There’s always a moment that separates the past from the future, and that moment is NOW! Life is NOW. Past is history, future is mystery. Now is a gift to us, that’s why it’s called present. So let’s live in the present and be happy! Embrace change and enjoy your life as it unfolds. Stop worrying and doubting, and have faith that things will work out. Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds. We might not end up exactly where we intended to go, but eventually we will arrive precisely where we need to be.
George Harrison, from the Thirty-Three & 1/3 album liner notes
Photo: Bob Cato
The following is an article from the Observer-Reporter, Washington, PA, on 8 December 1976:
Life Still Changing For George Harrison At Age 33 1/3
By Mary Campbell
Former Beatle George Harrison says he was in a better mood last summer when he made his new album, ‘Thirtythree & 1/3′ than he was when he made his last album, ‘Extra Texture.’
It’s one of those quick answers the Beatles used to give in the early days of their giant fame and packed press conferences. But Harrison now has been a solo performer for seven years and he quickly adds, as befits his present maturity, ‘Because I just concentrated on doing the album. I avoided everything else. Previously I was trying to do half a dozen things at the same time.’
The path that leads to Gupt Mahadev cave goes from inside the Bade Mahadev cave. As we walked, my guide tells me that we are about to discover a truly miraculous hidden wonder.
I have always been fascinated with treasure hunts and this is exactly what it felt like. A deity associated with mountains hidden in the mountains. One cannot help but process the possibilities of how Lord Shiva is going to welcome you to another one of his serene abodes.
From the parking, I started walking towards where the road lead. A rivulet lead the way, as I noticed how clean its waters were - accompanied by rocks, eroded with time and turned into soft round pebbles. I went a little uphill and I saw this majestic sculpture of Lord Hanuman. He stood there as the protector of the gate and right next to it was a gap in between two rocks. I was taken aback, for the gap seemed very tight. Was this the hidden wonder?
I saw a sage come out of it! He resembled someone I had seen before, that established a very different comfort with me.
I decided to enter. With my shoes off, I crept into the darkness. That tiny gap did not seem tiny, but in the darkness opened up all my fears and pain I carry with me. I was alert, I was scared but I forged ahead step by step. This was an experience very new to me, it was like I was conquering my conscious to get to my subconscious. I reached a dim lit mandap, an oil lamp burning illuminating the Shiv linga. I bowed down as all my fears had been erased.
I was in the heart of the mountains, and I had just stepped into my own.
About the artist
Artist-storyteller Harshvardhan Kadam is fascinated by surreal landscapes, mystical beings and mythical creatures. His collective, inkbrushnme, with its eclecticism, has produced conceptually and stylistically powerful Visual Art. With conceptual clarity and solidity, he has illustrated many characters in graphic novels, and children’s books.
A poor devotee points to the sky and says “God is up there”. An average devotee says “God dwells in the heart as the Inner Master”. The best devotee says “God alone IS and everything I perceive is a form of God”.
Love and you will get love. Hate and hate will return. When you fill yourself with negative thoughts, you are destroying yourself. Be good to one and all. And God will be good to you. Positivity will beget positive results. Establish in HIM, make effort to remember him day and night. Seek him continuously through prayer and devotion. No effort goes to waste, even a tiny bit of this worship protects one from great fears.
Lord Shiva is the God of Love. His grace is infinite. He is the Saviour and Guru. He is engaged in freeing the souls from the thraldom of matter. He assumes the form of Guru out of the intense love for mankind. He wishes that all should know Him and attain the blissful Shiva-Pada. He watches the activities of the individual souls and helps them in their onward march. Shiva is the easiest to please and known as the master of boons as he gives boons very easily. He is known as Bholenath for a reason.