21 April 2009

Narasimha Prachand

The movie ‘Gulaal’ by Anurag Kashyap has an unsettling plot with stirring songs by Piyush Mishra.  The focus of this post is not the movie or the plot, but how the songs can be strung together to bring forth the message that is being conveyed to us.  It is not about what you and I see in this world, it is about the comprehending the complete picture.

Here are snippets from four songs that convey the story of each today:

Aye ek waqt ki baat bataye,
Ek waqt ki,
Jab sheher hamara so gayo tho,
Wo raaj gajab ki

Jab sheher hamara sota hai, to maloom tumko,
Haan kya kya hota hai,

Nashe mein doobe sehan se khoonkhaar chutkulo ki paidaaish hoti hai,
Adh nange jismo ki dekho, lipi putti se lagi numaaish hoti hai,
Laar tapakte chehro ko kuch shitaani karne ki khwahish hoti hai,
Wo pooche hai hairaan hokar, aisa sab kuch hota hai kab,
Wo batalo to unko aisa tab tab tab tab hota hai,
Jab sheher hamara sota hai

Jis raat gagan se khoon ki baarish aayi re,
Jis raat sheher mein khoon ki baarish aayi re


Maana Ki Jo Hua Hai

Wo Tune Bhi Kiya Hai
Inhone Ne Bhi Kiya Hai
Unhone Ne Bhi Kiya Hai

Maana Ki Tune..Haan Haan
Chahaa Nahi Tha Lekin
Tu Jaanta Nahi Ki Ye Kaise Ho Gaya Hai

lekin tu phir bhi sunn le, nahi sunega koi,
Tujhe yeh saari duniya khaa jaayegi nigal ke

Insaan ke sheher mein insaan khoj le tu

Dekh Teri Thokar Se
Raah Ka Wo Patthar

Maathe Pe Tere Kaske Lag Jaaye Na Ucchalke.

O Raat Ke Musafir
Tu Bhaag Na Sambhalke
Potli Mein Teri Ho Aag Na


Oh ri duniya, Oh ri duniya,
Aye duniya, aye surmayee aankhein ke pyaalo ki duniya oh duniya,

Alsaayi sejo ke phoolon ki duniya oh duniya re,
Angdaayi tode kabootar ki duniya oh duniya re,

Khwahish mein lipti zaroorat ki duniya oh duniya re,
Heyyy insaan ke sapno ki niyat ki duniya oh duniya,

Mamta ki bikhri kahani ki duniya oh duniya,
Behno ki siski jawani ki duniya oh duniya,
Aadam ke hawaas rishte ki duniya oh duniya re,

Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai?

Jalta makaan mein basera wo dhoondhe,
Jaisi bachi hai waisi ki waisi, bacha lo yeh duniya,
Apna samajh ke apno ki jaisi utha lo yeh duniya,
Chitput si baaton mein jalne lagegi, sambhalo yeh duniya,

Magar falsafa yeh bigad jaata hai jo,
Wo kehte hai…aalim yeh kehta wahan ishwar hai,
Faazil yeh kehta wahan allah hai,
Kabur yeh kehta wahan issa hai,
Manzil yeh kehti tab insaan se ki,
Tumhari hai tum hi sambhalo yeh duniya,


Aarambh hai prachand,
Bole mastako ke jhund,
Aaj jung ki ghadi ki tum guhar do

Aan baan shaan ya ki jaan ka ho daan,
Aaj ek dhanush ke baarn pe utaar do,
Aarambh hai prachand…

Ishr ki pukaar hai yeh bhagwat ka saar hai,
Ki yudh hi to veer ka pramaan hai,
Kauravo ki bheed ho ya pandavo ka neer ho,
Jo lad saka hai wo hi to mahaan hai,
Jeet ki hawas nahi, kisi pe koi vash nahi,
Kya zindagi hai thokaro pe maar do,
Maut anth hai nahi to maut se bhi kyu dare?
Yeh jaake aasmaan mein dahaad do,
Aarambh hai prachand,

Ho daya ka bhaav ya ki shaurya ka chunaav,
Ya ki haar ka wo ghaav tum yeh soch lo

jis kavi ki kalpana mein zindagi ho prem geet,
Uss kavi ko aaj tum nakaar do,

Rang kesari ho ya mridang kesari ho ya ki,
Kesari ho laal tum yeh soch lo..

Bheegti nasso mein aaj, phoolti rago mein aaj,
Aaj aag ki lapat ka tum baghaar do,
Aarambh hai prachand,
Bole mastako ke jhund,
Aaj jung ki ghadi ki tum guhar do


Now let us see what is being conveyed to us in this lyrical story in parts:

Let me tell you a story of a time when the town slept sound
Do you know what happens when the town sleeps?

Adulterated and deadly jokes are born in drunkenness, Half naked bodies with make-up are exhibited, Drooling lusty faces show their evil desires
And they ask astonishedly when does this all happen
Someone tell them that all this happens when the town sleeps 

It is that night when the sky sends rain of blood on the town, that night when the night slept it received the rain of blood


I agree that whatever was done was done by you, by these people and by those people… 
I agree, yes i agree, that you did not want this to happen… you do not know how all this happened…

But listen to me, nobody will listen to you… this world is out there to eat you alive…
Go and search for a human in this town of humans… 
Be careful lest your kick on the rock on the road does not jump at hit you back on your head

Hey traveller in the dark, please run cautiously, be careful that you dont carry a spark of fire in your belongings


O my world, O my world, Hey world, hey dream-filled eyes of this world… hey world of flowers of the lazy bed… hey yawn-breaking world of the pigeons,

Hey world of needs wrapped in desire, hey world, hey world of the the intent of the dreams of humans… 
hey world of a scattered story of motherhood, hey world of scared-crying young sisters, hey world of the lustful relations of humanity…

So what even if I get this so called entire world ???

Search for the home in the burning house, whatever is left of this world, please someone save it…
Look at everything and everyone in this world as your own and pick up your world… else it will start burning down on the most trivial of issues… please someone take responsibility of this world…

This story of this world gets spoiled when they say there is Bhagwan, when they say there is Allah, when they say there is Jesus…
That is when the destination of God’s heaven tells us : This is your world, go and save it yourself if you can


The time has come that the terrible dance of Lord Shiva (Nataraj) begin, the group of sensible heads calls out for the declaration of war… 
Be ready to sacrifice your self, your ego, your dignity, your wealth on the tip of the arrow… because the terrible dance of Lord Shiva is beginning…
It is the call of God and the essence of the Bhagawad Gita that the proof of bravery is war… whether it is the crowd of the Kauravas (considered evil) or the family of Pandavas (considered good), only the one who could fight can stake his claim to greatness…
There is no lust for victory, no wish to control anyone… boot out this whatever so called life that you have…
If death is not the end of life then why should we be afraid of dying??? Go and roar this out in the sky above!!!!!
The terrible dance of Lord Shiva has begun…

The emotion of pity or the courage or the wound of defeat… think about these and choose now…
If there is a life of love and feelings in the imagination of a poet, ignore him today…
The colour is saffron or the beat of the drums is saffron or the saffron should be red (with passion of blood)… choose today and right now…

In those wet blood vessels, in those expanding nerves, fill up blazes of fire… 
The terrible dance of Lord Shiva has begun, the groups of wise heads call for the declaration of war to save humanity today…..


 We have been told the story when an innocent boy Prahlaad (representing future) is being killed by his own devil father (representing the present) for his greed and selfishness and ego. That is when Lord Vishnu also takes his most deadly form of Lord Narasimha, he takes the form of an animal and kills the devil like an animal with his bare claw-like hands. Now is the time that we need to prepare the ground for Lord Narasimha to come again… 

Here are two Narasimha prayers that we invoke today:

1. Tvayi Rakshathi Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
     Tvayi Cha Arakshati Rakshakai: Kim Anyai:,
     Ithi Nischita Dhee: Srayaami Nityam,
     Nruhareh: Vegavathee Tataasrayam Tvam!

“O kamasikha Narasimha! you are sarva sakthan. When you are resolved to protect some one, where is the need to seek the protection of anyone else? When you are resolved not to protect some one, which other person is capable of protecting us?. There is no one. Knowing this fundamental truth, I have resolved to offer my saranagati at your lotus feet alone that rest at the banks of Vegavathi river.” (Kamasika Ashtakam by Vedanta Desika)

2. ito nrsimhah parato nrsimho, 
     yato yato yami tato nrsimhah,
     bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho,
     nrsimham adim saranam prapadye

“Lord Nrsimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Narasimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Narasimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.” (Narasimha Pranama)


The Narasimha Maha-Mantra

Om Ugram, Viram, Maha-Vishnu,
Jwalantam, Sarvato Mukam,
Nirshimham, Bhishanam, Bhadram,
Mrityor-Mrityur namam yaham.

“O’ Angry and brave Maha-Vishnu, your heat and fire permeate everywhere. O Lord Narasimha, you are everywhere. You are the death of death and I surrender to You.”


If I dont fight for the future today, and I dont fight today’s war now, there will be no future….. In my country of Bharat, the Hindu is the BIG brother, and I being a Hindu will not let the younger brothers destroy the future of neither my motherland nor my own future… It needs to be accepted that when an elder brother takes a stern step against you, its for your benefit, its right… Even if it means acting with an iron hand of responsibility and may be looked upon as evil but I will do it simply because it is necessary to save OUR BIGGER HOME…

08 April 2009

Jana Gana Mana

There are words floating around saying UNESCO has declared "Jana Gana Mana" to be the best national anthem in the world. This post is not regarding the veracity of that news. This post is to make us know the anthem closest to our hearts better.

You will find here the entire poem of our national anthem with its translation.

Below is the translation of the national anthem in the handwriting of Gurudev Shri Rabindra Nath Tagore himself:

The entire poem is also given in hindi below:

The bengali text of the first stanza of the poem which forms our national anthem is given below:
Jôno gôno mono odhinaeoko jôeô he
Bharoto bhaggo bidhata
Pônjabo Shindhu Gujoraţo Môraţha
Drabiŗo Utkôlo Bônggo
Bindho Himachôlo Jomuna Gôngga
Uchchhôlo jôlodhi toronggo
Tôbo shubho name jage
Tôbo shubho ashish mage
Gahe tôbo jôeogatha
Jôno gôno monggolo daeoko jôeô he
Bharoto bhaggo bidhata
Jôeo he, jôeo he, jôeo he,
jôeo jôeo jôeo, jôeo he

Please refer to the following link for more details: http://india.gov.in/knowindia/national_anthem.php

(I wish to thank the following site for giving authentic research about our prestigious national anthem: http://satyashodh.com/janaganaman/index.htm )

Rebirth of Hindustaan

Swamy Vivekananda foresaw the dangers of Globalization as early as in 1893 when he spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. To quote his soul-stirring words: “Shall India die? Then, from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct ; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be”. 


Swami Vivekananda said: “Arise, Awake and Go Forth as Proud Hindus”. This message forms the basis of Dr Subramaniam Swami’s definition of the following five maxims which should constitute the fundamentals of Hindu Unity today: 

1. A Hindu, and those others who are proud of their Hindu past and origins, must know the correct history of India. They must learn the concept of India as Hindustan.

2. According to Hindu belief, all religions equally lead to God, and not that all religions are equal in the richness of their theological content. Respecting all religions, Hindus must forcefully demand from others that such respect is a two-way obligation. Muslims and Christians shall be part of the Hindustani parivar or family only if they accept this truth and revere it.

3. Hindus must prefer to lose everything they possess rather than submit to tyranny or terrorism.

4. The Hindu must have a mindset to retaliate when attacked. The retaliation must be massive enough to deter future attacks. 

5. All Hindus to qualify as true Hindus must make an earnest effort to learn Sanskrit and the Devanagiri script in addition to their own mother tongue and must pledge that one day in the future, Sanskrit will be India’s link language since all the main Indian languages have large percentages of their vocabulary in common with Sanskrit. 


Dr Swami declares with majestic aplomb: “These five fundamentals constitute the concept of VIRAT HINDU UNITY”.


Even reknowned people in the west like Arthur Schopenhauer has said, ”It is my belief that the philosophy and knowledge of the Upanishads would become the cherished faith of the people in the West.” 


I wonder whether we have become so “secularized” to the extent that we are prepared to forget our civilization ethos! What a pity. In this context I would like to quote these immortal words of Shri Aurobindo in his last political speech at Uttarpara on 30 May 1909: “I say it again today, but I put it in another way. I say no longer that nationalism is a creed, a religion, a faith; I say that it is the Sanatan Dharma which for us is nationalism. This Hindu nation was born with the Sanatan Dharma, with it it moves and with it it grows. When the Sanatan Dharma declines, then the nation declines, and if the Sanatan Dharma were capable of perishing, with the Sanatan Dharma it would also perish. The Sanatan Dharma, is indeed nationalism. This is the message that I have to speak to you”. If India is held together, it is because of SANATANA DHARAMA.”


(Inspired by blogs of Mr. V Sundaram (Retd IAS) at www.ivarta.com)

04 April 2009

Vande Maataram!!!

Vande Mataram!!!!!

Its our national song, humara raashtra gaan… The reason I write it here is that we need to know our national song, the lyrical beauty of it and the pristine content of it…

Sanskrit Version by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee:

“Vande Mataram!
Sujalam suphalam malayaja shitalam
Sasyashyaamalam Mataram!

Shubhrajyotsna pulakitayaminim
Pullakusumita drumadala shobhinim
Suhaasinim sumadhura bhashhinim
Sukhadam varadam Mataram!

Koti koti kantha kalakalaninada karale
Koti koti bhujarudhurat kharkarvaale
Abalaa keno ma eto bale
Bahubaladharinim namami tarinim
Ripudalavarinim Mataram!

Tumi vidyaa tumi dharma
Tumi hapirana tumi marma
Tvam hi pranah sharire
Bahute tumi ma shakti
Hridaye tumi ma bhakti
Tomara i pratima gadi
Mandire mandire!

Tvam hi durgaa dashapraharanadhaarini
Kamalaa kamaladala vihaarini
Vani vidyaadaayinii namaami tvaam
Namaami kamalam amalam atulam
Sujalam suphalam Mataram!”

English Version: (As translated by Sri Aurobindo)

Mother, I bow to thee!
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
bright with orchard gleams,
Cool with thy winds of delight,
Green fields waving Mother of might,
Mother free.

Glory of moonlight dreams,
Over thy branches and lordly streams,
Clad in thy blossoming trees,
Mother, giver of ease
Laughing low and sweet!
Mother I kiss thy feet,
Speaker sweet and low!
Mother, to thee I bow.

Who hath said thou art weak in thy lands
When swords flash out in seventy million hands
And seventy million voices roar
Thy dreadful name from shore to shore?
With many strengths who art mighty and stored,
To thee I call Mother and Lord!
Thou who saves, arise and save!
To her I cry who ever her foe drove
Back from plain and sea
And shook herself free.

Thou art wisdom, thou art law,
Thou art heart, our soul, our breath
Though art love divine, the awe
In our hearts that conquers death.
Thine the strength that nerves the arm,
Thine the beauty, thine the charm.
Every image made divine
In our temples is but thine.

Thou art Durga, Lady and Queen,
With her hands that strike and her
swords of sheen,
Thou art Lakshmi lotus-throned,
And the Muse a hundred-toned,
Pure and perfect without peer,
Mother lend thine ear,
Rich with thy hurrying streams,
Bright with thy orchard gleems,
Dark of hue O candid-fair.

In thy soul, with jewelled hair
And thy glorious smile divine,
Loveliest of all earthly lands,
Showering wealth from well-stored hands!
Mother, mother mine!
Mother sweet, I bow to thee,
Mother great and free!

Isnt it now easy to see how our national song easily makes nation worship come so smoothly to our souls?