Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tumhi ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi Re


There is a popular hindi song "Tumhi ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi Re" from movie "Cocktail" going on TV, FM radio etc. nowadays. But over here, I am not going to discuss about that love song picturised on Saif Ali Khan & Deepika Padukone, but about the lyrics of an old prayer to God "Tumhi ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi Ho" from where I think, some lyrics of the said song in movie "Cocktail" are taken. Let's see from where, actually these lines have come from & also try to understand that beautiful prayer devoted to Almighty God.
In my school days below few lines were engraved in cement on the top of front entrance gate of our school. Whenever, I used to enter the school in the morning, I used to read these lines which is a simple four line prayer to God. Since then it has got engraved in my mind.

त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव,
त्वमेव बंधू च सखा त्वमेव,
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव,
त्वमेव सर्वं मम देव देव

It's meaning is that:

"O Lord, You Are My Mother, Father,
You Are My Kinsman And Friend.
You Are My Wealth Of Knowledge, Strength, Power And Velour.
You Are My All God Of Gods".

Below is an old devotional music Hindi video "Tumhi Ho Mata Pita Tumhi Ho, Tumhi Ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi Ho". It's also a prayer to the God similar to the above one.

It's lyrics are here below: "Tumhi ho maata pita tumhi ho, tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho tumhi ho saathi tuhmi saharay koie na apana siva tumharay tumhi ho naiyaa tumhi khevaiya tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho jo khil sa ke na woh phool hum hain tumharay charanon ke dhul hum hain daya ke drishti sada hi rakhana tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho tumhi ho maata pita tumhi ho, tumhi ho bandhu sakha tumhi ho"

  The meaning of above lyrics is: "You are the mother, You are the father You are the kinsman and You are the friend You are the companion & You the support, There is no one is own except You in my life, You are the boat and You are the boatman We are the flower that cannot blossom... and We are the dust of You feet. O God, Please always keep merciful eye on us You are the mother, You are the father You are the kinsman and You are the friend " So Let's pray God with above few simple lines & God shall have mercy on us.

 These simple few lines are enough for the God to become Happy with us. Below verses of Bhagwat Gita ensures that only: "man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru mam evaishyasi satyam te pratijane priyo ’si me" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 65) "Lord Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend." "sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja aham tvam sarva-papebhyo mokshayisyami ma suchah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Eighteen verse 66) "Lord Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear."

Jai Shri Krishna

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Holy OM

"OM" is the mystical word which is uttered during Hindu religious practices. This is considered a very holy & auspicious word. What is the meaning of "Om"? How chanting of Om is beneficial to one's body, mind & soul?

In literal sense:

"Om" is the Sound symbol that represents God. If you want to express God in the form of sound, you should utter this mystical sound "Om". In Bhagwat Gita Lord Sri Krishna says that:

"maharsinam bhrgur aham
giram asmy ekam aksharam
yajnanam japa-yajno ’smi
sthavaranam himalayah" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Ten verse 25)

"Sri Krishna said: Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; Of Vibrations / Sounds, I am the transcendental Om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas."

Before the creation God was one without a second. Then He wanted to become many. At such a thought of God, a vibration came into existence which took the form of sound Om. This vibrational sound Om became the basis of all creation. This primeval sound Om is nothing but another form of God which is recited in religious practices.

When you repeatedly chant this sound Om it gives peace of mind & gives energy to the body. Chanting it elevates the depressed mood of a person. Meditating on it while chanting it lifts our consciousness to the Godly state where peace & happiness comes to our body, mind & soul.

Jai Sri Krishna

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Will Power is nothing but Soul Power

A man is very fond of sweets. In his life he has relished all sorts of sweets. Whenever he sees the sweets, he has the mouth watering temptation to eat these. Today he has gone to an Indian wedding, where he finds so many types of tempting sweet dishes. He wants to eat so many of these, but Alas!!! he is Diabetic, i.e. he is having sugar problem & has been advised by his doctor, not to take any kind of sweets at all. Now see his situation. His senses & Mind (Mann) are tempting him to eat the sweets but his intellect is telling him the doctor's advice not to eat it. On the one side is "Temptation to eat the sweets" & on the other hand, "There is his Intellect" which is telling him the consequences of eating the sweets. Ultimately, man shows "His Will Power" & decides to get rid of the temptation to eat the sweets & do not eat the sweets.

 As per Indian philosophy, Human Mind (Mann) is very fickle & stubborn. It only wants to enjoy the objects of the senses. On the other hand is Intellect, which decides, what is wrong & what is right. However Soul is supreme & is governing the Intellect & Mind (Mann), both. So whenever, in your life, your mind takes control of you due to temptations, inaction, laziness, procrastination etc. then use your Soul power through your will & get rid of all these negative traits. It is the Soul power that overcomes the negative traits & negative impulses in life, through "Will Power" execution. Our Soul is nothing but part & parcel of Universal Soul only. Universal Soul is nothing but God only who is infinitely powerful. So your Soul is also having the infinite potential to overcome all these negative traits in life.

In Bhagwat Gita philosophy, Mind is said to be very powerful one & to control it is just like keeping in control the raging wind. Mind just wanders like wind, here & there. It takes enough of self discipline & practice to control it. Through Soul Power (Will Power) only it can be controlled. As per "Arjuna" to "Lord Sri Krishna" in Bhagwat Gita Chapter Six verse 34:

"chanchalam hi manah krishna
pramathi balavad drdham
tasyaham nigraham manye
vayor iva su-duskaram" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Six verse 34)

"Arjuna said to Lord Sri Krishna: This mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, to control it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind."

"sri-bhagavan uvacha
asamsayam maha-baho
mano durnigraham chalam
abhyasena tu kaunteya
vairagyena cha grhyate" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Six verse 35)

"Lord Sri Krishna said: O mighty-armed Arjuna, it is undoubtedly that mind is very difficult to curb & is restless, but it is possible by suitable practices of meditation and by detachment to control it."

Soul strength is our Inner Strength, which comes into action in our hard times to defeat all such negative symptoms of laziness, inaction, procrastination, sadness, depression etc. in one's life. In hard times, it helps in building our low esteem and loss of confidence. When we are passing through bad times, we have a feeling of self dejection & a feeling that we will not succeed in life, in all such times, our Soul Strength comes into play. This Soul present inside our human body, in fact gives strength to our mind to carry out all the difficult tasks & to overcome all these negative traits in life.

In Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 18, God himself tells that :

"jyotisam api taj jyotis
tamasah param ucyate
jnanam jneyam jnana-gamyam
hridi sarvasya visthitam" (Bhagwat Gita: Chapter Thirteen verse 18)

"Sri Krishna said: O Arjuna, He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is un-manifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart."

So "Immortal Soul" is situated in everyone’s heart & gives strength, knowledge & guidance to every human being. So if we have faith in our inner Soul, then we shall get all the power & Inner Strength to get over all our adversities. So let's look inside ourselves so that we can come in touch with our real self (Soul) from where emerges all our Inner Strength. Be yourself & be proud of yourself, as your original self is part & parcel of the Universal Self (God) & with His grace you shall come out of all the adverse circumstances.

Jai Sri Krishna