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6 word story… #2

He called, she talked, both cried…

PS : I leave the interpretation of the story to my readers. The image represents my thoughts when I wrote it…

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Reblog)

इंद्र जिमि जृंभपर !
बाडव सुअंभपर !
रावण सदंभपर !
रघुकुल राज है !!
पौन वारिवाह पर !
संभु रतिनाह पर !
ज्यो सहसवाह पर !
राम द्विज राज है !
दावा दृमदंड पर !
चिता मृगझुंड पर !
भूषण वितुंड पर !
जैसे मृगराज है !!
तेज तमअंस पर !
कान्न्ह जिमि कंस पर !
त्यों म्लेंच्छ बंस पर !
शेर शिवराज है !!
शेर शिवराज है !!
शेर शिवराज है !!
शेर शिवराज है !!
शेर शिवराज है !!
–कवीराज भूषण.

Kaviraj Bhushan has used the abovesaid words to describe Shivaji. He further says

काशी की कला जाती, मथुरा में मस्जिद होती,

अगर ना होते शिवराय, तो सून्नत होती सबकी।।

The above couplet is just to give my readers an idea about how Shivaji must have worked in his lifetime. Am not going into the story telling part today but would love to highlight his few qualities, so that we all can pay a befitting tribute to the great warrior king.

Complete and unwavering trust in God हे राज्य व्हावे, ही श्रींची इच्छा. This kingdom is being built on the wishes of the Almighty. Utmost trust in God at any age is a rarity in this world. Even today we might have a few people like him who trust God completely.

Self Confidence : With a small group of 5-7 Mavlas (soldiers), 2-3 mules and a few rupees (asharfi as it was called then), a young boy of 13-14 years, decides to build a kingdom to kick out the kings who behaved like masters and treated their people like slaves. What a self confidence! Our kids at the age of 13-14 cannot even decide their future career.

Great Planner : As seen in both the instances of Afzal Khan Vadh and Attack on Lal Mahal at night to kick out Shaistekhan from Maharashtra again require lots of planning. It also shows his capabilities of understanding his own limitations. Fighting the Mughals or the Bijapur Kingdom is plains would have been a harakiri, so draw them into a situation favourable to us.

An Astute Statesman : During the war of Fort Purandar, he signs a treaty with Maan Singh and surrenders 23 forts to the Mughal Emperor and agreed to go to Delhi, but on his conditions. Maan Singh agreed to Shivaji’s conditions, but before that Shivaji had mentally disturbed Maan Singh by arousing the Rajput pride in him. Shivaji’s dealings with the Adilshahi, Nizamshahi and the Mughals is a best example of his statesmanship.

Bravery : He always led his men from the front. His idea of “Ganimikava” is a matter of study for students of warfare even today. After killing Afzal Khan, he led his men to Kolhapur winning all the forts on his way in a spam of 40 odd days.

There are many such qualities of Shivaji Maharaj which can be talked about. All these qualities were imbibed into him by his Mother Jijabai. Jijabai under her guidance had moulded Shivaji into what he was. His mentor Dadaji Konddev, a trusted lieutenant of Shahaji, Shivaji’s father, also has played a major role in his upbringing.

I, bow down to this great warrior on His birthday and end with an “Aarti” written by Veer Savarkar.
जयदेव जयदेव जय जय शिवराया !
या या अनन्य शरणा आर्यां ताराया !!धृ!!
आर्यांच्या देशावरि म्लेंच्छांचा घाला
आला आला सावध हो भूपाला
सद् गदिता भूमाता दे तुज हाकेला
करुणारव भेदुनि तव ऱ्हिदय न कां गेला?…..१
श्री जगदंबा जीस्तव शुंभादिक भक्षी
दशमुख मर्दुनी जी श्रीरघुवर संरक्षी
ती पूता भूमाता म्लेंच्छाही छळता
तुजविण शिवराया तिज कोण दुजा त्राता?…….२
त्रस्त अम्हि दीन अम्हि शरण तुला आलो
परवशतेच्या पाशी मरणोन्मुख झालो
साधु परित्राणाया दुष्कृती नाशाया
भगवन् भगवतगीता सार्थ कराया या……….३
ऐकुनिया आर्यांचा धावा गहिवरला
करुणोक्ते स्वर्गी श्री शिवनृप गहिवरला
देशास्तव शिवनेरी घेई देहाला
देशास्तव रायगडी ठेवी देहाला
देशस्वातंत्र्याचा दाता जो झाला
बोला तत् श्रीमत्शिवनृप् की जय बोला……….४
बोला शिवाजी महाराज की जय….

शिवगर्जना
राजाधीराज छत्रपती शिवराय दुर्गपती गजअश्वपती
भूपती प्रजापती सुवर्णरत्नंश्रीपती
अष्टावधानजागृत
अष्टप्रधान वेष्टीत
न्यायालंकार मंडीत
शस्त्रास्त्रशांस्त्र पारंगत
राजनीती धुरंधर
पौढप्रताप पुरंदर
क्षत्रीयकुलावतंस सिँहासनाधीश्वर
राजाधिराज महाराज श्रीमंत
श्री छत्रपती
श्री शिवाजी महाराज कि जय…

Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati

There are undoubtedly many learned men among the followers of every religion. Should they free themselves from prejudice, accept the universal truths – that is those truths that are to be found alike in all religions and are of universal application-,reject all things in which the various religions differ and treat each other lovingly, it will be greatly to the advantage of the world

Such are the thoughts of Swamiji whose Birthday we celebrate today. Born in a small village near Morbi, State of Gujarat, Mul Shankar was his name before taking up Sanyaas. His parents, ardent devotees of Lord Shiv, imbibed in Mul Shankar devotion for Lord Shiv. He started learning the Vedas and Upanishads and in a very tender age start giving discourses on them.

He knew that he was destined to play his part in the upliftment of Humankind, keeping the Vedas and Upanishads in the base. And for that he went around India challenging great scholars and pundits of his time. People used to throng to his debates to listen to him. With his clear thoughts, he prevailed upon the scholars and won over them.

He established the Arya Samaj to fight against the superstitions then prevailing in the Hindu Samaj. He has been vocal against rituals, especially, then prevalent, Idol worship. He endorsed that the women should learn the Vedas. He has also spoken against priestly practises, child marriages and astrology .

He is considered to be the first to propose the word “Swaraj” (self rule). Lokmanya Tilak, Veer Savarkar, Lala Haradayal and many were impressed by his thoughts and followed them. Sri Aurobind and Dr. Radhakrishnan have called him the “Maker of Modern India”. Such is the contribution of Swamiji.

Such a great personality and life had it’s own envious people. Many a times, there were assassination attempts on his life, which he saved himself through self control and Yoga. Lastly, his own cook, after being bribed, gave him a glass full of milk with finely powdered glass, which led to his eventual death.

But He still lives through his works, his thoughts and Arya Samaj. The contribution by Swamiji is so huge that it cannot be for in a blog. We all need to read his works, especially, “Satyarth Prakash

Will end with Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan’s words for Swamiji, “Swami Dayananda ranked highest among the makers of modern India. He had worked tirelessly for the political, religious and cultural emancipation of the country. He was guided by reason, taking Hinduism back to the Vedic foundations. He had tried to reform society with a clean sweep, which was again need today. Some of the reforms introduced in the Indian Constitution had been inspired by his teachings.”

Quote #26

Have a question for my readers? We consider ourselves modern, one’s who are abreast of modern times. And Modernity is defined as the one who accepts and adapts to changes. Do we accept change? We have accepted change in lifestyle and way of living. Have we for Change in thinking? Are we open minded to new ideas? Think. Just a food for thought for today.

Would love to know and read your ideas and thoughts about Change…

Quote #25

Have seen people changing for others. What will others think? But what I find silly is why change for people who dont matter! Be what you are. I have not lost a single relation by being what I am.

Only real family, relatives and friends value the real you…

Happy Valentine’s Day…

Haiku #54

I have shared with you

The biggest secret of life,

Think, Do as you wish… // 18 //

The biggest secret of how to decide between the “Aapad Dharm” ( personal action) and “Samashti Dharm” (social action) and even after the revelation, Bhagwaan calls upon Arjun, to think, and do as he feels fit.

This is the essence of Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta. The whole of Geeta can be understood in this single sentence. Even after all the talk, Bhagwaan leaves it upto our intellect to decide what we feel is right. In the world, when everyone who advises wants the advised to follow what he says, Bhagwaan says exactly the opposite. Can we stand up to this test? Let’s think…

PS : (This post is going to be a bit long one then regular Haiku posts).

Today, my dear readers, I could do what I had decided. It was on October 10th, that had decided that would write Haiku on the different shlok of Geeta. 18 shlok from 18 chapters in first month, 18 in the second and 6 each next 3 month. With the grace of God and blessings of my spiritual teacher Poojaniya Pandurang Shastriji Athavale, am able to do this. It is my way of expressing gratefulness to whatever He has taught me, as this is the 100th year of His coming onto this Earth.

If I have erred during these 54 Haiku’s it is my mistake or misunderstanding of the thoughts, propagated by Him based on Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta.

I just pray to God and my Elder brother (fondly we call him Dadaji), that may this world be enlightened with the thoughts they have explained and may the citizens of the world see light through them, to lead a better life.

I personally thank each and every reader, who has taken the pains to read, ask, share and comment on the same. It has been a very Divine experience for me as I got a chance to sit back and think over the whole process and writings. With His grace, will take up new writings, new topics and share with you all, whenever He permits me.

– Astu –