Invited by a friend who is a regular weekender I spent a wonderful weekend at an Ashram some 35 Km from Pune. An experience which was out of the world almost impossible to describe – something that one can only feel.

Nestled among the rolling hills of the Sahyadri range is located the serene Chinmaya Vibhuti. A place charged with the very essence of spirituality that can make can make any visitor calm and peaceful. Such is the power of the sage Swami Chinmaya. For more on the Chinmaya Mission do read the link at the end.

I present to you one of the many powerful quotes beautifully displayed in the Ashram. Do contemplate and share your thoughts. It’s on the virtues of being ‘Fearless’!

And a few pictures of the surrounding majestic hills that enhance the pristine glory of this divine retreat.

Morning view

Cattle on hill slopes!

Bye for now and lets keep smiling! 🙂

Chinmaya Mission


About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

17 responses »

  1. Robyn Lee says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me Dilip! Your photos and narrative just give me a small sense for this wonderful experience you had. Chinmaya’s quote is something I’ve believed for a long time (and taught my children). It’s a lining up of energies ~ alignment – and when you have that things often just unfold with ease. Still working on it … but in the meantime, truly enjoyed your wonderful post!! ~Robyn Lee


    • dilipnaidu says:

      So glad you liked the Chinmaya post and the wisdom in the quote. I found it difficult to express just how blissful it was. There can be no gift for our children better than to make them believe in good values. And yes we all need to practice the wisdom in our daily lives.

      Thanks for your lovely words.


  2. pdhillon says:

    Loved the title – made me go through the article. Every line has a meaning and was informative. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Thanks to those lovely photos. Ashram is a perfect place to relax and spend your weekend away from everything that will make you stress. And you really did a great job with your new blog look. Awesome!


  4. Sriram says:

    Another interesting take on Fear – comes from a comic – called Green Lantern. It was released as a movie too this year!. The Premise is simple – There are Guardians (the wisest beings) who have harnessed the power of WILL protect the universe through soldiers called green lanterns who are chosen for their strong will. One of the guardians – called Parallax- wants to explore alternative sources of energy to harness as he finds that will is a very delicate source and even strong willed sometimes go weak in the knees. So he seeks a source of power that grows and never weakens – FEAR! But he gets so consumed by fear that he is now in the ‘fear’ of losing it!!So wants to take over the universe by the power of fear by ‘defeating’ will.
    Now we have an unlikely hero – a person who is a fighter pilot – for whom fear is NOT an option because he is constantly in near death situations – who now faces Parallax.
    He realizes that the only way to defeat fear – is first by acknowledging it and then facing it square on. By refusing to acknowledge our fears, it grows and becomes all consuming as our refusal to acknowledge fear is rooted in ‘fear’ of losing our image of being fearless! and the story goes that he is able to ‘will’ his way out of fear and defeat parallax.

    There is another interesting anecdote from Adi Shankara’s life – He was on his tour of the land debating and lecturing on his concept of Advaita and his theory of Maya – that causes this unreal world to appear real. It so happens that a rogue elephant comes on the path and everyone runs hither tither including Shankara. A wise pandit came upto a panting Shankara and said, “O Shankara! just now you said that the world is unreal, and yet you run to protect your life from an ‘unreal’ elephant”. Shankara smiled and replied ” Who told you that I ran? the elephant coming & I running that you saw were also unreal!”
    So its also about perspective and the plane at which we operate. It’s perhaps easier for Masters like Chinmaya to be fearless as their plane of operation is rooted in permanence. For the rest, perhaps the comic green lantern is a starting point – defeating fear by acknowledging it.



    • Dilip says:

      Dear Sriram you have put across in a simple and interesting way the meaning of Fear and its origin. I am sharing your first comment with our readers and for wider viewing. I must see the movie “Green Lantern” in the very near future 🙂

      Thanks and cheer!


  5. Sriram says:

    First off compliments on this wonderful design change – pleasant and deep….
    Swami Govindgiri – is merely paraphrasing what the scriptures have always held as True. Focus on that One Awareness; being in IT- ALL becomes known. This is exactly what Einstein proved with his mass energy equation – All is energy and Consciousness. What is Fear? Or for that matter Shame? or any other emotion that requires an OTHER to exist? They all require an OTHER for their existence – I am afraid of … an object has to be there for fear to exist, be it ‘myself’. similarly shame to exist requires an other and so on. When one reaches that level of consciousness where only ‘I’ exist and there is NO other, where is the question of the existence of all these concepts that are so lame that they need support to exist. So without any support they just fall off ….
    So it is a little wonder that Swami Chinmayananda IS fearless.
    What does one do to get there?
    First to enhance our ‘present’ – enhance our own awareness. for eg when there is this sensation of fear – lets examine it – what is it that we are afraid of? and more often than not fear of ‘loss of image’ is something that is deep seated in all of us. We are all so much in the game of living up to images that we are afraid of even being ourselves for the fear of losing the image!
    and this image creation is because there are others and we seek approval of others. since there are others there are ‘inferior’ others and ‘superior’ others and all such attributes follow.
    Sri Ramana gives us a simple solution for all this. He says whenever you are in contemplation go to the root of it all. Who is the source of the other? Who is it makes you feel fear and who is feeling the fear? are there really two out there?
    His own experience of ‘death’ lead to his ‘awakening’ – reproduced here is a translation of his experience – “One day in his seventeenth year, Venkataramana (as he was called then) had a very profound experience that was to become the turning point in his life. As usual he was in the first floor of his uncle’s house in a mood of deep thought. All of a sudden he was seized by the fear of death. He started asking himself what death is and what happens to him after he dies. He lay down with his arms stiffly to his sides as if dead, held his breath and pretended to be dead;

    “Now death has come but what does it mean? What is it that is dying? The body dies and is carried off to the cremation ground and reduced to ashes. But with the death of the body, am I dead? The body is now motionless, but still I have knowledge of my individuality. If so the ‘I’ in me is not merely my body; it is a deathless spirit.””

    It seems this whole experience lasted around half an hour and later when asked how long was it, Sri Ramana says it hardly lasted a moment – and then quips, what is TIME for what IS?

    So all it takes is a moment for getting into The Awareness and to get over fear … But do we have a moment to spare?

    The prescription is as follows – As you contemplate and observe your thoughts, ask yourself where from do thoughts arise? seek the source of your thoughts and you will find thoughts slip away leaving you and an awareness fills you …. Its through practice that we can get to this thoughtless-awareness state and perhaps at A moment we will never slip back into this current state of ignorance.

    So as they say Carpe Diem – Sieze the Moment.



  6. brar ajaib singh says:

    thanks a lot for a lovely background of wilderness and serene atmosphere. it is very inspiring and make you peaceful and you are engrossed. such surroundings takes you into deeper layers in no mind where it is all devine. no doubt fearlesness is the greatest virtue. whole existance is there to support you. living in the moment is the key to attain fearlessness.ajay


    • Dilip says:

      Ajai kya baat hai! Yes sir – living in the present moment is surely the mantra for supreme courage! Beautifully put. I’d love to work on that myself.

      And I am glad you liked the blog color theme thanks to ‘Selecta by Obox Design’ and to WordPress.



  7. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Awesome ‘Design’ in your blog! The Designer Extraordinaire, Mr. Steve Jobs, would have been mighty pleased indeed!! And the soothing blue colour ( does induce tranquility!

    This post has made me nostalgic….As a very young girl, I used to attend Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes at Calcutta religiously every Sunday morning. And with Children’s Day round the corner, I would like to share this. It was Swami Chinmayananda who said: “Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit. The seed of spiritual values should be sown in young hearts, and the conditions made favourable for sprouting and steady growth through proper control and discipline. It must be cared for with the warmth of love and affection, and such a tree shall blossom forth flowers of brotherhood, universal love, peace, bliss, beauty, and Perfection”.

    And the visionary spiritual master also said very succinctly:

    “Love is to the human heart what sunshine is to flowers.”

    The quote on being ‘Fearless” is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it. One can actually conquer the world with that one sterling quality but as Mark Twain said:

    “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” ~Mark Twain

    IMHO, I think we would do well to follow what Elanor Roosevelt said:
    You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face….You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

    Thanks and regards,



    • Dilip says:

      Hello Geetha,

      As always your comments enrich the theme. And yes in line with the Mark Twain quote it is the courage of the mind that is the toughest to handle. How nice to know you attended Chinmaya classes in your childhood. I am sure Chennai would have many such discourses happening.

      The link on color blue is not opening right now but would love to check it out – blue being my favorite.

      Thank you for your kind words.


  8. Dilip,

    First off, your site looks amazing. You keep changing it. I like the feel of this change.

    Secondly, how wonderful you spent such a life altering weekend at an Ashram. I would love to do that someday. Talk about a spiritual adventure. Ahhh! The closest I get to that is going to Golden Door Spa in Escondido, California which is heaven on earth for me. Japanese inspired, calming, they have a labyrinth in the woods, where I learned of my gift for writing haiku…I could go on and on.

    I can imagine the peace you experienced. Beautiful.



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