Table of Contents
PART I: Snow in Srinagar 
  Reaching Srinagar
  The city of fame
  Rainy afternoon in ...
  Up the Sindh river in a doonga
  Snow in Srinagar
  Chilai Kalan
  Crossing the Vitasta
  Journey into the Himalayas
  Ishbar evenings
  Pony ride in the Liddar valley
  Views of Haramukh
  My father in Hawaii
PART II: Ten Thousand Years of Solitude 
  The Fire in the Waters
  Records of our lives
  Ask Krishna
  The Conductor of the dead
  A Wounded bird
  The riddle of Isha
  Patanjali's song
  The hidden path up the hill
  Inner Sarasvati
  Naming things
  On high desert
  A small beginning
  Seeking answers
  Nachiketa's dual
  Quantum implications
  Chance and necessity
  A Boy and his dog
  Book in pdf format

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri



The Riddle of Isha

All that moves has a secret:
the spirit envelops the bones
and when you yield
you win without greed. 

Regrets of a hundred years
weigh us down
unless we know the dance. 

We are led to darkness
if we don't recognize the image
we saw as children. 

That which never stirs
is very swift
we can't chase it down with thoughts
it will stop when one stands still. 

It moves and moves not
its eye surrounds
overpowers with its magic. 

This is a strange walk
to the darkness of the vault
and when we soar
the darkness beyond
the horizon in the west
is more intense.
If one could journey
to the secret of the smile
pleasures will come
without the seed of sorrow
detachment will fall
without emptiness. 

Can we jump
beyond the golden disk
remember the deeds
there is
no other.



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