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6 word story#9

System rebooted, virus cleared, new world...

After many days, heard of some activity at the national level and a little excited, a little apprehensive. But everyone would be in such circumstances! A whole new world… How the perspective has changed in a few days!…

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Mother’s Day – 2

We live in the land of मातृ देवो भव। (my Mother is God).

The land which venerates even the rivers and cows as Mother. “Maa Ganga” and “Gau Mata”. Even “Bharat Mata”. People laugh when they hear this. But its natural to equate them to a mother. As a mother selflessly looks after the well being of her child, so do they. As Bhagwaan Ram says,

जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी ।

(My mother, my motherland is greater then even the heavens)

So we Indians consider many things around us as our Mother, but today we celebrate our Mother’s at home.

We celebrate the sacrifices she has made for us.

We celebrate the warmth she has given.

We celebrate the efforts she has taken to keep the family together.

We celebrate the ideal of selfless love and selfless work.

Mother is the one who shapes her child’s future. That does not absolve the fathers of their duty. But Mother is someone with whom the child spends most of the day. She takes care of all the needs, likes-dislikes of her kids and trains then to become better humans. The child needs too understands this. And it is out of this respect and adoration, the child bows down to the mother. We dont need to train our kids, the kids learn by seeing what their elders do. And amongst them; firstly what their mothers do! Again I should clarify that it does not absolve the father from his responsibilities. Both are equally important and play a big role in shaping their child’s life.

But

Mother is a mother,

every other relations seems another

I would like to share a very personal experience from my childhood days. I very clearly remember that in school, when I was in STD 8th, took part in a tableau competition… Was to play the announcer… Being a Gujarati and studying in a convent has its own problems… Pronunciations play a major part… I still remember my teacher sitting besides me to work on my pronunciations… I was not getting one word right, ‘Mother’… She must have worked on it for hours and got to make me pronounce it right… I was very annoyed at that age. Why is she doing this with me? What difference does it make?… I realised it later when we won and stood first in the competition just by 1/2 a mark and the judges appreciating my pronunciations… That was the material gain… But just a few years back I realised it’s spiritual importance, which cannot be expressed in words.

Even today in these days of the lockdown, the only place open for work is the kitchen. She rules over it royally. Her command over not only the kitchen, but the whole house is something we all need to realise and appreciate.

A house of 4 walls becomes a home due to the mother!

A mother is not only the head of the house, but is the heart of the house

And a mother is the best companion in life!

So on this day we remember the mothers around the world and bow down to them with adoration and respect!

Let us remember, every day is a Mother’s day!

Wishing you all, my readers and your mother’s a very Happy Mother’s Day.Let’s give Her the best She deserves!

PS : pls read my older post on Mother the link to which I provide herewith : https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/08/29/matrudin/

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Maharana Pratap

He stayed in Jungles,

Slept on floor, ate simple food

He got Mewad back…

Rana Pratap fought Akbar and his army and built his own army from the tribals, “Bhils”, he met in the Aravalli ranges, when his relatives and the othe

The Charan Durshaji Aadha has written 72 Duha’s (verses) on the greatness of Rana Pratap and has sung them in presence of Akbar, which everyone needs to read.

Will share a few of them here for you all to read and understand them…

अलख धणी आदेश, धरमाधार दया निधे,
बरणो सुजस बेस, पालक धरम प्रतापरो. (१)

गिर उंचो गिरनार, आबु गिर ओछो नही ;
अकबर अघ अंबार, पुण्य अंबार प्रतापसीं. (२)

वुहा वडेरा वाट, वाट तिकण वेहणो विसद ;
खाग, त्याग, खत्र वाट, पाले राण प्रतापसीं. (३)

अकबर गर्व न आण, हिन्दु सब चाकर हुआ ;
दिठो कोय दहिवाण, करतो लटकां कठहडे. (४)

मन अकबर मजबूत, फुट हिन्दुआ बेफिकर ;
काफर कोम कपूत, पकडो राण प्रतापसीं. (५)

अकबर किना याद, हिन्दु नॄप हाजर हुआ ;
मेद पाट मरजाद, पोहो न आव्यो प्रतापसीं. (६)

मलेच्छां आगळ माथ, नमे नही नर नाथरो,
सो करतब समराथ, पाले राण प्रतापसी. (७)

कलजुग चले न कार, अकबर मन आंजस युंही ;
सतजुग सम संसार, प्रगट राण प्रतापसीं. (८)

कदे न नमावे कंध, अकबर ढिग आवेने ओ ;
सुरज वंश संबंध, पाले राण प्रतापसी. (९)

चितवे चित चितोड, चित चिंता चिता जले ;
मेवाडो जग मोड, पुण्य घन प्रतापसीं. (१०)

Totally there are 76 verses which the poet without any fear has sung them in from of Akbar.

Will urge all my readers to find these verses and learn and appreciate the poetry of the poet.

Rana Pratap had defeated Akbar’s forces many a times but it is not known to us as the history we study does not tell us. Historians call Akbar the Great and as a saviour of all, then why did Rana have to live in the jungles of Aravalli? Had he gone there for a picnic? History is quiet about this. Why? Can we not give justice to Maharana apratap?he had taken a pledge to live in the jungles and sleep on the floor and eat simple food till He drives Akbar and his forces out of India.

Today on His birthday, bow down to this Great warrior and all His ancestors!!!

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Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore – 2

Maybe the only poet to write National Anthems of two countries, India as well as Bangladesh.

Gurudev had been at the foremost in the struggle for independence in his own way. He started a school of education in Kolkatta, where students learnt in natural surroundings. It was not a typical school, but a school where a student could explore his / her artistic abilities. He wanted to prepare the generation which would guide India after Her independence.

He also gave up his title of “Sir”, conferred upon him by the British King at that time, to protest against the brutal massacre of Indians at Jallianwala Baug.

A very humble poet, who has written many a poem, a few which I share here as my “namaskaars” to this great soul. Am quoting His poem which his apt for the situation today.

Patience

If thou speakest not I will fill my heart with thy silence and endure it.
I will keep still and wait like the night with starry vigil
and its head bent low with patience.

The morning will surely come, the darkness will vanish,
and thy voice pour down in golden streams breaking through the sky.

Then thy words will take wing in songs from every one of my birds’ nests,
and thy melodies will break forth in flowers in all my forest groves….

The way Gurudev has described the situation is something which we all need to learn in this situation. We all need to imbibe this quality of Patience with us.

Bow down to this great son of Mother India and let us celebrate his life with love, warmth and affection.

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Buddha Poornima (Reblog + Additions)

Sangham Sharanam Gacchami!

Dhamam Sharanam Gacchami!

Buddham Sharanam Gacchami!

I bow down and go to the Sangh, Dham (Religion) and Buddha for enlightenment.

I purposely began with Sangham Sharanam Gacchami as opposite to what people say. Cause I believe that even He, The Enlightened One, will agree with it. Go the the Sangh first. Follow your “Dharma” second. And then come to me. Buddha, as history tell us, is the first to establish a Sangh, for propagation of religion. He gave a very well designed way to spread religion through the Sangh. India will always be indebted to Him for this. And as a result, we see that Buddhist thought and philosophy has not only spread all over Asia, but also dominate the thinking process of Asia in a way. The famous travellers HuenTsang and FaHien with the help of King Ashok, King Bimbisara have translated many of the Buddhist literature into Mandarin and helped in spreading the word of Buddha far and wide.

Buddha means the enlightened one.

Buddha means unattached.

Buddha means the great leader.

Readers, last blog had left a question unanswered that why are the followers of Buddha, a proponent of Ahimsa (non – violence), fish eating or meat eating? Has He allowed this? Friends, let us go back to the era when He lived. To propagate His thought, he approached the intellectual class at that time. This class did not respond to His call. So He accepted whosoever responded to His call. He accepted them as they are and yes believed that slowly they would change their ways of eating. And change, they did. But if it is translated as meat eating is allowed by Buddha, then it’s our misconception about Him. He cannot be blamed for the misinterpretation.

And so I believe what my spiritual master has told me.

An individual who guides lacs and crores of people to lead a simple and an austere life should be accepted as an Incarnation of God. And Buddha is no different.

I bow down to Buddha today, and submit myself to His care and warmth.

Buddham Sharanam Gacchami!

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Poem #22

WORDS

I am distressed, that your words have dried up,

Am I so undeserving that you have given up?

I will change is what you always believe in,

Give me one more chance, to keep up your chin.

I would be happy to write what you have to say,

And take it to the last person, bogged down and stray.

So please speak! as your words soothe me within,

I will comply to each word, so that you will win…

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Boys Locker Room Stories and Solutions…

The latest rage on Instagram is about Boys Locker Room Stories. Dont want to get into the details of what the boys said. In short, they are discussing about calling a girl out and planning to rape her. It’s disgusting when I read it.

At the same time, we as a society need to find solutions too. Just criticising the boys or naming them in front of their families or maybe even subjecting them to some legal action will not be a permanent solution. Am not saying no to doing all this, but this is just a temporary solution. Will this not continue later? Rather it would with such type of boys being more alert about their chats and the ways to keep people away from them.

Let’s talk about long term solutions.

1. The families should be more engaging with growing kids, irrespective of gender of the child. Parents need to spend more time with kids, talk to them about their thought processes and problems. Talk and accept the thoughts of the younger generation with an open mind.

2. The society too needs to mould itself somewhere at some juncture which I think has arrived. The society too needs to see the relations between kids with an open mind, treat them as good friends and give them the space to spend time with each other. In no ways I am advocating spending time alone, but in publicly space without offending anyone.

3. The education system talks about sex education and educating kids thus. We have been doing this from a long time now yet the eagerness to know, to understand has led to different problems of such kinds we are discussing today. The system needs to educate the kids the right and the wrong, atleast when it comes to physical relationships. They need to mould them better. Teachers are the best people to mould their students in their teen age.

4. Openness in thoughts does not mean that we can talk about anybody or anything in the most weirdest of the manners. There is a limitation to this too. Kids need to made to understand the importance of values and especially boys need to be made to have a good outlook towards girls. Not to treat them as objects of pleasure or fun. Freedom to express comes with responsibilities needs to be emphasized.

5. There should be healthy discussions and debates amongst the younger generation on how to think, what to think and let them evolve through their thought process. At the same time, these discussions and debates need to facilitated by including the thoughts of wisdom from our books and experiences of our elders. The moderator needs to have a balanced view and should not be swayed by any one thought process.

In the same breath, I say, there will be many solutions to these problems but we as responsible humans and people need to come out and talk about them.

I personally am not shocked at what has happened cause this must be happening for a long time now. It has just seen the light now, that’s all. It’s the right time to strike when the iron is hot. Am happy that many boys are coming out very strongly against such things. So am positive that not all boys are bad. There may be a distracted or disillusioned few but we need to get them back too as they too are our kids.

Remember Readers!

The candle light vigils will only highlight the problem, not help us find solutions.

The girls can protect themselves. They do not need protection. We need to change our way of looking towards them.

It is high time that we as a just society sit, think, discuss and find a solution.

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Indian Forces salute the Corona Warriors…

In an unprecedented move, the tri-forces of the Indian Military Service, saluted the Corona Warriors all over India by showering petals, fly pasts and small gifts. For the first time, the three chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce went to the Police memorial and paid their respects to the Police personnel who are guarding India, within. A rare moment of history now collected in pitcures…

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Martyrdom – 3

Date : 3rd May, 2020…

As Lockdown 2.0 comes to an end and Lockdown 3.0 begins, am appalled at the situation where the Corona warriors (Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics and Police) are being beaten up in some places. It is not a story of one place, but many places in India.

Yes, India did stand in unison, a few days back to appreciate them too. But the way a few people are treating them is not only bad but goes to show how ungrateful, a certain class of people are.

Readers, I want to ask a few questions which are constantly coming up in my mind again and again. And I am sure they would be in your mind too.

Soldiers give up their lives guarding and saving our borders, and are called martyrs. And rightly so. But are the Corona warriors who are putting themselves at maximum risk in this situation to save us, to save Humanity, being rightly recognised and appreciated? For me personally I feel that those who have given up their lives are martyrs too. What do you feel?

The pictures of the kids looking at their father, who has just returned from duty after 20 days, but cannot go near him, hug him, are heart wrenching. He too is sitting outside the house, waiting to be serve the food. The longing for hug in both the pairs of eyes makes me numb. How can we be so cruel? But this is the time for Social Distancing. Do we realise the importance of our father, our family in these situations ? Isn’t giving up an opportunity to hug ones own children, martyrdom?

The nation may not consider them as martyrs, the society may not, their own families may not, but for me they are giving their lives so that humans can survive. They are doing much a bigger work then the soldiers at this moment. So I repeat, they are martyrs and they all should be honoured.

I would end with a a few lines… (have tried to write from the perspective of a policeman’s child)…

I spend my days waiting for you,

Mom tells me that you will return…

I would like to share my things,

Am waiting for the tide to turn…

The fight with this virus, we will win,

Promise me, God, will not see an urn…

Cause you have given up on all of us,

Just to see the neighbourhood not burn….

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May Day (Reblog)

1st May…

Happy May Day!

Happy Workers Day!

Happy Maharashtra Day!

Many of you might have felt that why begin with wishes for May Day first and Maharashtra Day the last! Cause that answer lies in its history.

My kid today morning asked me, “Pappa what is the importance of this day? Why is it celebrated as international workers day and Maharashtra day?”

An unexpected question from a 7 year old made me think. I did explain to him about the socialist revolution and their fight for the cause of workers. A lot of workers blood was shed while fighting for their rights. How 1 May was chosen to be International Workers’ Day to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. In that year beginning on 1 May, there was a general strike for the eight hour work day. On 4 May, the police acted to disperse a public assembly in support of the strike when an unidentified person threw a bomb. The police responded by firing on the workers. The event lead to the death of eight and injury of sixty police officers as well as an unknown number of civilian killed or wounded. Hundreds of labour leaders and sympathizers were later rounded-up and four were executed by hanging, after a trial that was seen as a miscarriage of justice.

And also how India after independence was divided into linguistic states. How Maharashtra and Gujarat were born! How there was bloodshed for the same! Some politicians just for their own selfish motives dividing India on basis of language. India after being divided on basis of caste, class, kingdoms (small and large), religion; now was Her turn to be divided on basis of language. And as I write today, do not know how many times more will She be divided and on what basis and in which context…

While explaining all this I was lead to think that, is this the only reason to celebrate / commemorate 1st May? Or is there some other reason too? Can our human history be so narrow-minded? So took to the internet to find my answers. And I was proved right. History is always broad minded, not like humans who write it.

Sharing a few excerpts of what I found on the internet…

“The earliest May Day celebrations appeared with the Floralia, festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, held on April 27 during the Roman Republic era, and with theWalpurgis Nightcelebrations of theGermanic countries.

The day was a traditional summer holiday in many Europeanpagan cultures.

While February 1 was the first day ofspring, May 1 was the first day ofsummer; hence, thesummer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) wasMidsummer.

As Europe becameChristianised, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and May Day changed into a popular secular celebration.

A significant celebration of May Day occurs in Germany where it is one of several days on whichSt. Walburga, credited with bringing Christianity to Germany, is celebrated.

The secular versions of May Day, observed in Europe and North America, may be best known for their traditions of dancing around themaypoleand crowning the Queen of May.

Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps”.

(Source – Wikipedia).

I hope this clarifies your question and is a justification for wishing May Day first and Maharashtra Day last.

Humans have been naturalists from the very beginning. The last few hundred years have made them more aggressive towards nature and environment. On this very day, let us all pledge to take care of our environment and love the nature.Let’s save Mother Earth not out of necessity. She is our mother and takes care of Her Children without any expectations. Let us coexist and thrive to achieve what the Creator has made us for.

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Ganga Saptami

The day, divine Ganges was brought down upon the Earth. Indians will always be indebted to Bhagirath for this marvel. Coming down from the glacier, through the Gomukh is an engineering marvel itself. Let’s have a look at it. After the pictures have shared a poem written by Vijayalakshmi Harish explaining the descent of the Ganges…

The Arrival of the Ganges.

over a snow-covered mountain top in heaven
some secret river lies
stirring not earthwards
this river of the Gods

and then a prince disturbs
her peaceful ferocity
with determined prayer to cleanse
the sins of his forefathers

look she trembles with wounded pride!
not a mere mortal river is she
a Goddess, her anger awakened
but she must proceed

the Gods have asked her so she shall go
but she makes her displeasure known
threatening to swallow all of existence
she follows

the earth shakes
it cannot hold her weight
her power her strength her majestic gait
life-giver, she is now a messenger of death

in her anger she is beautiful,
this world cannot sustain her
only he who wields the trident
can reign in her fall

and then the Mahadev traps her
even as she falls in a mighty torrent
thinking she will sweep him
to the nether regions

in his locks she is lost
struggling, she resembles
the naga around his neck
she spits like a cobra

this immortal river
stays tangled in his locks for many a year
till, defeated and frustrated
she begs forgiveness

and then with his blessings
she trickles down
still furious in pace
but in heart at peace

the mother of all rivers-
this river of rebirth
her sound like thunder
her hair like streaks of lightning

celestial beings witness
the skies are lit
the parched earth satiated
Ganga has descended

as Bhagirathi

– Vijayalakshmi Harish

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Haiku Series – 2 #1

Am beginning a series through which I will be sharing my thought process through which I am going through now. With a positive frame of mind and positive thoughts would love if you all can give your feedback too.

An old pic in a movie theatre

It is time to spend

At home and with family

Love it and live it

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Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya – 2

On His birthday am just sharing a stotra written by the Adi Shankaracharya with the story behind it. One doesn’t know if the story is true or a folklore but the shatak (षटक) written by the great teacher needs just to be read again and again to experience bliss.

This is one of the rare stotras written by Adi Sankara identifying himself as the Supreme Soul and clearly explaining his theory of non-dualism. It is has a remarkable tempo.

There is a story that one of his disciples started saying Shivoham like the Acharya without understanding its significance.

The Acharya visited a black smith’s house and happily drank one tumbler of molten iron and ordered the disciple to do so. Naturally he was not able to it.

The Acharya told him that as for himself the molten iron or ice cold water are not different because he has realized that he is no different from Supreme So and till the disciple attains that state, there is no point in his repeating Shivoham i.e “I am the Supreme Soul”. 

मनो बुद्ध्यहंकारचित्तानि नाहम्
न च श्रोत्र जिह्वे न च घ्राण नेत्रे
न च व्योम भूमिर् न तेजो न वायु:
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥१॥

I am not the mind, the intellect, the ego or the memory,
I am not the ears, the skin, the nose or the eyes,
I am not space, not earth, not fire, water or wind,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Supreme Soul…

न च प्राण संज्ञो न वै पञ्चवायु: 
न वा सप्तधातुर् न वा पञ्चकोश:
न वाक्पाणिपादौ न चोपस्थपायू 
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥२॥

I am not the breath, nor the five elements,
I am not matter, nor the 5 sheaths of consciousness
Nor am I the speech, the hands, or the feet,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Supreme Soul…

न मे द्वेष रागौ न मे लोभ मोहौ 
मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्य भाव:
न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो ना मोक्ष: 
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥३॥ 

There is no like or dislike in me, no greed or delusion,
I know not pride or jealousy,
I have no duty, no desire for wealth, lust or liberation,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Supreme Soul…

न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दु:खम् 
न मन्त्रो न तीर्थं न वेदा: न यज्ञा:
अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता 
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥४॥

No virtue or vice, no pleasure or pain,
I need no mantras, no pilgrimage, no scriptures or rituals,
I am not the experienced, nor the experience itself,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Supreme Soul…

न मे मृत्युर्शंका न मे जातिभेद: 
पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्म
न बन्धुर् न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्य: 
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥५॥

I have no fear of death, no caste or creed,
I have no father, no mother, for I was never born,
I am not a relative, nor a friend, nor a teacher nor a student,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Supreme Soul…

अहं निर्विकल्पॊ निराकार रूपॊ 
विभुर्व्याप्य सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम्
सदा मे समत्वं न मुक्तिर् न बंध
चिदानन्द रूप: शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥६॥ 

I am devoid of duality, my form is formlessness,
I exist everywhere, pervading all senses,
I am neither attached, neither free nor captive,
I am the form of consciousness and bliss,
I am the eternal Supreme Soul…

I bow down to this Supreme Soul…

Today is also the birthday of Ramanujacharya, the chief proponent of Vishishtadvaita. Bow down to this great Soul as well.

PS : Link to the blog written last year https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/jagadguru-adi-shankaracharya/

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Akshay Tritiya (Reblog with changes)

One of the 3 and half Mahurats (auspicious time)…

A day when Treta Yug began…

A day when Bhagwaan Rishabhdev broke His year long fast by drinking sugarcane juice through his cupped hands (Varshi Tap Paarna)…

A day when Maa Ganga descended on Mother Earth…

A day when Bhagwaan Vyas started dictating Mahabharat to Bhagwaan Ganesha…

A day when farmers in India start the farming work for the monsoon season by decorating their cattle and worshipping their fields (Bhoomi Pujan)…

At the beginning, I mentioned that its is one of the 3 and half mahurats, auspicious time to begin anything new. Akshay Tritaya alongwith Dusshara, Gudhi Padwa and Kartik Poornima (half day) are considered as the most auspicious days to begin a new venture. Akshay Tritiya day falls on the 3rd day of the bright half (shukla paksha) of Vaishakha of the lunar month. (It falls in later half of April or first half of may according to western calendar). The whole day is a day to acquire wisdom, think and begin anew.

“Akshay’ means one which never diminishes. Tritiya means the third day. So it is believed that anything that we acquire or begin on this day, will never be diminished.

Bhagwaan Rishabhdev, the first Tirthankar of the Jains, broke his fast on this day. A year long fast! I always wondered how they could do it. But this is “Tap”, ( the readiness to bear both pain and happiness, not to be delighted in one’s happiness and not to be bogged down in distress). Also, they (24 Tirthankara’s) in their pursuit of finding the truth about oneself, sometimes got lost in themselves and forgot to partake food. The fire within, for this pursuit was so hot that it engulfed all other worldly desires. Today many a people emulate them. My namaskaars to all of them, first. At the same time, my question is that are we in the same pursuit? With same intensity to find the truth? I do not doubt the intentions of anyone, but at the same time, I want to gently remind my readers at least, the facts about our ancestors, the way they thought and lived.

Mother Ganga descending upon the earth is one of the most beautiful glacial phenomenon, an human can envisage and see happening in his own lifetime. Bhagirath, the great King, was able to do this. It’s an engineering marvel. Even today, people go upto ‘Gomukh’, the caves from where Ganga appears, but the exact place of Her beginning is still unknown. The flow of Ganga is continuous and divine. The divinity within Her waters is something which will never be diminished “Akshay”.

Mahabharat, the great epic, was started to be written today. It has covered all relations and all topics under the Sun. There is an episode before the Mahabharata was started to be written. When Bhagwaan Vyas asked Ganesha, the God of wisdom, to write his dictation, Ganesha said that it would be possible only on one condition that Vyas would not stop once he starts dictating. Bhagwaan Vyas readily agreed and put forth his condition that Ganesha will understand what is being told and then write it down. And so it is said that Vyas would speak a few sentences which were difficult to interpret for Ganesha and would take a break. The truthulness behind the episode is difficult to be adjudged, but this conveys to us the greatness of Bhagwaan Vyas. The Mahabharat in it’s true sense is a book of undiminished “akshay” wisdom.

The farmers all over India consider this day as an auspicious day to begin their farming work. With monsoons just a few weeks away, the tilling of the soil has to be done. They worship the soil as well as the cattle which is going to be useful for his work. It is an expression of gratefulness towards both of them, due to whom the humans get food. We, Indias have always seen God everywhere. For us, He is omnipresent. So we bow down to the soil too. With all the pain that She (Mother Earth) will bear, She will return good fruits to Her children in form of crops. And that is a undiminished “akshay” blessing to Humanity as a whole.

On this most auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya, I wish all my readers a very Happy Akshay Tritiya.

May Bhagwaan Rishabhdev bless us with understanding about penance and help us move away from the fruits of our action.

May the ever flowing Ganga cleanse our bodies and minds and fill them with divine thoughts.

May Bhagwan Vyas and Ganeshji bless everyone with undiminishing wisdom.

May Goddess Annapurna bless every field with lots of crops and every kitchen with unlimited, but delicious meals.

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Parshuramavtaar

Bhagwaan Parshuram

अग्रत: चतुरो वेदा: पृष्‍ठत: सशरं धनु: ।
इदं ब्राह्मं इदं क्षात्रं शापादपि शरादपि ।। Meaning : Parshuram who is well-versed with the four Vedas and sports the bow and arrow upon his back, that is the one who has the radiance of both the Brahman and the Kshatriya, will destroy the evil doers either with a curse or with an arrow.

Today is the day when Bhagwaan Parshuram was born to Maharshi Jamdagni and Mother Renuka. The fifth child to the couple but the most loved and adored one.

Parshuram is said to be famous for his wrath towards the Kshatriyas and is said to have made Mother Earth free from Kshatriyas 21 times. Yes 21 times seems an exaggeration, but history tell us that He did kill 21 kshatriya kings of His time, who did not believe in the authority of the Vedas, or rather we should say that those who believed that they can fend for themselves and they cannot be questioned.

There is also a story behind Parshuram’s birth, about why did He have the qualities of a Kshatriya though born a Brahmin, but I leave it to some other time. Also there is a folklore about Him beheading His own mother on the orders of His father. I will leave it for some other day too. Am making a mention to these events of His life, as people are generally aware about these events and have genuine questions about them.

One more intriguing fact about His life is how much He lived! As He is read about in the Ramayan and Mahabharat too. And did He really exist during the ages of Ram and Krishna? Will write about it as and when He permits me to.

Today will talk about His cultural work. The extensive work that He has done to lead the humans living an animal life, to a human life. After being asked to go away by his Guru (teacher), Kashyap, He walked all His way, to what we call the Konkan region, today. The region lies between the Sahyadri mountain ranges and the Arabian Sea. It was an area inhabited by people who led an uncivilized life.

Parshuram lived amongst these people and taught them, the humane ways of living, thinking and worshipping. He moved amongst them. He loved them. He cared for them. He answered each an every small question they had. He made them change their ways of living towards a more civilised and cultured life.

It is believed that when Parshuram came to this region, He established a place to work from, known as Gokarn, which some say, is present day Goa. But one thing is for sure, that He did come here, stay her and establish the rule of Dharma in this region. Hence, this region is befittingly called the “Parshuram Kshetra” (the land of Parshuram).

Along with Parshuram, came many Brahmins from the Trihotra area and settled down with Him. They assisted Him in his work and their lineage still exists called the “Chitpavan” Brahmins. Chitpavan means the ones whose minds are pure. There is also one more meaning to the word which means “pure from the pyre”. They are believed to have risen from the ashes of the pyre which took Parshuram to His final destination.

On this day of His birth, we not only bow down to the Great Parshuram but also need to acknowledge the work He has done to uplift humanity.

We bow down to Bhagwaan Parshuram, the killer of evil and the protector of goodness.

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Mother Earth Day – 2

What has She, for us, not done?

Can we not all our wrongs, undone?

She never cries or complains but shares

We Her son’s behave like who cares!

Let us today pledge our love to Her,

And She loves us more for sure!

She is more our Mother, than Earth,

Let us all rise above our dearth.

The only thing we can do for Her,

Plant and replant and let’s save Water!

She will bloom and smile and rejoice,To us She will share her fruits and joys!…

Am sharing the poem which I wrote last year on the same day as we earthlings celebrate Earth Day.

The context today has completely changed. Today we are fighting the most dreaded virus, Corono, collectively called Covid-19. Our Mother Earth is blooming and purifying herself as Her favourite son, Human, has stopped all his activities which were polluting Her.

Am reading reports that the water of the Ganges which we have polluted during the last many years of industrialisation and development, has been cleared and people living on her banks are just filling up their pots with pure water of the Ganges.

The nest near one of our windows…

The flora and fauna around my house is blooming too. From a last few days we are observing a crow couple building their nest and preparing themselves for the upcoming raining season. It’s a treat to watch them work so hard to build their nest. It made me realise that every animal does work for it’s well being and tries to live in harmony with nature.

Hope we Humans realise our mistakes and try to correct them!

Hope we Humans try to learn to live in Harmony with Nature!

Hope we Humans make this Earth a better place to live in!

Let’s Heal the World!!!

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Flamingos in Mumbai

The migratory birds are here…

Vashi – Navi Mumbai and Thane creeks are now flooded with them. Just sharing a few pics…

Initiate our souls into the light
Flamingo yes your hue is burning bright
Your colors lighting up the night
We migrate out of darkness within you

Enlighten us to heal our weary hearts
To be with love and never to depart
Appreciating brand new starts
Your beauty resonates us deep within

We want nothing more than with you to be free
To fly away from stress along with thee
Our wings could only hope to grow
As beautiful as yours unfold
You are the breath of freshened air
Our spirits call to breathe repair

In my memory of you I see poise
Noticing your stance without a noise
Perfectly still you are seen
Tranquil in life’s pond so serene

As we pass through to become in ourselves
Teach us how to become nothing else
Than the magnetic beautiful creatures
Spirit designed with every feature

We are a gift to the flowing
Always coming always going
There never seems to be enough
Time in the universe thereof
To take a moment to enjoy
And therefore we destroy

This is an ode to your sweet nature
A song of love and light not danger
A memory we are creating
A vibrant show of figure skating

In the circle of acceptance now
Our wings are rising up to bow
Take in the scenery with deepened breath
Never afraid of shaking hands with death

For we are peaceful and at rest
Knowing we always do our best
A true beginning has no end
Drinking from life as we befriend
The journey of our soul path
In a spiritual rose bath

– Courtesy, The Terry Tree, Portland, Oregon

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Swiss Solidarity…

The country of Switzerland light up its Matterhorn mountain in the Alps range with the flag of India to express its solidarity with the citizens of India in their fight against COVID-19.

Thank you Switzerland for standing with us!

It also projected the flags of a few other countries which I share herewith.

Indian Flag
Flag of United Kingdom
Flag of The USA

Italy
Swiss Flag
#stayathome
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Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharyaji… (Reblog with changes)

Proponent of the Shuddhadvaita (Pure Nondualism).

Founder of the Pushtimarg.

Devotional Philosopher.

One of the five main acharyas in India, the other being Aadi Shankaracharya, Madhvacharya, Nimbakacharya and Ramanujacharya.

Vallabha means “dear one.

Born today, that is the 11th day of the dark half of lunar month of Chaitra at Champaranya.

Son of Illamma and Lakshman Bhatta.

People say that His was a still birth so his parents left Him under a tree wrapped in white clothes. Later Shree Krishna appeared in their dreams to tell them that it is He who has arrived in this form and is well alive. The bewildered parents rushed back to the place to find the kid alive.

Studied Vedas at a very young age and earned the title of “Baal Saraswati“. Participated in many debates and earned the titles of “Acharya” and “Jagadguru” at the age of 12.

Later travelled throughout India, not once, not twice but thrice to explain Krishna bhakti and spread Vaishnavism.

He gave discourses on Bhagwat at 84 different places known as “Baithakji” (seats of learning) today. These “Baithakji’s” still have a relevance for all the practising Vaishnavas even today and a visit to any Baithakji is a divine experience. Every Vaishnava wishes to visit all the 84 places once in his life time.

Later, in Gokul he initiated his first disciple and laid the foundations of what we know today as Pushtimarg (Path of Grace). He made the first Vaishnava by giving / teaching him the important “Brahma Sambandh” (Realisation of a person’s relation with the Almighty).

He gave the mantra, “Shree Krishna Sharanam Mamah” (श्री कृष्ण शरणं ममः) to Surdasji and initiated him to the Vaishnavaite fold. We all know Surdas through his devotional songs which he has sung for the Lord Incarnate. The mantra itself explains complete devotion to Lord Krishna.

“SHARANAM” means to offer oneself to the wish of God. To believe that it is only Krishna who can take care of oneself. To believe that He operates our life and full submit oneself to Him and become His instrument.

He took Samaadhi at a very young age of 52 into the waters of the Ganges at Kashi.

His work “Madhurashtakam” is a lucid yet romantic version for Shrinathji, the deity at Nathdwara. In it, He glorifies Shrinathji and all His activities, ending every verse with the line “Madhuradhipate Akhilam Madhuram” (every act of the Lord is madhur). Madhur as a noun means sweet, tender, full; as an adjective means melodious, beautiful, sweet.

Many of His works are still being read and His followers are still trying to understand what the Acharya has written.

He talks about God being in the form of a child. He has hence asked Vaishnavas to worship the “Baal Krishna” (Krishna in child form). And treat the Lord as a child. As we fulfill all the wishes of the children, we should fulfill all the wishes of the Lord. The devotees express their love for the Lord by acts of giving Him a bath and feeding Him and making Him sleep. The tradition of 8 Darshans, from Mangala (Rising) to Shayan (Sleeping) are started by Vallabhacharyaji. The significance of these 8 darshans is that the Lord is just like us. He is no different and so we need not be afraid of Him, rather as He is a child, shower Him with all the love we can.Such a personality is called the Mahaprabhu.

Our seer’s called him so meaning He is the greatest amongst the Gods. Revered Pandurang Shastriji Athavale explains it in his own simple way that “Jo Bhagwaan ko milne bulaaye aur Bhagwaan ko aana pade, aise jo log hain unhe Mahaprabhu kehte hain”, (the Lord upon being called, is compelled to come to meet, such is a Mahaprabhu)

On this day of Varuthini Ekadashi, I bow down to this anshavataar and during these days hope that we all will chant the mantra he gave to this world “Shree Krishna Sharanam Mamah”.

Astu.

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Tulip Gardens of Srinagar

My Bhabhi shared these pics and I couldnt stop myself from sharing with you all… A poem on Tulips at the end to lift up our mood…

Tulip Gradens of Srinagar…

You didn’t care much for Easter
or for flowers for that matter
yet I went to the store and bought
a bouquet of pink and yellow tulips.

Now here I stand in the midday sun
my shaking fingers clutching the long green stems,
as a warm, slow tear drips off my chin.
I kneel down and set the flowers down next to the temporary sign that holds your name,
wondering again why I even bothered.

I grab a handful of the dirt that now hugs your body and cringe at the thought of you laying just feet below me.
I can’t help but wish that you were here.

– Lou Morgan

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Poem #21

Your Prayer!

The times are bad, but your words are very dear,

They give us hope to live in these ages of fear,

A day before you gave you words, a form of prayer,

I felt as if the God has taken a form, in their flair

I create” is what You trust and believe in the most,

And “I will come again” when the world is way lost,

The above two phrases are not just words alone,

But the drive to do HIS work, as it is my own

A very spontaneous flow of words which just flowed through the mind, and I have just written it the way the words shaped up. No editing, no correcting, so it might sound raw, but I dont want to change a word, as it has come from within.

My dear friends, the world is passing through a very bad phase, when we are fighting against our own selves, as these viruses are also allegedly man made. Don’t know where this fight will lead us to, as it is too early to take a call.

One thing is for sure, it can be fought only with Prayer.

PRAYERPositive Reassuring Action Yielding Eternal Results.

I read this on the net and I have started thinking about it. I shared it with you all so that even, you, my readers, can think in your own way.

Till then, see you all…

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Happy Easter Sunday

The symbolic language of the crucification is the death of the old paradigm, resurrection is the leap into a whole new way of thinking

– Deepak Chopra

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

One final breath He gave
As Heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

Forever, He is glorified
Forever, He is lifted high
Forever, He is risen
He is alive
He is alive

We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The lamb has overcome

PS : Have not posted the whole carol…

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Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. The day when the Son of God gave up his life for the betterment of humankind. Just yesterday was the Holy Thursday when Jesus had his last supper with his disciples and spoke about his imminent death. He was treacherously caught that day night itself and produced before the Pilate. Religious leaders insisted on Jesus’s crucification and relenting to this pressure, the Pilate agreed. Jesus was crucified today. His last words “God, Forgive them, for they know not what they do“, are enough to explain his love for humankind. We all know that Death is no good thing, rather it’s a sorrowful parting. But Jesus gave his life for the good of many, so it is called Good Friday.

Lets remember Jesus Christ throughout the day.

Let’s His thoughts and deeds be a guiding force of our lives.

Let His love soothe the mankind during these days and give us the strength to stay strong and come out of this pandemic

Will end with my favourite school prayer…

Our Father, Who art in heaven, 
Hallowed be Thy Name. 
Thy Kingdom come. 
Thy Will be done, 
on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil.

Amen.

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Let’s learn from Nature…

Heliotropism

Sunflowers turn according to the position of the sun. In other words, they “chase the light.” This facing the sun phenomenon is called HELIOTROPISM


You might already know this, but there is another fact that you probably do not know!
Have you ever wondered what happens on cloudy and rainy days when the sun is completely covered by clouds?
Perhaps you think the sunflower withers or turns its head towards the ground. Is this what crossed your mind?
Well, that’s incorrect!


This is what happens…


They turn towards each other to share their energy.
Nature’s perfection is amazing!!!


Isn’t this applicable in today’s context? Many people may become low-spirited, and the most vulnerable ones, sometimes, become depressed.
How about following the example of the beautiful sunflowers i.e. “Supporting and empowering each other”.


Wishing you all a “Sun flower” trait of turning towards each other on their cloudy and gloomy days.
Lets spread goodness…

Always remember the Sunflower

whose face looks towards the Sun.

She drinks His beauty in Her face

and like Him, She becomes

Her glory is like His glory,

Its strong and true and good.

You know She is a source of joy,

Her seed gives life and food

The Special Flower has much to give

Though fragrance She has none,

She teaches us to look within (above)

At God’s own perfect Son…

– L.Gayle

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Maruti – 4

अंजनीगर्भसंभूत कपीन्द्र सचिवोत्तम।
रामप्रिय नमस्तुभ्यं हनुमन्! रक्ष सर्वदा।।

Meaning :
I bow down to Hanumaan and ask for His protection, the one who was born of Anjani Mata, one who is the best amongst the Vanars, a very able minister and most loved by Shree Ram.

I have purposely not translated Vanar as monkey as people would literally do. As I have already clarified in my blogs before that according to Sanskrit grammar, the word Vanar can be broken up as Va + Nar, meaning the one who has a doubt about being a Human. Nar here is used in context with being Human and not just to signify a male.

We have been trying to understand the various qualities about being the messenger of God. (Ramdoot). Today we take up Hanuman’s quality of being a minister.

He has been an advisor to King Sugreeva. A King who was banished from His Kingdom by his brother, Vali. Hanuman as a minister, true to his oath, stayed with Sugreeva, even during his period of banishment. He used to guide Sugreeva on all important matters.

Sugreeva’s friendship with Ram is a long term vision of Hanuman. It was Hanuman who met Ram and Laxman in the forests, when they were searching for Sita, who was abducted by Ravan. The dialogue between Hanuman and Ram needs to be read, understood and implemented in life, which Valmiki has written. At that moment, Hanuman invites Ram to meet Sugreeva, suggesting that the Vanar King can help Ram in His pursuit for Sita.

Hanuman, then tells Sugreeva to make friends with Ram and Sugreeva trusting him fully, does so. This friendship of Ram and Sugreeva goes so long, that when Shree Ram enters Sarayu river to end His Avtaar, Sugreeva too rushes to Ayodhya and enters Sarayu, after Him. At that time too, Sugreeva leaves Prince Angad in the care of Hanuman. Such is the love and trust, that Hanuman commanded.

Will also share the links of my previous blogs so you all can read them too.

Wishing you all a very Happy Hanuman Jayanti.

Let us all be determined like Hanuman who knows only Ram in his life.

Let us all be dedicated like Haanuman who knows only the work of Ram in his life.

Let us all be disciplined like Hanuman who has chanted only the name of Ram in his life.

Jai Hanuman!

Jai Shree Ram!

PS : The links to my previous blogs on Hanuman... https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/maruti/?preview=true

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/maruti-2/?preview=true

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/04/19/maruti-3-good-friday/

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Mahaveer Jayanti (Reblog with additions)

The one who is brave and kills is called a Veer.

But the one who is brave, can kill, yet forgives is Mahaveer.

I wish all my readers a very Happy Mahaveer Jayanti.

Mahaveer

– an apostle of Non Violence (Ahimsa)

– an apostle of Non attachment (Aparigraha)

– an apostle of Non stealing (Asteya)

– a proponent of Truthfulness (Satya)

– a proponent of Chastity (Brahmacharya)

A great soul born to King Siddhartha and Queen Trishaladevi of the Ikshvaku dynasty. He was called Vardhamaan, as his birth brought lots of wealth and name to his father’s kingdom.

He lived a prince’s life. He married Yashodhara and had a daughter from her, Priyadrashana.

He renounced life at an early age of around 30 and left all the attachments, even clothes. It is said that he took just a piece of cloth on renunciation and that too during the journey through the woods tore of and was entangled in the thorny bushes. He became “Digambara” (one whose clothes are the directions of the sky).

He performed severe penance for 12 years and attained Keval Gnan (blissful knowledge) before he gave his first Deshna. In total it is said that he gave total 55 pravachans in his life as an ascetic and He travelled the breadth and width of India. His final teachings (sermons given on the last 6 days of his life) are still studied by the munis of the Jain order.

There is a story that He was bit by, Chandkaushik, the serpent. But instead of bleeding blood, he bled milk. Let us understand this with a historical perspective. Mahaveer was moving through a jungle, which the people living around, asked Him not to enter as it was inhabited with the people who poisoned people who entered their home. They called themselves the ‘Nag’ people. Chandkaushik was their head. When he saw Mahaveer entering the jungle, he followed Him and at an appropriate time he tried to poison Mahaveer. But the poison had no effect on Mahaveer. Bhagwaan Mahaveer then reached out to these people and gave them love and warmth. And they took refuge in Him.

There is an another incident where it is said that a person hammered nails into Mahaveer’s ears as a part of the fruits of the Karma, Mahaveer had done in his lives before. Now I dont doubt this incident at all. But the youth today is a little sceptic about it. It is very simple, the person must have abused Mahaveer in a very bad way and the words must have felt as iron nails being pierced into His ears.

At the age of 72, he attained Nirvana (liberation of the soul from the law of karma and life after death). A Jal Mandir exists even today in Pawapuri, in Bihar where he attained Nirvana. It is a very revered place of pilgrimage for Jains.

Let us also understand that Mahaveer did not start the Jain Dharma. He just carry forward the legacy of the 23 Teerthankara’s before him, from Adinath also known as Rishabhdev to Parshvanath. But it seems that He reached out to the masses and Jain thought came to be established as a Dharma.

Mahaveer’ s legacy was carried forward by the word of mouth by his 11 disciples called the Gandhara’s. They spread His thought far and wide. Many of His works are lost and a few which remain are a part of the Jain Agamas, which were compiled later.

Bhagwaan Mahaveer has shown us a path to live in harmony with nature. He is also one of the persons whom we can emulate in our lives, in these trying times. His way of thinking, living are an ideal to not only the people who follow Him, but also to the people who do not know Him. This blog is just a small introduction to a great life, which lived on earth centuries before.

Jainam Jayati Shashanam!

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India responds…

Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Another pic from the same temple
The PM
He lights a lamp
He stares and prays
Mahant Swami Maharaj
Tejendraprasadji, Acharya Koshalendraprasadji, Lalji Maharaj Vrajendraprasadji…
Ratan Tata Sir
My House Window
The view from my balcony
My Society
RNA Complex, Kandivali
RNA Complex – 2
Girgaon
Dubai
Dubai – 2
Jawans at the border
Some imagination!!!

इतिहास याद रखेगा इस दिन को,

जब पूरा संसार डगमगा रहा था,

तब हिन्दूस्तान जगमगा रहा था।

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Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya – 2

Every Indian household, which considers itself cultured, lights a diya in the evening at their homes. Our Vedic Sanskriti has always been the worshipper of radiance, worshipper of Light.

Today we all will light the lamps adhering to signify the triumph of light over darkness. But at the same time, if we continue doing what is not expected from us in these times, like as a citizen not to follow the rules strictly of Social Distancing and Lockdown, or just forwarding messages without checking their truthfulness or even admonishing about things not within our ambit of understanding, then will this lightening of the diyas help?

Let us follow Social Distancing at its strictest level. The next few days, weeks or maybe even months are times to be alert, vigilant and disciplined. Our country doesnt expect anything else. Can we not reciprocate?

Let us stay at home. Spend time with family and self. These are the days of self assessment and improving the understanding about ourselves. Can we not do this for ourselves.

Let us learn to respect nature. Let us learn to live together with all the living creatures however small and large. Have been receiving and seeing videos of rare birds being seen in cities nowadays. Can we not create an environment where we can coexist?

Let us believe in God. For it is Him, who takes care of everyone of us. It is difficult to accept these times as His care, but when we dwell deeply, we might understand His way of teaching.

Let us enjoy these times. Be positive. Be healthy. And let’s keep away from all the negativity in this world. And move together towards the best world we can create together.

Should we?

Can we?

Will we?

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Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya…

Just heard the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, asking citizens to light up a diya, torch, cell phone flash or a torch on 5th April, 2020, at 9pm for 9 minutes. Spend time with oneself and think about 130 crores of faces of the children of Maa Bharti.

Am instantly reminded of a poetry written by the former Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vaypayee, so sharing the lyrics with you all…

भरी दुपहरी में अँधियारा, सूरज परछाई से हारा
भरी दुपहरी में अँधियारा, सूरज परछाई से हारा
अंतरतम का स्नेह निचोड़े
अंतरतम का स्नेह निचोड़े, बुझी हुई बाती सुलगाये आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…

हम पड़ाव को समझे मंज़िल
हम पड़ाव को समझे मंज़िल, लक्ष्य हुआ आंखों से ओझल
वर्तमान के मोहजाल में
वर्तमान के मोहजाल में आने वाला कल ना भुलाये आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाये…

आहुति बाकी, यज्ञ अधूरा, अपनों के विघ्नों ने घेरा
आहुति बाकी, यज्ञ अधूरा, अपनों के विघ्नों ने घेरा
अंतिम जय का वज़्र बनाने
अंतिम जय का वज़्र बनाने नव दधीचि हड्डियां गलाएँ आओ फिर से दिया जलाएँ…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाएँ…
आओ फिर से दिया जलाएँ…….

Readers, Friends, please read this poem, understand the meaning as it sounds exactly written for this situation.

Let us win this war together…

Jai Bharat!!!

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Ram – An ideal Son

Rama valued his father’s pride more than his own pain
& defended his father’s honor that haters tried to stain.
He embarked on journey with no hate in his brain
For his divine loyalty drained out the feeling of disdain.

When the people witnessed him depart
It broke them & torn their souls apart.
Yet they realized Rama’s magisterial art
When he said, that he lives in everyone’s heart.

Though he was unjustly treated by his stepmother
His heart still melted with affection for his brother.
For they mutually respected one another
& this brotherly love no cruel conspiracy could smother.

Rama’s spiritual values till this day we celebrate
Because even though he was victimized by his unforgiving fate
Yet on his shoulders he carried his responsibilities‘ weight
& with integrity he conquered all kinds of hate.

Sidharth Jain, New Delhi

The poem beautifully enumerates the topic. Feel what can I write after all these words. I should be grateful to my brother from Delhi, who took time out, to write this, even though he didn’t want to. He shared that he did it out of respect for me, but I very well know and believe that Ram residing in his heart has made him do this.

Ram, the name itself gives goosebumps to millions of his followers.

Ram, the name itself gives one the confidence to win in every battle.

Ram, the name itself instills arouses passion for the Motherland.

But today I want to talk about Ram as an ideal son. Will not describe the events described in the poem as they are self explanatory. But will talk about संतान।

सम्यक् तनोति इति संतान। A child is one who carries forward the goals of parents.

And we can see the same characteristics in Ram. His forefathers King Aja, King Raghu, his own father King Dasrath have all lived their lives for the betterment and development of society. It is said that even the Devas, used to ask them for their help. Similarly Ram too, has worked towards development of society as a whole. The 14 years spent in exile were for the upliftment of the people who lived a uncivilized life. Fighting with the Rakshasas, who felt that spending uncivilized way of life is the only aim in life, is just a small part of the exile. Historically, all the events of abducting of Sita, meeting the Vanars, the Ram Ravan war, took place in the last 14 – 16 months of exile. So the question arises what did Ram do for the initial period? He, like his forefathers, lived amongst the uncivilized people and developed relations with them. He spent time with them and slowly but steadily made them understand the basic tenets of a cultured life. Led them to the path of civilisation.

Similarly like his forefathers, he always gave respect to the words of the Rishis. When Vishwamitra came to Dasrath to ask for Ram, to fight of the Rakshashas who were disrupting their yadnya. Dashrath, a father denies. But it is Ram who reminds him of his duties and expresses his willingness to go with the Rishi.

Ram is a very obediant son. He never questions his parents. When his father told him that he would be crowned the King, he agreed. The next day, when Dasrath banished him to exile, he agreed. He did not argue. Rishi Valmiki notes that there was not even a minute change in his expression in both the instances. He is always ready to do as his father tells him too.

I dont want to make this blog a long read, by writing many such instances from Ram’s life. But would sure love as always to raise questions to make everyone of us think.

Will we listen to what our father says, even if it is against our wishes?

Will we still command the same respect for our mother who for some reason strip us off our powers?

Will we complete every wish of our parents even if it means giving up our lives?

Let us all try to find genuine answers to these questions as devotees and followers of Ram. On this day of Ram Navmi, if we can sit back (lockdown days) and think and find answers to the above questions, then I do not think, India would need an old age home, anytime in near history.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Ram Navmi.

May Lord Ram bless the world and lead us to light from these dark days of the pandemic.

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Answers to Abhishek

Am doing this answer just out of my respect and live for my fellow blogger Abhishek Pathania. He has nominated me for an award which I dont accept and he knows that. But has made a special request to answer his questions.

A very natural writer, Abhishek, seems to be in love with nature and so I can a lot of writings about the different phenomenon in nature. His way of expressing and expressing is something I learn from. A talented guy and a magician with words. Pls do follow him at the following URL https://pathaniaabhishek.wordpress.com/

What kind of music and movies are you into? Love to listen to all types of music. From classical to hard rock and rap. My favourite band is Nirvana (I know it’s a little difficult to believe for people who know me). Recently started liking Cold Play, when introduced to the band by my students. Backstreet Boys and Whitney Houston are my other favourites too. In Indian classical love to listen to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki just to name a few. Love to listen to Santoor and Violin.

Movies my favourites are those comedies of 70’s and 80’s… Amol Palekar, Sanjeev Kumar, Deven Verma, Om Prakash, Utpal Dutt… am a fan of Gurudutt Sahab and Gulzarji for their foresightedness and movies… Sridevi is my all time favourite so any of her movies from Sadma to Himmatwala to Lamhe are a must watch or rather you can say anytime watch… Kajol is another favourite… Love Ajay Devgan and Akshay Kumar movies…. am also a fan of Marathi movies and the latest Gujarati movies…

Do you want to be immortal? Why and why not?… I dont believe in being immortal as it can lead to vices in life. Not afraid of vices though. Have to overcome vices. But believe in Transmigration, that is, a soul can develop and liberate itself from the cycle of life. Immortality by thoughts and action attracts me, though.

Explain your definition of love? Love is a feeling which cannot be expressed in words, sung in poems. It can only act.

Do you believe in aliens or after life? No I dont believe in Aliens. But yes I do believe in Life after Death. I represent a culture which teaches me this so even if I have my own doubts about life and development of soul, I believe what my ancestors have told me and strictly adhere to it.

What’s your life’s purpose? – to find an answer to the question WHY ME? Why has God chosen me to tread on this earth and on the path which I am moving on. To find myself and my purpose of life.

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Quote #33

Let’s understand it in today’s context. The lockdown will not be forever, so let’s wait for the best. Patience and Perseverence are important at this moment.

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Tathastu! (May your wish come true)

Tathastu! A blessing from God. Every now and then people line up at His residence to ask for something. To correct something. To change something. And while asking, we forget whether the thing we are asking for is truly needed or our asking is out of just boredom.

My Elder brother and Spiritual Master His Divine Holiness, Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale (Dadaji) always tell us during his discourses that think before you ask. Because if by chance God accepts your wish and says Tathastu, you do not know the consequences of it.

Friends, today while reading a message I was again reminded of this. Will share the message first with you all.

This qurantine is Gods way of accepting a ton of wishes of:

  1. Kids: Can we have no school and play all day? – Tathastu
  2. Women: can we have the undivided attention of my husband who works so hard?- Tathastu
  3. Husbands: I’m sick of this traffic and commuting i wish i cud stay at home and work n Get paid – Tathastu
  4. Working Moms: I wish I could spend some quality time with my kids and relax – Tathastu
  5. Students: I wish i wouldnt have to study for my exams? – Tathastu
  6. Old Parents: Wish our kids could spend more time with us rather than being busy everyday? – Tathastu
  7. Employee: Hate my job, i need a break.- Tathastu
  8. Employers: Have no life, wish could sit home and watch TV – Tathastu
  9. Mother Earth: I cant breathe, i wish I could get a break from all this pollution and chaos – Tathastu

Think about in today’s context and let’s all now think what all have we asked from Him.

Shouldn’t we think before asking for something?

How deep and futuristic should we be before asking?

Why should we ask when all our basic needs are being satisfied?

Friends resting, relaxing and playing at home, let’s all think about such small things in life too.

Tathastu!!!

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Poem #20

Your Words…

I wait for your word divine

Angelical and sweet as wine,

Intoxicate me out of your care

I dont wish that I should share

But people do not understand

They find them like a magical wand,

And use them to fulfill their needs

But forget the love for their seeds

For me I repeat they are my life,

Just like water to a thirsty life,

And they make live another day

To sit on their swing and sway

Please keep in touch in these times

Your words sweet, the ringing chimes,

A day, a week, a fortnight, some time

Your words worthy more than a dime…

PS. : I have written this just now out of gratefulness to my Elder sister (Didiji), of whose Parivaar (family), She considers me a part of it. And I too consider it a blessing. Her love, Her attention, Her care, Her teachings, Her words are always an inspiration for me personally. Today I tell you all that the inspiration for me to write is only Her.

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Shalivahan Shaka 1942 – Gudhi Padwa (Reblog with few changes)

Wishing all my friends, students, fellow bloggers and their families a very Happy New Year on occasion of Gudhi Padwa, Ugadi, Yugadi, Navreh (Kashmir) and Cheti Chaand.

The day, when :

Brahma (The Creator) created the world. It is believed that after the deluge, Brahma, recreated the world. The time restarted.

Rama returned to Ayodhya, from exile, alongwith Seeta and Laxmana, and people hoisted Gudhi’s outside their houses to welcome them.

Shalivahan defeated the Huns and returned to Paithan, his capital.

As it is considered an auspicious day, (one mauhurat amongst the 3 and a half auspicious mahurats), it is said thatShivaji along with his Mavlas began his conquest for a Hindavi Swaraj.

Today, I want to talk about Shalivahan, the great Satvahan King. A few thousand years back, after Gazni had invaded and looted and plundered India, the Huns entered India. They were just interested in two things. Women and Gold. They were considered amongst the most uncivilized people, then. They faced no or little resistance when they entered India and so entered deeper and deeper and reached Central India.Here they faced the first big resistance. It was from none other than the Satvahan King Shalivahan. He invigorated his soldiers and forced the Huns back to their country. He emerged victorious and returned back to Paithan. People welcomed him by hoisting Gudi’s outside their houses.

(There is another version of historical events, wherein it is said that Shalivahan defeated the mighty Vikramaditya and returned to Paithan. I leave upto my reader to decide his/her own version)

But the question which comes to everyone’s mind is that every king, to expand his kingdom attacks another kingdom, and one of them would surely emerge victorious. So what is so big that an entire calendar was started in Shalivahan’s name?

As I said above, that Shalivahan defeated the Huns. The folklore says that the people of his kingdom had heard about the exploits of the Huns and were not ready to fight them, fearing their ferocity. Shalivahan, then made these mud doll soldiers (mud dolls made into soldiers) and brought them to life and led them into the war to defeat the Huns.

Now this sounds mythological and against scientific temperament. And I agree.We need to understand our history with a right perspective. The people were not ready to fight. They were mentally not prepared to fight. They had become doll like, just did their routine work and tried to live happily. They didn’t want any problems in their lives. Shalivahan toured his Kingdom, talked to his people and motivated them to lift up arms to defend their motherland. The people trusted their King and his will to defeat the enemies. So they with this new found vigour fought against the Huns and emerged victorious. The citizens of Paithan welcomed their brave King by hoisting Gudhi’s outside their houses.

The Gudhi signifies Brahmadwaj. Sometimes it is also referred to as Indradhwaj. Gudhi is a bright colorful silk scarf-like cloth tied at the top of a long bamboo. On top of it, one or more boughs ofneemleaves and mango leaves are attached along with a garland of flowers. This arrangement is capped with a silver, bronze or copper pot (handiorkalash) signifying victory or achievement. The whole arrangement is hoisted outside each household, typically to the right, or through a window or terrace and will be visible to everyone passing by. Gudhi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.

The delicacies cooked at home on this day is just the one which blends with the season of Spring. And we all wait to just get back him to nourish them.

Today is a day when the lockdown has begun. On the New Year Day, we are all at home.

Let’s plan to do something which is good for everyone of us in the family.

Let us decide one thing that we all will sit together in the evening and pray to God for the well being of Mankind. Ram Navmi is coming up, if we all know, we can chant Ram Raksha Stotram together.

Let us study our history, culture and Sanskruti.

Let us understand the importance of values and try to imbibe them in our lives. It is said that it takes 21 days to inculcate an habit. We have 21 days. Let’s decide and try to get one good valuable habit into our lives.

Again wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a Happy Chaitri Navratri.

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Mumbai Today…

I know that the vegetable markets in the morning have been full with people and the media is showing it till now. I understand the danger associated with it and in no way support it.

But at the same time there is a part of Mumbai which is usually crowded but today listening to the PM and the CM, people have abandoned these places. They look so beautiful, empty. Sharing a few pics for your eyes.

Dont know who the photographer/s is, but dedicated to the photographer/s… Thank you so much for making our day.

Air India Building, Nariman Point
Asiatic Library, Old Customs House

Marine Drive
Girgaon Chowpaty
Gateway of India
Nariman Point
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Hutatma Chowk
Mantralay
Hotel Taj, Gateway of India
Rajabai Tower
The docks
Koliwada
Churchgate Station
Lifeline of Mumbai

It’s a treat to see all these monuments in this manner. We have so many good things around us which we fail to notice, but today let’s sit back and enjoy every such small thing.

Thank you, the original inhabitants of Mumbai…

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Who am I? – 4

Was reading my old blogs on Who am I? Am sharing the links here just for your reference.

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/who-am-i/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/who-am-i-2/

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/who-am-i-3/

And then thinking in today’s context. The world today is realising that am a living being. I am a mere mortal. I can die. And this fear of death has led to the rise of Humanism.

I know I have exaggerated a bit, but atleast people today have realised the importance of living and life. Ask people from Italy, Iran or USA, where many have lost their dear ones and are constantly living in the fear of death. The complete lockdown has made people live with families and in isolation, we all do think Who am I?

नाऽहं पशु, अहं मनुष्यः। (Am not an animal, am an human).

When Aristotle said that “Man is by nature a social animal, an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a God.”, we didn’t understand it. But today in the times of social distancing we suddenly realise what he meant.

The question which comes to my mind is that are we truly social, in it’s TRUE sense? When we have to save ourselves and the society as a whole from this dreaded virus and stop it from spreading, we have started acting selfish. I can understand that when a person sees death in from of him, he will try to save himself first. But it isn’t that way. Death is not the end of this disease. It is curable through isolation. Can we not isolate ourselves and perform our social duty?

Was Aristotle wrong with his conclusion? Not at all. Even animals isolate themselves for many reasons like for reproduction, due to geographical distances, ecological reasons and many more. It is for their survival and propagation of their species. Then can we not as rational animals, (we boast that we can think, reason) do the same for a few days, as the administration guides us.

Well, these are the days to spend in family isolation and think

Who we are?

How are we related?

Are we living upto our relations?

Are we truly a family person?

So in the coming days let’s move a step in this direction and also speed up the quest for finding out Who am I?

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Vacations on Earth… 3

THANK YOU DEAR CARONA,
जरूरी था तुम जैसों का डर होना।

मानव बनाकर उस खुदा ने भेजा था इस जग में,
पता ना चला मशीन बना कब
खुद से दूर हुआ मैं ।
दौड़ भाग करते-करते ,
इस दिल को तो था, पत्थर होना ।।
THANK YOU DEAR CARONA
जरूरी था तुम जैसों का डर होना ।

सब घबराएं तुमसे,
जबकी अदृश्य हो तुम भी ,
हर पल यही सोचूं
थम ना जाएं सांसें मेरी भी।
भान ना रहा कभी मुझको
कैसे होता है मेरा जगना और सोना।।
THANK YOU DEAR CARONA,
जरूरी था तुम जैसों का डर होना।।

नहीं जरूरत आज किसी की,
और ना ही था जरूरी कुछ भी,
खुद से आज मिला हूं मैं,
बंद करके खीड़की और दरवाजे भी।
आज मिला है वक्त अपनों में हंसने का ,
तो फिर काहे को रोना
THANK YOU DEAR CARONA.
जरूरी था तुम जैसों का डर होना।।.

Shivkumar Singh, Saki Naka, Andheri.

A poem written by my friend explaining our situation right now. At the same time seeing the positive side in the last stanza. The time to spend with oneself and with ones family. A much needed thing in our life of running after money, career and enjoyment.

Actually the enjoyment is in staying with the family. Am at home from last 5 days and am literally understanding what I have missed. I realise that my sons have grown big and they have started understanding a lot of things. We are playing and watching plays / movies together.

Yesterday played the game Mahabharat. A well made game with a lot to learn. We could just play for 2 hours but it was a learning experience for all of us. It’s a board game but not made on the lines of Business or Monopoly. It’s a complete different game where a maximum of 6 players can play. One learns about the different characters of Mahabharat as well as the different incidences which have occurred during that time. A much needed game in these times. A big shout out to “Lotus Light Publications” for making this board game

At 5pm, with the whole of India, we too clapped and rang our ‘thalis’ in appreciation of the medical staff and the people who run essential services. In these tough times, they are still working for us to keep our lives moving. It was an exhilarating experience to see everyone in their windows standing, clapping, appreciating and expressing their gratefulness. The idea of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has instilled a feeling of being one, Indianness, amongst all. Even the strongest of his critics have applauded Mr.Modi’s skill to get people together.

The idea of Janta Curfew itself was a beautiful thought which people followed and implemented to the fullest. I too stayed in the house from midnight to today morning 9am. It is an experience where I too learnt many things with my family. Doing small things and helping wife with small things is a good experience.

Hope you all are doing fine and take care of your health.

Let us be one in this fight against this dreaded disease.

Let us understand the importance of being together.

Let us live our lives with our families and spend the best time of our lives…

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6 word story… #7

Stay at home, Love your life…

The whole world is on a virtual lockdown phase. We too, in India, are going through “Janta Curfew” today. To fight the dreaded disease, let us all come together.

Let us appreciate the people who work and operate essential services as well as the Medicos who aren’t caring for their lives, for our lives.

Take care

Stay fit, Keep fit..

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Vacations on Earth… 2

The Earth needs a break

And the society and so do we,

We have gone far apart

Need to come near, you and me…

The virus so minuscule

But it got us together again,

In the world so large

We enter our homes with pain…

Well keeping in the line of thought that we were talking about yesterday, got a few good responses especially from my seniors. The thought of distancing oneself socially maybe the need of the hour. But it is making us understand what coming together is. We want to stay together and spend time with each other. We again have time for our friends, family, near and dear ones and last but not the least for ourselves.

Don’t you all feel that in this mad rush of social distancing, we have already distanced ourselves from our own Soul. We have distanced ourselves from the God, who created us. We have not only distanced but alienated ourselves from the One who resides in us.

We have, even if we do not agree.

Now a person may feel that in these difficult times, when the Prayer places and Places where we say God resides, are shutting down to the devotees, what is the use of talking about such a God, which cannot even protect itself. I would just would like to point out to these dimwit yet so called intellectuals that please carry on your throatful but mindless rants against Him. But my question at the same time is that who gives you the thought to write against Himself? Who moves you intellect to think? Who makes your heart beat to keep you thinking? Just apply your brains and think logically. Faith is complete and Reason can be incomplete is what we devotees of Lord Ganesh know. It is the spirit of thy Father that speaketh in you, as Lord Jesus Christ said. And if a person questions the same, the person needs to remember that it is with the strength of something within, a person can question.

Let us utilise this time in realising the indwelling God and learn to respect everyone and every part of the creation, living or non living. Science too has come to the belief of believing in life in everything and stops short of acknowledging the Maker. But that’s fine. We should atleast develop a scientific behaviour even if we dont believe in God.

Let us put this time to something fruitful and pure and divine to upgrade our lives.

Let us put this to a positive use of finding some good things within, which we already have but never explored.

Let us unwind and be ourselves.

Let us go close to our nature and correct and update our inner systems.

Let us socially distance, but personally decrease the distance between ourselves and our God.

PS : Please air your views and keep waiting for another blog too…

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Vacations on Earth… 1

Let us begin with the outbreak of Corona virus. It originated from Wuhan District of China. One of the most industrial district of China. It started around mid – November (as we know it now) and slowly spread to the other parts of the world. First suppressed and ignored, it has become a pandemic today with many cities, districts, state and countries virtually in state of lockdown or shutdown. In India too, the experts say it is at the 2nd stage.

As the virus spreads and expands its clout, people start talking about it. Basic hygiene is being talked about. Keeping away from each other – Social Distancing is being practised. And people are finding out innovative ways to stay indoors.

I too am locked up at home and spending time thinking and writing. I just love philosophy and my History. Yesterday night, we were reading the characters of Ramayana. All 4 of us. And then played a small quiz over what we had read. It was enlightening and the kids were taking interest too. We plan to do so today as well.

My kids are literally enjoying these holidays as their exams have been conducted or cancelled. So they have ample time to play. By grace of God, our society has a large play area and lots of kids and eager parents to allow the kids to play. Am reminded of my childhood days when we use to visit our home just for food and sleep, otherwise on the grounds playing marbles and cricket. Evenings culminated in Badminton.

The virus is bad thing that has happened to Humanity, but when we all rest at home, it gives a food for thought of where are we heading towards. The activity in our life has increased to the levels of making us so active that we have lost track of ourselves and our families and the society as a whole. We use the word Social distancing but it just means moving away from crowd. A crowd of people who are our co – travellers or office colleagues. We have already socially distanced ourselves from our families and relatives.

So rather then using such harsh words would suggest that we say we need a break. The society as a whole needs a break. The earth needs a break. And so my topic Vacations on Earth.

As of now only this much as a food of thought. Will think and write about it tommorrow. Till then, see you all…

PS : My readers can also share their thoughts on this topic. Would love to hear them.

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Rang Panchami

Today is the 5th day of Krishna paksha of Falgun month. It is celebrated as Rang Panchami in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It is even celebrated in the rural areas with full gusto. People in cities are quite unaware about this festival.

Rang Panchami is a symbol of victory over raja-tama.

The fire, which shines with its brilliance on Holi, decomposes the raja-tama particles in the atmosphere and this helps activate various Deities in the form of colours. This bliss is celebrated by throwing colours in the air.

Rang Panchami involves invocation of Gods. Rang Panchami is the worship of the saviour form of the Deities.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Rang Panchami.

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Hindi Poem #19 (on occasion of Holi)

कमल खिलेगा मध्यप्रदेश में, या नाथ टीक जायेंगे,

हमें क्या इस साठमारी से, हम होली मनायेंगे।

जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा, जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा।

सिंधीया क्या आज बनेंगे मंत्री या राज्य सभा जायेंगे,

होली के दिन क्या खेल हो गया, कभी समज न पायेंगे।

जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा, जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा।

दिग्गी राजा अब खुश होंगे, काँटा बीच से निकल गया,

खुब खेलेंगे होली आज, नयी सुबह ले सूरज आया।

जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा, जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा।

शाह-मोदी की होली सुधरी, हार अब जीत में पलटेगी,

चलो खेलें होली साथ में, मध्यप्रदेश में सत्ता पलटेगी।

जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा, जोगीरा सा रा रा रा रा।

Have just written a few lines with the politics of state of Madhya Pradesh right now. It is just for fun and frolic according to the mood of the day today.

बुरा न मानो, होली है।

आपको एवं आपके परिवार के सभी सदस्यों को होली की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाएं ।

Happy Holi!

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Holika Dahan (Reblog with a few additions)

Burn vices within

Take refuge in the Vishnu

Let’s colour our life…

The day of Holi has arrived. We all will lite up wooden logs to mark the arrival of Summer. The Prasad of coconut and Jaggery is to cool our body and prepare it for the coming summer’s. The next day is celebrated as “Dhulivandan” or “Rang Panchami”.

But do we know the historical significance of Holi?

Why do we celebrate it?

How is it related to Prahlad?

Who is Holika, who is supposed to have been burnt of the Holy pyre?

Let us take ourselves back to a time, more than 15000, maybe 17000 years back, (a time I leave upto historians and archaeologists to decide) when Man had learnt agriculture and started settling down. The Varah Avtaar had started a civilisation. The Avtaar of Vishnu had just killed Hiranyaksh (the one whose eyes see Gold everywhere and in every thing). People were moving from an only materialistic outlook to a spiritual one. From looking outside to looking inside. For that they needed to settle down, and not move from one place to another like nomads in search of food. Vishnu, the Operator, had taught his people to sow and cultivate and this led to their settling down at a place. Once the problem of basic necessities was solved, people started looking inwards. Now it is very easy to write the whole transformation in a few sentences, but it must have taken years of toil to do this. Imagine how much time we take when we want to change one habit! But, the road to civilisation is always filled with obstacles. There were many people who just loved the life of a Nomad and just loved accumulating wealth. Their leader at that time was Hiranyakashyap, the brother of Hiranyaksh. He did not believe in the ways of Vishnu and did not want a civilisation to thrive. He believed that action is the highest good and sitting back, looking inside oneself, would make people, lazy and overdependent on a God who was never seen nor heard. So he simply didn’t believe in God and tormented and tortured people who did believe. He had built his empire on the basis of Action, Action and only Action to earn Gold, Gold and only Gold. Many people despised him and his ways but did not have the courage and strength to fight Hiranyakashyap. Such people like Hiranyakashyap have been called “Rakshas”, the one who believes that one can take care of oneself. They did not have any horns on their head or have any long teeth like the ones shown in serials or as articulated in books and by “kathakaars”. They were normal people like you and me, dressed in their best attire and ornaments. Only difference was they believed only in today and worked for today. They did not believe in the authority of the Vedas. They did not believe in Life after Death. They believed in “Aham Rakshyami” ( I can take care of myself)

But Nature has its own ways.

Hiranyakashyap had a son “Prahlad”. He was an ardent devotee of Shree Vishnu. He believed in civilisation and used to go house to house to spread His thought. He was a small kid so used to share his thoughts with his friends. Some elders found this irritating so they complained to Hiranyakashyap. The King tried many methods of changing Prahlad’s way of thinking. The first being through education. He sent Prahlad to the best teachers in town. Prahlad would question and counter question them, leading to the other kids gathering around Him and slowly they started doing what Prahlad said. The teachers tried to drive sense in this boy! But he was very firm with his thoughts. The kids in turn would go home and share these thoughts with their parents. The thoughts spread like wild fire and slowly the tide started changing. The believers of Vishnu started gaining strength. Now all this must have taken some years to happen. At last the teachers became completely frustrated and sent back Prahlad to Hiranyakashyap citing their inabilities to teach him.This enraged Hiranyakashyap.

It was like the whole world listened to him and did his biding, except his son. He tried various methods to kill him. Throwing him down a cliff and setting the most poisonous of the snakes onto him. He also planned to get Him killed by intoxicating an elephant, which failed. The people who were given the tasks loved Prahlad so much that they either refrained from performing the tasks or went underground to escape the wrath of Hiranyakashyap. This torture by Hiranyakashyap slowly started increasing the already growing love, of the people, for Prahlad. Cause even in all difficulties Prahlad stood firm in his belief. The anger against Hiranyakashyap started brewing inside the hearts of the people.

The torment reached its pinnacle when Hiranyakashyap with his sister Holika planned to burn Prahlad to ashes on a pyre. It is said that Holika had some kind of technology (maybe what the fire fighters wear today, a coat of asbestos which does not burn) with which she could stay alive in fire and not get burnt. They both decided to make a spectacle of this. So, in midst of the town, Prahlad was asked to sit on the lap of Holika on a wooden pyre and the pyre was lit. But the winds that day were so forceful that the coat which Holika wore to save herself from fire, blew off and killed her before she could even get Prahlad on her lap. The people rejoiced. Now the anger had reached its peak.

By then, Hiranyakshyap was back in his palace with Prahlad bound in chains. The people had followed them to the palace. He shouted at Prahlad to show him his God. Prahlad said that He is everywhere. Hiranyakashyap took his mace in hand and pointing to the people standing there asked whether God existed in those people who stood in front of him like dead pillars? And Prahlad replied in positive. This enraged Hiranyakashyap who lifted his mace to kill Prahlad. But this time, the people had seen and heard enough. They just lost all their senses and in a bid to save Prahlad, pounced upon Hiranyakashyap and killed him. The “nar” (people) had turned to “simha” (lion). Thus Narsimha was born.

After killing Hiranyakashyap, they just went on a rampage. Prahlad approached them and asked them to come back to their senses. People realised that it was only Hiranyakashyap who was to be blamed and not others, accepted their folly and apologised. They lifted Prahlad on their shoulders and crowned him their King. And they celebrated the Day with colours and ashes left from the pyre lit to kill Prahlad. From that day, Holi is lit to remember the trouncing of evil and the advent of the good. The next day is celebrated as Rang Panchami.

People and many respected historians call this mythology and try to belittle our history. But for Macaulay kids, it is simply unimaginable, that India could be so advanced then. They look through their own myopic lens and judge every event from their lessons and own understanding of history. The Wendyputras and putris from India atleast need to open their eyes and look at our history with our perspective and try to understand and explain it.

Hope that the winds on this day will blow off the covers from their eyes and burn their bias towards Indian civilisation.

Let us pray to Bhagwaan Vishnu to lead us to a life that all our Rishis have lived for.

Let us be blessed with unflinching love towards God, like that of Mahatma Prahlad.

Let us all burn all our vices today and fill our lives with colours.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holi and Dhulivandana.

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Happy Women’s Day (Poem #18)

To look after everything that is dear.

A women has the substance in Her,

She is responsible in each, every field,

She is a Hero in herself, indeed.

She needs to be celebrated everyday,

Her life, Her thought, Her way.

Why just have a single day to celebrate,

The world needs to change, calibrate.

But atleast She’s acknowledged this day,

The world dances to her grace and sway

Hope a time will come when people all over the world will realise the potential in every woman and not only acknowledge it for a day, but everyday. I come from a society which has not only respected woman, or given her equal rights, but also worshipped her and seen Divinity within Her.

Wishing you all a very Happy Women’s Day.

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Poem #17

The other day, I sat back and thought

What our lives to be ought?

Getting married, rearing kids, is that all

Oh! What God wished, what a fall!

The scriptures give a clear message

Live your life without any sausage,

Love your life like no one before

And live happily, with fun galore…

Let it not slip through our hands

Let not the Maya work her wand,

Lift it, from mortality to Godliness

Spread a word of sense of happiness.

Let us live for self and not for others

Our Soul, our body are just brothers,

Let there be no thought of myself, sole

Let us immerse into the Universal Soul..

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Quote #29

Let’s be empty for God to breathe His air into us so that we can sing and dance… Empty from everything… शून्योऽहम्, शून्योऽहम् ।

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National Science Day

Today India celebrates one of its son, who had a scientific temperament and gave the world an understanding about the intricacies found in Nature.

Today is the Birthday of C.V.Raman who gave us the “Raman Effect“. Simply known to the students as “Scattering of light“. The concept of wavelength to be understood in manner and way with a handful of resources then, is in itself a big achievement.

The best part about this research is that it was done in India. Yes, you read it right! In India, during the 1930’s there were people who had independently tried to perform researches and contribute in their small way to the vast field of science. I emphasize this point as historically we are made to believe that we were an underdeveloped nation without a scientific temperament, which is a hoax. The efforts that our people have put in, with the limited resources is a thing which we need to appreciate.

A step further, I would say, the efforts that the scientists have put in, all over the word, with the limited resources and understandings is a effort that the whole of humanity needs to appreciate. These scientists who try to discover the miracles of nature and understand them, are no less then the Rishis of the Vedic tradition.

Coming back to C.V.Raman, his research for the answer to the colour of the sky being blue, led him to the discovery. Scientist Rayleigh in 1870’s had tried to explain, which did not satisfy Raman and he explored further. A consistent effort of 9 to 10 years led to his explanation of the concept of Scattering of Light. He was awarded the Noble Prize for Physics, for his discovery in 1930.

To remember this great Son and his effort to understand the miracles of Nature, India celebrates his birthday as National Science Day.

Last year, we got an opportunity to visit TIFR ( Tata Institute of Fundamental Research ) in Colaba, Mumbai, during their National Science Day celebrations. It was enlightening experience. My son, nephew accompanied by myself got an opportunity to visit 3 labs in the institute, which was an experience which cannot be described in words. The kids were delighted to learn about superconductivity in one of the labs. My younget kids too loved the smaller experiments which were conducted on their lawns and open for all. He got a chance to see the glass moulding and the study of sound waves. The research scientists and their HOD’s were just great, coming down to the level, that even a 7 year old can understand was a feat to see, understand and imbibe in my life.

TIFR also conducts workshops on various topics called “CHAI and WHY?“. Again a very beautiful concept not known popularly to Mumbaiites. It is 3 hour workshop on a particular concept with a question and answer session. Open for all age groups, again the efforts that the scientists make is a lesson to experience. Would request my readers who have a scientific temperament and those who dont to attend atleast once and see and experience for themselves.

At the end, wishing you all a very Happy Science Day and pray to God that He help us develop a scientific attitude in our lives.

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Marathi Bhasha Din… 2

“Kavi Kusumagraj”

Today is the Birthday of a great Marathi poet, “Kusumagraj”. His contribution to the language as well as the literature has been so big, that his birthday is celebrated as “Marathi Language Day”. As a tribute to this towering personality of his field, I dedicate my post to him, and next what you all read is the language itself, Marathi.

आज मराठी भाषा दिवस आहे. कविश्रेष्ठ कुसुमाग्रज यांचा आज वाढदिवस. त्यांना 1987 सालाचा ज्ञानपीठ पुरस्कार देण्यात आला. त्यांचा गौरव करण्यासाठी, सरकार ने त्यांचा वाढदिवस ‘मराठी भाषा दिन’ म्हणून साजरा करायचे ठरवलं. आज त्यांचीच, एक मला आवडणारी, कृती तूम्हां सर्वां बरोबर सामायिक करतो. 1952 साली लिहीलेली ही कविता, आजही वाचकाला प्रेरित करते.

कणा

ओळखलत का सर मला?’ पावसात आला कोणी, कपडे होते कर्दमलेले, केसांवरती पाणी.

क्षणभर बसला नंतर हसला बोलला वरती पाहून, ‘गंगामाई पाहुणी आली, गेली घरट्यात राहुन’.

माहेरवाशिणीसारखी चार भिंतीत नाचली, मोकळ्या हाती जाईल कशी, बायको मात्र वाचली.

भिंत खचली, चूल विझली, होते नव्हते नेले, प्रसाद म्हणून पापण्यांवरती पाणी थोडे ठेवले.

कारभारणीला घेउन संगे सर आता लढतो आहे पडकी भिंत बांधतो आहे, चिखलगाळ काढतो आहे.

खिशाकडे हात जाताच हसत हसत उठला ‘पैसे नकोत सर’, जरा एकटेपणा वाटला.

मोडून पडला संसार तरी मोडला नाही कणा, पाठीवरती हात ठेउन, तुम्ही फक्‍त लढ म्हणा!

किती समकालीन वाटते ना ही कविता! अनेकानेक कृति मराठी भाषेला देणारे कवि कुसुमाग्रज ह्यांना फक्त आपण नमस्कार करू शकतो.

आजच्या दिवशी कवी सुरेश भट यांची कविता वाचणे हे ही आपले सौभाग्य.

लाभले अम्हास भाग्य बोलतो मराठी
जाहलो खरेच धन्य ऐकतो मराठी
धर्म, पंथ, जात एक जाणतो मराठी
एवढ्या जगात माय मानतो मराठी

आमुच्या मनामनात दंगते मराठी
आमुच्या रगारगात रंगते मराठी
आमुच्या उराउरात स्पंदते मराठी
आमुच्या नसानसात नाचते मराठी

आमुच्या पिलापिलात जन्मते मराठी
आमुच्या लहानग्यात रांगते मराठी
आमुच्या मुलामुलीत खेळते मराठी
आमुच्या घराघरात वाढते मराठी

आमुच्या कुलाकुलात नांदते मराठी
येथल्या फुलाफुलात हासते मराठी
येथल्या दिशादिशात दाटते मराठी
येथल्या नगानगात गर्जते मराठी

येथल्या दरीदरीत हिंडते मराठी
येथल्या वनावनात गुंजते मराठी
येथल्या तरुलतात साजते मराठी
येथल्या कळीकळीत लाजते मराठी

येथल्या नभामधून वर्षते मराठी
येथल्या पिकांमधून डोलते मराठी
येथल्या नद्यांमधून वाहते मराठी
येथल्या चराचरात राहते मराठी

अशा सर्व माय मराठीला जीवंत ठेवण्याचा प्रयत्न करणारे जे कोणी जाणते – अजाणते व्यक्ती आहेत त्यांना नमस्कार करतो.

नमस्कार.

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Punyasmaran Diwas… (2)

Home, where Savarkar was born…

अनादि मी अनंत मी, अवध्य मी भला मारिल रिपु जगतिं असा कवण जन्मला ।। धृ ।।

अट्टाहास करित जईं धर्मधारणीं
मृत्युसीच गाठ घालु मी घुसे रणीं
अग्नि जाळि मजसी ना खड्ग छेदितो
भिउनि मला भ्याड मृत्यु पळत सूटतो
खुळा रिपू । तया स्वयेंमृत्युच्याचि भीतिने भिववु मजसि ये ।। १ ।।

लोटि हिंस्र सिंहाच्या पंजरी मला
नम्र दाससम चाटिल तो पदांगुला
कल्लोळीं ज्वालांच्या फेकिशी जरी
हटुनि भंवति रचिल शीत सुप्रभावली
आण तुझ्या तोफांना क्रूर सैंन्य तें
यंत्र तंत्र शस्र अस्र आग ओकते
हलाहल । त्रिनेत्र तो
मी तुम्हांसि तैसाची गिळुनि जिरवितो ।। २ ।।

(Do exist from existence, and will exist till the existence, Cannot be killed, Do you know of such enemy who has been born anywhere, who can get me killed…।।)

Today on the “Atmarpan Day” of the poet who has written the above lines, my heart is filled with remorse and sadness, that his followers today do not understand his thoughts. He has been made an ideology, and people across the country are trying to showcase as if there is a fight between his ideology and that of “Ahimsa”.

Those who follow him, will remember him through his songs and perform plays and acts depicting his life. By the end of the day, they will feel fulfilled that they could remember him. But the question is, ‘Is this the only way?’ When will his followers, follow what he has said. And follow in totality, and not only the parts which they like.

The poet or rather the Son of this Motherland, whom we are talking about is Swatantryaveer Savarkar. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a poet, a philosopher, a freedom fighter, a rationalist. He had his Vision about India, which he has enlisted in his books.

Today is the day, when the divine soul left the body. I want to draw the attention of my readers to his rationalism. The day he felt that his body has finished its work, that it was destined to do, he decided to give it up. He stopped eating food. He did also write his thoughts about this. He justified his act by saying it is “Atmarpan” (giving back the Soul). He left for the humble abode with a sense of fulfillment about what he has done during his life for his country.

I bow down to such a Divine and Majestic soul. People like him are rare to find, and if we find them, rare to understand. If we understand them, rare to follow. And if we follow, very rarely followers completely succumb to them.

Jai Hind.

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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…

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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.”

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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…

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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…

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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 –

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Haiku #53

Yadnya, Daan, Tap, Food

Shraddha are all Triguna

According to grasp… // 17 //

The 17th Chapter is all important as the others. Bhagwaan describes the different aspects of life in context with the Trigunas. We need to read, reread and understand and decide which type are we. Bhagwaan goes to the extent of making us understand what type of food should we eat.

The chapter also talks about “Om”, the initial symbol, from which the Universe is said to have evolved. Hence all the Vedic mantras are recited with “Om” in the beginning. “Om”, “Tat” and “Sat” are the three names of the Universal form, from which everything has come.

– Astu –

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Haiku #52

Shastras guide Humans

Act accordingly, and you

Will be enlightened… // 16 //

The Chapter 16 of Bhagwadgeeta tells the Humans to act according to what the Vedas and the Upanishads guide us to do. Bhagwaan further says that only then will be happy and liberated from the cycle of life.

At the beginning of this chapter, Bhagwaan has talked about the values of “Gods” and “Asuras”. Let my readers be clear, that Indian Philosophy and Theology have no concept of Devil in them. Every thing is Humane, but called out Devas, Asuras and Rakshas according to their way of thinking and living.

– Astu –

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Haiku #51

You are my small part

I live within your heart, and

You live so lowly… // 15 //

Bhagwaan in the 15th Chapter reveals His place of living. We try to find Him everywhere, but there He is, in our hearts. He has disguised Himself properly that to people like us, it is very difficult to find Him, inside.

As we do not realise this, we start living or spending our most Divine life, in every lowly manner. The day we do realise that He is within me, we stop all our vices and go onto the path of realising ourself. But will we be able to understand even after His direct admission or still wander here and there, outside?

– Astu –

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Haiku #50

The inanimate

As well Seed giver Father

Am I, the trigun… // 14 //

The Chapter 14th is where Bhagwaan continues to describe His omnipresence to the extent of Him being the Trigunas too (Satva, Rajas and Tamas – virtue, passion and inertia respectively). So the need of the Triguns is a certain fact of our lives. It is He himself present in us through them.

But what will we choose from the three is our independent will and wish? Who wouldn’t love to be chaotic and passionate about things and people? But will we be virtuous about the same? Cause being virtuous has a risk of alienating oneself in today’s world. Let’s think, my friends…

– Astu –

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Haiku #49

Your form is my land

You till it by my desire

This is “Adhyatma”… // 13 //

The 13th chapter of Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta is my favourite because I took to listening to discourses on Her through the divine words of Revered Pandurang Shashtriji. Here Bhagwaan reveals that the body which we have is nothing but the “Kshetra” (fielder) and He, Himself is the “Kshetradnya” (farmer).

One needs to read this chapter again and again and at all walks if life because there is clear guiding light about what to show in it. Bhagwaan has listed a few characteristics which need to be imbibed in one’s life. At the same time, He pronounces that whatever He has shared till now, is what has come down through generations from the Rishi’s. He is speaking nothing new.

Here, if we come up with an idea or a thought and consider it as original, whereas Bhagwaan himself is being so humble in accepting the thought and process. Even after talking about various new ideas, He does not call them their own. But humbly calls it the path of the Rishi’s. Would we be able to understand this? Let’s think

– Astu –

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Quote #24

Lets be happy!

People try to find Happiness in things, people and relationships. If it is so, then let that thing be me, those people be myself and have a strong relationship with self first….

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Vasant Panchami

प्रथमं भारती नाम, द्वितीयं च सरस्वती,

तृतीयं शारदा देवी, चतुर्थं हंसवाहिनी,

पंचमम् जगतीख्याता, षष्ठम् वागीश्वरी तथा

सप्तमम् कुमुदीप्रोक्ता, अष्ठमम् ब्रह्मचारिणी,

नवम् बुद्धिमाता च दशमम् वरदायिनी,

एकादशम् चंद्रकांति च द्वादशं भुवनेशवरी,

द्वादशेतानि नामानि त्रिसंध्य य: पठेनर:

जिह्वाग्रे वसते नित्यमं ब्रह्मरूपा सरस्वती, सरस्वती महाभागे विद्येकमललोचने,

विद्यारूपा विशालाक्षि विद्या देहि नमोस्तुते”…

वसंत पंचमी की शुभकामनाएं💐🙏

I liked the last two lines of the above stotra, as they convey the importance of Intellect, Knowledge in a Human’s life. It says that Saraswati stays on the tongue of the people who recite the stotra regularly. Also Saraswati has eyes of the shape of lotus and the one with Knowledge has large eyes. This is actually the essence of all Knowledge. These are the qualities of an intellectual.

One would ask me about the world today full of www and wikipedia’s and Google searches available that isn’t everyone an intellectual. Frankly it is not so. What you and me gain through all the sources on Internet is mere information. Information about the world, happenings in the world about the past and about the present and lastly about the future. Whereas Knowledge is different. It comes through experience. The thought put in action, experimented upon and ready to be tested by anyone is knowledge. In the language of the Vedas, it is the answer to the questions, Who am I? Why am I Here? What is the cause of the Universe? Where is God? All other things are just information. In simpler words any thought without experience is information, but put it to test, and it becomes knowledge.

These are the days of bloom. And we worship Saraswati on the first day itself. It has it’s own significance. It signifies that our mind and Brain need to bloom as the flowers and fruits. And only when they bloom will we get the sweet fruits of knowledge. We will be able to fulfill our quest for knowing ourselves. And when we gain knowledge, there should be an iota of doubt that whatever we speak will be out of experience and always for the good of oneself and the society as a whole.

Spring is celebrated across the globe. But the way our Rishi’s have connected it with Sarawati is something we need to think about and pass it on to our next generation. Spring follows Fall. In the world of technology it signals “Upgradation“. We need to keep on upgrading our experiences and our tests and keep a check on our thoughts. This is the time to do that. Keep away the unuseful part of old, and add on to the retained parts. It signifies an upscaling of ideas.

Our Rishi’s have described every God or Goddess of having lotus eyes and broad or large eyes. It tells us to be open to different thoughts and be ever accepting of good ones. At the same time, be lotus like so that the wrong ones slide off and we are unaffected by our surroundings. We all can be so with the help of knowledge. It is always seen that a lotus grows in marshy lands. Similarly, intellectual can come from any place, irrespective of their surroundings.

Today on the occasion of Vasant Panchami let’s pray to God to give us the strength to think, to experiment, to test and also the ability and openness to accept our limitations in all this.

May we gain the right knowledge as envisioned by our Rishi’s.

May Goddess Saraswati reign our hearts and mind, and through them our lives.

Wishing you all and everyone at home a very Happy Vasant Panchami and the coming of Spring.

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Quote #23

Begin the 1st day after my third anniversary on WordPress with a quote…

The fighting attitude is a must in life. It is not that IQ helps you everytime, but a will to fight, take up challenges and a will to win makes us big in life…

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Haiku #48 + Martyr’s Day

One who loves others,

Befriends them, shows compassion,

Is the Bhakt, I love… // 12 //

The chapter 12 talks about the ways of finding Him, and later Bhagwaan goes on to describe the qualities of His Devotee (Bhakt). He has described 36 qualities of a Bhakt, which our Rishi’s say are needed to marry Him (find Him).

Have begun with the first 3 qualities. The one who has the quality of “Advesta Sarvabhutaanaam”; one who does not hate others, meaning implied is that the one who loves others. One who befriends others, meaning counts them as equals. And the one who has compassion for others, meaning not look down upon the other, but try to get him to be equal. The other qualities, we will talk about when God permits.

Have also purposely taken the above 3 qualities cause the embodiment of these 3 qualities can be seen in the person who was martyred today. With all due respects and the differences of opinion I may personally have with his ideology, one thing is for sure that rarely we see or will see a man of his stature. It might take generations to understand him or we may not even ever. But one thing about the person is that he lived a transparent life. A follower of Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta, one may again not agree with his interpretation of Geeta, yet Bhagwaan has no problem with anyone interpreting His sayings in a way the way Geeta talks (reveals Herself) to them.

The Mahatma, as he is called today, lived a life of simplicity and experiments. He has experimented all his life and so truly he called his autobiography “My Experiments with Truth“. Rarely we see a person so open and transparent about one’s life and thoughts. On his Martyrdom day, I bow down to Him, as a soul in search of spirituality and God.

Am celebrating my 3rd anniversary with a wordpress today. I am grateful to WordPress admins and the staff for providing a platform for people like me to share my views. Also my followers, a few of which have become my friends and all those who like and comment and five suggestions a big big tha k you too. Am sharing the link of the first blog I wrote 3 years back. Hope you will all like it

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/mahatma/

Thank you so much.

PS : I know, today is Vasant Panchami, but will write another blog about it some time / day later. Meanwhile wishing you all a very Happy Vasant Panchami too.

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Haiku #47

I have thousand eyes

A thousand mouths, which you can see

with your inner eyes… // 11 //

A beautiful Adhyaay, Chapter 11, where Bhagwaan reveals Himself to Arjun. He begins talking about himself, realising late that Arjun would not be able to see His form. So after talking a bit, Bhagwaan tells Arjun that I five you the inner eyes with which you can see me.

Arjun too is lost in the form and starts describing it. The question that comes to my mind is that what did Arjun do that Bhagwaan revealed Himself into him? Can we do the same thing for the revelation? Can we not find out or learn from Arjun’s life? I leave upto you, my readers, to find the answers.

– Astu –

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Matrubhumi – Republic Day – Poem #17

The enemies of our Motherland are here, within,

Rise up, O Obediant Son! You need to keep up Her Chin…

One need not go around the world to find these nerds,

They all end up in the educational institutes I heard,

They want freedom of expression and talk nonsense,

The time is ripe enough today to drive in them some sense…

Then there are others who sit in the studio and talk,

Just discuss and debate the break up India strategy to chalk,

Would write, talk and express their love for minorities,

No problem with that, but a country has it’s own priorities

The one masterclass of people which exist from independence,

Call themselves lawmakers but have no cultural essence,

Of what history and grandeur, this land called Bharat hast,

Look upon their masters from the west, and forget the rest,

These people do not have any respect for the sacrifice,

Which people gave for this country overcoming strife,

They just wanna criticise, analyse and comment bad,

And speak about everything, good, bad or sad…

But,

There are people who expresss their love for Mother India,

Just like Singh, Azad, Bose, Patel and many intelligentsia,

Cause for them, She exists, She thrives She cares, and She loves,

And shows the right path on which their lives they drove…

A day when we Indians accepted our Constitution.

A day when our forefathers keeping aside their differences pledged to work according to the adopted constitution.

A sacred document which will be ever correcting and inclusive of new ideas and experiments going on in Society and around the Universe.

It is so inclusive that our lawmakers have made 104 amendments (roughly) to the constitution from the day it was adopted. People can argue in favour or against amendments, Supreme Court too might have struck down a few amendments, but what I like is that we are a vibrant democracy who wanna keep changing and adapting ourselves.

Yes, I see this as a very positive sign of a vibrant democracy, but would urge the political parties to stop playing with it for personal ideologies and personal oneman – up – ship. It should also not be used to settle personal scores nor used to propagate any type of animosity amongst its citizens. Please do not descecrate it.

The bureaucracy is whom I appeal to today. I urge them to rise above stupid and silly political favours and serving these political masters. Would like to remind them that it is, we, the people, who are their masters and they should serve the country. There are many examples of bureaucrats who have done this and are doing it, and people have always stood with them, strongly. May it be Mr.Khera, Mr. Khairnar, Mr.Chandrashekhar, Mr. Shreedharan, Ms Bhide, Ms Roopa and many more. I bow down to their commitment to India and it’s people.

Judiciary has till now been unbiased, trying their best to balance the constitutional values between the states and within their country. Baring a few, the whole of judiciary is unbiased, not leaning towards any ideology and trying to do their best within its limitations. The chair of the CJI may have been under clout of suspicion, but frankly it is just a media hype or creation. I personally trust the judiciary at the highest level.

The fourth pillar is something which I wouldn’t like to talk about. But what other day then this. The Media is expected to be reporting the events in a totally unbiased way. But what we find today, that media itself is biased. Accepting gifts and then reporting with personal biases or prejudices has become the weak point of today’s India. I fail to find a single newspaper or news channel or news anchor or reporter who report the event as it is. Rather they all want to add their own dimensions to it. Twist it to suit their narrative and please their political masters or editors or their bosses.

The lawmakers need to be above any suspicion. But what we find today is exactly the opposite. They rape, they plunder, they incite, they do anything possible to keep their chairs. So less talked about them better. But wanna ask my fellow citizens who vote for them. Why do you vote for them? Why dont we throw them into a dustbin? There might be a few good men amongst all these, but they are so few that they cannot influence the dirty decision making.

My readers, you all may feel that am writing so negative today. Its not the case. I just want to put up my perspective about our country. One may agree with it or may disagree with it. But if not us, then who will think about the things which need correction for our country. Or are we still waiting for an outsider to come and set it right? Then what are we, her children for? Just to sit back, criticise and wait for “Saheb” to come over and correct things. Then am sorry to say that we are not worthy of this hard earned democracy.

Friends, I urge upon you all to think about the points I raised and try to find solutions. Cause that is what India looks for, from us, her children. She has always caressed us and nourished us with all the the sweetest milk from her bosoms. She has always kept us all above her own priorities and waited for us to come to her and stay together as her children.

Wishing you all a very Happy Republic Day and many more to come.

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Netaji (Reblog)

क़दम-क़दम बढ़ाये जा
खुशी के गीत गाये जा
यह ज़िन्दगी है कौम की
तू कौम पर लुटाये जा
क़दम-क़दम बढ़ाये जा…

तू शेर-ए-हिंद आगे बढ़
मरने से कभी न डर
उड़ाके दुश्मनों के सर
जोश-ए-वतन बढ़ाये जा
क़दम-क़दम बढ़ाये जा…

हिम्मत तेरी बढ़ी रहे
ख़ुदा तेरी सुनता रहे
जो सामने तेरे अड़े
वो ख़ाक मे मिटाये जा
क़दम-क़दम बढ़ाये जा…

चलो दिल्ली पुकारके
कौमी निशां सम्भाल के
लाल कीले पे गाढ़ के
लहराये जा लहराये जा
क़दम-क़दम बढ़ाये जा…

वंशीधर शुक्ल का यह गीत, सुभाष बाबू को इतना पसंद आया की उन्होंने उसे आजाद हिंद फौज का मार्च गीत के तौर पर स्वीकार किया।

आज नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस का जन्मदिन । उन्हें शतशः प्रणाम कर, उनके लिए अपने मन की बात रखने की कोशिश करता हूं ।

सुभाष बाबू एक ऐसे महामानव हैं जो आज भी युवा वर्ग को प्रेरित करते है एवं बुजुर्गों में सीना तान खडे रहने की हिम्मत भर देते है। एक बहुआयामी व्यक्तित्व जो आई सी एस अफ्सर बना। लेकिन देश के शत्रु के लिए काम करना मंजूर नहीं, यह सोचकर भारत के स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में अपने आप को झोंक दिया। अपना सारा जीवन उसी हेतु समर्पित कर दिया। यहाँ तक की मृत्यु का भी स्वीकार किया।

बचपन में ही, रामकृष्ण परमहंस तथा स्वामी विवेकानन्द के विचारों से प्रभावित हुए। अपनी माताजी के पास से धार्मिक एवं आध्यात्मिक शिक्षण पाया। अपने गुरु चित्तरंजन दासजी से प्रकर्ष राष्ट्रवाद उन्हें विरासत में मिला।

शुरूआती कुछ साल, वह कांग्रेस में रहे। ऐसा कहा जाता है की नेहरू जी के साथ उनकी गहरी दोस्ती थी। 1930 के कांग्रेस अधिवेशन में प्रस्तुत पूर्ण स्वराज्य के दस्तावेज को बनाने में उनका भी योगदान रहा। आगे जाकर वह पार्टी के अध्यक्ष भी बने। गांधीजी समर्थित उम्मीदवार पट्टभी सिद्धरमैय्या को मुंह की खानी पडी। किन्तु पूर्ण स्वराज्य की मांग को लेकर, गांधीजी से मतभेद होने के कारण, उन्होंने कांग्रेस पार्टी का अध्यक्ष पद और सदस्यता दोनों छोड़ दिए।

थोडे सालों में ही, जापान ने द्वितीय महायुद्ध में पकड़े भारतीय सैनिकों एवं पूर्वी आशिया में रह रहे भारतीयों को साथ लेकर आजाद हिंद फौज का गठन किया। उन सैनिकों को संबोधित करते समय उन्होंने जो अपने संबोधन के अंत में कहा, वह यहाँ उद्धृत करता हूँ ।

“आगे जो काम है उसके लिए अपनी कमर कस लीजिये. मैंने मेन, मनी, मटेरिअल के लिए कहा था। मुझे वो पर्याप्त मात्र में मिल गए हैं. अब मुझे आप चाहियें। मेन, मनी मटेरिअल अपने आप में जीत या स्वतंत्रता नहीं दिला सकते। हमारे अन्दर प्रेरणा की शक्ति होनी चाहिए जो हमें वीरतापूर्ण और साहसिक कार्य करने के लिए प्रेरित करे।

सिर्फ ऐसी इच्छा रखना की अब भारत स्वतंत्र हो जायेगा क्योंकि विजय अब हमारी पहुंच में है एक घातक गलती होगी। किसी के अन्दर स्वतंत्रता का आनंद लेने के लिए जीने की इच्छा नहीं होनी चाहिए। हमारे सामने अभी भी एक लम्बी लड़ाई है।

आज हमारे अन्दर बस एक ही इच्छा होनी चाहिए- मरने की इच्छा ताकि भारत जी सके- एक शहीद की मृत्यु की इच्छा, ताकि स्वतंत्रता का पथ शहीदों के रक्त से प्रशस्त हो सके। मित्रों! स्वतंत्रता संग्राम में भाग ले रहे मेरे साथियों ! आज मैं किसी भी चीज से ज्यादा आपसे एक चीज की मांग करता हूँ। मैं आपसे आपके खून की मांग करता हूँ। केवल खून ही दुश्मन द्वारा बहाए गए खून का बदला ले सकता है। सिर्फ ओर सिर्फ खून ही ही आज़ादी की कीमत चुका सकता है।

तुम मुझे खून दो, मैं तुम्हें आजादी दूंगा।”

(स्त्रोत – AcchhiKhabar.com)

बस फिर क्या ! ‘चलो दिल्ली’ के नारे के साथ फौज चल पडी और देखते ही देखते मणिपुर को अंग्रेजों के चंगुल से मुक्त करवाया। उसी समय जापानी फौजों ने अंदमान तथा निकोबार द्वीप समूह को जीता। नेताजी को सार्वभौम भारत देश की सरकार गठित करने का मौका मिला। वह स्वतंत्र भारत के प्रथम प्रधानमंत्री बने। उन द्वीप समूह में से दो द्वीप का नाम शहीद और स्वराज रखा गया। यह युद्ध छेड़ने से पहले नेताजी ने बर्मा से भारतवासीयों को संबोधित किया था। इसी संबोधन में उन्होंने गांधीजी से होनेवाले युद्ध के लिए आशीर्वाद मांगते हुए उन्हें “राष्ट्रपिता” कह संबोधित किया था।

पर भारत की नियति में कुछ और ही लिखा था। एक काले दिन, जब नेताजी हवाई जहाज से जा रहे थे, तब अचानक उनका जहाज क्षतिग्रस्त हुआ और गिर गया। नियति के क्रुर पंजों ने भारत से उसके लाड़ले पुत्र को छीन लिया। आज भी उस हादसे के बाद क्या हुआ, इस बात को लेकर विवाद बना हुआ है।

पर भारत ने एक दृष्टा खो दिया।

एक क्रांतिकारी खो दिया।ऐसे नेताजी सुभाष चन्द्र बोस के जन्मदिन हम उन्हें नमन करते हैं और उनके बताए रास्ते पर चलने का निश्चय करते हैं ।

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Haiku #46

All this creation

Is mine and I live in it,

Am omnipresent… // 10 //

The Universal truth stated by Bhagwaan in this 10th Chapter. One of the most beautiful chapters where Bhagwaan himself names Himself amongst the various biotic and abiotic components of the Universe. Every Bhakt should not only read this chapter, but also know it by heart.

Do we not know about the presence of God everywhere around us? But do we believe it? And if yes, do we live our lives in manner befitting our belief? This chapter is an eye opener to all believers. Cause if one believes that He is all around, then the problems do not arise at all.

– Astu –

PS : The first Haiku which I wrote in less than a minute. I consider this as a blessing of the Lord, Himself.

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Haiku #45

O confused noble

Shed your bewilderment and

Imbue ye in Me… // 8 //

This chapter is amongst the favourite of the people who read the Geeta regularly. Bhagwaan tells us that we are the “Rajputra” (noble one) and we need to shed all our inhibitions including bewilderment (moh). We need to apply ourselves in Him.

It conveys that however we may be, we can always go to Him, ask for forgiveness of our mistakes and move on towards a better path in life. But would we able to recognise our mistakes? Can we shed our inhibitions and ego and ask for forgiveness? Is this so difficult?

– Astu –

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Haiku #44

Brahm is eternal

One who thinks about his soul

Is spiritual… // 8 //

The 8th Chapter is Aksharbrahma Yog. And so the definition that one who is indestructible, eternal is Brahma. He is omnipresent and we have to learn to find Him. The efforts for finding Him is ‘Karma’.

Also one who thinks about oneself and his own development is spiritual. Thinking about the soul is a difficult task, but one can begin with oneself atleast. The whole chapter deals with such questions and answers them.

-Astu-

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Makar Sankranti – 2

The whirling of the winds,

The flying of the kites,

The shouts of ‘Kai po chhe‘,

And the spicy scent of vegetables,

The sweetness of jaggery,

The heat of seeds of sesame,

The vastness of the sky,

Is but Makar Sankranti…

The celestial combination

Of Sun entering the Makar,

Inclines our minds to go

As high as possible and soar.

So let’s go higher to the place,

Where nowhere has dared to go,

But before let’s give threads of life,

Into HIS hands, and let us flow…

Wishing all my readers a Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti.

The day of observing endless and infinite sky,

The day of understanding the fun of flying high,

The day of spending time with family and friends.

Was just thinking about what to write and gazing at the sky through the window of the train in which I travel everyday. The large stretch of blue sky and white clouds just fascinated me. The vastness was frightening. How long can I see? How far can I see? But as the train moved ahead, the sky too. And slowly as I neared my destination, the fear turned admiration, that the sky travels with me. It is always there, I may look at it or not. It tempts some people to fly in it. Similarly our lives are vast, but they travel with ourselves. Rather we are the travellers like the kite that flies in the open skies during these days.

The kite in all colours, size and shapes just flies higher and higher. But till the kite is attached to the thread it doesnt sway from its path, into oblivion. Yes the winds can be strong to make it sway, but being connected to the ground, it can be brought back to the path once again.

Our lives are like that of a kite. Trying to find it’s way into the unknown sky of finding oneself. Till we keep it attached to the strings held by HIM, we might sway but will come back to the same path easily and effortlessly. The moment the thread is cut, we fly into oblivion. The thread is strong, the Holder of the thread is the strongest, but sometimes the other threads (illusion- Maya), try to cut our thread held by HIM. This is the time to take care and tighten up.

Let’s learn to soar high up in the sky, the thread so strong in HIS hand, and enjoy the vastness.

As we say it here in Maharashtra

तिलगूळ घ्या आणि गोड गोड बोला.

PS : the link to my blog on Makar Sankranti last year.

https://ameetkothari.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/makar-sankranti/

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Haiku #43


The Trigun knower
knows me, is liberated

From the Samsaara… // 7 //

My first Haiku of this year and month starts on a very important note of how to be liberated from the strings of this Samsaara. The Chapter 7 of Shreemad Bhagwad Geeta explains the Trigunas – Satva, Rajas and Tamas. Bhagwaan expounds that one who knows them, and can control them, finds me and is liberated.

My question dear friends, is it possible for us to overcome Maya (World is continuously fleeting and changing and so an illusion)? Is it so easy? Can it happen overnight? It cannot. Bhagwaan in the same Chapter says that its takes many lives. But if we are consistent in our efforts, Maya can be overcome.

-Astu-

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Swami Vivekanand

A lighthouse for travellers.

Pole star amongst the stars.

The most grand and the best amongst the monks.

A fiery yet balanced orator, a well read reader, a meditator throughout his life, he is none other than Swami Vivekanand.

A stark reminder to all the youth of today, about how to spend ones youthful days and turn ones life to becoming an inspiration for someone else.

A staunch Sanatan Dharmi, yet a knower of the finer nuances of the different thoughts around the world.

Social service can be done even with the saffron coloured clothes without any selfishness nor taking part in politics.

One can learn from every instance of his life.

One can quote a lot from his lectures.

One can learn a lot from his character.

But what is important is that we follow him and live like him.

Be dedicated to ones Guru and cause is what we all need to learn from him.

Even after building the whole mission with his vision, he named it Ramkrishna Mission. Such is the dedication of our Master.

One of the very few who broke the shackles of ritualistic thought / way if leaving and decided to travel abroad to spread the message of Sanatan Dharm. And there too, he not only won the people by the first sentence of his speech, the much famous “My dear Brothers and Sisters” which got him a rousing reception wherever he went, but also his character, his behaviour, his way of conveying in a crystal clear manner, his calling spade a spade, is something people of today’s generation need to understand and imbibe in life.

Am reminded of the instance when a women very much impressed with his lectures comes to him with a proposal of marriage so that she can beget a son like him. He simply calls her Mother, implying that she already has him as a son and does not need to marry and wait for long. Such a magnanimity of character is too less to find in today’s monks and even youth.

Also the way he presented facts in a clear tone. When some person made fun of his clothes, and asked for better clothing, he promptly replied, “In your country, it is the clothes which make a gentleman, but in mine, it is his character.” Its an answer which left the questioner dumbfounded, but he would have learnt his lesson the hard way.

His love for the Motherland is one which should be emulated by everyone, irrespective of which country you are born in or live in. When he was leaving, London, one of his British friends asked him, “Swami how do you like you Motherland, now when you have lived in luxurious, glorious and powerful west for 4 years?” His answer as clear as ever, “India, I loved before i came away. Now the very dust of India has become holy to me, the very air is now to me holy, it is now the holy land, the place of pilgrimage, the Tirth.”

We can go on and on with such instances, such talks and such quotes. But what I feel more important is that we try to live his thoughts. Atleast when we with him, reading him, we be engrossed in it that we forget the world around us. Like him, that whenever he went to Goddess Kali to ask for something, he forgot the materialistic need and just kept looking at Her.

On his birthday, let us pledge to be a “laghu” (small) Vivekanand.

Let us learn from Him.

Let us read Him.

Let us make a character like Him.

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Faith

“Faith can move mountains”, they say; but

what if faith is blind!

Can’t faith be reason based?

Can’t faith be non intrusive?

Can’t faith be non compulsive?

Can’t faith be non corruptible?

Can’t faith bring hearts together?

The picture is completely different as projected in the social media and elsewhere. We see people trying to increase the followers of their faith or killing in the name of faith. Faith has become a powerful tool for politicians and a few so called social elements to vent up anger amongst the followers and make them go on a destructive path. But is this Faith? is the question, we all need to answer…

My readers, I leave it upto you to think.

We are part of the scientific and reason based generation. To ask questions, to find answers is the way of our ancestors.

One may not have faith in God, but one needs to have faith in oneself. It is impossible to live without having faith on someone or something.

Think

Will end with what Gujarati poet Digant Parikh has written in his poem about Faith. It might answer many of the questions raised above.

ખૂદા ને પામવાનું નામ શ્રદ્ધા

દુઆઓ માંગવાનું નામ શ્રદ્ધા….

ધીરજની ગાંસડી માથે મૂકીને

દુ:ખોને ઢાંકવાનું નામ શ્રદ્ધા…

તમે આવો નહીં ને તે છતાંયે

તમારા આવવાનું નામ શ્રદ્ધા…

સંબંધો તુટે એનું નામ શંકા

સંબંધો બાંધવાનું નામ શ્રદ્ધા…

Translation:

Faith helps us find God,

Faith helps in supplication!!!

With loads of patience in life,

Faith can help us cover our woes…

Even if we cannot see you around,

Faith helps believe in Omnipresent…

Ties breaks up in peril,

Faith builds them up again…

PS : My readers can post their views in the comment section below. Would look forward for your views.

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Poem #16

How I long to meet Him !
Like the skylark for rain to quench its thirst,
Like the peacock for clouds to get to dance,
Like the bee for the nectar from amongst the flowers,
Like the roots for the soil and its longing for life…

How I long to see Him!
Like Meera for a glimpse of Krishna amongst the crowd,
Like Sita who perceives of Ram in the jungles around,
Like Arundhati who identifies and works with Vashistha

How I long to talk to Him!
Like Arjun who can question Krishna about his doubts
Like Sugreev who can be a friend and brother to Ram
Like Videh to quench his thirst to know from Yadnyavalkya

How I long to be touched by Him!
Like Kubja was straightened, from amongst the many, by Krishna
Like Ahilya, a stone – like brought to life by Ram
Like Bali who offered his head to put foot uponby Waman

How I long to touch His feet!
Like Sudama at the gates of Krishna’s palace,
Like Hanuman to meet Ram at the foothills of Kishkindha,
Like Her for Dada when She tries to see Him in every Human being around…

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PS : Some people might think that it’s a way to portray mythology. But for me Ram and Krishna are my history, my ancestors and not a myth. There might be stories planted in their name which may be myths, but calling them, their lives and their work, a myth, is not at all acceptable to me. We need to stop looking at our history as a myth and look at it as our past, dwell upon it and tread upon the course.