तुलसी साथी विपत्ति के विद्या विनय विवेक| साहस…

तुलसी साथी विपत्ति के, विद्या विनय विवेक|
साहस सुकृति सुसत्यव्रत, राम भरोसे एक ||

“तुलसीदास जी कहते हैं, किसी विपत्ति के समय आपको ये सात गुण बचायेंगे:
आपका ज्ञान या शिक्षा, आपकी विनम्रता, आपकी बुद्धि, आपके भीतर का साहस, आपके अच्छे कर्म, सच बोलने की आदत और ईश्वर में विश्वास !!”

Tulsidas says, during difficult times these seven things will help you.
1. Education
2. Humility
3. Wisdom
4. Courage
5. Good Karma
6. Truth telling
7. Faith in God

satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam…

satyam bruyat priyam bruyat na bruyat satyam apriyam
priyam ca nanrutam bruyat esha dharmah sanatanah

-Manusmriti

Speak truth in such a way that it should be pleasing to others. Never speak truth, which is unpleasant to others. Never speak untruth, which might be pleasant. This is the path of eternal morality, sanatana dharma.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind…

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Struggle toward the capital T Truth but recognize…

Struggle toward the capital-T Truth, but recognize that the task is impossible—or that if a correct answer is possible, verification certainly is impossible.

In the end, it cannot be doubted that each of us can only see part of the picture. The doctor sees one, the patient another, the engineer a third, the economist a fourth, the pearl diver a fifth, the alcoholic a sixth, the cable guy a seventh, the sheep farmer an eighth, the Indian beggar a ninth, the pastor a tenth. Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete. And truth comes somewhere above all of them, where, as at the end of that Sunday’s reading: the sower and reaper can rejoice together. For here the saying is verified that “One sows and another reaps.” I sent you to reap what you have not worked for; others have done the work, and you are sharing the fruits of that work.

―Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

All verbal teachings are just to cure an…

All verbal teachings are just to cure an illness. Different illnesses require different cures. This is why sometimes it is said there is only Buddha and sometimes that there is no Buddha. True teachings cure the illness. If the cure works, the teachings are true. If they don’t cure the illness, the teachings are false. True teachings are false it they create opinions. False teachings are true if they destroy delusions. The illness is an illusion anyway, so all the cures are also illusions.

Baizhang

Where the Mind is Without Fear by Rabindranath Tagore

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection:
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action–
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Instead of always emphasizing what we actually know…

Instead of always emphasizing what we actually know in science, it would be enormously fruitful to focus on what we do not know. For it is here that the wonders lie. To know is the domain that is safe, where risk taking is no longer necessary. To dwell in it forever is not only to never advance, it is also to promote a deceptive and false view of ourselves as knowing more than we do, of being more powerful that we really are.

-Lewis Thomas, Former President of Sloane Kettering Cancer Institute

There is no permanent form Whatever appears is…

There is no permanent form. Whatever appears is a state and has to disappear. Anything that is sensorially seen and interpreted by the mind is an appearance in consciousness, and is not true. What you see is not what is. Appearances will dissolve on investigation and the underlying reality will come to the surface. All appearance and disappearance presupposes a change against some changeless background.

Fascinated by names and forms, which are by their very nature distinct and diverse, you distinguish what is natural and separate what is one. From the bodily standpoint, all forms appear as separate entities. But at the consciousness level, they are consciousness-manifest and not separate.

You have no innate form. You have no form, no design. The names and forms you see are your consciousness only. The forms are only instruments for the functioning of consciousness. You are not the form but the consciousness which gives sentience to the form.

-Nisargadatta Maharaj

Satyameva jayate nānṛtam

Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.6

सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं
सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः ।
येनाक्रमन्त्यृषयो ह्याप्तकामा
यत्र तत् सत्यस्य परमं निधानम् ॥६॥

satyameva jayate nānṛtaṁ
satyena panthā vitato devayānaḥ
yenākramantyṛṣayo hyāptakāmā
yatra tat satyasya paramaṁ nidhānam

Truth alone triumphs; not falsehood.
Through truth the divine path is spread out
by which the sages whose desires have been completely fulfilled, reach
where that supreme treasure of Truth resides

Asatō mā sadgamaya

असतो मा सद्गमय । Asatō mā sadgamaya
From untruth lead us to Truth.

तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय । tamasō mā jyōtirgamaya
From darkness lead us to Light.

मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय । mr̥tyōrmā amr̥taṁ gamaya
From death lead us to Immortality.

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om śāntiḥ śāntiḥ śāntiḥ
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.

-Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.3.28

A husband is tossing and turning in bed…

A husband is tossing and turning in bed, unable to sleep and this does not let his wife fall asleep.

She asks him what’s wrong.

He responds, “I owe money to our neighbor, the loan is due tomorrow but I can’t pay it”.

She picks up the phone and calls their neighbor, “Sorry to bother you so late but my husband can’t pay that loan back tomorrow” and hangs up.

Then she turns to her husband, “There, I fixed it. You can go to sleep in peace now, let the neighbor stay awake tossing and turning in his bed”

The moral of the story is that you need to fight fire with fire: let your feelings be known.

You will either get a positive response and your life can become better; or you will get a definitive “No” and you can start the healing process.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Everything is changing constantly But the real beauty…

Everything is changing constantly. But the real beauty of life is, throughout these changes, the underlying current of truth never changes. And if we can connect ourselves to the beauty of this truth, we can be stable through all the unpredictable uncertainties of life.

Radhanath Swami

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?
சொற்பனந்தானோ?
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?
சொற்பனந்தானோ?

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?
சொற்பனந்தானோ?

பல தோற்ற மயக்கங்களோ?

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

உம்முள் ஆழ்ந்த பொருளில்லையோ?