Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In the film Ek Din Ka Sultan (1945), there's an inspiring scene at around 1 hr 16 min into it, where Emperor Humayun exhorts his generals to not give weakly to a peace settlement, but to fight with all their might. The Mughals were in desperate straits battling against Sher Shah Suri. And Humayun delivers a hard hitting dialogue which pricks his generals ' pride and inspires them at the same time. He says:
"Bahaduron, lado toh is kadar ki agar bach gaye to apne aap pe naaz karoge
Aur agar mar gaye to zamana tumpe naaz karega"

"My braves, fight in such a manner that if you survive, you would pride yourself for the way you fought. And in case you die, then the world shall admire you."

This is such an awe inspiring line for the one who is down in the dumps, who is cornered, whose case of winning is hopeless, but who hasn't lost his hope yet, who still doesnt have the will to give up, who fights back for that is very nature, who fights, if only to give the enemy a hard time, and wait for that sliver of chance to turn a sure defeat into an unlikely victory.

Humayun's personality itself was such. Which king after losing all and having been banished to wilderness comes back and fights grimly to win it all back.

Another story this reminds is of King Bruce (Robert Bruce of Scotland), who gets motivated by the perseverance of a spider trying to make its web on the walls of a cave. It failed time and time, yet got back again to its job of casting the web. I read this story in my 2nd standard and still havent forgotten it.

In Bible its said - if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can move mountains and nothing is impossible to you. Amen.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Sarva Dharma Pari Tyajya
MAm Ekam Sharanam Vraja

"Renounce all paths and come to my refuge... I shall lead you to truth"

In the final chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna says thus to Arjuna.

Faith in most ordinary mortals flickers like a weak lamp. A small trouble, can blow it off.
If you operate from your ego, the solution of most problems is complex and difficult. But if you surrender yourself to Him, everything becomes easy. The difficult thing is to surrender yourself.

When you are deep in that abyss, that nadir - no way out, your ego is befuddled, accept to God, that I dont know how to get out - You alone are my Savior. I shall listen to none but You.

self-control is a useless word - nothing is possible without the Benediction of God. The problem with self-control is the first word "self" - this is nothing but ego - you feel you can control yourself, fool you are then. The second word "control" is equally ridiculous - your ego is so bloated that you feel you can "control" something. its like giving a Mercedes Benz to a monkey to drive. Our human life is precious - after several janmas we have got this fortune, through the Grace of God. And what do we do when we get human life - we hand it to an monkey called ego-mind complex. This monkey keep jumping around, running after one banana or another, aimlessly jumping between trees.

So stop this monkey from steering this wheel - give it up. It sounds difficult, but auto-pilot is certainly more reliable than a monkey. two problems here - first accepting that we are monkeys and secondly even after that giving it up to auto-pilot and not having any control.

God Save us. God Bless us.

This shloka is very beautiful - the most spiritually realized and the one exactly at opposite end of spectrum - both can get something out of it.

The spiritually realized would have perfected one or many paths and have reached almost the pinnacle - for him too, to get final Liberation, he has to renounce all the paths and surrender to that Supreme Energy.

But this Sharanagati i.e. Surrender concept is most important for most of us, who are in that abyss, in the midst of ocean of samsara hit by waves after waves - what to do - keep on struggling? swimming? where will you go, even if you have the strength - there is water all around - there is water and waves forever - they will keep on hitting you till you give up.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Surrender to Bhagavan
You may not have love
You may not have fear
But you may just have belief
And the desire to be free

But you are deeply ensnared
And know no other way but
To surrender to Bhagavan
And plead for His Benediction

Be honest with yourself
Do not try to be what you cannot be
Saints are not made in one live
But every moment could  be a step
To be saintly one day
Just put one step before another in the right direction

Accept that there is a Destiny you cannot change
Accept what He has Determined for you
And keep your belief intact through thick and thin
And take the right step
May Bhagavan bless us.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

AB to hai tumse har khushi apni...

(Ab to hai tumse har khushi apni)(repeat 2 times)
Tum pe marna hai zindagi apni, ho…
Ab to hai tumse har khushi apni…
(Jab ho gaya tum pe yeh dil diwaana) (repeat 2 times)
Phir chaahe jo bhi kahe ham ko zamaana
Koi banaaye baatein chaahe ab jitni, ho…
Ab to hai tumse har khushi apni
(Tere pyaar mein badnaam duur duur ho gaye) (repeat 2 times)
Tere saath ham bhi sanam mashahuur ho gaye
Dekho kahaan le jaaye bekhudi apni, ho…
Ab to hai tumse har khushi apni
Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni Song Lyrics Details
Song Title: Ab To Hai Tumse Har Khushi Apni
Music Director: Sachin Dev Burman
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Singer(s): Lata Mangeshkar
Song Duration (mm:ss): 4:25
Movie: Abhimaan (1973)
Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Starcast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Asrani, Bindu, A K Hangal
Producer: Susheela Kamat, Pawan Kumar
Release Date: July 27th 1973
From now all my happiness is from you,
The sole point of my life is to live for you

When this heart went crazy for you
I cared for the world not a whit or two
Whatever the world may say
My heart just craves for you
Oh this love for you which made my name
But at the cost of your goodwill, I lost the game
Though I became known through you
What is point of all this fame
Wonder not a bit for all this jazz
But only for the Destiny of my love
For all my happiness is from you

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Fruits of Labour

With sweat and tears
Who has tilled the soil
Verily, he would reap, the
Happy fruits of his toil

Believe in Faith, Believe in God

Translation (not exact) of "Ashkon se jisne seenchi zameen..." title score of the old DD series "Bible Ki Kahaniyan". The score composed by Karthik Illaiyaraja and sung by Suresh Wadkar. Lyrics by Kaifi Azmi. The music is haunting, epic in scale and pierces the soul


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Yog - Flow

In the Upanishad Ganga series' episode on Karma Yoga which depicts the life of Raja Tansen and his famous Guru - Swami Haridas, there is an interesting dialogue on what music means to the one who is the best exponent of it

Some expect to satisfy their hunger
Some pursue it seeking fame
For some it is pleasure
And for some it is Blissful Union (Yog)

Kisike liye Udar Purti
Kisike liye Yash Kirti
Kisike liye Vilas
Aur Kisike liye Yog


I surrender to You, O Lord
To rid me of my demons
Whose strength has increased
In my births across the eons

In this life too, havent I been liberal
In strengthening them
By succumbing weakly time after time
To their temptations

Now I have given up myself
Over to your care