All of us need silence at some point in time. Nothing more or less than a pin drop silence. Saints say that we move between three different levels of consciousness – waking, dreaming or deep dreamless sleep. But there is a fourth level too that links the other three levels together. The fourth level of human consciousness is called “turiya” – state of constant bliss say the Upanishads (series of Hindu sacred treatises written in Sanskrit).
I visited this small place ‘Leaping Windows’ at Versova. You have four options here to choose your place
- Pavement tables and chairs outside the restaurant
- In the restaurant surrounded by clear glass windows
- On the bean bags in the attic cum first floor of the restaurant
- Basement comic library
This amazing little hideout has a variety of food to offer including all day breakfast. I chose my place on the bean bags and treated myself with Nutella stuffed pancake, chicken skewers, banana honey nut toast and scrambled masala eggs.
While I was waiting for my food, I noticed this drawing of a planetary woman on the wall. The twirl below her eye drew my attention and later I found that it’s the “Death” symbol from Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” comic book series. “The Endless” are family of seven siblings who are physical manifestations of the metaphysical concepts (abstract theory with no basis in reality) – Dream, Death, Desire, Destruction, Delirium, Despair and Destiny. Follow the link to know more about them – http://www.comicvine.com/the-endless/4060-40483/
Well I take the liberty to make my own interpretation of this drawing. The message which I deciphered from this drawing is that despite “The Endless” problems in life (see the ‘Endless’ entangled in her hair), one has to stay calm and have faith in the Almighty (see her posture – meditation and the cross). Change is inevitable – The planets changing their position and impact of those on lives (see Saturn). Finally, those eyes which are wide open say – Focus, Clarity, Vision, Prophesy, Omniscience, Presence, Intelligence, Perception, Observation, Opening and Awareness. All being the essentials of life.
You can take your coffee mug to this unique basement reading room stacked with comic books from ceiling to floor. This place will definitely make you dwell in state of bliss – turiya.
All in all a great place to relax and have a good conversation along with good food. Do take the leap and pay a visit to this place.
Cheers – Lubna