“Colours”

2018/03/20

“The colourful words for the colourful season.”

-Retrived from pixabay

“Colours”


They asked me,
“Which colour do you like?”
Like I am that butterfly
Fluttering for the colourful flowers
Little did they know,
I appreciate the rainbow beautiful.

They asked me,
“Which colour do you want to splash?”
Like I am the one swimming
In misery of black dark pool
Little did they know,
I already splashed the colours of words upon me.

They asked me again,
“Which colour will you like?”
Like I want to change the taste of colours
Like the chameleons with the course of time
Little did they know,
I am consistent within myself.

I appreciate the colours of peace
Of warmth and freedom
Through kindness I would seek
The positivity and productivity
Little did they know,
The splashed colours can only be finite
The red and yellow,
With green and purple
The blue and pink.

Let us colour our souls this Holi
With the colour of kindness
The positivity and empowerment
The strength and confidence
The tactfulness and productivity.


Let us splash the colours of trust
The honesty and truthfulness
And blend ourselves in colours of love
The dreams and fulfilment
The self exploration and awakening.

Let us bond in colours of hope
Let those colours transmit positivity they hold
Let that positivity colour your vibrant soul
And play Holi with the true colours of self To reflect the colours you hold.

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Bhagavad Geeta:A short book review

2018/03/19

10 min read

By Saweeta Dangal

“Bhagavad Geeta:A short book review”

Author:Vyasa
Religion:Hinduism
Language:Sanskrit
Verses:700

Characters:

Arjuna:one of the Pandavas

Krishna:Arjuna’s charioteer and guru who was actually an incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Sanjaya: counselor of the Kuru king Dhritarashtra (secondary narrator)

Dhritarashtra: Kuru king (Sanjaya’s audience)

Introduction:
The Bhagavad Gita is a poem written in the Sanskrit language. Its 700 verses are structured into several ancient Indian poetic meters, with the principal being the shloka. Each shloka consists of a couplet, thus the entire text consists of 1,400 lines. Each shloka line has two quarter verses with exactly eight syllables. Each of these quarters is further arranged into two metrical feet of four syllables each. The metered verse does not rhyme. While the shloka is the principal meter in the Gita, it does deploy other elements of Sanskrit prosody.At dramatic moments, it uses the tristubh meter found in the Vedas, where each line of the couplet has two quarter verses with exactly eleven syllables.

Chapters :
Bhagavad Gita comprises 18 chapters(section 25 to 42) in the Bhishma Parva of the epic Mahabharata. Because of differences in recensions, the verses of the Gita may be numbered in the full text of the Mahabharata as chapter 6.25–42 or as chapters 6.23–40.


In everyone’s life also, following 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita happen.

Chapter 1: Visada Yoga
Chapter 2: Sankhya Yoga
Chapter 3: Karma Yoga
Chapter 4: Gyana Yoga
Chapter 5: Karma Sanyasa Yoga
Chapter 6: Aatman Sayam Yoga
Chapter 7: Paramahamsa Vijnana Yoga
Chapter 8: Akshyarbramha Yoga
Chapter9: Raaj Bidhya Raaj Guhaya Yoga
Chapter 10: Vibhuti-Vistara-Yoga
Chapter 11: Visvarupa-Darsana Yoga
Chapter 12: Bhakti Yoga
Chapter 13: Ksetra-Ksetrajna Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 14: Gunatraya-Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 15: Purushottam Yoga
Chapter 16: Daiwasursampad-Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 17:Shraddhatraya-Vibhaga Yoga
Chapter 18: Moksa-Sanyasa Yoga

Context of book:
The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Krishna.
At the start of the climactic  Kurukshetra War in the Hindu epic Mahabaharata two massive armies have gathered to destroy one another.The Dharma Yudhha (righteous war) between Pandavas and Kauravas.
The Pandava prince Arjuna asks his charioteer Krishna to drive to the center of the battlefield so that he can get a good look at both the armies and all those eager for war. There he sees that some among his enemies are his own relatives, beloved friends, and revered teachers. He does not want to fight to kill them and is thus filled with doubt and despair on the battlefield.He drops his bow, wonders if he should renounce and just leave the battlefield.Arjuna is filled with moral dilemma and despair about the violence and death the war will cause. He wonders if he should renounce and seeks Krishna’s counsel, whose answers and discourse constitute the Bhagadvad Gita. Krishna counsels Arjuna to fulfill his Kshatriya duty to uphold the Dharma through selfless action. The Krishna-Arjuna dialogue cover a broad range of spiritual topics, touching upon ethical dilemmas and philosophical issues that go far beyond the war Arjuna faces.He turns to his charioteer and guide Krishna, for advice on the rationale for war, his choices and the right thing to do.

The Bhagavad Gita presents a synthesis  of Hindu ideas about dharma,the istic bhakti  and the yogic paths to moksha.The synthesis presents four paths to spirituality – jnana, bhakti, karma, and raja yogas.
The Bhagavad Gita is the compilation of Arjuna’s questions and moral dilemma, Krishna’s answers and insights that elaborate on a variety of philosophical concepts.The compiled dialogue goes far beyond the rationale for war, it touches on many human ethical dilemmas, philosophical issues and life’s choices.


According to Flood and Martin, “The Gita though set in the war context in a major epic, the narrative is structured for the abstract to all situations; it wrestles with questions about “who we are, how we should live our lives, and how should we act in the world”.


According to Sargeant, “It delves into questions about the “purpose of life, crisis of self-identity, human soul, human temperaments, and ways for spiritual quest”.

About the nomenclature of book:
The Bhagavad Gita is the best known and most famous of Hindu texts with a unique pan-Hindu influence.The Gita’s call for selfless action.The Gita in the title of the text “Bhagavad Gita” means “song”. Religious leaders and scholars interpret the word “Bhagavad” in a number of ways. Accordingly, the title has been interpreted as “the Song of God” by the theistic schools “the Song of the Lord”,”the Divine Song” and “the Celestial Song” by others.
The BhagavadGita is also known as the Isvara Gita, the Ananta Gita, the Hari Gita, the Vyasa Gita, or simply as the Gita.

“Who is Geeta?”
The Bhagavad Gita is a beguiling, seductive, naturally beautiful and altogether elegant daughter in the Hindu extended family of Sanskrit texts. Her limbs are perfectly shaped, her shining black hair and moist pale skin glisten in the sunlight; the lines of her body evoke the fullness of her breasts and the lush softness of her lips, and when her sari occasionally drops away to reveal her hidden nakedness, even a distant observer pauses to marvel and reflect upon such spontaneous loveliness. She is, thus, in every way a remarkable Hindu daughter, beloved and pampered by all in the family and combining in her person the best, as well as the most puzzling, qualities of her heritage. Like all daughters of India, however, her character and substance are profoundly ethnic and contextual.When she is taken by a foreign lover or an Indian lover of things foreign, however, and more than that, when she is taken out of India to live permanently in a different medium – whether Latin or German or French or English – she becomes diminished. She is occasionally raped and to some extent always abused, at best becoming a concubine in some house of Western scholarship, at worst a whore in some brothel of ideology or of an insipid cross-cultural mysticism. Her natural paradoxes then appear as an unintelligent fickleness; her simple elegance as simple-mindedness; her refreshing openness to varying perspectives as proof of her lack of originality; and effortless devotion as hopeless naivete.
— The Song Celestial

18 names of Gita

Gita
Ganga
Gayatri
Sita
Satya
Saraswati
Brahmavidya
Brahmvehini
Trishandhya
Muktagehini
Ardhramatra
Chidanandi
Bhawagni
Bhaynashini
Chira
Para
Ananta
Tatvagyanmanjiri

About the authorship of Vagwad Geeta:

Bhagavad Gita is part of Mahabharata written in Veda Vyasa covers conversation between Arjun and Krishna, as heard by Sanjay.The Bhagavad Gita was written at some point between 400 BCE and 200 CE. Like the Vedas and the Upanishads, the authorship of the Bhagavad Gita is unclear.

Importance of Bhagavad Geeta:

The Bhagavad Geeta is an ancient Indian text that became an important work of Hindu tradition in terms of both literature and philosophy. The name Bhagavad Gita means “the song of the Lord”.

It is composed as a poem and it contains many key topics related to the Indian intellectual and spiritual tradition. Although it is normally edited as an independent text, the Bhagavad Gita became a section of a massive Indian epic named “The Mahabharata”, the longest Indian epic. There is a part in the middle of this long text, consisting of 18 brief chapters and about 700 verses: this is the section known as the Bhagavad Gita.
Bhagavad Gita is at odds with the general style and content of the Mahabharata. Once the Gita is over, the narration of the Mahabharata resumes.

The Gita was written during a time of important social change in India, with kingdoms getting larger, increasing urbanization, more trade activity, and social conflict similar to what was happening when Jainism and Buddhism developed. This ancient Indian text is about the search for serenity, calmness, and permanence in a world of rapid change and how to integrate spiritual values into ordinary life.

The Bhagavad Gita revolves around the following questions:

1.How can someone live a life spiritually meaningful without withdrawing from society?

2. What can someone who does not want to give up family and social obligations do to live the right way?

3. How to train the mind to stay focused?

4. How to follow morality in the situations of delimma?

5. How to develop faith in the peoples who want to give up?

6. How to do right things in the wrong situations?

7. How to react the world in the worst situations by developing confidence and becoming aware of own emotions?

My Opinions on Bhagavad Geeta:

The Bhagavad Gita is a superb form of poetry that muses literature and philosophy in a magnificient way.Its unique form of proses adds a sense of compeleteness in it.Yet,it provides a huge space for self exploration, soul searching and spiritual awakening.It challenges the general consensus that only ascetics and monks can live a perfect spiritual life through renunciation and emphasises the value of an active spiritual life. Each chapters of Geeta are perfectly titled as they are some phases of everyday human life and consists of life long lessons that one can implement on their lives to attain spiritual awakening and fulfilment of one’s own potential.The verses on these chapters are perfectly sequenstered as if the conversation is still taking place between Arjuna and Shree Krishna, a devoted reader literally hears the voice of Shree Krishna.

Geeta is a popular spiritual classic which has been translated to more than hundreds of different languages yet the recitation of original Sanskrit verses creates a brilliant light within and reflects as if the gods are singing the songs of human life. It reflects the moral and ethical confusion of an individaul at first and the answers of Shree Krishna unveils the mystery of the cosmos, reflects eternal truth beyond the limit of space and time and gradually clears the confusion of morality, ethics, individuality and the self.

Geeta is concluded with the realisation of Arjuna and acceptance of fear of internal and external delimma being convienced to choose war for good.At the end of this holy epic, it is realised that Shree krishna is the only one that exists, He is the creator, the nucleus of entire universe,the preserver, the devourer of everyone and everything that ever exists and ever will.

My favourite verses from Bhagawad Geeta:

1.One believes he is the slayer, another believes he is the slain. Both are ignorant; there is neither slayer nor slain. You were never born; you will never die. You have never changed; you can never change. Unborn, eternal, immutable, immemorial, you do not die when the body dies. (Bhagavad Gita 2:19-20)

2. I am ever present to those who have realized me in every creature. Seeing all life as my manifestation, they are never separated from me. (Bhagavad Gita 6:30)

3.Neither agitated by grief nor hankering after pleasure, they live free from lust and fear and anger. Established in meditation, they are truly wise. Fettered no more by selfish attachments, they are neither elated by good fortune nor depressed by bad. Such are the seers.” (Bhagavad Gita 2:56-57)

4.Thinking of objects, attachment to them is formed in a man. From attachment longing, and from longing anger grows. From anger comes delusion, and from delusion loss of memory. From loss of memory comes the ruin of understanding, and from the ruin of understanding he perishes. (Bhagavad Gita 2:62-63)

5.If a thousand suns were to raise in the heavens at the same time, the blaze of their light would resemble the splendor of that supreme spirit. (Bhagavad Gita 11:12)

6.I am time, the destroyer of all; I have come to consume the world. (Bhagavad Gita 11:32)

7.That which is unreal never exists,but that whichbis real is never extinct-this is the truth known by those who know; this is the way the real and unreal end. (Bhagavad Geeta2.16)

8.Lured by tempting words and hopes, longing ever for pleasure and power, they fail to focus on the right direction.How will they get insight that discerns?(Bhagavad Geeta 2.44)

9.Confine your intent solely to action, not to that comes thereof.Be attached to the fruit of action,but never be inclined to inaction.(Bhagawad Geeta 2.47)

10.When your mind is free from delusion, then you will attain indifference between that which has already been heard and that which is yet to be heard.(Bhagawad Geeta 2.52)

11.From the anger comes delusion, and from delusion comes loss of memort.With memory-lapse, intellect is sapped with loss of intellect, one is ruined.(Bhagawad Geeta 2.63)

12.When one achieves peace in inner self, all sorrows of life are dissolved.Its the tranquil mind that wins stable and secure wisdom with ease.(Bhagavad Geeta 2.65)

13.For the unsetteled mind, there us no wisdom, there is no contemplation, nor is there steady faith.There is no peace for the ruffled mind.And without peace how will there be bliss?One who abandons all desires roams in the world being free of fear.Wanting nothing, shaking off ego,such one attains the blissful peace (Bhagavad Geeta 2.66, 2.71)

14.Better to act than not to act.So,perform your duty,never renounce it.If you desist fully from action,even your bodily life wouldn’t thrive.(Bhagavad Geeta 3.8)

15.But for the one who is delighted in the self,who is gratified by the light of the self,and who is content in one’s inner self,there remins nothing more to be done. There remains nothing more to gain by acting, there remains nothing to lose by not actinv.Fulfilled in self,such one depends not on anyone for anyone for any purpose,whatsoever!(Bhagavad Geeta 3.17-3.18)

Critics:

Bhagawad Geeta itself is an epic poetry book that enhances morality in an individual focusing on the self exploration and awakening.This is a history and cannot be changed.Yet,it would have been better if following points would have been considered.

1.The preference to war during moral delimma.

2.The difference in caste system.

3.The explanation of Sanjaya to blind Dhritarastra.

Conclusion:

Bhagavad Geeta is the most inspiring book I’ve ever read.All the discourses with each verse are relevent to everyday life problems and helps to solve our delimma and confusion.It also fosters our creativity and exploring power through the spaces in these diverse verses.I am not an atheist nor I am a strong believer or follower of any religion.Yet, I found this book soo fulfiling.And I appreciate the positive changes and higher vibrations I started feeling within me.Conclusively, I would refer Bhagwad Geeta as an epic philosophical poetry book of the history.And the best thing the sanskrit history has provided to the newer generations.It is really the source of wisdom of all the literatery world.

I cordially thank the author of Bhagavad Geeta for this masterpiece,the translators of this book who made it easy for readers like me and to all those blessed souls who inspired me to read this book.I not only read this book but each of its verses lived through me.Really blessed to be introduced with this classic literary piece which is whole in itself. 😇

Bibliography

1. https://www.ancient.eu/Bhagavad_Gita/

2.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagavad_Gita

3.https://m-timesofindia-com.cdn.ampproject.org

4.https://citywire.co.uk/new-model-adviser/news/book-review-the-bhagavad-gita/a524655

5.https://live.artofliving.org/bhagavad-gita

6.Baidya.B (2014 A.D.),The song Supreme,Sanatan Foundation

” Are you a feminist? “

” Are you a feminist? “

If the blue atoms of pivots,
Revolving through the red character 
Marked by the society
As a determined feminine role
Blocks the access to your rights
Do you take that stand of high heels sociability?
The questioning eyes splits and passes
Through the brown spirit of trespassing lioness
Scared and shattered
With the question long raised
Are you a feminist?

The mind blinds
Folded in the stank of lustful eyes
Try to figure the angles and edges
Measuring the highs and lows 
Of the naturalistic horizon
In blues, yellows and purples
Let them know
The depth of femine dignity
Undefined and immeasurable 
Like the undimensional supernova thoughts
And readily asked ever again
Are you a feminist?

If the world still exercises the discourse
Of opressed, victimized and ensalved
And catagorises as feminine bow
Then,
The time is now
To rise above that object status
To struggle the misery of your uniqueness
To break the nuisance of patriarchal constraints
And choose over the pathetic cliches
The racists impose as bliss of patriarchy
So, you can answer
To the question raised again and again
Are you a feminist?

In the breeze of daunting wind
Of roles, duties and responsibilities
How long you have sacrificed your interests?
To the Who’s and Why’s
Do you not think it is the time
To wave them with fierce halos
To choose your choice
To form a colourful rainbow
Over a preceding gender hail strom?

So, when they ask you
Are you a feminist?
You can cherish your feminine smile
With your odds that are even
With your pitch of highs and low notes
That can be oblivious
But, no one should ever classify
The role of feminine spirit
As each and everyone out there
Who craves the  dignified rights
Fights for the equal treatment
Is a real feminist.

“Projection”

“Projection”


The universe conspires itself
And projects its insecurities
To the stars, that are real
That immaculate the ultimate truth
But fails to realise its existence
Its value being higher just because of those dominated stars.

Respected universe,
How long will you take to be aware of your emotions?
How long will you spend projecting your narcissistic emotional affairs?
To those stars within you.

How long will you project?
The faults you consist
I am happy
If that serves your ego
For I might be a step to prove your leadership abilities
But,
Don’t you feel hollow within?
For proving your lies as hypothesis.

Now, its enough
Enough of the deluded perception
Enough of the unaware emotions
Enough of the clueless projections
What if the stars reflect your vibrations to yourself?
What if the stars project your delusions to you?
What if they make you realise your illusions are reflecting your inner being?
What if they aware you for your hallucinations
Tell me,
Do you still feel like a influencer?
Like a leader
What if the world percevies you as a manipulator?
But, how long will you take to be aware?
How long will you take to realise that projection is not a component of leadership?

“Luminescence”

“Luminescence”

The shimmering moonlight
paved on the moist leaves.
The sky above dark and blue
Stars twinkling on countless clue.

The hummering shadow on the tank
ruminating with rainbow colours
drizzles the droplets of rain
touching the lips with unleashing curve.

The enchanting tree hides the moon
beside a glimmering portico
Where the silver leaves flirt
With “Peek- a- Boo”

The black figure still upon the wall
Whose head lay horizontal with moon beam.
While nose pointing the stars
smiles like the shooting meteors.

The tangles and twirled canopies of grey hair
With the alluring cactus’ cuties blair.
There owls have melody in voice
and the dreams lay awake.

And far there the window with green light
where curtains swimming in the air
reflects the breeze swaying the hair
Where light dances like thunder
to embrace the amicable ether.

“Fabricated Reality”

“Fabricated Reality”

A miraculously cautious soul
outnumbered with exemption
swims through the wave of beliefs
fascinated by the glory of redemption.

Tasting the pies in the sky
the buoyancy of daydream
assumes the apprehension
detached with realism.

Hovering above the treachery
the flavour of enlightenment
dissociates with the truth
confused with deception.

Honking hypocrisy against honour
the egoist baffles loyality
and empath holds the fiction
unaware of the precarious reality.

Fluttering through the hopes
optimist castles in air
with the prospect of greedy glutton
and celebrates a fool’s paradise.

“Mystery”

Mystery

If sorrows were colourful
She would choose every vibrant colours of her mind
And paste it to form a beautiful rangoli
Yet, colourless pain
She drank it galloons
Thinking that will quest her thirst
But, the more she drank, the more thirst hooked
As mystery absorbed its colour
And rained through her eyes
The rangoli got shattered.

If heartache were fairy lights
She would decorate her glimmering portico
With her colourful delights
Yet, dark shadows hovered
She lend it to the scary nights
So, the darker it gets
The more stars would shine
But, the moon illuminated his lunatic version
Clad it in the enchanting moonlight
Then, mystery absorbed the colourful lights
And disarmed the fairy lights.

The lights, hopes and joys
Formed a union
To take her sorrows away
The lights brightened her mood
Hopes kept her happy
Joys ignited her blissful dreams
Prosperity joined the team
And delighted her with a lucent smile.

The colours fascinated her soul
Got in the mystery team
Formed rangoli with the colours of her happy memories
And the team entered her thought process
Danced with her mystery motives in the “vaileni” songs
Played deusi with the beatings of madal
Syncronising with the rhythm of her heartbeats
The tones ignited the positivity flame in her
As she offered her pain, sufferings and sorrows
With the brightest smile. 😊