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Meaning of the Name Keshav

Several years ago, at the end of a weekend intensive with Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, she looked into my soul and called me Keshav. As she explained, “It is one who is recognized as a great yogi, teacher and dreamer – who shines most brilliantly like the sun beyond all darkness.” Having someone look into my soul and see me, really see me, was actually very frightening.

The invitation that Gurumayi extended was for me to see into my own true nature – into no-thingness. A willingness to be exposed, to be very naked, was greater than my desire to hide a general sense of unworthiness. Throughout the years, that story of “me” vacillated between profound expressions of arrogance (super-ego) and looking for love in all the wrong places (ego). As I fell into the fear of exposure, and was willing to bear it without adding a thought or meaning, I experienced a place of profound and vibrant stillness – I was in ecstasy! I was shocked, because that was the very last place that I imagined peace to exist.

Subsequent to the experience outlined above, I embraced the name Keshav emotionally, spiritually and legally. It is a continued reminder to me not to force anything, not to avoid anything and not to land anywhere. My invitation to you is to jump into your fears and to embrace no-thingness without any hope of a reward, or need to know what will happen, and to see for yourself what is neither a thought nor a feeling and does not come and go.

An Ancient Story of Keshav:

Keshav, the gana with long hair, once saw Shiva drinking something from his skull bowl. "Lord, I am thirsty too," he said. Shiva held out his bowl – it contained poison, all the lethal elements of the world. Keshav looked at it and gulped it down, thinking, "Whatever my Lord offers is like nectar to me." Shiva was pleased by this display of unrestrained devotion. He rewarded Keshav with a vision of the three worlds: heaven, earth, and hell, in the past, present and future. Keshav the great dreamer became one with the cosmos, witnessing what no one had ever seen before: the very heart of the universe, its very essence, its beauty and its ugliness, its eternal flux and its perfect stability. Keshav was in ecstasy!

3 Responses to “Meaning of the Name Keshav”

  1. on 07 Mar 2014 at 7:43 am Gerri Landau

    I understand Thomas Edison gave us electricity. Steve Jobs gave us expansion into a universality sharing with all. Gurumayi gave us Keshav…

  2. on 06 May 2011 at 4:45 pm Diane

    Keshav truly displays to me his commitment to being one with the cosmo. He embraces the entire universe thru is always open heart: he truly accepts my essence, my beauty, my ugliness, my eternal flux and perfect stability in a non judgmental way lighting the way for me to realize it in myself. Keshav – the name is a perfect reflection of your true essence. I am honored to have you as my teacher. Namaste, Diane

  3. on 18 Sep 2006 at 4:29 pm ceejaypea

    What Keshav describes here is how I experience him. He is always open and available, clearly willing to be exposed, seen, vulnerable. This has offered me the safety to give up my fear of being exposed. It hasn’t exactly become a desire to be seen, but rather the absence of the fear of being seen. I think this has been the primary contribution to my progress. It has allowed me to cut through a lot of bullshit, and move towards any opportunity for understanding myself. It’s a very delicate balance of seeking and not-seeking, that is more akin to allowing – perhaps Keshav would say Being. It’s also eliminated most anxiety from my life. Pretty cool :)

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