Let us become nobler

Sanskrit word 'Arya' or 'Aryam' stands for nobility. Let us implore everyone to become noble, the Arya or Aryam. Christians, Muslims, Hindus or Jews, communists or capitalists, rich or poor, clever or dumb, weak, meek or bully. Uncomfortable perhaps are they with other, threatening peace. Ray of hope for the world is ‘include-all’ ideas of ancient Indian wisdom popularly known as Hinduism. Only they knew how to celebrate individuality of each person. Aryas respect ideas of others, respect way of worship of others, help others and become a noble citizen of this wide and varied world. Idea behind this blog is to bring out those ideas and help each of us become better than what we are. 'N' in the 'Aryan', by the way, was a mistake made by colonial 'experts' who wanted to underplay and undermine the culture and religion of those who they clandestinely enslaved.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

0- Kailash, Kathmandu and Kashi, A story of Shiva and Me.

Kailash, Kathmandu and Kashi, A story of Shiva and Me.

(A decade ago after a trip to Tibet, Nepal and India, I wrote down my impressions. It was not meant to be a book, however after it was read by some, it was suggested that if it gets published, interested persons can use it. However I thought (and still think) that the narration was more of a personal quest into Bhagavan Shiva and that it may not interest a wider audience. Therefore instead of commercially publishing it, I thought of placing it on a website of Publishing house Harper Collins’s website known as Authonomy.com. It remained on their website for people to review my narration for many years as “Kailash, Kathmandu and Kashi, a story of Shiva and me”. However, last year, when Harper Collins shutdown Authonomy.com and I realized that some people still wanted to read my account, I decided to place all 26 chapters of that travelogue on this blog. Reader views and comments are welcome)

0          Table of Content



2          He Died, He Simply Died Without So Much As a Whisper


3          Bhagavan Shiva, Is He a Simple God ? Or a Perplexing One?


4          Hindu Idea of God, Gods and More Gods


5          Shiva-Puran, Ancient Text of Shiva-Stories / Digression into Quran / Back to Shiva-Puran / Shiva – Parvati Romance / Digression into Bible / Back to Shiva-Parvati


6          Shiva-Linga ‘Unmanufactured’ Entity Shiva-Linga / Shiva-Raatri or Maha-Shiva-Raatri: A Unique Festival


7          Mount Kailash Geography, History / Sacred to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs and Bons / Best Time to Visit Mount Kailash

8          Kathmandu, First Camp / Swayambhu Temple, Signature of Nepal / Budha Nilakanth: Bhagavan Vishnu on Serpentine Bed / Boudha Nath Stupa, World’s Biggest Buddhist Temple / Patan-Lalitpur, Home of Fine Arts / Darbar Square and Kumarika Temple / Pashu-Pati-Nath Temple / History of Pashu-Pati-Nath Temple


9          Nepal – Tibet Border Towns Kodari and Zangmu, Friendship Bridge



10        Nyalam, Town for Acclimatization with Thin Air And Lack Of Oxygen


11        Saga, Town with Army HQ, Medical Clinic and Shower-Shops / Feeding Dead to Birds, Zoroastrian Tradition in Tibet


12        Town of Paryang, Ibex Skulls, Bones and Horns


13        Manasarovar or Manas-Sarovar: First-Dip on West-Shore / Dream Miracle / Great King Mandhata, First Emperor 5500BC / Ashwamegh or Rajasuya Yagna – Campaign for Human Upliftment / Sage Dalabhya, My ancestor: Doctor Surgeon Philosopher

14        Rakshas Taal - Demon Lake of Raavana-Fame


15        Darchen, The Base Camp for Mount Kailash / Stree-Rajya: Government by Women / Mount Nandi, Ashta-Pada and Jain Connection / Tears Miracle


16        Mount Kailash Day 1 Derapuk / Yama-Dwaar (Death-Door) ! ! / Fire Accident and a Brave Sherpa / Darshan Miracle: Bhagavan Shiva and Mata Parvati


17        Mount Kailash Day 2, Zuthulpuk / Shraavani-Purnima: Holy Thread and Raakhi / Trek Begins, Day 2 Around Kailash / Gauri Kund


18        Kailash Trek Day 3


19        Manasarovar Once Again; Opposite Shore / Miraculous Reverberations


20        Return Journey – Quest Continues


21        Nepal - India Border Towns Bhairahawa – Sanauli


22        Gorakh-Pur (Goraksh-Pur) / Gita-Press Gorakh-Pur – Humble Slap on Charity-Mongering! / Goraksh-Nath (Gorakh-Nath) Temple


23        Kashi (Varanasi) / King Divodas / Kashi-Vishwa-Nath Temple, Ghats and Ganga-Aarti / Durga Mata Mandir, (Monkey temple) / Tulasi Manas Mandir (Saint Tulasi Das Temple) / Sankat Mochan Mandir (Hanumaan Temple) / Benaras Hindu University Campus, ‘Island of Tranquility’ / Modern Kashi-Vishwa-Nath Mandir / Kaal-Bhairav Mandir, Fanatic Aurangzeb Terrified ? / Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service / Pandaas, Rituals Performers-Record Keepers: A Vanishing Tribe


24        Saranath, “Saranga-Nath” the Protector of Peacock / National Emblems: Ashok Chakra and 4 – Lions / Sacred to Buddhists and Jains


25        Born, Anew / Bhagavan Shiva, No More Perplexing / You Are What You Think /

Method of God Contemplation: Art of Becoming a Better Being


26        In Conclusion / In Acknowledgement / In Confession / In Miracles / In Recommendations / Pre-Trip / During Trip / After Trip


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