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The Bhagavad Gita – my spiritual guide

June 9, 2012 3 comments

I was fortunate to be introduced to the Holy Gita in my 30s and ever since it has been a great source of inspiration for me and its liquid poetry expounds solid philosophy. I have greatly benefited from the weekend Gita classes held at Chinmaya Seva Centre in Singapore.

The Gita is a handbook of instructions as to how every human being can live the subtle philosophical principles of Vedanta in day-to-day life.
Here are 10 of my favourite slokas from the Gita:

karmanyevadhikaraste ma phalesu kadacana,
ma karmaphalaheturbhur ma te sango stvakarmani (2.47)

Let not the fruit of action be thy motive, nor let thy attachment be to inaction

yada yada hi dharmasya glanirbhavati bharata,
abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamyaham (4.7)

paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam,
dharmasamsthapanarthaya sambhavami yuge yuge (4.8)

Whenever there is a decay of righteousness, O Bharata, and a rise of unrighteousness, then I manifest Myself

brahmarpanam brahma havir brahmagnau brahmana hutam,
brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahmakarmasamadhina(4.24)

Brahman is the oblation; Brahman is the offering; Brahman verily shall be reached by him who always sees Brahman in all actions

udharedatmanatmanam natmanamavasadayet
atmaiva hyatmano bandhuratmaiva ripuratmanah (6.5)

Let a man lift himself by his own Self, and let him not lower himself; for, this Self alone is one’s friend and this Self alone the enemy

ananyascintayanto mam ye janah paryupasate,
tesam nityabhiyuktanam yogaksemam vahamyaham (9.22)

To those men who worship Me alone, thinking of no other, to those ever self-controlled, I secure for them that which is not already possessed by them (yoga), and preserve for them what they already possess (ksema)

maccitta madgataprana bodhayantah parasparam,
kathayantasca mam nityam tusyanti ca ramanti ca (10.9)

With their minds wholly residing in Me, with their senses absorbed in Me, enlightening one another and ever speaking of Me, they are satisfied and delighted

tvamadidevah purusah puranah
tvamasya visvasya param nidhanam,
vettasi vedyam ca param ca dhama
tvaya tatam visvamanantarupa(11.38)

You are the Primal God, the Ancient Purusa; You are the Supreme Refuge of this universe. You are the knower, the knowable; and the Abode-Supreme. By Thee is the universe pervaded, O Being of Infinite forms

trividham narakasyedam dvaram nasanamatmanah,
kamah krodhastatha lobhastasmadetattrayam tyajet (16.21)

These three are the gates of hell, destructive of the Self – desire, anger, and greed; therefore, one should abandon these three

manmana bhava madbhakto madyaji mam namaskuru,
mameaisyasi satyam te pratijane priyo si me (18.65)

Fix your mind upon Me; be devoted to Me; sacrifice for Me; bow down to Me; you shall come, surely then, to Me alone; truly do I promise to you, (for) you are dear to Me
The Holy Gita is not only a commentary but is also a thorough presentation of the Vedantic Philosophy and an unfailing guide to all seekers of Truth.

 
Reference:
Holy Gita – Ready Reference, Chinmaya International Foundation

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Abhi na jaon chodkar ke dil abhi bara nahin

December 5, 2011 1 comment

 

 

 

Abhi  na jaon chodkar ke dil abhi bara nahin  —    An evergreen, charismatic  actor Dev Anand (26th Sept 1923 – 3rd Dec 2011) had an indefatigable spirit and was full of the zest for life. He has left a void in the Hindi film world that cannot be filled.

I remember seeing  Dev Anand movies as a kid.  They were shown in my colony on a make shift screen in the evening using a projector and all of us would sit down in the open and watch these hits like Guide, Hum Dono, Jewel Thief, CID, Johnny Mera Naam, Hare Rama Hare Krishna, Paying Guest, Nao do Gyarah , Kala Paani etc.   Guide became a classic hit and was an adaptation of R K Narayan’s novel in collaboration with Nobel laureate Pearl S Buck.

The songs and music in each of these movies are so memorable that they are so fresh in my memory even today.  Tere mere sapne ab ek rang hain, Hum bekhudi mein tumko pukare, Hum hain rahin pyar ke, Khoya khoya chand, Rimjim ke tarane leke, Gata rahe mera dil, Dil dhal jaye, Aaj phir jeene ki  tamanna hai, Waha kaun hai tera, , Dil pukaare aare aare, Main jindagi ka saath nibhaata chala gaya, Mana janab ne pukara nahin and so on the list goes on.

Dev Anand is often called the Gregory Peck of Bollywood.. because he exuded such a charm on screen and he had a unique drawl, speech and gait which was imitated by many artists.  He was versatile and acted in romantic movies, action, suspense and various genre of films.   He acted opposite heroines like Suraiya, Waheeda Rehman, Saira Banu, Zeenat Aman, Mumtaz, Nutan, Vyajantimala, Meena Kumari, Kalpana Kartik, Hema Malini etc.

His career spanned more than 65 years and Dev Anand acted in 114 Hindi films of which 110 have him play the main lead hero. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2002 for his contribution to Indian cinema in September 2007, Dev’s own autobiography “Romancing with Life” was released at a birthday party with the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

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