“Some animals hibernate over the winter, going into a very deep sleep. Hibernating animals usually retreat to a den, a burrow, or a hollow log for protection and shelter. During “true hibernation,” the animal’s body temperature drops, and its rate of breathing slows down. These hibernating animals are very difficult to awaken.”

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That is exactly what I’m doing now, after coming to New Jersey. My sister from Hyderabad, called me from Baltimore for a week.for chewing together our Hyderabad days. It is two months now, I’m here. She cooks or her daughters in laws during week ends, I eat and sleep.

At times, the inner guy asks:

“Why don’t you do some useful work?”

“Eating and sleeping – not useful work?”

“Useful for others, I meant”

“Such as ?”

“Get milk, vegetables”

“Is there a Chettiar shop next door, here? For a can of milk or a kg of tomato, one has to drive 3 miles. I can’t drive, I can’t walk in this winter”

“You can read, write”

“What else have I been doing all these years? Work in a factory or farm?”

“Practice singing”

“Madras Music Festival is awaiting to hear me!”

“Pinnacle of pessimism!”

“Practical thinking”

“You can help your grand children in their homework”

“Ha,ha. Joke of the year! Man, the syllabus and methods are Greek and Latin to me that I don’t understand ABCD of what the kids learn”

“You are not useful to the world. Get ready for your final journey. One seat will become vacant”

“Joke of the century ! What is their to get ready? Is it flying back to India, pack my baggage and weigh and wait for the cab?. My Master simply lifts me up, when the time comes”

“Absolutely unhelpful attitude. You will never reach Him”

“Reach Him? Reach Him where? He is in me and I’m in Him. I’m He and He is me. You talk as if He is in another world or planet!”
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“Mano Buddhi Ahankara Chitta Ninaham
Nacha Shrotra Jihve Na Cha Ghrana Netre
Nacha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Tejo Na Vayu
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Cha Prana Samjno Na Vai Pancha Vayu
Na Va Saptadhatur Na Va Pancha Koshah
Na Vak Pani Padau Na Chopastha Payu
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Me Dvesha Ragau Na Me Lobha Mohau
Mado Naiva Me Naiva Matsarya Bhavah
Na Dharmo Na Chartho Na Kamo Na Mokshah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Punyam Na Papam Na Saukhyam Na Dukham
Na Mantro Na Teertham Na Vedo Na Yajnaha
Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhokta
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Na Me Mrityu Shanka Na Me Jati Bhedah
Pita Naiva Me Naiva Mata Na Janma
Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham

Aham Nirvikalpo Nirakara Roopaha
Vibhur Vyapya Sarvatra Sarvendriyanam
Sada Me Samatvam Na Muktir Na Bandhah
Chidananda Rupa Shivoham Shivoham”
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“You want me to explain the meaning?”

“No, I’m feeling sleepy. You too go to sleep”

“That is the way of winter. Hibernate”

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