Wednesday, February 27, 2013

is god - no god

पहले खुदा  नहीं था
मैं अकेला था

अब खुदा है
मैं खुश होता
खुदा  तो ख़ुशी है ही
पर तुम खुश नहीं

तुम्हे खुश करने के लिए
नाखुदाई कर नहीं सकता
खुदा  कब, क्यूं, कहाँ, किसे आए 
यह सुना नहीं सकता

तुम्हारे डर  को दूर कैसे करूं
इस बेखुदी का रुख सीध कैसे करूं

य़ा खुदा
अब तू ही बता
तेरे इस बन्दे से
मुंह फेर कैसे करूं

तू नहीं था
तो दर्द था
तू है
तो भी दर्द है
इस दर्द-ए -दिल की दास्तान
कैसे ख़तम करूं 

तेरी करीबी
तेरे तरीके
मुझे सुहाए
पर सबको न भाये
तुझे इस दुनिया मैं कैसे रखूँ



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prayer and effort - प्राथना और प्रयत्न

सिर्फ  प्रयत्न करोगे
तो थक जाओगे
उदास हो जाओगे
फिर गाओगे
परेशान परेशान
मैं परेशान परेशान परेशान
अपनी रुआन्शि सूरत लेकर
समाज मैं दुःख का कारण बनोगे

सिर्फ प्राथना करोगे
तो नास्तिक हो जाओगे
ईस्वर से शिकायत करोगे
अब तुम मेरी कुछ
नहीं सुनते हो
कैसे खुदा हो
खुद के बन्दे को ही
नकारते हो
समाज पर बोझ बन जाओगे
एक गलत उधारण कहलाओगे
यह तो खुदा गवाह था
ईस्वर ने इसकी भी न सुनी

थोडा प्रयत्न
थोड़ी प्राथना
दोनों जरूरी हैं

शंकराचार्य भी चलते रहे
केरल से बनारस तक
पूरी से द्वार्का तक
बत्तीस उम्र की ज़िन्दगी मैं
एक संकल्प लेकर
केरल मैं बैठकर
उन्हॉने अद्वैत का प्रचार
क्यों नहीं किया

बुद्ध भी चालीस साल तक
गाँव गाँव मैं चले
वो समाधी मैं मस्त रह सकते थे
लेकिन नहीं
महावीर भी चलते रहे

जब असीम प्रयत्न से
थक जाते हो
तब आराम से
भगवत शरण मैं जाते हो

नहीं तो इस दुनिया
मैं भटक जाते हो
जीवन को खान पान और पैसा
समझ कर धोखे मैं रह जाते हो

कभी वक्त मिले तो
जीवन की गहरई मैं झाकोँ
मैं कौन हूँ
यहाँ क्यूं आया हूँ
इस भूक को भी
जागने दो

जब प्यास लगती है
तभी मटके की और जाते हो
जीवन मिला है तो
इसके रहस्य की प्यास जागे
येही दुआ है हमारी

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inspired from an evening of satsang in presence of HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the +Art of Living ashram on kanakapura road in bangalore

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

To the welfare of farmer - अन्नदाता सुखी भव

अन्नदाता सुखी भव !!

यह मन्त्र है गुरुदेव का
अन्न के हर दाने को
लेने से पहले
चार बार कहने को

तुम्हारी दुआ किसान
को मिलती है
किसान सुखी और समृद्ध
रहता है
उसकी फसल मैं
प्रेम और रस होता है

व्यपारी किसान को सही
सही दाम देता है
लोभ मैं नहीं होता है
अन्न तुम तक आता है

घर की महिला उस
अन्न को मन से बनाती है
अन्नापुर्नेस्वारी कहलाती है

वही महिला चंडी का रूप
भी ले सकती है
जब व्यापारी लोभ मैं
किसान को कम दाम
और तुम्हे भी नोंचता है
तुम उसे लूटने को कोसते हो
किसान गरीब होता जाता है
आत्म-हत्या की ओर
अग्रसर होता है

समाज मैं बीमारी और
भ्रस्टाचार बड़ता है
एक दुसरे के प्रति
नफरत, दुराचार
बड़ता है

अन्नदाता सुखी भव !!
से किसान ,व्यापारी और
तुम्हारी घर गृहस्थी
सुख और सम्पन रहती है
समाज मैं प्रेम और
भाईचारा बड़ता है

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inspired from evening of satsang in presence of HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji at +Art of Living international ashram on kanakapura road in bangalore

Insecure nation


politicians greed
does not keep cash
in this nation
scared of no wealth
post next term
pumping money
in safe haven
outside country

Brahmin is scared
Dalit is scared
Muslim is scared

Men are scared
Women are scared

Actors too are scared
Foreign land calls them
to make it their own
just like stashed cash


Everyone is unsafe
insecure, fearful
living life on dread

the bad have done enough 
to deserve their due

a nation with 
roller-coaster of 
financial scams and corruption 

the good men have 
to wake up now 

from corner of every village 
a voice needs to be raised 
supported and encouraged 
and breathed life 

until 
we are secure again


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Truth and love

प्रेम छुपा नहीं सकते हो
वो आंखों से झलक जाता है
कदमों मैं दिख जाता है
वाणी मैं पुकारता है
होठों पे मुस्कराहट बनता  है

हर पल तड़पता है
खुद को व्यक्त करने को
असंभव को संभव करने मैं
सदियों से इंसान
प्रेम की अभिव्यक्ति मैं
कितने जीवन बिता चूका है
लेकिन जो अस्तित्व है
उसको अभिव्यक्त नहीं कर पाया है

खासकर महिलायें
जो जियों जान से
अपने परिवार की सेवा करती हैं
फिर परेशान रहतीं हैं
कि कोई उन्हें प्यार नहीं करता
न बेटा , न बेटी , न पति , न बहु
इस दर्द मैं जीवन गुजार देतीं हैं
उस प्यार की अभिव्यति ढूँढती हैं
जो संसार मैं इंसान से
आधी अधूरी ही हो पाती है

ऐसा ही कुछ सत्य का हाल है
जो सच है वोह चुप नहीं सकता
और उसे जानता है वोह उसका
सम्पूर्ण अभिव्यक्त नहीं कर सकता

इसलिए कुछ मान के चलो
कुछ जान के चलो
सबको गले लगाते चलो

Truth cannot be hidden
neither can it be expressed

Same with love
It just shows
in the glistening eyes of beholder
from the spring in his walk
in the sweetness of his talk
in his ever broadening smiles
for no reason
there is glow in his presence

Since ancient times
men have tried to express love
none have succeeded so far
none will ever be

Unexpressed love is frustration
especially for ladies
who sacrifice their lives
serving and fulfilling the
lives of people around them
their children, spouse, parents, neighbors
they need not worry

for its difficult to experience love
and the ones who do
its difficult to express love
with your limited means
for its your very existence
its your truth

Therefore , wisdom is to know that
few things can be known in life
few things can be on faith
people say earth rotates round  sun
have you see it?
They also say men have been on moon
you have only seen few pictures
same way some people
show pictures of krishna
you cannot go in time and see
but in meditation you will know it
that truth is god and god is love


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inspired by satsang talk by HH +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at +Art of Living ashram Bangalore on 18th feb 2013

Surrender is release

When you surrender you become empty.

God will not ask you to surrender
your good health, habits, wealth, relations
God is already the epitome of goodness
What will he do with your silly little goodness?
HE just wants to take your pain
Why are you so pained even to give your pain?

भगवन तुमसे तुम्हारी ख़ुशी और समृधी नहीं मांगता है
वह तुमसे तुम्हारे दुर्गुण, तुम्हारी कमियां, कमजोरियां मांगता है
खुद के कस्ट देने मैं भी तुम्हे इतना  कस्ट  क्यूं होता है
तुम्हारा सुख लेकर उसे क्या मिलेगा
वो तो खुद सुख का स्वरुप है, सागर है
वैसे देखा जाये तो सब कुछ उसका ही तो है
फिर क्यूं दुःख को पकड़ के बैठे हो ...

Surrender is release
an opportunity for you to free yourself
and come back to your nature
which is peace love and happiness
then meditation happens

जब आप इश्वर  से दर्द बाँट लेते हो
तब आप भी अपने स्वरुप मैं आ जाते हो
आपका स्वरुप प्रेम,शांति और आनंद है
तब समाधी लगती है

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Inspired by yesterdays satsang at +Art of Living ashram in presence of +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Magic in rudra puja

Sunday evening
Wavering mind
Monday morning
rudra puja in ashram
to go or not to go

good soul kundan
mahesh and saraswati
messaged and confirmed

agnihotra homa offering
happens at sunrise
6:40 was todays time
I was pushing my luck
the good souls waited
rice met fire
chanted in glory of
mighty sun, Lord Prajapati

As Gurudev walked  up
a little cloud covered
the stare of rising sun
forming a natural umbrella

he was floating up the stairs
i was brimming with joy
smiles beyond ear to ear
no reason but still

as the rudram begun
the universal tour was on
i traveled from little bickering
to  universal souls

eyes resisted opening
but had to catch a glimpse
of the master on the throne

the arti was offered
all hands went up and front
and returned to the forehead
blessing the self
a sudden burst of energy
flowed down from top
in a natural rhythm
the heart throbbed
tears simply flowed

magic happens on
monday morning
at art of living ashram
before during or after
rudram

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Lucky to witness the flight of steps that Guruji  took before performing rudra puja on 18th Feb 2013


Thursday, February 14, 2013

The ways of my valentine

तुझे आता देख
नजर थम जाती है

पलकें शेर कहते कहते
एक गज़ल बन जाती है

हर आती जाती सांसें
एक कहर बन जाती हैं

दिन के उस पहर मैं
असीम प्रेम की
एक लहर खुल जाती है

लड़खड़ाते कदम
कांपती बाहें
मिलन की तमन्ना लिए
तेरी ओर बड़ते बड़ते
फिर थम जाती हैं
रुक जाती हैं

देख तुझे
एक खुली हवा
इस पिंजड़े से
गुजर जाती है

तेरी प्रीत लहर
बर्फीले दिल को
मोम कर जाती है
पिघला जाती है

मिलन की किरण
उठती बुझ जाती है
कभी ज्वाला
कभी भस्म
बना जाती है

ख़ुदा की कभी हाँ
कभी ना मैं
उम्मीद डगमगा जाती है

तेरी एक झलक की
आस मैं ज़िन्दगी
आगे बडती जाती है

in fond absence of my beloved gurudev +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Taming energy

become hollow
become empty

as you lose body
you gain space

body is limited
space is unlimited

body binds
space unwinds

expanding endlessly
dropping the hold
feeling the release
letting go
allows energy to manifest
enormous, infinite
powerful

witness the divine
merge and dissolve
when she comes
you just go
losing little identities

taming energies is
my master's pastime
when generous
at right time
we too get a glimpse
into his might

beyond energies
he just smiles

Two world

Too much into that world
can make you a blue star

Too much into this world
can make you pole star

which one you prefer
aim for the pole
or go blue

A little bit of that world
can energize, cleanse

coming back into this world
can ground, humble

not always there
neither ever here
somewhere in between
is the golden star
the golden glow
the beautiful soul
that is ever new
ancient too

in between the two world
is the world of you
yours truly
your-self


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

little feets of great master

Little feets
of great master
moving above
mother divine

humbled namaskar
from little disciple
fingers edge
touch and dance
to the heart's flutter

stagnant glance
fixed on the flight
of moving feets,
amongst little noises
to gain attention
if only a side glance
if not the smile
palms blessing
lifting, gaining flight

a tear drop sets
herself free
when he smiles
melting ego
stored inside
growing might
making elephants
from ants inside

a tear drop dries
inside
when he flies by
pinching ego
twitching ease
humbling tight
crushing elephants
from ants inside

remembering the
first time
when nature was
the only master
no living Guru
thick belief
stuck inside

On the roads
he came downside
through thick of humanity
stood in front sight
my back bent
eyes glanced down
fingers reached
for the little feets
of my great master




Monday, February 11, 2013

Spaced out

Eyes are open
nothing to see
nothing is seen

Ears are open
nothing to hear
nothing is heard

Mind is open
nothing to think
only to wonder

space with in
space with out

moments of stillness
moments of wonder
moments of happiness

Feets in motion
body still
wading through
floating wings

Time stops
neither future nor past
only rhythmic breadths
in and out
they also stop

pin point focus
infinite vision
only in meditation
when spaced out

Shakti kriya experience

Something happens.
Something gets transformed.
Something gets shaken up.
Something looses the hold.
Something just falls of.

And in the end its
absolute stillness
absolute bliss
absolute happiness

Words seem distant
Eyes gaze into distance
There is nobody inbetween
Skin becomes breeze
As she take over

In the hands of master
you are left in wonder
with only 10 minutes
to reveal the universe

how to express gratitude
how to say thank you
how to say
how much more can I take it
How to say
How much more can you keep giving


In your expanding heart
I find little corners of happiness
I am fortunate
I have got more than I deserve

I know you have been generous
in giving love
from sudarshan kriya  to सुदर्शन क्रिया
shakti kriya शक्ति क्रिया
The giving never stops
in the company of true master

Around 1000 teachers completed Shakti kriya experience today at +Art of Living ashram, bangalore.
Thank you Guruji +Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji

Monday, February 04, 2013

HP Gas booking experience

The cooking gas prices keep going up. The subsidy rules keep getting amended. First there was linking with Ration Card and now linking with aadhar card. In between, it was mandatory to take the gas book. Every time the warning is "act immediately else your subsidy would be endangered". The fear of losing subsidy send tremors down our spine.

These days, you need a dedicated resource just to manage your residential gas connection.

We have been using the services of HP (Hindustan Petroleum) gas for last 10 years. They introduced automated system to book the gas using IVRS and it worked well so far.

Last month it failed. True test of any service happens when it fails. All the spurious elements surface to kill your spirits. Yes, YOU the CUSTOMER. Imagine doing that to your customers.

So we booked the gas on 15th January 2013. Immediately got SMS with booking number and agency name  as SLV Enterprises.

On 22nd January an SMS came informing about cash memo number and note that it will be delivered shortly.

We kept calling SLV enterprises (HP Gas agency) and they kept saying it will come in next two days. All our schedules and planning was around how to be there when the gas comes. We ensured that atleast one person was at home to receive the gas.

Days passed and suddenly on 31st January another SMS came informing that gas booking is cancelled, please book again.

So, we booked again and then called up SLV enterprises. After numerous attempts to connect we finally got through. The lady said, there was no one at home so it was cancelled.

I also searched if there was a helpline or someway to connect to HP Gas so that I could raise my concern. Finally, found http://jihaan.hpcl.co.in/booking/ComplaintType.aspx where I raised by concern. After some time I got a reply
Action History
A KUMAR (531855) 01/02/2013 06:26 PM
Dear Sir,

Dear Sir,

We have advised the distributor to inquire the issue and take suitable action to prevent recurrance of such incidents and expedite. Reason for cancellation
the copy of the mail is sent to SLV Entprises

Customer Service Cell
BANGALORE LPG RO
I was expecting the gas agency would wake up. Braveheart, was I?

Sorry, nothing seemed to happen by the complaint that was copied to them. So, called up again, got through to a lady by name Savita, she chatted for a while asking about my details like address etc., and said the gas would come on next day (Sunday). BTW, once you give them your consumer number they can view all details on their computer screen.

Monday morning, today, nothing happened so called again. The lady said cash memo is not ready and it would take 2-3 days. I was furious. She said call me at 2 PM. I had no other job left in world except to court the dear cylinder and their suppliers.

So I also went back to their online help ticketing system and reopened the ticket with below words.
04/02/2013 10:34 AM
Dear Customer Service Cell,

I called your esteemed agency on Saturday(02022012), they said the gas would come on sunday. Today again when I called them they said bill is not released, it will take 2-3 days. After further discussion she asked me to call back at 2 PM so that she can release the bill today. Then the phone line was cut from them.

Is this your standard procedure to harass customers? First cancel the gas and then force the customer to keep calling again and again.

I hope you are capable of doing more than sending a copy of the email to the agency.
And here is the online response. I just cannot help it but its an utter waste of resource to update your customers with such an response which is totally useless. Just being one of the richest company in the country is not enough, you need to develop a care for your customer and give them something that is useful like in this case "What action was taken?" and "when will the request be fulfilled?". Even a layman can make that out.
A KUMAR (531855) 04/02/2013 01:20 PM
Dear sir,


Thanking you and assuring you our best attention always.

Customer Service Cell
BANGALORE LPG RO
I called back at 2 today, Monday. The rude lady informed bluntly that it would take 5 days to bill. I said it was ridiculous. She cut the line.
I called again, the agency did not pick for a while. Now she said the bill was cancelled because they had billed for non-subsidized rate and they had to cancel all bills to make them subsidized. She asked me to call again tomorrow morning as there was no stock now. Don't I have any other thing in life except to keep calling SLV enterprises in morning and afternoon and then get a call cut abruptly? She cut the call again.


HP Gas tag line is "future full of energy". I did not realize that full energy is required just to get a gas cylinder from them.

Are other cooking gas LPG supplier of similar league or do you think they had fared better when they failed to deliver?

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Volunteers for a better Brigade Gardenia #vbi

We live in enclave. It is easy to create an isolated world. Become insensitive to issues that bother us and are created because of us.

There are some Neighborhood concerns to share:
  1. Uneducated neighborhood
  2. Disconnected neighborhood
  3. Dying and dirty lakes
The community around has created a lot of support in terms of housemaids, security staff, car cleaners/drivers and more.

There are few local issues to the enclave
  1. Pigeon menace
  2. Dog menace
  3. Ogling eyes 
  4. Public smoking/spitting and release
  5. Flowers/Leaves plucking
  6. speed biking 
  7. foul language from early age
What can we do so that life has an equal distribution?
Here are few ideas 
  1. Educate neighborhood -  value of girl child, prevent kid and female abuse (wife beating)
  2. Reach out - create common cultural programs (your cultural event can be theirs too)
  3. Rejuvenate neighborhood lakes  (poor chunchunghatta lake is a dirty mess)
  4. Create awareness on de-addiction (alcohol/cigarette)
  5. Meet up with local government officials (educate on corruption free workplace)
These solutions are also inline with the driving force of  volunteer for better India movement. 

Disasters always do not happen on streets of delhi. They can happen in and around your neighborhood. 

So time to wake, a little shake off and add an hour in your day to give back to your community. 

Act now to prevent an ugly tomorrow for you and your coming generation. 

You can become a volunteer too. It can be your movement too. 

You can also register to become volunteer by sending 
SMS to 8080801010 with

VFABI YourEMAIL YourNAME

example send message  
VFABI yourname@gmail.com firstname surname
to 8080801010

or register online at  http://ww.vfabi.org/


follow  #VBI on twitter

Today is the official launch of the movement that has been brimming in the horizon for the last few months. Be there to witness history on one of following places
  1. online  -  www.artofliving.org/webcast
  2. television - Shraddha and MH1
  3. KSLTA stadium, cubban park, Bangalore
  4. Ram Lila Maidan, Delhi
from 4PM to 7PM, this day the 3rd of Feb

Kumudavathi River Rejuvenation project #vbi

If you feel the pinch then this is the time for action.

Are you concerned with Bangalore water woes?

Do you want to sit on the fence and watch the show? Go around and do talk/gossip shows.

Or give a chance to give back life to a river that has managed thirst of Bangaloreans for hundreds of years.

Bangalore has lost lakes and river to ever growing population. Cities will continue to grow in height and on all sides. What can you do from the four walls of house and or cubicle?

There are few folks who have joined hands. Walked and met around 25 gram panchayat heads. These villages lie on the catchment area of the river Kumudavathi. Today they will be around if you go to KSLTA (tennis stadium) in cubban park, Bangalore between 4-7 PM.

These folks are mostly volunteers from +The Art of Living fraternity, who have taken the cause in the face and are fighting for you. The project is for you so that your taps do not dry and your city does not have another line of water tankers plying around.

If you wish to bite the bullet then become volunteer for a better India, register and hold hands for this project.

A river gives life to so many.
Now is the time to give back life to the source.
Let it flow and nourish you and your coming generations.


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You can follow the activities of volunteers on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Vfkumudvathi.

You can also register to become volunteer by sending SMS to 8080801010 with

VFABI YourEMAIL YourNAME

example 
VFABI yourname@gmail.com firstname surname

or register online at  http://ww.vfabi.org/

Managing perception

If you tell her
the truth
she will fume
go gloom
stiffness abound

If you tell her
the lies
she will smile
go bright
shine around

I need to work
on my expression
managing perception
learn and guess the
meaning of my words
for other

It is an art
of communication
to tell the truth
even if hidden
in volumes of lies

For we have to
live together
work together
grow together
spend lifetime

caressing bloated minds
with gentle touch and light
an ultimate test for
spiritual mind
setting perceptions
all around all right

A journey is fun when
neither is uptight
holding back emotions
killing life insider
with little murders
each day and night

let expression flow
without sarcasm and fight
sensitive to little and big minds

managing perception
a game for lifetime

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