Chantings of a Daughter

I have enshrined your name Mother within my heart,

There is nothing equal to it,

Meditating in Remembrance on it,

My troubles are taken away,

Chanting your name….I have received the blessed,

I am reminded of your Darshan,

Many thousand days I don’t see you maa (mother),

When you were here I never realized you were here,

You gave even before I asked you for,

You were the creator, the half part of me,

You are half alive in me, half in bhaiya (brother),

You always cured us; we could not cure you,

Your intolerant absence, make me chant your name..

You were the many names people had given you,

For me you were the only god I met in life,

So I chant your name.. माँ(mother).

25 SPIRITUAL LESSONS

There are many lessons we can learn during the course of our lives that can help us overcome our problems and live in contentment.
In this post I would like to share some of the greatest such lessons I have learned. For this reason I have compiled a list of 25 spiritual lessons that I find of utmost importance that anyone should try to understand and always keep in mind:
    1. Never let anyone’s behavior tell you what to do. You are a free being and responsible for your actions.
    2. We are all connected. If you help another being, you are helping yourself. If you hurt another being, you are bound to hurt yourself.Don’t be afraid of painful experiences. Pain is neither good nor bad in itself, but we can deal with it in good and bad ways.When you drop all desires and expectations about how people should be, you will never feel deceived or hurt again.
    3. All fears ultimately come down to the fear of death. Unless you become familiar with the idea of death, you will never be able to truly live care-free.
    4. You cannot know more about another person than you can know about yourself. And the more you get to know yourself, the better you will understand others.
    5. True love can never be hurt, because it gives without asking anything in return. So even if love is unseen or rejected by those at whom it is directed, it keeps on being what it is.
    6. Pleasure and pain are two aspects of the same coin. You can never have one without the other.
    7. By treating the symptom you won’t cure the disease. Instead, try to get rid of the root-cause.
    8. There is no God higher than Truth.
    9. Don’t focus you attention on what people say or do. Rather, seek to find out their motive for speaking and acting the way they do (this also applies to yourself).
    10. Speak the truth, no matter what the consequences. Being honest is the only way to be at peace with yourself and others.
    11. Possessions can possess you. Let go of your attachments to your belongings.
    12. We all come to this world alone and leave this world alone. Don’t be afraid to be experience aloneness, because only in this way will you be able to confront yourself as you truly are.
    13. Never submit yourself to any relationship. True friendship can flower only under the sun of mutual respect.
    14. When you lose a friend, don’t hurry to replace him with another one. Instead, find the space to examine your heartache.
    15. Sometimes your enemies can help you more than your friends. Enemies are always willing to point out to the negative aspects of yourself.
    16. Gratification does not mean contentment. Gratification comes and goes, contentment stays with you forever.
    17. Don’t mistake desire for love. Desire is a passionate fire, love is calm breeze.
    18. Everyone is motivated either by fear or by love. Choose to be motivated by love.
    19. Seek to change yourseld, not the world. Unless you embody the change you  want to see in the world, the world will remain the same for you.
    20. Don’t try to escape from unpleasant experiences with others. See this as an opportunity to better understand people, instead of projecting your own images on them.
    21. There is no knowledge other than self-knowledge. Unless what you get to know transforms yourself, it cannot be called true knowledge.
    22. Your beliefs shape your perceptions, just like sunglasses color what you see.
    23. Do not imitate other Create your own path and walk on it.
 This post was originally published on http://www.altering-perspectives.com

Galib Returns..

Hazaaron khwahishein…to read Galib was lost in the fast paced track of life when i unexpectedly struck gold and found
“Love Sonnets of Ghalib:The first complete English translation,explication,lexicon,and transliteration of Ghalibs’s sonnets” by Dr.Sarfaraz K.Niazi in the literary section of Central library situated in Bhopal..

The movie “Mirza Galib” introduced me to Galib at the age of 10,it was one of the much loved movie of my mother.
Jagjit Singh made me fall in love with his shayari..

“Baat niklegi toh phir door talak jaayegi
Log be-wajah udaasi ka sabab puchhenge
Ye bhi puchenge ke tum itni pareshan kyun ho”

but at that time such verses only meant some Urdu words put together to romanticize circumstances and reality of lives,though after a decade,since the day I have fallen in love i recite many of his verses to him..and can associate,the passion with which Galib had written them..

“Woh aaye ghar mein humaare khuda ki qudrat hai
Kabhi hum unko kabhi apne ghar ko dekhte hain”

The eternity and the significance of Galib even after so many years,generation after generation is immortal,his verses also refereed as sonnets are written in Urdu(Persian script) crosses all barriers beyond the linguistic.The expression,the mystery and the magic that he created in the two lined couplets,makes him one of the most fascinating and interesting poets of all ages.

“Khaamoshi mein nihaan khun gashta(h) laakhon arzuen hain
Chiragh-e murda(h) hun main be zaban, gor-e ghariban ka”
(Hidden in the silence are millions of desires that have been bled out;
I am just a silent, snuffed out lamp at the grave of a stranger)

Poetry arrived.. in search of me

And it was at that age…Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.

I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
with names
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
deciphering
that fire
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
nonsense,
pure wisdom
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
the heavens
unfastened
and open,
planets,
palpitating planations,
shadow perforated,
riddled
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.

And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
void,
likeness, image of
mystery,
I felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke free on the open sky.

 

Pablo Neruda

Soul

Serene Narmada

It is in this moment that I am,
Not in the day past or in the day yet to come; only in the present
Am I complete.
Like the serene stride of a river in the plains, I am calm;
All my soul is In this very moment.
The past and the future can never give peace.