Friday, July 21, 2017

दर्पण की शिक्षा

पुराने जमाने की बात है। एक गुरुकुल के आचार्य अपने शिष्य की सेवा भावना से बहुत प्रभावित हुए। विद्या पूरी होने के बाद शिष्य को विदा करते समय उन्होंने आशीर्वाद के रूप में उसे एक ऐसा दिव्य, चमत्कारिक दर्पण भेंट किया, जिसमें व्यक्ति के मन के आन्तरिक भावों को दर्शाने की क्षमता थी। शिष्य उस दिव्य दर्पण को पाकर प्रसन्न हो उठा। उसने परीक्षा लेने की जल्दबाजी में दर्पण का मुंह सबसे पहले गुरुजी से छुपा कर उन्हीं के सामने कर दिया। वह यह देखकर आश्चर्यचकित हो गया कि गुरुजी के हृदय में मोह, अहंकार, क्रोध आदि कई दुर्गुण परिलक्षित हो रहे थे। इससे उसे बड़ा दुख हुआ। वह तो अपने गुरुजी को समस्त दुर्गुणों से रहित सत्पुरुष समझता था।

दर्पण लेकर वह गुरुकुल  से रवाना हो गया। उसने अपने कई मित्रों तथा अन्य परिचितों के सामने दर्पण रखकर परीक्षा ली। सब के हृदय में कोई न कोई दुर्गुण अवश्य दिखाई दिया। और तो और अपने माता व पिता की भी वह दर्पण से परीक्षा करने से नहीं चूका। उनके हृदय में भी कोई न कोई दुर्गुण देखा, तो वह हतप्रभ हो उठा। एक दिन वह दर्पण लेकर फिर वापिस गुरुकुल पहुंचा। उसने गुरुजी से विनम्रतापूर्वक कहा, ‘गुरुदेव, मैंने आपके दिए दर्पण की मदद से देखा कि सबके दिलों में नाना प्रकार के दोष हैं।’ 
तब गुरु जी ने दर्पण का रुख शिष्य की ओर कर दिया।

शिष्य दंग रह गया। क्योंकि उसके मन के प्रत्येक कोने में राग, द्वेष, अहंकार, क्रोध जैसे असंख्य दुर्गुण अत्यंत भारी मात्रा में विद्यमान थे। गुरुजी बोले, ‘वत्स ! यह दर्पण मैंने तुम्हें अपने दुर्गुण देखकर अपने ही जीवन में सुधार लाने के लिए दिया था - दूसरों के दुर्गुण देखने के लिए नहीं। जितना समय तुमने दूसरों के दुर्गुण देखने में लगाया उतना समय यदि तुमने स्वयं को सुधारने में लगाया होता तो अब तक तुम्हारा अपना व्यक्तित्व बदल चुका होता। मनुष्य की सबसे बड़ी कमजोरी यही है कि वह दूसरों के दुर्गुण जानने में ज्यादा रुचि रखता है। वह स्वयं को सुधारने के बारे में नहीं सोचता। इस दर्पण की यही शिक्षा थी जो तुम नहीं समझ सके।’


Past, Present & Future

If you want to experience fear - think of the future.
If you want to experience shame and guilt - think of the past.
If you want to improve and progress - concentrate on present. 

Fear stops us from doing something different. There is always some risk in trying new ideas. 
What will happen in the future, is most likely to be uncertain, but how will we find out the outcome if we don’t even try? 

Not only the ‘Feeling of shame and guilt’ brings depression and makes us inactive – constantly talking and taking pride in a glorious past may also have a similar effect on individuals and the psyche of a society as well. Thinking, that we can never achieve those heights again, can also make us sedentary and not wanting to do anything to improve the current situation.

In order to progress – individually, and as a group or society - we need to think rationally and work together to create a positive environment in the present moment.
                                     ‘Rajan Sachdeva’


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Spreading Rumors

Unfortunately, there are lots of unsupported - unsubstantiated rumors that are being spread these days over the social media. Obviously, they are causing further speculations and doubts in the minds of many. Any sincere and intelligent person would want to see a solid and authentic proof behind such rumors before believing and forwarding them among friends and acquaintances.     
Therefore, keep the following philosophy in mind next time you hear - or if you are about to spread a rumor.

Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely reputed for his wisdom.
One day an acquaintance came to the great philosopher and said, "Socrates! do you know what I just heard about one of your students?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?" asked the acquaintance.

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my student, let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say.

The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it."

"All right," said Socrates. "So, you don't really know if it's true or not.
Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness.
What you are about to tell me about my student - is it something good?"

"No, on the contrary ...".

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, even though you're not certain it's true?". 
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued." You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter -
 the filter of Usefulness. Now, what you want to tell me about my student - is it going to be useful to me?"

"No, not really..."

"Well," concluded Socrates -
"if what you want to tell me is neither True, nor Good, nor even Useful to me, why tell it to me at all?"

The man felt defeated and ashamed.
This is the reason Socrates was considered a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.  

Are we as great as we claim to be? 
Do we – the so called ‘Gyanis’ – try to look at everything through the lens of Gyana or do we tend to believe everything we hear without analyzing and verifying it? Without realizing the consequences, and its effects upon our own and other’s spiritual practices? 
Do we want to build bridges and fill the gap between people? or dig ditches to keep them separate? Erect walls to divide?
Remember:
It’s easier to damage than to repair.
It’s easier to destroy than to create.
Therefore, Next time you hear a rumor -  Pause for a moment ………and think.

Filter it through the ‘Triple Test’ before passing it on to others – especially to the innocent and unsuspecting faithful minds.  
                'Rajan Sachdeva'


आज के दौर में ऐ दोस्त Aaj kay Daur mein aye Dost

आज के दौर में ऐ दोस्त  ये मन्ज़र क्यूँ  है 
ज़ख़्म हर सर पे - हर हाथ में पत्थर क्यूँ है 

जब हक़ीक़त है कि हर ज़र्रे में तू रहता है 
फिर ज़मीं पे कहीं मस्जिद कहीं मंदिर क्यूँ है 

अपना अंजाम तो मालूम है सब को फिर भी 
अपनी नज़रों में हर इक शख़्स सिकंदर क्यूँ है 

ज़िंदगी जीने के क़ाबिल ही नहीं अब शायद 
वरना हर आँख में अश्क़ों का समंदर क्यूँ है 


Aaj kay daur mein aye dost ye manzar kyun hai ?
Zakham har sar pay, har haath mein pathar kyun hai ?

Jab haqeeqat hai ki har zarray mein tu rehtaa hai
Phir zameen par kahin masjid kahin mandir kyun hai ?

Apnaa anjaam to maloom hai sab ko - phir bhi
Apni nazron mein har ik shakhs sikandar kyun hai ?

Zindagi jeeney ke qaabil hi nahin ab shaayed 
Warna har aankh mein ashqon ka samandar kyun hai ?

                                               (Writer unknown)





Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Close the Doors to the Past.

Wise people open the door to the future by closing the doors to the past.
How can you drive forward if you constantly keep looking through the rear-view mirror?
How can a Brahm-Gyani get stuck with the past?
Wisdom means- remember the past, learn from it and move forward.
As Gurubani says: “Sahib mera nit navaan”
A Brahm-Gyani constantly sees the Lord and his works; His creation in new ways, in new shapes and forms – without getting attached with the past.
Just as long-distance travelers look for the landmarks or milestones – to see where they are – if they are on the right path or not and how far they have to go – The spiritual seekers should also look for the signs to know where they stand and if they are on the right track or not.
If we are attached to the past – if we are stuck with the memories of the past - regardless of how glorious it might have been – we are on the wrong path. It’s time to investigate our ideology through the Gyana - to set our priorities straight –to analyze our thinking process – and see things in the right perspective. 

If we want to move forward - towards the future - then we must close the door to the past. 

                                  'Rajan Sachdeva'


Monday, July 17, 2017

Wafaa or Anaa ? वफ़ा या अना ?



       क़र्ब के ना वफ़ा के होते हैं 
      झगड़े सारे अना के होते हैं 
                    ~ फ़ैज़ अहमद फ़ैज़  ~ 

Qarb kay na vafaa ke hotay hain
Jhagday saare anaa ke hote hain 
                      ~Faiz Ahmad Faiz~



( Neither to gain closeness, nor for the sake of love
All quarrels and fights are - to satisfy one’s 'ego' )


क़र्ब     Qarb       -     Closeness 
अना     Anna      -     Ego


Friday, July 14, 2017

अपने अंदर भी कभी Apane Andar Bhi Kabhi

अपने अंदर भी कभी झाँक के देखा होता 
  आइना सारे ज़माने को दिखाने वाले 
                                    

Apne andar bhi kabhi jhaank ke dekha hota 
Aaina saare zamaane ko dikhaane waalay

                                                                                 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

अभी बाक़ी है Abhi Baaki Hai

है  थोड़ी  दूर अभी  सपनों का नगर अपना
मुसाफ़िरो - अभी बाक़ी है कुछ सफ़र अपना । 

                                                                                                 " जावेद अख़्तर" 

Hai thodi door abhi sapno ka nagar apnaa 
Musaafiro - abhi baaki hai kuchh safar apnaa 
                                                                     "Javed Akhtar"

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

मेरी शायरी तो इज़हार है (Hindi)

कोई ख़्याल जब उठता है कभी ज़हन में मेरे 
 चंद लफ़्ज़ों के दायरे में उसे बाँध लेता हूँ 

मेरी शायरी तो इज़हार है मेरे तजुरबों का 
कुछ एहसास अपनी ज़िंदगी से छाँट लेता हूँ 

शायद इन को पढ़ के सम्भल जाए कोई  'राजन ' कहीं 
इसी लिए ख़्याल अपने - सब में  बाँट लेता हूँ 
                                     'राजन सचदेव '


उपरोक्त शेर -साहिर लुधयानवी साहिब के इस शेर से मुत्तासिर  (प्रभावित) हो कर लिखे  गए थे :

              "दुनिया ने तजुर्बात ओ हवादिस की शक़्ल  में  
              जो कुछ मुझे दिया -वो ही लौटा रहा हूँ मैं "



Meri Shayeri To Izhaar Hai (Roman Script)

Koi khyaal jab uthtaa hai koi zehan me mere
chand lafzon ke daayaray me usay baandh letaa hoon

Meri shayeri to izhaar hai mere tajurbon ka
kuchh ehsaas apani zindagi say chhaant letaa hoon

Shaayed in ko padh ke sambhal jaaye koi 'Rajan' kahin
Isi liye khyaal apanay - sab say baant letaa hoon
                                                              'Rajan Sachdeva'


Inspired by this beautiful sher of Sahir Ludhiyanavi sahib:

Duniya nay tajurbaat-o- havaadis ki shaql me
Jo kuchh mujhe diya vohi lautaa rahaa hoon main



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

बद गोई से क्या हासिल ? Badgoi Se Kya Haasil ?

बुराई  या  भलाई  गो  है  अपने  वास्ते  लेकिन
किसी को क्यूँ कहें हम बद  -कि बद गोई से क्या हासिल ?
                                              ~ बहादुर शाह ज़फ़र ~


Buraai ya bhalaayi go hai apanay vaastay lekin
Kisi ko kyon kahen hum bad - ki badgoi se kya haasil ?
                                                      "Bahadur Shah Jaffar"

बद  Bad (bud)    -                  Bad or wrong
बद गोई   Budgoyi     -           Talking ill about others- to put them down
हासिल  Haasil       -             Use, usefulness,  benefit 

Open Mind

Mind is like a parachute….
Unless it is open - it doesn’t work.

The heart is like a flower -
Unless it is open it cannot release its fragrance.

A closed fist cannot give or receive -
Unless it is opened.

Nothing can be added in a closed, sealed container -
Unless it is opened. 

An open and understanding mind never assumes -
doesn’t jump to conclusions and won’t hold fast to any opinion.

Living with a closed mind is like living in a prison.
Only an open mind can discover new ideas, achieve new heights, 
and find new happiness and success.  

                                       'Rajan Sachdeva' 





Monday, July 10, 2017

निर्विचार या 'असीम विचार '

सुना है - कि विचारों से मुक्ति का नाम ही मोक्ष है।  
सोचता हूँ - क्या ये सम्भव है ?
फिर  ख़्याल आया - कि शायद विचारों से मुक्ति का अर्थ 'विचारों के बंधन' से मुक्ति हो ?

' निर्विचार ' होने से नहीं - बल्कि विचार की असीमता से ही मन एवं आत्मा असीम हो सकते हैं। 

                         ' राजन सचदेव '
   

Sunday, July 9, 2017

विचार बंधन का कारण हैं

कर्म की तरह विचार भी बंधन का कारण हैं।  
जब तक हम किसी भी विचार से बंधे रहते हैं, या किसी विचारधारा से जुड़े रहते हैं, तो सीमित होते  हैं। 
जब मन में कोई भी विचार न हो - अगर हम निर्विचार हो जाएँ - तो असीम हो जायेंगे। 

विचार से ही तो कर्म पैदा होता है। पहले मन में विचार उत्पन होता है फिर वह कर्म का रूप लेता है।   
विचार चाहे कोई भी हो, अच्छा या बुरा - बाँध लेता है।  
जैसे एक शांत निर्मल सरोवर में हम चाहे एक पत्थर का टुकड़ा फेंकें या सोने का टुकड़ा, दोनों से ही उस सरोवर में लहरें उठने लगेंगी। और टुकड़ा जितना बड़ा और भारी होगा उतनी ही गहरी लहरें उत्पन होंगी। उतनी ही ऊपर उठेंगी और उतनी ही देर तक रहेंगी। अब वो टुकड़ा चाहे पत्थर का हो या चांदी का या सोने का उससे क्या फर्क पड़ेगा ?
मन रुपी सरोवर भी यदि निर्विचार हो, तभी पूर्ण रूप से शान्त और निर्मल हो सकता है। 

लेकिन निर्विचार होना यदि असम्भव नहीं तो अत्यन्त कठिन तो अवश्य ही है ।
बहुत मुश्किल है कि मन में कोई भी विचार न उठे - निर्विचार हो जाए। 
लेकिन इन्हें कम करने की कोशिश तो की ही जा सकती है। 
अभ्यास के साथ, धीरे धीरे मन को कुछ देर के लिए तो मौन किया ही जा सकता है।  
और सब से ज़्यादा ज़रूरी बात ये है, कि यदि विचार से छुटकारा नहीं हो सकता तो इतना ध्यान तो रहे कि कहीं किसी पुराने या निरर्थक विचार के साथ बंधे न रह जाएं। मन की खिड़कियाँ एवं दरवाजे खुले रखें ताकि ताज़ी हवा की तरह - नए और ताजे विचार मन में प्रवेश कर सकें।

              'राजन सचदेव '


Religion vs Spirituality

Religion means believing in some one else's experience.
Spirituality means having your own personal experience.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

कैसे रफू करें

करेंगे कैसे रफू - चाक़ गिरेबाँ वो क़ौम का 
जिन्हें अपना फटा दामन अभी सीना नहीं आया 

Karenege kaise rafu - chaaq girebaan vo qaum ka 
Jinhen apnaa phataa daaman abhi seena nahin aaya 


Friday, July 7, 2017

Dr. A P J Kalam - An interview with Mr. P M Nair

See what Mr. PM Nair IAS, former Secretary to the late President of India, has to say about Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam.

DD Podhigai telecast 

An interview with Mr. P M Nair, retired IAS officer, who was the Secretary to Dr. Kalam Sir when he was the President. Here is a brief summary of the points he spoke in a voice choked with emotion. (Mr. Nair authored a book titled "Kalam Effect")

1. Dr. Kalam used to receive costly gifts whenever he went abroad as it is customary for many nations to give gifts to the visiting Heads of State. Refusing the gift would become an insult to the nation and an embarrassment for India. So, he received them and on his return, Dr. Kalam asked the gifts to be photographed and then catalogued and handed over to the archives. Afterwards, he never even looked at them. He did not take even a pencil from the gifts received when he left Rashtrapati Bhavan.

2.  In 2002, the year Dr. Kalam took over, the Ramadan month came in July-August. it was a regular practice for the President to host an iftar party. Dr. Kalam asked Mr. Nair why he should host a party to people who are already well fed and asked him to find out how much would be the cost. Mr. Nair told it would cost around Rs. 22 lakhs. Dr. Kalam asked him to donate that amount to a few selected orphanages in the form of food, dresses and blankets. The selection of orphanages was left to a team in Rashtrapati Bhavan and Dr. Kalam had no role in it. After the selection was made, Dr. Kalam asked Mr. Nair to come inside his room and gave him a check for Rs 1 lakh. He said that he was giving some amount from his personal savings and this should not be informed to anyone. Mr. Nair was so shocked that he said "Sir, I will go outside and tell everyone. People should know that here is a man who not only donated what he should have spent but he is giving his own money also". Dr. Kalam, though he was a devout Muslim did not have Iftar parties in the years in which he was the President. 

3. Dr. Kalam did not like "Yes Sir" type of people. Once when the Chief Justice of India had come and on some point Dr. Kalam expressed his view and asked Mr. Nair, "Do you agree?" Mr. Nair said "No Sir, I do not agree with you". 

The Chief Justice was shocked and could not believe his ears. It was impossible for a civil servant to disagree with the President and that too so openly. Mr. Nair told him that the President would question him afterwards why he disagreed and if the reason was logical 99% he would change his mind.

4. Dr. Kalam invited 50 of his relatives to come to Delhi and they all stayed in Rashtrapati Bhavan. He organized a bus for them to go around the city which was paid for by him. No official car was used. All their stay and food was calculated as per the instructions of Dr. Kalam and the bill came to Rs 2 lakhs which he paid. In the history of this country no one has ever done it. 

Now, wait for the climax, Dr. Kalam's elder brother stayed with him in his room for the entire one week as Dr. Kalam wanted his brother to stay with him. When they left, Dr. Kalam wanted to pay rent for that room also. Imagine the President of a country paying rent for the room in which he is staying. This was any way not agreed to by the staff who thought the honesty was getting too much to handle!

5.  When Kalam Sir was to leave Rashtrapati Bhavan at the end of his tenure, every staff member went and met him and paid their respects. Mr. Nair went to him alone as his wife had fractured her leg and was confined to bed. Dr. Kalam asked why his wife did not come. He replied that she was in bed due to an accident. Next day, Mr. Nair saw lot of policemen around his house and asked what had happened. They said that the President of India was coming to visit him in his house. He came and met his wife and chatted for some time. Mr. Nair says that no president of any country would visit a civil servant's house and that too on such a simple pretext.

I thought I should give the details as many of you may not have seen the telecast and so it may be useful.

The younger brother of A J P Abdul Kalam runs an umbrella repairing shop. When Mr. Nair met him during Kalam’s funeral, he touched his feet, in token of respect for both Mr. Nair and Brother.

Such information should be widely shared on social media as mainstream media will not show this because it doesn't carry the so-called TRP value. 

                  (Courtesy of Col. C. S. Toor, India)


Thursday, July 6, 2017

"Past is History"

The past always looks glorious to us. 
We usually try to glorify the great people, heroes and saints from the past but we usually do not have much regard for the contemporary saints, leaders or heroes. We worship the dead and tend to neglect the living ones. 
Have you ever noticed that you can cross through the red traffic lights if you are following a procession behind a dead body -without being stopped by police and getting a ticket? But you cannot do that if you are following a living person closely since you don’t have the proper directions. Strange, isn't it? 
It seems strange, but that's how it is.
And that’s the way we are in our day to day life as well. We praise and worship the dead ones, while we envy and resent the living leaders, Saints and even Gurus. 
                    आए  दी ते क़दर न जानन, दीवे  बालन  मढ़ियां ते                                     कहे अवतार अड़े  ने मूरख अज्ज वी ओहना अड़ियाँ ते  (अवतार वाणी 8)

'Aaye di te qadar na jaanan, Deeve baalan madhiyaan te
 Kahe Avtar ade ne moorakh  ajj vee ohna adiyaan te'
                                                      (Avtar Bani verse 8)

Though our past does have a great influence on what we are today but we cannot live constantly in the past to make a better future. By clinging to the past, we can neither enjoy the present, nor function effectively for a better future. 
As Baba Avtar Singh ji said:
                            "बीते  नूं  ललचाइयाँ नज़रां नाल तकाना माया ऐ "
                         “Beetay nu lalchaaiyan nazaraan naal takaana mayaa ae” (Avtar Vani 85)
            It’s delusional to live in the past. (Maya – deceptive illusion)
Strangely, it has become like a fashion these days to narrate a popular quote: “Past is history, Future is mystery, and the Present is a gift”. But at the same time, we are constantly talking about the past and admiring it - focusing and spending most of our time and energy to glorify the past. Which shows that we have not accepted the ‘present’ with open hearts – therefore we may not be at peace. 
In order to find peace and joy, we must accept the present as it is – wholeheartedly - and continue to strive to achieve the desired aim. 
Unfortunately, we cannot move forward unless we let go of the past. 

                          'Rajan Sachdeva'

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Knowledge Knows Others

Knowledge knows others
But wisdom - the self.
Power conquers others
But strength - the self.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Only in Still Waters

Only in quiet and still waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind - there is adequate perception of the world.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Action Without Expectation ?

There is a general misconception about a famous and perhaps most quoted verse (usually in translated form) from Bhagavad Gita. 
The shloka or the verse is quoted as:
“Perform your actions well without expecting any fruit or reward
 As you only have control on your actions but not on the outcome.” 
And the emphasis is placed upon “without expecting any reward”

This obviously creates doubt in the minds of many. Many people find it ‘hard to follow, impractical and even illogical. 
Numerous times I have been asked “how can anyone work without any expectation whatsoever? How can any worker, working in any field or employed in any company can go to work without expecting any wages? How can a student study without expecting to pass the exams? Why would anyone cook without expecting to eat? Why would someone run a business or open a shop without expecting any profit? Why temples, Gurudwaras, Churches and other religious or Satsang places are built if there is no expectation of having visitors and seekers? And so on….
Such questions can arise at every moment of our lives, for every action; no matter how small or big it is. 

Did Lord Krishna really say this?

There are numerous books - translations and commentaries on Bhagavad Geeta available. They all provide their own interpretations – their own views - according to their own understanding. 
I must admit that I am not a Sanskrit scholar. My knowledge of Sanskrit language is very limited. But after searching for the real meaning by going through several translations and commentaries on Geeta by different authors, I found that mainly there are two versions of translation of this shloka. The most common translation is the one mentioned above – which seems to be translated by someone originally and then many writers of the later period simply followed the same.

Before going into the second version of its meaning, let’s see the actual shloka; actual verse in the 
Bhagavad Gita: 
             कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन 
             मा कर्मफल हेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोअस्त्वकर्मणि  [2 - 47] 

Karmanyevaadhikaarstay Ma phaleshu kadaachina
Ma karmphal heturbhurma Tay sangoastvakarmani”
                                                (Bhagavad Geeta chapter 2, Shloka 47)

Before trying to understand the real meaning of the whole shloka - it will be helpful to understand the meaning of each individual word - which I have confirmed from two Sanskrit dictionaries* and few books on Geeta by different authors as well:

Karmani (Action),  Eva (Only), Adhikaar (Right - control) Tay (You), Ma (no - not) 
Phaleshu (of Fruit, result, outcome), Kadaachina (Never) 
Ma (not) Karm-phal (Fruit, outcome of the action), Hetu (cause, reason), Bhu (Be or Become) 
Ma (do not) Tay (you) Sang (Attachment) Astu (let there be), Akarmani (into inaction or not doing any action)

Now…. By taking a different meaning of ‘just one word’ or rather leaving it out from the 2nd line of this shloka changes its concept and - in my opinion - creates the confusion in the minds of many.
That one important word is Bhu (bhoo)
According to Sanskrit dictionaries*, it means ‘to become’. 
Therefore, the actual and literal meaning of the 2nd line of this shloka would be as this:
                 मा  कर्मफल हेतुर्भू  - मा  ते सङ्गोअस्त्वकर्मणि 
            (न कर्मफल का कारण बन  - न ही कर्म का त्याग कर) 

             "Ma karmphal heturbhu - ma Tay sangoastvakarmani"
- Neither become the cause or reason of the outcome of your actions, nor (you) be disengaged from action. 

In other words, do not think that ‘you are the reason for that particular outcome’ of the action you performed. Do not think that it happened the way it happened because of me - because I did it. 

This is a great psychological Mantra – and a hard-core reality as well. 
There are several problems with the notion that “it happened this way because of my actions”
First, it gives us a false ego – because there is nothing that can be done or achieved individually. A simple statement such as “I made a cup of tea” is completely wrong and ‘false ego’. All I did was – I put a tea bag in a cup of boiling water and perhaps added some milk and sugar. Neither I grew the tea plant nor processed it. Many people had contributed in growing the plants, plucking the leaves, processing and packing it. I did not make milk or sugar either. I could not have been able to make it if there was no source of heat or fire; a stove or microwave etc. 
If I covered a hundred-mile distance in a short period of time is not entirely because of me. I could not have done it without a proper mode of transportation or a proper road. I could not have done it if there was some obstacle on the way or if the vehicle had broken down. There are many factors to consider that help in the outcome of any kind of action we perform. No outcome – good or bad - is because of just one single individual’s action. Hence, "I did it" is a false sense of ‘ego’.

Not considering “I” to be the reason of the positive outcome or beneficial rewards of ‘the actions’ is a great management skill as well. There are several people who work and participate in the functioning of any business, company or organization. If the owner, manager or a leader claims all the credits for progress and certain achievements, then he or she alienates the other good hard-working employees and helpers who might have also played some important role in achieving those results. Eventually, out of frustration, many good employees or workers may leave. By taking all the credit all the time, and not acknowledging others, may leave us alone - isolated and even be detrimental at some critical times. 

Secondly – considering ourselves solely responsible for the unfavorable or bad results can also be harmful. It gives us a sense of guilt – makes us feel guilty and brings depression. We lose all motivation and do not want to ‘try again’. We become ‘inactive’ and don’t want to try anything new anymore. (The second part of the second line of this shloka says “do not become inactive either”)

In both scenarios, considering “I am the reason for the outcome”, regardless of whatever the outcome is - good or bad - is harmful. 

But, as mentioned earlier, many translators and commentators have translated this shloka either by leaving out the word ‘Bhu’ (become) and based their concept accordingly - "work without expectation" - or translated as “Do not let your 'actions be' for any reason (motive)”.  
This creates doubt – how can I work without any expectation? And why should I even work then?
One argument given by few highly revered saints and scholars is that “performing actions purely for the sake of performing and not for any reward will provide real happiness - Eternal Bliss and Moksha”. 
Again…… performing action to achieve ‘real happiness, bliss or Moksha’ is also an expectation – hope for some higher and eternal ‘after life’ reward. Nevertheless - regardless of ‘small or big, lower or higher, transitory or eternal’ - it is also indeed an expectation of some reward.
Therefore, I believe Lord Krishna did not say “do not expect results” – or “perform action without desire or motive”. Because no action can be done without desire of doing it or without having a reason to do. 
The real and practical message of Geeta in this Shloka - according to some other scholars and authors as well**- is “Do not ‘Become’ the cause of your actions – do not consider yourself to be the reason of the outcome of your actions.” 
At the same time, Do not become ‘inactive’ or demotivated either. Perform action well - to the best of your capability but remember – there are many other factors that can also have their impact on the outcome. 
This is a great spiritual and psychological message and an excellent advice for management as well. It's a great Mantra for keeping peace with our self and others. 

                                    ‘Rajan Sachdeva’ 

*Sanskrit - English Dictionary - by Vaman Shivram Apte
  "The Concise Sanskrit English Dicationary" by Vasudeo Govind Apte               
           
**Shrimad Bhagavad Geeta - By Geeta Press Gorakhpur
Bhagavad Gita as it is” By: A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Friday, June 30, 2017

Look Inside for the Solution

Look inside for the solution rather than outside.

Whenever you feel hurt or angry – Ask yourself:
“Whose Business” am I in?

There are only three kinds of business in the world: 
Mine, yours (or theirs), and Nature’s (or God’s).

Whose business is it if an earthquake or tsunami happens? 
- Nature's or God's.
Whose business is it if your neighbor has an ugly lawn? 
- Your neighbor's.
Whose business is it if you are angry at your neighbor because he has an ugly lawn? 
- Yours.

When facing any unpleasant situation, ask yourself: “Whose Business” am I in?
Make a habit of Counting - how many times you are mentally in someone else's business? 

When you give uninvited advice or offer your opinion about something - aloud or silently- 
ask yourself: 
"Am I in my business or theirs?  



Thursday, June 29, 2017

ਵਹੰਦਾ ਵਗਦਾ ਪਾਣੀ

ਵਹੰਦਾ ਵਗਦਾ ਪਾਣੀ ਤੱਕ  ਕੇ ਦਿਲ ਮੇਰਾ ਵਗ ਟੁਰਿਆ
ਡਾਢਾ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਸ੍ਵਛ ਤੇ ਸੋਹਨਾ, ਦਿਲ ਉਸ ਅੰਦਰ ਖੁਰਿਆ 
ਏਪਰ ਡਾਢੀ ਚੀਖ ਸੀ ਉਠੀ, ਜਾਂ ਪਥਰਾਂ ਨਾਲ ਵੱਜਾ 
ਠੇਡੇ ਠੁਡੇ  ਖਾ ਕੇ ਆਖਰ ਪਿਛਾਂ ਘਰ ਨੂੰ ਮੁੜਿਆ 
                               "ਭਾਈ ਵੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ" 

​ਕਵੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਹਿਰਦਾ ਬੜਾ ਕੋਮਲ ਅਤੇ ਸੰਵੇਦਨ ਸ਼ੀਲ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਹੈ ​| ਓਹ ਛੋਟੀ ਛੋਟੀ ਘਟਨਾਵਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਵੀ ਬੜੀ ਗਹਿਰਾਈ ਨਾਲ ਵੇਖਦੇ ਅਤੇ ਵਿਚਾਰਦੇ ਹਨ | 

​ਪਹਾੜਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਛੋਟੇ ਛੋਟੇ ਨਾਲੇ ਵੀ ਬੜੀ ਤੇਜੀ ਨਾਲ ਵਗਦੇ ਹਨ ​ਅਤੇ ਛੋਟੇ ਵੱਡੇ ਪੱਥਰਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਚੱਟਾਨਾਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਵੀ ਆਪਣਾ ਰਸਤਾ ਬਣਾ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਤੇ ਤੇਜੀ ਨਾਲ ਪਹਾੜਾਂ ਤੋਂ ਥੱਲੇ, ਮੈਦਾਨਾਂ ਵੱਲ ਦੌੜੇ ਚਲੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ।  
​ਇਸੇ ਤਰਾਂ ​ਨਵੇਂ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਵਿਚ ​ਵੀ ​ਨਵੇਂ ਝਰਨੇਆਂ ਵਾਂਗੂ ਤੇਜ ਰਵਾਨੀ ਹੁੰਦੀ ਹੈ, ਬਹੁਤਾ ਜੋਸ਼ ਤੇ ਚਾ ਹੁੰਦਾ ਏ, ਬਹਿਸ ਮੁਬਾਹਸਾ ਵੀ ਜਿਆਦਾ ਕਰਦੇ ਨੇ​| 
ਜੇ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਦੀ ਗੱਲ ਨਾ ਮੰਨੀ ਜਾਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਕ੍ਰੋਧ ਵਿਚ ਵੀ ਆ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਨੇ | 
ਅਜੇਹੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਜੇਕਰ ਕਿਧਰੇ ਠੋਕਰ ਲੱਗ ਜਾਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਪਿਛੇ ਵੀ ਮੁੜ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਨੇ ​ .......
​ਪਰ ਜਿਓਂ ਜਿਓਂ  ਸਮਝ ਵਧਦੀ ਹੈ, ​ਸਿਮਰਨ​ ਵਧਦਾ ਹੈ ਤਾਂ ਆਤਮਿਕ ਸ਼ਕਤੀ ਵੀ ਵਧਦੀ ਹੈ | ਧੀਰਜ ਆ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ, ਅਤੇ ਗੁਰਮੁਖ ਲੋਕ ​ਬਹਿਸ ਮੁਬਾਹਿਸਾ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਥਾਂ ਤੇ ਸਹਿਜ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਵਿਚ ਹੀ ਆਪਣੀ ਗੱਲ ਦੱਸ ਕੇ ਸ਼ਾਂਤ ਹੋ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ | ਜੇਕਰ ਕੋਈ ਠੋਕਰ ਲੱਗ ਵੀ ਜਾਵੇ, ਕੋਈ ਦੁਖ 
ਜਾਂ ਮੁਸੀਬਤ ਵੀ ਆ ਜਾਵੇ ਤਾਂ ਵੀ ਸ਼ਾਂਤ ਅਵਸਥਾ ਵਿਚ ਰਹਿ ਕੇ ਆਪਣਾ ਰਸਤਾ ਬਣਾ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹਨ | ਘਬਰਾਂਦੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਹਨ ਤੇ ਨਾ ਹੀ ਪਿਛੇ ਮੁੜਨ ਦਾ 
ਜਤਨ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ | 
ਸੰਸਾਰਿਕ ਰਸਤੇਆਂ ਵਾਂਗੁ ਹੀ ਅਧਿਆਤਮਿਕਤਾ ਦੇ ਰਸਤੇਆਂ ਵਿਚ ਵੀ ਕਈ ਰੁਕਾਵਟਾਂ ਆਉਂਦਿਆਂ ਹਨ।  
ਜੇਕਰ  ਗੁਰਮੁਖ ​ਲੋਕਾਂ ​​ਦੇ ​ਰਸਤੇ ਵਿਚ ​ਵੀ ​ਕੋਈ ਵੱਡੀ ਰੁਕਾਵਟ ਆ ਜਾਵੇ​, ਤਾਂ ​ਉਹ ​ਵੀ​ - ਪਹਾੜਾਂ 'ਚ  ਵਗਦੇ ਪਾਣੀ ਵਾਂਗ  ਰੁਕਦੇ ਨਹੀਂ - ਬਲਕਿ ​
ਸਹਿਜ ਭਾਵ ਨਾਲ ​ਆਪਣਾ ਰਸਤਾ ਕੱਢ ਲੈਂਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਆਪਣੇ ਨਿਸ਼ਾਨੇ ਵੱਲ ਵਧਦੇ ਚਲੇ ਜਾਂਦੇ ਹਨ । 

PUNCTUALITY

A Press reporter asked a company owner: 

"How do you Motivate your Employees to be so Punctual"?

He smiled & replied:

"It's simple; I have 30 employees & 28 Free Parking spaces 

The other two are 'Paid Parking'!



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

कभी मैं तू हो जाता हूँ Kabhi main Tu Ho Jata hoon

कभी कभी मैं याद में तेरी यूँ खो जाता हूँ 
मैं नहीं रहता हूँ तब - बस तू हो जाता हूँ ​

Kabhi kabhi main yaad me teri yoon kho J​a​ata Hoon
Main Nahi​n​ Rehta​ hun tab - bus​ Tu Ho J​a​ata Hoon



Monday, June 26, 2017

Get your facts first

Get your facts first - 
Then you can distort them as you please.
                                                   "Mark Twain"

Introversion

The ability to enjoy one's own company is one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. 
Learning to turn my thoughts away from all my responsibilities at the day's end and 
take my mind into a state of peace and benevolence enables me to carry greater and 
greater loads without feeling the burden. 
When my inner landscape is full of beautiful thoughts, everything I do is a pleasure. 
Gently, I calm down chaotic situations and offer solace to troubled mind.
                                                   (Writer: Unknown) 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Let Go of Ego

Everyone says ‘Get Rid of Ego’ –
In every Satsang, every sermon, and in every Holy book we hear or find statements such as:
“Ego is the biggest hindrance in Spirituality and attaining Moksha” – 
“Ego is the only wall between us and God” 
or “Get rid of ego if you want to achieve true Happiness” etc. 
But what is Ego? 
Ego is not just having a big head or when someone tries to show off. It’s present in any kind of ‘Attachment’- regardless of how small or big it is.
There is a subtle Ego present the moment we think “This is mine or That is mine!".
The Gyana teaches us that nothing is 'mine' or 'yours' - we are all trustees.
Where there is attachment, there is 'Fear' - fear of losing what we have or not being able to get what we want.

                     "Where there is ego, there is attachment.
                      Where there is attachment there is fear –
                     and where there is fear there cannot be (true) love
                     and where there is no (true-selfless) love there is misery.
                     This is why there is so much unhappiness in the world" (and in our lives) 
                                                                  (Quote from the web)

This is why all saints and sages, present and past Gurus - all Scriptures - Bhagavad Gita and others emphasize upon getting rid of ‘Ego’ through ‘detachment’.
By detaching from everything - we can banish ego. 
If there is no ego then there will be no fear.
When there is no fear, only then we can experience the true - selfless love and true happiness, which is the true nature of our ‘Self’.

दर्पण की शिक्षा

पुराने जमाने की बात है। एक गुरुकुल के आचार्य अपने शिष्य की सेवा भावना से बहुत प्रभावित हुए। विद्या पूरी होने के बाद शिष्य को विदा करते समय ...