Another Unplugged version of one of my favorite songs…
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is in pain, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a helping hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can – At all times, Dare to be!
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
It sounds very complicated, isn’t it? But it is actually very simple.
It says, “You are what you think you are…! ”
At some point of a time in life, if you think you are a FAILURE, then you are! And if you think you are not, then you are not. It is THAT simple! Other people’s opinions or judgments really don’t matter. It’s not about neglecting the mistakes that you commit knowingly or unknowingly, but about accepting things the way they are and motivating yourself to take the first step towards being better.
This is true even when people pass statements or comments about you. A statement however rude or insensible does not possess the potential to insult you unless you allow yourself to accept it. You know yourself better than anyone else.
The bottom line is,
You are what you think you are!
If you think you are happy, you are happy . If you think you are sad, you are sad .
If you think you are old, you are old. If you think you are young, you are young irrespective of your age!
And so on…
Feel good about you… Appreciate yourself a little more… Feel grateful for what you have…
You are what you think you are
Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Krishna. Ashtami, the half-moon, indicates a perfect balance between the seen and unseen aspects of reality; the visible material world and invisible spiritual realm. Krishna’s birth on ashtami signifies his mastery of both spiritual and material worlds. His teachings are most relevant to our times in the sense that they neither let you get lost in material pursuits nor make you completely withdrawn. To celebrate Gokulashtami is to imbibe extremely opposite yet compatible qualities and manifest them in your own life.
Krishna simply means the most attractive — the Self or the Being. Radheshyam represents infinity. Radhe is individual life and Shyam is infinite life. Krishna is the Self of every being and when our true natural Self shines through our personality, skills and abundance follow.
It is said that Krishna used to steal butter. What does this signify? Butter is the final product of a process: the milk is first made into curd and then the curd that is well churned becomes butter. And like milk or curd, life is the process of churning through so many events, happenings and instances. Finally butter comes out, which is the saintliness in you.
The whole essence of it is to maintain that balance, to be joyful, happy and centred. You can have a big smile when everything is smooth in your life; if you can smile even in adversity then you have achieved something in life. It is like how Krishna stands with one foot firmly on the ground, the other is raised, poised; this is how dance can happen. This depicts the way to live life in perfect balance. When you are buried in the mind, dance cannot happen. Witnessing the disturbances of the mind helps us to rise above them. So whenever you are disturbed, instead of thinking that this should never have happened, simply surrender.
In the Bhagwad Gita Krishna says, “Why is it that so many are not able to know me? The reason is that they are constantly stuck between their cravings and aversions.” One who intensely craves for someone or has too much hatred for someone, falls into the trap of moha, attachment. When such a person has a problem in his life, be it regarding money or relationships, for example, then his mind is completely engrossed with the problem and he spends his days and nights, even years, worrying over it, but he is not able to overcome it.
For this, Krishna says, ‘Those whose punyas, meritorious deeds, begin to bear fruit are freed of all their sorrow, and they begin to get drawn towards me. Those whose sins are not cleansed remain stuck in ignorance and delusion”. If you walk towards the light, the darkness of ignorance automatically starts to disappear. But sin is that which does not let you move towards the light. And this is what causes misery, pain and suffering. When a person completely understands that I am not the body, I am pure Consciousness, then such strength dawns in him. Once you have faith in the Divine, then that is it. Then you should not doubt it one bit. This is what knowing the Divine truly means.
Krishna is the symbol of all possibilities, the total blossoming of all aspects of the human, and the Divine. Janmashtami is the day when you enliven that virat swaroop, the cosmic nature of Krishna in your own consciousness once again. Letting your true nature manifest in your day-to-day life is the real secret of Krishna’s birth.
-Guruji (Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)
Long ago (I am talking about some four years back), I used to write crazy poems (or so I feel ) … I’ve lost the bits of paper I usually ended up writing in, but there’s this one poem I got hold of the other day. I had a hearty laugh at myself on reading what I had written :D. It reminded me of how crazy I was a couple of years ago… I’m even crazier now though … And, not to forget, this piece of writing was for a very special and dear friend of mine :) So… With utmost pride, I am presenting to you today my little and insane version of ‘I’ll be there‘…
When your soul drifts aimlessly, to search for meanings and truth,
I’ll be there to help you get the direction, to get back lost faith and hope.
When your heart cries in times of loneliness, to find warmth and happiness,
I’ll be there to comfort you and drive away all your sadness.
When your eyes seek out in times of want for faces that you know,
I’ll be there to remove all the darkness, to show you the light once more.
When your ears seek for familiar sounds in times of sheer silence,
I’ll be there to console and encourage – advantages of me being loquacious!
When your arms reach out to find someone to cling on,
I’ll give you all the care, the reassurance and the strength to move on.
When you feel the road ahead is steep,
I’ll be there to give you the courage and the faith to believe.
When love seems lost in the jungle of cost,
remember that a rose is a rose, despite the thorns…
I’ll always be there…
Okay, so just to divert your attention a bit, let me also share my most favorite version of I’ll be there… I seriously love this one. I bet you guys will enjoy it