Motivation and Inspiration, Mysticism, Yogic Studies
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In Life’s darkness. Mother is light.

In these ongoing paralysing times of helplessness, while doing nothing; close your eyes. Think of water, a river. And if possible become it.

Shiva was eyes wide open in all directions. Yet the destructive eye had to open, and took him inwards. Ujjain arrived in the morning. We went to pataloka to touch the equator in dim light and later ate potato spice.

Darkness is the birth place of all creations. A child becomes in the dark. The lights glows the most in the dark.

It is not that the darkness is wrong. It’s a part of life, a backdrop for the stars at night, the space between what you know. Darkness has a way of reminding you of the light. ExistING side by side. Sometimes overlapping, one explaining the other.

And Mangla, the beautiful brown cow here in the village is pregnant. One big similarity, between a cow and a human mother is that both take nine months for their child to come out playing in the wild. Also one of many reasons, the oldest living civilisation considers cow a mother.


Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


  1. AS always, a highly original look at our difficult times. I think, in your old age you might be a famous guru sitting cross-legged on the top of a mountain, with thousands of worshipers climbing for your guidance. Excellent.


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  2. A beautiful reflection on our dark times. I like the way you say that “Darkness has a way of reminding you of the light.” Now, it’s up to each one of us to move towards that light.

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    • Hi Shudhanshu, welcome on the road. I did make it. And like most other works it came out of seeing; sitting with my loved ones observing the sun finish his journey on a beach.

      There could be interpretations of course, but for me it now is only a memory without saying anything much.

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      • I thought that it showed 2 humans swimming/drowning in the sea and a cow on a beach πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I couldn’t think equally as stupid about the red color and so i wondered. I can bet everyone will laugh while they scroll through my comment. πŸ˜‚ Nice blog though.

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        • ha ha you know Shudhanshu, in our generation we have wired ourselves to find something more, it is with all of us. Its good that you wrote. You are heartily welcome. And thank you.


  3. Thoughts well expressed, is that a painting ? It is beautiful. One of my favourite quotes is ‘ There is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. Regards

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