Kaivalya

Excerpts from ‘Kaivalya- a fire within’

The faint glow emanating from within one of the arches in the fort was luring to the onlooker, who knew, for a fact, that there were supposed to be no inhabitants in there. Perched on top of the elephant back along with the Mahout, they stood silently, a few meters away from this structure, on one of the meandering roads cut across the low hill. She was sure she had caught the glimpse of the human form for a brief few seconds before the glow turned fainter and the view more abstruse as the clouds softly inched over the moon and craftily obscured the silvery light that was being reflected from it. As clearly as the darkness was perceptible to the eyes, the presence of a certain aura was discernable to the mind that had a strong intuitive sense.

Page 41-42, Chapter 4, Earth

The growl was tense and loud. It was the most threatening sound that she had heard in all of her living years. Her heart pounded against her chest. She was in the grip of death. Sweat beads lined her wide, proud forehead. She turned to the direction from where she had felt and heard death reaching her. She heard the rustle. There was not a moment to lose. With her instincts sharper than ever, she raised the rifle to take aim. Suddenly a pair of glittering eyes seemed to pounce on her. She raised her rifle and took a shot exactly at the moment when the mouth of the rifle pointed between the two bared canines of the beast.

Page 107, Chapter 10, Fire

“I was so busy finding something in the distance. I lost perspective of what lay right there. I carried this in myself for a long time. I still do, to some extent. I realized that I need to pay attention and complete attention to what lies in front of me. It is better this way. To have a regret lodged within is extremely painful. I don’t want to carry more such pain inside.”

Page 300, Chapter 28, Space

“I have no idea how many chapters are left for me to navigate. Whatever is needed, I will do it all, with complete involvement. All of me. Whatever, it is that I am meant to do to cover my journey from duality to singularity; my journey from being to not being. In whatever capacity or personality that I am, my last spiritual quest would be to be able to make this transition willingly, knowingly, joyfully, and with complete awareness. I want to leave the form that I occupy with complete awareness and joy, Surya. Whenever the time is right. This time or the next. Or the next.”

Page 303, Chapter 28, Space