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

Shri Sai Sat Charita Ch 5 - Baba returns to Shirdi

A man named Chand, who was a patil of Dhoop village lost his mare once on the way to Aurangabad. After two months of search he still could not find her. One day, when he was searching for her, he met a Fakir who was sitting under a mango tree. He told Chand that the mare would be found at a nearby stream and wonderfully so it was found. The Fakir looked pretty queer, wearing a long kafni, with a cap on his head. He had satka - a short stick. He was getting his chillim - smoking pipe, ready and invited Chand. Two things were required, which were not readily available 1. Fire to light the pipe, 2. Water to moisten the cloth which would filter the smoke. The Fakir arranged it both this way. He carried prongs, which he thrust into the earth and drew out live coals to lit the fire. Then he hit the earth with the satka and water oozed out. Chand was amazed to see this miracle. He invited the Fakir i.e. Baba to stay at his village. Thus Baba stayed at Dhoop village for sometime. Then Chand Patil's nephew was getting married to a girl from Shirdi and the whole party including Baba went to Shirdi. After the marriage, everyone returned, only Baba stayed back at Shirdi to remain there forever.

Earlier, when the marriage party alighted at Shirdi, near the Khandoba temple, then the priest Mhalsapati, on seeing the Fakir welcomed him saying "Come Sai". Sai is a Persian word for wandering monks. And that is how the word "Sai" stuck.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shri Sai Satcharita Ch 4 - Baba's advent in Shirdi

Lord Krishna in the Gita says - "Yada yada hi dharmasya...." - Whenever Dharma degenerates, Adharma becomes stronger, then to protect the righteous, destroy the wicked and reestablish the code of Dharma, I incarnate in age after age.

We have been blessed with saints like Jnaneswar, Nivrittinath, Namdev, Ekanath, Tukaram etc. The saints also grace this world throughout the ages to guide mankind through this ocean of Samsara.

Shirdi, which is in Ahmednagar district, few miles away from Kopergaon and the banks of holy Godaveri river, has become famous because of Sai Baba. In the same way as Alandi became famous because of Jnaneswar and Paithan due to Ekanath.

Hemadpant the  goes on to describe Sai Baba's unique personality. He was mentally peaceful and calm. He was the abode to his devotees, most liberal.  His Antarang, inner psyche "was clear as mirror", and He was always engrossed in Self-realization. He interacted with everyone equally and treated everyone the same. "He swerved not an inch from Samadhi (mental equilibrium)." He was vigilant for the sake of His devotees. He had truly crossed this Samsara.

Contact with Him, was like understanding the Vedas as Tantras - "it quieted our Samsara (world consciousness) and rendered self-realization easy. The darshana of Shri Sai was our Yoga-Sadhana, and talk with Him removed our sins. Sham- pooing His Legs was our bath in Triveni Prayag, and drinking the holy water of His Feet destroyed our desires. To us, His commands were Vedas, and accepting (eating) His Udi (sacred ashes) and Prasad was all purifying."

"By mere darshan, minds of people, whether, pure or impure, would become at once quiet. They got here the same sort of unparalleled joy that devotees get at Pandharpur by seeing Vithal Rakhumai." Many devotees like the aged Goulibuwa, Das Ganu etc have attested to it. Once Baba asked Kakasaheb Dixit to do Namasaptaha of Lord Vitthal with devotion. On the seventh day, Kakasaheb got a vision of Vitthal. Later that day a hawker came unexpectedly to sell pictures of Vitthal and they were the same form which Kakasaheb had seen in his vision. Baba urged devotees to have Vitthal bhakti.

Once Das Ganu wished to go to Prayag to take a dip in the holy confluence of rivers. Baba said that Prayag was in Shirdi itself and when Das Ganu bowed his head at Baba's feet miraculously water of Ganga Yamuna came from Baba's toes.

Nobody knew who Baba's parents were, which caste he belonged to. Like Kabir and Namdev, he appeared mysteriously out of nowhere. He was first seen as a sixteen year old boy meditating under a Neem (Margosa) tree at Shirdi.

"Even then He seemed to be full with the knowledge of Brahman. He had no desire for worldly objects even in dream. He kicked out Maya; and Mukti (deliverance) was serving at His feet."

The people were wonderstruck that this boy with a divine aura, who was doing such hard penance suffering such hardships - they were curious to know more about him. Then through the blessings of Lord Khandoba, they came to know of an underground chamber with wooden boards, rosaries were kept underneath a slab, where the boy had been doing penance for 12 years. The boy told the villagers that it was his Guru's place and to guard it well. The villagers accordingly covered the chamber. The Neem tree was sacred to Baba and it is considered as Samadhi Sthan, memorial for Baba's Guru.

Hemadpant ends this chapter by telling the background of 3 wadas or mansions which were built as resting houses for pilgrims. The first wada was constructed by Sh. Hari V Sathe who bought the place arround the Neem tree. A platform around the tree was built and there is a niche on the south side. Anyone who sits here facing north and burns incense on Thu and Fri will be happy, by Gods grace. Sathe's wada was very useful for the early pilgrims of Shirdi as this was the only place to stay then. Then Kakasaheb Dixit constructed a wada. Kakasaheb had injured his leg and used to limp, then Nanasaheb Chandorkar advised him to meet Baba. However when Kakasaheb met Baba, he asked Him to cure the lameness of his mind, rather than the leg. The day on which the foundation of this wada was laid i.e. 10th Dec 1910 was also the day when the Arti at chavdi was commenced. The last wada was built by Sh. Booty who was a rich and ardent Baba devotee from Nagpur. This is now the resting place, Samadhi mandir of Baba.

Thus ends this 4th chapter.
Om Sadguru Shri Sainathaya Namaha

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Shri Sat Charitra Ch3 - Baba's love for devotees

Key takeaways, condensation of Ch3

Baba confirms his assent to Hemadpant to write his story saying that reading his Leelas attentively would remove Avidya and give rise to Virakti, Bhakti and Jnana.

Then turning towards Shama, Baba said, "If a man utters My name with love, I shall fulfill all his wishes, increase his devotion. And if he sings earnestly My life and My deeds, him I shall beset in front and back and on all sides. Those devotees, who are attached to Me, heart and soul, will naturally feel happiness, when they hear these stories. Believe Me that if anybody sings My Leelas, I will give him infinite joy and everlasting contentment. It is My special characteristic to free any person, who surrenders completely to Me, and who does worship Me faithfully, and who remembers Me, and meditates on Me constantly. How can they be conscious of worldly ob- jects and sensations, who utter My name, who worship Me, who think of My stories and My life and who thus al- ways remember Me? I shall draw out My devotees from the jaws of Death. If My stories are listened to, all the dis- eases will be got rid of. So, hear My stories with respect; and think and meditate on them, assimilate them. This is the way of happiness and contentment. The pride and ego- ism of My devotees will vanish, the mind of the hearers will be set at rest; and if it has wholehearted and complete faith, it will be one with Supreme Consciousness. The simple remembrance of My name as ‘Sai, Sai’ will do away with sins of speech and hearing".

The Lord assigns to each devotee a different work depending on their inclinations. They are but the instrument - the Doer is the Lord. Like the flute is but an instrument for the flutist to produce music.
Hence Hemadpant says, "So, when I took up the pen in my hand, Sai Baba took away my egoism and wrote Himself His stories. The credit of relating these stories, therefore, goes to Him and not to me."
As the mantra goes - "kayenu vacha manasa indraiyava.... karomi yadyat...narayanayeti samarpayami."

Baba's stories are like beacons of light that help "to avoid rocks and dangers, and make them sail safely. the ocean of worldly existence." When we hear them - "the body - consciousness or egoism and the sense of duality vanish;"

"The description of Baba’s pure fame, and the hearing of the same, with love, will destroy the sins of the devotee and, therefore, this is the simple Sadhana for attaining salvation."

In different Yugas there were different methods for God Realization. In Satya it was Tapas, penance; in Treta - Yajna i.e. sacrifice; in Dwapara it was worship while in Kali it is singing the name and glory of the lord. This is also the mode considering spiritual evolution of an individual soul. A highly evolved soul can do tapas which is jnana marga like Ramana Maharishi did. Lesser evolved souls resort to Karma or Bhakti yoga, but for the least evolved, uneducated souls it has to be a much simpler mode i.e. constant remembrance of God. But even this is not easy as it seems.

The devotee can now read Sai Sat Charita and while doing so he should, "meditate on Him, His form and thus attain devotion to Guru and God (Sai Baba), get detachment and self-realization."

Sai Baba loves his devotees like a mother loves its child. Even if the child doesnt take care of itself, the mother devotes her attention, lavishes her love on the child to ensure its welfare.

Baba ensured that Hemadpants financial difficulties were removed.
He supported a Rohilla who was causing disturbance to others by his loud recitation of Koran, so that the Rohilla is spiritually uplifted. By constant repetition of prayers that man was able to keep "durbuddhi" or bad judgment at bay.

Once when the arti was over, Sai Baba said to all, "Be wherever you like, do whatever you choose, remember this well that all what you do is known to Me. I am the Inner Ruler of all and seated in their hearts. I envelope all the creatures, the movable and immovable world. I am the Controller - the wire-puller of the show of this Uni- verse. I am the mother - origin of all beings - the Harmony of three Gunas, the propeller of all senses, the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. Nothing will harm him, who turns his attention towards Me, but Maya will lash or whip him who forgets Me. All the insects, ants, the visible, movable and immovable world, is My Body or Form."

Concluding this chapter Hemadpant urges the devotees "to leave out the various hindrances viz. indolence, sleep, wandering of mind, attachments to senses, etc. and turn their whole and undivided attention to these stories of Sai Baba. Let their love be natural, let them know the secret of devotion; let them not exhaust themselves by other Sadhanas, let them stick to this one simple remedy, i.e.listening to Sai Baba’s stories. This will destroy their ignorance and will secure for them salvation."

May Sai be forever enshrined in our heart.

Om Sadguru Shri Sainathaya Namaha
Hari Om Tat Sat