Stepping on a frog

Dear Seekers.

We bring you another Zen story today that is so powerful that if contemplated properly and applied completely, it can change your whole life; just because your life is nothing but a part of you.

More after the story –

Once there was a monk who specialized in the Buddhist precepts, and he kept to them all his life. Once when he was walking at night, he stepped on something. It made a squishing sound, and he imagined he had stepped on an egg-bearing frog.

This caused him no end of alarm and regret, in view of the Buddhist precept against taking life, and when he finally went to sleep that night he dreamed that hundreds of frogs came demanding his life.

The monk was terribly upset, but when morning came he looked and found that what he stepped on was an overripe eggplant. At that moment his feeling of uncertainty suddenly stopped, and for the first time he realised the meaning of the saying that “there is no objective world.” Then he finally knew how to practice Zen.

The story revolves around a monk who has studied Buddhist precepts. He has been practicing and learning Buddhism by reading and remembering all the rules and regulations that are there. He knows not the experience but the facts and formulae.

“If this happens you do that and if that happens you should do something else and things like that.” This is all he has. Once he steps on something during the dark and hears a squishing sound, the kind of sound that comes if you squeeze the juice from a juicy orange using your fist.

He is unable to see what he has stepped on but he only hears. This gives him an imagination that he has stepped on a pregnant frog and has sinned. This is a sin as per the precepts that he knows. His mind starts to haunt him from then on. He cannot sleep or rest. All he can see is thousands of frogs crawling up on him and questioning his sinful act.

One false imagination and the mind has all the luxury to paint an entire new world around it. You see that world more and more and continue to believe in each of its fragment causing your bondage in your own web.

What exactly had happened? Did he know? No.

He did not know what had happened. He just thought about it. Rather a thought came and he thought that only this thought is right. Why?

Because it came to him!

This happens to all of us. This is our story.

Thoughts are just visitors. If you decide to host them and feed them, they enjoy it.

Imagine the example of a coat that is hung on the back hook of the door. In the dark, it appears to be like a thief standing behind the door.

When you switch on the light what happens?

The thief runs away.


It was not there from the beginning.


Another example –

You walk on a lonely road and two branches from a tree intertwine to form an outline. You see a ghost. But there is no ghost. Your mind is the only ghost there is.

There is no objective world. Nothing is fixed. Don’t assume that what you see is what others see. No. They see a completely different version of the world. Rather everybody sees and lives in his own world.

We all carry our little, false and illusory world around us, all the time. We live in it, breathe in it and stick to it.

Subject (mind) works like a projector and projects its own movie everywhere. It sees what it wants to see, hears what it wants to hear and feels what it wants to feel.

This is dangerous. Because you have not experienced what is present, you have experienced your own false mind.


To the answer –

How to come out of it?

Turn on the light!

There is nothing to be done. No fighting and no running away. Just watch. The light of awareness burns down all that is false.

The knowing itself is the remedy.


Back to the story –

Next day, the monk comes back to re-examine the spot and re-spect it.

He comes to know that it was an eggplant and not an egg-bearing frog. This knowing strips him of all that was haunting him. He comes to know Zen for the first time.

He knows the experience. When all that is false withers away, the bright experience which is always there shines forth.

This is realization.


Last thing (Contemplation and Application)

Meditation / Sadhana

Whenever you see, hear or feel anything in your mind, question it.

Re–Spect it.

Re Look at it.

Don’t label immediately. Do not be in a hurry to form a judgment.

Ask yourself – Is this exactly what happened?

Am I 100% sure that this is exactly like I think?

Ask yourself a couple of times and this questioning will dissolve all that is false. Right questioning is the technique. For the first time, you will know what is. The Zen!



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Continuity is the key

It doesn’t matter whether it’s the first day, or second, or umpteenth since the time you started chasing your goal.

It doesn’t matter what results you’ve achieved so far in the process. It also doesn’t matter who curses or who praises?

What matters then?

It matters that you drag your ass everyday, right onto your action area and be there with it. Available with your goal. It doesn’t matter whether you make a progress or not, it is important that you are available at pre-defined time. Fixed time, Flexible duration, Fixed minimum duration, Fixed place and Fixed Goal.

This is the first step towards your dream. Continuity is the key to success.

Unfailing Continuity in the right direction is the recipe for success.

Trust me. There are days when you would’t feel like doing it. Then there are uninvited guests. And there are other stupid reasons too.Towards GoalBut whatever it is, stick to it. The more you do, the better you get at doing it. And if you are available, present, thoughts flow in the right direction. Your body, thoughts and feelings align to each other in the direction of your goal and works like a powerful magnet. This is real magnetism.Go for it!


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Everything Changes

Dear Seekers.

I bring you a Zen story today which is simple yet very powerful. More after the story –

“Suzuki Roshi, I’ve been listening to your lectures for years,” a student said during the question and answer time following a lecture, “but I just don’t understand. Could you just please put it in a nutshell? Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?”

Everyone laughed. Suzuki laughed.

“Everything changes,” he said. Then he asked for another question.

In this story, the disciple wants to know the summary of all the teachings of the master. He has been listening to the master for years but he hasn’t understood a thing. It can happen. There are two reasons.

One is, you may be listening on the outside but in actuality you are not. You are so full yourself. Nothing can go in. You are so busy talking inside that you do not listen to what is being talked outside.

Birds are talking, nature is creating thousands of new sounds every moment but you are not aware. Your inner chatter has to stop. Be aware and listen. Pay attention with full silence inside and outside. Then you may listen.

The second reason for this to happen is – Words from the master are contradictory. If you have not understood the essence of his teachings and if you have not understood the pointer he shows, then you will not understand because the experience cannot be said. The experience can only be pointed at. All the masters have been pointing to it, in different words and stories. It is like somebody using his finger to point to something. You may not see what he is pointing at but you might see his finger and just nod your head. And then you may form your own judgment and a relation between his body language, position of finger, time and space and words that he said and interpret a false meaning out of it. But that is not the point. You did not see what was being pointed at.


To the answer in the story now –

The master is asked to summarize Buddhism in one phrase. He answers but before he does, he laughs and so does everybody else apart from the questioner. There is a difference in the laugh from the master and that of everybody else. The master laughs at the stupidity of the mind. Master knows the ways of the mind and hence he laughs. The mind who has not been able to understand with millions of words with thousands of examples and stories that were said during years of lecturing, how will it then be able to understand with merely a phrase. Disciple is still not ready. Hence the master laughs.

Everybody else laughs because they are as stupid as the questioner. They think they the fool has not understood but they have not either.

The mind wants to know the shortcuts. The disciple is hungry and eager to know but he is full of his mind. He wants to listen and yet he is unable to. So, the mind plays the last trick. Give me a phrase. Give me an acronym to hold on. Give me a buzzword. Put it in a nutshell.

The master says two words –“Everything Changes.”

This says everything. Master knows. Hence he can point to it in any number of ways.

But what does this mean?

See around yourself. The time is changing. Weather is changing. Earth moves, Sun regenerates, stars move and your body is constantly regenerating itself. Cells are dying and being formed again. Sounds are changing. Your breath is constantly going in and out. Scenes are changing. Thoughts are changing. Your moods change. Everything changes. Everything is changing, constantly and unfailingly.

But amidst of all this caravan of changes, there is something that doesn’t change. There ought to be. Think of this. There has to be an observer who is always constant; an observer who doesn’t change. Only then will you know that everything changes. Otherwise who will say? Who will know the changes?

Take the example of a CCTV camera. CCTV records everything; everything that changes and moves in its perimeter. How is it able to record?

Because, the camera is constantly watching and it is not changing.

If it changed just like everything else, who would record? Then you wouldn’t be able to see a film of what happened.

If everything changes, then who is there is declare that everything changes?

Only one doesn’t change. That unchanging, constantly alive, constantly active force is the experience. That is where the story is pointing.

Master wants the disciple to know that everything changes and contemplate deeply on it. In deep contemplation, he will know that whatever is said, is truth. But, to experience this truth on your own, there has to be something constant, which doesn’t change. To reach that experience, that unchanging experience of life is the purpose of the story.


Questions for contemplation-

What doesn’t change?


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Mom I love you

Mom I love you

There are no words to talk about her. She is God on earth. She is alive for her child.

They say, God could not take care of everybody at all times (although he could do it:)) so he created mom. Mother – Beauty, honesty, dedication, unconditional love, infinite patience, power, courage, trust and immense sacrifice makes a mother. Even these words are not important. They just point towards the endless beauty and integrity contained by a mother.

First she is just a girl, they she becomes a wife and learns to hold more responsibilities. Then the miracle happens. A child is born and she becomes a mother. A baby is born with the power to transform a woman into a mother.

I am just short of words today.

I love you mom. Without you, there is nothing. There is no life, no nothing.

May god give you complete health, love, freedom, peace, happiness, prosperity of all shapes and sizes for infinite years to come.

Mom I love you

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All you need is a haircut

When you don’t know what to do or (what to write – for writers), go for a haircut.

How does it help?


Ok. Ok.

Let me clarify.

  • Take a deep breath.
  • Take a shower.
  • Shampoo your hair.
  • Apply lotion.
  • Dress up nicely.
  • Spray your favorite fragrance.


I’m sure you have started feeling better by now. If you haven’t, then you surely need a haircut.

Decide on a style. If you don’t know anything about it, just leave it to your barber.

Tell him that you want to look smart J Job well done. They’ll do the rest. They do it all the time.

Live up. Don’t live down. This moment is all you have. If you don’t know what do to. Accept it as it is. Just relax. Enjoy the non-doing.


This is the secret.

We’ve become so accustomed to doing that we forget life. We forget to eat properly or take a shower (once in a while) or even breathing …

Live properly, even if nothing happens. It’s ok. It’s ok to cry. It’s ok to fail.

It’s ok to sleep until late. It’s ok to face new difficulties. It’s ok if nothing is working out.


You are still alive. Be thankful for this life.

Next time you feel yourself being pulled in a whirlpool of negative thoughts…go get a haircut.

It helps!


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Train to London

Ideally this post should’ve come before the London Book Fair post. But that’s not too important. The important part is sharing and thoughts should be shared as they come through the heart and not literally, as they fall on the scale of time, suggested by the definition of a blog. Check out more pictures for London Book Fair here.

We (myself, my beautiful wife, Devi and my little prince, Krishna) were on the VirginEastCoast train to London heading towards visiting one of the most important and global events in the book industry – London Book Fair. The event is organised once every year and is said to host a meeting platform for some of the finest craftsmen in the industry.

It was all random and we were not even planned. No formals, no prior appointments, no checklists, last minute bookings, and only a handful of printouts. Somehow we managed to pack the bags and invested last couple of days to get ready. We were not even sure whether authors had a takeaway or not.

The train was boarded on 12th of April 2016, the first inauguration day for the book fair. The event dates were 12th, 13th and 14th and we were already missing out on the first day.

Then, something wonderful happened on the train that lifted our hopes and spirit. Krishna was busy checking out the running landscapes and colourful horses, out of the train window while Devi was busy taking care of him. I happen to sit across a very old couple and then immediately the old lady moved to another locations saying that she wanted to read. Perhaps she needed more silence than Krishna would ever allow her. Then I was left alone opposite the old guy. He had an aura of rich experience around him and wore a hippie and typical colourful woollen english cap with thick woven woollen threads hanging on each side of the head. He wore a fancy colourful woollen sweater and had a matching jacket and a mountaineer bag (he told me later).

After a while, he asked me, “How old is he?” pointing towards Krishna.

“Two and a half,” I replied and added that “He is very naughty.”

“Well, we are all naughty at that age,” were his words.

The words amused me and then while turning the pages of the newspaper, he asked, “What do you do?”

“I write.”

My reply brought a new smile to his face and his expressions  changed completely in a positive way. He put down his newspaper and became more interested in the conversation.

“Wow,” he said. “Let me buy you a coffee.”

“I write too.”

“What kind of books do you write?” He asked.

“Children books,” I replied.

“Well I write Medical textbooks for Africa. Procedures you know.”

“That’s wonderful,” I said.

Then the stewardess passed by and he actually bought me a coffee.

“Black without milk, without sugar please,” I said.

And, then as they say, a lot can happen over coffee. He played with Krishna, shared half of his ham sandwich, and showed his antique red battery torch that he hung around his neck.

I gifted him a “Thought Revolution” book by Sirshree and shared my gmail id. We also talked about the new movie thats playing in cinemas – “The man who knew Infinity” which is about a Madras maths genius, Ramanujan and Hardy, the mathematician. He took a note of the Hardy-Ramanujan number i.e. 1729 in his handy notebook and black gel pen.

I told him how I was looking for publishers with 6 stories ready and really interested to get my books on the market and looking towards London Book Fair to help me achieve this.

“May you get lots of contracts.” He said in a confident voice.

The voice had a magical effect on me and I had the feeling that I had already sold a lot of books.

“Maurice King,” he said, “Pleased to meet you.”

Then we had reached London Kings Cross and he departed saying, “Meet you in heaven.”

I requested for a picture with him and he allowed.

Maurice King Maurice King, Author

This incident gave me an outburst of fresh energy that helped me survive the book fair tour and transform it into a huge success.

Things just happen you know, there is no why or when to it. Look out!

Thought Revolution

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London Book Fair

It’s a long time since I have been in England but haven’t posted anything. Most of this time, I had been learning new things, gaming, reading and writing. A lot will come soon. However just for you to know, this second week of April 2016 has been very productive visiting the London Book Fair.

I visited the London Book Fair, held at Olympia, London with my sweetheart and little hero. It has been very productive and got a chance to meet some of the finest people in the book industry; artists, publishers, agents, authors, CEOs, Printers and so on.

London Book Fair

The vision has come and it is going to materialise. Lots to learn and implement.

More to come soon.



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