शिव स्तुति – रुद्राश्टक़

नमामिशमीशान निर्वाण रूपं। विभुं व्यापकं ब्रह्म वेदस्वरूपं॥१॥  shivji

निजं निर्गुणं निर्किल्पं निरीहं। चिदाकाशमाकाशवासं भजेहं॥२॥

O moksha personified ,O vibhu , all pervading brahman ,Veda personified, the lord of Ishaan , lord and master of all Shiva, I pay my obesiances to you ,situauted in the self and away from maya, away from modes of nature, away from desires, the digambara who wears the sky /aakash as garment -I chant you O lord

निराकारमोंकारमूलं तुरीयं। गिरा ज्ञान गोतीतमीशं गिरीशं॥३॥

करालं महाकाल कालं कृपालं। गुणागार संसारपारं नतोहं॥४॥

The one who has no form, the origin of Omkara, beyond the three gunas; beyond speech, knowledge and senses; the lord of Kailash, the one who causes fear and reverence in the heart, the death of the Lord of death itself, bestower of grace, the abode of virtues, the Perfect one who is beyond  the world I pay my obeisances unto you

तुषाराद्रि संकाश गौरं गंभीरं। मनोभूत कोटि प्रभा श्री शरीरं॥५॥

स्फुरन्मौलि कल्लोलिनी चारु गंगा। लसद्भालबालेंदु कंठे भुजंगा॥६॥

The one who is fair skinned like the Himanchal and is serene and calm, the one who has beauty and grace of millions of kamdevas, the one upon whose head presides the sacred Ganges, the one upon whose head is the crescent moon and his neck  is adorned by a snake(time)

चलत्कुंडलं भ्रू सुनेत्रं विशालं। प्रसन्नाननं नीलकंठ दयालं॥७॥

मृगाधीशचर्माम्बरं मुण्डमालं। प्रियं शंकरं सर्वनाथं भजामि॥८॥

In his ears are  beautiful kundalas(ear rings), he has beautiful eyebrows and large eyes, ,is cheerful faced, blue necked , extremely kind and compassionate, he wears  lions skin and a garland made of skulls, he who is dearest to all and is the lord of all I chant that name Shankara

प्रचंडं प्रकृष्टं प्रगल्भं परेशं। अखंडं अजं भानुकोटिप्रकाशं॥९॥

त्रय:शूल निर्मूलनं शूलपाणिं। भजेहं भवानीपतिं भावगम्यं॥१०॥

Rudrarup, best, the one who has opulence, Perfect, eternal, unborn, the one who has effulgence of a million suns, the one who uproots the three kinds of griefs, the one who has trident in his hand, the one who is obtained by love, I chant the name of the husband of Bhavani -Shri Shankar ji

कलातीत कल्याण कल्पान्तकारी। सदा सज्जनानन्ददाता पुरारी॥११॥

चिदानंदसंदोह मोहपहारी। प्रसीद प्रसीद प्रभो मन्मथारी॥१२॥

Beyond Time/Timeless, welfare personified, the one who causes dissolution of the creation, the one who gives pleasure and happines to the good, the enemy of Tripur, the owner and giver of eternl bliss , the one who takes away  worldly attachment, the one who churns the heart (and brings out all the good in it), the enemy of kaamdev(cupid ), O lord please be happy with me

न यावत् उमानाथ पादारविन्दं। भजंतीह लोके परे वा नराणां॥१३॥

न तावत्सुखं शांति सन्तापनाशं। प्रसीद प्रभो सर्वभूताधिवासं॥१४॥

O husband of Paarvati unless and until human beings do not worship your lotus feet  they do not get peace and joy in either this world or in heaven.Till then their sufferings are not mitigated, O the one lord who resides in the heart of creatures be pleased with me

न जानामि योगं जपं नैव पूजां। नतोहं सदा सर्वदा शंभु तुभ्यं॥१५॥

जरा जन्म दु:खौघ तातप्यमानं। प्रभो पाहि आपन्नमाशीश शंभो॥१६॥

Neither do I know Yoga, nor I know penance and worship O Shambhu but I always pay my obeisances unto you O lord I am burning in the suffering of the cycle of death and old age O lord protect this aggrieved from grief O lord O Shambhu I pay my obeisances unto you

रुद्राष्टकमिदं प्रोक्तं विप्रेण हरतोषये। ये पठन्ति नरा भक्त्या तेषां शम्भुः प्रसीदति॥

The brahmin recited this Ashtak of stuti of lord Rudra for pleasing him.The one who reads and recites it with devotion ,with him lord Shiva becomes pleased.

Soon I will try to come up with a more detailed translation that not only gives the verbal but the implied meaning of the text.

Book Review – Jonathan Livingstone Seagull

It was morning,and the new sun sparkled gold across the ripples of a gentle sea.

A mile from shore a fishing boat chummed the water,and the word for breakfast flock flashed through the air,till a crowd of a thousand seagulls came to dodge and fight for bits of food.It was another busy day beginning.

But way off alone,out by himself beyond boat and shore,Jonathan Livingstone seagull was practicing. A hundred feet in the sky he lowered his seagullwebbed feet,lifted his beak, and strained to hold a painful hard twisting curve through his wings.The curve meant that he would slow,and now he slowed untill the wind was whisper in his face,untill the ocean stood still beneath him.He narrowed his eyes in fierce concentration ,held his breath ,forced one….single….more….inch…..of ….curve…..then his feathers ruffled,he stalled and fell.

Seagulls as you know,never falter,never stall.To stall in  the air for them disgrace and it is dishonor.

But Jonathan Livingstone seagull,unashamed,streching his wings again in that trembling hard curve – slowing,slowing,and stalling again –

Was no ordinary bird.

Overcome space and all we have left is here.Overcome time and all we have left is now.

Chiang says” You will begin to touch heaven in the moment you begin to touch perfect speed.And that isn’t flying thousand miles an hour,or a million,or flying at the speed of light.Because any number is a limit,and perfection does’nt have limits.Perfect speed,my son,is being there.”

A classic from Richard Bach the book has inspired millions including me.I feel a tremendous sense of identification with Jonathan Seagull Achievement that’s measured with a view of what people think of you is shallow,fleeting but achievement that brings you closer to yourself is permanent,for always and it is a part of you.Life is a continuous journey of raising the bar on yourself .The joy of knowing that you have been able to challenge yourself and win is unparalleled.Enjoy being yourself,revel in your own company,wake up early or work late in the night………the silence is bliss full.

Lines from Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena resonate a similiar resolve :

सामर्थ्य केवल इच्छा का दूसरा नाम है,
जीवन और मृत्यु के बीच जो भूमि है
वह नियति की नहीं मेरी है।

A classic that takes about an hour to read but a lifetime to absorb.Read one page at a time.

तुने दीवाना बनाया तो मैं दीवाना बना…

तेरे दर के फकीर हैं हम लोग

क्या अमीर ओ कबीर् हैं हम लोग

दोनो आलम की क़ैद से आज़ाद

एक तेरे असीर हैं हम लोग्

तू मिला भी है तू जुदा भी है abida-1
तेरा क्या कहना

तू सनम भी है तू खुदा भी है
तेरा क्या कहना

ये तमन्ना है के आज़ादे तमन्ना ही रहूँ
दिले मायूस को मायूस ए तमन्ना न बना…

तुने दीवाना  बनाया  तो मैं दीवाना बना.


अब मुझे होश की दुनिया में तमाशा न बना…

बुरा जो देखन मैं चला बुरा न मिलिया कोए

जो घर देखा आपना मुझसे बुरा न कोए

नुसरत ए मिस्र ए तम्मना तेरे जलवों

के निसार्

मेरी बेदारियों को ख्वाब ए सुलेखां न बना

दोज़ख से कोई काम न जन्नत से कुछ गरज़

जायेंगे उधर जिधर यार ले चले

निगाहे नाज़ से पूछेंगे किसी दिन ये ज़हीन

तूने क्या क्या न बनाया कोई क्या क्या न बना

तुम्हारे साथ रहकर

लेखक: सर्वेश्वरदयाल सक्सेना

तुम्हारे साथ रहकर
अक्सर मुझे ऐसा महसूस हुआ है
कि दिशाएँ पास आ गयी हैं,
हर रास्ता छोटा हो गया है,
दुनिया सिमटकर
एक आँगन-सी बन गयी है
जो खचाखच भरा है,
कहीं भी एकान्त नहीं
न बाहर, न भीतर।
 हर चीज़ का आकार घट गया है,
पेड़ इतने छोटे हो गये हैं
कि मैं उनके शीश पर हाथ रख
आशीष दे सकता हूँ,
आकाश छाती से टकराता है,
मैं जब चाहूँ बादलों में मुँह छिपा सकता हूँ।
 तुम्हारे साथ रहकर
अक्सर मुझे महसूस हुआ है
कि हर बात का एक मतलब होता है,
यहाँ तक की घास के हिलने का भी,
हवा का खिड़की से आने का,
और धूप का दीवार पर
चढ़कर चले जाने का।
 तुम्हारे साथ रहकर
अक्सर मुझे लगा है
कि हम असमर्थताओं से नहीं
सम्भावनाओं से घिरे हैं,
हर दिवार में द्वार बन सकता है
और हर द्वार से पूरा का पूरा
पहाड़ गुज़र सकता है।
 शक्ति अगर सीमित है
तो हर चीज़ अशक्त भी है,
भुजाएँ अगर छोटी हैं,
तो सागर भी सिमटा हुआ है,
सामर्थ्य केवल इच्छा का दूसरा नाम है,
जीवन और मृत्यु के बीच जो भूमि है
वह नियति की नहीं मेरी है।
  

From Maximus I have learnt…

Self control and resistance to distractions.maximus

Optimism in adversity – especially in illness.

A balance in personality – dignity and grace.

Doing what needs to be done, no complaints.

The belief of everyone that what he said was what he thought,and what he did was done without any bad intention.

Never taken by surprise or apprehensive.Neither rash nor hesitant – or bewildered,or at a loss.

Not obsequious – but not aggresive or paranoid either.

Generosity,charity,honesty.

The sense he gave of staying on the path,rather than being kept on it.

Not patronizing or allowing anyone to patronize him.

A sense of humor .

(From Meditations Book 1 – Debt and Lessons)

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux

I found it apt to dedicate the first post in the category to the man who wrote a book by the same name.A classic that has inspired generations during the eighteen centuries of its existence ,it remains one of the finest literary works known to man.

Of human life the time is a point, and the substance is in a flux, and the marcusperception dull, and the composition of the whole body subject to putrefaction, and the soul a whirl, and fortune hard to divine, and fame a thing devoid of judgement. And, to say all in a word, everything which belongs to the body is a stream, and what belongs to the soul is a dream and vapour, and life is a warfare and a stranger’s sojourn, and after-fame is oblivion. What then is that which is able to conduct a man? One thing and only one, philosophy. But this consists in keeping the daemon within a man free from violence and unharmed, superior to pains and pleasures, doing nothing without purpose, nor yet falsely and with hypocrisy, not feeling the need of another man’s doing or not doing anything; and besides, accepting all that happens, and all that is allotted, as coming from thence, wherever it is, from whence he himself came; and, finally, waiting for death with a cheerful mind, as being nothing else than a dissolution of the elements of which every living being is compounded. But if there is no harm to the elements themselves in each continually changing into another, why should a man have any apprehension about the change and dissolution of all the elements? For it is according to nature, and nothing is evil which is according to nature.

~ Marcus Aurelius