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Maine socha na tha, by Vikram Hazra

एक दिन आप यूं हम को मिल जायेंगे, फूल ही फूल राहों में खिल जायेंगे, मैंने सोचा ना था

एक दिन ज़िंदगी होगी इतनी हसीं, झूमेगा आस्मां गायेगी ये ज़मीं, मैंने सोचा ना था

दिल की राहों में कलियां सी खिलने लगीं, जब निगाहें निगाहों से मिलने लगी

दिल की डाली पे कलियां सी खिलने लगीं, जब निगाहें निगाहों से मिलने लगी

एक दिन इस तरह होश खो जायेंगे, पास आये तो मदहोश हो जायेंगे, मैंने सोचा ना था

एक दिन ज़िंदगी होगी इतनी हसीं, झूमेगा आस्मां गायेगी ये ज़मीं, मैंने सोचा ना था

जगमगाती हुई जागती रात है, रात हे या सितारों की बारात है

एक दिन दिल की राहों में अपने लिये जल उठेंगे मोहब्बत के इतने दिये, मैंने सोचा ना था

एक दिन आप यूं हम को मिल जायेंगे, फूल ही फूल राहों में खिल जायेंगे, मैंने सोचा ना था

13 May Birthday Song for Guruji Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Lyrics: Tera Main...

प्यार के सागर हो, ज्ञान के मंदिर हो,

आंखों में बसते हो, होठों पे हंसते हो,

हर पल जताते हो, ‘तेरा मैं’

दुनिया में आये हो, रौशनी लाये हो,

सब के दुलारे हो, हर दिल पे छाये हो,

हर पल जताते हो, ‘तेरा मैं’

हो, मन के चिराग़ों में तुम झिलमिलाते हो,

भूली से यादों को रौशन कर जाते हो,

याद दिलाते हो, ‘तेरा मैं’

तपती दोपहरों में राहत बन जाते हो,

सब के दिलों की तुम चाहत बन जाते हो,

हंस कर कह जाते हो, ‘तेरा मैं’

सुन लो ये गाते हैं, गा के सुनाते हैं

आज बताते हैं, We love you, O Guruji...

The Path Of Surrender Is The Path Of Love

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Krishna tells Arjuna, "You are very dear to me."

Then Krishna tells Arjuna he must surrender. Surrender begins with an assumption. First you must assume. You assume you are the most beloved of the Divine, and then surrender happens.

Surrender is not an action; it is an assumption. Non-surrender is ignorance. Non-surrender is an illusion. So surrender is an assumption. Surrender has to begin as an assumption and then it reveals itself as a  reality. Finally, it reveals itself as an illusion. An illusion because there is no two, no duality. There is no independent existence of anyone. An individual has no independent existence. That is it!

Question: Do you have to go through surrender to realize it is an illusion?

Answer: Yes, absolutely.

Question: Where is choice then?

Answer: Choice is your destiny.

Krishna doesn't tell Arjuna in the beginning that he must surrender. First he says, "You are so dear to me." And then he tells him, " There is no other choice for you, you must surrender. Either you do it now, or you do it later."

This is the path of love.

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Why are some people so mean?

Q: If the core of our existence is full of love, innocence, perfection, how can a person be so mean and kill his or her whole family? It is hard for me to understand.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: You know you should go and talk to the people in the prison who have committed these heinous crimes. You'll find these people are nice people. Why even talk about them, talk about yourself! You know sometimes you've been so nasty. Have you been nasty? Have you been angry? Have you been upset? Afterwards you see – 'Oh, why did I do this?' Do you regret? In the same way these people – they did a crime, they did commit something they were totally unaware of, and then they started realizing. That's why spiritual education is so important, because this education doesn't allow you to commit such heinous crimes! They never had an opportunity to have access to this knowledge, to meditation, to breathing. That is why they did all that.

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