Nov 25, 2018


Letter from India: THERE IS A KIND OF FRAGRANCE BLOWING AGAINST THE WIND, PERVADING EVERY DIRECTION (Có một loại hương ngược chiều gió tỏa khắp muôn phương)(Public article)


Revered Gurujee

Om Mani Padme Hum

I bow before the kind compassionate and pious personality of our Gurujee

Seminar on Buddhism at Kolyani University

These days I am in Delhi along with my wife staying with my son in law and daughter. We have come here for the dental checkup of my wife. Since my daughter is a dental surgeon, we both are here. In the morning we, except my wife, go for a morning walk in a nearby park where very many people come for the same purpose. The park becomes lively in the morning with the influx of the morning walkers and becomes very vibrant. The entire scenario becomes very soothing and pleasant even in the dean and bustle of very many people for five simple reasons. 1. The fragrance of the flower and trees. 2. By doing meditation by 10–20 people collectively at one part of the park. 3. By performing collective yoga exercise by a few people. 4. The chirping of the birds, and 5. By running, jogging, skipping and walking fast in the park. And thus create bio- diversity, a small replica, of our our mother earth. It not only the story of the park where go for walk, but also of all the places wherein such diversities co-exist as a harmonious whole.  I found such rather better harmony in Song Nguyen Tantra House at Phuoc Thanh village wherein the spiritual vibration provides perfection and sublimates the situation. The basic thing is that I become so emotional that I crave to come here again. I too want to visit my Guru’s place the Song Nguyen Tantra House again and again. I retain these memories of Vietnam and the the places I visited there all the time like a nice fragrance. Where ever I go it comes with me. I am still attached to Gurujee, my Dhamma friends and Vietnam because of the sweet memories, pious interactions and friendly behaviour of the people I met there irrespective of caste creed and ethnicity. These are the fragrance that I am carrying with me thousands of Km. against the wind and waive of the earth and ocean. And when I narrate these to others this fragrance spreads in the air of India.

Tantra Sutradaka’s speech at Banaras Hindu University was posted on newspaper

My mother-in-law too has come to Delhi to stay with her son’s family, as she is emotionally close to her grand- son and daughter-in-law. My wife’s younger brother / her son is expected to come in the Dussahra festival, she thought it proper to come to Delhi from Kolkata. In fact the sweet memories of the kith and kens and emotions attach to them travels with a person, that often pulls one in the past often takes one to the future in imagination and expectations. It happens only because of the fragrance of the good behaviour and and sublime thoughts that sticks to the people where ever one goes. It does not stick to one time and space it transcends these. In the same way we always remember the warmth of emotion, kindness, friendliness and compassion of the Buddha that is keeping us glued to Him and his teachings.

Ones I happened to visit the house of one of my father-in-law’s friend’s house. He is a retired Judge of Patna High court. He is a religious man and regularly engaged in religious and social activities. Several times he has helped me in distress and so with others even to the unknown people. He has become popular not only in India but also abroad particularly in Nepal for his pious thoughts but also for his social reforms and helping attitude. His presence generates serine joy among all the people who are present there. And thus the fragrance of his sublime quality has spread in India and abroad, where ever he has gone.

Sermina at Banaras Hindu University

Once I had been to his house and found him very delighted. I asked about the reason of it. He spontaneously said, in my pond a lotus has bloomed. Curiously we went to see there and found two blooming lotus. It was pure from within having a sublime elegance and mind capturing beauty. These were nice to look at. He narrated very many qualities of the lotus flower. I shall narrate only one here. He said, lotus grows in and from mud and water but is quite unaffected of it. He poured some water on its petals but it could not stay there and the petals remain dry.In the same way a nice and pious people remain detached and unaffected of the evils of the  society and the people with whom they are surrounded. This reminded me a verse of the Dhammapada wherein it is said the person who is like a lotus who is not attached to the hatred, anger, ego, passion and discursive reasoning. He is the Brahmin and he is the noble person. And the name and fame of such persons are the fragrance of his nobility, thought and practice, that travel in all the directions.

Tantra Sutradaka

In the month of October Guru shared this lesson to me through my friend when I was at my daughter’s house in Delhi along with my wife in connection with her treatment. There It was a pleasant surprise for me as for last a few days I too was thinking on this line.   While giving a cursory glance on the Dhammapada once I came across two verses and I was struggling to understand it properly. I wrote almost half of the comment, but in the mean time I have to run to Lakhnau for attending a seminar, leaving my wife in my daughter’s house.  I came back to Biharsharif after attending it. After a few days I again received an invitation from an institution of Banaras Hindu University in connection with delivering lectures on Buddha and Buddhism and the modern problems with which humankind is struggling round the globe. Though I am not at all competent to deliver lecturers on such a grave topics, since I am a learner of Pure mind Buddhism and read several lessons shared by the Guru and sent by my friend, it helped me a lot to ponder over the problem in hand and seek the solution from the Buddhist text and tradition. Secondly my personal talk with my Guru in the foreign land and his popularity all over the world made a path way for me to solve this riddle.  I came back from there after finishing my task. But this hectic journey told upon my health adversely. I was having cough and cold. Thereafter, the famous festival of Deepawali came. I came to Patna house. My wife too came. We celebrated this festival together. There I received reminder of my friend to complete the half written comment. This reminder compelled my mind to be active for arriving at the completion of the comment. Though the regular activity of my mind related to this peculiar problem, generated by the lesson No. 76 kept me engaged even in my journeys. I came back to Biharsharif and resumed my job, but my health was not in order. I came to Daltongunj again yesterday morning. But my mind was searching the explanation of the riddle of lesson No. 76. I kept on pondering on the problem till late in the night because for me truth has to be explored within till the last breath. Truth is a riddle but still to be explored as man being inquisitive, for anyone knowing the ultimate truth makes one complete. The riddle creates inner conflict or identity crisis which could only be resolved within the inner-self. So long truth is not unveiled one faces existential crisis from within. So was with me. I was feeling sleepy and mentally tired. In the mean time I received a few massages from my friends of face book, “Good Night, Sweet Dream”. Adhering to their advice I went to sleep but consciously or unconsciously my mind was struggling with the problem in hand, very stealthily.

with his wife at the museum

The thing bizarre happened with me. In the night I found Ananda practicing Vipassana . His mind went to the flowers and started thinking about its sweet and pleasant fragrance that were mind freshening and generating  joyous and elevating sensation in his entire mind and body too. He was wonder stacked to find that these are coming through the direction of the blowing wind. The question emerged in his inquisitive brain that this fragrance should spread in all over the direction not in one only. Why are these fragrances not going against the flow of the air? He further thought that the Buddha, his Guru, has informed about three types of smell 1, odour of the root, 2, fragrance of the essence and seeds as well as 3, aroma of the flower. But all the three do not travel against the wind. Pondering over this problem he approached the Sasta, the Buddha, who was staying at Jetavana, Sravasti.

Tantra Sutradaka and his family

The Buddha was a clairvoyant. He could foresee Ananda’s perplexed mind and his question. Smilingly He replied, “Ananda, besides these three types of smell there is another odour too which spreads in all the directions, even against the blowing of the air, and that is fragrance of the virtue (Seela Gandh). He further added, the person who takes refuse in the Triple Jemi. e. Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha and inculcates Five precepts, abstinence from killing, abstinence from theft, abstinence from sexual activities, abstinence telling lies, abstinence from taking intoxications, in his life and performs pious acts or works as well purged of all sorts of ill habits and is free from mental defilements, his popularity and aroma of his spiritual and moral qualities spreads in all the directions, across the country, here and hereafter, even when he is a householder. The person, who is contented from within, helps the poor people with his wealth without pride, prejudice and expectations is praised by gods even. The sweet aroma of such persons travels in all directions even against the wind. The person who is firm in virtue (Sila), sound in meditation (Samadhi), and endowed with wisdom (Panna), he commands respect all over the world by all. The fragrance of such persons moves through the wind and against the flow of the wind. In the same way the pure scent of the Buddha, Pcceka Buddha, Arhat, pure monks and perfect Guru who have gone to the higher realm of morality, meditation and wisdom travel all over the world even in the other superior or inferior Lokas. This clearly indicates that the reputation of the virtuous persons, a person who is endowed with transcendental wisdom, meditative serenity and firm in virtue, travels in all the directions even against the wind’s direction.

with his wife and her family

I was happy from within because my riddle was solved, I am thankful to our guru that he has spotlight on this vital issue and drawn our attention that the virtue, knowledge and meditation born serenity command respect from all as its fragrance is the sweetest and approaches to all the persons irrespective clan, caste, creed, colour, state or religion. No fragrance can be compared with it. Buddha in the last had rightly said that the scent of flower or sandal wood does not travel in the opposite direction of the wind but the reputation based aroma of a virtuous person travel in all direction.

My riddle was solved, the tension of deciphering the real meaning and the import of the lesson was released and I was happy from within. The outburst of the inner joy resulted in clapping and laughter. Suddenly someone shook my body vigorously. I opened my eyes and found it is my wife, who smilingly enquired of, have you seen any sweet dream that made you happy from within? I spoke nothing, smiling I entered into the Bathroom and returned to the mundane existence.

Om Mani Padme Hum

May all sentient beings be happy. Long live our Guru along with his consort.

Reverently yours


(Avinash Kumar Srivastava)


  1. Tantrasutradaka says:
    Reverend Gurujee

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    I am grateful to you go showering forth the Ambrosia of benediction on me. In terms of sharing my comments as an article.

    I don’t have any word to express my gratitude to you

    Long live my Guru

    Ma all the sentient beings be happy

    Long live my Guru along with his consort

    With warm regards


    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy tâm linh tôn quý! 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con chân thành cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã từ bi cho đăng những dòng chia sẻ của con thành bài viết trên trang nhà. 

      Con không biết dùng từ nào để bày tỏ hết lòng biết ơn của con đối với Thầy. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô trụ thế lâu dài. 

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh luôn được hạnh phúc. 

      Con – Tantra Sutradaka 


  2. tantra mahavita says:
    Dear Holy guru … Thank you very much for sharing your articles. Filled with light and goodness Teachings like virtue, meditation and wisdom travel in all directions, even against the direction of the wind. Beloved Guru, may you have a long life, for the benefit of all sentient beings. May all beings be happy and find the Buddha Nature. Om Mani Padme Hum
  3. Dear Tantra Sutradaka

    I am delighted to read your sharimg about the fragrance of virtuous one which blows against the wind and pervades every direction. Your quoting from the suttra affirms that the fragrance of the virtuous one who firmly keeps precepts,  should be at ease in mindfulness and has wisdom of correct view,  travels all direction,  regardless of whoever they are,  the monks or lay Buddhists.

    It is your progress on the spiritual path is the evidence for the effectiveness of pure mind yoga or six marvelous practices invented by the Guru. After some time to practice the pure mind yoga,  you can handle your problems in life and get the success in your speech in a seminar. It proves that pure mind yoga brings inner happiness,  success in work and social achievement for the practitioners who diligently practice dharma and have strong faith in Guru,  Buddha,  Dharma and Sangha.

    Thank you so much for your nice sharing. I hope you will support Guru to spread pure mind yoga all over the world to end the suffering of all beings. It is clear the pure mind yoga is the good solution to the problems in modern life due to its effectiveness and convenience in practicing flexibly.

    May Guru and his consort have a good health and live long for the sake of all sentient beings.

    May you diligently practice and get at ease on the path to enlightenment.

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of Buddha’s nature.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  4. Tantra Sagovana says:
    Dear Guru,

    Thank you for sharing this article by Tantrasutradaka.

    It is an excellent article and I enjoyed reading it.

    I was happy to read about the qualities of a virtuous person.

    I hope I can strive to be such a person and I also hope to have the opportunity to visit Song Nguyen Tantra House in the future.

    May Guru, Guru’s consort, and Guru’s disciples be free from suffering and become enlightened.

    May all sentient beings be free from suffering and become enlightened.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan)



    • Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con xin phép được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Sagovana sang tiếng Việt như sau:

      Kính bạch Thầy! 

      Con cảm tạ ơn Thầy đã cho con đọc bài viết của đạo hữu Tantra Sutradaka. 

      Bài viết ý nghĩa và con hoan hỷ khi đọc bài viết này của đạo hữu ấy. 

      Con hoan hỷ với đạo hạnh,  đức hạnh của người tu chân chính. Con nguyện thực hành pháp để có được những phẩm chất tốt đẹp của người con Phật. 

      Con mong một ngày có được cơ hội được đến Mật gia Song Nguyễn. 

      Con cầu nguyện Thầy Cô thân tâm an tịnh. 

      Cầu nguyện tất cả chúng sanh đoạn trừ khổ đau và đạt được giác ngộ. 

      Om Mani Padme Hum. 

      Con – Tantra Sagovana (Ahmed Khan) 


  5. Dr C H Lakshminarayan says:
    Respected Guruji, I bow my head at your lotus feet.

    Buddha is my life

    Dharma is my boat

    Nibbana is my other shore

    Sangha is my strength

    I am highly delighted to read this article in which my Dharma friend has highlighted in half of it’s contents  his personal engagements and about his family tree auto-bilgraphy in beautiful poetic language.! The quest of Truth as the writer says is a riddle  and not easy to understand!

    The devotion to Guruji by the writer is  so intense that he recalls his visit to Song Nguyen Tantra House and experience his smell of the fragrance of Spiritual vibrations  present in the Song Nguyen Tantra House and  virtuous reputation of Guruji wherever he goes on tour to give lectures on Buddha and Buddhism in different universities !

    The main gist of this article is  very simple and sweet , like that of Song Nguyen Tantra House, the air of fragrance of virtuous qualities of a person or place will flow even against the wind stream and spread across the globe  uninterrupted.!in any time.

    May Buddha bless  Bodhicitta to all sentient


    May Buddha make me useful unto others.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan

    (Tantra Nirvadeva )


  6. Dear Tantra Sutradaka,

    I am so excited to read your sharing on “There is a kind of fragrance blowing against the wind, pervading every direction”. Though the last spring was over, next spring yet to come or though the article is sent from the far away Ganges River, still I feel the “fragrance” of devotion to the Guru and Dharma through each and every word of yours. Cannot agree more with you that the fragrance of virtuous practitioner is never impeded by nation, space or time.

    “The person who is contented from within, helps the poor with his wealth without pride, prejudice and expectations is praised by gods even. The sweet aroma of such persons travels in all directions even against the wind. The person who is firm in virtue, sound in meditation, and endowed with wisdom, he commands respect all over the world by all. The fragrance of such persons moves through the wind and against the flow of the wind. In the same way, pure scent of Buddha, Arahat, pure monks and perfect Guru who have gone to the higher realm of morality, meditation and wisdom travel all over the world even in the other of superior or inferior Lokas…” This is true as in a work on Bodhisattva vows, Tsongkhapa said when a Bodhisattva practice Bodhicitta, flowers will bloom under each of his step on the ground, even the gravel one. We ourselves have witnessed so many times unbelievable changes of harsh weather to the pleasantness wherever he passed by. In his recent trip to Europe, the weather turned from freezing cold to warmer; he still got supports from unacquainted people whenever in need. No blood bond, no common language or culture, but why did he still got such wonderful support? There is no way to explain other than his “fragrance of precept, concentration, liberation and knowledge of liberation” that attracted sentient beings in all directions. That’s also the reason why Song Nguyen Tantra House, though not being pagoda or monastery is welcoming a fast growing number of both local and foreign readers and members with articles pervaded with the scent of right view, renunciation, Bodhicitta and wisdom of emptiness. The scent of right view is heated by the Guru’s flame of Bodhicitta every day through, flying against the wind to the sentient beings in all directions. And I am sure that not only you but also many other followers and disciples have been keeping their special impression on or feeling about the fragrance of virtue, Bodhicitta and wisdom spreading from the Guru and Song Nguyen Tantra House in the first time of meeting. Thanks for your meaningful sharing.

    May Guru and your consort have good health and live long for the benefit of all sentient beings.

    May Tantra Sutradaka fulfill all legitimate wishes and attain achievement on the path of Dharma practice

    May all sentient beings achieve the happiness of the Buddha’s nature

    Om Ah Hum

  7. Mật Kính says:

    Dear Tantra Sutradaka

    Im delighted to read your sharing “ There is a kind of fragrance blowing against the wind, pervading very direction” . Through your sharing, now i know more about : the scent of flower or scandal wood does not travel in the opposite direction of the wind but the reputation based aroma of a virtuous person travel in all direction . And like that of chanhtuduy, the scent of fragrance have been flowed around the word, across the globe and it bring a lot of uncountable benefit toward all the human being.

    May Guru and his consort have the good health and live long for the sake of all sentient being

    May Tantra Nivarve will have the right wishes

    May all sentient being achieve the happiness of Buddha nature


  8. Brian Audinett says:
    Dearest Guru

    thank you so much for this article. More than thank you

    For spreading light…

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