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Turiya and RamaKrishna: Who Are You?- ११

Nara commentates …

First called is Svante, a
little five year old sannyas aspirant, 
and subodhi, his mother. 
Ramakrishna tells him to shut his eyes
which he does, instantly, with 
full obedience, tight and 
very still, the little pouches straining
to do just right. 
His knees are held by
two chubby-small intentful hands. 
We all look
with breathless stillness
surrounding an open rose as the 
little swami emerges, 
Little Anando. 

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Last seven days were work but nights kept leading me to the milk mountains. Full moon i.e the sharad purnima of October, kept revealing magic on one condition. That I must not close my eyes. 

If I observe a graph of my inner self, it has been nothing less than hydrogen working its way towards the biggest star. Slowly but so intense, that being a writer becomes a curse because I cannot explain it. 

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In Omkareshwar, a few years ago, on the banks of the river Narmada. A register found me; a life of a french yogi documented in images glued on its thin white pages. It was a real treat. Because they were not mere photographs, but codes, Sri Yantras, ancient symbols designated to regions, verses of socrates and most interestingly, it had the night sky. He was a singer, an illustrator. He may still be alive. And this is going to be our quest, together.

As it looked. A visual autobiography of a Yogi if i may say; and someone who loved and prayed to the mother Kali. 

Ever since then, I had been imagining to work on this journey of a Photo book that has life of all the water in it. That can elevate one’s being; that over the years, has seen me in a quest to find Babaji. While it took me to many a gurus, their homes, ashrams, while walking in the forests or along the Indian rivers finding this elderly french Yogi.

Time is less.

In next two years, as i will travel, I will try to compile the conversations, old and new. And in front of you all. Because these are the most choicest ones that were held between a guru and a disciple. And a compilation for myself so that i know, and so that you as my family know and may become the ones to see this book grow rightly as a universal messenger through Images, symbols and conversations.

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Also Read: A day with the Yog maya

I was on the road to Nashala. Trees had looped me in. I was high on it, on a curve as the sound started appearing in front as if it was my heart pulping. It happened in the night, somewhere in the forest.

was naming someone: This will be your new name: Ma Deva Aikanta

Deva means divine, aikanta means aloneness. Self- knowledge is possible only in deep aloneness. Ordinarily whatever we know about ourselves is the opinion of others. They say “You are good” and we think we are good. They say “you are beautiful” and we think we are beautiful. They say you are bad or ugly . . . . . whatsoever people say about us we go on collecting. That becomes our self identity. It is utterly false because no one else can know you, can know who you are, except you yourself.  Whatsoever they know are only aspects, and those aspects are very superficial. Whatsoever they know are only momentary moods; they cannot penetrate your center. Not even your lover can penetrate to the very core of your being. There you are utterly alone, and only there will you come to know who you are. 

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Thank you.

If today is the first time you have arrived on The Road to Nara, you are heartily welcome ~ Namaste

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I will take this opportunity to introduce you to About me and importantly;

As a co-traveller, taking you through the Ten Lessons I learnt from several years on the roadbefore you coarse on youown Road to Nara.

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If you are still here, you might like to know about My Little School. If you wish to come over for a visit, to share your stories or one of your magic tricks with children, you will be heartily welcome.

If you would like to contribute to this project by funding a student to plant a tree, you can please do so here

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Above all, If you have anything to share, or feel like saying a hello, please feel free to write to me at

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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. 🙏❤️ Raw, profound & uplifting. You have the soul of a true traveller. That willingness to extinguish the false and embrace what remains

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  2. Unique post Narayan Ji.
    Such posts are very important in today’s world. For Peaceful life, one needs a basic understanding of Reality which is not objective but subjective. Your post is a subjective one. We the mankind should now dive into the ocean of subjective knowledge.
    Great 👍
    Excellent 👌
    Regards 🙏

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  3. You carry a traveling soul which grows as it traverses across the lenght and breath of the country, soaking in its true essence.
    I will look forward to the book you are planning on compiling in the coming years, on the conversations between Guru and disciple. I am sure it will be a treasure trove of learning and wisdom.
    Best wishes Narayan 💙

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    • Radhika, it is lovely to read from you, and more so because amongst all it is you who pointed out about the book, as the post was all about an announcement.

      It sounds exciting even to me how it might come together. For certainly it should be a treat to go through it.

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  4. I have always thought that the area of your journey is a place of deep wisdom and spirituality. And you are right, no one can really know you but yourself. Peace.

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  5. Michael Graeme says

    Thank you, Narayan, for this fascinating, poetic, and of course deeply spiritual writing. Over the years, I have gained much of my understanding, and peace with life, from my reading of the spiritual and philosophical traditions of Buddhism and Taoism. I regret to say I know little of the Hindu tradition, though what bit I do know of Yoga probably saved my sanity as a young man. Lately, however, I have begun to read more, and learn more, and indeed suspect the remainder of my personal spiritual journey lies in this direction, coupled perhaps with the current direction of the western idealist tradition, which seems convergent with it.

    Thank you again for your valuable words and your inspirational blogging.



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    • Thank you for writing this Michael. It is rather motivating for me to hear this from you.

      Hinduism has a lot of learning, peace and calmness give if people are open enough to receive.

      I will try if this Photo book in another two years can become what it achieves to.

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    • Dearest Michael, first of all, apologies for writing this late. Work has slowly started taking over my time now.

      You are a spiritual human, Michael and have made sure to find for your own self what could be the best for your spirit collectively. Buddhism helped spreading many peace filled vibrations around the world. And is the second most ancient faith after Jainism that came out from Hinduism.

      And amongst many, this is one aspect that i would like to also discover while compiling this book over the course of next two years.

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  6. Much love to you dear Narayan 🙏❤️ 😊 So happy to read about your spiritual journeys and experiences. Blissful moments ahead…

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  7. Wonderful post again, Narayan. These days with so much commotion and input from the outside world continually bombarding our senses, your words ring true: “Self- knowledge is possible only in deep aloneness. Ordinarily whatever we know about ourselves is the opinion of others.” Seeking and finding solitude is where we can begin to define our reality.

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