A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.
A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.
Following is a record of the conversation in Jay Lakhani’s video:
In Hinduism, there are many forms of God. So we follow Ram, we follow Sita, we follow Krishna. But is there one particular form of God that we should be praying to – be it Matarani or be it Krishna, or are they all just representatives of one sole God?
OK. This question actually worries or confuses lot of Hindu youngsters. And forgets about the Hindus, it confuses the non-Hindus even more. They think this weird religion has got so many Gods.
And if I ask all of you, “Look Shiva, this is ultimate, almighty?”
You say “Yes”.
“And Mother Goddess?”
“Of course, Mother Goddess, how can you forget them? She is ultimate too”
This is kind of a contradiction. Come on, you cannot have too many “ultimate”s. This is not ultimate enough. So which one is the right one? Can the real God stand up please? That is what she was asking in a nice way.
What is the answer? The answer is this. It is very interesting. You see this is important for you to know. It is very good that the question comes from you.
This religion that appears polytheistic….
It is called polytheism. Many gods.
Then you all say yes. Many Gods. Yes. We all go Yeah.
Actually it is not polytheist. It appears polytheist but is actually pluralist. It says, the same ultimate reality that you are trying to relate to, you can call it by different names and give it different forms. Names and forms can be different, but same reality – ultimate reality.
So, not many Gods – but many ways to think about God. This is a big difference.
If you say many Gods, you say naive, not well thought out religion at all. They have not thought it out properly.
And then, when you say many ways to think about God that is grand, that is majestic. It allows different individuals to relate to the idea of spirituality in his own individual mode.
So different groups will say “We love Krishna.”
“OK, sing his glory.”
“Oh! We like Shiva.”
“Go for it my friends.”
The way you are relating to the ultimate is through the name and form of Shiva. Go for it.
This is the answer.
The name the Hindus give to the comprehensive idea of God is, you’d be surprised, is Brahman. The word Brahman there is no person like Brahma is different person, not Brahma. Brahman-Brahma.
The world Brahman means spirit, not as a person at all but as a principle that underpins reality. They said the whole of this creation is nothing but an expression of this principle. Look, not a person – a principle that becomes visible, manifested as the world we see in front of us. And the same principle, Brahman, becomes more visible, (because) clearer as living things and the most clearest vision of Brahman, this principle, is humanity – men and women.
That is why I said you are the clearest manifestation of God on earth. Where else will you find your God? He is lighting you up. Not you, everybody.
So this is a principle oriented religion but then it allows a personalized approach. Because, in that case why shouldn’t we just go Brahman and why should we bother with Ram and Krishna and Shiva and Mother? The reason we have to bother is because we are human – and we got human failings, if you like, human limitations.
If we are human, the only way we can build a relationship with this principle called Brahman, is to think of this principle as a personality.
Suppose I say “Build relation with Brahman”.
You say “What do I do now?”
I say “No, No, No, think of mother Goddess, sweet with flowing hair” and you want to say “Mommy”.
It is easy to build relationship.
With Brahman how do you build a relationship? It is a principle, it is abstract. When you turn the principle into a personality, then you can build friendship, relationship, like a mother figure, father figure, friend.
See the Hindu religion is the only one that allows you to think of God in a variety of different ways. Not just father in heaven, like Christianity. Mommy in heaven. Why not mommy? Mommies are sweeter, kinder, cuddlier, less hairy than daddies. Why can’t you go like “Mommy”? Why daddy all the time? Why fixation? In fact the Gayatri (Mantra) that you just recited, gives you the clue of the Hindu tradition. This is what it translates as. Let us meditate on the glorious effulgence of that supreme being that created the universe. May she enlighten our hearts and direct our destination. She. Addressing God as She. The central part of Hindus think God is a woman.
See? Because we are human, we like to relate to this principle in a human manner, that is why we create all this imagery. Lets go for it. The same one becomes all this.
People say, how do you reconcile principle and personality?
This is how they reconcile. It is like ice and water. Water is fuzzy, like no shape nothing, just fuzzy. When you freeze it, it can take on different forms. It is the love of the devotee that freezes this principle called Brahman into the various forms that he likes. Suppose I like to think of God as Shiva, this principle reduces itself and becomes Shiva and comes in front of me and interacts with me. This is Hinduism.
The love of the devotee freezes his principle into the personality of his choice. See the power of religion. Real democracy. Spiritual democracy.
हमारे यहां तो जैसा भक्त वैसा भगवान है। अगर भक्त पहलवान है, तो भगवान हनुमान है। और भक्त अगर पैसों का पुजारी है, तो भगवान लक्ष्मी जी है। अगर भक्त ज्ञान में रूचि रखता है तो भगवान सरस्वती है। यानी हमारे यहां जितने भक्त, उतने भगवान इस प्रकार का माहौल है।
-Narendra Modi, Valedictory function of the 6th World Ayurveda Congress 2014
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
–Thich Nhat Hanh
A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
“Invictus” is an adjective in Latin meaning ‘unconquerable’. Here are the reasons why Invictus is a powerful poem.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the first four lines we understand that there is pitch black darkness disguised as a gloomy problem or despair and there seems to be no way out of it. He ‘prays’ to the gods in most agnostic way possible by saying ‘whatever gods may be’. But even as he prays, he doesn’t ask for strength to deal with the crisis looming overhead, he simply thanks them for the strength he already has. That itself is an indication of how is soul is invincible.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
The second stanza stands tall and continues to tell the tale of a courageous soul that never complained once in the wake of difficult circumstances; a soul that never flinched once even as the problems were staring into its eyes. The power is demonstrated as the poet writes ‘ bloody, but unbowed’ which tells us that he’d rather endure the beating than call for a surrender.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
I know that I am living a life filled with constant threats and I know that the future holds a greater problem (death, perhaps). But I know that all the troubles I have sustained over the years have prepared me to face what lies ahead.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
The meaning of ‘strait gate’ is judgement day and even then, he recognizes no one but himself as his own master. Only he can decide what is to be done with his soul and hence, his fate. This is makes it evident that he has strong will.
The poem continues to inspire many because of the feeling it incites that you alone can control your fate, you alone know what is best for you and you alone know which path you choose. It is a poem that’s strong at heart and strong-headed.
படம் – அபூர்வராகங்கள்
பாடியவர் – வாணி ஜெயராம்
வரிகள் – கண்ணதாசன்
இசை – எம்.எஸ்.விஸ்வநாதன்
ஏழு ஸ்வரங்களுக்குள் எத்தனை பாடல்
இதயச் சுரங்கத்துள் எத்தனை கேள்வி
காணும் மனிதருக்குள் எத்தனை சலனம் – வெறும்
கற்பனை சந்தோஷத்தில் அவரது கவனம்
காலை எழுந்தவுடன் நாளைய கேள்வி
அது கையில் கிடைத்த பின்னும் துடிக்குது ஆவி
ஏனென்ற கேள்வி ஒன்றே என்றைக்கும் தங்கும் – மனித
இன்பதுன்பம் எதிலும் கேள்விதான் மிஞ்சும்
எனக்காக நீ அழுதால் இயற்கையில் நடக்கும்
நீ எனக்காக உணவு உண்ண எப்படி நடக்கும்
நமக்கென்று பூமியிலே கடமைகள் உண்டு – அதை
நமக்காக நம் கையால் செய்வது நன்று
ஆரம்பத்தில் பிறப்பும் உன் கையில் இல்லை
இதில் அடுத்தடுத்த நடப்பும் உன் கையில் இல்லை
பாதை வகுத்த பின்பு பயந்தென்ன லாபம் – அதில்
பயணம் நடத்திவிடு மறைந்திடும் பாவம்
நாளைப் பொழுது என்றும் நமக்கென வாழ்க
அதை நடத்த ஒருவனுண்டு கோயிலில் காண்க
வேளை பிறக்கும் என்று நம்பிக்கை கொள்க
எந்த வேதனையும் மாறும் மேகத்தைப் போல
मोको कहां ढूंढे रे बंदे
Moko Kahan Dhundhere Bande
Where are you searching for me, Oh Servant,
मैं तो तेरे पास में
Mein To Tere Paas Mein
I am with you
ना तीर्थ मे ना मूर्त में
Na Teerath Mein, Na Moorat Mein
Not in holy pilgrims, Not in images,
ना एकान्त निवास में
Na Ekant Niwas Mein
Not in solitary living
ना मंदिर में ना मस्जिद में
Na Mandir Mein, Na Masjid Mein
Not in a temple, not in a mosque,
ना काबे कैलास में
Na Kabe Kailas Mein
Not in Kabas or Kailash
ना मैं जप में ना मैं तप में
Na Mein Jap Mein, Na Mein Tap Mein
Not in praying, not in meditation,
ना मैं बरत उपास में
Na Mein Barat Upaas Mein
Not in ritual fasting
ना मैं किर्या कर्म में रहता
Na Mein Kiriya Karm Mein Rehta
Nor I live in action or karma
नहिं जोग सन्यास में
Nahin Jog Sanyas Mein
Neither in yoga or renunciation
नहिं प्राण में नहिं पिंड में
Nahin Pran Mein Nahin Pind Mein
Not in life force, Not in the flesh of body,
ना ब्रंह्याण्ड आकाश में
Na Brahmand Akas Mein
Not in universe or sky
ना मैं प्रकति प्रवार गुफा में
Na Mein Prakuti Prawar Gufa Mein
Not in the womb of nature,
नहिं स्वांसों की स्वांस में
Nahin Swasan Ki Swans Mein
Not in the breath of the breath
खोजि होए तुरत मिल जाउं
Khoji Hoye Turat Mil Jaoon
Search and I can be found quickly
इक पल की तालाश में
Ik Pal Ki Talas Mein
In a moment of search
कहत कबीर सुनो भई साधो
Kahet Kabir Suno Bhai Sadho
Says Kabir, listen brethren holy men,
मैं तो हूँ विश्वास में
Mein To Hun Viswas Mein
I exist in faith
Jo Dise So To Hai Nahin,
What is seen is not the Truth
Hai So Kaha Na Jayee
What is cannot be said
Bin Dekhe Parteet Na Aave,
Trust comes not without seeing
Kahe Na Koyee Patiyana
Nor understanding without words
Samajh Hoye To Rabeen Cheenho,
The wise comprehends with knowledge
Achraj Hoye Ayana
To the ignorant it is but a wonder
Koi Dhyave Nirakar Ko,
Some worship the formless God
Koi Dhyave Aakaara
Some worship His various forms
Ja Bidhi In Dono Te Nyara,
In what way He is beyond these attributes
Only the Knower knows
Woh Raag To Likhia Na Jayee
That music cannot be written
Matra Lakhe Na Kana
How can then be the notes
Kahat Kabir So Padhe Na Parlay, Surat Nirat Jin Jana
Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusion
Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.
I know for sure what we dwell on is who we become.
Be careful of what you often think about. If it’s something negative, you can become a negative person. On the other hand, if it’s something positive, you’ll become more positive. Try to think on the bright side of things when you can.
We judge ourselves by our intentions. And others by their actions.
-Stephen R. Covey
Remember that you may not be seeing the full picture before you judge others. Their intentions may not match their actions.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — either way you’re right.
You set the tone for your own achievements. If you think you can do it, you will be able to achieve it. If you have a self-defeating attitude, you will likely not be able to attain your goal.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
Be content with who you are, because you are a unique person that no one else can emulate. Embrace your differences and uniqueness, and don’t try to be someone you’re not.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.
Be yourself and the people who will accept you for who you are are the ones worth keeping around. Those who won’t accept you for who you are aren’t worth your time and energy.
I keep six honest serving-men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
This stanza is about the author’s way of learning about the world. His “serving men” are the questions he asks of the things around him: “what?” “why?” “when?” “how?” “where?” and “who?” These “men”/questions are honest because this is the best way to objectively learn the truth. The speaker seems open to learning new things and seeking the truth. He does put the word “knew” in the past tense, though, and says that he gives the questioning “a rest,” which leads us to the next stanza.
I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
In these four lines, the speaker essentially says that his questioning brain doesn’t actually function anymore, but is pretty much always “resting.” He no longer questions at all; he simply accepts his foundation of knowledge and does not challenge new claims or information as they come along. This is a satirical way of criticizing adults who become complacent about the world around them and become entirely “busy” and caught up in the motions of the daily grind without stopping to think about the significance of their actions or the events of the world around them.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small—
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes—
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!
The second half of the second stanza and the final stanza are both talking about the refreshing curiosity of children. The speaker says he has become too lazy to take an active interest in the world around him, but his daughter (or some little girl he knows) has not. She is always looking around her and asking questions. This is like the two-year-old who can’t seem to stop asking “but why?” Saying that “different folk have different views” suggests that the speaker sees the child’s young toddler perspective as equal to his own, perhaps even superior.
Overall, the poem is a reflection on the wisdom of children (who see the world around them with fresh eyes) and the stagnation of the adult spirit as life goes on.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.
क्या करेगा प्यार वह भगवान को?
Kya karega pyar woh bhagwan ko?
What love can he give to God?
क्या करेगा प्यार वह ईमान को ?
Kya kareha pyar woh eemaan ko?
What love can he give to Religion?
जन्म लेकर गोद में इन्सान की
Janm lekar godh mein insaan ki
Being born in the lap of a human
प्यार कर पाया न जो इन्सान को ।
Pyar kar paaya na jo insaan ko
He who cannot love the human kind
-Gopal Das Neeraj
I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting. That is when I start counting, because then it really counts. That’s what makes you a champion.
Victory only truly counts when it takes effort. Push yourself by celebrating the ones that made you work for it.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
I once asked [Bertrand] Russell if he was willing to die for his beliefs. ‘Of course not,’ he replied. ‘After all, I may be wrong.’”
-Leonard Lyons, The New York Post, June 23, 1964.
That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.
— P.C. Hodgell, Seeker’s Mask, Kirien
Text below was printed in a religious periodical called “The Christian Work and Evangelist” in January 1904.
I wish you Health enough to make work a pleasure;
Wealth enough to supply all necessary needs;
Grit enough to battle with difficulty and overcome it;
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them;
and Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
I wish you a Cheerfulness that shall make others glad;
a Charity that shall see some good in your neighbor;
a Love that shall move you to be useful and helpful;
a Faith that shall make real the things of God;
and a Hope that shall remove all anxious fear concerning the Future.
I wish you the Dignity which befits the children of God;
the Humility which is needed in every follower of Christ;
the Prayerfulness which develops and enriches the soul;
the Push and Progress which were manifested in the life and labors of our Saviour;
and the Piety and Perseverance which come from the abiding presence and influence of the Divine Spirit.
When you find you haven’t discarded a major opinion for years, or acquired a new one, you should stop and investigate to see if you’re not growing senile.
The reason why we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
When you may think that others are better than you are in certain ways, remember that you may be seeing the image they portray to others. Everyone has their own fears and weaknesses — so stop comparing yourself to others. Such a comparison may not be useful if you evaluate yourself based on self-perception and judge the other person based on superficiality.
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply.
Ask yourself if you’re truly listening to others or if you’re being distracted by your own chatter. Listening means staying silent to give others a chance to talk, soaking it in, then responding if needed.
Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
-Jonathan Lockwood Hule
Being angry at someone will definitely hurt you whether it does or does not lead to a consequence for the other person. Letting go of your anger, can benefit your health by getting rid of negative emotions. In this context, forgiving does not mean forgetting, but rather coming to accept the fact that it happened.
When an egg breaks by a power outside, a life ends. When an egg breaks by a power within, a life begins. Great things always begin from that power within.
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have life itself.
There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.
What the mind invents, the mind destroys. But the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed.
Hold on to that over which the mind has no power.
Either you run the day or the day runs you.
A man with money is no match against a man on a mission.
You are not what you think yourself to be. I asssure you. The image you have of yourself is made up from memories and is purely accidental.
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing.
You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself.
-Harvey S. Firestone
Excellence is a decision, practiced daily to the point of a habit.
Only what is your own at the start will remain your own in the end.
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
-William Arthur Ward
Peace begins with a smile.
Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.
When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
-Viktor E. Frankl
I don’t go around regretting things that don’t happen.