Wednesday, July 01, 2015

पीड़ा

हमारे सब से कठिन रास्ते
नहीं लाते अपने साथ
अंकों का सिरहाना
 जिस पर सर रख कर
हम सो लें कुछ देर

न मील के पत्थर
जिन से
जान लें
कि सुकून
कितनी दूर है अभी

बवंडर कहाँ लाते हैं
अंक
अगणित ही होती है
पीड़ा
साक्ष्य से परे , निर्णय से दूर। 
 

Happy Birthday with Hava Nagila!

It is July 1. Normally, at this time, I would be up, looking frantically at flowers and guessing which will be good for him to get. Mentally imagining his voice saying "Why do you waste money on flowers?"

Today, there were no flowers to order. I called up the blind school and requested them to let us sponsor the food for the whole day - breakfast, lunch and evening tea (dinner was booked).

It is his 13th day. Also his 65th birthday.

I have been very sad the whole evening, and most part of the day. Suddenly, a song pops up in head. And a minute later, I smile. That's classic dad. Asking me to not be sad. To "Hava Nagila" (Let us Rejoice)

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Birthday Greeting that my dad prefers - Hava Nagila.

I have spent the last hour listening to at least 50 renditions, and this one finally made me smile. Even from up there, dad knows exactly what he wants.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKllzotdpM4



Here are the other good ones:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VCU6PfBoBM

Harry Belafonte:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTCmKmofaKA


One more:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSTOcyevIOE


 

hindustan!

ये न सोचो 
के हिंदुस्तान आखिर कर क्या रहा है 
ये सोचो 
की अगर हिन्दुतान वो कर गया,
जो वो कर सकता है 
तो तुम क्या करोगे?
 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Trishanku

तुम 
कविता में 
पढ़ना मुझ को 
मैं बस वहीँ 
समझ आती हूँ
****************
पकड़ना चाहो,
तो यथार्थ में 
मिलना 

समझना चाहो 
तो कविता से  
समझना मुझको 


Read me
in a book of poetry
that is the only place
where I can be
understood.
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Main kya maangoon, kuchh Thir na reha..

When I came back from Hyderabad, I was reeling under the loss of father and grandmother both. As the day passed, the only memories that came back were of her teaching me Gurmukhi, the technique of sweeping, mopping, and knitting. I didn't remember any of the less pleasant stuff.

This year, I have lost both grandmothers, and my father. A lot of ppl ask me how I know what I know. It is because of my grandparents, and my parents.

Was looking for peace. This is a shabad that I hum often, with just one line - मैं क्या मांगूं, कुछ थिर न रहा, हर दीजे नाम प्यारी जीओ (What should I ask for, since everything in the world is ephemeral.. Dear Lord, grant me thy name..)

Sharing the shabad that has brought me much peace in this week..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbGqkRc8Ubw


And the lyrics with their meaning are here:
Tek :-  

Tu Prabh Data Daan Mat Pura, Ham Thare Bihkari Jio.
( You, God, Are The Giver Of Gifts;
 The Lord Of Perfect Understanding;
  I Am A Mere Beggar At Your Door. ) 

Shabad:-

Mai Kya Mangu, Kuch Thirro Na Rhaai
Har Dije Naam Piyari Jio ||1||
( What Should I Beg For? Nothing Remains Permanent;
  O Lord, Please, Bless Me With Your Beloved Name. ||1|| )

Tu Prabh Data Daan Mat Pura, Ham Thare Bihkari Jio.
( You, God, Are The Giver Of Gifts;
 The Lord Of Perfect Understanding;
  I Am A Mere Beggar At Your Door. ) 

Ghat Ghat Rav Rahaiya Banvari.
( In Each And Every Heart, The Lord, The Lord Of The Forest, Is Permeating And Pervading. )
 
Jal Thal Mahiyal, Gupto Varte.
Gur Shabdi Dehk Nihari Jio. || Raho ||
( In The Water, On The Land, And In The Sky, He Is Pervading But Hidden;
  Through The Word Of The Guru's Shabad, He Is Revealed. ||Pause||  )

Tu Prabh Data Daan Mat Pura, Ham Thare Bihkari Jio.
( You, God, Are The Giver Of Gifts;
 The Lord Of Perfect Understanding;
  I Am A Mere Beggar At Your Door. ) 

Satnam Shri Waheguru.
( The Name Is Truth Creative Being Personified No Fear No Hatred Image Of The Undying. )

Marat Peeyal Akash Dikhayo,
Gur Satguru Kirpa Dhari Jio.
( In This World, In The Nether Regions Of The Underworld, 
  And In The Akaashic Ethers, The Guru, The True Guru, Has Shown Me The Lord;
  He Has Showed Me With His Mercy. )

Soo Barham Ajohni, Hai Bhi Honi,
Gath Bhitar Dehk Murari Jio.||2|| 
( He Is The Unborn Lord God; He Is, And Shall Ever Be.
   Deep Within Your Heart, Behold Him, The Destroyer Of Ego.||2|| )

Mai Kya Mangu, Kuch Thirro Na Rhaai
Har Dije Naam Piyari Jio ||1||
( What Should I Beg For? Nothing Remains Permanent;
  O Lord, Please, Bless Me With Your Beloved Name. )

Janam Maran Ko Eh Jag Bapudo, 
 Ihn Duhje Bahgat Visari Jio ||
( This Wretched World Is Caught In Birth And Death;
  In The Love Of Duality; It Has Forgotten Devotional
  Worship Of Lord. )

Satguru Mile Ta Gurumat Paiye,
Sakat Bahji Hari Jio ||3||
( Meeting The True Guru, The Guru's Teaching Are
  Obtained; The Faithless Cynic Loses The Game Of Life. ||3|| )

Mai Kya Mangu, Kuch Thirro Na Rhaai
Har Dije Naam Piyari Jio ||1||
( What Should I Beg For? Nothing Remains Permanent;
  O Lord, Please, Bless Me With Your Beloved Name. )

Satnam Shri Waheguru.
( The Name Is Truth Creative Being Personified No Fear No Hatred Image Of The Undying. )

Satguru Bandhan Tohad Nirare,
Bahod Na Garabh Majahri Jio ||
( Breaking My Bonds, The True Guru Has Set Me Free,
  And I Shall Not Be Cast Into The Womb Of Reincarnation Again. )

Nanak Gayan Ratan Pargasiya,
Har Man Vasya Nirnkari Jio ||4||8||
( O Nanak, The Jewel Of Spiritual Wisdom Shines Forth, 
  And The Lord, The Formless Lord, Dwells Within My Mind.||4||8|| )

Mai Kya Mangu, Kuch Thirro Na Rhaai
Har Dije Naam Piyari Jio ||1||
( What Should I Beg For? Nothing Remains Permanent;
  O Lord, Please, Bless Me With Your Beloved Name. ) 

Satnam Shri Waheguru.
( The Name Is Truth Creative Being Personified No Fear No Hatred Image Of The Undying. )

Tu Prabh Data Daan Mat Pura, Ham Thare Bihkari Jio.
( You, God, Are The Giver Of Gifts;
 The Lord Of Perfect Understanding;
  I Am A Mere Beggar At Your Door. ) 

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Father's Day Papa..

Tomorrow is Father's Day. Also the day we will be returning the body of our father to his Father in heaven.




I came home to spend Father's Day with him.. and had a strong feeling that I should spend July 1 here with him.. because it will be his last birthday.. but he didn't wait that long.


Now, I celebrated Father's Day by consigning his body to the Fire God, and will spend July 1 as his Terhnvi - 13th Day.






I think.. there should be some divine rule against taking fathers 2 days before Father's Day and 10 days before their birthday.





Happy 65th Papa. Sleep Well.


Waheguru.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

पहाड़

पहाड़ सब
एक से ही दीखते हैं
 हरे, खूबसूरत
सशक्त

तस्वीर कहीं से भी हो
मॉडल सदा एक सा ही होता है
 

Bachpan ko, Hak Hai..

ਬਚਪਨੇ ਨੂ
ਹਕ ਹੈ
ਰੋਸੇ ਦਾ
ਮਿੰਨਤਾਂ ਦਾ
ਜਾਫ੍ਫਿਯਾੰ ਦਾ
********************

बचपन को
रूठने का
हक़ है
रोने का
रेत के मंदिर बना कर
उनके टूटने पर
सौ मन मोती बहाने का

बिना बात की
संवेदनशीलता का

बचपन को
हक़ है
झूलों का
आसमानों का।