Remembering the Messiah!

Renowned saint Murari Bapu, who is a great narrator of “Ram Katha – Tulsi Ramayan”, once mentioned the following anecdote.

Murari Bapu was having a conversation with a Catholic Priest on various topics pertaining to Religion, Hinduism, Christianity and so on. During the course of the conversation, The Priest asked Murari Bapu, “Do you know the meaning and importance of the Cross?” Murari Bapu said with all honesty, “Yes, whatever little that I know is that Jesus was crucified on this cross. Since that day, Christians wear the cross in the memory of His great sacrifice for humanity.”

Priest smiled and said, “Yes, that is the general and prevailing understanding. However the deeper meaning is that if you look at the Cross, there are these two lines, one vertical and the other horizontal. The vertical line symolises Capital “I”our EGO and the horizontal line is crossing the I. The symbol suggests that the day you cross your Ego, you will be closer to God.”

Hence the Priest continued, “We Christians wear the cross on our chest, where the Ego lies, to keep reminding us of this simple but defining message.”

Osho says in The Book of Wisdom, Chapter 16 –

TO SURVIVE, AND TO STRUGGLE for survival in the fight of life, everybody needs a certain idea of who they are. And nobody has any idea. In fact nobody can ever have any idea, because at the deepest core you are a mystery. You can’t have any idea of it. At the deepest core you are not individual, you are universal.

That’s why if you ask the Buddha, “Who are you?” he remains silent, he does not answer. He cannot, because now he is no more separate. He is the whole. But in ordinary life even Buddha has to use the word ‘I’. If he feels thirsty he has to say, “I am thirsty. Ananda, bring me a little water, I am thirsty.”

For example, you have a name. That is a fiction. You came without a name, you did not bring a name with you, the name was given to you. Then by constant repetition you start becoming identified with it. You know your name is Rama or Rahim or Krishna. It goes so deep that if all you three thousand sannyasins fall asleep here and somebody comes and calls, “Rama, where are you?” nobody will hear except Rama. Rama will say, “Who has come to disturb my sleep?” Even in sleep he knows his name; it has reached to the unconscious, it has seeped through and through. But it is a fiction.

If you go deep into yourself, you will find that the name has disappeared. The idea of ‘I’ has disappeared; what is left is only a pure am-ness, is-ness, existence, being.

And that being is not separate, it is not yours and mine; that being is the being of all. Rocks, rivers, mountains, trees, all are included. It is all-inclusive, it excludes nothing. The whole past, the whole future, this immense universe, everything is included in it. The deeper you go into yourself, the more and more you will find that persons don’t exist, that individuals don’t exist. What exists is a pure universalness. On the circumference we have names, egos, identities. When we jump from the circumference towards the center, all those identities disappear.

THE EGO IS just a useful fiction.
Use it, but don’t be deceived by it.



एक मैं हूँ कि समझा नहीँ खुद को आज तक..!!
एक दुनिया है कि न जाने मुझे क्या-क्या समझ लेती है..

Ek mein hun ki samajha nahin khud ko aaj tak
ek duniya hai ki na jaane mujhe kya kya samajh leti hai.

While I am still discovering myself, not sure what the world thinks of me.

About rajivvaishnav

Rajiv Vaishnav Managing Partner Cornerstone Venture Partners Rajiv is Managing Partner at Cornerstone Venture Partners, a global tech VC fund focused on Consumer business enablers (such as Applied AI) and Enterprise / SME BI solutions (vertical SaaS, AR & VR applications, Blockchain for enterprise, etc.). Cornerstone is a Pre-series A / Series A fund, the first institutional support for promising tech ventures enabling growth and customer access in unique ways. Rajiv brings over 35 years of solid experience in building brands, developing teams, expanding the market share and building organisations from grass root upwards. He was heading the Ecosystem & Partnerships Developmentt at Jio-GenNext Hub, A Reliance Enterprise. In this role, Rajiv is responsible to evangelize the Start-Up ecosystem, identify and connect with the deserving start-ups, academia, government agencies, mentors, angel investors and VC networks globally. Since 2002 till end of 2015, Rajiv was an integral part of NASSCOM’s senior management team. He headed NASSCOM’s first regional office in Mumbai and grown to manage the membership outreach nationally. He initiated many path breaking initiatives at NASSCOM including Cyber Safety initiatives with enforcement agencies, start-up incubators with State Governments under 10K Startup programme, evangelised Animation and Gaming industry and nurtured it, lead the ISO Standards initiative to establish a Global BPO and Product Quality Framework Standards out of India. He helped establish NASSCOM’s emerge forum in its formative days. At NASSCOM, he was enthusiastic about developing new IT destinations in the country, and fostering platforms for Industry-academia interactions as he believed that these were the two most critical requirements for the Indian IT industry to maintain its globally advantageous position. Rajiv was a member of AICTE (WR) and of IQAC of the SNDT Women’s University and Trustee at Dewang Mehta Foundation Trust. With Harish Mehta, the first President of TiE, Mumbai and the first Chairman of NASSCOM, Rajiv co-founded TiE in India. He built the organisation bottoms-up and nurtured the start-up ecosystem in India since early 2000. He got early exposure to work with TiE in Silicon Valley and investors, entrepreneurs and mentors such as Kanwal Rekhi, Suhas Patil, Desh Deshpande, Sridhar Iyengar, Raj Jaswa, Shabir Bhatia, Raj Desai and many others… He has worked with Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Franchising Association of India (FAI) and US- Environment Resource Center (US-ERC). In the corporate sector, his experience includes stints with two U.S. Freight Forwarding giants Emery Worldwide and Air Express International in sales & marketing. In 2000, Rajiv was invited by the U.S. Government to participate in their International Visitors programme on US Trade and World Market. Rajiv has administered several outward trade delegations including those to International Franchise Expo ’99, USA, Emerging Companies delegations to CeBIT Australia and Silicon Valley. He has represented NASSCOM in the International Advisors Council to the Mayor of Luwan District in Shanghai, China and E-Sports Symposium in Seoul, Korea. Rajiv is a Science graduate from Mumbai University. He is passionate about music and literature. His blog url:
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3 thoughts on “Remembering the Messiah!

  1. Dear Rajiv Sir…


    Superb Depiction… I really Thank & Congratulate you to pass on this Article with this DEEP… INDEED THE DEEPEST MESSAGE…

    On this Holy Day, while we are all about to enter into another Fresh Year, let’s all try to STRIKE OFF the ‘I’ of our Egos & Recognize our REAL SELVES… God Bless All…

    Best Regards…

  2. Dear Rajiv… very well written article explaining existence of ‘Unversalness’ and not individuals identified through ego or names. Sounds profound and true. Yesterday I was hearing audio book on “Power of Now” by Echart Tolle. Book actually explains how ego interferes with behaviour in “Present”. If we learn controlling the same how person can learn living in present and will always be happy. Which is actually aligning to universalness. Where ego or names remain as a title and every moment you behave without baggage considering a perfect universalness. Your article has further grounded my learning… Thanks. Wish you and family Merry Christmas.

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