“Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life.”
– James C. Collins
“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
– Lance Armstrong
In the Buddhist lineage, knowledge is not handed down like an antique. One teacher experiences the truth of the teachings and hands it down as an inspiration to his students. That inspiration wakens the student who passes it on further. The teachings are seen as always up to date, they are not thought of as “ancient wisdom”.
It is like a recipe for bread. Each baker must apply his general knowledge of how to bake bread, but each time it is cooked completely fresh.Jane Hope and Borin Van Loon
Introducing Buddha: A graphic guide
There is no wealth but life.-John Ruskin
How do we come to think of things, rather than of processes in this absolute flux? By shutting our eyes to the successive events. It is an artificial attitude that makes sections in the stream of
changeand calls them things. When we shall know the truth of things, we shall realize how absurd it is for us to worship isolated products of the incessant series of transformations as though they were eternal and real. Life is no thingor state of a thing, but a continuous movement or change.
– Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan
“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. ”
― U. G. Krishnamurti
Every flower must grow through dirt.
Laurie Jean Sennott
Poverty urges us to do and suffer anything that we may escape from it, and so leads us away from virtue.Horace (B.C. 65-8)
For the love of a rose, the gardener becomes the slave of a thousand thorns.Turkish Proverb
As a piece of rope, when burnt, retains its form, but cannot serve to bind, so is the ego which is burnt by the fire of supreme Knowledge.
We can’t comprehend with our human mind the wisdom of God. Somehow, He can plan out generations, take mistakes, failures, betrayals, closed doors and somehow weave them all together and cause them to work for our good. Only God, in His wisdom, can figure out how to take a mistake from one generation and use it to be a blessing in another generation.
What you are shouts so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you say.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.
You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad.
Don’t remind the world that it is sick and troubled. Remind it that it is beautiful and free.
No thought has any power. You have power. And when you identify and believe in the thought you give power to the thought.
Your heart is the light of this world. Don’t cover it with your mind.
Vishaya in general means that which holds your attention. Here we are talking about that which will grab you and take you into life after life. When is anything considered a vishaya? It is considered a vishaya if you become greedy or infatuated with it. Otherwise it is not a vishaya. Therefore, everything you see in this world is not vishaya but if you become greedy or obsessed with it then it is called vishaya.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thoughts!
Let silence take you to the core of life.
Contact and unity with the soul bring understanding and answers your questions. God has so designed us that within each of us there is a special classroom, an inner sanctum, designed for inner communion. Within this classroom, your master teacher expects and awaits you. Seek the presence of this Master Within. No one can enter this classroom except you. The Master is always there.
-Lonnie C. Edwards (Spiritual Laws that govern the Universe)
Metta embraces all beings
Karuna embraces all those who suffer
Mudita embraces the prosperous
Upekkha embraces the good, bad, loved and unloved, pleasant and unpleasant. [Vism. 318]
Perfectionism is the smart person’s version of procrastination.
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as plant and rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was Man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as Man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’
-Jalal ud-Din Rumi (1207-1273) Translated by A.J. Arberry
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Lyricist: Bharat Vyas
हरी हरी वसुंधरा पे नीला नीला ये गगन
कि जिसपे बादलो की पालकी उड़ा रहा पवन
दिशाएं देखो रंग भरी चमक रहीं उमंग भरी
ये किसने फूल फूल पे किया श्रृंगार है
ये कौन चित्रकार है ये कौन चित्रकार
तपस्वियों सी हैं अटल ये पर्वतों की चोटियां
ये सर्प सी घुमेरदार घेरदार घाटियां
ध्वजा से ये खड़े हुए हैं वृक्ष देवदार के
गलीचे ये गुलाब के बगीचे ये बहार के
ये किस कवि की कल्पना का चमत्कार है
ये कौन चित्रकार है ये कौन चित्रकार
कुदरत की इस पवित्रता को तुम निहार लो
इसके गुणों को अपने मन में तुम उतार लो
चमका लो आज लालिमा अपने ललाट की
कण कण से झांकती तुम्हें छवि विराट की
अपनी तो आँख एक है उसकी हजार है
ये कौन चित्रकार है ये कौन चित्रकार
This post records the hindi verses, transliteration and translation of Prahlad Tippaniya’s rendition of the song Kahan se aaya, Kahan Jaoge as performed in Stanford University.
Video of the performance is below:
सब आया एक ही घाट से, उतरा एक ही बाट
sab aaya ek hi ghaat se, utra ek hi baat
Everyone came from one place, and took the same road
बीच में दुविधा पड़ गयी, हो गए बारह बाट
beech mein dhuvidha pad gayi, ho gaye baarah baat
Half way along, you fell into doubt, and it became twelve roads
घाटे पानी सब भरे, अवघट भरे न कोय
ghaate paani sab bhare, avghat bhare na koi
Everyone draws water from river banks, No one draws where there is no bank
अवघट घाट कबीर का, भरे सो निर्मल होए
avghat ghaat kabir ka, bhare so nirmal hoi
No bank is like the bank of Kabir, The one who draws there, he becomes pure.
हिंदू कहूँ तो हूँ नहीं, मैं मुसलमान भी नहीं
hindu kahu to hoon nahi, mai musalmaan bhi nahi
Saying Hindu that I am not, I am not a Muslim also
अरे जो दोनों के बीच में, मैं खेलूं दोनों में
are jo dono ke beech mein, mai khelu dono mein
What is in between the two, I play in both
कहाँ से आया कहाँ जाओगे
kahan se aaya kahan jaaoge
Where are you coming from, Where are you going?
खबर करो अपने तन की
khabar karo apne tan ki
Get the news from your body
कोई सदगुरु मिले तो भेद बतावें
koi sadhguru mile to bhed bataave
If you find a true guru, he will tell you the difference
खुल जावे अंतर खिड़की
khul jaave andar ki khidki
Then inner window will open
हिन्दू मुस्लिम दोनों भुलाने
hindu muslim dono bhulaane
Hindus, Muslims both deluded
खटपट मांय रिया अटकी
khatpat maay riya atki
Stuck in always fighting
जोगी जंगम शेख सवेरा
jogi jangam sheikh savera
Yogis, wandering jains, sheikhs
लालच मांय रिया भटकी
laalach maay riya bhatki
all lost in greed
काज़ी बैठा कुरान बांचे
kaazi baita kuraan baanche
The Kazi sits and reads the Quran
ज़मीन जोर वो करी चटकी
zameen jot woh kari chatki
And then he grabs someone’s land
हर दम साहेब नहीं पहचाना
har dam saaheb nai pehchaana
Can’t see the lord in every breath
पकड़ा मुर्गी ले पटकी
pakda murgi le patki
Catches a hen and smashes it.
बहार बैठा ध्यान लगावे
baahar baita dhyaan lagaave
Outwardly he meditates,
भीतर सुरता रही अटकी
bheetar surta rahi atki
Inside his thoughts are stuck
बहार बंदा, भीतर गन्दा
baahar banda, bheetar ganda
Outside saintly, inside filthy
मन मैल मछली गटकी
man meil machli gatki
mind tainted, he swallows a fish.
माला मुद्रा तिलक छापा
mala mudra tilak chaapa
With garlands, money, tilaks,
तीरथ बरत में रिया भटकी
teerath barath mei riya bhatki
He is lost in pilgrimages
गावे बजावे लोक रिझावे
gaave bajaave lok rijhaave
sings, plays entertains people
खबर नहीं अपने तन की
khabar nahi apne tan ki
But has no understanding of his body
बिना विवेक से गीता बांचे
bina vivek se geeta baanche
Unthinking he reads the Gita
चेतन को लगी नहीं चटकी
chetan ko lagi nahi chatki
But it fails to brush his thoughts
कहें कबीर सुनो भाई साधो
kahe kabir suno bahi saadho
Kabir says, listen sadhus,
आवागमन में रिया भटकी
aavaagaman mein riya bhatki
people are lost in coming (birth) and going (death).
Kabir man nirmal bhaya jaise Ganga Neer,
Paache laago hari fire kehet Kabir Kabir
Kabir, the mind is now as pure as Ganga water,
Following, Hari roams, calling Kabir, Kabir.
ना जाने तेरा साहब कैसा है
Na Jaane Tera Saahab Kaisa Hai
Don’t know the nature of your God
(Are the nature of your deeds like the nature of your God?)
मस्जिद ऊपर मुल्ला पुकारे , क्या साहब तेरा बहरा है
Mazjid Oopar Mulla Pukaare, Kya Saahab tera behra hai
From the top of mazjid mulla shouts a loud prayer, Is your God deaf?
चींटी के पग नेवरा बांधे, वह भी साहब सुनता है
Chinti ke pag nevara baandhe, woh bhi to saahab sunta hai
The sound from an ant’s feet, God listens to that as well.
पंडित होके आसन मारे , लंबी माला जपता है
Pandit Hoke Aasan Maare, Lambi Maala Japta Hai
Become a pandit and make aasanas, Chant with long garland,
अन्दर तेरे कपट का करनी , सो भी साहब लखता है
Andar Tere Kapat Ka Karni, So Bhi Saahab Lakhta Hai
The deceitful deeds of your mind, that also God knows
ऊँचा नीचा महल बनाया , गहरी नींव जमाता है
Ooncha Neecha Mahal Banaya, Gahari Neev Jamaata Hai
Making tall and short buildings, man makes deep foundations
चलने का मंसूबा नाहि, रहने का मन करता है
Chalne Ka Mansooba Naahi, Rehne Ka Man Karta Hai
Without dreams of going (dying), the mind wants to stay
कौड़ी कौड़ी माया जोड़ी , गाढ़ी भूमि में झड़ता है
Kaudi Kaudi Maya Jodi, Gaadi Bhoomi Mein Jhadtha Hai
You earn every penny, then you bury it in sand to preserve it
जहि लेना हैं सो ले जईहें , बाँकी वहीं वहीं मरता है
Jahi Lena Hai Le , Baki Wahin Wahin Marta Hai
Who takes life will take it away, remaining dies where it is.
सतवंती को गजि मिले नहि, वेश्या पहिने खासा है
Satvanto Ko Gaji Mile Nahi, Veshya Pahine Khasaa Hai
Good natured woman does not get a cotton cloth, the prostitute wears silk
जेहिं घर साधु भीख न पावे , भड़वा खात बताशा है
Jehi Ghar Saadhu Bheek Na Paave, Bhadva Khaat Batasha Hai
Household does not give alms to saint, pimp eats a delicacy
हीरा पायी परख नहीं जाने , कौड़ी परखन करता है
Heera Paayi Parak Nahi Jaane, Kaudi Parkhan Karta Hai
You have not examined the diamond (Life)in your possession, you examine the penny
क़हत कबीर सुनो भाई साधो, हरी जैसे को तैसा है
Kahat Kabir Suno Bhai Saadho, Hari Jaise Ko Taisa Hai
Kabir says, listen brethren, God gives the things that are sought
The greatest journeys are the ones that bring you home.
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kāmamaya evāyaṃ puruṣa iti
You are what your deep, driving desire is
sa yathākāmo bhavati tatkratur bhavati
As your desire is, so is your will
yatkratur bhavati tat karma kurute
As your will is, so is your deed
yat karma kurute tad abhisaṃpadyate
As your deed is, so is your destiny
Sometimes the most courageous act is what you don’t do.
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Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior, but nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable. You are you, I am I. I have to contribute my potential to life; you have to contribute your potential to life. I have to discover my own being; you have to discover your own being.
God breaks the heart again and again and again until it stays open.
-Hazrat Inayat Khan
Karma is like the fruit of a mango tree. The mango will yield the tree and the tree will yield the mango and the cycle continues.
-Niruben Amin, The Science of Karma
The law of karma, blessed ones, is not intended to act as a lash, to tear apart the souls of men. The law of karma is intended to instruct and to cause mankind to approach the throne of grace without fear, with the clearness of mind and being that will render them able to receive the pure vibratory action of Almighty God.
-Annice Booth, The Path to Your Ascension
For the keynote of the law of Karma is equilibrium, and nature is always working to restore that equilibrium whenever through man’s acts it is disturbed.
-Christmas Humphreys, Karma and Rebirth
The Yogi gains freedom from the wheel of rebirth by sacrificing thinking for being.
-Jonn Mumford, Karma Manual
The seeds of destiny already stored as a result of former lives, but which have not yet begun to germinate…they have not yet begun to sprout, mature and transform themselves into the harvest of life.
-Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India
There is no such thing as chance; and what seems to us the merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
-Friedrich Schiller, 1759-1805
When the thought has no customers, the thought vanishes.
Take to the natural rosary of the breath which being endless continuation has no knots and needs no reversal at all.
When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.
The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Our plans never turn out as tasty as reality.
It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.
Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose, larger-than-the-self kind of understanding.
Lots of people will give you advice… and depending on how well they know you, the advice might be valid or not so valid.
You have to learn to ask questions in a way that will elicit more nuanced answers, rather than the answers you would like to get.