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October 16, 2008

Is this how you Feel too in these Markets !?

You must feel like this !…Eyes Popping with Such Market Swings and Totally Confused with Stock Experts agreeing and disagreeing in the same breath on the Business and Stock Channels !


Relax….switch off from all those Stock Channels….Become as Cool as this Cat and surf between Movie and Music Channels…a Cat has Nine Lives…you’ll need them in these Markets ! 

An Ascetic Client…….In Search of Truth

He is RM….an Ascetic Client introduced to be by my Banker Friend some Years ago….Very Interesting Man

I see him  once in two or three years only when he vists Mumbai…He came in from South Africa in search of Divine Truth leaving behind all that he had…No, he is not Married

He settled in the Himalayas leading an Ascetic Life in a Small “Kutir” in the Jungles…..His Typical day begins before Sunrise with Meditation and then Collecting Firewood for the Day to cook his Meals and also to keep himself Warm…He owns just two pairs of Clothes and the nearby Stream is his source of Water…He is Miles away from any living Person.There is no electricity…For Illumination in more ways than one he lights a ‘Diya’  

His Guruji or ‘Baba’ is 107 years old and stays in another “kutir” some miles away

He visted me last month and confessed he yet has to Find Truth !…and that he had left the Himalayas

We end up in contemplative discussion that stretches to a few hours

A few gems from our recent conversation for your contemplation are put forth below

On Meditation

I inquire of him as to How does One Meditate…I find it difficult…but sometimes have such a lovely Sleep that it becomes sublime !

RM’s Thoughts…..When you are sleeping peacefully you are in an unconscious state…That is not a state of Meditation….Meditation is when you are conscious and can find silence inspite of distractions….When you can be detached from all around you…without any passion…. you are lost 

On Life

I argue that Life is a Journey one must Enjoy and not be obsessed by Seeking some Destination

RM’s Thoughts….If you do not believe in the Law of Karma,then this Life has no meaning…This Life is a continuation of your Past Life

On Seeking Truth

I ask him why is he Searching for Truth when what you seek is Within You

RM’s Thoughts...Truth cannot be found in exclusivity…If it is found it is not Truth !

In the Bhagvad Gita,Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that Millions will seek him but only a few here and there will actually find him !…so there is Truth out there to be sought and one should continue seeking and hope they are one in a million

On Why does an Ascetic need Financial Advice

I was curious that he needed Financial Advice when he had sacrificed Material Life

RM’s Thoughts…..I need Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 a month for subsistence…Food & Clothing and other Sustenance Essentials,Travel etc..I don’t want to Beg or depend on Charity of Strangers and Relatives and other like minded people around me read more

“Who Will Cry When You Die ?” asks Robin Sharma…What Do I ask !?

The simply marvellous author of “The Monk who sold his Ferrari “,Robin Sharma has fast become a leading motivational and inspirational icon in the World today

One of his Books was aptly titled ” Who Will Cry When You Die”

With Equities decimating the World and it’s Investors globally I’m tempted to write ” Who will Buy when You Die ! “

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