I is the Obstacle EGO by Pandit Divyang Vakil

“I” is the Obstacle

What is the obstacle to discovering Ultimate Truth?

There is a beautiful Sufi poem in Hindi:
Ek Bastu, Ek Bimb Hai
Main Dono Ke Beech
Jab Main, Main Se Choot Gaya
Sahib Rahyo Samij

Translation:

Everything is one. All matter is the same. When we look behind all matter, still, existence is one.
Because I am here surrounded by all of the matter, when “I” look at it, every thing looks different.
But when I can come out from the grip of the “I” (ego)
Only God, pure existence, remains there in front of me.

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To be a Master of Indian Classical Music by Pandit Divyang Vakil

To be a Master of Indian Music

I am amazed at how many students I get who want master Indian music or tabla. The desire is commendable, but the effort that is made to achieve this aim does not reflect this goal. The world has changed. There was a time not long ago, when students of music would practice 7, 8, 10 hours a day. Besides practice, they did nothing. There were no weekends, no days off. It was single-pointed focus to become a master. There were no birthday parties and movies, no social commitments. For a period of time, they left behind the world in order to achieve greatness. And once that level is attained, a beautiful world opens up that cannot be described in words.

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