आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः
[Sanskrit in the Devangere Script]
Aah no Bhadraha, Kratvo Yantu Vishwataha
Let noble thoughts come to us from every side
I offer these messages that Bapu left behind as a precious heirloom for all posterity. This is a sampler of the great insights of Bapu. I may decide to post my essays on Bapu when I get more time. This post includes a Foundational material for a MED TALK modeled along the TED talk model about Gandhi Darshan presented to Pre- Medical Students at Connecticut. College in New London. CT. USA and on my PPP on the very spectacularly successful planning and resilience efforts of the people of Odisha when Cyclone Fani -a gigantic storm came ashore. I will be happy to share these and 12 slides on Bapu’s views on religious conversion. This is first of many posts. I have been a student of Bapu’s blessed life for more than fifty years.
“On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 70th birthday. "Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth.”
I offer brief excerpts from a speech George Bernard Shaw made at the Savoy Hotel in London on Oct. 28, 1930, at a public dinner in Einstein's honor sponsored by a committee to help needy Jews in Eastern Europe.
“Napoleon and other great men were makers of empires, but these eight men whom I am about to mention were makers of universes and their hands were not stained with the blood of their fellow men. I go back 2,500 years and how many can I count in that period? I can count them on the fingers of my two hands.”:
Pythagoras, Ptolemy, Kepler, Copernicus, Aristotle, Galileo, Newton and Einstein -- and I still have two fingers left vacant.” No longer.VM
If I may please make a couple of nominations to take their rightful places on the two remaining fingers it would include the illustrious names of two martyred Satyagrahis who adopted Non- Violent Civil Disobedience to achieve liberty and equal justice for all : Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Martin Luther Jr. VM
“My Life is my Message”
Mahatma Gandhiji, [Bapu]10 02 1869- martyred 01 30 1948. [The Father of our Nation Bharat that is India was martyred 9 months and 15 days after India was granted Independence]
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, at Porbandar, in the present-day Indian state of Gujarat.
I offer these insightful precepts about the capacity of dreamers to achieve stupendous goals that can help change the World by robustly reaching for the stars which clearly describes the Life and message of Mahatma Gandhi.VM
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman [Known as “Moses” for her repeated expeditions to Eastern Maryland to lead Slaves to safety and freedom by utilizing the Underground Railroad that she formulated and established]
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
Colin Powell, 65th Secretary of State of the USA
. Policy Screening Test.
Before you do anything, stop and recall the face of the poorest, most helpless destitute person you have seen and ask yourself this, “Is what I am about to do going to help him.”
“My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest shall have the same opportunities as the strongest…No country in the world today shows any but patronizing regard for the weak...True democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the center. It has to be worked from below, by the people of every village.”
Even if you are a minority of one, the Truth is the Truth. Mahatma Gandhiji [Bapu]
II. I offer the 11 observances that were part of the Constitution of Satyagraha Ashram founded by Bapu:
• Adherence to the Truth,
• Non – Violence,
• Control of the Palate,
• Physical labor,
• Removal of Untouchability,
• Tolerance of all faiths and creeds.
III. The Roots of Violence
“The Roots of Violence: 1. Wealth without work, 2. Pleasure without conscience, 3. Knowledge without character, 4. Commerce without morality, 5. Science without humanity, 6. Worship without sacrifice, 7. Politics without principles.” Foundation provided in Srimad Bhagvatam Skanda XII, Chap 2
IV. The core values are rooted in the Bhagvad Gita. Particularly verses 8-12 of Discourse XIII
"Humility; “Pride-lessness”; Nonviolence; tolerance; simplicity; approaching a bona fide spiritual master; cleanliness; steadiness; self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification; absence of false ego; the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; detachment; freedom from entanglement with children, wife, home and the rest; even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me; aspiring to live in a solitary place; detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization; and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth—all these I declare to be knowledge, and besides this whatever there may be is ignorance."
The Attributes of a Sthitaprajna [Conscientious person] is inculcated through Verses 54 to 69, Discourse II and the verses 47-53 starting with the most influential verse for Bapu Verse 47: Karmanevaadhikaraste, ma phalesu Kadaacana… are also the basic character building blocks of Bapu’s life and work and because as he put it, his life is his message, is the enduring message for the ages.
“The Gita is the universal mother. She turns away nobody. Her door is wide open to anyone who knocks. A true votary of Gita does not know what disappointment is. He ever dwells in perennial joy and peace that passeth understanding. But that peace and joy come not to skeptic or to him who is proud of his intellect or learning. It is reserved only for the humble in spirit who brings to her worship a fullness of faith and an undivided singleness of mind. There never was a man who worshipped her in that spirit and went disappointed.”
“I find a solace in the Bhagavad-Gita that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad-Gita. I find a verse here and a verse there, and I immediately begin to smile during overwhelming tragedies -- and my life has been full of external tragedies -- and if they have left no visible or indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of Bhagavad Gita.” Bapu.
V. Words to remember and live by
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
Mohandas Gandhi [Bapu]
A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Bapu
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. Bapu
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Bapu
A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. Bapu
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. Bapu
Bapu- Mahatma Gandhiji.
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. But an act of justice. It is to guarantee fundamental human rights, the right to dignity, and a decent life. As long as there is poverty, there is no freedom. –
Nelson Mandela 07 18 1918 - 12 05 2013
VI Gandhi Darshan- by Jannap.
Self-help citizen, dream merchant Published in Education, Sept. 23, 2015
This is a wonderful presentation. It provides a review of the powerful message in the speech Bapu delivered on 02 06 1906, more than a hundred years ago. I am very grateful that this information is provided in concise, coherent and accessible manner for us to read and reflect on to allow us to experience the transformative and potentially restorative effects by strengthening our self-examination and encouraging each of us to face the truth of our relationships and seek reconciliation. I will be glad to share my essay on Bapu.VM
[Oxford Dictionaries] Hindus attach great importance to a darshan, or view, of a saint or holy image. There are sensory and interpretive aspects to Darshan. [It is not what you think you see that matters but what you perceive that you are in the presence of that matters. VM]
VII Gandhi Darshan by Velandy Manohar, MD
Basis of MED TALK in the model of TEDTALK presented to Premedical Students before their graduation an entry into Medical School at Connecticut College, New London, CT. Power Point Presentation available.
1. Exemplifying the Five Key Concepts Swaraj, Swadeshi, Satya, Satyagraha, and Sarvodaya steadfastly securely, and unwaveringly anchored in A-hinsa [Non-violence] in one’s life can engender the darshan of Mahatma Gandhi.
Ahinsa [avoidance of harm or injury] is the means and Satyam [truth] is the Ultimate end of every act infused with Satyagraha. To be effective Ahinsa must always remain within our grasp and be adopted as our sole means to the attain the end of Swaraj in our lives. If we take care of the means, we are bound to reach the end sooner or later.
Ms. Rosa Parks when she sat firmly down, Dr. King when he stood defiantly up, Mother Pollard when she kept walking even though her feet be tired during the Bus Boycott, and Messrs. E. Blair Jr [Now Jibreel Khazan], F.E. McCain and D.L. Richmond non-violently refused to leave the whites only lunch counter in the Greensboro Woolworth in February 1, 1960 embodied these noble transformative concepts-Satya, Swadeshi, Swaraj and A-hinsa. After 6 months of unwavering Satyagraha on July 25, 1960 F.W. Woolworth desegregated their lunch counter.
2. The only motive is to serve my country, to find out the Truth, and to follow it. If, therefore my views are proved to be wrong, I shall have no hesitation in rejecting them.
If they are proved to be right, I would naturally wish, for the sake of the Motherland, that others should adopt them.
3. In ‘Hind Swaraj’ Gandhi combined rejection of the liberative contribution of modernity with an attempt to integrate these positive elements with a liberating re-interpretation of tradition.
¨ With his critique from within the tradition, Gandhi becomes the great synthesizer of contraries within and across traditions.
4. For Gandhi civilization was by definition a moral enterprise: "Civilization is that mode of conduct which points out to man the path of duty “
Unacceptable were the two points - ‘might is right’ and the ‘survival of the fittest’.
Also, colonial imperialism, industrial capitalism, and rationalist materialism.
5. Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj presents us with an idealized version of Indian culture that is completely counterpunctal to the ‘modern west’.
¨ Here we pick out three seminal themes: ¨ Swaraj, ¨ Swadeshi and ¨ Satya.
6. Swaraj as ‘self-rule’ and as ‘self-government’
The first as self-control, rule over oneself, was the foundation for the second, self- government. In this second sense, local self ~government was what Gandhi really had in mind.
Mahatma Gandhi very decidedly gives priority to self-rule Swaraj over self-government, and to both over political independence, Swatantrata.
7. Essential to both meanings Swaraj, was a sense of self-respect [autonomy and personal integrity that is precisely Gandhi’s answer to colonial rule.
For Gandhi freedom in its most fundamental sense had to mean freedom for self-realization. But it had to be a freedom for all, for the toiling masses, and the privileged classes, and most importantly for the least and last Indian.
8. Clearly, the foundation of Swaraj in both its senses had to be threefold:
• self- realization and
¨ This is what Gandhi tried to symbolize with the charka and khadi, both much misunderstood symbols today.
¨ Manchester cloth Vs home spun khadi
9. For Gandhi real rights are legitimated by duties they flow from, for both are founded on Satya and Dharma.
The modern theory of rights reverses this priority and founds rights on the dignity and freedom of the individual.
But comprehensive morality can never be adequately articulated or correctly grasped in terms of rights alone.
10. It is this commitment of the individual to his ‘Desh’ that was Gandhi’s Indian alternative to western nationalism.
The village Gandhi idealized was not just a geographic place, or a statistic, or a social class.
It was an event, a dream, a happening, a culture.
As he used "the term ‘village’ implied not an entity, but a set of values"
11. Satya: Truthfulness, honesty, transparency, accountability, expanding conscience, awareness and responsibility; justice with compassion; taking responsibility for past mistakes; pluralism; understanding of the multiplicity of truth; humility and respect for others’ truths; holding on to relative truth but continuing quest for further truth; attempting to arrive at a consensus on key issues; quest for truth.
12. Gandhi called the Indian movement for Independence as Satyagraha, that is to say, the Force which is born of Truth and Love or non-violence. Satyagraha was a combination of reason, morality and politics
13. Sarvodaya is upliftment or welfare of all.
¨ Gandhi's first encounter with this noble notion was in the form of the book titled Unto This Last by John Ruskin, which he read in South Africa in 1904.
The impact of this reading was so powerful that it proved to be a life changing experience for Gandhi, “I determined to change my life in accordance with the ideals of the book.
14. Ruskin’s ideology was based on three fundamental tenets;
• That the good of the individual is contained in the good of all.
• That a lawyer’s work has the same value as the barber‚s in as much as all have the same right of earning their livelihood from their work.
• That a life of labor, i.e., the life of the tiller of the soil and the handicraftsman is the life worth living
15. Sarvodaya is a social ideology in its fundamental form. Emancipation of disparity between social classes was its objective. Sarvodaya could be best implemented by political will and state machinery. It would affect in letter and spirit the singular objective of Sarvodaya; inclusive growth and progress. For Gandhi and for India, this meant grassroots level uplift which began from the villages and from the most deprived classes,
16. Satyagraha was a combination of reason, morality and politics.
¨ Mahatma Gandhiji defined ‘passive resistance’ as he called it then as "a method of securing rights by personal suffering “.
¨ It appealed to the opponent’s head, heart and interests"
¨ Gandhi was the first leader to bring non-violence to centre stage in the struggle for freedom with the British.
¨ He understood adopting "methods of violence to drive out the English" would be a "suicidal policy".
¨ Hind Swaraj was precisely intended to stymie such a soul-destroying venture.
18. Thus one of the most remarkable re- interpretations of Hinduism that Gandhi affected was that of the Gita, a text intended to persuade a reluctant warrior on the legitimacy and even the necessity of joining the battle. Gandhi reworks its ‘Nish-Kama Karma’ and Nish-Pala Tyaga to become the basis of his Ahimsa and Satyagraha!
19. An ecological understanding is now propelling us to a new and deep realization of our interdependence. We have only one earth, we must learn to share and care.
¨ Thus, regarding the economy and polity, Gandhi would have the village as his world; but regarding culture and religion, it was the world that was his village! Surely, here we have a viable example of thinking globally and acting locally.
20. For Gandhi, "individuality" must be "oriented to self-realization through self-knowledge... in a network of interdependence and harmony informed by Ahimsa “
¨ Nor was this to be an interdependence of dominant-subservient relationships so prevalent in our local communities and global societies. His Swadeshi envisaged a more personalized and communitarian society on a human scale
21. Gandhi wanted education—reconstructed along the lines he thought correct—to help India move away from the Western concept of progress, towards a different form of development more suited to its needs and more viable, for the world, than the Western model of development.
22. It is not clear whether he was against the spirit of modern science and technology, or whether his opposition to Western-type modernity was confined to the way science and technology had been used to exploit non- European societies. In the vast body of responses contained in his collected works, one finds ample evidence on both sides
23. Satyagraha and Sarvodaya (uplift of all) are Gandhiji’s most significant and revolutionary contributions to the contemporary political thought. Gandhiji’s originality lay in the way he fused truth and non-violence in both theory and practice. Leave alone the ‘hand-spinning austere living syndrome’ dubbed as Gandhism, the broad lessons Gandhi taught boils down to heroic self-reliance and fearlessness, perched on truth, non-violence, voluntary cooperation and an abiding concern for the poor masses. [Key Slide]
24. Dignity of manual labor.
¨ The good of the individual is contained in the good of all.
¨ Each can and should serve society by his own labor and profession in the field of his choice.
Every campaign that Mahatma Gandhi thought, planned was at the core rooted in AHINSA [Non- Violence]-So also were his everyday interactions with people around him:
“I learnt the lesson of non-violence from my wife, [Ba], when I tried to bend her to my will. Her determined resistance to my will, on the one hand ‘and her quiet submission to the suffering my stupidity caused cured me of my stupidity…in the end Ba became my teacher of non-violence.”
“The same inviolable connection exists between means and ends as exists between the seed and the tree.”
“Nevertheless, Ahinsa is the means and Truth (Satyam) is the end. Means to this to be effective must always be within our grasp. If we take care of the means, we are bound to reach the end sooner or later. When once we grasped this point, final Victory is beyond question. Whatever difficulties we encounter, whatever apparent reversals we sustain, we MAY NOT give up the quest for the Truth.” [Ms. Rosa Parks, Mother Pollard and Dr. King understood this.]
“It is the acid test of non-violence that in non-violent conflict there is no rancor left behind and in the end, those who were regarded as enemies are converted into friends. That was my experience with General Smuts.[South Africa- Mahatma Gandhi initiated his Campaigns there before he returned to India at the turn of 20th Century]] He started with being my bitterest opponent and critic. Today he is my warmest friend.”
This is General Smuts’ tribute, “It was my fate to be the antagonist of a man for whom even I had the highest respect. That clash on a small stage brought out certain qualities of Gandhiji’s character, which have since been displayed in his later large-scale operations in India, and they show that while he was prepared to go all out for the causes he championed, he never forgot the human background of the situation, he never lost his temper or succumbed to hate, and preserved his gentle humor even in the most trying circumstances. His manner and spirit even then, as well as later, contrasted markedly with the ruthlessness and brutal forcefulness, which is in vogue today.”
“Beti Bacchao, Beti Padhao, Beti Khilao.” Protect your daughters, Educate your daughters, Promote your daughters to participate in Sport.
“Abhi Naari Shakti Phir Aage Badhao!” Right now, Once more advance the causes of women.
“Vande Mataram, Jai Hind, Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan! Hail to you Mother [Bengali] Victory to India, Victory to our Military, Victory to those who toil the fields.[Hindi]
“Samaano Mantra, Samiti Samaani; Samaanam Manasah Chittameshaam; Samaani Va Aakuti; Samaanaa hrudayaani va; Samaanam astu vo mano yada va, vasu sahaasati” [Transliteration of Sanskrit benediction]
“Common be your prayer; common be your end, common be your purpose; common be your deliberation. Common be your desires; Unified be your hearts; unified be your intentions, perfect be the union amongst you.” RK Veda, X, 191- 3 and 4.[Revealed Scripture of the Hindu faith Tradition.
More precisely the Veda is the scripture of Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana Dharma encompasses not only a Religion but also a way of life from birth to death from one life to another and from despondency to salvation. The whole term Sanatana Dharma, can translate as “the natural and eternal way to live.” In fact, Sanatana Dharma is the original term used to describe what we now know as Hinduism. Sanatana connotes “that which is without beginning or end” or “everlasting.” Sanatana Dharma Sanatana dharma encompasses the list of duties and practices that all Hindus must comply with. This list of practices includes virtues like honesty, goodwill, patience and generosity. Following this code allows one to reach moksha, a state of spiritual liberation, Self-knowledge and enlightenment. The practice of yoga is a vital part of this process as it allows the yogi to achieve a union with their spiritual side. https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/6240/sanatana-dharma
I welcome your responses to this advocacy letter and the contents.
Velandy Manohar, MD
Distinguished Life Fellow, Am. Psychiatric Association.
American Health Council- Best in Medicine 2018
Member- Governance Committee, Community Advisory Board- Office of Health Strategy.
Member- CT. State Medical Society- Member- Ethics Committee, Disaster Preparedness Committee, Quality of Care Committee
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities - Ayn Rand
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I would like to share these Prayers, Bhajans and two Anthems that are very important to all Indians. The prayers were very near and dear to Mahatma Gandhi and his followers.
1. Vande Mataram. It was authored by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1870’s Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869. Indian National Congress was Founded in 1885, it was the first modern nationalist movement to emerge in the British Empire in Asia and Africa From the late 19th century, and especially after 1920, under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Congress became the principal leader of the Indian independence movement. Congress led India to independence from Great Britain and powerfully influenced other anti-colonial nationalist movements in the British Empire. It was first sung in 1896 By Nobelist R. Tagore.
2. Jana Gana Mana…National Anthem. On the occasion of India attaining freedom, the Indian Constituent Assembly assembled for the first time as a sovereign body on 14 August 1947, midnight and the session closed with a unanimous performance of Jana Gana Mana which was authored by Nobelist R. Tagore in Bengali too like Vande Maatram.
Prayers and Bhajans:
1.Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram…
2. Vaishnav Janato
3. Moko kahaan dhoondhe re bande Kabir Das Ji
4.Ae Maalik tere Bande Hum.
Vande Maataram: can be translated thus- Mother, I bow to thee. It can also be translated as All Hail to Thee, Mother! The evocative song is a Bengali poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1870s, which he included in his 1882 novel Anandamath. [The first two verses of the song were adopted as the National Song of India in October 1937 by the Congress Working Committee prior to the end of colonial rule in August 1947
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVM1IYO4fHg Doordarshan. Indian Public Broadcasting Service.
Jana Gana Mana… Composed by Nobelist Rabindranath Tagore
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v3D1o12aF8 Kaushiki Chakraborty
I offer the English rendition of the National Anthem by R. Tagore
Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Odisha and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
Thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee.
B. Prayers and Bhajans
Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlTjtcyDgzI Track Name: Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram Singer: Ashit Desai Album: Ishwar Allah Tere Naam
Raghupati Raghav Rajaram is a beautiful chant sung in the praise of God In this devotional song, singer praises Lord Rama. Mahatma Gandhi liked this Rama Prayer very much & used to chant it routinely.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5yinkyWErg By Hladini Feat. Steve - Baal Gopal - Powered By Madhavas Rock Band.
5,024,233 views •May 20, 2018
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patita Pavan Sitaram
Sita Ram Bhajo Sita Ram
Bhaj Pyare Mana Sitaram
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patita Pavan Sitaram
Ishwar Allah Tero Nam,
Sabako Sanmati De Bhagawan
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patita Pavan Sitaram
Mukhmen Tulsi Ghatamen Ram,
Jab Bolo Tab Sitaram
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patita Pavan Sitaram
Sree Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram Multiple repetitions.
Vaishnav Janato Tene Kahiye Je… This is Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s favorite Hymn
a.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEXlPH0Y-BI Ministry of External Affairs of Govt of India, that is Bharat. Ministry of External Affairs, India
As part of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artists from over 124 countries have contributed musically in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through his favorite bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye'
I have selected a few from various Nations of the World:
A Statue of Mahatma Gandhi and a Plaque stating the core belief of Mahatma Gandhi in Brussels is featured in the Video. The Plaque represents the translation of the Sanskrit phrase “Vasudeva Kutumbakkam’”], In the spirit of "The world is my family,” the Embassy of India, Brussels, pays tribute to the Mahatma on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2018, with a rendition of his favorite song "Vaishnavo Jan To" by European singer Ana da Rocha Gaspar.
c. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gc3ysO1AXo Doordarshan- 1.3 million viewers
d. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8K5G3YbXFE Shafqat Amanat Ali. Indian High Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan,
e.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4Iaf390Zpc From Lebanon to India - A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi A beautiful rendering of 'Vaishnav Jan To....' by renowned Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme - a collaboration with Embassy of India, Beirut to celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye - Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan & Ustad Rashid Khan
Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye- Lata Mangeshkar
Vaishnava Jana to (2019) | Riyaaz Qawwali | Hindu Muslim | Meditation | Gujrati Bhajan | Vaishnav
On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Embassy of India to Switzerland, The Holy See and Liechtenstein presents Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye Bhajan in the scenic Alps mountains of Switzerland. October 2, 2018. Berne, Switzerland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chVrSaTsTho वैष्णव जन तो - कौशिकी चक्रबोर्ति Bhajan By Kaushiki Chakraborty. Sung at Gandhiji Smriti in Kolkota, India. Hon. N. Modi, Prime Minister of India spoke about Mahatma Gandhi May 19, 2017. 855,283 views
I offer two translation of Two Verses: A “Vaishnava” is a Devotee of Lord Maha Vishnu [Almighty God]
“A Vaishnava, honors and praises the entire world
Does not criticize or say bad things about anyone
Keeps his words, actions and thoughts pure
O Vaishnava, your mother is blessed
A Vaishnava sees everything and everyone equally,
rejects greed and avarice
Respects women especially someone else's wife as his mother
His tongue may get tired, but will never speak lies
He does not even touch someone else's property”
Moko kahaan dhoondhe re bande Kabir Das Ji
I am providing translations of two verses this very profound spiritual truths:
Oh Follower, Where do you search me?
I am always with you
Not in pilgrimage, nor in statues
Neither in solitude
Not in temples, nor in the mosque
Neither in the Kabha nor in Kailash
I am with you, oh follower
Neither in the womb of Nature
Not in the breath of the breath
Seek earnestly and you will discover me
In but a moment of search
Listen with care, says Kabir
Where your faith is, I am there.
Ae Maalik Tere Bande hum : O! God our Creator. We are your People.
The film portrays a young jail warden, Adinath ( V. Shantaram), who rehabilitates six deadly prisoners released on parole into persons of virtue. He takes these six notorious, surly murderers and makes them work hard with him on a dilapidated country farm and produces great harvest. He wants to rehabilitate them through hard work and kindly guidance. The film ends with the death of the warden at the hands of his enemies, and manifests how reformed his pupils after all his work with them. Very Prophetic story line, indeed Considering Mahatma Gandhi was martyred by people opposed to leadership which enshrined the belief that the World is my family which informs these pleas for grace: May there be no desire for revenge May every step ahead be for love May every thought of enemity be banished. O! Lord, we are your people”
Awards Won :- 1958: National Film Award for Best Film 1958: Berlin International Film Festival: OCIC Award 1958: Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Bear, Special Prize 1959: Golden Globe Awards: Samuel Goldwyn Award Nominated 1958: Berlin International Film Festival: Golden Bear
I offer translations of a couple of verses in Hindi.
“Frail is the human being With a million shortcomings
The world exists due to your benevolence Since you have given us birth You will also bear our burdens
May we walk the path of righteousness and refrain from evil So that we may depart fulfilled and smiling”
“When we are faced with atrocities O Lord, hold us firm
We reply with kindness for their evil
May there be no desire for revenge May every step ahead be for love May every thought of enemity be banished. O! Lord, we are your people”
Atreyee Ray sings Inspirational Prayer song Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum from the 1957 Hindi film Do Aankhen Barah Haath directed by V. Shantaram. Original Singer Lata Mangeshkar, Music Vasant Desai.
Ba aur Bapu Amar Rahe!
Velandy Manohar, MD