Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Guest House

The Guest House by Rumi

Friday, September 05, 2014

tere bina zindagi se koi shiqwa toh nahi...
tere bina, zindagi bhi lekin zindagi toh nahi...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Midnight Monologue

Do all the people in the world need jolts of adrenaline to feel alive - something like massive goals staring directly into their eyes with the feeling that their time to achieve them has already started. A lot of times, I feel blood gushing into my veins, too fast. It gets difficult to hold myself in such instances, and I either start fidgeting or go into a deep slumber of self-talk.

If given a choice, I would go for a very easy life. You stay at home, cook for a couple of people, complaint a lot, watch soap operas, buy stuff, gossip, manipulate, and just live. You do not have to answer questions like what am I doing with my life, is it all that I am able to do, what does it take to change my circumstances, what all do I expect from myself, what all do I expect from people around me and more importantly, what all do I expect from life? These are vicious questions - they seep into your conscience and never let you sleep peacefully. They perturb you so much that you are forced to look for answers. The moment you heart recognizes its place in a life above mediocre, it seeds a dream of realizing that life in you.

The dream is though a very beautiful one, but it demands a lot of hard work and too many sacrifices. Breaking your shackles is difficult. You feel insecure at the beginning and then you find that the on the name of shackles, you were hiding behind some fake bars. Realising truth in life if the first step towards the fulfillment of your dreams. When you realise the truth, you also realise that what we consider to be reality is not real most times. The truth is not what seems real, practical, or right. Truth is truth!

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all understandings and accepting yourself is the preparation towards enlightenment. Of course, accepting yourself is not as easy as it sounds. The lie that we are better than the rest is so deeply rooted and comforting that it takes the heart of a man to let it go. Remember Kabir's doha, "बुरा जो देखन मैं गया, बुरा न मिलया कोई, 
जो मन देखा आपने, मोसे बुरा न कोई!"

It is so important to know yourself and be comfortable in your skin to really be better. Pretense helps no one, neither does believing that we are better than other people and we know better than the rest. But whom am I teaching?? Charity begins from home.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

.. the so much work I want to do...

I like being a workaholic! Staying immersed in it and completing task after task gives me a strange sense of achievement and peace. Not that I love every bit of it, but I feel good that I am delivering value. I don't know what people really mean when they say that one should love the work one does, because there is nothing that one can consistently love or hate. I love some parts of the work I do, I hate other few. What motivates me is how well I am able to do it, hoping that the value I am adding at my end would create a difference in the chain ahead. After all, at the end of the day, I must feel worthy of what I earn; and in the instances I feel that, I think I love my work, too.

On puritan grounds there is nothing like complete job satisfaction. The satisfaction comes, when we are able to do justice with the skill set we possess or think that we possess. I love writing, but then I do not want to do arbitrary writing on topics I like. I want to do things more powerful than expressing my thoughts, and that is expressing people's thoughts for them, and so unfeigned that you become their mouthpiece. With time I have realised that writing is not the thing my soul really longs for, it is about using the power of words in changing lives. And the moment I bring this perspective into my work, I find my work very significant; and automatically my focus and dedication towards it increases.

I remember a quote about contentment that said that contentment is about enjoying what you have right now. It has actually very less to do what you want in future. Same applies to the work we do... the quality we deliver today has very little to do with any external factor. Intrinsically we need to keep growing our skills so high that eventually we start attracting the work that suits those skill-set. I know it sounds too hypothetical, but it is not; and the reason I am saying that is because that is what I have experienced.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Thoughts that crossed my mind, at different times ...

- If things are not working out, we are not having enough faith.

- It pays to be with 'really' happy people.

- Whatever you fight with consistently, you eventually become.

- Peace lies in acceptance.

- Sometimes, you just have to be insanely optimistic.

- When we are vigilant of what we speak, we know we should keep our mouth shut.

- We change the moment we decide.

- Mediocrity is far more harmful than we perceive.

- When I am happy with myself, I am happy with most things.

- Any body and every body can love; and all must love.

- The mind must always be on a mission.

- If we stop being judgmental, it would stop bothering us.

- At the end, it is always between God and me.

- The more silent your are, the better you understand.

- Communication is an art, worthy to be sought by all means.

- Being good with words is a blessing.

- There is no other comfort greater than being comfortable with what you are and what you think.

- Change is  far easier a phenomenon than it is perceived to be.

- The biggest aim in life is to achieve and protect our own happiness.

- If it is not easy and simple, it is not what God wants for you.

- Ask, and we actually receive.

- When good times come, you get surrounded by good people; or may be it is vice versa.