective about life was invaluable. During the visit of Ginar in 2010, I heard about the fearless character who is a tea seller.The hotelier sells tea right under the mountain Girnar. Girnar is covered with 36 kilometres parikrama(Orbit) route and lots of people doing parikrama(Orbit) during Diwali times. This parikrama route is covered with more dense jungle where anyone would fear to go alone there in daytimes. That tea seller does Parikrama alone every month on the dark moon’s night with only one stick and torch. He knows well about the wild life culture there on route and also knows about those monks living in the deep caves. He brings some groceries for the monks with him and he indirectly knows the shortage of the groceries to monks. He is doing these things like his duty and he feels pleasure for himself. He dedicates his life to nature. He goes around lots of stones during his every month’s journey, but he never desires to colour one stone and sit there by being a monk. His life talks about the monkful journey. The people like these are monks from their inner peace who are always in conversation with nature. 

        The other person is a strong man living in the small village of geer region. His name is Abhaybhai. Once, I went to Girnar to make drawings of it. Abhaybhai helped us to find the spots on the parikrama route. He is a brave person who loves Lions and Nature. He is unmarried and never wanted to marry because of the love he has for nature and wildlife! Though he served his mother till the end of her life. He made food for her and worked for Nature’s needs and for wildlife. He is much anticipated towards nature and animals to protect it. He lives in village Ajab where lions are often found near to his house. He waits to see them and observe their language. His knowledge about wild animals impresses the officers of the forest department. He often comes with tourists to guide them but never expects to go professionally for more money. Many times the forest department told him to join them and have some good salary but he was not interested to do it for a long time. His requirements are less but he is concerned about the requirements for Nature and wildlife.

       Both persons are really great lovers of Nature. In Geer there are many characters like these who are brave, live, lovers and are knowledgeable in their own way. Both are doing their job, connected to social life and with Nature too. They balance their life with enough earning and concern about nature and it’s needs. They don’t have any uniform to show others about their inner piece because the inner piece doesn’t achieve by dressing any cults or being a monk!! On one hand they have transactions or communications and on the other hand have benevolence.  These characters are having an experience of inner peace of them-self and of Nature too.

         Nature  has been doing benevolence without any uniform.          

© Jigar Soni

The calculations without transactions…

     Update and up gradation is a natural clock of our life. Even if we are doing nothing in a day we feel something up for once in a day. We feel that things are really going fast and this fastness always pushes us to do better and get better the day after tomorrow. In the update we always miss some wonderful moments of our life from the past. Some college students miss school days, school children miss childhood days, some married miss single days 😀 . 

Photo by me of Mountain Girnar

  At one time I had been to Girnar with some friends. Friends need to shut some places in Girnar for the documentary film. I was there as a much familiar person to Girnar. I was just 20 years old and not much of a busy person that time and even today too. I take those chances to go out in nature and feel better. We reached there in the evening and went to one aashram. Those saints welcomed us and we put our bags in a room. We took dinner and went to meet the chief monk. We had some spiritual talks about Girnar and understood the way of their cult. Suddenly the other monks called the chief for some prayer and they joined to sing at one corner there. Music touches me a lot and the effect without any loudspeakers is always precious. They were singing and we enjoyed some time. There was an older person with us on that trip and we decided to bring one folk singer Nugaa Bhagat of Junagadh. We knew each other for more than a year. We called him after 10:PM and requested him to sing for us that night. He said yes without any hesitations and took him to ashram  by our car. There were no instruments, no Microphone, no lights but only a tone of Nugaa Bhagat. He has his “Ektaro” (one string instrument) with him always. He sang with it there. He sang the whole night till 4 A.M. Four monks and we three sat there to hear those ultimate tones. Girnar was in the background and it was the rainy season. At 5:AM we dropped Nuga Bhagat to his house and returned to Ashram. The most surprising thing was that there were no expectations in his eyes of having some money for singing. He sang continuously like a true devotee and without any expectations in spite of hardly fulfilling needs to the family. ! Even when we firstly reached the ashram I showed expectations in the eyes of some monks. It was a pleasurable night for us. I enjoyed it fully with utmost satisfaction. Those times which had no transactions but without that we got memorable times. Every time in life we are calculating everything. But, I think we should leave some time like that where we forget to calculate and increase our values.. ?! Some day if we are not having an upgrade then nothing will change to our life. Remember that when we are in a difficult face of life then those memories are being souvenirs for us..Those moments when a human upgrade with human values are always calculated differently in our life by Nature.

       Sometimes we should leave our daily calculations and allow Nature to do it for us. It will be invaluable and ultimate.

       Those moments who are calculated can never provide satisfaction where those are without calculations always create satisfaction.  

Thank You So much. 

© Jigar Soni