Parh Parh Ilm Hazaar Kitaaban,
Qaddi Apnay Aap Nou Parhiya Naee,
Jaan Jaan Warhday Mandir Maseedi,
Qaddi Mann Apnay Wich Warhiya Naee,
Aa-Vain Larda Aye Shaitan De Naal Bandeaa,
Qaddi Nafss Apnay Naal Lariya Naee.
By: Bulleh Shah
Yes, Yes, You Have Read Thousands Of Books,
But You Have Never Tried To Read Your Own Self,
You Rush In, Into Your Temples, Into Your Mosques,
But You Have Never Tried To Enter Your Own Heart,
Futile Are All Your Battles With Satan,
For You Have Never Tried To Fight Your Own Desires
PS: The messy routine makes one drown in frenzy circumstances where oneself is second to all materialistic priorities.
* Translation was done by a blogger on the following website: https://captureuniverse.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/few-words-of-bulleh-shah/
Oh mirror! Oh mirror!
Who’s this girl that’s looking at me?
Born out of darkness but grew out of me.
Yet I only see the blurred image mirror spits back at me.
PS: Once we learn to love and appreciate our changing appearance, life opens up in ways we never imagined. Mirrors do not lie, it is just doing what it is made to do. We just have to realize the beauty that is inside us. Gaurav had interesting views after reading my previous poem so we decided to write this out. I hope you guys like it.
As the sun shines it’s rays on his house
and morning coffee is brewing slowly,
he came upto his father,
looking at his face with all his focus,
ears begging to hear the response
and he asked,
“Papa, your silence
speaks of a story.”
He glances over and replies calmly,
“I am the garden, my boy.
Filled with variety of flowers,
grown by light and rain;
stomped by shoes of pain.
My silence speaks of how
my words have been misunderstood multitude of times;
let others mute my voice;
so now I only speak when needed because
the more I learn, the less I speak.”
I’m sharing a sweet little story with you all, an inspiring story about feelings…
Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.
Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment.
When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.
Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said,
“Richness, can you take me with you?”
Richness answered, “No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”
Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. “Vanity, please help me!”
“I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.
Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.”
“Oh . . . Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”
Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.
Suddenly, there was a voice, “Come, Love, I will take you.” It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder,
Love asked Knowledge, another elder, “Who Helped me?”
“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.
“Time?” asked Love. “But why did Time help me?”
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”
Every one of us desires to be happy. Normally, that is what we seek to achieve. Yet, most people are immersed in some kind of suffering. If at times they do get small instalments of happiness in their lives, it is neither unadulterated nor abiding. Even if one does not seek suffering, it comes as an inevitable outcome of the very manner in which one seeks happiness.
Most seek happiness through the fulfillment of desires, but such fulfillment is never an assured thing. Hence, in the pursuit of desires, one is also unavoidably preparing for the suffering from their non-fulfillment.
Man is subject to sudden moods and impulses. Sometimes he is happy and elated, at other times he is very unhappy and downhearted. His moods change as his desires are fulfilled or frustrated. The satisfaction of some desires yields momentary happiness, but this happiness does not last, and it soon leads to the reaction of depression. His moods subject him to ups and downs and to constant change.
Complete detachment is one of the essential conditions of lasting and true happiness, for he who has a complete detachment no longer creates for himself the suffering which is due to the unending thraldom produced by desires. Desirelessness makes a man firm like a rock. He is neither moved by pleasure nor by sorrow.
Mere desirelessness, however, cannot yield positive happiness, though it protects man from self-created suffering and goes a long way towards making true happiness possible.
True happiness begins when a man learns the art of right adjustment to other persons, and right adjustment involves self-forgetfulness and love.
What is beauty?
There are a thousand definitions of beauty. And there are many degrees of each. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is a beauty in sadness. Beauty can be ugly, Ugly can be beautiful.
Once a boy said to a girl, will you still continue this friendship of ours, if you find out that I’m UGLY.
For this, I have a story to share with you all which is very common and most of you have heard or read it somewhere or the other.
THE UGLY DUCKLING
A little duckling was very sad because he thought he was the ugliest amongst all his brothers and sisters. They would not play with him and teased the poor ugly duckling. One day, he saw his reflection in the water and cried, “Nobody likes me. I am so ugly.” He decided to leave home and went far away into the woods.
Deep in the forest, he saw a cottage in which there lived an old woman, her hen, and her cat. The duckling stayed with them for some time, but he was unhappy there and soon left.
When winter set in the poor duckling almost froze to death. A peasant took him home to his wife and children. The poor duckling was terrified of the children and escaped. The ugly duckling spent the winter in a marshy pond.
Finally, spring arrived. One day, the duckling saw a beautiful swan swimming in the pond and fell in love with her. But then he remembered how everyone made fun of him and he bent his head down in shame. When he saw his own reflection in the water, he was astonished. He was not an ugly duckling anymore, but a handsome young swan! Now, he knew why he had looked so different from his brothers and sisters. “They were ducklings, but I was a baby swan!” he said to himself.
Yes, that’s exactly right. Beauty is not hidden. So guys what are you all waiting for? Do what you feel like doing. Do something which makes you happy. Do something that is purposed for you. And when this happens, your beauty will begin to show. Others will recognize it and be drawn to it. You have allowed your beauty to flow.
‘To err is human; to forgive, divine.’ – Alexander Pope
It is a fact that everyone makes mistakes. This is part of human nature. However, there are two kinds of mistakes. The first one is simply a mistake and the other kind of mistake is, a ‘mistake plus’. The first kind of mistake fails to give you anything. A mistake plus seems to be a mistake in the beginning, but in the end it becomes an experience of gain.
When one makes a mistake, there are two possible kinds of responses. The first response is to become regretful, and disheartened after every mistake. He will be a victim of stress. It is also possible that he may lose courage and be unable to do anything else again.
This is the negative aspect of making a mistake. However, there is also a positive aspect. That is, it encourages you to engage in introspection and self-reassessment. A positive mistake is bound to activate your mind. It will lead to brainstorming. In return, it will emerge as a natural gift for you. It will increase your creativity and produce a thinking process that may lead to the capacity for better re-appraisal of yourself and an increased ability to analyze things. A negative mistake becomes a positive mistake when it awakens your mind. It thus enables you to re-plan your life. A positive mistake makes a man a superman.
German psychologist Alfred Adler observed: “One of the wonder-filled characteristics of human beings is their power to turn a minus into plus.”
A mistake is an error or fault resulting from poor judgement. If you think positive, your mistake will motivate you to try to find out where you went wrong. This kind of rethinking will open up new possibilities for you. Thus, in an indirect way, the mistake will become a means to climb to new heights of success in life.
The condition for turning a negative mistake into a positive one is that, you should not take a mistake to be a full stop. Rather, one should consider a mistake as a comma.
Remember that in this world the quantum of mistakes is limited, but the quantum of achievements is unlimited.