Conversation with the Lord – 2018 As usual I invoked the presence of the Lord through my usual rituals and He appeared in front of me with a smiling face. I said, “My dear Lord, please accept my humble pranams to you on this auspicious day”. The Lord responded, “Behave yourself and be a good man to everyone, rest will be taken care”. I nodded my head affirmatively to demonstrate my obedience to the Divine Lord. Me: “Can I ask my doubts?” Lord: “Please go ahead. It is usual ritual between two of us. Besides torturing me, you also torture the ILites by writing about our conversation in IL.” Me: “Lord, how do you communicate with your family members and others in Kailasam and Vaikundam? Do you have verbal communication or you also have social media like Facebook, Twitter, FaceTime, Instagram, etc. Do you post your status”? Lord: “I don’t know whether it would make sense to you if I explain how things work in Kailasam and Vaikundam. All our conversations are recorded only for teaching something to the humanity. In real terms, no one speaks to each other nor we post our status. Everything is known to everyone and there is no need for communication among the Lords. We are all close to each other always. I understand humanity is distancing itself with the real-life family members and friends to establish friendship internationally with unknown friends and that too with a brand-new social media ID? Is that correct?” Me: I blushed a little while thinking how to answer the Lord’s counter question. “Sometimes, it is easier to communicate with unknown friends to share some of our life issues and share the status, Lord”. Lord: “Please remember what I said in our first meeting. I am always available in every corner of the street and you can either come and talk to me or think about telling all your problem to me. I am everywhere to listen to your problems and eventually, you will find a way to solve it yourselves”. Me: I wanted to quickly change the topic. “Lord, earlier people use to think for making your statue, they need to order it with the sculptor. Now a days, with just your image, we can three D print your statue. Life is becoming easier to get your statues but only invoking you to appear is still a lot of effort”. Lord: “You haven’t changed one bit in 4 years and perhaps you were born with your stupidity. I wonder whether you grasp everything I say to you in each meeting. I am just a symbol of your self-confidence and by invoking me, you just wake your own self-confidence. For doing anything in life, you need self-confidence and that is why I am being invoked first. Regarding making my statue through Sculptor or 3-D printing, it makes no difference to me. My existence is to remind you about what you could achieve if you put your mind to anything. Praying to me thinking I was going to fix all your problems without you making any effort is sheer waste of time. Me: I was wondering what one question I could ask that would have the Lord smile again. “Lord, please help me understand how my mind works and how to liberate my soul from the strangulating influence of my mind?” Lord: With a smile, he started his answer. “Your ignorance is eliminated when all your doubts are removed. All your doubts arise from your thoughts. Cauldron of thoughts is your Mind. Your mind is filled with a lot of desires and attachments. Desires and attachments are the root cause of pain and suffering. Watch your thoughts distancing yourself from them, attempt to silence your mind from agitation, perform your actions with no expectations, reduce your desires and attachments and accept all that happens, as is. You will liberate your soul. Achieving Paramananda from your inner core called “Self” or “Consciousness” relinquishing the need to have the wrappers (such as body, mind and intellect) of your gift called life is liberation. When all your obstacles are removed and you gain true knowledge, that is Ganesh Chaturthi”. Me: Scratching my head, “My namaskarams to you, Lord. Thank you for clarifying all my doubts”. Lord: Getting read to leave said, “Did I? then why your mind is asking what is my Gathi (Destiny)? Please tell your mind Saranagadhi (Surrender) is the best option”. Me: Thinking what I can hide from the Lord, I closed my eyes and started singing a bhajan. “You take all the obstacles away, O Lord Gananatha You give us happiness, You give us auspiciousness You take all the sorrows away, O Lord Gananatha There is no emptiness, there is no loneliness"