Saturday, April 18, 2015

Do not think that I am myself someone great! -Vivekananda

You see, in my travels throughout India all these years, I have come across many a great soul, many a heart overflowing with loving kindness, sitting at whose feet I used to feel a mighty current of strength coursing into my heart, and the few words I speak to you are only through the force of that current gained by coming in contact with them. 

Do not think that I am myself someone great!

-Swami Vivekananda 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Take the middle path of the heart -Guru Tegh Bahadur

Renounce your heart's pride, dear saints. 
They are fortunate who renounce desire, anger and the company of those that are astray. 

Consider happiness and sorrow as the same 
Consider honor and dishonor as the same 
Stay away from depression and elation
Stay away from praising or criticizing 
Find the middle path 
Even though this is difficult
Renounce your heart's pride and 
find the middle path to Nirvana, dear saints. 

Fire and ice - A poem by Robert Frost

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

- Robert Frost 

The closer we get to desire we can get burnt in the heat. The farther we get from love we can get too cold. A balance of desire and love is required. The middle path. The right path. To live fully. 

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. One of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century, Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. He became one of America's rare "public literary figures, almost an artistic institution." He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetical works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named Poet laureate of Vermont.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

See the stars mirrored in your own being

Pinar Akal (@PinarAkal1)
Let the waters settle & you will see the moon & the stars mirrored in your own being.


pic by İlhan Eroglu

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds -Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
     If this be error and upon me proved,
     I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Keep singing, keep living!

The night has a thousand eyes
And the day but one 
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying of the sun 

The mind has a thousand eyes
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies 
When love is done.

-Francis William Bourdillon

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Problems of the mind - Sant Singh Maskeen's Lecture

Here is a translation of the lecture by Sant Maskeen Singh (YouTube video below).  The gist is that problems of the mind cannot be solved with solutions for the body.  The problems of the mind can be solved by following the divine order; and that the divine order can be found within ("Naal").

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"Paristhiti" has to do with the environment. "Manisthiti" has to do with your own mind.  What prevents what we really want is because of the condition of our mind, not because of the condition of our life.  Outcomes can be changed just from a change in the mind, despite all the problems that might be because of the environment.

Mind generally has four problems:

1. Mind is dirty
2. Mind does not stop talking.
3. Mind does not get satisfied.
4. Mind makes the same mistake again and again.

So historically, sages from India came up with techniques to solve these problems:

1. Pilgrimage and washing one's body in holy river waters
2. Staying quiet for long periods of time
3. Making all pleasures available.
4. Comprehensive education

But these things could not fix humans' problems.

Guru Nanak gives the solution of all these problems in the first pauri of Japji Sahib:

1. Mind isn't cleaned by washing the body
2. Mind can't be quietened by keeping quiet
3. Mind's hunger cannot be fulfilled by fulfilling body's desires
4. Knowledge does not lead to wisdom
5. Accepting hukam, or the divine order, is the medicine to mind's diseases.

More excerpts from the lecture:

Many of the great people we have known historically went through bad times:
Guru Arjan
Guru Gobind Singh

The environment was not right for all of them.  But all of them had the right condition of mind.

1. Mind is dirty

Bhariye Mat Paapa kay Sang
Paap is from the mind. Apraadh is actually doing something bad. If you think about doing something bad -- like killing someone -- it is a paap; if you kill someone it is an apraadh.  There are not as many people who are apraadhi, there are many more paapi.  There are more sinners than criminals.

The seed of crime is sin.

Man apne te bura mitaana,
pekhe sagal srishta saajana.

We think bad only about "others."  If you see everyone as your own, you can't think bad any more.

Sochai Soch by Guru Arjan Dev:

Soch kare dinas ar raat
Man ki mail na tan te jaat

2. Mind does not stop talking

Jab lag duniya rahiyeh nanak
Kich suniyeh kich kahiyeh

3. Mind does not get satisfied

There are temples where alcohol is given as prasaad.  There are temples where meat is served as prasaad.  Give mind everything it wants.

4. Mind does not become mortal by knowledge and worldly wisdom.

64 types of knowledge.

Padeya murakh aakhiye.

Where is this Hukam?
It is written with you.  It is written inside.  It is not outside.

Terrorists who downed world trade center, were they not educated?

ik sajan sab sajanna, ik vairi sab baat

If you befriend the sun, all rays are your friend.
If you befriend the ocean, all waves are your friend.
If you befriend Nirankaar, everyone is your friend.

We do paath to wake our mind.
Simar Simar Prabh Soya Man Jagaye

As the mind wakes, it becomes closer to the highest echelon of spirituality.

Interesting to note how Sant Maskeen ji calls.