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It’s my life.

"It's my life," the young ones claim,
And someone has even sung it, they say.

"We will lead our lives as it pleases us,
No anyone shall have any say."

That's fine, quite right too, I dare say,
It's your life, no dispute there.

But it would help to sit and ponder,
And words of mine to remember;

" Can you even get a slice of bread,
A drink, or think whatever you will,
Without the effort of ‘others',
Without the Will of a Power above?"

Our fortunes are all intertwined,
Now more than ever,
Any action of yours, good or bad,
Can find its echo far and near.

Therefore
Young ones:
I would rather sing,
" It's our lives."

WAY TO GOD'S HEART

God whispered in my ears,
“Shhh! Do you have money to spare?”

Thrilled, I replied in haste,

“Yes, my Lord, how much do you want?”

“I need nothing, you fool!

So go not to any temple of Worship
With your donation.

Go there, to yonder starving child,
Feed him a few morsels,
And to that man in rags there,
Get him some decent clothing.

Go out into the world,
Do whatever good you can,

That way you will realize true wealth
And the route to my heart.”


MY VENTILATED EGO

Time was when my ego was robust and strong,
And proud of its own solid, impenetrable quality,
And its sheer heaviness, though not physically visible;

That was way long ago.
Then I used to feel the weight of the ego in my head,
And feel, like Atlas, as though carrying a constant burden.

Others used to sense it too, and a few to suffer from it- from the weight of my ego!

After many years and experiences that
Lead to what they term as ‘maturity’,
There is now a palpable difference.

The ego, like anything else material, has aged,
Many a hole has been punctured in the non-material ego
By wordy barbs and by sharp shafts of cruel reality,
And by the influence of other people’s egos.

Hence it is now a well perforated and airy ego.
It is much lighter now.
It is well ventilated because of the holes,
And no words or actions can cause any further damage,

Because they pass right through.

I am enjoying my perforated ego every day now.

It's so nicely ventilated.






WEAK STRENGTH

The ego is flattered and thrilled to the core
When people say that I am oh –so- strong
And have a broad and generous shoulder
For the weak ones to cry upon.

If only they knew about my heart’s troubled sinews,
And the gashes I endure under my sashes,
If only they knew I feel as much as the others,
That my cold emotionless eyes and firm -appearing jaws
Are but fronts put on by a puffed up ego
To retain the image of the Herculean man.

Where will I turn for solace then,
Whose shoulder shall I weep upon,
When even though a shoulder be thus lent,
My ego will disallow to give vent.



TEACHINGS FROM THE ETERNAL SONG, THE BHAGVAD GITA

KARMA YOGA

THE WAY OF ACTION.

Lord Krishna is infinitely merciful.

When the Lord Krishna persuades the despondent Arjuna to pick up the bow again and fight, the latter wonders why he should do ‘Action’ if ‘Knowledge’ is considered superior to action.

To this, the Lord explains gently that no one can really remain without doing some action or other. Prakriti, acting through the three Gunas namely Sattva, Rajas and Tamas propels a person constantly to action.

Action is also required to maintain one’s own body and mind which will wither away and rot otherwise.

Bhagwan Krishna also adds that He Himself, Who has nothing really to do in His Universe, still keeps at action for the sake of His Devotees. Whatever the leader does, his followers will imitate. Therefore, everyone has to indulge in proper prescribed action to set example to others.

How wonderfully the Lord has brought out a cardinal principle of modern management by the above advice!

Persons who think they have ‘renounced’ action…

TEACHINGS FROM THE ETERNAL SONG, THE BHAGVAD GITA

THE THREE PRIMAL QUALITIES FROM NATURE THAT BIND THE SOUL IN ATTACHMENT

Lord Krishna is infinitely merciful.

In the Song, He tells His staunch devotee Arjuna about the three powerful qualities derived from Nature(Prakriti) called Guna(s).

These three, both singly or in combination, exert a powerful influence on the immutable element of every man thus binding the Soul to the perishable body.

These three binding qualities are namely Sattva, Rajas and Tamas.

Of these, Sattva is the quality the nature of which is what we call goodness. Good, unselfish deeds lead to accumulation of the clean and spotless Sattva, which however binds the immutable Spirit to the body by one’s attachment to knowledge and happiness.

Rajas is all about overpowering ambition, lust for power and success which leads man to related action. If not in check, it causes a man to be deceitful, cruel and relentless in material pursuits and successes. Rajas quality thus binds one’s Soul by lust for action.

Tamas is about…