To be human is to be….A view from the Devi Lens

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WIth the Devi’s Blessings. Cover art by Jayant Kalawar 2018.

By Jayant Kalawar

When I wrote the essay Outsider Deconstructing European Enlightenment it was a way of describing what it means to be human, by telling a story of how some humans have done things with each other and with nature around them. Many of us call such descriptions history.

So these humans I describe have a quite a bit of potential to act in different ways. However, much of it has not been switched on (yet).  Most of these humans seem to be very good at utilizing some of their potential, for example: to survive, reproduce, acquire material things and consume them.

That leaves out the potential for courage to be compassionate, to connect with all species on Earth and the Earth itself and to explore and connect with cosmic spiritual vibrations. Such potentials, in most humans, remain untapped. In my essay I talk about how each of these seven potentials (yes, if you go back and count you will see there are seven) are channeled through seven chakrAs.  which I posit makes for being human, when you see humans through the Devi Lens (all that in the essay).

What switches on these potentials? The culture you live in and how you are nurtured plays a big role in throwing these switches on and off. It’s this cultural driver that I focus on in my Outsider essay, to show how it switches on some of our potentials and lets others remain dormant.

In current usage in our digital world, we all live in now, I think it is better to call this driver memetic complex, rather than culture. New memes are produced and old ones are morphed or die every day now in this relatively new digital age. So unlike the past, we have a real chance to develop many memetic complexes (is that the right plural? – but you get the point) that may switch on the entire range of potentials in humans.

I think there are two more drivers for switching on potentials in humans.

One of those drivers I think is the natural environment we interact with, including through breathing, consuming and generally our physical living conditions. I want to explore how this driver actually works within us at the cellular level, through gene expressions and protein pathways. I have barely begun learning about this. But at the moment, my sankalpA is to write my next essay on how natural environment and genetics drive the switching of human potentials on and off. It took me about 3 years to write and self-publish the Outsider essay, after almost 15 years of reading and research (not knowing where it would take me, if at all). So, I have no sense of what may emerge and when that may end up being an essay about this cellular / endocrine driver and how it is tied to the chakrAs. But the general broad intention is present.

The other driver is personal practices, sAdhanA leading to upAsanA. You will notice I am not translating when I drop Sanskrit words into what I write here. It is easy to find meanings with Google search these days. If you are really interested you will do so and in the process perhaps get more and more comfortable with living in a global memetic complex! That one is so personal that I am not sure it could even be an essay. Perhaps a short memoir, some distant time in the future, when some sense emerges that there is something worthwhile to share.

Notice the use of emerging. Rather than aspiring.

If you do download and read my Outsider essay on Kindle, I hope you write and post your comment here. Especially how it made you think differently about what it is to be human and how we go about doing things in this world.

An Outsider Deconstructing European Enlightenment

Devi Cover for Outsider European Enlightenment Kindle 190506

WIth the Devi’s Blessings. Cover art by Jayant Kalawar 2018.

I recently published this essay on Amazon Kindle. Here is a brief summary:

From an outsider’s perspective, European Enlightenment was a brilliant social innovation, which emerged in the 17th century, as a response to the brutally destructive intra-religious wars in Europe. It led to the formation of national governments, financial markets and rapid growth of a certain kind of science and technology. However by the 21st century, that innovation, through its runaway success, has had unintended global consequences of ecocide, fratricide and suicide, particularly impacting those outside of the European sphere. This 60 page essay takes you briefly through the 3000 year history of monotheism in the West, before focusing on the 17th century and the path that has led to the current global systemic crises. The outsider, using the framework of his Devi traditions, offers a compass of hope, to navigate out of the global dystopian scenario charted by European Enlightenment, towards compassion, connection and immersion.

There are quite a few pages open to browse here:

An Outsider Deconstructing European Enlightenment

You may decide to download after browsing.

I am opening this page to comments and discussions. The comments posted on this page so far are quite insightful. You may want to browse through them as well. And please consider posting your comment here as well.



Responding to Kashmir Terror of February 14th 2019: Vedic Astrology Perspective

Durga MAtA by Photo by Soumik Dey on Unsplash 180807

ॐ श्री मात्रे नमः (Photo by Soumik Dey on Unsplash)

The terrorist attack in Kashmir on February 14th 2019 appears to have led to deep and widespread angst in India.  One of the questions being asked is whether and when India may strike back with a military operation, as a response to the terror attack.

Here is my assessment in that context, based on Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology[1].

India Independence chart (August 15th 1947 12 am Delhi, India) is going through Jupiter (8th L)  Bhukti currently. Transit Jupiter was at 25:59 on Jan 14th, afflicting within 2 deg with 9th aspect of natal Sun at 27:59 in Cancer, when the terror attack took place. Sun rules 4th house of domestic and communal harmony in the India Indep chart. natal Sun by the 8th L Jupiter gives death like experiences in domestic arena. This affliction will peak on Feb 27th, implying need for more caution for domestic events which may result in death like experiences, whether man made or natural, in the next 10 days. Let us hope no further violent loss of life is experienced.

Tr 6th L Venus transiting 8th H of obstructions and death will directly afflict Tr 10th L Saturn Feb 16th-18th, indicating potential for increased impact on emotional and physical well-being of the  masses of people during those days.

Is there potential of a military response from India to the terrorist attack on February 14th? Tr 12th L in Mars is currently strong as it is transiting in its home base Aries and will be directly aspecting most effective points in 12th, 6th and 7th houses for the next 5 days. This indicates potential for military operations between now (Feb 15th) and Feb 20th. Operations launched within this date range from a distance from home base (12th H) e.g. air or sea borne may be carried out in a distant land (7th H) and have the potential for success in conflict situations (6th H).

Let us see what transpires.


[1] For more information in Systems Approach to Mundane Astrology go to

India: Some Risk Signs Flashing

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NOT RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME (Photo by Jeremy Dorrough on Unsplash)


January 14th 2019

By Jayant Kalawar

A few weeks ago I had pointed out in an article here that India could be headed for an anti-incumbency wave in a May 2019 election. There were two suggestions made at the end of that Vedic Astrology[1] based analysis on how to manage such a potential wave: one was to ease the GST burden on small businesses and  the other was to provide relief for all the micro businesses and individuals in the unorganized sector who got really badly hit by the demonetization.

The government of India moved last week to exempt many small businesses from GST. That would be a welcome step for many.

Now to wait and see whether the government will put on the Chaiwaalaa hat to understand how the micro unorganized sector was hurt by demonetization. They are the ones who will come out to vote in numbers and that may feel like a big wave indeed.

Meanwhile, Tr 8th L Jupiter is at 20 deg Scorpio now. It is afflicting natal 10th L Saturn and natal 6th L Venus. The next few weeks may be tough as Tr 6th L Venus conjuncts with Tr Jupiter in Scorpio and Tr Mars comes into the 5th aspect affliction of Tr Jupiter. There may be financial impact in general and especially on FX reserves position. FX reserves have stabilized in the $395 bill range after reaching a high of $425 bill in early 2018. This may see some downward pressure in the next few weeks. The USD INR rate had improved as Tr Ju was relatively out of affliction / afflicting zones in the last few weeks. It has now begun slipping back into the 70s range.

[1] I follow the Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology as propounded by the Late Professor V.K. Choudhry. See

Flourishing Through the Rough Terrain of 2019: A Vedic Astrology Perspective

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The Devi Waiting For Her Children To Come Back Home (c) Jayant Kalawar 2019

Aum Sri MAtre NamahA

By Jayant Kalawar

The planetary patterns for 2019 beginning March and especially in the May – October 2019 period are quite rough.

Many of us have encountered such rough terrains before in our lives. Those of us who connect with their IshTa DevatA on a daily basis know that this connection gives them more chances to flourish through these rough terrains.

In a September 2018 article on my website, Calm Before the Storm, I had made the specific prediction that the November 6th 2018 mid-term election in USA may likely weaken the ability of the current president of the USA to provide leadership and implement his agenda and that it may likely translate into a sense of political weakness in the USA:

All this points to chances that the November 6th mid-term elections in USA may end up giving a weak result for the current US president.

On January 10th 2019 when the newly elected US Congress convenes the Rahu-Ketu field will be at its peak intensity. The result of the mid-term elections will likely be amplified and may likely begin impacting the ability of the current US president to carry out strong positive leadership actions in 2019.

So by end of January 2019 we may have a sense of how 2019 may likely unfold. Any sense of political weakness in the USA may translate into financial and economic weakness not only in the USA but throughout the globe.

As I write in this on January 11th 2019, these predictions are being borne out. The Democrats have taken over the House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. President Trump has shut down parts of the United States government, in response to the US Congress not funding his agenda. While still early in January, this situation already signals political weakness in the US. Planetary patterns are pointing to the period between January 11th and 23rd as likely to be most vulnerable to misunderstandings and disputes between and among political parties in the US. So by the last week of January we may be better able to assess how well positioned USA is to respond to the disturbances that emerging planetary patterns are signaling for later in 2019.

The first signs of potential for physical and economic distress are likely to emerge from March 22nd on wards and become somewhat intensive after April 8th. The most intense period distress is likely to be between mid-May and mid-October 2019, with peak in July 2019. The source of the disturbances may be a combination of natural and man made triggers and likely impact both economic and physical areas of life.

Each of us may experience disturbances in different areas of life

The planetary patterns also give us indications of how they may impact each of us differently, within a range of possibilities. Approximately 15% of people may directly experience such impacts. That is about 1 in 6 of us. The rest of us will likely have one or more people in our family and friends circle going through some direct experience of distress and many of us may choose to step in to help them through their situations.

Here are likely high stress area for each of the ascendant signs between about mid-May to mid-October 2019:

Aries: Income, especially investment or rental income, may be stressed, which may have secondary impact on father figures, advanced studies and ability to travel long distance for business purposes.

Taurus: Career and social status areas may be stressed and that may impact intimate relationships.

Gemini: Health of father, performance in graduate or specialized studies and long distance business travel may be stressed and that may impact personal and business partnerships.

Cancer: Conjugal relationship may be stressed and that may give rise to disputes and trigger emotional and physical health issues.

Leo: Emotional and physical health of personal and business partners may be stressed and that may in turn stress children and creative activities.

Virgo: Work place stress and stress on physical and emotional health may have secondary impact on home life and mother.

Libra: Children and creative activities may be stressed and show up as impact on your initiatives, ventures and in the way you communicate.

Scorpio: Home life and mother’s emotional and physical health may be stressed and this may impact overall family well-being.

Sagittarius: New initiatives, ventures, younger siblings / colleagues, ability to communicate may be impacted and in turn result in stress on personal emotional and physical health.

Capricorn: Over all family well-being may be stressed and result in losses and separations.

Aquarius: Emotional and physical health may be stressed, resulting in losses in income and relationship with mentors.

Pisces: There may be losses and separations, which may in turn impact career and social status.

How to manage this potentially rough terrain and flourish

If you have reached this part of this article, I am assuming you have experienced the power of observing patterns presented by planetary configurations using Vedic Astrology and also know about the power of connecting with your IshTa DevatA.

For those who connect with their Ishta Devata on a daily basis, there may be a unique date and time on January 20th – 21st to connect and meditate, to seek guidance on how to navigate through this rough terrain. There will be a relatively long lunar eclipse between 9:36 pm on Sunday January 20th to 2:48 am Monday January 21st (New York time zone). The total eclipse is from 11:41 pm to 12:43 am. Sitting in a meditative pose and silently chanting your IshtA DevatA mantra from about 10:30 pm to 1:45 am may give you a channel to strengthen your connection with the DevetA to ask for blessings for yourself and your family, friends and community to help go through the rough planetary terrain forming between late March and late October of 2019.

Aum Sri MAtre NamahA

Please note: I follow Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology propounded by the Late Professor V.K. Choudhry ( In this article, I have used chart for USA developed using Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology (see ). I also follow the work done by Cosmologer, who discovered the SAMVA USA chart in 2006 with the help of J.T.W. Battalana. He developed the chart based on extensive historical research and predictions for over a decade based on the Systems’ Approach and with guidance from the late Professor Choudhry (see )

60 Years of Indian Political History to May 2019 General Elections: A Vedic Astrology Perspective

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The Destroyer of Ignorance and Confusion – Aum Namo KAlarAtreya NamAhA (Source: Wikipedia, Devi Kalratri, Sanghasri, Kalighat, Kolkata, 2010)

By Jayant Kalawar

The state assembly elections in India in November – December 2018 returned an anti-incumbency verdict, with BJP losing in Rajashthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. The question came up whether this anti-incumbency momentum would be repeated in the May 2019 General Election.

So I took up my lens from Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology (SAMVA)[i] and began investigating using India’s Independence Chart (using 7:43 deg Taurus rising chart for 12 am August 15th 1947, Delhi).

I noticed that the current cycle of elections were occurring in the Jupiter Bhukti period (August 15th 2018 – December 15th 2019), which was preceded by Rahu Bhukti period (Feb 13th 2017 – August 15th 2018). So I set out investigating whether during similar Rahu Bhukti – Jupiter Bhukti periods there were anti-incumbent waves. Here are my notes from my investigation of the political events in India corresponding to five data points of Rahu Bhukti – Jupiter Bhukti periods since 1960:

  1. 1960-1965: India-China Border dispute escalated after India gives Dalai Lama asylum and India began its forward policy of having army posts along the Chinese border. In 1963 the Congress lost popularity following the defeat in the Indo-Chinese war of 1962.To revitalize the party, Kamraj proposed the Kamaraj Plan to Nehru that encouraged six Congress chief ministers (including himself) and six senior cabinet ministers to resign to take up party work.
  2. 1975-1980: Emergency Rule by Indira Gandhi and a highly unpopular family planning initiative by Sanjay Gandhi from June 25th 1975 to March 21st 1977. In the General Elections that followed, Congress Party and Indira Gandhi defeated, including losing her own seat.
  3. 1985- 1987: Congress Party with Rajiv Gandhi had a super majority of 411 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha from the 1984 December general election. He proceeded to dilute the Shah Bano verdict by the Supreme Court of India giving Muslim women rights in divorce proceedings. This led to accusation of minority appeasement. In July 1987 Rajiv Gandhi’s party lost in assembly elections in Haryana in a humiliating manner, which came as a shock.
  4. 1996-2002: This period saw BJP coming to power at the Center for the first time, with A.B. Vajpayee as Prime Minister, winning enough seats in the 1999 General Election to rule through coalitions, which were unstable and caused uncertainty. Subsequently in mid-May 2001 BJP lost in 5 key state elections.
  5. 2010-2012: 2G Spectrum scandal and many other scandals became a central issue against the UPA government. In the March 2012 state elections Congress lost in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa.

Pattern Observed with the 5 data points above: Actions by a ruling party in a Rahu Bhukti period leads to anti-incumbency wave in the immediately following Jupiter Bhukti period.

Prediction for May 2019 General Election based on Observed Pattern:

The current ruling party (BJP) implemented two programs during the Rahu Bhukti period of February 13th 2017 to August 15th 2018: Demonetisation and GST. These may have impacted the masses in a negative way, generating an anti-incumbency wave. The effect of this wave may be expected in the subsequent Jupiter Bhukti period of August 15th 2018 to December 15th 2019. The initial impact of the current anti-incumbency wave is already seen in the losses in the state elections in November-December 2018. It is likely that the anti-incumbency wave will continue resulting in BJP losing its majority position in the Lok Sabha elections in May 2019. There is likely to be instability at the Center up to December 2019, perhaps due to coalition politics.

For those more adept in Vedic Astrology and interested in Indian political history of the last 60 years, I provide details below of my findings and analysis of 60 years of Indian political history, focused on specific Rahu-Jupiter Bhukti periods.


I begin with the first Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti period in the India Independence Chart in April 1960.


10th L Saturn Major Period Establishing Foundations for the Masses Ends in Loss of Standing in conflict with Neighbors (natal Saturn in 3rd, directly afflicted by 6th L Venus)

Rahu Sub-period 4/26/1960 – 3/3/1963 India-China Border dispute begins to escalate after India gives Dalai Lama asylum and begins forward policy of having army posts along the Chinese border.

The Sino-Indian War (Hindi: भारत-चीन युद्ध Bhārat-Chīn Yuddh), also known as the Sino-Indian Border Conflict (simplified Chinese: 中印边境战争; traditional Chinese: 中印邊境戰爭; pinyin: Zhōng-Yìn Biānjìng Zhànzhēng), was a war between China and India that occurred in 1962. A disputed Himalayan border was the main pretext for war, but other issues played a role. There had been a series of violent border incidents after the 1959 Tibetan uprising, when India had granted asylum to the Dalai Lama. India initiated a Forward Policy in which it placed outposts along the border, including several north of the McMahon Line, the eastern portion of the Line of Actual Control proclaimed by Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in 1959.

Unable to reach political accommodation on disputed territory along the 3,225-kilometre-long Himalayan border,[11] the Chinese launched simultaneous offensives in Ladakh and across the McMahon Line on 20 October 1962, coinciding with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Chinese troops advanced over Indian forces in both theatres, capturing Rezang La in Chushul in the western theatre, as well as Tawang in the eastern theatre. The war ended when China declared a ceasefire on 20 November 1962, and simultaneously announced its withdrawal to its claimed ‘line of actual control’.


Jupiter Sub: 3.3.63 – 9/14/65: Nehru era of establishing Indian Constitution (1950) and Indian States (1956) ends with Nehru’s death May 20th 1964. Indian National Congress begins to split into factions.

In 1964, Nehru died because of an aortic dissection, raising questions about the party’s future.[63][64][65]

  1. Kamaraj became the president of the All India Congress Committee in 1963 during the last year of Nehru’s life.[66] Prior to that, he had been the chief minister of Madras state for nine years.[67] Kamraj had also been a member of “the syndicate”, a group of right wing leaders within Congress. In 1963 the Congress lost popularity following the defeat in the Indo-Chinese war of 1962.To revitalize the party, Kamraj proposed the Kamaraj Plan to Nehru that encouraged six Congress chief ministers (including himself) and six senior cabinet ministers to resign to take up party work.[68][69][70] After Nehru’s death in May 1964, Kamaraj was widely credited as the “kingmaker” in Indian politics for ensuring the victory of Lal Bahadur Shastri over Morarji Desai as the successor of Nehru.[71]


The split in Congress Party under Kamaraj Plan, in this Jupiter sub-period, began the move towards the ascendancy of Indira Gandhi in 1966. The incumbent Congress (Organization) led by Morarji Desai was effectively voted out.

1975-1980 Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti Period

This one occurred in 5th L Mercury Dasha Period Relating To Children Ends in Reaction to Anti-Children Actions (forced sterilizations as means to family planning, also general signification of Mercury, open communication )

Rahu Sub-period 3/13/75 – 9/29/77: Emergency Rule by Indira Gandhi and a highly unpopular family planning initiative by Sanjay Gandhi from June 25th 1975 to March 21st 1977.


How did the Emergency get mixed up with sterilization?

Indira Gandhi’s 20-Point Programme did not say a word about family planning. But Sanjay Gandhi’s Four-Point Programme not only had family planning as the first point but it became the only point which was ruthlessly implemented on a national scale. In Sanjay’s vocabulary, family planning meant only one method – sterilization.

Jupiter Sub-period 9/29/77 – 1/5/1980: Congress Party and Indira Gandhi defeated, including losing her own seat.

The structural factors allowed voters to express their grievances, notably their resentment of the emergency and its authoritarian and repressive policies. One grievance often mentioned was the ‘Nasbandi’ (vasectomy) campaign in rural areas. The middle class also emphasised on the curbing of freedom of speech throughout the country.



1985-1987 Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti Period

This occurred during Ketu Dasha Period of Loss and Transformation: Loss of Congress Party standing as the only National Party, Emergence of BJP claiming to represent traditional religious and spiritual interests

Rahu Sub-period 8/14/85 – 9/2/86: Rajiv Gandhi, with a super majority if 411 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha from the 1984 December general election, proceeded to dilute the Shah Bano verdict by the Supreme Court of India giving Muslim women rights in divorce proceedings. This led to accusation of minority appeasement. Many say this was the turning point for beginning of rise of BJP as a National political party.


Jupiter Sub-period 9/2/86 – 8/9/87: In July 1987 Rajiv Gandhi’s party lost in assembly elections in Haryana in a humiliating manner, which came as a shock.

Haryana elections: Congress(I) humiliated, Devi Lal’s Lok Dal(B) wins

This simple act symbolised not only the ideological change that had swept Haryana, but also the dramatic reversal in the fortunes of the Congress(I) which, like its leaders’ photographs, had been dumped unceremoniously, by the voters of the northern state. It was the hardest knock yet for Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, weakened as he is by scandals of kickbacks from defence deals.


1996-2002 Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti Period

This occurred during 6th L Venus Dasha Period Time of Conflicts, Disputes and hence Instability with Multiple Coalition Governments

Rahu Sub-period 11/13/96 – 11/14/1999: Congress was in power through a coalition government. It attempted to control the government by withdrawing support for one Prime Minister (Deve Gowda) and having another (I.K. Gujral) in his place. Led to unstable governance and a mid-term general election was called in December 1997.


New Lok Sabha elected in 1998 makes for a first time BJP led coalition led by A.B. Vajpayee. It is also unstable and lasts only 13 months. Another General Election is called for on April 26th 1999.


General Election of September 1999 led to another BJP led coalition with A.B. Vajpayee as its PM, forming government.


Jupiter Sub-period 11/14/99 – 7/15/2002: Mid-May 2001 BJP loses in 5 key state elections.

2010-2012 Rahu+Bhukti Period

This occurred during 4th L Sun Dasha Period of Domestic Telecommunication Innovation Projects (natal Sun in 3rd, well placed, old in degrees) with Progress Marred by Scams

Rahu Sub: 11/8/2010 – 10/3/2011: 2G Spectrum scandal and many other scandals became a central issue against the UPA government.

According to some analysts,[8] many corruption scandals including the 2G spectrum case, the coal mining scam, Adarsh Housing Society scam and the Commonwealth Games scam were major factors behind the Indian National Congress-led UPA government’s massive defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. The severity of the corruption charges led to a loss of trust between Congress and the party.[9][10] Time magazine listed the India’s Telecoms Scandal as one of the Top 10 abuses of power.[11]

Jupiter Sub-period: 10/3/2011 – 7/21/2012: March 2012 elections Congress loses in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Goa.


2017-2019 Rahu+Jupiter Bhukti Period

This is currently (at time of writing) occurring in the 3rd L Moon Dasha Period of New Reform Initiatives (natal Moon well placed, weak in infancy) Badly Implemented

Rahu Sub-period 2/13/2017-8/15/2018: Demonetisation, though it was introduced in November, prior to February 2017, may have played a role in people in the non-organized sectors (some say there are up to 80% of the population) who operate in a cash economy, both in rural and urban India, in disenchanting and distancing them from the incumbent Government. If this aspect of how people who live day to day operating in cash economy is true, then their reaction may be  similar to the 1977 reaction of people to forced sterilization.

Also, the GST implementation (July 2017) may have impacted small business and traders due to complexity of formulae as well as tardiness of implementation (source: )

Jupiter Sub-period 8/15/2018 – 12/15/2019: Incumbent BJP lost in 3 major state elections (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh) in November – December 2018. At the time of this writing, the trend appears to be that BJP may be in a weaker position coming out of the 2019 May General Elections.

Based on the analysis in this post, one may come up with an actionable finding for the ruling party, such as:

How to make up for the pain that voters may see as having come directly from the Government due to demonetization and GST implementation? That is question that may be keeping leaders and strategists for the incumbent government awake now (if not, perhaps that is what they may want to focus on and worry about?). If they can crack that question, the incumbents may still have a chance in the upcoming general election in May 2019?

[i] I follow the Systems Approach to Mundane Vedic Astrology as propounded by the Late Professor V.K. Choudhry. See



Enjoying Aloneness, How it is not Loneliness: A Contemplation

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Aum Sri Matre NamahA Thillai Nataraja temple, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu [photo by Santu Brahma] source: tweet by Keerthik Sasidharan @KS1729 on October 1st 2018.

by Jayant Kalawar


Aloneness happens when there is no dependence.

No dependence on possessing things.

No dependence on having any relationships.

No dependence on having any obligations to family, friends, community or society.

No dependence on any give and take transactions.

Loneliness happens when there is dependence on any of those things and one is deprived of them.

Dependence followed by deprivation causes loneliness.

Dependence on owning a car or home takes away from the capacity to be alone. One may own a car or home and yet not be dependent.

Dependence comes from an attachment to a particular object, whether the car or home.

Moving from owning a car today to not owning one tomorrow, in an equanimous way, requires considerable Aloneness capacity.

Aloneness can be cultivated to some extent.

But to have deep and stable Aloneness capacity requires a cognitive shift.

Cognitive shift of how you view yourself, how you view the space and time world around you.


Materialist view of yourself and the world leads to dependency. Dependency on the material.

Materialists cannot be alone.

Religious view of yourself and the world leads to dependency. Dependency on the material and God.

Religious people cannot be alone.

The languages that we use today have emerged from and constrained by materialist and religious views of the world.

The world of the Aloneness cannot be described in the languages we use today.

It can only be contemplated, along the way to disabling our dependencies.

It can only be contemplated as we are enabling the cognitive shift to Aloneness.

To sustain oneself on this path we need the blessings of the Devi. Aum Sri Matre NamahA.


This contemplative note is based on my interpretation of a discourse on certain verses of The Naishkarmya Siddhi of SureshvarA by Swami Shantananda of Chinmaya Vrindavan, Cranbury, NJ on October 25th 2018.