Sunday, July 15, 2018

​हाथ ​तो उसके भी दुखे होंगे Haath to us kay be dukhay hongay​

​हाथ ​तो उसके  भी  दुखे  होंगे ज़रूर 
​जिसने मेरी राह में काँटे बिछाए होंगे ​

Haath to uskay be dukhay hongay​ zaroor 
Jisne meri raah may kaantay bi​ch​haye hongay

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Moksha - Salvation - Through Self-Efforts or Grace?

In the Introductory Essay of ‘The Bhagavadgita’, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan talks about two prevalent Christian thoughts imparted by Augustine and Pelagius relating the issue: “whether man as a fallen creature is to be saved by the grace of God or whether he can make something of himself and contribute by his own effort to his salvation. 

Pelagius believed in free will, questioned the doctrine of original sin and asserted that men acted of their own moral effort. 
Augustine disputed the Pelagian theory and taught that Adam before the Fall had possessed free will, but after he and Eve ate the apple, corruption entered into them and descended to all their posterity. None of us can abstain from sin of our own power. Only God’s grace can help us to be virtuous. Since we have all sinned in Adam, we are all condemned in him. Yet by God’s free grace some of us are elected for heaven, not because we deserve it or we are good but because God’s grace is bestowed on us. No reason except God’s unmotived choice can be given as to why some are saved and others damned. Damnation proves God’s justice because we are all wicked. That in spite of it, some of us are saved shows God’s mercy.…...St. Augustine and Calvin adopt the view of universal guilt”. 
                                                        (Introductory essay Page 6/3)

The view that we cannot win the grace of the Lord by our own efforts, Radhakrishnan says, results in an intense emotional pietism. 
The doctrine of ‘grace’- of ‘special election’ creates a confusion; as to why God would randomly bestow his grace upon some - while all others are damned. That some people receive ‘God’s-mercy’ and others receive ‘God’s-justice’.  This shows favoritism and ‘injustice’, and such a concept conflicts with the general trend that ‘God loves all’ and that ‘all are equal in God’s eyes’. 
Though, the grace of the Supreme Lord is involved in achieving the Moksha, man’s effort is also required in the total surrender to the Supreme. Bhagavad Gita describes three paths or methods called Yoga to deserve God’s grace: Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Karm Yoga; path of knowledge, worship and action or service respectively. No ‘Reaction’ (fruit or reward) can be achieved without an Action, the Karma. 

Lord Krishna Says 
"Surrender to me O' Arjuna. I will free you from all your sins and grant you Moksha. Do not fear"
                                                                   (Bhagavad Gita 18: 66)
But 'surrender', we have to do. We need to put our effort in surrendering and moving towards Him.
It is said that if we take one step towards the Supreme, He would come a million steps to meet us. 
“Charan Sharan Guru aik paindaa jaai chal, 
  Satguru koat paindaa aage hoye lait hai”
                                            (Bhai Gurudas ji)

But, once we decide to 'surrender' ourselves - Surrender our will and efforts - 
Then naturally few questions arise:
Surrender to whom? and How to surrender ?                              
                                       'Rajan Sachdeva'

एक मैं ही समझदार हूँ Ek main hee samajh-daar hoon

एक मैं ही समझदार हूँ बाकी सब नादान 
इसी वहम में घूम रहा है देखो हर इंसान 

Ek main hee samajh-daar hoon baaki sub nadaan 
Isi veham me ghoom rahaa hai dekho har insaan 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sometimes - when we walk in dark

Sometimes - holding a lamp or flashlight in our hand,
                      when we walk in dark 
We think that we are taking the lamp with us.
                      However, the reality is quite different 
In fact, it's the lamp which takes us through the dark. 

Similarly, sometimes we start to think that we are moving forward on the path of truth 
with pure knowledge - the Gyana.
But the fact is that it's the Gyana which takes us on the path of truth.
We are Gyani - we are Enlightened ones - is a false ego.
However, this kind of thinking that - 
“May the true knowledge; Gyana becomes the basis of our life - 
May we live a life based on Gyana” – is free of ego and inspirational.

May we keep inspiring ourselves and others with such humble and pure thoughts – 
and keep moving forward on the path of Truth with humility. 
                                          'Rajan Sachdeva'

जब हम अंधेरे मे दीया हाथ मे लेकर .....

अंधेरे मे कभी हम दीया हाथ मे लेकर चलते हैं 
                तो हमें यह भ्रम हो जाता है
                                     कि हम दीये को लेकर चल रहे हैं 

जबकि सच्चाई एकदम इस से विपरीत है -
                   असल में तो दीया हमें लेकर चल रहा होता है 

ऐसे ही, कभी कभी हमारे मन में इस प्रकार के विचार आने लगते हैं 
कि हम ज्ञान के साथ सत्य के मार्ग पर अग्रसर हो रहे हैं - आगे बढ़ रहे हैं। 

लेकिन हक़ीक़त तो ये है कि ज्ञान हमें सत्य के मार्ग पर ले जाता है। 
हम ज्ञानी हैं - ये मिथ्या अभिमान है। 
ज्ञान जीवन का आधार बने - हम ज्ञान पर आधारित जीवन जीएँ -
                   इस प्रकार की सोच एवं भावना प्रेरणास्पद है 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

प्रेम-पंथ ऐसो कठिन

                    ‘रहिमन ’ मैन -तुरंग चढ़ि, चलिबो पावक माहिं।
                    प्रेम-पंथ ऐसो कठिन, सब कोउ निबहत नाहिं॥8॥

ऐ रहीम - जैसे मोम के बने घोड़े पर सवार हो कर आग पर चलना पड़े -
प्रेम का मार्ग इतना ही कठिन है - हर कोई उस मार्ग पर नहीं चल सकता।
                           "जहिं मार्ग पंडित गए - पाछे गई वहीर
                           औघट घाटी राम की तहिं चढ़ि रहियो कबीर "

पंडित लोग अर्थात धर्म के आगू , प्रवक्ता ,लीडर इत्यादि जिस ओर ले जाना चाहते हैं
लोगों की भीड़ उसी तरफ -उनके पीछे चल पड़ती है
लेकिन राम की घाटी - जिस पर कबीर चढ़ रहे हैं -बड़ी ही विकट है।
अर्थात हर कोई इस औघट घाटी पर नहीं चढ़ सकता। 

   "क्षुरस्य धारा निशिता दुरत्यया -दुर्गम पथस्तत कवयो वदन्ति "
                                                                            (कठोपनिषद 3:14)
अर्थात: तलवार की धार से  भी तेज़ -अति कठिन है  यह (आध्यात्मिक ) मार्ग 
ऐसा  विद्वानों  (ऋषि मुनियों )का मत है  

                    "खन्डयों तिखी वालहुं निक्की एतु मार्ग जाना "
                                                          (आदि ग्रन्थ 918 )
अर्थात: आध्यात्मिकता के लिए तो ऐसे मार्ग पर जाना पड़ता है 
जो खंडे अथवा तलवार से भी तीखा और बाल से भी पतला है। 

                   "जे तउ प्रेम खेलन का चाओ -सिर धर तली गली मोरी आओ "
                                                                    (गुरु गोबिंद सिंह)
सिर अभिमान का, अहंकार का प्रतीक है
प्रेम के मार्ग पर चलना हो तो अहंकार का त्याग करना पड़ता है
सर पर अहंकार की गठरी लिए मार्ग पर नहीं चल सकता।
                                         "राजन सचदेव "

Prem panth aeso kathin - Difficult is the Path of Spiritual Love

           'Rahiman' maain turang chadhi, chalibo paavak maahin
             Prem panth aeso kathin, sab kou nibahat naahin "

Raheem says - Riding on a horse made of wax and passing through a mountain of fire - 
such is the path of spiritual love - extremely difficult - not everyone can handle it.                           
                  "Jehn maarg pandit gaye paachhe gayi vaheer
                  Aughat ghaati Raam ki tehn chadh rahiyo Kabeer"
                                                                      (Sadguru Kabeer ji)
"The crowds (of people) follow the path which has been taken and guided by the religious and community leaders.
Kabeer ji says that he is climbing the extremely difficult mountainous road of ups and downs ... all alone".
                    "Kshurasya Dhaaraa Nishitaa Duratyaya
                              Durgam PathastatKaveyo Vadanti" 
                                                      (Kathopanishad 3:14)
"The wise proclaim that the path to cross over (to achieve Moksha) is extremely difficult (Durgam). 
It is like walking on the sharp edge of a razor-blade."
                   "Khaneyahu Tikhi vaalahu nikki aitu maarg jaanaa"
"The path to be taken is sharper than a sword and thinner than a hair"
                                                              (Sri Aadi Granth page 918)
Jesus Christ also expressed a similar idea:
"Strive to enter in at the straight gate, for narrow is the gate and straight is the way that leads to life, 
and few be they who find it."
This journey requires abundant strength and firm determination.
Just as Guru Gobind Singh ji said:
          "Je tau prem khelan kau chaao - Sir dhar tali gali mori aao"
"Enter the street (to my house) carrying your head on your palm"
Head is symbol of Ego. No one can embark on this journey carrying the bundles of ego, anger, jealousy and hatred etc. - instead - keep love, humility and compassion as companions.
                                              'Rajan Sachdeva'

​हाथ ​तो उसके भी दुखे होंगे Haath to us kay be dukhay hongay​

​हाथ ​तो उसके  भी  दुखे  होंगे ज़रूर  ​जिसने मेरी राह में काँटे बिछाए होंगे ​ Haath to uskay be dukhay hongay​ zaroor  Jisne meri ...