Monday, March 28, 2016

Sajdon ke Iwaz Firdaus mile सजदों के एवज़ फ़िरदौस मिले


                  सजदों के एवज़ फ़िरदौस मिले ये बात मुझे मंज़ूर नहीं 
                बेलौस इबादत करता हूँ - बंदा हूँ तेरा - मज़दूर नहीं 
                                                               'अलामा इक़बाल '

Sajdon ke Iwaz Firdaus mile, ye baat mujhe manzur nahin
Be-Laus ibaadat karta hoon, Banda hoon tera, Mazdoor nahin   
                                                                         'Alaama Iqbal'

It’s not acceptable to me if I get the heaven in return for my prostrations to you. 
I worship without any motive,
I am your creation, not a laborer (servant who gets paid for his services)

Sajda = prostration              
iwaz =   in return
Firdaus = Jannat, Svarga, paradise or heaven
Be-Laus = without any motive or attachment
ibaadat =    worship            
Mazdoor = Laborer or servant, who works for money or rewards.   

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Humko Man ki Shakti dena .. A Beautiful Video...Song of Oneness

Click on the video to watch

Hum ko Man ki Shakti dena  Man Vijay karen
Doosaron ki Jai se pehale Khud ko jai karen 

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky

Imagine all the people
Live in love and peace

You may say I am a dreamer
But I am not the only one

I hope someday you join us

And the world will be as one

Hum ko Man ki Shakti dena 

         (Found on Net )

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Aaina (Roman Script)

Daagh chehare par lage the aur hum
Aaina hi saaf karte reh gaye 
 ~ ~~~~ ~ ~~~~  ~ ~~~~  ~ ~~~~ 

Aaina jab bhi uthaaya karo.......

Kisi aur ko dikhaane se pehale
Khud ko dekha karo
Phir kisi aur ko dikhaaya karo 
 ~ ~~~~ ~ ~~~~ ~ ~~~~ ~ ~~~~ 

Jab kisi pe kabhi tabsaraa  keejiye

Apne saamne bhi Aaina rakh leejiye 


दाग़ चेहरे पर लगे थे और हम 
आईना ही साफ़ करते रह गए 
 ~ ~~~~  ~ ~~~~ ~ ~~~~  

आईना जब भी उठाया करो ....... 

किसी और को दिखाने से पहले 
खुद को देखा करो ........
फिर किसी और को दिखाया करो 
 ~ ~~~~ ~ ~~~~   ~ ~~~~ ~ ~ 

जब किसी पे कभी तब्सरा कीजिये 

अपने सामने भी आईना रख लीजिये 
 ~ ~~~~    ~ ~~~~   ~ ~~~~  ~ ~~ 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

इक दिन मैंने हवन किया ik Din Maine Havan kiya

बुद्धि की शुद्धि के लिए 
इक दिन मैंने हवन किया 
जिसमें घी और सामग्री के साथ साथ 
काम, क्रोध, लोभ, मोह और अहंकार की 
भी आहुति दे डाली 

सब कुछ तो जल गया मगर 
मेरा अहम्  ....... 
मेरी मैं 
न जल पाई 
                   (डॉक्टर जगदीश सचदेव) 

Budhi ki Shudhi ke liye
Ik din maine Havan kiya
Jisme Ghee aur Saamagri ke saath saath
Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh aur Ahankaar
 ki bhi Aahuti de daali

Sab kuchh to jal gayaa magar
Mera Aham .......
Meri 'Main' 
Na jal paayi 

                            (By: Dr. Jagdish Sachdeva)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Before ............

Before emptying, there must be fullness.
Before shrinking, there must be expanding.
Before falling, there must be ascent.
To destroy something, lead it to its extreme.
To preserve something, keep it to the middle.

                                                         'From Taoism'

न जाने कब खुलेगा ... Na jaane kab khulega

न जाने कब खुलेगा 'राजन ' मुझ पे दरवाजा -ऐ -ग़ैब 
न जाने कब मेरी हस्ती को होगी  मा'रफ़त  हासिल 

Na jaane kab khulega mujh pe 'Rajan' darvaaja-e-ghaib
Na jaane kab meri hasti ko hogi  M'aarfat  haasil

Darvaaja-e-ghaib ........... Door to the hidden, unknown 'Reality'
M'aarfat  ..............    Essence of Spirituality, Saintly-hood
Haasil  ....................  To attain,  Achieve

Saturday, March 19, 2016

चाहता तो हूँ कि Chaahtaa to hoon

चाहता तो हूँ कि  ....
हर रोज़ सुबह आपको कोई अनमोल खज़ाना भेजूं
पर मेरे दामन में  'दुआओं 'के सिवा कुछ भी नहीं

Chaahtaa to hoon ki ...........
Har roz subah aap ko koi anmol khazaana bhejoon 
Par mere daaman me Duaaon ke siva kuchh bhi nahin 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

How Do You Spell Love?

While doing his home work, a boy asked:
Father! How do you spell Love? 
Father: Son...... you don't spell it...... you feel it

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Act of Kindness

Any act of kindness may not be really an act of kindness 
if there is any kind of selfish motive behind it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

If people are afraid of you -

If people are afraid of you -

if they fear your power, then you won't have it for long.

Sooner or later, they will rebel and take your power away.

Leave them alone & let them live their lives.

Respect them…. Value their time, their money, their lives,
and they won't grow weary of you.

जिन्हें फ़िक़र थी कल की Jinhen fiqar thi kal ki

जिन्हें फ़िक़र थी कल की - बेवजह वो रोए रात भर 
'राजन ' जिन्हें यक़ीं था - चैन से वो सोए  रात भर 

Jinhen fiqar thi kal ki,  be-vajah vo roye raat bhar
'Rajan' Jinhen yaqeen tha chain se vo soye raat bhar 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Success versus Satisfaction

Satisfied mind is better than a successful life

Because success is measured by others, 
while satisfaction is measured by our-self.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Chant / Meditate upon the name of Supreme Lord

Everything in this world is relative. 

The law of relativity, just like the law of gravity, is one of the main laws of the universe.  
A twenty-four stories high building is considered the tallest building in my town, but when compared with the Sears tower, it is very small.   

Looking through the window of my car, an eighteen wheeler truck seems to be huge, but looking down from an airplane window, it looks like a toy.

The closer the things are, bigger they appear to be.

The same is true with Sukh and Dukh; Happiness and sufferings. 

Other than serious physical ailments and pains, most of our sadness and sufferings are in the mind. The more we think about them, the more we hurt. 

If we can learn to avoid those thoughts, we can get rid of such sadness and mental sufferings. 
The more silent our mind becomes; more peaceful we will be. 

And that is the real purpose of meditation, Sumiran, or Chanting; not relying on thoughts and knowledge for peace, but on stillness of mind.

As Aadi Shankraachaarya said:

Bhaj Govindam, Bhaj Govindam
Govindam bhaj Moodh- matay
Sampraaptay San-nihitay Kaalay
Nahi Nahi Rakshtay DunKrun-Karnay

(Chant, Meditate upon the name of Supreme Lord
O! my ignorant mind
When the appointed time (of leaving this body) will approach,
No intelligence or knowledge of the Scriptures will be able to save)

 And ......

Tu hi Tu hi Nirankar karo te pal pal ehnu yaad karo
Is Amrit nu rajj rajj peeo, Tan Saukha dil shaad karo
                                           (Avtar Vaani - 98)

Simro Simar Simar sukh paavo
Kal-klesh tan maahin mitaavo           (Gurubaani)

So.... according to all Holy Scriptures, chanting and meditating upon the name of the Supreme Lord is the best therapy to take away the mind from sadness and sufferings and be at peace.

                                                                   ‘Rajan Sachdeva’

भज गोविन्दम् भज गोविन्दम् , गोविन्दम् भज मूढ़मते 
सम्प्राप्ते सन्निहिते काले, नहि नहि रक्षते डुंकुरुण करणे 
                                    ~ आदि शंकराचार्य ~ 

तू ही तू ही निरंकार करो ते पल पल एहनु याद करो 
इस अमृत नूं रज रज पीओ , तन सौखा दिल  शाद करो 
                                ~अवतार वाणी ~  verse 98 

सिमरो सिमर सिमर सुख पावो 
कल क्लेश तन माहिं मिटावो        (गुरुबाणी ) 

Reflection on truth

Reflection on truth will automatically lead to refraction from delusions.
                                                                     'Gary Taneja'

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

When nothing is done

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is added.
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped

Less and less is done, until one arrives at non-action.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

The world is won by letting things take their own course. 
If you still have ambitions, it's out of your reach.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What Teachers Make

Few days ago, my son sent me a gift box; containing few books.
One of them was ‘What Teachers Make’ by Taylor Mali, along with a note that the moment he saw this book- considering my profession - he thought it would be quite appropriate for me.
Needless to say, I started reading that one first.   
Some chapters were quite interesting along with some powerful messages and statements. In many ways it coincides with my own thoughts and experiences that I have had during my life long teaching career and I am sure many others in teaching profession may also feel the same.

Even though teaching is generally considered a very noble profession, yet most people judge others by not 'what they do', but 'how much they make'. Everyone knows that teachers do not make much money. Not only they are not very well paid, but except for a few, not very well respected either - especially now a days.
Though I have been very lucky that I have always received tremendous amount of respect from almost all of my students - just as I have always paid utmost respect to my teachers. In the Indian classical Music circles, teacher is considered 'Guru' and is highly respected, but yet, occasionally I have heard such remarks as Taylor Mali also mentioned: "Those who can, do;  those who can't - teach".

In the field of performing arts, such as music, painting, poetry or even surgery, it is a common belief that the great teachers may not necessarily be great performers. But it is also equally true that all great performers may not necessarily be great teachers as well.

I have also been very fortunate to have the privilege of meeting and hosting many well-known and highly admired stalwarts of Indian classical music at my home. Few of them honestly said they cannot and do not want to teach because they do not have the patience to listen to 'Besur' and 'Betaal'; out of tune and off rhythm students all the time. One of the greatest - elderly artist whom I greatly admire, compassionately said to me " Beta! In order to become a good artist, one should not teach. You should always try to listen to perfect music and practice properly because listening to 'besura' and 'betaala' would eventually affect your own talent and you might even lose it."

But I love to teach…. and by nature, I am a teacher.

One of my friends, Dr. Verma, a Cardio-thoracic Surgeon once told me that not only in the field of performing arts, it's also true in the field of surgery. He said his professors of surgery were excellent teachers, among the few best ones, but he would not trust them for doing an actual surgery. Because they have always been teaching by operating on dead bodies; slowly and pausing in between to explain to the students. How would you judge their success rate? All of their patients were dead to begin with.
But nonetheless, they were excellent teachers because they knew how to explain to the students; at their level.

Yes. Teaching requires tremendous amount of patience and a thorough understanding of the students. In order to explain properly, a teacher has to scoop down to the level of the student, and that requires a great passion and love for teaching; a skill which everyone may not have. And yet, many would still say that: "Those who can, do; and those who can't - teach".

Because for most people, the success rate is based upon ‘Fame, Power, and Money’. The more power and money one has, more successful he or she is considered.
But the real question, as Taylor Mali puts it, is not........ 
‘How much Teachers make’ but ‘What Teachers Make’.

                   And ‘Teachers Make a Difference’.

My teachers made a difference in my life and I hope to help make a difference in at least some of my student’s lives.

                                       ‘Rajan Sachdeva’

वो ही महफ़ूज़ रखेगा

वो ही महफ़ूज़ रखेगा मेरे घर को बलाओं से 
जो बारिश में शजर से घोंसले गिरने नहीं देता 

Vo hi Mehfooz rakhegaa mere ghar ko balaaon se 
Jo baarish me shajar se ghonslay giranay nahin deta

                                                 Writer : Unknown

Mehfooz     ............... Safe
Balaaon se ............... From troubles
Shajar        ............... Tree
Ghonslay    .. ..............  Bird Nests  

The Writer Cannot Evoke the Same Mood

"He (the writer) cannot evoke in the reader the mood in which the thought was born and induce in him the vision he beholds."

  " Dr. S. Radhakrishnan " in the commentary of "Bhagavad Gita"

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