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Humbled!

Am truly grateful to have 100 such friends who follow me here and make me think, to write. Such beautiful minds to spend time with. To share with. To know from. To learn from…

Pls keep sharing and enlightening me with your thoughts, picture and blogs. Let our journey be mutually beneficial…

Merge with the FLOW

Did you see the picture above?

What do you make of it?

How do you interpret it?

Would this be your approach in life?

Have we any single such experience in our lives?

For me, it’s like the family head and the family members

One the strict disciplinarian and the others who surrender. I don’t mean meek surrender. But surrender with all affection and warmth to the head who commands respect by his / her thought and action.

For me, it’s like the man and the lady wedlocked together.

One with discipline and the other with surrender can build up a flow of love. Love which is selfless and infinite. Let us identify these characteristics in our married lives and together build the flow.

For me, it’s like a soldier and the nation.

The soldier through discipline and surrender, both, can build the flow of nationalism. Nationalism does not mean not accepting other nations, but it means I respect my nation and the values it upholds. In the same spirit, i respect the other nations and the values they uphold too.

For me, it’s like a devotee and the God.

The devotee through the discipline of thought and action and complete surrender, can build the flow of Bhakti (devotion). Devotion means I love my GOD, equally as you love. Devotion means complete surrender and complete surrender in life does not come without discipline.

And these flows are the ones that,

Transcend ages, gender and understanding

Create harmony in personal life and social life

Clearly call out for oneness.

A flow which is Universal in its thought, approach and action…

LET US ALL TOGETHER MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN.

Would end with the song written by Michael Jackson whom my generation kids grew up listening too and dancing too. He talks about all this (except Devotion for God in his song).

HEAL THE WORLD

There’s a place in your heart
And I know that it is love
And this place could be much
Brighter than tomorrow
And if you really try
You’ll find there’s no need to cry
In this place you’ll feel
There’s no hurt or sorrow
There are ways to get there
If you care enough for the living
Make a little space
Make a better place
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make it a better place
For you and for me
If you want to know why
There’s love that cannot lie
Love is strong
It only cares of joyful giving
If we try we shall see
In this bliss we cannot feel
Fear of dread
We stop existing and start living
The it feels that always
Love’s enough for us growing
So make a better world
Make a better place
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
And the dream we were conceived in
Will reveal a joyful face
And the world we once believed in
Will shine again in grace
Then why do we keep strangling life
Wound this earth, crucify its soul
Though it’s plain to see
This world is heavenly
Be god’s glow
We could fly so high
Let our spirits never die
In my heart I feel you are all my brothers
Create a world with no fear
Together we cry happy tears
See the nations turn their swords into plowshares
We could really get there
If you cared enough for the living
Make a little space
To make a better place
Heal the world
Make it a better place
For you and for me
And the entire human race
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
There are people dying
If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me
You and for me… – Michael Jackson.

(PS : please give me a feedback for the above blog like how was it, the difficulty of understanding, should i write more, many things which I might have missed out)

Poem #6

Door

Knock! Knock! it’s the door,

The exit and the entry to the core, (life)

Making us long for more and more,

Let us enter at the fore…

Have tried to equate the door to Death which helps us exit and enter this world and enjoy life. Given a positive aspect that accept Death as it gives us a new life and so let us all be at the forefront to accept both, the exit and the entry.

पुनरपि पुनरपि जननं, पुनरपि मरणं,

पुनरपि जननी जठरे शयनं…

The above lines by Bhagwaan Shankaracharya made me to write the poem.

Have a nice morning and A good day!

Mauli – Sant Dnyaneshwar


आता विश्चात्मके देवे, येणे वाग्यज्ञे तोषावे
तोषोनि मज द्यावे, पसायदान हे
जे खळांची व्यंकटी सांडो, तया सत्कर्मी रती वाढ़ो
भूतां परस्परे जडो, मैत्र जीवांचे
दुरिताचे तिमीर जावो, विश्व स्वधर्म सूर्ये पाहो
जो जे वांछील तो ते लाहो, प्राणिजात
वर्षत सकळ मंगळी, ईश्वरनिष्ठांची मंदियाळी
अनवरत भूमंडळी, भेटतु भूतां
चलां कल्पतरुंचे आरव, चेतना चिंतामणींचे गांव
बोलते जे अर्णव, पीयूषाचे
चंद्रमे जे अलांछन, मार्तंड जे तापहीन
ते सर्वांही सदा सज्जन, सोयरे होतु
किंबहुना सर्वसुखी, पूर्ण होऊनि तिहींलोकीं
भजि जो आदिपुरुरवी, अखंडित
आणि ग्रंथोपवीजिये, विशेषी लोकी इये
दृष्टादृष्टविजयें, हो आवे जी
येथ म्हणे विश्चेश्चरावो, हा होईल दानपसावो
येणे वरे ज्ञानदेवो सुखिया झाला.

On the Sanjeevan Samadhi Day, I bow to MAULI – Sant Dnyaneshwar with humility and ask him to bless us with Bhakti towards God for which he spent his 21 years of life.

Dnyaneshwar, the second of the four siblings, Nivruttinath, Sopandev and Muktabai, being the other three, is the author of Dnyaneshwari, the first translation of Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta into Marathi. He has written the whole text in the form of “owya” (poetic composition) and so can be easily sung. And this treatise just at the age of 12 or 16 (historians differ). At the age when kids are growing up, understanding the world, this divine kid translates Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta into the layman’s language so that He understands. Would request my readers to go through the book available easily on the net.

There are many aspects to his life. His childhood, his parents, his sanyas. Today I just want to write about his work of awakening of Bhakti within individual lives, along with Namdev and others. There is a story that goes on to say that Dnyaneshwar made a male buffalo sing the Vedas on insistence of the Brahmins. I personally don’t doubt it a bit. At the same time, there is a perspective to it, too. Dnyaneshwar has taken the understanding of the Vedas to the last man, such that even a man who lives like a buffalo, starts reciting the Vedas. And it’s not a single person! He has touched and transformed thousands. They are all the Warkaris. They still continue the legacy of Dnyaneshwar and Namdev.

There are many such instances like that is moving of a wall, getting a chappati cooked on his back and many more, but leave them to some other time to write on, when He permits.

Dnyaneshwar is very large hearted. (All the saints are). This is demonstrated in the every line of Pasaaydaan cited at the beginning of my blog. He talks about the changing of minds, changing the thought process of the human. He does not call for beheading, but calls for a change. He calls out to such persons with love and sympathy. And later talks about line of people who are one with God, immersed in God. And in the end he asks for all that is needed to make a Human happy. That is the reason he is called Mauli, a mother. Dnyaneshwar cares for humankind as a mother cares for her child.

All the 4 siblings are considered as the great saints of the Nath Sampradaay. Dnyaneshwar was initiated into the sect by his elder brother Nivruttinath, and he in turn initiated Sopandev and Muktabai. When Changdev, the great ascetic accepted his own misgivings and asked Dnyaneshwar to take him as his disciple, then Dnyaneshwar initiated him as a disciple of Muktabai. Such is Dnyaneshwar.

His works Amrutanubhav and Changdev Pashashthi are equally well known. He is also known through his abhangs (devotional songs).

At the age of 21, when He asks his elder brother, his Guru (teacher) to initiate Him into Samadhi, Nivruttinath accepts the request with a heavy heart. Today is the day when many years back, Mauli – Sant Dnyaneshwar was initiated into Sanjivan Samadhi. We bow down to Him on this day. His going is to be celebrated and it’s a day to sit back and think of all the work He has done for our upliftment.

Lastly, in the words of the Warkaris,

NIVRUTTI, DNYANDEV, SOPAN, MUKTABAI,

EKNATH, NAMDEV, TUKARAM…

Poem #5 (inspired by the song)

Tere bina zindagi se koi, shikwa, to nahi
Shikwa nahi, shikwa nahi, shikwa nahi
Tere bina zindagi bhi lekin, zindagi, to nahi
Zindagi nahi, zindagi nahi, zindagi nahi
Tere bina zindagi se koyi, shikwa, to nahi 
         
Kaash aisa ho tere kadmo se
Chun ke manzil chale aur kahi door kahi
Tum gar saath ho, manzilo ki kami to nahi
Tere bina zindagi se koyi, shikwa, to nahi 
         
Jee mein aata hai, tere daaman mein
Sar jhuka ke ham rote rahe, rote rahe
Teri bhi aankho mein, aansuo ki nami to nahi 
         
Tum jo keh do to aaj ki raat
Chaand doobega nahi, raat ko rok lo
Raat ki baat hai, aur zindagi baaki to nahi                                  

Poet describes his lover as thus:

I do not have any issues in my life besides you,

In the same breath he goes onto say:

That inspite of issues, there is no life without you…

It’s an antithesis conveyed. Two contrasting thoughts but conveys the same feeling of intense love. The lover is so deeply involved that maybe after complaining in the first line he retracts his words and calls out to his life. The intensity of his belongingness is conveyed in the next verse.

Alas! I wish that we may choose to tread on your path and walk far away from here,

And if you walk with me, then there are infinte destinations to walk to

After this verse the word issue (shikwa) takes a positive connotation for a reader like me. The beautiful romantic walk is described in this verse. When the lovers start walking, they forget this world and tend to walk away from it. They are so engrossed in each other that they do not notice the world around. And at the same time can see infinite destinations. To love is to dream, and they dream.

Later the poet describes thus :

That whenever I feel like crying I find your womb to be the most soothing place to cry in.

And you too have tears which do not fade away easily…

Am reminded of our childhood when the womb of our mother was the best place to cry in. Is the lover trying to find his solace here? This moment is so dear, that maybe the lover tries to find his mother or the essence of motherly love in his partner.

And last verse is related with the moon(any romantic poem is incomplete without the reference to the moon) :

If you just command me, then I will not let the moon set on the horizons and will stop the night from fading away,

The talk (belongingness) is just for the night (the life) and nothing else…

Here the aesthetic value of moon is compared to life. Just as the lover never subsides nor does the moon with his moonlight subsides. Again it’s a contradiction. As we all know the moon waxes and wanes every fortnight, so are the ups and downs in life. But if you are with me, then we will have no issues.

My readers it’s an unknown field which am trying to chart… so will wait for your response.

And lastly, the descriptions may differ cause everyone will decipher the poem with their own perspective…

Thought #1

Moulding a child is the most difficult part of life. The more you try to mould, the more difficult it gets. I, as a parent, always have had this question that why should I try to mould my kid as I am? Why do I want him to be a mirror image of myself? Why can’t he be allowed to mould himself?

As a teacher, I know, that I show him all the paths, teach him about the ups and downs of life, and then leave it upto his discretion.

But when it comes to my own child, am a parent first and a teacher later. Why?

Can you contribute? Waiting for your reply…

Monsoon Months (Chaturmaas) – Guru Purab / Kartik Poornima

The Gods have risen on Kartik Ekadashi. Now married to Tulsi too! A beautiful thought showing our childlike behaviour. It is like parents arriving from an outing and before the parents ask us anything, we get them involved in some other work or thought so that they forget to ask us what we did when try were away. God has slept last 4 months. He has awaken. So before He might ask us anything, we get Him married so He is busy with His family life. It sounds silly but the beauty is in the thought and how deep our seers have dwelled upon human psychology.

Today is Poornima. The Chaturmaas ends today for Jains (according to calendar it ended for Hindus on ekadashi). The Sadhus and the Sadhviji’s who had stayed at a single place from last 4 months will start their VIHAAR again. VIHAAR means to move from one place to another. No Sadhu is allowed to stay at a single place for more than 3 days, as there is a possibility of developing a sense of belobgingness. Hence the VIHAAR. (All of Hindusim has the same set of rules).

Also today is Guru Purab. The birth of Guru Nanakdevji. A strong advocate of Hindu beliefs and ideals, he was born during the Mughal rule in India. He saw the atrocities being meted out on the Hindus and so started the SIKH way of life to save the Hindus from the atrocities. He advocated the 5 K’s for every SIKH. KIRPAN (a small steel sword) KESH (non cutting of hair throughout life) KANGA (wooden hair comb) KARA (a steel bracelet) and KACCHHA (a cotton underwear). Each and every SIKH is supposed to follow these 5 K’s throughout his life. He travelled around India and aroused the feelings of patriotism and brotherhood.

On His Birthday, bow down to Him with utmost humility. We express our gratefulness for His foresightendness and His bravery.

To all my readers, this is the last blog in my series of Monsoon Months and am grateful to them for reading my blogs and giving their valuable suggestions. Have missed out on many celebrations during these 4 months and plan to write on them He permits. But in the meanwhile please keep showering your love and giving your valuable suggestions. It is you, my readers who keep me motivated to write.

Wishing you all a very Happy Winter.

Guru Purab ki lakh lakh vadhaai!