Brochure for hodge podge of prayers!

1. They’ve a brochure of prayers. I don’t know if it was Vinoba Bhaave or someone else who finalized this version. It’s a hodge-podge. In trying to assimilate prayers from all religions they are left with a non musical version.

2. Compare them with simple Vedic hymns which have sublime musicality about them. And all prayers sung individually, by their religious groups, be it Sikhism, Islam, Hindus or Jainas have that musicality. It’s the essence of beauty and harmony.

3. Rahim Tao tu, Narayan Vaasudev tu…is not pleasant on ears, leave alone being effective on soul. I somehow kept wondering about the brochure right from the day it came across: I never found it to be a harmonious composition. Raghupati Raghav or Vaishnava Jana is popular and the way it has been rendered by some artists is very effective. Maybe, the brochure didn’t get a rendering by artists or I didn’t come across any such renderings. Whatever I have come across so far seems totally ineffectual in raising any subtle divine emotions of piety or peace.

4. Twilight was beautiful. I tried igniting the tractor ride. Took some pictures:

Cowshed Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Chhatarpur Madhya Pradesh

5. The hardworking peasants or labour mostly live at physical, vital and mental sheaths. If there seems to be something scientific or creative in them, it’s subdued in due time by their superiors. Thus, their jokes and discussions are mostly around farting and sexuality. They don’t appreciate peace or serenity and judge people to be lazy or charlatans if they’re inactive even for a while.

6. Gandhi adopted and emphasized physical work because he was afflicted by disorders borne out of imbalances in physical and mental sheaths due to his education which stunted his physical activity. Leo Tolstoy inspired him to adopt that life style. However, he didn’t realize that what was true for him wasn’t true for peasants and workers: they actually needed more education than more labour. What was true for his time and remains true: is the balance between physical, mental and spiritual endeavours resulting in the optimum harmony of being.

7. A discussion on whether Gandhi is relevant or his teachings have been effective is out of question here. In the organisation being run in his name there’s nothing Gandhian in essence of you look deep enough. Symbolic rituals and signs remain, teachings remain enclosed in books behind almirah walls. Locked away. Gandhi himself lived luxuriously. His followers live even more luxuriously. Peasants and labours neither understand Gandhi nor need to understand.

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Be The Change!

Let me tell you a story today.

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved eating sugar.  He would chew on his sugar granules throughout the day. His mother was worried that this excessive gorging on sugar would take a toll on his  health. She tried everything from gently coaxing him out of this habit to scaring him to hiding the containers, but to no avail. Finally, she decided to take him to his idol, Mahatma Gandhi, so that the great man could talk some sense to her child.

So the next day, she started on the journey with her son. When she finally reached his Ashram, she saw that hundreds of people were waiting to meet the great man. When finally their turn came, the mother explained to  Gandhi the whole situation, and requested him to talk to her son. Gandhi smiled at her and said, “Please come back in 2 weeks time and I shall speak with your son”. She was confused, but she left without any protest.

Two weeks passed, she went back to the Ashram with her son and this time, Gandhi immediately spoke to her son. Curious, she asked Gandhi why he hadn’t spoken to her son the last time they had come. Gandhi smiled and said, “Well, two weeks ago, I too was eating too much of sugar”. He couldn’t preach what he didn’t practice.


It’s easy to complain about the world and other people, but if you cannot implement the changes in your own life, then you have no right to complain. Don’t be a hypocrite!

We do not have control over others. We cannot change others, only ourselves. If you want to see some change in the world, you must start with yourself. Every significant change that has ever happened in this world has been the result of changes which began at individual level. Revolutions have happened because one person had the courage to stand up for what they believed in  and didn’t wait for others to take action. Now, you don’t have to pick up your megaphone and yell for a revolution if that’s not something you want to do. Just be an embodiment of what you believe in and you might be able to move others with your belief too.

But in order for things to change, you have to change. Don’t just complain how this world sucks. Be the Change!

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