Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The master weaver - a poem

  The Master Weaver

Our lives are but fine weavings,

that God and we prepare,
each life becomes a fabric planned,
and fashioned in his care . . .

We may not always see,

just how the weavings intertwine,
but we must trust the Master’s hand,
and follow His design.

For He can view the pattern,

upon the upper side,
while we must look from underneath,
and trust in Him to guide.

Sometimes a strand of sorrow,

is added to His plan,
and though it’s difficult for us,
we still must understand.

That it’s He who flies the shuttle,

it’s He who knows what’s best,
so we must weave in patience,
and leave to Him the rest . . .

Not till the loom is silent,

and the shuttles cease to fly,
shall God unroll the canvas,
and explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needed,

in the Weaver’s skillful hand,
as the threads of gold and silver,
in the pattern He has planned

You created my inmost being

Psalm 139:13-17

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. 

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.

When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Your are the thread through me, a needle

By W. S. Merwin

Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Suhani Chandni Raatain (Translation) - These moonlit lights don't let me sleep

Here is the translation of an old bollywood song, sung by Mukesh. Heard this a lot growing up in Delhi ... 

These moonlit lights don't let me sleep
The stories of your love don't let me sleep

During spring when we would meet
Heart flowers would bloom from your silky hair
Thoughts of the times together don't let me sleep

Hearts can burn with this water
O winds please change your direction
As the rains of your memories don't let me sleep

सुहानी चाँदनी रातें, हमें सोने नहीं देती
तुम्हारे प्यार की बातें, हमें सोने नहीं देती

तुम्हारी रेशमी ज़ुल्फों में, दिल के फूल खिलते थे
कही फूलों के मौसम में, कभी हम तुम भी मिलते थे
पुरानी वो मुलाक़ातें, हमें सोने नहीं देती

कही ऐसा न हो लग जाये, दिल में आग पानी से
बदल ले रासता अपना, घटायें मेहरबानी से

के यादों की ये बरसातें, हमें सोने नहीं देती

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What the Mayo Clinic Researchers Have to Say About Forgiveness

Forgiveness: Letting go of grudges and bitterness
When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge — or embrace forgiveness and move forward.

Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. Perhaps your mother criticized your parenting skills, your colleague sabotaged a project or your partner had an affair. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance.

But if you don't practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy. Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

What is forgiveness?
Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, more positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.

Forgiveness doesn't mean that you deny the other person's responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn't minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.

What are the benefits of forgiving someone?
Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for happiness, health and peace. Forgiveness can lead to:
  • Healthier relationships
  • Greater spiritual and psychological well-being
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Higher self-esteem

Why is it so easy to hold a grudge?

When you're hurt by someone you love and trust, you might become angry, sad or confused. If you dwell on hurtful events or situations, grudges filled with resentment, vengeance and hostility can take root. If you allow negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice.

What are the effects of holding a grudge?
If you're unforgiving, you might:
  • Bring anger and bitterness into every relationship and new experience
  • Become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can't enjoy the present
  • Become depressed or anxious
  • Feel that your life lacks meaning or purpose, or that you're at odds with your spiritual beliefs
  • Lose valuable and enriching connectedness with others

How do I reach a state of forgiveness?
Forgiveness is a commitment to a process of change. To begin, you might:
  • Consider the value of forgiveness and its importance in your life at a given time
  • Reflect on the facts of the situation, how you've reacted, and how this combination has affected your life, health and well-being
  • Actively choose to forgive the person who's offended you, when you're ready
  • Move away from your role as victim and release the control and power the offending person and situation have had in your life

As you let go of grudges, you'll no longer define your life by how you've been hurt. You might even find compassion and understanding.

According to the Bible, if you forgive other people ...

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Life is Sun, Love is Shade - Translation of Jagjit Singh's Tumko Dekha To Yeh Khayaal Aaya

Tum ko dekha to ye khayaal aaya 
Zindagi dhoop tum ghana chaaya 

When I saw you, it dawned upon me
that life is sun, and you are shade

Aaj phir dil ne ik tamanna ki
Aaj phir dil ko humne samjhaaya

Today again my heart pined 
Today again I consoled my heart 

Tum chale jaaoge to sochenge 
humne kya khoya humne kya paaya 

When you go away I will think
What I lost and what I gained

Hum jise gunguna nahin sakte
Waqt ne aisa geet kyoon gaaya 

One that I cannot even whisper
Why did life sing such a song?