Inwardly be free of all hopes and desires, but outwardly do what needs to be done. Without hopes in your heart, live as if you were full of hopes. Live your heart now cool and now warm, just like every one else. Inwardly give up the idea ‘I am the doer’, yet outwardly engage in all activities. This is how to live in the world, completely free from the least trace of ego.


What if you didn’t have to do anything about anything at all?

So my challenge to you is what if you didn’t have to do anything about anything, at all? Nothing at all to do, nothing at all to do about anything. Yes, make a cup of tea, because that doesn’t give you any trouble; whatever it is you have to do…, but it’s not accompanied by this idea that ‘There is something I need to do to be stable in the Awareness’ …because I tell you, that is a trap! Forget about it. If you touch this idea, you believe it instantly into existence; and then you have to believe another idea to remove it. So why not drop both ideas in the first place, and stay where You Are? You are simply Here in which all that arises for You, including the sense of spirituality…, forget about spirituality then. Forget about enlightenment. And forget about ‘you’ also. And what remains here? That which cannot be gotten rid of remains. It’s just that. Simpler than simple.


We can’t comprehend with our human mind the…

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.

-Joel Osteen

Kahan se aaya kahan jaoge : Lyrics and meaning

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).

kāmamaya evāyaṃ puruṣa iti You are what your…

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

-Brihadaranyakopanisad 4.4.5

The law of karma blessed ones is not…

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

Supporting any action with the claim “I am…

Supporting any action, with the claim, “I am doing it,” is karma. Claiming doership of any action, binds karma. To support the action with the belief ‘I am the doer’ is called binding the karma. It is this support of the belief of ‘doership’ that binds karma. If you know that you are not the doer and are aware of who the true doer is, ‘I am not the doer’ and ‘who is the doer’ then the action will not have any support and the karma will be shed.


What is the difference between your experience of…

What is the difference between
your experience of existence and that of a saint?
The saint knows that the spiritual path
is a sublime chess game with God
and that the Beloved has just made
such a fantastic move that the saint
is now continually tripping over joy
and bursting out in laughter and saying, “I Surrender!”
Whereas, my dear, I’m afraid you still think
you have a thousand serious moves.


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

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

जो तोको काँटा बुवे ताहे बोव तू फूल…

जो तोको काँटा बुवे ताहे बोव तू फूल |
तोहे फूल को फूल है ताहे है तिरसूल ||

Jo toko kaanta buve,taahe bov tu phool
Tohe phool ko phool hai, taahe hai tirsool

For those who sow thorns for you, you should sow a flower
For you flower’s a flower but, for them it’s a trident

Bhagvad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 47

Action alone is in your control
Not the results ever
Let not the fruit of action be your motive
Nor should you keep company of inaction


Action alone is in your control

कर्मण्य/Karmanya = In the work
एव/Eva = Only
अधिकार/Adhikar = Right / Control
ते/Te = Your

Not the results ever

मा/Ma = No/Not
फलेषु/Phaleshu = In the fruit/result (the root word is “फल”/”Phal” here, means, “fruit of work”)
कदाचन/Kadachana = Ever

Let not your motive be the fruit of action

मा/Ma = No/Not
कर्मफल/Karmaphala = Two words, Karma+Phala, कर्म/Karma = work and फल/phala = result or fruit of the work.
हेतु /हेतु = Here it means “motive” (the word “hetu” may mean “reason” too)
भु /bhu = be

Nor should you keep company of inaction

मा/Ma = No/Not
ते/Te = Your
संग /Sang =attachment (this word may mean “companion too”, like “satsang”)
अस्तु /Astu = Let there be
अकर्मणि /Akarmani = In action



The duty of a student is to study. The result of studies could be obtaining good marks. But a student must not study just for the sake of passing his exams. When he studies, he learns. Whether he passes or fails he should not be too happy or too sad about it.

If ever a student studies for the sole purpose of passing his exams, in the end he has not learned anything even if he has passed. But if he studies because he considers learning and studying as his duty, he won’t even need to be worried whether he will pass or fail. And such a student as we have always seen they are most likely to pass their exams, unless they are not able to appear for it for some reason. But still he should not be sad about it. Why? Because the most important is at least he performed his duty well.

Similarly :

When we help someone, we should not do it for the sake of something we will get in return. If we are concerned about the reward for our action, then it not a charitable action at all. And when we help someone without worrying about our own gains, this is selflessness. What is important is for us to realize that as a human being we have been able to help someone.

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.