Subtle degrees by Rumi

Subtle degrees
of domination and servitude
are what you know as love

but love is different
it arrives complete
just there
like the moon in the window

like the sun
of neither east nor west
nor of anyplace

when that sun arrives
east and west arrive

desire only that
of which you have no hope
seek only that
of which you have no clue

love is the sea of not-being
and there intellect drowns

this is not the Oxus River
or some little creek
this is the shoreless sea;
here swimming ends
always in drowning

a journey to the sea
is horses and fodder
and contrivance
but at land’s end
the footsteps vanish

you lift up your robe
so as not to wet the hem;
come! drown in this sea
a thousand times

the moon passes over the
ocean of non-being

droplets of spray tear loose
and fall back
on the cresting waves

a million galaxies
are a little scum
on that shoreless sea

It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.

Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being conditioned robots.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Life is precious, don’t waste it

जन्मेदं वन्ध्यतां नीतं भवभोगोपलिप्सया ।
काचमूल्येन विक्रीतः हन्त चिन्तामणिर्मया ॥


janmedaṃ vandhyatāṃ nītaṃ bhavabhogopalipsayā ।
kācamūlyena vikrītaḥ hanta cintāmaṇirmayā ॥


This birth went futile in worldly indulgences.
Alas! A cintāmaṇi has been traded at the price of glass.

Is non-vegetarian food (meat) good for our spiritual life?

Reproduced from Quora

Answered Apr 6, 2017
Dada Bhagwan, May the World Attain Happiness that I have attained.

In reality, a non-vegetarian diet is not good for those who wish to live a spiritual life.

When we kill a chicken or any living being for that matter, they feel fear and pain. They want to live and are afraid of being killed. Therefore, the atoms of fear and pain that arise within them when they are killed it is present in their bodies and as a result enter our body when we consume them.

Spirituality is going towards non-violence. While eating meat, means supporting violence.

Everything we eat is living. Non-vegetarian food (for example: chicken, seafood and even eggs) possess life which all have five senses within them i.e. sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. Just like humans. All vegetarian foods like wheat, rice, fruits, vegetable, etc. are one-sense beings. One-sense life forms are not developed enough to experience fear. Therefore, we can consume them.

One may say that there is some violence even if we eat one-sense developed living beings, but the Lord does not forbid their consumption. This is because one-sensed organisms do not contain pus or meat. When we cut vegetables or fruits they do not run away from us out of fear, so we can eat it them without hesitation.

Here are thoughts by some famous people around the world on eating non-veg food:

George Bernard Shaw, playwright and Nobel Prize winner, “My body is not a graveyard! It is not a cemetery for chickens. I want to be a civilized man.”

“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics; it is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming other living beings, we will be classified as savages.” – Thomas Edison famous scientist.

“People eat meat and think that they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” – Pino Caruso (Italian writer)

“Will you be able to look at an animal’s eye and say, “My hunger is more important than your suffering?” – Moby (American musician and photographer)

If you cannot stop eating non-veg food immediately, at least change your opinion by asking for forgiveness with repentance (pratikraman). In addition, start trying different vegetarian foods, there are varieties of food available as per your taste. First, change your opinion that you want to be vegetarian, then things will follow.

For one to understand spiritual knowledge, a pure vegetarian diet is required, because the coverings from the vegetarian diet are comparatively thin, so one can maintain higher awareness.

The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are oriented toward the soul. Though ideally applicable for all faithful, not everyone is considered capable or obligated to perform the first three Spiritual Works of Mercy before they possess the proper tact, knowledge or canonical training to do so. The remaining four Spiritual Works of Mercy are considered to be an obligation of all faithful to practice unconditionally.

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy and their Holy Scripture references are:

Admonish the Sinner
(Proverbs 27:17, Luke 15:7; 17:3 2 Timothy 4:2 )

Instruct the Ignorant
(Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 16:14-18 Luke 24:47-49 John 20:21 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5 )

Counsel the Doubtful
(Matthew 13:18-23 Mark 4:13-20; 9:14-29 Luke 8:11-15 John 14:27)

Bear Wrongs Patiently
(Matthew 5:38-48 Luke 6:27-36 1 Peter 2:18-19)

Forgive Offenses Willingly
(Matthew 6:14-15; 18:15-35 Mark 11:25 Luke 11:1-4; 17:1-4 )

Comfort the Afflicted
(Psalms 9:8-11; 22:23-27, Psalms 27:4-5; 30:2-4, Psalms 46:2; 55:22, Psalms 56; 71:20-22, Psalms 116; 119:49-50 Jeremiah 29:11-14 Lamentations 3:21-24, 31-33 Nahum 1:7-8 Matthew 11:28-30 John 14:15-18, 27; 16:22-23
2 Corinthians 5:17 1 Peter 5:5-11 Revelation 21:4

Pray for the Living and the Dead
(2 Maccabees 38-46)

Spiritual awakening does not take us further from…

Spiritual awakening does not take us further from the world. It brings us closer.

Spiritual awakening does not separate us. It connects us.

Spiritual awakening is not about my bliss in the midst of your misery.

Spiritual awakening, is awakening from the illusion, that who we are is based on what we earn, acquire or achieve; an awakening into the reality that each of us is an embodiment of the divine.

It is awakening out of the illusion of our separateness, into the reality of our oneness; a reality in which there is no place that I end and you begin.

It is awakening from a life that is in pieces into a life of peace.

–Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

If you don’t feel strong desires for the…

If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.

―John Piper, A Hunger For God

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly Let it…

Don’t surrender your loneliness so quickly. Let it cut you more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few humans and even divine ingredients can. Something missing in my heart tonight has made my eyes so soft, my voice so tender, my need for God absolutely clear.

What you will be

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What You Will Be

As I gazed up at the mountains, I was awed by their majesty;
I bowed my head and asked myself, “Why should He care for me?
I am not great like the mountains that tower so high above,
What is there about me that God can find to love?”

“Father, I am not strong like the wind that makes your tall trees sway,
I cannot sing sweetly like your birds; will you love me anyway?
But most of all, I am simply me, and often have cause to fear,
In spite of all my weaknesses, do you promise to be near?”

With eyes closed tight against my tears, I wished He could hear me pray.
Then I felt His Spirit tell me, “Child, look up, I have something to say.
“You are simply you, the spirit I love, a part of my great plan.
I put you here to learn of life and to return to me again.”

“You are more beautiful to me than the loveliest mountain I made,
And your strength exceeds that of the wind’s, so do not be afraid.
I love you not for what you are, but for what I know you will be.
I am always beside you watching you grow, you are very special to me.”

A smile touched my lips – I knew it was true, my Father had always been there
Giving me comfort and blessings and love and my own special talents to share.
So I do my best to make Him proud. I am not afraid, for you see,
He loves me not for what I am, but for what He knows I will be.

Author Unknown

Laws of Karma

What is Karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for action. It is equivalent to Newton’s law of ‘every action must have a reaction’. When we think, speak or act we initiate a force that will react accordingly. This returning force maybe modified, changed or suspended, but most people will not be able eradicate it.

This law of cause and effect is not punishment, but is wholly for the sake of education or learning.

A person may not escape the consequences of his actions, but he will suffer only if he himself has made the conditions ripe for his suffering. Ignorance of the law is no excuse whether the laws are man-made or universal.

To stop being afraid and to start being empowered in the worlds of karma and reincarnation, here is what you need to know about karmic laws.


  • “As you sow, so shall you reap”. This is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”.
  • Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.
  • If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship… Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend.


  • Life doesn’t just HAPPEN, it requires our participation.
  • We are one with the Universe, both inside and out. – Whatever surrounds us gives us clues to our inner state.
  • BE yourself, and surround yourself with what you want to have present in your Life.


  • What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.
  • If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative, then we ourselves are not focused on a higher level of existence.


  • “Wherever you go, there you are”.
  • For us to GROW in Spirit, it is we who must change – and not the people, places or things around us.
  • The only given we have in our lives is OURSELVES and that is the only factor we have control over.
  • When we change who and what we are within our heart our life follows suit and changes too. THE


  • Whenever there is something wrong in my life, there is something wrong in me.
  • We mirror what surrounds us – and what surrounds us mirrors us; this is a Universal Truth.
  • We must take responsibility what is in our life.


  • Even if something we do seems inconsequential, it is very important that it gets done as everything in the Universe is connected.
  • Each step leads to the next step, and so forth and so on.
  • Someone must do the initial work to get a job done.
  • Neither the first step nor the last are of greater significance,
  • As they were both needed to accomplish the task.
  • Past-Present-Future they are all connected…


  • You can not think of two things at the same time.
  • When our focus is on Spiritual Values, it is impossible for us to have lower thoughts such as greed or anger.


  • If you believe something to be true,then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that particular truth.
  • Here is where we put what we CLAIM that we have learned, into actual PRACTICE.


  • Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.
  • Old thoughts, old patterns of behavior, old dreams…
  • Prevent us from having new ones.


  • History repeats itself until we learn the lessons that we need to change our path.


  • All Rewards require initial toil.
  • Rewards of lasting value require patient and persistent toil.
  • True joy follows doing what we’re suppose to be doing, and waiting for the reward to come in on its own time.


  • You get back from something whatever YOU have put into it.
  • The true value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.
  • Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.
  • Lack luster contributions have no impact on the Whole, nor do they work to diminish it.
  • Loving contributions bring life to, and inspire, the Whole.


Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an “expression of the moment” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.

In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle is usually done on silk or rice paper in one movement (Bankei, however, occasionally used two strokes) and there is no possibility of modification: it shows the expressive movement of the spirit at that time. Zen Buddhists “believe that the character of the artist is fully exposed in how she or he draws an ensō. Only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō. Some artists will practice drawing an ensō daily, as a kind of spiritual practice.”[1]

Some artists paint ensō with an opening in the circle, while others complete the circle. For the former, the opening may express various ideas, for example that the ensō is not separate, but is part of something greater, or that imperfection is an essential and inherent aspect of existence (see also the idea of broken symmetry). The principle of controlling the balance of composition through asymmetry and irregularity is an important aspect of the Japanese aesthetic: Fukinsei (不均斉), the denial of perfection.

The ensō is also a sacred symbol in the Zen school of Buddhism, and is often used by Zen masters as a form of signature in their religious artwork. For more on the philosophy behind this see Hitsuzendo, the Way of the Brush or Zen Calligraphy.

The ensō has also been co-opted as an advertising symbol by various companies, notably Lucent. No longer used since the Alcatel merger, the logo was often jokingly referred to as the “coffee cup ring”.

Nirpathuve, Nadappathuve, Parappathuve Lyrics – நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே

The lyrics below are from the sound track “Nirpathuve, Nadappathuve, Parappathuve” from the Tamil film Bharathi.

நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,
நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,
நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,
நீங்களெல்லாம் சொற்பனந்தானோ?
பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?
பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?

கற்பதுவே, கேட்பதுவே, கருதுவதே,
நீங்களெல்லாம் அற்ப மாயைகளோ?
உம்முள் ஆழ்ந்த பொருளில்லையோ?
அற்ப மாயைகளோ?
உம்முள் ஆழ்ந்த பொருளில்லையோ?

வானகமே, இளவெயிலே, மரச்செறிவே,
வானகமே, இளவெயிலே, மரச்செறிவே,
நீங்களெல்லாம் கானலின் நீரோ?
வெறும் காட்சிப் பிழைதானோ?
வானகமே, இளவெயிலே, மரச்செறிவே,

நீங்களெல்லாம் கானலின் நீரோ?
வெறும் காட்சிப் பிழைதானோ?

போனதெல்லாம் கனவினைப்போல்
புதைந்தழிந்தே போனதனால்
நானும் ஓர் கனவோ?
இந்த ஞாலமும் பொய்தானோ?

நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,

நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,

நீங்களெல்லாம் சொற்பனந்தானோ?
பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?

பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?

காலமென்றே ஒரு நினைவும்
காட்சியென்றே பல நினைவும்
கோலமும் பொய்களோ?
அங்குக் குணங்களும் பொய்களோ?
காலமென்றே ஒரு நினைவும்
காட்சியென்றே பல நினைவும்
கோலமும் பொய்களோ?
அங்குக் குணங்களும் பொய்களோ?

காண்பதெல்லாம் மறையுமென்றால்
மறைந்ததெல்லாம் காண்பமன்றோ?
நானும் ஓர் கனவோ?
இந்த ஞாலமும் பொய்தானோ?

நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,

நிற்பதுவே, நடப்பதுவே, பறப்பதுவே,

நீங்களெல்லாம் சொற்பனந்தானோ?
பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?

பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?

கற்பதுவே, கேட்பதுவே, கருதுவதே,
நீங்களெல்லாம் அற்ப மாயைகளோ?
உம்முள் ஆழ்ந்த பொருளில்லையோ?
அற்ப மாயைகளோ?

உம்முள் ஆழ்ந்த பொருளில்லையோ?

Koi nahi paraya – No one is a stranger

In 2006, I reproduced a part of this poem from simply because Google did not have a second reference to it. Sadly, there still isn’t a translation of this beautiful poem available to date.

I had known earlier about Gopal Das. But I hadn’t read this particular poem till then.

I have made several corrections to the original post so as to reflect the true meaning of the poem in English.


कोई नहीं पराया, मेरा घर सारा संसार है।
Koi nahi paraya, mera ghar sara sansar hai
No one is a stranger, the whole world is my home

मैं ना बँधा हूँ देश काल की जंग लगी जंजीर में
Mein na bandha hoon desh kaal ki zang lagi zangir mein
I am not tied in the rusted chains of country and time

मैं ना खड़ा हूँ जाति−पाति की ऊँची−नीची भीड़ में
Mein na khada hoon jaati paati ki unchi nichi bhid mein
I am not standing in the crowd of caste and creed differences

मेरा धर्म ना कुछ स्याही−शब्दों का सिर्फ गुलाम है
Mera dharm na kuch syahishabdo ka sirf gulam hain
My faith is not just a slave of words written by ink

मैं बस कहता हूँ कि प्यार है तो घट−घट में राम है
Mein bas kehta hoon ki pyar hain to ghat ghat mein ram hain
I am only saying that if there is love, God is in every heart

मुझ से तुम ना कहो कि मंदिर−मस्जिद पर मैं सर टेक दूँ
Mujse tum na kaho ki mandir-masjid par mein sar tek doon
You should not tell me to rest my head in a temple or mosque

मेरा तो आराध्य आदमी− देवालय हर द्वार है
Mera to aaradhya aadmi, devalay har dvar hain
To me the human is worthy of worship and every door is my place of worship

कोई नहीं पराया मेरा घर सारा संसार है ।।
Koi nahi paraya,mera ghar sara sansar hain
No one is a stranger, the whole world is my home


कहीं रहे कैसे भी मुझको प्यारा यह इन्सान है,
Kahin rahe kaise bhi mujhko pyara yeh insaan hai
Wherever they live, however, this human kind is dear to me

मुझको अपनी मानवता पर बहुत-बहुत अभिमान है,
Mujhko apni maanavta par bahut bahut abhimaan hai
I am very very proud of my humanity

अरे नहीं देवत्व मुझे तो भाता है मनुजत्व ही,
Arey nahin devatv, mujhe to bhaata hai manujatv hee
Not divinity, I have a liking to only humanity

और छोड़कर प्यार नहीं स्वीकार सकल अमरत्व भी,
Aur chod kar pyar nahi sweekar sakal amaratv bhi
In the absence of love, even eternal immortality is not acceptable

मुझे सुनाओ तुम न स्वर्ग-सुख की सुकुमार कहानियाँ,
Mujhe sunao tum na swarg ki sukumar kahaniyaan
Dont you make me hear beautiful stories of heaven and pleasure

मेरी धरती सौ-सौ स्वर्गों से ज्यादा सुकुमार है।
Meri dharti sau sau swargon se zyada sukumar hai
My earth is more beautiful than hundred hundreds of heavens

कोई नहीं पराया मेरा घर सारा संसार है ।।
Koi nahi paraya mera ghar saara sansaar hai
No one is a stranger, the whole world is my home


मुझे मिली है प्यास विषमता का विष पीने के लिए,
Mujhe mili hai pyaas vishamtha ka vish peene ke liye
I have the thirst to drink up the poison of discrimination

मैं जन्मा हूँ नहीं स्वयँ-हित, जग-हित जीने के लिए,
Main janma hoon nahin svayam hith, jag hith jeene ke liye
I am not born for my cause, but to live for the welfare of the world

मुझे दी गई आग कि इस तम को मैं आग लगा सकूँ,
Mujhe dee gayi aag ki is tam ko main aag laga sakoon
I was given fire so that I can set fire to the darkness

गीत मिले इसलिए कि घायल जग की पीड़ा गा सकूँ,
Geet mile isliye ki ghaayal jag kee peeda gaa sakoon
Songs were given so that I can sing the pain of the world that is wounded

मेरे दर्दीले गीतों को मत पहनाओ हथकड़ी,
Mere dardeele geeton ko mat pehnao hathkadi
Don’t make my painful songs wear handcuffs

मेरा दर्द नहीं मेरा है, सबका हाहाकार है ।
Mera dard nahi mera hai, sabka haahaakaar hai
The pain I have is not mine, it is the loud lamentation of everyone

कोई नहीं पराया मेरा घर सारा संसार है ।।
Koi nahi paraya mera ghar saara sansaar hai
No one is a stranger, the whole world is my home

मैं सिखलाता हूँ कि जिओ और जीने दो संसार को,
Main sikhlaata hoon ki jeeyo aur jeene do sansaar ko
I teach that you should live and let the world live

जितना ज्यादा बाँट सको तुम बाँटो अपने प्यार को,
Jitna zyada baant sako tum baanto apne pyaar ko
How much ever you could give, give away your love

ह‌ँसो इस तरह, हँसे तुम्हारे साथ दलित यह धूल भी,
Haso is tarah, hasen tumhare saath dalit yeh dhool bhi
Laugh such that, the even the lowly dust will laugh with you

चलो इस तरह कुचल न जाये पग से कोई शूल भी,
Chalo is tarah kuchal ne jaaye pag se koi shool bhi
Walk in such a way that your feet do not trample upon even a thorn

सुख न तुम्हारा सुख केवल जग का भी उसमें भाग है,
Sukh na tumhara sukh keval jag ka bhi usme bhaag hai
Happiness is not yours alone, the world has a part in it

फूल डाल का पीछे, पहले उपवन का श्रृंगार है।
Phool daal ka peeche, pehle upvan ka shringaar hai
Flower is behind the bough, first is the adornment of the grove

कोई नहीं पराया मेरा घर सारा संसार है ।।
Koi nahi paraya mera ghar saara sansaar hai
No one is a stranger, the whole world is my home