Thursday, October 27, 2016

What tennis champion Arthur Ashe said when he got infected with AIDS

I received this story on Whatsapp today. Inspiring ...



Arthur Ashe, The Legendary Wimbledon Player was dying of AIDS which he got due to Infected Blood he received during a Heart Surgery in 1983.

He received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed:

"Why did God have to select you for such a bad disease?

To this Arthur Ashe replied:

50 Million children started playing Tennis,

5 Million learnt to play Tennis,

500 000 learnt Professional Tennis,

50 Thousand came to Circuit,

5 Thousand reached Grandslam,

50 reached Wimbledon,

4 reached the Semifinals,

2 reached the Finals and when I was holding the cup in my hand, I never asked God "Why Me?"


So now that I'm in pain how can I ask God "Why Me?"

Happiness keeps you Sweet!
Trials keeps you Strong!
Sorrows keeps you Human!
Failure keeps you Humble!
Success keeps you Glowing!
But only, Faith keeps you Going.

Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead dreams of flying. But, a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse dreams of returning home. That's life. Enjoy yours...

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that.

Live simply. Walk humbly. Love genuinely.

May all be in bliss - A Prayer from the Upanishads

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ॥

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet ॥

May all be in bliss
May all be disease-free
May all see auspicious
May no one suffer



Those eyes are different that see my love ...

ਸਲੋਕੁ ॥
Shlok
Couplet

ਲੋਇਣ ਲੋਈ ਡਿਠ ਪਿਆਸ ਬੁਝੈ ਮੂ ਘਣੀ
लोइण लोई डिठ पिआस न बुझै मू घणी ॥
Loiṇ loī diṯẖ piās na bujẖai mū gẖaṇī.
I have seen, but my thirst is not quenched

ਨਾਨਕ ਸੇ ਅਖੜੀਆਂ ਬਿਅੰਨਿ ਜਿਨੀ ਡਿਸੰਦੋ ਮਾ ਪਿਰੀ ॥੧॥
नानक से अखड़ीआं बिअंनि जिनी डिसंदो मा पिरी ॥१॥
Nānak se akẖṛīāʼn biann jinī disanḏo mā pirī. ||1||
O Nanak, those eyes are different, that see my love.


Translation:

That thirst is deep that afflicts my eye
That eye is different that sees my Love

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gam Ke Mare Jo Muskuraye Hain - Lyrics and Translation of a Khumar Ghazal

Ghazal - Transliterated

Gam Ke Mare Jo Muskuraye Hain,
Aansuoo Ko Bhi Pasine Aaye Hain,

Kya Bala Hai Khushi Nahi Malum,
Hum To Bus Naam Sunte Aaye Hain

Meherbani Khulus Hamdardi
Hamne Kya kya fareb Khaye Hain

Haye Rey Unki Yaad Ka Aalam
Main Yeh Samjha Key Khud Wo Aaye Hain

Faasile Aur bhi Badh Gaye Hain Khumar
Jab Kabhi Woh Kareeb Aaye Hain

Translation

My lover smiled such with pain
that even tears were embarrassed

I don't know what happiness is
I have only heard its name

Gratitude, purity, sympathy etc
I can't count all many deceits 

When my lover came to my memory
I thought that my love had come back

O Khumar, distances have increased further
Whenever my love has come to me

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Aao saiyo ral deyo ni vadhaai - Translation of a Bulleh Shah Poem

Aao saiyo ral deyo ni vadhaai
Men var paaya raanjha maahi

Ajj taan roz mubaarak chaddeya
Raanjha saade vedde vaddeya.
Hath khundi, modde kambal dhareya,
Chaakaan vaali shakal banayi.
Aao saiyo ral deyo ni vadhai

Mukat gauwaan de vich rulda
Jangal juuhaan de vich rulda
Hai koi allah de val bhulda,
Asal haqiqat khabar na kai.
Aao saiyo ral deyo ni vadhai

Bulle shah ik sauda keeta
Peeta zehar piyaala peeta,
Na kujh laha tota leeta.
Dard dukhaan di gathari chaahi
Aao saiyo ral deyo ni vadhai


Come friends come 
Congratulate me
I have found my love
Come congratulate me

An auspicious day has dawned
My lover has come to my courtyard
In his hand he has a staff.
A blanket covers his shoulders.
He is so humble, so lowly
Friends, come congratulate me

His crown rolls among the cattle.
In pastures and forests he wanders.
Could anyone tell he's the Lord?
No one can tell who really is he
Friends, come congratulate me

Bulleh Shah struck a deal 
He drank a cup of poison
He didn't care for gain or loss
He picked up a sack of grief
Friends, come congratulate me





For Complete Lyrics in Gurmukhi:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

How to see the eternal - a poem by Robert Francis



Nothing Is Far
- Robert Francis

Though I have never caught the word
Of God from any calling bird,
I hear all that the ancients heard.

Though I have seen no deity
Enter or leave a twilit tree,
I see all that the seers see.

A common stone can still reveal
Something not stone, not seen, yet real.
What may a common stone conceal?

Nothing is far that once was near.
Nothing is hid that once was clear.
Nothing was God that is not here.

Here is the bird, the tree, the stone.
Here in the sun I sit alone
Between the known and the unknown.

I really want to see you - George Harrison

Lyrics to George Harrison's most popular song on youtube:

My sweet lord
Hm, my lord
Hm, my lord

I really want to see you
Really want to be with you
Really want to see you lord
But it takes so long, my lord



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Why wander around? Jewels are in your heart! -Kabir




Lyrics and Translation

Aiso Aiso Heerla Ghat Mo Kahiye
Jhori Bina Heero Kon Parkhe

Tharo Raam Hriday Mai Bahir Kyon Bhatke

Esa Esa Ghirat Doodh Ma Kahiye
Bina Jhugiye Maakhan Kesa Nikale

Esa Esa Aag Lakdi Ma Kahiye
Bina Ghasiye Aag Kesa Nikale

Esa Esa Kyaad Hivde Ma Jadiye
Guraan Bina Taala Kon Khole

Kehat Kabira Suno Bhai Saadho
Raam Mile Thaae Kon Hatke


Translation

The heart has beautiful jewels
Without a jeweler who knows?

Raam is in your heart, 
why do you wander around?

Pure ghee is hidden in the milk
Without churning how will butter come out

Fire is hidden in the wood
Without striking how can it start?

There are such doors on the heart
Without Guru who will open the locks?

Kabir says listen seekers
With Raam by your side who can disturb you?

Alternation Translation

The heart has hidden jewels
You need a Jeweler to understand

Butter is hidden in the milk
You need churning to get it out

Fire is hidden in the wood
You need friction to start it

There are hidden doors of the heart
You need a Guru to open the locks

Listen seekers what Kabir has to say
You need Raam to lead to peace

Raam lives in your heart
Why do you wander around?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lessons from the top 10 Bob Dylan Songs (with videos and lyrics)

"Bob freed your mind the way Elvis freed your body. He showed us that just because music was innately physical did not mean that it was anti-intellectual."

Here are the lessons from the top 10 Bob Dylan Songs:

"Blowin' in the wind"

Lesson: "War is bad"



Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

2. "The times they are a changin'"

Lesson: "Stay on the right side of history"



The line it is drawn the curse it is cast
The slow one now will later be fast
As the present now will later be past
The order is rapidly fadin'
And the first one now will later be last
For the times they are a' changin'!



3. "Subterranean homesick blues"

Lesson: "Keep good company, follow your conscience"



Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows


4. Forever Young

Lesson: "Renew yourself all the time"



May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.


5. "Like a rolling stone"

Lesson: "Give up your ego; Be a rolling stone"



When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you've got no secrets to conceal
How does it feel, ah how does it feel?
To be on your own, with no direction home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone

6. Tangled up in blue

Lesson: "long for the vanishing beloved"


Early one mornin' the sun was shinin'
I was layin' in bed
Wondrin' if she'd changed at all
If her hair was still red
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like
Mama's homemade dress
Papa's bank book wasn't big enough
And I was standin' on the side of the road
Rain fallin' on my shoes
Heading out for the east coast
Lord knows I've paid some dues
Gettin' through
Tangled up in blue

She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam I guess
But I used a little too much force
We drove that car as far as we could
Abandoned it out west
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best
She turned around to look at me
As I was walkin' away
I heard her say over my shoulder
We'll meet again some day
On the avenue
Tangled up in blue

I had a job in the great north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But I never did like it all that much
And one day the axe just fell
So I drifted down to New Orleans
Where I was looking for to be employed
Workin' for a while on a fishin' boat
Right outside of Delacroix
But all the while I was alone
The past was close behind
I seen a lot of women
But she never escaped my mind
And I just grew
Tangled up in blue

She was workin' in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer
I just kept lookin' at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear
And later on as the crowd thinned out
I's just about to do the same
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, Don't I know your name?
I muttered somethin' under my breath
She studied the lines on my face
I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces
Of my shoe
Tangled up in blue

She lit a burner on the stove
And offered me a pipe
I thought you'd never say hello, she said
You look like the silent type
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century
And everyone of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul
From me to you
Tangled up in blue

I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs
There was music in the cafes at night
And revolution in the air
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of him died
She had to sell everything she owned
And froze up inside
And when finally the bottom fell out
I became withdrawn
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue

So now I'm goin' back again
I got to get to her somehow
All the people we used to know
They're an illusion to me now
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenters' wives
Don't know how it all got started
I don't know what they're doin' with their lives
But me, I'm still on the road
Headin' for another joint
We always did feel the same
We just saw it from a different point
Of view
Tangled up in blue


7. "A hard rain's a-gonna fall"

Lesson: "Speak about injustice, suffering, pollution and warfare."


Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
And where have you been my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.


8. "Hurricane"

Lesson: "Speaking against injustice"

Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin' that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world



9. Mr. Tambourine Man

Lesson: "Be awake, learn!"


Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me

In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you
Though I know that evenings empire has returned into sand
Vanished from my hand
Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping
My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet
I have no one to meet
And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship
My senses have been stripped
My hands can't feel to grip
My toes too numb to step
Wait only for my boot heels to be wandering
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
Into my own parade
Cast your dancing spell my way, I promise to go under it

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you

Though you might hear laughing, spinning, swinging madly through the sun
It's not aimed at anyone
It's just escaping on the run
And but for the sky there are no fences facing
And if you hear vague traces of skipping reels of rhyme
To your tambourine in time
It's just a ragged clown behind
I wouldn't pay it any mind
It's just a shadow you're seeing that he's chasing

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you

Take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time
Far past the frozen leaves
The haunted frightened trees
Out to the windy bench
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky
With one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea
Circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate
Driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I'm not sleepy and there ain't no place I'm going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you



10. Don't think twice, it's all right

Lesson: "Be Carefree"




Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
Even you don't know by now
And it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It'll never do somehow


When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
Look out your window, and I'll be gone
You're the reason I'm a-traveling on
But don't think twice, it's all right.


And it ain't no use in turning on your light, babe
The light I never knowed
And it ain't no use in turning on your light, babe
I'm on the dark side of the road


But I wish there was somethin' you would do or say
To try and make me change my mind and stay
But we never did too much talking anyway
But don't think twice, it's all right.


So it ain't no use in calling out my name, gal
Like you never done before
And it ain't no use in calling out my name, gal
I can't hear you any more


I'm a-thinking and a-wonderin' walking down the road
I once loved a woman, a child I am told
I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul
But don't think twice, it's all right.


So long honey, baby
Where I'm bound, I can't tell
Goodbye's too good a word, babe
So I'll just say fare thee well


I ain't a-saying you treated me unkind
You could have done better but I don't mind
You just kinda wasted my precious time
But don't think twice, it's all right.

Analysis on Bob Dylan's Forever Young



"Forever Young" is a song by Bob Dylan, recorded in California in November 1973. The song first appeared (in two different versions, one slow and one fast) on Dylan's fourteenth studio album Planet Waves (1974).
A demo version of the song, recorded in New York City in June 1973, was included on Dylan's 1985 compilation Biograph. In the notes included with that album, Dylan is quoted as saying that he wrote "Forever Young" in Tucson, Arizona, "thinking about" one of his sons and "not wanting to be too sentimental."
A live version of the song, recorded in Tokyo on 28 February 1978 and included on Dylan's album Bob Dylan at Budokan, was released as a European single in 1979.

AnalysisEdit

Written as a lullaby for his eldest son Jesse, born in 1966, Dylan's song relates a father's hopes that his child will remain strong and happy. It opens with the lines, "May God bless and keep you always / May your wishes all come true", echoing the Old Testament's Book of Numbers, which has lines that begin: "May the Lord bless you and guard you / May the Lord make His face shed light upon you." Not wishing to sound "too sentimental", Dylan included two versions of the song on the Planet Waves album, one a lullaby and the other more rock oriented.[1]
In notes on "Forever Young" written for the 2007 album DylanBill Flanagan writes that Dylan and the Band "got together and quickly knocked off an album, Planet Waves, that featured two versions of a blessing from a parent to a child. In the years he was away from stage Dylan had become a father. He had that in common with a good chunk of the audience. The song reflected it. Memorably recited on American TV by Howard Cosell when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight crown for the third time."[citation needed]

Rod StewartEdit

Rod Stewart recorded a song entitled "Forever Young" that was released as a single and included on his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was remarkably similar to the Bob Dylan song of the same title, sharing not only a similar melody but many of the same lyrics. Stewart agreed to share his royalties with Dylan.[2] Stewart's version made number 57 on the UK singles chart on its release in 1988 and number 55 on re-release in 2013.[3]

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young


Rod Stewart's version

May the good Lord be with you

Down every road you roam

And may sunshine and happiness
surround you when you're far from home
And may you grow to be proud
Dignified and true
And do unto others
As you'd have done to you
Be courageous and be brave
And in my heart you'll always stay
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young

May good fortune be with you

May your guiding light be strong

Build a stairway to heaven
with a prince or a vagabond

And may you never love in vain

and in my heart you will remain

Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young, Forever Young
Forever Young
Forever Young

And when you finally fly away

I'll be hoping that I served you well

For all the wisdom of a lifetime
No one can ever tell

But whatever road you choose

I'm right behind you, win or lose

Forever Young, Forever Young



Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A thief will come and take you - Translation of Kabir's "Hoshiar Rehna Re Nagar Main Chor Avega"




"योगी सोते हुए भी जागता है और भोगी जागते हुए भी सोता है।"
Yogi awakes while asleep, Bhogi sleeps while awake

Lyrics:

Hoshiyar Rehna Re Nagar Main Chor Avega
Jaagrat Rehna Re Nagar Main Chor Avega
Chor Avega Re ik din Kaal Avega
Hoshiyar Rehna Re Nagar Main Chor Avega

Na Dar Tode Na Ghar Phode Na Koi Roop Dikhawega
Is Nagri Se Koi Kaam Nahin Hai Tujhe Pakad Le Jayega

Teer Top Talwar Na Barchhi Na Bandook Chalavega
Aavat Jaat Nazar Nahin Aveh Bheetar Hi Ghoom Ghoomavega

Bhai bandhu Sab Kutamb Kabila Dekhat Hi Reh Jayega
Dhan Daulat Aur Maal Khajina Yahin Dharaa Reh Jayega

Muthhi baandh kar Aaya re pagle, Haath pasaar ke jayega
Kahe Kabir Suno Bhaye Sadho Karni Ka Phal Payega


Translation:

Be awake, be alert,
One day a thief
will come to the city

He'll not be invisible
He wont break any door
He wont destroy the house
He wont care about the city
His interest will be you
He'll take you away

He won't carry a bow,
Neither a cannon, nor a sword
He wont strike with a gun
Coming and going he won't be visible
He will spin you from inside

Your friends, family will be helpless
Wealth and treasure will remain here

You came to this world closed fisted
You will leave with open hands
Kabir says you will face
the destiny of your
actions



Monday, October 10, 2016

Raam is in every Swan soul - Sakal hans me ram viraje - Lyrics, Music, Translation




Refrain:
Sakal hans me ram viraje
Arre, Ram bina koi dham nahin
Sab bharmand mein jyot ka vasa
(Har ghat me hai, jyot ka vasa) 
Ram ko sumiro duja nahin

Verses:
Teen gun par tej hamara
Panch tatva par jyot jale 
Jin ka ujala, chaudah lok me
Surat dor akaash chadhe

Nabhi kamal se parakh lena
Hriday kamal beech phire mani
Anhad baja, baje sheher mein
Bhramand par awaaz hui

Heera jo moti laal jawaharat
Prem padarath parkho yahin
Saancha moti sumar lena, 
Ram dhani se mhari dor lagi

Guru jan hoye to heri lo ghat mein
Bahar sheher mein bhatko mati 
Guru pratap Nanak sah ke varne,
Bhitar bole koi dujo nahin

Translation (by Linda Hess)

In every swan, resplendent Ram
resides. There's no abode
without Ram. Everywhere in the universe
lives the light. Remember Ram,
there's no other.

Radiance in the three qualities,
brilliance in the five elements.
One whose light shines
through fourteen worlds
climbs to the sky by the string
of awareness.

In the navel lotus, feel the presence,
in the heart lotus a jewel turns,
in the city an untouched instrument plays,
the sound resounds through the universe.

Diamonds, rubies, pearls,
a pile of jewels: discover here
the wealth of love.
Discerning the pure gem - a string
connects me to my master Ram

If you seek the guru, search in your body,
don't wander aimlessly in the city,
Nanak speaks of the guru's power:

it speaks within, there's no other.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Ab lagan lagi ki kariye - Translation (Abida Parveen/Bulleh Shah)



Ab lagan lagi ki kariye
Na Jee Sakiye Na mariye

| Dard andar da andar saRay
| Bahar karan ta ghayal hu
| Haal assan da kevein janan
| Jo dunya te mayal hu
| Bahar samndar ishqe wala
| Har dam rehnda hayal hu
| Pohanch hazoor asaan nahi
| Asan naam tere day sayal hu

Tum suno humari baina
Aaye raat dinay nahi chaina
Hun pe bin palak na sariye

Ae agan birhon di bhari
Koi humri preet nivaari
Bin darshan kaisay tariye

| ae tan mera chashman hovey
| te main murshad veekh na rajhan hu
| murshad da dedar ha meeno
| lakh karooran hajan hu

Bulla pai museebat bhari
Koi karo humari kaari
Aehoje dukh kaisay jariye

I long for you, what can be done?
I cannot live, I cannot die.

Listen to my plea,
Night or day, I have no peace.
Not another moment can I exist without you.
I long for you, what can be done?

This separation-torment is unending!
Does anyone have a cure for it?
If I do not see him, how will I live?
I long for you, what can be done?

Says Bulha, I am in great distress,
O please find a remedy.
How can I endure such pain?
I long for you, what can be done?

Monday, October 3, 2016

I sing your song forever

Raag Malaar, Guru Arjan Dev:


Gun Gopal Gao Neet - Translation

Dear Gopal ... 
You are in my consciousness
I sing your songs
Forever

Forsaking my pride, abandoning my ego, 
I have joined the enlightened ones
In your remembrance 
and my sorrows have ended

With your kindness
useless entanglements have broken
In the feet of the enlightened ones
I sing your songs forever