Sunday, January 6, 2008

Few of my favorite dohas and quotations...

(This is an ever-growing list)

जाल परे जल जात बहि, तजि मीनन को मोह । 'रहिमन' मछरी नीर को तऊ न छाँड़ति छोह ।।
(Story of fish's unending love for water... Caught in a net, water leaves the fish leaving its attachment for the fish. But, rahim says, the fish gives up its life in the craving and separation with the water.)

टूटे सुजन मनाइए, जो टूटे सौ बार । 'रहिमन' फिर-फिर पोइए, टूटे मुक्ताहार ।।
(If your beloved gets angry with you, you should console him or her 100 times, just like we tie the garland of pearls as many times as it breaks.)

वहै प्रीत नहिं रीति वह, नहीं पाछिलो हेत । घटत-घटत 'रहिमन' घटै, ज्यों कर लीन्हे रेत ।।
(Rahim says, it’s not love, it’s tradition that diminishes with time. True love is not like the sand in our hands that slips away slowly from us. कर means hand in sanskrit.)

मीठा सब से बोलिए, फैले सुख चहुँ ओरे । वाशिकर्ण है मंत्र येही, तज दे वचन कठोर ।।
(Speak sweet with everyone because that spreads happiness. The only mantra to overpower others is to give up the harsh words.)

कबीरा तेरा झोंपड़ा गलकटियन के पास । अपनी करनी जांयगे, तू क्यूं हुआ उदास ।।
(Kabir says why do you worry even if you live near the butcher shop. He who does so will get accordingly.)

माटी कहे कुम्हार से तू क्यों रोंदे मोंहे । इक दिन ऐसा होवेगा मैं रोंदूंगी तोहें ।।
(Earth says to the potmaker, why do you knead me under your feet. There will come a day when I will knead you under me. This doha points to the eternal truth in death)

जे रहीम उत्तम प्रकृति, का करी सकत कुसंग । चन्दन वीष व्यापत नही, लिपटे रहत भुजुंग ।।
(Rahim says a person with good character does not get swayed in the bad company, just like the sandal tree does not get poisonous even when serpents hang around its trunk.

छमा बड़न को चाहिये, छोटन को उत्पात। कह रहीम हरि का घट्यौ, जो भृगु मारी लात ।।
(It's required of elders to forgive when young ones do mischieves. Rahim says lord vishnu didn't lose anything even when maharishi bhrigu, brahma's son, kicked him in the chest. The lord even asked bhrigu if he had hurt his leg by kicking him. Vedic stories say bhrigu was testing who the greatest was among brahma, vishnu and mahesh by pushing their limits on anger. Since vishnu was asleep, bhrigu decided to wake him up through his kicks. This dohas says forgiving shows your greatness and high character.)

Other quotes

* "One can overcome the forces of negative emotions, like anger and hatred, by cultivating their counter-forces, like love and compassion." -- Dalai Lama

* "Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance." -- Eckhart Tolle

* "I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable." -- Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

* "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." -- Kahlil Gibran

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