मैं आज़ाद हूँ

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Salute to the Great Chandrashekhar Azad and thousands of unnamed martyrs on the Birth Anniversary of Azad himself. RIP

One individual may die for an idea, but that idea will, after his death, incarnate itself in a thousand lives.

                                                                 –Subhas Chandra Bose

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एक श्रद्धांजलि

(23 July 1906- 27 Feb 1931)


के  जिनके  बलिदान  के  बिस्तर  पर ,

हम  चादर  ताने  सोते  हैं ;

शत  शत  नमन  उन  वीरों  को,

जो  शहीद  होकर  ही  आज़ाद  होते  हैं ||

                                 -doc2poet

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चिंगारी  आज़ादी  की  सुलगी  मेरे  ज़हन  में  है,

इन्क़लाब  की  ज्वालायें  लिपटी  मेरे  बदन  में  हैं,

मौत  जहाँ  जन्नत  हो  वो  बात  मेरे  वतन  में  है,

क़ुर्बानी  का  जज़्बा  ज़िंदा  मेरे  कफ़न  में  है ||

                                       -चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद 

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May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

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अंतर्दर्शन: #SelfDiscovery

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 If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. There was a time when I searched every nook and corner of my heart to look for answers, which I realized I knew already. You just have to quieten the mind and soul will speak for itself and reveal all its secrets. We often meet ourselves where we least expect it.

तैरने  चले  थे  दरिया  में, बीच  रस्ते  बरसात  हो  गयी,

के  ढूँढने  निकले  थे  ख़ुदा  को,  और  ख़ुद  से  मुलाक़ात  हो  गयी ||

                                          -doc2poet

                 Here are a few of the poems and couplets that churned out of my enlightened (only partially) mind.

मुकम्मल  जहाँ  की  तलाश  में,

फिरते  रहे  मारे-मारे ;

कैसे  मिले…जो  खोया  ही  नहीं,

हर  पल  पास  है  हमारे ; 

बस  आँखें  बंद  करने  की  देरी  है,

और  जी  उठेंगे  दिलकश  नज़ारे ;

के  लड़खड़ाते  ये  कदम  राह  ढूंड  ही  लेंगे,

कभी  यादों  की  भीड़  में…कभी  तन्हाई  के  सहारे ||

                                          -doc2poet

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सुनहरे  सपनों  की  आड़  में,
ज़िंदगी  के  रंगीन  पल, गुप-छुपकर  निकल  जाते  हैं ;

गिर  कर  उठना  तो  याद  रहता  है,
भूल  जाते  हैं…जब  लड़खडाकर  सम्भल  जाते  हैं ;

ये  पल  धुंधली  यादें  बनकर ,
होठों   पर  कभी  झिलमिलाते  हैं ;

और  कभी  आँसू  बनकर ,
आँखों  में  पिघल  आते  हैं ;

के  वक़्त  से  इस  कशमकश  में ,
दिल-ए-नादान  मुस्कुरा  ही  लेता  है ;

बस  खुशी  के  पैमाने  बदल  जाते  हैं…
खुशी  के  पैमाने  बदल  जाते  हैं ||

                                          -doc2poet

Here’s how Sant Kabira would have said this…

आपहु  मस्ती  काटिए,  हँसिए  और  हंसाए ;

चिंता  का  ऐनक  उतार  फेंक,  तो  जाग  सुंदर  हो  जाए ||

ऐसा  जीवन  हो  लाजवाब,  गर  सच  में  कोई  कर  पाए ;

सच्चा  साथी  है  मूल  मंत्र , जो  सच्ची  राह  दिखाए  ||

                                          -doc2poet

This post is written for Indispire Edition 148: Life is a journey of self discovery. Describe your journey till now or a part of your journey which brought to closer to a truth about life or closer to your soul and self-discovery.#SelfDiscovery

मैं आज़ाद हूँ

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एक श्रद्धांजलि

(23 July 1906- 27 Feb 1931)


के  जिनके  बलिदान  के  बिस्तर  पर ,

हम  चादर  ताने  सोते  हैं ;

शत  शत  नमन  उन  वीरों  को,

जो  शहीद  होकर  ही  आज़ाद  होते  हैं ||

                                 -doc2poet

 

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चिंगारी  आज़ादी  की  सुलगी  मेरे  ज़हन  में  है,

इन्क़लाब  की  ज्वालायें  लिपटी  मेरे  बदन  में  हैं,

मौत  जहाँ  जन्नत  हो  वो  बात  मेरे  वतन  में  है,

क़ुर्बानी  का  जज़्बा  ज़िंदा  मेरे  कफ़न  में  है ||

                                       -चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद 

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May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

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ऐ खुदा: #Rituals

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करके  फ़रियाद  जाने  क्यूँ  उसे  शर्मिंदा  किया  करते  हैं,

ख़बर  जिसे  हर  राज़-ए-दिल  की  है,

के  हर  कामयाबी  चूमेगी  ख़ुद  ही  कदम,

गर  हम  उनके  क़ाबिल  भी  हैं  ||

        Religion is the eternal pursuit of the god; to seek answers and explain the unexplained. Asking for something in lieu of a ritual can’t be god’s own will. God is supposed to be selfless, an ideal for us all. Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse: 47 says:-

कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते  मा  फलेषु  कदाचन । 
मा  कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा  ते  सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥  २-४७
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Karmanye  vadhikaraste  Ma  Phaleshu  Kadachana,
Ma  Karmaphalaheturbhurma  Te  Sangostvakarmani.
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अर्थात / Meaning:- You have the right to work only but never to its fruits.

Let not the fruits of action be your motive, nor let your attachment to it lead to inaction.

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                That means you may follow any ritual you want but not for something in return. So the current concept of rituals has already been disqualified centuries ago. I am not against religion; I am not an atheist but not superstitious either. There is a fine line of logic and science between faith and superstition which is getting obscured with each passing day.

 There are so many things I do not understand,

 So many I cannot explain,

So many uncertainties and so much pain,

A scruple about some things and a question

That resurfaces ever again,

But there is one thing I do not want, just one thing

I choose to refrain,

Don’t ask HIM everything, just the strength

To rise again,

If we are true enough to the cause, there is nothing

We cannot attain…

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                God is here to help us all and I am sure he knows his job well. He will answer all our calls if we can prove ourselves worthy of it. Instead of asking questions or bribing him, we should just thank him.

Note: Watch the movie “Oh My God” for more insight.

This post is written for Indispire Edition 115: We Indians give too much importance to rituals…visiting a temple on a particular day, fasting for religious reasons…are these relevant in this age? Or they are just a solace to fight our fears and insecurities? #Rituals

Epic: #AtoZChallenge

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EEpic poetry, popular in the Indian subcontinent, is traditionally called Kavya (काव्य). The Ramayana and Mahabharata, originally composed in Sanskrit and translated thereafter into many other Indian languages, are some of the oldest surviving epic poems on earth and form part of oral traditions and  history.epic-1972

The concept: Epic is a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the past history of a nation. Epic has also been called a heroic poem, long poem, long story, saga, legend, fable or a folk story over the centuries.

           The first epic to appear in Hindi was Tulsidas’ Ramacharitamanas. It is considered a great classic of Hindi epic poetry and literature, and shows the author Tulsidas in complete command over all the important styles of composition — narrative, epic, lyrical and dialectic. He has given a divine character to Rama, the Hindu Avatar of Vishnu, portraying him as an ideal son, husband, brother and king.

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              In modern Hindi literature, Kamayani by Jaishankar Prasad has attained the status of an epic. The narrative of Kamayani is based on a popular mythological story, first mentioned in Satapatha Brahmana. It is a story of the great flood and the central characters of the epic poem are Manu (a male) and Shraddha (a female). Manu is representative of the human psyche and Shradha represents love. Another female character is Ida, who represents rationality. Some critics surmise that the three lead characters of Kamayani symbolize a synthesis of knowledge, action and desires in human life.

        Apart from KamayaniKurukshetra, Rashmirathi  and Urvashi by Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ have attained the status of epic poetry.

           Likewise Lalita Ke Aansoo by Krant M. L. Verma narrates the tragic story about the death of Lal Bahadur Shastri through his wife Lalita Shastri.

             A modern day mythologist and writer Devdutt Pattnaik has perfectly summarized one of the epicest of epic The Mahabharata in just 36 tweets. If you want to meet the greatest of warriors…it is the best place for you.

@Mahabharata in 36 Tweets.

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Eliot T. S.

          Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in 1888. Eliot has been one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry. Never compromising either with the public or indeed with language itself, he has followed his belief that poetry should aim at a representation of the complexities of modern civilization in language and that such representation necessarily leads to difficult poetry. Despite this difficulty his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. Eliot has always taken care not to become a religious poet and often belittled the power of poetry as a religious force. Here are a few of his famous quotes:-

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“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.”

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“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”

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“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”

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“Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.”

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“A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good.”

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“Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly constant evasions of ourselves.”

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Euphemism

Meaning:- The substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression to replace one might offend or suggest something unpleasant, for example, “he is at rest” is a euphemism for “he is dead.”

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Hope you are having fun with me. If you are reading this, thank you for stopping by. This post is fifth in a series of 26 posts that I will be writing as part of the A to Z challenge for April 2016. My theme for the challenge would be A to Z of poetry. Feel free to leave your feedback and visit again:-)